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Sea waters turn red in Italian port city (PHOTOS)

© Alfonso Di Vincenzo / AFP
A general view shows the Ilva steel plant in Taranto
Bay water has turned red in an Italian port city, due to alarming rates of industrial pollution. Local activists are desperately appealing to the Italian government for help.

"Look at these pictures, gentlemen of the government of 'this' Italy, and be ashamed," a group of activist from the southern Italian port of Taranto wrote in an open letter to Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, as well as Minister of Economic Development Carlo Calenda and Minister of Environment Gian Luca Galletti. The photos attached to the letter, published by the group Genitori Tarantini (Parents of Taranto) on its Facebook page, show the most vivid examples of pollution the city is facing.

Comment: It's possible that this is man-made pollution, but having rivers and lakes turn red is not a localized phenomena and can't always be explained away as the result of pollution:


Heavy spring snowfall closes Lesotho border post near Matatiele, South Africa

© Armelle Halse
While November is known to be a summer season with frequent rains to cool things down, snow has been spotted in Barkly East, Elliot, Swartberg KZN, Sani Pass, Sani Top, Lesotho, Matatiele, Clarens Free State, St Bernards Peak, Underberg, Himeville and Fouriesburg.
South Africa and Lesotho decided to close the Qasha's Nek border port of entry on Friday because of dangerous conditions caused by heavy snowfalls.

"A heavy disruptive snowfall at the port has created harsh conditions for travellers from both countries, resulting in extremely dangerous underfoot conditions for all including officials," said a statement issued on Friday by department of home affairs spokesman Thabo Mokgola.

Telephone lines have been damaged and electricity outages reported in the area.

The border post is close to Matatiele.

Comment: See also: Heavy snowfall in spring sweeps across South Africa; 30cm (1 foot) recorded


Snow ends dry spell in Lahaul-Spiti, India with up to 25 cm (10) inches

Cripples normal life, disrupts traffic in tribal district; many areas receive up to 25 cm snow

Finally, the long dry spell has come to an end with fresh snowfall in the tribal district of Lahaul-Spiti. Several areas in the district received up to 25cm of snowfall today.

Koksar, Gondhla, Miyar and Tod valley received considerable snowfall, while Keylong, the district headquarters, received 5cm snow.

Normal life was thrown out of gear as traffic remained disrupted in the district.

The fresh snowfall has brought cheer on the faces of farmers, but at the same time, they are worried about long spell of winter.


Yellow alert issued for Öræfajökull volcano in Iceland as new caldera forms

© Ágúst J. Magnússon
The new caldera can be seen clearly on this image.
A new caldera, measuring a diameter of one kilometre has been formed in this last week in Öræfajökull glacier, a caldera spotted via satellite images of the glacier.

Iceland's volcanoes may be ready to blow

According to the Iceland Met Office this caldera shows increased activity in Öræfajökull which is located in Vatnajökull, Iceland's largest glacier.

A great sulphuric stench has emanated from the river Kvíá last week.

Increased seismic activity has occurred in the area in recent months, activity which has subsided in recent days. The volcano hasn't erupted since 1727. There are still no signs of an imminent eruption states an announcement from the Met Office. However, the safety code has been put up to yellow.

Cloud Precipitation

Atmospheric compression event in Europe brings heavy snow and biblical flood

© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
A rare medicane roared over the southern Mediterranean countries with an atmospheric compression event, biblical floods in Greece and three feet of snow with nine foot snow drifts. Ferocious electrical storms pummeled the region as well. The Northern Hemisphere cold with record cold on tap for next week across Asia.

Comment: For more information of the extreme weather occurring around the world, check out our Earth Changes Summary video for October 2017:

Cloud Precipitation

Storm Numa may become a rare 'medicane' in the Mediterranean Sea

© The Weather Channel (screen capture)
Current Satellite Image

(The highest cloud tops, corresponding to the most vigorous convection and heaviest rain, are shown in the dark red and pink colors.)
A Mediterranean Sea low-pressure system may develop into a "medicane", a nickname for systems in this area that gain some characteristics of Atlantic subtropical or even tropical cyclones, and may deliver more flooding rain to already flood-ravaged parts of Greece.

This area of low pressure, named Numa by the Free University of Berlin, is currently in the Mediterranean Sea southeast of Italy and will track east into Greece this weekend. Moisture from the broader gyre of low pressure associated with this system has already brought heavy rainfall and deadly flooding to portions of Greece.

More rainfall is expected in the region through Saturday, as this area of low pressure is expected to move east toward Greece.

Numa's center is currently located just south of Puglia, Italy. Showers and thunderstorms have become more concentrated near the low-pressure center, wrapping into southeast Italy.

As mentioned earlier, various other clusters of heavy rain had propagated well to the east over Greece, Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia, Bulgaria and western Turkey.

As you can see below, current water temperatures there are only around 20 degrees Celsius, below the 26 degrees Celsius (79 degrees Fahrenheit) normally needed to sustain a tropical cyclone in, say, the Atlantic or eastern Pacific basins.


Shallow 6.3 magnitude earthquake hits Tibet

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake has hit southern China near the border with India, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reports.

The quake hit at a shallow depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles), some 58km from the Nyingchi prefecture, with a population of almost 200,000 people. No casualties or property damage was immediately reported.

The quake, initially reported as magnitude 6.7, hit the Tibet area, one of the most seismically active spots on Earth. The boundary between the Indian and Asian tectonic plate lies below the Himalayan-Tibetan region, with their collisions resulting in powerful earthquakes.

The region saw one of the most powerful earthquakes in the past century in 1950. Known as the Assam-Tibet earthquake, the 8.6 event killed some 4,800 people and caused destruction in both India and China.


Mysterious boom heard in Idaho Panhandle

© Wikipedia/Dsdugan
Multiple people reported hearing a loud boom over the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley around 11 p.m. Wednesday, but its cause and location are unknown.

Of the numerous reports on social media and to law enforcement, the sound was described as being similar to a sonic boom - the sound a jet makes when it breaks the sound barrier. People reported hearing it in Clarkston, Lewiston and the Orchards.

The Whitcom Emergency Dispatch Center, which covers several area municipalities, received 15 calls about the noise. Lewiston police Sgt. Rick Fuentes said LPD dispatch received at least five calls that ranged in location from Lewis-Clark State College to Burrell Avenue to North Lewiston. Clarkston Police Commander Josh Daniel said a patrol officer was outside of his vehicle and heard the noise, but did not see anything. The officer reported hearing the noise near 13th and Bridge streets, but couldn't pinpoint a location.


Spectacular waterspouts filmed off Terracina, Italy

Spectacular waterspouts off Terracina (LT), Lazio, central Italy yesterday afternoon, Nov 9.


Twin waterspouts filmed off Ocean Shores, Washington

© Debbie Starkey Ferguson
Two waterspouts were spoted off Ocean Shores on Thursday afternoon.
It was a rather interesting day at the beach Thursday when not one, but two waterspouts dropped out of the skies off Ocean Shores.

Debbie Starkey Ferguson snapped two photos from her hotel room around 3 p.m. Thursday.

"Looked out our window and saw the one on the left. Soon after the one on the right started forming," she said. "A bit later, a third one started forming but didn't amount to much."

Carmen Lane was close by and she managed to get some video of the events:

The storms were part of a line of thunderstorms that came ashore around that time. There were no reports of any damage or injuries.