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Mother Nature's most fatal weather - Death by flood less common than by lightning

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It might not kill a lot of people, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't fear a flood.
Severe lightning storms, such as the one that killed one and injured at least seven on Venice Beach last Sunday, are incredibly rare events. Dying because of one? Even rarer. However, a report on extreme weather - related deaths released Wednesday found that death by flood is even more uncommon.

The data, collected by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers, showed that while lightning strikes killed 182 Americans between 2006 and 2010, flooding was directly responsible for 93 fatalities.

Despite record stateside flooding within the past year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported only 28 flood fatalies in 2013, most of which occured while victims were driving.

CDC researchers analyzed death tolls caused by five kinds of severe weather: heat, cold, storms, floods, and lightning. Overall, 10,649 people died as a result of extreme weather events over the five-year period. The CDC also provides data tables showing the likelihood of death based on gender and race. White males, it appears, are the most likely to die from severe weather across the board.
Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rain in Netherlands causes €10 mil in damage

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The heavy rainfall in The Netherlands on Monday has caused around €10 million in damage according to the first rough estimate from the Union of Insurers (Verbond van Verzekeraars).

This estimate pertains to personal homes, and has not taken into account car damage or damage for companies and the agrarian sector.

Insurance companies will be able to pay damage caused by water leaking through holes in the roof, but flooding on the ground floor requires separate coverage, according to the NOS.

In Amsterdam, at least 30 fire trucks were called in, some on a voluntary basis from Diemen, Duivendrecht and Amstelveen, to assist people affected by the flooding. At a certain point, the fire department would only come to aid in case of short-circuiting.

Nobody was injured in the flooding, the effects of which are still causing problems in various areas of the country. In Alphen aan den Rijn, residents banded together with sand bags, buckets and water pumps to prevent water from breaching a dike. In 24 hours, more rain fell in Alphen than normally falls in one month.

In other parts of the country, the fire department is still working to pump away the water from the torrent on Monday. In Kockengen, Utrecht, the streets are still inundated, and the water boards believe it may take days to clear it all away. "It's disappointing to find this situation the same the day after the rain", a resident tells the NOS.


Comment: Netherlands must boost flood defences

Attention

Dead whale found on Toti beach, South Africa

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FILE PIC. A humpback whale is seen at the beginning of whale watching season.
An unidentified adult whale was found washed up on the beach in Amanzimtoti, KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday morning.

The South Coast Sun reported the dead whale washed ashore on the beach overlooking Ocean View Drive, roughly a kilometer from the main beach.

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife officials are scene inspecting the 12 meter long mammal after officials received phone calls about the beached whale earlier this morning.

Officials reportedly took samples for research purposes.

"There are no marks on the whale to indicate it had been injured or hit by a boat," an official told the South Coast Sun.

A group of curious spectators also emerged to take a look at the whale.

Fish

Thousands of dead fish found floating in Chesapeake Bay

Thousands of dead fish appeared on the surface of the Chesapeake Bay over the weekend near the northern end of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.

James Ryan, a fisherman of Virginia Beach, captured video of the unusual sight. He said the fish are bunker fish, also known as menhaden. Fishermen say menhaden can be used as bait for crab, or be harvested for fish oil.

Social media posts from area fishermen indicate a commercial boat from Omega Protein was in the area at the time. 10 On Your Side contacted Omega, and company spokesman Ben Landry said an Omega vessel was not and could not have been involved, because the company does not have fishing operations on weekends or holidays.

Environmentalists said such an incident would result from either of two likely causes - commercial fishing, when a crew hauls in more fish that it can store, or poor water quality.

10 On Your Side is awaiting response from the Department of Environmental Quality and the Virginia Marine Resources Commission to find out more about how the fish were killed.

Windsock

Wild weather in Tasmania causes electricity cuts and one death

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Wild weather is lashing Tasmania, with communities in the state's north facing flooding danger and the south enduring a major blackout

A 63-year-old woman has been killed by a falling tree in Launceston during a fourth day of wild weather across Tasmania.

Police were notified about midday that the woman was trapped under a tree at her home in the suburb of Trevallyn.

Inspector Michael Johnston said police were still at the property investigating the circumstances of the woman's death.

"They'd had a number of trees fall on her property and they were in the process of clearing those when a further tree fell and struck her," he said.

"She was trapped under the tree. Her husband was able to cut some of the tree away and get her out.

"Unfortunately, she was pronounced dead at the scene."

Extreme weather is causing massive power disruptions and damage as trees fall onto houses and power lines.

Bizarro Earth

New un-Earthly phenomenon! 'Crater-holes' opening in Siberia 'not in scientific literature'

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A Siberian hole that opened up mysteriously and was reported in July 2014.
A trio of mysterious gaping holes in northern Siberia has spawned many theories about the craters' origin, but scientists have suggested some concrete explanations.

In mid-July, reindeer herders stumbled across a crater that was approximately 260 feet (80 meters) wide, on the Yamal Peninsula, whose name means "end of the world," The Siberian Times reported. Since then, two new chasms - a 50-foot (15 m) crater in the Taz district and a 200- to 330-foot (60 to 100 m) crater in the Taymyr Peninsula - have also been reported.

Neither aliens nor meteorites caused the strange cavities, as some had speculated, but the true explanation could be exciting nonetheless. Russian scientists have launched an investigation to find out more.

Helicopter video footage of the first hole shows it is surrounded by a mound of loose dirt that appears to have been thrown out of the hole.

Comment:
"It's not even in the [scientific] literature..."
Wow, are we living in 'interesting times' or what?!

We can offer an alternative explanation to pingos and man-made global warming.

For an explosion you need two things: an igniter and combustible material. The Arctic, as with many other places on Earth is outgassing methane at never-before-seen rates. Lightning discharge events are also increasing in intensity and frequency because the solar wind is being grounded while comet dust loading of the atmosphere increases nucleation and resistance, leading to greater precipitation and greater charge-rebalancing respectively.

See Earth Changes and the Human Cosmic Connection: The Secret History of the World - Book 3 where this is explained in greater detail.

These 'crater- holes' are not an indication of global warming. They're another indication of the planet opening up.

Speaking of exploding Earth, notice how this lady in Florida described this monster sinkhole open up earlier this month...

Bizarro Earth

Magnitude 3.0 earthquake strikes near Manhattan Beach, CA

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A Los Angeles earthquake today 2014 has struck Manhattan Beach. The Los Angeles earthquake today July 30, 2014 began moments ago and was located near Hermosa Beach, El Segundo, Redondo Beach and Torrance. Damage assessment is pending.

Officials tell news that a 3.0 magnitude Los Angeles earthquake today struck just after 12:23 pm PST. The quake was shallow. Reps tell news that the quake started only six miles below sea level. As a result the quake could be felt across the vicinity. USGS indicates to news that the quake was six miles west of Manhattan Beach. It was six miles west of El Segundo. Reps tell news that the quake was six miles of Hermosa Beach, seven miles west of Redondo Beach. It was also west of Torrance, north of Palos Verdes, and northwest of Orange County.
Attention

North America: Massive numbers of sea creatures dying along the west coast

Never before have we seen so much death along the west coast of North America. Massive numbers of sea stars, bluefin tuna, sardines, anchovies, herring, oysters, salmon, marine mammals and marine birds are dying, and experts are puzzled. We are being told that we could even see "local extinctions" of some of these sea creatures. So are all of these deaths related? If so, what in the world could be causing this to happen? What has changed so dramatically that it would cause massive numbers of sea creatures to die along the west coast?

The following are 15 examples of this phenomenon. Most scientists do not believe that these incidents are related. But when you put them all together, it paints quite a disturbing picture...
Attention

Killer whale washes up on the Isle of North Uist, Scotland


Washed up: The 6 metre whale
The 6.5 metre specimen was spotted on Monday on the Isle of North Uist off the north-west coast of Scotland

A killer whale thought to belong to the UK's only native orca pod has been found dead on a beach.

The 6.5 metre specimen was spotted on Monday partially buried in sand on the Isle of North Uist, off the north-west coast of Scotland and the cause of death is still a mystery.

Islanders have suggested that it may be a member of the orca family which is frequently sighted following herring shoals around the Scottish coast.

Photos posted to social media shows the carcass to be intact, and seemingly undamaged by contact with boat propellers, leaving the cause of death unknown.
Stop

Including humans: Scientists say mass extinction may be underway

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An international team of scientists is warning that Earth may be entering the early stages of another mass extinction event, reports Live Science.

More than 320 land vertebrates have gone extinct since the year 1500 and many of the world's plant and animal species are endangered, says a new study. Up to one-third of all vertebrates are threatened or endangered, the researchers said.

Large land animals, such as elephants, rhinoceroses and polar bears, show the highest rates of decline. They are at particular risk because they tend to have few offspring and low population growth rates. Hunters and poachers also find their fur, meat, tusks or horns to be attractive targets.

Losing a species of large animal can have unexpected effects on the ecosystem and nearby human developments, a process known as defaunation. In an earlier study, researchers isolated patches of land from animals, including zebra, giraffes and elephants. Without the animals, the grass and shrubs grew tall, and the soil became looser. Rodents quickly took over and doubled in numbers, eating the seeds from the plants and living in the patchy soil that was relatively predator-free.

Comment: Mass extinctions have happened before and will happen again soon.

See: Forget About Global Warming: We're One Step From Extinction! And read Sott's Comets and Catastrophe series here. Something wicked this way comes!

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