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Plow truck gets stuck in sinkhole in Youngstown, Ohio

Snow plow in sinkhole.
An intersection on Youngstown' west side was blocked Monday morning until water department crews could fill in a hole caused by water department excavation.

A city plow truck fell into the hole Sunday afternoon while clearing the intersection of N. Glenellen Ave. and Burbank Ave. in Youngstown.

A tow truck had to pull out the snow plow, which had gone straight through the pavement. The hole has since been patched with dry material.

The accident happened at the same place where a water main broke the week of Feb. 15.

Rhino attacks car at West Midland Safari Park, UK

Rhino at West Midlands Safari Park
Two tonne rhino smashes into mum's car while her toddler son screamed, then chased them through West Midlands Safari Park

A mum has demanded tighter safety controls at West Midlands Safari Park after a charging rhino smashed into her vehicle - with her screaming toddler inside.

The two tonne beast caused £500-worth of damage to Vicky Liggins' Mitsubishi Warrior during the heart-stopping attack at the tourist attraction in Bewdley, Worcestershire.

Comment: See also: Keeper at UK's Whipsnade Zoo trampled by rhino


Strange 'hole punch clouds' appear over British Columbia

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A hole punch cloud on Monday morning.
It's called a fallstreak hole or hole punch cloud. It can be caused by the introduction of ice crystals by a plane but the Cloud Appreciation Society explains it best.

"Few of us like to be the first to take the plunge. We hold back at the water's edge, waiting for others to dive in. Clouds are much the same, as is demonstrated by the phenomenon of a 'fallstreak hole'.

© Mark Anderson / Surrey
Layers of high cloud, such as cirrocumulus or the high altocumulus, shown above, are often composed of water that is much colder than 0degC but hasn't frozen into ice crystals. When water is in the form of tiny droplets suspended in the air, it can behave rather differently from that in an ice tray in the freezer. It can stubbornly refuse to freeze, remaining as 'supercooled' liquid at temperatures of - 10, - 15, - 20degC... None of the droplets want to be the first to freeze, and they tentatively wait as liquid, until some brave souls decide to make their move.

Comment: This phenomenon nothing new, but it is certainly strange. The "experts" like to explain it away as being caused by airplanes, but could it be that our atmosphere isn't doing exactly what the experts think it is? See also:


Dozens of dead sea lion pups found on Malibu beaches, California

Dead sea lion
Malibu is known for it's beauty and scenic views, but that's changed at some local beaches. A family stumbled upon nearly 10 dead sea lions on a Malibu beach Sunday.

"We just came down the stairs and little sea lions are being washed on to shore dying," Neda Soderqvist says in a video she posted on her Facebook Page after making the discovery with her family at State Dume State Beach.

"It was devastating to see a bunch of sea lions just lyind dead. It wasn't one or two it was six or eight," Soderqvist said to FOX 11's Christine O'Donnell.

The sight was especially difficult for her seven-year-old daughter Isabella Soderqvist. "They came up and just died right in front of us," Isabella said. "I was crying to my mom and I said I was really emotional so i wanted to go."


Avalanches kill at least 124 people in Afghanistan

snowstorm in Kabul
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An Afghan phone card seller walks during a snowstorm in Kabul on Tuesday

Avalanches caused by a heavy winter snow have killed at least 124 people in north-eastern Afghanistan
, an emergency official said on Wednesday, as rescuers clawed through debris with their hands to save those buried beneath.

The avalanches buried homes across four north-east provinces, killing those beneath, said Mohammad Aslam Syas, the deputy director of the Afghanistan natural disaster management authority. The province worst hit appeared to be Panjshir province, about 100km (60 miles) north-east of the capital, Kabul, where the avalanches destroyed or damaged around 100 homes, Syas said.

The acting governor of Panjshir, Abdul Rahman Kabiri, said rescuers used their bare hands and shovels in an effort to reach survivors. Rescue teams had been dispatched to the affected areas and casualties were expected to rise, Syas said.

The heavy snowstorms, which began early Tuesday, hampered rescue efforts. Snowfall from the storm was nearly one meter (3ft) deep in places and fallen trees blocked roads in the Panjshir Valley.

General Abdul Aziz Ghirat, the provincial police chief of Panjshir, said the death toll from the avalanches was expected to rise when rescue attempts resumed at sunrise Thursday.
Bizarro Earth

USGS: 6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes off southern Japan

map of Japan

Screenshot from Google Maps
A 6.2 magnitude earthquake has struck off the southern coast of Japan, according to the US Geological Survey.

The quake, with its epicenter around 290km (175 miles) southeast of Hachijo-jima, Izu Islands, struck at a depth of 65km (38 miles).

The event comes just hours after another 4.4 quake took place just off the Kuril Islands, disputed with Russia.

The tremors also come a day after another quake struck off the eastern coast, measuring 5.8, with the epicenter about 100km east of the city of Miyako.
Fireball 5

'My first thought was earthquake': Unexplained tremors hit Florida town three times

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Incidents: The tremors reportedly took place in this stretch of Coral Gables, Florida
Tremors have reportedly hit a Florida city at least three times. Coral Gables residents have told local media they've felt the shaking inside their homes. Authorities so far have yet to figure out what's behind the tremors.

Matt Meehan, who lives in the city, told CBS Miami - which first reported on the shaking - 'These windows started ratting like this. And I'm looking around, and I have a little cat [that] went running in the other direction.'

'My first thought was earthquake,' he told the television station.

Another resident, Boo Zamek, told the CBS affiliate it was a 'very low, um, very subtle vibration' and called it 'strange, curious.'

A spokeswoman for the Coral Gables police department, Kelly Denham, told Daily Mail Online that police received two reports in the past four weeks regarding the 'loud explosion-type noises,' as well as a third report shortly before 11am Tuesday.

Officers have checked out the sounds each time, Denham said, but they have so far been unable to locate their source.

'We have no idea what those noises are,' Denham said.

Comment: Considering there have been several recent reports of fireballs, it may have been something from above.

Red Flag

Dangerous sea level rise on U.S. East Coast reported by scientists

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Sea levels along North America's northeastern coast experienced a record rise from 2009 to 2010, according to a report by a team of scientists in the United States.

From New York to Newfoundland, coastal waters rose by as much as 128 millimeters - more than five inches - over the two-year span, states the report, which will be published in an upcoming issue of Nature Communications.

"The extreme sea level rise event during 2009-10 along the northeast coast of North America is unprecedented during the past century," Professor Jianjun Yin of the University of Arizona told BBC News.

"Statistical analysis indicates that it is a 1-in-850 year event."

The extreme rise caused flooding all along the northeast coast, and as far south as Cape Hatteras off the coast of North Carolina, reported.

Comment: Coastal communities appear to be very unsafe areas to reside at this time. It would be safer for most individuals to move inland to avoid the threat of flooding that coastlines are experiencing.

Cloud Precipitation

15,000 evacuated following flooding in the Dominican Republic

Floods in Dominican Republic
Heavy rain and floods have prompted emergency authorities in the Dominican Republic to evacuated over 15,000 people, mostly in the country's north and eastern regions.

Over 70 mm of rain fell in 24 hours between 20 and 21 February in Savana de la Mar, a town in the Hato Mayor province of the Dominican Republic. Puerto Plata in the northern province Puerto Plata, saw 53.7 mm during the same period. The following day the Las Americas airport area close to Santo Domnigo saw 58.9mm of rain.

The worst affected districts are Puerto Plata, Espaillat and María Trinidad Sánchez, which as of yesterday were under red flood alert, while Santiago, Duarte, Sanchez Ramirez and Hermanas Mirabal were on yellow flood alert.

The heavy rain caused rivers to overflow. Damage has been reported to crops and roads, as well as one bridge.

Cloud Precipitation

It's raining glyphosate! Toxic herbicide found in over 75% of air and rain samples

crop sprayer
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A new study proves just how invasive Monsanto's best selling chemicals are, revealing how herbicide toxins are appearing in 75% of rain and air samples.

Take a deep breath. Thanks to the massive use of herbicides across the planet, you likely just inhaled a dose of Monsanto's best-selling herbicide, Round Up - at least according to the latest US Geological Survey published in the journal Enviromental Toxicology and Chemistry.

The chemical ingredient used in Round Up, known as glyphosate, as well as other 'inert' toxic chemicals, were found in over 75% of the air and rain samples tested from Mississippi in 2007 - a large river that cuts through the middle of the US, and is the basin in which hundreds of farms' runoff drains.

An evaluation of numerous pesticides currently used were measured through water and air samples collected from 1995 to 2007 during growing season along the Mississippi Delta agricultural region. If 75% of samples containing Round Up isn't shocking enough, there's more:

Comment: Monsanto seems hellbent on targeting all that is natural and normal. In their hubris they fail to notice that, in the end, mother earth always bounces back.