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Man dies in pit bull attack in Old Fort,Tennessee

The Polk County Sheriff's Office says a dog attacked and killed a man in Old Fort over the weekend.

The Sheriff's Office confirmed that the dog was an alligator pitbull.

Deputies arrived just after 2 p.m. Sunday with E-M-S on hand.

When authorities arrived on the scene, 32-year-old Rusty Burris was declared unconscious according to the police report.

E-M-S Paramedic Chris Boggs said Burris did not have a pulse as he was put in an ambulance.

He was then pronounced deceased.


There is officially a new volcano in Iceland!

During the August 2022 and March to September 2021 volcanic eruptions in Iceland, something strange was observed. Initially, these highly effusive eruptions were thought to have originated from the Krysuvik volcanic complex. Yet, the fissure direction, size of the eruption, and nonexplosiveness were different than what was expected to occur. From this and other evidence, the two latest eruptions at Geldingadalir and Meradalir were designated as originating from a completely separate and completely new volcano. This new volcano is known as Fagradalsfjall.


Firefighters battle 11 major California wildfires, including Mosquito and Fairview

A firefighter battles the Mosquito Fire in Placer County, Calif., on Wednesday.
© Noah Berger / AP
A firefighter battles the Mosquito Fire in Placer County, Calif., on Wednesday.
Firefighters in California are making progress against 11 major wildfires, including the Mosquito and Fairview fires, according to a statewide fire update published Sunday.

More than 8,300 firefighters are working to contain the fires across the state, but they are bracing for more potential significant wildfires because of coming critical fire weather. So far this year, 325,083 acres have burned in California, according to the fire summary.

Potential critical fire weather includes a high risk for lightning in Northern California "in eastern areas on Sunday combined with very flammable fuels," it said. Breezy west and southwest winds at 25 to 35 mph will also develop through the San Francisco Bay Area coastal gaps, and south to southeast winds of 15 to 25 mph will extend up to the Sacramento Valley.

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Aftermath of Hurricane Kay causes massive flooding, waterfalls in California's Death Valley

On Saturday, Sept. 10, a park ranger took this photo of waterfalls in normally-dry Death Valley National Park. Badwater Road, south of Natural Bridge.
© National Park Service
On Saturday, Sept. 10, a park ranger took this photo of waterfalls in normally-dry Death Valley National Park. Badwater Road, south of Natural Bridge.
It's been a summer of extreme extremes in California's Death Valley.

From flash flooding in August that left a vehicle swallowed in the mud to an extremely high, possibly record-breaking, September temperature of 127 degrees at Furnace Creek.

Now, the aftermath of Hurricane Kay has led to more heavy rainfall and an unlikely sight — waterfalls in one of the driest, hottest places in the world.

"Storms fueled by the remnants of Hurricane Kay caused localized, heavy damage in Death Valley National Park on Saturday afternoon," park authorities wrote on Facebook on Sunday, alongside a stunning video showing muddy waterfalls cascading down the mountainside by Badwater Basin.


Kangaroo kills man in Western Australia, stopping paramedics from saving his life - first deadly attack in 86 years

A man tragically died after he was attacked by a kangaroo. Pictured is a stock photo of a western grey kangaroo

A man tragically died after he was attacked by a kangaroo. Pictured is a stock photo of a western grey kangaroo
An elderly man has died after an apparent attack by his pet kangaroo in Western Australia's Great Southern region.

Paramedics were called to the man's property in Redmond, near Albany on Sunday night after the 77-year-old was found by a relative with serious injuries.

Police were called to assist after the kangaroo became aggressive and prevented paramedics from accessing the injured man, who tragically died at the scene.

Police believe it was a wild animal which aged less than 12-months-old which was being kept as a pet.

'The kangaroo was posing an ongoing threat to emergency responders and the attending officers were required to euthanize the kangaroo by firearm,' a spokesman said.

Emergency services are yet to release details of the man's injuries.


Dead humpback whale washes up in Mendocino County, California - 3rd this year coast

The deceased humpback whale in the waters off of Fort Bragg
© Elaine Tavelli
The deceased humpback whale in the waters off of Fort Bragg
For the third time this year, a dead whale has washed up on the Mendocino County coast. Yesterday morning, a deceased humpback whale was discovered in the waters off of Fort Bragg.

Elaine Tavelli, a resident of Fort Bragg, was on the coastal trail when down below she noticed the carcass of what clearly is a humpback whale.

Tavelli told us she was biking along the Fort Bragg coastal trail when she saw others pointing towards the animal. Two rangers passed by her and also confirmed the animal to be a humpback whale.

We are choosing to withhold the exact location to mitigate onlookers as marine biologists and researchers determine the next steps with the whale.


7 year old boy mauled to death by stray dogs in Pakistan

dog attack
A pack of stray dogs mauled a seven-year-old boy to death at Sargana Road in Mailsi tehsil of Punjab's Vehari district, ARY News reported on Monday.

According to details, seven-year-old boy - identified as Tayyab - was playing outside his house when he was attacked by nearly 10 stray dogs.

The dogs dragged the child to the nearby field and mauled him to death.
Upon receiving the information, the police arrived and shifted the body to the tehsil hospital for medico-legal formalities.


Shallow 6.6 magnitude earthquake hits southwest China, death toll rises to 93 (UPDATES)

At least 46 people were killed when a strong earthquake struck southwestern China on Monday, state media reported, as violent tremors in a remote region damaged homes and left some areas without electricity.

The magnitude 6.6 quake hit about 43 kilometres (26 miles) southeast of the city of Kangding in Sichuan province at a depth of 10 kilometres, according to the US Geological Survey.

Tremors shook buildings in the provincial capital of Chengdu -- where millions are confined to their homes under a strict Covid lockdown -- and in the nearby megacity of Chongqing, local residents told AFP.

"I felt it quite strongly. Some of my neighbours on the ground floor said they felt it very noticeably," said Chen, a resident of Chengdu.

Comment: Update September 6

CNN reports:
Earthquake death toll rises to 65 in Sichuan, China as aftershocks rattle province

At least 65 people are confirmed dead after an earthquake hit China's southwestern Sichuan province on Monday, according to Chinese broadcaster CCTV.

Aftershocks were still being felt on Tuesday, state media said, a day after the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said a 6.6-magnitude quake shook the region southwest of Sichuan's capital Chengdu around 1 p.m. Monday.

So far 248 injuries have been reported and at least 12 people remain missing, according to state media.
Images showed rescue workers carrying injured residents over makeshift bridges in Luding County, near the quake's epicenter.

Rescuers transfer injured people in Luding county, Ganzi prefecture, Sichuan Province

Rescuers transfer injured people in Luding county, Ganzi prefecture, Sichuan Province.
The USGS said quake's epicenter was about 43 kilometers (27 miles) southeast of Kangding, a city of around 100,000 people. Over a million residents in surrounding areas are estimated to have experienced moderate tremors in the aftermath of the quake, it added.

Some homes were severely damaged in the quake, with images appearing to show whole buildings had collapsed into piles of bricks and wooden beams.
Update September 11

CGNT reports:
Death toll rises to 93 after powerful earthquake in China's Sichuan

The death toll from a magnitude-6.8 earthquake that struck southwest China's Sichuan Province on September 5 has risen to 93, with 25 people still missing, China Media Group reported on Monday.

The toll from the quake hit 55 in Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, while another 38 people were confirmed dead in Ya'an City.

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Persistent rains pummel Chicago, submerging roads and swamping basements

Jessica Garcia, who works in water management
© Taylor Glascock
Jessica Garcia, who works in water management for the city, assessed the flooding at Ravenswood and Foster Avenues in Chicago.
Torrential, unrelenting rains swept through Chicago on Sunday, flooding basements and alleys, closing grocery stores and restaurants, and leaving cars floating under viaducts on streets impassable with deep water.

The extreme weather took the city by surprise, particularly the North Side of Chicago. Close to five inches of rain had fallen by late afternoon, according to Kevin Doom, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

"This has been a mess," he said. "The water rose pretty quickly this morning, so it caught a lot of people off guard."

At some intersections, cars were stranded in the rainwater after motorists drove through suddenly flooded roads. Homeowners whose basements had not seen water in years were unpleasantly surprised to discover that rainwater had surged up through drains, in some cases leaving an ankle-deep flood carrying a pungent smell of sewage. Grocery stores dealing with flooding closed their doors, and some businesses could not open at all.


This week in volcano news - Earthquake swarm in Iceland, new eruption in Russia


At the present, there are 49 volcanoes which are actively erupting. In the last week, a new volcanic eruption began within the Kuril island chain at the Alaid volcano which has a history of highly explosive eruptions. Meanwhile in Iceland, an intense series of earthquake swarms rocked the north of the country, which some people thought had a magmatic signature. And, in New Zealand, the alert level of the White Island volcano was raised in response to a change in sensor readings.