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Shallow M6.2 earthquake strikes south of Panama - EMSC

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© Phil McCarten / Reuters
An earthquake of magnitude 6.2 struck south of Panama on Saturday, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said.

The quake was at a depth of 10 kms, according to EMSC.

Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru

Cloud Lightning

Scientists stunned by rare Arctic lightning storms north of Alaska

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© NOAA Handout via REUTERS
Satellite imagery shows lightning strikes occuring above the Arctic regions of Alaska, United States, July 12, 2021.
Meteorologists were stunned this week when three successive thunderstorms swept across the icy Arctic from Siberia to north of Alaska, unleashing lightning bolts in an unusual phenomenon that scientists say will become less rare with global warming.

"Forecasters hadn't seen anything like that before," said Ed Plumb, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Fairbanks, speaking about the storms that started on Saturday.

Typically, the air over the Arctic Ocean, especially when the water is covered with ice, lacks the convective heat needed to generate lightning storms.

Comment: Instead of running to the canard of "global warming", perhaps scientists should be asking why the atmosphere is becoming more conductive to lower strength lightning bolts? And not only on Earth, but on other planets, too.


Bizarro Earth

100 sinkholes in a month: The Croatian village where the land became 'Swiss cheese'

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© Antonio Bronic/Reuters/Alamy
Villagers in north-east Croatia feared their homes might be swallowed when almost 100 enormous sinkholes appeared in a month. Now scientists are trying to understand if the land that is left is safe.

It happened suddenly and without warning. Where there should have been the emerging first shoots of potato seedlings behind the orchard in Nikola Borojević's spacious garden, there was now huge hole. Measuring 30m (98ft) wide and 15m (49ft) deep, it quickly filled with water. And it wasn't the only one.


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Cloud Precipitation

Hundreds injured and more than 1,000 missing in one German district alone, amid severe floods - police (UPDATE: 180+ dead across Europe)

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© Reuters / Wolfgang Rattay
The small rural district of Ahrweiler, in western Germany, seemingly faced the full wrath of the week's severe floods, with the foul weather leaving dozens of people dead, hundreds injured, and scores of homes reduced to rubble.

At least 62 people died in the storm and subsequent flooding, the local police department said on Friday, adding that the grim toll might rise still higher. Located south of Cologne, the district, which has a population of some 130,000, saw the River Ahr burst its banks, bringing devastation to nearby towns and villages.


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Netherlands also hit. From RT:
Southern Netherlands ravaged by floods as thousands evacuated from 'disaster zone' in hard-hit Limburg province

Days of heavy rains have triggered major floods across parts of the Netherlands, with the southern Limburg province declared a disaster area as police, firefighters and even soldiers help thousands of residents to find shelter.

A number of towns and villages along the Meuse and Rur rivers in Limburg were advised to evacuate on Thursday, after water levels reached record highs following the downpour, Reuters reported. The national government deemed the province a disaster zone late on Thursday night, invoking a law which allows victims to be compensated for losses sustained during the floods.

The town of Valkenburg has been among the hardest-hit, with Mayor Daan Prevoo noting that a "river" is flowing through the city "that does not belong there."

Footage captured in Valkenburg showed just that, with massive quantities of murky water seen surging through its streets.



Maastricht, Limburg's provincial capital, is also expected to be inundated with floodwaters, with local authorities warning the town could be partially underwater by Friday night. Some 10,000 residents were evacuated in anticipation.



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UPDATE from RT:
The death toll in Europe shot past 180 on Sunday, while more parts of the continent were hit by disastrous floods caused by heavy rainfall.

At least 155 people were killed in Germany's western Rhineland-Palatinate region and neighboring North Rhine-Westphalia. The military was deployed to help rescue workers save people from rooftops and recover vehicles trapped in the floodwater.

Another 27 died in Belgium, where around 11,000 families were left without power in the Liege area. In Wallonia, some 20 villages were left without drinking water and rail infrastructure was damaged.

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By Sunday, the disaster hit Bavaria and Saxony, where city streets were flooded and around 130 people were evacuated. "The emergency calls are constantly coming in," a police spokesperson in Rosenheim told German media.

Railway giant Deutsche Bahn said that rail service between Bad Schandau and Decin, a town in the Czech Republic, has been disrupted. Rail traffic between Dresden and Prague was also affected.

In Switzerland, Lake Zurich broke its banks, and there are fears that lakes Lucerne, Biel and Thun will follow suit.

The water reached Hallein, a town near Salzburg in Austria on Saturday, after the river Kothbach burst its banks.





Cloud Lightning

Heavy rainfall in parts of Mumbai, local trains hit, flooded roads, big jams - up to 5.5 inches of rain in 5 hours

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Heavy rains lashed parts of Mumbai and its suburbs for several hours late yesterday night and early this morning, leading to flooded roads and some delays to local trains. Waterlogging was reported from several places, including Gandhi Market area, Hindmata junction and Dahisar subway.

Waterlogging was also reported from the Sion, Bandra, Andheri and Santacruz areas of Mumbai.

Visuals from news agency ANI showed waterlogged tracks at Sion Railway Station, where hundreds of passengers are sheltered in platforms - an unwelcome sight during the pandemic.

Mumbai city recorded 55.3 mm rain between 4 am and 9 am, officials said, adding that the eastern suburbs recorded 135 mm and the western 140.5 mm, respectively.


Attention

Death toll exceeds 150 as Germany and Belgium hit by devastating floods

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Stranded residents in Liege, Belgium's third-largest city
The death toll from catastrophic floods in western Germany and Belgium has risen to more than 150, local authorities have said, as emergency services continued their search for hundreds still missing.

The German president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, said he was "stunned" by the devastation caused by the flooding and pledged support to the families of those killed and to cities and towns facing significant damage.

"In the hour of need, our country stands together," Steinmeier said on Friday afternoon. "It's important that we show solidarity for those from whom the flood has taken everything."


Comment: Indeed it is not abstract, which is why their barmy narrative for what is happening, and why it is happening, has almost no bearing on reality.

The role humanity plays in this planetary/cosmic 'weather system' lies in the power of its 'collective psychic state', which, you may have noticed, was placed in dire straits a year ago when global totalitarianism was instituted... by national governments on behalf of some as-yet-undisclosed One World Government. In general, when humanity suffers, extreme weather events increase.

So compounding that suffering with more planet-saving strictures placed on humanity... will only accelerate extreme weather events.


Cloud Lightning

34% rise in lightning strikes across India in 2020-21 over previous years, leaving 1,697 dead

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The number and frequency of lightning strikes is increasing globally. The proverbial bolts from the blue are killing more people every subsequent year. Between April 2020 and March 2021, 18.5 million lightning strikes were recorded in India. This was a 34 per cent increase from the 13.8 million strikes between April 2019 and March 2020.

These statistics were shared at a webinar on lightning strikes here today, organised by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) and Down To Earth magazine. The webinar attempted to understand why lightning strikes were increasing in numbers, and their connection to climate change and growing urbanisation.

Some of the states that have been at the receiving end of these strikes are Punjab, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Puducherry, Himachal Pradesh and West Bengal. In Punjab, the increase in number of lightning strikes has been a staggering 331 per cent annually, while in Bihar — where 401 people lost their lives to lightning strikes during the year — there was a 168 per cent rise. Overall, 1,697 people were struck down dead by lightning in India between March 2020 and April 2021.

(Read more here)

Cloud Precipitation

Rivers overflow in western region of Uganda, lake floods in northern region

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Rivers have overflowed in Western Region of Uganda, flooding wide areas of Kasese District. Meanwhile rising levels of Lake Kyoga has caused hundreds of households to evacuate in Northern Region.

Kasese District, Western Region

NDTV in Uganda reported at least 30 villages have been affected in Kasese District. Homes, livelihoods, crops and roads have all suffered damage. At least 3 people were rescued from raging flood waters of the Nyamwamba river. Police have warned locals not to cross the river until water levels decrease.

One person died in flooding from the Nyamwamba river in May this year.


Black Cat

Tiger kills two bikers in Uttar Pradesh, India - third survives the night by climbing tree

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Two men were killed and the third had a narrow escape when a tiger attacked the bike-borne trio travelling on a link road that passes through the Pilibhit forest reserve in UP. The 23-year-old survivor had managed to climb a tree nearby and spent the entire night there even as the big cat made several failed attempts to strike at him.

Vikas (who only uses his first name) gathered the courage to come down from the tree only after he saw local residents pass by the next morning. "We informed police and forest department after we saw the man, terrified and barely able to speak. A bike was lying nearby and next to it was a body. There were claw marks on the tree that saved the man's life," said Rajendra Prasad, a local resident.

The attack occurred on Sunday night when Kandhai Lal (35) was returning along with his nephew Sonu Kumar (22) and his friend Vikas after meeting his in-laws in Jalalpur village in Shahjahanpur.

According to the forest department, the men were in an inebriated state and were warned by the forest guard about tiger movement in the area along the 10km long link road. "Movement of three tigers had been recorded by our staff in this particular beat of the forest and the victims were cautioned as well but they ignored the warning," deputy director of Pilibhit Tiger Reserve Naveen Khandelwal told TOI.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills two in Udayapur, Nepal

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Two people have died after being struck by lightning strikes in Udayapur district.

The deceased have been identified as two women - Lalita Sada and Phul Kumari Sada - of Musahar Tole of Triyuga municipality.

Lighting struck them to death while they were working in a field, said District Police Office, Udayapur.

Critically injured Lalita and Phulkumari breathed their last in the course of treatment at Udayapur District Hospital.