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10 metre deep sinkhole opens up in Oman


A sinkhole which appeared in the Hafeet wiliyat in Buraima has been fenced off for safety, police officials in Hafeet station said.

"The sinkhole, which is 8m wide and around 10m deep, appeared on last Thursday. That day itself, we have fenced it off for safety. It is deep and dangerous so we have cordoned off the area," a police official told Times of Oman.

It is being reported that the sink hole is expanding.


Earthquake Amatignak Island, Alaska magnitude 5.7

2015-10-05 17:35:55
51.903°N 179.300°W
depth=89.1 km (55.3 mi)
Seismotectonics of Alaska

The Aleutian arc extends approximately 3,000 km from the Gulf of Alaska in the east to the Kamchatka Peninsula in the west. It marks the region where the Pacific plate subducts into the mantle beneath the North America plate. This subduction is responsible for the generation of the Aleutian Islands and the deep offshore Aleutian Trench.

The curvature of the arc results in a westward transition of relative plate motion from trench-normal (i.e., compressional) in the east to trench-parallel (i.e., translational) in the west, accompanied by westward variations in seismic activity, volcanism, and overriding plate composition. The Aleutian arc is generally divided into three regions: the western, central, and eastern Aleutians. Relative to a fixed North America plate, the Pacific plate is moving northwest at a rate that increases from roughly 60 mm/yr at the arc's eastern edge to 76 mm/yr near its western terminus. The eastern Aleutian arc extends from the Alaskan Peninsula in the east to the Fox Islands in the west. Motion along this section of the arc is characterized by arc-perpendicular convergence and Pacific plate subduction beneath thick continental lithosphere. This region exhibits intense volcanic activity and has a history of megathrust earthquakes.


Signs and Portents: Weird mutant buffalo born in Thailand


The creature by local villagers is thought to bring good luck
Confusing genetic creations happen all the time, but this is one of the most unusual animals seen in a long time

Images have been shared of a most unusual creature spotted in a remote village - and it's the stuff of sci-fi movies.

The strange animal appears to have the scaly, rough head and skin of a reptile such as a crocodile.

However, on closer inspection, it's also got the body, limbs and hooves of a mammal such as a calf.


Dead whale washes up at Portstewart Strand, Northern Ireland

© Beth Johnston
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

© National Weather Service Charleston, S.C./Twitter
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.