Saturday, April 9, 2016

INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSE: Bus Collides With 2 Trucks On China's Shenhai Expressway - 8 People Killed; 17 Others Injured!

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April 9, 2016 - CHINA - Shocking pictures of a massive road crash have emerged on Chinese media showing wreckage of a sleeper bus and two trucks that reportedly collided on China’s major Shenyang-Haikou expressway.

There are at least eight victims, according to reports.

The accident happened on China’s Shenyang-Haikou Expressway in the city of Jiaozhou in the Shandong Province, which is located in the northeastern part of the country, according to a witness who uploaded photos to the Chinese microblogging platform Weibo.

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The trucks involved in the incident were reportedly transporting tiles.

Pictures from the scene show completely destroyed vehicles surrounded by scattered rubble and dust.

© Google Maps

Chinese news agency Xinhua reported that 8 people were killed and 17 injured.

The accident occurred around 9 am local time and the expressway has been partially closed, with only one lane remaining open. - RT.

MASS BIRD DIE-OFFS: Migratory Patterns And Disaster Precursors - Two Dozen Dead Birds Discovered Along Road In Chantilly, Virginia?!

Dead starlings. © Fairfax County Police Department

April 9, 2016 - VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES - Two dozen dead birds, believed to be European starlings, were found Friday along a road in the Chantilly area of Fairfax County.

No cause could be determined for the deaths of the birds found near Avion Parkway and Lee Jackson Memorial Highway.

Nothing suggested that the deaths were the result of malice, but the birds appear to be among the most unwelcome of creatures, often because of the wastes they leave in trees and on buildings.

Dead starlings. © Fairfax County Police Department

Although large numbers of dead starlings are found throughout the area from time to time, starlings represent a story of startling multiplicative power.

Sixty were introduced to this country in 1890, and, by 2000, their number was more than 200 million. The deaths will be investigated. - Washington Post.

EXTREME WEATHER ANOMALIES: Freak Hailstorm And Tornado Strikes Saudi Arabia - Covering Desert, Streets And Entire Cities With White Icy Stones! [PHOTOS + VIDEOS]

April 9, 2016 - SAUDI ARABIA - An unusual freak hailstorm hit Saudi Arabia on April 6, 2016 covering the desert, streets and entire cities with white icy stones.

The thunderstorms were so powerful that they created a tornado just 100km way from Riyadh.

Stormy conditions are growing and sweeping across Saudi Arabia since Monday, April 3, 2016.

The storm line has now reached central Saudi Arabia where the desert suddenly turned white on April 6, 2016.

The low is sweeping from North to South and is currently flooding the city of Ta'if in biblical proportions.

Extreme wind gusts are also accompanying the stormy weather.

So there is cold air coming from the north and warm air coming from the south.

As the clash in the center of the country, they create a kind of belt, responsible for this extreme weather phenomenon.

WATCH: Freak hailstorm in Saudi Arabia.

Sometimes the strong winds are creating sand tornado and sandstorms. This one was captured just 100km away from Riyadh!

This extreme weather also reached Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and western Yemen.

Anomalous is the best terminology I can find! - Strange Sounds.

ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: Disaster Precursors - Electrocuted Snake Found While Eating Another By City Workers In Morganton, North Carolina; Pedestrian Is Kicked To The Ground By Belligerent Monkey; Dingo Euthanised After Attacking Tourist On Fraser Island, Australia?! [VIDEO]

Two snakes were electrocuted when they crawled into an electrical box on E. Parker Road.
© City of Morganton

April 9, 2016 - EARTH - The following constitutes the latest reports of animal attacks on humans.

Electrocuted snake found while eating another by city workers in Morganton, North Carolina

Workers in a North Carolina city found a snake had electrocuted itself at a home slated for demolition and a second snake died while trying to eat the first.

The City of Morganton said in a Facebook post that Electric Services Department workers visited a home last week to disconnect the power prior to its scheduled demolition and they were greeted with a bizarre sight when they opened the electrical box.

"They were greeted by two dead snakes that had managed to climb into the box. One snake slithered across two hot terminals and was electrocuted; the second snake was biting the first and received the jolt as well," the post said.

The post quoted Electric Services Director Brooks Kirby as saying workers find electrocuted snakes every two or three years "and that's one time too many!"

He did not say if there had been a previous case of a snake being electrocuted while practicing cannibalism.

Kirby said the snakes appeared to be venomous black snakes, with one measuring about 3-1/2 feet long and the other measuring about 6-1/2 feet long.

"The public needs to be aware that if they can get into an electrical box, they can crawl through any small hole," he told Morganton's The News Herald.

City of Morganton Electric Services Department Workers were in for a surprise last week when they went to disconnect... - UPI.

Pedestrian is kicked to the ground by belligerent monkey

One unsuspecting pedestrian was viciously assaulted in the street and kicked to the ground in a terrifying attack - by a monkey.

Incredible video footage has captured the moment a man walking along a street was drop-kicked to the ground by the animal.

The monkey can be seen running at speed behind the man, before jumping up and kicking him, dealing a powerful blow to the man's back and knocking him to the ground.

The primate - deceptively stronger than it looks - then flees, pouncing onto a nearby car then escaping over a wall.

Stunned bystanders appear on the scene, clearly shocked by what they have just seen.

The victim, who was knocked flat onto his face, slowly stands up, evidently shaken by the 'attack'.

The belligerent monkey runs straight at the man with the clear intention of knocking him to the ground.

The footage, captured in an unknown location, was recorded by a CCTV camera.

Uploaded to YouTube only hours ago, the video has already amassed tens of thousands of views.

It is accompanied by the caption: 'This monkey is an amazing wrestler-- the man in the video gets DESTROYED by this monkey's incredible drop-kicking abilities.'

WATCH: Monkey kicks man in the back and send him to ground.

But this is not the first time an unsuspecting human was kicked into shape by a monkey - footage emerged last year of a similar incident in which a man in Shimla, India, was drop-kicked by a monkey after he provoked it.

The monkeys in the region have a terrifying reputation.

They are known to roam about in gangs, stealing tourists' food and rummaging through bags and even peoples' pockets in order to take valuables such as phones and cameras.

Monkey bites across the area are common and in some instances, they have caused deaths when people attempting to flee them have fallen from heights.

Countless attacks prompted calls for the belligerent primates in the area to be sterilised, however this was shut down amid criticisms of animal cruelty. - Daily Mail.

Dingo euthanised after attacking tourist on Fraser Island, Australia

A dangerous dingo was euthanised on Fraser Island after multiple reports of violent and aggressive behaviour.

A dingo has been humanely euthanized after it attacked a tourist on Fraser Island last week.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service Sunshine and Fraser Coast Principal Ranger Ross Belcher said a tourist was bitten by the dingo several times in an incident at Eurong late on Friday afternoon.

"A woman was walking with her boyfriend on the beachfront at Eurong when they were approached by the dingo," Mr Belcher said.

"At first the couple thought the dingo was being playful but it then became aggressive and bit the woman four times, firstly on the back of the leg, just behind her right knee, and then three times on her left leg.

"The woman's companion then kept the dingo at a distance by placing himself between her and the animal and waving his thong at it until a passer-by in a 4-wheel-drive saw what was happening and rendered assistance."

Mr Belcher said the couple was able to clearly identify the dingo by its tag and the animal had a history of concerning behaviour which had been escalating in recent days.

"Just one day earlier on March 31 this dingo approached a family who was fishing near Dili Village," he said.

"They were so concerned about the dingo's behaviour that they returned to their vehicles while two of the men tried to chase it away," Mr Belcher said.

"In a further incident on March 28 a police officer intervened when the same dingo was observed running menacingly towards two young children estimated to be under ten years of age."

He said the police officer used his siren to distract the dingo, and drove the police car between the animal and the children to stop any possible attack.

The officer then reminded the children's father that he needed to more closely observe the dingo safe messages.

"Rangers have been conducting extended patrols in the Eurong area in response to the concerning behaviour exhibited by this animal and others from the same pack."

Mr Belcher said there had been eight 'Code E' incidents of high-risk behaviour involving dingoes on Fraser Island in 2016 and this dingo had been involved in four of them.

"Euthanasia is a last resort but the safety of visitors to Fraser Island must come first.

"It is vitally important that everyone on the island follows the advice of rangers when it comes to being safe around dingoes.

"The most important message for families with young children is the recommendation to stay in one of the fenced camping areas." - Fraser Coast Chronicle.

EXTREME WEATHER: "The Mothership" - Massive Supercell Thunderstorm Drops Two Tornadoes On Tulsa, Oklahoma!

A tornadic supercell wreaks havoc on Tulsa, Oklahoma last week.
© Lanny Dean, Extreme Chase Tours

April 9, 2016 - OKLAHOMA, UNITED STATES - This, ladies and gentleman, is what we call a "mothership" supercell.

Meteorologists and storm chasers refer to a select few supercell thunderstorms as "motherships" for a simple, very non-meteorological reason: they resemble spaceships. To be considered a mothership supercell, the whole structure of the storm must typically be seen from top to bottom and end to end.

They often have a striated appearance (also known as "frisbee stacks") spiraling up and resembling a barber pole to altitudes higher than where planes fly. These striations are a visible cue the storm has a strongly rotating updraft, the prerequisite needed to be considered a "supercell" thunderstorm. These storms can be striking to those in the path, resembling UFO's over typical thunderstorms. Need more convincing. Check out this photo that was snapped of the same supercell. "Mothership," right?

This storm produced two EF-2 tornadoes confirmed by the Tulsa National Weather Service office. It was a long-lived and discrete supercell that crossed northern parts of the Tulsa metro just before sunset. Storm chaser Lanny Dean of Extreme Chase Tours and photographer of the first picture, chased the mothership supercell that day and collected some unprecedented and potentially revolutionary data on the storm. It's called "infrasonics" which analyzes the acoustic and pressure perturbation properties generated by supercell thunderstorms and tornadoes. In other words, it captures the "sound" frequency (or noise signatures) emitted by thunderstorms and tornadoes between 0.001 and 20 hertz — frequencies that are below the human ability to hear.

March 30, 2016, the day of the Tulsa tornadoes, marked one of the most successful intercepts for Lanny and his team documenting the entire life cycle of Tulsa area supercell's infrasound, equating to more than forty minutes of acoustic sound data from the storm. His preliminary research showed several acoustic signature spikes just prior to tornadogenesis as well as large frequency spikes when the tornado was on the ground. While his research is still preliminary, the goal is to use this perhaps revolutionary technology to study the before, during, and after acoustic behavior of supercells and tornadoes, which could aid in improving and increasing warning lead time in the future.

So not only was the Tulsa "mothership" supercell an impressive visual display of Mother Nature's fury, but also a perfect case study for tornado researchers aiming to more fully understand these types of magnificent yet violent storms.

WATCH: Time-lapse of the supercell thunderstorm.

The Tulsa tornadoes marked the first real photogenic tornado event of the severe season for the Plains. Now that it's April, storm chasers and weather enthusiasts will be flocking to big sky country in pursuit of supercells and tornadoes, including the chance to see breath-taking storm structure like what was seen around Tulsa last week.

Here are a couple more looks at the mothership supercell and the two tornadoes it produced during its life-cycle through the Tulsa area. - The Washington Post.

GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVALS: Sinkholes Keep Popping Up Across The United States - Large Sinkhole Forms In San Diego Causing Landslide Near Homes

A house appears to be compromised after land slides into canyon in the College Area. © Fox 5

April 9, 2016 - CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES - A portion of land slid down into a canyon behind a house in the College area after a large sinkhole formed Wednesday morning, officials said.

"They saw a large portion of the earth give way behind this address," said Captain Joe Amador, San Diego Fire & Rescue. Captain Amador described the slide as 30 to 40 feet wide and about 150 feet up the ravine. He said crews were called to home 5600 block of Dorothy Way just after 9AM.

"Reportedly some of the neighbors heard noises last night even up to 2 or 3 nights ago," said Amador. "There was no hazards, no body was hurt , we sealed off the area with bannered tape."

No one was hurt, but the slide has neighbors living on edge. "I hope it doesn't come on my side," said Julia Bain, neighbor.
Bain is one of the original residents in the neighborhood. "We built here in 1954, my father built the home with a contractor," said Bain.

Julia said she's pretty sure her home is stable and safe. "There are pillars that go down some 20 feet under the house itself, my house should be safe," said Bain. "I'm a little nervous with the rains this week. I am a little concerned."

City engineers red-tagged the pool and shed of the home, late Wednesday evening the main house was declared safe. Julia hopes the landslide will not grow. "This is my home of 60 years and I don't know what I'd do if I have problems here," said Bain. - Fox 5.

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Earthquake Strikes The Bardarbunga Volcano In Iceland - Around 15 Aftershocks In Just A Few Hours!

Bárðarbunga volcano. © Rax / Ragnar Axelsson
April 9, 2016 - ICELAND - There was a major earthquake on the northern edge of the Bárðarbunga volcanic craters at around midnight last night.

The quake measured 4.2 on the Richter scale and is therefore the largest quake to have hit the famous volcano since it stopped erupting in February last year.

According to Bjarki Fries, a natural disasters specialist with the Icelandic met office, the earthquake emanated from 3.5 kilometers underground.

Around 15 aftershocks have already been measured, the most powerful of which was a 3.5 quake at 01.00 this morning.

Met office earthquakes specialist Martin Hensch told RÚV that there is no evidence of lava movements or of any eruption activity connected to the earthquakes, but that the situation will be monitored carefully.

There were two quakes in the same location on April 3, measuring 3.4 and 3 on the Richter scale.

The recent eruption at Bárðarbunga, often known as Holuhraun, lasted from late August 2014 to late February 2015, and despite not affecting aviation or physically threatening any human settlements, it caused dangerous levels of pollution around Iceland and produced more new lava than almost any other eruption in Iceland since the Vikings first arrived. - Iceland Review.


MASS BIRD DIE-OFFS: Migratory Patterns And Disaster Precursors - Storm Kills 5,000 Birds In Jessore, Bangladesh!

Dead birds.

April 9, 2016 - BANGLADESH - Roughly 5,000 birds of different species were killed as a nor'wester wreaked havoc at Tirerhat village in Jessore Sadar upazila on Wednesday night.

Locals said they found around 5,000 birds, including Doel, Shalik, Masranga, Bulbuli and Ghughu, lying dead at different places of the village after the storm on Thursday morning, according to a news agency report.

Later, they buried the dead birds at the village.

Dr. Saibur Rahman Mollah, dean of the Environmental Science Faculty of Jessore University of Science and Technology, said the death of such a large number of birds will certainly have a bad impact on the biodiversity of the area. - Financial Express.