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Dead whale found off the coast of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates

Dead whale
A 20-metre long whale weighing 30 tonnes was found dead three miles off the coast of Fujairah.

A top official at the Fujairah Municipality said they were notified about the whale by the Fujairah Port Authority. A specialised team from the municipality's environment department then managed to drag the giant whale to the shore using special tools. The official said: "We do not yet know what kind of whale it is, but we do know it belongs to the region and is an endangered species," he said.

The partially decomposed cadaver of the mammoth creature was spotted after a foul smell carried to the coastline. The municipality is working on disposing off the carcass in a safe way with help of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change and the Fujairah Department of Public Works.

Experts are yet to find out the cause of death. "We don't know how or why it died. It is decomposed and it seems like it died several days ago," the official said.


Dead humpback whale washes ashore at Beavertail State Park, Rhode Island

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People view a humpback whale that washed ashore in Jamestown on Friday
Officials say a beached humpback whale was found on the shore and declared dead at a state park in Rhode Island.

The Newport Daily News reports that the whale was discovered at Beavertail State Park in Jamestown on Friday.

Dale Wolbrink, a spokesman for the Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Connecticut, told the newspaper Saturday that rescuers arrived Friday afternoon and the whale was pronounced dead.

Wolbrink says the male whale is 9.7 meters in length.

He says the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will determine the best course of action to deal with the whale. The animal will stay in the place where it was discovered.

Source: AP

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes twice: First bolt kills boy, second kills 2 adults standing nearby in North Kazakhstan

The boy and two adults were killed by lightning in the village of the North Kazakhstan region, the State Department and EMERCOM of the region report.

A tragedy took place yesterday in the Ualikhanovsky district, at the outskirts of the village of Bidayk during a thunderstorm. A thunderbolt struck a child, born in 2005, when he was shepherding. A witness of the incident, a nearby man, called an akim of the rural district, district militia officer and the ambulance.

"They were standing not far from the place where the boy was struck by lightning. The second thunderbolt killed another two: the ambulance driver and the man, who called the ambulance,'' Sputnik-Kazakhstan reports.


Bezymianny volcano erupts in Russia with ash cloud 7 miles above sea level

Propels ash more than 7 miles above sea level.

A major explosive eruption took place at Russia's Bezymianny volcano this morning (16 June 2017), propelling ash to 12.2 km (40 000 feet) above sea level, according to the Tokyo VAAC. It is the strongest eruption of this volcano since September 2012.

Bezymianny, now considered one the most active volcanoes in the world, erupted for the first time in recorded history in 1955. Within six months, it produced a total volume of eruptive products over 3 cubic kilometers (0.72 cubic miles).

For comparison, the 1980 eruption of Mount St Helens produced 1.3 cubic kilometers (0.3 cubic miles) of ash.

Prior to its 1955 eruption, Bezymianny had been considered extinct.

Thanks to Don Brown and Guy Wilson for this link


At least 43 people killed in forest fires in central Portugal

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A wildfire is reflected in a stream at Penela, Coimbra
At least 43 people have been killed in forest fires in central Portugal, many of them trapped in their cars as flames swept over a road.

The deaths happened as blazes rage in the Pedrogao Grande area, about 93 miles north east of Lisbon.

Around 600 firefighters were trying to put out the blazes, which started on Saturday.

Interior Ministry official Jorge Gomes said 16 people died in their cars on a road between the towns of Figueiro dos Vinhos and Castanheira de Pera and three died from smoke inhalation in Figueiro dos Vinhos.

Public broadcaster RTP said there were about 20 injured, including six firefighters. Fourteen of the injured were in a serious condition.


Two earthquakes rattle Aegean Sea off western Turkey

No casualties or damage reported so far, Turkey's disaster authority says

A pair of earthquakes shook Aegean Sea, western Turkey late Saturday, according to the country's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD).

One quake measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale hit at 10.33 p.m. local time (1933GMT) while a second one measuring 5.3 struck 17 minutes later at 10.50 p.m. (1950GMT), AFAD said on its website.

No casualties or structural damage have been reported so far.

Last week, the region was rattled by a 6.2-magnitude quake which struck coastal İzmir's Karaburun district at 3.28 p.m. local time (1228GMT) at a depth of 22.98 kilometers (14 miles).


It's June but California is still covered in snow

The summer solstice is just around the corner, but someone forgot to tell California's snowpack.

After years of wallowing in drought, this winter walloped California's Sierra Nevada mountains in a major, record-setting way. And while the calendar says summer, winter still has its grips on the granite spine of the Sierras.

NASA Earth Observatory released satellite imagery on Thursday that shows what a difference a year makes. Snowpack is at 170 percent of normal when averaged across the state and some areas are reporting way higher totals than that, according to the California Department of Water Resources. Alpine Meadows, located just west of Lake Tahoe, reported 288 inches of snow on the ground (no, that's not a typo) as of early June. Deep green hues of healthy vegetation also extend down the Sierra Nevada western slope, another benefit of all that precipitation.

Comment: See also: California roads still being cleared of snow in June


Snow cancels Yukon-Alaska bicycle race

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Snow in Haines Junction, Yukon, has cancelled the 25th-annual Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay.
The 25th-annual Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay has been cancelled due to snow at the starting line, affecting about 1,300 riders who were set to begin the race Saturday morning.

This is the first time the race has been cancelled.

"The race was cancelled because not only snow and slush in the upper elevations in the summit legs, but right here in Haines Junction at the start," said Mike Kramer, race coordinator.


Dozens of bathers savaged in a wave of horrific piranha attacks near resorts in Brazil

Tourists have complained that local authorities are not doing enough to remind them of the threats of the shoals of predatory fish
Bathers in Brazil have been savaged in a wave of horrific attacks by piranhas scavenging for food near popular holiday resorts.

Scores of tourists have complained to local authorities are not doing enough to warn of the threats of shoals of the predatory fish.

Last Saturday a young woman had a chunk of flesh bitten out of the sole of her foot by the omnivorous six-inch red-eye species after swimming off the Praia de Cristo in north east Brazil.

The 22-year-old was rushed to hospital suffering from shock and heavy blood loss from the open wound.

She is the sixth person to be attacked by white piranha in the region this month and one of over forty since the beginning of this year.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 2, injures 25 in Jharkhand, India

Two persons died while 25 others got severely injured when lightning struck them during Roja Sankranti fair being held at Nishchintpur village of Chakradharpur on Friday.

The injured were taken to various hospitals in Chakradharpur, Chaibasa and Jamshedpur, sources said.

Sources said the incident occurred when weather suddenly changed and it started raining at the fair venue. A sudden streak of lightning was seen at the fair. Two persons died of electrocution on the spot while many others were badly burnt in the incident. The incident caused panic among the villagers who ran for shelter.

In another incident, one Jonko Bankira of Majhgaon died of electrocution after being struck by lightning.