Earth Changes

Cloud Lightning

Perth hit by severe storms and wild weather

Lightning seems to threaten a plane and the BHP tower.
Perth residents have been hit by severe storms and wild weather late on Wednesday, as lightning cracked across the Perth sky.

The BoM received reports of electrical activity over Perth throughout Wednesday morning and early afternoon but duty forecaster James Ashley said that worse storm conditions would continue into the evening.

"There is lots of lightning in the metropolitan area - as people would have noticed," Mr Ashley said. "But there is also a storm south-west of Gingin that is moving south that is a bit of a concern.

"The storm that is over us at the moment isn't severe. But there is a chance the one coming could be." A severe weather warning was still in place at 5pm for the metroplitan area, highlighting damaging winds, possible flash flooding and hail.
Cloud Precipitation

Israel sees rainiest season in center of country in 20 years - parts hit with up to 110 mm. of rain

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Floods wreak havoc in Lebanon, Israel and Palestine |
Heavy rains battered Israel from north to south on Wednesday, as part of what the Israel Meteorological Society said is the wettest rainy season in central Israel in 20 years.

Some of the heaviest rain fall was in Petah Tikva, where over 110mm of rain was recorded, while similar levels were recorded in the Negev, flooding dry creek beds and causing serious road congestion. The North saw significantly less rainfall, only between 20-50mm, the IMS said.

So far the amount of rainfall this season is far higher than average for this time of year, the IMS said, adding that over the past 75 years there have only been three years that saw more rain by the end of November.

Dead humpback whale washes up on Nantucket beach, Massachusetts

© Nantucket Natural Resources Department
A 25-foot humpback whale was found dead on a Nantucket beach.
A 25-foot humpback whale was found dead on a Nantucket beach early Tuesday morning.

The whale was found on Miacomet Beach, said Maggie Mooney-Seus, spokeswoman for the Greater Atlantic Regional office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It had has no visible wounds, Mooney-Seus said. She speculated it could have died from disease or been hit by a boat.

Mooney-Seus said with a nor'easter expected to hit the region Wednesday, the whale might have to stay put for a while.

"They're not anticipating being able to get in and move it at this point" because of the approaching storm, she said. It could also be a while until the carcass is removed because NOAA does not have staff who cover Nantucket and because marine officials' focus is currently on the hundreds of sea turtles that have been washing up along the Cape with hypothermia.

Hiker killed by bear in New Jersey took photo shortly before attack

© AP Photo/Darsh Patel via West Milford Police Department
A New Jersey hiker killed by a bear in September took a series of photos of the animal with his cellphone before it mauled him to death.

Police in West Milford have released five photos taken by 22-year-old Darsh Patel before he was killed by the 300-pound black bear while hiking with four friends in the Apshawa Preserve, 45 miles northwest of New York.

The photos show the bear behind a fallen tree in the woods. Investigators say the phone was found with puncture marks from the bear.

The photos were released after filed an open records request.

West Milford police and the state Environmental Protection Department said last month that the bear did not seem interested in food and exhibited "stalking type behavior."
Bizarro Earth

Japan's huge Mt. Aso belching smoke and ash 1,000 metres into the air

Mt Aso
A huge volcano in southern Japan was belching smoke and ash 1,000 metres (3,000 feet) into the air Wednesday, the latest eruption in one of the world's most volcanically-active countries, AFP reported.

Mount Aso, whose huge caldera dominates the southwestern main island of Kyushu, rumbled into life on Tuesday.

Meteorologists warned volcanic stones and ash could fall in a one-kilometre (half a mile) radius of the volcano. The eruption is Aso's first in 19 years and comes two months after Mount Ontake in central Nagano killed more than 60 hikers when it erupted without warning.

Last month, experts warned a disaster on Kyushu island, which has been struck by seven massive eruptions over the past 120,000 years, could see an area that is home to seven million people buried by molten rock in just two hours.

Comment: Looks like things are heating up on the BBM of late. Here is another volcano just waking up from a 20 year slumber: Residents evacuated as Pico do Fogo volcano in Cape Verde erupts after a 20 year silence

Aleutian Islands' Shishaldin volcano being watched following increase in seismic activity overnight 6 volcanic quakes at Philippines' Mayon Volcano in the last 24 hrs

Mexico's Colima volcano erupts, sending ash 3 miles into the sky

Bizarro Earth

World's newest lava lake appears in Africa

© Benoit Smets
The lava lake at the summit of Nyamuragira volcano in DR Congo.
Heralded by fiery lava fountains and plumes of poisonous gas, a new lava lake has appeared atop one of Africa's most active volcanoes for the first time in 75 years.

The lava lake at Nyamuragira volcano in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) simmers deep within the summit's North Pit Crater. Though the churning lava seems to come and go, scientists think the volcano may eventually spawn a long-lived lava lake.

At the moment, "it's a very small, bubbling lava lake," said Benoit Smets, a volcanologist at the European Center for Geodynamics and Seismology in Luxembourg. "It disappears and reappears, but if the current activity continues, we will probably have a lava lake like we have at [neighboring volcano] Nyiragongo within a few years to decades."

Both Nyamuragira and the neighboring Nyiragongo are part of the Virunga volcanic chain in the East African Rift near Lake Kivu and DR Congo's border with Rwanda. The volcanoes are among the few on Earth that have sustained lava lakes for several decades. Nyamuragira's last molten pool emptied in 1938 in spectacular fashion, with lava pouring out of the summit and flowing more than 18 miles (30 kilometers) to Lake Kivu.

The new lava lake is at the bottom of a 1,650-foot-deep (500 meters) crater left behind by that flood.

Comment: Residents evacuated as Pico do Fogo volcano in Cape Verde erupts after a 20 year silence

Bizarro Earth

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.8 - 160km NW of Kota Ternate, Indonesia

Ternate Quake_261114
Event Time
2014-11-26 14:33:43 UTC
2014-11-26 22:33:43 UTC+08:00 at epicenter

1.975°N 126.546°E depth=41.1km (25.5mi)

Nearby Cities
160km (99mi) NW of Kota Ternate, Indonesia
161km (100mi) NW of Ternate, Indonesia
162km (101mi) ENE of Bitung, Indonesia
165km (103mi) W of Tobelo, Indonesia
1061km (659mi) SW of Koror Town, Palau

Scientific Data

British tourist victim of 'worst-ever' attack by Gibraltar monkey

Brit holidaymaker needed 40 stitches after monkey attack

A British tourist needed 40 stitches after being attacked by one of Gibraltar's famous apes.

Stuart Gravenell, 53, was walking through the Upper Rock Nature Reserve with his son, Bradley, when he was attacked.

A pack of apes charged at them, and one male sunk his teeth into Stuart's forearm and shook its head, opening up two bloody wounds.

Stuart collapsed and was rushed to hospital, where nurses said it was the worst injury inflicted by a local ape that they'd ever seen.

Young woman killed by a mob of monkeys in India

Monkey tragic: A string of brutal attacks by the Langur monkey has plagued the city of Shimla
A woman in India has been killed by a mob of marauding monkeys.

The woman was reportedly cornered by a group of monkeys on her farm in Himachal Pradesh, before they attacked and killed her.

A legislation banning people from catching the monkeys and selling them for medical research has recently been passed.

Reports suggest this new rule has seen a primate boom in Shimla, where there is an average of 400 bites a month.

It is believed there are around 400,000 monkeys in the region, with the attacks being blamed on black-faced langur monkeys, which can grow to 4ft tall and weigh three stone.

Villager trampled to death by elephant in West Bengal, India

In the early hours on Wednesday, at Dhupguri area in the Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal, a local villager was trampled to death by an elephant, a forest official said.

This shocking incident of animal attack on a human took place when a herd of elephants from the neighbouring forest entered Duramari village. This group of elephants damaged paddy crops and was on the way towards the dwellings of the village.

Jalpaiguri Wildlife Warden Seema Chowdhury said, The villager of Duramari Village named Dinesh Chandra Roy was killed by a pachyderm when he came face to face with the elephant as he stepped out of his house.

After killing a villager, the herd of elephants then returned to the forest.