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Dead whale washes up on beach in South Shields, UK

The whale washed up on a South Shields beach.
© Steven Lomas
The whale washed up on a South Shields beach.
A dead whale has washed up on a South Shields beach, with the coastguard urging members of the public not to approach it.

The marine mammal, which is believed to be a minke whale, washed up on Sandhaven Beach, close to the pier, at around 4.30pm on Tuesday, September 1.

It is believed the whale was dead before it washed up on the beach and an expert opinion is pending to see whether an autopsy will be carried out.

Comment: On the same day another whale washed up on the coast of Liberia. Additionally, in Alaska last week one was discovered on the shore of Nelson Island in the Bering Sea.

Dead whale on Grandcess Beach, Liberia

Dead whale on Grandcess Beach, Liberia
This whale was found on a beach on Nelson Island.
© Jimmie Lincoln
This whale was found on a beach on Nelson Island, Alaska



Umbrella

Typhoon Maysak pummels South Korea with flooding, damaging winds

This Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, satellite image released by NASA Worldview,
© NASA
This Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, satellite image released by NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) shows Typhoon Maysak over South Korea, hidden behind the white circle at upper left, as another tropical storm, Haishen, lower center right, sweeps northward and is projected to slam Japan's southern main islands of Kyushu and Shikoku, as well as the southwestern tip of Honshu by this weekend.
A powerful typhoon ripped through South Korea's southern and eastern coasts with tree-snapping winds and flooding rains Thursday, knocking out power to thousands of homes and leaving at least one person dead.

Packing winds with maximum speed of 140 kilometers (87 miles) per hour, Typhoon Maysak was offshore east of the city of Gangneung on Thursday morning and heading toward North Korea, South Korea's weather agency said.

North Korea's state TV showed widespread flooding in the eastern coastal cities of Wonsan and Tanchon, but the country didn't immediately report any casualties.

More than 2,200 South Koreans evacuated their homes due to the storm that toppled scores of trees, utility poles and lampposts, ripped off signboards, and damaged or flooded dozens of homes and vehicles. A woman in the southern city of Busan died after being injured by shattered window glass.


Comment: Livestock carrier with 43 crew feared lost in Typhoon Maysak off Japan


Black Cat

10-year-old boy survives cougar attack near Lillooet, British Columbia

A 10-year-old boy has survived a cougar attack northwest of Lillooet, B.C. on Monday.

A 10-year-old boy has survived a cougar attack northwest of Lillooet, B.C. on Monday.
A 10-year-old boy is lucky to have escaped serious injury after a cougar attack northwest of Lillooet, B.C.

The Conservation Officer Service Predator Attack Team remains at the site of the attack, which took place Monday afternoon outside a remote family cabin near Marshall Lake.

Two women and four children, ranging in age from 10 to 13, were walking along a trail when the boy ran ahead.

A cougar suddenly dropped out of a tree and swiped at the boy, who was knocked down.

The cougar pursued the boy on the ground, scratching his back and chest.

Attention

Guatemala volcano spews 4,700m ash cloud in major explosion

Fuego volcano in Guatemala
The Fuego volcano in Guatemala has recently undergone a major explosion, sending a cloud of ash up to 4,700 metres into the sky.

The Fuego volcano is an active volcano in Guatemala, Central America. The volcano is located on the Ring of Fire, a 40,000km horseshoe in the Pacific Ocean known for high volcanic and seismic activity. According to recent reports, volcanologists have observed an increase in activity at the Fuego volcano in recent days.

Volcan de Fuego, Spanish for "Volcano of Fire", is located in Guatemala on the Central America Volcanic Arc.

Fuego is a stratovolcano or composite volcano, and it has a conical shape.


Boat

Livestock carrier with 43 crew feared lost in Typhoon Maysak off Japan

Gulf Livestock 1

Gulf Livestock 1
A Panamanian-flagged livestock carrier with a crew of 43 is feared lost southwest of Japan after encountering a typhoon moving across the region. Japan's Coast Guard reported receiving a distress call and later finding one seafarer in the ocean with a life jacket and an empty lifeboat. No additional signals were received from the vessel after the first distress call.

The search for the missing vessel believed to be the Gulf Livestock 1 was conducted all day on Wednesday, September 2 local time. Four coast guard vessels and airplanes are reportedly conducting the search-and-rescue operation. It, however, was suspended until daylight Thursday local time.

Before calling off the search the Japan Defense Ministry reported that they had located one person apparently in the ocean in the area of the last known position of the vessel. Media in Japan are saying that the Coast Guard reported it was a male Filipino crew member and that he was in non-life-threatening condition. In addition, an empty inflatable life raft was reportedly spotted but it is unclear if it was from the Gulf Livestock 1.


Umbrella

Heavy flooding in Bangkok, Thailand

FLOOD
© Nation Thailand
Traffic police in Bangkok are being instructed to keep the capital's roads clear after heavy rainfall caused widespread flooding from around 2am this morning. Krisana Pattanajaroen, deputy spokesman for the Royal Thai Police, says officers have been tasked with preventing traffic jams, particularly along Bangkok's busiest thoroughfares, as well as removing any potential obstacles.

The heavy rains started early in the morning but persisted through the peak hour and only dissipated after around 8.30-9am.

A few messages on social media, some official, some not...

"Because of the rain today, students should decide themselves whether they can safely travel to schools. If not, they should stay at home and learn online."


Cloud Precipitation

13 more killed as heavy rains lash Pakistan, death toll rises to 176

Local residents examine their damaged house caused by heavy monsoon rains, in Yar Mohammad village near Karachi.
© AP
Local residents examine their damaged house caused by heavy monsoon rains, in Yar Mohammad village near Karachi.
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) reported widespread rains across the country while the Met Office forecast showed more downpour in the next 24 hours.

Incessant rains lashed Pakistan on Tuesday, killing 13 more people while the water level increased in the rivers across the country, creating a flood like situation.

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) reported widespread rains across the country while the Met Office forecast showed more downpour in the next 24 hours.

The NDMA data showed that 13 more people died in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 176 since June 15 when the monsoon season started in the country.

Another 101 have been injured.


Snowflake

Summer snowfall in the Alps and Pyrenees - 16 inches in Switzerland (UPDATE)

Glacier30001 ski area near Gstaad and Les Diablerets, Switzerland

Glacier30001 ski area near Gstaad and Les Diablerets, Switzerland
The cold snap across much of Europe has brought some dustings of snow. It may only be the end of August, but it's a sign that winter is on its way.

Val d-Isere reports snow falling at 2,500m and above with 5cm at 2,600m.


Comment: An image on social media after the snowfall cleared the Alps:




Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes kill 4 in West Bengal, India

lightning
A sudden thunderstorm in parts of East Midnapore and West Midnapore early on Tuesday morning claimed four lives, all agricultural workers, as they were struck by lightning.

At Dubda village in East Midnapore's Egra, farmer Aurobindo Bera, 40, was killed on the spot when lightning struck him, while his wife Mira was seriously injured. The couple were working at their agricultural plot when the accident happened. Mira was rushed to Egra Super Speciality hospital for treatment.

"The incident occurred when a group of farmers was running for cover at the onset of the sudden storm," said an eyewitness.

At Kanpur village in Potashpur station area, Ramkrishna Paikhara, 38, was killed under similar circumstances when farmers were working in an open field. While Paikhara was killed on the spot, his companions suffered injuries and were rushed to the block health centre for treatment.

Comment: On the same day 6 people were fatally struck in the state of Odisha while over in Nepal an individual died and 5 others were injured by a strike.


Cloud Precipitation

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Are we entering Earth's megaflood stage?

Uganda lakes flood
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
As solar activity decreases cosmic rays increase, leading to more floods and out of season atmospheric events. This video describes events and causes for what I feel is earth entering a mega flood stage from here through 2035.


Comment: Check out our topic section on floods.

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