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British Antarctic Survey abandons polar base as Brunt Ice shelf crack grows larger

© British Antarctic Survey
The Halley VI ice base is in danger from a growing ice crack
Scientists at the British Antarctic Survey are abandoning their research station for the first time ever this winter after a new worrying crack developed in the ice sheet.

The renowned Halley VI ice base, from which the hole in the ozone layer was first detected, was already scheduled to be relocated 14 miles across the Brunt Ice Shelf because of an encroaching fissure in the ice.

But a new crack has been steadily growing to the north of the base, and computer modelling suggests that it could cause a large iceberg to calve away from the sheet, which could destabalise the area.

Part of Chasm 1 Brunt Ice Shelf, Antarctica
Although the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) says nobody is immediate danger, they cannot be sure that conditions would not worsen during the difficult conditions of the southern polar winter when an evacuation would be impossible.

"We want to do the right thing for our people," said Captain Tim Stockings, the Director of Operations at the base.

"Bringing them home for winter is a prudent precaution given the changes that our glaciologists have seen in the ice shelf in recent months.

Comment: Not the only area of instability in the Antarctic:


Seismograph

Earthquake strikes Wales causing tremors and 'a loud rumble'

© British Geological Survey
The magnitude 1.1 quake caused tremors and a loud rumble across Gwynedd.
Wales was hit by an earthquake last night.

The magnitude 1.1 quake caused tremors and a loud rumble across Gwynedd just before 11pm.

According to the British Geological Survey, the quake's epicentre was in Beddgelert .

However, the Daily Post reported that a noise or rumbling sound was heard in Caernarfon , Blaenau Ffestiniog , Penrhyndeudraeth and Porthmadog .

Chris Parry (@cjparry) tweeted: "Did anybody hear a low rumbling sound in the #porthmadog area just now? (Around 23.00) definitely not thunder."

There have been no reports of any structural damage in the area.

A mysterious loud bang was also heard in areas of Greater Manchester at the same time.


Greater Manchester Police confirmed they had received a number of reports and that they had investigated but had been unable to establish what caused the bang.

However, it is not known if the incident is connected with the earthquake.

Comment: A couple of weeks ago a 3.9 magnitude tremor struck off the eastern UK coast, the biggest quake for nearly a decade.


Snowflake Cold

Global Warming? Too Much Snow Closes Ski Resorts, Amazing Light Pillars & California Drought Erased in One Storm

© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
With over 10 feet of snow falling in the last weeks in California and Colorado, ski resorts closed from too much snow, highways completely cut off and with one storm, California filled all of its reservoirs again. So much for the doom and gloom of the IPCC telling us the drought would intensify due to CO2 warming and Gore told us our children would never know what snow is again.


Comment: As the global warming hoax spirals out of control, evidence suggests that the world is on the brink of a new ice age. See also:


Igloo

Dr. Tim Ball: In Washington to meet with Team Trump about "global warming"

© Unknown
Over the last 40 years, I saw events come and go that I thought would expose the greatest deception in history: the claim that human CO2 is causing catastrophic global warming, known as anthropogenic global warming (AGW).

It was disseminated as the truth through the bureaucrats of national weather offices such as the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO). That organization assigned the members of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which then produced the "science" to support the AGW claim.

It was a classic circular arrangement at both the political and scientific levels.

Most of the researchers who controlled the IPCC were based at or associated with the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia. In November 2009, a month before a momentous political decision was due on the Kyoto Protocol from the Conference of the Parties (COP 15), 1000 emails were leaked that exposed the corruption of climate science by this handful of people.

The COP was stymied because their decisions were supposed to be based on the IPCC results. I thought the leaked emails, (ironically, even then the leak was blamed on a Russian hacker...) would stop the juggernaut.

House

House destroyed by explosion in Manchester, five people injured

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A house in Manchester has been almost entirely destroyed by an explosion, reportedly leaving five people injured.

The home in Blackley can be seen roofless and reduced to crumbling brickwork in videos and pictures on social media.


Question

What caused the loud, house-shaking boom heard across Greater Manchester?

© Darren Ogden
The picture claimed to show smoke near Buile Hill Park after the blast - but its veracity has not yet been confirmed.
It was heard across Salford, Trafford and south Manchester - and speculation is rife as to the cause

The cause of a mysterious loud bang heard across Greater Manchester remains unknown. Residents in Trafford , Salford , Urmston , Chorlton and Sale reported hearing the noise at about 11pm on Sunday evening.

An image shared shortly afterwards on social media claimed show a large plume of smoke coming from Buile Hill Park, in Salford, which is thought by some to be linked to the sound.

Greater Manchester Police and the fire service were called to the scene, but found nothing when they arrived. A GMP spokesman said: "We were called at about 11.15pm last night to the Seedley area of Salford, to reports of a loud bang. "We found nothing untoward to explain. We have gone along locally to make enquiries and not come across anything to explain it."

Greater Manchester Fire Service said they received two calls from members of the public in Salford regarding a loud bang. But following investigations, they could not find anything that would have been the source of the noise and advised callers it was 'nothing to worry about'.

The origin of the loud bang continues to baffle residents, with some claiming it felt like a gas explosion. One Twitter user wrote: "Any news about the huge explosion sound an hour ago near Davyhulme? It shook all the houses here, sounded like a gas explosion."

Ice Cube

Deadly ice storm threatens 44 million people as US Midwest freezes

© NBC News
In Oklahoma, a truck driver was killed in a crash on an ice-covered highway just before a 3.30am Saturday. The stretch of road was the scene of nearly a dozen other crashes.
A third wave of sleet and drizzle could hit parts of the central U.S. on the eve of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, with temperatures threatening to stay near or below freezing and add to the treacherous mix.

Ice buildups of one-quarter to slightly less than a half inch were expected from southeastern Kansas to central Missouri.

Becky Allmeroth, a state maintenance engineer for the Missouri Department of Transportation, said ice is 'the most difficult storm to fight'.

'We are keeping up with the changing conditions, but it is a continual battle,' she said of the department's around-the-clock scrambling to treat the glazed roads. 'The precipitation is coming in waves, and we have to apply more salt.'

Icy roads created dangerous conditions and travel headaches for many people who avoided authorities' pleas to stay indoors except for necessary outings.


Ice Cube

Nature is harsh: Perfectly frozen fox is eerie reminder of that

© Johannes Stehle/picture-alliance/dpa/Associated Press
This poor fox is one of the victims of extreme weather conditions that are gripping vast parts of Germany and Europe.

A hunter in the southern city of Fridingen told the news agency dpa that the fox fell through the thin ice of the Danube river and drowned.

Franz Stehle, who cut the ice block and later put it on display outside his family hotel, said it's not unusual for animals to break through the frozen surface of the river in winter.

He says he's seen a frozen deer and wild boar before.

Icy temperatures have paralysed much of the continent, with more than 20 people killed across Europe.

Via Mashable

Attention

Massive earth crack opens up in Northern Cape, South Africa

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A massive sinkhole has been spotted in the Northern Cape along the R31 between Daniëlskuil and Kuruman.
A massive sinkhole has been spotted in the Northern Cape along the R31 between Daniëlskuil and Kuruman.

The sinkhole is on what appears to be a farm and near the road.

The road between Kuruman and Danielskuil has been closed due to the sinkhole.

Comment: Some other signs of earth 'opening up' in recent times include:


Attention

50-feet wide, 80-foot deep sinkhole closes car dealership in northeast California

© Laura Elliot/The Union
Recent storms have challenged Northern California's five-year drought, but Mother Nature has wreaked havoc on roads and property.

The doors were shuttered on Wednesday and Thursday at Liberty Motors, where a huge sinkhole opened near the parking lot behind the dealership and its former building next door, which was recently sold to Tripp's Auto Body. Liberty Motors and Tripp's resides on top of a culvert that failed. The culvert is a tributary to Little Wolf Creek.

While it hasn't been established for certain that weather is to blame, it also isn't the first to open this week. A sinkhole about 15 feet in diameter opened underneath The Stonehouse in Nevada City on Tuesday.

"The exact cause is something we're still trying to determine, but due to it failing, it's created a sinkhole about 80 to 100 feet deep, probably 60-by-50 at the top, so it's a fairly big hole at this point in time," said Tim Kiser, the public works director for the City of Grass Valley.

"At this time, we're trying to secure the site and remove a couple of trees that are in the hole, and then formulate a plan on what we'll do from there. Right now safety is No. 1; keeping this area safe and preventing any further damage."