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Magnitude 6.3 earthquake hits Papua New Guinea: USGS

An earthquake of magnitude 6.3 struck Papua New Guinea on Thursday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The onshore quake struck 38 km northeast of Kainantu at a depth of 103.5 km (64 miles), it said.

There were no immediate reports of damage, and the U.S. Tsunami Warning System said there was no threat of a tsunami.


Hurricane Delta heads toward the US Gulf Coast after slamming Mexico's Yucatan

Debris left by Hurricane Delta in Cancún
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Debris left by Hurricane Delta in Cancún. Video footage showed flailing palm trees being battered by the wind, driving rain, damaged hotels, felled trees and buildings.
Leaving Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula on Wednesday, Hurricane Delta is expected to strengthen back into a major storm as it makes its way toward the same area of the US Gulf Coast still picking up the pieces from Hurricane Laura.

A hurricane watch was issued for parts of the coast from High Island, Texas, eastward to Grand Isle, Louisiana, and a storm surge watch is in effect from High Island to the Alabama-Florida border, according to the National Hurricane Center.

"Delta strengthening while moving over the south-central Gulf of Mexico," the center said Wednesday evening. "Life-threatening storm surge and damaging winds increasingly likely along portions of the the northern Gulf Coast beginning Friday."

While the center predicts the storm could strengthen into a Category 3 hurricane Thursday night, cooler water and upper level winds may weaken Delta to a Category 2 by the time it hits the US coast.

Delta's projected path looks eerily similar to that of Hurricane Laura, which made landfall in Louisiana as a Category 4 storm on August 27, leaving 15 people dead, hundreds of thousands without power and destroying more than 10,000 homes in southwest Louisiana.

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SOTT Earth Changes Summary - September 2020: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

Extended winter, widespread floods, raging wildfires, damaged crops, zombie tropical storms and record hurricane downfalls for September.

Excessive monsoon rains continued breaking records, affecting millions of people across South and East Asia. September used to bring clear weather with less chance of rain and more pleasant temperatures... but we are seeing quite the opposite: heavy floods, cold and unseasonable snow.

Subtropical storm Alpha, which barreled along the Portuguese coast and through some parts of Spain, was the first event of its kind to be registered since weather records began. Entire beaches were consumed by rapid rises in sea levels, coastal areas got heavy floods and winds of up to 100km/h were registered in some inland locations.

Over 100 were rescued and 500,000 residents were left without power as Hurricane Sally brought down power lines in parts of Florida and Alabama. Insurance companies have put the costs of damage in the Gulf Coast region between $1 billion and $3 billion. And while the Gulf Coast was still recovering from Sally, tropical storm Beta caused flash flooding in the coasts of Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

If hurricane Delta had hit the US Gulf Coast, this hurricane season would break the record for the most land falling named systems in the US in a single year, surpassing the historic 2005 season, which had seven.

In Asia, tropical Storm Noul caused widespread damage in Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia and Thailand, thousands were displaced and at least 10 died.

And Istanbul, Turkey got a destructive combo this month with severe hailstorm, heavy rains, a waterspout and flash floods.

Winter is becoming the 'new normal'. Autumn in the Northern hemisphere and Spring in the southern are giving way to colder temperatures and unseasonable snow.

September has left fresh snow in the Dolomites, Pyrenees and up in Scandinavia; early snow in Russia, and China, as well as in the US and Canada. And late snowfalls in Australia and New Zealand. Snow has been falling in areas where it's not usually seen.

Many counties around the world reported massive crop losses from floods, hail, snow and even volcano ashes this month. Governments are paying too much attention to an imaginary enemy not seeing the elephant wreaking havoc in the room.

Beached whales and dolphins, as well as mass dead birds continue to increase, something that could point out to a magnetic pole shift and waning magnetosphere, another consequence of the solar minimum.

All this and more in our SOTT Earth Changes Summary for September 2020:


Snowy howl: Power outage in stormy Nunavut, Canada community sends many to emergency shelters

Qulliq Energy Corp. crews are now in Sanirajak to restore full power to the community of about 900. Power went out in Sanirajak early on Tuesday morning.
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Qulliq Energy Corp. crews are now in Sanirajak to restore full power to the community of about 900. Power went out in Sanirajak early on Tuesday morning.
A power outage, which started early on Tuesday, Oct. 6, continues to affect some households in the Nunavut community of Sanirajak.

The Qulliq Energy Corp. said this morning that its crews were on site investigating a power outage in part of the community, which recently changed its name from Hall Beach.

At 2 p.m. the QEC said in an online update that "crews have identified a broken power pole and require an emergency power outage for public safety."

"Repairs will be made to the distribution system once additional crews arrive by charter when weather conditions improve."


'This is an environmental disaster': Unexplained tragedy kills 95% of sea-life on bed of Russia's Avacha Bay

dead sea lion(?)
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Tragedy hits Avacha Bay, Russia
Worries about life in the oceans around Russia's north-eastern Kamchatka region have increased sharply, after scientists discovered that 95 percent of all organisms living on the seabed of the peninsula's Avacha Bay have died.

The alarm was raised last weekend when piles of sea life began washing up on Kamchatka's beaches. Pictures of dead octopi, crabs, and starfish went viral on Russian social media, and local surfers reported that they'd experienced problems with their eyes after being in the water.

Now, the latest revelations seem to have confirmed ecologists' worst fears. After studying the water of the Avacha Bay, researchers discovered that 95 percent of benthos organisms have died. Benthos is the term used for sea life that lives on, in, or near the seabed. "Some large fish, shrimps, and crabs have been preserved, but in very small numbers," said Ivan Usatov, a researcher at the Kronotsky Nature Reserve and the Pacific Institute of Geography.

According to Usatov, water taken from the Nalycheva River had no sign of life, and samples from in Cape Nalycheva were uncharacteristically dark with a "brown foam."


UN says 6 million people affected by flooding in East Africa - heaviest rain in a century for some areas

Floodwater in Sudan's capital, Khartoum, has destroyed people's homes.
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Floodwater in Sudan's capital, Khartoum, has destroyed people's homes.
Nearly six million people have been affected by flooding this year in East Africa.

Data from the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said 1.5 million people have been displaced by the floods.

The number of people affected has increased more than five-fold in four years.

The number has gone up from 1.1 million in 2016 to nearly six million so far this year.

There are fears that the situation will worsen when the short rains peak in November to hit most countries in the region.


Beluga whale from the Arctic, unusual for West Coast, was first spotted in San Diego but now found dead off Baja

A pure white whale was found dead off Laguna
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A pure white whale was found dead off Laguna Ojo de Liebre, Baja on Saturday, Oct. 3. Marine mammal experts and federal officials were stumped when it was first sighted off Mission Bay near San Diego, CA on Friday, June 26, 2020. The animal which is typically found around the North Pole was far off its range.
When a snow-white whale was spotted in June by a whale watching charter boat captain off San Diego, marine mammal experts were stunned.

Beluga typically thrive near the North Pole or along Russia's northern coast and had never been seen along the West Coast before.

On Monday, Oct. 5, news of the whale surfaced again. This time floating dead off Laguna Ojo de Liebre, according to a Facebook post.

The whale was found Friday, Oct. 2 by a Mexican fisherman halfway down the Baja peninsula.

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Hurricane Delta floods Jamaica

Hurricane Delta brought some rains and flooding to Kingston, Jamaica and surrounding areas October 6, as the storm moved west-northwest over the Carribian Sea towards Yukatan Peninsula.

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Town of Ermelo in South Africa left snow white after heavy hailstorm

Hail covers the lawn in Ermelo after hailstorm on 1 October.

Hail covers the lawn in Ermelo after hailstorm on 1 October.
Hail paved the roads in Ermelo snow white on 1 October.

The hail was paired with heavy rain fall and winds that scattered leaves throughout town.

A resident said hail stones bulleted through their chimney and popped out of their fireplace into their living room area.


Temperature extremes: Late snow falls in Victoria, Australia just a day after 37C heatwave

Snow at Snake Gully at Mt Hotham on Monday.
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Snow at Snake Gully at Mt Hotham on Monday.
Snow has fallen in Victoria just a day after a spring heatwave saw parts of the state reach almost 40C.

Both Mt Hotham and Falls Creek in the state's northeast ranges saw enough snow on Monday for a blanket to settle on the ground as a cold front crossed the state.

There has also been widespread rain with the city and suburbs recording 13mm up to 9am on Monday.

It comes after a spring scorcher saw some Melburnians flout coronavirus restrictions and flock to bayside beaches over the weekend to try and escape the heat.