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6.4 magnitude earthquake jolts Indonesia's Sumatra


Meanwhile, panicked residents fled their homes. There are no reports of damage or casualties, however.
An earthquake measuring 6.4 in magnitude struck Indonesia's Sumatra on Sunday, according to the United States Geological Survey. Seismologists, however, said there was no risk of tsunami. The quake hit at a depth of 35 kilometres at 10:08 AM (0308 GMT) 73 kilometres west of Bengkulu, news agency AFP reported.

Meanwhile, panicked residents fled their homes. There are no reports of damage or casualties, however.

Speaking to news agency AFP, Indonesia's meteorology and geophysics agency official said that the tremors were quite strong. "The earthquake was quite strong and shallow, it was felt all the way to Padang, West Sumatra, but there was no threat of a tsunami," he said. He added the officials are looking out if there are any casualties or property damage after the tremors.

A resident of Bengkulu region in Indonesia, Neng Hasnah told AFP that her family fled the house out of fear as the tremors were quite strong. "I was carrying my seven-month old granddaughter and I had to run, all the neighbours also ran outside their homes," Hasnah said.

Cloud Lightning

SOTT Earth Changes Summary - July 2017: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

As colder summer temperatures and unseasonable snowfall start to become the new normal around the world, heavy rain and floods are breaking long-held records causing widespread damage to property and crops and the death of an increasing number of people.

As more and more animals are killed by lightning strikes, plasma events, 'red sprites' and noctilucent clouds are also on the increase along with meteor/fireballs sightings.

This July, wildfires scorched California, British Columbia, Croatia, Montenegro, Indonesia, France and Portugal, floods ravaged areas from India to Indonesia, and fierce hailstorms hit just about every continent.

It was one more wild month on planet earth. But how many are paying attention?

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Cloud Precipitation

Monsoon season flooding kills over 25 people in two days in Nepal


The man was seen attempting to rescue his livestock from flooding in Topa Village, Nepal
Monsoon season forced a villager to carry livestock on his shoulder as he moved them to safer ground to rescue them from flooding that has killed over 25 people in two days.

He was spotted wading through waters in Topa Village in the Saptari district of Nepal today, where torrential monsoons have caused fatal landslides.

Thousands have been affected as the second day of heavy rain hit the region, where a woman and her child were photographed watching water levels rise up around their home.

One man was seen struggling to lead cows through the chest-high water using a rope, as a woman shifted her goats from the area.

Rajbiraj, also in the district, has been hit with heavy rain too as home ministry spokesman Deepak Kafle told AFP that over a dozen eastern and western areas were affected.


Attention

Man beats off 'psycho brown bear' by punching it in the head after he was attacked in Sverdlovsk region of Russia


The ten minute duel, in the Sverdlovsk region, in central Russia, left unarmed Alexander Lopukhin, 44, 'convinced he would die'
A Russian man fought off an angry 'psycho' brown bear with his bare hands after he was attacked while picking mushrooms.

The ten minute forest duel, in Sverdlovsk region, central Russia, left unarmed Alexander Lopukhin, 44, 'convinced he would die'.

But in a final bid to stay alive he grabbed the bear by the head with one hand and punched its muzzle with the other.


The mother bear with a cub nearby sat down stunned after the man's attack, and then retreated.

With blood pouring from his wounds, and the tip of his nose almost severed, Mr Lopukhin then walked four miles through the forest until his phone came back within coverage and he could summon help.

He said he had come across bears previously while picking mushrooms, but never faced an attack.

He added: 'These animals do not attack people unless they are touched or provoked. But, of course, there are exceptions.

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Tornado kills 5, injures over 50 in northern China

A powerful tornado has swept through several villages in northern China, flattening homes and killing at least five people, local media said on Saturday.

The storm hit the prefecture-level city of Chifeng in China's Inner Mongolia region on Friday, according to the People's Daily newspaper. The number of those injured has passed 50, it said.

A relief operation is reportedly underway. Photos posted by the newspaper on social media networks showed rows of devastated houses and large trees snapped in two.


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Snow interrupts summer in Switzerland

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After weeks of scorching hot weather, Switzerland was plunged back into winter on Friday morning as heavy rain translated into snow flurries above 1,900m.

A cold front passed across Switzerland on Wednesday and Thursday bringing heavy rain, especially to western, southern and eastern parts of the country.

More rain was expected on Friday, turning to snow above 1,900-2,200 metres, according to MeteoSuisse.

Pictures posted by Swiss paper Le Matin showed snow in Arolla in the Val d'Hérens. Parts of the Vaud Alps, including Glacier 3,000, were also covered in fresh flakes

Cloud Precipitation

Storm buries neighborhood in hail up to 2 feet deep in Evans, Colorado


Crews from Denver Public Works help neighbors dig their cars out from several feet of hail
Strong storms blew across the Denver area and many locations up and down the Front Range on Thursday.

One neighborhood in Evans in northern Colorado was buried in hail. Cars were stuck and children were playing in it like it was a winter wonderland.

By some counts, more than 2 feet piled up in neighborhoods as the storm turned August into December.

All of the hail piled up in 10 to 15 minutes. Some neighbors could only hope they'd get help trying to clean it up.

"It just came," a resident said. "It was blowing really hard. We just moved here. We went to the basement and stayed for five minutes, and it was all gone. We came out side and it was a winter wonderland."


Snowflake Cold

New Zealand's coldest winter since 2009

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Tekapo, South Island was cut off by snow last month.
It may have been warm overnight this week, but New Zealand is currently experiencing its coldest winter since 2009.

MetService meteorologist Georgina Griffiths said not only has it been cold, the main centres have also experienced more rain than last year, with Christchurch sitting at 134 per cent of its usual rainfall at 551mm compared with 411mm.

However, just to confuse people even more - especially in eastern parts of the country - temperatures are expected to hit 18 degrees, even 20 degrees in Napier, this weekend.

"It has been enormously wet and cold, it's been a crappy year, basically. It's an unusual and extremely volatile year."

She said most towns were "running quite cool bar this recent four or five day warm blip".

"The temperatures for the first 60 per cent of the year, 220 days, Christchurch is running a full degree and a half cooler than this time last year. That might not sound much but actually when you get a year when it's 1 degree above the long term average you're almost into record territory."

Wellington and Auckland were each running 1 degree colder than last year.

"It may not sound like much, but it's very significant difference over a seven-month time period."

Last year was one of the warmest winters in New Zealand with June 2016 the third warmest June on record.

Cloud Lightning

Severe storms hit Europe

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A fallen tree sits on a damaged car after a heavy storm hit Lodz, Poland on Thursday.

THE hellish heatwave Lucifer that ripped across Europe has now brought rainstorms and howling gales to British tourist destinations.


The surge in temperatures has seen the mercury top 110F (44C) in the south of Spain and parts of Greece and Italy.

And as hospitals report a spike in admissions for burns and heatstroke, British tourists are now facing heavy rain and thunderstorms in Spain, the Balearic Islands, Poland and Germany.

The Spanish party island of Ibiza was drenched by 20mm of rain in one hour yesterday, while it was hit by an estimated 3,000 lightning bolts.

Greek and Macedonia were forced to declare a state of emergency as out of control wildfires continued to spread, destroying around 5,000 hectares of land.

The freakish weather conditions have already claimed the lives of at least ten people in Italy and Romania, with the latest person killed by a tree which fell in as a violent storm hit northern Italy.


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The great American eclipse may make animals act strangely

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It's not just humans who will be affected by the Great American Eclipse coming on Aug. 21 - expect animals to act strangely too.

Anecdotal evidence and a few scientific studies suggest that as the moon moves briefly between the sun and the Earth, causing a deep twilight to fall across the land, large swaths of the animal kingdom will alter their behavior.

Eclipse chasers say they have seen songbirds go quiet, large farm animals lie down, crickets start to chirp and chickens begin to roost.


Elise Ricard, public programs supervisor at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, recalled the eerie silence that accompanied the start of a total eclipse early on a June morning in 2012.