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Hong Kong typhoon warning: 1 dead, 3 rescued after scaffolding collapses - Red rainstorm warning in force

Firefighters search for people after scaffolding collapsed on Broadwood Road in Happy Valley.
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Firefighters search for people after scaffolding collapsed on Broadwood Road in Happy Valley.
A worker died and three others were rescued by emergency services after massive scaffolding around a high-rise residential building in Hong Kong collapsed on Friday morning under the onslaught of heavy rain and strong winds brought by a typhoon.

Police said two women working on the site at the Beverly Hill estate on Broadwood Road in Happy Valley were found at the scene, one of whom was pulled unconscious from the debris while the other was unhurt.

The injured woman died in Ruttonjee Hospital in Wan Chai at about 12.45pm. Two trapped drivers were also rescued from their vehicles after the scaffolding crumpled onto the road below.

Torrential downpours prompted the Hong Kong Observatory to upgrade its rainstorm warning at 11.45am to black - the highest level and one that was last issued on June 28. The warning was downgraded to red an hour later, with heavy rain still lashing the city.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 6 in Zambia

Five people from the same family and another have been killed by suspected lightening in Mwansakombe Village in Chief Mwansakombe's Chiefdom in Chifunabuli District in Luapula Province.

The accident happened last night around 22 hours.

Confirming the accident to ZANIS in Chifunabuli yesterday, Chifunabuli Acting District Commissioner Mulenga Muonga says the six met their fate while sleeping in their grass thatched house.

"I can confirm that a report has been received from Chifunabuli Police to the effect that six people, five from the same family and another male adult only identified as Tembo perished last night after suspected lightning hit and burnt their grass thatched house following some rains which were experienced in the district," Mr Muonga revealed.

Mr Muonga has further identified the family as Memory Chola 29, together with her four children and a Mr Tembo who is suspected to be the boyfriend to Memory Chola.


Shallow magnitude 6.1 earthquake shakes Macquarie Island region, USGS says


M6.1 earthquake Macquarie Island region
According to preliminary estimates, the earthquake occurred at a depth of 10 kilometers, and the epicenter was located a long way off the coast. So far, there are no reports of injuries or property damage.

A powerful 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck in the vicinity of Macquarie Island in the South West Pacific Ocean on Thursday night, the US Geological Survey reported.

As of now, there was no indication of a tsunami threat in the area.

According to Australian government agency Geoscience Australia, the depth of one of the tremors was recorded at 1 kilometer.

Cloud Precipitation

One dead as rain, floods hit south Yemen city

Torrential rains caused widespread floods in the southern Yemeni city of Mukalla, where a young man was electrocuted, local official said on Thursday.

The floods added to suffering in the Arabian peninsula's poorest country, which has endured seven years of war.

The rain lashed Mukalla on Wednesday days after a powerful cyclone was downgraded to a tropical storm after making landfall in Oman where 12 people were killed.

A Yemeni official said the rains caused flooding that swept away cars in Mukalla, damaged shops and homes, and knocked down electricity poles.

Cloud Lightning

Severe storm strikes Jizan, Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia in the eye of the storm!! A strong wind storm and strong rain hit the city of Bariq, Jizan.


Yellowstone volcano rocked by 283 earthquakes as USGS probes "ongoing" swarm of tremors

Yellowstone methane
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Stretching over the states of Wyoming, Idaho and Montana, the Yellowstone National Park is one of the US's most seismically active regions. Yellowstone Park is home to the Yellowstone volcano caldera, which has formed during the course of multiple cataclysmic eruptions in the last 3.1 million years. And although there has been no significant volcanism at the park in some 70,000 years, Yellowstone continues to be rocked by thousands of earthquakes every single year.

According to the latest report published by the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory (YVO) branch of the USGS, September was no exception to the rule.

Comment: Except that the quake swarms and other unusual activity around Yellowstone breaks the 'rule'.

Seismograph stations dotted around the park tracked and continue to track some 283 earthquakes in the month of September.

Comment: Taken together, it's beginning to look like USGS doth protest too much, and that may partly be because the Yellowstone threat is greater than previously thought.


La Palma eruption spits out volcanic bombs, shuts airport again, authorities on high alert

La Palma
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Smoke rises on the horizon as lava flows from a volcano on the Canary island of La Palma, Spain on Wednesday Oct. 6, 2021. A volcano that has destroyed nearly 1,000 buildings on a Spanish island increased its explosive power, roaring louder and spewing thicker lava flowing out of its main vent. The eruption started on Sept. 19 and has forced the evacuation of over 6,000 residents of the island of La Palma.
The airport on the Spanish island of La Palma shut down again Thursday due to ashfall from a volcano that has been erupting for almost three weeks.

Scientists said the course of the eruption was unpredictable. It settled down in recent days, but the volcano in the Canary Islands continues to spew lava, and 16 earthquakes of up to magnitude 3.5 shook the area over the previous 24 hours, the National Geographic Institute said.

The lava has forced the evacuation of more than 6,000 people and destroyed more than 600 houses. The ash cloud temporarily closed La Palma Airport last month.

Comment: It's looking increasingly likely that this worldwide uptick in seismic and volcanic activity - amongst other extreme weather phenomena - isn't going to abate any time soon. Notably, it reflects the chaos bubbling under the surface on the global societal level: Also check out SOTT radio's:


Tokyo jolted by 6.1 quake, blackouts but no tsunami warning

A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.1 jolted Tokyo and surrounding areas late on Thursday, stopping train lines and causing sporadic power cuts, but there were no reports of major damage, Japan's public broadcaster NHK said.

The tremor, at 10:41 p.m. (1341 GMT), registered "strong-5" on Japan's intensity scale, a level that could cause some damage to buildings and power cuts, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The quake had an epicenter in Chiba prefecture, to the east of the capital Tokyo. There was no danger of a tsunami from the quake, accoring to NHK.


Severe floods hit Querétaro, Mexico for second time in 2 weeks

Flood rescue in San Juan del Río, Querétaro, Mexico October 2021.
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Flood rescue in San Juan del Río, Querétaro, Mexico October 2021.
Flooding in the state of Querétaro, Mexico has left homes damaged and hundreds of people displaced. At least 4 people have lost their lives in what is the second spate of severe flooding in the state in the last 2 weeks.

Flooding began after heavy rain on 01 October 2021. Authorities reported several rivers broke their banks, including the San Juan and Querétaro. High dam levels prompted authorities to open flood gates which has prolonged the flooding in some areas.

As of 04 October, several municipalities in the state were affected, in particular San Juan del Río, El Marqués, Corregidora, Huimilpan, Tequisquiapan and Querétaro, which includes the the state capital Santiago de Querétaro.


A beluga whale in Puget Sound? Rare visitor from Arctic waters startles boaters in first sighting here since 1940

In a flash of white out of the blue, a beluga whale has been seen at least six times around Puget Sound since Sunday, the first such sightings since 1940.

It began Oct. 3 with a report from the south end of Fox Island, then another from Point Defiance, and then in Commencement Bay. In the fourth sighting, the whale was reported at West Seattle and on the fifth it was aglow in the waters of the Bremerton Ship Yard, according to Michael Milstein, spokesman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration West Coast Region.

There is no way to know why the whale is far from its home and family in south central Alaska's Cook Inlet, or other populations in the arctic and subarctic waters of the U.S. and Canada.

But there are several possible explanations, said Paul Wade, a research fisheries biologist based at NOAA's Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Sand Point. He leads research on the endangered population of belugas at Cook Inlet.