Earth Changes


Volcano activity at Mount Marapi, Indonesia


Indonesia’s Mount Merapi
Authorities in West Sumatra have raised the alert level of Mount Marapi after the volatile volcano began spewing clouds of hot ash late on Saturday.

Pyroclastic clouds over the volcano's dome were first spotted at 10.33 p.m. on Saturday, officials from the Marapi observation post told local media. The activity continued well into Sunday morning. The same post also reported a series of minor seismic quakes.

The eruption is considered fairly minor but authorities have issued a warning to locals and hikers to stay beyond a three-kilometer radius from Marapi's crater. Authorities also elevated the mountain's status to the second highest alert level.

The volcano registered a similar eruption on April 13.


Rare tornado hits central California town, damages buildings

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Debris lies on the ground where Sabina and Zane Woodard's garage once stood after reports of a rare tornado in Denair, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015.
The National Weather Service confirms that a tornado did indeed touch down in Denair Sunday afternoon.

Authorities say the tornado hit near Zeering Road in Denair just before 2 p.m. and then headed east out of town. The tornado damaged some houses and trees, according to the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department.

A church roof was also damaged, deputies say. No one was inside the church at the time, the pastor says.

No injuries due to the tornado have been reported. The sheriff's department does not have an official number yet on how many buildings were damaged.

Comment: 'Rare' tornadoes continue to strike all over the planet this year, including Northern Ireland, England, Australia, Hawaii and India.

Cloud Precipitation

Death toll rises to 59 as heavy rains lash Tamil Nadu, India

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People help a man carry his two-wheeler on a cycle cart as they wade through a waterlogged subway in Chennai.

Tamil Nadu continued to experience monsoon fury on Sunday, with heavy rains pounding various parts of the state under the influence of a well marked low pressure area over Bay of Bengal, as the death toll from rain-related incidents climbed to 59.

There seemed to be no respite from the downpour with many parts of the city coming under water even as the weatherman forecast more rains for the next 24 hours, beginning 08:30 am.

The India Meteorological Department said in a bulletin on Sunday that the well-marked low pressure area over southwest Bay of Bengal adjoining Sri Lanka persisted and "it is likely to move west-northwestwards towards Tamil Nadu coast and would concentrate into a Depression during next 24 hours."

Under its influence, more rains were expected in the next 24 hours, the Regional Meteorological Department said.

Anaikaracharthiram (Nagapattinam) received the maximum rainfall of 18 cm recorded till 8:30 am, RMC Director SR Ramanan said, adding, Sirkali from the same district registered 17 cm. Chennai received three cm rainfall between 8:30 am and 11:30 am on Sunday.

He said heavy to very heavy rains could be expected in the northern coastal districts of the state in the next 24 hours while there could be rain in the rest of the districts.


Caribbean Sea earthquake: Strong 5.8 magnitude quake struck between Honduras and the Cayman Islands

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A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.8 has struck the Caribbean Sea between Honduras and the Cayman Islands, seismologists say.

The earthquake, which struck at 6:39 p.m. local time in Honduras or 7:39 p.m. local time on the Cayman Islands, was centered about 167 kilometers (104 miles) south-southwest of George Town on the Cayman Islands, or 420 kilometers (261 miles) west of Montego Bay in Jamaica. It struck about 9.1 kilometers (5.7 miles) deep, making it a shallow earthquake, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

Computer models from the USGS estimated that some 54,000 people may have felt weak shaking from the earthquake, which is unlikely to have caused damage or casualties. Shaking could be felt in George Town, West Bay, Bodden Town, and some other towns in the region.

No tsunami watches or warnings have been issued. "Based on earthquake information and historic tsunami records the earthquake is not expected to generate a tsunami," the U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center said in a bulletin.

Other details were not immediately available.


Weird glowing blue sea slug washes up on Australian beach

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Blue glaucus aka Blue Dragon
A strange and seldom-seen sea creature has made a rare public appearance.

This is the Blue Dragon - or glaucus atlanticus - which was caught on camera after washing up on Australia's Gold Coast.

The bizarre-looking creature is in fact a sea slug, and feeds on blue bottle jellyfish - otherwise known as Portugese Man O' War.

While the jellyfish has a powerful sting that can severely injure humans, the Blue Dragon is unaffected by the venom.

In fact, the Blue Dragon packs a fairly nasty sting of its own.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes start bushfires in Goomalling, Kalbarri, Australia

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A tree fallen across the Goomallng-Toodyay Road after lightning strikes around the Wheatbelt.

Lightening strikes are believed to have sparked several bushfires across WA on Saturday.

Thunderstorms and lightning strikes in the Wheatbelt are believed to have sparked fires west of Goomalling on Saturday afternoon.

Pictures of fallen down trees on major roads near Goomalling, which is about 45km northeast of Northam, also emerged online.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes kill four in Iringa, Tanzania

Lightning strikes killed four people including a student and a woman and hospitalized four others in Iringa District, Iringa Region on Friday.

Timoteo Mlamka, a Form IV student at Idodi Secondary School in Idodi Division, died instantly after being struck by lightning when he was playing school games at the school grounds.

Nurfatika Ngahema, 16, Grace Njati, 17, Jacqueline Kombo, 19, and Michael Ndawa, 16 all Form III students who playing with Mlamka were rushed to the nearby hospital following serious injuries.

Iringa Regional Police Commander (RPC) Ramadhani Mungi confirmed the incident and said the students were playing football under the rain at around 18:00hrs when they were struck by the lightning.

Snowflake Cold

NASA satellites indicate slowdown of Gulf Stream

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NASA's GRACE satellites (artist's concept) measured Atlantic Ocean bottom pressure as an indicator of deep ocean current speed. In 2009, this pattern of above-average (blue) and below-average (red) seafloor pressure revealed a temporary slowing of the deep currents.
A major player in the transportation of heat in the Atlantic Ocean is slowing down and may affect higher latitude climates in the Northern Hemisphere, according to a NASA analysis of satellite data.

The cold "blob" that developed off Greenland may be the drag on the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) by producing very chilly to record cold water, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said earlier this year.

Global warming may be responsible for AMOC's slowdown but natural forces may also be at work, NASA said. AMOC is part of the complex circulation of currents that help take the warmer Gulf Stream water and move it through the basin.

Data from the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites correspond with similar findings that were not satellite-based. The GRACE findings were published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

An AMOC slowdown would impact other currents throughout the Atlantic.

Comment: As the global warming hoax spirals out of control, evidence suggests that the world is on the brink of a new ice age. See also:

Black Cat 2

Signs and Portents: Three-eared cat found in Norfolk, UK


Brian, who has three ears, is believed to be between four and ten years old.
Staff at a Norfolk rescue centre were equally perplexed when one intrepid feline arrived sporting an extra ear.

As Feline Care Cat Rescue in East Harling continue to care for the moggie, it is hoped its owner will now step forward. Brian, as he has been affectionately called, arrived at the centre on Monday after being caught in one of the centre's traps after setting off security alarms at a nearby business.

Manager of the centre, Molly Farrar, said: "We expected it to be one of our own cats who'd been causing problems so this handsome, mature gentleman was quite a surprise to us.

"We've cared for plenty of cats with one eye, three legs or six toes and several cats with no tail left, but this is our first three-eared cat.

The centre is hoping that Brian has not been dumped but has simply got lost.


Magnitude 3.1 earthquake recorded in northeast Bulgaria

A slight earthquake of magnitude 3.1 on the Richter scale has been reported close to the Bulgarian coastal city of Varna at around 10:44 p.m. on Saturday, the National Institute of Geophysics, Geodesy and Geography with the Bulgarian Academy of Science announced for FOCUS News Agency reported.

The epicentre of the quake was close to the town of Novi Pazar.

The jolt was just slightly felt by the local residents.

There is no information about damages or injured people.