Earth Changes


Three elephants kill two women in West Bengal, India


Two women were killed and another was injured on Thursday when they were attacked by elephants in West Bengal's Bankura district, an official said. The three women had gone to collect mushrooms from a forest when they were attacked by three elephants. Ashoka Sheet, 45, and Rabibala Das, 65, died, said Divisional Forest Officer Pinaki Mitra.

The incident occurred in a forest under Belboni beat office near Matla village at around 5.30 AM. The three women had gone to the forest to collect mushrooms when three elephants attacked them, Belboni beat office ranger Amit Patra said. While 45-year-old Ashoka Shit died on the spot, 55-year-old Rabibala Das died soon after her admidission to Bankura Sammilani Medical College and Hospital at Bankura, he said.


Beached whale found near Port Lincoln, South Australia

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A five-metre long whale has beached itself near Port Lincoln in South Australia.
A five-metre long whale has beached itself in the shallows of a popular surf beach near Port Lincoln on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia.

The Environment Department said the dead whale, found near Lone Pine Beach, could be a minke.

A minke whale beached itself in the area last month but was rescued by locals.

That whale had been rescued three times from the Port Lincoln foreshore after swimming into shallow water during low tide.

Peter Wilkins from the department said they had not ruled out that the dead whale was the same animal.

"I guess it is a possibility that that's the case," he said.

"It's a fair way from here, it's the same size but like I said, there are a number of whale species that are about that size that do wash up."

Cloud Grey

Strange skies: Mysterious roll clouds engulf sky in Bern, Switzerland.

These mysterious roll clouds engulfed the sky of Bern, Switzerland.

What a wavy cloud formation.

A series of mysterious clouds roll over Bern.

Comment: See also: Sign of the Times? Undulatus asperatus clouds

Arrow Up

Ecuador's Cotopaxi volcano coughs 2 kilometer high column of ash

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Picture taken from Quito of the Cotopaxi volcano spewing ash on October 8, 2015.
Ecuador's Cotopaxi volcano, which began erupting in August after being dormant for 138 years, on Thursday coughed up a two-kilometer-high column of ash, officials said.

The giant ash column was visible from Quito, 45 kilometers (30 miles) to the north of the volcano, considered one of the world's most dangerous because its snow cap is vulnerable in an eruption and because of its close proximity to densely populated areas.

Ecuador's security coordination ministry said ash rose 2,000 meters above the volcano's crater, and warned some could fall on Quito's southern neighborhoods.

Cotopaxi, one of eight active volcanoes in Ecuador, last erupted in 1877.

The government declared a state of emergency in August after the volcano roared to life and has been conducting evacuation drills among the population.

An estimated 325,000 people could be affected if the eruption triggers mudslides and avalanches, according to the authorities.

Comment: There have been many reports of volcanic eruptions or volcanic activity in the past month - a lot of them in the Ring of Fire:

Cloud Precipitation

Torrential rain brings flooding to Larnaca, Cyprus


Floods in Larnaca
Torrential rain flooded Larnaca on Thursday afternoon, resulting in the old Nicosia-Limassol road being closed due to the heavy rain.

Police also said that the road up to the village of Skarinou has been closed.

Roads in Larnaca were drenched in heavy rain fall which led to roads being flooded.

The fire services were busy pumping water out of flooded basements in the surrounding villages of Larnaca such as Mazotos on Thursday afternoon.

Teams are continuing to clean roads of debris and to pump the roads of rain.

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Sinkhole forms at cemetery in Laconia, New Hampshire

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Scott Bridges, a groundskeeper at Union Cemetery in Laconia, stands Thursday behind the large sinkhole that was created eight days earlier.
Officials are trying to act fast to repair a sinkhole in Union Cemetery that is coming dangerously close to several plots where the ashes of the deceased are buried.

Groundskeeper Scott Bridges said the sinkhole, which is about 30 feet wide and 8 feet deep, occurred during last week's torrential rainstorm on Sept. 30 at about 4 p.m. The pipe that broke was more than 65 years old, and Bridges said the bottom of one section rotted out and caused the collapse.

Over the past several days, the hole has continued to widen ever so slightly, and the hope is to get the broken pipe replaced and the hole filled as soon as possible. He said the goal is to have it done before the next major rainstorm, and he assumes work will begin within the next week or so.

"Right now, it seems to be maintaining, but if we get any more rain and bad weather, that could be bad," said Bridges. "The hole will get bigger because the soil is so loose, and it will collapse more. As long as we don't get a really bad rainstorm, we should be OK."

Cloud Precipitation

Mapping the El Niño winter could create massive flooding in Pasadena

Arroyo Seco Channel, Pasadena, California
As if California's ever persistent drought wasn't enough to worry about, the potential for an El Niño-fueled rainy season has some people in Pasadena prepping for the possibility of massive flooding, reports KPCC. The problem all stems from the reservoir that flows up to the Devil's Gate Dam in Pasadena—over the years, debris and sediment has built up, choking off release values and water release gates. In addition to the normal buildup, the Station Fire in 2009 sent exponentially more debris into the dam, further hindering its effectiveness. This has Los Angeles County Flood Control officials concerned that a series of big enough storms could overwhelm the dam and send floodwaters crashing through the affluent Arroyo Seco neighborhood and beyond. A report compiled by the LA County Flood Control shows that a big enough storm could send water flowing two to 10 feet above the walls of the Arroyo Seco Channel. Flooding could even stretch onto the 110 Freeway.

Hundreds of homes could flood along Arroyo Seco Channel.
LA County flood officials have wanted to clear the debris for years. In 2014, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a five-year plan to clean 2.4 million cubic yards of sediment out of the dam site to alleviate flood risk. Work was halted, however, when Pasadena residents concerned about pollution and construction noise opposed the project. The nonprofit Arroyo Seco Foundation sued the city over the sediment removal plan—they prefer the Pasadena City Council's plan that scales back the amount of sediment removed by half and spreads the project out over several more years. No progress will be made on either sediment project until the lawsuit is settled, likely after the El Niño rainy season.

Comment: Non-el Niño years create complacency and forgetfulness in regards to the threat of flooding and its ramifications. It is short-sighted to be non-anticipatory of the risk, especially considering earth change anomalies increasing in frequency and severity and how many communities all over the world that have recently experienced devastating and unexpected catastrophes. The ounce of prevention just might be worth the pound of cure. See also:

SOTT Earth Changes Summary - September 2015: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs


Tens of thousands of dead fish found on Sakhalin island, Russia

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Far Eastern Sardines, also known as iwashi, were swept onto the Sakhalin coastline.
Pictures and videos showed the unusual phenomenon as the Far Eastern Sardines, also known as iwashi, were swept onto the coastline. Beaches were literally carpeted with sardines.

Fish expert Nikolay Kim said the weather conditions had caused 'strong daily fluctuations' in water temperature. 'In the afternoon it is warm, but at night the temperature falls sharply,' he said. 'The sardines cannot withstand such fluctuations and can be found in a large number on the shore.'

In such conditions, the fish become inactive - and are swept ashore by waves. These sardines are found in in subtropical waters but in early summer migrate to the south-west coast of Sakhalin for fattening, staying until mid-October.

News agency Interfax - Far East reported that water in the southern part of the Tatar Strait warmed to 20C, but a recent cyclone led to a sharp decrease in its temperature.

For locals it was a bonanza, and a free lunch. Experts say the fish are edible.


Bear attacks in Russia increase as population explodes and climate goes haywire

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The attacks from hungry bears on remote towns and settlements may not be over for winter: in some areas, brown bears are no longer hibernating in winter.
The old stereotype of bears walking the streets in these regions was largely fictitious: in the past, bears and man coexisted, their paths seldom crossing, or so many experts say. This is changing as a spate of incidents highlight this year.

And the attacks from hungry bears on remote towns and settlements may not be over for winter: in some areas, brown bears are no longer hibernating in winter. Or they wake up early from an unsatisfactory hibernation.

In many places, environmentalists say that the traditional food supply for bears - for example berries and nuts - is vanishing, due to and lack of rainfalls and scorching summers that have been a feature of recent years, leading to a spate of cases of bears scavenging in settlements, or even digging up recent graves, in a desperate search for food.

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Our map shows the attacks by bears on humans across a swathe of Siberia and the Russian Far East.

Comment: As above, so below: Like the human population, species in the animal kingdom are going berzerk!

This is not just happening in Russia. In the US Northeast, bears are moving into populated areas in increasing numbers, while attacks in more remote places like Alaska have increased.

Clearly it isn't the food supply or weather changes per se that are causing this; rather, changes in animal behavioural patterns are occurring in lock-step with changes in the broader environment.

See also: Russian town besieged by hungry bears; one man killed and other locals attacked


Sleeping Idaho hunter wakes up to find bear biting his head


Black bear
A hunter asleep in the remote Idaho wilderness woke up when he felt something tugging on his hair. Then he heard the black bear breathing.

Stephen Vouch, 29, reached behind his head and felt it was wet. He yelled when he realized a bear was biting at his head.

"He got a hold of my head, and that's what woke me up," the Boise resident said Wednesday, who was in the rugged area hunting bighorn sheep with friends. "That's when I kind of freaked out. That's when I could hear the bear breathing on me."

His scream startled the bear, which jumped and hit the tarp above where they were sleeping. The tarp tumbled, entangling the animal and the hunters around 2 a.m. Friday.