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Kilauea volcano erupts in Hawaii spewing lava flows during red alert

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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.


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

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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 is 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:


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

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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


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Haiti: Deadly earthquake kills three after floods

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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.

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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.


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Thousands of South Australians left without power after lightning storm - 65,000 strikes in 24 hours

Lightning strikes at Port Noarlunga overnight.
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Lightning strikes at Port Noarlunga overnight.
Thousands of South Australians have been left without power after the state was hit by a massive thunderstorm.

More than 65,000 lightning strikes hit Australian state of South Australia (SA) in the 24 hours to Wednesday morning as a large storm system passed through causing mass blackouts.

As of 06:00 am local time on Wednesday, more than 10,000 homes and businesses were still without power mostly in Adelaide, capital city of SA, and its surrounding towns.

Two bands of heavy rainfall hit between 09:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday night and between 03:00 a.m. and 03:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning, prompting a severe thunderstorm warning.


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Lightning strikes kill boy, 4 cows in Cambodia

A police officer visits the paddy field where three cows were killed by lightning in Muk Pen village, Muk Pen commune, Puok district in Siem Reap province.
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A police officer visits the paddy field where three cows were killed by lightning in Muk Pen village, Muk Pen commune, Puok district in Siem Reap province.
A torrential downpour accompanied by lightning killed a boy and injured four others in three different locations of Puok district in Siem Reap province on Sunday.

Four cows grazing in a field also perished when lightning struck three villages in Puok district at around 3.30pm on Sunday.

Tep Pomsen, Puok district police chief, said on Monday that the deceased and the four injured men were ploughing and seeding a paddy field in Muk Pen village in Puok district when the tragic incident happened.

The deceased was identified as Penh Vannchara, 13, while the injured were identified as Keo Rotha, 17, Vath Mithona, 33, Pich Sambath, 41, and Han Hay, 19. All of them belong to the same village except Rocha, all were severely injured.

Comment: Elsewhere lightning killed a fisherman in the Philippines on June 6.


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Lightning strike kills father, son in Pakistan

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A lightning strike. (File)
A father-son duo was killed while another child was in­jured after lightning struck them at mauza Burana of Karampur on Tuesday.

Ac­cording to Rescue-1122, a labourer Munawar along with his son Hassan Ali was toiling whereas his 6-year-old son Ghulab Ali Shah was playing nearby when suddenly lightning struck them.

They said Mu­nawar and his son Ghulab Ali died on the spot. Has­san Ali, Munawar's sec­ond son, sustained burn injuries.

The injured was shifted to a nearby hospi­tal, they added.

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Wildfire smoke blankets much of Canada, raising health risks

The East side of the Paskwa fire burns in the High Level Forest Area district of Alberta in a May 9, 2023, handout photo.
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The East side of the Paskwa fire burns in the High Level Forest Area district of Alberta in a May 9, 2023, handout photo.

Hundreds of wildfires have left much of the country blanketed in smoke and smog that brings real health risks — especially for vulnerable children and seniors, pregnant people, and those with asthma and heart or lung disease.


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Flood waters gush through Ankara, Türkiye building

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Gushing flood waters in the Turkish capital Ankara entered an apartment building on Saturday (June 3) after submerging a nearby road, later pouring down from a second-floor balcony.