Earth Changes


Two moderate earthquakes hit Cartago province, Costa Rica

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A moderate earthquake jolted residents in Cartago and San José provinces at 8:45 a.m. Saturday. No damage was reported.

The National University's Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI) reported the temblor as a magnitude-4.6. The University of Costa Rica's National Seismological Network (RSN) registered a magnitude of 4.5.

Both agencies reported the epicenter in the province of Cartago, 17 kilometers east of Turrialba canton. The quake struck at a depth of 19 kilometers and was felt across most of the Central Valley.

People reported via OVSICORI's and RSN's social media accounts that the temblor as "very strong" in the Cartago communities of Agua Caliente, Turrialba, Tejar and Tres Ríos. Reports from San José came mostly from residents east of the capital in Curridabat, Zapote, San Pedro and Patarrá.

At 10:03 a.m. a magnitude-2.8 earthquake hit the same area, its epicenter located 5 kilometers west of the first one. The later quake, however, went mostly unnoticed by people in the area, according to preliminary reports from OVISCORI and RSN.

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Landslide in Sri Lanka kills seven in Central Province


The file photo shows a tea plantation in Sri Lanka's Central Province where a landslide has killed seven people.

A landslide has killed seven people at a tea plantation in the village of Kotmale in Sri Lanka's hilly Central Province.

Disaster relief officials said on Saturday the victims were buried under the landslide during heavy rains on Friday.

Several houses of estate workers were covered with earth in the incident.

Search and rescue teams have been deployed to the area.

Two bodies of victims were found on Friday, shortly after the landslide, and five more were discovered the following day.

At least one person is still missing.


Wolf suspect in attack on ranch dogs in Wallowa County, Oregon

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Scooter, before and after the attack
Two dogs suffered injuries consistent with a wolf attack last month in a part of Oregon with no recent confirmed wolf activity.

A veterinarian expects both dogs to make full recoveries, according to the Oregon Cattleman's Association.

And the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said DNA analysis of samples from the injured dogs may help confirm the attacker was wolf.

On Tuesday, August 25, Buck and Chelsea Matthews found their dog Scooter on the porch of their home in rural Wallowa County with teeth marks on its neck.

"Scooter was laying by the front door when I headed out in the morning," Buck said in an Oregon Cattleman's Association press release on the incident. "I thought he was dead. He was laying on his side obviously injured and bleeding from his back and front legs."


Wolves kill 4 large dogs in beach country north of Winnipeg, Manitoba

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Wolves have killed four large dogs and injured another at cottage communities north of Winnipeg in the past two weeks, prompting a warning to pet owners in the area to keep their animals indoors.

Two dogs were killed in Hillside Beach and the third was killed in Albert Beach, said Victoria Beach Police Chief Stewart MacPherson, adding the latter dog was a malamute and the attack was "particularly severe."

"The dog was literally torn into pieces and a piece was found over here and another piece over here type thing. They really went to town on that dog,"
said MacPherson.

MacPherson said it appears there are three or four wolves attacking dogs, and they're quite cunning. They send a female wolf to play with a male dog, then the male wolves swarm.

Comment: Similar reports this year -

Northern Minnesota sees a rise in wolves killing dogs

Wolves attack dogs in Pacific Rim Park, Canada

Wolves kill large guard dogs in Butternut, Wisconsin


4.6 magnitude earthquake hits Assam, India

An earthquake of moderate intensity jolted India's northeastern states and parts of Bhutan on Friday night, officials said. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage to property.

"The quake, measuring 4.6 on the Richter Scale, occurred at 10.27 pm and had its epicentre in Assam's Darrang district bordering China," said an official of the meteorological department.

The earthquake was felt in some parts of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, and adjoining areas of northeastern region, besides parts of Bhutan.

It lasted for about 10 to 12 seconds.

India's northeast is considered the sixth major earthquake-prone belt in the world.


Sinkhole causes traffic delays on Highway 401 in Kingston, Ontario

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Highway 401 sinkhole
A large sinkhole formed close to where construction is being completed on Highway 401 Friday evening, closing the highway just east of Joyceville Road.

Traffic is currently being allowed to pass on the left hand shoulder as crews work to repair the problem.

Cars and trucks were backed up for five kilometres, with an estimated one hour delay at one point. The lanes were closed for over eight hours while the hole was filled.


Did sinkhole in Florida cause water main break?

A transmission water main leak Friday afternoon caused a sinkhole off U.S. Highway 1 at Mile Marker 59, flooding the area and disrupting traffic.

The sinkhole appeared shortly after noon in the southbound shoulder at Mile Marker 59.5 and caused traffic congestion mostly along the southbound lanes, but did not create widespread traffic jams in either direction as motorists were being diverted around work crews, said Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Kathy McKinney.

A trooper was on the scene in case the situation worsened, McKinney said. There was no need to direct traffic as of 2:45 p.m., she added.

"We're just monitoring it at this point," McKinney said. "Traffic is just moving a little slower than normal."

The break in the 30-inch diameter pipe is causing customers from Grassy Key to Key West to experience reduced water pressure while crews make repairs, Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority Executive Director Kirk Zuelch said.

"It was definitely a major leak," Zuelch said.

Crews planned to work through the night to repair the leak, Zuelch said Friday.

Comment: The authorities are assuming that the water main break caused the sinkhole, but what if the sinkhole, created by the Earth's 'opening up', caused the the water main to break?


Winter snowfall makes early visit to Salzburg, Austria

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The Böcksteinstrasse in Gasteiner Tal.
After a summer of record high temperatures winter has already arrived in some parts of Austria - with the Grossglockner alpine road in the state of Salzburg closed on Thursday for safety reasons after snowfall.

"We've had 50 centimetres of snow. Between the Fuscher Törl and the Hochtor, there are snow drifts of up to two meters," deputy police superintendent Peter Embacher said. "We have three snowploughs and two snow blowers on the go. We hope that today we can clear all the snow and reopen the road by Friday," he added.

The spa town of Bad Gastein also saw snow, and the road to Sportgastein had to be closed on Wednesday, after 40 centimetres of fresh snow. On Thursday morning drivers were told to use snow chains on the B99 road.


Transformer explosion in Florida destroys 2 vehicles, boat


SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- An auto body business was the scene of a large fire that, officials said, was caused by a transformer explosion, Friday afternoon.

Around 2:30 p.m., Miami-Dade Fire Rescue reported to the scene of the fire in the area of Southwest 105th Street and 184th Terrace. According to witnesses, a transformer of the business exploded and caused two vehicles and one boat to catch fire.

Crystal Morales said she stepped outside when she heard the loud explosion and watched as a power wire fell on top of the vehicles and the boat. "Lights were going on and off, then after that, there was a really big explosion," said Morales. "The fire department came quick. I called 911."

Before the fire was put out by crews, they had to shut down power. "We were all scared the truck, Mercedes and boat were going to explode," said Morales.

No injuries were reported and the vehicles and the boat are likely to be declared a total loss.

Comment: In the last week alone there have been many other cases of transformer explosions and electrical anomalies, a few of which include:
  • In Johannesburg two men were critically injured in a freak accident that saw a transformer they were working on explode.
  • A massive fire at an apartment building in Canada caused by a failure of the electrical distribution system.
  • A smoky cabin forced an American Airlines jet to make an emergency landing on approach to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
  • Three transformers went up in flames after a blast at a nearby substation in Cyber City, India.
  • In Connecticut an underground explosion cut off power to more than 1,500 customers.
  • A huge-explosion ripped through residential building in Chengdu, China.
As well as traditional causes such as leaking gas mains, creaking infrastructure and lack of adequate maintenance - maybe we need to consider other potential causes to these rapidly escalating incidents?

As seismic and volcanic activity intensifies, increased outgassing of methane, and other gases like hydrogen sulfide, from deep below the planet's surface could be igniting?

Perhaps some incidents are related 'electrically' in part to the 'grounding' of our Solar System?

See: SOTT Exclusive: Solar System 'grounding':Transformer explosions and electrical anomalies

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6.2 quake, aftershocks strike central Chile - USGS

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit a coastal region in central Chile, US Geological Survey reports. It comes amid frequent aftershocks following a strong 8.3 quake last week.

The quake's epicenter was registered 30 kilometers southwest of the city of Ovalle in Chile's Coquimbo Region at a depth of 38 kilometers.

Another 5.1-magnitude quake followed minutes after the strong tremor, according to USGS.