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Magnitude 6.4 earthquake strikes off southern Philippines, felt in central Indonesia

Philippines earthquake
According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, the earthquake struck off Davao Occidental province in the southern Philippines at 10.02am local time on Sunday (Sept 29).
A revised 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck off Davao Occidental province in the southern Philippines on Sunday morning (Sept 29) and was felt in North Sulawesi province in central Indonesia.

The quake hit near the border of the two countries, said Mr Widyatmoko, an official in charge at the Indonesian meteorology and geophysics agency told the Xinhua news agency.

"The quake (was) centred in the Philippine territory but it is situated near the border of Indonesia and the Philippines," he said.

There was no potential for a tsunami, Indonesia's meteorology and geophysics agency said after the quake.

The agency had initially put the quake's magnitude at 6.7.

Indonesia is vulnerable to earthquakes, as it lies on a quake-impacted zone called the "Pacific Ring of Fire."

Last Thursday, Indonesia's eastern province of Ambon was hit by a 6.5-magnitude quake, leaving at least 30 people dead, 156 others wounded and massive infrastructure damage, according to the national disaster management agency.


Pit bulls suspected as dead man with wounds to his face found in Port Elizabeth, South Africa

The body of a 48-year-old man was found with multiple dog bites in Port Elizabeth on Friday morning.

Police spokesperson Capt Sandra Janse van Rensburg said the man was found in Armstrong Street, Malabar, around 7am.

"At this stage circumstances surrounding the attack and subsequent death is unclear. However, while police were still processing the crime scene, they followed up on information of a woman washing dogs in Malabar, not far from the crime scene."

She said police called in the animal anti-cruelty league to remove three pitbulls pending the investigation.

A postmortem will be conducted to confirm the cause of death.

Red Flag

Hiding the hottest month on record

climate cartoon
NASA temperature records used to show March, 1878 as the hottest month on record around the world. There was a global heatwave and drought which killed fifty million people that year. NASA has since made the heat of 1878 disappear, and removed all of the hot weather prior to 1880. And the Australian Bureau of Meteorology has done even worse.

Cloud Precipitation

Pune, India: At least 56 people dead after 'unprecedented' monsoon rains

monsoon damage
© Reuters / Jignesh Mistry
Damaged vehicles are seen following heavy rains in Pune, India, September 26, 2019.
At least 59 people have been killed this week alone after an "unprecedented" level of monsoon downpours in northern India, according to an official.

Most of the fatalities were caused by house collapses, lightning strikes and by drowning in heavy floods in the state of Uttar Pradesh. At least five people were killed by snake bites in flooded areas, said Sandhaya Kureel, a spokeswoman of the Disaster Management and Relief Department.

The temple city of Varanasi was battered by 19 centimeters (seven inches) of rain on Thursday and Friday. While nearly 3,000 people were moved to higher ground due to flooding in Pune city and neighboring areas in what the Maharashtra state chief minister called an "unprecedented storm".


Sundog phenomena seen in the skies of Malta

Sundog over Malta
© Victoria Massalha
Anyone looking up at the sky on Tuesday, just before sunset, would have seen something strange - two suns.

In a rare phenomenon, that seems to have gone unnoticed by many, Malta experienced what is known as a sundog, or mock sun. Victoria Massalha was one of the lucky ones who spotted it while driving home in the Mizieb area.

"I was looking up at the sky on my way home and thought: look, there's a rainbow in the sun," she said.

Ms Massalha managed to take photos and a video of the rare sight and shared them with our readers for all to enjoy.

Blue Planet

Ocean Stupidification

There has been a tremendous burst of propaganda this week about the oceans during the UN climate meeting. Yesterday I discussed the fake claims about sea level, and in this video I discuss the fake claims about ocean acidification.


A 'historic' winter storm will blast the northern Rockies this weekend

US snow forecast
© The Weather Channel
Up to 50 inches of snow are expected to fall in Western Montana, while winter storm watches have been issued in eastern Washington, the Idaho panhandle and northwestern Wyoming
It's the very beginning of fall and the northern Rocky Mountains are bracing for a significant winter storm that could pummel the mountains with feet of snow and blizzard conditions this weekend.

"This has the potential to be a historically significant early-season snow event," the National Weather Service in Great Falls, Montana, said.A cold front with strong winds and near-record cold air will move through Idaho and Montana on Friday. It will be followed by another low-pressure system that will stall over the region Friday night through Sunday.

With unseasonably cold air already in place, wet, heavy snow is likely from the valleys to the mountain tops.The forecast for this storm looks eerily similar to a storm that struck Montana in 1934. That storm produced prolific amounts of snow in late September over North Central Montana.

This weekend, a few inches to feet of snow could fall across the region. The impacts will start tonight along the Continental Divide.

By Monday, the mountains will have storm totals being measured in feet. Areas near Glacier National park will see two to three feet of snow.Snow won't start to accumulate in most of the valleys until Saturday night.

Since this is an early season storm and the ground is still warm, most of the first snow to fall will likely melt. In some lower elevations, it may not even accumulate.


Stolen Childhood

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg recently dropped out of school and traveled to the UN in a multi-million dollar yacht - to tell them her childhood had been stolen. She hopes to get the Nobel Prize for this.

In this short video, I look at the children whose lives are actually being stolen by the global warming scam, and who the beneficiaries are.


Two people injured in Colorado elk attack captured on video

elk attack
Two people were injured when a male elk attacked a woman in Estes Park, Colorado, a state parks official said.

Video showed a woman thrown to the ground and poked with the bull elk's antlers, said Jason Clay, a spokesman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The Thursday morning attack took place near the town's visitors center.

"She miraculously came out unharmed," Clay said. "She had some scrapes. She was not transported and did not require medical attention."

A man who is seen on video jumping out of the way slipped and hit his head on a rock but did not make contact with the wild animal, Clay said. The unidentified man was hospitalized in unknown condition.

Bizarro Earth

Section of Mont Blanc's Planpincieux glacier on verge of collapse - Italy declares emergency

planpincieux glacier collapse mont blanc
© The Sun
The glacier on the mountain range's south side is sliding up to 60cm a day, threatening to dump 245,000 tonnes of ice on the surrounding area.
Tourists are not allowed near the Grandes Jorasses mountain citing the impending collapse of 250,000 cubic meters of ice. The issue was brought up by Italy's Prime Minister at UN General Assembly debate.

Italy's authorities ordered the closure of roads and the evacuation of huts on its side of Mont Blanc, saying the Planpincieux glacier at Grandes Jorasses mountain is about to collapse, CNN reported Wednesday.

According to the report, a slab of some 250,000 cubic meters of ice is about to break off the rest of the glacier, as the ice moves at a speed of 50 to 60 centimeters each day.