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Woman dies in attack by registered XL bullies at east London home

A woman in her 50s has died after she was attacked by her two registered XL bullies at a house in east London.

The woman was treated by paramedics at the home in Cornwall Close, Hornchurch, but died at the scene on Monday afternoon.

The two dogs were seized by armed officers after being contained in a room.

It is believed to be the first fatal attack by XL bully dogs that were known to have been registered under new laws.

A blue forensic tent was put up outside the woman's home in the small residential street following the attack.

The family of the woman, who was the owner of the dogs, is being supported by officers, the Metropolitan Police says.

Neighbours have described seeing paramedics administer CPR to the victim in her front garden.


Something strange is happening with Earth's magnetic field tail

It's called the magnetotail, of course.

© Courtesy of NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center-Conceptual Image Lab
You may not know this, but Earth's magnetic field has a tail. As the sun's solar wind buffets the planet, it leaves behind a sort of long shadow that trails out in our planet's wake. Scientists call this magnetic tail, appropriately, the magnetotail. Typically, the magnetotail is strewn with magnetic storms.

But for the past several years, scientists have known of a mystery in the magnetotail: a missing storm. They have found a signature of a storm, but no storm to actually go along with it. NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission is now on the case.

MMS consists of four satellites that all launched on the same Atlas V rocket in 2015. Since then, the quartet has been studying Earth's magnetopause: the frontier of the region dominated by the planet's magnetic field. The magnetopause is constantly aflame with magnetic reconnections, which refer to when the lines that make up a magnetic field come together, break apart, then rejoin, creating brilliant flurries of heat and kinetic energy. (These reconnections, if they happen in Earth's atmosphere, can cause auroras.)


State of emergency imposed in Russian Yakutia due to large-scale flood

In Russian Yakutia, a total of 647 yard areas remain flooded, including 489 residential buildings in 16 settlements.

Russian Yakutia continues to be flooded

As the head of the republic, Aisen Nikolaev, announced, a state of emergency of a regional nature has been introduced in Yakutia since May 20.
In connection with the difficult flood situation in a number of regions of the republic, he signed a decree declaring a state of emergency at the regional level from May 20, 2024. According to the decree, the Government of the republic is instructed to take all measures to restore settlements and economic objects, ensure the livelihood of the population and provide social and material assistance to the affected citizens, Nikolaev wrote.


Indonesia's Ibu volcano erupts again, forcing nearby villages to evacuate

A volcano on the remote island of Halmahera has erupted, spewing a grey ash cloud into the sky and forcing people from seven nearby villages to evacuate, Indonesian authorities have said.

Mount Ibu erupted on Saturday evening, sending ash 2.5 miles (4km) into the sky while streaks of purple lightning flashed around its crater, according to information and images shared by the Volcanological Survey of Indonesia.

A team of police, military and search and rescue officials was dispatched to the area to evacuate residents from surrounding villages, said Abdul Muhari, a spokesperson for the country's disaster mitigation agency


4 year old girl killed by stray dogs in Uttar Pradesh, India

dog attack
In a sad incident, a group of stray dogs in the Muradnagar locality of Ghaziabad attacked and murdered a 4-year-old child. Her family is inconsolable, and the violent attack has shocked the area.

Family's Heartbreaking Loss

Zarif, together with his wife Rukhsana and their two kids, lives in Bhikhanpur, Muradnagar, where he worked at a brick kiln. Farheen, Zarif's 4-year-old daughter, was playing outside the kiln on that tragic Saturday when she was unexpectedly attacked by some stray dogs.


Teen dies in flash flood at waterfall in Tamil Nadu, India

The visual showed the level of the waterfall rising and water gushing out vigorously.
The visual showed the level of the waterfall rising and water gushing out vigorously.
A 16-year-old boy died after being washed away in flash floods that hit the Old Courtallam Waterfalls in Tamil Nadu's Tenkasi district on Friday. The incident happened in the evening when several people were bathing in the waterfall. The flash floods took them by surprise after water began to gush out as the level of the waterfall rose.

A search operation was launched to find the missing teenager. A few hours later, his body was recovered from between rocks, a few metres away from the waterfall.

The teenager had gone to the waterfall with his relatives to take a dip.

Visuals showed people running out of the waterfall frantically as its level began swelling.


Rare deep-sea angler fish found near Cannon Beach, Oregon - 1st time for the state

Rare deep-sea angler fish found near Cannon Beach(Seaside Aquarium)
© Seaside AquariumRare deep-sea angler fish found near Cannon Beach.
A rarely seen deep-sea fish was found on a beach just south of Cannon Beach, the Seaside Aquarium announced Saturday.

According to the aquarium, the angler fish - a Pacific football fish - was found by local beachcombers, and is the first football fish reported found on an Oregon beach. Previously, 31 specimens have been reported found, spread across New Zealand, Japan, Russia, Ecuador, Chile, and in the U.S. - in Hawaii and California.

The fish live in complete darkness around 2,000 to 3,300 feet below the surface.

The aquarium said that, like other angler fish, football fish attract prey using light that shines from a phosphorescent bulb on their forehead, and eat anything that can fit into their mouths.

Only females actively hunt. The males are 10 times smaller than females, which they fuse themselves onto. They lose their eyes and internal organs and get all their nutrients from their female partners. In return, they provide females with a steady source of sperm. How males find females in the pitch dark is not yet known.

Cloud Precipitation

Flood kills at least 80 in Faryab province, Afghanistan

Recent floods in the Faryab province of Afghanistan have resulted in a significant loss of life, with at least 80 reported deaths, 5 injuries, and 5 individuals missing, according to local sources.

The floods, which occurred last Friday, have devastated several districts, including Bulcharagh, Pashtunkot, Khwaja Sabzposh, Qaisar, and Almar, leaving dozens dead and wounded, as reported by local media outlets in Faryab province.

This comes despite earlier statements by Esmaeil Muradi, the spokesperson for the governor in Faryab, who had informed the press on Saturday that the floods on Friday had resulted in 18 deaths and 2 injuries.

However, the latest reports indicate that the floods in Faryab have claimed the lives of at least 80 individuals, injured five, and left five others missing.

Comment: On the same day in another part of the country just to the south of Faryab province: Flood again wreaks havoc in Afghanistan, another 50 killed in Gor province


Shallow magnitude 6.0 earthquake near Aleutian Islands, Alaska

A very strong magnitude 6.0 earthquake occurred in the North Pacific Ocean near Amukta Island island, USA, in the early morning of Sunday, May 19, 2024 at 12.35 am local time (GMT -9). The quake had a very shallow depth of 30 km (18 mi) and was not felt (or at least not reported so).

No significant damage or impact is expected from this quake and no particular alert was issued.

Cloud Precipitation

Germany: Floods hit large parts of Saarland

Many roads, including the A620 Autobahn in Saarbrücken, were inundated and closed
© Harald TittelMany roads, including the A620 Autobahn in Saarbrücken, were inundated and closed
Large parts of the German state of Saarland were hit by flooding on Friday. Fortunately, no one has been injured so far, an Interior Ministry spokesman said.

The ministry spoke of a "widespread flooding situation" with a focus on the southeastern part of the state. In the cities, the situation was tense in the state capital of Saarbrücken, in Saarbrücken-Russhütte, in Eppelborn, Neunkirchen, Gersweiler, St. Wendel, Saarlouis and Merzig.

In some places, residents had to be moved from apartments in isolated streets. Some nursing homes, such as one in Marpingen, also had to be evacuated.

Severe rain warnings were in effect for much of the west of the country on Friday, but Saarland ended up bearing the brunt of the downpour.

Due to the severe flooding in Saarland, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz canceled a European Parliament election campaign appointment planned for Saturday in the state. Instead, he will visit parts of Saarland with state Premier Anke Rehlinger to get an idea of the situation on the ground, regional government spokesman Julian Lange said.