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Dead Starfish Are Discovered in B.C.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Hundreds of starfish have been found dead on a beach on British Columbia's Sunshine Coast, and a scientist says a nonnative parasite is likely to blame.


Spring Snow Brought Up to 5 Feet to Plains

LEAD, S.D. - Residents of the northwestern Plains on Thursday started to dig out from this week's spring blizzard, which dumped up to 5 feet of snow, cut power and threatened to flood low-lying areas.

The heaviest snow was reported in the city of Lead in western South Dakota, near the Wyoming line, where the weather service reported 59.4 inches.

Crews struggling with the weight and volume of snow also had to find a place to put it after scooping it up, said Pat Milos, Lead's city administrator.


Southern Louisiana in a Severe Drought

NEW ORLEANS - Mother Nature has outdone herself with this cruel joke: Southern Louisiana, much of which was underwater not so long ago, is in the throes of a severe to extreme drought.

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita accounted for most of the rain the region has seen in more than a year, weather experts say. Southeastern Louisiana is on pace for its driest January-though-April ever.

According to the Lincoln, Neb.-based National Drought Mitigation Center, southern Louisiana is under conditions of either severe or extreme drought - with the extreme conditions closer to the coast.


More Recent Earthquakes

06/04/20 12:20:42 4.3 NORTH OF ANGUILLA, LEEWARD ISL.
06/04/20 17:50:43 5.5 NEAR S. COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
06/04/20 23:25:05 7.7 KORYAKIA, RUSSIA
06/04/20 23:38:49 5.4 KORYAKIA, RUSSIA
06/04/21 00:06:13 5.1 NEAR E COAST OF KORYAKIA, RUSSIA
06/04/21 00:32:36 5.1 NEAR E COAST OF KORYAKIA, RUSSIA
06/04/21 00:39:45 4.5 KORYAKIA, RUSSIA
06/04/21 00:42:00 4.5 KORYAKIA, RUSSIA
06/04/21 00:51:12 5.2 KORYAKIA, RUSSIA
06/04/21 01:12:08 4.6 NEAR E COAST OF KORYAKIA, RUSSIA
06/04/21 01:30:05 4.9 NEAR E COAST OF KORYAKIA, RUSSIA
06/04/21 01:44:12 5.1 NEAR E COAST OF KORYAKIA, RUSSIA
06/04/21 04:32:45 6.1 NEAR E COAST OF KORYAKIA, RUSSIA
06/04/21 07:32:28 4.7 KORYAKIA, RUSSIA
06/04/21 07:40:05 5.0 NEAR E COAST OF KORYAKIA, RUSSIA
06/04/21 08:57:37 4.6 NEAR E COAST OF KORYAKIA, RUSSIA
06/04/21 09:46:15 4.8 EASTERN XIZANG
06/04/21 11:14:20 5.7 KORYAKIA, RUSSIA
06/04/21 11:19:50 5.2 KORYAKIA, RUSSIA


Flash floods, landslide kill at least 23 in Indonesia

JAKARTA - Flash floods and landslides triggered by monsoon rains in Indonesia's East Java have killed at least 23 people, the state Antara news agency said as mopping up operations got underway.

The disaster is the latest to strike on the island of Java, one of the most densely-populated in the world, where scores of people have been killed this year in rain-related catastrophes.


Massive earthquake rocks Russia's Kamchatka peninsula, no fatalities

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (AFX) - A massive 7.9-magnitude earthquake rocked Russia's northeastern Kamchatka peninsula on the Bering Sea, the local emergency situations ministry officials said.

Comment: Comment: The area of this quake is directly across the beiring straits from Alaska and on the same "ring of fire" that connect to California's fault lines. As such, California's 21st century "big one" can't be far behind.


Precursor to a Weird Summer? What's up with the birds in North Dakota?

In the last two weeks, birders have seen, and in some cases, photographed, eight different species of birds not seen in the states for years or decades or, as it turns out, ever.

These include sightings of a mountain plover (not seen in North Dakota since the 1930s), a Eurasian wigeon, two great black-backed gulls, an anhinga, a mountain chickadee, a gray jay, a red-shouldered hawk and an eastern meadowlark.

Eight accidentals in two weeks is remarkable. "Typically, maybe one or two a month over a year. To see eight in two weeks is pretty unusual," Corey Ellingson, president of the Bismarck-Mandan Bird Club and the reporter for the North Dakota Birding Society, said to the local media.


Wild Tornado Season: Expect More

Tornadoes can occur almost anywhere in the world, but the United States is the country with the highest frequency of tornadoes.

Each year there are about 1,200 tornadoes in the United States, causing about 65 fatalities and 1,500 injuries nationwide.

As of Friday, April 7 there had been 445 so far this year.

This is the fastest start for the first three months of the year since 1999, and it is in sharp contrast to last year when only 96 tornadoes had formed by April 3. Yet last year ended with exactly 1,200 twisters, according to NOAA. June was the busiest month in 2005.

Expect more.


Greens Happy As EU Tightens GMO Testing

Brussels - In a move hailed by environmentalists, the European Commission agreed Wednesday to tighten rules on testing genetically-modified foodstuffs before they can go on EU shelves.

But militants against biotech foods, who claim they threaten both human health and the environment, said that the European Union's food safety agency must be even more strict in policing food coming into the continent.

Comment: Comment: Did you catch how those opposed to GM foodstuffs were labeled "militants"? Interesting choice of words, eh? Nevermind that despite the fact that no one has conducted a thorough, long-term study of the health effects of the consumption of GM foods, such "frankenfoods" have spread like wildfire across the globe.


Tornadoes Rip Through Eastern Iowa; 1 Dead

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Severe storms ripped through eastern Iowa on Thursday night, spawning tornadoes that crushed homes and cars and killed one person.

The National Weather Service said the fatality occurred in Muscatine County, where a tornado toppled the victim's mobile home in Nichols. The victim's name was not released.

Twisters, high wind and hail toppled trees and cut off power to thousands across the region. No other injuries were immediately reported.