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Amidst erupting lockdown protests, strongest earthquake on record strikes Melbourne, Australia

Emergency workers survey damage in Melbourne, Australia, where debris is scattered after part of a wall fell from a building
© James Ross
Emergency workers survey damage in Melbourne, Australia, where debris is scattered after part of a wall fell from a building
The state of Victoria, Australia, was shaken by its biggest onshore earthquake in recorded history on 22 September. Some buildings were damaged but no one was seriously hurt.

The magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck at 9:15am local time, according to Geoscience Australia. The epicentre was in the Alpine National Park about 120 kilometres east of Melbourne, at a shallow depth of around 10 kilometres.

People in Melbourne, who are currently in a covid-19 lockdown, reported feeling the ground shake for 15 to 20 seconds. Tremors were also felt in Canberra, just over 300 kilometres north-east of the epicentre.

A small number of buildings in Melbourne partially collapsed and power outages occurred in some parts of the city, but no major damage or serious injuries have been reported.


Comment: The timing of this unusually strong earthquake is notable because, after many months of increasingly oppressive lockdown restrictions, just a few days ago Australia saw an eruption of protests ignited by the enforcement of vaccine mandates: Melbourne police fire pepper balls at thousands of protesters amidst growing discontent over vaccine mandates & endless lockdowns

The pattern of significant phenomena such as earthquakes, record rainfalls, meteor fireball events, and so on, amidst peaks of societal upheaval is becoming ever more apparent.

To further illustrate the point: about 15 days ago there was a significant M7.1 earthquake in Mexico that just happened to be the anniversary of an even larger M8.2 that rocked the country on the same date in 2017. In the run-up to the day many Mexicans reported feeling anxiety that a similarly large and devastating quake might occur; thankfully for them, the quake was not as destructive. A similar sequence was noted with the M8.0 quake on September 19th 1985 which was echoed in an M7.1 on the same date in 2017:

Rocks the size of small houses break off during landslide near Mexico City, 1 dead, 10 missing


For more on Earth Changes and the Human-Cosmic Connection, check out SOTT radio's: As well as Pierre Lescaudron and Laura Knight-Jadczyk's book the subject: Earth Changes and the Human-Cosmic Connection


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Magnitude 6.5 earthquake strikes near coast of Nicaragua

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A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck near the coast of Nicaragua on Wednesday, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said.

The quake was at a depth of 40 kilometers (24.85 miles).

The U.S. Tsunami Warning System said there was no tsunami warning after the earthquake.

(Reporting by Juby Babu in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)

Source: Reuters

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 8 cows on central Maine farm

A single bolt of lightning killed eight of John Fortin's beef cows on Saturday.
© John Fortin John Fortin was wrapping up a
A single bolt of lightning killed eight of John Fortin's beef cows on Saturday.
John Fortin was wrapping up a day of haying on his family beef farm on Saturday evening and happy he had beat the rainstorm.

Then he got a call from his neighbor telling him lightning had just struck a tree where eight of Fortin's cows had taken shelter from the rain. All eight had been electrocuted and were dead.

Those eight heifers represent 10 percent of the Fortin Farm's Angus 80-animal beef herd. The loss is a huge economic and emotional blow to the farm in Winslow that has been in the Fortin family for four generations.

"That storm rolled in around 5:30 and only lasted maybe an hour, but there was a lot of lightning close by," Fortin said. "My neighbor calls and says, 'Hey, lightning just hit the big pine tree on top of the hill and I have dead cows over here.'"

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Magnitude 6.4 earthquake sways buildings in coastal Chile

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A strong earthquake shook buildings in the Chilean city of Concepcion on Tuesday, though there were no immediate reports of damage

A strong earthquake shook buildings in the Chilean city of Concepcion on Tuesday, though there were no immediate reports of damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey put the quake's magnitude at 6.4 and said it was centered offshore, 81 kilometers (50 miles) northwest of the city of Arauco.

Witnesses said tall buildings swayed strongly after the quake hit at 10:14 a.m. local time (1314 GMT).


Source: The Associated Press

Snowflake

Storm brings late summer snow to Schweitzer, Idaho - Also to Yellowstone and Mt Rainier

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The first snow of the season is here, in the mountains at least. It means the snow pack is getting started in the high country and at least one local ski area is getting started building its base for the ski season this winter.

Schweitzer tops out at 6400 feet above sea level. Snow levels during this storm dropped between 5000 and 6000 feet in North Idaho and northern Washington. Snow came back in the Cascades too. Mount Rainier was forecast to get up to 42 inches of snow over the weekend and looked the part on Sunday morning.


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Ahead of fall equinox 2-3 foot snowdrifts force closure of Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Alpine Visitor Center on Monday morning
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Alpine Visitor Center on Monday morning
Snow and ice forced officials to close Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park on Monday morning. Trail Ridge Road was closed at Many Parks Curve, about 7 miles from the east entrances and Colorado River Trailhead, 10 miles from the Grand Lake Entrance.

The winter conditions include two to three feet of snowdrifts and ice. Trail Ridge Road will reopen when conditions and weather permit.

Old Fall River Road was also closed on Monday morning.

About two inches of snow fell in the higher mountains from Sunday night to Monday morning. The most significant reports of snow accumulation came from nearly 12,000 feet at the Alpine Visitor Center at Rocky Mountain National Park where 1-2 inches was reported Monday morning. Snow falling above 10,000 feet is not unusual in September but accumulating snow sometimes waits until October.


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Waterspout spotted in Amelia Island, Florida

Waterspout captured on camera in Amelia Island
© Frank Allen
Waterspout captured on camera in Amelia Island
A waterspout was spotted Monday morning in Amelia Island.

Viewer Frank Allen captured it on camera in the Summer Beach area just before 8 a.m.

Chris Venable, another Action News Jax viewer, captured a photo of the waterspout too near Peters Point.

Currently, a Flood Watch is in effect for all of Northeast Florida and Coastal Southeast Georgia for potential heavy rain Monday.


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Waterspout spotted as downpours continue in Sabah, Malaysia

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A waterspout was seen near Kampung Kopimipinan in Papar on Monday (Sept 20) as downpours continue to lash parts of Sabah barely a week since a freak storm caused massive damage in areas around.

A video of the waterspout was shared on the Facebook page of local radio station Kupi Kupi FM and was originally shared by Facebook user Ayprel Bony Roman.

Geologist Prof Dr Felix Tongkul said such watersprouts were quite normal and seldom caused danger to anyone.

"Instead, from what we are experiencing now, with continuous rains, it is floods and landslides that we should be more worried about," he said.


Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills 5 including 4 from same family in Angola

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Lightning bolts this weekend killed five people, including four from the same family, in Angola's Bié province, which has seen heavy rains in recent days, the local civil protection and fire service said on Monday.

The deaths were registered four in Cuito, the capital of Bié province, and another in the municipality of Cunhinga.

"The heavy rains, accompanied by thunderstorms, which fell in Bié province, caused five deaths," the spokesman for the Bié civil protection and fire service, Henrique Ndavoka told Angolan public radio.

In his turn, the governor of Bié, Pereira Alfredo, said that work had already started to install some lightning conductors, particularly in the most critical areas.

In Angola, the phenomenon of lightning bolts is a concern especially in the central part of the country, as they cause a high number of deaths.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes family on bike, kills 2 in Telangana, India

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A woman and her baby boy died on the spot, while her husband was injured after they were struck by lightning in Mancherial town on Monday.

While Mounika and her one-and-a-half year-old son Sriyan died on the spot, her husband Venkatesh suffered injuries. He was admitted to the local government hospital in Mancherial. The three were riding a two-wheeler near the railway overbridge when the lightning struck. District collector Bharati Hollikeri visited the spot where the mishap took place and also met Venkatesh in the hospital.

According to Telangana State Planning Development Society, four districts in the state received large excess rainfall on Monday. As many as 19 districts received excess rainfall and 10 districts received normal rainfall. Warangal, Rajanna Sircilla, Siddipet and Narayanpet received large excess rainfall.