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6.1 earthquake hits off west coast of Mexico

Quake off Mexico
The U.S. Geological Survey says a relatively strong earthquake has been recorded in the Pacific Ocean west of Mexico.

The quake, with a preliminary magnitude of 6.1, hit at 3:46 a.m. local time Friday at a shallow depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles). The epicenter was 173 km (108 miles) east southeast of the resort city of San Jose del Cabo, on the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula.

No tsunami warning was issued.

Cloud Precipitation

Major hail storm pounds San Angelo, Texas

2020 Major Hail in San Angelo May 21, 2020.
© Brent Blinka
2020 Major Hail in San Angelo May 21, 2020.
A major hail storm blew up over San Angelo Thursday evening pounding vehicles and houses across the city.

There are pictures of hail the size of tennis balls.

Damage reports are still coming in.

Watch video from the storm.


Comment: The following evening further north in Burkburnett:




Attention

Study finds microplastics in Florida birds of prey for 1st time

Ospreys, like the one pictured here, are among the types of birds of prey in Florida that have been found to be accumulating microplastics in their stomachs.
© Linda Walters/ University of Central Florida.
Ospreys, like the one pictured here, are among the types of birds of prey in Florida that have been found to be accumulating microplastics in their stomachs.
A new study has confirmed the presence of microplastics in birds of prey, including hawks, ospreys and owls. The accumulation of microplastics in birds' digestive systems could lead to poisoning, starvation and death.

A new study has found, for the first time, the presence of microplastics in the digestive systems of terrestrial and aquatic birds of prey in Florida, including hawks, ospreys and owls.

Microplastics are not a specific kind of plastic, but rather any type of plastic fragment that is less than 5 mm in length - less than the size of a pencil tip. They enter natural ecosystems from a variety of sources, including cosmetics, synthetic clothing, and industrial processes.

The accumulation of microplastics in birds' digestive systems could lead to poisoning, starvation and death, according to the study, which was published online in the journal Environmental Pollution. University of Central Florida biologist Julia Carlin is the study's lead author, said that birds of prey are critical to a functioning ecosystem:

Snowflake

Rare May snow hits Pakistan's Ayubia for the first time in 100 years

Rare Ayubia snow
© SCREENGRAB
Snowfall on Tuesday was very unusual even for the local population, most of whom had never seen such weather in May.
Famous for its lush green mountains, Ayubia received mild snowfall in the month of May, which has happened after a 100-year hiatus in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa's Abbottabad district.

Nearby areas including the Galiyat region also received light snowfall on Tuesday which was very unusual even for the local population.

Haji Muhammad Aniyat Abbasi, a 90-year-old resident of Ayubia, told The Express Tribune that he hasn't seen such weather since the British colonial rule before the partition.

Abbasi said his elder brother told him that in 1920s the beautiful hilly region had received snowfall last time in the month of May.

He said when his forefathers resided in the region, the cold weather used to be very harsh even in June and they used to face many hardships.


Comment: Earlier this month heavy snowfall in Galyat, Pakistan broke a 35-year record with over 12 feet in 20 days.


Attention

Subsidizing the slaughter: Big wind kills another Bald Eagle, gets more federal subsidies

A bald eagle flies over Mill Pond in Centerport, New York in 2018.
© Bruce Bennett/Getty
A bald eagle flies over Mill Pond in Centerport, New York in 2018.
On May 1, the Toledo Blade reported that a wind turbine in Bowling Green, Ohio had killed an adult bald eagle. Six days later, the Treasury Department announced that it would provide another extension of the production tax credit, the lucrative subsidy that the wind industry has relied on for decades.

The death of the eagle provides a stark reminder of the deadly toll that the wind industry is having on some of America's most iconic wildlife and how that toll will skyrocket if the many proponents of an all-renewable-energy system get their wish. And the extension of the PTC provides a stark reminder of how an influential industry can manipulate the Washington favor factory and in doing so, turn what were supposed to be temporary subsidies into permanent ones worth billions of dollars per year - and even more remarkably, get those subsidies extended without ever getting the money appropriated by Congress.

The eagle was killed at the Wood County Landfill in January. Matt Markey of the Toledo Blade broke the story. Markey reports that two employees of the landfill heard the turbine hit the eagle. Upon hearing the noise, they turned to "witness a large bird tumbling to the frozen ground. What they soon learned was the severed wing of the bird floated in its slower descent and landed about 50 feet away." The employees reported the eagle death to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, which collected the animal and contacted the US Fish and Wildlife Service. (The four-turbine wind project responsible for the bald eagle's death is 50-percent owned by the city of Bowling Green. The project provides 1.5 percent of the city's electricity.)

Attention

Gray whale washes ashore on Bainbridge Island, sixth in Washington waters this year

Maggie Kizer and her son, Eli, 3, paddle board near a dead gray whale that washed up on the shore of Manitou beach on Bainbridge Island on Tuesday.
© Amanda Snyder / The Seattle Times
Maggie Kizer and her son, Eli, 3, paddle board near a dead gray whale that washed up on the shore of Manitou beach on Bainbridge Island on Tuesday.
Continuing an unusual die-off of gray whales, a carcass washed ashore on Bainbridge Island's Manitou Beach on Tuesday.

The whale is a 42-foot long adult female, and had been dead for a while, said Michael Milstein, spokesman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries West Coast region.

It was not immediately clear how this whale died, he said. A team from the nonprofit Cascadia Research Collective visited the carcass to take photos and samples of its skin and blubber Tuesday, he said. Examination of the whale found no external signs of ship strike or entanglement.

The blubber was fibrous and dry, which suggests the whale was not getting enough to eat. A more thorough examination of the whale will take place later this week, when the whale is relocated.

Cloud Precipitation

Central America - Heavy rain triggers floods in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador

Rockslide in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, 20 may 2020.
© : Bomberos Honduras
Rockslide in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, 20 may 2020.
Hundreds of homes have been damaged after days of heavy rainfall in Central America caused flooding and landslides in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.


Guatemala

In Guatemala the National Coordination for Disaster Reduction of (CONRED) reported floods and landslides between 15 and 18 May affected the departments of Chiquimula, El Progreso, Huehuetenango, Quetzaltenango and Zacapa.

According to CONRED, 88 people were evacuated and 37 houses damaged or destroyed, including 15 homes damaged by floods in Cajolá, Quetzaltenango when the Samalá river broke its banks. Two people were injured in a rockslide in Jocotán, Chiquimula.

Over 10,000 people were affected after a landslide blocked an important road in Sanarate, El Progreso department.

Earlier this month 3 people died after flooding and landslides in Guatemala between 09 and 11 May.

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Rare tornado in Indonesia kills 2

STORM
A tornado ripped through several villages on Indonesia's Sumatra island, killing at least two people, damaging hundreds of homes, and fatally knocking over a cow, a disaster official said Thursday.

Another six people, most with serious injuries, were taken to a hospital after the tornado touched down late Wednesday in Lampung province's Tulang Bawang district, said Raditya Jati, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman.

The powerful winds damaged 245 homes in three villages and knocked out power to most of the area, Jati said. The storm also threw a cow to its death, he said.


Cloud Lightning

At least 22 dead as Cyclone Amphan batters India and Bangladesh

Police officers carry a disabled man to a safer place following his evacuation from a slum area before Cyclone Amphan makes its landfall, in Kolkata, India, on May 20, 2020.
© RUPAK DE CHOWDHURI/REUTERS
Police officers carry a disabled man to a safer place following his evacuation from a slum area before Cyclone Amphan makes its landfall, in Kolkata, India, on May 20, 2020.
A powerful cyclone ripped through densely populated coastal India and Bangladesh, blowing off roofs and whipping up waves that swallowed embankments and bridges and left entire villages without access to fresh water, electricity and communications. At least 22 people were reported killed Thursday.

The cyclone weakened after slamming ashore Wednesday evening amid massive evacuations. Officials warn that relief and repair work will be made harder by the coronavirus pandemic, which has already sapped the health care system.

In low-lying Bangladesh, up to eight people have died while 12 deaths were reported in West Bengal state in India. Officials said two people died in India's Odisha state in the Bay of Bengal. Most of the deaths were due to the collapse of walls, drowning and falling trees in both countries.


Igloo

Antarctica's growing algae blooms

algae bloom antartica
© NASA . Operational Land Imager
The algae blooms as seen from space
The rise of the global temperatures has had a dramatic effect on our planet's polar regions, which are warming up faster than other parts of the Earth; the secondary effects of this distressing phenomenon can be quite visible.

Antarctica is changing colour as "green snow" caused by blooming algae is extensively forming and spreading throughout the region as a result of rising temperatures, a new study published by Nature Communications revealed.

The team of researchers from the University of Cambridge, the British Antarctic Survey and the University of Edinburgh combined satellite images and data from on-the-ground campaigns to create a map of extent of algae blooms on the continent.

Comment: Contrary to the ideological claims of 'global warming' in the article, there are a few additional points to consider - although they're not exhaustive: It was only 2 years ago that scientists discovered a 'super colony' of 1.5 million penguins in Antarctica so it would seem that wildlife in the region has yet to be fully mapped; Antarctic summers are becoming so much colder that it's moss forests are dying; geothermal vents and undersea volcanoes appear to be contributing to warmer areas in the Antarctic, despite overall cooling on our planet; then there is the seeming increase of algae blooms and dead zones throughout the planet, which in the past has been associated with global cooling and extinction level events; and so the above stated theory of 'global warming' as being a probable cause is highly unlikely.

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