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Russian citizen killed in shark attack in Egypt's Hurghada - 6th fatality globally so far in 2023

A Russian citizen was killed in a shark attack near a beach at the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Hurghada
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A Russian citizen was killed in a shark attack near a beach at the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Hurghada
A Russian citizen was killed in a shark attack near a beach at the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Hurghada, Russia's Consulate General in the city and two Egyptian security sources said on Thursday.

Egypt's Environment Ministry said in a statement posted on Facebook that a tiger shark was responsible for the death of a beachgoer, without giving details of the victim.

A team from the ministry and other authorities was able to capture the shark, the statement said, adding that local authorities had issued a ban on swimming, snorkelling and other water sports activities on several beaches near the attack site.


Comment: This was the 6th fatal attack so far in 2023, the others: See also: Shark attacks rose worldwide in 2021 - and 64% of bites occurred in the U.S.


Philippines evacuates people near Mayon Volcano, where more unrest indicates an eruption is coming

Philippines Mayon Volcano
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Philippines Mayon Volcano
Philippine troops, police and rescue workers began forcibly evacuating residents near Mayon Volcano on Friday as its increasing unrest indicated a violent eruption of one of the country's most active volcanoes is possible within weeks or days.

The area within a 6-kilometer (3.7-mile) radius of Mayon's crater is supposed to be off-limits due to possible volcanic emissions, lava flows, rockfalls and other hazards. But many poor villagers have built houses and tended farms in Mayon's danger zone over the years.

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said an evacuation of residents from the permanent danger zone was underway and promised to provide aid to the displaced until the crisis ended.

"Right now, what we are doing is preparing and moving people away from the area so that, should the time come, I hope it doesn't happen...we're ready," Marcos told reporters. "But unfortunately science tells us that may happen because the lid or the cap on top of the lava is slowly rising."

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Lightning strike kills 2, injures 5 in Tripura, India


A lightning strike. (File)
Two farmers were killed and five others injured after being hit by lightning as several districts of Tripura witnessed heavy rains on Thursday, officials said.

Officials said that Shailendra Reang, 33 and Badal Dey, 60 were killed at Devipur in south Tripura and at Golaghati in Sepahijala district, respectively, after being hit by lightning while working in their paddy fields.

Five other farmers were also injured in Golaghati and taken to hospital.



Tornado touches down east of Fort Stockton, Texas - 6/2/2023


Raw footage of the tornado east of Fort Stockton, Texas today.

Comment: More footage:

Tornado with flying debris just east of Fort Stockton, Texas. Wide and close views of tornado with flying debris

Shot Description

00:00 - Wide shot of the tornado on the ground.
00:09 - Close up shot of the tornado on the ground.
00:18 - Pull back shot of the tornado from the tight shot to show how large it is with foreground scenes.
00:31 - Tight shot of the tornado on the ground with a huge debris collar around it with debris in the air.
00:45 - Ultra wide shot of the tornado on the ground.
01:10 - Medium shot of the tornado on the ground.


Wild elephant kills two in Jharkhand, India

Two died while one sustained injuries after a wild elephant attacked them while picking mango in an orchard.

The incident took place at Pakut, a village about 80km from Jharkhand state capital under the Kamdara police station area of Gumla district.

The deceased were identified as Motro Singh and Juhi Kumari while the injured as Bandhana Swansi.

The Forest department team reached the spot. Injured were referred to the Khunti Hospital.

A local resident informed that an elephant suddenly reached the orchard and before everyone could run, the wild elephant attacked them.

"Singh was killed on the spot. Juhi Kumari sustained injuries in the attack and was declared dead when taken to Primary Health Centre. Swasi, a resident of Pakut village, has been referred to Khunti Hospital in critical condition, where she is being treated," the villager said.


Kilauea volcano erupts in Hawaii spewing lava flows during red alert

Stunning footage from Hawaii shows an active volcano erupting and spewing molten hot lava.

Kilauea volcano in the Halemaumau Crater is erupting again and began at around 4.45am today, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.


Orcas attack boat and follow it all the way to port - 1st known attack of its kind


Previous reported interactions between orcas and sailboats followed a clear pattern, with the animals losing interest and swimming away once they had broken the rudder.
A group of orcas recently nearly sank another sailboat in the Strait of Gibraltar and followed the vessel all the way to port — marking the first-known case of the killer whales stalking a boat after destroying its rudder.

Orcas started behaving unusually and attacking boats in 2020. Since July 2020, there have been 744 reported encounters, 505 of which involved contact between the animals and the ship, according to the Atlantic Orca Working Group (GTOA). One in five interactions have prevented boats from sailing on and three have ended in vessels sinking.

Most of these interactions ended in the orcas losing interest in the boat once they'd broken its rudder. But during the recent attack on the night of May 24, the orca pod continued to stalk the yacht "Mustique" even after damaging the vessel. It is unclear whether this marks a shift in the orcas' learned pattern of aggressive behaviors towards sailboats.

Comment: It's certainly notable that this began around 2020, and that the incidents have increased in both frequency and severity. One theory is this learned behaviour has evolved, but, considering other changes in the animal kingdom, it may be that these shifts we're seeing in animal behaviour may be related to the shifts we're seeing in our planetary environment:


Air quality levels in parts of the U.S. plunge as Canada wildfires rage

A screenshot of a radar-based analysis by the
A screenshot of a radar-based analysis by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration taken late Tuesday afternoon shows near-surface smoke over the U.S.
Millions of people in the eastern U.S. faced unhealthy air quality conditions Tuesday as smoke from wildfires in eastern Canada wafts over much of the country.

An air quality advisory was in effect for several regions of New York state Tuesday. Air monitoring stations in some parts of New York City showed measures considered unhealthy for anyone Tuesday afternoon.

New York City ranked second and Detroit third among major cities for the worst air quality worldwide around 1 a.m. Wednesday, according to IQAir, a Swiss air monitoring company.

"Try to limit your outdoor activities today to the absolute necessities," Mayor Eric Adams advised anyone with breathing issues on Twitter.

It was the second day of hazy skies across a wide stretch of the country. Smoke blanketed the landscape from the Ohio Valley to as far south as the Carolinas on Monday. Air quality advisories were in effect Monday in southeastern Minnesota and parts of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, as well as in more than 60 counties in Wisconsin.

Comment: Wildfire smoke blankets much of Canada, raising health risks


Haiti: Deadly earthquake kills three after floods

At least three people have been killed in an earthquake in the Haitian city of Jérémie, just days after floods left at least 42 dead.

The 4.9-magnitude quake struck in the early hours of the morning, the US Geological Survey said.

It came in the wake of torrential rains that have displaced more than 13,000.

Prime Minister Ariel Henry said his government and international partners were taking "urgent measures" to deal with the flooding.

The World Food Programme, an agency of the United Nations, said that it would start providing hot meals to the displaced.


Skies turn dark as heavy dust storm engulfs parts of Rajasthan, India

The dust storm was followed by rains and mud, due to which life was affected.
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The dust storm was followed by rains and mud, due to which life was affected.
Several parts of Rajasthan saw skies turning dark on Tuesday afternoon as a fierce dust storm hit some places. The dust storm was coming from the north-west direction. The affected places include Churu, Taranagar, Sardarshahar, and Rajgarh.

The dust storm covered the skies during the day, affecting visibility and traffic. Many trees, plants, electric poles, and tin sheds were damaged.