Earth Changes


Scientists left baffled after two new holes appear in Russia's icy wilderness

  • One of the craters is located in Siberia's Yamal Peninsula in the Taz district and has a diameter of 49ft (15 metres)
  • The other was spotted on the Taymyr Peninsula in Kransoyark region and has a diameter of 13ft (four metres)
  • They follow the discovery of a larger hole found in Yamal earlier this month at around 230ft (70 metres) in diameter
  • Andrei Plekhanov from Scientific Research Center of the Arctic says crater was formed due to rising temperatures
  • One theory is that a chunk of ice that is located underground created a hole in the ground when it melted
  • Another is that the crater was formed by a mixture of water, salt and gas igniting an underground explosion

The new Yamal crater (pictured) is in the area's Taz district near the village of Antipayuta and has a diameter of about 49ft (15 metres). According to local residents, the hole formed on 27 September 2013.
New unexplained holes have appeared in Siberia following the mystery over a giant crater on the Yamal Peninsula.A second is in the same permafrost region of northern Russia, and a third on the Taymyr Peninsula, to the east, in Kransoyark region.

Both were spotted by reindeer herders who almost fell in.The original hole received worldwide attention after being identified by helicopter pilots some 20 miles (32km) from a huge gas extraction plant at Bovanenkov. Now the new holes - smaller in diameter but similar in shape - are posing a fresh challenge for Russian scientists.

Comment: See also:
  • SOTT EXCLUSIVE: Sinkhole, meteor crater, or something else? Giant hole spotted in remote Yamal Peninsula, northern Siberia

Cloud Precipitation

Hundreds evacuated and 3 killed due to floods in Bulgaria and Romania

© REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel
A destroyed house is seen after flash floods in Vaideeni, southern Romania, July 30, 2014.
Three people died and several hundreds were forced to evacuate as surging floodwaters submerged villages in Eastern Europe on Tuesday.

In Bulgaria, authorities said a 61-year-old woman died in the floods and another person was reported missing after torrential rains hit the region of Gabrovo in the central parts of the country.

Two people, including a 72-year-old man, also drowned in Romania as floods raged in different regions, said Interior Minister Gabriel Oprea. A passenger train derailed in the same area after a small bridge caved in due to flooding, but there were no immediate reports of injuries, the national railway said.

Seventy Bulgarian villages and parts of the city of Gabrovo were left without electricity and water supply was disrupted as the flooding destroyed some of the water and sewerage infrastructure. The rains also induced landslides and destroyed bridges, and many roads in the region were blocked by mud and debris.


Dwarf minke whale washes up near Portland, Australia

The dwarf minke whale washed up near Duttons Way, Portland, before being dissected by researchers.
People are being warned to keep their distance from the remains of a dead whale at Portland.

A Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) spokeswoman said the dwarf minke whale recently washed up close to the city.

"The specimen is valuable to science, with DEPI assisting the Museum of Victoria to conduct scientific research to learn more about marine life," she said.

"Samples, photographs and measurements from the whale will now be available to scientists and researchers for study and comparison."

It is understood the dead whale was cut into pieces in order to remove samples and the skeleton.

Portland resident Michael Biasol said the result was gruesome. "I was walking down the beach near Duttons Way and I found the whale chopped up into little pieces," Mr Biasol said.

"It was in big chunks and lots of them, stretched all down beach. It was weird."
Ice Cube

Antarctic sea-ice extent persists in setting new records - So it's time to double down

Even though Antarctic sea-ice extent has set yet another all-time record, I expect ever more hand-wringing articles about melting ice in desperate attempts to keep the global-warming scam alive.

How will this come about? I think we'll see the media focus their attention more and more on the West Antarctic Peninsula.

This subterfuge might work, because most people know next to nothing about Antarctica. They certainly don't realize that the West Antarctic Peninsula is only a small portion of that huge continent.
Cloud Precipitation

Very heavy rain in much of Holland leads to floods, traffic disruption

© Novum
The heavy rain caused flooding in Arnhem.
Very heavy rain in much of the Netherlands led to localised flooding and traffic disruption on Monday.

The KNMI weather bureau issued a code orange weather warning for much of the country as up to 15 centimetres of rain fell in some places.

Police and fire officials received so many calls they urged the public only to ring the emergency 112 number in cases where lives were at risk.

In the north-east of the country, however, it remained dry with sunny spells.

Comment: On the same day: Flash floods and storms cause travel chaos in London

Blue Planet

Ground opens up, breaking water main, flooding Sunset Blvd near UCLA

A large water main break near UCLA prompts the closure of Sunset Boulevard.

Severe flooding after an apparent water main rupture in Westwood near UCLA has stranded vehicles and caused road closures, officials said.

Sunset Boulevard was closed in both directions from Marymount Place to Westwood Plaza, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Water was as high as wheel wells shortly after the flooding began. Vehicles were stranded in parking structures, and at least one person was stranded. LAFD assisted three motorists.

There is a possible need for local evacuations, according to the LAFD.

Bizarro Earth

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.3 - 19km SW of Juan Rodriguez Clara, Mexico

Juan Rodriguez Quake_290714
Event Time
2014-07-29 10:46:15 UTC
2014-07-29 05:46:15 UTC-05:00 at epicenter

17.842°N 95.524°W depth=95.1km (59.1mi)

Nearby Cities
19km (12mi) SW of Juan Rodriguez Clara, Mexico
60km (37mi) W of Sayula de Aleman, Mexico
62km (39mi) SSE of Carlos A. Carrillo, Mexico
65km (40mi) W of Acayucan, Mexico
418km (260mi) ESE of Mexico City, Mexico

Scientific Data
Cloud Precipitation

Dramatic film of flash flooding in Prague

A dramatic video has emerged of flash flooding in Prague on Monday which was caused by heavy rainfall.

According an eyewitness, flood waters washed away street signs and road barriers and Metro station was also flooded.

So far there have been no reports of injuries.

Comment: As can be seen from the chart below, the number of flood reports so far this year is already nearly equal to the total for 2013.


At least three tornadoes seen in the Denver metro area

© Megan Wagner
Tornado spotted Monday
At least three tornadoes touched down in the Denver metro area Monday afternoon. Confirmed twisters touched down near Fort Lupton, Denver International Airport and the Rocky Mountain Arsenal.

Sky9 captured a tornado touch down briefly in the Weld County area. Viewer-submitted video showed a tornado near Fort Lupton. Weld County authorities said there were no signs of damage.

Two tornadoes were spotted near DIA, according to the airport's Twitter account. Airport passengers were proactively sheltered until the danger passed. RTD put all SkyRide buses from DIA on hold.

A debris field was spotted near Havana Street and East 51st Avenue. Sk9 flew over the scene and found damage to an industrial business.

There were no reports of injuries.

Cloud Precipitation

West Michigan slammed by golf ball sized hail

Several communities in west Michigan are cleaning up after getting slammed by high winds and golf ball sized hail.

The strong thunderstorm cut a path of destruction along the border of Kalamazoo and Allegan Counties.

Neighbors tell us there hasn't been a hail storm like this in decades.

Sunday night, the sky opened up and Mother Nature showed her wrath.

"It sounded like somebody was throwing golf balls at the house," said Kathy Porter of Cooper Township. and our social media sites were soon flooded with pictures and videos of the huge hail.

"There was hail everywhere on the back porch, about two inches deep. Hail everywhere out there," said Denise Julien of Alamo Township.