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USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 7.0 - 234km W of Abepura, Indonesia

  1. 2015-07-27 21:41:22 (UTC)
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Nearby Cities
  1. 234km (145mi) W of Abepura, Indonesia
  2. 247km (153mi) W of Jayapura, Indonesia
  3. 314km (195mi) W of Vanimo, Papua New Guinea
  4. 341km (212mi) ENE of Nabire, Indonesia
  5. 1195km (743mi) SSE of Koror Town, Palau
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Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills young farmer in the Philippines

A young farmer died Sunday when he was struck by lightning on his way home in Remedios T. Romualdez town, Agusan Del Norte, police said.

Reports reaching Camp Crame on Monday said Joylito Hapson Mondano, 27 of Purok-4, Barangay Poblacion was walking with a friend, Adonar Batokan, along a rice field past noon Sunday when a thunderstorm broke out accompanied by lightning strikes.

Mondano was rushed by an rescue team to the Butuan Medical Center where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills man in Moscow


Russian investigators say lightning has killed a construction worker in Moscow.

Russian news agencies on Monday quoted investigation spokeswoman Yulia Ivanova as saying that the man was stuck by lightning in a park in the west of the city earlier on Monday and died on the spot. The man is believed to be a construction worker who was hiding from heavy rain in the park.

A thunderstorm in Moscow on Monday morning partially flooded several Moscow streets with 300 emergency workers dispatched to pump out the water. A third of the month's average rainfall is expected in Moscow on Monday and Tuesday.

Source: Associated Press


16-foot dead Beaked whale found on Guam shore


Another beaked whale washed up on the Southern part of the island...this time, a 16-footer.
Guam Department of Agriculture Fisheries Biologist Brent Tibbatts says the whale was found beached at the Agat Marina yesterday morning. Tibbatts says, "It was first reported Sunday morning, just washed up north of the channel of Agat Marina. Overnight, the waves have moved it to the south side of the channel."

Earlier today, Tibbatts and his team were able to examine the mammal and gather tissue samples to send off to a lab in Hawaii for analysis. When the results come back, Tibbatt says, that's when they'll figure out the cause of death, what population the whale belongs to, and if the whale had any disease or contaminants.

He says, "While we were out there today, the whale has been scraped on the coral and is bleeding a fair amount."

Tibbatts says this is the third deceased whale found on island this year, which he says is more than the number of mammals that wash ashore in a typical year.

Eye 2

Portents and signs: Cops nab 3 poachers with two-headed snake in India

A rare "two-headed" snake was seized from three poachers near the Sonali bridge in Roorkee area of Haridwar district on Thursday. A whopping sum of Rs 17.49 lakh was also seized from the trio.

Over the past few days, Haridwar police had received several inputs regarding the sale and purchase of two-headed snakes in the district. A police team of Roorkee was constituted to crack the case and working on the inputs, they came to know that four persons were coming to Sonali bridge in the area to purchase a rare snake.

When the police team arrived at the spot, it saw four persons standing at the stipulated location.

"Soon two others, including one who held a white bucket in his hand, arrived on the scene. He took out the snake and showed it to the four standing there and a deal was finalized for Rs 20 lakh," said SSP, Haridwar, Sweety Agarwal.


Portents and signs: Two-headed pig born in Raeford, North Carolina


A two-headed pig born in Raeford
Check this out: A two-headed pig.

William McArn went to check on the pigs that were delivered Monday night when he found this little guy.

He had four eyes, two ears, two snouts, and four legs.

The family said they have never seen anything like it before.

Unfortunately, the pig died soon after he was born.


Rare bright orange lobster caught in the Gulf of Maine

© Gabe Souza/Staff Photographer
Bill Coppersmith of Windham holds a normal looking lobster next to a bright orange lobster that he caught while fishing in deepwater canyons in the Gulf of Maine with his steersman Brian Skillings.
Bill Coppersmith caught a bright orange lobster Wednesday, and in 1997 his catch included an albino.

When it comes to catching "one in several million" lobsters, Bill Coppersmith's score is 2.

While fishing in deep-water canyons in the Gulf of Maine with his sternman Brian Skillings on Wednesday, Coppersmith caught a rare bright orange lobster. He named the colorful lobster "Captain Eli" after his 4-year-old grandson.

Robert Bayer, executive director of The Lobster Institute at the University of Maine, says it's difficult to arrive at an exact number on the odds of an orange lobster.

Bizarro Earth

Magnitude 6.9 earthquake strikes off Alaska coast

M6.9 - 76km ESE of Yunaska Island, Alaska
A strong 6.9 magnitude quake hit off the coast of western Alaska near the Islands of Four Mountains, USGS reported.

The epicenter of the tremor on Monday was 76 km southeast of Yunaska Island, the largest island in a group in the chain of volcanic Aleutian Islands that stretch across the northern Pacific from the US to Russia, the report said.

The quake struck at a depth estimated to be 11.9 km. No tsunami alert was issued following the quake.

The Aleutian Islands run along the trench of the same name and comprise the northern part of the so-called Pacific Rim of Fire, an area of frequent seismic activity.

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Bizarro Earth

Magnitude 6.0 earthquake strikes off Indonesia, no tsunami threat

A strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the Indonesian island of Java today, the US Geological Survey reported, but local officials said there was no risk of a tsunami.

The quake struck at 2:05 pm local time (0705 GMT), 93 kilometres (57 miles) south of Krajan Tambakrejo village in east Java province at a depth of 59 kilometres, the USGS said.

Mochammad Riyadi, from the Indonesian meteorology, climatology and geophysics agency, said there were no reports of casualties or damages.

"The quake epicentre was in the sea, but there's no risk of a tsunami. It's quite a distance from nearby cities," he told AFP.

An AFP correspondent in Banyuwangi city in east Java said that mild shaking could be felt for about five seconds.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" where tectonic plates collide, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity.

Comment: See also:

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Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes kill two people in Bangladesh

Two persons were killed and another injured in lightning in Gomostapur upazila of Chapainawabganj yesterday, said police.

Motahar Hossain Mukul, headmaster of Sonabor High School, was working on the roof of his house in Adda village when thunderbolt struck him during rain.

At Jugibari village, Sona Begum, 35, was killed and her husband Rafiqul injured in lightning while they were working in their yard during rain.

Rafiqul was admitted to the Upazila Health complex.