Earth Changes


Southern France put on maximum storm alert, risk of flash-flooding

south france storms
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Nasty storms in southern France have prompted the country's top weather warning
Residents in the Hérault department on the Mediterranean coast were under a red alert on Monday because of storms heavy rain just two weeks after four people were killed by raging flood waters in the area.

Downpours since midday on Monday left local authorities concerned enough about the risk of flash flooding that they put out the red alert, which warns people they are facing an exceptional danger.

They are concerned the river Lez, the main waterway in the Hérault department will burst its banks.

According to reports 95mm of rain fell between midday and 4pm in parts of Hérault on Monday.

The rains have forced officials to shut down trams in Montpellier and certain sections of roads and motorways are blocked due to flooding.

Comment: Montpellier today:


Jackal attacks 2 children outside their house in Goa, India

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An adult male golden jackal.
The baffling attack on two children by a jackal in Maulinguem, Bicholim may have been out of panic and zeal to protect her pups nearby.

A 12-year-old boy and another six year old boy were attacked by the jackal outside their house.

Forest officials and some locals tried to trace the jackal and found two dens nearby. One den was fresh and appeared to have been used. "It appears the mother was fiercely protective of her pups and attacked the children," an official said.

But forest officials ruled out that the animal was rabid. "There would have been more casualties," the official said.

A few villagers were washing clothes in a stream nearby. None of them were attacked.

Pack of jackals injure 17 villagers in Nepal

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An adult male golden jackal.
The local administration has deployed a police team to control wild jackals that have terrorising the villagers of Jogbudha VDC-7 in Dadeldhura for the last two days.

Chief District Officer Shiva Raj Joshi said that the police team from Jogbudha Area Police Office has been deployed to take the wild animals under control. "As many as 17 people and dozen of cattle have been injured in jackal attacks in the last two days," he said.

Kalapati Aire, Dhana Bhat and Mina Bhatta have been critically injured and were sent to Seti Zonal Hospital in Dhangadi for further treatment yesterday. Other victims have also left for Dhangadi for Jogbudha Hospital does not have enough stock of anti-rabbis vaccines.

A local teacher, Padam Luhar, said that a group of wild animals entered the human settlements and started to bite villagers indiscriminately last Thursday.

Two-headed snapping turtle found crossing road in Hudson, Maine

Two headed turtle in Hudson. Kathleen Talbot rescue the snapping turtle near her home. Talbot calls one head Frank and other one Stein.
A woman found an unusual reptile near her home in Hudson this week - a two-headed baby snapping turtle.

Kathleen Talbot said she went to watch turtle hatchlings cross the road to make sure they each arrived at the other side safely. She noticed one of the turtles had been left behind.

"I thought he had two feet in the front. I thought he was deformed. I didn't realize it was two heads until I got him home and washed him. Then he came to life-- and was just starving," she said.

She has named the turtle Frank and Stein. Talbot said she doesn't plan to have the dynamic duo as a pet, but does want to make sure Frank and Stein survives.

Bizarro Earth

Signs of activity surface at Mount St. Helens as 10th anniversary of last eruption nears

Mount St. Helens
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The snow-capped crater of Mount St. Helens.
Ten years ago Wednesday, Mount St. Helens in Washington erupted after being quiet for nearly two decades, and now US Geological Survey (USGS) scientists are concerned that the volcano could mark the occasion by becoming active once again, various media outlets reported over the weekend.

The volcano reawakened in September 2004 and erupted on October 1, remaining active until late January 2008, according to the USGS. That event began with relatively small ejections of ash, which were followed by over three years of continuous slow lava extrusion - a stark contrast to the catastrophic May 1980 eruption that killed 57 and caused over $1 billion in damage.

"Since that time, scientists have been heavily monitoring the area to pinpoint when the next eruption will take place," said Tara West of Inquisitr News. Experts expect "future dome-building eruptions at the volcano," and while they are uncertain exactly when that could occur, Mount St. Helens is starting showing signs of activity, she added.

Methane venting victim? Deep sea dwelling Pygmy Sperm whale found dead near Hong Kong

A 3.3 m long, 386 kg whale was found by hikers on Friday (26th September 2014) on the rocky shoreline at Fung Hang village near Sha Tau Kok (NE New Territories). Due to the remote location of the site, AFCD staff decided to suspend the investigation, as night fell. Officers tied the dead whale with a rope to fix it on the beach and prevent it from drifting away during the rising tide. Experts joined the investigation the following day to identify the dead whale species and the cause of death.

Comment: See also: Creatures from the deep signal major Earth Changes: Is anyone paying attention?

Hundreds of methane plumes erupting along U.S. Atlantic coast

Casualties of seafloor methane gas release? Hundreds of thousands more fish found dead in Plymouth tidal pool, UK


16 inches of snow falls in Bulgaria

Mount Musala
Also, first snow of the season in Turkey - No big deal, but a far cry from the global warming crisis that the con men are trying to make us believe.

27 Sept 2014 - The most snow is in Rila in the high mountains, where the snow reached depths of 30-40 centimeters (12 to 16 inches) in places. This was announced by the weatherman TV-MET Simeon MATEV on "24 Hours".

Northern California: Growing list of communities running out of water in 60 days

California's water shortage has reached a critical stage.
Critical areas that are running out of water in 60 days.
At least a dozen communities in Northern and Central California are at risk of running out of water in just 60 days. The areas in jeopardy include Colusa and El Dorado County. These are relatively small communities and they rely on one source of water.

Butte County north of Sacramento is getting hit hard. At Big Bend Mobile Home Park near Oroville, home to more than 30 families, the water supply is so low that between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., it is completely shut off.

"Hard when you have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night," said resident Michelle Payne. "I guess we're not flushing." The only water source for her entire community is a single well. There are other wells on the property, but they have all run dry.

"There's really nothing can you about it," said resident John Dougherty. "I don't water any plants... try to cut back on toilet usage... whatever we can do is what you gotta do...all we can do." "Pretty much anything that was alive weeks ago is dry, 'cuz we haven't been able to water," said Payne.

Some families have started driving five miles down the road to get drinking water from a spring box, for themselves and their animals.

Statewide the water shortages are getting worse. In just a month, the Water Resource Board's list of communities at risk of running out of water in 60 days has grown from 8 to 12. Big Bend Mobile Home Park made that list.

Comment: From February, 2014:
California drought: 10 communities at acute risk of running out of drinking water in 60 days


The rising tide of contaminants

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Scientists are concerned by the increasing variety of contaminants in the environment. Traces of pesticides and caffeine were found in the Zumbro River, above, in Minnesota.Credit
Deborah Swackhamer, a professor of environmental health sciences at the University of Minnesota, decided last year to investigate the chemistry of the nearby Zumbro River. She and her colleagues were not surprised to find traces of pesticides in the water.

Neither were they shocked to find prescription drugs ranging from antibiotics to the anti - convulsive carbamazepine. Researchers realized more than 15 years ago that pharmaceuticals - excreted by users, dumped down drains - were slipping through wastewater treatment systems.

Black bear attacks man walking his dogs in Larkspur, Colorado

A man was attacked by a bear Wednesday evening while walking his dogs in a Larkspur neighborhood.

The Colorado Division of Wildlife says the man was walking his dogs when he suddenly saw a bear running at him from the side. The bear bit him in one arm and then the man began to fight back. He injured the other arm when defending himself. After the man began to defend himself, the bear ran away.

"Generally, black bears in Colorado are not aggressive, so this is kind of a strange case," Jennifer Churchill with the Colorado Division of Wildlife said. "We certainly think it's a cause for concern because in general, bears don't like to come near people with dogs."

The man was transported to a local hospital. He was admitted, treated and released last night. The dogs were not injured.