Earth Changes


Oz-some! Ukrainians shocked by huge twister in their region (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

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A tornado hit several villages in the Dnepropetrovsk region in Ukraine's south this week. Locals reported that roofs were blown off, trees torn from the ground, and fish from the river covered the roads, adding they had never seen anything like it before.

The village of Volosskoe near Dnepropetrovsk suffered the worst, Rossiya 24 channel reported. The funnel cloud grew to 100 meters in diameter.

The tornado was gone in some 15 minutes, leaving people in its wake in shock. Locals said they had only seen such a weather phenomenon "on television, in programs about America," Kharkov news agency reported.

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Lightning strike injures 15, kills dog on Mount Bierstadt in Colorado

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Three people were transported to Denver-area hospitals after a lightning strike 500 feet below the summit of popular 14er Mt. Bierstadt Sunday morning.

The Clear Creek County Sheriff's Office says eight adults were transported from the trailhead, and that three adults were taken to Denver-area hospitals. One of them was in serious condition, the other two had non-life threatening injuries.

The five others refused further treatment, the sheriff's office says.

Initial reports said as many as 16 people were injured. A dog also died after the strike.

A call first came in about the incident at around 11:30 a.m. Rescue crews initially told 9NEWS that all of the victims were on the way down the mountain when they were struck.

"The storm came through really fast," hiker Pete Hunter said. "Didn't really see the clouds building as we'd expect in the distance. It was kind of like they built right on the summit."

Madeleine Ripley was on the peak with friends, and shocked by a strike while touching a rock.

"I felt lightning and I just started running back down and I kept going," she said.


Cairo, Egypt smited with sandstorm and earthquake in one day; quake shakes Gaza Strip

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A couple observe a sandstorm that shrouds the capital city from an observation deck of the Cairo Tower in Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, June 27, 2015.
Egypt faced treacherous weather conditions Saturday as a sandstorm blanketed the north of the country and a magnitude-5.2 earthquake centered in the Sinai peninsula shook buildings more than 200 miles away in the capital, Cairo.

The epicenter of the quake was 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) southeast of the beachside town of Nuweiba in the Sinai, and about 75 kilometers (46 miles) south of Egypt's border with Israel, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Airports near Alexandria and Marsa Matrouh, along the Mediterranean coast, closed and diverted flights to Cairo due to poor visibility from the day's sandstorm, Civil Aviation Minister Hossam Kamel said in a statement. Visibility reached as low as 500 meters at the Burg al-Arab airport near Alexandria, he said.

Fierce winds whipped through the capital as many residents took cover from the sand by staying indoors. Others were seen braving the storm wearing surgical masks or covering their faces with clothing, as the wind sent rubbish and dust swirling.

At its peak, the sandstorm covered the capital in a thick orange cloud, dramatically reducing visibility.

Comment: 5.5 magnitude earthquake hits Israel; shaking reported in Cairo

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5.5 magnitude earthquake hits Israel; shaking reported in Cairo

Earthquake felt at 6:34 PM; epicenter reportedly south of Israel; strong shaking reported in Cairo
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An earthquake was felt in several Israeli cities at precisely 6:34 PM on Saturday. Uri Frieslander of the Israeli Geological Institute said the first station to log the quake was in Eilat.

The Israel Geological Survey reported that the earthquake measured a 5.5 on the Richter scale. It also reported that the epicenter was 90 kilometers south of Eilat. The American Geological Survey said it occurred on the East African Rift.

Israelis reported feeling the earthquake from cities such as Be'er Sheva, Tel Aviv, Hod Hasharon, Holon, Netanya, Jerusalem, and as far north as Nazareth Illit.

David Azulai, a resident of the town of Omer in the south said: "I was working on my computer, my feet where on the ground and I started feeling the ground move. It was clearly an earthquake; my partner was in bed and felt it too. It brought me back to memories of the big quake in the 90's. That was a serious earthquake. This time it was weak. I went to check on my partner to make sure she was alright."

Suzan from Ashkelon said; "we felt a light quake, my bed was moving about 2 minutes ago."

There have been three earthquakes just south of the current epicenter since 1900, ranging from 6 to 7 on the Richter scale. Al Jazeera reported that the quake had been strongly felt in Cairo. Reports from Jordan say that the quake was felt in Aqaba, and some of the residents left their homes as a result. Car alarms went off in some towns in Israel.

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Severe weather sweeps across U.S. causing flash floods, power outages

A stormy weekend across the country already proved to be dangerous, and officials cautioned Sunday that the threat wasn't over yet.

A 29-year-old woman and her 4-year-old daughter were found dead in their Chevy Chase, Maryland, home Saturday from apparent electrocution, according to police. Their bodies were found near a portable pump that was in standing water after heavy rainfall, police said.

Down the coast in St. Johns County, Florida, a man was injured by a lightning strike while standing in ankle deep water at a beach, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

And a Boy Scout was killed in flash flood waters that swept through a camp in Colfax County, New Mexico, early Saturday morning, according to the New Mexico Department of Public Safety. Three other Scouts who were swept away were rescued.


Suspected coyote attack on 11-year-old girl in northern Alberta


An 11-year-old girl was seriously injured after a suspected coyote attack overnight.
A young girl has been recovering after a suspected coyote attack in northern Alberta.

The girls' mother, Lolene Veronica Young-Condon said the incident happened around 1 a.m. Saturday in the town of Valleyview.

"We were going to do some star gazing," she explained.

Young-Condon had gone into the house to make some tea when she heard something outside.

"I heard some screeching, crying sounds that I had never heard before."

When she went outside to investigate she caught sight of the animal.

"I was standing on the steps outside my door and I saw this furry animal on my daughter Katie.

"I thought at first it was a fox."

She said the animal jumped off Katie and turned to face her. It ran off into the woods near the home after Young-Condon chased it.


Yet another shark attack in North Carolina - sixth in 2 weeks


Rescue personnel and park rangers responded to the 18-year-old, who received what they described as injuries to his right calf, buttocks and both hands
A teenager was in serious condition Sunday after being bitten by a shark off North Carolina, the latest in a string of shark attacks that have swimmers in the state gripped by fear.

The 18-year-old victim nearly died after the attack Saturday afternoon on the Outer Banks. It was the second shark attack on the Outer Banks in as many days and the sixth attack off the coast of North Carolina in the past two weeks.

The unidentified young man arrived at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia, in critical risk of dying, a spokeswoman said told The Associated Press Sunday.

Carol Flynn said the teen's condition had improved, allowing doctors to upgrade his condition from critical to serious.


Another shark attack in North Carolina - fifth in 2 weeks


Man bitten by shark in Outer Banks while trying to get others to safety
A North Carolina beachgoer was bitten by a shark Friday while trying to help other people avoid it.

The 47-year-old man was swimming near Avon, North Carolina, at around 11:40 a.m. with another adult and three children when he saw the shark nearby, local station WTKR reported. He yelled "Shark!" and was helping the others get out of the water when he was bitten.

The man, whose name has not been released, suffered injuries to his back and leg that are believed to be non life-threatening. No one else was injured.

This was the fifth shark attack reported in the state this year. On Wednesday an 8-year-old boy suffered minor injuries from a shark bite, Raleigh station WRAL reported. A shark bit a 13-year-old girl June 11 and took chunks out of her boogie board, according to WTSP in Tampa Bay, Florida. On June 14, a 12-year-old girl lost part of her arm to a shark bite; two miles away, a 16-year-old boy lost part of his arm to a shark just 20 minutes later.


Hikers find 2 dead whales near Lost Coast Trail, California

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A dead whale washed ashore on the Lost Coast Trail.
A group of hikers happened upon two dead whales this week during their 10th annual whiskey drinking trip down The Lost Coast Trail.

Hiker Mark Scatchard said the whales' locations were spread about 10 miles apart.

"On our annual pilgrimage down the Lost Coast Trail this week, we saw not one, but two dead whales," Scatchard said. "One in Cooskie Creek, not sure how it got up there, and one just south of Shipman's Creek. The one on the beach was freshly dead and there were no signs of net marks, crab pots, ropes or buoys."


A badly decomposed whale found in Cooskie Creek


Waterspout filmed off Oahu's Windward side

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The National Weather Service in Honolulu issued a special marine warning for Oahu's waters on the Windward side until 5 p.m. Saturday.

At 4:23 p.m., people reported a waterspout seven miles north of Heeia Kea small boat harbor, or about 15 miles north of Honolulu, moving west at 10 knots, or 11-and-a-half miles an hour.

Showers can produce waterspouts that can easily overturn boats and create locally hazardous seas. Seek safe harbor immediately.

Waterspouts tend to form within long cloud lines and are most likely to form under a large cloud buildup with a dark, flat base.