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230 pilot whales stranded in Tasmania, Australia, 'about half' feared dead - 2nd recent major stranding in the region

The cause of mass strandings is still not fully understood.
The cause of mass strandings is still not fully understood.
A pod of 230 pilot whales was found stranded on the rugged west coast of Tasmania Wednesday, with Australian officials saying only half appeared to be alive.

Aerial images showed a devastating scene of dozens of black glossy mammals strewn across a long beach, stuck on the waterline where the frigid southern ocean meets the sand.

Locals covered survivors with blankets and doused them with buckets of water to keep them alive, as other whales nearby tried in vain to twitch free and yet more lay dead.

The whales were "stranded near Macquarie Harbour" said the state's Department of Natural Resources and Environment.

Comment: This latest event comes a day after 14 sperm whales died in a mass stranding on nearby King Island.


Strong 6.0 magnitude earthquake hits off Kamchatka Krai, Russia

An earthquake measuring 6.0 magnitude has hit near the region of Kamchatsk Staryy in Russia.

A strong earthquake measuring 6.0 magnitude on the Richter scale has been registered this evening in the Bering Sea, off the eastern coast of Russia. According to Asismet @Asismet_IF, the tremor occurred at 6:23pm local time. Its epicentre was placed 253km east of Ust'-Kamchatsk, at a depth of 10km.

The location of this quake is said to be along the Bering fault, and related to the Bering Kresla plate boundary shear zone.


More spring snow confirmed in parts of South Africa

© Sandra Mountain Shadows Hotel
Just LOOK! More SNOW has been confirmed in parts of South Africa by Tuesday morning. And MORE snow is expected.


Snow was confirmed on Monday evening along the Barkly Pass R58 between Barkly East and Elliot in the Eastern Cape.


Storm delivers 4 inches of early snow to Mount Shasta, California

© Mount Shasta Avalanche Center
The early-season storm that soaked Northern California on Sunday also brought some much-needed snowfall to the region's high-elevation areas. Lassen Volcanic National Park received a nice coat of new snow, temporarily closing the park's highway. Now, Monday morning photos of Mount Shasta are surfacing with the mountain already looking in early-winter form.

The Shasta Avalanche Center reported 4 inches of new snow at the Old Ski Bowl and shared photos of the region covered in that white goodness (flip through the photos for the full effect):


At least 14 sperm whales die in mass stranding on King Island, Australia

One of the dead sperm whales discovered
© Department of Natural Resources and Environment
One of the dead sperm whales discovered on the rocks on the west coast of King Island.
More than a dozen sperm whales have died and washed ashore on King Island, north of Tasmania.

The whales appeared to be young males and were dead when the stranding was reported on Monday afternoon, Tasmania's Department of Natural Resources and Environment said on Tuesday.

There are at least 14 carcasses on the island's west coast.

Wildlife biologists and a vet are travelling to the island to investigate, while Parks and Wildlife Services staff are on site monitoring the situation.

"It is possible the whales were part of the same bachelor pod - a group of younger male sperm whales associating together after leaving the maternal group," a department spokesperson said.


Drone footage captures ongoing fires in wetlands near Rosario, Argentina

The wetlands of San Nicolas Eco Park in Argentina's San Nicolas de los Arroyos were in flames on Sunday with drone footage capturing the ongoing blaze.

The natural reserve of San Nicolas is only 80 kilometres away from Rosario where protesters earlier condemned what they described as intentional damage to the wetlands.


Grandma dies after pit bull attack in Golden, Colorado

An 89-year-old grandmother died after she and her grandson, who ran for help, were attacked by dogs in Golden, Colorado, officials said.

The woman died of her injuries on Sunday, Sept. 18, Emily Gedeon, the city's communications and community engagement manager, confirmed in an email to McClatchy News.

She said there was no update available on the condition of the boy. During the attack on Sept. 14, the 12-year-old boy ran to a neighbor's home for help, McClatchy News previously reported.

Responding officers found a trail of blood leading into a home and also found two dogs attacking the woman in the backyard.

Police resorted to using "tasers and less lethal shotguns" to try to free the woman from the dogs after verbal commands were unsuccessful, according to a news release. Once more officers arrived, they were able to rescue the woman.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes kill 18 in a day in Bihar, India - 216 killed in the state so far this year

In a tragic incident, at least 18 people lost their lives across nine districts of Bihar on Monday. The lightening strikes in the state have killed around 216 people so far this year.

The latest lightning deaths have been reported from Purnia (4), Araria (4), Supaul (3), Jamui (2) and one each in Banka, Begusarai, Sheikhpura Nawada and Saran, according to figures from state disaster management department.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh to the next of the kin of the deceased, according to a report in Times of India.

A warning has been issued by Patna meteorological department for lightening and thunderstorms at isolated places across south Bihar districts on Tuesday.


Mud volcano erupts in Malaysia

The viral video received numerous comments from netizens with some relating it with the possibility of an earthquake.

The viral video received numerous comments from netizens with some relating it with the possibility of an earthquake.
A rare mud volcano "eruption" phenomenon at the Tabin Wildlife Park, Lahad Datu yesterday has gone viral on social media.

The viral video received numerous comments from netizens with some relating it with the possibility of an earthquake.

Sabah geologist Professor Dr Felix Tongkul, however, said, the mud volcano eruption phenomenon was a normal thing that happened when the mud pressure in the earth rose and had to be released.

"This situation repeats itself when pressure accumulates over time.


7.6 magnitude earthquake shakes Mexico on the anniversary of two previous quakes

A magnitude 7.6 earthquake shook Mexico's central Pacific coast on Monday, killing at least one person and setting off a seismic alarm in the rattled capital on the anniversary of two earlier devastating quakes.

There were at least some early reports of damage to buildings from the quake, which hit at 1:05 p.m. local time, according to the U.S. Geologic Survey, which had initially put the magnitude at 7.5.

It said the quake was centered 37 kilometers (23 miles) southeast of Aquila near the boundary of Colima and Michoacan states and at a depth of 15.1 kilometers (9.4 miles).

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said via Twitter that the secretary of the navy told him one person was killed in the port city of Manzanillo, Colima when a wall at a mall collapsed.