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Whale carcass washes up on Southbroom Beach, South Africa

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Beachwalkers stumbled across a decomposing whale washed up on Southbroom beach this morning.

Madelene Stopforth, (52), of Margate was walking along the beach with her husband when they found across the carcass wedged up between the rocks, about half a kilometre south of Southbroom's main beach.

She described the sight as very gory, as the whale's flesh was peeling off it's massive body.

"The mammal's backbone was sticking out and it's intestines, which were full of gas and looked bubbly, were floating in the water."


Update: Typhoon Haima kills at least 8 in the Philippines; tens of thousands of homes destroyed

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A woman stands outside her house which was damaged by a fallen tree during Typhoon Haima, in Bangui, Ilocos Norte in northern Philippines, October 20, 2016.
One of the most powerful typhoons to ever hit the Philippines killed at least eight people on Thursday as ferocious gales and landslides destroyed tens of thousands of homes.

Super Typhoon Haima struck late on Wednesday night with winds similar to those of catastrophic Haiyan in 2013, which was then the strongest storm to strike the disaster-prone Southeast Asian archipelago and claimed more than 7,350 lives.

Haima then roared across mountain and farming communities of the northern regions of the main island of Luzon overnight, causing widespread destruction and killing at least eight people, authorities said.

"We were frightened because of the strong winds. There was no power, no help coming," Jovy Dalupan, 20, told AFP as she sheltered at nightfall on the side of a highway in San Pablo, a badly damaged town of 20,000 people in Isabela province.

Dalupan, her two young daughters and husband, were forced to flee to the highway along with their neighbours during the height of the storm when their shanty homes, made of plywood, were ripped apart.

Comment: Haima is now approaching Hong Kong and is the third severe typhoon to hit the city in October - the last time that happened in that month was in 1989.

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More strong eruptions at Colima, Turrialba and Bulusan volcanoes

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It's not even a week away that the Colima and Turrialba volcanoes erupted violently. And yesterday again they covered surrounding municipalities with ash after strong explosions. The Bulusan volcano also shows enhanced activity patterns.

The Colima continues its activity with some photogenic explosions yesterday, Oct. 18th.

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Massive sinkhole appears in Manchester, UK after 'noises and grumbling' heard by residents

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A large sinkhole has appeared in the middle of a residential street in Greater Manchester with police urging motorists in the area to "give the road a miss".

The six-metre wide hole appeared at around 12.30am in Heywood Road, Prestwich, believed to have been caused by a collapsed sewer.

Residents were woken in the middle of the night by a loud 'banging' sound, the Manchester Evening News reports.

A resident named George, who did not give his surname, told the newspaper it was "a bit scary" and "kept getting bigger". "I had to wake everyone up to tell them to move their cars because it started to spread," he said.

Greater Manchester Police officers covering the Whitefield area also tweeted for motorists in the area to give the road a "miss for the next week or so. Big sinkhole one of our night sgts is looking into".

A spokesman for United Utilities said the road is "likely to be closed for a few weeks as engineers will need to excavate around it. It was reported to us in the early hours by the police," they said in a statement.


Earth-shattering boom, flash of light in Berkshire, UK sparks online debate

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Loud bang 'was not thunder' - was it a meteor?

A huge bang which startled people in Thatcham last night (Sunday) could have been caused by a meteor, some have speculated.

Last night's boom sent several people out into the street expecting to see a plume of smoke from an explosion.

The earth-shattering noise was accompanied by a flash which lit up living rooms, prompting many to assume it was a single, extraordinarily loud, clap of thunder.

But one poster on social media wrote: "So now the met office don't know what the loud noise was."

Others speculated it might have been a meteor like the one which caused a blinding flash and loud boom in Arizona, USA, in June.

What's your theory? Let us know via the comments section below.


Signs and Portents: Video shows 'mutant' pig with two snouts and three eyes born in China

The piglet was born with two snouts and three eyes
More disturbing footage has emerged online showing another 'mutant' pig born in China.

The animal was born with three eyes and two snouts on a farm in a rural area in the south west of the country.

Owner He Ruxian said the piglet had been hand-reared since birth as its deformity makes it difficult to feed, according to the New China newspaper.

Despite being scared by the creature's bizarre appearance, He said she now thinks it is "quite cute".

Owner He Ruxian now thinks the animal is "quite cute"


Typhoon Haima strikes the Philippines; second powerful storm in a week

Infrared satellite image of Typhoon Haima making landfall in Luzon, Philippines on Oct. 19, 2016.
Typhoon Haima, which on Tuesday became the planet's seventh Category 5 storm of the year, is slamming northern Luzon in the Philippines with damaging winds, storm surge flooding and heavy rains.

Fortunately, Haima lost some of its punch shortly before striking land, coming ashore at about 10:30 p.m. local time, or 10:30 a.m. EDT, packing maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC). The storm is known locally in the Philippines as Typhoon Lawin.

The weakening trend can be primarily traced to a phenomenon known as an eyewall replacement cycle, known to meteorologists by the acronym "ERC."

During such cycles, which typically occur in the most intense tropical cyclones, the storm's inner eyewall — where the worst winds and some of the heaviest rains tend to be concentrated — collapses, while an outer eyewall forms and gradually contracts inward toward the storm's center. During such a process, the storm's maximum sustained winds tend to diminish slightly, while the area of strong winds expands overall.

Eventually the outer eyewall replaces the inner eyewall, and the storm's maximum wind speed increases once again.

As Typhoon Haima showed, such cycles are unpredictable, and can take 12 hours or more to complete. The storm had been forecast to make landfall as a Category 5 storm.

The replacement cycle that occurred within Super Typhoon Haima was fortuitous, since it spared areas of northern Luzon from a truly catastrophic blow.

Comment: Typhoon Sarika leaves two dead, thousands stranded in Philippines


Record snow covers Montana and Idaho

Snow storm over Big Hole Peak, Montana on 10/16/16
Record snow Montana & Western U.S peaks blanketed above 5500ft | Mini Ice Age 2015-2035

As the ultra-Low Pacific storm on the 15th dragged onshore, record snow covered Montana and Idaho, taking aim at B.C and Alberta next.

The US Weather Service did not issue blizzard or snow warnings for all peaks above 5500ft.

This is a look at the snow totals after the storm passed.


Tornado causes damage in Ontario, Canada; 11th so far this year

Car crushed by roof in storms on Monday, October 17, 2016
Environment Canada has confirmed it was a tornado that touched down near Stayner just west of Barrie Monday afternoon.

It was relatively small, an E-F 1.

Damage in Collingwood where trees and hydro poles were knocked over is still being assessed.

A down-burst is believed to have hit the area which blew the roof off a Mr. Transmission Shop.

This is the 11th tornado so far this year in Ontario. Normally we get 12 tornadoes a year.


Yellow-nosed albatross from the southern hemisphere makes rare appearance on Cape Cod, Massachusetts

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Yellow-nosed Albatross
Already one of the great seabird watching locations in the world, Cape Cod recently produced yet another staggering record. Following last weekend's storm, a Yellow-nosed Albatross was spotted doing what albatrosses do, casually gliding around in the wicked winds off First Encounter Beach in Eastham.

First Encounter has long been known in the birding world as the place to be following the passage of a Nor'easter, and the legendary location came through again.

During a Nor'easter, seabirds that would normally be well offshore get blown into Cape Cod Bay, where they wait for the right conditions to exit the bay and head back out to sea. During the easterly blow, the north facing beach at Sandy Neck in Barnstable is a good place to see these birds as they struggle to fly into the strong headwinds. But when the storm has passed and the winds shift to the northwest, the west-facing First Encounter offers the best chance to see birds typically difficult or impossible to see from land in this part of the world, and often right off the beach. Everything from puffins to rare Caribbean petrels have passed this beach over the years. And this is the second Yellow-nosed Albatross for First Encounter, the last one recorded in 2003. Local sea birding legend Blair Nikula is responsible for both of these records