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32 villagers injured after wolf attack in Madhya Pradesh, India


Indian wolf
Panic gripped three villages, Limmedia, Gadgyam, and Khadkiya Nandi, all inside the Chenpur police station jurisdiction in Khargone district, when 32 residents were reportedly attacked by wolves.

Nine people were hospitalised at the Khargone district hospital, while 12 others were taken to the Jalgaon hospital in Maharashtra. The incident occurred between Monday and Tuesday night, while they were sleeping outside their homes.

After getting the information, a team from the Forest Department reached the village on Tuesday along with the police team and met the families of the injured in Limmedia, Gadgyam and Khadkiya Nandi villages. All these are border villages in Maharashtra.


2 strong earthquakes of magnitude 6 and 6.6 hit the Pacific Ocean south of Fiji


The epicenter of the earthquake
Two strong earthquakes, the largest a 6.6, and smaller aftershocks have hit the Pacific Ocean far south of Fiji and Tonga, seismologists say. There is no threat of a tsunami.

The first quake, which had a magnitude of 6.0, struck at 3:13 p.m. Fiji time on Friday and was centered about 785 kilometers (490 miles) south of Suva, the capital of Fiji, or 790 km (490 mi) southwest of Tonga.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was followed by a stronger earthquake, a 6.6, just moments later.
Both struck nearly 600 kilometers (370 miles) below the seabed, making them very deep earthquakes.

The earthquakes were followed by two moderate aftershocks during the next hour, both of which measured 5.5, according to the USGS. The first one struck at 3:34 p.m., the other one at 3:51 p.m.

There is no threat of a tsunami from Friday's earthquakes.

Better Earth

Chesapeake Bay area sinking, area becoming more vulnerable to flooding from storm surges

© Sonam Futi Sherpa for Virginia Tech.
Projected Inundation area from both subsidence and sea level rises under very low greenhouse gases emission scenario at year 2030, 2050, and 2100 (top panels, panels (a), (b), (c), respectively). The bottom panels (d), (e), (f) highlight zoomed-in inundation from sea level and subsidence at 2100.
New research by Virginia Tech scientists shows that sections of the Chesapeake Bay are sinking at rates of nearly a quarter an inch — or 7 millimeters — a year. Further, up-to-date knowledge of where the ground in the Chesapeake Bay area is sinking and by how much is not included in the official planning maps that authorities use to assess the local flooding risk from rising sea levels, the researchers said.

This poses a significant challenge to present and future management efforts as it could under or overestimate flooding risk to coastal communities along the stretch of Virginia shoreline, said Manoochehr Shirzaei, an associate professor of radar remote sensing engineering and environmental security in the Department of Geoscieces, part of the Virginia Tech College of Science, and a member of the Virginia Tech National Security Institute.

Comment: It's reasonable to question what's really driving the subsidence, because it's not the only region of the planet that's subsiding, or rising, at alarming rates in recent years. And this is occurring alongside a variety of other geologic phenomenon such as sink holes and fissuring:


Solitude Mountain Resort in Utah broke 800 inches of total season snowfall for the first time in its history

We'll be talking about the winter of 2022-23 for a long time.

After getting 11″ in 24 hours, Solitude Mountain Resort broke 800 inches of total season snowfall for the first time in its history.

The high-density powder today was smooth, surfy, and skied superbly.


2 women die in elephant attack in Odisha, India

An attack by an elephant claimed lives of two women at Badakantakula village in the Bantala area of Angul district on Monday. The deceased were identified as Muli Pradhan and Gouri Roul of the village.

According to reports, the two women had gone to a nearby mango orchard to collect the fruits in the morning. While they were picking up mangoes, the elephant attacked them. The animal trampled Muli, killing her on the spot.

Gouri sustained critical injuries and was admitted to the District Headquarters Hospital, where she die during treatment.

A pall of gloom descended on the village after the tragic incident.

Comment: See also:


12-year-old boy mauled to death by stray dogs in Uttar Pradesh, India

dog attack
A 12-year-old boy, who had run away from home to escape his father's beating, was mauled to death by stray dogs in Kannauj district. The incident came to light when the child's body with serious injury marks was found at a desolate spot on Wednesday (April 26).

According to reports, the boy's father Omkar, is a drug addict and he often returns home in an inebriated state and thrashes his wife and children. On Tuesday (April 25), he beat up his son, Prince, who then ran away from home.

When Prince did not return home till Wednesday, his mother Pinky searched the neighbourhood but could not find any trace of Prince. The body of a boy was later found lying near the Makrandnagar Power House, which is located 1000 meters from the house.


Woman attacked, killed by 4 dogs in Tulsa, Oklahoma

dog attack
The City of Tulsa is investigating after a 71-year-old woman was mauled and killed by four dogs.

The attack happened last Tuesday in a neighborhood near East Pine Street and North Harvard. One of Glennaroy Blackwelder's neighbors says Glenna grew up in the area and has lived in her home for 71 years. Diane Wise says Glenna had a heart of gold and will be missed by everyone in the neighborhood.

"She was just a kind soul. Everybody liked Glenna."

Cloud Precipitation

Brazil - Thousands displaced after floods and landslides in Bahia - 8 inches of rain in 24 hours

Damage after heavy rains and floods in Santa Cruz Cabrália, Bahia, Brazil, April 2023.
© Rafael Martins/GOVBA
Damage after heavy rains and floods in Santa Cruz Cabrália, Bahia, Brazil, April 2023.
Heavy rain since 21 April has caused flooding and landslides in the south of Bahia State in Brazil, forcing thousands to leave their homes.

According to the state government, 26 municipalities in Bahi have been impacted by the heavy rainfall. The worst of the damages have occurred in the municipalities of Santa Cruz Cabrália, Ilhéus, Belmonte, Porto Seguro and Itapebi. All five local authorities have declared a state of emergency.


Megacryometeor weighing 20-25 kg falls from the sky in Rajasthan, India

A strange incident in Rajasthan gave sleepless nights to people. The incident took place in a village in Jhunjhunu district. Here an ice ball weighing more than 20 kg fell from the sky. There was a loud explosion as soon as this ball of ice fell on the ground. People came out of their houses due to its sound.

In Rajasthan's Jhunjhunu district, such a strange incident took place on Monday which shocked everyone. There was a stir among the people due to the fall of some heavy object from the sky. This incident is of Kidwana of Surajgarh. A big ball of snow fell from the sky on Monday late evening in a field here. There was also a loud banging. People got scared after hearing the sound of explosion in the village. Panic broke out. A large number of people reached the spot to watch.


Temperature extremes: April records fall as Spain heads for 100F

April records in Spain are beginning to fall. As temperatures rise into the 30s Celsius and heat across southern Iberia continues to intensify, local records are being passed. AEMET, the Spanish Met. Service has highlighted 38C for Cordoba and Seville with heat advisories on Thursday. Exceeding that value at this time of year would be "something absolutely unusual, very outstanding."

Seville has already seen 33C, Madrid's April record is 30.1C and forecast to see 31 even 32 by Friday. Jerez Airport in the south looks to have exceeded its monthly record too. They are toppling and there are more days of heat to come. This is more like a summer setup and around 10 degrees warmer than usual.

Comment: Meanwhile towards the southeastern end of the Eurasia landmass at roughly the same latitudes as southern Iberia: