Earth Changes


12 small earthquakes in 2 hours hit New Madrid fault near Marston and Lilbourn, Missouri

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Residents in southeast Missouri might have felt the ground shake when 12 earthquakes rattled within hours of each other on Wednesday.

All the quakes were located just northeast of Marston and south of Lilbourn.
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People in Risco, Dexter, Matthews, and New Madrid said they felt the quakes.

"[I] felt it in New Madrid sounded like a big clash of thunder & a little shake happened like a semi truck passing by," Mark Kientzy said in a comment on Facebook.

A man and his son were installing a water line at the New Madrid Airport on Wednesday, right in the center of the quakes. While William Kosky, Jr. said he didn't feel any while he was working, he said he felt several on Tuesday night at his home.

New Madrid County, Missouri has a shaky history, with the most violent series of earthquakes ever recorded in the United States hitting in New Madrid in about a seven week stretch between 1811 and 1812, according to the USGS.


30ft dead minke whale washes up on Cleethorpes beach, UK


The 30ft minke whale washed up on Cleethorpes beach yesterday. The dead whale was found around a mile out from the Brighton slipway.
Part of Cleethorpes beach could be closed off today if a washed-up huge whale isn't taken away by the high tide.

As reported at , a 30ft minke whale washed up on Cleethorpes beach yesterday.

The dead mammal was found around a mile out from the Brighton slipway.

North East Lincolnshire Council's Beach Safety Team were called to the scene, but there was little they could do for the whale, which had already died.

The RSPCA and officers from Natural England also attended yesterday morning after a call was made at around 9am.

North East Lincolnshire Council officials are investigating.


Giant sinkhole causes detour in Wyoming, Michigan

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Kenowa Avenue sinkhole
Some shoppers in Grandville and Wyoming are dealing with an unexpected detour near Rivertown Crossings Mall.

A large section of Kenowa Avenue between Jacobs and 56th Streets collapsed Thursday afternoon, creating a huge sinkhole. And just a few seconds earlier, people in the neighborhood say a vehilce drove over the exact spot.

"Some guy said he was driving over and he heard it and he looked back and the road was just gone," say members of the Lyons family, visiting the area for Thanksgiving. "He said there was a crack in the middle of the road and as he was going over it he heard it start to crumble so he quickly got over it."

"I'm surprised there wasn't a car at the bottom of it," added rich TenBarge, also visiting for Thanksgiving dinner. "It's big enough and deep enough to hold a vehicle."

At first glance the Public Works crew at the site suspects a broken water main caused the cave in, but that isnt certain yet. Its also not known how long that section of Kenowa Avenue will be closed for repairs.

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Seismologists watching Glacier Peak in Washington after 4 earthquakes in under 4 hours

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Two earthquakes - magnitude 3.1 and 3.5 - struck Wednesday afternoon near Glacier Peak within an hour of each other. Two more smaller earthquakes struck just hours later.
Four earthquakes struck within hours of each other Wednesday afternoon near Glacier Peak in Washington.

The first two earthquakes registered at magnitudes 3.1 and 3.5. The first earthquake occurred at 12:11 p.m. The second registered roughly an hour later at 1:20 p.m. Then a third earthquake — a magnitude 1.6 — occurred at 2:33 p.m. And finally a fourth earthquake — a magnitude 1.4 — was registered at 3:44 p.m. All the quakes were recorded roughly 19-21 miles east-southeast of the town of Darrington.

Seth Moran, geophysicist at the University of Washington, tells KIRO Radio they're keeping a close eye on the area and continue to watch the seismic records. "Magnitude 3 earthquakes happen in Washington and Oregon a number of times per year," Moran said. "The one thing that makes these potentially interesting in a different way is they're somewhat close to Glacier Peak."

The quakes, about three miles from Glacier Peak, occurred where there haven't been a lot of magnitude 3 earthquakes in the past, according to Moran. "The last time there was a magnitude 3 in the vicinity was in 1991," Moran said. However, there isn't a great network of seismic instruments in the area. There have been no reports of damage or injuries.

According to the USGS, the last time Glacier Peak erupted was 1,100 years ago. Mount St. Helens and Glacier Peak are the only volcanoes in Washington state that have been explosive in the past 15,000 years.

Comment: U.S. Geological Survey decides to keep a closer eye on the slumbering giant Glacier Peak volcano

Cloud Precipitation

Flooding displaces 4,040 Tana River families in Kenya

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A section of the Hola-Wenje road about half a kilometer from Hola town's central business district yesterday.
At least 4,040 families in Tana River county have been displaced by floods after River Tana burst its banks and flooded their homes.

No casualties have been reported.

Some victims said they have lost household property, food and livestock.

Kenya Red Cross Society Tana River and Kitui regional manager Gerald Bombe said on the phone the victims are camping in various sites in the three subcounties.

Bombe said the most affected areas are Madogo in Tana North subcounty, Masabubu and Gubani in Tana River subcounty and 14 villages in Tana Delta.

"We have already distributed non-food items to victims in Madogo and Masabubu, but we are still assessing the situation in Tana Delta, with a view to assisting victims," he said.


8,690 tree species in the Amazon may be on verge of extinction

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More than 8,000 trees are now at risk of extinction in the Amazon rain forest
The worrying spectre of trees that could hold the secret to the cure of cancer and play host to the richest wildlife spectacular on the planet disappearing in our life times has been highlighted in a new study.

It reveals that between 36 and 57 per cent of Amazonian trees, that is as many as 8,690 different species, are likely to qualify as being globally threatened under IUCN Red List of Threatened Species criteria.

The new study, published tonight in the journal Science Advances, reached its shocking conclusions after comparing results of forest surveys across the Amazon with maps of current and projected deforestation to estimate how many tree species have been lost, and whereabouts.

A global global team made up of 158 researchers from 21 countries and involving Britain's University of East Anglia (UEA) carried out the study, which also concluded that Amazonian parks, reserves, and indigenous territories, if properly managed, can protect most of the threatened species.


Four new earthquakes recorded at Peru-Brazil border

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The border with Brazil has produced four new quakes today.
Two of the earthquakes were felt and two were not felt by the local communities.

Four new earthquakes registered today northwest of the district of Ucayali, at magnitudes of 6.5, 5.1, 4.6 and 5 on the Richter scale, reports the Geophysical Institute of Peru (IGP).

These quakes come days after the two 7.6 magnitude earthquakes that hit in the same zone of the Peruvian border with Brazil on Tuesday evening.

At the moment, no damages have been reported due to the earthquakes registered today.

The first quake hit at 12:45 a.m. and the epicenter was located north of Esperanza in Ucayali at a depth of 580 kilometers, with a magnitude of 6.5 grades.

The second was recorded at 12:57 a.m. with a magnitude of 5.1 grades. The third was recorded at 1:01 a.m. with a magnitude of 4.6 grades, while the fourth was recorded at 8:42 a.m. and had a magnitude of 5 grades.


Scientists unable to explain "really unusual" starling mass drownings in Britain

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Two starlings bathing: the songbirds are a stocky species that bathe and drink together in groups.

Behaviour could be one cause of the unusual drownings of the birds in large groups in England and Wales

Starlings have been consistently drowning in large groups in a phenomenon yet to be fully explained by scientists, according to new research led by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL).

In 12 separate incidents recorded between 1993 and 2013 in England and Wales, starlings were found drowned in groups of two to 80. In 10 cases, at least 10 starlings were found drowned at a time, the research published in the journal Scientific Reports on Wednesday shows.

One expert said that the mass mortalities were "really unusual", with drowning considered a rare cause of death among wild bird populations and normally only recorded as affecting individual birds.

Records since 1909 of 800,000 ringed birds from 79 species reveal that drowning was more commonly recorded as a probable cause of death in starlings than in any other species.

Post mortems revealed no evidence that underlying disease had been a factor in the incidents which all occurred during the summer and spring months and concerned juvenile birds in most cases.


All-time rainfall record on verge of being broken in Chennai, India

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Rains left the Madras war cemetery flooded on Tuesday.
Chennai is on its way to have the wettest November of the century and break an all-time rainfall record.

With Monday's torrential downpour bringing 93 mm of rainfall, Chennai has crossed 1,025 mm of rainfall for the month. According to the Meteorological Department, November 1918 was the wettest month as the city received 1088.4 mm of rainfall then.

The weather station in Meenambakkam has already recorded 1144.8 mm this November. Officials recall that Chennai recorded 970 mm of rainfall in November 1985 and 1077.1 mm in October 2005. The remaining few days of this month will decide whether the city gets to break the century's record.

The rains so far have been severe with many rain-related deaths, including the electrocution of a couple in Velachery, death of a youngster in a wall collapse in Pattalam and the fatal fall of a man in a trench dug up in R.A. Puram to drain stagnant rainwater. Schools and colleges in Chennai, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram districts will remain closed on Wednesday. As reservoirs continue to get heavy inflows, city waterways are carrying rainwater to their brim. The Adyar River is in a spate as about 6,000 cusecs is being let out from the Chembarambakkam reservoir.

Cloud Lightning

Video captures dramatic lightning storms over Queensland, Australia

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Lightning bolts over Brisbane during Monday’s storm.
Queenslanders catch dramatic bolts of lightning on camera during severe storms which battered the south-eastern parts of the state on Monday. More than 28,000 lightning strikes were recorded. Golf ball-sized hailstones are said to have damaged homes and crops and extreme winds and rain, along with the lightning strikes, left more than 4,000 homes without power.

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