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Amur tigers attacking, killing people and dogs in Russia

Lutiy, an endangered Amur tiger, roams in his cage at the Wild Animals Rehabilitation Center at the Sikhote-Alin Nature Monument, Russia on Monday, December 5, 2005
© Burt HermanLutiy, an endangered Amur tiger, roams in his cage at the Wild Animals Rehabilitation Center at the Sikhote-Alin Nature Monument, Russia on Monday, December 5, 2005
The world's biggest tigers have gone on a rampage in Russia, killing and attacking people in rural villages in the east of the country.

The villagers and their pets are being attacked by Amur tigers, which are seriously endangered and have been the focus of conservation efforts for years by Russian president Vladimir Putin.

In December last year a man and his dog were attacked and killed in the village of Obor, in the eastern region of Khabarovsk, the Moscow Times reported.

According to local police the tiger wandered into the village and killed the man's dog. The man, who has not been named, followed the tiger into the forest and his body was later found by villagers.

There have been almost 300 cases of tigers entering the area, according to local authorities in the region.

Comment: Perhaps because of the acute weather conditions in the region recently, are tigers experiencing difficulties finding their natural prey in the colder than normal temperatures and subsequently forced to target easier domesticated animals in and around local villages?

But, hey, don't mention climate change unless it's at the hot end of the spectrum. See also:

Coldest start to winter in decades for Russia: Parts of Siberia are enduring extreme cold below minus-70 degrees Fahrenheit


Man in wheelchair rushed to hospital after Florida City dog attack

A man in a wheelchair was allegedly attacked by a pair of dogs in Florida City on Wednesday afternoon.

Police said that man was rushed to Jackson South's Ryder Trauma Center with severe injuries to his arm after the attack, which took place near Northwest 10th Street and Fifth Avenue.

Local 10 News' Cody Weddle spoke to a neighbor who did not want to give her name, but said she was surprised to hear of the attack.

"That's Boo Boo," the neighbor said of one of the dogs. "Very peaceful. He got out the other day, and my mom was able to take him, give him food, and he went right back inside his kennel."

That woman lives next door to the home where the dogs live, and said she has interacted with them many times.


Man dies after being attacked by an American Bully XL in Geesthacht, Germany

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XL bully -Illustration
A few days ago, a 35-year-old from Geesthacht was attacked by his own dog, and now the man has died. The animal had already seriously injured the man's partner at the beginning of January.

A few days after he was attacked by his own dog, a 35-year-old man from Geesthacht near Hamburg died from severe bite injuries. His death was confirmed in a hospital on Friday evening, as the police confirmed on Sunday morning.

The 35-year-old was found bleeding profusely in a forest last Wednesday by a walker. His dog, an American Bully XL, appeared to be guarding him and reacted aggressively to the paramedics who were called. Police forces shot the animal.


Video of waterspout on Palm Jumeirah Beach, Dubai

Videos capturing a small tornadic waterspout on a beach in Dubai's Palm Jumeirah have surfaced online. In one clip, the waterspout is seen moving from the water to the shore, leaving destruction in its wake. Another video, captured by a witness on the shore, provides a closer look at the devastation caused by the waterspout.

"Witnessing the power of nature firsthand. A small tornado just touched down in Dubai, leaving us in awe of its sheer force. Stay safe, everyone," the witness wrote in a caption accompanying the video.

These videos were shared on the Instagram handle 'Lovin Dubai' with the caption, "People were shocked when a tornadic waterspout wreaked havoc at this beach earlier today." The incident took place Sunday morning.


Heavy snow blankets several provinces of Iran

The height of snow in some villages of Khalkhal in Ardabil province has reached more than 2 meters.

Snowfall has started in Lorestan this morning and the communication routes of 160 villages of this province have been blocked in Aligudarz and Borujerd cities.

Different areas of Gilan province were covered with heavy snow, especially in Astara, Masuleh, and Shanderman, creating eye-pleasing scenes.

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Storms bring flash-flooding across Queensland, Australia - 6.6 inches of rain in 3 hours - month's worth in just a few hours

Thunderstorms combined with moisture from Ex-Tropical Cyclone Kirrily have dumped a month's worth of rain in just a few hours on Sunday morning, with plenty more rain on the way.

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Kirrily is spinning over the northwest of Queensland, delivering heavy rainfall. At the same time, it is funnelling moisture down into the southeast of the state, allowing for intense rainfall falling with thunderstorms.

Nearly 800,000 lightning strikes lit up the skies during the 24 hours from midday Saturday to midday Sunday, as storms developed throughout the Central West and Southeast, including Brisbane.

A massive 170mm fell at Mt Berryman Road in the 3 hours to 3am, ending up with 234mm in the 24 hours to 9am. Nearby Thorton also picked up some heavy falls of 184mm. In fact, the vast majority of rain gauges in the Southeast district recorded at least 50mm, including Brisbane and Ipswich.

Snowflake Cold

Severe weather conditions grips Greece

Greece has been experiencing a severe wave of inclement weather since Sunday, characterized by a rapid drop in temperature, frost, gusty winds, and snowfall even in low-altitude regions. This adverse weather pattern is expected to reach its peak on Monday and Tuesday.

As a precautionary measure, the state apparatus has been put on standby, and the Civil Protection Committee will convene at noon on Monday to assess the situation and potentially implement teleworking measures in both the private and public sectors, if deemed necessary.

The arrival of the first snowfall has already been observed in the mountainous regions of Evia and Crete. Today, snow is expected to continue falling in mountainous and semi-mountainous areas of Thessaly, the Sporades, central and eastern Sterea, Evia, northern and eastern Peloponnese, and as the day progresses, it will also reach lower-altitude areas. Additionally, snowfall is anticipated in the mountainous regions of the Aegean islands and Crete.


Rare 'aurora curls' filmed in Iceland

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A rare image of the aurora. The view highlight the wave in the middle of the frame. It’s still a hot topic for the experts. The specialist told me that the formation of these curl-like structures may be connected with flow shear driven by ultra-low frequency waves. These curls are fine structures in the poleward boundary of multiple arcs formed by longitudinal-arranged field-aligned current pairs. It look like to the Auroral Undulations Triggered by Kelvin-Helmholtz Waves. The view was captured when the aurora appears in the zenith which exists just several minutes. I also captured a timelapse video at that moment. Photo taken at Kerid Crater, Iceland on Jan 16th. 2024. Photographer's website:
Regular readers may recall how we have occasionally reported on magnetic sine waves rippling through Earth's magnetic field, causing the magnetosphere to ring like a bell. On Jan. 16th, Jeff Dai looked up and actually saw one of those waves over the Kerid Crater in Iceland:

"I captured this rare image of 'aurora curls," says Dai. "They rippled across the zenith for several minutes."

Dai, who is vacationing in Iceland from China, asked Xing-Yu Li of Peking University's Institute of Space Physics and Applied Technology for help in understanding the aurora curls. "Imagine that Earth's magnetic field is like a guitar string," says Li. "In Jeff Dai's picture we are seeing vibrations in that string." Their wavelength, Li estimates, is several kilometers.

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Magnitude-6.5 earthquake occurs in Acre State, Brazil

A magnitude-6.5 earthquake occurred in Acre State, Brazil, at around 05:38 Jan. 28. The epicenter was about 66 km (41 miles) west-southwest of Tarauaca, Brazil.

The tremor occurred at a depth of about 609 km (378 miles), and light shaking was probably felt throughout western Acre and far southwestern Amazonas states in Brazil, far eastern Ucayali and far northern Madre de Dios regions in Peru.

There have been no initial reports of damage or casualties as a result of the earthquake. It could take several hours until authorities can conduct comprehensive damage assessments, especially in remote areas.

Aftershocks are likely over the coming days.


Heavy snowfall blankets southeastern Turkey, cutting off 1,414 villages

In Turkey's Kurdish southeast, heavy snow and cold temperatures have brought life to a standstill. Hundreds of villages are snowed in.

"All the roads are closed and the people are stuck," said Hakkari (Colemerg) resident Silhedin Haznedar. "There is no place for us to go due to snow."

Serhat Oguz, another local, said that they have taken matters into their own hands to clear paths to their shops so their customers can return to the market to buy essentials.

"I clear the doorsteps of the shop so people can enter the shops. We clear the roads of snow," Oguz said.

Roads to 1,414 villages have been closed in Hakkari, Bitlis, Mus, and Van.

Comment: Related: The snow is up to 7 meters (23 FEET) high in Hakkari, Turkey