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Spain wildfire: More towns evacuated on Costa del Sol as soldiers deployed

The wildfire has been raging since Wednesday

The wildfire has been raging since Wednesday
Two more towns have been evacuated and soldiers are being deployed as a wildfire continues to burn on Spain's Costa del Sol.

The battle is being made more difficult by "complicated terrain and the virulent behaviour of the fire", officials said.

The blaze - in a mountainous area above the resort of Estepona, popular with British tourists - has killed one emergency worker since it started on Wednesday.

Cloud Precipitation

2 killed in floods as Storm Conson dumps up to 908mm of rain on Vietnam

Storm Conson brought heavy rainfall to Vietnam from 10 September 2021.
Storm Conson brought heavy rainfall to Vietnam from 10 September 2021.
Storm Conson brought torrential rain to parts of Vietnam from 10 September, triggering flash floods which resulted in 2 fatalities and hundreds of homes damaged.

According to figures from the Vietnam Disaster Management Authority (VDMA), in a period from 10 to early 13 September, Storm Conson dumped 908 mm of rain in Binh Tan, Quang Ngai Province. During the same period Tra Hiep in Quang Ngai recorded 807 mm of rain; Thuong Lo in Thua Thien Hue saw 772 mm; Tam Tra in Quang Nam saw 772mm; and Tra Kot in Quang Nam recorded 685 mm.

VDMA said the worst of the flooding was in Quang Ngai, where 775 houses were damaged. Flooding also affected Quang Tri (10 houses damaged), Kon Tum (07 houses), Gia Lai (03 houses). Around 750 people from 215 households were evacuated from low-lying areas in Tra Bong, Ba To and Binh Son districts in Quang Ngai province. Over 8,000 hectares of rice and crops were flooded or damaged.


Argentina shaken by 6.2 magnitude earthquake

map quake
SAN ANTONIO DE LOS COBRES, Argentina- According to the U.S. Geological Survey, Argentina was shaken by an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 early Monday.

The quake also impacted nearby countries such as Bolivia, Chile, and Paraguay.

Preliminary data reveals the quake was occurred at a depth of about 180 km, and its strength may have been tempered by its depth below the surface, which makes it feel weaker in absolute terms.

Experts say the quake was likely felt by many in the area but probably did not cause any injuries, deaths, or significant damage.

Cloud Lightning

17 cattle killed by lightning bolt in Odisha, India

As many as 17 cattle were killed while the three persons grazing them had a narrow escape after a lightning strike at Sudhakhunta village under Telerai gram panchayat in Kalimela block of Malkangiri district.

Reportedly, Erma Kabasi, Shanti Kabasi, and Rama Madkami of the village were returning home from a nearby hill after grazing the cattle yesterday evening when lightning fell on them.

As a result, around 17 cattle were killed and the three fell unconscious. After regaining their senses, they rushed to the village and informed their family members and villagers about the incident.

Immediately, villagers rushed to the spot and found the cattle, including nine cows and eight bulls, dead. Four more cows were also found missing.


Eruption at Popocatepetl Volcano, Mexico on September 11

Eruption at Popocatepetl
The same plume from three different cameras. Popo gearing up. Thank you to Webcamsdemexico! https://www.youtube.com/user/webcamsd...


Severe flooding hits Guizhou in southwest China


Zunrong Highway partly closes due to severe flooding in Zunyi.


Drought, frost takes a massive toll on coffee crops in Brazil


Coffee plants destroyed by frost during extremely low temperatures
It's a typical weekday afternoon at Red Emma's coffee shop in Baltimore, Maryland. A handful of people sit chatting over wooden tables in the large open dining area.

Behind the counter, barista Najee Haynes-Follins makes an iced Americano at the machine. She's a member of the worker's co-op that owns and runs the coffee shop, restaurant and bookstore.

"What do I love about coffee?" Haynes-Follins asked. "I have ADHD, so stimulants are useful to me and so if I'm gonna focus in the morning, I'm usually drinking a cup of coffee in order to keep me a little bit in line."

She said Red Emma's coffee prices have stayed roughly the same recently. But that it might not be for long, due to a major glitch in the global coffee supply. Brazil, the world's largest coffee exporter, was hit by unprecedented extreme weather that seriously damaged coffee crops — which may ultimately drive up the cost of coffee around the world.

In late July, southern Brazil was hit by uncommon freezing temperatures. Snow blanketed many hillsides. In coffee-growing regions, frost covered the fields. In one video shared online, a farm worker inspects coffee plants that have been devastated by the frost in the state of Minas Gerais. The leaves are dead and brown. The coffee beans are black and encased in ice.

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rain and floods throw life out of gear in Amritsar, India

An inundated road outside the Shaheed Madan Lal Dhingra Inter-State Bus Terminal in Amritsar on Friday
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An inundated road outside the Shaheed Madan Lal Dhingra Inter-State Bus Terminal in Amritsar on Friday
Rain for around six hours on Friday not just left the entire holy city flooded, but also exposed monsoon-ready claims of the Amritsar Municipal Corporation. Irked residents raised questions on crores of rupees spent in the name of desilting.

Not just low-lying areas, the Heritage Street, Katra Jaimal Singh, Katra Ahluwalia, Outer Ring Road, GT Road, BRTS lanes, bus stand, Mall Road, MM Malvia Road, Majitha Road, Batala Road, Mall Road, Putlighar, Khalsa Collage lane, SSSS Chowk and several areas of the walled city remained inundated.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills 14 in northwest Pakistan

Representative image of a lighting strike.
© Petr Hykš
Representative image of a lighting strike.
At least 14 people, including women and children, were killed as lightning struck three homes in a remote village of northwest Pakistan on Sunday.

Violent rains, coupled with lightning and thunder, began on Saturday night and continued till the early hours of Sunday, destroying the three mud houses in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province's Torghar village, officials said.

These mountainous districts under Hazara Division are usually prone to mudslides and rain-related incidents during the monsoon months.

Comment: On the same day lightning strikes killed 3 in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.


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

landslide mexico
© AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo
Boulders that plunged from a mountainside rests among homes in Tlalnepantla, on the outskirts of Mexico City, when a mountain gave way on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. A section of mountain on the outskirts of Mexico City gave way Friday, plunging rocks the size of small homes onto a densely populated neighborhood and leaving at least one person dead and 10 others missing.
A section of mountain on the outskirts of Mexico City gave way Friday, plunging rocks the size of small homes onto a densely populated neighborhood and leaving at least one person dead and 10 others missing.

Firefighters scaled a three-story pile of rocks that appeared to be resting on houses in Tlalnepantla, which is part of Mexico state. The state surrounds the capital on three sides.

As rescuers climbed the immense pile of debris, they occasionally raised their fists in the air, the familiar signal for silence to listen for people trapped below. Firefighters and volunteers formed bucket brigades to pass 5-gallon containers of smaller debris away as they excavated.

Comment: The quake mentioned above, that happened on September 7th, coincided with the anniversary of another large quake, an M8.2, that happened on the exact same date back in 2017. On September 19th 2017, just 12 days later, another large M7.1 struck, and that coincided with the anniversary of a particularly destructive M8 quake that hit back in 1985; and that citizens remember well, with sorrow and dread. And so, understandably, residents are particularly nervous about this coming anniversary, on September 19th, and whether this apparent pattern of these quakes will prove true:
  • September 19, 1985 M8.0
  • September 7, 2017. M8.2
  • September 19, 2017. M7.1
  • September 7, 2021. M7.1
See also: For more on why there may be some truth to residents fears that there really is a pattern emerging with these quakes, check out SOTT radio's: