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Greece-Turkey earthquake: Huge 7.0-magnitude tremor felt across both countries

The quake shook Izmir, on Turkey's Aegean Sea
© Mehmet Emin Menguarslan / Anadolu Agency
The quake shook Izmir, on Turkey's Aegean Sea coast.
A major 7.0-magnitude earthquake has rattled Greece's Dodecanese Islands, the US Geological Survey (USGC) has said, with the tremor felt miles away in the capital of Athens.

Initial estimates by the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) put the magnitude of the earthquake, which struck north of the eastern island of Samos at around 11:50 GMT, at 6.7.

There were no immediate reports of casualties on Friday but video footage on social media showed buildings in the Turkish city of İzmir had been seriously damaged.


Attention

Scientists estimate only 366 right whales remain on Earth

North Atlantic right whale
© RIGHT WHALE RESEARCH
North Atlantic right whale
Federal scientists are adjusting their estimate of how many endangered North Atlantic right whales are left on the planet down to 366 as of Jan. 2019. That's a loss of 46 whales since the previous January.

And conservation groups say that since Jan. 2019, scientists have documented 11 more right whale fatalities. The whales are being killed by ship strikes and entanglements with fishing gear.

Federal regulators are expected soon to propose new rules for the Northeast lobster fishery that will aim to avert the animal's extinction. But Maine's lobster industry is resisting new regulations that could endanger safety and revenues.

Conservation groups are suing the feds for quicker action under the Endangered Species Act and other laws.

Doberman

Pit bull terrier kills deaf and mute boy in Cape Town, South Africa

PIT BULL ATTACK
A deaf and mute boy unable to call for help has reportedly been mauled to death by a neighbour's dog.

Luqmaan Jardien, 3, was alone in his Cape Town home with his neighbour's dog when the tragedy unfolded.

The three-year-old South African, born to deaf and mute parents, had reportedly been dragged into the garden by the animal when the incident was first spotted by a neighbour.

"I looked out the bathroom window and I saw Luqmaan lying there and the dog was busy biting him in the neck," said the neighbour, who asked not to be identified.

She alerted Luqmaan's uncle, who then rushed to the boy's aid.

Comment: View in addition the end of this report for a listing of the exceptional number of fatalities caused by dog attacks across the world so far in 2020.


Snowflake Cold

Over the past 7 days, the United States broke 3,782 low temperature records vs just the 518 max

Man walking in snow

Between Oct 20 and Oct 26, the United States set 3,434 new DAILY low temp records (vs the 517 max), 234 new MONTHLY low temp records (vs just the 1 max), as well as 114 ALL-TIME low temp records (vs the big fat 0 max).


For decades it has been hammered into us that extreme cold events and severe snowstorms will be "a thing of the past", that a steadily warming world will see the back of recording breaking lows and all time heavy snows.

But now, after an undeniable increase in Arctic outbreaks over recent years, some members of the AGW party have felt the need to "tweak" the narrative.

In an affront to all logic and reasoned thinking, a catastrophically warming world now also means regular outbreaks of severe polar cold.

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Bizarro Earth

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Ocean current disrupted Arctic Basin not freezing

Arctic Ocean
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
The Arctic Ocean has not refrozen in October the first time in "recorded history". The new incredible fast moving current that is blocking water circulation is coming from the Gakkel Ridge where the Earth's crust has split and water in the planet's crust is pouring out like a pressurized aquifer, disrupting the Murman and Spitzbergen Currents in the Laptev and Kara Seas.


Snowflake

Silver Star Mountain resort in British Columbia has already recorded 32.4 inches of snow for the coming season

SilverStar has accumulated 82.5 cm of snow as of Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2020.
© SilverStar Mountain Resort
SilverStar has accumulated 82.5 cm of snow as of Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2020.
The resort has accumulated 82.5 cm of snow so far this year, one month before opening day

SilverStar Mountain Resort's winter season is still a month away, but the snow must not have gotten the memo.

The mountain has accumulated a base of 82.5 centimetres so far this year, media relations manager Chantelle Deacon said Tuesday, Oct. 27.

The resort's ski season is scheduled to begin on Dec. 4, with Nordic trails to open on Nov. 28. It's a later start to the winter season than usual, but the resort says the plan is to help skiers and snowboarders stay physically distanced with more lifts running on opening day.

Cloud Lightning

463 have died in natural disasters across Nepal since April

The landslide that hit Lidi village in Sindhupalchowk district.

The landslide that hit Lidi village in Sindhupalchowk district.
A total of 463 people have been killed and 101 others are missing due to floods, landslides, and lightning across the country since April this year.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority, landslides have claimed the lives of 295 people.

Similarly, 65 people have died due to lightning, 42 due to floods, 21 due to snake bites, 15 due to incessant rains, 13 due to fire, and 12 due to animal attacks.

According to Authority, 64 people are missing due to landslides and 37 due to floods.

During the period, 803 people were injured, and property worth over Rs 797.5 million was damaged.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills four-year-old girl on beach in Rio das Ostras, Brazil

lightning

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A four-year-old girl died this Wednesday afternoon after being hit by lightning, while walking with his grandmother and older sister, on a beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Brazilian website G1 says that the child was still admitted to the hospital, but ended up not resisting the injuries.

"I was parking when the lightning struck and the car shook. People started saying that it had hit a boy, but he was fine. When I approached I saw that it had also hit a girl. I even tried to help with techniques I learned in my youth. Grandma also tried to revive her while praying and asking 'go back to grandmother'. The help came as quickly as possible ", said Julio Morenato, who watched the moment.

As confirmed by this witness to the publication, a man was also struck by the same lightning bolt in the leg.


Hardhat

World's largest hail record may be challenged by exceptionally large 8+ inches hailstones that hit Tripoli, Libya on Oct 27

Giant hailstones. Photos reported by Saad Aldeen Hmouda

Riesige Hagelkörner. Fotos von Saad Aldeen Hmouda
The capital of Libya, Tripoli has been hit by an unprecedented severe supercell storm on Tuesday, Oct 27th, 2020. The storm produced exceptionally large, *giant* hail, possibly more than 8 inches (20 cm) in diameter. The first reports indicate that hailstones could be one of the largest ever recorded on Earth!

Such hail size would definitely fit into the world's Top 3 giant hailstone events reported globally. Besides the Vivian (south Dakota) hailstorm from 2010 and the so-called 'gargantuan' hailstorm in Argentina in 2018.


Attention

Mt. Sinabung in Indonesia erupts again, spews 2,000-meter-high volcanic ash clouds

Photo taken on Oct. 29, 2020 shows Mount Sinabung spewing volcanic materials at Tiga Pancur village in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia.
© Xinhua/Anto Sembiring
Photo taken on Oct. 29, 2020 shows Mount Sinabung spewing volcanic materials at Tiga Pancur village in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia.
Mount Sinabung in Karo, North Sumatra, erupted again on Thursday morning, this time shooting hot volcanic ash 2,000 meters into the air while spewing a 1,500-m-high ash column that affected a number of areas in the regency.

The eruption occurred at around 7:52 a.m. local time and followed an eruption on Sunday in which the volcano ejected hot ash clouds but not an ash column.

"This is the first time this month that the volcano erupted hot clouds together with volcanic ash," Mt. Sinabung observation team member Armen Saputra told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.