Earth Changes


Indonesian authorities raise alert level as Mount Raung erupts

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Mount Raung in Indonesia’s East Java province.
Indonesian authorities on Monday (Jun 29) raised the alert level after Mount Raung in East Java erupted, causing ash to land in surrounding villages.

The eruption at Mount Raung on Sunday evening was heard 20 kilometres away, and ash fall was seen in villages about 10 kilometres away from the summit. Aircraft pilots also reported seeing large amounts of ash at a height of 3,500 metres.

Authorities cordoned off a two-kilometre radius around the volcano, and raised the alert level to "Siaga", the second highest level.

The Head of Prevention and Disaster Preparedness at the local Natural Disaster Mitigation Agency added the eruption could be seen from a lookout post in Banyuwangi, East Java.

Volcanologists have recorded an increase in volcanic activity and tremors on the 3,332-metre high Mount Raung since Jun 24.

Apart from Mount Raung, other volcanoes for which Indonesian authorities have raised the second highest alert level are Mount Karangetang, as well as Mount Soputan and Mount Lokon in Sulawesi.


Death toll rises to 1,233 in southern Pakistan heat wave

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A relative waits while volunteers search for a body at the Edhi Foundation morgue in Karachi, Pakistan.
A devastating weeklong heat wave in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi killed 1,233 people, an official said.

Nazar Mohammad Bozdar, operations director at the Provincial Disaster Management Authority, said about 65,000 heatstroke patients were treated by doctors at all of Karachi's hospitals since June 20 when the heat wave struck Sindh province, where Karachi is the provincial capital.

Officials say temperatures during this heat wave are the hottest the country has seen in 15 years.

He told The Associated Press that 1,923 patients with heat-related ailments were still being treated.

"The government quickly responded by making arrangements for the treatment of heatstroke patients and the situation has improved now," he said.

Pakistan's deadliest heat wave on record coincided with the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, when Pakistan's Muslim majority observed a dawn-to-dusk fast.

The temperatures in Karachi came down to 93 degrees Fahrenheit after reaching 113 degrees Fahrenheit a week ago amid chronic power outages, which forced many residents to spend nights outdoors.

The heat wave shocked many Pakistanis just weeks after soaring temperatures caused nearly 2,200 deaths in neighboring India.

On Saturday, TV footage showed a charity burying several unidentified bodies of people who died earlier this week because of the heatstroke. Pakistani television stations reported that several unidentified bodies were buried by the Edhi Foundation charity because local morgues were overflowing.

Comment: Pakistan heat wave kills hundreds: Victims 'dying on the streets'


At least 16 tornadoes with 3 inch diameter hail stones strike the Red River Valley, North Dakota


Tornadoes hit the Red River Valley
At least 16 tornadoes hit the Red River Valley Saturday, along with huge hail stones measured up to three inches in diameter. No injuries or structural damage from the tornado touchdowns have been reported.

The National Weather Service office in Grand Forks assessed some of the damage one day later. Two damage surveys so far have turned up tornado paths in northeastern North Dakota. Survey crews estimate a tornado touched down six miles northeast of Hatton, taking out shelter belts with estimated 120 mph peak winds. That tornado is rated an EF-2. A second survey revealed an EF-1 tornado touched down six miles northeast of Hope, ND, which also damaged trees and power lines. Estimated winds in the Hope tornado are 100 to 110 mph.



Mysterious light seen in the sky in Deane, UK

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A colourful light in the sky over Haslam Park in Deane was snapped by resident Martin Fawkes.
A glaring light in the sky caught the attention of a resident who thought it was part of the Northern Lights.

The bright colored light appeared in the sky on Wednesday and caught Martin Fawkes by surprise as he was putting his daughter to bed at their home in Deane.

After taking a picture of the strange red orange and blue light, which was hovering over Haslam Park, the dad of one sent the pictures to The Met Office.

Staff there confirmed that it wasn't part of the Northern Lights but that he had in fact just witnessed a very rare occurrence.

Comment: These displays of strange plasma lights and clouds in the sky are becoming more and more common:


Oz-some! Ukrainians shocked by huge twister in their region (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

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A tornado hit several villages in the Dnepropetrovsk region in Ukraine's south this week. Locals reported that roofs were blown off, trees torn from the ground, and fish from the river covered the roads, adding they had never seen anything like it before.

The village of Volosskoe near Dnepropetrovsk suffered the worst, Rossiya 24 channel reported. The funnel cloud grew to 100 meters in diameter.

The tornado was gone in some 15 minutes, leaving people in its wake in shock. Locals said they had only seen such a weather phenomenon "on television, in programs about America," Kharkov news agency reported.

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Lightning strike injures 15, kills dog on Mount Bierstadt in Colorado

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Three people were transported to Denver-area hospitals after a lightning strike 500 feet below the summit of popular 14er Mt. Bierstadt Sunday morning.

The Clear Creek County Sheriff's Office says eight adults were transported from the trailhead, and that three adults were taken to Denver-area hospitals. One of them was in serious condition, the other two had non-life threatening injuries.

The five others refused further treatment, the sheriff's office says.

Initial reports said as many as 16 people were injured. A dog also died after the strike.

A call first came in about the incident at around 11:30 a.m. Rescue crews initially told 9NEWS that all of the victims were on the way down the mountain when they were struck.

"The storm came through really fast," hiker Pete Hunter said. "Didn't really see the clouds building as we'd expect in the distance. It was kind of like they built right on the summit."

Madeleine Ripley was on the peak with friends, and shocked by a strike while touching a rock.

"I felt lightning and I just started running back down and I kept going," she said.


Cairo, Egypt smited with sandstorm and earthquake in one day; quake shakes Gaza Strip

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A couple observe a sandstorm that shrouds the capital city from an observation deck of the Cairo Tower in Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, June 27, 2015.
Egypt faced treacherous weather conditions Saturday as a sandstorm blanketed the north of the country and a magnitude-5.2 earthquake centered in the Sinai peninsula shook buildings more than 200 miles away in the capital, Cairo.

The epicenter of the quake was 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) southeast of the beachside town of Nuweiba in the Sinai, and about 75 kilometers (46 miles) south of Egypt's border with Israel, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Airports near Alexandria and Marsa Matrouh, along the Mediterranean coast, closed and diverted flights to Cairo due to poor visibility from the day's sandstorm, Civil Aviation Minister Hossam Kamel said in a statement. Visibility reached as low as 500 meters at the Burg al-Arab airport near Alexandria, he said.

Fierce winds whipped through the capital as many residents took cover from the sand by staying indoors. Others were seen braving the storm wearing surgical masks or covering their faces with clothing, as the wind sent rubbish and dust swirling.

At its peak, the sandstorm covered the capital in a thick orange cloud, dramatically reducing visibility.

Comment: 5.5 magnitude earthquake hits Israel; shaking reported in Cairo

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5.5 magnitude earthquake hits Israel; shaking reported in Cairo

Earthquake felt at 6:34 PM; epicenter reportedly south of Israel; strong shaking reported in Cairo
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An earthquake was felt in several Israeli cities at precisely 6:34 PM on Saturday. Uri Frieslander of the Israeli Geological Institute said the first station to log the quake was in Eilat.

The Israel Geological Survey reported that the earthquake measured a 5.5 on the Richter scale. It also reported that the epicenter was 90 kilometers south of Eilat. The American Geological Survey said it occurred on the East African Rift.

Israelis reported feeling the earthquake from cities such as Be'er Sheva, Tel Aviv, Hod Hasharon, Holon, Netanya, Jerusalem, and as far north as Nazareth Illit.

David Azulai, a resident of the town of Omer in the south said: "I was working on my computer, my feet where on the ground and I started feeling the ground move. It was clearly an earthquake; my partner was in bed and felt it too. It brought me back to memories of the big quake in the 90's. That was a serious earthquake. This time it was weak. I went to check on my partner to make sure she was alright."

Suzan from Ashkelon said; "we felt a light quake, my bed was moving about 2 minutes ago."

There have been three earthquakes just south of the current epicenter since 1900, ranging from 6 to 7 on the Richter scale. Al Jazeera reported that the quake had been strongly felt in Cairo. Reports from Jordan say that the quake was felt in Aqaba, and some of the residents left their homes as a result. Car alarms went off in some towns in Israel.

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Severe weather sweeps across U.S. causing flash floods, power outages

A stormy weekend across the country already proved to be dangerous, and officials cautioned Sunday that the threat wasn't over yet.

A 29-year-old woman and her 4-year-old daughter were found dead in their Chevy Chase, Maryland, home Saturday from apparent electrocution, according to police. Their bodies were found near a portable pump that was in standing water after heavy rainfall, police said.

Down the coast in St. Johns County, Florida, a man was injured by a lightning strike while standing in ankle deep water at a beach, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

And a Boy Scout was killed in flash flood waters that swept through a camp in Colfax County, New Mexico, early Saturday morning, according to the New Mexico Department of Public Safety. Three other Scouts who were swept away were rescued.


Suspected coyote attack on 11-year-old girl in northern Alberta


An 11-year-old girl was seriously injured after a suspected coyote attack overnight.
A young girl has been recovering after a suspected coyote attack in northern Alberta.

The girls' mother, Lolene Veronica Young-Condon said the incident happened around 1 a.m. Saturday in the town of Valleyview.

"We were going to do some star gazing," she explained.

Young-Condon had gone into the house to make some tea when she heard something outside.

"I heard some screeching, crying sounds that I had never heard before."

When she went outside to investigate she caught sight of the animal.

"I was standing on the steps outside my door and I saw this furry animal on my daughter Katie.

"I thought at first it was a fox."

She said the animal jumped off Katie and turned to face her. It ran off into the woods near the home after Young-Condon chased it.