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Magnitude 6.9 earthquake strikes in the Fiji islands region

© AFP 2016/Richter magnitude scale
A 6.9-magnitude earthquake has occurred in the Pacific ocean, in the Fiji islands region, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reports.

According to the report, the quake occurred at about 21:07 GMT on Saturday off the coast of Tonga.

There were no reports of casualties and no immediate danger of a tsunami.


Ship sails into port with dead whale stuck to bow in Lisbon, Portugal; second such incident locally within a month

© LT Rene Torres, USCGR
Pullmantur Monarch strikes a whale

The carcass of a dead whale stuck to the front of a cruise ship that docked in Lisbon on Monday was removed from the ship on Tuesday morning.

The dead whale was removed from the ship at around 10am and towed to a location where it could be properly disposed of.

It is the second such incident to happen in Lisbon's docks in recent times.

On 28 August another whale was killed after colliding with a cargo ship that later also docked in Alcântara with the carcass still stuck to it.


Man mauled by brown bear on Admiralty Island, Alaska

A 57-year-old Kentucky man is recovering from injuries suffered when he was mauled by a bear on Alaska's Admiralty Island.

Alaska State Troopers say Douglas Adkins of Jenkins was injured as he hiked Thursday night with a big game hunting guide on the southeast Alaska island.

Adkins and the guide at about 8:30 p.m. were returning to a beach south of Angoon using headlamps to illuminate their way.

They startled a bear and it attacked. The attack stopped after a short period.


Early snowfall for Erzurum, Turkey

Winter arrives early in eastern Turkey
Winter arrived early in eastern Turkey's Erzurum province as the city center saw the season's first snowfall on Friday as temperatures in the city fell below one degree celsius.

Snowfall is not unusual for Erciyes, Kösedağ or Arkut, the mountain regions of Turkey in September. But the change in weather still came as a bit of a shock to inhabitants of the highest city of Turkey when they woke up to their city center covered in a layer of snow.

The major ski centers in the country have also already recorded the season's first snow. The snow depth in Erzurum's Palandöken Ski Center now stands at 12 centimeters, while another ski resort, Kartalkaya, has also received significant snowfall.


6.0 magnitude earthquake near Irian Jaya, Indonesia

© Dimas Ardian, Getty Images
Strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - Near North Coast of Irian Jaya on Saturday, 24 September 2016

Date & time: Sat, 24 Sep 11:04:30 UTC

Magnitude: 6.0

Depth: 17.0 km

Epicenter latitude / longitude: 2.027°S / 140.525°E [Map]

Nearest volcano: Kairinu (340 km)

Primary data source: GeoAu


4.8 magnitude earthquake kills two in Democratic Republic of Congo

Two people were killed on Friday when a mild earthquake shook a city in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, according to an early toll, a regional official said.

The quake, whose epicentre was in neighbouring Rwanda, had a magnitude of 4.8, monitors said.

It rattled homes in Bukavu, the main town in South Kivu province.

"The provisional toll is two dead, both of them men... and five injured -- three girls and two men," the provincial minister for health, Nash Mwanza Nangunia, told AFP.

Two homes collapsed and others suffered cracks, he added.

The quake struck at 1510 GMT, according to the Natural Science Research Centre in Lwiro, west of Bukavu.

Comment: A couple of days ago a 5.5 magnitude earthquake hits Mozambique, the strongest in 11 years.


Turrialba volcano erupts for third time this week in Costa Rica

© Kent Gilbert
Volcanic ashes emanating from Turrialba volcano during an eruption is seen from San Gerardo de Irazu in the province of Cartago, Costa Rica, on Sept 20, 2016.
Costa Rica's central Turrialba Volcano on Thursday erupted for the third time this week, sending a plume of ash and gas more than 2,000 meters above the crater.

This latest eruption occurred at 3:20 a.m. (09:20 GMT), Costa Rica's volcano and earthquake monitoring agency Ovsicori said.

Turrialba's strongest eruption to date was just before noon on Monday, when it spewed ash some 4,000 meters into the sky. Earlier that day, it has a smaller eruption.

The volcano, located in the province of Cartago, 37 km east of the capital San Jose, has registered intermittent eruptions since late last year.

Ovsicori says the volcanic material expelled is falling mainly to the west of the crater, in the direction of the country's Central Valley, which is home to Costa Rica's most densely populated cities, including the capital.

Black Cat

Leopard kills 4-year-old boy near Nashik, India

A four-year-old boy was killed near Saikheda village after he was attacked by a leopard, forest officials said.

The incident took place last evening when Sarthak Solse, a resident of Kutevasti near Saikheda in the district, was playing in the sugarcane fields where his family was working, they said.

As soon as the wild animal attacked the child, his grandmother raised an alarm. But by the time locals reached the spot, he was dragged into the thick forest area by the leopard.

Later, the animal disappeared into the jungles upon seeing a large crowd which had come to rescue the child. The boy was immediately rushed to a hospital in nearby Chandori village. However, the doctors pronounced him dead on arrival, the officials said.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes kill three in Nashik, India

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Three persons including a woman were killed and another injured in two separate incidents when lightning struck them in Yeola and Nandgaon in the district, police said today.

The incidents took place last evening when heavy rains accompanied with stormy winds lashed the area.

Santosh Gudghe (28) and his brother's wife Varsha Gudghe (25) were killed on the spot when lightning struck at Mamdapur in Yeola tehsil town last evening, police said.

Varsha's husband Navnath, who was injured in the incident has been admitted to a rural hospital at Yeola. The victims were working in their field when the mishap occurred.

In another incident at village Dorli-pada in Nandgaon taluka, a 13-year-old boy Dattu Chavan was killed by lightning near his house, nandgaon police said.

Source: Press Trust of India


Yellowstone National Park has biggest fire season since 1988

© Tannen Maury/AP
More acres of Yellowstone National Park have burned this year than in any other since 1988, the park announced Thursday.

As of Wednesday, 22 fires had scorched more than 62,000 acres in the park, which is the highest since the historic 1988 season, when about 800,000 acres burned. In an average year, the park experiences 26 fires.

Four of this year's blazes — the Maple, Buffalo, Fawn and Central fires — accounted for much of the damage. The Maple Fire alone, the largest of the four, has burned more than 45,000 acres. The Boundary Fire was suppressed at 192 acres, and the other 17 together totaled just 14.18 acres.

Not all fires at the nation's first national park are treated in the same way. Officials work to shield human life and developed areas, such as roads, buildings and other infrastructure, from damage. But fires that don't threaten human life or infrastructure are allowed to burn as much as possible to carry out their ecological role on the landscape. This year, according to the release, 11 blazes were suppressed immediately.

Comment: A study last year showed that wildfire seasons are more destructive and lasting longer almost everywhere on Earth.

Could a significant factor in the escalation of these events be that they are fueled from outgassing, then possibly 'sparked' by an increase in atmospheric electric discharge events, such as lightning strikes and other 'cosmic' ignition sources?