Earth Changes

Cloud Precipitation

Landslide kills child as torrential rain hits northeastern Turkey

A three-year-old girl died Wednesday in Artvin province, northeastern Turkey, when a landslide caused a collapse in the first floor of an apartment building, local authorities have said.

According to the Provincial Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) the landslide was triggered by heavy rains, causing the collapse in the first floor of a six-story apartment block in Artvin's Borcka district.

The girl, identified as Zuhre Naz Durmus, was trapped but later recovered by AFAD teams and rushed to the Borcka State hospital where she died of her injuries.

Three apartments were completely evacuated by AFAD.

Comment: The same region was also badly affected a few months ago: 7 dead, 3 missing as floods and mudslides hit northeastern Turkey

Cloud Precipitation

Floods and landslides leave 5 more dead in Kenya

Flood damage in Tharaka North sub County.
Parts of Kenya have been experiencing heavy rain over the last few days, resulting in at least 5 more deaths and leaving thousands displaced.

Kenya Red Cross (KRCS) reported on 10 November 2015 that heavy rain had been seen across much of the country, in particular in the counties of Busia, Homa Bay, Nandi, Kisumu, Nakuru, Bomet, Nyandarua, Turkana, Kericho, Nairobi and Narok.

Lighter rainfall was reported over the last few days in Malindi, Nyeri, Baringo, Mombasa, Samburu, Wajir and Garissa Counties. However, severe flooding has been reported in Garissa after the River Tana overflowed.


5.3 magnitude earthquake recorded in northern Pakistan

According to the latest news on television news media, northern parts of Pakistan hit with tremors of 5.3 magnitude earthquake on Wednesday morning.

According to the seismological center, the jolts were felt in Swat, Ghazar including Malakand and Baltistan Division.

The epicenter of the quake measuring 5.3 on Richter scale was the bordering area of Afghanistan and Tajikistan at a depth of 112 kilometer.

Fortunately, until now there were no reports of loss of property or life from earthquake hit areas.


Elusive 'green flash' of the sun photographed in Aberdeenshire, UK

© Derek Ryan
A green flash is a phenomenon in which part of the sun can be observed suddenly and briefly changing colour.
It is a moment so fleeting that it is rarely caught by the human eye - let alone on camera.

But an amateur photographer has managed to record the elusive 'green flash' of the sun, an optical phenomenon that makes the sun appear to turn green as it rises above the horizon.

Derek Ryan, 50, spotted the unusual sight during an early morning walk at the beach at Tarves, Aberdeenshire, before work.

© Derek Ryan
© Derek Ryan
An amateur photographer has managed to record the elusive 'green flash' of the sun, an optical phenomenon that makes the sun appear to turn green as it rises above the horizon.
A green flash is a phenomenon in which part of the sun can be observed suddenly and briefly changing colour.

Cloud Grey

Lenticular clouds 'invade' Cape Town, South Africa

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They're not space invaders bent on conquering earth, but a weird phenomenon whipped up by Mother Nature - probably to keep us alert. Lenticular clouds over South Africa provided the kind of show that could easily be mistaken for an alien invasion.

Looking like a scene from 'Independence Day', this beautiful invasion is sure to take the breath away, as it did for Cape Town residents on Sunday. Few knew those were actually lenticular clouds - wonders of nature who owe their name to their shape - a lens-like protrusion.

Comment: Increasingly unstable weather patterns have been producing bizarre cloud patterns around the world recently. Factors which may contribute to these 'strange skies' are possible comet dust loading and changes in the layers of the atmosphere.


5.9 magnitude earthquake hits south of Bambanglipuro, Indonesia

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The earthquake, which struck at about 6:45 p.m. local time, was centered about 107 kilometers (66 miles) south of Bambanglipuro, or 129 kilometers south of Yogyakarta, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). It struck about 95 kilometers (59 miles) below the sea floor, making it a relatively deep earthquake.

"All my neighbors come out from their houses," one resident in Bantui said.

No tsunami alerts were issued after Wednesday's earthquake, and there was no immediate word on damage or casualties.

Other details are not yet available.


Orange alert issued in Guatemala following eruption of Fuego volcano

The Fuego volcano, seen from San Juan Alotenango municipality, Sacatepequez departament, about 65 km southwest of Guatemala City, erupts on November 10, 2015.
Emergency service officials in Guatemala on Tuesday issued an orange alert over increasing eruptions from the country's southeastern Fuego volcano and ordered the evacuation of a nearby hotel.

The 12,346-foot high colossus, whose name means "fire" in Spanish , showed heightened activity overnight, sending columns of ash high into the sky, spilling lava down its side and provoking small tremors.

Fine ash was falling on at least six villages and on the town of San Pedro Yepocapa, in the indigenous province of Chimaltenango, a state spokesman for the Disaster Reduction National Coordination Committee, David de Leon, told reporters.

The country's Seismology and Vulcanology Institute urged authorities to consider taking precautionary measures for air traffic.

Thick, airborne ash can clog planes' engines and cause them to fail. In February, the volcano erupted with such force and so much ash that Guatemala was forced to close the airport serving its capital.

Guatemala and neighboring countries lie on what is known as the Central American Volcanic Arc, a chain of hundreds of volcanoes that forms part of the Pacific "Rim of Fire". Most are dormant, but some spectacular, and dangerous, eruptions do happen.

The Fuego volcano lies near Guatemala's colonial-era city of Antigua Guatemala and is about 40 kilometers southwest of the capital Guatemala City.

Comment: Video footage from someone on site in Antigua, Guatemala:

Arrow Up

Mexico's Colima volcano has another double eruption

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Less than a week after a pair of eruptions, Mexicos Colima or Fire volcano pulled of the feat again on Tuesday (10 November) morning, as its period of activity continues.

According to officials, the first eruption occurred at 7.03am local time, sending a column of ash and smoke some 2,500m into the sky. National Civil Protection coordinator Luis Felipe Puente said on his Twitter account that ash and smoke rose 2,000m above the crater of the volcano during the second explosion, which occurred at 9.02am local time.

Located in the south-western Mexican state of Colima, the Fire Volcano has been exhibiting continuous activity since 9 July. Over the past months, nearby villages have been blanketed with thick coats of ash, prompting evacuations.

Officially known as the Colima Volcano, it was previously active in January and February and is part of the Pacifics Ring of Fire. Mexico contains over 3,000 volcanoes but only 14 are considered active.

Comment: Mexico's Colima volcano explodes five times in one morning

Bizarro Earth

Massive ancient underground river system discovered in once-vibrant Western Sahara

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Map of the main rivers of the Mediterranean, West African Tropical and Equatorial margins and associated watersheds.
A riveting mystery is unfolding in Western Sahara, as scientists discover a massive ancient underground river system with the aid of satellite imaging. It confirms that only about 5,000 years ago, the Sahara was an immensely vibrant place.

The African region containing the Mauritanian Desert is roughly the size of the United States - or a quarter of Africa; so if such conditions persisted today, the river system would be the world's 12th-largest, French-led research indicates in the journal Nature Communications.

Cloud Precipitation

Rivers of hail run through the desert after freak storm in Iraq

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Disbelief: A man wearing an ankle-length thwab, which helps him to keep cool, picks up the hail
It's known for its hot, dry summers and short, cool winters but not this year as Iraq was hit by a torrential rain and ice storm which led to meltdown in the war-torn country.

This incredible footage shows the extent of an unprecedented weather pattern that's caused chaos in the Middle East.

A frozen river of ice water is seen raging through the desert as these Iraqi men watch on in disbelief.

The region - renowned for its arid climate - has been hit by ice storms, strong winds and heavy rain in recent days leading to the Iraqi government declaring a state of emergency.