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Endangered blue whale washes up on beach in Namibia

The dead body of a rare, endangered species of a blue whale washed up on a beach in Namibia on Tuesday with lesions suggesting it collided with a ship, scientists said.

A whale-watcher first spotted the mammal on Monday, "floating upside down" off Namibia's port town of Walvis Bay, conservationist Simon Elwen told AFP.

The body drifted to shore on Tuesday morning, revealing a broken pectoral fin.

"The balance of evidence at the moment strongly suggests it was struck by a ship very close to the bay," Elwen said, noting the freshness of the animal´s skin suggested the incident took place near to land.


Dogs kill 7-year-old girl and seriously injure her mother in Garner, North Carolina

dog attack
A 7-year-old girl died Tuesday night after dogs attacked her in Garner.

Garner Police Department said the attack happened on Roan Drive.

The dogs attacked the girl and her mother. They were both taken to WakeMed for treatment of serious injuries. The child did not survive her injuries. The mother remains hospitalized.

Wake County Animal Control seized the dogs and took them to a shelter.

An investigation into what happened is underway.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills 2 brothers in Sunamganj, Bangladesh

Two brothers were killed by lightning strike in Madhurapur village in Dirai upazila of Sunamganj district on Wednesday morning, reports UNB.

The deceased were identified as Fakhrul, 47 and Fazlu, 45.

Azizur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Dirai Police Station, said lightning struck the two brothers while they were working on their agricultural field during heavy rains in the morning.

Cloud Lightning

Intense lightning display turns night into day in Malaga, Spain

Lightning over Malaga, Spain
© YouTube/START (screen capture)
Scary night! Terrible lightning strikes turned night into day in Malaga, Spain


Plague of locusts hits southern Israel

Israel locust
© YouTube/ILTV Israel News (screen capture)
Residents of Israel's south may have found themselves swatting insects over the weekend, as a plague of locusts swarmed the area.


'Massive jolts' felt across northeast India as shallow M6.0 earthquake strikes Assam

Assam, India quake map
A 6.0 magnitude earthquake has rocked the Indian state of Assam, with many witnesses reporting powerful tremors felt across the country's northeast amid a series of aftershocks.

The quake struck near the towns Dhekiajuli and Tezpur at a depth of around 18 miles (29km) on Wednesday morning, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS), while the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) recorded a depth of just shy of 25 miles (40km). Aftershocks have been reported, with USGS noting one at a magnitude of 4.9 and the European agency listing a total of four, ranging between 3.6 and 4.9 on the Richter scale.

Residents, including a local government minister, took to Twitter to report the "massive" quake, with one deeming it the "scariest earthquake [I have ever] witnessed." Another local said his "whole house vibrated" during the tremors, which he felt for more than 30 seconds.

Cloud Precipitation

Flash floods around Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Flash floods around Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Flooding in Makkah.


Very strong mag. 6.1 earthquake - Bismarck Sea, Papua New Guinea on Tuesday, 27 April

Date & time: 27 Apr 2021 08:05:32 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: 27 Apr 6:05 pm (GMT +10)
Magnitude: 6.1
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 3.49°S / 145.53°E (Bismarck Sea, Papua New Guinea)
Nearest volcano: Bam (81 km / 50 mi)

Black Cat

Siberian tiger attacks farm worker and then car in Chinese village

A Siberian tiger has pounced on a field worker and attacked a car in a Chinese village near the country's border with Russia.

The male juvenile tiger was first spotted roaming close to Linhu village in Heilongjiang province on Friday, according to Chinese media.

The tiger then attacked Wang Xue's car as she drove into the area to pick up a relative.

"It turned in the direction of two villagers working in the field," Ms Wang told state media.

"I shouted at them to run, but the tiger then ran straight in my direction."

Snowflake Cold

Temps plummet below zero, early snow falls in South Island, New Zealand

Mt Roy looking over Lake Wanaka on Tuesday morning.

Mt Roy looking over Lake Wanaka on Tuesday morning.
Winter has arrived slightly early in the South Island, with freezing temperatures and dustings of snow in many places this morning.

A midnight storm dumped about a centimetre of snow onto the Porters Alpine Resort near Castle Hill near Arthur's Pass early this morning.

And parts of inland Canterbury and Otago woke to below-zero temperatures, down to -3.2 deg C.

Porters operations manager Blair James hoped the cold snap was an early indicator of good snowfall this season.

He said the dump marked two weeks in a row of snowfall and cold temperatures - weather which makes him hopeful for a good season to come.