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Iceland turns off city lights to view spectacular Northern Lights show

Street and home lighting were turned off in the Icelandic capital, Reykjavik, for one hour to allow the world renowned Northern Lights spectacle to be viewed in all its glory.

The lights went out in selected parts of the city on Wednesday night and residents were asked to keep their homes in the dark between 10pm and 11pm to facilitate a clearer view of the spectacular natural phenomenon.

Needless to say, there are some risks to having a city-wide blackout and the Reykjavik City Council urged motorists in darkened areas to drive with particular caution.

Tourists and locals snapped awe-inspiring photos and videos of the dancing green-lit sky stretching across the capital.

The predicted combination of clear skies and high Aurora Borealis activity meant those who had traveled from all over the world to catch a glimpse of the celestial activity were in for envious views of the famously unpredictable event.


Comment: The Aurora Borealis, so called 'Northern lights' have been observed heading a lot further 'south' in recent times, providing a 'rare' spectacle even in the most southerly parts of England.

While the Aurora Australis, or the 'Southern lights' have been seen further north in New Zealand than usual. Researchers have also recently identified increased electrical activity moving towards equatorial regions.

Aurorae occur when charged solar particles reach local magnetic field lines, where they enter the planetary atmosphere and excite its atoms and molecules. As they deactivate, the particles produce light emission.

With the increasing comet/volcanic dust loading of the atmosphere (an indicator of this dust loading is the intensification of noctilucent clouds we are witnessing) which is accentuating electric charge build-up, we can expect to observe more awesome light shows and other related phenomena.

The winning Electric Universe model, and much more related information, are explained in the book Earth Changes and the Human Cosmic Connection by Pierre Lescaudron and Laura Knight-Jadczyk.


Cloud Lightning

Severe weather warnings issued as a once in 50-year storm barrels towards southeast Australia

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This is the monster low pressure system barrelling towards southeast Australia.

South Australia is bracing for a second day of severe weather with heavy rain and destructive winds to lash large parts of the state.

An intense lower pressure system will continue to move across SA after super cell thunderstorms brought down the entire power network overnight. The winds ripped at least 22 transmission towers from the ground across the mid-north with about 80,000 lightning strikes hitting the state, some damaging generation facilities.

That caused automatic emergency systems to cut power across South Australia with SA Power Networks reporting 200,000 customers were left without electricity. Heading into Thursday most of the Adelaide metropolitan area had power restored with only the northern parts of the state and the Eyre Peninsula likely to still be without services.

Windsock

Major landslides triggered by Typhoon Megi leave dozens missing in China

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People take a boat as Typhoon Megi causes flooding in Fuzhou, China
Chinese news outlets are reporting that around 30 people are missing after Typhoon Megi struck the east of the country on Wednesday, less than a day after battering nearby Taiwan.

The typhoon made landfall at Quanzhou city in Fujian province in the early hours of Wednesday morning bringing winds of up to 118km per hour, China Central Television (CCTV) reports.

Heavy rainfall and powerful winds were widespread in the southeast of the country. The treacherous conditions triggered landslides in Secun village, Zhejiang on Wednesday evening, destroying more than 20 houses and leaving at least 27 people missing, according to Xinhua news agency.

At least four people were killed and more than 500 injured when the typhoon barreled through northeastern Taiwan on Tuesday. Almost 4 million homes were left without electricity and nearly 300,000 houses were without water, Taiwan's Central News Agency said.

Megi is the 17th typhoon this year and it comes less than three weeks after Super Typhoon Meranti wrecked havoc in the Philippines, Taiwan and China.


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Cloud Precipitation

70,000 people displaced by severe flooding in North Korea after Typhoon Lionrock

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"About 600,000 people have some level of immediate effect from the disaster"
More than 70,000 people displaced by severe flooding in North Korea nearly a month ago are urgently in need of supplies and shelter before winter sets in, a Red Cross official in Pyongyang said Wednesday.

The floods were caused by a typhoon that hit the country's northernmost province late last month. Officials estimate that more than 130 people died and another 400 are missing. Typhoon Lionrock, amplified by a low-pressure system in the area, created floods that submerged, severely damaged or destroyed 30,000 homes and displaced 70,000 people.

"The disaster was pretty horrendous for the people affected," Chris Staines, head of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in North Korea, said in an interview with The Associated Press. "About 600,000 people have some level of immediate effect from the disaster."

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills runner on trail near Austin, Texas; total lightning fatalities for U.S. in 2016 now 36

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An Austin woman who was found dead on Sept. 25 in Travis County has been ruled death by a lightning strike.

Michelle Ann Wolfe, 37, was discovered by a runner around 5:36 p.m. on River Place Boulevard in west Travis County. The Travis County Sheriff's Office says there were no signs of foul play.

Detectives said a fallen tree limb near Wolfe's body appeared to have been burned. The Travis County Medical Examiner's Office has determined she died accidentally by a lightning strike.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says there has been an average of 51 lightning strike deaths each year in the U.S. over the past 20 years.

KXAN meteorologist David Yeomans reported that July is the deadliest month relating to lightning strikes in the U.S. The National Weather Service reported 11 lightning-related deaths across the country during the span of two weeks in July this year.

Blue Planet

Iconic natural rock arch collapses onto beach in Morocco

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Moroccans survey the huge pile of debris after the collapse of one of the archways at Legzira beach, near Sidi Ifni.
They were among Morocco's best-known natural wonders: two immense rock archways towering over Legzira beach on the Atlantic coast. But on Friday afternoon one of them collapsed.

A massive pile of red rubble now sits where the famous archway used to stand, dominating the popular beach near Sidi Ifni, south of Agadir.

Often cited as one of the world's most beautiful beaches, Legzira is famous for Atlantic sunsets punctuated by the rock structures jutting out from the cliffs.

They were formed over thousands of years through erosion by the sea.

The iconic rock arch of Legzira beach, Morocco
But the action of the waves may also have caused the arch's downfall. A large crack appeared on its southern face in March after a chunk fell off, reported ifnipress.com.

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Magnitude 5 earthquake hits Kalamata on Greek coast


Kalamata, Greece
An earthquake measuring 5 points on the Richter scale shook Kalamata on Wednesday morning, bringing memories of the 1986 tremors that killed 22 people.

The tremors were felt in Kalamata at 10:17 am, while several towns and villages in southwestern Peloponnese felt the effect. According to seismologists, the epicenter of the earthquake was in the Messinian Gulf sea, 14 kilometers south of Kalamata and had a depth of 19 kilometers.

Meanwhile, just before midnight tremors measuring 5.4 points on the Richter shook the islands of Dodecanese, mostly felt in Rhodes. However, seismologists said on Skai radio that the two earthquakes are not related.

Comment: The U.S. Geological Survey also reported 2 other earthquakes in a 24 hour period measuring above magnitude 4 in the regions of Greece and Turkey.


Attention

Third right whale found dead off Maine coast in 3 days


The carcass of an endangered right whale found floating off Boothbay Harbor sits Sunday in a tractor-trailer that transported it from the Portland waterfront to Benson Farm in Gorham, creating a bit of an overnight spectacle in the streets along the way.
Federal fisheries managers and conservation groups raised concerns Tuesday about threats to endangered right whales after two were found dead off the Maine coast and a third was disentangled from fishing gear near Cape Cod.

The spate of three incidents reported in a three-day span is renewing the focus on a whale population that has been growing but remains in a precarious position. Fisheries managers will also be studying the two entanglements, one of which is being now blamed for the death of a female whale just entering its reproductive years.

Saturday, the same day that Maine Marine Patrol and Coast Guard crews were towing the 43-foot-long whale into Portland Harbor, a second, badly decomposed right whale was reported about 8 miles off Mount Desert Rock south of Mount Desert Island. And just two days earlier, whale disentanglement specialists freed a third right whale from hundreds of feed of fishing line and buoys near Provincetown, Massachusetts. That whale survived and swam away.

So on Tuesday, representatives with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and several conservation organizations took the unusual step of highlighting the cases to raise awareness.

Attention

Furious elk (moose) attacks man and breaks his arm in Sweden


Elk in Sweden
A man in northern Sweden had to seek hospital care after a violent attack by an elk.

Presumably, the man had imagined he would have a nice and calm morning walk with his dogs when he left his house in Svappavaara, north-west of Kiruna, at around eight o'clock in the morning.

Instead, he ended up having to go to hospital with a suspected broken arm after a furious elk cow launched a sudden assault on him, reported newspaper Norrbottens-kuriren on Tuesday.

"The man said he was attacked by the elk. He escaped the initial attack, but it came back and he then took a nasty blow to the arm," said police spokesperson Börje Öhman.

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Cloud Precipitation

Severe hailstorm hits the town of Cleve, South Australia


Hail at Cleve
A severe thunderstorm warning was issued across parts of South Australia on Septemeber 28 with winds of up to 140km/h predicted.

Nine News reported almost 4000 properties in the state are without power, with the Eyre Peninsula the hardest hit so far.

The Bureau of Meteorology put out an alert for the Adelaide area, warning of thunderstorms causing reduced visibility, flash flooding & wind gusts.

The video shows a severe hail storm hitting what appears to be the town of Cleve, SA.


Video credit goes to: Facebook/Julie Minge