Earth Changes


Dead whale washes up at Portstewart Strand, Northern Ireland

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The whale had been spotted drifting towards shore on Monday morning.
Beach-goers at Portstewart Strand had a nasty surprise on Monday as the washed-up carcass of a 30ft whale interrupted the normally picturesque view of the sea.

The animal, which was floating in the surf, seemed to have been injured before its death and a part of its body appeared to be bloated.

Hundreds have flocked to the beach to catch a glimpse of the unusual sight.

Initial reports suggested it may be a minke whale but Suzanne Beck, a scientist with the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute in Northern Ireland, has cast doubt over the species.

The minke is the smallest of the baleen whales found in UK waters, measuring 22 to 32 feet when fully grown, with females usually growing to be slightly bigger than males.

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Lightning strikes kills six persons, cattle in Telangana, India

Lightning killed six persons in Telanga State on Sunday. Two farm workers and a bull besides a cattle shed was gutted in Adilabad district on Sunday. The incidents occurred separately at Dandepalli and Jannaram mandals during a spell of heavy rain accompanied by lightning.

Chimman Rajanna, (55), was killed while working in a field at Nelki Venkatapur in Dandepalli, while 35 year old Sripati Vijaya was killed in a field at Chintaguda in Jannaram mandal. The bullock died at Thimmapur while the cattle shed was burnt at Akkepalligudem, both in Jannaram.

A 60-year-old woman was killed by the lightning in Chinna Metpalli village of Korutla mandal in Karimnagar. Reports reaching here said that the woman named B. Lingavva was working in her maize fields when the lightning struck her killing her instantaneously. The police registered a case.


Another earthquake recorded south of Fiji: 5.1 magnitude

A 5.1 magnitude earthquake was recorded in the south of Fiji this morning.

The earthquake at 6:16am struck at a depth of 536 kilometres.

It was 372.55 kilometres south southwest of Ono-i-Lau and 665.17 kilometres south southeast of Suva.

The Mineral Resources Department said it was a moderate size earthquake with deep depth source location, a characteristic of non-threatening event particularly to the region.

Meanwhile, at 7:58am yesterday, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake was recorded 677 kilometres south southwest of Suva and 607 kilometres southwest of Nukuni village on Ono-i-Lau.

The earthquake was at a depth of 10 kilometres and was of no threat to the region.

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Catastrophic flash flooding forecast for South Carolina, National Guard deployed

South Carolina state officials have sent out a statewide alert calling for people not to leave their homes as the state is being hit by what Governor Haley has referred to as a "1,000-year level of rain".

"Regardless of where you are in the state, stay home. Stay off the roadways," Haley urged S.C. residents.

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SOTT Exclusive: More mysterious high-rise building explosions - is there a 'cosmic' source of ignition?

Chaos: Enormous explosion left debris everywhere and concrete blocks showered down, hitting the car below
Four people have been confirmed dead following a gas explosion in Liaoning province, northeastern China, on Friday 2nd October, as reported by People's Daily Online.

According to the Daily Mail, the nucleus of the explosion was the ninth floor of a residential building in Dandong city, and part of the building front has been completely destroyed. Damage to the surrounding areas was also extensive, with falling debris damaging several vehicles parked on the roads.

CCTV of the road just outside of the building showed a massive shockwave blow through the area moments before the debris started showering down and engulfing the road in a cloud of dust. The case is currently under investigation although the cause is suspected to be a gas explosion, which is just the latest in a recent surge of somewhat mysterious gas-related powerful explosions to high-rise and other residential, commercial and industrial premises, which seem to have seen a dramatic increase in terms of number and intensity.

Other recent incidents of explosions at high-rise buildings include:

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At least eight dead in 'historic' flash flooding in South Carolina, US

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Flash floods caused by torrential rain in South Carolina.
At least eight people have died as a "once-in-a-thousand-year" rainfall event triggered flash flooding in the US state of South Carolina, officials say.

The storm had dumped more than 45 centimetres of rain in parts of central South Carolina by early Sunday.

The state climatologist forecast another 5 to 15 centimetres through Monday as the rainfall began to slacken.

"We haven't seen this level of rain in the low country in 1,000 years," South Carolina governor Nikki Haley told a news conference.

"This is not something to be out taking pictures of. This is not something that you want your kids playing in. The water is not safe.

"And a lot of areas across the state where you see this deep water, it's got bacteria in it. So stay inside and don't get in there.

"This is an incident we've never had before."

Six weather-related deaths were reported in South Carolina, four of them from traffic accidents. Officials reported another two deaths in North Carolina.

President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency in South Carolina on Saturday, ordering federal aid for areas affected by flooding.

Precipitation records fell in many places. In less than four days, Charleston broke its record for the greatest monthly rainfall for October.

Counties reported more than 200 rescues from flood waters since Saturday night and more are expected, the emergency management division said in a Twitter post.

The storms are part of a separate weather system from Hurricane Joaquin, which was downgraded on Sunday to a Category Two storm as it headed towards Bermuda.

Comment: All over the world torrential rainfall is breaking records and causing 'historic' flooding and devastating mudslides. In the past two weeks alone some incidents include:

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U.S. East Coast plagued by heavy rain, flooding and gusty winds; five states declare state of emergency

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Fun times kayaking ok King & Huger, Charleston
Life-threatening flooding from days of lashing rain along the East Coast has washed out bridges and swept away homes in the US. The weather service has issued a warning for residents living along the coast to be alert for rising water.

Forecasters have warned that gusty winds raging at 35mph could down trees and power lines across the Carolinas and Virginia.

A combination of high water and high waves could cause beach erosion, and damage to docks and piers.

At least five weather-related deaths have been reported since heavy rains began along the Eastern Seaboard. Powerful winds toppled a tree that hit a vehicle and killed a passenger on Thursday near Fayetteville, North Carolina. Three people died in separate weather-related traffic incidents in South Carolina on Friday and Saturday, according to the Highway Patrol. A drowning in Spartanburg, South Carolina, was also linked to the deadly storm.

Record-setting rainfalls, stretching from the Carolinas to New Jersey, have forced five governors to declare a state of emergency. Flood warnings remained in effect for many parts of the East Coast through Sunday.


Millions of dead fish wash ashore on West Kerry beach, Ireland

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Kevin Flannery Marine life specialist based in Dingle arrived to the area on the Maherees on Tralee Bay as millons of small fish were found dead on the beach
The discovery was made by local people two days ago on Sandy Bay in the Maherees, an island near Castlegregory on the Dingle Peninsula.

The phenomenon has never been seen in the area before, at least not in such huge numbers, but experts believe it is a natural occurrence that may be related to the fine weather over the past few weeks.

The fish are mainly sprat but there are also mackerel among the decaying bodies on the shore that will now have to be disposed of by Kerry County Council.


Fish kill in Coral Bay, U.S. Virgin Islands

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Fish and eel in the water by the Coral Bay dinghy dock

Fish started dying Thursday in Coral Bay, and it's raising a lot of questions. So far, no one has any answers.

"Is it tied to the sargassum?" Alan Mohler, who owns Coral Bay Marine, questioned Friday as he pointed out dead fish lying on the harbor floor, in the mangroves and in the sargassum weed along the shore.

At 1:30 p.m. Friday, the tide had cleared away many of the fish that Mohler said were piled up in the morning, but there were still plenty to see.

"This place was covered with eels," he said.

In addition to the dead fish, which haven't started to smell yet, the sargassum is inches deep along the shore. The stench is strong, and could be smelled for most of the week at least a mile away at Ajax Peak.

Comment: See also comments about seismic activity in the area: Thousands of dead fish wash up on British Virgin Islands

4.8. Magnitude earthquake rattles St Lucia


Massive waterspout filmed off French Riviera coast

A huge waterspout formed off the coast of the French Riviera town of Saint-Cyr on Saturday, October 3. The late afternoon waterspout heralded an evening of storms across the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region with flash floods in Cannes and the Ligue 1 football match between Nice and Nantes abandoned at half time because of torrential rain.This video filmed from Saint-Cyr shows the waterspout over La Ciotat.

Comment: Violent storms and flash floods in French resort towns kill 13