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Whale carcass found on beach in Nigeria

Dead whale found in Akwa Ibom seashore
The carcass of a whale has been found on a beach in Akwa Ibom State, south south of Nigeria, off the Atlantic Ocean.

Villagers in Okpo Ita, Ibeno local government area of the state, said they saw the dead whale in the morning of September 15, according to Edem Eniang, a biodiversity conservationist from the University of Uyo.

Some of the villagers had started cutting off the body parts for meat before Mr. Eniang and his team of researchers, and the local authorities got to the scene, several days after it was found.

Mr. Eniang said the carcass is about 16 metres in length.

"I observed that something close to four metres was missing," Mr. Eniang told Premium Times, Wednesday. "That is a part of what was cut off by the villagers."


Surfer attacked by shark off Ecola State Park, Oregon

A surfer was attacked by a shark at Ecola State Park on Monday afternoon.

Oregon State Police said 29-year-old Joseph Tanner was surfing at Indian Beach on October 10 when the attacked happened. He and Steve Gehrig were sitting on their boards out in the ocean when Gehrig noticed Tanner had gone under.

"He kind of just lurched real funny - it looked like he had slipped off his board but a little more violently than you would see someone slip and I was like, did he just slip or was that something different?" Gehrig told KOIN.

They tried to make it back to shore, but the shark bit Tanner on his upper thigh and lower leg.

"I saw the back. The dorsal fin was like this big, it kind of came up over and whipped around and it was just real fast," Gehrig said.

29-year-old Joseph Tanner was bitten by a shark at Indian Beach in the Ecola State Park on October 10, 2016.

Cloud Lightning

One fisherman killed, three others critically injured by lightning strike in Odisha, India

© 123RF
One fisherman was killed and three others were critically injured today in a lightning strike while they were fishing in Devi river near Astaranga in Odisha's Puri district.

The three critically injured fishermen have been shifted to the nearby Upgraded Public Health Centre (UPHC) at Charichhak.

The deceased fisherman has been identified as Abhay Behera of Balidia village under Astaranga block.

Police have seized Abhay's and have sent it to Charichhak UPHC for post-mortem.

Tragedy struck these fishermen while eight of them were returning home in their boat through Devi river after fishing in the sea.


More mysterious light flashes recorded over Pacific ocean

© YouTube/LadyInKY (screen capture)
On Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th October mysterious flashing lights illuminated the skies over the Pacific ocean, captured by the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) which is located atop the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii.

The Cloud Camera is an experimental high sensitivity camera mounted to the catwalk of CFHT. The purpose of the camera is to take pictures of clouds and other weather at night, even on moonless nights. It only operates from sunset to sunrise.

The camera takes a picture every 30 seconds and compiles time-lapse movies from those pictures. As such airplanes appear as streaks and ships appear to move quite quickly.

The following YouTube video from LadyInKY shows the strange phenomena with slow motion included.

The original video can be viewed here courtesy of the CFHT.

Comment: Some other possible plasma type discharge events in recent times include:


Hurricane Nicole targets Bermuda, may impact Canada

© National Weather Service
Hurricane Nicole was the only named storm in the Atlantic on Tuesday night.
Nicole continues to strengthen in the central Atlantic Ocean as a category 1 hurricane. All eyes are on Bermuda, with the storm expected to approach the island by Wednesday night. The storm has been slowly moving north since it formed on October 4th.

On October 6, against all odds, with strong wind shear conditions in the area it developed into a Category 1 hurricane and just a day later into stronger Category 2, becoming the first time since 1964 that two hurricanes (Matthew and Nicole) at or above Category 2 existed in the western Atlantic Ocean (65°W) simultaneously.

Soon after, Nicole had again weakened into a tropical storm. However, a large storm system moving over the northeast U.S. is not only helping pull what is left of Matthew away from the east coast, but will also drag Nicole to the north at a greater speed than during these past few days, bringing it directly towards Bermuda.

As a result, the Bermuda Weather Service has issued a hurricane warning for the island.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Nicole is to the south of Bermuda, with wind speeds near 120 km/h. The storm is slowly tracking northwest at roughly 7 km/h.

"Additional strengthening is forecast during the next day or two," according to the NHC.

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SOTT Earth Changes Summary - September 2016: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

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Super-typhoon Meranti damages an ancient temple in Taiwan
As the Empire crumples under its own hubris, and as the flames of discontent spread amid rumors of world war, planetary upheaval continues unabated. This month's Hurricane Matthew will probably be remembered as the year's worst storm event in the US (and elsewhere), but in September two other storms, Hermine and Julia - one of them Florida's first hurricane since 2005, and the other the first such storm to ever form directly over the Sunshine State - inundated the coastal US Southeast.

A series of cyclones also brought wave after wave of flooding to southeastern Australia, breaking rainfall records dating back to the country's foundation in the 19th century, and bringing the country as a whole its third wettest winter on record. Meanwhile multiple typhoons in the northwest Pacific battered the Philippines, Taiwan, China, Korea and Japan. 50% stronger today than 40 years ago, the strongest of these cyclonic storms - Category 5 Meranti - was the strongest anywhere in the world so far this year, and second only to 2013's Typhoon Haiyan in the record books.

In addition to the walls of water brought by these large storms, local downbursts brought record-breaking rainfall, causing severe flash-flooding that washed away cars, homes and people in parts of the US, Mexico, Tunisia, Greece, Turkey, Ukraine, India, Indonesia, and China. Oklahoma, which never experienced earthquakes until recently, last month felt its strongest yet. A record-strong earthquake also hit South Korea, while a strong quake in Skopje, Macedonia, damaged buildings and sent residents into a panic.

Multiple volcanic eruptions, mass fish kills, whale beachings and meteor fireball events round off another eventful month of Earth Changes...


Man survives terrifying black bear attack after hiking in Sierra Madre, California

Employing diversionary tactics?
A hiker who was attacked by a bear in the Angeles National Forest north of Sierra Madre on Monday said he is "fortunate" to have survived the terrifying attack.

Dan Richman, 54, spoke exclusively to KTLA late Monday saying he came face to face with two bears while out alone for a short hike, 2 miles up the Mount Wilson Trail.

"All of a sudden I saw this bear standing on its hind legs and I'd never seen a bear in person before, I was pretty freaked out," Richman said.

Thinking the stance was a sign of aggression, Richman backed away from the bear, not realizing a second bear was to his left. That second bear attacked, according to Sierra Madre Police Chief Larry Giannone.

Richman began to yell at the top of his lungs in an attempt to scare the bear away, and it seemed to work. Just as Richman was thinking of running past the bear, it went after him.


Record-breaking snowfall in Saskatchewan triples last year's record

A snowfall warning has ended in Saskatoon but remains in place in other parts of Saskatchewan as crews continue to cleanup from a record Oct. 5 snowfall.

According to Environment Canada, 30 centimetres of snow had fallen in Saskatoon as of Thursday afternoon.

At least 17 centimetres fell on Wednesday, unofficially breaking a century old record for that day, when 5.6 centimetres was recorded on Oct. 5, 2016.

Environment Canada stopped measuring snowfall in Saskatoon in 2007, meaning the record cannot officially be broken.

The major low pressure system that brought an early snowfall to many parts of the province is now weakening, with another two to four centimetres expected to fall before tapering off to a few flurries Thursday evening.

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Massive sinkhole appears in Fayetteville, North Carolina

Massive sinkhole off of Bingham Drive in Fayetteville due to Hurricane Matthew.
Pictures don't do it justice. That's the reason many people drove up and walked to Bingham Drive in Fayetteville to see, for themselves, the massive sinkhole in the roadway.

Hurricane Matthew unleashed a fury of wind and water; opening at least, a quarter of a mile hole across the road.

"It looks like something out of a movie," said Fayetteville resident, Laura Dillenger.

Her neighbor, Petra Turner, drove down with her to capture the moment of their cell phones.

"Whoa, whoa. I've never seen anything like that before," Turner exclaimed.

TV crews, dads with their kids, cousins daring each other to get as close to the edge as possible; all in awe of the destruction Matthew left behind.

"I walk this road every day. Tomorrow, my walk will be short," laughed Lawrence Surles, a 33-year resident of Fayetteville.

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Huge sinkhole appears at landfill site in Virginia Beach, Virginia

© Virginia Beach Public Works
The city landfill is closed until further notice after heavy rain and flooding from Hurricane Matthew created a Grand Canyon of sorts there.

Water filled up a quarter-mile ditch that runs around the site off Centerville Turnpike, then spilled over into a borrow pit and caused "extensive damage," according to the Department of Public Works.

The ditch, which used to be 4 feet deep, now bottoms out at 30 feet.

A concrete-block bathroom was washed away, along with an exit road at the landfill and eight sections of 36-inch pipe. A pump that was in the pit has disappeared. An excavator and a horizontal grinder - two large pieces of construction equipment - are submerged up to their cabs.

Electricity has been shut off at the site, and the city has dammed up the water going into the borrow pit to slow the flow, said Drew Lankford, public works spokesman. Extra pumps have been added to drain the pit. The road will also need to be repaired.

"It's going to be several days before we're up and running," Lankford said.