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Three sperm whales that stranded on beach in Northland, New Zealand all now dead

The sperm whales washed up on Ripiro Beach
© DoC
The sperm whales washed up on Ripiro Beach and were currently being harvested by local iwi. Photo / DoC
Three male sperm whales stranded on a Northland beach have all died.

The Department of Conservation today said the whales stranded on Ripiro Beach on the Poutu Peninsula near Dargaville on Monday night.

Spokeswoman Abigail Monteith said a member of the public found the whales and notified the department.

Staff monitored them overnight but they died on Tuesday morning.


Rescue group responds to dozens of birds found dead in Leland, North Carolina - cause unknown

Dozens of birds have reportedly died due to unknown causes in Leland, according to local group SkyWatch Bird Rescue.

"After a call to our wildlife hotline, an intake of 12 Grackles at once were received last night on our after hours non contact drop off porch, for urgent care. This is a very unusual intake so we suspected that where they came from, there may be more. Volunteers went out today to search the area and found dozens more in the areas of McDonald's, KFC, Taco Bell and parking lot of Piggly Wiggly in Leland NC. These birds tend to scavenge parking lots in flocks," according to a Facebook post.

Unfortunately, many of the birds were dead by the time rescuers got to them, or in catatonic states.


Cold increases as hilly areas receive March snowfall in Uttarakhand, India

The cold has increased once again in the month of March as the hilly areas are receiving snowfall.

The Kedarnath and Gangotri dham are covered with thick sheet of snow.

Here, in Nainital, locals are facing troubles because of the snowfall.

J&K's Gulmarg is also covered under the snow.

Watch the visuals of snowfall from various parts.

Comment: Up to 2 feet of March snowfall in upper reaches of Kashmir - temperature drops 7 degrees Celsius below normal


Strombolian & lava fountain eruptions at Klyuchevskaya Sopka volcano, Russia

The highest active volcano in Russia Eurasia and one of the world's most active volcanoes.

It has a large active crater with frequent strombolian and lava fountain eruptions.

Spectacular view March 09, 2021.


Powerful eruption of Sangay volcano in Ecuador

The eruption of Sangay volcano in Ecuador - 06/03/2021.

Arrow Up

Nicaragua's San Cristobal volcano erupts, showering nearby city in ash

San Cristobal volcano eruption
Nicaragua's San Cristobal volcano erupted Tuesday, showering the northwestern city of Chinandega in ash.

Video from the scene showed dramatically reduced visibility in Chinandega early Tuesday afternoon and the sound of cinders falling onto homes, cars and streets.

"I was having lunch at home when the great blast came out and the sky started to darken,"said lawyer Pablo Medina, who lives about 4 miles (7 kilometers) from Nicaragua's tallest volcano. He said an intense odor of sulfur engulfed his home and ash coated everything.

"It was a rapid eruption, a single big explosion and then the volcano spent some 30 minutes spewing gases," said writer Jorge Lenín Duarte, a cultural promoter in Chinandega.

Comment: The recent uptick in volcanic activity worldwide continues.


Severe flooding swamps city of Guayaquil, Ecuador

Yesterday a very heavy downpour fell in the north of the city, forcing the airport to close for a few hours.

Black Cat

Boy killed by tiger in Kodagu, India - 3rd such death in the district in 3 weeks

A boy was killed and his grandfather a plantation worker seriously injured in a tiger attack at Belluru village in Ponnampet taluk of Kodagu district on Monday. The victim was identified as Rangaswamy, 8, while his grandfather, Kencha, a plantation worker, has been hospitalised.

Conservator of Forests T. Hiralal said the Forest Department team has identified the marauding tiger, which is about 10 years old. The official said the team has tracked the animal to a sacred grove or devara kaadu. The combing operations are on and the tiger has been cornered, he added.

Earlier in the day, the team had tried to tranquilise the animal which was lurking in the bushes but sources said the tranquiliser dart missed its mark. The marksmen accompanying a foot patrol team had come close to the tiger and hence were forced to open fire but the tiger escaped. A senior official said the combing and tracking operation would was suspended late in the evening and will resume at dawn.

Monday's incident is the third human death due to a tiger attack in Kodagu in the last three weeks and has resulted in widespread anger against the authorities for their failure to curb human-animal conflict.

Comment: Tiger attacks on people skyrocket in the Sundarbans, India - 70 in 3 months with 40 deaths


Could Iceland be entering a volcanic period?

Volcanic systems on the Reykjanes peninsula
© Map/Vísindavefurinn
Volcanic systems on the Reykjanes peninsula are shown in pink. The red lines indicate the tectonic plate boundary, where earthquakes are common. Geothermal areas are marked in yellow. Black lines indicate fissure swarms.
"If an eruption occurs, it would likely mark the beginning of such a [volcanic] period - lasting a few centuries, I believe," states Magnús Á. Sigurgeirsson, geologist at ÍSOR Iceland GeoSurvey - a consulting and research institute in the field of geothermal sciences and utilization.

"That's at least how it has been the past three times, and even dating further back, but we don't have as exact data available on that," he tells mbl.is . He is referring to the uncertainty regarding whether an eruption can be expected soon on the Reykjanes peninsula, Southwest Iceland.

Magnús assembled data on the past three volcanic periods in the area. These were 3,000-3,500 years ago, 1,900-2,400 years ago, and finally between the years 800 and 1240 AD. His information is based on geological maps of the Reykjanes peninsula and on a comprehensive book on volcanic eruptions in Iceland called Nátt­úru­vá á Íslandi, eld­gos og jarðskjálft­ar.
List of eruptions in Iceland
© Graphic/mbl.is
Although the list of eruptions is in Icelandic, you can see the dates of the eruptions and the corresponding lava fields.

Cloud Lightning

Storm in Espírito Santo, Brazil leaves 1 dead, houses and hospitals damaged

Cars were stuck in the middle of flooding in Bento Ferreira, Vitória
© Reproduction / TV Gazeta
Cars were stuck in the middle of flooding in Bento Ferreira, Vitória
At least one person has died as a result of stormy weather in the state of Espírito Santo, southeastern Brazil over the last few days.

Media reported more than 11,000 lightning strikes across the state during a storm on 07 March 2021. One person died from lighting strike in Córrego São José de Pancas, according to state Civil Defence.

Heavy rainfall was reported in several parts of the state. In 24 hours to 08 March, the municipality of Marechal Floriano recorded 149.00 mm of rain; Vila Velha 113.74 mm; Serra 108.51 mm; Cariacica 90.38 mm and Vitória 88.88 mm.