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Grizzly bear kills hunter in Alaska

A grizzly bear in Alaska.
© ISTOCK
A grizzly bear in Alaska.
A grizzly bear killed a hunter in a national park in Alaska, the National Park Service said Tuesday.

The hunter, who was on a 10-day moose hunting trip with a friend, was killed Sunday in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, a 13.2-million-acre park in the eastern part of the state next to the Yukon in Canada.

The hunter's identity has not been released pending an investigation, the park said.

No other injuries were reported.

More details about the deadly attack and information about whether officials were looking for the bear were not immediately clear.

Comment: Two hunters were also attacked by a grizzly recently in eastern Idaho on September 18, according to the Idaho Statesman - the 3rd this year for the state:
An Idaho hunter survived an attack by what he described to officials as a grizzly bear, according to a news release from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

The man, who has not been publicly identified, was archery hunting with another hunter south of Mount Two Top near Island Park in Eastern Idaho on Friday morning. The hunters stumbled upon the bear in thick brush, and it charged at one hunter, knocking him to the ground. The man was able to deploy bear spray, a mace-like deterrent, before the attack. His hunting companion then deployed his own bear spray, and the animal fled.

Fish and Game said the victim was taken by ambulance to a Rexburg hospital after both hunters hiked out of the backcountry. Officials credited the bear spray for saving the hunters' lives.

In a similar event the previous week, a grizzly bear attacked two archery hunters near Sandpoint when they crossed paths with her and her cubs. Those hunters also used bear spray and escaped the attack with minimal injuries.

This is the third reported grizzly attack in Idaho this year. In May, a Montana man hiking in the Henrys Lake area — near Mount Two Top — was attacked and bitten by a female grizzly bear. He survived the attack.
See in addition: Bear attacks increasing worldwide


Attention

Eruption at Sangay volcano hits Ecuadorian banana output - 55,000 hectares under carpet of ash

ash fall

A volcanic eruption in Ecuador has covered 80,000 hectares of farming land in Ecuador in ash, the Andean country's government says.
Production on affected farms will be below normal levels for at least a month, Acorbanec said

The eruption of Ecuador's Sangay volcano has left around thousands of hectares of banana production under a carpet of ash.

According to exporter association Acorbanec, around 55,000ha have been affected. "We estimate that this will lead to a 25 per cent fall in the weekly exportable offer from the affected farms for at least a month," Richard Salazar told Fruitnet.

Sangay volcano is one of the highest active volcanoes in the world and one of Ecuador's most active ones. Since June, it has registered very high levels of activity.

The latest eruption occurred on Sunday morning, with ash continuing to fall until Monday night.


Cloud Precipitation

144,000 displaced by flooding - 60,000 hectares of crops damaged - 21,000 domestic animals killed in Afar, Ethiopia - a million affected across the country since July

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The government in Ethiopia reports that unprecedented flooding caused by the overflow of the Awash River has displaced more than 144,000 persons in Afar Regional State.

According to state disaster officials, the overflow of Kesem, Tendaho, and Koka dams on the Awash River were the cause of displacement of more than 144,000 people.

Flooding in the state has affected 240,000 people, demolished 105 schools, 200 rural roads, 6 bridges, and killed over 21,000 domestic animals. Flooding has also damaged around 60,000 hectares of crops and farmland.


Boat

Heavy rain swamps Mumbai, India - nearly 16 inches in 48 hours

It's been raining heavily in the country's financial capital -Mumbai- sin

It's been raining heavily in the country's financial capital Mumbai
Extremely heavy rainfall inundated wide areas of Mumbai, India, from 22 to 24 September. Local media report that Mumbai recorded nearly 400 mm in 48 hours.

Roads of the city were swamped, stranding several vehicles and causing traffic chaos. Flooding on railway lines disrupted rail services. Media reported some residents in the Kranti Nagar area of the city were evacuated.

Meanwhile rescue workers continue to look for possible survivors after an apartment building collapsed in Bhiwandi on the outskirts of Mumbai on 21 September. As of 24 September, 35 people had died in the disaster. Officials are still investigating the cause of the collapse.


Cloud Precipitation

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Out of place floods, hurricanes and freeze events

Beta and Teddy meet
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
Biggest floods ever recorded in Ethiopia, right over the new Renaissance Dam, the largest in Africa that is beginning to fill, now with a super charge. I wonder who knew the cycles of change turning desert to grassland that would have billions to fund such a project. First ever cyclone to hit Portugal mainland and hurricanes Beta and Teddy connect across 3000 miles of Atlantic waters.


Comment: Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Controlling water in Africa, a Grand Solar Minimum cycle


Seismograph

UK town hit by fourth earthquake in two weeks

Tremors were felt in Leighton Buzzard for the third time in three weeks
© Richard Croft
Tremors were felt in Leighton Buzzard for the fourth time in two weeks
Leighton Buzzard has been hit by two aftershocks in the space of a few hours - taking the total number of earthquakes felt in the area over the last two weeks to four.

A magnitude 2.1 event struck at 1.39pm on Tuesday afternoon, just over four hours after a 3.0 tremor was felt in the Bedfordshire town at 9.32am.

Geologists said they were likely to be aftershocks of the first quake felt in the area on 8 September.

"There's obviously been some stress been building up in that particular area and we've had the initial earthquake," said Glenn Ford, a seismologist with the British Geological Survey (BGS). "It's maybe just still rebalancing the stress regime in that particular part of the world and we're getting these little aftershocks occurring as well."

The 8 September tremor was magnitude 3.5 and the first aftershock five days later measured 2.1.

According to the BGS, residents said Tuesday's first tremor "only lasted a couple of seconds" and that they "felt a single jolt, a bit like being in a car that has done an emergency stop".

Comment: SECOND earthquake in a week hits UK town


Bizarro Earth

Giant fissure opens up in the Mexico's Jiménez desert

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© El Diario de Chihuahua
This giant fissure is an unexpected phenomenon in the area.
A giant crack measuring more than 2 kilometers long opened in the desertic ground of Jiménez, Mexico.

The deep fissure has been discovered on September 15, 2020 by local residents.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike injures 14 teens at soccer game in Switzerland

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Over a dozen teenagers in Switzerland have been hospitalized after lightning struck a soccer field during a game. The bolt hit a lamp post before spreading over the field.

Fourteen teenagers in Switzerland were taken to the hospital on Tuesday evening after lightning struck a soccer field while they were in the middle of a game, Swiss news agency SDA reported.

The lightning initially struck a lamp post before spreading over the field, located in the Swiss village of Abtwil, 80 kilometers (50 miles) east of Zurich, SDA said, citing police reports.

Cloud Precipitation

307 killed, 100 missing due to floods and landslides in past 3 months across Nepal

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As many as 307 people have died and over 100 have gone missing due to monsoon-triggered landslides and floods in the last three months in Nepal.

According to the Nepal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management portal of the Home Ministry, 307 people died in 528 incidents that occurred in 67 districts between June 12 and September 21.

More than 100 people went missing and 214 sustained injuries after their houses were washed away by the floods and landslides triggered by incessant rains. Similarly, 1,178 families have been affected, of which 535 houses were fully damanged and 105 partially.

As many as 615 livestocks died after 105 cowsheds collapsed due to the floods and landslides.

According to Srijana Shrestha, the information officer for the Nepal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, the monsoon incurred a loss of around Rs 88,381,000.

Cloud Precipitation

China experiences 21 large-scale floods in 2020, setting historical record

Aerial photo taken on Aug. 18, 2020
© Xinhua/Liu Chan
Aerial photo taken on Aug. 18, 2020 shows flooded area in Ciqikou of Shapingba District, southwest China's Chongqing Municipality. Chongqing Municipality, located along the upper reaches of the Yangtze River, was hit by severe flooding on Tuesday. A Level I emergency response was therefore issued for flood control.
China has experienced 21 numbered floods (floods of a certain large scale) so far in 2020, 1.6 times more than that of previous years, hitting a historical record since 1998.

The floods occurred in the six main river basins in China, including the Yangtze River and Yellow River.

A total of 833 rivers in China have gone above warning levels, 80 percent more than in the same period of that year, said China's Ministry of Water Resources in a statement on Tuesday.
Among them, 267 rivers were over the safety level and 77 reached historical record highs.

In 2020, the national average rainfall reached 616 mm, 13 percent more than the same period of the previous year and the second highest since 1961.