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Man dies after dog attack in Wigan, UK

dog attack
A Wigan man who died after being attacked by a dog has been named by police as Jonathan Hogg, 37.

Officers shot dead the animal after the attack in Leigh, Wigan, on Thursday evening.

Hogg was found by officers in Westleigh Lane with serious injuries shortly after 9.10pm. He was taken to hospital but died in the early hours of Friday.

Paying tribute to him, his family said: "Jonathan was a well-loved, sensitive, and kind person who will never know how loved and appreciated he was by everyone who knew him.


7.1-magnitude earthquake strikes east of New Caledonia - 2nd major quake there in 24 hours - Mag. 6.5 aftershock also recorded

A 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Saturday in the Pacific Ocean to the east of New Caledonia, the US Geological Survey said, a day after a major quake hit the same area.

The epicentre was 35 kilometres (22 miles) deep and located about 300 kilometres (190 miles) east of the New Caledonian archipelago, it said. Any tsunami waves are expected to be less than 0.3 metres (one foot), the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said in its latest update.

The waves may reach the Pacific islands of Fiji, Kiribati, Vanuatu and Wallis and Futuna, it said, after earlier issuing a warning for coasts within 300 kilometres (185 miles) of the epicentre.

On Friday, a 7.7-magnitude quake in the same area sent people scrambling for higher ground on several Pacific islands for fear of giant waves. A tsunami warning was lifted hours later.

Source: AFP

Comment: Earthquake Track also reports a 6.5 magnitude aftershock about 20 minutes after the above event.

Details of the earlier earthquake: New Caledonia lifts tsunami warning after 7.7-magnitude quake


Late spring SNOWFALL in New Hampshire covers parts of Granite State in three inches of the white stuff

It may be just a month until summer starts, but no one told that to the mountains in New Hampshire, which saw a thick coating of snowfall at some of its highest elevations on Thursday

It may be just a month until summer starts, but no one told that to the mountains in New Hampshire, which saw a thick coating of snowfall at some of its highest elevations on Thursday
It may be just weeks until summer stars - put parts of New Hampshire are still seeing midwinter weather, with a thick blanket of snow covering areas of the Granite State.

The Mount Washington Observatory noted the absurdity of seeing the white stuff this time of year in a Facebook post after the beauty spot was given a thick coating.

'The calendar might read mid-May but the White Mountains will feel more like late March Weds into Thurs morning,' the observatory said.

Clarksville, New Hampshire - a town about two hours east of Montreal - also saw visible snowfall on Thursday, although it did not lay on the ground.

Areas at 4,000 feet above sea level saw a possibility of three inches of snow Wednesday going into Thursday.

Cloud Precipitation

Severe hailstorms hit Spain

A 15-minute hailstorm causes great damage in Los Palacios, The tremendous storm of water and hail unexpectedly burst on the town shortly after 5:30 p.m. and is doing a lot of damage.

Rain and hail in various parts of Andalusia. The storm has hit the Sierra de Cádiz with force, especially in Zahara de la Sierra and El Bosque. We find a similar situation in Ronda, Málaga, and in some municipalities of Seville. In places some crops have become waterlogged.


New Caledonia lifts tsunami warning after 7.7-magnitude quake

New Caledonia lifted its tsunami warning to citizens after a 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck on Friday in the Pacific Ocean southeast of the territory.

The quake was detected some 340 kilometers east of Vao city in New Caledonia, a French Pacific territory, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

In New Caledonia, the police had evacuated the coast and tsunami sirens had been activated.

Tsunami waves of one-to-three meters above tide are possible along some coastal areas of Vanuatu, according to the Honolulu-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.


Mysterious 'aurora disco blobs' seen across Europe during April geomagnetic storm explained

aurora blobs
Europeans are still trying to wrap their minds around what happened after sunset on April 23, 2023. Everyone knew that a CME was coming; photographers were already outside waiting for auroras. But when the auroras appeared, they were very strange.

"I had never seen anything quite like it," says Heiko Ulbricht of Saxony, Germany. "The auroras began to tear themselves apart, pulsating as they formed individual blobs that floated high in the sky."

"It literally took my breath away," he says. "My pulse was still racing hours later!" The same blobs were sighted in France and Poland, and in Denmark they were caught flashing like a disco strobe light.

Comment: Whilst the aurora disco blobs may have been partly explained by the physicist above, they don't appear to be a particularly common occurance; and it's notable that there has been an increase in sightings of formerly rare phenomena, as well as a number of new discoveries: And check out SOTT radio's:


Magnitude 6.4 earthquake shakes Guatemala and southern Mexico, no damage reported

A strong earthquake struck Guatemala on Wednesday, shaking the Central American nation and parts of Southern Mexico, though the quake's deep hypocenter of more than 150 miles underneath the earth's surface seems to have averted damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said the magnitude 6.4 quake struck at a depth of 252 kilometers (156.6 miles) and its epicenter was some 2 kilometers southeast of the municipality of Canilla, Guatemala.

Guatemala's natural disaster agency said there were no immediate reports of damage, while the civil protection authorities of the southern Mexican state of Chiapas said there were no injuries or damage to property.

Neighboring El Salvador said on Twitter there was no risk of a tsunami from the quake.


Cyclone Mocha: Deadly storm hits Myanmar and Bangladesh coasts - at least 130 dead (UPDATE)

Three dead as Cyclone Mocha makes landfall in Myanmar

Three dead as Cyclone Mocha makes landfall in Myanmar
A powerful cyclone has hit the coastlines of Bangladesh and Myanmar after intensifying into the equivalent of a category-five storm.

Cyclone Mocha did not make landfall at the sprawling refugee camp in Cox's Bazar as earlier feared, but still tore apart hundreds of makeshift shelters.

At least six people have been reported dead in Myanmar.

Up to 90 per cent of the western Rakhine state's capital city Sittwe has been destroyed, residents told the BBC.

The Burmese military has declared the whole of Rakhine as a natural disaster area.

Comment: Update May 17

Laprensalatina.com reports:
At least 130 dead in Myanmar due to Cyclone Mocha

Cyclone Mocha, which made landfall in western Myanmar during the weekend, has left at least 130 dead in camps for displaced Rohingya people near Sittwe, in the western state of Rakhine.

"I haven't experienced such a situation in my life. It is as if the city has been bombed. The roofs of the houses are no longer there. There is nothing left," Sittwe U Aung Aung, secretary of the Rakhine State Chamber of Commerce and Industry, told EFE on Wednesday.

The official, in his mid-fifties, said he had not been able to leave his home, while "the army and police clean the roads," and reiterated that "there is a lot of damage, although aid programs have not yet arrived. We have to fix the house ourselves."

According to nonprofits and UN agencies, Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine State and home to some 150,000 people, is the city most affected by Mocha.

However, the majority of the dead are expected to be concentrated in the displacement camps around the city, where more than 100,000 members of the Rohingya muslim minority reside.

Although three days have passed since its impact, the exact number of victims and the situation on the ground remains uncertain.

Sources from the Alin Yaung volunteer group, who are working in the area, told EFE that at least 130 Rohingyas from 11 displaced camps have died due to the cyclone, with the numbers expected to increase further as hundreds remain missing.

The nonprofit Partners Relief & Development, which operates in the area, tweeted that the Rohingya fields have been "decimated" by the storm and that roads remain blocked and electricity cut off.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) an estimated 5.4 million people were in the area impacted by the cyclone.

The violent storm that made landfall on Sunday destroyed telecommunications and access to the affected area in Rakhine, home to hundreds of thousands of members of the Rohingya Muslim minority, who are persecuted by the army and not recognized as citizens in Myanmar.

Ko Thar Shay, secretary of the Sittwe-based Metta Raya Foundation, told EFE that the distrust of the military may have led many Rohingyas to decide against evacuation before the cyclone hit.

Mocha made landfall on Sunday between the southern coast of Bangladesh and the western part of neighboring Myanmar, with sustained winds of more than 150 kilometers per hour, marking the largest storm to hit the Bay of Bengal in more than a decade.

Ice Cube

Ice jams, snowmelt result in catastrophic flooding in Alaska

significant flooding.
© National Weather Service Alaska Region
An ice jam in Crooked Creek, Alaska, resulted in significant flooding.
On Sunday, Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy issued a disaster declaration after ice jams and snowmelt led to significant flooding in several communities along the Kuskokwim and Yukon rivers this past weekend.

A major ice jam on the Yukon River, which originates in the coastal mountains of Canada and flows nearly 2,000 miles northwest into the Bering Sea, has created catastrophic flooding in several riverfront communities.

"Ice jams are caused when ice breaks up on the river, begins to flow downstream but then gets 'stuck' and acts as a dam. This causes the water in the river to rise, usually quite rapidly, and gives very little notice to the flood threat," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Tom Kines said.

This time of the year is known as the "spring breakup" in Alaska, and while that may sound like the name of a rom-com movie, FEMA officials say it's no laughing matter, especially if you live in The Last Frontier. In April and May, most of the river ice in Alaska thaws and breaks up into pieces. If it melts too quickly, it can result in ice jams and heavy flooding in riverfront communities.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills youth along with 14 cows in Bangladesh

A young man along with 14 cows died in a lightning strike at Ishwardi upazila in Pabna district on Tuesday evening.

The dead was Sajib Hossain, 25, son of Alhaj Pramanik, a resident of Kamalpur village of the upazila.

Locals said Sajib was returning home from Kamalpur Char of Padma in the evening along with 41 cows. A lightning struck on him, and he died on the spot along with 14 cows.

Ishwardi Police Station officer-in-charge Arbinda Sarkar confirmed the matter.