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Strong quakes hammer Greece for second day

greece quake
© Google/USGS
Magnitude 5.8 earthquake
Affected countries: Turkey and Greece
63 km from Karpathos, Greece · Jan 30, 12:21
Earthquakes today have emerged around the Pacific Ring of Fire, where most of the world's seismic activity takes place. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has recorded a total of 58 earthquakes, many of which touched down in clusters.

The world saw nearly 60 earthquakes today, most of which came in at middling magnitudes.

However, the USGS also recorded several potentially damaging higher magnitude tremors.

According to the organisation, today's biggest earthquake measured in at a magnitude of 5.8 and struck Greece earlier this morning.

The earthquake, one of six to strike the area from 1.30am today, rocked the Mediterranean sea to the east of Karpathos.

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Fire

50,000 houses without electricity in Perth, Australia after freak weather sets fire to power poles

Power poles on fire
© Nine
Sparks were caused after a combination of high humidity, dusty conditions and rain caused the poles to catch alight
More than 50,000 homes have been left without electricity after wild weather sparked fires on top of power poles.

Dramatic images have shown power poles sparking into flames after an aggressive storm lashed through Western Australia on Wednesday night.

Parts of Perth were affected by a blackout overnight, with around 50,000 homes and businesses affected, and around 25,000 households were still without electricity on Thursday morning.

A Western Power spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia unique weather from humid and dusty conditions caused the poles to catch alight.

'The misty light drizzling rain, combined with dust and pollution create a paths or "tracks" on the insulators which lets electricity jump across causing damage to poles,' the spokesperson said.

Cloud Precipitation

Emergency declared after rain and floods in Atacama region, Chile

Floods in Atacama, Chile, January 2020.
© Carabineros Atacama
Floods in Atacama, Chile, January 2020.
The government in Chile has declared an emergency after flooding caused severe damage in Atacama region.

President Sebastián Piñera and Interior Minister Gonzalo Blumel visited the affected areas on 28 January, where the President declared a state of emergency for the communes of Copiapó, Tierra Amarilla, Diego de Almagro, Chañaral and Alto del Carmen.

Images from emergency teams working in the area showed towns swamped with mud and flood water around 1 metre deep. Several people were reported missing in the floods but have since been located, according to Chile's disaster management agency (ONEMI - Oficina Nacional de Emergencia del Ministerio del Interior y Seguridad Pública). Flooding has also caused major damage to agriculture in the area.


Cloud Grey

Cloudiest January day on record for Minnesota, major flooding of Mississippi river expected

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Next 2-5 Days a Far Cry From Last Year


At the risk of being trite and cliche (I'm not above that) what a difference a year makes! One year ago today Minne?refresh=truesota was getting punched by the dreaded "Polar Vortex". Exactly a year ago MSP woke up to -25F, with a "high" of -1F. January 30, 2019 was the coldest day, with a seizure-inducing -28F low and a Fairbanks-friendly daytime high of -13F. Wind chills fell to 50 below as the state endured some of the
coldest readings since the 1990s.

Climate scientists tell us we'll still see cold outbreaks from time to time, but the intensity and duration of subzero cold will be a shadow of what it was as recently as the 1970s. We'll see more warm blips, fewer extended cold ruts.


Comment: The above data would suggest that 'cold ruts' are actually worsening.


Temperatures slowly mellow in the coming days, with 40s possible by Super Bowl Sunday. 7 inches of snow on the ground will act as an atmospheric brake, limiting how high the mercury can go. But February definitely starts on a mild note.

Comment: Record cloud cover is notable because scientist Hernik Svensmark shows that with the coming solar minimum and the resulting increase in cosmic rays on Earth, more cloud cover is created resulting in more heat being reflected back into space and thus global cooling follows - and this is even before taking into account the effects of cometary and volcanic dust: See also:


Arrow Down

'Unbelievable': Giant sinkhole threatens to swallow 2 mobile homes in Tallahassee, Florida

Giant sinkhole opens at Florida mobile home park

Giant sinkhole opens at Florida mobile home park
Anwar El Khouri, 74, has lived in a mobile home in Florida for 11 years. Tuesday, a 50-foot sinkhole opened up in his front yard.

El Khouri says he's worried about losing his home as loose dirt continues to fall from the walls of the sinkhole in Tallahassee. His mobile home and another hang off the edge of the crater, which also swallowed a pine tree. Yellow tape with the words, "Fire Line Do Not Cross," creates a perimeter around the the crater.

El Khouri described how, a couple of days ago, he felt his trailer shake and he asked himself at the time: "Did the Earth change?"

He doesn't know why the hole opened.

"They tell me in Florida, it's like this," said El Khouri, adding he never saw one while living in Miami.


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Waterspout filmed off Delray Beach, Florida

Waterspout swirls off Florida's southeast coast

Waterspout swirls off Florida's southeast coast
While filming in Delray Beach this morning I captured a waterspout on video.


Snowflake Cold

The most snow on the ground on record in Kazakhstan

Record snow  in Kazakhstan
© sardarov.nurtas
Record snow in Kazakhstan
Cars buried. Streets abandoned. Snow thickness more than three times the norm for this time of year. See these photos of Nur-Sultan ... you may be shocked at how big and modern this city is.

Heavy snowfall and blizzard in the city of Nur-Sultan this January beat the previous record set 56 years ago, said chief of the department of short-term forecasts of the Kazgidromet Alua Sakhanova.


Comment: Capital Nur-Sultan under state of emergency as powerful winter storm hits Kazakhstan


Cassiopaea

"The Dunes": NEW type of aurora discovered, and the unexpected physics behind it

Aurora dunes
© Pirjo Koski
Above: Aurora dunes over Latilla, Finland, on Oct. 7, 2018.
A new type of aurora is rippling across Arctic skies. Citizen scientists who discovered it nicknamed it "The Dunes" because of its resemblance to desert sand dunes. A paper published in the Jan. 28th issue of AGU Advances describes the new form and the unexpected physics that causes it.

Dune-shaped auroras form in a narrow altitude range 80 km to 120 km above Earth's surface. Turns out, this is an extremely hard-to-study layer of Earth's atmosphere. It's too high for weather balloons, and too low for rockets.

"Due to the difficulties in measuring atmospheric phenomena between 80 and 120 km, we sometimes call this region 'the ignorosphere'," says Minna Palmroth, Professor of Computational Space Physics at the University of Helsinki and the lead author of the study.

Comment: Although observers claim to have been seeing auroras like the Dunes 'for years', the question is: How many years? Because this appears to be yet another sign of our the rapidly shifting conditions on our planet, and in Space. Below are just some of the more recent reports: Also check out SOTT radio's:


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6.0 magnitude earthquake hits Solomon Islands

Soloman Islands earthquake
© Google, TW/SAM

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 jolted 70 km west of Kirakira, Solomon Islands, at 13:49:50 GMT on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 86.63 km, was initially determined to be at 10.3749 degrees south latitude and 161.2802 degrees east longitude.

Comment: This is the second M6+ earthquake to hit the region since a M6.3 struck on January 27. The recent uptick in seismic activity continues!


Cloud Precipitation

6 dead, 3 missing after floods in North Sumatra, Indonesia following a foot of rainfall in 24 hours

Flood damage in Central Tapanuli Regency Indonesia, January 2020.
© BNPB
Flood damage in Central Tapanuli Regency Indonesia, January 2020.
More flooding has affected western Indonesia, this time in North Sumatra province.

Indonesia's disaster agency BNPB (Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana) reports that 6 people have lost their lives and 3 are still missing after floods in the Barus district of Central Tapanuli Regency.

Heavy rain caused the Aek Sirahar river to overflow on 29 January 2020, flooding several villages in Barus district. Around 700 families have been affected and 22 people injured. Some of the families have been evacuated to safer areas.