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Sperm whale beaches at Fort Stevens State Park, Oregon

A sperm whale beached on the Oregon coast
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A sperm whale beached on the Oregon coast near Fort Stevens State Park on Saturday, Jan. 15. A gash in the carcass suggests a vessel may have struck the whale, which would typically swim in deep waters only.
Visitors to Fort Stevens State Park near Astoria discovered a dead, beached sperm whale Saturday.

The whale beached just south of the Peter Iredale shipwreck, said Michael Milstein, a spokesperson for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Photos show a gash in the carcass, suggesting a vessel may have struck the whale, he said.

As of Sunday, it wasn't clear if the gash caused the whale's death or happened after the whale was already ill in some way.


6.3 magnitude earthquake south of Japan

A strong earthquake hit Japan on Monday.

According to US Geological Survey, the magnitude 6.3 earthquake hit the Izu-Ogasawara Islands, south of the capital Tokyo, at around 0449GMT.

The earthquake was estimated to be at the depth of 409.1 kilometers (254.2 miles).

The islands are located some 1,000 kilometers (621.3 miles) south of the capital.


6.2 earthquake shakes west Indonesia, no casualties reported

An undersea earthquake shook part of western Indonesia on Monday morning, but there were no immediate reports of serious damage or casualties.

The magnitude 6.2 earthquake was centered 40 kilometers (25 miles) southeast of Singkil, a coastal district in Aceh province at a depth of 37 kilometers (23 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey said.

No tsunami alert was issued by Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency.

Indonesia, a vast archipelago of more than 270 million people, is frequently hit by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions because of its location on the "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.


Many US ski resorts already surpassed their peak total snowpack for last season

Mammoth Mountain, CA, has the most recorded snowfall out of any ski area on Earth right now.
© Patrick Griley/Mammoth Lakes Tourism
Mammoth Mountain, CA, has the most recorded snowfall out of any ski area on Earth right now.
The top three resorts in this list have the most recorded snowfall in the world. Let that sit for a second.

Many of the resorts on this list have already surpassed their peak total snowpack for last season and it's only mid-January. Where will the rest of the winter take us? Could it be a record-breaking year? Time will tell but for now you can revel at these massive snowfall numbers and pinch yourself that there's still an entire half of a season left to go.

Open ski resorts with the most snowfall this season to date...


Motorist drives between walls of snow in Soda Springs, California

Californians navigated piles of snow in Nevada County on Thursday, January 12, as the National Weather Service (NWS) warned more precipitation was on the way.

Jenelle Potvin said she recorded this footage in a residential area of Soda Springs on Thursday night as she brought a friend home.

The University of California Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab said more than 6 feet of snow had accumulated in Soda Springs since January 4.

The region was warned to expect heavy snow through the weekend and into Monday. NWS forecasts predicted that another six feet of snow could accumulate during the storm. Credit: Jenelle Potvin via Storyful


Heavy snowfall in South Korea - 22 inches in 24 hours

A car stopped near Misiryeong Tunnel near Sokcho, Gangwon Province, is covered with snow, Sunday.
© Yonhap
A car stopped near Misiryeong Tunnel near Sokcho, Gangwon Province, is covered with snow, Sunday.
Over 100 traffic accidents have been reported amid heavy snowfall in South Korea's Gangwon province on Sunday, officials said.

Many parts of Gangwon province had heavy snow from Saturday to Sunday, including 55.9 centimeters of snowfall in the Misiryeong mountain ridge and 52.3 cm of snow in the Hyangrobong hill, Yonhap News Agency reported.

Heavy snow blanketed a section of highway in the coastal county of Goseong around noon, stranding about 10 vehicles in the area.

Cloud Precipitation

Flash flooding in Protaras, Cyprus

The fire service has recalled staff to deal with emergencies from the heavy showers, as early this morning saw dozens of calls being made by drivers trapped on flooded roads, with crews also pumping water out of homes and businesses, as well as opening up rainwater gutters that were blocked by falling leaves and garbage.

According to Philenews, the brunt of the storms occurred around four this morning in the Famagusta district and around an hour later, dozens of people were seeking urgent assistance, mostly drivers in the Paralimni-Protaras areas trapped on main roads.

The Protaras Avenue-Cape Greco remained closed from the Kapparis area to Pernera due to flooding. The Saint Panteleimon to Kammitsi lights road is also closed.


Flooding in northern Queensland, Australia - multiple rainfall records toppled

Towns are isolated and the Bruce Highway is cut in multiple places as a downpour sees multiple records toppled in Queensland's north.


Massive female fin whale washes up dead on beach in Cornwall, UK

A fin whale, the second largest animal in the world, was discovered on Friday along Cornwall's south coast

A fin whale, the second largest animal in the world, was discovered on Friday along Cornwall's south coast
This is the moment a humungous female whale washed up dead on a Cornwall beach before floating back out to sea.

The fin whale - the second largest animal on earth - was discovered on Friday along Cornwall's south coast - with marine experts from the Cornwall Wildlife Trust now urging the public to help track the whale after it was swept away overnight.

British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) were alerted to the stranded whale on Friday afternoon at 3:20pm, after someone reported what was believed to be a live whale near Perranuthnoe Beach.

A team of volunteer marine mammal medics attended the scene but the whale was confirmed dead on their arrival.


Indian space agency satellite observation reports Himalayan town rapidly sinking

Joshimath India land subsidence sinking
© Associated Press
The town of Joshimath, India, January 11, 2023.
An endangered Himalayan settlement has dropped 5.4cm in days

The Indian town of Joshimath, known as a gateway to the Himalayas, sank by 5.4cm, sometime between late December and early January, the Indian space agency has reported. The popular tourist destination, at an altitude of over 6,000 ft (1800 meters), is prone to subsidence, partially due to infrastructure development.

A report by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) released on Wednesday detailed changes detected by satellite observation of Joshimath, revealing that a rapid subsidence event had taken place sometime between December 27, 2022 and January 8, 2023.

The region's chief minister, Pushkar Singh Dhami, ordered a mass evacuation after a 603 buildings in the town were found to have deep cracks.