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Lightning strike kills fisherman in Philippines

A fisherman died after a bolt of lightning reportedly hit him while he was eating bread in Barangay Maya, Daanbantayan yesterday morning.

Police identified the fatality as Benancio Pepito, who suffered severe head injuries.

Investigator PO3 Victor Avenido said the town experienced intermittent rain and thunderstorm before the incident happened around 10 a.m.

Relatives told the police that Pepito sailed to the sea early in the morning to fish. He was using a wooden boat.

He later went back to shore to buy bread.

Some residents saw Pepito eating the bread while walking along the shore toward his boat when the lightning struck him, said Avenido in a phone interview.

They tried to help the fisherman and rush him to the hospital, but they noticed he was already dead.

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2015: A year of record-breaking extreme weather


Wildfires: bigger, more frequent, and happening everywhere
The "State of the Climate," released annually by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, found that 2014 was a record year for extreme weather: the "warmest year across global land and ocean surfaces since records began in 1880." In other words, it was the hottest year ever recorded on Earth. This year is shaping up to be no different, as 2015 has seen record-breaking heat, cold, precipitation, and drought. Here's a running list of this year's frightening new milestones.

Comment: See also: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - June-2015: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval and High Strangeness

To understand what's going on, check out our book explaining how all these events are part of a natural climate shift, and why it's taking place now: Earth Changes and the Human-Cosmic Connection.

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10,000 holidaymakers evacuated in south of France due to wildfires

Smoke can be seen rising from the fires
Up to 10,000 holidaymakers were evacuated from campsites in the south of France after wild fire ravaged nearby forests.

Firefighters and water planes were brought in to tackle the blazes which broke out near the town of Frejus, about 25 miles from Cannes.

Comment: See also: Study: Wildfire seasons are more destructive and lasting longer almost everywhere on Earth

Bizarro Earth

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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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.

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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.

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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.