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Thousands of Dead Bees Wash Ashore on Naples Beach
by NBC Miami

Thousands of dead and dying bees are washing up on a popular beach in Southern Florida.

Naples beach goers had to watch where they stepped Tuesday after some people say they have been stung just along the shoreline, according to NBC affiliate WBBH-TV.

Martha Duff lives in Naples and recently had a painful encounter with the bees.

"I've been stung a couple of times and at first, I didn't know what it was and then I realized and then I had an allergic reaction," Duff said.

Naples residents say the problem started only a few days ago. They are both concerned and confused.

"Why are there bees? Where are they coming from? And why are they in a very specific area of the beach?" Duff said.

A bee expert told WBBH that seeing bees wash up at the beach is very unusual. The cause could be anything from a nearby pesticide spraying forcing them to the water or a swarm flying overhead that became exhausted and flew into the water.

Magnitude 7.9 quake strikes off Papua New Guinea
by Joe Sutton and Susannah Cullinane, CNN

(CNN)A magnitude 7.9 earthquake has struck west of Papua New Guinea.

The quake was 153 kilometers (95.5 miles) deep and centered 40 kilometers (24 miles) west of the town of Panguna, according to the US Geological Survey.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has advised that tsunami waves of up to a meter above the tide level are possible for some coasts of Papua New Guinea and nearby Solomon Islands.

Preliminary reports said the earthquake, which occurred at 2:30 p.m. local time Sunday (11:30 p.m. Saturday ET) measured 8.0 but USGS later downgraded its magnitude.

The USGS estimates that 72,000 people would have experienced severe shaking as a result of the quake.

The predominant structure of homes in the area meant they were vulnerable to earthquakes, it said, and fatalities were possible.

CNN's Derek Van Dam contributed to this report.

Magnitude 7.3 earthquake strikes near Tabiauan, Philippines
SF Gate

The United States Geological Survey reports a magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck near Tabiauan, Philippines on Tuesday.

An earlier report had stated that the preliminary magnitude was a 6.9, but was later updated by the USGS.

The quake hit at 2:13 PM local time at a depth of 622 kilometers.

There was no initial word on damage or injury resulting from the quake. More information on this earthquake is available on the USGS event page.

See the latest USGS quake alerts, report feeling earthquake activity and tour interactive fault maps in the earthquake section.

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