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Wildfire grows to more than 10,000 acres in Monterey County, California; 10 wildfires burning in the state

© Cal Fire / California Department Of Forestry And Fire Protection
The Soberanes Fire
A wildfire burning south of Carmel in Monterey County grew to more than 11,000 acres Sunday, as residents were warned to be ready to flee while crews battle the stubborn blaze amid soaring temperatures.

The Soberanes Fire — one of about 10 wildfires burning around the state, including the Sand Fire in Los Angeles County — grew to 11,000 acres by Sunday night and remained only 5 percent contained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Six houses and two outbuildings were destroyed and 1,650 others are threatened by the fire that started Friday morning near Garrapata State Park between Carmel and Big Sur.

Residents in the community of Palo Colorado south of the fire were ordered to evacuate, while other residents, particularly those in Carmel Highlands, were told to get ready to flee in case the fire takes off, Cal Fire officials said.



Eye 2

American surfer attacked by crocodile in Tamarindo, Costa Rica

© Kung_Mangkorn
An American surfer was in serious but stable condition after he was attacked by a large crocodile at a popular tourist beach in Costa Rica on Friday, according to an emergency responder who credited the man's friend for fighting off the reptile with his bare hands.

Pat McNulty, who works as a consultant and is a certified trained lifeguard in Tamarindo, a northwestern town favored by surfers and eco-tourists, said the man was crossing a river with the friend when the crocodile struck.

"It was a vicious attack, and he was bitten several times in the leg as well as the head," McNulty told The Associated Press by phone from Costa Rica.

"They were able to get him free, swim him to safety and then trained lifeguards responded ... and we administered first aid and called an ambulance."

Attention

Man recovering after shark attack in the Bahamas

A well-known restorative dentist in Central Texas, who also has a teaching center in Dallas, is recovering after being attacked by a shark Saturday morning while vacationing with his family in the Bahamas.

Dr. Steve Cutbirth, of Waco, was free diving and spear fishing with his son-in-law and two guides when the attack happened.

In a phone interview, Cutbirth said he had just speared a 10-pound fish and was swimming the fish to the boat when the incident happened.

"Out of nowhere, I felt like I was hit by a freight train in the head," Cutbirth said.

When Cutbirth turned around, he saw the white underside of 6-feet-long bull shark's mouth.

"He kept hitting me, so I started knocking him off with my arm," Cutbirth said. "He finally took off with the fish."

Attention

4 earthquakes strike Hawaii; 3 in the area of Kilauea Volcano

© Dimas Ardian, Getty Images
Four earthquakes hit Hawaii island on Friday and late Thursday, three in the area of Kilauea Volcano.

A fourth quake, at magnitude-4.3, struck the island at 9:16 p.m. Friday. The epicenter was 1.9 miles west-southwest of Honalo, a bit north of Kealakekua Bay, at a depth of 7 miles.

The first, with a magnitude of 2.5, hit 3.7 miles southwest of Volcano at a depth of 1.9 miles. It happened at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

The second, magnitude-2.7, had an epicenter 9 miles southeast of Volcano. It struck at 11:18 a.m. Friday at a depth of 3.3 miles.

The third, magnitude-3, struck at 12:14 p.m. 6 miles southeast of Leilani Estates, in the ocean south of Cape Kumukahi. The depth of the epicenter was 20 miles.

Attention

6.1 earthquake strikes off southern Australia

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake has struck near Australia, according to Geoscience Australia.
Mag 6.1 Western Indian Antarctic Ridge, 25 July 2016, 18:58 (AEST). Lat/Long 49.36S, 126.0E. Depth 15km. Info is preliminary.
— EarthquakesGA (@EarthquakesGA) July 25, 2016
It was previously reported that the earthquake was "potentially tsunamigenic," meaning it could cause a tsunami. However, that information has since been retracted.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) has put the quake at a 5.9, with a depth of 10km (6.2 miles).

Bizarro Earth

2nd earthquake in 3 days rattles parts of North Carolina


The location of the earthquakes on a map from the US Geological Survey. The one on the left (furthest west) happened Thursday, while the other quake hit Saturday night.
An earthquake shook parts of North Carolina near the Virginia border in Wilkes County on Saturday night.

The 2.4 magnitude quake hit around 9:50 p.m. and was at a depth of 5.1 kilometers, according to the US Geological Survey.

The quake on Saturday night happened just two days after 1.9 magnitude earthquake struck Thursday at Plumtree, N.C. in Avery County — about 60 miles west-southwest of the Saturday quake.

The Saturday night quake was right along US 421 and was closest to Millers Creek, N.C. — which was 3 miles from the center.

There were no reports of damage.

The quake was also about 4 miles west of Wilkesboro and north of W. Kerr Scott Lake.

Fire

Out-of-control California wildfire grows to more than 33,000 acres in Santa Clarita Valley

© YouTube/Associated Press (screen capture)
The brush fire raging in the rugged mountains of the Santa Clarita Valley grew by more than 10,000 acres on Sunday, scorching an estimated 33,172 acres by the late evening as the blaze continued to threaten hundreds of homes while firefighters battled to keep flames from spreading, authorities said.

Fueled by 20-mph winds and hillsides carpeted with tinder-like chaparral, the wildfire was burning in hills toward Acton by late Sunday afternoon. Hundreds of residents were ordered to evacuate.

Mandatory evacuations were still in place Sunday for about 1,500 residents in parts of Sand and Placerita canyons, as well as for others along Little Tujunga Canyon Road.

So far, at least 18 structures have been destroyed and one damaged in the Bear Divide and Sand Canyon areas, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. One fatality has been reported, but it is not yet clear if it is fire-related.

The 14 Freeway in the Santa Clarita Valley was closed in both directions late Sunday afternoon but was later reopened.

At least one drone was spotted over the fire near the Bear Divide area, about 2,000 feet above Lake View Terrace, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The sighting of a drone over a wildfire typically prompts officials to ground aircraft for 30 minutes. The Forest Service said that those caught flying private aircraft or drones could face criminal charges.


Evil Rays

Altered EMF environment: A killing field for marine mammals

© Callum Lilley
Our oceans are fast becoming a killing field for many marine mammals and other sea dwellers. Beachings are occurring with more frequency than ever. Mass fish kills are a common occurrence. Scientists are calling this the "Sixth Great Extinction Event". Yet, few are correlating these changes to increases in energy and perturbations in the electromagnetic spectrum. Modern technology is having a profound impact on marine life, the likes of which hasn't been witnessed by modern man.

Comment: The earth has its own electromagnetic field, and the vast majority of species on Earth rely on these electromagnetic forces to remain relatively stable so that they can exist and can function properly. Organisms are extremely sensitive to any alteration in this field, and find it difficult to adapt to changes. In the past 100 years, humans have drastically altered the electromagnetic environment on the surface of the earth, and this is now having some serious adverse effects on the health of everything inhabiting this planet.

Although man-made EMF may not be solely responsible for all of the changes we are seeing with regard to crazy weather, mass animal die-offs, and other strange phenomena... it is still clearly a significant contributing factor.


Tornado2

Southern Manitoba tornado was an 'exceptional' storm, Environment Canada says

© Rachelle Baer via Canadian Press
Debris is scattered across the New Rosedale Hutterite colony southwest of Portage la Prairie, Man. on Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Weather agency seeking eye witness accounts, pictures of Wednesday's storm


Environment Canada is looking for photos and eye witness accounts of the "exceptional" storm which ripped through Southern Manitoba last week.

Several communities were left cleaning up after a huge tornado-producing storm plowed through the province on Wednesday, ripping out trees, snapping hydro lines, flipping vehicles, and damaging buildings.

Environment Canada has given the tornado a preliminary Enhanced Fujita Scale 1 — or EF 1 — rating but said that additional experts and witnesses are being consulted and the rating might change.

The tornado touched down west of Long Plain First Nation, Man., just before 7 p.m., according to the weather agency. It headed east through the community causing extensive damage, including lifting a house off its foundation.

The tornado went further east across the Assiniboine River and through the southern part of the New Rosedale Hutterite Colony, damaging grain bins and destroying farm sheds.

The twister finally lifted near Highway 240 around 7:20 p.m., Environment Canada said.

The tornado was considered exceptional because of the damage and also a "swath of 10 to 20 kilometres wide of straight-line wind damage affecting a significant part of the region," Environment Canada said. Some of the winds gusted to 140 km/hr.

Binoculars

Ultra-rare bird from Eurasia seen over Newfoundland, Canada

© Wikimedia Commons
Common swift (Apus apus)
The anything but common Common Swift spotted over Cape Race

In birding, like in any other sport, they say you have to be good to be lucky but sometimes nothing explains a great event other than pure simple luck.

A rare glimpse of a common swift, winging its way over Cape Race, NEwfoundland and Labrador.

Due to a compounding series of events Ken Knowles and I were driving through Portugal Cove South on the southern Avalon Peninsula at 1 p.m. on a Tuesday. There is a dead zone for cellphone reception between Renews and Portugal Cove South. The smartphoned chimed as we arrived back into the land of cellphones.

In the time it took to drive from Renews to Portugal Cove South a storm of emails and texts had been flying back and forth between birders in response to a photograph of a bird that Cliff Doran had taken at the Cape Race lighthouse. We checked out the picture on Cliff's Facebook page.

It was a swift. A somewhat blurry photo with the tail cut off.

Swifts are worldwide group of birds built for flying at breakneck speeds in search of airborne insects. They tend to hunt high above swallows and other fly-catching birds.

There are no swifts native to Newfoundland and Labrador.