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Two ponies killed by lightning bolt in Berkshire, UK

Two ponies have been killed by a suspected lightning strike at a Berkshire equestrian centre.

Devastated staff at Snowball Farm found six-year-old Blue (pictured, above) and 11-year-old Beau (pictured, below) dead in the field after thunderstorms hit the Thames Valley overnight on Thursday (15 September).

"All the horses had been really quite upset during the night and when the staff checked the 'out' ponies this morning, they found two of our best ponies had been killed," said Snowball Farm director Nick Western-Kaye.

"We don't know exactly what happened, but they had been standing very close together. There were no burn marks, so the lightning probably went into the ground and went up. We think they wouldn't have felt much."

The ponies had been turned out in a large field used to host dressage during Snowball Farm's Burnham Beeches unaffiliated event on 4 September.


Dead whale found on beach in Maharashtra, India; 3rd this month and 10th in 15 months for the state

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The decomposed carcass of a blue whale, estimated to be around 32-feet-long was discovered on Murud beach in Raigad district of Maharashtra.

This is the third dead whale to have been discovered on the coastline between Mumbai and south Maharashtra in September.

Researchers are working to identify the species of this one.

In all, 10 Baleen Whales - a minor order of animals that includes blue whales, Bryde's Whales and Humpback Whales - have beached in Maharashtra alone since June 2015.

Gujarat saw at least two stranding in May and July this year, one of which was a blue whale. At least one Bryde's whale has stranded in Kerala.


Dead whale found on Oregon coast near Oswald West State Park

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A dead whale at Falcon Cove in Arch Cape on the Oregon Coast on Sept. 17, 2016.
A dead whale has washed up on the Oregon coast near Oswald West State Park.

Stephanie Gooch, who lives near the state park, said her family spotted the whale on some rocks or a sandbar no more than 300 yards offshore Friday night. Gooch, 37, said she figured it was dead because it wasn't moving much, though the waves made it difficult to tell.

She woke up early Saturday morning and found the whale about 100 yards from one of her neighborhood's two beach entrances. Neighbors believe it's a humpback, and she said it's probably too small to be an adult.

Its stomach was bloated at the time and has since exploded, she said. Its flukes — as the two lobes of the tail are known — were gone. Gooch said it looked as though they had been eaten or picked at.

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Lightning bolt kills 3 in Rwanda

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Three people have so far been confirmed dead over last night's lightning as heavy rains continue in Western and Northern provinces. The three killed have been residents of Karongi district in Bwishyura sector.

The three have been identified as 55 year-old Josephine Mekeshimana , 15 year- old Violette Mukarugema from Nyarusazi cell and another neighboring 4 year -old kid, Paul Byukusenge

According to the area executive secretary, Emmanuel Mutuyimana of Bwishyura sector, the three were struck dead while they tried to harvest rainwater.

It should be recalled that recently the ministry of disaster (MIDAMAR) revealed that research on high capacity lightning rods would be completed by the end of June this year arguing that an average of one person every day, especially during heavy rains or above normal rains, is usually killed by thunderstorms.

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Lightning strikes kill at least 11 over 36 hours in Madhya Pradesh, India

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At least 11 people, including three women, were killed after being struck by lightning in Raisen and Rewa districts of Madhya Pradesh over the last 36 hours.

In the latest incident, three men who had taken shelter at a temple amid rain died after the lighting struck the temple in Chorhata area of Rewa district on Saturday afternoon. The three men aged between 30 and 35 years, who died have been identified as Dinesh Pandit, Harish Bunkar and Umesh Kol.

Earlier on Friday, lightning struck labourers working on an agricultural farm in Raisen district's Sayeedpur village on Friday morning, killing two women and injuring seven others. A similar occurrence in the district's Sunehra village killed a 52-year-old man later in the day.

Lighting also killed a 14-year-old boy in Rewa district's Badowa village, also resulting in the death of seven goats.


Mount Bulusan spews ash 1.5 kilometer high in the Philippines

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Mount Bulusan in Sorsogon spews a 1.5-kilometer high ash column in a steam-driven or phreatic explosion
Mount Bulusan in Sorsogon, Bicol spewed a 1.5-kilometer- high ash column Friday afternoon, in a steam-driven explosion.

According to the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) in Sorsogon, the phreatic explosion occurred at approximately 4:54 p.m. Friday, and lasted for close to four minutes.

The dark gray ash plume expelled by the volcano drifted towards the northeast, causing ash to fall in Casiguran, Juban, Barcelona, and Gubat.

Alert Level 1, indicating abnormal activity, remains over Bulusan Volcano, said the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) in its 6 p.m. notice.

This indicates that hydrothermal processes are underway beneath the volcano, which may lead to more steam-driven eruptions, the agency said.

It also reminded the public not to enter the 4-kilometer radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ).

Cloud Precipitation

Hail to the size of baseballs batter Goodland, Kansas

While not unheard of in September, an unusually strong hail storm hammered the northwestern part of the state Thursday evening. Damage in Goodland was particularly bad. The National Weather Service office in Goodland reported hail to the size of baseballs in the Northwest Kansas town.

As our evening anchor, Brooke Lennington, has mentioned on-air before, her family is from Goodland and still lives there. She passed along a photo from her mother's home in Goodland that suffered serious damage from the hail that combined with high winds.

Damage at the home of Brooke Lennington's mother in Goodland Thursday evening.

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Two killed by lightning bolt in Bihar, India

Two persons were killed when lightning struck their hutment at Orahi East village in Bihar's Araria district last night, polie said today.

Imraha police outpost incharge Rajiv Kumar said Ramanand Yadav and his son Bikash Yadav were sleeping at their house near the police outpost when lightning struck their little dwelling, killing both on the spot.

The bodies have been sent to the Sadar Hospital for post-mortem.

Source: Press Trust of India


Dead humpback whale found in Sea Isle City, New Jersey

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A whale washed up in Sea Isle City on Friday.
The carcass of a young humpback whale washed up in Sea Isle City on Friday afternoon, 3.p.m.

According to Press of Atlantic City, the whale was previously spotted off the coast of Strathmere earlier in the day. The humpback whale's cause of death is still unknown, but Bob Schoelkopf said that the animal could not have been attacked by a shark or any predator because there were no visible bite marks.

Schoelkopf believes that the young animal may have been ill or its mother died. Officials say that the young male humpback whale could have been dead for four or five days before it washed up on the beach, Ocean City Patch reports.

Closer view of whale pic.twitter.com/AaShWxz7zW

— Brian Ianieri (@BIanieri) September 16, 2016


Farmer found dead, likely gored by bull in Verona, Kentucky

A man found dead in Northern Kentucky appears to have been gored by a bull, authorities said.

The Boone County Sheriff's Office said fire officials were called just before 1 p.m. on Wednesday to the 13000 block of U.S. 42 in Verona for reports of a dead man in a field.

Major Tom Scheben said Ricky Miller, 53, had been working on the family farm during the morning when he was probably attacked by the bull on a hillside.

Officials said it is up to the family to determine what to do with the bull.

The Boone County coroner was called to the scene and will determine the official cause of death.