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Strong magnitude 6 earthquake hits off Greek island of Karpathos

Tremors were felt for hundreds of miles after a strong earthquake hit the coast of Greece.

A magnitude 6 earthquake hit the eastern Mediterranean off the Greek island of Karpathos on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey reported.

The tremor was felt on the islands of Crete, Santorini and Rhodes, Greek State TV said.

It was also felt as far as Turkey, Egypt, Syria and Israel, experts said.


Municipality of Uberlândia in Brazil floods after 35 mm of rain in 30 minutes, roads turn into rivers

The rain that fell this Sunday afternoon (17) in Uberlândia caused flooding, falling trees and an infiltration caused the opening of a store at the Center Shopping.

According to the Fire Department, the Central region was the most affected with 35.2 mm of rain accumulated in about 30 minutes. Last Friday (15), Inmet issued a new storm alert for the Triângulo and Alto Paranaíba regions.

Avenida Rondon Pacheco, at the height of Bairro Santa Maria, was flooded and some cars were dragged by the flood. The pressure of the current came to form waves, but still people took risks in the middle of the current.

In Bairro Umuarama there was a record of hailstorms, as well as in Bairro Marta Helena, which also registered a windstorm.

Cloud Lightning

2 killed, 3 injured by lightning strike in Himachal Pradesh, India

Two people were killed and three others sustained serious injuries when they were hit by lightning here on Sunday, police said.

The incident occurred in Behrha village under Khairighat area of the district, they said.

SHO of Khairighat Police Station Rajkumar Singh said some villagers were grazing cattle when it started raining. They took shelter under a mango tree and were struck by lightning.

The five injured were taken to a health centre where Santosh Kumar (45) and Chandan (30) were declared dead by the doctors, he said.

The other three were referred to Bahraich Medical College, he added.

Cloud Precipitation

2 adults, 4 children missing after flash flood in New Taipei City, Taiwan

Search and rescue operations are continuing Sunday morning after a group of adults and students attending a nature camp were swept away by a flash flood in Shuangxi District, New Taipei City, Saturday afternoon.

New Taipei City Fire Department received reports that a group of students and teachers had been swept away by a sudden surge of water in a stream on the Hubao Pond Trail at 4:38 pm.

A group of 31 people taking part in a nature camp were hiking on the Hubao Pond Trail when heavy rain began to fall at around 4:00 pm. The group of 16 adults and 15 children and teens turned back to return to the carpark. Five adults and four children had made it safely across the Beishi River by crossing on a slit dam when the water level suddenly rose.

Cloud Precipitation

Thailand hit with new flooding amid heavy rains

A woman wades through floodwaters in Nakhon Rachasima province, northeastern of Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Oct. 18, 2021.
© AP/Apimook Svanperthan
A woman wades through floodwaters in Nakhon Rachasima province, northeastern of Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Oct. 18, 2021.
Heavy rains in central and northeastern Thailand caused new flooding on Monday, with authorities forced to release water into an already swollen river after a reservoir reached full capacity, and others facing the same possibility. (Oct. 18)

Snowflake Cold

Wintry weather hits Finland with 48cm (19 inches) of snow recorded in Lapland - "Unusual amount of snow in the current forecasts for October" - Meteorologist

At Kolari, along the border with Sweden
© Lehtikuva
At Kolari, along the border with Sweden, roads were snowy and slippery already on Friday.
The autumn holiday for Finnish schoolchildren may seem more like a winter vacation with subzero temperatures in Lapland and snow making an appearance in central parts of the country.

There are sunny skies in the forecast for the early part of the autumn holiday week, but as of Wednesday, a powerful low-pressure front is likely to bring a change to the weather.

In most parts of Finland, schoolchildren are enjoying a week's break from classes but in some areas, many will be dressing for winter weather.

The week is expected to be a real mixed bag, kicking off with mostly sunny skies around the country, then on to rain, sleet and snow, and nighttime temperatures below freezing even in southern areas.

Cloud Precipitation

The island of Corfu, Greece in "state of emergency" after storm causes extensive destruction

The island of Corfu was declared in "state of emergency" late on Thursday after torrential rains flooded homes and businesses, destroyed infrastructure, agriculture and live stock thus endangering human lives. 69 people in total had to be evacuated with boats or helicopters as they were trapped in the floods.

Many villages in central and south Corfu are without electricity on Friday morning, in some areas the water supply has been cut, too.

Roads were turned into rivers, stone bridges collapsed, streams and rivers swell, and many vehicles were swept away from the rushing waters when stormy weather front Ballos struck the island.

Comment: Elsewhere on the same day in the country: Heavy rainfall floods streets in Athens and Thessaloniki, Greece - 10 inches of rain in a few hours turns roads into rivers


Waterspouts filmed over Lake Erie

This waterspout sighting took place Sunday in Euclid.
© La Shunda Wells Lewis via Facebook
This waterspout sighting took place Sunday in Euclid.
The National Weather Service has issued a special marine warning following reports of waterspouts forming over Lake Erie on Sunday.

Waterspouts can easily overturn boats and create hazardous waters.

Some of the waterspouts were caught on camera. Check out these photos and videos posted to social media.


'Rare,' ominous tornado-like waterspout stuns locals in Cienfuegos, Cuba

Waterspout Was Seen off the Coast of Cienfuegos in Cuba

The waterspout seen off the coast of Cienfuegos in Cuba.
A "rare" and dangerous tornado-like waterspout has hit in a bay on the south coast of Cuba.

The sinister looking meteorological event saw the spout descend from dark, ominous clouds at around 5pm on Saturday Cuba time, close to the city of Cienfuegos.

News agency Reuters reported that the long lasting and huge waterspout was a "rare" occurrence. Indeed, very few are usually seen around Cuba. However, at least three such waterspouts have now been reported in and around Cienfuegos Bay over the last four months.

Ice Cube

Boris Johnson op-ed from 2013: "It's snowing, and it really feels like the start of a mini ice age"

"The Sun is god!" cried JMW Turner as he died, and plenty of other people have thought there was much in his analysis. The Aztecs agreed, and so did the pharaohs of Egypt. We are an arrogant lot these days, and we tend to underestimate the importance of our governor and creator. We forget that we were once just a clod of cooled-down solar dust; we forget that without the Sun there would have been no photosynthesis, no hydrocarbons - and that it was the great celestial orb that effectively called life into being on Earth. In so far as we are able to heat our homes or turn on our computers or drive to work it is thanks to the unlocking of energy from the Sun.
As a species, we human beings have become so blind with conceit and self-love that we genuinely believe that the fate of the planet is in our hands - when the reality is that everything, or almost everything, depends on the behaviour and caprice of the gigantic thermonuclear fireball around which we revolve.

I say all this because I am sitting here staring through the window at the flowerpot and the bashed-up barbecue, and I am starting to think this series of winters is not a coincidence. The snow on the flowerpot, since I have been staring, has got about an inch thicker. The barbecue is all but invisible. By my calculations, this is now the fifth year in a row that we have had an unusual amount of snow; and by unusual I mean snow of a kind that I don't remember from my childhood: snow that comes one day, and then sticks around for a couple of days, followed by more.

Comment: Eight year later, Boris is Prime Minister, Piers Corbyn is in and out of jail for protesting the regime's enforcement of globalist diktats on 'Covid countermeasures', and the British government is at the forefront of 'achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2030' (or whenever). And BoJo apparently now believes 'mankind is higher than our creator', going by his recent speech at the UN General Assembly on how 'we' must reduce 'the temperature of the planet by 1.5C NOW!'

Et tu, Boris?