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Three whales dead in Northland, New Zealand after second stranding in one day

The two whales still stranded were euthanised around 11am on Tuesday
The two whales still stranded were euthanised around 11am on Tuesday
Three pygmy killer whales have died after a small pod was stranded onshore at a Northland beach overnight, less than a day after another stranded whale died.

Four whales were found on Waipu beach about 6pm Monday and reported to Project Jonah and the Department of Conservation. One of the pygmy whales had to be euthanised on Monday night, with two more following close to eleven on Tuesday morning as they were too ill to be saved. The fourth whale is still believed to have been successfully re-floated and in the ocean.

DoC spokeswoman Abi Monteith said local iwi will now decide what to do with the whales. They will either be cleansed, buried or passed on for scientific research.

Comment: Also recently a dead Gray whale washed up in San Clemente, California and a lifeless Humpback appeared at Nags Head, North Carolina (both on March 6th).

A dead whale washed up on shore in San Clemente
© Matt Larmand
A dead whale washed up on shore in San Clemente on Friday, March 6, before being hauled off to be examined for cause of death.

Humpback whale was washed ashore in Nags Head, NC.
© Charlotte Observer
Humpback whale was washed ashore in Nags Head, NC.


Signs and Portents: Two-headed calf dies on Fiji

2 headed
© Facebook/I Love Animals Group
A small farming community in Rakiraki marvelled at the birth of a stillborn two-headed calf last Friday.

For many in Rarapatu, the event gave them the opportunity to witness the unique deformity for the first time.

"The cow was having difficulties in giving birth so we called a traditional masseur who managed to assist in the birth process,' said animal owner Karan Naidu.

He said the rare phenomenon was only marred by the death of the deformed calf.

"We buried it and the only consolation is that its mother is OK."


Swarm of 10 earthquakes hit off Northern California coast

A swarm of at least ten earthquakes hit off the North Coast of California from Sunday into Monday.

The largest was a 5.8 magnitude, 65 miles off the coast of Eureka around 8 p.m. Sunday.

A second quake hit around 11:30 p.m. Sunday in the same area, measuring 4.9 magnitude.


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Ghost flights, NZ drought and US rationing

Ghost flights
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
Flights taking off empty to keep the slot rotation in too 200 busiest airports globally termed "ghost flights". New Zealand summer snow and worst drought "ever". Moon halo in Canada and limits on purchases in stores across the US mean reduced donations to Salvation Army.

Comment: Airlines are flying empty 'ghost flights' amid coronavirus fears


Snowfall forces road closures in Mexico

snow mexico
Six municipalities of Chihuahua registered snowfall in the last hours, which motivated the closure of roads.

With all of the bru-ha-ha about the coronavirus, I almost missed this one about six communities being whitewashed.

3 Mar 2020 - The State Civil Protection Coordination (CEPC) reported that the snow began to accumulate from 23:00 hours and continued during the early morning, so that Bocoyna, Guachochi, Urique, Madera, Gómez Farías and Ignacio Zaragoza were whitewashed.

Cloud Precipitation

11 killed, many injured as torrential rains lash Pakistan - (UPDATE) Death toll increases to at least 23

As the torrential rains coupled with wind storms and light floods continued lashing various cities of the country, at least 11 persons including children and women were killed in roof collapse and electrocution incidents in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and other areas of the country during the last 48 hours.

Eight houses were damaged in different parts of the province and standing corps were also destroyed in some parts as the Provincial Disaster Management Authority issues flood alert.

According to reports the rooftop of a house collapsed in Jalala area of Mardan during windstorm and rainfall leaving two children dead, while four other persons sustained injuries in the incident.

Likewise reports poured in of more casualties in various districts of KP where four more people dead while roof tops of the houses, mostly in slum areas, caved in.

Comment: Update: Floodlist on March 8th reports:
Disaster authorities in Pakistan report that severe weather including heavy rain has caused widespread damage in several provinces, in particular Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where over 20 people have died.

Local media said Pakistan's National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) also reported 3 fatalities in Balochistan. Rain and heavy snowfall also damaged homes and blocked roads in parts of Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) reported 23 people have died and 54 people injured. Most of the fatalities and injuries came as a result of collapsing buildings or walls. A total of 127 homes have been damaged, including 13 completely destroyed.

The districts of Mardan (7 fatalities, 17 injured, 10 houses damaged or destroyed), Swat (4 fatalities, 4 injured, 4 houses damaged or destroyed) and Swabi (3 fatalities, 23 houses damaged or destroyed) are among the worst affected areas.

Fatalities were also reported in Peshawar (2), Charsadda (2), Nowshera (2) Buner (1) and Khyber (2) where 11 houses were damaged or destroyed. Eleven houses were also damaged or destroyed in Malakand district.


Rare sunny day landspout filmed in Lake Elsinore, California

High winds in Lake Elsinore, California uprooted trees and created a rare landspout in the mountains on Saturday, March 8, the National Weather Service (NWS) reported.

A landspout, according to the NWS, forms from the ground up and stretches to the base of a cloud.

Shaina Culpepper shared these videos from Lake Elsinore on Saturday.

Credit: Shaina Culpepper via Storyful

Cloud Precipitation

5 killed by flood while praying in a cave in Rwanda

Floods have killed five believers who were praying in a cave located in Nyamagabe District, southwestern Rwanda.

According to local leaders who confirmed the tragedy, there were 11 people in the cave praying at the time the incident happened.

"So far we have retrieved the bodies of the five who died;
they included men and women mainly from Nyanza district," said Bonavanture Uwamahoro, District mayor

According to local sources, members of the prayer group are from Nyamagabe and Nyanza districts in south western district.


Signs and Portents: Goat gives birth to kid with 2 heads, 3 eyes in Kerala, India

Two-headed kid

Two-headed kid
In a bizarre incident, a goat gave birth to a two-headed kid here the other day. The goat kid has three eyes. The goat is owned by Kanjikkuzhi Churulippathal native Kuttiyachan.

The kid was taken out with the help of a veterinary doctor. Though the goat kid seems to be healthy at present, it is being fed milk with a feeding bottle.

Dr Gladis Vembally of Kanjikkuzhi veterinary hospital said that the double-headed kid is born due to genetic disorder and the kid is not likely to survive more than a month.

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Sinkhole 30 feet deep opens up in Charlotte, North Carolina

Crews are monitoring a huge sinkhole that opened up between two homes in northwest Charlotte Sunday night, police said.

Officials were called to the scene on Cub Creek Lane near Capps Hollow Drive just before 8 p.m.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said the sinkhole was about 15 feet wide and 30 feet deep.

Neighbors said they heard a loud bang and then saw parts of the yard falling in. Authorities said no one was hurt.