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Satellite image shows world's largest iceberg is getting swept away from Antarctica

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This photo, taken Oct. 31 by NASA's Terra satellite, shows the world's largest iceberg, A-76A, in the Drake Passage near Antarctica.
A new satellite image shows that the world's largest iceberg, A-76A, has entered the Drake Passage, a waterway that contains a fast-moving ocean current that will send the mighty berg on a one-way trip to its watery grav

After slowly drifting around Antarctica for more than a year and barely melting, the world's largest iceberg could soon be set on an accelerated course toward its eventual demise, a new satellite image reveals.

The gargantuan ice slab, known as A-76A, is around 84 miles (135 kilometers) long and 16 miles (26 km) wide. It is the largest fragment of the world's previous biggest iceberg, the Rhode Island-size A-76, which broke off from the western side of Antarctica's Ronne Ice Shelf in May 2021 and later fractured into three chunks: A-76A, A-76B and A-76C.

On Oct. 31, NASA's Terra satellite captured a photo of A-76A floating in the mouth of the Drake Passage, a deep waterway that connects the Pacific and Atlantic oceans between Cape Horn in South Africa and the South Shetland Islands to the north of the Antarctic Peninsula. The image shows that the girthy berg is currently sitting between Elephant Island and the South Orkney Islands (both obscured by clouds in the image) at the southern end of the passage, but its trajectory hints that it will head further north into the waterway in the coming weeks. The image was released online Nov. 4 by NASA's Earth Observatory.


Deadly flooding triggered by record rainfall in Los Angeles as feet of snow pile up in mountains

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 8, 2022 - The rain seems to have created a natural car wash in Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 8, 2022 - The rain seems to have created a natural car wash in Los Angeles.
One person is dead after a significant storm brought heavy rain and flooding to Southern California.

The significant storm brought widespread impacts to the Golden State Tuesday and is expected to continue into Wednesday. Several inches of mountain snow and torrential rains are forecast throughout California.

Southern California saw record rainfall for multiple sites across the region Tuesday. In Sandberg, 3.62 inches of rain was recorded, breaking the old daily rainfall record of 0.43" set back in 2002.

According to Ontario officials, one person died, and several others were injured after they were swept downstream by floodwaters.


3 major earthquakes hit South Pacific in quick succession - magnitudes 6.8, 7.0 and 6.6

Three earthquakes were recorded south of the Fiji islands in the Pacific on Wednesday evening, each at a depth of around 600 km (370 miles), the United States Geological Survey said.

There was no tsunami threat, Seismology Fiji said in a statement on social media.

The first earthquake of Magnitude 6.8 struck around 0938 GMT, the second of Magnitude 7 struck around 15 minutes later, and the third of Magnitude 6.6 at 1014 GMT, according to the USGS reports.


Western Nepal hit by magnitude 5.6 earthquake killing at least six people, officials say

People outside the ruins of collapsed houses in the district of Doti after an earthquake struck Nepal on November 9, 2022.
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People outside the ruins of collapsed houses in the district of Doti after an earthquake struck Nepal on November 9, 2022.
A magnitude 5.6 earthquake hit western Nepal on Wednesday morning local time, killing at least six people, according to local officials.

The epicenter of the quake was in Seti Zone, at a depth of 15.7 kilometers (9.7 miles), according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). It was 21 kilometers east of Dipayal, a municipality of Nepal's far western Doti district, the USGS said.

At least six people have died and five are injured in the Purbichauki rural municipality of Doti district, police deputy superintendent Bhola Bhatta told CNN.

Three houses were completely destroyed in the earthquake, he said, adding that a search and rescue operation was underway.

Nepal's Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba expressed condolences Wednesday on Twitter to the families of those killed.


Massive waterspout filmed in Muğla, Turkey

A massive waterspout has emerged off the southwestern coast of Turkey.

The breathtaking sight was reportedly captured from a town called Mugla that borders the Mediterranean Sea.

The waterspout, which is a twisting column of air and water mist, appeared after a rainstorm passed through the area.

Earlier this year a waterspout appeared off the coast of Taranaki, with one local saying it "lasted around a minute or so" before hitting land and disappearing.

MetService meteorologist Lewis Ferris described waterspouts as "a weaker version" of a tornado.


Northern beaked whale dies after washing ashore in France - normally a denizen of deep Arctic waters

Northern beaked whales are rarely seen this far south of the Arctic.

Northern beaked whales are rarely seen this far south of the Arctic.
A 7.6-meter (25-foot) whale died on a beach in northern France on Monday, hours after being discovered washed up and alive but wounded, authorities said.

Experts had hoped the rising tide would come in time to help the cetacean back on its way, but the animal died as it struggled to reach the water.

"It probably drowned" during its efforts, said Jacky Karpouzopoulos, head of CMNF, an association for the protection of wild mammals in northern France.

The appearance of this type of beaked whale, a northern bottlenose, this far south is rare.

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SOTT Earth Changes Summary - October 2022: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

Record rains and devastating floods hit at least 19 countries across West and Central Africa killing thousands and displacing tens of thousands. Over one million acres of cropland have been destroyed worsening the burgeoning hunger crisis. This has been considered one of the deadliest disasters in the region.
"The rainfall this year is exceptional. There have been sustained rains since the beginning of the season, since August, September, and even until October now, it continues to rain," said Kousoumna Libaa, a climate specialist.
Nigeria experienced its worst floods in a decade, taking the lives of at least 600, while tens of thousands of livestock were lost to the waters and waterborne diseases. 18 of Nigeria's 36 states were affected.

In Cameroon, flood waters caused significant damage in the northern region, destroying crops and houses, and Chad's government declared a state of emergency after the floods affected more than 1 million people.

Some farmers have lost close to 75% of everything planted this year, a new factor that will worsen food prices as inflation rates are already at record highs.

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Heavy rain, hailstorm witnessed in several areas of United Arab Emirates

Vehicles pass by a road during heavy rain.

Vehicles pass by a road during heavy rain.
Heavy rain was witnessed on separate areas across the UAE on Monday, while dust-stirring winds blew at 40 km/h.

Light rain started falling at 11:49am on Dibba in Fujairah, turning to heavy on Alhala, Al Bidya, Masafi-Dibba Road, Kadra, Asafni and other areas in Ras Al Khaimah.

While heavy rain and hail fell on Wahlah in Fujairah, medium to heavy rain fell on the Khatm Al Melaha in Sharjah, Hatta in Dubai and separate areas in Ajman.


Pack of dogs maul, kill 6-year-old pupil in Uganda

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Police in Sembabule is searching for the owner of a pack of dogs that mauled to death, Dan Matovu, a 6-year-old boy in Kayunga B village in Sembabule district.

The incident is said to have happened on November 2, 2022 as Matovu headed to the garden where his mother was digging.

"The victim returned from Kyebongotoko school at around 4:30pm, and followed his mother to the garden. It was very unfortunate that while on his way to the garden, he came across a pack of dangerous dogs which attacked and inflicted fatal injuries on him," police spokesperson Fred Enanga said.

According to Enanga, during the attack, the victim made an alarm which attracted his mother's response.

Unfortunately, upon the her arrival at the scene, the dogs had shredded all the clothes of the victim and killed him. His body was reportedly covered with bite marks.


Toddler dies after dog attack at motel in New South Wales, Australia

dog attack
A two-year-old boy has died after he was attacked by two dogs at a motel in central-west NSW on Tuesday morning.

Emergency services responded to a report the toddler had suffered serious injuries to his face and neck when he was mauled by the dogs at the Country Gardens Motor Inn on Grenfell Road in Cowra shortly after 10am.

A member of the public had already taken the child to Cowra Hospital when police arrived.

The boy was airlifted to Westmead Hospital in a critical condition but he died on Tuesday afternoon.