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6.9 magnitude earthquake strikes Kermadec Islands

An earthquake of magnitude 6.9 struck the Kermadec Islands region in New Zealand on Saturday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The quake was at a depth of 152 km (94 miles), USGS said.

The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre earlier estimated the magnitude at 6.6 and a depth at 183 km.

No tsunami warning was issued after the quake, the US Tsunami Warning System said.

Source: Reuters

Cloud Lightning

17 cattle killed by lightning in Namibia

A war veteran (74) in the Zambezi region suffered a great loss when 17 head of cattle were killed by lightning on Wednesday morning.

The incident occurred at Chixu village in the Kongola constituency.

The devastated owner, Lukas Machinga, told The Namibian on Friday his cattle herder was also struck by lightning, although fortunately it was not fatal.

According to Machinga, the cattle herder told him the lightning came from nowhere and struck about three kilometres away from the kraal.


More than 150,000 without power after storm hits Texas with heavy rain, tornadoes

The tornado in Weatherford
© Drew Springer
A tornado in Weatherford
Tornadoes touched down in Texas and Louisiana as a powerful storm system that dumped heavy snow in California moved eastward Thursday, knocking out power to more than 150,000 customers and forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights into and out of Dallas.

Tornado warnings issued for Dallas, Fort Worth and surrounding areas of Texas expired by late afternoon but strong winds and hail continued, according to the National Weather Service.

About 100 miles east of Dallas, a twister that hit the ground near the small town of Fouke moved northeast toward Texarkana at 55 mph, the weather service said.

The NWS Storm Prediction Center reported that a severe thunderstorm watch was in effect through midnight Thursday for parts of southeast Texas, including Houston and College Station.


Rare heavy snow falls on Maunakea, Hawaii - 10 feet snowdrifts

Dennis Patterson's job at the W.M. Keck Observatory atop 13,803-foot Maunakea primarily focuses on caring for and maintaining the observatory's cameras and spectrometers. But the recent winter weather has given him another purpose during his four days a week at the summit: shoveling snow.

The Big Island was drenched with rain by two Kona Lows in the middle of February. But at the high elevations, the storms also produced more than a foot of snow, including 10-foot drifts in some places on Maunakea.

"I was still shoveling up there Saturday," said Patterson, who is used to the white stuff having lived in Colorado and Utah. "This last storm was pretty epic. We still haven't been able to open the domes for the last 12 or 13 nights due to ice and snow buildup."

Snowflake Cold

Arizona desert covered in snow as winter storm brings plummeting temperatures

Stunning footage shows snow covering parts of the Arizona desert after a strong cold front brought plummeting temperatures overnight Wednesday (1 March).

Videos shared by Brandon Zavala show a blanket of snow covering the desert landscape on Thursday in Yucca, about 150 miles northwest of Phoenix, in Mohave County.

Yucca was under a winter storm warning until 5 am Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service and numerous roads across the state were closed on Wednesday night due to adverse weather.


Vanuatu: Pacific nation reels from twin cyclones and 6.5 magnitude earthquake

The Pacific nation of Vanuatu has declared a state of emergency as it reels from an earthquake and two cyclones in as many days.

The 6.5 magnitude quake struck on Friday, a day after category four Cyclone Judy swept through the islands.

The storm caused widespread damage and flooding across the country. No casualties have been reported yet.

A category three storm, Cyclone Kevin, arrived on Friday, bringing destructive winds of up to 130km/h (81mph).


Dead whale washes ashore in Seaside Park, New Jersey - 2nd seen in tri-state Wednesday

A dead humpback whale spotted off the Garden State coast was the second to be seen in the tri-state area on Wednesday.

The Marine Mammal Stranding Center is continuing to monitor the latest whale spotted off the coast of Seaside Park.

A necropsy is expected to be performed.

The initial discovery occurred on the same day that another whale washed onto a jetty in Breezy Point, New York.

While scientists continue to say there are no connections to the surveying taking place on the planned offshore wind farms and these deaths, there have been continued calls for a pause by mayors, activists and even state congressional representatives.


2 stray dogs kill month-old-baby sleeping next to mother inside hospital in Rajasthan, India

dog attack
A baby was taken away by stray dogs and was mauled to death at a hospital in Sirohi district of Rajasthan.

The month-old-child was sleeping next to his mother in the TB ward of the hospital, police said.

Police said the CCTV footage showed that two dogs went inside the TB ward of the hospital late on Monday and one of them returned with the infant.

Sitaram, SHO, Kotwali said the father of the child was admitted in the hospital for tuberculosis treatment. He said the child's mother, who was attending to the patient along with her other children, dozed off.


Pack of 20 dogs attack, kill 3-year-old girl in Uttar Pradesh, India

In a shocking incident, a three-year-old girl died after being mauled by a pack of stray dogs in the CB Ganj locality in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh.

The victim, Pari, the daughter of Awadhesh Gangawar, a resident of Bandia village, was attacked by a pack of around 15 to 20 dogs late on Tuesday evening.

Girl dragged around 100 metres by dogs

Pari was playing outside the house, while her elder siblings were inside when she was attacked by the stray dogs.

"The dogs dragged the victim for around 100 meters and mauled her badly," a police official said.


Pack of 6 dogs kill man in Birmingham, Alabama

dog attack
The Jefferson County Coroner's Office says a man whose body was found Tuesday morning was attacked by a pack of dogs.

The man has been identified as Joe Cleveland Scott. He was 65. Authorities say Scott lived in the McDonalds Chapel Community. His body was found in the 5700 block of Iceland Avenue.

Authorities say Scott was a pedestrian who was attacked by several dogs. An autopsy has found the death is due to the injuries he sustained during the dog attack.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and Jefferson County Animal Control are investigating.