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US tourist, 80, killed in attack by 'aggressive' bull elephant while on safari in Zambia

An 80-year-old American woman was killed during a wildlife safari in Zambia after an "aggressive" bull elephant "unexpectedly" charged at the vehicle, the tour operators said.

The incident happened at around 9.30am local time on 30 March at the Kafue National Park in Zambia and the shocking video of the moment was captured and posted on social media.

The video showed the adult male elephant chasing the car which came to a halt as the animal closed in. The elephant then knocked the vehicle over as the guide screamed, "Hey, hey, hey!"

The woman has been identified as Gail Mattson by her family, according to ABC News. Safari operators, Wilderness Destinations, said the elephant "unexpectedly charged" at the vehicle that was on an excursion with six guests and a guide.

"An aggressive bull elephant charged the vehicle carrying six guests and a guide who were on a game drive from Lufupa Camp," the company said in a statement to ABC News.

Comment: Another attack reported in March this year: Angry elephant lifts safari truck into the air, 'traumatizes' tourists in South Africa


'Doomsday fish' that 'surfaces before disasters' seen before Taiwan earthquake

A 'doomsday fish' said to predict
© Brenjeng CaayonA 'doomsday fish' said to predict deadly disasters was reportedly spotted just hours before the Taiwan earthquake.
A "doomsday" fish that is said to only appear before disasters strike was spotted by a fisherman who claims it foreshadowed the deadly Taiwan earthquake.

The Oarfish is a deep sea creature that typically lives at ocean depths of up up to 3,300 feet and is rarely seen by humans. But according to Japanese legend, when one of these fish is spotted, its a sign that a catastrophe of some sort is imminent. Now, a fisherman in the neighbouring Philippines has revealed he caught the foreboding fish shortly before Taiwan was shaken by the most powerful earthquake it has seen in 25 years, which has so far killed at least nine people.

Brenjeng Caayon, who snapped up the fish near near Kalanggaman Island, roughly 900 miles south of the epicentre, insists it is no coincidence. He said: This is a bad omen, according to superstition. And it might be an omen, because just this morning an earthquake rocked Taiwan. I didn't believe it before, but now I've started to."

He recalled how he and three other fisherman were out on his boat when they came across the creature just 30 hours before the earthquake hit. At first, his crewmates had no idea how significant the find was as they didn't know what it was. Caayon said: "They were supposed to throw it back in, but I stopped them; I told them to bring it ashore. When I saw it, I recognised it immediately; I've already seen an oarfish before, but not this huge."

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18 taken to hospital after lightning strikes football game in Japan

Photo shows the site where a lightning strike resulted in 18 people being hospitalized in Miyazaki, southwestern Japan, on April 3, 2024.
© KyodoPhoto shows the site where a lightning strike resulted in 18 people being hospitalized in Miyazaki, southwestern Japan, on April 3, 2024.
Lightning struck during a football game at a high school sports field in southwestern Japan, leaving a high school student in serious condition while 17 others were also taken to hospital, local authorities said Wednesday.

The incident occurred around 2:30 p.m. while students from Hosho High School in Miyazaki and Kamoto High School from Kumamoto Prefecture were holding a practice match. The game took place at the school in Miyazaki.

Two of the students from Kamoto High School were initially in serious condition but one of them later regained consciousness, school officials said.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said warm humid air flowed in toward a front and low pressure system over Kyushu region in southwestern Japan, creating ideal conditions for lightning.

A thunderstorm advisory has been in effect for Miyazaki since Tuesday.

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Doctor gets swallowed up by huge sinkhole in Cachoeiro de Itapemirim, Brazil

A doctor was injured when he was swallowed up by a sinkhole as he walked down the street.

CCTV footage shows how the wide crater suddenly opened up beneath the man as he strolled down the pavement.

As he dropped into the deep hole, part of the adjoining wall toppled sideways, showering him with rubble.

The victim - an orthopaedic doctor - suffered a broken leg.

Good Samaritans nearby ran over to help the stricken man on yesterday (1 Apr) morning, as reported on Need To Know.


6.1 magnitude earthquake strikes eastern Japan

A strong earthquake of 6.1 magnitude shook Japan's Minamisoma region on Thursday, according to the US Geological Survey.

The tremor occurred 83 kilometers (51 miles) east of Minami-Soma in the province of Fukushima at a depth of 40 kilometers, the agency said, with no tsunami warning issued.

There was no report of any damage.

According to Japanese media, the quake was felt in Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima provinces at 12.16 p.m. local time (0316GMT), with no abnormalities confirmed at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

This came after a powerful magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck off Taiwan's eastern coast on Wednesday, killing at least nine people, while hundreds others were injured.

The quake was the strongest to have hit the island nation in 25 years. In 1999, around 2,400 people were killed when a 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck Taiwan in the middle of the night.


Best of the Web: Severe storms and 16 tornadoes leave a path of destruction from Georgia to Illinois

Widespread storm damage is seen in Jeffersonville,
© WLKYWidespread storm damage is seen in Jeffersonville, Indiana.
Homes and businesses were damaged, several people were injured and tens of thousands remained in the dark Wednesday after a powerful storm system spawned tornadoes and damaging storms from the South to the Ohio Valley, and blizzard conditions and snow in the Great Lakes.

Severe storms injured at least 10 people in Jeffersonville, Indiana, just north of Louisville, the town's mayor told CNN affiliate WLKY. Photos posted by the mayor showed chunks taken out of several homes' roofs and debris strewn about an area neighborhood.

Severe thunderstorms brought "flooding, downed trees, power outages, and road blockages" across West Virginia, according to Gov. Jim Justice, who declared a state of emergency Tuesday for Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln and Nicholas counties.

At least 13 homes were damaged and some residents were injured, Fayette County, West Virginia, Office of Emergency Management director Kevin Walker told CNN. The injuries were non-life threatening, Walker said.

"Some are destroyed, and some have major damage," Walker said.


Mount Marapi erupts in West Sumatra, Indonesia

Mount Marapi erupted on Wednesday, April 3 2024, at 09:30 WIB.

The height of the eruption column was observed to be ± 1500 m above the peak (± 4391 m above sea level).

The ash column was observed to be gray in color with thick intensity towards the northwest.

The eruption was recorded on a seismograph with a maximum amplitude of 30.4 mm and a duration of 46 seconds.


Deadly storm kills 7, people blown away from flats in southern China

A rare storm has caused massive damage in China's southern Jiangxi province. The typhoon-like winds reportedly blew away 3 people from their high-rise apartment. Nanchang and Jiujiang provinces remain the worst affected. According to reports, at least 7 people have lost their lives.


Boy dies after attack by two large dogs in Edmonton, Canada

dog attack
An 11-year-old boy was killed in an attack by two "very large dogs" Monday night in north Edmonton, police said.

Officers responding to the call at 82 Street and 11 Avenue SW just before 8 p.m. Monday found the boy suffering severe injuries after being mauled by two dogs.

The officers attempted life-saving measures until emergency medical services (EMS) arrived shortly after. The boy, however, was pronounced dead on scene, police said in a Tuesday afternoon news release.

The two dogs were seized by animal control peace officers.

"The dogs reportedly belong to a person who lives at the residence where the child was visiting," police spokeswoman Cheryl Vourdenhout said in the release.

An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.


Rivers flood French towns and giant hailstones over weekend

Several areas of France saw rivers burst their banks and flood through towns over the Easter weekend with storms and heavy rain sweeping across the south-west and east. Hundreds of homes had to be evacuated.

Many departments still face warnings over river levels, particularly in the south-west and east.

The Arroux and Armançon rivers in the east of France remain at the highest possible risk level for flooding today (April 2).

The videos below posted on social media show the impact of flooding from these rivers.

Comment: Another report: Town submerged after heavy rain triggers severe flooding in central France