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Man dead after mauling by 3 pit bull terriers in west Tulsa, Oklahoma

PIT BULL ATTACK
Tulsa police are investigating after a man is mauled to death by dogs in west Tulsa early Thursday morning.

Police said the incident happened near West Admiral Boulevard and North 49th Avenue around 6 a.m.

Originally, police responded to a call about a gun shot fired in the neighborhood. When they arrived, police found a young man, identified as Curtis Wickham, who had been attacked by three pit bulls.

2 Works for You learned the owner of the dogs, Champaign Walker, knew Wickham. Walker said she never meant for this to happen.


Cloud Lightning

South Australia records 120,000 lightning strikes, leaving 15,000 without power

More than 120,000 bolts have lit up the skies as wild weather lashes the state.
© 7NEWS/SA Power Networks
More than 120,000 bolts have lit up the skies as wild weather lashes the state.
More than 120,000 lightning strikes have lashed South Australia as wild weather hits the state.

Of those, 19,608 bolts have struck the ground north-west of Adelaide since yesterday morning.

The remainder were ocean-based or did not hit land.

More than 15,000 were left without power on Friday during the storms.

Seismograph

6.1-magnitude earthquake hits south of the Fiji Islands

Earthquake
© Associated Press
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 jolted south of the Fiji Islands at 07:04:32 GMT on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 463.9 km, was initially determined to be at 25.6127 degrees south latitude and 179.9645 degrees west longitude.

Comment: About 5 hours earlier and also in the Pacific Ocean: Shallow 6.0-magnitude earthquake hits West Chile Rise


Seismograph

Shallow 6.0-magnitude earthquake hits West Chile Rise

earthquake graph
© Phil McCarten / Reuters
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 jolted West Chile Rise at 0146 GMT on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be at 36.4011 degrees south latitude and 97.1352 degrees west longitude.

Biohazard

Devastating fungal pathogen wheat blast arrives in Zambia, first time detected in Africa

Zambia wheat
© BATISEBA TEMBO
Symptoms of wheat blast were first seen in experimental plots and small-scale farms in the Mpika district of Muchinga province in northern Zambia during the 2018 rainy season.
It could have been blown in by wind or transported by infected crop residue and maybe seeds — the exact mode of introduction remains debated. But the evidence for the presence of wheat blast is indisputable: the devastating fungal pathogen is now in Zambia, its first appearance in Africa.

"The detection of the disease in Africa is alarming," Tarekegn Terefe, a wheat pathologist at South Africa's Agriculture Research Council - Small Grain Institute, tells The Scientist. The disease is so deadly it can cause yield losses of more than 70 percent on susceptible cultivars, he says.

"The detection of the disease in Zambia puts southern African wheat-producing countries — South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Malawi — at high risk," Terefe explains. Previous studies have documented the occurrence of similar wheat fungal diseases in Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa, "indicating the possibility of inoculum exchange between these countries."

Comment: It's likely that, as we're seeing elsewhere on the planet with other diseases and infections, shifting climate patterns, as well as other Earth Changes, along with destructive agricultural practices have made the plants more vulnerable:


Arrow Down

Pakistan landslide buries minibus 'killing at least 15' on board

The vehicle was forced off road by a landslide
© AFP/EPA
The vehicle was forced off road by a landslide in a mountainous area of northern Pakistan
A landslide in northern Pakistan has buried at least 15 people in a minibus under tonnes of mud and rock, police have confirmed.

Rescue workers are desperately searching for survivors following the incident on Sunday on Skardu Road, in the Tangos area.

The Pakistani newspaper Dawn said 16 people on board had died, while two passengers had been dropped off before the tragedy. But police officer Wakil Khan suggested that the chances of finding anyone alive are slim.

He said the landslide overtook the vehicle that was travelling from the city of Rawalpindi in Punjab province to the scenic city of Skardu.


Cloud Precipitation

Landslide caused by heavy rain kills 11 miners in Indonesia

Villagers try to evacuate workers trapped 20 metres underground at an unlicensed coal mine in Muara Enim regency, South Sumatra, Indonesia

Villagers try to evacuate workers trapped 20 metres underground at an unlicensed coal mine in Muara Enim regency, South Sumatra, Indonesia
All bodies recovered from coal mine in South Sumatra, says official

A landslide caused by heavy rains killed at least 11 miners at a coal mine in Indonesia's South Sumatra province on Wednesday.

According to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, the site of the landslide was a mine tunnel about 20 meters deep at Tanjung Lalang village in Muara Enim district.

"Seasonal rains in recent days have caused the landslide," said Raditya Jati, a spokesperson at disaster mitigation authority.


Eye 2

Signs and Portents: Rare two-headed snake found at Florida home

two-headed snake
A rare two-headed snake was discovered at a home in Florida, state wildlife officials said.

The southern black racer was found at a home in Palm Harbor, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said.

The snake was being cared for and monitored by FWC. It has a low chance of survival in the wild since its brains will make different decisions, making feeding and escaping from predators difficult.

Umbrella

Storms and floods leave 22 dead, thousands affected in Mozambique

damage
The government in Mozambique reports that 22 people have died and 12 injured after heavy rains, and strong winds in several regions of the country since the beginning of October 2020.

Government spokesperson and Deputy Justice Minister, Filimao Suaze, said 16,657 people from 3,695 families have been affected by floods in the provinces of Niassa, Nampula, Zambézia and Manica and in Maputo city. Almost 2,000 homes were damaged and 922 completely destroyed. Schools and health centres were also damaged.

According to the minister, flooding also affected areas of Doa district in Tete province due to an overflow of the Zambezi river.

At least 13 people died in flash floods at Rapale district in the province of Nampula after the Meluli river broke its banks on 12 October. Eight other fatalities were a result of buildings collapsing during heavy rain and strong winds and one other fatality was a result of lightning strike, the minister said.

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Tornado hits Beirut Port, near explosion site

waterspot
First rains of the season in Lebanon bring along frightening whirlwinds to the destroyed Beirut port area. Some viral videos are circulating on the web of the whirlwind/tornado at the site of the explosion at Beirut Port.

On 4 August 2020, a massive amount of ammonium nitrate stored at Beirut port city, the capital of Lebanon, exploded, causing at least 203 deaths, and around 6,500 injuries.