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Pedestrian and bus driver severely mauled by Tibetan Mastiff in eastern China

The giant dog attacks and bites on Ms Song's leg before onlookers stop by and help her out

The giant dog attacks and bites on Ms Song's leg before onlookers stop by and help her out
A woman was saved by a heroic bus driver while being attacked by a Tibetan Mastiff in the middle of a road in east China.

CCTV footage captured the moment the driver fended off the dangerous dog with a fire extinguisher.

The woman and the driver have been taken to hospital by onlookers, and the dog is still at large.

According to The Paper, Ms Song saw a Tibetan Mastiff wandering in the middle of the traffic on her way back home in Zibo, Shandong Province.

The canine, usually favoured by rich Chinese people, started to attack her when it spotted her at the lane barriers.

Surveillance video shows the dog pounces onto Ms Song suddenly and attacks her.


Comment: See also these recent reports of canine attacks: Boy killed by 3 dogs in Cherokee County, South Carolina

Woman killed by pack of pit bull terriers in Jackson County, Alabama; second such attack in the state in 10 days

Elderly woman killed by her own pit bull terrier in Alsip, Illinois


Cloud Precipitation

Hundreds evacuated as rivers reach record levels in northern Italy

Flooding after the River Enza broke its banks in Emilia-Romagna, Italy, December 2017.
© Emilia-Romagna Government
Flooding after the River Enza broke its banks in Emilia-Romagna, Italy, December 2017.
The River Enza in the town of Lentigione, Italy, burst its banks on Tuesday 12 December, forcing hundreds of residents to evacuate.

Severe weather including snow, rain and freezing temperatures has affected much of Italy since Monday 11 December. Schools have been closed and road, rail and air travel all adversely affected. Several flights from Turin-Caselle Airport were delayed as a result of the cold temperatures.

Heavy rain has affected the north eastern regions of Emilia-Romagna, Liguria and Tuscany in particular.


Seismograph

Shallow 4.0 magnitude earthquake strikes northern Oregon; shaking felt across metro region

Oregon quake map
© USGS
A magnitude 4.0 earthquake struck west of Molalla, Oregon on Wednesday evening. KGW viewers reported shaking across the metro region.

The earthquake struck at 5:24 p.m., about 17 kilometers deep, according to the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network. The epicenter was directly east of Scotts Mills, a town of about 350 people in Marion County.

There have been no reports of damage yet. The Marion County Sheriff's Office said deputies are responding to the Scotts Mills area to check on residents as a precaution.

A 4.0 magnitude earthquake is relatively minor, although many people who were indoors felt the shaking.

"If you're really close to the epicenter area it's likely to give you a pretty good jolt, but this is not the type of earthquake that we would expect to see any damage associated with it," said Rafael Abreu, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey. "Very typical quake for the Pacific Northwest."

Abreu said he does not expect to see any aftershocks.

An earthquake struck in nearly the same spot in 1993. That earthquake was called the "Spring Break quake" and had a magnitude of 5.6.

Comment: The really big one: The next full Cascadia rupture will spell the worst natural disaster in North American history


Alarm Clock

Strange trumpeting sound heard in Manitoba, Canada

Strange noises Alberta, CA
© YouTube/Scotticorn
Tell me what you think?


Fire

Eerie light bleeds through California's horizon as smoke engulfs the skies in rare December wildfires ravaging the region (VIDEO)

Eery apocolyptic glow seen on the horizon as Californian skies dimmed by smoke from unusual December fires
This is the stunning 'apocalyptic glow' that has formed over California as authorities battle a wildfire the size of Singapore.

It was filmed in the coastal city of Morro Bay and shows a smoky glow in the skies over the state, which is enduring the fifth biggest fire in its history.
The blaze, which has been named the Thomas Fire, has now burned an area of more than 230,000 acres around 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

The clip was posted on Twitter by David R Purl, who wrote: "Apocalyptic smoky glow in Morrow Bay from Thomas Fire 10 Dec 2017. "God bless the Responders!"

Strong wind gusts of up to 40mph and extremely low humidity that is expected through Thursday will continue to pose a challenge to firefighting efforts, the National Weather Service said.

Seismograph

Shallow 6.5 earthquake hits the Bouvet Island region

Earthquake
Bouvet Island is an uninhabited subantarctic island and dependency of Norway located in the South Atlantic Ocean.

Based on the present earthquake parameters (Magnitude, Depth, Population, etc) and our experience with earthquake damage impact, earthquake-Report.com does not expect any serious damage from this earthquake because no populated islands for hundreds of kilometers

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6.5

Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown

GMT/UTC Time : 2017-12-13 18:03:47

Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km

Candy Cane

'Strange noise in the sky' recorded in Palmetto, Florida

Strange sounds in Palmetto, FL
© YouTube/Erik Rowan
Strange noise in sky, November 27, 2017 in Palmetto, FL.


Cloud Grey

Huge, mushroom-shaped 'fire cloud' generates its own weather over Southern California

Professional photographer Greg Vitalich took this photo of the massive imposing smoke generated by the Thomas Fire from his back deck in Newbury Park on Dec. 11, 2017, at 11:45 a.m.
© Greg Vitalich
Professional photographer Greg Vitalich took this photo of the massive imposing smoke generated by the Thomas Fire from his back deck in Newbury Park on Dec. 11, 2017, at 11:45 a.m.
Many were captivated early Sunday afternoon when a massive pyrocumulus cloud, or fire cloud, formed over the Santa Ynez Mountains in Southern California.

The Thomas Fire in Ventura County generated the foreboding mushroom cloud of smoke resembling what you might see above an erupting volcano.

Professional photographer Greg Vitalich of Newbury Park was one of those who caught sight of the otherworldly view of smoke.

"I was leaving the house to go to lunch and I was stopped in my tracks at the sight of that omonious cloud," Vitalich says. "I've grown used to seeing the smoke and the fire from my house in recent days. This was a lot different from what I've seen."


Ornaments

'Horns or trumpets' heard in the skies of Edmonton, Canada

Trumpet sounds in Edmonton, CA
© YouTube/Queen Mea
November 9th, 2017 at around 2:30 pm My daughter and I heard what sounded like horns or trumpets being blown in Edmonton Alberta Canada.


Comment: See also:


Snowflake

All 50 states have recorded snow two weeks ahead of Christmas

Snow cover as of Dec. 13

Snow cover as of Dec. 13
As of December 12 2017, 23.6% of the U.S. surface is covered with snow, but what is especially striking is that more than two weeks before Christmas day, all 50 states have seen snow on the ground despite much of it rapidly melting away in some areas. December marks a turning point towards more wintry weather, but it is not so common to see so much snow on the ground this early, especially in some areas of the south and more so with La Niña influencing U.S. weather.

Potent snow storm blankets the South

A total of 17 states saw snowfall (see video below) in one degree or another late last week as a very active cold front colored in white a large swath extending diagonally from New Mexico and Texas, to New England. Record breaking snow of a foot or more was recorded in some counties of Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina.