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Loud, earth-shaking boom prompts calls to 911 in southwest Michigan

© WOODTV
A loud sound from an unknown source has prompted concern in Grandville and the surrounding area prompting numerous calls to 911.

Kent County dispatchers say they've received nearly two dozen calls reporting a loud explosion-type sound. Police have been searching the area, but were unable to determine the source of the noise.

Reports of the situation began coming into the 24 Hour News 8 newsroom around 8:30 p.m Saturday.

"There was just a loud explosion sound in Grandville and we felt the earth shake," one viewer wrote on Facebook. "Sounded like a bomb going off!!" said another post.

Emergency responders remain perplexed as to what caused the sound.


Seismograph

Shallow earthquake measuring 5.7 in magnitude hits off Vanuatu

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.7 has struck northwest of the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, the US Geological Survey says.

The quake today was initially reported with a magnitude of 6.0 but was later downgraded by the USGS.

It was recorded at a depth of 20km and was located around 250km northwest of Vanuatu's Santo island, the USGS said.

There was no immediate tsunami warning or any reports of damage or casualties.

Source: AAP

Comment: Earthquake Track took note of a strong follow on tremor less than an hour later (even shallower):
2017-04-17 02:21:32 UTC 5.7 magnitude, 20 km depth
Sola, Torba, Vanuatu

Aftershocks:

2017-04-17 03:10:03 UTC 5.1 magnitude, 10 km depth
Sola, Torba, Vanuatu



Attention

Green iguanas overrunning South Florida suburban neighborhoods

© Wilfredo Lee/Associated Press
In this Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 photo, trapper Brian Wood holds an iguana he caught behind a condominium in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla. Wood primarily hunts alligators and tans their skins for luxury leather goods, but he's received so many calls from homeowners seeking help with iguanas in the last several years that he created a pest control business called Iguana Catchers.
Perched in trees and scampering down sidewalks, green iguanas have become so common across South Florida that many see them not as exotic invaders, but as reptilian squirrels.

Native to Central and South America, green iguanas that escaped or were dumped as pets have been breeding in the Miami suburbs and the Keys for at least a decade without making headlines like other voracious invasive reptiles such as Burmese pythons or black-and-white tegu lizards.

They've been considered mostly harmless because they eat plants instead of native animals. But their burrows undermine seawalls, sidewalks and levees, and they eat their way through valuable landscaping as well as native plants. Their droppings can be a significant cleanup problem, as well as a potential source of salmonella bacteria, which causes food poisoning.

Attention

Teenage surfer dies after shark attack in Western Australia

A 17-year-old girl has died after being attacked by a shark in Western Australia.

Monday's attack happened at Kelp Beds, near Wylie Bay in Esperance, just before 4pm, police said.
Caitlyn Rintoul (@caitlynrintoul)

17yo girl fighting for her life after Wylie Bay shark attack. #esperance pic.twitter.com/kCNdidIXa6
April 17, 2017
The girl was surfing with her father when she was attacked and was taken to Esperance hospital in a critical condition. The girl's mother and two sisters reportedly watched in horror from the beach as the teenager was grabbed by the shark.

It is understood her leg was badly mauled and she had lost a lot of blood when pulled from the water, Seven News reported.

Snowflake

White Easter: Sweden arises to snow and record low temperatures

© Johan Nilsson/TT
Snow-covered flowers in southern Sweden.
Easter Sunday got off to an unusually cold start across Sweden - with three weather records broken as some towns experienced their chilliest April night in decades.

Southern Sweden saw unseasonably cold temperatures, with up to 10cm of snow in northern Skåne, Blekinge, Kronoberg, Halland and Kalmar.

In Örebro, the mercury dropped to -14C, making it the coldest April night since 1944, according to P4 Örebro.

In Karlstad, Sweden's meteorological institute SMHI said temperatures reached -9C, meaning it was the coldest night of April since 1985.

Cloud Precipitation

Flood kills 7 in Cebu, Philippines

© Carmen PNP
Seven are confirmed dead while 2 others are missing due to nonstop rains and heavy flooding in parts of Cebu.

Six of the casualties were from Carmen, Cebu where 73 houses were washed out due to nonstop rains.

According to the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), the casualties were identified as Rowena Acencion, 38; Joyed Acencion, 12; Ivan Acencion, 10; Acena Laping, 55; Bens Ayan Laping, 2; and Nicholas Punggutan, 60.

The other casualty meanwhile was from Danao City, Cebu and was identified as Benyang Manulat.

The PDRRMO however has yet to identify the 2 missing persons.


Snowflake

Global storm intensity rising with wrong seasons in wrong places

As our Earth's magnetosphere is affected by the Sun entering its grand solar minimum phase, our troposphere will bulge at the equatorial latitudes and compress elsewhere with wild out of place jet streams. We are beginning to see this in 2017 with out of season rain events in dry season across Asia, formerly rare super cells across Europe and rain in deserts of South America, Australia and USA. Regional food crop losses continue and these types of weather events will intensify year upon year.


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Attention

8 separate Florida shark attacks within 2 weeks

Florida has had eight separate shark attacks in the last two weeks. Five of which have occurred within the last week alone. All of the shark bites were non-fatal.

Recent shark attacks In Florida:

April 2, 2017: 17-year-old Caitlyn Taylor, of Louisville, Kentucky, was visiting Florida to play in a softball tournament when she was bitten by a shark while swimming in the Gulf of Mexico off of the Florida Panhandle near Destin.

April 3, 2017: 16-year-old Kody Stephens, of Peachtree City, Georgia, was on a family vacation when he was bitten by a shark while swimming off of Daytona Beach.

April 4, 2017: 51-year-old Melanie Lawson, of Marietta, Georgia, was bitten by a shark while standing in only three feet of water off of New Smyrna Beach, which is just a few miles south of Daytona Beach.

April 10, 2017: 23-year-old Heather Orr, of Palm Bay, Florida, was bitten on the hand while swimming off of Melbourne Beach.

Cloud Precipitation

40 dead as massive floods hit Iran

© Farzad AGHAEI / AFP
At least 40 people were killed and at least 5 are missing as torrential rains caused intense flooding and landslides in northwestern Iran, according to MEHR news agency. Footage posted on social media shows the apocalyptic aftermath of the floods.

The ground was apparently washed out under a road in the area, causing its collapse. Slabs of asphalt are seen crumbling into mud and water on the video.

Ice Cube

Almost 500 icebergs have drifted into North Atlantic Shipping lanes over the last week - six times the average

© AP
This photo from a US Coast Guard reconnaissance aircraft shows icebergs floating near the Grand Banks of Newfoundland in the North Atlantic.
Almost 500 icebergs have drifted into North Atlantic Shipping lanes over the last week, six times the average. Its not because of global warming melting but a different set of factors including stratospheric circulation changes, Arctic vorticies directly over the Arctic circle, wind pattern shifts and ocean temperatures dropping. This video presents the real reason we are repeating a 100 year cycle in the Atlantic, based purely on the Sun's activity not CO2, which in turn is part of a larger 400 year Grand Solar Minimum Cycle.


Comment: $500 billion plan to refreeze polar cap, while icebergs detour ships 650 kilometers south