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Lightning strikes kill 6 in Nepal

Lightning has killed six people -four in Saptari and two in Makwanpur district on Thursday.

According to the District Police Office, Makwanpur, Samjhana Ghising (17 years old) and Bina Ghising (25 years old) of Bakaiya Rural Municipality were killed by lightning.

According to the District Police Office, Saptari, Chhedi Thakur (60 years) and Bechan Yadav(27 years) from Mahadev Rural Municipality-2 were killed by lightning near the Koshi Barrage. They had gone to bathe in the Koshi River.


Magnitude 6.1 earthquake off eastern coast of Japan rattles Tokyo

Japan earthquake map
The epicenter of the earthquake that occurred on June 25 at 4:47 a.m. is located in Chiba Prefecture
A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck off eastern Japan early Thursday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, rocking buildings in the capital Tokyo and surrounding prefectures. No tsunami warning was issued.

The 4:47 a.m. quake, which originated at a depth of about 36 kilometers, registered as lower 5 on nation's shindo seismic intensity scale of 7 in the city of Asahi, Chiba Prefecture. The agency warned that quakes of similar intensity may follow over the next week in areas that experienced strong swaying.

An intensity of lower 5 means people are likely to become frightened and feel the need to hold onto something stable, according to the agency.


Large tornado captured in Xilinhot, north-eastern China

China tornado

Large tornado captured in Xilinhot, north-eastern China
Motorists have captured the terrifying moment a tornado hovered through the Chinese countryside, appearing to approach their cars.

The giant column of wind struck the suburbs of Xilinhot city in north-eastern China's Inner Mongolia on Wednesday afternoon, according to China's weather authority.

One video released by the Chinese National Meteorological Center (NMC) on Twitter-like Weibo shows one motorist filming the giant column of wind from a fair distance.


Anomalous heatwave in Russian arctic continues with outbreaks of wildfires

© Sputnik / Dmitry Voroshilov
FILE PHOTO: A wildfire near the village of Esso, in the Bystrinsky district, Kamchatka region, June 18, 2020
Scientists are already alarmed at the spike in temperatures in Russia this year. While the mercury is creeping up everywhere, in Siberia it has spiked dramatically, delivering unprecedented heat.

This summer is on course to be the hottest since record-keeping began, in the world's largest country. Towns usually still blanketed by snow at this time of year are experiencing a blazing heatwave, thanks to the escalating climate crisis.

The effects of global warming have arrived and are already causing problems, especially in Siberia. A massive oil spill in the far northern mining city of Norilsk earlier this year was declared a federal emergency, after a pipeline sank into the mud and broke. The accident, which will take decades to clean up, was blamed on melting permafrost - the result of unusually high temperatures.

Comment: Note that a heatwave in the Arctic does not equal GLOBAL warming, because by all accounts temperatures around the planet are plummeting, including temperatures in the atmosphere.

Comment: What is clear from the above is that our planet is under going a significant shift, little of which is explained by the now debunked theory of 'global warming': For more on what's happening on our planet, check out SOTT radio's:

Bizarro Earth

Three Gorges Dam flood alert after heaviest rainfall

China faces its worst floods in 70 years after weeks of heavy rain; disasters have been declared in 24 areas, including the upper reaches of the Yangtze; 7,300 homes have collapsed and damage exceeds 20.7 billion yuan.

Three Gorges Dam
© Wang Gang / ImagineChina via AFP
An aerial view of Three Gorges Dam, which has a reservoir 170 metres deep, in Zigui county, Yichang city, in central China's Hubei province. File photo taken in October 2019.
A flood alert has been raised near China's famous Three Gorges Dam after the country suffered its heaviest rainfall in 70-80 years. Torrential rain has been causing chaos throughout China's southwest this month, with many rivers overflowing and mass evacuations.

Heavy rains over the past three weeks have led to disasters being declared in 24 provinces and municipalities, especially near the upper reaches of the Yangtze River and the Three Gorges Dam.

This is reportedly the largest flooding since 1949 and has caused serious challenges to the world's largest dam.

In Chongqing, authorities dredged 100,000 tonnes of silt overnight as levels rose.

Three Gorges is located in Sandouping Town, near Yichang City in Hubei Province in central China. It is 38 kilometres from the downstream Gezhouba Water Conservancy Project at the eastern end of the Three Gorges Reservoir.

Qijiang Online, the media outlet in the area, quoted Zhao Yunfa, deputy chief engineer of the overflow dispatch communications centre at the Three Gorges Project, who said: "The flood storage capacity of the Three Gorges is limited. Do not pin your hopes on the Three Gorges Dam."


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Dust-pocalypse arrives & Scotland misses targets

Termed "historical dust intensity" the Saharan Dust Cloud now begins to blanket the Caribbean which will then move over the S.E USA through the weekend. Scotland misses emissions targets because the country had to burn more fuel during record cold winter of 2018. Stay healthy during the dust event its the biggest in over one hundred years.



5.8 magnitude earthquake shakes California

A 5.8 magnitude earthquake was measured 17km from Lone Pine, Calif.
A 5.8 magnitude earthquake was measured 17km from Lone Pine, Calif.
A 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit California around 10:45 a.m. local time Wednesday.

The epicenter was near Cartoga, about 180 miles north of Los Angeles.

People at several businesses near Lone Pine and Bishop told ABC News the while the shaking was "intense," they didn't see any damage.

Some shaking was felt in LA.

This comes a day after a 7.4 magnitude quake hit Mexico, near the resort of Huatulco, killing at least six people and damaging hundreds of homes, according to The Associated Press. At least six others were hurt, including two people in Mexico City, more than 300 miles from the epicenter.

Cloud Lightning

7,347 lightning strikes in winter over Tasman Sea, New Zealand as storm hits North Island

Flooding on the Coromandel Peninsula at the start of June.

Flooding on the Coromandel Peninsula at the start of June.
There have been thousands of lightning strikes off the top of the North Island.

Niwa Weather said there were 7347 lightning strikes in the Tasman Sea west of the country by about 3.30pm Wednesday.

Shortly after 7pm, MetService forecaster Sonja Farmer said most lightning was still to the west of Northland although there had been at least one strike in the Far North around the Karikari Peninsula.

"Most of the lightning at the moment is offshore but everything is sinking down over the country, so that all should get closer," she said.

Black Cat

Woman killed in leopard attack in Nainital, India - 3rd such death in district in a month

Stock image of leopard
© Getty
A 54-year-old woman, identified as Bhagwati Devi, was killed by a leopard in Nainital's Kathgodam police station area on Monday morning. This is the third death in a leopard attack in the Nainital district in just a month's time.

According to locals, the attack took place in district's Sunkot village when Devi was going to a temple with her son Navin. "The entire area is surrounded by forests and leopards have been spotted around the village earlier as well. Devi was going to the village temple with her son when the leopard suddenly jumped out of the forest and attacked her," said Manish Gauni, a panchayat member of the village.


Strong M7.5 earthquake hits Oaxaca, Mexico - shaking felt 400 miles away - at least 5 dead (UPDATE)

quaker mexico 7
© Andres Stapff/Reuters
People stand on the street in Mexico City after the earthquake.
A 7.5-magnitude earthquake has rattled large swaths of southern and central Mexico, according to the country's national seismological service.

The quake struck the southern state of Oaxaca at 10.29am local time ( 1429 BST) on Tuesday but was felt more than 400 miles away in the capital, Mexico City, where buildings shook and panicked residents fled on to the streets.

Mexican newspapers said there were no immediate reports of damage in the capital. Claudia Sheinbaum, the city's mayor, tweeted: "So far no major incidents [reported]."

The situation near the quake's epicentre in Crucecita, Oaxaca, was not immediately clear.

Comment: The US Tsunami Warning Center has issued a warning for the potential threat of tsunami waves for the Pacific coasts of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

Footage and more details from Twitter:

UPDATE:The Guardian on June 24 reports:
A 7.5-magnitude earthquake has rattled large swaths of southern and central Mexico, killing at least five people.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said one person was killed in a building collapse in Huatulco, Oaxaca, while state governor Alejandro Murat said a second person was killed in an apparent house collapse in the mountain village of San Juan Ozolotepec and a third died in circumstances he did not explain.

Federal civil defence authorities reported two more deaths: a worker at the state-run oil company, Pemex, fell to his death from a refinery structure, and a man died in the Oaxaca village of San Agustin Amatengo when a wall fell on him.

Pemex also said the quake caused a fire at its refinery in the Pacific coast city of Salina Cruz, relatively near the epicenter. It said one worker was injured but the flames were quickly extinguished. Churches, bridges and highways also suffered damage during the quake.

López Obrador said there had been more than 140 aftershocks, most of them small.

Mexico's national seismological service said the quake struck the southern state of Oaxaca at 10.29am local time (1429 BST) on Tuesday but was felt more than 400 miles away in the capital, Mexico City, where buildings shook and panicked residents fled on to the streets.

"It really moved," said Francisco Aceves, the owner of an import-export firm in Mexico City who was on the 22nd floor of an office block when the quake struck.

Mexican newspapers said there were no immediate reports of damage in the capital, where memories of a 2017 earthquake that felled buildings and killed more than 300 people are still fresh.

"So far no major damage has been reported - just the collapse of a few walls and building fronts," Claudia Sheinbaum, the city's mayor, said in a video from Mexico City's emergency response centre.

Richard Hanson, a 44-year-old American who runs an NGO in Oaxaca's state capital called Tejiendo Alianzas, said: "It started really slow ... and then very quickly it notched up very fast."

"Our fan was moving around a lot, you could hear the noise of the walls and the earth moving, things stared falling off the shelves in the kitchen and crashing and breaking on the ground."

Outside Hanson said "people were running out of buildings, screaming and getting on the ground ... Some people were just running to any open space."

Photographs from the state capital showed rubble strewn streets and the partially collapsed facade of one historic building.

The earthquake's epicentre was just east of Huatulco, one of Mexico's top tourist destinations, where beaches had only just reopened last week after closing because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Reuters said Tuesday's quake set off a tsunami warning for a radius of 1,000km (621 miles) on the Pacific coasts of Mexico and Central America, including Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.

Murat told Milenio Televisión the quake had triggered landslides, cut off road links between some towns and damaged some buildings, including one hospital that had been treating Covid-19 patients. Murat said the sick were being moved elsewhere. But no major buildings in the state capital appeared to have been severely damaged.