Earth ChangesS


Blue Planet

Alaska's pristine waterways are mysteriously turning orange, coincides with increased snowfall

Kutuk River
© Ken Hill/National Park ServiceKutuk River, Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska.
Some of Alaska's clear, icy blue waterways are turning a startling rust orange - so intense it's visible from Earth's orbit.

"The stained rivers are so big we can see them from space," says University of California (UC) Davis environmental toxicologist Brett Poulin. "These have to be stained a lot to pick them up from space."

After first noticing the problem in 2018 from river banks and fly-overs, National Park Service ecologist Jon O'Donnell, Poulin and their colleagues used satellite imagery and public reports to identify over 75 remote streams recently tainted this unusual orange color, across almost 1,000 kilometers (1,610 miles) of Alaska's Brooks Range.

Comment: Volcanic activity in and around Alaska may be increasing, and, in turn, it's possible that so is geothermal activity - as also seems to be the case elsewhere on the planet:



Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 2 women in Lagos, Nigeria

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Two women were tragically killed after being struck by lightning in a sorrowful incident during Friday's rainfall in FESTAC, Lagos State.

Naija News reports that the state police spokesperson, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the deaths, noting that the lightning strike was instantaneous and fatal, also sparking a fire.

The victims, who were residing in a makeshift shelter constructed under high-voltage power lines, were identified only as residents of the area.

"Lightning struck, electrocuting them instantly and causing a fire outbreak," Hundeyin explained.

The police have reiterated warnings against the dangers of living or seeking shelter under high-tension cables, especially during adverse weather conditions.

Seismograph

6.3 magnitude earthquake strikes Vanuatu

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A 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck Vanuatu on Saturday (May 25), according to the United States Geological Survey.

The natural disaster was centered in Port-Vila at a depth of 32.1 kilometers (about 52 miles). The USGS said there were 11 reports of residents having felt the earthquake at the time of publication on Saturday.

The Vanuatu earthquake was reported hours after a 5.1-magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea on Friday (May 24), according to the United States Geological Survey. The natural disaster was centered at a depth of 32.1 kilometers (about 20 miles).

The Papua New Guinea earthquake was reported hours after a 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck the Southwest Indian Ridge on Thursday (May 23), according to the United States Geological Survey. The natural disaster was centered at a depth of 10 kilometers (about 6.21 miles).

Cloud Precipitation

Hail and flooding in different parts of Türkiye

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Heavy downpours with large hail throughout Turkey.

Floods occurred in cities such as Balıkesir, Bursa, Adana, Istanbul, Edirne and Çorum.


Volcano

Suoh volcano eruption in Indonesia update - New eruption, 3 powerful explosions occur

Phreatic eruption from Suoh volcano
© PVMBGPhreatic eruption from Suoh volcano on 24 May
Without warning, a series of 3 powerful explosions occurred this morning, sending tens of thousands of rock and mud into the air. This occurred at one of Sumatra's most dangerous volcanoes known as Suoh. What occurred was a cluster of phreatic eruptions, which this video will explain how they formed and the general geologic setting in Indonesia.

Note: The thumbnail of today's video shows the 2018 eruption of Kilauea in Hawaii and not the 2024 eruption of Suoh in Indonesia. The reason for this is I was unable to find a high enough resolution image to use for a thumbnail for Suoh, and decided to find an image which might somewhat closely match the appearance of its second explosion.


Doberman

3-year-old child mauled to death by stray dogs in Maharashtra, India

Stray dogs attacked a minor in Nagpur on Tuesday resulting in his death
© PTIStray dogs attacked a minor in Nagpur on Tuesday resulting in his death.
A three-year-old child was mauled to death by stray dogs in Maharatra's Nagpur on Tuesday, May 21.

The incident took place in the city's Mauda area when the child stepped out of the home when his mother was busy with household work.

As he stepped out, a pack of stray dogs attacked him, in which he sustained grievous injuries, his father said while speaking to the media.

According to eyewitnesses, the dogs attacked the child's neck and pinned him, biting his legs and hands.

Shahane was then released from the dogs' clutches by the neighbours and rushed to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries during treatment.

Earlier, in a similar incident, another five-year-old child was mauled to death by stray dogs in a rural area of Nagpur in 2022.

Five-year-old had gone for a morning walk with his elder sister when he was attacked by stray dogs.

Tornado1

2 killed, buildings damaged after tornado hits Toluca, Mexico

At least two people died after a tornado appeared in Toluca, State of Mexico, and left chaos, knocking down trees, poles, roof sheets and a fence.
At least two people died after a tornado appeared in Toluca, State of Mexico, and left chaos, knocking down trees, poles, roof sheets and a fence.
Local media report that the damage caused by the storm took place in the northern area of ​​the Mexican capital.

Through social networks they spread images about how the tornado appeared.

Specialist determined that it was a "non-supercell tornado."

The two victims were a couple who were trying to take shelter from the rain next to a fence, but it ended up fatally collapsing on them.


Cloud Precipitation

Heavy floods after severe hailstorm in Puebla, Mexico on May 24

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Heavy floods after a severe hail storm in city of Puebla, Mexico (25.05.2024)


Question

Hundreds of dead sea lion pups washing ashore over 2 weeks in California

Hundreds of dead sea lion pups have washed ashore along the California coast in recent weeks, baffling researchers.
© Patrick RobinsonHundreds of dead sea lion pups have washed ashore along the California coast in recent weeks, baffling researchers.
Hundreds of dead sea lion pups have washed ashore along the California coast, and researchers are scrambling to understand why.

The phenomenon began about two weeks ago, Daniel Costa, a professor at UC Santa Cruz, told SFGATE over the phone.

"It's concerning," he said. "We've never seen anything like this."


The mystery appears to be widespread: Researchers have discovered dead pups on San Miguel Island along the Central Coast, while one of Costa's graduate students, George Colaco, counted nearly 300 deceased pups on Año Nuevo Island, off the coast near Santa Cruz. Normally, 800 pups are born on the rocky swath of land each year.


Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes during Metallica concert in Munich, Germany

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Lighting provided an extraordinary backdrop for a Metallica concert in Munich on Friday, 24 May.

The US heavy metal band were performing at the German city's Olympiastadion as part of their M72 world tour.

Footage posted on X/Twitter by @SunsetGirlJane captured the moment lightning struck as the band began playing "Master of Puppets" from the 1986 album of the same name.

"A thunderstorm happened and it made for the coolest f***ing intro of all time," the X/Twitter user said.