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Wild hail storm shocks residents in Southeast Wisconsin

New Berlin-Wisconsinites pride themselves on being a hearty bunch, able to handle any kind of weather.

But the hail storm that happened Friday evening was like nothing many had ever seen before.

The CBS 58 Newsroom received several calls from viewers in shock.

CBS 58 viewer Joe James became a reporter of sorts and started rolling video and narrating the amazing sight outside his car window as he drove along Racine Avenue between Waukesha and Muskego.

"It was just 90 degrees earlier today," he declared. "Amazing hail storm."

Others in Ozaukee County said drivers pulled alongside the road they were so startled by the pounding of the hail stones.

Another resident in New Berlin said the hail had done major damage to her backyard, bringing down tree limbs everywhere she looked.

"You guys should be out here," she urged. "This is a big deal."

See for yourself.

Health

Strong earthquake hits Chinese province with at least 150 dead

Zhaotong earthquake
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Rescuers carry an injuried child on a stretcher after a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit the area in Ludian county in Zhaotong, southwest China's Yunnan province on August 3, 2014.
At least 150 people were killed and scores more injured after an earthquake measuring from 6.1 to 6.5, according to different estimates, hit Chinese Yunnan province, Xinhua reports.

The US Geological Survey has estimated the quake at 6.1 on the Richter scale, while previously reporting the strikes measuring 6.3. At the same time, the China Earthquake Networks Center said the magnitude of the quake was 6.5.

The quake struck 11 kilometers west-northwest of the town of Wenping at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometers, according to USGS. Chinese state television said the epicenter of the quake was in Yunnan province's Ludian county.

"I felt a strong jolt on my fifth-floor home and some small objects in my home fell off the shelves," a resident in the county seat of Ludian told Xinhua.

The quake toppled and cracked apart buildings, forcing people to rush into the streets, China's official Xinhua News Agency reported. The administration of the affected Yunnan province sent a 30-member team to the quake's epicenter.
Zhaotong earthquake
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Alarm Clock

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.1 - 11km WNW of Wenping, China

Earthquake 6.1 China
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Event Time
2014-08-03 08:30:13 UTC
2014-08-03 16:30:13 UTC+08:00 at epicenter

Location
27.245°N 103.427°E depth=10.0km (6.2mi)

Nearby Cities
11km (7mi) WNW of Wenping, China
29km (18mi) WSW of Zhaotong, China
91km (57mi) WNW of Weining, China
135km (84mi) ESE of Xichang, China
731km (454mi) NNW of Ha Noi, Vietnam
Alarm Clock

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.1 - Federated States of Micronesia region

Earthquake Micronesia 6.1
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Event Time
2014-08-03 00:26:42 UTC
2014-08-03 10:26:42 UTC+10:00 at epicenter

Location
1.033°N 146.256°E depth=14.0km (8.7mi)

Nearby Cities
356km (221mi) NNW of Lorengau, Papua New Guinea
585km (364mi) NNE of Wewak, Papua New Guinea
643km (400mi) NW of Kavieng, Papua New Guinea
686km (426mi) NE of Vanimo, Papua New Guinea
1163km (723mi) N of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Bizarro Earth

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.9 - Federated States of Micronesia region

Micronesia Quake_030814
© USGS
Event Time
2014-08-03 00:22:03 UTC
2014-08-03 10:22:03 UTC+10:00 at epicenter

Location

0.844°N 146.144°E depth=10.6km (6.6mi)

Nearby Cities
340km (211mi) NNW of Lorengau, Papua New Guinea
561km (349mi) NNE of Wewak, Papua New Guinea
641km (398mi) NW of Kavieng, Papua New Guinea
64km (413mi) NE of Vanimo, Papua New Guinea
1143km (710mi) N of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Scientific Data
Fish

Why Millions of 'Sailing' Creatures Are Invading West Coast Beaches


Thousands of jellyfish-like creatures have washed ashore in at least two places along the Bay Area shoreline. It's very unusual for this time of year.

Beach-goers were watching their steps Tuesday as they walked on the sand at San Francisco's Ocean Beach. They're worried about the blue sea creatures scattered on the sand that washed ashore on Monday.

One ABC7 News viewer sent in photos, calling the site bizarre. California Academy of Sciences spokesperson Rich Mooi said it's not. "They are not dangerous at all," he said.
Solar Flares

Probable solar superstorm puts humanity at risk of catastrophe

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NASA image of a solar storm from 2012
Scientists predict a solar superstorm every 150 years, meaning we are currently five years overdue

Solar "superstorms" pose a catastrophic threat to humanity, scientists have warned.

Solar storms are accompanied by coronal mass ejections, or CMEs, the most energetic events in the solar system, which see huge bubbles of plasma and magnetic fields being spewed from the sun's surface.

A solar superstorm occurs when a CME of sufficient magnitude tears into the Earth's magnetic field and rips it apart. Scientists expect one every 150 years.

Such an event would induce huge surges of electrical currents, causing widespread power failures. The last one was in 1859, before the world depended on electronics.

Ashley Dale, who was a member of SolarMAX, an international task force set up to identify the risks, warned that it was a "matter of time" before such a storm hit again.

Comment: Yet another reason to prepare by setting up one's home with alternative sources of energy, food, first aid, etc.

Extinguisher

Hellfire from gas explosion at electricity plant in central Argentina: One killed, seven injured

hellfire gas explosion
At least one person was killed and seven others injured Friday in a gas explosion at an electricity plant in Argentina's central Cordoba province, local health officials and firefighters said.

Civil Defense sources told state news agency Telam that rescuers found a burnt body inside a truck.

The part of the gas pipeline that exploded runs across a roadway and all the victims appeared to have been motorists on the road when the explosion occurred in the city of Pilar, 659 km northwest of the capital Buenos Aires, the daily Clarin said, adding that the accident forced closure of several roadways.
Cloud Lightning

Freak ball of lightning explodes at farm in China: Woman hospitalized and hundreds of pigs killed

lightening kills pigs

Decimated: Lu Qinsheng fears for his livelihood after the hogs were killed
A freak ball of lightning has exploded at a farm in China killing 170 pigs and injuring a woman.

Farmer's wife Jun Li, 48, was hurt when a rare lightning ball struck at the pig farm in southern China's Hunan province.

She said: "It was like a big ball of fire, but it suddenly split into two forks that hot the rails scorching the animals.

"I saw all sorts of colours before my eyes and I couldn't see anything properly for at least 10 minutes afterwards.

"My left eye was also left blackened and my foot was bleeding."

Ball lightning is an electrical phenomenon that occurs during thunderstorms when a usually spherical object slowly floats to the ground before exploding often with devastating effects.

The ball of lightning struck metal railings, sending a massive charge through the entire building containing 400 pigs.

The surviving 110 pigs needed medical treatment for burns, but the damage could cost £30,000.

Comment: Lightening strikes have been killing people and animals much more frequently. To understand more about the factors that are causing this and other freak weather patterns, read Pierre Lescaudrons' book Earth Changes and the Human-Cosmic Connection.

Attention

Taiwan gas pipeline explosion in pictures

A series of gas explosions in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung has killed 25 people and injured 267 others on the evening of July 31st 2014. The explosion appears to have occurred along the full length of some sections of pipe running under the streets of Kaohsiung, causing almost the entire street to be blown into the air. No official cause has as yet been determined, although it is highly likely that movement of the ground beneath the pipeline caused it to rupture and some ignition source, possibly piezoelectric in nature.

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