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Fata morgana: Rare 'hovering ship' superior mirage photographed off coast of Cornwall, UK

fata morgana
© David Morris/APEX
An optical illusion caused the ship to appear as though it was hovering above the horizon
Images of what appears to be a hovering ship have been captured as the result of a rare optical illusion off the coast of England.

David Morris took a photo of the ship near Falmouth, Cornwall.

BBC meteorologist David Braine said the "superior mirage" occurred because of "special atmospheric conditions that bend light".

He said the illusion is common in the Arctic, but can appear "very rarely" in the UK during winter.

Comment: It's possible that this is yet another sign of the increasingly cooler conditions on our planet:

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SOTT Earth Changes Summary - February 2021: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

Unusually cold temperatures and record snow continued to hit the US well into February, blanketing large parts of the territory.

Winter Storm Shirley impacted the Deep and Upland South and Ohio Valley. In Texas, main roads were blocked, more than 4 million households were without power, and as many as 10 million were left without tap water. It was the costliest natural disaster in the recorded history of the state.

Basic infrastructure was affected as it proved ill-prepared for such a sudden drop in temperatures. "Green energy" also proved to be quite useless in such emergencies with frozen wind turbines and unusable solar panels covered in snow. Is this a glimpse of what may occur in other countries?

Major power outages were also reported in Chihuahua, Mexico, as the same weather system affected northern parts of Mexico and its "green energy" output.

The storm also caused icy precipitation across the Mid-Atlantic states causing over 212,000 power outages and killing at least 12 people.

Freezing rain also left roads, power lines, and trees covered in ice in the North-Western Portland-Oregon, region, and left more than 270,000 people without power. A total of 11.1 inches of snow also fell in Seattle in the middle of the month, making it the snowiest day in Seattle in 52 years.

But the US was not the only country with rare snow and extreme cold events this February. Moscow had its heaviest snowfall in 100 years, with a month's worth of snow falling in just two days. And another snowstorm hit Crimea, forcing the closing of the Crimean Bridge for the first time.

Further south, after a period of unseasonably warm weather across the country, the cold front "Medea" brought frigid temperatures and snow to northern Greece.

A strong winter storm also battered northern Japan coastal regions, ripping off roofs, flooding homes and disrupting transport.

It should be noted that Scotland, Italy, Libya, and Kazakhstan also experienced extreme cold and snowfall this past month.

We continue to read month after month about record-breaking cold and snow, longer winters, increased precipitation, and while climate is a complex matter, and there have been anomalous record heat waves in some countries from time to time, when we consider the numbers, increasingly cold temperatures and heavier snowfalls predominate. The evidence suggests that a new ice age is settling in.

As part of this shift, weather chaos is also part of the picture. Heavy rain and floods continued to disrupt normal life around the world. Raging floods displaced 60,000 in Java Island, 30,000 in Greater Jakarta Region, and affected 90,000 in Semarang City, Indonesia.

South Wales was slammed by a month's worth of rain in 24 hours, while in France, rivers across the country burst banks as Storm Justine dumped half a month's worth of rain in 24 hours.

A 7.3-magnitude quake struck off the coast of Fukushima, Japan. The quake came nearly a decade after an earthquake and tsunami killed over 18,000 people.

One thing is sure, it's becoming increasingly clear that humans are not in control of what's going on out there.

All this and more in our SOTT Earth Changes Summary for February 2021:

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Ecuador's Sangay volcano erupts with ash plume 27000 ft high

Satellite image of Sangay volcano on 6 Mar 2021

Satellite image of Sangay volcano on 6 Mar 2021
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 27000 ft (8200 m) altitude or flight level 270 and is moving at 15 kts in W direction.

The full report is here.

Comment: Is there a connection between cosmic rays, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions?


Kermadec Islands region hit by 6.1 magnitude earthquake - 10th of such or greater intensity in last 2 days

© Associated Press
6.1 magnitude earthquake

UTC time: Saturday, March 06, 2021 13:12 PM

USGS page: M 6.1 - Kermadec Islands region

USGS status: Reviewed by a seismologist

Reports from the public: 0 people

10 km depth

Comment: For further details of the other greater than mag. 6 quakes in the region, see here . For more coverage on the massive magnitude 8.1 quake, see: 'Do not stay at home': Tsunami warning for parts of New Zealand after 8.1-magnitude earthquake in the Kermadec Islands

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At least 14 killed in Northern Afghanistan avalanche

At least 14 people were killed after an avalanche hit a gold mine in a remote area of northern Afghanistan controlled by the Taliban, officials said on March 5.

Farid Nekfar, who heads the disaster management department of Afghanistan's Badakhshan Province, said efforts were ongoing to recover at least two bodies after the avalanche that occurred in the afternoon on March 4.

"We are in contact with the locals and emergency teams. So far 12 dead bodies have been recovered from under the avalanche," Nekfar said. "Unfortunately the area is under the control of the militants."


Street dogs attack and kill boy in Kashmir

dog attack
A minor was killed after attacked by street dogs on Saturday in south Kashmir district of Pulwama, official sources said.

They said a group of streets dogs attacked and seriously injured an eight-year-old boy Azhar Manzoor at Pingalana in Pulwama. However, other elders present in the area immediately rushed to rescue Azhar who had received injuries in the head and neck.

He was immediately rushed to District Hospital, Pulwama where he was declared brought dead.

People protested against the authorities, particularly Municipality for failing to control the stray dog population.


Shallow earthquake of magnitude of 6.3 hits off Gisborne, New Zealand - 2nd strong quake there in 2 days

© Associated Press
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 jolted 182 km NE of Gisborne, New Zealand, at 0016 GMT on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 11.57 km, was initially determined to be at 37.6016 degrees south latitude and 179.5995 degrees east longitude.

Comment: Details of the first quake here.

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Restless Mount Etna spews more clouds of ash over Sicily's skies

Mount Etna ash clouds
© YouTube/RT (screen capture)
Sicily's Mount Etna continued its moment of restlessness during the early hours of Thursday morning.


Burst-like swarm of earthquakes under dormant Oregon volcano triggers fears of 'uptick' in activity

Mt. Hood oregon
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Mt. Hood, Oregon, USA
A succession of minor earthquakes were registered at 12:13 p.m. on 1 March about three to four miles beneath the summit of Mount Hood, Oregon, which is currently a dormant volcano. The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network measured eight quakes with a maximum magnitude of 1.3.

A 'swarm' of minor earthquakes occurred beneath the summit of Oregon's Mount Hood this week, with some speculating whether this might be a warning signal of bigger things to come.

The minor quakes - all were too small to be felt at the surface - began at 12:13 p.m. on 1 March, about three to four miles beneath the summit of the dormant volcano, lasting for about 45 minutes.

Comment: Seismologists have been keeping their eye on the Cascadia Mountain Range for a while now, as it interacts with the northern end of the San Andreas fault system:

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Thousands cut off by floods in Piura Region, Peru

Heavy rainfall over the last few days has caused flooding in parts of Piura Region in norther Peru.

The country's National Institute of Civil Defence (INDECI) reported on 02 March 2021 that as a result of intense rainfall, there was damage to roads, homes and public buildings in the districts of Tambogrande, Las Loma, Chulucanas and Canchaque. In a report of 04 March INDECI said parts of Máncora and San Miguel de El Faique districts were also affected. Media reported that areas of the city of Piura were also flooded.

In total 182 homes have been damaged and 5 destroyed, according to INDECI figures. Three health facility buildings have also been damaged.

The worst hit areas are in Tambogrande district where as many as 14,000 people have been cut off after roads were flooded in areas around Malingas, according to media reports.