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Tourist gored and trampled to death during elephant ride in Thailand

The elephant is said to have attacked its handler first, before turning on Mr Crowe. This is another elephant on the same park where Mr Crowe was killed
Thai authorities said Tuesday that a Scottish tourist was gored by an enraged elephant and trampled to death during a trekking tour on the resort island of Koh Samui.

Gareth Crowe, 36, and his stepdaughter, Eilidh Hughes, 16, were riding the adult elephant when they were thrown from the animal, police told Agence France-Presse. Crowe's stepdaughter and the elephant's handler were able to escape, but Crowe — who had a prosthetic leg, police said — could not outrun the elephant, Samui District Chief Paiboon Omark told AFP.

Crowe was wounded by the elephant's tusk and trampled. He died after being transported to a local hospital.

According to Thai news reports, the elephant — named Rambo but also known as Golf — became upset when his handler, called a mahout, climbed down to take a picture for the tourists.


Tasmania fighting fire and flood emergencies at the same time

Floods Tasmania
A refuge has been set up at the Triabunna council chambers for those stranded in the area.

The Tasman Highway between Buckland and Orford has been closed due to flooding and landslides, as has the highway a kilometre north of Triabunna.

One holiday-maker, who asked not to be named, said he and his young family were stuck on the other side of the Orford Rivulet, which was now a torrent.

He had been forced to walk into town for supplies, crossing the river via the beach.

"I spoke to the police and they said just to sit tight — the road south is closed and they don't know how long that will be the case for, " he said.

"They told me there was no point trying to get out at his stage."


Rare earthquake shakes residents of Maine, US

© Google Maps
The location of the temblor that reached 3.3 on the Richter scale on Feb.2.
At 6:56 a.m., residents on the east coast of Maine got a wake up call from nature.

A magnitude 3.3 earthquake hit 5 miles to the northeast of Eastport's shore, but residents thought it felt a lot closer than that.

Luckily, there wasn't much damage, but it gave people a good rattle.

The earthquake was detected coming from the waters between Maine and Canada's coasts. Residents from Charlotte and Perry and as far as Machias reported they heard and felt it. Some people experienced minor damage like falling household objects up to 10 miles from the center of the quake. Early risers even saw waves coming from the epicenter in the water. A magnitude 3.3 earthquake is still considered a minor one, but to some who lived close by, it was anything but.

"The only thing I could think of was the house blowing up," said one Eastport resident.

"There were some things falling off the shelves and it sounded like the house was going to crack in half," said another Eastport resident.

A worker on the pier said, "a short time later was a big wave rolling in. Just one rogue wave."

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Underwater sinkhole in Romblon, Philippines draws curiosity, fear

Sinkhole Philippines
The apparently sudden appearance of a sinkhole in a creek in Romblon has raised concern among parents and authorities in the area.

The creek is a common play area for local kids, who love to take a dip in its cool waters. But just over the weekend, two kids were surprised to discover a 1.8-meter-deep sinkhole in their usual haunt.

Parents have since warned their kids to stay away from the creek for fear that they may be sucked into the hole.

This fear may be unfounded, however: sinkholes are usually just depressions formed by the collapse of the surface above a hidden space in the ground.


First EVER snowfall in central Vietnam - Records date back to 1650

Snows blanketed Vietnam and Laos the last week of January 2016 breaking hundreds of cold and snow records.

SaPa farmers at total crop losses, 9000+ cattle froze to death and Nghe An recorded its first snowfall ever with records stretching back to 1650.

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Second earthquake hits Cornwall, UK within a week

A second earthquake has hit Cornwall in a week - leaving residents a little shaken by the minor tremor.

The British Geological Survey confirmed a signal at 12.04pm between Falmouth and Helston.

The data is now due to be analysed to determine its strength.

Kim Kimber, who lives near Falmouth, said: "Initially thought it might be thunder but there was not enough cloud. It felt wrong too.

"The whole house shook and the windows were rattling. I felt the vibration through the floor.

"If we lived near a quarry I might have thought they were blasting but nearest live quarry is a couple of miles away."

Last week, an earlier earthquake struck parts of Cornwall - sending a low rumble through houses around the area.

But far from any fears of a major seismic shift, perhaps splitting Cornwall from the rest of mainland Britain, the quake measured only 0.8 on the Richter Scale.


Rose-coloured sky in northern Canada amazes Iqaluit residents

© Nick Murray/CBC
Nick Murray snapped this photo outside of CBC North's Iqaluit office on Tuesday. Numerous other Iqaluit residents commented on the city's red hue, which was likely caused due to light scattering.
Light scattering likely cause of deep red colouration, says CBC meteorologist

Residents of Iqaluit, Nunavut woke up on Tuesday morning seeing red — literally.

The city took on a strange rose hue throughout the day, wowing residents and leading to plenty of theories. CBC North's Nick Murray snapped a photo of the colouration outside CBC's Iqaluit bureau, which was shared widely across Facebook and Twitter. By Wednesday afternoon, the photo had reached nearly 200,000 people on CBC's Facebook pages alone.


Nacreous clouds spotted in sky over Ireland

© SparkyScoops
Nacreous cloud
The stunning clouds were pictured by people in a number of places, including Dublin and Belfast

A number of people noticed amazing rainbow coloured clouds in the sky over Ireland this morning.

The stunning clouds were pictured by people in a number of places, including Dublin and Belfast.

They are known as polar stratospheric clouds or nacreous clouds and usually appear during winter at high latitudes like Scandinavia, Iceland, Alaska and Northern Canada.

The clouds are quite rare in Ireland and are mostly visible within two hours after sunset or before dawn.

They appeared as Storm Henry continues to batter the country.

© Emma Elliott
Rainbow clouds this morning over York road/M2 Belfast

Comment: See also these other recent reports: Nacreous cloud seen over Leicester, UK

Glowing 'mother of pearl' clouds color Scotland's skies

'Fire rainbow' photographed over Lecce, Italy

'Fire rainbow' appears in Auckland, New Zealand's skies

Colorful polar stratospheric clouds return to Swedish skies

Colorful 'mother of pearl' cloud appears in Swedish skies

'Fire rainbow' spotted over Saint John, New Brunswick

Giant fire rainbow colors the sky over Bangkok and baffles residents


Nacreous cloud seen over Leicester, UK

© Chris Gordon
The cloud that appeared earlier this evening
People across Leicester were left astounded this afternoon when an unusual cloud formation appeared in the sky.

The formation, which looked like a rainbow around an oval of bright light, appeared at about 5pm in an otherwise murky, grey sky.

Witnesses took photos of the phenomenon and uploaded them to Twitter, many commenting on the "beautiful" appearance.

Leicester Mercury weatherman Dave Mutton said the formation was the result of a cold front moving from the North down to the South.

© Kaz Canning


North Sea sperm whale death toll increases to 23 as another 8 are washed up on German coast

Bleak scene: The creatures are male and about the same age as a number of others who have washed up on the coast of northern Europe over the last few weeks
Eight dead sperm whales have died after they were washed up on a German beach today, taking the total number of dead whales to 23 after a devastating number of beachings during the past month across northern Europe.

The eight whales found near the northern town of Friedrichskoog were young bulls, around the same age as the animals discovered three weeks ago at various North Sea spots.

They were lying close to each other in the mudflats of a restricted area of the Wadden Sea national park, the Schleswig-Holstein regional environmental authority said in a statement.

Since the 1990s, a total of 82 sperm wales have been found stranded in the Wadden Sea in Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany.

The sperm whale is the largest of the toothed whales, and the largest toothed predator.It can measure up to 20 metres (67 feet) long and weigh over 50 tonnes.

There are various theories why the whales end up in the North Sea rather than the Atlantic - but the nutrient-poor waters can prove catastrophic for them

Shocking: At least 23 whales have been stranded across the coastline of northern Europe and may have come from a single whale pod