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6.5-magnitude earthquake strikes off Papua New Guinea

A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hits the Kembe district of Papua New Guinea on Wednesday.

Last Sunday, the US Geological Survey reported that an earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale had hit Papua New Guinea.

The agency said the quake was detected at 21:24 on Saturday, UTC

The epicenter is located 58 km southeast of Kandrian city. Its source is located at a depth of 65 km.

The US Weather Service Alert System did not report a tsunami risk after the earthquake in Papua New Guinea.


Powerful Solar storm has unusually strong impact on Earth, delays SpaceX rocket launch, stalls oil rigs in Canada

© MADS CLAUS RASMUSSEN/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty Images
A strong geomagnetic storm triggered stunning aurora displays but also disrupted satellite launches and oil rig operations.
A powerful solar storm that swept across Earth on Monday (Feb. 27) forced SpaceX to delay a Starlink launch from Florida and temporarily disrupted operations of several Canadian oil rigs as GPS signals were too inaccurate.

SpaceX eventually launched those satellites, the first batch of 21 second-generation Starlink internet spacecraft, at 6:13 p.m. ET (2313 GMT) on Monday after the geomagnetic storm, classified by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as a strong G3 storm subsided. Liftoff occurred about 4.5 hours after the originally scheduled launch time.

SpaceX has been cooperating with NOAA since a mishap in February last year, which saw the company lose a batch of 40 satellites after launching them right into a relatively mild geomagnetic storm.

Comment: It doesn't seem to be a 'mishap', because SpaceX had probably done their homework; what they didn't, and probably couldn't fully account for, is how the atmosphere is clearly changing. Note that it was a 'relatively mild geomagnetic storm', but the impact it had seems to have been much greater than expected; as is the case with the report on this recent storm.

Comment: There have been no mainstream forecasters who have predicted the dramatic changes that we've been witnessing in our skies in recent years, and so we can probably safely assume that they don't really know what's in store; although a few renegade researchers have given us some ideas. But, if recent events are anything to go by, it looks like we'll see for ourselves, soon enough: Also check out SOTT radio's:

Cloud Precipitation

Mozambique - 150,000 displaced, 7 killed as Cyclone Freddy brings flooding rain - 8 inches in 24 hours

Rainfall from Cyclone Freddy in Mozambique
Rainfall from Cyclone Freddy in Mozambique and Zimbabwe, 24 to 27 February 2023.
At least 7 people have died and thousands have been displaced after Tropical Cyclone Freddy made its way across Mozambique.

Prior to reaching Mozambique, the storm caused widespread wind damage and flooding in Madagascar, where authorities reported 7 fatalities, more than 22,000 displaced, around 80,000 affected, and 12,000 houses damaged.

Tropical Cyclone Freddy made landfall in Vilankulo District in the Inhambane Province on 24 February with winds of 95 km/h. Freddy then weakened to a tropical storm with recorded winds of 55km/h. The United Nations said Freddy tracked across seven districts in Inhambane (Funhalouro, Govuro, Inhassoro, Mabote, Massinga, Morrumbene, Vilankulo) and one in Gaza (Chigubo), an area where approximately 873,000 people live.


Solar storm lights up 'best' Aurora Australis in years in New Zealand and Australia

Aurora Australis (The Southern Lights) appeared over New Zealand's skies on 27 February, 2023.
© Ian Griffin
Aurora Australis (The Southern Lights) appeared over New Zealand's skies on 27 February, 2023.
While the North Island deals with the aftermath of Cyclone Gabrielle, a different kind of "incredibly powerful" storm has taken hold of the South.

A recent solar storm has been sending particles our way, sparking stunning aurora at the poles.

"It was a really powerful explosion, and that gas is now interacting with our magnetic field and making it ring and making our atmosphere glow," Otago Museum director Dr Ian Griffin told RNZ on Tuesday.

The Aurora Australis, also known as the Southern Lights, could be seen right across the South Island, he said.

Comment: Breathtaking Northern Lights across UK in rare aurora phenomenon


After stray dog attack, three-year-old girl dies in hospital in Karnataka, India - 3rd such death in Ballari district in 2 months

dog attack
A three-year-old girl, who was critically injured after stray dogs attacked her 23 days ago in Ballari, died at NIMHANS, Bengaluru. She was among 25 people, including seven children, who were attacked by stray dogs in Ballari city on February 3. The deceased, Tayyaba Kizar, was initially admitted to Vijayanagara Institute of Medical Science and was later shifted to NIMHANS. She did not respond to treatment and died.

Tayabba's father Kizar Khan said, "If VIMS authorities had shifted my daughter to NIMHANS earlier, she might have survived."Rudresh SN, Commissioner, Ballari City Municipal Corporation, said, "After the incident, we immediately shifted injured children and adults to VIMS. Three children were serious and were provided treatment in the ICU ward."

Snowflake Cold

Red alert for snow as Storm Juliette hits the island of Mallorca, Spain - temperatures below freezing - 20 inches of snowfall (UPDATE)

It is uncommon that a red alert for severe weather is issued for Mallorca, but red alert there is for snow in the Tramuntana Mountains. The effects of Storm Juliette started to be felt on Sunday night, the met agency Aemet warning of snow of some 40 centimetres over a 24-hour period.

Minimum temperatures fell to -2ºC in Serra d'Alfàbia, -1º in Escorca, 1º in Lluc, 3º in Palma (university area), 3º in Santa Maria and 4º in Porreres.

The snow line is forecast to be as low as 200-300 metres on Monday, and it is possible that there could be snow at sea level, but Aemet says that this is unlikely to settle.

Comment: Update February 28

LBC reports:
Red alert issued as Mallorca hit by 20 inches of snow as Storm Juliette reaches Balearic Islands

The holiday island of Mallorca has been hit by a winter storm that brought with it 20 inches of snow and a rare red weather alert.

A further 15 inches of snow is expected to fall in the next 24 hours as Storm Juliette hit the island.

Spain's weather agency AEMET warned that coastal regions will be battered by 55mph winds and 26ft waves. A red alert has been issued with warnings of 15 more inches of snow on the island's north within 24 hours.

Temperatuers have plummeted to -2C.

The storm has caused power cuts and road closures due to icy conditions and floods.

Locals are being advised to stay indoors until conditions improve.

Mainland Spain has also been affected by the storm with cold weather alerts issued in 30 regions across the county and heavy snow in Barcelona.

Temperatures dropped to -18.6C in Lleida in Catalonia yesterday.


11th dead whale found off New Jersey coast

Another dead whale has been spotted off the New jersey coast, making this 11 dead whale in the area over the last few weeks.

The whale was found floating in the Ambrose Channel. This is a shipping lane for boats that runs between New Jersey and New York.

The cause of the whale's death was not immediately known.

Some groups have claimed that the deaths are related to the development of off shore wind farms. But this claim has not yet been proven.

Comment: Details of some of the others:

Cloud Precipitation

Brazil - 26.8 inches of rain in 24 hours triggers floods and landslides in São Paulo, 65 killed (UPDATES)

Landslide in Lagoinha, Brazil, February 2023.
© Defesa Civil de Ubatuba
Landslide in Lagoinha, Brazil, February 2023.
The governor of São Paulo state in Brazil has declared a state of emergency after torrential rain triggered flooding and landslides in areas of the north coast of the state. Authorities said that as much as 683 mm of rain fell in Bertioga in a 24-hour period to 19 February 2023.

Governor Tarcísio de Freitas declared a state of emergency for the cities of Ubatuba, São Sebastião, Ilhabela, Caraguatatuba and Bertioga on 19 February.

As of 20 February, 36 deaths were confirmed, including 35 in São Sebastião - 31 in Barra do Sahy, two in Juquehy, one in Camburi, one in Boiçucanga - and one in Ubatuba.

Flooding and landslides have damaged homes across the region and 566 people have been displaced or made homeless. Civil Defense has distributed relief supplies in affected areas, including mattresses, blankets and food baskets. Drinking water infrastructure has been severely damaged in São Sebastião, Caraguatatuba and the municipality of Ilhabela. Drinking water is being delivered by tank trucks in areas of São Sebastião.

Dozens of roads have been washed out or blocked, causing severe transport difficulties.

Comment: Update February 23

The Guardian reports:
Search and rescue teams raced to find dozens of people that remained missing after heavy rains devastated coastal areas of Brazil's south-eastern São Paulo state, as the official death toll rose to 48.

"We are currently working with a tally of at least 38 missing people," the São Paulo governor, Tarcísio de Freitas, told reporters on Wednesday, as weather forecasters cautioned more rain was on its way.

The destruction left by a landslide after torrential rain in the Barra do Sahy district of São Sebastiao, São Paulo state.
© Fernando Marron
The destruction left by a landslide after torrential rain in the Barra do Sahy district of São Sebastiao, São Paulo state.
The number of casualties rose from 46 a day earlier, the São Paulo state government said in a statement. Rescue operations were continuing and firefighters, police and volunteers still hoped to find people alive in the rubble of houses slammed by the landslides. 1,730 people have been displaced and 1,810 left homeless, according to the São Paulo state government.

The city of São Sebastiao, located about 200km (124.3 miles) from São Paulo, bore the brunt of the human toll, with 47 of the reported deaths. But nearby towns such as Ilhabela, Caraguatatuba, Bertioga and Ubatuba were also heavily affected.

The state government said more rain was expected on Wednesday as a new cold front favours the formation of heavy clouds over the region, with "moderate to heavy showers" forecast to fall until early evening, after a cloudy morning.
Update February 27

Telesurenglish.net reports:
Death Toll From Brazil Landslides Rises to 65

As of Sunday, the death toll had climbed to 65 a week after heavy rains sparked deadly floods and landslides along the coast of Brazil's Sao Paulo state.

Among the fatal victims were 19 minors, the state government said, adding "the priority continues to be relief for the victims." Army troops, firefighters, volunteers and rescue workers are still digging to recover the bodies of the victims and search for people still missing.

Most of the victims lived in poor neighborhoods in high-risk areas on the slopes of the Sierra de Mar mountain range, near Barra do Sahy, a beach in Sao Sebastiao. Around 2,440 people who lost their homes had to be evacuated due to the risk of new landslides.

On Sunday, coastal roads were reopened after being closed due to landslides and storm damage. However, the highway that links Mogi da Cruzes with Bertioga in Sao Paulo state will remain closed for six months since the rains destroyed its drainage system.

On Feb. 19, the coastal cities of Bertioga, Caraguatatuba, Guaruja, Ilhabela, Sao Sebastiao and Ubatuba saw record pouring rain in Brazil in less than 24 hours.

Sao Sebastiao's beach, one of Brazil's exclusive tourism destinations, was drenched within one day with more than twice the amount of rain usually seen in February.

It is estimated that around 4 million Brazilians live in 14,000 areas which are at risk from natural disasters, according to data from the Regional Development Ministry.


British woman dies in Spain after being attacked by a rescued pit bull

A 67-year-old British ex-pat died at the Hospital de la Fe in Valencia, Spain as she was severely injured after a dog attack.

According to local reports, the dog which was a pit bull had been rescued by the woman from the countryside a few days earlier, when she found him abandoned.

She had then taken the dog to her house in the province of Macastre, according to a statement by officials cited in Heraldo.


Breathtaking Northern Lights across UK in rare aurora phenomenon

Dynamic patterns of glowing green, pink and purple have been spotted by stargazers as far south as Kent and Cornwall.

The natural light display, also known as an aurora, is typically seen in high-latitude regions around the Arctic and Antarctic.

It is formed by a solar flare erupting on the Sun, which releases electrically charged particles that collide with gas molecules in Earth's upper atmosphere.

The interaction emits green and red colours over our poles, meaning in the UK the Northern Lights are often only visible in Scotland and parts of northern England.