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Severe storm strikes Jizan, Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia in the eye of the storm!! A strong wind storm and strong rain hit the city of Bariq, Jizan.


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Yellowstone volcano rocked by 283 earthquakes as USGS probes "ongoing" swarm of tremors

Yellowstone methane
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Stretching over the states of Wyoming, Idaho and Montana, the Yellowstone National Park is one of the US's most seismically active regions. Yellowstone Park is home to the Yellowstone volcano caldera, which has formed during the course of multiple cataclysmic eruptions in the last 3.1 million years. And although there has been no significant volcanism at the park in some 70,000 years, Yellowstone continues to be rocked by thousands of earthquakes every single year.

According to the latest report published by the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory (YVO) branch of the USGS, September was no exception to the rule.


Comment: Except that the quake swarms and other unusual activity around Yellowstone breaks the 'rule'.


Seismograph stations dotted around the park tracked and continue to track some 283 earthquakes in the month of September.

Comment: Taken together, it's beginning to look like USGS doth protest too much, and that may partly be because the Yellowstone threat is greater than previously thought.


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La Palma eruption spits out volcanic bombs, shuts airport again, authorities on high alert

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Smoke rises on the horizon as lava flows from a volcano on the Canary island of La Palma, Spain on Wednesday Oct. 6, 2021. A volcano that has destroyed nearly 1,000 buildings on a Spanish island increased its explosive power, roaring louder and spewing thicker lava flowing out of its main vent. The eruption started on Sept. 19 and has forced the evacuation of over 6,000 residents of the island of La Palma.
The airport on the Spanish island of La Palma shut down again Thursday due to ashfall from a volcano that has been erupting for almost three weeks.

Scientists said the course of the eruption was unpredictable. It settled down in recent days, but the volcano in the Canary Islands continues to spew lava, and 16 earthquakes of up to magnitude 3.5 shook the area over the previous 24 hours, the National Geographic Institute said.

The lava has forced the evacuation of more than 6,000 people and destroyed more than 600 houses. The ash cloud temporarily closed La Palma Airport last month.

Comment: It's looking increasingly likely that this worldwide uptick in seismic and volcanic activity - amongst other extreme weather phenomena - isn't going to abate any time soon. Notably, it reflects the chaos bubbling under the surface on the global societal level: Also check out SOTT radio's:


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Tokyo jolted by 6.1 quake, blackouts but no tsunami warning

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A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.1 jolted Tokyo and surrounding areas late on Thursday, stopping train lines and causing sporadic power cuts, but there were no reports of major damage, Japan's public broadcaster NHK said.

The tremor, at 10:41 p.m. (1341 GMT), registered "strong-5" on Japan's intensity scale, a level that could cause some damage to buildings and power cuts, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The quake had an epicenter in Chiba prefecture, to the east of the capital Tokyo. There was no danger of a tsunami from the quake, accoring to NHK.

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Severe floods hit Querétaro, Mexico for second time in 2 weeks

Flood rescue in San Juan del Río, Querétaro, Mexico October 2021.
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Flood rescue in San Juan del Río, Querétaro, Mexico October 2021.
Flooding in the state of Querétaro, Mexico has left homes damaged and hundreds of people displaced. At least 4 people have lost their lives in what is the second spate of severe flooding in the state in the last 2 weeks.

Flooding began after heavy rain on 01 October 2021. Authorities reported several rivers broke their banks, including the San Juan and Querétaro. High dam levels prompted authorities to open flood gates which has prolonged the flooding in some areas.

As of 04 October, several municipalities in the state were affected, in particular San Juan del Río, El Marqués, Corregidora, Huimilpan, Tequisquiapan and Querétaro, which includes the the state capital Santiago de Querétaro.


Attention

A beluga whale in Puget Sound? Rare visitor from Arctic waters startles boaters in first sighting here since 1940

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In a flash of white out of the blue, a beluga whale has been seen at least six times around Puget Sound since Sunday, the first such sightings since 1940.

It began Oct. 3 with a report from the south end of Fox Island, then another from Point Defiance, and then in Commencement Bay. In the fourth sighting, the whale was reported at West Seattle and on the fifth it was aglow in the waters of the Bremerton Ship Yard, according to Michael Milstein, spokesman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration West Coast Region.

There is no way to know why the whale is far from its home and family in south central Alaska's Cook Inlet, or other populations in the arctic and subarctic waters of the U.S. and Canada.

But there are several possible explanations, said Paul Wade, a research fisheries biologist based at NOAA's Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Sand Point. He leads research on the endangered population of belugas at Cook Inlet.


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Shallow magnitude 5.9 earthquake hits southwestern Pakistan, kills at least 20

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A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck southwestern Pakistan early Thursday, killing at least 20 people and leaving 300 others injured, according to local authorities.

The quake occurred 15 kilometers northeast of Harnai in Balochistan Province at 3:01 a.m. local time at a depth of 9 km, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was followed by a magnitude 4.6 quake in the same area two hours later.

The death toll is feared to rise as people are believed to have been buried under collapsed homes and other buildings. Rescue efforts are reportedly being hampered as roads have become impassable due to landslides.

The Provincial Disaster Management Authority in Balochistan said at least 300 people were brought to hospitals after the quake, including those critically injured.


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Early heavy snowfall in the Alps with up to a foot reported

Passo Stelvio

Passo Stelvio
Ski resorts across the Alps have been reporting heavy snowfall. Glacier areas, including centres that are already open for there 21-22 ski season, have reported up to 30cm (a foot) of snowfall.

Italy's Passo Stelvio is pictured top, it reports 25cm (10″) of fresh snow and is one of eight glacier areas in Austria, Italy and Switzerland already open for the ski season, four more are due to open this coming weekend, along with the first two centres up in Finland, Levi and Ruka. The 21-22 ski season in France is due to start in Tignes the weekend after next.


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Alberta has skipped autumn with snow falling in the province

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Albertans know the weather can get dicey as we slide into October, and one part of the province has already skipped autumn with snow falling in the area.

The white stuff could be seen on the AMA Road Report camera of Highway 43 east of the Alberta/British Columbia border near the hamlet of Demmit in northern Alberta.

The snow should be no surprise for those living in the area, with the forecast for nearby Grande Prairie calling for periods of light rain today but the chance of periods of wet snow this evening near the B.C. border, with snowfall amounts near two centimetres accumulating in the area according to Environment Canada.


Cloud Precipitation

Floods and landslides leave 4 dead in South Sulawesi, Indonesia

Floods in Paser Regency, Indonesia, October 20201.
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Floods in Paser Regency, Indonesia, October 20201.
Four people have lost their lives after landslides and floods struck in South Sulawesi Province of Indonesia. Meanwhile heavy rain has caused flooding and landslides across parts of Kalimantan, Borneo Island, forcing hundreds of people to flee their homes.

South Sulawesi Province

Heavy rains triggered the overflow of the Batusitanduk River, causing flash floods in ​​Luwu Regency, South Sulawesi Province on 03 October 2021. The rain also caused several landslides in the area.

Affected areas include Walenrang, West Walenrang, North Walenrang, East Walenrang, Lemasi and East Lemasi. A total of 169 people were evacuated and over 3,000 affected. Flooding destroyed 5 homes and damaged 771 others. Two houses were severely damaged by landslides. Hundreds of families were isolated across several villages after landslides blocked roads access.

As of 06 October, disaster authorities reported 4 people, all from the same family, had died. A further 20 people were hospitalised.