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Lightning kills over 60 dairy cows in Chile

© AP Photo/Radio San Jose de Alcudia
In this Monday, April 7, 2014 cell phone image provided by local station, Radio San Jose de Alcudia and downloaded from its Facebook page, a herd of cattle carcasses skirt a tree on a ranch in Rio Bueno, Chile. Ranchers in southern Chile say a series of lightning strikes spawned by storms has killed more than 60 of their dairy cows.
Ranchers in southern Chile say a series of lightning strikes has killed more than 60 of their dairy cows, costing the cattle owners thousands of dollars.

Storms on Sunday spawned the strikes in south-central Chile. Worst hit was a ranch in Los Rios owned by Cecil Fourt, who says 54 of his cows were killed by lightning and another one was blinded. Another rancher, Claudio Toledo, says nine of his cows sheltering under a tree were struck and killed.

The El Austral newspaper reported Tuesday that workers were digging a deep pit to bury the cattle.

Source: AP
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The New Normal: Sinkholes still plague Palmyra, Pennsylvania

© Earl Brightbill — Lebanon Daily News
A front end loader is used to fix a sinkhole on South Grant Street south of Cherry Street in Palmyra on Monday. Borough officials believe the new sinkhole may be connected to a hole that opened at a nearby property in the past few weeks ago.
With April showers and the spring thaw, sinkholes are starting to open again around Palmyra.

On Monday, borough crews worked on filling a new sinkhole that was reported during the weekend in an alley along the 300 block of East Cherry Street between South Harrison and South Grant streets. Crews also were patching a sinkhole about two feet in diameter that reopened on South Grant Street on Friday, according to a borough official.

The latest sinkhole was reported Sunday in an alley next to 320 E. Cherry St., borough manager Roger Powl said. He believes it may be connected to a sinkhole that opened on that property at the rear of the house two or three weeks ago.

"It's probably the same hole. It's just getting larger," he said. "It's about the diameter of a basketball."

In October, three large sinkholes opened in the same block of East Cherry Street between the alley and South Grant Street, forcing the evacuation of several families. Residents have been concerned that sinkholes will migrate.
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Work to repair sinkhole starts in Derry Township, Pennsylvania

PennDOT road crews have started work to repair a sinkhole along Route 422 at the east end of Derry Township.

PennDOT crews will first excavate and determine the size of the sinkhole. Depending on the size, the repair work may take most of the day to complete, according to a PennDOT news release.

The repair work is affecting both directions of Route 422, and a traffic signal at the intersection of East Derry Road has been placed on flash. Flaggers are assisting drivers through the work area.

Drivers are advised to seek alternate routes or allow additional time in their travel plans in order to avoid delays.

The work was originally scheduled for Monday, but was postponed because of rain.
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Evansville road shut down after sinkhole size increases, Indiana

A sinkhole has a road closed to traffic in Evansville.

It's at the intersection of Sycamore and MLK. This is the sinkhole we first told you about last week and now it has grown even larger.

The area is closed off to traffic and city crews are now back on scene trying to repair it again.

No word on how long it might take to get that busy intersection back open.

14 News is continuing to follow these developments, and we will have the latest on air, online at 14News.com and on mobile with the 14 News mobile app.
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Crawley dual carriageway where sinkhole emerged shut for a week, UK


CLOSED: The dual carriageway is set to be shut for more than a week
One side of a dual carriageway in Crawley where a "sink hole" has emerged is expected to be closed for more than a week, it has been revealed this morning (Monday).

It appeared yesterday afternoon (Sunday) on the northbound side of the A23 (London Road) between the Fleming Way roundabout, where Astral Towers is based, and the roundabout for Lowfield Heath, close to Gatwick Airport.

A Thames Water spokeswoman described the hole as a "void" as it had been caused by a pressured pipe leaking, rather than a sinkhole, as they occur naturally.

She added: "Thames Water engineers are investigating a leak on a large pressurised sewer pipe beneath the A23 between Crawley and Gatwick Airport.
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Dead Sperm Whale washes up in Biscay Bay, Newfoundland

© Sharon Topping

An unusual sight in Biscay Bay off the south coast of Newfoundland is drawing a fair number of curiosity-seekers. A dead sperm whale rolled onto shore late last week. The Town Clerk with the nearby town of Trepassey says she took a trip down to the area after hearing about it on Facebook. She says it's an extraordinary sight but also quite sad.

Recent pictures show the carcass well up onto the beach. Topping says while it's drawing a lot of visitors right now, that won't be the case if the carcass lingers in the area into the summer. She says he's the talk of the town right now, but by summer his welcome will be worn out.
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It's not just scary stories - it's the truth

© Unknown
Like a note in a bottle cast into the sea long ago an email bobbed into my in-box the other day. It called attention to an opinion piece I first published August 20, 2012.

In that article ("Mutant Butterflies and Other Scary Stories"), I featured comments about the effects of Fukushima's nuclear disaster by Helen Caldicott, an Australian pediatrician who has spent most of her career sounding the alarm about nuclear dangers. You can find the original article here:

"Mutant Butterflies" survived somewhere long enough for reader Mike Conley of Los Angeles to find it, read it and be stirred up enough by it to send this email:

"In this article you quote Helen Caldicott: "The ambient levels of radiation in Seattle went up 40,000 times above normal." Think about it: If what she says is true, everyone in Seattle would have come down with radiation sickness. Why don't you do an article that digs into whether or not Caldicott can substantiate her scare stories?"
Bizarro Earth

Rare footage shows two live oarfish swimming near the shore

Oarfish are the world's largest bony fish, and they usually don't come in to the beach. They like depths of around 650 feet, and as far down as 3,000 feet. But in March, a group affiliated with Chicago's Shedd Aquarium encountered two beautiful oarfish swimming near the shore of the Sea of Cortés, in Mexico.


These silvery ribbons of fish can grow to enormous sizes - the two in the video are about 15 feet long, but oarfish can grow to be well over three times that size.

When oarfish end up in such shallow water it usually portends a bad end for the fish, as they don't generally venture into that portion of the ocean unless they are injured or dying. Dissections of two oarfish that washed ashore last fall showed that one was severely infested with parasites. The other may just have been lost.
Bizarro Earth

Rare earthquake strikes Southern France

Southern France Quake
© EMSC
Map of earthquake today (April 7, 2014) in southern France.
An earthquake of preliminary magnitude 5.0 shook southern France today (April 7), according to France's National Seismic Monitoring Network.

The earthquake's epicenter was about 30 miles (50 kilometers) from the resort city of Nice and 69 miles (111 km) from Monaco. The quake originated 7 miles (11 km) deep and struck at 9:27 p.m. local time (19:27 UTC), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reports.

The USGS automated earthquake detection network calculated a preliminary magnitude of 4.7 for the temblor.

There were no immediate reports of damage, according to Reuters.
Bizarro Earth

Remembering the great Alaskan earthquake and tsunami: Alaska, March 1964

1964 Alaskan Earthquake
At 5:36 pm on March 27, 1964, the largest earthquake ever recorded in North America, and the second largest in history, rattled coastal Alaska for close to 4 minutes. Though the epicenter of the Great Alaskan Earthquake was deep beneath Prince William Sound -- 75 miles east of Anchorage and 56 miles west of Valdez -- the magnitude 9.2 temblor rippled water as far away as Louisiana and even made parts of Florida and Texas jump a couple of inches.

Every year the Pacific tectonic plate barges roughly 2 in. into, and under, the North American plate near southern Alaska. Under intense pressure from the friction, the crust bends and strains until it eventually snaps back into place, as it did that March evening. In downtown Anchorage, the quake caused the streets to become asphalt waves, bouncing cars into the air. Parts of the city dropped as much as 30 ft., bringing the Denali Theater marquee on Fourth Avenue to sidewalk level. One block over, the concrete facade of the new J.C. Penney crashed into the sidewalk, killing a crouching pedestrian and a passing driver. At the airport, the control tower toppled over and killed an air traffic controller.

The ground in the Turnagain Heights subdivision simultaneously sank and surged up. "Our whole lawn broke up into chunks of dirt, rock, snow and ice," Turnagain resident Tay Pryor Thomas wrote in National Geographic shortly after the quake. "We were left on a wildly bucking slab; suddenly it tilted sharply, and we had to hang on to keep from slipping into a yawning chasm."

But what claimed 115 of the 131 lives that day wasn't the earthquake itself. It was the tsunami waves that screamed across Prince William Sound and down the Pacific Ocean. The quake had caused several underwater landslides that, in turn, displaced vast amounts of water. The great volume of water that was forced out to sea returned just as quickly, in the form of giant waves that geologists call local tsunamis.

"I was in my house in Cordova eating dinner when the quake struck," recalls Pete Corson, then a U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant assigned to the cutter Sedge. "Our house came almost completely off the foundation. I ran down to the dock and it had split in half and was heaving back and forth. We had to wait until the gap closed before jumping across it to get to the Sedge." Corson brought his wife and three young sons with him as he boarded the cutter. Soon, reports began to crackle over the ship's radio: "The village of Chenega is completely wiped out by a tidal wave. There are many injuries ... only one house left standing." The Sedge was in "Charlie status," with its engines disassembled, and the crew scrambled to get her underway.

Forty-five miles north of Cordova, in Valdez, the 400-ft. freighter SS Chena was in port when the quake hit. Twenty seconds after the initial tremors, 98 million cubic yards of the silty delta slumped away. The massive amount of water displaced came rushing back as a 40-ft. local tsunami, killing more than 30 people as they tried to flee.
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