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Woman killed in bear attack in northern Alberta

The witness at the scene said she believes it was a black bear that attacked her co-worker.

The witness at the scene said she believes it was a black bear that attacked her co-worker.
A 26-year-old Alberta women is dead after a reported bear mauling in a wooded area northwest of Swan Hills Saturday.

Swan Hills RCMP said they received a complaint of the bear attack shortly after 3 p.m. The victim was a tree planter from around the hamlet of Peers, working in the Swan Hills area with her co-worker.

"She was evacuated by her co-worker on a helicopter and brought back to the Swan Hills Airport where they met up with an ambulance, emergency crews, and she was subsequently declared deceased at the airport," RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Troy Savinkoff said Monday.

The witness at the scene told RCMP she believed it was a black bear, but RCMP said they have reached out to Alberta Fish and Wildlife who are taking the lead on the investigation to determine what type of bear it was and try to locate it.

Swan Hills is approximately 221 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.

Cloud Lightning

Hundreds of lightning bolts hit dry Oregon, start 50 new wildfires

Lightning bolts struck the parched forests of southern Oregon hundreds of times in 24 hours, igniting some 50 new wildfires even as the nation's largest wildfire continued to burn less than 100 miles (161 kilometers) away, officials said on Monday.

State, federal and contracted firefighters, augmented by helicopters and planes dropping fire retardant, pounced on the new wildfires in national forests in southwest Oregon before they could spread out of control. The largest one was estimated at up to 5 acres (2 hectares).

Thunderstorms unleashed some 700 lightning bolts that hit the ground and also brought rain to some places, but left others dry while triggering multiple fires, said Margueritte Hickman, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest Service.

Firefighters and support personnel worked through the night to locate and extinguish fires.


Magnitude 6.1 earthquake strikes near Nicobar Islands, India - EMSC

An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 struck about 310 km (190 miles)south southeast of Port Blair, India, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said on Tuesday.

The quake was at a depth of 40 km, EMSC said.

Reporting by Maria Ponnezhath in Bengaluru; Editing by Kim Coghill


ANOTHER cliff collapse on the UK's Jurassic coast prompts warning as cracks appear at two different beaches

cliff collapse jurrasic
© Dorset Council
More movement was expected as fresh cracks had appeared on the cliff top
A section of cliff has collapsed cutting off a stretch of beach on the Jurassic Coast.

The large rock fall, which happened on Saturday, blocked off the beach between Eype and Seatown in Dorset.

Dorset Council warned the fall had "not yet settled" and the ground inland was "relaxing with more cracks opening up".

The authority has urged people to obey the safety signs and not cross the cordons or climb on the debris on the beach.

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Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes 6 people, kills 2 in Joypurhat, Bangladesh

Two farmers were killed by lightning strike on Ratanpur-Salua field in Panchbibi upazila of Joypurhat on Monday morning.

The deceased are Dulal Hossain, 59, and Mofazzal Hossain, 52, of Ratanpur village.

Four other farmers were seriously injured in the incident.

The police said some farmers of Ratanpur village went to plant Aman paddy around 9:00am.

A thunderbolt struck six of them, leaving two dead on the spot.

Later, local people rescued the injured.

Palash Chandra Deb, officer-in-charge of Panchbibi police station, said the injured were admitted to Joypurhat Adhunik Hospital.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Cloud Lightning

3 die in lightning strike in West Bengal, India

Three persons including a couple died on Monday as lightning struck them in West Bengal's Birbhum district, police said.

They were working on an agricultural field in Santoshpur village under Nalhati police station. When it started raining, the three took shelter in an abandoned hut which was struck by lightning killing them.

Of the three deceased, Jagannath Tudu and his wife Sumi Tudu were residents of Santoshpur, while Dilu Hembram hailed from Jharkhand, police said.

The bodies were sent for post-mortem examination.

Source: Press Trust of India

Cloud Lightning

Motorcyclist killed on I-95 due to lightning strike in Liberty County, Georgia

Motorcyclist killed on I-95 due to lightning strike, police say
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Motorcyclist killed on I-95 due to lightning strike, police say
A motorcyclist was killed Monday night after a lightning strike caused him to lose control of his bike on I-95 South.

The victim was traveling with his brother around 5 p.m. when his brother said a nearby lightning strike caused the victim to veer into the shoulder and hit the guardrail, according to Liberty County Sheriffs Office Capt. Dennis Poulsen.

The victim flipped over the guardrail and landed on the grassy area, while the motorcycle continued to drive along the guardrail before crossing the three lanes of the interstate where it stopped.

No other vehicle was involved.

Cloud Lightning

Hiker struck, killed by lightning near John Muir Trail in Sierra wilderness of Fresno County, California

A CHP helicopter that landed near Muir Trail Ranch to retrieve the body of Nicholas Torchia, who was struck by lightning.
A CHP helicopter that landed near Muir Trail Ranch to retrieve the body of Nicholas Torchia, who was struck by lightning.
A 37-year-old man was struck and killed by lightning near the John Muir Trail in Fresno County on Friday afternoon.

The man was identified as Nicholas Torchia of Fresno. The Fresno County Coroner's Office determined Torchia died by electrocution caused by lightning.

Torchia was struck by lightning near Muir Trail Ranch, a remote, roadless location east of Florence Lake, while he was on the Sallie Keyes Cutoff, a short segment between the John Muir Trail and Florence Lake Trail.

The Fresno County Sheriff's Office got a call about the incident around 2:20 p.m. Friday and Torchia's body was recovered around 6 p.m. once a California Highway Patrol helicopter was able to fly in during a break in the storm, sheriff's spokesman Tony Botti said.

"Torchia took cover by leaning against a tree," Botti said, "a tree which was then struck by a lightning bolt. Torchia fell to the ground. His fellow hikers came to check on him and he told them he didn't feel well and then became unconscious. A doctor and a nurse who were on the trail tended to Torchia by administering CPR for three hours. Despite their great efforts, he ultimately passed away."


Four-mile long wildfire prompts evacuations in Hawaii

A large wildfire burns in Hawaii near Waimea on July 31, 2021.
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A large wildfire burns in Hawaii near Waimea on July 31, 2021.
A large wildfire is ripping through thousands of acres of dry brush in Hawaii County, prompting evacuations and threatening structures.

The 40,000-acre fire began on Friday morning near Mana Road in Waimea on the island of Hawaii. By Saturday, it had consumed over 10,000 acres and the Pu'u Kapu Hawaiian Homestead and Waiki'i Ranch areas were ordered to evacuate immediately.

Hawaii Fire Department Volunteer Captain John Bertsch told West Hawaii Today that at one point on Friday, one front of the fire reached four miles in length.

Two homes in the Department of Hawaiian Homelands Puukapu Subdivision were destroyed. The evacuation order in Waikoloa Village was lifted Sunday, but fire officials are cautioning residents and tourists to stay vigilant.

Cloud Precipitation

More than 300 died in China floods in July

More than 300 people have been confirmed dead since record-breaking rainfall triggered flooding in central China last month.

Local authorities in Henan Province told reporters on Monday the death toll from the floods rose to 302, with 50 others still missing.

Beginning in mid-July, heavy rains fell intermittently in the city of Zhengzhou and elsewhere. Flooding occurred across the province, causing mudslides and toppling buildings.

Officials said the deluge affected more than 14 million people and caused over 17 billion dollars in economic damage.

Comment: Related: Over 920 people killed in floods and landslides worldwide in July 2021