Earth Changes


Earthquake measuring 5.7 in the Banda Sea rocks residents 600 kilometres away in Darwin, Australia


A seismometer recorded the 5.7 magnitude quake at about 12.30pm on Sunday
Darwin residents have reported feeling an earthquake from the the Indonesian islands.

The 5.7 magnitude quake took place about 600km north of Darwin in the Banda Sea just before 12.30pm on Sunday.

Most of the reports came from residents in the northern suburbs, but those from the rural areas as far south as Batchelor also felt tremors, reports NT News.

Cloud Precipitation

Golf-ball-sized hail reported in Brisbane, Australia

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The deluge caused isolated flash flooding in Indooroopilly.
No major damage has been reported after a hailstorm passed over south-east Queensland this afternoon.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe thunderstorm warning at 2:30pm, warning of heavy rainfall and large hailstones near Brisbane's CBD.

The storm had earlier been near Logan before it moved north-west toward the city.

The bureau said "golf-ball-sized hail" was reported at Indooroopilly at 2:15pm, with small hailstones reported south of Brisbane.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes kill two people in Ariyalur, India

Two persons were struck dead by lightning in two different incidents in the district on Saturday.

Seven goats also died in the lightning strike.

In the first incident, Palanisamy (58) of Sathamangalam was reported to have struck dead while grazing goats in the village along with seven goats. Two others sustained injuries and were rushed to the Thanjavur Medical College Hospital.

In another incident, Thaiyamuthu (65) of Lalgudi, who was visiting her daughter, was killed while grazing goats at Vilagam in the district.


Record breaking September snowstorm hits Northern Alaska

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The first measurable snow of the season blanketed the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus on Sep. 25, 2015.
Fall's arrival may have been greeted with a collective warm shrug of the shoulders in the Lower 48 states, but Alaskans have already broken out winter coats.

Officially, 6.7 inches of snow blanketed the city of Fairbanks Friday, turning the city into a winter wonderland just days into fall. Not only was this the city's first measurable snow of the season, but this was the city's third heaviest calendar-day September snow on record, topped only by Sep. 13, 1992 (7.8 inches) and Sep. 29, 1972 (7 inches). This was the city's heaviest September snow event since a four-day, 17.3-inch snow blitz from Sep. 11-14, 1992.

Fairbanks only averages 1.9 inches of snow during the month of September. Two observers in College Hills north of downtown Fairbanks measured 9 inches of snow as of Friday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

The Alaska DOT reported about 10 inches of snow in the hills near Nenana west-southwest of Fairbanks along the Parks Highway, the primary link between Fairbanks, Denali National Park and Anchorage.

Comment: Winter is coming!

Bizarro Earth

Enormous sinkhole swallows portion of beach and campsite in Queensland, Australia

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As captured by Higgins Storm Chasers, the sinkhole that claimed a caravan and a car at Inskip Point, and triggered the evacuation of 140 campers.
Around 140 people were evacuated on Saturday night at a popular Queensland camping ground after a giant sink hole opened, swallowing a car, a caravan, a camping trailer and tents.

The 150-metre long and 50 metre wide sinkhole opened up at MV Beagle Campground, north of Queensland's Rainbow Beach at Inskip Point.

Fishermen raise alarm

Rainbow Beach newsagent Ruth Modin said she was told fishermen near the camp ground may have raised the alarm on Saturday night with the campers. Ms Modin said the fishermen nearby MV Beagle campground first saw the sand moving.

"There was fishermen apparently nearby who said there was this noise and the next thing the sand just started moving out to sea," she said.


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.

Bizarro Earth

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 -

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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.