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Freak 3.5 meter wave slightly floods Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

A freak wave rolled in over Rio de Janeiro, and just kept rolling. Umbrellas, towels, people and the beach itself were no match for the 'sneaker wave,' an unusually high wave that appears to be a regular wave, until it's too late. This particular one was a miniature tsunami, reaching 3.5m tall.

The wave continued into the city itself, flooding the Leblon neighborhood and prompting an industrial-strength cleanup operation to remove the sand, debris and people. Of course, lots of people were filming and putting it on the internet, rather than getting to slightly less wet ground.

It is unclear if anyone was injured, or indeed what caused the freakishly high wave. One working theory is that it was a remnant of a large storm in the South Atlantic, although meteorologists have conceded it might have just been a really big wave.


Bolivian firefighters tackle forest blazes amid drought

At least seven wildfires in Bolivian forests have prompted the deployment of firefighters along with specialized aircraft. Local authorities reported that some of the fires were particularly difficult to put out as they were 'inaccessible by land.'


Pond turns pink in Hawaii

The pond at the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge in Maui, Hawaii, turned pink.

The pond at the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge in Maui, Hawaii, turned pink.
A coastal pond in Maui island in Hawaii has changed appearance and its water has turned pink. While scientists and local authorities are searching for a possible cause of such an unusual phenomenon, people on the island have been taking in the beauty of pink waters.


Woman trampled to death by an elk in Arizona - first such fatality in state's history

An Arizona woman has died more than a week after she was trampled by an elk outside her home, wildlife officials said Tuesday.

The woman, who has not been named, died eight days after she was attacked by an animal on her property in the remote Pine Lake community in the Hualapai Mountains, 15 miles southeast of Kingman.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department said it was believed to be the first fatal elk attack in the state's history. Five attacks have been recorded in the last five years, it said.

It said in a statement that the woman's husband found her on the ground in the couple's back yard at 6 p.m. Oct. 26 "with injuries consistent with being trampled by an elk."


Alaska's largest city declares 'snow emergency' after record snowfall - 65 inches in less than 24 hours at Thompson Pass

East of Anchorage, Richardson Highway over Thompson Pass (MP 19-63) was closed due to heavy snowfall and wind from the storm.
© Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities
East of Anchorage, Richardson Highway over Thompson Pass (MP 19-63) was closed due to heavy snowfall and wind from the storm.
A winter storm dropped record snowfall amounts in Anchorage, Alaska, with some areas outside of Anchorage proper receiving more than 2 feet of snowfall in just two days.

The largest city in Alaska broke its daily snowfall record on Wednesday when 9 inches of snow fell in 24 hours. For context, the previous record for Nov. 8 was 7.3 inches set in 1982. Another 8.2 inches piled up on Thursday, which also broke the daily record of 7.1 inches set on Nov. 9, 1956. That brought Anchorage's two-day total to 17.2 inches of snow.

By late Thursday, Anchorage had a 21-inch snow depth, or the total amount of snow on the ground. This was Anchorage's greatest snow depth for so early in the season, according to Alaska-based climatologist Brian Brettschneider. Already, 26.6 inches of snow has fallen in Anchorage this season, which is 17.5 inches above the average snowfall to date for Nov. 9.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 20 livestock in Jammu and Kashmir, India

At least 20 animals including goats and sheep perished after lightning struck a cattle shed in Narla village of Rajouri district.

Officials said that the lightning hit the cattle shed of Mohammad Aslam son of Mohammad Miyaan resident of Mazra in Narla village.

In the incident, they said, 20 domesticated animals that include goats and sheep perished causing massive damage to the family.

People from the area have appealed to the Government to provide financial aid to the affected family.


Shallow 6.1-magnitude quake hits Banda Sea - 3rd major quake in area in 2 days

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 jolted Banda Sea at 20:45:11 GMT on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10.7 km, was initially determined to be at 6.16 degrees south latitude and 130.09 degrees east longitude.

Comment: Details of the 2 earlier quakes:


Woman dies after being mauled by pack of 7 pit bulls in Taylorsville, Utah

A Utah woman has died one week after she was mauled by seven pit bulls in her own backyard.

The 63-year-old woman, who has not been identified, died after the pack of dogs - a male, a female and their five puppies - caused critical injuries to her face, hands and leg.

The pit bulls belonged to the woman's 38-year-old son, officials said.

Officers from the Taylorsville Police Department were called to the woman's home on 31 October where they found the pack of dogs on top of the victim in her backyard.

Responders were forced to use pepper spray on the dogs to push them back and rescue the woman.

Comment: Another such fatality was reported from Springfield, Illinois on November 7:
The pit bull attack deaths of Jonathan Mendenhall, 34, in Springfield, Illinois, and Sandra Miller, 63, in Taylorsville, Utah, on November 6 and November 7, 2023, ran the year's total of pit bull attack fatalities in the U.S. and Canada to 47, and in the U.S. alone to 46.

Both numbers are new single-year records, with eight weeks left in the year.

Altogether, 57 Americans and Canadians have died in dog attacks thus far in 2023, only five behind the 2022 record total of 62.

Springfield pit bull attacked passers-by who tried to give victim CPR

Mendenhall, reported the Sangamon County Coroner's Office, was found "outside of a residence and unresponsive. While resuscitative efforts were underway, he was bitten several times."

Summarized WICS Newschannel 20, an ABC affiliate, "According to the Springfield Police Department, officers arrived on the scene and found a pit bull attacking a man lying on the ground.

"We're told the officer shot and killed the dog.

"We're told two people found Mendenhall unresponsive and tried to give him cardiopulmonary resuscitation before officials arrived.

"The pit bull then became aggravated and attacked all three of them. The two people trying to help Mendenhall sustained minor injuries.


Flash flood from heavy rain swamps Davao City, Philippines

THE Special Rescue Force of the Bureau of Fire Protection-Region 11 rescued flooded residents in Bago Gallera, Davao City on Wednesday night, November 8 until early morning of Thursday, November 9.

The Special Rescue Force of the Bureau of Fire Protection-Region 11 rescued flooded residents in Bago Gallera, Davao City on Wednesday night, November 8 until early morning of Thursday, November 9.
A heavy downpour resulted in flash flood affecting barangays here from Wednesday night to Thursday morning.

Flood swept away vehicles and caused significant damage, particularly at Samantha Homes in Barangay Bago Gallera and Susana Homes in Barangay Baliok, Talomo District.

Other barangays affected according to the city government, Davao City Police Office (DCPO), and Baliok Police Station were Bago Aplaya, Talomo Poblacion, Matina Aplaya, Catalunan Pequeño, Ma-a, and Santo Niño.

Residents sought safety on the rooftop of their homes and some affected families evacuated to higher ground and temporary shelters as per instruction of rescuers before the waters went up.


Huge waves flood town during storm in Italy on November 5

This is the moment massive waves hit the coastal town of Vernazza in Italy during a storm on November 5, causing sea water to partially flood the town.