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M6.1 earthquake shakes Laos - Thailand border region

Quake on Thai-Lao border
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The red dot shows the location where an earthquake shook the Thai-Lao border.
A strong earthquake shook a border area between northern Thailand and northwestern Laos on Thursday morning, swaying Bangkok high-rises.

Residents in Chiang Mai province felt a long period of shaking but saw no major damage. High-rise buildings swayed slowly for at least half a minute in Bangkok, startling residents.

The US Geological Survey said the 6.1 magnitude quake on Thursday morning was about 10 kilometers below the surface.

It was centered in northwestern Laos, about 31 kilometers from Chaloem Phrakiat district in Nan province.

Moderate quakes of 4.6 and 5.7 magnitude shook the same area overnight.

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Deep magnitude 6.3 earthquake hits the Sea of Okhotsk, Russia

Russia earthquake
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A 6.3-magnitude earthquake jolted 267km NW of Ozernovskiy, Russia at 0826 GMT on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 486.81 km, was initially determined to be at 53.1633 degrees north latitude and 153.6852 degrees east longitude.

Comment: A few hours earlier a shallow earthquake of magnitude 6.3 struck off Mexico's Chiapas.


Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes near parked Emirates plane in Christchurch, New Zealand

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Lightning was seen in the distance, behind the aircraft
An onlooker has captured the moment a lightning bolt struck near a plane parked on the runway at Christchurch Airport in New Zealand.

The scene involving an Airbus A380 was seen at 15:30 (02:30 GMT) by a pilot from Garden City Helicopters.

"The view out our window onto the tarmac today!" the company wrote on Facebook. "The Emirates plane [was] waiting for the storm to pass."

Comment: See also: For insight into just what's occurring on our planet, check out SOTT radio's: Behind the Headlines: Earth changes in an electric universe: Is climate change really man-made?


Arrow Down

Two men boiled alive as sinkhole swallows their car in Penza, Russia

The two men in the Lada are believed to have been killed almost immediately.
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The two men in the Lada are believed to have been killed almost immediately.
Two men have died after the car they were driving filled up with scorching hot water after a sinkhole swallowed them in Russia.

The pair were trapped in the vehicle in Penza and died "almost immediately" when 75C water sprayed the car.

A burst hot water pipe under a car park was seen as the cause of the horror.

Distressing images show the car being pulled out of the sinkhole as hot steam from the opening can be seen rising.


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A mysterious disease is striking American beech trees

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Some researchers believe a nematode native to Asia is causing a deadly disease in American beech trees.
A mysterious disease is starting to kill American beeches, one of eastern North America's most important trees, and has spread rapidly from the Great Lakes to New England. But scientists disagree about what is causing the ailment, dubbed beech leaf disease. Some have recently blamed a tiny leaf-eating worm introduced from Asia, but others are skeptical that's the whole story.

Regardless of their views, researchers say the outbreak deserves attention. "We're dealing with something really unusual," says Lynn Carta, a plant disease specialist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Beltsville, Maryland.

American beech (Fagus grandifolia), whose smooth gray trunks can resemble giant elephant legs, can grow to almost 40 meters tall. It is the fifth most common tree species in southern New England and in New York state — and the single most common tree in Washington, D.C. Its annual nut crop provides food for birds, squirrels, and deer.

Comment: It's notable that the wild Beech trees were already suffering from a fungus. What is even more concerning is that cases where pathogens are affecting life on our planet appear to be on the rise, and that includes everything from trees to frogs to deer to humans. One wonders whether these unusual diseases and epidemics are related to the extremes in weather; solar minimum; the influx of cosmic rays; a decrease in immunity; mutation and adaptation; foreign viruses, and so on:


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Huge waterspout filmed near Dubrovnik, Croatia

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The weather forecast for Dubrovnik for the next two days looks less than promising to say the least. Gale force southerly winds, torrential rain and overcast skies will make sure that locals and tourists will have an umbrella within sight at all times.

Just last week an amazing storm hit the whole Dubrovnik region and one of the extreme weather phenomena was a huge waterspout that appeared between Dubrovnik and Zupa over the Adriatic Sea.

This video of last week's waterspout was sent to us by a reader and shows the sheer height and power of nature. Could we see similar sights over the next two days? The weather conditions would suggest maybe.


Comment: Also pertinent: Record-setting wave recorded in the Adriatic Sea, Croatia


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Shallow earthquake of magnitude 6.3 strikes off Mexico's Chiapas

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An earthquake of magnitude 6.3 struck off Mexico's southern state of Chiapas on Tuesday, the United States Geological Survey said.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage in the earthquake, which the agency said hit at a depth of 26 km (16 miles), and a distance of about 120 km (75 miles) west of the state's Suchiate region.

Earlier, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre monitoring agency had put the quake magnitude at 6.2.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 3 school children in Zimbabwe

Lightning claims over 100 lives every year in Zimbabwe, which holds record for most deaths from single bolt of lightning

Lightning claims over 100 lives every year in Zimbabwe, which holds record for most deaths from single bolt of lightning
Three children were killed by lightning in Goromonzi, Mashonaland East, as heavy rains pounded Zimbabwe on Tuesday.

A herdboy was swept away by a flooded river in Filabusi, and heavy winds blew away roofing sheets at several homes and schools in Matabeleland South.

The three Early Childhood Development (ECD) pupils from Rusike Primary School were heading home when they were struck by lightning, officials said.

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Sparks fly as heavy snowfall downs power lines near Italian ski resort

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Heavy snowfall saw power lines downed in Bruneck, a town in the Italian province of South Tyrol, on November 17. Two meters of snow caused thousands of outages in the region, and made travel almost impossible.

Bruneck native Andreas Auer captured footage showing downed lines sparking into frightening life having fallen onto trees in the area, which is located at the foot of Kronplatz mountain, a skiing hotspot.

Sharing Auer's footage on Facebook, Martin Ausserdorfe, the mayor of nearby market town Sankt Lorenzen, warned that the situation was "dangerous" for locals.

An avalanche caused large snowdrifts and debris to partially engulf the South Tyrol town of Martell on November 17.


Credit: Andreas Auer via Storyful

Snowflake

Early snow threatens corn, soybean harvest in Ottawa district

Sylvain Quenneville farms in Casselman, Ont.,
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Sylvain Quenneville farms in Casselman, Ont.,
Farmers facing formidable challenge with snow blanketing Ottawa-area fields

During a typical autumn, Sylvain Quenneville would be wrapping up his corn harvest at his farm in Casselman, Ont., east of Ottawa, by now.

But this hasn't been a typical autumn.

The area got about 12 centimetres of snow last week, and Quenneville's equipment isn't built to handle it.

"The thresher can't beat snow," he said in French on Sunday. "We have to wait for the snow to melt ... [or it] will just go through the thresher."

Comment: Related: 'Harvest from hell': 2.7 million acres of canola left buried under snow in the Canadian prairies