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Series of over 40 earthquakes registered north of Iceland

© Iceland Met Office
There were over 40 earthquakes at Kolbeinseyjahryggur north of Iceland yesterday.
There has been a series of earthquakes 230 km north of Iceland since last night. There have been over 40 small earthquakes and two have been measured over 4 on the Richter scale.

"There are no sings of an eruption. The series of earthquakes seems to be connected to the tectonic plates," says Einar Hjörleifsson from Iceland Met Office. The earthquakes originate on the borders of the American and the Eurasian tectonic plates.

"Kolbeinseyjarhryggur [where the earthquakes originate] is located where two tectonic plates meet. Series of earthquakes aren't unusual, though they were many and some of them large all at the same time."

Arrow Down

Large sinkhole appears on road in Ulsan, South Korea

© Yonhap
An emergency operation is under way to restore the collapsed road.
A big sinkhole swallowed a road in Ulsan early Sunday. There were no reports of injuries or major property damage.

The sinkhole was reported about 30 minutes past midnight, according to Ulsan police and fire authorities. The hole was six meters wide and two meters deep.

An emergency operation is under way to restore the site. Ulsan officials said water leaking from a buried sewer pipe had washed away underground soil.
© Yonhap

Wolf

Woman left brain dead following attack by 2 dogs near Bozeman, Montana

A woman was left brain dead after being attacked by two dogs near Bozeman on Saturday morning.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin said the attack happened around 8 a.m. Saturday at 5499 Love Lane. Two dogs were involved, one of them a pit bull, he said.

The victim, 65-year-old Melissa Barnes, was initially attacked by the pit bull, Gootkin said, and the second dog followed suit. Barnes was flown to a Billings hospital for treatment and declared brain dead on Sunday, the sheriff said.

Both dogs were euthanized voluntarily by their owners, Gootkin said. The dogs, neither of which had up-to-date vaccinations, were then taken to the Montana Department of Livestock's Veterinary Diagnostic Lab in Bozeman to be tested for rabies.

Wolf

Boy dies after attack by stray dog pack in Telangana, India

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A pack of stray dogs mauled a 7-year-old boy in Shamirpet on Monday. The boy succumbed to the injuries later in the day. The incident happened as the child's father and some locals were offering Id prayers at a mosque.

The boy, Mohammed Farooq, accompanied his father to a mosque. After being inside for a while, he came out to play when he was attacked by a pack of dogs, Sub-Inspector M. Jagender, said. The boy could not be rescued from the dogs immediately as the adults were inside the mosque and unaware of the incident outside. Later, when the badly injured boy was noticed, the locals rushed him to a private hospital and later to Niloufer Hospital in the city. The child died while being treated.

"At least five dogs attacked the boy and tore him apart. He had suffered grievous injuries," the police official said. A case was registered under Section 174 of CrPC.

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2 Tornadoes, 75-mph 'microburst' confirmed in New Jersey says NWS (VIDEO)

© BRETT DZADIK
A tornado rips through the parking lot of a Home Depot on Route 9 in Howell, NJ on Saturday morning.
Two tornadoes and a 75-mph microburst were in New Jersey this week, the National Weather Service has confirmed

Those bursts of high-speed winds that knocked over trees were as bad as you thought. In fact, two of them were actually tornadoes.

Two tornadoes and a 75-mph microburst were in New Jersey this week, the National Weather Service has confirmed. Both left destruction in their paths.

The weather service said the first tornado was the one seen in the now widely circulated video taken by Brett M. Dzadik at a Home Depot in Howell. That tornado touched down at 7:21 a.m., had wind speeds of up to 75 mph and a path of about 40 yards wide for about a half-mile, the service said.

The second tornado touched down at 7:27 a.m. and also had maximum winds of 75 mph, the weather service said. That tornado caused the damage seen at Oak Glen Park, also in Howell, and traveled about three-tenths of a mile with a path about 25 yards wide, the service said.

Comment: On average the Garden State has two tornadoes annually in the past 20 years, said Sarah Johnson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Mt. Holly office.


Windsock

Hurricane Dora forms off Mexico, first of 2017 season

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Hurricane Dora on Monday became the first official storm of the 2017 hurricane season, which started in mid-May and runs through the end of November. Dora is swirling southwest of Mexico in the Pacific Ocean.
The National Hurricane Center said Dora became the first hurricane of the 2017 season when it formed early Monday, and is expected to produce heavy rains and potentially life-threatening conditions.

The NHC said Hurricane Dora, which has maximum sustained winds of 90 mph, is about 225 miles southwest of Puerto Vallarta.

The NHC said in its Monday afternoon advisory that the storm system is moving west-northwest -- further out into the Pacific Ocean -- at a speed of 13 mph.


Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes kill 47 people and 50 cattle in six months across Cambodia

Forty-seven people were killed by lightning in the first six months of the year, down from 60 in the same period last year, according to a report from the National Committee for Disaster Management.

The report, published yesterday, said 48 people were also injured while 50 cattle were killed by lightning since January.

A total of 113 rainstorms in more than 20 provinces damaged 2,763 houses during the same period, destroying 351 homes completely. The roofs of 25 school buildings were also blown off.

The report added that rainstorms killed three people and injured 47.

Disaster management committee spokesman Keo Vy said more than 130 people died and nearly 300 were injured in accidents caused by natural disasters across the country last year.

Fire

Arizona heat wave - planes can't take off and plastic and paint are melting

© Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press
A local temperature sign reads 120-degrees as temperatures climb to near-record highs Tuesday, June 20, 2017, in Phoenix. The National Weather Service forecasts a high of 120 degrees (49 degrees Celsius), which is has only hit three times in recorded history in Phoenix, the last time 22 years ago.
Arizona is no stranger to heat waves. But even by natives' own high standards, the past week has been scorching.

The Guinness World Record for hottest temperature ever recorded is 134 degrees Fahrenheit. In Phoenix and Tempe, Arizona, it's touched 119 degrees and just barely gone below 90 at any point over the past week, according to the National Weather Service.


Snowflake

August skiing in USA with 200+ inch snow base in California

© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
How quickly the main stream media would like you to forget the record snow pack across both the Sierra Nevada and Rocky Mountains for winter 2016/2017 as the IPCC said snow pack would go to zero due to global warming. Roads at passes in California and Colorado were bogged with snow up to June 20th, but the media focuses on a desert area with regular temperatures over 118F. They sure wont mention August skiing or cosmic rays or shifting inter-tropical convergence zones. You are on your own in terms of correct information searching.


Attention

'Unprecedented event': 6 North Atlantic right whales discovered dead during June in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

© Marine Animal Response Society
Researchers from the Marine Animal Response Society examine one of the dead right whales.
Since June 7, six North Atlantic right whales have been found dead, floating in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, in a loss that amounts to more than one per cent of the population of the endangered species.

The whales were all found in the area between New Brunswick's Miscou Island, Quebec's Magdalen Islands and northern P.E.I.

While there have been sightings of dead right whales in the area before, Tonya Wimmer, a marine biologist and the director of Marine Animal Response Society, said it's on a different scale this time around. The charitable organization is dedicated to rescue and study of marine animals.

"It's a bit of an unprecedented event in that we've never had an incident like this involving right whales where so many animals have been turning up dead just over the last few weeks," said Wimmer.