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Typhoon Rammasun kills more than 100 in China and Philippines

© Aaron Favila/Associated Press
Residents wade through floods as they go back to their home in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines. Typhoon Rammasun killed at least 94 people, forced 530,000 to flee their homes and destroyed 7,000 homes.
The strongest typhoon to hit southern China in four decades has killed at least 16 people in the region after leaving scores dead in the Philippines.

Strong winds and rain from Super Typhoon Rammasun hit dozens of southern coastal cities in the provinces of Guangdong and Hainan and the region of Guangxi, affecting more than 3 million people, the Chinese state news agency Xinhua reported Saturday.

Comment: Also see: Super typhoon Rammasun slams China, Vietnam - risk of damaging winds, flooding, mudslides, coastal storm surge

Snowflake

Images of snowfall in Chelyabinsk, Russia during the height of summer

Witness to this natural anomaly were residents of the Urals, where over the last hundred years snow in the middle of the summer has happened only three times. Yesterday, I showed you a video of the Chelyabinsk region where it snowed, which was captured on video recorder car. Today I want to show you some of the most interesting pictures of how it was and how Chelyabinsk was covered with snow in the middle of summer.

Alarm Clock

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.9 - 100km NNE of Ndoi Island, Fiji

Earthquake 6.9 Fiji
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Event Time
2014-07-21 14:54:40 UTC
2014-07-21 02:54:40 UTC-12:00 at epicenter

Location
19.780°S 178.441°W depth=616.1km (382.8mi)

Nearby Cities
100km (62mi) NNE of Ndoi Island, Fiji
369km (229mi) WNW of Nuku'alofa, Tonga
375km (233mi) ESE of Suva, Fiji
437km (272mi) SSE of Lambasa, Fiji
488km (303mi) ESE of Nadi, Fiji

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Cloud Precipitation

Severe hailstorm in July in Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan

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Ping pong ball-sized hailstorm hit Ust-Kamenogorsk city in eastern Kazakhstan on July 15, Tengrinews reports citing Yk-news.kz.

People were looking for shelters to hide from the hailstones the size of a quail eggs.

"We built a homemade greenhouse from our old windows, but hailstorm destroyed it," a resident of Mirniy village said looking slightly shocked, "The garden was covered with a 5 cm layer of ice. All our seedling died."

The emergency services are estimating the damage caused by hail that lasted for 7 minutes. The department received around 50 calls during these 7 minutes. People were mostly complaining about damaged cars, metal bodies and windows of more than 30 vehicles were damaged. Several trees fell that day, but fortunately no one was hurt.


Source: Yk-news.kz
Bomb

Gas-charged earthquakes linked to mysterious Louisiana sinkhole


A giant sinkhole formed overnight in southeast Louisiana on Aug. 3, 2012, swallowing cypress trees. The Bayou Corne sinkhole is now more than 215,000 square feet (20,000 square meters) and about 330 feet (100 m) deep. (Photo taken Aug. 12, 2012)
Surges of gas-charged fluid may have explosively generated the earthquakes preceding a giant sinkhole in Louisiana, researchers say.

These findings could lead to a better understanding of how pressurized fluids can trigger earthquakes and tremors, scientists added.
"Four fracking wastewater wells near Oklahoma City have caused hundreds of earthquakes since 2008, a new study finds."

Fracking connection to Oklahoma City earthquakes
On Aug. 3, 2012, a giant sinkhole formed overnight near Bayou Corne in southeast Louisiana, prompting a declaration of emergency from state officials and evacuation of nearby residents. The sinkhole - filled with a slurry of water, debris and crude oil - swallowed cypress trees, and recent estimates suggest it is now more than 215,000 square feet (20,000 square meters) and about 330 feet (100 m) deep. [Video: Bayou Corne Sinkhole Swallows Trees]

Comment: see also here and here for more links between fracking and earthquakes in Oklahoma

Alarm Clock

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.0 - 72km WNW of Hihifo, Tonga

Earthquake 6.0 Hihifo Tonga
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Event Time
2014-07-19 12:27:09 UTC
2014-07-19 00:27:09 UTC-12:00 at epicenter

Location
15.799°S 174.404°W depth=219.8km (136.6mi)

Nearby Cities
72km (45mi) WNW of Hihifo, Tonga
357km (222mi) SW of Apia, Samoa
427km (265mi) WSW of Tafuna, American Samoa
432km (268mi) WSW of Pago Pago, American Samoa
596km (370mi) N of Nuku'alofa, Tonga

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Russian authorities open investigation into hailstorm deaths

Russian authorities have opened an investigation into the deaths of two children during a severe hailstorm in Siberia.

The Investigative Committee said in a statement published online Monday that two young girls aged 3 and 4 had died Saturday in the lakeside town of Bredsk, not far from the large Siberian city of Novosibirsk. The two girls died after sustaining traumatic brain injuries when a tree fell on their tent, where they were taking shelter from the storm along with their families.

Videos have surfaced online showing beach-goers in Novosibirsk huddling desperately under umbrellas, as cherry-sized hailstones pelt them mercilessly. Weather has been unusually extreme across much of Russia this summer, with snow hitting parts of central Russia that rarely see freezing temperatures in summer.

Comment: What, really, can the authorities do to stop this happening more and more often?

This appears to be footage of the sudden storm that killed two girls at a Berdsk campsite:



Bizarro Earth

Florida motorist captures parting of the storm

Joe Zuniga's stunning image reveals rain curtains parting on Florida roadway; motorists 'looked almost like something spiritual coming through the storm'.

Partung of Storm
© Joe Zuniga
Motorist captures parting of the storm.
As stormy skies cleared over Florida earlier this week, Joe Zuniga experienced an extraordinary moment he described as spiritual, and unforgettable. The parting of the storm.

As Zuniga drove along Interstate 75, the clouds suddenly shifted in a peculiar way, creating an large square-shaped sunny patch through which motorists passed. It was as if rain clouds had parted over the motorists for a reason.

"They looked almost like something spiritual coming through the storm, and the Lord has got your back," Zuniga told the Weather Channel.
Bizarro Earth

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.2 - 98km SE of Kuril'sk, Russia

Kurilsk Quake_210714
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Event Time
2014-07-20 18:32:47 UTC
2014-07-21 04:32:47 UTC+10:00 at epicenter

Location

44.626°N 148.728°E depth=60.8km (37.8mi)

Nearby Cities
94km (58mi) SE of Kuril'sk, Russia
291km (181mi) ENE of Nemuro, Japan
307km (191mi) ENE of Shibetsu, Japan
361km (224mi) ENE of Abashiri, Japan
1254km (779mi) NE of Tokyo, Japan

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Typhoon Matmo threatens Taiwan and China - damaging wind, flooding rain expected

Typhoon Matmo is expected to strengthen and threaten Taiwan and China during the middle of the week.

Thunderstorm activity will continue to flourish around Matmo, but the typhoon is still having trouble strengthening and developing an eye.

However, Matmo remains in a region conducive to tropical development. As a result, AccuWeather.com meteorologists still feel that significant strengthening is still likely through Tuesday, local time.

While Matmo will be across open water of the Philippines Sea through the beginning of the week and will not cross the Philippines, northern parts of the country will still feel some effects from the storm as it enhances a tropical southwesterly flow from the South China Sea.

This will lead to the threat for heavy rain and subsequent flooding across Mindoro and western Luzon.
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