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Woman, 95, dies after being attacked by two pit bulls at her home in Malta

PIT BULL ATTACK
A 95-year-old woman has died after she was attacked in her Msida home by two dogs belonging to her nephew, police have confirmed.

The elderly woman, identified by friends and family as Inez Galea, died in the attack on Monday afternoon.

Police said that two pit bulls owned by her nephew and kept in a yard had managed to enter the woman's groundfloor tenement on Antonio Sciortino Street.

Shocked neighbours told Times of Malta they had heard the woman screaming around the time of the attack between 3-4pm.

Her pet chihuahua dog was also mauled to death. Animal welfare officers took the two dogs away from the scene.

Seismograph

'Quite large' M3.3 earthquake felt across several towns in southern England

Leighton
© Richard Croft/Geograph
The quake was felt at about 09:45 BST in the town of Leighton Buzzard
Carly Jan Smith, 31, in Dunstable, said it was "really strong" and lasted for about two seconds. Her whole room went from "side to side", she said.

The British Geological Survey said it struck just north of Leighton Buzzard.

Bedfordshire Police said there were no reports of injuries, although it had received a large number of calls.

Dr Richard Luckett, of the British Geological Survey, confirmed the quake, saying: "It was very minor on a global scale, but still quite large for the UK.

'Chance of aftershocks'

Comment: It seems our planet is shaking a lot more than usual right now:


Cloud Grey

Rare 'snake cloud' hovers close to volcano in Indonesia

snake cloud
Superstitious locals worshipped a strange mass of winding clouds resembling a snake hovering close to a volcano.

The amazing 'snake cloud' was seen over the mountains in Wonosobo, Central Java, Indonesia on Friday (September 4).

The dense mass of white cloud appeared to form an elongated wave which looked like the body of a snake.


Snowflake Cold

"Oh lord, please no": September snow is 'big deal' for farmers - US braces itself for record swing in temperatures

Snow fell for the first time this season in Colorado on Saturday, and there’s more on the way. This picture was taken on Saturday, August 29th.
© Scot Wilson
Snow fell for the first time this season in Colorado on Saturday, and there’s more on the way. This picture was taken on Saturday, August 29th.
Large parts of the United States are bracing for a violent swing in the weather, with a record-busting 16+inches of early-September snow forecast to accumulate.

"It is interesting to be working through record heat to prepare for record cold," said Claudia Ferrell, owner of Berry Patch Farms in Brighton, CO. But, as many solar physicists have long-been warning, next week's forecast serves as just another example of the swings-between-extremes brought on by the historically low solar activity we're currently receiving: Low solar activity is weakening the jet stream, reverting its usual tight ZONAL flow to more of a wavy MERIDIONAL one: this forcing FULLY explains why some northern latitudes (such as Western Canada/Alaska) are experiencing pockets of anomalous heat while the mid-latitudes (CONUS) are dealing with "blobs" of record cold — for more on the science click the links below:

Comment: See also: Professor Valentina Zharkova: "We entered the 'modern' Grand Solar Minimum on June 8, 2020"

And check out SOTT radio's: Behind the Headlines: Earth changes in an electric universe: Is climate change really man-made?


Eye 1

Great white shark stalks surfer before mauling him to death in Queensland, Australia - 6th such fatality in 8 months

Surf cameras have captured the horrific moment a man was killed by a great white shark at a netted Gold Coast beach in the first fatal attack in the region since 1958

Surf cameras have captured the horrific moment a man was killed by a great white shark at a netted Gold Coast beach in the first fatal attack in the region since 1958
Surf cameras have captured the chilling moment a man was killed by a great white shark at a netted Gold Coast beach in the first fatal attack in the region since 1958.

The horrific incident unfolded just metres away from other surfers at Greenmount Beach at 5pm, when the 46-year-old man was bitten on the leg.

At least 40 surfers were in the water when the man was hunted down.

Footage from a Swellnet surf camera shows the 46-year-old sitting in the water at the end of the line-up before the shark grabs him and pulls him under.

Water can be seen splashing around before the black silhouette of the shark swims away from shore.

Some surfers just metres away seem oblivious to what is happening.


Comment: For the record this now appears to be the 6th fatal attack within 8 months off the continent, see in addition: 15-year-old surfer killed by shark in New South Wales, Australia - 5th fatality in 6 months


Attention

One of the 2 bottlenose whales found dead after second spotting in Zeeland, Netherlands

dead whale
Two bottlenose whales, thought to be a mother and her calf, which were spotted two weeks ago in the Oosterschelde were again seen in Zeeland on Sunday evening. Sadly, the mother bottlenose was believed to be the whale which was found dead on Monday in Terneuzen.

The mammal's body had a large wound along its side, nonprofit organization SOS Dolfijn said. The agency was still searching for the second animal out of concern that the whales were far away from their native waters.

It was not certain if the whales were the same as those spotted over the past two weeks in Zeeland. "Researchers from Utrecht University affiliated with the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine will visit the site to extensively examine the animal. A cause is also being sought to determine why the bottlenose whales ended up so far south.," the organization said.


Attention

Rarely seen Sei whale strands on south Oregon Coast, then dies

Sei Whale
© Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department
The dead Sei Whale
An unusual find on a southern Oregon coast beach turned to a sad story Saturday, as a species of whale that rarely washes up on these shores found its way to an area of Bandon. It showed up alive - which is also very rare - but died shortly after.

Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) said it has been tentatively identified as a Sei whale, which is known to inhabit colder waters far to the north and especially the North Atlantic. Scientists believe there are some off the waters of the U.S. but are uncertain how many.

This could be one of the very few documented cases of a Sei whale on the Oregon coast.

Responding to the scene were Oregon State Police and Oregon State Park rangers, accompanied by science teams from Oregon State University, Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network, and representatives of the West Coast Marine Mammal Stranding Network and NOAA Fisheries.

Snowflake

Early snowfall hits parts of Alberta, Canada

Sunshine Village Ski Resort

Sunshine Village Ski Resort
Parts of the province woke up to snow this morning.

Photos posted on Twitter show snowfall in several areas of the province including Pincher Creek, Caroline, and Cochrane.


Cloud Lightning

Typhoon Haishen lashes South Korea after battering Japanese islands

A coastal road is damaged in Ulsan, South Korea,
© Kim Yong-tai/Yonhap
A coastal road is damaged in Ulsan, South Korea, Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. A powerful typhoon damaged buildings, flooded roads and knocked out power to thousands of homes in South Korea on Monday after battering islands in southern Japan and injuring dozens of people.
A powerful typhoon damaged buildings, flooded roads and knocked out power to thousands of homes in South Korea on Monday after battering islands in southern Japan, killing one person and injuring dozens of others, before weakening as it passed North Korea.

The Korea Meteorological Administration downgraded Typhoon Haishen to a tropical storm Monday night as it made landfall near the North Korean coastal city of Hamhung. During its period as a typhoon, Haishen packed maximum winds of about 80 miles per hour as it barreled through South Korea's southern and eastern regions in the morning.

Japanese disaster management officials in Kagoshima said a woman in her 70s died of a head injury after falling into a roadside ditch while evacuating from a coastal town as Haishen lashed southwestern Japan over the weekend with strong winds and rain. Japan's Fire and Disaster Management Agency said at least 38 other people were injured, five of them seriously. Schools and department stores were closed in Hiroshima and other cities in the country's southwest.

Damage caused by the typhoon was less than feared because it took a path farther from the coast and weakened more quickly than expected, officials said.


Cloud Precipitation

Severe hailstorm leaves behind thick crust of ice in Narok North, Kenya

Part of the ground that is covered in ice some 12 hours after the storm.
© Standard Digital
Part of the ground that is covered in ice some 12 hours after the storm.
Residents of Olokurto, Melili, Enaibelbel and Kisiriri in Narok North woke up to ice-covered grounds after heavy hailstorm hit the area Sunday night and left a trail of destruction.

The hailstones that are yet to melt away almost 12 hours later destroyed wheat, potatoes and maize crops subjecting the farmers to huge losses.

"It started as normal rains around 6pm Sunday but hailstorms started hitting our roof at night. We were shocked in the morning to find ice all over the place," said John ole Pesi, a resident of Olokurto Ward.

He said he was more devastated when he toured his 10-acre potato farm only to find that the entire crop had been destroyed.