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Rare 'corpse flower' blooms at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire

A rare flower known for its large size and foul smell bloomed in a greenhouse at Dartmouth college over the weekend.

The university provided an online live stream of "Morphy" the 13-year-old Amorphophallus titanum, or corpse flower.

Morphy was grown from a seed by a private grower in New Hampshire starting in 2003 and acquired by Dartmouth in 2007, according to Dartmouth news.

The plant, which was estimated to weigh between 37 and 39 pounds, bloomed once before in 2011 and sprouted two leaves which photosynthesized leading up to the most recent bloom.

The corpse flower's name comes from the smell emitted from the green and burgundy flower which resembles rotting flesh and attracts flies and beetles in the wild.

Comment: See also: Is nature saying wake up and smell the corpses? America's pungent corpse flowers are all mysteriously blooming at once

Blooming only once a decade, fetid corpse flower overwhelms New York Botanical Gardens visitors

World's largest flower that survives for just 48 hours blooms in India


Shallow 5.0 magnitude earthquake hits off the coast of Gold Beach, Oregon

© Dimas Ardian, Getty Images
M 5.0 quake: 151km WSW of Gold Beach, Oregon on Sun, 25 Sep 05h01

Date & time: Sun, 25 Sep 05:01:50 UTC

Local time at epicenter: 2016-09-24 21:01:50 -08:00

Magnitude: 5.0

Depth: 10.0 km

Epicenter latitude / longitude: 41.8666°N / 126.1106°W [Map]

Nearest volcano: North Gorda Ridge (108 km)

Primary data source: USGS

Snowflake Cold

Heavy, late summer snowfall in Canada and surprise blizzard hits Yellowstone national park

© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
In the last official days of summer Alberta received over a foot of snow and another blizzard dumped snow in Yellowstone national park. Montana and the areas near Glacier national park also had unusual snows, and low temperatures. Little reported in US news, Russian Television took up the story. Now we need to get US weather information from foreign media outlets and social media.

Comment: Early snowfall for Erzurum, Turkey

Bizarro Earth

Magnitude 6.9 earthquake strikes in the Fiji islands region

© AFP 2016/Richter magnitude scale
A 6.9-magnitude earthquake has occurred in the Pacific ocean, in the Fiji islands region, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reports.

According to the report, the quake occurred at about 21:07 GMT on Saturday off the coast of Tonga.

There were no reports of casualties and no immediate danger of a tsunami.


Ship sails into port with dead whale stuck to bow in Lisbon, Portugal; second such incident locally within a month

© LT Rene Torres, USCGR
Pullmantur Monarch strikes a whale

The carcass of a dead whale stuck to the front of a cruise ship that docked in Lisbon on Monday was removed from the ship on Tuesday morning.

The dead whale was removed from the ship at around 10am and towed to a location where it could be properly disposed of.

It is the second such incident to happen in Lisbon's docks in recent times.

On 28 August another whale was killed after colliding with a cargo ship that later also docked in Alcântara with the carcass still stuck to it.


Man mauled by brown bear on Admiralty Island, Alaska

A 57-year-old Kentucky man is recovering from injuries suffered when he was mauled by a bear on Alaska's Admiralty Island.

Alaska State Troopers say Douglas Adkins of Jenkins was injured as he hiked Thursday night with a big game hunting guide on the southeast Alaska island.

Adkins and the guide at about 8:30 p.m. were returning to a beach south of Angoon using headlamps to illuminate their way.

They startled a bear and it attacked. The attack stopped after a short period.


Early snowfall for Erzurum, Turkey

Winter arrives early in eastern Turkey
Winter arrived early in eastern Turkey's Erzurum province as the city center saw the season's first snowfall on Friday as temperatures in the city fell below one degree celsius.

Snowfall is not unusual for Erciyes, Kösedağ or Arkut, the mountain regions of Turkey in September. But the change in weather still came as a bit of a shock to inhabitants of the highest city of Turkey when they woke up to their city center covered in a layer of snow.

The major ski centers in the country have also already recorded the season's first snow. The snow depth in Erzurum's Palandöken Ski Center now stands at 12 centimeters, while another ski resort, Kartalkaya, has also received significant snowfall.


6.0 magnitude earthquake near Irian Jaya, Indonesia

© Dimas Ardian, Getty Images
Strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - Near North Coast of Irian Jaya on Saturday, 24 September 2016

Date & time: Sat, 24 Sep 11:04:30 UTC

Magnitude: 6.0

Depth: 17.0 km

Epicenter latitude / longitude: 2.027°S / 140.525°E [Map]

Nearest volcano: Kairinu (340 km)

Primary data source: GeoAu


4.8 magnitude earthquake kills two in Democratic Republic of Congo

Two people were killed on Friday when a mild earthquake shook a city in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, according to an early toll, a regional official said.

The quake, whose epicentre was in neighbouring Rwanda, had a magnitude of 4.8, monitors said.

It rattled homes in Bukavu, the main town in South Kivu province.

"The provisional toll is two dead, both of them men... and five injured -- three girls and two men," the provincial minister for health, Nash Mwanza Nangunia, told AFP.

Two homes collapsed and others suffered cracks, he added.

The quake struck at 1510 GMT, according to the Natural Science Research Centre in Lwiro, west of Bukavu.

Comment: A couple of days ago a 5.5 magnitude earthquake hits Mozambique, the strongest in 11 years.


Turrialba volcano erupts for third time this week in Costa Rica

© Kent Gilbert
Volcanic ashes emanating from Turrialba volcano during an eruption is seen from San Gerardo de Irazu in the province of Cartago, Costa Rica, on Sept 20, 2016.
Costa Rica's central Turrialba Volcano on Thursday erupted for the third time this week, sending a plume of ash and gas more than 2,000 meters above the crater.

This latest eruption occurred at 3:20 a.m. (09:20 GMT), Costa Rica's volcano and earthquake monitoring agency Ovsicori said.

Turrialba's strongest eruption to date was just before noon on Monday, when it spewed ash some 4,000 meters into the sky. Earlier that day, it has a smaller eruption.

The volcano, located in the province of Cartago, 37 km east of the capital San Jose, has registered intermittent eruptions since late last year.

Ovsicori says the volcanic material expelled is falling mainly to the west of the crater, in the direction of the country's Central Valley, which is home to Costa Rica's most densely populated cities, including the capital.