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Tsunami hits China, sweeps into Hangzhou Bay and up Qiantang River, dozens injured

  • Bystanders on the banks of Qiantang River in Zhejiang province were swept off their feet by tidal bore
  • Unusual phenomenon was worsened by the arrival of Typhoon Trami which has devastated the Philippines
Hundreds of spectators were swept off their feet when the world's largest tidal bore surged up a river creating an exceptionally powerful wave.

The victims were standing on the banks of the Qiantang River in China's Zhejiang province yesterday when the surge took them by surprise.

The power of the river was exacerbated by Typhoon Trami, a devastating tropical storm which has swept across the region this week.


Swept away: Bystanders were knocked over by a tidal bore which swept up the Qiantang River in Zhejiang province

Comment: The official story is that this was a tidal wave, but it looks more like a tsunami to us! We wonder what caused it?

Bizarro Earth

Indonesia's submarine Mount Hobalt volcano rumbles to life in brief eruption

Mount Hobalt, an underwater volcano off the coast of Lembata island, East Nusa Tenggara, briefly erupted on Tuesday but did not cause any damage, officials and residents said. "Based on information received from the head of the Center for Vulcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation [PVMBG], the mountain erupted Tuesday morning," Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), said. Sutopo called on villagers living around the volcano to remain alert, but added that there was no need for residents to be evacuated from the area. "The PVMBG is closely monitoring the volcano," Sutopo said. Petrus Bote, who heads the district's disaster mitigation office, said that district authorities were preparing for the possibility of a larger eruption by bolstering stocks of emergency relief supplies and increasing manpower around the area.

"Many people, including fishermen, saw the peak of [Mount Hobalt] surface for a few minutes," Peter said on Tuesday. He said that a similar phenomenon took place when the volcano last erupted in May 1999. Tini Thadeus, the head of the NTT Disaster Mitigation Agency, said that the volcano briefly belched a column of smoke and ash that reached between 1,000 and 2,000 meters above sea level at around 7:13 a.m. on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Victor Mado Watun, the island's deputy district chief, said that another volcano, Mount Ile Wereng, which straddles the inland subdistricts of Atadei and Wulandoni, also experienced a brief eruption. Victor said that a three-kilometer radius danger zone around the two mountains has been declared. "The district's disaster mitigation office has sent two teams to the Atadei and Wulandoni. They are monitoring the activity of two volcanoes there and are registering the number of villagers living near them," Victor said. Hobalt is one of the five active submarine volcanoes in Indonesia, a country that sits on three geological fault lines dotted with volcanoes. - Jakarta Times

Bizarro Earth

Glowing avalanches from Kamchatka's Kizimen volcano

Activity has remained elevated. A series of ash emissions caused by moderately strong vulcanian-type explosions occurred over the past days. This morning, an ash plume rose to 8,000 ft (2.4 km) altitude and drifted east. Meanwhile, Shiveluch: The volcano continues to extrude a new lobe of viscous lava (visible as the dark patch in the webcam image) at the lava dome, as well as produce occasional (usually small) ash explosions - Volcano Discovery

Bizarro Earth

Guatemala's Santiaguito volcano has partial dome collapse - generates strong explosion and pyroclastic flows

A major eruption occurred yesterday evening. Starting at 17:45 (local time), the top part of the Caliente lava dome collapsed and produced a series of relatively large pyroclastic flows and explosions. Ash plumes rose more than 2 km to elevations of 4 km altitude. The cause of the eruption was likely the accumulation of pressurized magma and gas under the dome composed of viscous (solid) lava. The pyroclastic flows affected mainly the south, southeast and NNE sides. Bombs from explosive activity were ejected to distances of 500 m. - Volcano Discovery



Climate change: Marseille faces major flood risk

 Ville de Marseille
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Ville de Marseille
Climate change and rising sea levels could mean the world's leading coastal cities - with Marseille being the financial and business centre most at risk in France - facing increased flooding with costs running into the billions to provide basic protection.

A study for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said that the 136 leading coastal cities could face losses of a trillion dollars a year - €750billion a year - as they had been designed to cope with past sea levels.

They were built to cope with expected 100-year storm surges but were not built to face the expected 0.4metre rise caused by climate change over the next 40 years and the more devastating floods that will be produced.

World Bank economist Stephane Hallegatte led the study, called "Future Flood Losses in Major Coastal Cities" and published in Nature Climate Change, and said: "Inaction is not an option. Coastal cities will have to improve their flood management, including better defences, at a cost estimated around €37.5 billion per year for the 136 cities."

Bizarro Earth

600,000 still homeless after Philippine floods

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A girl babysits her brother inside a temporary shelter at a basketball gym in Calumpit, north of Manila, on August 22, 2013. An estimated 600,000 people remain in shelters or are living with relatives after days of heavy rain.
An estimated 600,000 people in the Philippines remained at temporary shelters or with relatives on Friday after days of heavy rain that killed 20, officials said.

A day after floods ebbed in the capital Manila, stagnant pools of water and high tides in coastal areas prolonged the misery in the central Luzon plains to the north, civil defence official Josefina Timoteo told AFP.

"These are mainly farmers and fisher folk who still cannot return to their homes or resume work. We are still supplying their needs," said Timoteo, the civil defence chief for the region.

"These are low-lying regions and this happens every year. It is a way of life for many of them and the local governments are well-organised to provide relief."

Seasonal monsoons dumped more than a month's rain in Manila and surrounding provinces between Sunday and Wednesday, the state weather service said, submerging about half the capital in floodwaters.

Bizarro Earth

Tons of dead fish discovered in Rio lake

Dead Fish
© Renata Brito/Associated Press
Rio De Janeiro - About 10 tons of dead fish have been discovered in a Rio de Janeiro lake that sits next to the city's future Olympic park.

Environmental officials are investigating the fish kill. Biologists say it was likely caused by raw sewage making its way into the water, as has happened before.

Rio has many problems with water pollution. Many of the waterways near where Olympic events are to be held have been found to be polluted.

Rio's Cedae sewage company says in a Thursday statement that all of its treatment plants are operating normally in the region where the dead fish were found. But it says it's sending out teams to see if any pipes are leaking.

Source: Associated Press

Bizarro Earth

Indonesia warns of rising volcanic activity in East province

Indonesia Volcanoes
© Agence France-Presse/Getty Images
Mount Rokatenda volcano, shown here on Aug. 12, killed six people on Palue island two days earlier. Authorities are now watching two other volcanoes, subsea Mount Hobalt and and Mount Ili Werung, in the same eastern province.
Jakarta - Indonesian authorities have been warning local villagers in East Nusa Tenggara Province about increasing volcanic activities in the area in recent days.

"The people around the areas should continue to practice caution" despite there not having been fresh volcanic activity on Wednesday, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the spokesman of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency.

The agency reported on Tuesday two volcanoes in the East Nusa Tenggara Province have shown "increasing activities." The volcanoes are subsea Mount Hobalt and and Mount Ili Werung.

It noted Mount Hobalt erupted Tuesday morning, spewing cloud as high as 6,560 feet above the sea level for around two minutes.


Rokatenda volcano eruption victims suffer acute respiratory tract infections

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A view of Mount Rokatenda in Palue Island, as it spews hot ash into the air, is pictured from Maumere, East Nusa Tenggara province on August 11, 2013.
Hundreds of evacuees of the eruption of the Rokatenda volcano on Palue island, East Nusa Tenggara, are suffering from illnesses at three rescue centers, sparking claims the government has not provided enough assistance.

"It seems like the central government is not paying enough attention. Is it because it has received low media coverage and so the government has not been that serious in helping?" said Saleh Husin, a legislator from the People's Conscience Party (Hanura).

Saleh, who comes from East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), said the central government should play a key role in the management of evacuees.

Tini Thadeus, head of the local disaster mitigation agency, said up to 560 people have fallen ill with acute respiratory tract infections as of Wednesday.

Tini noted that local medical teams on the field have been supported by medical teams from the Army and several nongovernmental organizations offering free medication at three evacuation points.

The Sikka district had received plenty of aid, he said, but evacuees in Ropa in the district of Ende and Mbay in the Nagekeo district still require treatment.

Cloud Grey

What were the strange clouds over the Puget Sound, Seattle area?

© Linda Thomas
These odd clouds observed over the Seattle-area late Tuesday were not from a jet contrail or aliens.
My guess was the strange pattern of clouds I saw over my house in Seattle late yesterday came from a scattered jet contrail.

It's not a contrail, nor is it related to aliens.

The correct explanation comes from University of Washington Professor of Atmospheric Science, Cliff Mass.

"This a line of cirrus clouds that were precipitating ice crystals," he explains. "These appendages with falling ice crystals are known as fall streaks or mare's tails."