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Scientists claim mysterious Menominee crack in Michigan is unusual 'geological pop-up' feature - but don't know what caused it

© Wayne Pennington/ Michigan Technological University
A photo taken in 2010 of the Menominee Crack, a 'pop-up' geological feature.
Seismologists studying a massive crack in the ground that appeared north of Menominee, Michigan in 2010 now think they know what the unusual feature might be. But as they explain in their study published this week in the journal Seismological Research Letters, there are still some mysteries to clear up about the strange geological occurrence in the rural Michigan woods.

A team of scientists led by Wayne Pennington of Michigan Technological University says that the crack, which lies along the crest of a two-meter-high ridge that appeared at the same time, is probably a "pop-up" feature. Pop-ups occur in places where shallowly-buried rock layers spring upward after having been weighed down by rock or ice. Pop-ups—sometimes called "A-tents" for their shape—may develop in places where the earth rebounds upward after an overlying glacier shrinks away, or when rock overburden is removed in a quarry.

However, the last glaciers retreated from Menominee 11,000 years ago—and there isn't any quarrying in the area.

"One of our reasons for publishing this was that in our search of the literature we could find no other mention of modern pop-ups that didn't occur at something like the base of a quarry, where people had removed massive amounts of rock earlier," Pennington explained. "As far as we can tell, this is a one-of-a-kind event."

Residents near Menominee heard a loud noise and shaking in the early morning of October 4, 2010, and soon discovered the crack when they went into the nearby woods to clean up the debris left from removing a big double-trunked white pine tree a few days earlier. The crack split the ground for 110 meters, and was as deep as 1.7 meters in some places. Tree trunks tilted at precarious angles on either side of the fracture.


Comment: Some other signs of earth 'opening up' in recent times include:


Bizarro Earth

Strong 6.3 magnitude earthquake strikes Chile


Citizens on the streets of La Serena. In some localities power outages were reported , but no major damage has been reported so far
A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.3 has struck off the coast of central Chile, centered off Tongoy and La Serena, seismologists say. No tsunami warnings have been issued.

© USGS
The earthquake, which struck at 9:33 p.m. local time on Tuesday, was centered in the ocean about 48 kilometers southwest of the coastal town of Tongoy, or 89 kilometers southwest of La Serena. It struck about 19 kilometers deep, making it a shallow earthquake, according to Chile's national seismological agency.

Moderate shaking was felt in the Coquimbo Region, according to Chile's National Office of Emergency of the Interior Ministry (ONEMI). "The characteristics of the earthquake do not meet the conditions necessary to generate a tsunami off the coast of Chile," ONEMI said in an alert. No tsunami warnings have been issued.

Other details were not yet available, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

Chile and the wider region are on the so-called 'Pacific Ring of Fire' which is regularly struck by large earthquakes, including the Great Chilean earthquake that struck the coast of central Chile on May 22, 1960. The 9.5-magnitude earthquake, the largest earthquake ever instrumentally recorded, left between 490 and 5,700 people killed.

Windsock

Raging storm Imogen covers French town with foam

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Like scenes from an old-school horror flick, a freaky blanket of foam has emerged menacingly from the Atlantic Ocean, eating up stretches of road in a coastal town in Brittany.

Strong winds have sent heaps of thick foam over the flood walls of Saint Guenole Port and onto the streets of Penmarch.

Health

Bear attacks people on Turkish street


Sedated: Police used a tranquiliser gun to calm the animal
This is the terrifying moment a huge bear was let loose in a city - and started attacking local residents.

The huge creature was spotted by horrified passers-by as it ran through the streets in Turkey. The exact location of the footage is not clear.

The video then takes a dark turn, as the bear grabs hold of one man and drags him to the floor.

Panicked bystanders attempt to help him and are eventually able to drag him away from the angry animal .


Attention

2.9 magnitude earthquake recorded near Mount St. Helens, Washington

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A 2.9-magnitude earthquake was recorded near Mount Saint Helens Monday morning.
A 2.9-magnitude earthquake hit just south of Mount St. Helens Monday morning, according to the U.S. Geolgoical Survey.

The quake was recorded at 8:50 a.m.

The earthquake, according to the USGS, wasn't very strong. Only three people reported feeling it, as of 10:30 a.m.

It's the strongest earthquake in Washington in February. A 2.6-magnitude quake was reported Feb. 5 near Tacoma.

Health

Mule deer attacks man in Draper backyard, Utah


Mule deer
A mule deer attacked a Draper man in his backyard Monday, causing "significant wounds" to the man, as well as an injury to the family dog.

The attack, which occurred around 8 a.m. in the SunCrest subdivision in the southeast area of the city, resulted in officers "putting the deer down" after subduing the animal in a struggle, according to a statement issued by Draper.

The injured man's daughter called police to say the deer had hurt the family dog and "was engaged" with her father, city officials said.

"When Animal Services supervisor Dennis Wilson arrived on scene, he found the man lying on the ground with the deer pushing its antlers down into him," a news release states. "Officer Wilson grabbed the deer and pulled the antlers away from the man. The man was able to get up and walk back to the house."


Attention

Another dead cetacean found on Indian coast: Cadaver of whale washes up at Brahmagiri


Cadaver of Whale
Days after dead whales were found near the coast in Odisha's Ganjam and Kendrapara locale, another cadaver of whale was found from the coast close Motagaon zone in Brahmagiri locale on Tuesday morning.

Prior this month, a cadaver of a whale measuring 33 feet long with a width of 12 feet was located at Podampetta coast in Ganjam area on February 3 while the corpse of another whale measuring 66 feet long was found at Chinchiri mouth at Rajnagar in Kendrapara locale on February 5.

A few days before this, a giant dead whale washed ashore at the Juhi beach in Mumbai.

Last month, carcasses of more than 60 whales were sighted along the coast in Tamil Nadu a month ago


Following the death of the whales, the State Environment and Forest department has decided to apprise the Ministry of Forest and Environment (MoEF) of the unusual death of the giant marine mammals.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 3 in Kapiri-Mposhi, Zambia

A 36-year-old woman and her two children aged 18 and six have died after being struck by lightning in Kapiri Mposhi, Central Province commissioner of police Lombe Kamukoshi has said.

Ms Kamukoshi said in an interview yesterday that this happened on Saturday in Mukonchi around 15:00 hours while the family was working in a maize field during a downpour.

"We received a report from Emmanuel Kangwa, 46, at Kapiri Mposhi Police Station that three people had died in a field after being struck by lightning," Ms Kamukoshi said.

She identified the deceased as Lillian Nanyangwe, 36, and her two daughters, Bertha Nawakwi, 18, and Blessings Mwape, six.

Ms Kamukoshi said Ms Nanyangwe's one-year-old son identified as Paul Siwakwi, who was strapped to her back, sustained a swollen face and is admitted to Mukonchi clinic in Kapiri Mposhi.

Snowflake Cold

1,747 village roads closed due to heavy snowfall in eastern Turkey

© Anadolu Agency
Snow covered park is seen after heavy snowfall as weather freezes, in Kayseri, Turkey on February 8, 2016.
Heavy snowfall, which started falling in several provinces across eastern Turkey on Saturday, caused the cancellation of many flights and led to the closure of roads, the Cihan news agency reported on Sunday.

A total of 1,747 village roads were closed due to heavy snowfall and storms in eastern Turkey. The roads include 791 in Erzurum, 362 in Muş, 262 in Kars, 252 in Ağrı, 50 in Erzincan and 13 in Ardahan. Snow reached a depth of 95 centimeters in central Muş, 77 centimeters in Ağrı city center and 32 in central Kars. Teams from the Special Provincial Directorate are working to clear snow from the roads.

The lowest temperatures in the region were recorded in Ağrı (minus 10 degrees Celsius), Erzincan (minus 9 degrees), Erzurum (minus 6 degrees), Kars (minus 4 degrees), Ardahan (minus 3 degrees) and Iğdır (minus 2 degrees).

Several flights to and from Muş and Erzurum on Sunday were cancelled due to the harsh weather conditions.

Cloud Precipitation

Southern England, Wales hit by Storm Imogen

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Storm Imogen hits Clevedon, near Bristol
A heavy storm has swept some parts of the UK leaving thousands of properties severely battered.

Storm Imogen sent 100 mile per hour winds and 60-foot waves hurtled towards the British coastline, hitting much of southern England and Wales. The damage was more serious for the residents of one apartment building in Bristol, where tree branches had actually come hurtling through their walls and ceilings.

Along the coast, waves hit with such force that locals were forced to take shelter in whatever way they could.

There were severe delays and cancellations on roads and railways and on ferry crossings. Though the storm has passed, forecasters warn that high tides and large waves are expected to continue along the south coast.

The Environment Agency has more than 50 flood warnings in place, meaning flooding is expected and immediate action is required.