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Several 'fire rainbows' seen in Massachusetts

Tyngsborough
© Micaela Ford
Tyngsborough
Several Massachusetts residents spotted "fire rainbows" in the sky Wednesday.

The optical phenomenon known as a circumhorizontal arc occurs due to the refraction of sunlight in ice crystals, according to the National Weather Service.

7News viewers spotted the beautiful spectacle in Tyngsborough, Lynn and Reading.


Attention

Hiker killed by brown bear on the outskirts of Anchorage, Alaska

Bear attack
A hiker who had been missing for two days was found dead on Wednesday, the victim of a bear attack on the outskirts of Alaska's biggest city, Anchorage police said.

The body of Michael Soltis, 44, was discovered after a brown bear mauled one of the volunteers searching for the missing man, said MJ Thim of the Anchorage Police Department.

The cause of Soltis' death has not been confirmed and is still being investigated, but it appears that he was killed by the same bear that attacked the volunteer, Thim said.


"What we believe is the brown bear was protecting its prey, its find, which turned out to be the body of the missing person," he said.


Fire

New explosive eruption at Shinmoedake volcano, Japan

Explosive eruptions continue at Shinmoedake volcano, Japan
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A new explosive eruption took place at Japan's Shinmoedake volcano, a part of Kirishimayama volcanic complex, at 00:09 UTC (09:09 JST) on June 22, 2018. This was its first explosive eruption since May 14.

The eruption ejected a column of ash up to 4.6 km (14 000 feet) above sea level, according to the Tokyo VAAC. Volcanic material was thrown as far as 1.1 km (0.7 miles) from the crater.

This was the first explosive eruption of this volcano since 05:44 UTC on May 14. That eruption sent ash up to 7.6 km (25 000 feet) above sea level, making it nearly 1 km higher than April 4th eruption and the highest since the current eruptive phase of this volcano began on March 1, 2018.

Comment: This comes days after an M6.1 earthquake in Osaka. Japan, which killed 3 people, and a few months following Shinmoedake's first recorded pyroclastic flow.

Other seismic and volcanic activity documented in the past few months: For more on the changes occurring on our planet, check out SOTTs' monthly documentary: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - May 2018: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

As well as SOTT radio's: Behind the Headlines: Earth changes in an electric universe: Is climate change really man-made?


Seismograph

Powerful M6.1 quake strikes Port Villa, Vanuatu - Location considered "unusual"

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A POWERFUL 6.1-magnitude earthquake has hit Vanuatu, US seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage.

The quake struck at a depth of 21 kilometres some 30 kilometres west of the capital Port Vila, the US Geological Survey said.

USGS said there was low likelihood of casualties and damage although it added that recent earthquakes in the area had caused secondary hazards such as landslides.

"Definitely shaking would have been felt in the area, but we have received no reports yet of any damage," Geoscience Australia duty seismologist Hugh Glanville told AFP.

Comment: Seismic and volcanic activity around the planet appears to be increasing in recent months - just as some scientists predicted:


Cloud Precipitation

Woman drowns in creek and cars float down streets after heavy flooding inundates western Pennsylvania

Strong storms and heavy rain has caused severe flooding in parts of western Pennsylvania

Strong storms and heavy rain has caused severe flooding in parts of western Pennsylvania, spurring dozens of evacuations and damaging numerous vehicles and other property. Pictured are crews working to clean up floodwaters in Baldwin Street, Bridgeville, on Wednesday night
A woman was found drowned in a creek and cars washed away down streets on Wednesday after a violent storm dumped nearly four inches of rain on parts of western Pennsylvania.

The body of 64-year-old Wendy Abbott was discovered in McLaughlin Run, Bridgeville, after she was swept away during flash floods. Abbott, who lived locally, was reported missing by family after going for a drive.

Floods also ravaged nearby Bethel Park where diners at the Trolley Shop Inn stood on tables as they waited to be rescued while cars floated in surging floodwaters outside.

'All of a sudden, water started coming in the one door and they tried to squeegee it,' patron Shirley Maurin told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 'And then it just rushed in.'

Maurin said the water rose quickly, forcing diners on top of tables 'until they were able to come in and take us out one by one in the water with the life jackets'.


Cloud Precipitation

Widespread flooding in Texas following days of heavy rain - Nearly 13 inches in 48 hours

48 hour rainfall totals in south Texas, 18 to 20 June, 2018.
© NWS Corpus Christi
48 hour rainfall totals in south Texas, 18 to 20 June, 2018.
Torrential rain has caused flooding in southern Texas, prompting evacuations, road closures and water rescues. Corpus Christi recorded 12.89 inches (327.40 mm) of rain in 48 hours between 18 and 20 June.

On 19 June, Texas Governor Greg Abbott ordered the State Operations Center (SOC) to elevate its readiness level as heavy rain and storms continued to impact the Texas coast. Additionally, Governor Abbott has made state resources available to assist local officials in their response efforts.

"Texas is no stranger to this type of severe weather, and our emergency personnel are ready and well prepared to respond," said Governor Abbott. "Our number one priority is the safety and well being of Texans, and I encourage everyone in the affected areas to stay safe and heed all warnings from local officials. I thank those involved in the response efforts, and I want to assure all Texans that we are closely monitoring the situation and will continue to provide all resources necessary."


Seismograph

Vancouver Island hit with over 150 tremors in 24 hours

vancouver tremors
© John Cassidy and pnsn.org
More than 150 tremors have hit Vancouver Island in the last 24 hours, and seismologists are monitoring the situation to see if it turns into an Episodic Tremor and Slip event.

Vancouver Island is normally moving toward the Lower Mainland at a rate of about one centimetre per year.

"Ferry fares keep going up but the distance is actually getting a little bit shorter," jokes John Cassidy, seismologist with the Geological Survey of Canada.

But every 14 months or so there is a Tremor and Slip event - a discovery made by two local scientists Gary Rogers and Herb Dragert - when Vancouver Island slips backwards a few millimetres towards Japan. Seismic recording instruments show Victoria moving in one direction and then changing direction for about two weeks during these episodes. These events add pressure to the locked Cascadian Subduction Zone fault.

Doberman

Officer shoots dogs attacking her in Burnet, Texas

canine attack
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A Burnet police officer shot and killed one dog and injured another after three dogs attacked her and a man on a neighborhood street.

Patrol Cpl. Alex Fidler responded when a man reported being attacked by three large dogs in the 700 block of South Vanderveer, near Burnet Elementary School, on Thursday, June 14.

The officer was checking out the man's injuries when the dogs returned.

Police reviewed body camera video footage which showed Fidler trying to get away from the dogs.


Frog

UK toad and frog numbers collapsing with sightings down by up to two-thirds

frog spawn
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Toad numbers have fallen by more than two-thirds over a 30-year period.
People with gardens are being urged to create simple ponds or areas of long grass because sightings of frogs and toads in gardens are drying up.

Reports of toads in gardens have fallen by nearly a third since 2014, while sightings of frogs have dropped by 17% over the same period, according to the Big Garden Birdwatch, the RSPB's wildlife survey.

Frogs were the most common non-bird garden visitor, seen in 39% of the more than 174,000 gardens which took part in the survey this year, while toads were only found in one in five gardens.

These declines are mirrored by other surveys, including data from volunteer groups who help toads cross the road, which found toad numbers have fallen by more than two-thirds over 30 years.

Comment: While access to viable sources of water and pollution are surely issues, a wide variety of species are seeing their numbers collapse and the causes aren't always so obvious, so what is going on? What is clear is that we are witnessing the next massive extinction event on our planet:


Snowflake Cold

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: What is going on with Antarctic ice loss and global temperatures

antarctic cold
While MSM news outlets planet wide print stories for Antarctic continental ice melting at a 3x faster pace than the last 10 years, they just discredited all of the climate agencies globally like NASA, NOAA, NSIDC & DMI that all showed gains in Antarctic ice on both land and sea. Now global temperatures are at 0.18C when the models all showed we should be at 2.0C and sea levels are lower than predicted. We need to ask questions why we are continually fed conflicting data from the news agencies.


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