Earth Changes


Dog attack sends 3 children to hospital in Temecula, California


An example of an American Staffordshire terrier, shown in a 2002 file photo.
Three Temecula children were hospitalized after a family friend's dog attacked them Saturday, July 11 in Temecula, Riverside County sheriff's deputies said.

All three children - ages 4, 14, and 15 - were taken to a local hospital with injuries to their arms. One later was flown to a hospital in San Diego for further treatment. The names and possible relationship of the children were not disclosed.

The extent of their injuries and their conditions were not available.

The dog - an American Staffordshire terrier, a breed of pit bull - was turned over to animal control officers.

The children were attacked just before 5 p.m. Saturday in the 40000 block of Chantemar Way in Temecula, according to a Riverside County Sheriff's Department news release.

"Witnesses stated the dog ... mistook children playing as aggressive actions," the release said.

It attacked one of them, and when two other children tried to help, the dog attacked them as well, the release said.

When deputies arrived, they confined the dog to a bathroom and called animal control.

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Seabird populations have dropped 70 percent since 1950s

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UBC research shows world's monitored seabird populations have dropped 70 percent since the 1950s, a stark indication that marine ecosystems are not doing well.
UBC research shows world's monitored seabird populations have dropped 70 per cent since the 1950s, a stark indication that marine ecosystems are not doing well.

Michelle Paleczny, a UBC master's student and researcher with the Sea Around Us project, and co-authors compiled information on more than 500 seabird populations from around the world, representing 19 per cent of the global seabird population. They found overall populations had declined by 69.6 per cent, equivalent to a loss of about 230 million birds in 60 years.

"Seabirds are particularly good indicators of the health of marine ecosystems," said Paleczny. "When we see this magnitude of seabird decline, we can see there is something wrong with marine ecosystems. It gives us an idea of the overall impact we're having."

Bizarro Earth

Huge and ancient underwater volcanoes discovered off coast of Sydney, Australia

Scientists searching for lobster larvae on Investigator research vessel instead find cluster of four volcanoes thought to be about 50m years old

Four enormous underwater volcanoes, thought to be about 50m years old, have been discovered off the coast of Sydney by a team of scientists who were looking for lobster larvae.

The volcano cluster was spotted through sonar mapping of the sea floor by Investigator, Australia's new ocean-going research vessel, about 250km off the coast.

The four volcanoes are calderas, large bowl-shaped craters caused when a volcano erupts and the land around it collapses. The largest is 1.5km across the rim and rises 700m from the sea floor. The 20km-long volcano cluster is nearly 5km underwater.

Professor Iain Suthers, a marine biologist at the University of NSW, said the volcano discovery was made when the team was searching for nursery grounds for larval lobsters.

Comment: Other underwater volcanoes have been discovered in recent years from off the coast of New Zealand to Antarctica. In April this year, scientists were stunned by the apparent eruption of a submarine volcano, 'Axial Seamount' off the Northwest US coast (at a similar time to the devastating Nepalese earthquake and the massive eruption of the Calbuco volcano in Chile), which could explain the "unprecedented warming occurring over the last 13 years" of water in this area.

As the number of volcanoes erupting right now is greater than the 20th century's YEARLY average, a comparable escalation in activity of their underwater counterparts seems logical.

It is estimated there are up to one million submarine volcanoes on our planet. Effects from this volcanic activity, combined with increased methane outgassing, radiation from the Fukushima disaster are probably also causing the ongoing devastation of marine life, mass fish die offs and strange migratory behaviour we are currently witnessing.

Ice Cube

Unusual cold weather hits northern Vietnam

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People wear coats by a smoke oven in Sa Pa as it became suddenly cold on Monday morning.
Sa Pa, the favorite resort town in northern Vietnam, is going through the second winter in only six months. Or at least that's what it feels like here. The town became suddenly cold on Monday morning and many people had to wear extra coats to deal with the temperature, which fell to 12.6 degrees Celsius (54.7 degrees Fahrenheit) at 7 a.m., right in the middle of summer.

Both locals and tourists in Lao Cai Province said they woke up very surprised. They said it felt cold like winter, but it got warmer later in the day. According to AccuWeather, the minimum temperature will be between 14 and 16 degrees throughout the week. Luu Minh Hai, director of the province's weather forecast center, said the region has been suffering from a depression which caused long, heavy rains the past days.

The temperature in other mountains in the region also dropped to 16 and 17 degrees Celsius. Hai said such low temperature in summer has hardly ever been seen in Sa Pa. The town, which is the only place in Vietnam to have snow in winter, recorded temperature as low as 14.4 degrees Celsius in July 2005.

The cold weather is even stranger considering the country has been going through the hottest year in a decade, with heat wave gripping northern and central Vietnam for months now.

Comment: See also: Winter is coming: Earth approaching 'mini ice age' in 15 year, solar cycle study suggest

Ice Cube

Mount St. Helens' now holds the world's youngest glacier

Hikers walk past this chunk of the volcano that existed before May 18, 1980. The Crater Glacier surrounding the lava dome is growing at a time when most glaciers around the globe are in rapid retreat.
Mount St. Helens' Crater Glacier continues to grow while most others around the world are shrinking.

Ray Yurkewycz perched on the rim of the Northwest's most restless volcano and marveled at the primordial forces at work.

Rocks and boulders sloughed off the crater walls, kicking up plumes of dust as they clattered down the near-vertical slopes. Steam rose from the twin magma domes formed after Mount St. Helens' cataclysmic eruption in 1980 and the quieter outburst that started in 2004.

But Yurkewycz, operations director for the nonprofit Mount St. Helens Institute, was focused less on the volcano's fiery past than its icy present. Few people realize, he said, that the hollowed-out crater where lava was flowing just a few years ago now holds the world's youngest glacier.

And if that's not surprising enough, the prosaically named Crater Glacier is also growing at a time when most glaciers around the globe are in rapid retreat.

Comment: Actually, there are a number of other glaciers that have been advancing within the past year:


Strong storms spawn three powerful tornadoes in Pennsylvania

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Christian elementary school destroyed by tornado.
The National Weather Service has confirmed three tornadoes spawned by strong storms Thursday in Pennsylvania.

Forecasters say a category EF-1 tornado with winds of at least 105 mph struck near Reading, ripping the roof off an elementary school and tearing through classrooms.

An EF-1 tornado also touched down Thursday near Montoursville and an EF-0 tornado touched down in Selinsgrove, both in central Pennsylvania.

An EF-0 tornado has winds of 65-85 mph. An EF-1 tornado has winds of 86-110 mph.

Forecasters say the tornado near Montoursville snapped and uprooted trees and caused damage to outbuildings.

They say the Selinsgrove twister tracked along a creek and caused damage to trees and crops before lifting when it reached the Susquehanna River.

Comment: See SOTT's latest SOTT Earth Changes Summary - June 2015: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, and High Strangeness for coverage of extreme weather for the past month.


Typhoon Chan-hom: Shangyu, China residents evacuate in boats as heavy flooding hits region

Video footage shows heavy flooding in the Chinese city of Shangyu, where residents were evacuated ahead of the arrival of typhoon Chan-hom
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The flooding in Shangyu filled the streets with water.
Residents of the city of Shangyu were forced to evacuate their homes as flooding hit the region shortly before the arrival of typhoon Chan-hom on China's eastern coast.

Video footage from the city, in China's Zhejiang Province, shows rescuers using speedboats on Saturday to reach trapped residents.

The footage shows cars almost completely submerged by the rising water.

Locals are seen being pulled on board small speedboats which drive through streets that have become rivers.

In some areas, the rescuers stand waist-deep in the water as they battle through the floods to bring residents to safety.

The typhoon pounded the Chinese coast south of Shanghai on Saturday with strong winds and heavy rainfall, submerging roads, felling trees and forcing the evacuation of 1.1 million people.


Unexplained explosion on Rhode Island beach knocks beachgoer to the ground; 'sand was flying up into the air like a volcanic eruption'

No evidence of an explosive device found
A Rhode Island beach reopened Sunday, a day after investigators concluded there was no public threat after an unexplained explosion blast knocked a beachgoer to the ground.

Salty Brine State Beach in Narragansett was open again to beachgoers, but there was no new information on the cause of the incident, state Department of Environmental Management spokeswoman Rayna Maguire said Sunday. She said the state fire marshal's office is continuing the investigation.

A witness reported hearing the loud noise and seeing the woman get knocked over on Saturday morning.

"We heard a loud explosion. We looked up and sand was flying up into the air like a volcanic eruption," said Stacey Beal, who witnessed the incident. "We saw a woman who was sitting in her chair get pushed about five feet up and land face first into the sand."

Lori Russell, of Dedham, is a nurse and was vacationing at the beach when the woman was injured. She rushed to help the woman in the moments after the incident.

"She was alert, talking," Russell said. "She was in pain. She couldn't really tell us what hurt because she was shaken very badly."

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Locals troubled by 15 fresh sinkholes in Armala, Nepal

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Locals say 15 sinkholes appeared at Jumleti settlement of Armala VDC in the last three days.
Sinkholes have once again started to appear at Armala VDC in Kaski district, which has prompted some of the locals to leave their houses.

Fifteen sinkholes have developed at Armala in the last three days. Liladhar Acharya, coordinator of the District Disaster Management Committee, said the recent sinkholes have appeared around Jumleti settlement, many of them near the same areas where they had first emerged in 2013.

"With the onset of monsoon, the situation has become more dangerous," Acharya said.

Several farmers at Armala have also been affected because some of the sinkholes have appeared on their farmland.

"The locals had just started working in their fields for plantation when the holes started appearing," Acharya said.


Strange animal behavior: Monkeys attacking customs at salons in Pune, India


Three monkeys have caused terror among the patrons of a few hair-cutting salons in the Shukrawar peth and Shanivar peth areas since last week. The civic authorities and forest department officials are passing the buck over the responsibility to catch the animals.

Two men were attacked while they were entering two different salons in the area in the last two days. Residents have demanded that the Kolhapur Municipal Corporation (KMC) take immediate action to nab the animals.

On Monday, Sanjay Mane, a medical professional, was attacked and bitten by a monkey when he was entering in a salon in Teli lane of Shukrawar peth. On Sunday, a monkey entered the saloon in Shaniwar peth area and attacked Santosh Chougule, a customer. Similar incidents were reported last week from the same area.