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Shallow earthquake of magnitude 6.4 rumbles southwestern Canada, Vancouver Island

A magnitude 6.4 earthquake shook southwestern Canada near Vancouver on Thursday.

The epicenter of the quake was around 130 miles from Tofino, a small district on Vancouver Island in the Pacific Ocean off Canada's west coast, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Tofino is around 130 miles west of Vancouver. The quake's depth was around 6.2 miles.

A population of around 2,000 in Tofino would be exposed to light shaking, the Survey said.

The rumbling was first detected just after 8 am local time. Its magnitude was first estimated at 6.5 by the USGS, before it was downgraded to 6.4 minutes later.

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Record-breaking rainfall wreaks havoc on Montreal roads

Some drivers had to abandon their cars during the afternoon commute on Wednesday after Montreal was soaked in a heavy, record-breaking downpour of rain that wreaked havoc on the roads.

The Decarie was one of the roadways that were partially closed during the rainfall, turning the expressway into a lake. Some drivers braved the deluge of rain and plowed through it while others got their vehicles stuck in the floodwaters.

The Decarie was closed between Côte-Saint-Luc Road and Highway 40 due to "water accumulation," according to the Transports Quebec 511 X account, before it was reopened several hours later.


71-year-old woman dies after being attacked by dog in Florence, South Carolina

A 71-year-old woman has died after being attacked by a pit bull in the area of 1800 Brigadoone Lane in Florence, according to Captain Stephen Starling with the Florence Police Department.

Officials were dispatched to the area about an injured bicyclist.

Fire department members were on the scene and discovered the 71-year-old female who was riding a bike in the area when a dog got loose and attacked her, knocking her from her bike.

The dog bit the woman, causing traumatic injuries according to officials.

The victim was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead, according to officials.

He said Animal Control intends to get the dog and take it into custody for the time being.

The incident remains under investigation by Florence Police and the Florence County Coroners Office.


Dog mauls five-year-old girl to death in Nigeria

A five-year-old identified as Moriana Maruf died after a dog attacked her in Adagbada, Apete, Ibadan, Oyo State.

The canine, owned by one Mrs Eunice Kolade, mauled the girl around 7:40 am on Sunday. She was initially taken to a local hospital and later referred to University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, where she passed away.

Mr Sunday, a resident, euthanised the dog after the incident.

An anonymous source revealed the gravity of the attack, saying that the deceased was mauled beyond recognition.

"The dog attacked the little girl beyond recognition. She was taken to a private hospital and was later referred to UCH. She did not survive it."

When contacted on Wednesday, Adewale Osifeso, the Public Relations Officer of the state police command, said that the investigation was ongoing.

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Lightning strikes kill 38 in India's Uttar Pradesh state in 24 hours

At least 38 people have been killed across Uttar Pradesh state due to lightning during the last 24 hours, Indian media reported on Thursday.

The deaths have been reported as the state grapples with flooding, which brought normal life to a standstill.

With 11 deaths, Pratapgarh accounted for the most fatalities due to lighting strikes, followed by seven in Sultanpur, six in Chandauli, five in Mainpuri, four in Prayagraj, one each in Auraiya, Deoria, Hathras, Varanasi and Siddharthnagar. Dozens of people have suffered burn injuries as well.

In Pratapgarh, the deaths happened in five different regions and the bodies were sent for postmortem.

Comment: In the same state on the day prior: Lightning bolts kill 10, injures over 20 in Uttar Pradesh, India


Magnitude-7.1 earthquake strikes off southern Mindanao Island, Philippines

A powerful magnitude-7.1 earthquake struck south of Mindanao Island in the Philippines at approximately 10:13 AM local time on Thursday.

According to reports from the US Geological Survey (USGS), the earthquake's epicenter was located in the northeastern Celebes Sea, about 106 kilometers (66 miles) west-southwest of Sangay. The quake occurred at a depth of approximately 620 kilometers (385 miles).

Although the earthquake was strongly felt across central and southern parts of Mindanao Island, there have been no immediate reports of damage or injuries. Authorities have not issued a tsunami warning following the earthquake.

Emergency response teams are on standby to conduct thorough assessments of any potential damage, especially in remote areas where communication may be limited.


The UK saw 'below average' temperatures in June, Met Office says - despite the late heatwave

Beachgoers in Brighton
Beachgoers in Brighton, June 26, 2024
June 2024 was a dry, cool and sunny month compared to the UK's long-term average, according to provisional Met Office figures.

The average mean temperature for June was 12.9°C (55°F) - around 0.4°C below the long-term meteorological average.

June was a 'month of contrasts' for many, with a cool first half of the month offset by warmth later in the month, with rainfall also in relatively short supply, especially in the south.

June was drier than average, with the UK recording 29 per cent less rainfall than the long-term meteorological average. In all, the UK saw 2.1 inches (55.1mm) of rain recorded across the month.

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People scream, run for life as massive landslide blocks Badrinath Highway in Uttarakhand, India

Images of landslide at Badrinath Highway in Joshimath.
Images of landslide at Badrinath Highway in Joshimath.
The Badrinath National Highway was blocked after huge rocks fell on the road amid a massive landslide in the Chamoli district of the Indian state of Uttarakhand and disrupted vehicular movement.

The commuters present on the spot recorded a scary 30-second video in which a huge portion of the hill was seen crumbling and falling on the road. The falling of the massive rocks led to the blocking of the route towards Chungi Dhar in Joshimath.

In the video, the people are panicking and screaming as they run for their safety. However, some of the fearless ones were seen capturing the natural calamity on their phones.

After the landslide, hundreds of vehicles and people were stuck on the two sides of the road.

After the Badrinath highway was blocked, the authorities were seen clearing the debris. The administrative officials and the police reached the site to clear the debris.

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Another flash flood causes gas leaks in Ruidoso, New Mexico - evacuation order again in place

Village officials posted on social media stating that the flooding has caused multiple gas leaks.

"Please stay away from gas smells and report the issue to Zia Natural Gas," the village added.

Officials with the Village of Ruidoso are ordering residents of Cedar Creek, Upper Canyon, Brady Canyon, Paradise Canyon, Hull, and areas near Rio Ruidoso to evacuate due to flash flood warnings.

"Please do not try to protect your property or gather your belongings," the village stated on social media. "Get out and move to higher ground IMMEDIATELY!"

The area is under a flash flood emergency until 4 PM.

Comment: At the end of the month prior: Ruidoso in New Mexico issues evacuation order for flooding


Signs and Portents: Snakes (or eels) break free from aircraft at Vancouver Airport

Vancouver Airport's creepy snake incident

While details of this incident are fairly limited, we do know that it took place on Monday, July 8, 2024, at Vancouver International Airport (YVR). In a video shared on social media, you can see cargo either being loaded onto or off an aircraft (it's not entirely clear in which direction it's headed).

However, the operation stops, as some of the "live cargo" escapes from a box. Specifically, a huge number of snakes are suddenly seen on the apron, with more escaping from the box. It's unknown how exactly the snakes got loose from the box. For that matter, one wonders if the ground handlers knew what the cargo even was, or if it was a surprise (I would assume the latter, since I can't imagine snakes can be transported in such a box).