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70-year-old woman mauled by monkeys dies in Telangana, India

A seventy-year-old woman has died in southern India after being attacked by a pack of rampaging monkeys while on her way to the bathroom (stock image)

A seventy-year-old woman has died in southern India after being attacked by a pack of rampaging monkeys while on her way to the bathroom (stock image)
A septuagenarian woman in Telangana died after she was attacked by a troop of more than 20 monkeys. The victim, has been identified as 70-year old Chataraboina Narsavva of Ramareddy village in Kamareddy district.

The incident took place while the victim was cleaning utensils at her home on Friday. Local sources said that the victim was all alone at home as her youngest daughter Suguna had gone to attend a wedding function at the time. Despite Narsavva's cries for help, the fear-stricken neighbours made no attempt to go to her rescue. They shut themselves inside their houses until the monkeys fled. The old woman suffered serious injuries on her chest, back and limbs.

It was only after Suguna returned home a little while later that the old woman was taken to hospital.

Narsavva, however, succumbed to her injuries on Saturday while undergoing treatment at the hospital.


6.0-magnitude earthquake rocks southern Philippines

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake jolted the southern Philippines on Tuesday (Mar 7), the US Geological Survey said, but there were no reports of casualties or major damage.

The shallow quake struck at about 2pm local time (0600 GMT), a few kilometres from Maragusan municipality in the mountainous gold-mining province of Davao de Oro on Mindanao island.

Shallow earthquakes tend to cause more harm than deeper ones, but local authorities said there were no reports of major damage.

Cherrylyn Dapiton of the Maragusan disaster office confirmed there had been a landslide near a road, but it had not affected anyone or blocked traffic.

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SOTT Earth Changes Summary - February 2023: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

A devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck southern Turkey and northern Syria on the morning of February 6. A second major earthquake of 7.5 magnitude struck the region 9 hours later, causing further severe damage and destruction of buildings. On February 20, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Hatay, and on February 27, a 5.6 magnitude earthquake centered in Malatya also caused many damaged buildings to collapse and increased the death toll. More than 150 aftershocks were also recorded.

46,000 people in Turkey and 6,0000 in Syria lost their lives, and at least 1.5 million people are now homeless. More than 160,000 buildings have collapsed or been severely damaged. It's hard to know the true number so far, it could be much higher.

The immediate damage is estimated at $34 billion - or about 4% of the country's annual economic output. But the indirect costs of the quake could be much higher, and recovery will be neither easy nor quick.

Just for the record, a prediction model based on the geometry between celestial bodies related to seismic activity (SSGEOS) highlighted a potential major earthquake in central Turkey days before the event above:

This model is still developing, but it seems promising for predicting major earthquake events with reasonable accuracy.

A series of earthquakes also struck Tajikistan, with the largest measured at magnitude 6.8, according to the USGS. The quake was felt strongly across the border in some areas of Kashgar Prefecture and Kizilsu Kyrgyz Autonomous Prefecture in Xinjiang, but no casualties or damage were reported.

A massive late-winter storm moved across the US, dumping record snow, freezing temperatures, and heavy flooding, canceling hundreds of flights, and coating major roads with ice. However, the same system brought record warmth to the South.

Other related significant events in the U.S. this month:
  • Tooele, Utah - 2 feet of snow overnight.
  • Michigan - Snow and ice storm leaves 461,000 without power.
  • Cheyenne, Wyoming - 4 feet of snow and record cold of -19C.
  • Southern California - 6 feet of snow.
And around the world:
  • Iranian Kuhrang, Iran - Record 8.2 feet of snow in 48 hours.
  • Morocco - Record 7.2 feet of snow left 87 villages isolated.
  • Austria - 1.2 feet of snow in 24 hours.
  • Balkans - Heavy snowfall cuts power to thousands.
  • Mayorce, Spain - 20 inches of snow and a sudden drop in temperature.
All this and more in our SOTT Earth Changes Summary for February 2023:


State officials: California's snowfall so far this winter rivals the state's record-setting season

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A home is seen buried in snow on Friday in Twin Bridges, California.
After an incredible series of winter storms, California officials reported Friday the state's snowpack is the largest in decades.

Snowpack in the California Sierra is 177% of normal for this time of year, officials at the Department of Water Resources said. Statewide, snowpack is averaging 190% compared to normal for the date — a significant boost after back-to-back storms.

Snowpack in the Sierra Nevada is critical because it acts as a natural reservoir and accounts for 30% of California's freshwater supply in an average year. The recent record-breaking, three-week deluge helped replenish some of the state's reservoirs, but Shasta Lake — the largest in the state — remains below its historical average.

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Avalanches hit Hokkaido, Japan - one dead

A series of avalanches has occurred in Hokkaido, northern Japan, as sunny weather pushed up temperatures. A backcountry skier has died and another skier has gone missing.

Police received a call at around 11:30 a.m. on Sunday from a family saying one of its members had gone missing while backcountry skiing at Mount Yotei.

Police found a man buried in snow. He was taken to a hospital but died.

Police say an avalanche appears to have occurred at a site where the 35-year-old was found.

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Flooding in far north Queensland, Australia cuts roads as some areas receive a foot of rain

Cedar Road at Palm Cove, north of Cairns,  was in full flood on Monday morning.
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Cedar Road at Palm Cove, north of Cairns, was in full flood on Monday morning.
The wet season deluge continues in Far North Queensland where landslides have closed major roads, with drivers stuck in floodwaters and a flood watch alert in place for hundreds of kilometres of river systems.

Cairns has received more than 200 millimetres of rain since 9am yesterday, while Kuranda, to the west of the city, has received more than 300mm.

Several major far-north roads have been closed due to landslides and fallen trees.

A 60-year-old driver became stuck in floodwaters in the Cairns suburb of Clifton Beach just before 7am, but was able to escape the car before help arrived, according to the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service.

Emergency Management Queensland regional director Wayne Coutts said there had been several jobs this morning, mainly leaking roofs.

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Brazil - Hundreds displaced by floods in Northern Paraná after 6 inches of rain in short period

Floods in Bandeirantes, Parana, Brazil, March
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Floods in Bandeirantes, Parana, Brazil, March 2023.
Dozens of houses were damaged and hundreds of people were displaced after severe flooding swept through the municipality of Bandeirantes in the north of the state of Paraná, Brazil.

Flooding struck in the early house of 05 March 2023 following torrential rainfall. The municipal government reported over 150 mm of rain in a short period. The volume and intensity of the rain caused rivers to break their banks, flooding wide areas of Bandeirantes. Around 250 homes were damaged and over 700 people were displaced. Roads are impassable and schools have been closed. Full damage assessments are yet to be completed.

"We still haven't been able to assess the damage, since we have several damaged bridges which we need to rebuild, and people are isolated," Jaelson Matta, mayor of Bandeirantes said.

Many of those displaced are being housed in local schools and other public buildings. Local authorities are providing food and other relief supplies. The Municipality of Bandeirantes declared a state of emergency late on 05 March.

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New scientific evidence suggests temperatures have been stable in Greenland for 60 years, save for a sudden 1°C jump in 1994

Fascinating new scientific evidence has emerged showing stable temperatures in Greenland for at least 60 years, with just a sudden 1°C jump around 1994.

The recent findings from a group of environmental meteorologists will cast further doubt on the unproven hypothesis that humans have caused recent changes in the Arctic climate. In a highly detailed paper, the scientists show that the climate changes can be attributed to natural variation caused by two significant air currents.

The scientists report a significant jump in Greenland's near-surface air temperatures (T2m) around 1994, with relatively stable temperature in the periods before (1958-93) and after (1994-2020). In a crucial finding, the scientists state: "Large scale atmospheric circulation variability can effectively explain this interdecadal variability of Greenland T2m." These are caused by the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) and the Greenland Blocking Index (GBI). The NAO is caused by latitudinal differences in air pressure, while the GBI is a ridge of northern high pressure that leads to troughing in the jet stream. The correlations of temperatures with movements in the NAO and GBI were found to be "highly significant". Against the background to the sudden 1994 rapid warming, the observed shift in both NAO and GBI was noted to be "critical to the sudden warming in Greenland since the mid-1990s".

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3 German skiers die in avalanche in British Columbia mountains

A group of 9 skiers and a guide were caught in an avalanche near Invermere, B.C. Wednesday. Three people died and four others were injured.

A group of 9 skiers and a guide were caught in an avalanche near Invermere, B.C. Wednesday. Three people died and four others were injured.
Three German tourists from Bavaria are dead, the victims of one of the most dangerous avalanche seasons of recent memory in British Columbia.

The trio were part of a nine-person heli-ski group that took off early Wednesday to explore an area near Panorama Mountain Resort near Invermere, B.C.

The skiers triggered the slide, according to avalanche experts, and despite having avalanche training and a guide on hand, three were unable to get out of it.

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Avalanche at Black Crater, Oregon claims life of backcountry skier

Rescue teams on the scene at Black Crater,
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Rescue teams on the scene at Black Crater, Oregon, where a backcountry skier was killed on Thursday.
On March 2, 2023, The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue unit was dispatched to a report of an avalanche at Black Crater, Oregon. Black Crater is a steep-sided shield volcano in the Cascade Range, located north of the Three Sisters and east of McKenzie Pass.

The reporting party (skier#2) advised Deschutes County 911 he and a friend were skiing in the caldera at Black Crater when an avalanche was triggered. Skier #1 was caught up in the avalanche and no longer visible and possibly injured.

Both skiers were equipped with proper backcountry safety items including avalanche beacons, shovels, helmets, and avalanche probes. The reporting party attempted to locate his friend by utilizing his avalanche beacon and ultimately was successful. Life-saving measures were conducted, however, skier #1 succumbed to his injuries.