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Lightning bolt kills three in Goalanda, Bangladesh

Three people were killed and another injured as a thunderbolt struck them at Paschim Naldubi village in Goalanda upazila on Tuesday evening, reports news agency UNB.

The deceased were Abu Bakkar Sheikh, 45, son of Jamal Sheikh of Paschim Naldubi village, Lal Miah Mandal, 35, son of Waj Uddin Mandal, a resident of the same area, Abul Shikdar, 35, son of Helal Shikdar, a resident of Kakna village in Nagarpur upazila.

Witnesses said Abu Bakkar, Lal Miah, Abul and Haydar Pramanik were cultivating a farmland in the village amid rain in the evening.

At one stage, a thunderbolt hit the four men around 6:00pm, leaving Bakkar, Lal and Abul dead on the spot and Haydar injured.

Later, Haydar was whisked off to Goalandu Health Complex.

He left the hospital after receiving primary treatment.

Cloud Lightning

3 killed by lightning strikes in Bihar, India

Three persons, including a minor, were killed when lightning struck them in in Bihar's Bhagalpur and Kishanganj districts today.

Two persons were killed in separate incidents of lightning in Bhagalpur district.

Sultanganj Block Circle Officer Sridhar Pandey said that the deceased have been identified as Mithilesh Kumar (14), a resident of Abharatanpur village and Kundan Thakur (22), a resident of Deodha village.

Lightning struck them when they were working in a field, he said, adding that the bodies have been sent to Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital, Bhagalpur for post-mortem.

In another incident, 22-year-old Shahjahan was killed when lightning struck him at Khushitola village of Kishanganj district, Kishanganj Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO) Shafique said.

Wolf

Man dies after attack by dog previously seized by police and returned to owner in Huddersfield, UK

A 52-year-old man has died after being attacked by a dog which had been returned to its owner despite concerns that it was dangerous.

West Yorkshire Police said David Ellam was out walking with his Yorkshire terrier in Huddersfield on Monday when he was attacked by another dog . He died later in hospital.

The incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) because the dog involved in the attack was seized by officers earlier this month but returned to its owner a week ago after it was determined it was not a banned breed.

A woman who said she was Mr Ellam's cousin wrote on Facebook: "There was nothing accidental about this, it was a tragic incident that should never have happened and correct measures were not taken to ensure this situation wouldn't arise.

"We hope that in the coming days, a true representation of what happened yesterday will come to light and end all speculation. At this point, there is nothing to gain from finger pointing or blaming of dangerous dogs or their owners - a man has died in one of the most horrific ways possible, and we should focus on making sure this never happens again rather than playing the blame game."

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Photographer captures 'space lightning' atop China's highest mountain peak

© Phebe Pan
On Aug. 13th in China, photographer Phebe Pan was photographing the night sky, hoping to catch a Perseid meteor. Instead, he witnessed a spectacular bolt of "space lightning."

Working atop Shi Keng Kong, the highest mountain peak in the Guangdong province, "I was using a fisheye lens to capture as much of the sky as possible," says Pan. "Suddenly we saw a flash of blue and purple ejected from the top of a nearby thundercloud. It just looked like a tree with branches, and grew up very fast. So awesome!"


Attention

'Intimidating sight': Jogger chased by black bear for over a kilometre in British Columbia


Black bear
A jogger was stalked and chased by a bear on a popular trail in West Vancouver on Monday, leaving him with a few scrapes and bruises and an incredible tale of survival.

North Shore resident Christopher Lubell says he's "fortunate I'm still in one piece" after coming within metres of a large black bear while out for his morning jog in Capilano River Regional Park Monday morning. Lubell said the animal approached and chased him for more than a kilometre.

"That's a pretty intimidating sight when you see a bear, it's like 400 lbs., and it's running after you," Lubell told CTV Vancouver.

His first instinct was to run, but Lubell says the animal pursued him and came so close, it started to sniff around him.

That's when Lubell changed his tactic. "I just kept on yelling, every time it came close to me and eventually it wouldn't come as close to me," he said. "It would just stop in the middle of the trail and kind of look off to the side."

Comment: See also: Black bear attacks girl in Port Coquitlam, Canada


Question

Mystery boom in Florida has residents scratching their heads

What went "boom" Sunday evening still has many scratching their heads.

Social media starting buzzing about the "loud boom" around 8:15 p.m., with people from Holly Hill to New Smyrna Beach saying they heard it. Some even said they felt the ground shake slightly.

The US Geological Survey isn't reporting any earthquakes in the region. There also were no training exercises going on at the Pinecastle Range Complex located in the Ocala National Forest that could have caused the noise, according to a Naval Air Station-Jacksonville spokeswoman.

A Port Orange Police Department spokesman said he has fielded numerous calls about the noise, but added, "You're guess is as good as mine."

Theories on social media have included a sonic boom from a rocket launch or landing, thunder, an earthquake or another U.S. Navy test blast off the Florida coast.

There was a rocket launch from Cape Canaveral on Sunday, but it blasted off nearly 18 hours earlier. SpaceX's Falcon 9 launched at 1:26 a.m., and then landed the rocket's first stage on a drone ship in the Atlantic minutes later. There were no other planned launches Sunday, according to the Kennedy Space Center website.


Comment: With such a minimal amount of information it is difficult to determine the source of these explosions or booms. They may be the result of an increase in meteors breaking up in our atmosphere or a sign of some earth changes occuring.


Arrow Down

Couple in China swallowed by giant sinkhole found alive

© Mirror
The pair were stood talking by a van when the giant chasm appeared.
Witnesses offered assistance to the man and woman who suddenly dropped into the ground when the huge chasm opened up

The terrifying moment a couple were sucked into a giant sinkhole has been caught on camera.

Dramatic CCTV footage captured the moment a man and a woman fell into the gaping chasm as they stood in a car park.

The pair were reportedly discussing business matters next a silver van and could do nothing as they suddenly dropped into the ground when the sinkhole opened up and swallowed them.

The incident reportedly occurred in the township of Yonghe, which is in Anyang County of Central China's Henan Province, and was witnessed by several nearby residents.

The victims were talking outside the local Yonghe clinic when they fell into the ground and were amazingly found alive at the bottom pit.


Attention

Mexico's Popocatépetl volcano erupts multiple times; 4 times in under 24 hours

© UPI via Webcams de Mexico
Mexico's National Center for Disaster Prevention on Monday said the Popocatépetl volcano has erupted multiple times, spewing ash and burning rocks into the air.

The disaster prevention center, or CENAPRED, Monday afternoon said Popocatépetl erupted four times in the previous 24 hours, had 73 volcanic plumes and had two volcano tectonic earthquakes -- measuring in magnitudes 1.2 and 1.6, respectively.

Popocatépetl is about 43 miles southeast of Mexico City.

CENAPRED in March raised the environmental alert level to the second degree out of three, meaning nearby residents should be prepared to evacuate.

"The CENAPRED urges you not to approach the volcano, specifically the crater, due to the danger of falling ballistic fragments," CENAPRED said in a statement.


Attention

Experts warn of smallpox returning as melting permafrost increases in Siberia

© EMERCOM
Yamal and the anthrax outbreak now underway - the first for 75 years - should act as a warning.
This summer's melting of permafrost is more than THREE TIMES greater than usual, unlocking long-frozen deadly diseases.

Currently 24 people are in hospital in Salekhard, on the Arctic Circle, after contracting potentially lethal anthrax from unfrozen reindeer or human burial sites, but scientists say this is far from the only threat as climate change grips Siberia.

Anthrax spores are already 'on the loose" on the Yamal peninsula, according to one scientist, and this should act as a warning of the real risk of a return of eradicated smallpox from melting permafrost which allows the erosion of river banks at sites where victims were buried, said another.

'Back in the 1890s, there occurred a major epidemic of smallpox,' said Boris Kershengolts, deputy director for research at the Institute for Biological Problems of Cryolithozone, of the Siberian Branch of the Academy of Sciences.

'There was a town where up to 40% of the population died. Naturally, the bodies were buried under the upper layer of permafrost soil, on the bank of the Kolyma River. Now, a little more than 100 years later, Kolyma's floodwaters have started eroding the banks.'

Experts from the Novosibirsk-based Virology and Biotechnology Centre had conducted research in the area, said Sergey Netesov, chief of the bionanotechnology, microbiology and virology laboratory at the natural sciences department of Novosibirsk State University.

The corpses they studied bore sores that looked like those smallpox might cause, he told an intriguing and troubling TASS video conference involving multi-disciplinary experts on the implications of the outbreak of anthrax on the Yamal peninsula in northern Siberia.

Sun

NASA: July 2016 was world's hottest month since records began

© Morne de Klerk/Getty Images
The year 2016 continues to set historic heat records with July officially becoming the hottest month ever recorded on Earth. NASA revealed that temperatures last month peaked above the previous record set five years ago.

Data published by NASA revealed that for the past nine months temperatures have been hitting new records with July 2016 being 1.51 degrees Fahrenheit (0.84 degrees Celsius) warmer than the 1950-1980 global average.


Comment: Temperatures around the world, like the weather, are becoming more extreme. See also: