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Yellow-browed warbler from Asia seen for the first time ever in Canada

The sighting of a Yellow-browed Warbler in Saanich is the first time the bird has been seen in Canada.
© Geoffrey Newell
The sighting of a Yellow-browed Warbler in Saanich is the first time the bird has been seen in Canada.
Birding enthusiasts were aflutter in Saanich's Panama Flats Saturday morning hoping to catch a glimpse of a rare warbler never before seen in Canada.

Upwards of 50 people flocked to the park with binoculars around their necks and telephoto lenses at the ready for a shot of the yellow-browed warbler. Some came from the Lower Mainland, Washington State and even California, though none travelled quite as far as the bird, which is a migrant from Asia.

The migratory warbler typically spends its winters in the tropical climates of South Asia and Southeast Asia, and sometimes in Western Europe.


Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano erupts on October 18

Popocatepetl Volcano

Popocatepetl volcano
A breathtaking view of Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano with steam coming from its crater was taken from an airplane, Friday, October 18. Popocatepetl is 5,426 meters tall, and is the second highest mountain in Mexico, and the fifth highest in North America.

Source: Reuters


EF-1 tornado, waterspout hits near Shelton, Washington

The National Weather Service confirmed Saturday night an EF-1 tornado hit near Shelton on Friday night with winds between 90 and 100 miles per hour.

The twister started on land near Shelton traveling more than a half mile before moving over Pickering Passage and becoming a waterspout.

It dissipated shortly after moving over the water.

The Weather Service completed a survey of the area on Saturday before release its findings.

The tornado cut a path about 90 yards wide and was on the ground for approximately five minutes.


Tropical Storm Nestor leaves path of destruction in Florida

Tropical Storm Nestor damage
© Luis Santana/Tampa Bay Times, via Associated Press
A camper rests on top of a boat trailer and a home on Saturday in Kathleen, Fla. A string of tornadoes formed as Tropical Storm Nestor approached the area.
Tropical Storm Nestor spawned a string of tornadoes that damaged homes, uprooted trees and overturned vehicles as it moved inland over the Florida Panhandle from the Gulf of Mexico, late on Friday and early on Saturday, officials said.

A tornado touched down near Seminole, Fla., about 15 miles west of St. Petersburg, around 9:20 p.m. on Friday, the National Weather Service said. A mobile home park was damaged and no injuries were reported, it said.

Another tornado, with winds up to 120 m.p.h., touched down in Hillsborough County, which includes Tampa, around 11:30 p.m. on Friday and crossed into neighboring Polk County, where it damaged at least 50 homes and businesses, the Weather Service said.

For about 45 minutes, the tornado tore through the county, Paul Womble, the director of Polk County Emergency Management, said on Saturday.

"We were lucky and very blessed to not have any injuries," he said.

The tornado overturned an 18-wheel vehicle onto a sport utility vehicle. The occupants of both vehicles escaped injury, The Tampa Bay Times reported. It also caused severe damage to a middle school, prompting administrators to cancel classes for Monday and Tuesday.


Etna volcano erupts again, magnitude 3.3 earthquake also reported

A new eruption of the Etna volcano, accompanied by increased seismic activity, has been detected by specialists of the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology of Italy.

According to scientists, there was a magnitude 3.3 earthquake in the province of Catania on the east coast of Sicily on Friday night.

The epicentre was 9 km deep. Felt in Milo, Zafferana Etnea and Sant'Alfio.

There are no reports of casualties and destruction.


Early 6 inches of snow in northern Pakistan

snow pakistan
Snowfall over high mountains in northern areas of Pakistan covered the region with white pearls of snow from sky in Kaghan Valley and other areas, ARY News reported on Saturday.

The Naran highway leading to Gilgit has been closed for vehicular traffic as Babusar Top, Chilas, Deosai and Nanga Parbat received first spell of the winter snowfall.

Rain with wind or thunderstorm is expected at isolated places in upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, northern Punjab, Islamabad, Gilgit Baltistan and Kashmir today, while hail storm is expected at a few places.

Snowfall over high mountains is also expected in Malakand division and Gilgit Baltistan on today, Pakistan Meteorological Department said in its forecast.


Double-quake that struck SoCal on Independence Day woke up dormant fault line for 1st time in 500 years

earthquake fault crack Los Angeles Searles valley
© Robert Gauthier. Los Angeles Times
Andy Randolph and his son William stop for photos of a crack in California State Route 178 hours after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck the Searles Valley area on July 4, 2019 in Ridgecrest, Calif.
A major California fault capable of producing a magnitude 8 earthquake has begun moving for the first time on record, a result of this year's Ridgecrest earthquake sequence destabilizing nearby faults, Caltech scientists say in a new study released in the journal Science on Thursday.

In the modern historical record, the 160-mile-long Garlock fault on the northern edge of the Mojave Desert has never been observed to produce either a strong earthquake or even to creep — the slow movement between earthquakes that causes a visible scar on the ground surface. But new satellite radar images now show that the fault has started to move, causing a bulging of land that can be viewed from space.

"This is surprising, because we've never seen the Garlock fault do anything. Here, all of a sudden, it changed its behavior," said the lead author of the study, Zachary Ross, assistant professor of geophysics at Caltech. "We don't know what it means."

Snowflake Cold

Half-meter snowdrifts and minus 32°C in Russia

cold map
Russian winter is taking its course. As a place for its presentation, the cold chose the central regions of Yakutia. On October 15, at the Iema weather station, the minimum temperature was −32°C.

In addition to severe night frost, in Yakutia there is a large diurnal variation in temperature. At noon the same day, thermometers showed −13°C.

Arrow Down

Dam collapse at Siberia gold mine after heavy rain kills 15

The dam burst around 2am Moscow time (6am local time), and flooded several dormitories,’ said an Emergencies Ministry statement

The dam burst around 2am Moscow time (6am local time), and flooded several dormitories,’ said an Emergencies Ministry statement
At least 15 people have died and 13 others are missing after a dam collapse at a gold mine in Siberia.

The dam, on the Seiba river in the region of Krasnoyarsk, burst after heavy rain on Saturday, flooding cabins where workers lived.

Russia's health ministry said 14 miners were taken to hospital, including three with severe injuries.

A criminal investigation has been opened over allegations the dam violated safety regulations.

Cloud Precipitation

Unprecedented flooding affects 200,000 in South Sudan - double average rainfall for 4 weeks

Two boys pick their way along a flooded road in Maban county, South Sudan.
© UNHCR/Elizabeth Stuart
Two boys pick their way along a flooded road in Maban county, South Sudan.
This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic - to whom quoted text may be attributed - at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

Unprecedented heavy flooding in South Sudan's Maban County has affected nearly 200,000 people, including refugees and host population.

Situated in the Upper Nile State, the affected area is home to more than 150,000 refugees from Sudan.

South Sudan is on a gradual path to recovery from six years of civil war and now faces flooding that the region has not witnessed in almost four decades.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, working with its partners and the local authorities is rushing emergency support. People are seeking safety from the flood waters wherever they find dry land, mostly on small islands as unprecedented water levels have submerged vast areas.