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USGS: Magnitude 6.5 quake hits off Philippines' Mindanao island

Mindanao Island, Philipines
A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck off the Philippine's Mindanao island on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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36 dead gulls found at park in Portland, Maine

Juvenile herring gull
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is asking the public to report any dead birds they may find in the Portland area.

They say over the past three weeks, 36 dead juvenile herring gulls have been found at Deering Oaks Park.

Three of these gulls were sent to be tested at the National Wildlife Disease Lab in Wisconsin and the results of these tests are expected in the next 7-10 days.

Inland Fisheries and Wildlife say herring gulls are the only type of dead birds found at the park even though there are many other species there.

Portland's Parks Director though says Deering Oaks is still a safe place to visit.


'It started charging at us': Man recalls beaver attack on couple in Falls Church, Virginia

It was "a big, black thing" and coming "straight at" David Souvannaphan, 52, and his wife as they walked along a path in Falls Church, Va.

And before he could figure out what it was, it attacked his wife's sneakers. Turns out it was a beaver, animal control experts said, and in a rare move it attacked the couple.

When Souvannaphan kicked it, he said, the beaver bit him. He fell, grabbed the beaver, looked it in the face and punched it several times in the head with his left fist as it bit and held onto his leg.

The beaver eventually crawled away. Police in Fairfax County said the county's animal control division later responded to the incident.

Comment: Beaver attack reports from across the globe for the last few years: Aggressive beaver attacks 2 swimmers in Killingly, Connecticut

Beaver attacks paddle boarder in Asheville, North Carolina

Beaver attacks man at bus stop in Sweden

Belligerent beaver attacks two Bavarian bystanders in Germany

Woman is savaged by an angry beaver in Russia

Oregon men hospitalized, recovering after rare beaver attack

Animals losing the plot: Couple attacked by beaver in Watchung Reservation, New Jersey

Animals increasingly losing the plot: Vicious beaver attacks snorkeler off Nova Scotia's coast, Canada

Paddling family of three attacked by a beaver in Austria

Vicious beaver attacks and kills man in Belarus

Cloud Lightning

Photographer captures stunning image as monsoon lightning bolt hits '100 yards way'

© Roger Hill Photography
Lightning strikes near Kitt Peak, Ariz. July 29, 2016.

"You could hear the crackle and sizzle in the air," said Roger Hill, after the lighting bolt exploded from the desert sky.

Hill, a veteran storm chaser, was leading a photography tour in Arizona's desert at the height of the monsoon season in late July.

Hill and his group were watching a storm that had flared up over Kitt's Peak, about 55 miles southwest of Tucson, notorious for spawning monsoon storms.

As the storm collapsed, a cool wake rushed in their direction. This outflow then clashed with the hot desert air, initiating convective currents. Very quickly, a new storm erupted. "It formed almost right on top of us," Hill said.

Then the lightning struck and the thunder roared simultaneously. "It was instantaneous and it was extremely loud," Hill said. "It hit about 100 yards away."


Cloud Precipitation

Roads turn into rivers, parking lots submerged after heavy rain in Andhra Pradesh, India

Flooded streets near Mahboob Mansion Market Malakpet in Hyderabad on Thursday.
Heavy rains wreaked havoc in parts of Hyderabad and its suburbs for the fourth consecutive day as water entered residential areas, submerged parking lots in commercial complexes and flooded the streets.

Storm water drains overflowed and water entered residential colonies in Nizampet, Balanagar and Alwal on Wednesday.

Parking lots in several commercial complexes had submerged while roads turned into rivers with three to four feet water.

An Indian man speaks on his mobile phone outside his flooded home, following heavy rain in Nijampet a low lying area on the outskirts of Hyderabad on September 21, 2016.
People were confined to apartments in some flooded areas like Bhandari Layout in Nizampet.

Vendors were seen throwing drinking water and milk packets to those on first floor on Wednesday.

Alarm Clock

Thanks BigAg: Bumblees have been proposed for U.S. endangered species status

Earlier this month, mosquito eradication efforts in South Carolina, gone horribly wrong, resulted in almost total devastation to the indigenous bee populations. The pesticide used to target the Aedes albopictus and Aedes aegypti species of mosquito, which can carry and transmit the Zika virus, killed off millions of bees. This single incident is one of many that have been laying waste to beneficial pollinators which has now led to the bumblebee's proposed listing as an endangered species.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday proposed listing the rusty patched bumblebee, a prized but vanishing pollinator once widely found in the upper Midwest and Northeastern United States, for federal protection as an endangered species, according to Reuters.

The Bumblebee is one of several wild bee species seen declining in the last couple of decades. It has now become the first ever bee in the continental United States formally proposed for listing under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.


Heavy, late summer snowfall for Alberta mountains and foothills; a foot of snow

Snow at Lake Louise posted by Instagram user @rowanskeencotton on Sept. 20, 2016
We're still a day-and-a-half away from the start of the fall season, but it sure doesn't look that way in Alberta's mountains and foothills.

According to the Prairie and Arctic Storm Prediction Centre of Environment Canada, wet snow started falling near Banff and Highway 93 early Tuesday morning.

As of 4:30 p.m., Environment Canada confirmed to Global News that areas in Banff received 32 centimetres of snow, while areas near Sundre received at least 30 centimetres.

Albertans have taken to social media with their updates on the wintry weather.

Tom Graham shared his snow photos early Tuesday morning in the Kananaskis Valley.


Young sperm whale euthanized after washing up at Sandbridge, Virginia

Members of the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center's Stranding Response Team were on Sandbridge Wednesday afternoon after a sperm whale beached there.

Matt Klepeisz, Public Relations Manager for VAMSC, told 13News Now the whale appeared to be young and was very weak.

After assessing the whale's condition, team members determined that the whale should be euthanized.

A necropsy may help determine what caused the whale to come ashore.


5.5 magnitude earthquake hits Mozambique, strongest in 11 years

Epicenter of the rare Mozambique earthquake of September 22, 2016.
A 5.5-magnitude earthquake hit on September 22, 2016 at 8:06pm (UTC) Mozambique, Africa. The moderately-strong earthquake, which epicenter was situated at a depth of 10km, struck 483 km SE of Harare, Zimbabwe (pop: 1,543,000), and 245 km SW of Beira, Mozambique (pop: 531,000).

A rare earthquake struck Mozambique, Southeast Africa, on September 22, 2016.

This is the strongest tremor in the last 11 years, when at least two Mozambicans died and 13 injured as an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 shook southern Africa.

Bizarro Earth

Magnitude 6.3 earthquake hits southeast of Tokyo

A powerful 6.3-magnitude earthquake rocked Japan some 230km southeast of the country's capital, Tokyo, at a depth of 10km on Thursday night, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reported on its website.

Japan's Meteorological Agency reported that the earthquake "has caused no damage to Japan," while adding that "slight sea-level changes in coastal regions" may be observed.

No immediate tsunami warning has been issued.

Small tremors were reportedly felt in nine Japanese prefectures, including in Fukushima and Tokyo.