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Parts of many coastal cities are sinking - NASA

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
A team of researchers at Nanyang Technological University, working with a group at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and another colleague at ETH Zürich, has found evidence showing that parts of many big coastal cities are sinking faster than the sea is rising. In their paper published in the journal Nature Sustainability, the group describes using satellite-based radar to measure the degree of land subsidence for 48 of the largest cities in the world.

Prior research has shown that global warming is melting ice around the world, leading to rising sea levels.

This increase in sea levels is a major concern to cities and towns that lie on the edges of the sea. But many cities also face another problem — land subsidence, in which land sinks due to removal of groundwater or gas and compaction of the ground from the massive weight of buildings on top of it.

Comment: Note that this phenomena is occurring alongside various other unusual geologic and seismic activity: See also:


Death toll nears 100 in Jigawa, Nigeria amid ravaging floods

People walk through floodwaters after heavy rainfall in Hadeja, Nigeria.
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People walk through floodwaters after heavy rainfall in Hadeja, Nigeria.
Authorities in Jigawa have reported six more deaths as a result of the floods that have continued to wreak havoc on communities in the north-western state.

This comes barely three days after police authorities in Jigawa said 29 other people lost their lives to flood-related incidents. As of Tuesday, the state has lost 98 residents to the ravaging floods.

The Chairman of Jigawa State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Sani Babura, who confirmed the six new deaths lamented that flooding in the state has reached an alarming stage.

He stated that the number of communities affected by the floods was increasing every day, a development he said has made the situation more aggravated.

Cloud Precipitation

Central America - Floods and landslides in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua

Rain and flood damage in Managua, Nicaragua,
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Rain and flood damage in Managua, Nicaragua, September 2022.
At least 2 people have died and hundreds have been displaced after heavy rain triggered flooding and landslides in several countries of Central America from 17 September 2022.

Previously FloodList reported prolonged heavy rainfall caused flooding and landslides in Costa Rica, where at least 9 people lost their lives and dozens were displaced.

Heavy rain has also affected areas of El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua over the last few days. Fatalities were reported in El Salvador and Honduras.


230 pilot whales stranded in Tasmania, Australia, 'about half' feared dead - 2nd recent major stranding in the region

The cause of mass strandings is still not fully understood.
The cause of mass strandings is still not fully understood.
A pod of 230 pilot whales was found stranded on the rugged west coast of Tasmania Wednesday, with Australian officials saying only half appeared to be alive.

Aerial images showed a devastating scene of dozens of black glossy mammals strewn across a long beach, stuck on the waterline where the frigid southern ocean meets the sand.

Locals covered survivors with blankets and doused them with buckets of water to keep them alive, as other whales nearby tried in vain to twitch free and yet more lay dead.

The whales were "stranded near Macquarie Harbour" said the state's Department of Natural Resources and Environment.

Comment: This latest event comes a day after 14 sperm whales died in a mass stranding on nearby King Island.


Strong 6.0 magnitude earthquake hits off Kamchatka Krai, Russia

An earthquake measuring 6.0 magnitude has hit near the region of Kamchatsk Staryy in Russia.

A strong earthquake measuring 6.0 magnitude on the Richter scale has been registered this evening in the Bering Sea, off the eastern coast of Russia. According to Asismet @Asismet_IF, the tremor occurred at 6:23pm local time. Its epicentre was placed 253km east of Ust'-Kamchatsk, at a depth of 10km.

The location of this quake is said to be along the Bering fault, and related to the Bering Kresla plate boundary shear zone.


More spring snow confirmed in parts of South Africa

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Just LOOK! More SNOW has been confirmed in parts of South Africa by Tuesday morning. And MORE snow is expected.


Snow was confirmed on Monday evening along the Barkly Pass R58 between Barkly East and Elliot in the Eastern Cape.


Storm delivers 4 inches of early snow to Mount Shasta, California

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The early-season storm that soaked Northern California on Sunday also brought some much-needed snowfall to the region's high-elevation areas. Lassen Volcanic National Park received a nice coat of new snow, temporarily closing the park's highway. Now, Monday morning photos of Mount Shasta are surfacing with the mountain already looking in early-winter form.

The Shasta Avalanche Center reported 4 inches of new snow at the Old Ski Bowl and shared photos of the region covered in that white goodness (flip through the photos for the full effect):


At least 14 sperm whales die in mass stranding on King Island, Australia

One of the dead sperm whales discovered
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One of the dead sperm whales discovered on the rocks on the west coast of King Island.
More than a dozen sperm whales have died and washed ashore on King Island, north of Tasmania.

The whales appeared to be young males and were dead when the stranding was reported on Monday afternoon, Tasmania's Department of Natural Resources and Environment said on Tuesday.

There are at least 14 carcasses on the island's west coast.

Wildlife biologists and a vet are travelling to the island to investigate, while Parks and Wildlife Services staff are on site monitoring the situation.

"It is possible the whales were part of the same bachelor pod - a group of younger male sperm whales associating together after leaving the maternal group," a department spokesperson said.


Drone footage captures ongoing fires in wetlands near Rosario, Argentina

The wetlands of San Nicolas Eco Park in Argentina's San Nicolas de los Arroyos were in flames on Sunday with drone footage capturing the ongoing blaze.

The natural reserve of San Nicolas is only 80 kilometres away from Rosario where protesters earlier condemned what they described as intentional damage to the wetlands.


Grandma dies after pit bull attack in Golden, Colorado

An 89-year-old grandmother died after she and her grandson, who ran for help, were attacked by dogs in Golden, Colorado, officials said.

The woman died of her injuries on Sunday, Sept. 18, Emily Gedeon, the city's communications and community engagement manager, confirmed in an email to McClatchy News.

She said there was no update available on the condition of the boy. During the attack on Sept. 14, the 12-year-old boy ran to a neighbor's home for help, McClatchy News previously reported.

Responding officers found a trail of blood leading into a home and also found two dogs attacking the woman in the backyard.

Police resorted to using "tasers and less lethal shotguns" to try to free the woman from the dogs after verbal commands were unsuccessful, according to a news release. Once more officers arrived, they were able to rescue the woman.