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Bizarro Earth

Vinton County, Ohio has its first recorded earthquake, 20km deep and 3.8 magnitude

An earthquake around 12:24 p.m. on Wednesday near Elk Township of Vinton County had worried individuals calling 911.

"People were just wondering what was going on," said William Faught, the director of the Vinton County Emergency Management Agency, who also felt a tremor from the earthquake.

"It's the first indication that we have in our catalog of any earthquake occurring in Vinton County," said Jeff Fox, a seismologist at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

He classified yesterday's earthquake at a 3.8 magnitude instead of the 3.4 magnitude that was reported through the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). John Bellini, a geophysicist at the USGS, didn't think much of yesterday's event other than it being another sporadic earthquake. Bellini says yesterday's earthquake did not reach the level of intensity to do any real damage.

Ice Cube

'Climate Change' Clobbers French Wine Crop

© John Hodder – Collection CIVC
Walter Sobchak writes:

Unseasonable late April weather damaged vineyards in France and England

French Bordeaux vineyards could lose half of harvest due to frost on Sat May 6, 2017
REUTERS BORDEAUX, France "Bordeaux vineyards in southwest France could lose about half of their harvest this year after two nights of frost damaged the crop at the end of April, a wine industry official said on Saturday. ... Wines from the Cognac, Bergerac, and Lot-et-Garonne regions had also been affected ... 'For Bordeaux wines...we estimate that the impact will be a loss of about 50 percent, depend on how many buds can regrow'".

English vineyards report 'catastrophic' damage after severe April frost

GUARDIAN.COM "Chris White, the chief executive of Denbies Wine Estate in Surrey, said up to 75% of its crop was damaged by last week's sub-zero temperatures: "The temperature dropped to -6C and at that level it causes catastrophic damage to buds," he said. White said staff had worked in vain using special fans and heaters to protect the vineyard, which at 265 acres in the UK's biggest, after an Arctic blast swept across the UK. ... 'It's been a stark reminder of the difficulties faced by wine producers in the country, and yes ... at this moment we are asking ourselves whether we were mad to try and grow vines in England,' said Wenman"

Bizarro Earth

Record snowfall raises fears of flooding in Teton County, Wyoming

If you're not building the next Noah's Ark, you might be in trouble once the weather warms up and the snow melts. That was the sentiment of one audience member at a public meeting with the Bureau of Reclamation and the state engineer's office last Thursday. His worries, though not shared by local officials, at least raised important questions about the consequences of this winter's historically high snowfall.

He pointed to the water levels in Jackson Lake and the Bureau of Reclamation's apparent inaction in the face of imminent flooding. According to his estimations, the lake could fill up in as few as 10 days of heavy runoff. If enough water hasn't already been released from the dam by peak runoff, Teton County will end up under water, he argued. His proposed solution was to release as much water from Jackson Lake as possible now in anticipation of the devastating snowmelt.

But it's not that simple, says Bureau of Reclamation water manager Corey Loveland. His job is a balancing act. Releasing all the water now would deprive essential irrigation systems in Idaho down the road (err, river). They must release enough water, Loveland said, to make room for future snowmelt without running the dam dry. And that's precisely what they're doing. "We're balancing filling the reservoir with not flooding people downstream," he said.


Woman hospitalized after attack by moose in Eagle River, Alaska

A woman was taken to the hospital after being attacked by a moose in the Eaglewood neighborhood of Eagle River on Monday evening.

According to the Anchorage Police Department, the woman suffered non life threatening injuries in the incident, which occurred at around 7:30 p.m. A police dispatcher said Monday evening the moose left the immediate area after the confrontation. The moose was apparently a cow with two calves, according to an Alaska Department Fish and Game biologist.

A post made by the Eaglewood Homeowners Association Facebook page Monday night showed a photo of paramedics loading someone onto a stretcher and a message for people to stay off trails in the area. The post said moose and bears have been spotted in the neighborhood in recent days.

Greg Beck said his sister was walking her two dogs when the moose apparently attacked. He didn't know much about what happened, but said the attack was bad enough to put her in the intensive care unit with "a bunch of broken ribs and lacerations."


Two people in hospital after being attacked by their own dogs in Chesterfield, UK

Two people have been taken to hospital after being attacked by their dogs. Stock image: it is not yet known what breed of dogs were involved in the attack.
Two people have been hospitalised after being attacked by their own dogs in their home.

Derbyshire police and paramedics were called to a house in Boythorpe Road, Chesterfield, shortly after 7.20pm last night to reports that a man and a woman had been injured by their dogs.

Both were taken to hospital by East Midlands Ambulance Service. Police said the woman is badly injured while the man is in a "less serious" condition.

Officers seized three dogs from the house and two will be destroyed. The other animal is being kennelled while investigations continue.

Arrow Down

Man accidentally drives car into sinkhole in Denver, Colorado

Sinkhole at 13th and Tennyson.
A man drove his car directly into a sinkhole caused by a broken water main early Friday.

Since it had rained overnight, the driver said he saw water on a road in Denver and thought it was just a puddle. The car ended up head-first in a six-foot-deep sinkhole.

The driver, who works for Uber, did not have any passengers with him at the time. He was able to get out of the car on the passenger side.

A tow truck pulled the car out and hauled it away.

Utility crews said the sinkhole was caused by a rupture in a 12-inch water main. A dozen nearby homes lost water due to the rupture and crews were working to replace the broken section of pipe.

Cloud Precipitation

At least 25 feared killed, 42 missing due to floods and mudslides in Sri Lanka

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Locals gather to watch rescue operation in Bellana village in Kalutara district, Sri Lanka, Friday.
At least 25 people were killed and 42 went missing in Sri Lanka due to floods and mudslides caused by torrential rainfall on Friday. A team of 400 soldiers have been rushed to the rescue of over 7,800 people who have been affected by the calamity.

According to a Reuters report, at least five landslides have been reported in Kaluthara, which is the worst-hit district on the west coast of the Lankan island. This is the time of the year when the island nation witnesses highest rainfall, from the month of May to September.

Cloud Precipitation

50,000 animals dead following 6 months rainfall in just 2 weeks in Corrientes, Argentina

A tragic dramatic scenario has occurred for livestock farmers of Corrientes, Argentina as 50,000 animals have died due to to flooding in the area.

The province of Corrientes has lost an incredible 2.5 million hectares to the flooding
with the northern parts of the province being the most affected.

More than 6 months rain has fallen in the area in the last two weeks.

It is estimated that there are 1.5 million heads of cattle throughout the affected region.

Manuel Garcia Olano, Secretary of Agriculture of Corrientes, was able to fly over the area and told reporters that "the situation is devastating.


Three die in raging Siberian wildfires; hundreds of houses burnt down

© Reuters
A cow stands amid houses that burned in wildfires in the Siberian settlement of Strelka, on the bank of the Angara River in Russia’s Krasnoyarsk region, on Thursday.
Russia on Thursday launched a probe into the deaths of three people in Siberian wildfires that have destroyed hundreds of homes and forced the authorities to impose a state of emergency.

Two people were found dead in the town of Kansk in Russia's Siberian Krasnoyarsk region, according to investigators in the region, who said a fire spread in the area due to hot weather and strong wind.

The victims, a man and a woman, had been exposed to heat and fire in the town where 52 homes burned down, the Krasnoyarsk branch of the Investigative Committee said in a statement, adding that a probe was launched into possible negligence.


State to let dead grey whale rot on beach near Twin Harbors, Washington

© Washington State Parks
Washington State Parks rangers will be leaving this dead whale to decay on the beach near Twin Harbors State Park south of Westport after it washed ashore Tuesday.
Sorry, guys, put away the dynamite. That's not how we handle these sorts of things in Washington.

Washington State Parks rangers will be leaving a dead gray whale to decay on the beach near Twin Harbors State Park after it washed ashore Tuesday.

Instead of blowing it up, like the Oregonians fatefully tried back in the 1970s.

"Visitors can expect strong, unpleasant smells as the carcass rots over the summer months," the State Parks statement stated, in a wild understatement.

The 30-foot-long juvenile female, believed to be 1 to 2 years old, was healthy when it died of a traumatic injury, the statement said.