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Bear attack feared after body of university student found on Hokkaido mountain in Japan

An attack by a brown bear is suspected after a body found on Mount Daisengen in the Hokkaido town of Fukushima on Nov. 2 was identified as a university student from the prefectural city of Hakodate.

Hokkaido Prefectural Police's Matsumae Police Station announced on Nov. 4 that DNA analysis confirmed the body is of Kanato Yanaike, 22, who had gone missing while on a mountain climbing trip. The cause of death was hemorrhagic shock. A brown bear carcass was found near the body, and the police are investigating on the assumption that he was attacked by the bear.

According to the police station, Yanaike had told an acquaintance that he was going mountain climbing on Oct. 29, and his car was found left at the starting point of a trail on the 1,072-meter-high mountain. The location where the body was discovered is close to the site where three other men were attacked by a brown bear on Oct. 31, leaving two of them injured. The men resisted the attack with a knife and chased the brown bear away. Authorities including Hokkaido police are investigating the latest case as a possible series of attacks by the same bear.

On Nov. 6 or later, the Hokkaido Research Organization will investigate the stomach contents recovered from the brown bear carcass

Comment: Japan sees unprecedented pace of increase in bear attack victims

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 3, injures 6 footballers in Nigeria

Lightning has killed three Senior Secondary School (SS3) students playing football during rainfall in Awka, the Anambra State capital.

Six others sustained injuries and were rushed to the hospital for treatment.

It was gathered that the lightning struck the nine students who were playing football with their peers barefooted on the school's pitch.

An eyewitness said: "The students were practising on the football pitch with their coach preparatory to a football tournament.

"The coach had ended the training session before the rain started, but some of the students stayed behind to continue playing football.


Sperm whale stranded on sandbar of Christchurch, New Zealand beach dies overnight

The 15-meter sperm whale is being buried on a Christchurch beach.
© Project Jonah
The 15-meter sperm whale is being buried on a Christchurch beach.
Environmental organisations are working to bury a whale that died after becoming stranded on the sandbar of a Christchurch beach, despite major efforts to save it.

Environmental organisation Project Jonah said last night it was assisting in efforts to aid the sperm whale on South New Brighton Beach in Christchurch alongside Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga and the Department of Conservation (DoC).

In an update this morning, Project Jonah said the whale had died.

"Large whales like this one pose a huge [logistical] challenge for a refloat due to their size and weight, and often they have underlying health conditions, which is likely the reason for them stranding," the organisation posted online.


Orcas attacked a Polish yacht for 45 minutes, sinking it off the coast of Morocco, tour company says

Orcas have gone and done it again, demonstrating that they still despise boats for reasons scientists can't figure out.

For months now, orcas, also known as killer whales, have been assaulting boats — especially, it seems, yachts — off the coasts of Spain and Morocco, sending several to the bottom of the sea.

A Polish touring company, Morskie Mile, said that's exactly what happened to one of its yachts on October 31. In a Facebook post, a spokesperson for the company said that its vessel, the "Grazie Mamma II," was in the Strait of Gibraltar when a pod of orcas targeted it. The animals, which can grow to be up to 30 feet long, attacked the boat's steering fin "for 45 minutes," the post said, "causing major damage."

"The crew is safe," the post added, but the boat itself sank at the entrance to Tanger-Med, a Moroccan port.


Exceptional aurora & STEVE photographed over Eurasia during strong geomagnetic storm

© Wil Cheung
STEVE Taken by Wil Cheung on November 5, 2023 @ Whitley Bay, England. "Strong aurora last night off the Coast of North East England, Greens and reds by eye , much further south STEVE was above and south of me at 55 degrees North, lasting about an hour"


Two CMEs hit Earth over the weekend--one on Saturday, Nov. 4th, another on Sunday, Nov. 5th. The double blow sparked a strong G3-class geomagnetic storm with auroras as far south as Colorado (+40.1N) and Texas (+33.6N). The storm is now subsiding with isolated periods of minor G1-class storming expected through Nov. 6th. Aurora alerts: SMS Text


At the apex of the storm, bright lights danced across the skies of northern Europe. Not all the lights were auroras. "To our utter amazement we observed a striking phenomenon," reports Martin McKenna of Swatragh, N. Ireland. "It was STEVE!"

"We were blown away by the intensity of the purple beam," continues McKenna."We could see it plainly with the naked eye, swelling and flickering in brilliance with delicate structures like those seen within a feather. My mate Conor likened it to a celestial funnel cloud or tornado changing form in real time."

Comment: More stunning images of the auroral activity can be found at the end of this comment, and, as you will read in the statements from the photographers, many of whom are seasoned observers, it was widely considered to be a record breaking evening, with exceptional and rare colours, intensity, at unusually low latitudes, and for longer periods of time.

This is notable because the current solar cycle activity has taken NOAA experts by surprise. It's now expected to peak much sooner, and stronger, than they had forecast. So much so that they've overhauled their reporting system and instead of making year-long predictions, they will instead be shifting to monthly reporting, in order to stay on top of the rapidly changing situation.

The speculation within mainstream science is that some of these changes are due to the approaching solar maximum, however not all of these changes were noted during the peak of solar cycle, 24.

Taken together, there appears to be a significant shift occurring on our planet: And check out SOTT radio's:


Violent wind blows off grandstand roof in Sao Paulo, Brazil

One of the grandstands appeared to have its roof collapsed at the Interlagos circuit.

One of the grandstands appeared to have its roof collapsed at the Interlagos circuit.
Chaos ensued at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix in Brazil during the third qualifying session. The storm made the roof of the grandstand collapse. No serious injuries have been reported. The Q3 was cut short.

Several people suffered minor injuries after the roof of the Porto Seguro grandstand near the final corner of the race track crashed down due to heavy wind and rainfall during the qualifying session for the Sao Paolo Grand Prix.

The sky turned from dark, and the wind started blowing violently in a matter of minutes, right in the middle of the Q3 qualifying session, the last of the three. That prompted the F1 marshals to cut the session short. With people still in the grandstand, the roof was ripped off and blown away by the wind.


Large tornado in Bulgaria


Violent tornado in Bulgaria from intense supercell. This storm was produced by Ciaran cyclone (storm) on the his east edge.


Dramatic footage captures spectacular 'tornado' off coast of picturesque Scots island

The clip, captured off the coast of the Isle of Arran, shows the column of cloud-filled wind whipping up spray towards shocked eyewitness Gavin McCrae.

The Scot captured the phenomenon in Corrie on Wednesday afternoon.

Waves can be seen crashing against the shore as the country was battered by Storm Ciarán.

The weather event came after torrential rainfall hit parts of Scotland.

According to National Geographic, waterspouts are similar to tornadoes but are usually smaller and less intense.


Six people killed as floods wreak havoc in 4 counties of Kenya

Six people have lost their lives following heavy downpours witnessed in major parts of the country.

Three of the victims include an 85-year-old grandmother and two candidates of the just completed KCPE exams who died after they were swept away by heavy torrents in Elwak Mandera County.

Another victim died after a house collapsed in the Kisauni area of Mombasa County on Thursday night while the other two victims died in Kwale and Meru counties.


Nepal earthquake: More than 150 killed in remote western Nepal

Hospitals are packed with injured people in Aathbiskot municipality, Rukum West district

Hospitals are packed with injured people in Aathbiskot municipality, Rukum West district
More than 150 people have been killed after an earthquake struck remote western Nepal on Friday.

Security forces have been deployed to help rescue efforts in the rugged districts of Jajarkot and West Rukum, 500km (310 miles) west of Kathmandu.

Strong tremors were felt far away in the Nepalese capital and in cities in neighbouring India, including Delhi.

The army spokesman said more than 100 people had been injured. Jajarkot's hospital is packed with the wounded.

"People are scared and staying outdoors," Rabi KC, mayor of Aathbiskot municipality told BBC.