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Man killed by brown bear in Hokkaido, Japan

Close to 11 a.m. on April 10, a resident of Kushiro City in Hokkaido who had traveled to the mountains to pick edible flora with his wife was attacked by a brown bear and died shortly after. Though his wife called emergency services as soon as she heard her husband scream and witnessed him being attacked by a "black, bear-like animal", he was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of death appeared to be the crushing of his head and throat.

Though the emergency services who arrived at the scene were unable to locate the animal responsible, this is unfortunately not an especially unexpected occurrence. Experts warn that bears that have just woken up from hibernation are the most likely to encounter humans, as they wander further afield in search of food. Adding to this peril is the fact that brown bear populations are on the rise in Hokkaido, which increases the risk of an encounter.

Comment: About a week later: Montana guide mauled to death in grizzly bear attack outside Yellowstone

Related: Bear attacks increasing worldwide


Up to 16 inches of spring snowfall hits Colorado

Monday's snowstorm dropped as much as 16 inches of snow along the northern Front Range and between to 4 and 5 inches around Denver.


Montana guide mauled to death in grizzly bear attack outside Yellowstone

Charles Mock, 40, died of scalp and facial wounds after managing to call 911 for help

A Montana backcountry guide has died after he was mauled by a large grizzly bear that was probably defending a nearby moose carcass just outside Yellowstone national park, officials said Monday.

Charles "Carl" Mock, 40, who lived in the park gateway community of West Yellowstone, died Saturday, two days after he was attacked while fishing alone in a forested area along the Madison River several miles north of West Yellowstone, said a Gallatin county sheriff's office spokesperson, Christine Koosman.

The male bear, which weighed at least 420 pounds (190kg), was later shot and killed when it charged wildlife workers investigating the attack.

The moose carcass was found about 50 yards (45 meters) from the site of the attack, said a Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesperson, Morgan Jacobsen.

Comment: A report from 2020: 7 Yellowstone-area grizzly bear attacks this year - record high for the first 6 months

See also: Bear attacks increasing worldwide


528 died in human-elephant conflict in the Indian state of Odisha in last 5 years

Charging elephant
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Charging elephant
Around a quarter of these deaths occurred during summer season between April and June

As many as 528 people died and 443 sustained injuries in human-elephant conflicts in Odisha in the last five years, according to the data shared by the Wildlife Society of Odisha (WSO), a non-profit working in the wildlife sector.

Around a quarter of these casualties (118) occurred during the summer season between April and June.

The WSO analysed human deaths by the pachyderms from April 2017 to April 14, 2021.

As many as five persons died in the state and the same number sustained injuries in the first two weeks of April this year, sources said. Debendra Badhei (53) from Bargarh district's Khalliamunda village died as recently as April 14.

Cloud Precipitation

Flash floods leave 14 dead in Luanda, Angola

Floods in Luanda Angola, 19 April 2021.
© Government of Luanda
Floods in Luanda Angola, 19 April 2021.
Heavy rain and flash floods in Luanda, capital of Angola, caused fatalities and widespread damage on 19 April 2021.

According to a report from the Government of Luanda Province, as of late 19 April, preliminary figures showed 14 people had died, 2 were injured, 1,617 homes flooded and 16 collapsed. As many as 8,165 people are thought to have been displaced or severely affected as a result.

Roads in the south of the city were closed after a bridge of the Camorteiro River in the municipality of Talatona was partially destroyed.


Magnitude-6.0 quake strikes near Indonesian coast - USGS

Nias quake map
© US Geological Survey
A magnitude-6.0 earthquake struck not far from Nias Island off the western coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, according to the US Geological Survey, which put the tremor at a depth of 6.2 miles (10km).

The quake hit 80 miles (129km) off the west coast of Nias Island on Tuesday morning, the USGS reported. While Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency (BMKG) noted there is currently no tsunami risk, they warned residents to brace for possible aftershocks and estimated the initial quake to have been 6.4 in magnitude.

The jolt comes just days after another 6.0 magnitude earthquake rocked Java, Indonesia's main island, killing at least eight people and damaging more than 1,300 buildings. That quake struck much deeper, however, at 51 miles (82km).


Wildfire descends Table Mountain in South Africa, torching University of Cape Town

wildifre cape town south africa
© AP Photo/Jerome Delay
Residential neighborhoods are lit by raging fires in Cape Town, South Africa, Monday, April 19, 2021.
Firefighters in Cape Town finally brought a wildfire under control Monday after it swept across the slopes of the city's famed Table Mountain, burning the university's historic library and forcing the evacuation of some neighborhoods.

The smoldering fire is being watched for flareups amid high winds and hot, dry conditions.

City authorities said the fire, which started early Sunday, was "largely contained" more than 24 hours later.

The fire had already badly damaged the library and other buildings on the campus of the University of Cape Town on Sunday, as well as other historic buildings nearby. Fueled by the high winds, it spread through the wild bush on the mountain slopes toward the city's center and the surrounding residential areas.

Devil's Peak, one of the iconic points of the mountain which overlooks downtown Cape Town, was lit up by flames as the fire raged through the night. Residents of suburbs on the mountain slopes were evacuated early Monday as the blaze came dangerously close to their homes.

Cloud Precipitation

Hailstorm blankets Saudi Arabia's Ha'il in white

Saudi Arabia's Hail covered in a white blanket after a hail thunderstorm affected the region.
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Saudi Arabia's Hail covered in a white blanket after a hail thunderstorm affected the region.
Saudi Arabia's Ha'il was blanketed in white on Saturday after it was hit with a hailstorm with bouts of heavy rain and thunderstorms.

Videos circulating on social media showed thick dark clouds enveloping the sky and blocks of hail on the ground.

Omar Dajani, meteorologist at Jordan-based ArabiaWeather network, said that the hailstorm hit southwestern Ha'il in Saudi Arabia in the afternoon.

"This is hail, not snow, and the temperature was high, around 28 degrees Celsius, when the storm hit," he added.

Snowflake Cold

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Signs of volcanic cooling

La Soufrière eruption
More volcanoes continue to erupt across the planet this week and some direct results are being seen in real time. Australis snow begins two months early, Hawaii Island peaks covered n snow again, global surface temperatures are below the 30 year average, even after recalibrating to 1991-2020 averages through the warmest years. One thing that is not true is the refreezing of the SonhHua river in N. China, its just melting ice flow.

Comment: Ash from volcanic eruptions, together with particulates from meteor 'smoke' and wildfire smoke, all jointly contribute to the increased dust load in the atmosphere. This changes its electric charge rebalancing mechanisms, producing more intense storms and precipitation in the form of record rainfall, hail, lightning strikes, planetary cooling, atmospheric 'anomalies' etc.

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Taiwan struck by M6.2 and M5.8 earthquakes three minutes apart

Taiwan earthquakes

Taiwan map showing M6.2 earthquake
East Taiwan was struck by magnitude 6.2 and 5.8 earthquakes three minutes apart on Sunday evening (April 18), according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The first earthquake, a magnitude 5.8, struck at 10:11 p.m. and was 19.2 kilometers southwest of Hualien County Hall, at a shallow focal depth of 15 kilometers. Taiwan uses an intensity scale of one to seven that gauges the degree to which a quake is felt at a specific location.

The quake's intensity registered as a five in Hualien County, a four in Nantou County, Yilan County, and Changhua County, and a three in Taichung County, Yunlin County, Chiayi County, Miaoli County, and New Taipei City, An intensity level of two was recorded in Taoyuan County, Hsinchu County, Kaohsiung City, Hsinchu City, Chiayi City, Taipei City, Tainan City, and Pingtung County, while a lesser intensity of one was felt in Keelung City and Penghu County.