Earth Changes


Two hurt in 2 separate bear attacks on the same day, India

Two persons including a woman sustained grievous injuries after being mauled by bears in two separate incidents under Hinjili police limits on Monday. Sources said at around 9.30 am, Prahalad Gouda of Pudurakhanda under Saru panchayat was attacked by a bear while he was going to his field. Hearing his scream, fellow villagers rushed to the spot and rescued him. Gouda was admitted to Hinjili hospital and later shifted to MKCGMCH after his condition worsened.

In a separate incident, wife of village priest Laxmi Das of Saradapur under Kanchuru panchayat was attacked by a bear while she was entering the temple kitchen. Locals present in the temple rescued her from the bear. She is also undergoing treatment at MKCGMCH.
Cloud Lightning

Super Typhoon Vongfong rapidly intensifies overnight - equivalent to a Category 4 hurricane and heading for Japan

Super Typhoon Vongfong, as feared, intensified rapidly overnight Monday into Tuesday, U.S. time. The satellite image above with the classic distinct eye says it all.

As of midnight local time Wednesday, the eye of Vongfong was about 750 miles southeast of Kadena Air Base on Okinawa, moving west at 10-15 mph.

Maximum sustained winds had increased to an estimated 155 mph, the equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane, according to the U.S. military's Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

Vongfong became the fifth super typhoon (150 mph max sustained winds or higher) of 2014. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, Vongfong has now surpassed Genevieve for the most intense western Pacific typhoon of 2014 by estimated central pressure (905 millibars).

5.8 earthquake hits China's Yunnan

yunnan quake
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According to GDAC (only) 2.4 million people live within a 100 km radius of the epicenter of the Yunnan quake.
An earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale has hit the southwestern Chinese province of Yunnan, United States Geological Service reported.

The quake's epicenter was at a depth of 10 kilometers deep, 163 kilometers north-northwest of the town of Yunjinghong.

The Yunnan province is situated in a mountainous area and borders Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar.

The quake's epicenter was located 10 kilometers deep, some 163 kilometers north-northwest of the town of Yunjinghong and 298 kilometers southwest of the regional capital, Kunming.

M 6.0 Earthquake - 18km WSW of Weiyuan, China

Event Time
2014-10-07 13:49:40 UTC
2014-10-07 21:49:40 UTC+08:00 at epicenter

23.407°N 100.518°E depth=10.1km (6.3mi)

Nearby Cities
18km (11mi) WSW of Weiyuan, China
158km (98mi) N of Jinghong, China
218km (135mi) SW of Longquan, China
231km (144mi) WSW of Yuxi, China
608km (378mi) WNW of Ha Noi, Vietnam

Scientific Data
Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills 11 Colombian tribe members during ritual

Colombian members
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Tribe members said they were hit by a lightning storm which began around midnight.
Eleven members of a Colombian indigenous community have been killed by lightning during a religious ceremony in a remote, mountainous area in the north of the country.

Leaders from the Wiwa ethnic group were carrying out what was described as a spiritual harmonisation ritual when they were struck.

Another 15 people were injured.

Survivors were rescued by the army and airlifted to hospitals in the Caribbean city of Santa Marta.

Most of the victims are being treated for second and third degree burns.
Black Cat

Florida state reports unprovoked bear, panther attacks

The large, hairy predator struck fast, left a few claw wounds and was gone.

As Byron Maharrey of central Palm Beach County stalked wild turkey near Lake Kissimmee, he felt something hit him on the back.

"He knocked me over," he said. "He immediately turned straight and ran. From his tawny color and his long tail, I could tell it was a Florida panther. Guessing 80 to 100 pounds."

The March 17 attack left him with puncture wounds to his thigh, a 4-inch gash on his arm and an unusual status as the first victim of a suspected Florida panther attack since the 1800s.

For decades authorities have said that panthers and black bears in Florida have never made an unprovoked attack on a human being, at least in modern times. But in 2012 a bear bit a Seminole County woman who was walking her dog, and in the past few months, the state has seen two more bear attacks and a possible panther attack.

Comment: The interested reader may also wish to peruse further reports of animal attacks on humans in 2014 here (under the Topics heading of Animals).


South of France under flood waters again

france floods
Violent storms lashed parts of southern France once again on Monday night leaving the city of Montpellier once again under water. Hundreds of residents were forced to evacuate their homes.

Around 300 people had to seek refuge in a sports gym overnight in the north of the city after water levels rose following more violent storms across the region.

The severe weather comes just days after Montpellier was left looking more like Atlantis when heavy rains caused the river Lez to burst its banks.

On Monday night the level of the river reached a similar height. Firefighters were called out dozens of times after the cities residents found their homes inundated with water. Several people had to be rescued by helicopter.

Comment: Sept. 29 - Southern France put on maximum storm alert, risk of flash-flooding


On the heels of Typhoon Phanfone, Typhoon Vongfong strengthens, threatens Japan

While Japan is now recovering from former Typhoon Phanfone, Typhoon Vongfong will continue to gain strength across the western Pacific Ocean this week.

Typhoon Vongfong brought flooding rainfall and damaging wind to the northern Mariana Islands through Monday, local time. Wind gusts over 89 kph (55 mph) and and rainfall over 75 mm (3 inches) were common.

Across the western Pacific Ocean, the combination of light wind shear and warm water will lead to conditions conducive for Vongfong to strengthen further through the middle of the week.

By the middle of the week, Vongfong is expected to be a super typhoon wind sustained wind near 150 mph (240 kph). This is equivalent to a strong Category 4 hurricane.

Late in the week while Vongfong is located to the south of Japan, the typhoon is expected to slow and make a turn to the north. While there remains some uncertainty in the exact track of the storm, confidence is high that the powerful cyclone will track north toward Japan will the potential for a landfall by early next week.

Many areas at risk from Vongfong are attempting to recover from more than 150 mm (6 inches) of rain and strong winds that hammered eastern Japan from Sunday into Monday as Typhoon Phanfone battered the region.

Wolves at the gates of Paris - 2 seen within 40 miles of French capital

Forests just outside Paris form an ideal environment for wolves because they are well stocked with wild boar and deer.
Two wolves are spotted within 40 miles of Paris in the first sighting so close to the French capital

Wolves have been spotted within 40 miles of Paris, in the first sighting so close to the capital since they crept back into France from Italy a decade ago.

"They are probably young adults who have separated from the pack as they search for a territory," said wildlife expert Eric Bas. "A wolf can roam about 100 kilometres (60 miles) in a single night."

Forests just outside Paris form an ideal environment for wolves because they are well stocked with wild boar and deer.

The grey wolf was wiped out in France in the 1920s, but has made an astonishing comeback over the past decade. Wolves now numbering at least 300 across the country killed more than 6,000 sheep last year.

The environment minister, Segolene Royal, has authorised culls of wolves - against opposition from conservationists. However, the decision was welcomed by farmers.

California water expert: 'Nobody has any idea how disastrous it's going to be'

Newly released images created from NASA satellite data illustrate the staggering effect the California drought has had on groundwater supply in the state. As Mashable's Patrick Kulp explains, the images show the amount of water lost over the past 12 years, with different colors indicating severity over time. "Nobody has any idea how disastrous it's going to be," Mike Wade of California Farm Water Coalition told the Associated Press, as RT reports a growing number of communities in central and northern California could end up without water in 60 days due to the Golden state's prolonged drought. While California is bearing the brunt, experts note "We're seeing it happening all over the world, in most of the major aquifers in the arid and semi-arid parts of the world."
Via Mashable,
California is currently experiencing the third year of one of the most severe short-term droughts ever recorded. Data from U.S. Drought Monitor shows that as of Sept. 30, 82% of the state is facing extreme or exceptional drought conditions.

But the state is not the only area being plagued by critical drops in groundwater reserves. Data collected by GRACE indicates that the supply of groundwater is in decline worldwide, especially in regions that rely on it most.

"We're seeing it happening all over the world. It's happening in most of the major aquifers in the arid and semi-arid parts of the world where we rely on those aquifers. But we're able to see now the impact we're having on this over exploitation," Famiglietti told Science Magazine.

Comment: U.S. Drought Monitor: California drought covers 100% of state