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Attention

Mile-wide tornado tears through Rio Vista, Texas

A mile-wide tornado touched down in north-central Texas as a storm system swept through with large hail and damaging winds, the National Weather Service said, promising more severe weather on Monday.

The storm knocked out power to more than 30,000 people in Texas, according to online reports compiled from local power companies. Austin Energy reported the most affected, with 7,600 without power.

After moving through the town of Rio Vista, the tornado moved east into rural parts of Johnson County, Emergency Management Director Jamie Moore told NBC News. The tornado was about a mile wide when it was first spotted, he said.

Comment: Nature is not happy! Check out:

  • Human-cosmic connection: Volcanic eruptions becoming more violent, aggressive
  • Volcanic eruptions and earthquakes increasing across the planet
  • The world's strongest earthquakes since 1900



Attention

2 people killed by elephants within 3 weeks in Botswana

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Elephant attack
Police in Kasane have confirmed that yet another life has been lost to an elephant attack in Chobe, barely three weeks after another incident.

A 68-year-old man from Kazungula was allegedly killed by an elephant by the road leading to the Zimbabwean border.

Station commander for Kasane police, Superintendent Silton Fidzani confirmed the incident, which he said took place on Tuesday (April 21) at around 2:30pm.

According to an eye witness, two men were digging some trees by the side of the road when a herd of elephants came towards them with one elephant in particular charging at them.

"One of the men managed to escape while the elephant caught up with the victim who was later confirmed dead at Kasane Primary Hospital," he said.

Fish

Rare ocean sunfish weighing 1.5 tons washes ashore at Palu, Indonesia

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Monster: Indonesian fishermen try to help a rare Ocean Sunfish after they found the sea creature had washed ashore in Palu, Central Sulawesi
Fishermen often exaggerate when boasting just how big their latest catch was.

But there was no need for these Indonesians who have got the pictures to prove they really did capture a true whopper.

For this monstrous sea creature weighs an incredible 1.5 tons and measures more than six feet long.

They didn't strictly catch it, however.

Instead, they found the rare Ocean Sunfish in a critical condition after it had washed ashore in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Comment: Other recent reports of sunfish turning up where they are not usually found: Spate of rare deep sea tropical fish found on Norfolk beaches, UK

Rare deep sea Ocean Sunfish found for the first time in Pakistan's waters

Deep ocean sunfish found on beach in North Queensferry, Scotland

"Rare" 300-pound warm-water Mola sunfish washes up on Washington coast

What is that thing? Giant 'fish' pulled up from Seattle's Elliott Bay

Additionally, in December 2012, Norfolk in the UK was subjected to a similar event: Sunfish invasion continues as third massive marine beast washed up in Norfolk


Wolf

Northern Minnesota sees a rise in wolves killing dogs

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Gray wolf
Six dogs have been killed by wolves in northern Minnesota in the last five weeks, outpacing last year's total for the entire state.

Minnesota Public Radio News reports most incidents have happened near Duluth. Four other dogs have been seriously hurt.

Controls on gray wolves in Minnesota have been limited since a federal judge put the animal back on the endangered species list in December. Now, Minnesota residents can only kill wolves in defense of human life.

Minnesota also can't hold managed wolf hunts, but if an attack on pets or wildlife is confirmed, federal officials can trap and kill wolves within a half mile of where it happened.

There are about 2,400 wolves in Minnesota, according to the state Department of Natural Resources.

Residents in a rural area between Duluth and Two Harbors say they're seeing more wolves than usual.

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Human cosmic connection: Volcanic eruptions becoming more violent, aggressive

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We are beginning to witness more aggressive activity from the world's eruptive volcanic systems. Chile's Calbuco, Peru's Ubinas volcano, Indonesia's Mt. Sinabung volcano, Mexico's Colima volcano, and Costa Rica's Turrialba volcano are not the only volcanoes ejecting high altitude ash plumes in more powerful eruptions these days - the list of volcanoes across the globe now experiencing similar simultaneous activity is growing. Volcanic activity as documented for April 27, 2015:

Karymsky (Kamchatka): (27 Apr) An explosion occurred this morning that was strong enough to produce an ash plume to approx. 10,000 ft (3 km) altitude (VAAC Tokyo).

Sakurajima (Kyushu, Japan): (27 Apr) Strong activity continues from the volcano. This morning (14:24 local time), an explosion at the Showa crater sent a plume to 15,000 ft (4.5 km) altitude that drifted north.

Manam (Papua New Guinea): (27 Apr) Eruptive activity is taking place at the volcano. VAAC Darwin reported an ash plume to 8,000 ft from the volcano this morning. A pronounced SO2 plume can be seen on satellite data as well.

Dukono (Halmahera): (27 Apr) The volcano continues to produce significant ash emissions - a plume extending 20 nautical miles E was observed Saturday (Darwin VAAC).

Barren Island (Indian Ocean): (27 Apr) A pilot reported an ash plume rising to 10,000 ft from the volcano. Likely, eruptive activity which had produced a new lava flow in March is still going on or has resumed.

Comment: To learn more about the human cosmic connection to these events, read Earth Changes and the Human Cosmic Connection by Pierre Lescaudron and Laura Knight Jadczyk.


Chalkboard

Volcanic eruptions and earthquakes increasing across the planet

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If it seems like earthquakes and erupting volcanoes are happening more frequently, that's because they are. Looking at global magnitude six (M6) or greater from 1980 to 1989 there was an average of 108.5 earthquakes per year, from 2000 to 2009 the planet averaged 160.9 earthquakes per year: that is a 38.9% increase of M6+ earthquakes in recent years. Unrest also seems to be growing among the world's super-volcanoes. Iceland (which is home to some of the most dangerous volcanoes on the planet), Santorini in Greece, Uturuncu in Bolivia, the Yellowstone and Long Valley calderas in the U.S., Laguna del Maule in Chile, Italy's Campi Flegrei - almost all of the world's active super-volcanic systems are now exhibiting some signs of inflation, an early indication that pressure is building in these volcanic systems.

When they will erupt is guess work, but in the meantime, activity is growing in Central America's volcanoes such as Costa Rica's Turrialba Volcano, Asia's volcanoes such as Kamchatka, Alaska and Indonesia are also more active. Magma chambers are growing as pressures increase, the numbers of tremors are increasing as are related 'quake-clusters'. If any one of these major volcanic systems has a large scale eruption, it would be a global event. Iceland is considered by many scientists to be the next likely place for a global level volcanic event. The last major event, actually relatively minor, was in 2010 when an Icelandic volcano (Eyjafjallajökull volcano) made headlines around the world by spewing mega-tons of ash into the atmosphere, cancelling and re-routing thousands of flights and costing airlines and passengers more than $7 billion+ in lost revenues.

Bizarro Earth

Climber captures video of shocking moment avalanche hits Mt. Everest base camp after Nepal earthquake

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A cloud of snow and debris triggered by an earthquake flies towards Everest Base Camp on April 25, 2015.
It is hard enough to survive a massive earthquake in Nepal and for that to be followed by a horrific avalanche at Mount Everest. However, some climbers managed to capture the moment they were hit by a sea of ice and snow crashing into them on camera.

A terrifying video posted on YouTube by German climber Jost Kobusch shows people at the Everest Base Camp stumbling in confusion as powerful the 7.9-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal on Saturday.

[WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE]


Kobusch can be heard saying "the ground is shaking," while laughing nervously at the start of the clip. The visibility was so poor, he was hardly able to see the slopes of the Himalayan Mountains.

Climbers nearby begin scrambling, yelling and trying to warn others of the imminent avalanche. Caught off guard, people try to find some cover, but the wall of snow was quick and brutal.

Cursing profoundly, the German hides in front of a tent with no proper protection. Seconds later, the climbers are buried by a wave of snow. One can hear Kobusch and another man trying to catch their breath, as the climber goes into a state of shock.

Bizarro Earth

The world's strongest earthquakes since 1900


A magnitude-7.8 earthquake shook Nepal's capital and the densely populated Kathmandu Valley on Saturday, the worst quake in the Himalayan nation in over 80 years.

The world's strongest earthquakes since 1900:

May 22, 1960: A magnitude-9.5 earthquake in southern Chile and ensuing tsunami kill at least 1,716 people.

March 28, 1964: A magnitude-9.2 quake in Prince William Sound, Alaska, kills 131 people, including 128 from a tsunami.

Dec. 26, 2004: A magnitude-9.1 quake in Indonesia triggers an Indian Ocean tsunami, killing 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

Comment: Here is a list of major earthquakes during the last 30 days.
  1. 6.6 49km E of Lamjung, Nepal2015-04-25 06:45:21 UTC14.6 km deep
  2. 7.8 34km ESE of Lamjung, Nepal2015-04-25 06:11:26 UTC15.0 km deep
  3. 6.2 182km WSW of Bella Bella, Canada2015-04-24 13:56:16 UTC10.0 km deep
  4. 6.3 158km SSE of Lata, Solomon Islands2015-04-22 22:57:15 UTC72.0 km deep
  5. 6.4 66km SE of Su'ao, Taiwan2015-04-20 01:42:58 UTC29.0 km deep
  6. 6.5 183km SSW of Sigave, Wallis and Futuna2015-04-17 15:52:51 UTC10.0 km deep
  7. 3.3 1km WSW of View Park-Windsor Hills, California2015-04-13 04:17:41 UTC11.7 km deep
  8. 6.3 105km NE of Hihifo, Tonga2015-04-07 00:46:21 UTC30.0 km deep
  9. 3.6 1km NNW of San Ramon, California2015-04-02 07:06:03 UTC10.0 km deep
  10. 6.5 99km ENE of Hihifo, Tonga2015-03-30 08:48:26 UTC15.5 km deep
  11. 6.4 109km NE of Hihifo, Tonga2015-03-30 08:18:00 UTC11.5 km deep
  12. 7.5 53km SE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea2015-03-29 23:48:31 UTC41.0 km deep
Out of the 17 strongest earthquakes above 8.5 magnitude on Richter scale during last 110 years, the 6 strongest earthquakes (above 8.5) happened during last 11 years.

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The amount of energy released increases exponentially as the earthquakes become stronger.
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Black Cat

6 year old boy attacked by panther near Manawar, India

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6 year old Arjun undergoing treatment at Manawar Community Health centre.
A six year old boy was attacked by a panther when he was sleeping outside his house in Sadadiya Kua village of Manawar tehsil in Dhar district on Thursday night. He was rushed to the community health centre in Manawar where he was given medical treatment and his condition is now out of danger.

Manawar SDO (Police) Dhiraj Babbar told that Arjun, a six year old boy, a resident of Sadadiya Kua village was sleeping outside his house when the panther picked him up. When Arjun cried loudly, other members of the family shouted on the animal and ran after him, on which it left the child and fled into the jungle. Arjun received injuries in his neck and cheeks as the panther had gripped its jaws on his neck while attacked his face with its paws.

Dhar Divisional Forest Officer Gaurav Chowdhry reached Sadadiya Kua village on Friday afternoon to take a stock of the situation and discussed the issue with the local villagers. Later, on why the man- animal conflicts have increased drastically in the last few years, he said that the habitat of the wild animals has been widely destroyed due to encroachment into forest land and large scale allotment of lease certificates under Forest Rights Act. Due to these two aspects, along with their habitat, fauna is also lost, due to which small animals are not available for the carnivores and they enter into the human settlements in search of cattle for food.

Sometimes, they try to take the human babies also.

Comment: See also this other attack: Leopard kills boy after entering house in Junnar, India: 'Very abnormal activity'


Attention

Deer attacks and injures five people in Odisha, India

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Deer tracks
A wild deer has allegedly attacked and injured five people in Polasara block of Ganjam district in Odisha.

One of these injured Ramchandra Nahak of Kokabandha village had to be admitted in Polasara Community Health Centre (CHC). Four others of the area have also been injured by this wild deer.

Ramchandra was attacked when he had come out of his home early morning to attend to nature's call. Inhabitants of Sana-Ichhapur have also complained to the forest department about this stray wild deer which is attacking humans.

According to forest officials, this deer may be injured and attacking humans that come close to it. Forest officials have started tracking the deer to capture it and release it in jungle away from human habitats