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Dead fin whale found on Monterey State Beach, California

Monterey Bay State Parks said they received word of a dead whale at Monterey State Beach on Saturday.

Marine Biologist with Monterey Bay Whale Watch, Colleen Talty, believes the whale was hit by a large ship based on the whale's body.

"My theory based on the curve in the body is most likely it was hit by a large ship, so possibly a cargo ship, unfortunately, and then it ended up washing up," said Talty. "It was actually out in the bay right next to Monterey harbor for about a day and a half, and then it washed up on the beach. This guy was mostly struck out in the shipping lanes."

Talty also said the whale is a fin whale, the second largest whale species. The young whale was estimated to be 40-50 feet long, adults can get up to around 80 feet.

Talty added that shark bites were visible on the whale's carcass, likely from a great white, but she isn't sure.


Buildings damaged and power lost after shallow magnitude 7 and 6 earthquakes hit Solomon Islands

Buildings were left damaged and widespread power outages reported in the Solomons Island capital, Honiara, after two earthquakes struck just off the south-west coast on Tuesday.

The first magnitude 7.0 earthquake briefly triggered a tsunami warning from the United States Geological Survey, but this warning was withdrawn soon after.

A second quake, with a magnitude of 6.0, struck nearby 30 minutes later.

Power was out in some areas of Honiara and Solomon Islands Broadcasting said in a statement that all radio services were off air.

The Australian prime minister, Anthony Albanese, said the roof of the Australian high commission annexe in Honiara had collapsed, "which points to likely damage throughout the city".

Arrow Down

Deadly floods, landslides in Eastern DR Congo and Rwanda claim at least 40 lives (UPDATE)

Two days of flooding and landslides in eastern DR Congo have claimed more than 20 lives, officials and police said Saturday.

At least 13 people were killed Friday at an illegal gold mine at Rubaya, in the North Kivu province territory of Masisi.

"The victims were 'diggers' who were in wells and people who were nearby," Jean-Paul Barindikije, secretary of an association of artisanal miners, told AFP.

"Several other people are still buried underground -- the searches are ongoing," he added.

Heavy rain Saturday caused several houses to collapse in central Rubaya, causing five deaths, according to a police tally. One resident said a woman was washed away with her four children.

At Bihambwe, some five kilometres (3 miles) from Rubaya, "three people from the same family were carried away by water from the river," said police superintendant Kambale Muhindo.

Source: AFP

Comment: Update November 21

Floodlist reports:
Rwanda and DRC - Over 40 Killed in Floods and Landslides

Over 40 people have lost their lives after heavy rain caused landslides and flooding in eastern parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and neighbouring Rwanda over the last 2 weeks.

Democratic Republic of Congo

Radio Okapi, the United Nations radio in the Democratic Republic of Congo, reports that 32 people lost their lives in landslides in the mining towns of Rubaya and Bihambwe in the chiefdom of Bahunde, Masisi Territory in North Kivu Province.

The landslides were triggered by heavy rains and flooding overnight 17 to 18 November 2022. Officials and locals are continuing to search the area for several people still thought to be missing and it is feared the death toll may rise further.

Twenty-six of the fatalities occurred in illegal or informal gold mines in Rubaya. Six people died in Bihambwe. Houses have been destroyed and crops damaged in affected areas. Parts of Mwesso in Masisi Territory were also affected.

Heavy rain has affected parts of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo since this first week of November 2022.

On 09 November there were unconfirmed reports of flooding in Butembo in North Kivu Province. On 14 November local media reported landslide and rain damage to a road in Katsiru locality, Rutshuru territory, North Kivu. Around 50 vehicles and passengers were stuck on the road for several days.

On 14 November local media reported heavy rain had caused a wall to collapse in Bukavu, Souh-Kivu Province, killing 3 people.

In a separate report, media said 4 people died and several dozen others were injured after heavy rains caused floods and landslides in Bunyakiri in the territory of Kalehe in South Kivu. Landslides destroyed several houses in the area during this time.


Meanwhile in neighbouring Rwanda, local media reported 3 people died after heavy rain caused floods in the capital city of Kigali on 17 November 2022.

The fatalities occurred in 3 separate incidents in Nyarugenge, Gasabo and Kicukiro districts. The City of Kigali also urged residents to avoid dumping waste in water channels and drainages. Some roads in the city were blocked or closed due to floods.


First snow in Inner Mongolia, China

Alashan league in north China has been transformed into a fairytale wonderland, thanks to the first snowfall of the season.


Two volcanoes in Russia's far east rumble into action

The Shiveluch volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia's east has become extremely active, threatening a powerful eruption.(
© Geophysical Service of the Russian Academy of Sciences
The Shiveluch volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia's east has become extremely active, threatening a powerful eruption.
Towering clouds of ash and glowing lava are spewing from two volcanoes on Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula and scientists say major eruptions could be on the way.

The peninsula, which extends into the Pacific Ocean about 4,000 miles east of Moscow, is one of the world's most concentrated areas of geothermal activity, with about 30 active volcanoes.

The sudden new activity followed a strong earthquake on Saturday, news reports said.

Cloud Precipitation

Floods in Albania kill two people


The recent rains that continued throughout the night caused major flooding in Shkodra region.
Floods caused by heavy rains pouring at the weekend killed two men in Albania's northwestern Shkodra region, police said in a statement on Sunday.

A 50-year-old man and his 18-year-old son died after their car was swept away by a stream while they were driving on a mountain road near Shkrel, the statement added.

Locals rescued a 14-year-old girl who was travelling with her brother and father whose bodies have not been found yet, police said.

At least seven families had to be evacuated from their homes in the Shkodra region, some 140 kilometres (87 miles) north of Tirana, while many others are threatened by floods and landslides, a defence ministry statement said.

Several hundred hectares (acres) of land in the region of Shkodra and nearby Lezha were flooded while local residents described the situation as "critical" after many streams burst their banks, damaging homes and infrastructure.


Western New York state slammed with more than 6 feet of snow, triggering road closures and flight cancellations (UPDATE)

Heather Ahmed uses a shovel to dig a path next to a vehicle after an intense lake-effect snowstorm impacted the area Friday in Hamburg, New York.
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Heather Ahmed uses a shovel to dig a path next to a vehicle after an intense lake-effect snowstorm impacted the area Friday in Hamburg, New York.

New Yorkers in the western part of the state are still being slammed with a massive snowstorm that has shut down roads, triggered driving bans and canceled flights the weekend before the Thanksgiving holiday.

By Friday evening, 5.5 feet of snow had covered streets in the town of Orchard Park, New York, near Buffalo in hard-hit Erie County, according to the National Weather Service. As the snowfall intensified, two county residents died from cardiac complications related to shoveling and attempting to clear the grounds, said County Executive Mark Poloncarz.

"We send our deepest sympathies and remind all that this snow is very heavy and dangerous," Poloncarz said.

Comment: Update

ABC7ny.com reports:
Snow totals across the Buffalo area and northern New York from lake-effect snow in November 2022

The Buffalo metro area was hit particularly hard by historic lake effect snow, with some areas south of the city receiving more than 5 feet by early Saturday.

According to the National Weather Service, the suburb of Orchard Park, home to the NFL's Buffalo Bills, reported 77 inches (196 centimeters) by early Saturday. About 80 miles (129 kilometers) northeast of the city, the town of Natural Bridge, near the Fort Drum Army base, reported just under 6 feet.

The top 5 snowfall locations as of early Saturday afternoon are:

ORCHARD PARK in Erie County with 77 inches

HAMBURG in Erie County with 73.7 inches

NATURAL BRIDGE in Jefferson County with 72.3 inches

BLASDELL in Erie County with 65 inches

ELMA in Erie County with 58.2 inches


Two huge waterspouts swirl off Auckland's coast after thunderstorms in New Zealand

Aucklanders were stunned by the waterspout near Takapuna.
Aucklanders were stunned by the waterspout near Takapuna.
After a day of thunderstorms, two massive waterspouts were spotted off Auckland's coastline near Takapuna and also Piha.

Local Aisling Doyle was shocked when she saw one of the waterspouts arching towards land on Sunday afternoon.

"Suddenly, there was a massive funnel coming to the ground between it all. We'd just finished watching a documentary on storms - so we were like, woah! There's one in real life," she said.

"It went for about four seconds after I spotted it. I was at Birkenhead point looking out towards Takapuna."


Another child attacked and killed by a pit bull in the Free State, South Africa

Another child was attacked and killed by a pit bull on Sunday 20 November 2022 in the Free State.

Police spokesperson, Mahlomola Kareli, confirmed to OFM News that a pit bull attacked a child in Hennenman, but says they are still gathering facts about the circumstances.

The attack comes a few days after Roseview Primary School pupil, 8-year-old Olebogeng Mosime, was attacked by their neighbour's pit bull in Vista Park in Bloemfontein on Saturday 12 November 2022.

This pit bull attack has since caused an uproar across the country and in the Mangaung metro.

Deputy Mayor, Mapaseka-Nkoane-Mothibi, has since revealed that strict measures lie ahead for pet owners in the Mangaung municipality as the metro moves to implement certain municipal by-laws for dog owners.

Nkoane-Mothibi, who spoke at length during the funeral of Mosime on Friday 18 November 2022, said as of January 2023, the city would require dog owners to have a licence and also to have some form of training to be the owners of any type of dog.


'Snownado' funnel spotted over Lake Erie during record-breaking storm

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A cloud of snow is seen crossing Lake Erie as extreme winter weather hits Buffalo.
The weather in upstate New York is twisted!

A rare "snownado" was spotted over Lake Erie Friday as the Buffalo region continues to be bombarded with lake-effect snow in what could become a record-setting storm.

The weather phenomena, similar to a waterspout, but with frozen precipitation, was spotted just after 8:30 a.m. by storm chaser Simon Brewer, who estimated it was about a mile off the coast of downtown Buffalo.

"Was close enough & clear enough can confirm it was a waterspout by definition," Brewer tweeted, adding that he watched it rotate from the Erie Basin marina.

Comment: More on the lake-effect storm. A view of the snownado starts at 2:05: