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2 fishermen killed in lightning strike in West Bengal, India

Representative image of a lighting strike.
© Petr Hykš
Representative image of a lighting strike.
Two girls from Dum Dum died after being electrocuted while in a separate incident two fishermen from Mahishadal died after being struck by lightning when they went to Rupnarayan river.

The two girls have been identified as Shreya Banik (12) and Anushka Nandi (13) touched an electric pole at the Bandhabnagar area of Dum Dum when they were playing there. Both of them were declared brought dead at RG Kar Medical College.

Meanwhile, a heavy rainfall alert has been issued for some of the south Bengal districts in the next 24 hours. "An orange alert has been issued in some of the south Bengal districts which will bring more rainfall. Another low pressure trough is expected to form over east central Bay of Bengal on Saturday which may further bring rainfall in different parts of the state in the next week as well. The low pressure will advance towards west to north west and finally reach the Odisha coast. As a result all the south Bengal districts will receive it in the next week as well," a weather official said.

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Two killed by lightning strike in Uganda

Representative image of a lighting strike.
© Petr Hykš
Representative image of a lighting strike.
Two people died on the spot after they were struck by lightning in Kinaba sub county, Kanungu District.

Kigezi region police spokesperson, Mr Elly Maate said Wednesday that Edidiya Turyayebwa, 42, and Diyana Kajowa, 31, both residents of Omunsyokwe village were struck dead Tuesday afternoon while in the garden preparing for the planting season. Four of their colleagues were left nursing wounds.

"The injured who include Flora Nyinakiiza, 40, and her three children; Susan Ayebazibwe, 16, Friday Akandwanaho, 5, and Blessings Karungi were taken to the nearby health facility while bodies of the deceased were handed over to relatives for burial," he said.

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Over 400 livestock killed by lightning bolt in Kashmir

Representative image of a lighting strike.
© Petr Hykš
Representative image of a lighting strike.
Two members of a nomadic family were injured while over 400 goats and sheep died when the lightning struck the upper reaches of Naranag in Kangan area of Ganderbal district Tuesday night, officials said.

Some nomadic families had camped at Laman Naranag area on their way back home from the seasonal pastures in the higher reaches when the lightening struck them.

An official said that the injured family members were brought to Trauma Hospital Kangan for treatment.

He said that both were stable and had sustained minor injuries.

Cloud Lightning

2 killed by lightning strike in Uttar Pradesh, India

Two persons, both farmers, were killed in lightning strike in Bareilly district on Wednesday evening.

The incident was reported from Bichuriya village. Karan Singh and Sher Singh were sowing seeds in a field when it started raining. But they continued working, and were struck by lightning. They died on the spot.

Their bodies were sent for post-mortem examination by police and the district administration has announced compensation for their families under the state disaster relief funds.

Bhamora's SHO Vikram Singh said, "The victims were the sole earning members of their families and were good friends. Family has been assured of compensation under the relevant schemes by the district administration."

Cloud Precipitation

Severe storm and strong winds hit Oman

Severe rain storm and strong winds hit Nizwa and Ibri! Sultanate of Oman.

Black Cat

7 fatal tiger attacks in one month in a district of Maharashtra, India

An unprecedented spate of fatal tiger attacks in a forest range of Gadchiroli district has struck terror in 18 villages in the region.

A sub-adult tiger, aged just about two years, is suspected to have killed seven persons, all men, in the Porla range within a month. Such a spate of attacks is unprecedented, say wildlife officials.

Officials, however, have confirmed that only four of the attacks are by the two-year-old tiger. They are still unsure about whether the other three victims, too, had died due to an attack by this tiger.

The earlier known instances of attacks by Pandharkawda tigers Avni, which was shot dead in 2018, and Rajura tiger RT1, were spread over one-and-a-half years.

Gadchiroli Conservator of Forest Ashok Mankar told The Indian Express, "A two-year old tiger, who was separated from its mother a couple of months ago, has killed at least four persons, beginning August 15. We have the camera trap evidence for the same."


Australia in for weekend cold front after late heavy snow falls - up to 11 inches in 36 hours

Snowfall of 15-20cm was seen in major snowfield resorts including Perisher

Snowfall of 15-20cm was seen in major snowfield resorts including Perisher
A polar blast which brought heavy snow and temperatures as low as -8C to NSW and Victoria during the past 24 hours is set to be followed by another arctic cold front this weekend.

In NSW, Tamworth dropped to -2.6C this morning, its coldest September morning in nine years, while the Thredbo top station was -4.2C only a day after it measured -8C.

At Victoria's Mt Baw Baw, which is currently 2C, some 28cm of snow has fallen in the past 36 hours.

Weatherzone's Joel Pippard said the polar blast had frozen large part of NSW and Victoria.

A polar blast is when cold air comes straight from Antarctica in the south and does not have time to warm up.


Amidst erupting lockdown protests, strongest earthquake on record strikes Melbourne, Australia

Emergency workers survey damage in Melbourne, Australia, where debris is scattered after part of a wall fell from a building
© James Ross
Emergency workers survey damage in Melbourne, Australia, where debris is scattered after part of a wall fell from a building
The state of Victoria, Australia, was shaken by its biggest onshore earthquake in recorded history on 22 September. Some buildings were damaged but no one was seriously hurt.

The magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck at 9:15am local time, according to Geoscience Australia. The epicentre was in the Alpine National Park about 120 kilometres east of Melbourne, at a shallow depth of around 10 kilometres.

People in Melbourne, who are currently in a covid-19 lockdown, reported feeling the ground shake for 15 to 20 seconds. Tremors were also felt in Canberra, just over 300 kilometres north-east of the epicentre.

A small number of buildings in Melbourne partially collapsed and power outages occurred in some parts of the city, but no major damage or serious injuries have been reported.

Comment: The timing of this unusually strong earthquake is notable because, after many months of increasingly oppressive lockdown restrictions, just a few days ago Australia saw an eruption of protests ignited by the enforcement of vaccine mandates: Melbourne police fire pepper balls at thousands of protesters amidst growing discontent over vaccine mandates & endless lockdowns

The pattern of significant phenomena such as earthquakes, record rainfalls, meteor fireball events, and so on, amidst peaks of societal upheaval is becoming ever more apparent.

To further illustrate the point: about 15 days ago there was a significant M7.1 earthquake in Mexico that just happened to be the anniversary of an even larger M8.2 that rocked the country on the same date in 2017. In the run-up to the day many Mexicans reported feeling anxiety that a similarly large and devastating quake might occur; thankfully for them, the quake was not as destructive. A similar sequence was noted with the M8.0 quake on September 19th 1985 which was echoed in an M7.1 on the same date in 2017:

Rocks the size of small houses break off during landslide near Mexico City, 1 dead, 10 missing

For more on Earth Changes and the Human-Cosmic Connection, check out SOTT radio's: As well as Pierre Lescaudron and Laura Knight-Jadczyk's book the subject: Earth Changes and the Human-Cosmic Connection


Magnitude 6.5 earthquake strikes near coast of Nicaragua

A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck near the coast of Nicaragua on Wednesday, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said.

The quake was at a depth of 40 kilometers (24.85 miles).

The U.S. Tsunami Warning System said there was no tsunami warning after the earthquake.

(Reporting by Juby Babu in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)

Source: Reuters

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 8 cows on central Maine farm

A single bolt of lightning killed eight of John Fortin's beef cows on Saturday.
© John Fortin John Fortin was wrapping up a
A single bolt of lightning killed eight of John Fortin's beef cows on Saturday.
John Fortin was wrapping up a day of haying on his family beef farm on Saturday evening and happy he had beat the rainstorm.

Then he got a call from his neighbor telling him lightning had just struck a tree where eight of Fortin's cows had taken shelter from the rain. All eight had been electrocuted and were dead.

Those eight heifers represent 10 percent of the Fortin Farm's Angus 80-animal beef herd. The loss is a huge economic and emotional blow to the farm in Winslow that has been in the Fortin family for four generations.

"That storm rolled in around 5:30 and only lasted maybe an hour, but there was a lot of lightning close by," Fortin said. "My neighbor calls and says, 'Hey, lightning just hit the big pine tree on top of the hill and I have dead cows over here.'"