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Powerful magnitude 7.5 earthquake strikes Alaska, tsunami warning issued

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A 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck Alaska Monday local time, prompting a tsunami warning to go into effect.

According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), the quake occurred 94 kilometers southeast of Sand Point, Alaska, and was initially recorded as a magnitude 7.4 quake.

No injuries or structural damages have been reported so far.

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Death toll due to floods, landslides rises to 102 in central Vietnam with 26 still missing

A flooded street in Ha Tinh Town, Ha Tinh Province on October 19, 2020.
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A flooded street in Ha Tinh Town, Ha Tinh Province on October 19, 2020.
The number of deaths caused by flooding and landslides in central Vietnam rose to 102 Monday night, with 26 still missing.

The Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control says the three provinces with the highest loss of lives are Quang Tri with 48 people, Thua Thien-Hue with 27 and Quang Nam with 11.

As of 4 p.m. Monday, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh and Quang Tri provinces had 166,780 households submerged in floodwaters, and 28,900 households with 90,900 residents had been evacuated.

Water levels were rising fast in rivers flowing through Ha Tinh. At 3 p.m., the water level had gone past the highest danger Level 3 by 0.5 m at Ngan Sau River near Chu Le Train Station. Water levels at the Ngan Pho and La rivers had reached danger Level 1.

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Heavy rainfall floods the streets of Caracas, Venezuela

On the afternoon of this Thursday, October 15, the city of Caracas was surprised with a fall of rain.

Streets flood with heavy rain and the traffic was affected.


2 Sowerby's beaked whales wash up dead on East Lothian beaches within days in Scotland

Two whales have washed up in East Lothian this week

Two whales have washed up in East Lothian this week
Two Sowerby's beaked whales died after washing ashore this week in Musselburgh and Gosford

Locals have expressed sadness after two whales washed up dead in East Lothian within just days.

As reported by Edinburgh Live, a whale tragically died after it washed up on the shore near Musselburgh on Tuesday.

Rescuers tried to save one Sowerby's beaked whale after it was washed up on the beach near the Brunstane Burn but were unsuccessful.

The whale had grazes on its underbelly, with its body set to undergo post-mortem by the National Museum of Scotland to establish why it happened.


Black bear attacks and injures 4 people in central Japan city

Asian black bear

Asian black bear
A black bear attacked four people ranging in age from their 50s to 90s and damaged a police car Friday in central Japan before being shot to death, police and other local authorities said.

A 95-year-old man and a 63-year-old woman were seriously injured in separate attacks by the Asian black bear in Hakusan, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Friday afternoon.

Two male hunters, aged 57 and 72, sustained minor injuries after encountering the animal later, the police said.

Prior to these incidents, a police car was damaged when the bear rammed into the vehicle from behind and punctured one of the tires with its claws. The police were patrolling the area after receiving a report in the morning that the animal had been spotted at a shopping center in the city.

Comment: Bear attacks increasing worldwide


Great white shark death toll in Australia at highest level in 86 years after dad killed

Great white sharks are said to be attracted by the cooler waters
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Great white sharks are said to be attracted by the cooler waters
Andrew Sharpe was killed in an attack while surfing on Friday at Kelp Beds in Australia's Wylie Bay, taking 2020's unprovoked great white shark attacks to record numbers

Experts believe cooler water temperatures are behind an increased number of unprovoked and deadly suspected great white shark attacks since January - the highest for 86 years.

Dad Andrew Sharpe became the latest fatality after the surfer was killed in an attack on Friday at Kelp Beds in Wylie Bay, near Esperance, on Western Australia's south coast.

Comment: This latest incident would make it the 7th fatal attack off the continent so far in 2020, see in addition: Great white shark stalks surfer before mauling him to death in Queensland, Australia - 6th such fatality in 8 months

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Extreme weather: October downpour sees UK's wettest day on record

Water covered the streets in Swanage, Dorset amid Storm Alex

Water covered the streets in Swanage, Dorset amid Storm Alex this month
The UK had its wettest day on record earlier this month - with enough rain falling to fill Loch Ness, according to the Met Office.

Data shows Saturday 3 October - the day after Storm Alex - brought the highest volume of rainfall since 1891.

An average of 31.7mm (1.25in) fell across the whole of the UK, beating the previous record of 29.8mm (1.17in) seen in August 1986.

To illustrate the significance of this milestone, the head of the Met Office's National Climate Information Centre said the downpours were enough to fill Britain's largest lake, which has a capacity of 7.4 cubic kilometres.

Mark McCarthy added: "In climate statistics, 2019 will be remembered for possessing the UK's hottest day, whereas 2020 will be associated with rainfall records.

"It is exceptional to have 30mm to 50mm or more of rain falling so extensively across the UK - from the south coast of England to the north coast of Scotland - in a single day."


Ice Age Farmer Report: CORN SHORTAGE: Grand Solar Minimum kills crops (New study)

The media is blaming shortages of corn on the virus, but both common sense and a new study out of Canada attribute massive crop losses to the fact that our sun is dropping into a modern Grand Solar Minimum. It is this that is driving the timeline for totalitarian takeover and lockdowns, even when it seems less than ideal -- the technocrats have a deadline: the food is running out. Spread the word and start growing food today.



Floods death toll hits at least 18 as over 25,000 evacuated in Cambodia - 204,650ha of crops inundated

Water woes: A rescue team transporting people by speedboat through floodwaters on the outskirts of Phnom Penh
Water woes: A rescue team transporting people by speedboat through floodwaters on the outskirts of Phnom Penh
Flash floods in the country have so far left 18 people dead and forced the evacuation of 25,192 people, Seak Vichet, a spokesperson for the National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM), said.

Tropical storm-triggered rains caused floods in 19 of the kingdom's 25 cities and provinces since the beginning of the month, he said, adding that 212,676 people have also been affected by the floods."By Friday morning, the floods have killed 18 people, including eight children, " said Vichet.

The floods have also inundated 51,133 houses and 204,650ha of rice and other crops, he said.


New England experiences significant early snowfall - up to 8 inches


Many residents of northern New England got an early taste of winter with a blanket of snow on Saturday.

It was the first widespread, significant snowfall of the season in the region, and the heavy, wet snow caused some power outages, said Derek Schroeter, meteorologist from the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine.