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Puerto Rico Hit by Damaging 6.4 Earthquake in Series of Powerful Temblors

Puerto Rico was hit by a 6.4 earthquake early Tuesday morning following a series of quakes measuring between 4.3 and 6.0 which were centered off the island’s southern coast. Here's the report we just filed on the earthquakes in Puerto Rico pic.twitter.com/sgZKf1YzW5— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) January 7, 2020 NBC News reports: “A tsunami alert was initially issued for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, but later canceled. The Electric Power Authority reported an island-wide power outage. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake hit at 4:24 a.m., just south...
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30 Animals, Including Entire Ape House, Die in Tragic German Zoo Fire Sparked by New Year’s Sky Lanterns: VIDEO

A tragic zoo fire sparked by sky lanterns let go to celebrate the new year killed at least 30 animals at the Krefeld Zoo in Germany. The AP reports: “The zoo near the Dutch border said its entire ape house burned down and more than 30 animals — including five orangutans, two gorillas, a chimpanzee and several monkeys — were killed, as well as fruit bats and birds. Only two chimpanzees were able to be rescued from the flames by firefighters. They suffered burns but are in stable condition, zoo...
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Fishermen Save Bald Eagle Caught in the Grip of a Giant Octopus: WATCH

Fishermen off of Canada’s Vancouver Island saved a bald eagle this week as it struggled in the clutches of a giant octopus. The fishermen worked at Mowi Canada West, the leading salmon aquaculture company in British Columbia. Wrote Mowi: “Our staff at our Mahatta West farm in Quatsino rescued an eagle that had bitten off more than it could chew when it tried to catch an octopus. They are used to seeing the wonders of nature around them on a regular basis, but they knew that this was a once...
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Fishermen Save Bald Eagle Caught in the Grip of a Giant Octopus: WATCH

Fishermen off of Canada’s Vancouver Island saved a bald eagle this week as it struggled in the clutches of a giant octopus. The fishermen worked at Mowi Canada West, the leading salmon aquaculture company in British Columbia. Wrote Mowi: “Our staff at our Mahatta West farm in Quatsino rescued an eagle that had bitten off more than it could chew when it tried to catch an octopus. They are used to seeing the wonders of nature around them on a regular basis, but they knew that this was a once...
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Supermassive Black Hole at the Center of our Galaxy May Have a Friend

An artist’s conception of two black holes entwined in a gravitational tango. NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Christopher Go Smadar Naoz, University of California, Los Angeles Do supermassive black holes have friends? The nature of galaxy formation suggests that the answer is yes, and in fact, pairs of supermassive black holes should be common in the universe. I am an astrophysicist and am interested in a wide range of theoretical problems in astrophysics, from the formation of the very first galaxies to the gravitational interactions of black holes, stars and even planets. Black holes are...
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Supermassive Black Hole at the Center of our Galaxy May Have a Friend

An artist’s conception of two black holes entwined in a gravitational tango. NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Christopher Go Smadar Naoz, University of California, Los Angeles Do supermassive black holes have friends? The nature of galaxy formation suggests that the answer is yes, and in fact, pairs of supermassive black holes should be common in the universe. I am an astrophysicist and am interested in a wide range of theoretical problems in astrophysics, from the formation of the very first galaxies to the gravitational interactions of black holes, stars and even planets. Black holes are...
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Sperm Whale Strands with 220 lb. Ball of Plastic, Trash, and Debris in its Stomach

Scottish Marine Animal Strandings Scheme (SMASS) A massive sperm whale discovered stranded in Scotland on Thursday later died, and a necropsy performed by researchers revealed a 220 lb. (100kg) ball of plastic, debris, and trash in its stomach. Wrote Scottish Marine Animal Strandings Scheme (SMASS) on Facebook: “In this whale’s stomach was approximately 100kg of marine debris- a whole range of plastic including sections of net, bundles of rope, plastic cups, bags, gloves, packing straps and tubing. All this material was in a huge ball in the stomach and some...
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Ellenborough Lewis, Koala Pulled from Australian Bushfire in Viral Rescue Video, Has Died

Earlier this week we posted about a viral video of a badass woman named Toni who took off her own shirt to rescue a crying koala from a raging Australian bushfire. The koala, who was named Ellenborough Lewis after Toni’s grandchild, was rushed to a koala conservation center and hospital. Unfortunately, there’s some sad news. Wrote the hospital on Facebook: “Today we made the decision to put Ellenborough Lewis to sleep. We placed him under general anaesthesia this morning to assess his burns injuries and change the bandages. We recently...
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Man Filmed Swimming Across Venice’s St. Mark’s Square Amid Historic Flooding: WATCH

A man was filmed swimming across Venice, Italy’s St. Mark’s Square at night amid historic flooding that the city’s mayor blames on climate change. Acqua alta storica a Venezia: ragazzo nuota in piazza San Marco pic.twitter.com/5r9pA01xie— Local Team (@localteamtv) November 12, 2019 The BBC reports: “The highest water levels in the region in more than 50 years will leave ‘a permanent mark’, Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro tweeted. ‘Now the government must listen,’ he added. ‘These are the effects of climate change… the costs will be high.’ The waters in Venice...
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Wild Beluga Whale Plays Fetch with Rugby Ball in Extraordinary Video Shot Near South Pole: WATCH

A beluga whale has been filmed playing fetch with a rugby ball near the South Pole in extraordinary video shared to Facebook by Alon Kowen. In the clip, a boater hurls the 2019 Rugby World Cup ball several hundred feet and the beluga swims to retrieve it, returning it to the boater’s hands. Wrote Kowen: “Beluga Whale celebrating the Springboks victory somewhere close to the South Pole ! Spot the Cape Town build Gemini Craft and the South African accents.” Beluga whales are known for being extremely intelligent and sociable...
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