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Shallow magnitude 6.0 earthquake strikes northeastern Taiwan, leaves one dead

An elderly woman in New Taipei apparently died after a magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck northeastern Taiwan at 5:28 a.m. Thursday, according to the city's fire department.

The earthquake, with its epicenter at sea about 36.5 kilometers southeast of Yilan County Hall at a depth of 22.5 km, also caused delays to five south-bound trains operated by Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp., affecting 2,500 passengers.

Shortly after the temblor, President Tsai Ing-wen activated the emergency response mechanism set up after she took office in 2016.

After receiving briefings from the National Security Council, Tsai posted a message on her Facebook and other social media platforms reassuring the public that no major damage or casualties had been reported as a result of the earthquake.

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Evacuations after floods and landslides hit Lombardy, Italy - 4 inches of rain in 2 hours

Floods and landslides in Casargo, Lombardy Italy, 06 August 2019.
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Floods and landslides in Casargo, Lombardy Italy, 06 August 2019.
A landslide and flooding has forced 146 residents and tourists to evacuate homes and hotels in the commune of Casargo, Lecco Province in the Lombardy Region of Italy.

Heavy rain in the region triggered the landslide and flooding of the Varrone river on 06 August, 2019. Local media described an avalanche of debris and mud that has left homes, roads and vehicles damaged. The SP 67 road was completely blocked for some time.

Antonio Leonardo Pasquini, mayor of Casargo, said there were no fatalities. However the material damages are severe and the mayor has called for the government to declare a state of disaster.

According to ARPA Lombardia, the region's weather and environment agency, the weather station at Premana, about 2 km north east of Casargo, recorded 176mm of rain in 48 hours to 07 August, with 105mm of that total falling in around 2 hours during the evening of 06 August.

Comment: See also: Hundreds evacuated near Lake Como after landslide triggered by heavy rain hits Italian town


Volcano erupts near Tokyo for the first time in 4 years

Screengrab captured by Jiji Press from a Japan Meteorological Agency surveillance camera on Aug 7, 2019 showing an eruption of Mount Asama in central Japan.
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Screengrab captured by Jiji Press from a Japan Meteorological Agency surveillance camera on Aug 7, 2019 showing an eruption of Mount Asama in central Japan.
A volcano near Tokyo erupted for the first time in four years, throwing ash and smoke nearly 2km into the sky and sparking warnings not to approach the mountain.

Mount Asama, about 140km northwest of the Japanese capital, exploded overnight and prompted the national meteorological agency to raise its alert level to three out of five, meaning people should avoid the crater.

The agency warned that large rocks and fast-moving flows of hot gas could affect a radius of 4km from the crater and that nearby towns could be hit by smaller rocks and ash depending on prevailing winds.


Taiwan braces for typhoon hours after M5.9 earthquake strikes

Keelung, Taiwan
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A bird's eye general view of the port of Keelung, where wind and rain warnings have been issued.
A powerful typhoon will hit Taiwan later on Thursday (Aug 8), bringing the risk of landslides and high seas, weather forecasters said, hours after a 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck the island.

Typhoon Lekima, categorised at the strongest typhoon level by Taiwan's weather bureau, was expected to approach off the island's northeastern coast late on Thursday.

It was moving across the ocean in a north-northwesterly direction at 15kmh, weather officials said.

Lekima was carrying maximum winds of 227kmh, as it approaches Taiwan, the weather bureau said.

The bureau issued wind and rain warnings for greater Taipei, the northern port city of Keelung and other northern counties. It also put out a warning to seafarers off the south and east coasts.

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Hundreds evacuated near Lake Como after landslide triggered by heavy rain hits Italian town

Overturned cars in Casargo, Italy
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Overturned cars in Casargo, Italy
About 200 people have been evacuated after a landslide cascaded through an Italian mountain town, overturning cars in its path, firefighters said.

Images released by the firefighters show the chaos wrought by the mud that came down the steep streets in the town of Casargo, above Lake Como in the northern Lombardy region.

The landslide was triggered by heavy rain on Tuesday evening.

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Bangladesh floods to slash 400,000 tonnes from rice harvest

Houses flooded
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Floods have washed away crops in Bangladesh that would have yielded nearly 400,000 tonnes of rice, according to estimates from the agriculture ministry.

This could be a major blow to the South Asian country, which has historically relied on imports to cope with shortages caused by natural disasters such as floods or drought.

The nation's farmers, though, have recently been struggling to secure fair prices for their produce amid a surplus of the grain, with no overseas deals in sight since the country lifted an export ban in May to support the market.

The flooding triggered by heavy monsoon rains has killed at least 108 people and affected more than 6 million people in Bangladesh and damaged other crops, mostly in the northern region.

Comment: Erratic seasons and extreme weather devastating crops around the world

Crop and cattle losses are on the rise everywhere, whether it is due to extensive drought, massive hail, epic flooding, huge dust storms, unexpected frosts, and even epidemics.


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African swine flu in China
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Workers in protective suits are seen at a checkpoint near a farm where African swine fever was detected in Hebei province, China on February 26, 2019.
Chinese duck farmers become millionaires as 50%+ of China's pig population is culled at the same time Beijing forbids any state owned enterprises from importing USA agricultural products. This presents a problem as Russia curtails exports, French and Bulgarian corn decreased and China itself loses 35%+ of its corn crop, so with the USA being a major exporter to China, where is the food going to come from??? Unless excuses are being generated on both sides to distract from the largest crop losses in almost a century.

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Comment: Food prices across the planet are already rising because of the increasingly erratic seasons and extreme weather events, animal pandemics could result in a catastrophe for our food supply:

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SOTT Earth Changes Summary - July 2019: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

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More than 200 people died and thousands were displaced as an unusually heavy monsoon season brought flooding and landslides leaving devastation across India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Torrential rains also triggered unprecedented floods and landslides in southeast China, displacing 77,000 people and affecting more than 20 million.

North America had its share of heavy rain too, leaving Washington and Pittsburgh swamped, and engulfing New Orleans turning streets into rivers that swept away dozens of cars and forced many to paddle their way in kayaks.

The heat wave that affected some parts of Europe, was overshadowed by violent storms, flash-flooding and mudslides throughout the region; including Spain, Romania, France, and Austria - but this was just a day in the park for Italy. Severe weather in the country brought apocalyptic hailstorms, flash floods that swept away cars like toys, and winds so fierce they uprooted large trees leaving behind all sorts of devastation.

Several intense earthquakes took thousands by surprise around the world this month, a 5.7 Mag in Iran, 6.6 Mag in Western Australia, 7.3 Mag in eastern Indonesia, a 5.3 Mag in the capital of Greece... but the most significant ones took place in southern California; a 6.3 Mag, considered the most intense in decades, only to be eclipsed by a 7.1 Mag earthquake the following day and raising fears of 'the big one'.

All that, and more, in this month's SOTT Earth Changes Summary...

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57 people dead, 18,000 hospitalized due to Japan's unrelenting heatwave

Japan heatwave
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Visitors walk under a water mist to cool themselves in the scorching heat at a zoo in Tokyo on Tuesday.
Fifty-seven people died due to heat-related medical issues in Japan over the week starting July 29, the government said Tuesday, with the number of those taken to hospitals more than tripling from the previous week's 5,664 to 18,347.

The weekly figure of those sent to hospitals was the second highest since tallies began in 2008, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency.

Of the 18,347 people, 729 had severe symptoms requiring more than three weeks of treatment as an inpatient, while 6,548 had less serious issues needing shorter stays. Those aged 65 and older accounted for 54.3 percent of the total.

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Video captures spectacular upward lightning display at Guatemala's Volcan de Agua

upward lightning was spotted at Guatemala’s Volcan de Agua
© Alyssa Barrundia
The upward lightning was spotted at Guatemala’s Volcan de Agua
Upward lightning shooting from the top of a mountain has been captured on camera by an amateur photographer.

Alyssa Barrundia, a missionary living in Guatemala, captured the spectacle at Volcan de Agua in the south of the Central American country on Friday.

Ms Barrundia said it was the second time in the past few weeks the striking spectacle had occurred at the volcano, but the first time she had witnessed it personally.

"It was quite spectacular," she told PA.