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Leopard kills 7-month-old baby in Gujarat, India

A seven-month-old child was allegedly attacked and killed by a leopard in Bela village of Junagadh district late on Saturday night while his parents were about to go to sleep. This is second attack by a wild animal on children in as many days in Saurashtra. Bilkha police in Junagadh said that the incident took place at around 9 pm on Saturday when Vipul Saroliya, an agricultural labourer and his family were about to retire to bed in their hut on the farm they were working on in Bela village.

"All of a sudden, a leopard jumped in the hut from an opening. The family ran helter and skelter and cried for help but the leopard dragged away Saroliya's seven-month-old son Shiva," Bilkha police sub-inspector Somat Gojiya said. People from neighbouring farms gathered and tried to track the leopard but in vein.

Cloud Precipitation

Deadly floods in Andalusia, Spain

© Emergencias 112 Andalucía
Floods in Seveille Province, Spain, October, 2016.
Heavy rain has affected parts of Spain, in particular in Andalusia, since 21 October. Flooding has been reported in all eight provinces of Andalusia, with Seville the worst affected.

At least four locations in Seville recorded more than 60 mm of rain in 24 hours between 21 and 22 October. Carrión de los Céspedes recorded 85.4 mm during that period. Meanwhile over 120mm of rain fell at Rota in Cádiz.

Roads, homes and business have all been flooded. Falling branches and flooded tunnels and subways also caused problems.

Emergency services in Andalusia have reported that one man died when his vehicle was swept away by flood waters near the town of Dos Hermanas, Seville. The incident occurred during the afternoon of 22 October. Emergencias 112 Andalucía said that the man's body was found 15 metres from his vehicle. In a separate incident, emergency services had earlier rescued two people from a vehicle trapped in flood water.


2 pit bull terriers kill their owner in Uribe, Colombia

The pit bulls will be destroyed by a vet in accordance with local laws
This is the shocking moment neighbours were forced to use chairs to fend off two brutal pit bulls after they tore their owner's face apart.

The clip - which lasts just under 30 seconds - shows a large pool of blood on the floor as neighbours and friends use chairs and a bicycle to corner the dogs so he can be safely rescued.

The victim, 28, had his face completely mauled during the horrific attack at his house in the neighbourhood of Uribe, Colombia.

The attack took place around midday when Frederman Edicson Duque was at home and slipped on the wet floor.

As soon as the young man was on the floor he was instantly pounced on by the two vicious pit bulls.


Man severely injured in bear attack in Beerwah, India

Block Medical Officer (BMO) Beerwah Dr Bashir Ahmad Khan said that Ahmad was being treated at Sub-district hospital Beerwah.

A 26-year-old man was critically injured in a bear attack in Beerwah area of central Kashmir's Budgam district on Wednesday.

Locals said that Nazir Ahmad Wani, son of Muhammad Sultan Wani, resident of Pethkoot village was attacked by a bear today afternoon.

Block Medical Officer (BMO) Beerwah Dr Bashir Ahmad Khan said that Ahmad was being treated at Sub-district hospital Beerwah.

"Nazir has received multiple wounds on his face and injuries are grave in nature," he said.


Alert level raised for Cleveland volcano in Alaska after explosion detected

© Flickr/ NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center
Scientists raised the alert level for a remote Aleutian volcano on Monday after an explosion was detected on the mountain and heard by residents of a tiny village some 45 miles (72 km) away, a monitoring website said.

Cleveland Volcano, a 5,676-foot (1,730-metre) peak on the uninhabited Chuginadak Island, about 940 miles (1,504 km) southwest of Anchorage, was raised to orange from yellow by the Alaska Volcano Observatory.

The orange code, the second-highest on the scale, is issued when a volcano is "exhibiting heightened or escalating unrest with increased potential of eruption," according to the observatory. A red code is issued when an eruption is imminent or under way.

The observatory said that an explosion was detected on Cleveland by both infrasound and seismic data and heard by residents of Nikolski, a settlement of less than 50 people on Umnak Island about 45 miles (72 km) to the east.

Infrasound instruments measure air pressure around the volcano.

Scientists said that cloudy weather obscured Cleveland's peak in satellite images but that no evidence of an eruption cloud had been detected at a height of 28,000 feet (8,534.4 meters).

Ice Cube

Unusual hailstorm blankets Central Mexican city with up to 50 centimeters of ice

An unusual hailstorm in Central Mexico blanketed the city of Zacetecas on Sunday, October 23. Timelapse video footage of the storm hammering the city, recorded by a bystander, shows ice accumulating on the ground. According to local newspaper Excelsior, 15 buildings and several cars were damaged in floods caused by the storm.

The uploader told Storyful that "Nobody remembers in Zacatecas in the past something like that." Credit: Nicola Rustichelli

Comment: According to local newspaper Excelsior, "In 15 minutes, Zacatecas was blanketed by heavy hailstorm Sunday night, a hailstorm caused the ice reached nearly 50 centimeters" (translated by google).

Other severe hailstorms from around the world this month include: It is likely that atmospheric dust loading from increased comet and volcanic activity is contributing to these 'unusual' or 'freak' hailstorms, the cooling effect of which causes ice crystals to form.


NOAA: US completes record 11 straight years without major hurricane strike despite global warming fears

Hurricane Joaquin as a category 4 storm in October 2015
Today marks the completion of a record-breaking 11 years without a major hurricane striking the U.S. mainland, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

"I can confirm that as of October 24, 2016, it will be a complete 11 years since a major hurricane has struck the United States, as defined by the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale of being a Category 3 or higher," meteorologist Dennis Feltgen, spokesman for NOAA's National Hurricane Center (NHC), told CNSNews.com.

"The current streak of no major hurricane landfalls onto the U.S. mainland remains intact. The last one to do so was Hurricane Wilma on October 24, 2005," Feltgen said.

Category 3 and higher hurricanes are characterized by sustained wind speeds of 111 mph or more and strong storm surges that are capable of causing "devastating" or "catastrophic" damage.


Seal attacks 4 surfers at Manly, Australia

© Kemble Cowan
The seal in the ocean at Manly beach.
A  surfer was shocked when he was bitten by a seal and left needing surgery.

Nathan Shepherd was attacked by the Australian fur seal off Shelly Beach on Sunday afternoon. The creature also went after three surfers, knocking one into the ocean and grabbing hold of their boards with its teeth.

The dad-of-two was due to have an operation tonight to stitch the puncture wound on his arm.

The Manly lawyer said at first he was amazed the creature was swimming so close on Sunday afternoon - until it turned aggressive.

Mr Shepherd, 45, said: "It was swimming next to me for a few seconds. I didn't think anything of it.

"I thought it was amazing to be out with a seal. It was swimming closer to me. It swam quite fast - it jumped out of the water and bit me on the upper arm.

© Troy Snook
Northern Beaches man Nathan Shepherd said at first he was amazed the creature was swimming so close on Sunday afternoon – until it turned aggressive.

Comment: See also: Unprovoked seal attack on elderly man in New Zealand


Dwarf sperm whale found dead on shoreline in Makena, Hawaii

Dead dwarf sperm whale
A female dwarf sperm whale carcass was found on the Makena shoreline on Maui Saturday prompting a multi-agency response.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says a witness saw two small whales stranded in Makena on Maui's west shore around 7:30 in the morning.

When crews arrived, they discovered a dead 7-foot whale on shore.

NOAA, with help from Maui County and the Hawaii State Department of Land and Natural Resources, have removed the dead whale and transported it to Oahu where a necropsy has been conducted.

Teams from the University of Hawaii and Hawaii Pacific University are taking part in the investigation.


Shallow 5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near the Kuril Islands, Russia

An earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale occurred on Sunday near the Kuril Islands, the US Geological Survey reported.

The earthquake occurred at 20:25 GMT on Sunday at a depth of 29,7 kilometers (about 18 miles) with the epicenter located in 117 kilometers to the east of the Shikotan island.

There appeared to be no tsunami threat following the earthquake and there were no immediate reports of any damages or casualties. The Geological Survey appointed the green level of the earthquake consequences, indicating low probability of casualties and economic damage.

The so-called Kuril-Kamchatka Arc, which extends some 2,100 km from Hokkaido, Japan along the Kuril Islands and the Pacific coast of Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula, is one of the most seismically active regions in the world.