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Chile says recent mass seabird death of 3,500 Guanay cormorants not due to avian flu

Early tests indicate that the recent mass death of thousands of seabirds along Chile's northern coast were not caused by avian flu, authorities said Friday.

Some 3,500 Guanay cormorants -- once known as the "billion dollar bird" for their connection to the European fertilizer industry -- have been found dead since May 26 near the coastal port of Coquimbo, according to Chile's Agricultural and Livestock Service (SAG).

Workers in biohazard suits collected hundreds of the dead cormorants, with their distinctive black-and-white coloration, along beaches in sight of restaurants and hotels.

Initial tests on the dead birds did not reveal presence of avian flu, which has wracked other parts of Chile, Jorge Mautz, regional director of the service, told AFP.

Comment: Earlier report from May 28: Hundreds of dead birds wash up on Chilean beach


June snowfall in Colorado

Here were on the footsteps of summer (June 2nd) and its snowing in Colorado.

Here is the view from the Eisenhower Tunnel.

NEWS9 reports trough will continue over Colorado today, but is showing signs of slowly moving off to the northeast as the day goes on.

Not enough to bust out the powder skis but we love seeing flurries anytime of year.


Boy, 4, dies after being mauled by pit bulls while out playing in Chihuahua, Mexico

dog attack
A 4-year-old boy died after being attacked by three pit bulls in Mexico.

The attack occurred last Friday evening at the family home in the municipality of Temósachic, in Chihuahua state, the El Heraldo de Chihuahua newspaper reported.

The boy suffered injuries to various parts of his body and reportedly died before arriving at a local hospital.

Most dogs never bite or kill humans. But research conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suggests that more than 4 million people are bitten by dogs every year in the United States. The American Veterinary Medical Association, meanwhile, estimates that around 1 in 5 dog bites will require medical attention.


Two arrested after pensioner dies in dog attack in Bedworth, UK

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A woman in her 70s has died after being attacked by a dog.

The pensioner died in Kathleen Avenue, Bedworth, Warwickshire, following the attack at about 15:50 BST on Friday, police say.

A man, 52, and a woman, 49, have been arrested on suspicion of owning a banned breed of dog and having a dog dangerously out of control.

The dog has been seized and poses no ongoing risk to the community, Warwickshire Police said.

Cloud Lightning

Japan storm: One dead and two missing as thousands urged to evacuate - several cities see highest 24-hour rainfall on record

A flooded road from downpours s in Toyokawa, in central Japan’s Aichi prefecture, on Saturday.
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A flooded road from downpours s in Toyokawa, in central Japan’s Aichi prefecture, on Saturday.
Heavy rain across parts of Japan killed one person, left two missing and injured dozens more, authorities said, with thousands of people issued evacuation warnings.

The inundation was caused by the remnants of former typhoon Mawar, downgraded to a tropical storm.

A rescue team in central Aichi region's Toyohashi, where the highest-level evacuation alert was issued on Friday, "found a man approximately in his 60s in a submerged car, but he was later confirmed dead", a city official said on Saturday.


Egypt sandstorm kills one, injures five others

One person was killed and five others were injured Thursday when a billboard collapsed during a sandstorm that swept through Egypt's capital, state media reported.

The storm destroyed four vehicles on the October 6 motorway in the center of Cairo, home to a population of 20 million people, according to the state's flagship Al-Ahram newspaper.

Traffic authorities worked to "remove the wreckage of the billboard and restore the movement of traffic", the newspaper added.

Sandstorms regularly pound Egypt during the spring, causing respiratory issues, the health ministry said.


Tornadoes strike rural areas in NE China's Liaoning Province

Tornadoes swept across rural areas in northeast China's Liaoning Province on Thursday, injuring a dozen of people and damaging croplands, residential buildings and facilities.

Local authorities mobilized firefighting, electric power, housing and public security forces to carry out disaster relief work.


Tornado filmed in Samara Oblast, Russia

Tornado Russia

On Friday, June 2, in the Samara region, local residents witnessed a terrible natural phenomenon. They filmed a tornado near the village of Barinovka in the Neftegorsk region.

"The tornado is heading towards Samara," eyewitnesses reported.

Residents of the Kinelsky district also report a tornado. According to them, at 16:30 it covered the village of Domashka.

Similar phenomena happen infrequently in the Samara region. The last time the region was warned about an impending tornado was 2 years ago. So far, the Ministry of Emergency Situations has announced only a storm warning.

(Translated by Google)

Better Earth

California lake flooded for first time in 110 years after atmospheric river

Owens Lake
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A file photo of Owens Lake appearing as a mostly dry lake bed. California's intense weather at the start of 2023 has led to a number of changes in the state's climate.
California's intense weather at the start of 2023 has led to a number of changes in the state's climate, notably filling up usually dry lakes with the plentiful rainwater that fell over recent months.

Owens Lake in Inyo County, 220 miles north of Los Angeles, is one such lake, with images taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite showing the significant increase in water levels between March 2022 and March 2023.

Owens Lake was naturally full of water until the Los Angeles Aqueduct was constructed in 1913, which took so much water from the Owens River that the lake began to dry out. It remained mostly dry until this March, when the heavy rainfall in California caused the lake to fill back up. This also marks the first time that the Los Angeles Aqueduct was breached by extreme weather, the Los Angeles Times reported.


Chanshal Pass receives late heavy snowfall in Himachal Pradesh, India - 17.7 inches of snow

The Chanshal Pass near Rohru in Shimla district covered by a white blanket of snow on Thursday.

The Chanshal Pass near Rohru in Shimla district covered by a white blanket of snow on Thursday.
The Chanshal area near Rohru in Shimla district has received snowfall in the latest spell of precipitation, leaving the local people surprised. Many claim that it's probably the first time the place has received snowfall this late in summer.

"I don't remember having seen snowfall at Chanshal in late May. We can see 3-4 inches fresh snow in Chanshal area. This is something unprecedented," said Sanjeev Thakur, an orchardist from Rohru.

Meanwhile, the weather department said having snow at Chanshal at this time of the year was surprising and rare.. At Chanshal Pass, the department has recorded 45 cm snowfall. "Due to the heavy and continuous rains over the last few days, the temperatures have gone down significantly. The snowfall is the result of such low temperatures," said Surender Paul, Director, Meteorological Centre, Shimla.