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High winds and dry conditions continue to fuel massive Washington state wildfires

Malott, WA wildfire
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A collection of vintage cars smolder after a wildfire burnt through them on Friday, July 18, 2014, near Malott, Wash.
A massive wildfire that has forced the evacuation of towns, destroyed numerous homes and blackened scenic hillsides in north-central Washington has been burning into new areas, fueled by dry conditions and gusty winds.

The lightning-caused fire by Saturday had scorched nearly 340 square miles in the scenic Methow Valley. The fire was measured at 260 square miles Friday.

Road closures and evacuations were changing regularly, as hot weather and winds with gusts up to 30 mph were pushing the fire over ridge tops and toward a cluster of small towns northeast of Seattle.

"This is a very active and fluid situation," fire spokesman Chuck Turey said.

People living between Carlton and Pateros have been told to leave their homes. The fire has downed power lines and many towns were without electrical power or phone service Saturday.

There were no reports of serious injuries. Minor burns and bruises had been reported, but Turey called that "a pretty amazing safety record."

On Saturday, officials said that only one more structure was destroyed overnight by the blaze.
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Scientist map Mount Rainer magma, say it will erupt again

mount rainier magma map
Scientists from the University of Utah have determined that Mount Rainier, one of the most prominent peaks in North America, will erupt again. The question of when remains unanswered, but science has recently discovered how: By measuring how quickly Earth conducts electricity and seismic waves, they've effectively "mapped" Rainier's magma "plumbing."

"This is the most direct image yet capturing the melting process that feeds magma into a crustal reservoir that eventually is tapped for eruptions," says geophysicist Phil Wannamaker, of the university's Energy & Geoscience Institute and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. "But it does not provide any information on the timing of future eruptions from Mount Rainier or other Cascade Range volcanoes."

Comment: For more information see:

Rainier, third most dangerous U.S. volcano, USGS says
Mapping the deep magma reservoir below Washington's Mt. Rainier

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Huge sinkhole forces Spring Hill residents to evacuate homes, Florida

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This sinkhole opened up near Eldridge Road and Van Allen Way in Spring Hill on Saturday.
Residents were forced to evacuate three Spring Hill homes Saturday afternoon because a sinkhole about 40 yards across and 30 feet deep formed near their homes, authorities said.

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office received a call around 5:20 p.m. describing a possible sinkhole near Eldridge Road and Van Allen Way.

When deputies arrived it was about 25 yards wide by 30 feet deep, and authorities asked the residents of three homes to evacuate.

The hole increased to 40 yards wide in the ensuing hours, but the residents of two homes were later allowed to return to the houses.

No injuries were reported.

Comment: Sinkholes - a world wide phenomenon, see map below.

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Darwin man shocked to discover massive sinkhole in his backyard, Australia

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I’ve gotta whole lot of hole - Lance Hart surveys his new backyard water feature.
A Darwin man who heard "something like an earthquake on and off all day" says he was shocked when he later discovered a "cliff face" and "huge sinkhole" had appeared in his previously flat backyard.

Lance Hart, 51, said he heard "some rumbling that sounded a bit like thunder" outside his Darwin River home on Thursday night.

"I thought 'what on Earth are the neighbours doing, they're 800 metres away," Mr Hart said.

"But it was night time, out in the rural area, and I couldn't see anything and didn't give it much thought after that."

Comment: Sinkholes - a world wide phenomenon, see map below.

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Out of Control: Washington state wildfire wipes most of a small town off the map - destroying 100 homes

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Charred: The foundation of a home and burned-out cars remain from a wildfire the night before, Friday, July 18, 2014, in Pateros, Washington
A raging wildfire in central Washington has wiped most of a small town off the map - destroying 100 homes as it whips out of control across 260 square miles of dry forest - and fears are now growing that it will claim a second community.

The Carlton Complex fire grew by nearly ten times Friday as four fires horrifically merged into one and exploded across the small village of Pateros, officials said. Residents of the town of Malott and outlying areas of nearby Brewster have been evacuated as flames rages only miles from their homes.

'We basically evacuated the whole town' of Malott, Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said Friday night. Those living in outlying areas of Brewster were also told to leave. Malott is home to about 500 people, while the population of Brewster is about 2,400.


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USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.0 - Owen Fracture Zone region

Owen Fracture Quake_190714
Event Time
2014-07-19 14:14:01 UTC
2014-07-19 18:14:01 UTC+04:00 at epicenter

11.752°N 57.563°E depth=10.0km (6.2mi)

Nearby Cities
396km (246mi) ESE of Tamrida, Yemen
692km (430mi) SSE of Salalah, Oman
708km (440mi) E of Bereeda, Somalia
779km (484mi) ENE of Bandarbeyla, Somalia
1317km (818mi) S of Muscat, Oman

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Ice Cube

Very little Arctic ice melt over the past week

At the peak of the melt season, there is almost nothing happening in the Arctic. Red shows ice loss since July 11, and green shows ice gain. The melt season will start to wind down in the next three weeks, as the sun gets low in the Arctic sky.

Rising risks for earthquakes in the U.S. indicated on new USGS map

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Are you at risk? The U.S. Geological Survey has released a new earthquake map, showing rising seismic hazards in the U.S.
The U.S. Geological Survey released a new earthquake hazard map July 17, revealing increased seismic risks for many regions.

Updated for the first time since 2008, the new map incorporates research from the surprising 2011 earthquake in Virginia. With a 5.8 magnitude, it was one of the largest earthquakes to hit the East Coast and helped scientists gauge the possibility of larger events in that area. As a result, the new map concludes that the Eastern U.S. has a higher potential for bigger earthquakes than previously estimated.

While all states have some potential risk for an earthquake, scientists also concluded that 42 states have a reasonable chance of experiencing an earthquake in the next 50 years, which it notes is generally considered the typical lifetime of a building. The map also showed that 16 states are at high risk and have a relatively high likelihood of experiencing damaging ground shaking within the next 50 years.

Comment: For a larger version of the new USGS earthquake map go here.


2 dead minke whales wash up on Cumbrian coast in UK

A dead whale washed up on the west Cumbrian coast more than a week ago is still beached and a decision has not yet been made about when it will be moved.

A dog walker made the grim discovery of the minke whale at Braystones 11 days ago, but Copeland Council, which has the responsibility of moving the 25ft mammal, can not say when, or if, it will be removed.

Confirmation of the delay comes as a second minke whale - in the same decomposed state - was found washed up further down the coast at Barrow on Wednesday.

Experts say there could be a number of reasons why two whales have been brought ashore in such a short space of time, with one suggestion being the recent spate of warm weather attracts the mammals nearer land.

Earthquake precursor? Over 100 rare deep-sea fish caught off the coast of Kochi, Japan days before major event

Over 100 Photonectes deep-sea fish were caught in shallow water off Japan coast on July 7th 2014. A sign for the July 13th earthquake?
A catastrophe is happening in the depths of the sea but nobody knows why!

Was it a sign for the July 13, 2014 earthquake? Reading sign before Japan earthquake in July 2014!

Japanese Fishermen catch 105 "Photonectes" fish near the coast of the province of Kochi.

But, what's weird is that this fish species naturally lives at 1,000 meters under the water surface

According to the fishermen, fishing nets were only 70 meters deep. Moreover, another rare deep-sea fish was caught in abundance (46 tons) although the daily average is about 200 kilo..

Comment: See also: Creatures from the deep signal major Earth Changes: Is anyone paying attention?