Earth Changes

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SOTT Earth Changes Summary - September 2015: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

Comment: Please note that due to planetary/climate chaos increasing month by month, we can only show a limited selection of global events. Considering that these 'localized' events, multiplied many times over, are occurring simultaneously all over the planet, the scale of destruction and impact on people's lives becomes almost unimaginable.

No matter the season or 'normal' climate, these days vehicles, homes and people are being washed away in deluges - the world over - on a regular basis. Forget "one month's average rainfall falling within hours" - last month, TWO MONTHS' average rainfall fell within a day and turned parts of southern Japan into inland seas. In the US, Utah experienced its worst ever flash-flooding, and the entire Eastern Seaboard was soaked with up to a foot of rain. This month, we also have clips of deluges in Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Norway, Thailand, Taiwan, China, Sierra Leone, and New Zealand.

Violent volcanic eruptions in Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Indonesia foreshadowed a massive 8.3 magnitude earthquake off Chile, which sent a 4.5 meter tsunami crashing into the coast and causing widespread damage. Hailstones the size of footballs fell in Naples, Italy. Brisbane, Australia, was buried in up to 4 inches (8cm) of hail, while a gigantic hole opened up on a nearby beach and swallowed a campsite. The rate of meteor fireball sightings continues to increase; in September there were spectacular sightings over Bangkok and Los Angeles.

Wildfires continue burning up much of California, which last month saw its 'third-largest' wildfire in history as whole towns were consumed and tens of thousands of residents were forced to flee. The other major outbreak of wildfires on the planet in September occurred in Indonesia, from where a smoky haze enveloped much of southeast Asia for the second time in three years. 'Slash-and-burn' farming is being blamed, but the fires occur in peatlands that release lots of methane, leaving us wondering if the primary fuel source for these fires is coming up from below.

Extreme weather also hit the Middle East, which was engulfed in an 'unprecedented' sandstorm that stretched from Iraq to Cyprus and south to Saudi Arabia. A tragic and incredibly symbolic event occurred in the heart of Islam's 'holy city' on the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, when a powerful and unusual thunderstorm descended on Mecca and winds blew a large construction crane belonging to Bin Laden Construction onto the Grand Mosque. 111 people were killed and hundreds more injured.

These were the signs of the times in September 2015...

Cloud Lightning

41 killed by lightning in 2 weeks in Maharashtra, India

Altogether 41 persons lost their lives due to lightning strike in various parts of Maharashtra during the last fortnight, an official said.

Almost half the deaths were reported in drought-affected Marathwada region where lightning claimed 19 lives, the official added.

"Altogether 19 persons died due to lightning strike in Marathwada region in the last fortnight," Aurangabad Divisional Commissioner Umakant Dangat told PTI over phone.

The district wise death figures include: Nashik -4, Aurangabad- 4, Ahmednagar- 5, Jalna - 3, Parbhani - 7, Osmanabad- 3, Latur - 2, Nanded - 4, Yavatmal - 3, Wardha - 1 and Nagpur 2.


Signs and Portents: Baby in Egypt born with only one eye and no nose

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A boy in the Egyptian town of El Senbellawein was born with a rare birth defect known as cyclopia, which is characterized by physical deformities such as a single eye in the middle of the forehead. The condition received its name from the one-eyed creature of Greek mythology known as the Cyclops.
A woman in a north-eastern town in Egypt gave birth to a baby boy with only one eye in the middle of his forehead and no nose, features typically associated with a rare congenital disorder known as cyclopia.

The birth defect cyclopia occurs when the embryonic prosencephalon (forebrain) of the unborn child fails to properly develop two cavities for the orbit of the eyes. The condition is named after the one-eyed giants of Greek mythology known as Cyclopes.

Doctors at the private hospital in El Senbellawein where the baby was delivered said that children with this condition often pass away shortly after they are born because of other congenital defects such as severely malformed hearts.


Signs and Portents: Baby born with two noses in Chimbote, Peru

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Shock birth ... Baby Angelito (little angel) was born with two tubes growing out of the side of his face.
A baby who has two tubes growing out of his face instead has been born and given the name Baby Angelito (meaning little angel) by his parents.

Doctors say despite the deformed nose, the youngster is perfectly normal following his birth in the city of Chimbote, Peru.

Paediatrician Jose Castillo, who's looked after him since his birth, explained to local media that the strange condition was the result of a very rare genetic deformity which happens once in every 10 million to 15 million births.

He said the child is stable and his heart and respiratory system are also working fine.

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Series of growing sinkholes in Sevierville, Tennessee threaten sewer lines

A series of sinkholes in Sevierville are growing, despite efforts to seal them off.

The city is asking the U.S. Geological Survey to help figure out what's causing the giant hole, and several smaller ones, that are threatening sewer lines.

The sinkholes are near the bridge where Collier Drive crosses Middle Creek.

The city says they believe the bridge is sound, but the sinkholes likely threaten sewer lines.

Sevierville will set aside about $52,000 to have the USGS analyze the ground water and underground water in an attempt to figure out what's causing the sinkholes.

Comment: There have been 35 sinkholes reported in the last 30 days. The earth is opening up!

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Guatamala's Fuego volcano roars to life; spews gas, ash 4,800 meters

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In February, a powerful eruption at Fuego forced authorities to declare an alert and close the airport in the capital
A volcano near the Guatemalan capital roared back to life on Wednesday, spewing ash high into the air, disaster safety officials said.

The Fuego volcano, which is just 50 kilometers (30 miles) from Guatemala City and its population of one million people, coughed out gas and ash 4,800 meters (16,000 feet) above sea level.

Despite at least two lava flows, Alejandro Maldonado, secretary of the disaster reduction office CONRAD, said the so-called "Fire Volcano" was not yet sufficiently dangerous to justify the evacuation of nearby villages.

Experts say the volcano -- one of the most active in Central America -- may become increasingly violent in the coming hours and could affect air traffic.

In February, a powerful eruption at Fuego forced authorities to declare an alert and close the airport in the capital.


4.5 magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of Broome, Western Australia


The 4.3 magnitude earthquake was recorded off the coast of Broome.
A Kimberley resident has told PerthNow an earthquake that struck early on Thursday morning 'felt like a huge truck had gone by.'

The epicentre of the 4.5 magnitude quake was located in the Indian Ocean about 70km north-west of Broome at 4.30am.

Originally reported as a 4.3 magnitude tremor, it was later revised up and Geoscience Australia said it may have been felt by people up to 102km away.

There has been no reports of damage.

Natasha Pacall, who works at Cygnet Bay Pearl farm and lives on the beach in Cygnet Bay, north-east of the epicentre, was woken by the earthquake.

"My whole shack wobbled and groaned," she said.

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Car falls into sinkhole in Delhi, India


Two-three metro officials have been deployed in the area to fill the hole in the road
At around 12 in the midnight on Monday, a car fell in a sinkhole formed by caving in of road at Delhi's Netaji Subhash Marg area. An accident, however, was averted as there was no one in the car.

The authorities soon swung into action to avoid any further mishaps. Police was called and the car was pulled out by a crane. "Two-three metro officials have been deployed in the area where the incident happened to fill the hole in the road. Traffic personnel have also been deployed for managing the traffic movement on the road," informed ACP, Sushil Kumar.

Some residents argued that the incident happened due to ongoing construction work in the area. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has been constructing Red Fort line which will connect Lal Qila, Jama Masjid, Dilli Gate with ITO and tunnelling has been taking place in Old Delhi areas.


Tropical seabird seen on Georgia island after Hurricane Joaquin

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This red-footed booby showed up on St. Simons Island after Hurricane Joaquin.
Georgia has a very rare visitor. It's a tropical bird, called a red-footed booby, and it's been hanging out on Saint Simons Island.

"It's the first time this species has been documented in Georgia, which is always kind of exciting for those of us interested in birds," said Tim Keyes, a biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. "It's well out of its range. It's probably a bird that was blown north with Hurricane Joaquin."

Keyes said that birds that get blown off course by storms probably don't have a great chance of survival.


Dead Grey whale found on East Beach, Santa Barbara

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Dead whale
A baby grey whale washed ashore Santa Barbara's East Beach in front of Rainbow Park, around 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Officials from Channel Islands Cetacean Research Unit (CICRU) responded and believe the whale died of natural causes because there were no trauma or bite marks. However, they did say it looked skinny and malnourished.

They believe the whale was approximately one-year-old.

The California Department of Fish and Game were called to remove the animal. They will know more about its cause of death after testing.

Authorities said grey whales are migrating through the Central Coast at this time of year, and it is not uncommon to see them.