Earth Changes

Cloud Precipitation

Death toll rises to 11 in northern Vietnam floods; greatest rainfall for 40 years

© VNA/VNS/ Van Duc
Rainfall flooded many roads in Quang Ninh Province's Ha Long City. The province's People's Committee yesterday held an online meeting with local authorities to co-ordinate on repairing damage caused by heavy rain over the last two days.
The death toll rose to 11 in record floods in northern Vietnam, with at least six people still missing, authorities said Tuesday.

The latest victims include a mother and son whose house collapsed and buried them, according to Quang Ninh provincial department of agriculture.

"The possibility to find the six alive is very small," said Nguyen Duc Long, chairman of the province.

Floods triggered by heavy rains have damaged nearly 3,000 houses, and thousands of people have fled to safety, authorities said.


Flood in Cua Ong, Quang Ninh province

Cloud Precipitation

Floods in Pakistan kill 69; nearly 300,000 affected


Floodwater in Pakistan
At least 69 people have been killed and nearly three lakh others displaced across Pakistan in the devastating floods triggered by torrental rains, officials said today.

At least 34 people were killed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, 15 in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, eight in Punjab, seven in Balochistan and five in Gilgit-Baltistian, bringing the overall toll to 69, said Ahmad Kamal, an official with National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

About 36 people sustained injuries in the rain and flood related accidents. At least 294,844 people were affected by the floods. About 1,855 houses have been destroyed and crops on 2,05,366 acres of land have been damaged.

NDMA along with army and civil authorities have taken measures to help the people displaced by the deluge.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 12-yr-old boy in Jamnagar, India

Summary: The boy was identified as Gala Raba, a resident of Jambusar Nes village in Bhanvad taluka. Though the weather remained overcast on Friday there was no heavy rains reported from any part of Saurashtra on Friday.

However, sporadic light to moderate rains were recorded in few place in Saurahstra and Kutch region.

A 12-year-old boy died after being struck by lightning in Bhanvad taluka of Jamnagar district on Thursday late evening. The boy was identified as Gala Raba, a resident of Jambusar Nes village in Bhanvad taluka. The incident took place when he was playing in the field. Though the weather remained overcast on Friday there was no heavy rains reported from any part of Saurashtra on Friday. However, sporadic light to moderate rains were recorded in few place in Saurahstra and Kutch region. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a rainfall forecast for the next 48 hours.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills fisherman in Philippines

A fisherman died after a bolt of lightning reportedly hit him while he was eating bread in Barangay Maya, Daanbantayan yesterday morning.

Police identified the fatality as Benancio Pepito, who suffered severe head injuries.

Investigator PO3 Victor Avenido said the town experienced intermittent rain and thunderstorm before the incident happened around 10 a.m.

Relatives told the police that Pepito sailed to the sea early in the morning to fish. He was using a wooden boat.

He later went back to shore to buy bread.

Some residents saw Pepito eating the bread while walking along the shore toward his boat when the lightning struck him, said Avenido in a phone interview.

They tried to help the fisherman and rush him to the hospital, but they noticed he was already dead.

Cloud Lightning

2015: A year of record-breaking extreme weather


Wildfires: bigger, more frequent, and happening everywhere
The "State of the Climate," released annually by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, found that 2014 was a record year for extreme weather: the "warmest year across global land and ocean surfaces since records began in 1880." In other words, it was the hottest year ever recorded on Earth. This year is shaping up to be no different, as 2015 has seen record-breaking heat, cold, precipitation, and drought. Here's a running list of this year's frightening new milestones.

Comment: See also: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - June-2015: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval and High Strangeness

To understand what's going on, check out our book explaining how all these events are part of a natural climate shift, and why it's taking place now: Earth Changes and the Human-Cosmic Connection.

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10,000 holidaymakers evacuated in south of France due to wildfires

Smoke can be seen rising from the fires
Up to 10,000 holidaymakers were evacuated from campsites in the south of France after wild fire ravaged nearby forests.

Firefighters and water planes were brought in to tackle the blazes which broke out near the town of Frejus, about 25 miles from Cannes.

Comment: See also: Study: Wildfire seasons are more destructive and lasting longer almost everywhere on Earth

Bizarro Earth

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 7.0 - 234km W of Abepura, Indonesia

  1. 2015-07-27 21:41:22 (UTC)
  2. Times in other timezones
Nearby Cities
  1. 234km (145mi) W of Abepura, Indonesia
  2. 247km (153mi) W of Jayapura, Indonesia
  3. 314km (195mi) W of Vanimo, Papua New Guinea
  4. 341km (212mi) ENE of Nabire, Indonesia
  5. 1195km (743mi) SSE of Koror Town, Palau
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Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills young farmer in the Philippines

A young farmer died Sunday when he was struck by lightning on his way home in Remedios T. Romualdez town, Agusan Del Norte, police said.

Reports reaching Camp Crame on Monday said Joylito Hapson Mondano, 27 of Purok-4, Barangay Poblacion was walking with a friend, Adonar Batokan, along a rice field past noon Sunday when a thunderstorm broke out accompanied by lightning strikes.

Mondano was rushed by an rescue team to the Butuan Medical Center where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills man in Moscow


Russian investigators say lightning has killed a construction worker in Moscow.

Russian news agencies on Monday quoted investigation spokeswoman Yulia Ivanova as saying that the man was stuck by lightning in a park in the west of the city earlier on Monday and died on the spot. The man is believed to be a construction worker who was hiding from heavy rain in the park.

A thunderstorm in Moscow on Monday morning partially flooded several Moscow streets with 300 emergency workers dispatched to pump out the water. A third of the month's average rainfall is expected in Moscow on Monday and Tuesday.

Source: Associated Press


16-foot dead Beaked whale found on Guam shore


Another beaked whale washed up on the Southern part of the island...this time, a 16-footer.
Guam Department of Agriculture Fisheries Biologist Brent Tibbatts says the whale was found beached at the Agat Marina yesterday morning. Tibbatts says, "It was first reported Sunday morning, just washed up north of the channel of Agat Marina. Overnight, the waves have moved it to the south side of the channel."

Earlier today, Tibbatts and his team were able to examine the mammal and gather tissue samples to send off to a lab in Hawaii for analysis. When the results come back, Tibbatt says, that's when they'll figure out the cause of death, what population the whale belongs to, and if the whale had any disease or contaminants.

He says, "While we were out there today, the whale has been scraped on the coral and is bleeding a fair amount."

Tibbatts says this is the third deceased whale found on island this year, which he says is more than the number of mammals that wash ashore in a typical year.