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Rare November tornadoes strike Nebraska

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Three tornadoes touched down in south-central Nebraska Sunday afternoon but each spent mere minutes on the ground and caused minor damage, officials from the National Weather Service in Hastings reported Monday.

The twisters marked the first confirmed tornadoes after Thanksgiving in Nebraska since 1975.

No injuries were reported in any of the tornadoes.

The first spawned southwest of Upland in Franklin County just after 4 p.m., spent one minute on the ground and traveled just over a quarter mile with wind speeds reaching 70 mph, the Weather Service said in a report Monday.

Around 4:30 p.m., a tornado ripped through a row of pine trees near a home 5 miles northeast of Red Cloud, the National Weather Service in Hastings said.

The home did not sustain structural damage, but outbuildings were overturned. The tornado overturned two center-pivot irrigation systems on its route.

Comment: Study: Tornado outbreaks are increasing - but scientists don't understand why

Arrow Up

Man rescued from sinkhole after it opens up and swallows him in Toronto

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A man raking leaves at his North York home suffered minor injuries after a 2-meter sinkhole opened beneath him, and swallowed him up to the neck.
A man had to be rescued after he fell into a sinkhole that opened up on Tamworth Rd. in Willowdale. The man suffered minor injuries from the fall.

Toronto Fire received a call at 4 p.m. saying a man was trapped in a hole up to his shoulders. The sinkhole is next to a drainage hole, Toronto Police Services reported.

According to witnesses, the sinkhole opened under the man's feet as he was walking down the street.

Toronto fire had to set up a perimeter around the hole to distribute the weight of their equipment. They then set up: a ladder over the opening, a tripod, a harness and a winch, to get the man out.


Magnitude 5.3 tremor hits Costa Rica, followed by 400 aftershocks

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Gabriela Gómez posted images on OVSICORI’s Facebook page of landslides, fissures and other damage at her farm located in Capellades in northwestern Cartago province.
The National Emergency Commission (CNE) reported that at least one house collapsed and dozens are damaged in cantons east of Cartago due to the strong earthquake that shook the province at 6:25 p.m. Wednesday.

Red Cross spokesman Gerald Jiménez confirmed to The Tico Times on Thursday that the organization had not received any reports of injured people.

Fifteen people in the canton of Alvarado were evacuated to a shelter, following recommendations from the CNE and the Firefighters' Corps. Experts from both agencies are evaluating homes in the area to assess whether their occupants can safely return, the CNE reported.

In addition to some 40 damaged houses there are also reports of landslides and cracked roads in the Cartago cantons of Jiménez and Alvarado. People in Turrialba, Alvarado, Jiménez and Oreamuno suffered power and water cuts.

On Thursday evening there were still some 4,000 people without water in various communities in Jiménez.
The University of Costa Rica’s National Seismological Network reported the epicenter in Capellades, in northern Cartago province.

Black Cat

260 people killed and nearly 11,000 injured due to man-animal conflict in past 5 years in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India

At least 260 people have been killed and 10,955 were injured in man-animal conflict during last five years in Madhya Pradesh, making it a serious cause of concern for the state forest officials.

Besides, 22 tigers, leopards, bears, wild boars, jackals and other carnivores have been killed by humans during the same period.

According to the Forest department data, 51 people were killed by wild animals in 2011-12, 48 each in 2012-13 and 2013-14; 61 in 2014-15 and 52 in 2015-16.

Likewise, 3,181 people were injured in man-animal conflict in 2011-12, 2,906 in 2012-13, 2,092 in 2013-14, 1,334 in 2014-15 and 1,442 in 2015-16, the data reveals.

25,344 cattle also killed in the past five years. Recently, a minor girl was mauled to death by a tiger in Bagda forest range of Hoshangabad district on November 19.


Canadian mountain resort receives almost two meters of snow in a week

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Whistler Blackcomb has received over 190 centimetres of snow in the last seven days, and the powder won't stop falling anytime soon.

The mountain resort reports they have measured 26 centimetres of new snow in the last 12 hours, 86 centimetres in the last two days, and 192 centimetres in the last week. With only three days into the 2016/2017 winter season, they already have a base of 206 centimetres at mid-mountain.

For skiers and boarders planning on ending their weekend making fresh lines in the snow, the weather will continue to cooperate on Sunday and maybe even make way for some blue sky.

Temperatures will be frosty at -5 C up the mountain with sunny periods and flurries developing around noon, but winds gusting up to 45 km/h will add extra chill to the air. Forecasters at Whistler expect another four to eight centimetres to fall on Sunday and three to five to fall on Wednesday.


Shallow 5.2 magnitude temblor hits India-Nepal border

The tremors were felt in various parts of Uttrakhand including Champawat, Srinagar, Garhwal and Almora. No casualties have been reported so far.
An earthquake measuring 5.2 intensity on Richter Scale has recently hit India-Nepal border. The tremors were felt in various parts of Uttrakhand including Champawat, Srinagar, Garhwal and Almora. No casualties have been reported so far.

This is the second time in a week that Nepal has witnessed the tremors. A couple of days back, same intensity earthquake, measuring 5.5 on the Richter Scale, hit the coastal area of Nepal with its epicentre being located at Solukhumbu district near the Everest region, which is around 150 km east of the capital Kathmandu. As per the country's National Centre for Seismology, a unit of Ministry of Earth Sciences, the quake occurred at a depth of 10 km.


Sun halo spotted over Cape Coral, Florida

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A great example of what's known as a sun halo was spotted over Cape Coral on Saturday.

A sun halo is when an enormous ring appears to form around the sun. Though the effect appears rather remarkable, it's actually a somewhat common occurrence.

Sun halos are formed when cirrus clouds are present in the atmosphere. These are clouds forming well above the Earth's surface, usually at heights greater than 22,000 feet. The temperature in the atmosphere this high up is cold, so instead of being made up of tiny water droplets like clouds closer to the surface, cirrus clouds are constructed with small ice crystals.

When the sun's light hits these small ice crystals in the sky, the light is bent in the same manner as it is when entering a prism. This is what generates the circular structure we see when sun halos form.


Dead manatee found near Dundalk, Maryland

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Manatee's body found in Dundalk
A manatee was found dead, floating in waters near Dundalk last week, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

DNR was tipped off by a concerned citizen who called in.

"With cooling weather, current Maryland water temperatures are well below a manatee's minimum survival temperature," said Natural Resources State Fish and Wildlife Veterinarian Cindy P. Driscoll.

"We are still analyzing samples taken during the necropsy examination, which will be analyzed over the next few weeks. Until that time the cause of death remains undetermined."

Manatees are aquatic mammals commonly found in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina but in recent years have been found in waters ranging from Massachusetts to Texas.

The first live Maryland manatee was documented in 1994 along the Upper Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay.

Cow Skull

Buffalo herd dies of mysterious illness in Prachin Buri, Thailand

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Livestock officials are investigating the sudden death from from illness of 21 buffaloes at Ban Khao Duan village in Kabin Buri district of this eastern Central province.

The animals belonged to Suthat Somthong, 31, of tambon Yanri, who reported the deaths.

Wanlop Prawatwong, the Kabin Buri district chief, and livestock officials rushed to the village on Thursday to investigate.

Mr Suthat said he had a herd of 47 buffaloes. One of the animals died on Tuesday, one on Wednesday and 19 more on Thursday. A large pit had been dug up to bury the dead animals.

Mr Wanlop said it was not yet known what disease had struck the buffaloes down so suddenly. Tissue samples had been taken from the dead animals and sent to the Zone 2 Livestock Office in Chon Buri for testing. People living nerby had been told to move their buffaloes away from Ban Khao Duan, to prevent the spread of the disease.


Air and ground footage of deadly Tennessee wildfire

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Firefighters stand by a destroyed home after a wildfire forced the mandatory evacuation of Gatlinburg, Tennessee in a picture released November 30, 2016.
As enormous wildfires continue to rage across the southeast United States, alarming footage of the latest eruption in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, was caught from both the ground and air.

Ten people have died from the fires that moved eastward from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park towards homes in eastern Tennessee, WBIR reported Thursday. That is up from a previous death toll of seven. More than 50 people were injured, and over 700 buildings were burned beyond repair in Sevier County.

Thousands of people were ordered to evacuate Gatlinburg, Tennessee, on Monday night after a wildfire erupted on Chimney Tops mountain and spread into the nearby towns - resulting in the death of seven people.