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Toddler mauled to death in another pit bull attack in South Africa - 3rd such fatality in 10 days

A 15-month-old boy has been mauled to death in a pit bull attack in Gonubie Farm, East London on Wednesday, November 23.

Police say the toddler was playing in a neighbour's yard when the dog attacked him.

"According to police reports, the boy was playing with the neighbor's dog on the farm when the pit bull spotted a passer-by walking his dog. After failing to leave the yard, the pit bull is alleged to have returned to the child and bit him in the upper body," said Eastern Cape police spokesperson Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana.

He added that after the incident, the paramedics were called to transport the child to a nearby hospital, where he was reported to have succumbed to injuries sustained.

Comment: Details of the other attacks:

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Panama - Deadly landslide in Colón, floods damage homes in Los Santos and Herrera

Civil Protection authorities in Panama report that two people have died after heavy rain triggered a landslide in Colón Province. Meanwhile flooding continues to affect communities in Los Santos and Herrera Provinces where dozens of homes have been damaged.

Heavy rain since the start of November has caused flooding and landslides in several provinces of the country. The rain is expected to continue until at least the end of the month.

The National Civil Protection System (SINAPROC) said search and rescue personnel recovered two lifeless bodies of a father and son who were trapped in a house buried by a landslide in Cativá, Colón District, Colón Province on 21 November 2022.


50 injured after shallow 6.1 magnitude earthquake hits Turkey

A magnitude-6.1 earthquake struck northwest Turkey during Wednesday's early hours, injuring at least 50 people.

The shallow tremor struck about 170 kilometres (105 miles) east of Istanbul, the country's largest city, where it was strongly felt.

National authorities said the quake was at a magnitude of 5.9 -- lower than the 6.1 given by the US Geological Survey -- and its epicentre was in Duzce province's Golyaka district, though it also shook other nearby cities.

"We were woken up with a big noise and tremor," Duzce resident Fatma Colak told AFP.


Southern California feels effect of shallow 6.2-magnitude earthquake that struck off Mexican coast

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck near the coast of Mexico's Baja California on Tuesday morning, with impacts felt over 150 miles away in Southern California.

The United States Geological Survey says the quake occurred in the Pacific Ocean, about 125 miles south of the U.S. border.

A tsunami is not expected, according to the U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center.

USGS reports indicate the earthquake could be felt as far as 200 miles away near Palm Desert, California. A USA TODAY journalist observed a small amount of shaking at an apartment building near Del Mar, California.

The USGS considers a 6.0 earthquake to be moderate and likely to cause property damage. In contrast, a 7.0 earthquake is considered strong, likely to be deadly and expected to cause billions in damage.

Comment: In addition the United States Geological Survey has the depth of the quake as 10 kms.

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Floods cause 6 deaths in Montenegro, Albania, Serbia

Fooded streets, parks and homes in the town of Tutin.
© Tutin Municipality Official Facebook Page
Fooded streets, parks and homes in the town of Tutin.
Heavy rain during the weekend was blamed for a number of deaths in Western Balkan countries, while in some towns transportation was affected and some schools were suspended in Serbia and Albania.

In Montenegro, heavy rains caused flooding in northern and central parts and some local roads were cut off in the towns of Berane, Danilovgrad and Tuzi. On Sunday, police reported that three people drowned after their car was caught in the river near the capital, Podgorica.

Rivers overflowed in the southwest of Serbia in the Raska region. The towns of Novi Pazar, Tutin and Prijepolje were heavily flooded and a two-year-old boy drowned near Tutin in the river Vidrenjak, swollen by several hours of rain.

Primary and secondary schools in the Novi Pazar area were closed by the authorities, as large amounts of water were expected from the surrounding mountains during the night.


Wiarton area in Ontario saw over 120 cms (4 FEET) of snow during multi-day squall event

Wiarton saw over 120 centimetres of snow during a multi-day squall event from Nov. 17-20, 2022.
© Stu Paterson
Wiarton saw over 120 centimetres of snow during a multi-day squall event from Nov. 17-20, 2022.
The multi-day snow event that blanketed most of Bruce and Grey counties left more than 120 centimetres of accumulation in the Wiarton area.

Environment Canada meteorologist Geoff Coulson says the lake effect snow event brought squall activity to most of the region, but the Bruce Peninsula was most likely the hardest hit.

The snow started falling last Thursday evening and intensified at different times over the next few days, before the heaviest stuff tapered off by Sunday evening.

Coulson says the monitoring station at the Wiarton Keppel International Airport recorded somewhere between 120-125 centimetres had fallen during the multi-day weather event.


Late heavy spring snowfall in Australia & New Zealand - foot of snow reported

Mt Hotham

Mt Hotham on 22 November
There's been more snowfall for Australia and New Zealand just over a week until the start of meteorological summertime there.

In Australia, where the2022 ski season ended in early October, the latest snowfalls, although among the heaviest yet, follow a series of regular dumps that have continued over the past month.

Ski areas including Falls Creek (pictured below on 22 November), Mt Hotham (above) and Perisher reported 25-30cm (10-12") more snowfall in the past 24 hours.


First snowfall of the season in Scandinavia causes havoc on the roads

woman walks on a snowy road as a snowplow clears the road in Stockholm, Sweden on Nov. 21, 2022.
© Wei Xuechao/Xinhua
woman walks on a snowy road as a snowplow clears the road in Stockholm, Sweden on Nov. 21, 2022.

It was a snowy start of the week for parts of Denmark. Roads were slow as traffic jams were reported during the first snowfall of the season. The Island of Møn received around 20 centimetres of the white stuff on Sunday

However, it won't last for long as the weather will turn in the next few days, for most of the country, bringing rain.


Dead fin whale found on Monterey State Beach, California

Monterey Bay State Parks said they received word of a dead whale at Monterey State Beach on Saturday.

Marine Biologist with Monterey Bay Whale Watch, Colleen Talty, believes the whale was hit by a large ship based on the whale's body.

"My theory based on the curve in the body is most likely it was hit by a large ship, so possibly a cargo ship, unfortunately, and then it ended up washing up," said Talty. "It was actually out in the bay right next to Monterey harbor for about a day and a half, and then it washed up on the beach. This guy was mostly struck out in the shipping lanes."

Talty also said the whale is a fin whale, the second largest whale species. The young whale was estimated to be 40-50 feet long, adults can get up to around 80 feet.

Talty added that shark bites were visible on the whale's carcass, likely from a great white, but she isn't sure.


Buildings damaged and power lost after shallow magnitude 7 and 6 earthquakes hit Solomon Islands

Buildings were left damaged and widespread power outages reported in the Solomons Island capital, Honiara, after two earthquakes struck just off the south-west coast on Tuesday.

The first magnitude 7.0 earthquake briefly triggered a tsunami warning from the United States Geological Survey, but this warning was withdrawn soon after.

A second quake, with a magnitude of 6.0, struck nearby 30 minutes later.

Power was out in some areas of Honiara and Solomon Islands Broadcasting said in a statement that all radio services were off air.

The Australian prime minister, Anthony Albanese, said the roof of the Australian high commission annexe in Honiara had collapsed, "which points to likely damage throughout the city".