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'Harbinger of Doom' Oarfish swims past stunned tourists off Mexican coast on July 17, day before earthquake

The rare fish - known as the harbinger of doom - usually lives at depths of between 656 and 3,280 feet (200 and 1,000 metres) but on Wednesday (July 17) tourists spotted a rare healthy specimine
The rare fish - known as the harbinger of doom - usually lives at depths of between 656 and 3,280 feet (200 and 1,000 metres) but on Wednesday (July 17) tourists spotted a rare healthy specimine
Shocked tourists were treated to a rare sighting of a giant oarfish swimming past their tour boat just one day before an earthquake struck.

The rare fish - known as the harbinger of doom - usually lives at depths of between 656 and 3,280 feet (200 and 1,000 metres).

The only times they are usually spotted are after they have been washed up on a beach following a storm or when they have suffered an injury. It is very rare to see one of the massive creatures swimming alive and well in shallow water.

When they do make an appearance it is typically considered bad luck by locals, who traditionally see it as a sign that disaster is about to strike.

So it was a mixed blessing when the astonished tourists encountered the live oarfish in shallow waters off the Mexican coast on Wednesday (July 17).


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Man attacked by shark in Port Macquarie, Australia

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A surfer in his 20s is in hospital after being mauled by a shark at a popular beach in northern NSW.

Emergency services were called to North Shore Beach in Port Macquarie about 11am on Tuesday after the man was attacked in the water.

He was treated at the scene for leg injuries.

Paramedics then rushed the man to Port Macquarie Hospital, where it's understood he is in a critical but stable condition.


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Four dead in Pune, India as incessant rains cause severe flooding, evacuations

Low-lying areas flooded in Pune
Low-lying areas flooded in Pune
Incessant rains in Pune, Maharashtra, have caused severe flooding, resulting in the deaths of four people and the evacuation of residents from low-lying areas.

The India Meteorological Department issued a 'red alert' for the district, prompting school closures. Areas like Sinhagad Road, Bavdhan, Baner, and Deccan Gymkhana faced significant inundation.

Water release from Khadakwasla dam increased flooding along the Mutha river. Three men were electrocuted in Deccan, and a landslide in Mulshi killed one person and injured another.

Disaster management and NDRF teams are deployed, and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar has instructed authorities to aid affected citizens.


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Waterspout seen on Sebago Lake, Maine on July 23

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Many people saw it spinning above Sebago Lake and on Wednesday, the National Weather Service confirmed that it was a waterspout that formed Tuesday night.

Tuesday evening showers and downpours were passing through the state.

Interestingly enough, there was one particular storm that developed over Sebago Lake that had minor rotation with it.

Here's a look at the video that David Nappi took around 8 p.m.

According to the National Weather Service out of Gray, this was confirmed a waterspout.

You can see minor rotation developing over the lake which eventually evolved into this brief waterspout over the east side of Sebago Lake near Raymond and Casco.


Cloud Precipitation

Cloudburst triggers flash flood that closes National Highway in Himachal Pradesh, India

Section of NH-3 in Himachal Pradesh submerged under water due to the flash flood triggered by a cloudburst in Manali.
Section of NH-3 in Himachal Pradesh submerged under water due to the flash flood triggered by a cloudburst in Manali.
A stretch of the National Highway-3 was closed for vehicular traffic following a flash flood triggered by a cloudburst in Himachal's Kullu district, police said on Thursday.

No casualty has so far been reported in the incident that occurred late Wednesday, they said.

According to officials, the stretch between Dhundi and Palchan Bridge on NH-3, also known as Leh-Manali Road, was affected due to the cloudburst at Anjani Mahadev nullah in the Manali area.

Vehicles headed to Manali from Lahaul and Spiti via the north portal of the Atal Tunnel have been diverted towards Rohtang, the Lahaul and Spiti police said in an advisory on Thursday.

It also asked the commuters to travel only if necessary, drive cautiously, and stay aware of the possible danger en route.


Tsunami

Flash flood claims lives of 10 migrants in Panama

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Ten migrants died due to the rise of a river in an isolated area of Panama near the Caribbean coast and the border with Colombia, the border police (Senafront) reported on Wednesday. "In the river tributaries near the community of Carreto [in the indigenous region of Guna Yala], 10 bodies of migrants who drowned as a result of a flash flood (river rise) were observed," Senafront said in a statement.

"Transnational organized crime, through local collaborators in these coastal Caribbean communities, insists on using unauthorized routes, putting these people's lives at serious risk," the statement added. The note does not specify if the deceased had crossed the Darién jungle—turned into a corridor for migrants trying to reach the United States—or if they arrived by boat. It also does not specify the nationalities of the victims.


Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rain lashes northeastern Japan, triggering floods, landslides - 4 inches of rainfall in an hour

Photo taken in the morning on July 25, 2024, shows a river (L) that has burst its banks in Yurihonjo, Akita
© Akita Sakigake ShimpoPhoto taken in the morning on July 25, 2024, shows a river (L) that has burst its banks in Yurihonjo, Akita
Heavy rain has continued to lash northeastern Japan and has triggered river flooding and landslides, prompting the weather agency to issue downpour warnings at the highest level in parts of Yamagata Prefecture on Thursday.

The Japan Meteorological Agency issued the heavy rain emergency warnings for two municipalities in the northeastern prefecture -- Sakata and Yuza -- shortly after 1 p.m., urging residents to take immediate action to protect lives.

More than 100 millimeters of rain fell in the two municipalities and their vicinities during an hour through 9:00 a.m., according to the agency.


Cloud Precipitation

Typhoon Gaemi (Carina) makes landfall in Taiwan, killing 2 people

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Typhoon Gaemi has made landfall on Taiwan's east coast, bringing gusts of around 240kmh (150mph).

Gaemi, which has landed near the city of Hualien, is expected to be the most powerful storm to hit the island in eight years.

Taiwanese officials said two people had been killed and hundreds more injured.

The island's largest annual military drills have been cancelled, along with almost all domestic flights and more than 200 international flights, according to the transport ministry.

Authorities are warning one of biggest risks comes from the typhoon's potential to cause landslides and flash flooding, especially on mountainsides destabilised by a large earthquake in April.


Comment: Related: Typhoon "Carina," monsoon rains flood Northern Luzon, Philippines - 13 killed


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Spectacular waterspout appears off coast of Guangdong, China

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A spectacular waterspout formed off the coast of Yangxi County, China's Guangdong Province.

This waterspout reached heights of over 200 meters and lasted for around 15 minutes.


Fire

"Hydrothermal explosion" rocks Yellowstone National Park

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© FlashPacking AmericaThe Sapphire Pool in Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park announced on X that a "hydrothermal explosion" occurred earlier today near Sapphire Pool in Biscuit Basin, just north of Old Faithful.