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Earthquake strikes California - 5.5 magnitude near Brooktrails

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A shallow magnitude 5.5 earthquake was reported Saturday morning seven miles from Brooktrails, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 4:33 a.m. PDT at a depth of 23.6 miles.

According to the USGS, the epicenter was 27 miles from Ukiah, 60 miles from Clearlake and 68 miles from Healdsburg.

In the l10 days, there has been one earthquake of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby.

This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service and this post was created by an algorithm.

Comment: Updated later today:

9:02 a.m.: This post is incorrect, with the USGS reporting that sensors in California misidentified seismic activity from a magnitude 7.8 quake that struck off the coast of Japan several minutes earlier.

"It's bogus," said John Bellini, a USGS geophysicist. "When the waves from these big quakes hit [the Northern Californian sensor] network they think it's a local quake. They have some kind of filtering system, but it's not working properly. There is some problem with that on their end."


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4.8 magnitude earthquake hits near San Simeon, California

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A magnitude 4.8 earthquake was reported Saturday morning 13 miles from San Simeon, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 4:33 a.m. PDT at a depth of 54.1 miles.

According to the USGS, the epicenter was 27 miles from King City, 33 miles from Greenfield and 34 miles from Paso Robles.

In the last 10 days, there have been three earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby.

This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service and this post was created by an algorithm.

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Strong 7.8 quake strikes off Japan's remote Bonin Islands

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A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck in the ocean off Japan's remote Bonin Islands at 11:23 GMT on Saturday, USGS reports. There have been no immediate reports of casualties or damage, nor any tsunami alert.

The populated area closest to the quake's epicenter is the Japanese island of Chichi-Shima with a population of about 2,000 people. It is 189 kilometers from the impact point.

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Over 400 turtles in Bellinger River, Australia, dead of mysterious disease

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Three months. That's all it took to wipe almost every member of a species of turtles off of the map.

It all started in mid-February when canoeists paddling down the Bellinger River in New South Wales, Australia, came across several dead and dying turtles.

Since then more than 400 dead turtles have shown up. Dozens more sick turtles were also recovered, each of which was lethargic, emaciated and covered in infected lesions in their eyes, skin and even internal organs.

None of the infected turtles survived.

The 60-kilometer river is the only home to the Bellinger River snapping turtle (Elsaya georgesi), a rare but little-studied species that has already been on the decline for years due to pollution and predation by invasive foxes. Scientists now fear that this mysterious, as-yet-unidentified disease has reached 90 percent of the turtle's habitat and could cause the species's imminent extinction.

Is there hope? So far 17 apparently healthy turtles have been captured and brought into safety. University of Western Sydney zoologist Ricky Spencer says the 10 males and seven females—all that could be located by a multiagency team of wildlife experts—will spend up to the next eight months in quarantine where they will be monitored daily for signs of the disease. If they stay healthy, they could later form the core of a captive-breeding program that could, in theory, save the species from extinction even if it completely disappears in the wild.

Comment: 100 Georges Turtles found dead or dying in Bellinger river, Australia


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Multiple fish kills reported in coastal waters of Connecticut

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Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection why thousands of fish died in the past week in the state's coastal waters.

Multiple natural fish kills were reported during the past week. The kills were reported in several locations on the Thames River between Norwich and the U.S. Naval Submarine Base in Groton, in the lower Connecticut River, in Clinton Harbor and on the Quinnipiac River.

Thousands of Atlantic menhaden, and smaller numbers of other species were found dead at each location.
The population of Atlantic menhaden has grown in local waters for the past two years, most likely due to limits placed on menhaden harvest along the Atlantic coast.

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Climate factor: Increasing cosmic rays

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The cloud-sun connection!
Driving Force in Climate Changes, Volcanos and Earthquakes

Back in 1996 Danish physicists suggested that cosmic rays, energetic particles from space, are important in the formation of clouds. Since then, experiments in Copenhagen and elsewhere have demonstrated that cosmic rays actually help small clusters of molecules to form. By firing a particle beam into a cloud chamber, physicists in Denmark and the UK have shown how cosmic rays could stimulate the formation of water droplets in the Earth's atmosphere. The researchers say this is the best experimental evidence yet that the Sun influences the climate by altering the intensity of the cosmic-ray flux reaching the Earth's surface.

In 1995, Henrik Svensmark discovered a startling connection between the cosmic ray flux from space and cloud cover. He found that when the sun is more active - more sunspots, a stronger magnetic field, larger auroras, stronger solar winds, etc. - fewer cosmic rays strike the earth and cloud cover is reduced, resulting in warmer temperatures. Svensmark offers a complete chain of events that explains the variations in global temperature that have puzzled climatologists for so many years, and that has now led to an explanation for the recent global warming episode that ended approximately 17 years ago.

Changes to the Sun's brightness are believed to have altered temperatures by very little through direct means. What Svensmark and other scientists are showing is that the main cooling that occurs during solar minimums is not just because the sun is sending less warming rays but through reduction in protective capacity in terms of cosmic rays. It is an indirect effect.


Comment: Change is definitely upon us and rapidly advancing. Is society yet aware or will it be a rude awakening in the near future? The signs are evident. It is how we truthfully and honestly interpret them that may make a difference in whether humanity lives or dies in the offing. Thanks to this author for the logical, factual and understandable wisdom presented.
See also: Earth Changes and the Human Cosmic Connection by Pierre Lescaudron and Laura Knight Jadczyk


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10 dolphins found dead on Mumbai beaches in a month

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From the tetrapod lined coasts of Colaba to the serene beaches in Vasai, around ten porpoises have been found dead in the past one month
While the number of dead dolphins washing ashore the city's coastline continues to rise, the state environment ministry seems to be oblivious to the incidents.

As many as 10 carcasses of finless porpoises have been spotted across the beaches of the island city in the past one month, leaving marine biologists, conservationists, activists and researchers baffled, while the state department was caught being unaware of the shocking sightings.

Speaking to Iamin on phone, Minister of State for Environment Pravin Pote-Patil claimed he was not informed of the occurrences, which has perturbed the city.

"Beaches of the city are the prime responsibility of the municipal corporation, be it pollution or the incidents of dead dolphins washing ashore. The civic body should have informed the environment department immediately, however I have received no such information," Patil said.

He assured that his department would coordinate with the corporation and examine the autopsy report of the carcasses to determine the cause of death.

"UInless we are able to pin-point the cause of death, we cannot initiate any specific response or mitigation steps. I will talk to the Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta on this and initiate a probe," Patil said.

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Mysterious mass shellfish die-off near Whangarei, New Zealand

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Dead cockles like these have turned up in large numbers in the Ngunguru Sandspit area
A horrible stench set off an investigation into a mysterious mass shellfish death at Ngunguru Sandspit in Northland.

Aaron Franklin, who was visiting his parents in the area, alerted authorities to the deaths on Thursday May 21. The engineer estimates there were well over a million dead cockles, tuatua and pipi on the seaward beach and near the mouth of the estuary, with more on the seabed.

Franklin returned to the area the next day where representatives from Northland Regional Council were gathering samples. He says the area "reeked of rotting shellfish".

Northland District Health Board is recommending people do not take or consume shellfish from the area until the cause of the deaths is known. Signs advising the public of the incident went up on May 27.

Franklin, a member of the grassroots Arctic Methane Emergency Group, says increased levels of carbon dioxide and decreased levels of oxygen in the ocean are one possible cause of the deaths.

He says incidences of hypoxia - where oxygen levels drop so low that sealife is killed on mass in a short period of time - have increased rapidly. Ocean currents can cause carbon-dioxide rich water to move to areas with high concentrations of shellfish, where they die as they cannot expel carbon dioxide from their shells, Franklin says.

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More than 430 in hospital due to heat wave in Japan

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Children play in a park fountain to cool off from a heatwave in Japan.
More than 430 people in Japan have been admitted to hospitals nationwide in a current heat wave in several regions of the country, Japan's Fire and Disaster Management Agency (FDMA) said Tuesday.

FDMA, in charge of ambulance services, cites data between May 18 and 24. Cases of hospitalization because of heat were reported in Tokyo and Kyoto, as well as in the Saitama, Aichi, Fukushima and Fukuoka prefectures, among others.

The temperature in some regions of Japan is predicted to rise above 30 degrees Celsius [86 Fahrenheit] on Tuesday, according to Japan Meteorological Agency.

Experts warn about the dangers of outside overexposure and urge people to refrain from outdoor physical activity.

In May and June, a high probability of above-normal temperatures (above 40 degrees Celsius) on the islands of Okinawa and Amami is forecast.

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3-yr-old among 3 injured after sloth bear attack in India

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A sloth bear mauled three people in separate attacks near village Morwai under Saoli range on Thursday morning. Two of them, including a three-year-old boy, sustained critical injuries in the attack and have been admitted to civil hospital here. Forest department has launched intensive search operation to locate the violent bear and have issued warning in the villages around.

As per reports, Mul and Saoli tehsil witnessed thunderstorm on Wednesday night. Patruji Ghote had taken his three-year-old son Swaraj to collect mangoes fallen in their farm after the thunderstorm in the morning. While Ghote was collecting mangoes, the bear attacked his son Swaraj who was eating mango under the tree some distance away. The beast ripped his throat with its sharp nails before his father could rescue him from its clutches.

"The bear attacked two more persons in separate farms while heading towards the forest. Mahadev Jharkar, who was attacked after Swaraj in nearby farm, sustained critical injuries. The bear also attacked other farmer Chandu Jharkar in his farm some distance away, but he escaped with minor scratches,"
said RFO, Saoli range, MP Rathod.