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At least 14 sperm whales die in mass stranding on King Island, Australia

One of the dead sperm whales discovered
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One of the dead sperm whales discovered on the rocks on the west coast of King Island.
More than a dozen sperm whales have died and washed ashore on King Island, north of Tasmania.

The whales appeared to be young males and were dead when the stranding was reported on Monday afternoon, Tasmania's Department of Natural Resources and Environment said on Tuesday.

There are at least 14 carcasses on the island's west coast.

Wildlife biologists and a vet are travelling to the island to investigate, while Parks and Wildlife Services staff are on site monitoring the situation.

"It is possible the whales were part of the same bachelor pod - a group of younger male sperm whales associating together after leaving the maternal group," a department spokesperson said.


Drone footage captures ongoing fires in wetlands near Rosario, Argentina

The wetlands of San Nicolas Eco Park in Argentina's San Nicolas de los Arroyos were in flames on Sunday with drone footage capturing the ongoing blaze.

The natural reserve of San Nicolas is only 80 kilometres away from Rosario where protesters earlier condemned what they described as intentional damage to the wetlands.


Grandma dies after pit bull attack in Golden, Colorado

An 89-year-old grandmother died after she and her grandson, who ran for help, were attacked by dogs in Golden, Colorado, officials said.

The woman died of her injuries on Sunday, Sept. 18, Emily Gedeon, the city's communications and community engagement manager, confirmed in an email to McClatchy News.

She said there was no update available on the condition of the boy. During the attack on Sept. 14, the 12-year-old boy ran to a neighbor's home for help, McClatchy News previously reported.

Responding officers found a trail of blood leading into a home and also found two dogs attacking the woman in the backyard.

Police resorted to using "tasers and less lethal shotguns" to try to free the woman from the dogs after verbal commands were unsuccessful, according to a news release. Once more officers arrived, they were able to rescue the woman.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes kill 18 in a day in Bihar, India - 216 killed in the state so far this year

In a tragic incident, at least 18 people lost their lives across nine districts of Bihar on Monday. The lightening strikes in the state have killed around 216 people so far this year.

The latest lightning deaths have been reported from Purnia (4), Araria (4), Supaul (3), Jamui (2) and one each in Banka, Begusarai, Sheikhpura Nawada and Saran, according to figures from state disaster management department.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh to the next of the kin of the deceased, according to a report in Times of India.

A warning has been issued by Patna meteorological department for lightening and thunderstorms at isolated places across south Bihar districts on Tuesday.


Mud volcano erupts in Malaysia

The viral video received numerous comments from netizens with some relating it with the possibility of an earthquake.

The viral video received numerous comments from netizens with some relating it with the possibility of an earthquake.
A rare mud volcano "eruption" phenomenon at the Tabin Wildlife Park, Lahad Datu yesterday has gone viral on social media.

The viral video received numerous comments from netizens with some relating it with the possibility of an earthquake.

Sabah geologist Professor Dr Felix Tongkul, however, said, the mud volcano eruption phenomenon was a normal thing that happened when the mud pressure in the earth rose and had to be released.

"This situation repeats itself when pressure accumulates over time.


7.6 magnitude earthquake shakes Mexico on the anniversary of two previous quakes

A magnitude 7.6 earthquake shook Mexico's central Pacific coast on Monday, killing at least one person and setting off a seismic alarm in the rattled capital on the anniversary of two earlier devastating quakes.

There were at least some early reports of damage to buildings from the quake, which hit at 1:05 p.m. local time, according to the U.S. Geologic Survey, which had initially put the magnitude at 7.5.

It said the quake was centered 37 kilometers (23 miles) southeast of Aquila near the boundary of Colima and Michoacan states and at a depth of 15.1 kilometers (9.4 miles).

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said via Twitter that the secretary of the navy told him one person was killed in the port city of Manzanillo, Colima when a wall at a mall collapsed.

Cloud Lightning

A 'triple-dip La Nina' could spell even more disaster for world economy

La Nina
The weather phenomenon known as La Nina has a 91% chance in September through November, dropping to about a 54% chance in January to March. This would make it the third consecutive northern hemisphere winter La Nina has occurred, setting off meteorological patterns like drought and flooding worldwide that could wreak even more havoc across the world economy.
"It is exceptional to have three consecutive years with a la Nina event," World Meteorological Organization Secretary-General Petteri Taalas said in a statement.
La Nina is expected to bring droughts to the US, South America, and eastern parts of Africa, while heavy rainfall in Australia, Indonesia, and other parts of Asia.


Australian ski resorts hit with over 2 feet of spring snow during storm

While we begin to shift our focus in North America toward ski season, the winter in the Southern Hemisphere isn't quite over yet. Over the weekend, Australian ski resorts saw some major snow storms that grew their base depths.

Here are the recent snow totals from Australia's most famous ski resorts: Perisher Resort has received 65 c.m. (around 25.6 inches) of powder, Hotham Alpine Resort got 63 c.m. (nearly 25 inches) of snow, Thredbo received 53 c.m.(around 21 inches) of the white stuff, and Falls Creek got 52 c.m. (20.5 inches) of snow.

Cloud Precipitation

Floods and landslides leave at least 9 dead, dozens displaced in Costa Rica

© Carlos Hernandez
Landslide closed the passage through the road between Bajo Rodríguez de San Ramón with Santa Rita and Santa Clara de Florencia de San Carlos.
Prolonged heavy rainfall has caused flooding and landslides in Costa Rica, where at least 9 people have lost their lives and dozens have been displaced.

Heavy rain triggered a landslide along a road in the El Hundimiento mountain pass near Cambronero in Alajuela Province. A bus and two other vehicles crashed into landslide debris and into a ravine below, leaving at least 9 people dead.

The Costa Rica Red Cross said over 30 people were rescued with some injured and taken to a nearby hospital. Search teams with sniffer dogs have been working at the site looking for possible missing passengers.

Cloud Precipitation

Death toll from ongoing floods in Pakistan rises to 1,545

37 more die in flood-related incidents, while property damage keeps increasing, official data shows

The death toll from Pakistan's ongoing floods has risen to 1,545 as 37 more people, including 18 children, died in flood-related incidents in the last three days, official statistics showed on Monday.

A total of 678 people have died in Sindh since June 14, followed by 306 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and 299 in Balochistan, according to the country's National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

It said 191 people have lost their lives in the northeastern Punjab province, 48 in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, and 22 in the northern Gilgit-Baltistan region. There were 552 children and 315 women among the 1,545 fatalities, the NDMA data showed.