Earth Changes


Sinkhole causes traffic delays on Highway 401 in Kingston, Ontario

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Highway 401 sinkhole
A large sinkhole formed close to where construction is being completed on Highway 401 Friday evening, closing the highway just east of Joyceville Road.

Traffic is currently being allowed to pass on the left hand shoulder as crews work to repair the problem.

Cars and trucks were backed up for five kilometres, with an estimated one hour delay at one point. The lanes were closed for over eight hours while the hole was filled.


Did sinkhole in Florida cause water main break?

A transmission water main leak Friday afternoon caused a sinkhole off U.S. Highway 1 at Mile Marker 59, flooding the area and disrupting traffic.

The sinkhole appeared shortly after noon in the southbound shoulder at Mile Marker 59.5 and caused traffic congestion mostly along the southbound lanes, but did not create widespread traffic jams in either direction as motorists were being diverted around work crews, said Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Kathy McKinney.

A trooper was on the scene in case the situation worsened, McKinney said. There was no need to direct traffic as of 2:45 p.m., she added.

"We're just monitoring it at this point," McKinney said. "Traffic is just moving a little slower than normal."

The break in the 30-inch diameter pipe is causing customers from Grassy Key to Key West to experience reduced water pressure while crews make repairs, Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority Executive Director Kirk Zuelch said.

"It was definitely a major leak," Zuelch said.

Crews planned to work through the night to repair the leak, Zuelch said Friday.

Comment: The authorities are assuming that the water main break caused the sinkhole, but what if the sinkhole, created by the Earth's 'opening up', caused the the water main to break?


Winter snowfall makes early visit to Salzburg, Austria

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The Böcksteinstrasse in Gasteiner Tal.
After a summer of record high temperatures winter has already arrived in some parts of Austria - with the Grossglockner alpine road in the state of Salzburg closed on Thursday for safety reasons after snowfall.

"We've had 50 centimetres of snow. Between the Fuscher Törl and the Hochtor, there are snow drifts of up to two meters," deputy police superintendent Peter Embacher said. "We have three snowploughs and two snow blowers on the go. We hope that today we can clear all the snow and reopen the road by Friday," he added.

The spa town of Bad Gastein also saw snow, and the road to Sportgastein had to be closed on Wednesday, after 40 centimetres of fresh snow. On Thursday morning drivers were told to use snow chains on the B99 road.


Transformer explosion in Florida destroys 2 vehicles, boat


SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- An auto body business was the scene of a large fire that, officials said, was caused by a transformer explosion, Friday afternoon.

Around 2:30 p.m., Miami-Dade Fire Rescue reported to the scene of the fire in the area of Southwest 105th Street and 184th Terrace. According to witnesses, a transformer of the business exploded and caused two vehicles and one boat to catch fire.

Crystal Morales said she stepped outside when she heard the loud explosion and watched as a power wire fell on top of the vehicles and the boat. "Lights were going on and off, then after that, there was a really big explosion," said Morales. "The fire department came quick. I called 911."

Before the fire was put out by crews, they had to shut down power. "We were all scared the truck, Mercedes and boat were going to explode," said Morales.

No injuries were reported and the vehicles and the boat are likely to be declared a total loss.

Comment: In the last week alone there have been many other cases of transformer explosions and electrical anomalies, a few of which include:
  • In Johannesburg two men were critically injured in a freak accident that saw a transformer they were working on explode.
  • A massive fire at an apartment building in Canada caused by a failure of the electrical distribution system.
  • A smoky cabin forced an American Airlines jet to make an emergency landing on approach to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
  • Three transformers went up in flames after a blast at a nearby substation in Cyber City, India.
  • In Connecticut an underground explosion cut off power to more than 1,500 customers.
  • A huge-explosion ripped through residential building in Chengdu, China.
As well as traditional causes such as leaking gas mains, creaking infrastructure and lack of adequate maintenance - maybe we need to consider other potential causes to these rapidly escalating incidents?

As seismic and volcanic activity intensifies, increased outgassing of methane, and other gases like hydrogen sulfide, from deep below the planet's surface could be igniting?

Perhaps some incidents are related 'electrically' in part to the 'grounding' of our Solar System?

See: SOTT Exclusive: Solar System 'grounding':Transformer explosions and electrical anomalies

Bizarro Earth

6.2 quake, aftershocks strike central Chile - USGS

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit a coastal region in central Chile, US Geological Survey reports. It comes amid frequent aftershocks following a strong 8.3 quake last week.

The quake's epicenter was registered 30 kilometers southwest of the city of Ovalle in Chile's Coquimbo Region at a depth of 38 kilometers.

Another 5.1-magnitude quake followed minutes after the strong tremor, according to USGS.


Thousands of fish die when California lake runs dry overnight

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Dead fish at a Northern California reservoir.
Walker Lake-- Thousands of fish are dead after a Northern California reservoir ran dry overnight, reports CBS Sacramento.

Mountain Meadows reservoir also known as Walker Lake is a popular fishing hole just west of Susanville. Now the reservoir is dry and all the fish are dead.

Residents tell CBS Sacramento that people were fishing on the lake just last Saturday. But it drained like a bathtub overnight.

Resident Eddie Bauer has lived near the lake his entire life. He says that this is the first time he has ever seen the lake run dry. He and other residents now want answers as to why and how this could have happened.

CBS Sacramento reports that Pacific Gas & Electric Company own the rights to the water and use it for hydroelectric power.

Cloud Precipitation

3000 houses, farmlands submerged as flood displaces scores in Benue, Nigeria

No fewer than 3000 houses and farmlands have submerged in Makurdi and other riverine communities in Benue State following the overflow of the River Benue.

The flood has displaced scores of persons in the agrarian communities, just as it has damaged property worth millions of naira, including cars and food items.

Water from the River Benue has run over the coast and has completely covered the houses saturated in the area.


North American flycatcher arrives on British shores for the first time at Dungeness

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Acadian flycatcher in Dungeness
Experts believe the Acadian flycatcher got caught up in a fast-moving Atlantic weather system that took it from the eastern US to Dungeness in Kent

A bird never recorded before in the UK is believed to have landed in Kent, and then died.

Suspected to be an Acadian flycatcher from North America, the historic landing on the beach at Dungeness in Kent sparked one of the biggest mass gathering of twitchers in years.

They hope to catch a sight of the small robin-sized bird that should be basking in the tropical forests of Panama or Colombia.

But today it was nowhere to be seen with fears that the exhausted bird had died.

Somehow it had been caught up in a fast-moving Atlantic weather system that has taken it from its nesting grounds in eastern USA to the famous gravel headland overlooking the English Channel.


Black bear attacks man in Powell River, Canada


A 51-year-old man was hospitalized with minor injuries after being attacked by a black bear. The bear and its two cubs have since been destroyed by conservation officers.
Conservation officers are searching for a bear responsible for sending a 51-year-old man to hospital in the early hours of Thursday, September 24.

Powell River RCMP have confirmed that a man walking his dog on the 4700 block of Redonda Avenue, behind the Town Centre Mall, was attacked by a bear at approximately 5:30 am.

The man sustained only minor injuries in the attack and did not require BC Ambulance Service paramedics to transport him to Powell River General Hospital, Constable Tim Kenning told the Peak at 9 am.

Kenning said that the unnamed man told him "the bear came out of nowhere."


Massive waterspout moves through peninsula in Greece

Check out this large waterspout filmed moving through a peninsula near Methana, Greece, Monday, Sept. 21.