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Dead humpback whale washes up on Blyth beach, UK

The whale on Blyth beach.

The whale on Blyth beach.
The 11-metre (33 feet) mammal, was spotted on the sands at Blyth beach this morning (Friday, March 19).

An HM Coastguard spokesman said: "We received reports of a beached whale at Blyth from numerous members of the public around 7.20am.

"Local coastguard officers are in attendance and a small cordon is in place to keep the public away."

The finding has been reported to Northumberland County Council which will have responsibility for disposing of the whale.

A council spokesperson said: "A deceased juvenile whale has washed up on Blyth beach.


Dead 18-foot-long humpback whale washes up on Pea Island, North Carolina

The remains of the whale washed up Thursday
The remains of the whale washed up Thursday.
A dead adult humpback whale has washed up in the southern end of Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.

According to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the dead whale was located about a half-mile north of Rodanthe on Thursday.

"It's in a decent state of decay already and displays some evidence of shark activity (not necessarily the cause of death, that likely happened after, according to a post on the USFWS in North Carolina Facebook page.

Refuge and National Park Service biologists were able to complete a field assessment, collect tissue samples, and photograph the carcass on site and will report the event to the marine mammal stranding network.

Given its current size and state, they anticipate it will remain on the beach, and stink, for awhile. And with the forecast of rough surf, and continued decomposition, parts of the whale may end up elsewhere on the beach.

Refuge officials said there is no need to call-in reports about the whale, and that nature will eventually take care of it.


Arctic Walrus spotted in Wales days after being seen in Ireland

© Emma Ryan
Creature 'slightly underweight' but otherwise doing fine

A walrus has been spotted in Wales after being seen in Ireland.

The Arctic animal, which was seen on rocks near Broad Haven South beach, in Pembrokeshire, on Friday, is thought to be the same one seen off the coast of County Kerry the week before.

Officials have warned anyone who spots it in their area to respect the "sensitive species".

"The tired, young Walrus last spotted on Valentia Island, County Kerry, last Sunday has been spotted in Wales!" Sea Rescue Ireland said.

Snowflake Cold

Temperature extremes: Greece split in half - snow in the north, warm in the south

Greece has been split in half since Saturday in terms of its weather conditions, with snow in the north and warm temperatures in the south.

The northern half of the nation experiences cold weather, with rain, snow, and temperatures below 0 degrees Celsius.

In the meantime, the southern part of the country sees unseasonably warm weather, with sunshine and temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius.

Additionally, large quantities of dust from the Sahara desert in northern Africa have been transferred to the Ionian Sea, as well as to Crete due to the strong southerly winds.

Cloud Precipitation

Thousands of homes damaged by floods in northern regions of Peru

Heavy rain has caused severe flooding in parts of northern Peru over the last few days.

News agency ANDINA reported as many as 3,000 homes were flooded after a short period of torrential rain caused flooding in the city of Yurimaguas, capital of Alto Amazonas Province in Loreto region. The city recorded around 160 mm of rain in 24 hours to 20 March. Much of that total fell in a 3 hour period, according to media reports. Some areas of the city were under 2 metres of water as a result of the floods which affected 7 districts of the city in particular around Yurimaguas Airport.

Heavy rain also caused flooding in parts of San Martín region in recent days. Disaster authorities in the country reported around 20 homes damaged or destroyed in Rioja province, prompting over 30 people to evacuate between 16 and 21 March 2021. Meanwhile around 400 people were affected by floods in Moyobamba Province from 21 March.

Arrow Down

Snowmobiler dies in avalanche triggered by a cornice collapse near Truckee, California - 33 such deaths in US this season

The Washoe County Sheriff's Search & Rescue
The Washoe County Sheriff's Search & Rescue team respond to a snowmobile rescue at Tahoe Meadows near Reno on April 2, 2020.
A snowmobiler died in an avalanche triggered by a collapsing cornice on Frog Lakes Cliffs near Truckee, California on Saturday, according to the Sierra Avalanche Center.

According to the avalanche forecaster's report, a group of three snowmobilers were riding in the area of Frog Lakes Cliffs off of Donner Pass when one stopped near a cornice overhanging the cliffs.

Not realizing how close they were to the edge, the person took a few steps toward the edge and caused a 40-foot section of the cornice to break, the forecaster said. The person fell with the collapsing ice and snow and triggered a larger avalanche on the slope below.

The avalanche "swept the person down the slope over cliffs and through rocks and chutes," the forecaster wrote. The person fell more than 900 vertical feet.

The person was not buried in the slide, but was found with traumatic injuries on the surface of the snow. A bystander downslope who witnessed the avalanche reached the victim and performed CPR, but the person did not survive, according to the report.


Powerful eruption of the Pacaya volcano covers everything around in ash, Guatemala

Natural disaster 20 March 2021. Powerful eruption of the Pacaya volcano covers everything around in ash, Guatemala


Baby girl killed by family dog in Springfield, Illinois

The baby girl was bitten on the head by her dog

The baby girl was bitten on the head by her dog
A Springfield family is in mourning after a tragic dog attack claimed the life of a 1-year-old girl.

Springfield Police say young A'myrikal Hull was bitten on the head by the dog near the 800 block of Indiana Avenue.

She was taken to HSHS St. John's Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

A'myrikal Hull's family is sharing memories of their little girl.

"The dog [has] never snapped before," Cory Painter said. "I was in shock since 1:30 this morning. The fact that she didn't make it crushed my soul."

Cory Painter's grandson is A'myrikal's sibling. She has known the child since birth.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills Salvador surfer training for tournament

A surfer who had hopes of qualifying for the Olympics has been killed by lightning on a beach in El Salvador, national sporting officials said on Saturday.

Katherine Díaz Hernández, 22, was practicing near her home at the Pacific coast beach of El Tunco when she was hit by lightning on Friday.

The president of the government's Salvadoran Sports Institute, Yamil Bukele, posted a message expressinhg condolences to her family.

She had been training a global tournament, set to be held in El Salvador, that serves as a qualifying even for this year's Summer Olympic Games.

Díaz also worked as a chef and had opened her own business in El Tunco.

Source: AP


Shallow 3.5 earthquake hits northwest France

An earthquake of magnitude 3.5 occurred in the morning on Saturday 20 March 2021 at 10:22 am local time near Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine, Bretagne, France, as reported by France's Réseau National de Surveillance Sismique (RéNaSS).

According to preliminary data, the quake was located at a shallow depth of 10 km. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.