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Perthshire, Scotland struck by ninth earthquake in just over a month

Blackford, where many of the earthquakes took place

Blackford, where many of the earthquakes took place
Perthshire continues to be rumbled by a series of seismic activity after two minor earthquakes hit the area within five minutes of each other at the weekend.

Saturday's incidents now make it nine tremor events in the area since the start of September.

The first on Saturday took place at 7.23am, with the epicentre near Gleneagles, measuring a 1.5 magnitude at a depth of five kilometres.

Five minutes later a 1.8 magnitude quake was registered a few miles away at a depth of seven kilometres.

Both tremors were felt by residents in Blackford, but there have been no reports of any damage so far, and were recorded at the nearby British Geological Society (BGS).

Blackford experienced the sixth and seventh tremors in the series on the Sunday prior - the former of which being the biggest recorded in over a decade.

A 2.5 magnitude and smaller 0.8 magnitude quake hit the village in the evening with aftershocks reported in Auchterarder and Aberuthven.

Comment: Last month further south in the UK an English town was hit by a fourth earthquake in two weeks.


Cloud Precipitation

Northern Germany hit with flooding after severe storm

A man wading through the flooding in Lübeck.
© DPA
A man wading through the flooding in Lübeck.
A clean-up is underway on Thursday after severe storms in the northern part of the country.

Water levels rose significantly in coastal areas of Germany due to storms and severe rain on Wednesday.

In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, flooding reached its peak on Wednesday evening. It brought water levels to almost 1.40 metres above normal, said meteorologist Stefan Kreibohm from the weather station at Hiddensee.

In Schleswig-Holstein, the Trave river in Lübeck and the district of Travemünde rose to around 6.26 metres. This resulted in flooding at the Obertrave in the old town of Lübeck and parts of the promenade in Travemünde. According to the Waterways and Shipping Office, the normal water level is five metres.


Boat

3 die in flash floods in Cebu City, Philippines

Search and rescue teams after floods in Cebu City, Philippines, 13 to 14 October 2020.
© Cebu City Government
Search and rescue teams after floods in Cebu City, Philippines, 13 to 14 October 2020.
A tropical depression brought heavy rain caused to parts of the Philippines from 13 to 14 October 2020.

Disaster officials reported at least 2 people died and another was reported missing following floods in Cebu City and surrounding areas. The body of the missing person was found on 15 October. Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CCDRRMO) said:

"After 2 days of searching, our responders have finally retrieved the body of the 16 year old boy when he was taken away from the flash flood last October 13."


Snowflake Cold

Late snow falling in parts of Canterbury, New Zealand - Te Anau wakes to sub-zero temps

Late spring snow up on the Pineapple Track, Dunedin

Late spring snow up on the Pineapple Track, Dunedin
Snow is falling in parts of Canterbury as the South Island plunges back down to sub-zero temperatures as yet another icy blast sweeps up the country.

Snow is coating a number of Canterbury alpine passes and townships including Methven this morning, while further south Te Anau residents have woken to a bitterly cold -4 deg C.

MetService is warning snow is expected to fall to low levels across many parts of the island and even into the central volcanic region of the North Island just days after the country was basking in sun rays, soaking up the summery 20-plus degree warmth.

And the wintry spell is not likely to let up for a few days, with the forecaster warning the coldest temperatures are reserved for tomorrow morning with many centres barely getting out of single digits the entire day.


Sun

Drought depletes Paraguay River, water at lowest level in half a century

Cracked earth of the Paraguay River
© AP Photo/Jorge Saenz
Cracked earth is exposed in the riverbed of the Paraguay River in Chaco-i near Asuncion city, Paraguay, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020.

The Paraguay River has reached its lowest level in half a century after months of extreme drought in the region, exposing the vulnerability of landlocked Paraguay's economy.

Some 85% percent of Paraguay's foreign trade is conducted via the river, which has been depleted because of a lack of rainfall in the Pantanal area of Mato Grosso state in Brazil. The river flows from that area and also runs through Bolivia and Argentina.

The fall in the water level has slowed down cargo vessel traffic on the Paraguay River, causing significant cost overruns for the transport of fuel, fertilizer, food and other imported goods. The crisis has also exposed the precariousness of Paraguay's access to drinking water.

"We have never had a situation as serious as the one we are experiencing now. We are approaching the end of the year, a time when more products must enter," Nery Giménez, president of the Paraguayan Importers Center, told The Associated Press.

Fire

Cameron Peak Fire is now the largest wildfire in Colorado history

Cameron Peak Fire evacuation
© CNN
Airn Hartwig loads a chicken into a cardboard box as she evacuates due to the threat from the Cameron Peak Fire in Masonville, Colorado, on Wednesday.
The Cameron Peak Fire, burning just west of Fort Collins, is now the largest wildfire in Colorado history, Gov. Jared Polis said in a tweet Wednesday night.

The blaze has burned through more than 158,000 acres and is 56% contained, officials said. It was ignited on August 13 and has since been fueled by high winds and dangerous terrain that's worked against firefighters' efforts to battle the flames and increase containment.

It has now surpassed the Pine Gulch Fire, which burned about 139,007 acres earlier this year and the Hayman Fire, which burned through more than 138,000 acres in 2002, according to the US Department of Agriculture.The Cameron Peak Fire also prompted several evacuation orders Wednesday. In a statement posted on Facebook, the Larimer County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday announced there was a mandatory evacuation order for Lory State Park.


Comment: Think 2020's disasters are wild? Worse is yet to come say experts


Attention

"A new phenomenon": Mass marine life die off in ANOTHER location in Russia's Kamchatka region

Kamchatka marine life
© Reuters / Dmitry Sharomov
FILE PHOTO: Dead sea life is washed up on the shore due to unexplained water pollution in Kamchatka region.
Unexplained deaths of sea life are continuing to cause anxiety in Russia's Far East. On Tuesday, fish, octopuses and crabs were filmed washed ashore hundreds of kilometers away from the spot where the alarm was first raised.

A video of the ecological disaster near Ozernovskiy village on Kamchatka's western coast shows dead marine creatures scattered along a 50-meter-wide area of the beach. The peninsula, some 7,000km east of Moscow, is home to one of the earth's most pristine environments.

The footage is similar to clips that came from Avacha Bay on the opposite eastern coast in late September, when numerous marine life washed ashore. By land, the distance between Ozernovskiy and Avacha Bay is around 250 kilometers.

Comment: Phys.org reports that, according to one Russian scientist, this could be caused by a toxic algae bloom:
The mass death of sea creatures in Russia's Kamchatka region was caused by toxins from microalgae rather than man-made pollution, a senior Russian scientist said on Monday, citing preliminary findings of an investigation.

Locals on the volcanic peninsula in the Pacific raised the alarm in September as surfers experienced stinging eyes and sea creatures, including octopuses, seals and sea urchins, were found dead on the shore.

Khalaktyr

A Greenpeace handout photo shows the water near the Khalaktyr beach on the Kamchatka peninsula
Conservation activists had raised concern that the source of the pollution could be a Soviet era storage ground for poisonous chemicals on Kamchatka that might have seeped out into the sea.

"I am sure that we are facing a large-scale phenomenon, but not an uncommon one for Kamchatka, called harmful blooming algae," the vice president of Russia's Academy of Sciences, Andrei Adrianov, told journalists Monday.

He said that water samples showed a "high concentration only of Gymnodinium (microalgae)", which produces "toxins that affect invertebrates".

Adrianov added that the same toxins could have also caused the symptoms experienced by divers and surfers.

Last week, scientists said the pollution had formed a 40-kilometre-long (25-mile) slick which has been moving south towards Japan and the disputed Kuril islands.

Activists of Russia's Greenpeace branch have voiced concern that the "situation is not improving" and dead animals continue washing up on beaches.

Adrianov, on the other hand, said "nature is regenerating itself and very quickly".

Earlier probe results presented by regional authorities said the local bays showed above-permitted levels of phenol and petroleum products. Locals have been warned to avoid the beaches.

Coming just months after a massive oil leak in Siberia, the latest incident sparked a public outcry with a petition calling for an "open investigation" into the events so far garnering over 175,000 signatures.


Notably, while human negligence seems to have been involved in that incident, there was also speculation that permafrost melt could also be partly to blame.


Meanwhile, Russian investigators have launched a criminal probe over the illegal handling of dangerous substances and "pollution of the marine environment".
Algae blooms do appear to be on the rise in recent years: See also: And check out SOTT radio's:


Snowflake

Snowfall in Hungary, including low-lying areas

snow
© Péter Komka/MTI
In Budapest and the countryside it has been raining constantly since the weekend, causing disruptions in public transport, but according to the weather forecasts the first snow of the season has arrived in the North Hungarian Mountains.

According to the National Meteorological Service, it is completely natural during this period that the first snowfall hits the country, especially in the higher-lying, mountainous areas, but they also noted that it had already occurred in flat areas this early in the season.


Cassiopaea

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Is the frequency of our planet changing

Sprite-Halo with Feet
© Frankie Lucena
Sprite-Halo with Feet and a Red Sprite on September 28, 2020 @ Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
So many electric changes are now manifesting visibly in Earth's skies that from this point forward human and animal life will be affected electromagnetically. Red sprites now forming feet, intense red aurora deep into the crack in our magnet field, birds by the thousands smashing into buildings from Philadelphia to NYC. Mars suddenly has clouds, which is only possible if electrical changes are happening in its crust. Signs in the skies.


Comment: Indeed. It seems the electrical nature of our weather, changing atmosphere and weakening magnetosphere is becoming ever more apparent: It looks like we are beginning to observe what the ancients recorded at times of global upheaval/climate shift. See: Symbols of Transition: Shifting sands unveil 'stick man' petroglyphs on Hawaii beach

petroglyphs plasma
© thunderbolts.info



Cloud Precipitation

Australia's Northern Territory hit with highest daily rainfall in 79 years

Seventeen times more rain has fallen in Darwin than the same time last year

Seventeen times more rain has fallen in Darwin than the same time last year
Darwin has recorded its highest daily rainfall for October in 79 years as more than a metre of rain pelted down on the city.

It's given the Northern Territory a flying start to the wet season, with 17 times more rain falling in Darwin than the same time last year, the Bureau of Meteorology says.

"The heavens opened in Darwin," senior meteorologist Sally Cutter said.

"It's been a dramatic contrast to the past two wet seasons, which were much drier."

To 9am on Thursday, 177mm of rain was recorded at Marrara in north Darwin and 136.8 was recorded at Royal Darwin Hospital.

Darwin airport received 113mm of rain.

The previous highest daily rainfall for October was recorded in 1969 with 95.5mm.

Before modern record-keeping began in 1941, a 116.6mm of daily October rain was recorded in 1880 at the Darwin Post Office, an observation past longer used.

Comment: Earlier this year Melbourne, Australia recorded the highest March rainfall since 1929.