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Mysterious 'bird flu' feared to have wiped out 7,000 seabirds in the north-east of Crimea, Russia

Dead birds scattered along the Sivash Bay in Crimea
© Grigory Prokopov
Dead birds scattered along the Sivash Bay in Crimea
A mysterious suspected 'bird flu' is feared to have wiped out thousands of seabirds.

Scientists are urgently investigating the cause of up to 7,000 deaths of black-necked grebes, sea doves, and gulls.

Disturbing videos show the dead birds along the Arabat Spit and Sivash Bay in the Azov Sea.

Harrowing footage shows one tragic bird still alive but with evident damage to its nervous system, losing its orientation.


Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rain triggers floods and deadly landslides in West Sumatra, Indonesia - 7 killed

Rescuers search through landslide debris in Padang Pariaman Regency, Indonesia, September 20201.
© BPBD Padang Pariaman Regency
Rescuers search through landslide debris in Padang Pariaman Regency, Indonesia, September 20201.
Seven people have died after heavy rain caused landslides and flooding in Pariaman Regency, West Sumatra Province, Indonesia.

Severe weather including strong winds and heavy rain struck on 29 September 2021. An eight victim died as a result of wind damage.

The heavy rain caused at least 9 landslides in the area, according to disaster officials, with the most severe reported in Lubuk Alung district. Seven people died, 5 were injured and 280 families were affected.

Flooding also affected the area, with flood waters up 2 metres deep reported. A total of 338 houses were damaged, with 12 severely damaged or destroyed. Wide areas of crops and dozens of vehicles were also damaged.


Seismograph

Major magnitude 7.3 earthquake in South Pacific Ocean, Vanuatu Islands region

quake
Major magnitude 7.2 earthquake at 525 km depth

Date & time: Oct 2, 2021 06:29:18 UTC
Local time at epicenter: Saturday, Oct 2, 2021 6:29 pm (GMT +12)
Magnitude: 7.2
Depth: 525.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 21.06°S / 174.76°E↗

Comment: Later revised to a 7.3 magnitude by USGS.


Cloud Precipitation

Flash floods and strong hailstorm sweep the city of Puebla, Mexico

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Flash floods and a strong hail storm sweep the city of Puebla, Mexico


Snowflake Cold

September blizzard hits Chukotka, Russia

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September blizzard hit Chukotka, Russia! Lessons in schools have been canceled, buses have stopped, and the airport does not accept flights. The snow cyclone will rage for at least another day.


Arrow Down

Debris crashes down onto tunnel as landslide strikes SW China

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Debris crashed down onto a tunnel as a mountain landslide occurred on September 30 at the entrance of Xier tunnel on the G347 line in Heishui County of Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, southwest China's Sichuan Province.


Cloud Precipitation

Large hailstones pound areas of Uruguay

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Strong hailstorms hit Uruguay this Thursday. According to the Uruguayan Institute of Meteorology (Inumet), the storms hit points in the departments of Florida and Rivera.

The ice blocks in some localities were large, as in the case of Vichadero, in Rivera, very close to the Aceguá municipality, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, on the border of the two countries. The warm air that advances from the north favored the formation of clouds of great vertical development over the Uruguayan territory this Thursday.


Fire

Explosion at Popocatepetl Volcano, Mexico

Popocatépetl
A cloud obscured explosion at 02:58 CDT. Thanks for watching!!


Fire

La Palma volcano: Third fissure erupts after 8 new earthquakes

A satellite image of the lava flow on the island of La Palma taken before the eruption of a third fissure.
© Copernicus Sentinel-2 Imagery
A satellite image of the lava flow on the island of La Palma taken before the eruption of a third fissure.
An erupting volcano in the Canary Islands has blown open a third fissure - sending a fresh river of lava down the mountainside.

It came as authorities recorded eight new earthquakes up to magnitude 3.5 on the island of La Palma on Friday.

They are now waiting to see whether lava from the new fissure - which burst open around 400m to the north of original eruption site - will join the main flow from the Cumbre Vieja volcano range, which has reached the Atlantic Ocean.



Attention

Man killed in bear attack in South Kashmir's Kokernag

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A 50-year-old man was mauled to death by a bear in Kokernag area of south Kashmir's Anantnag district on Friday.

Official sources said that the man identified as Abdul Rasheed Bhat was attacked and grievously injured by the bear in his native village of Soafshali Kokernag, reported news agency GNS.

Soon the locals shifted him to nearby hospital where doctors declared him brought dead on arrival.

A police official confirmed the death of the man due to attack by the wild animal.

Comment: Also in Kashmir 4 days earlier a woman was seriously injured in another bear attack.