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Mystery surrounds death of 137 sea lions washed up on beach in Baja California Sur, Mexico

One of the 137 dead sea lions is seen on the beach in Baja California Sur state.
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One of the 137 dead sea lions is seen on the beach in Baja California Sur state.
Mexican authorities are investigating after 137 dead sea lions washed up on a beach with no sign of how they died.

The country's office for environmental protection has said the animals do not have injuries from getting caught up in fishing nets or lines.

There are also no marks on their bodies from possible collisions with boats.


Both scenarios are common causes of sea lion deaths or injuries.


Binoculars

Weary warblers: Birds seen acting strangely after cold snap in Colorado

Locals have reported seeing birds around their house — and sometimes inside their house — like this juvenile Wilson's Warbler, still learning how to fly.
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Locals have reported seeing birds around their house — and sometimes inside their house — like this juvenile Wilson's Warbler, still learning how to fly.
Those weary Wilson's warblers.

Area residents have been noticing the little yellow and green birds in their yards — sometimes acting punch-drunk — following the cold snap and snowfall last week.

While it seems logical that the behavior is due to the cold snap, there may be two separate things going on simultaneously.

A large number of dead birds in the Fryingpan Valley was reported by residents Wednesday on the Roaring Fork Road and Weather Facebook page.

The event might not be exclusive to the Roaring Fork Valley — on Saturday, the Las Cruces Sun News reported that migratory birds are dying in "unprecedented" numbers throughout New Mexico.

Comment: Related: Growing number of dead birds in southern New Mexico raise alarm for wildlife experts


Snowflake

Spring storm brings up to 15.7 inches of late snow to skifields in New Zealand

Coronet Peak is in the midst of a three-day spring snow storm with 15cm of fresh snow on Tuesday morning.

Coronet Peak is in the midst of a three-day spring snow storm with 15cm of fresh snow on Tuesday morning.
Skiers and snowboarders booking flights to Queenstown could be in for a cracker weekend with the region in the midst of a three-day snow storm.

Treble Cone had up to 40 centimetres of fresh snow dumped at the saddle on Monday night while Coronet Peak and Cardrona skifields​ had 15cm.

Metservice meteorologist Lewis Ferris said more snow was forecast.


Wednesday would bring showers and snow down to 1200 metres, and cold air would drop the snow level to 700m on Thursday, he said.

Apple Red

Prolonged flood will push up vegetable prices in Bangladesh further - 260,000 hectares of farmland damaged

flooded farmland
The lengthy floods have severely been affecting early winter crop farming in many Bangladesh districts. This is causing fears of further hike in prices of vegetables including onions. Although the water has started receding in 37 flood-stricken districts, many crop lands are still under waist-deep water.

Parts of Rangpur, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Jamalpur, Pabna, Natore, Sirajganj, Manikganj, Rajbari, Munshiganj, Faridpur, Madaripur, Shariatpur and Dhaka districts still have flood water, according to the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE). DAE data showed a total of 260,000 hectares of land have been damaged totally by the more than two-month long flood from June 26 to August 31.

Bug

Swarms of winged insects invade Siberian city, leaving Russians stunned

Winged insects invade Russian city
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A truly apocalyptic vista has emerged from the Russian city of Krasnoyarsk, after a massive horde of winged insects invaded its streets, forming gargantuan clouds in the air and swarming on the pavements.

Multiple videos of the insect invasion started making the rounds online on Monday, promptly becoming a viral topic in Russia. The bug buildup began in the city over the weekend, becoming particularly intense on Monday morning.


Seismograph

Shallow M6.1 earthquake strikes Fiji Islands Region

Fiji quake map
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An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 jolted 149 km NNE of Labasa, Fiji at 04:12:17 GMT on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be at 15.145 degrees south latitude and 179.7934 degrees east longitude.

Seismograph

Deep 6.4 magnitude earthquake hits Russia's Kamchatka peninsula

Russia quake map
© Volcano Discovery
The large quake hit Russia's Kamchatka peninsula region on the country's far-east coast, over 6,200 km from Moscow. Specifically, the earthquake struck just 22km West North-West of Esso, Russia, which has a population of around 1,900, according to the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre.

The EMSC said the quake hit at a depth of 320km - nearly 200 miles - at around 03:41 UTC, or 04:41 UK time.

There are no reports of damage or injuries at the time of writing.

However, there have been at least 14 reports of people feeling the quake, according to EMSC.

Accounts vary widely, with some reporting stronger feelings of shaking than others, with the duration of the quake also reported differently amongst people.

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SECOND earthquake in a week hits UK town

Leighton Buzzard quake map
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The latest Leighton Buzzard quake is thought to have been an aftershock from the magnitude 3.5 quake that was felt on September 8
A second earthquake in the space of a week has hit Leighton Buzzard, according to the British Geological Survey (BGS).

The tremor in Bedfordshire, which hit at 11.20pm on Sunday night, was measured by the BGS at magnitude 2.1.

It is thought to have been an aftershock from the magnitude 3.5 quake that was felt on September 8.

A BGS spokesman said: 'The most recent event was over 100 times smaller than the event on September 8 in the same area.

'The occurrence of smaller events from other previous UK earthquakes is not unknown.

'The small event that occurred in Bedfordshire last night could have occurred because all the stress in the rocks was not relieved by the event on September 8 in the same area or it caused a slight change to the stress regime in that location.

'There is constant ongoing research in the academic world on the issue of aftershock occurrence.'

Comment: 'Quite large' M3.3 earthquake felt across several towns in southern England


Fire

1,000 firefighters, 15 aircraft battle huge wildfire in central Portugal - perimeter over 34 miles long

WILDFIRE

Proença-a-Nova fire spreads to two more municipalities
Almost 1,000 firefighters and 15 water-dropping aircraft battled a major wildfire in central Portugal on Monday, as strong winds pushed the flames through dense and hilly woodlands.

The blaze was in central Portugal around Proença-a-Nova, 200 kilometres (124 miles) north of Lisbon.

The fire's perimeter stretched more than 55 kilometres (34 miles), local Civil Protection Agency commander Luis Belo Costa told a news conference, adding that an "extraordinary" amount of tinder-dry vegetation was fueling the flames.


Camera

Green clouds captured over Abisko, Sweden after intense auroras

Green clouds captured on September 13, 2020 @ Abisko National Park, Sweden
© Chad Blakley
Green clouds captured on September 13, 2020 @ Abisko National Park, Sweden
Last night, auroras unexpectedly exploded over Abisko, Sweden. "It was a great display," says Chad Blakley of local tour guide service Lights Over Lapland. "But it wasn't the auroras that caught our eye." It was the clouds.

What happened? A crack opened in Earth's magnetic field. Solar wind poured in to fuel the display. Such cracks form often during weeks around equinoxes--a pheomenon known as the "Russell-McPherron effect." With the autumnal equinox only 1 week away, more green clouds could be in the offing. Stay tuned.