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SOTT Focus: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - March 2024: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

An X-class flare that split into two simultaneous explosions - known as a sympathetic solar flare, triggered a coronal mass ejection that slammed into Earth, causing the biggest disruption to our planet's magnetic field in more than six years. The last time the Earth experienced such a strong geomagnetic disturbance was in September 2017.

The resulting geomagnetic storm reached severe (G4) status, causing communications disruptions around the world and increasing the potential for major earthquakes.

It's worth noting that this peak in the solar cycle has come earlier than originally predicted, and as solar activity decreases, so do temperatures on Earth.

As we have mentioned many times before, the climate and Earth changes are strongly influenced by solar activity and the electrical interaction between our star and the Earth. And it's interesting to observe that even when the sun is at its peak, we see record snow and low temperatures around the world:

Cloud Precipitation

Perth in Western Australia hit by severe storm causing flooding and chaos

Unprecedented rain has caused havoc in Perth’s northern suburbs with flash flooding leaving people trapped in their cars, homes damaged, and hundreds without power.
© PerthNowUnprecedented rain has caused havoc in Perth’s northern suburbs with flash flooding leaving people trapped in their cars, homes damaged, and hundreds without power.
Perth faced chaos as a severe thunderstorm brought heavy rain and hail, submerging cars and prompting dramatic rescues of drivers trapped in their vehicles.

The storm struck areas like Kingsley, Two Rocks, and Wangara before moving to Pinjar and Yanchep, with more regions expected to be affected by flash flooding.


Dead 30-foot humpback whale found on Long Beach Island in Ocean County, New Jersey

© Marine Mammal Stranding CenterWildlife rescuers on New Jersey's Long Beach Island say a humpback whale was found dead in the surf on Thursday.
Beachgoers were saddened Thursday morning when the body of a 30-foot humpback whale washed ashore. It was found on Long Beach Island in Ocean County.

Brandon Goldner reports the process to determine what happened to this whale.

The Marine Mammal Stranding Center said it received a call around 6:45 a.m. Thursday for a dead humpback whale in the surf along 51st Street in Long Beach Township.

By Thursday afternoon, the MMSC moved the whale from the beach to perform a necropsy. It could take several weeks or months before results are returned.

The situation attracted several curious beachgoers to the area.

Cloud Lightning

Deadly severe weather outbreak slams New Orleans with flash flooding, tornadoes across South - 10 inches of rain in just 7 hours

In Mississippi, one person was killed in Scott County and at least one other was injured in Grenada County in storm-related incidents across the state, emergency managers reported Wednesday afternoon.

A Flash Flood Emergency was issued for the city of New Orleans as part of a deadly severe weather outbreak that caused numerous thunderstorms and even tornadoes across the lower Mississippi Valley and Gulf Coast.

Life-threatening flooding occurred Wednesday afternoon in the New Orleans metro area as several inches of rain drenched the city in just hours, sometimes falling at a rate of 1-3 inches per hour.

Emergency management reported numerous roads and underpasses in and around New Orleans were underwater and impassible from the late morning into the afternoon.

Dramatic videos showed first responders working to block off flooded roads to prevent vehicles from driving on them and getting submerged.


Russia, Kazakhstan evacuate 110,000 people as record floods set to worsen

More than 110,000 people have been forced to evacuate in Russia and Kazakhstan after fast-melting snow swelled the Ural River, Europe's third-longest, causing it to burst its banks and flood cities and towns along its path.

More than 97,000 people were evacuated in Kazakhstan alone, the emergencies ministry said on Wednesday, while at least 12,000 people have been moved to safety in Russia, mainly from the worst-hit Orenburg region.

A spokesperson in the Kazakh ministry said they were monitoring the situation in the Russian city of Orsk and water levels in the Ural River, which flows through Orsk and Kazakhstan, then into the Caspian Sea.

Both countries have been battling the rising waters for more than five days and declared a state of emergency. The Kremlin said the worst of the flooding was still to come in some parts of the Ural and Siberian regions.

Bizarro Earth

Best of the Web: Magnitude 7.4 earthquake strikes Taiwan: 16 killed, over 1,100 injured - Aftershock mag 6.4 (UPDATED)

The island was hit by the strongest tremors in 25 years, its chief seismologist said
Hualien Earthquake
© TVBS / APA partially collapsed building in Hualien, Taiwan on April 3, 2024.
A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck off the eastern coast of Taiwan on Wednesday morning, damaging buildings and triggering a tsunami warning.

The earthquake struck off the coast of Hualien Country at 7:58 am local time and was felt across the island, including its capital Taipei, officials said.

Wu Chien-fu, the head of Central Weather Administration's Seismological Center, said it was the strongest earthquake to hit Taiwan since 1999. Despite its power, no casualties have been immediately reported.

Several tall buildings have partially collapsed. In other regions, the earthquake has triggered landslides.

Comment: Updates

NBC News reports:
A 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck Wednesday off Taiwan, killing nine people, injuring hundreds and collapsing buildings in the island's most powerful tremor in at least 25 years.

The quake happened around 8 a.m. local time (8 p.m. Tuesday ET) at a depth of about 21 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was about 11 miles south-southwest of Hualien City on the island's east coast.

At least nine people died and 882 people were injured, Taiwan's fire department said. Officials said the number of casualties could rise in the coming days.

The earthquake also prompted tsunami warnings that were later lifted in Taiwan, Japan and the Philippines.

Annie Lima, an American who has lived in Taiwan for almost 17 years and arrived in Hualien to visit friends on Tuesday, said she was still feeling aftershocks in the afternoon, hours after the initial quake.

"It was pretty scary," she told NBC News in an interview. "In all the years that I've lived here and in Southern California before that I've felt a lot of earthquakes, but this was by far the strongest and the most frightening."

When things started toppling, Lima said, she and her husband jumped to their feet and ran for the nearest doorway.

"Even there in a doorway on the second floor, we could barely keep our balance, you know, holding both sides of the doorway," she said. "And all around us things were falling off the walls and off shelves, smashing and crashing everywhere."

The damage was concentrated in the eastern Taiwan county of Hualien, near the quake's epicenter, where officials said they were working to free 131 people who were trapped.

Video on social media showed a building in Hualien that appeared to be nine stories tall partially collapsed and left standing at an angle. Another, appearing to have five floors, was similarly situated.
Update April 10

AFP reports:
The toll from a massive earthquake that struck Taiwan last week rose to 16 on Wednesday after three more bodies were recovered on a hiking trail, officials said.

The magnitude 7.4 quake that hit the island on April 3 also left more than 1,100 people injured, with strict building codes and widespread disaster readiness credited with averting an even bigger catastrophe.

Authorities discovered the three victims Wednesday as they worked to retrieve two other bodies buried under the rocks along the Shakadang Trail in eastern Taiwan's Hualien county, the quake's epicenter.

The new fatalities brought the toll from the quake to 16, according to the National Fire Agency. Three people remain missing.
Earthquake Track reported an aftershock of magnitude 6.4 about 13 minutes later.

Arrow Down

Avalanche leaves 3 dead in Austrian Alps

Helicopters and search teams headed to the scene near the village of Vent (file pic)
© FABRIZIO GANDOLFO/SOPAHelicopters and search teams headed to the scene near the village of Vent (file pic)
A major search and rescue operation is under way after an avalanche in the Ötztal Alps in western Austria.

Three people have been killed, and a fourth has been taken to hospital.

Austrian reports describe a snow slide of 180m (600ft) in length and 80m in width close to the village of Vent, not far from the Italian border in the province of Tyrol.

Police say 17 members of a Dutch ski group were in the area at the time, along with four local mountain guides.

Four of the Dutch group were buried by the avalanche, which took place close to the Martin-Busch Hut, at an altitude of 2,500m. Police said two of them had died before they could be rescued.


Signs & portents: Six-legged gazelle spotted in Israel

israel gazelle six legs portent
© Amir Balaban/SPNIA mountain gazelle with a pair of extra legs growing from its back, due to a genetic abnormality, is seen in a photo taken by conservationist Amir Balaban of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI) and shared with media on April 8, 2024.
A rare six-legged mountain gazelle has been spotted in Israel. The male gazelle has an extra pair of legs growing from its back, but wildlife experts say it seems to be managing fine with the extra appendages.

The discovery was made by an Israeli army reservist who, in late March, spotted and then sent a photo of the bizarre looking creature to the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel, or SPNI, an environmental nonprofit organization, after noticing that it had "something strange on its back," according to the group.

Amir Balaban, a conservationist for SPNI, said in a news release shared with CBS News that the six-legged gazelle had "survived a complex litter and survived as a young individual, dealt with many predators that endanger young fawns, matured single and as an adult managed to lead an impressive life in the ."


Hundreds evacuated as Britain hit by more wind, rain and flooding

Mountainous waves lashed Llanfairfechan seafront
Mountainous waves lashed Llanfairfechan seafront
Britain has been hit by more storms, high winds and "unprecedented" flooding on the south coast.

More than 200 people were evacuated from the Medmerry holiday park in West Sussex and areas like Earnley, Littlehampton and Bracklesham after the River Arun burst its banks.

Littlehampton was badly hit with flooding damaging many properties.


First snow falls on Australian ski fields almost 8 weeks ahead of winter

Snow falling on Tuesday at Thredbo.
Snow falling on Tuesday at Thredbo.
The first snow of the year has fallen at Australian ski resorts in NSW and Victoria.

Thredbo and Perisher in NSW as well as Hotham, Mount Baw Baw and Mount Buller in Victoria also all reported a fresh dumping of the white stuff in the past 24 hours.

But there are still another couple of months until the reports open for skiing and snowboarding, with June the month they welcome visitors.

"Someone must've shaken up our snow globe overnight. Winter mode has been well and truly activated," Thredbo bosses posted on social media.

Perisher posted a photo showing they had had a few centimeters of snow.

Further south, Mt Buller confirmed a "dusting", saying it's 60 days until the June long weekend - when the season really kicks off.