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Town evacuated as dam threatens to collapse following heavy rains in Toddbrook, UK

Whaley Bridge dam
© Reuters
The clay under the slipway has been undermined
Thousands of people are being evacuated from a town because part of a reservoir wall has collapsed in floods.

Engineers are pumping water from the 300-million-gallon Toddbrook Reservoir amid fears it could burst and swamp Whaley Bridge in Derbyshire.

Police have told the town's 6,500 residents to gather at a school, taking pets and medication with them.

A severe flood warning, which means a threat to life, has been issued for the River Goyt, below the reservoir.

Comment: Thousands evacuated after more floods in Amur and Irkutsk, Russia


6.8 earthquake strikes central Chile, interrupting speech by President Sebastian Pinera

map quake
A 6.8 magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of Chile around 2:30 pm local time on Thursday. The epicenter was at the depth of about 10 kilometers, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

The tremors were strong enough to be felt in the capital Santiago, some 167 kilometers to the northeast.

Footage on social media showed light fixtures and furniture swaying in apartments.

No tsunami warning was issued, and there were no reports of damage or casualties.


Up to 20 inches of snow dumped on ski slopes in New Zealand

Strong winds and snow drifts forced Mt Dobson skifield to close its access road on Thursday.

Strong winds and snow drifts forced Mt Dobson skifield to close its access road on Thursday.
It was a "frustrating" morning for Mt Dobson ski field on Thursday after the excitement of 40 centimetres of snow in 36 hours was dampened by strong winds and snow drifts forced the closure of its access road.

"I felt so bad because we did that Facebook post yesterday [saying the snow had arrived] and so many people were sending messages saying 'I'm invoking my powder clause and taking the day off work'," sales and marketing manager Mike Smith said.

"It's defeated us today but that's just life in the mountains unfortunately."


Volcano filmed erupting on the northern Kurile Islands, Russia

During our pilot expedition to the northern Kurile Islands, we observed the volcano during 16-20 and 26-27 July 2019: Ebeko's northern crater was very active, almost constantly degassing and producing ash-rich eruptions at irregular intervals of typically few hours.

About half of them consisted in small to moderate, but passive ash venting, while the others were explosions that generated ash plumes of typically 1-2 km height and drifting / slowly dissipating rather long distances (few tens of km) mostly towards the NW.

Snowflake Cold

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Unusual global cold - Is anybody noticing?

Minnesota record cold
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)

With global media focused on a wildfires that occur in Siberia every year, few are putting together the second year in a row for temperature extremes from Spain to the UK or all time record cold & snow anomalies sprinkled across the N. Hemisphere during summer. Its not about the heat or cold so much but how global crops will respond to the changes.

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Comment: The mainstream media has focused almost exclusively on record-breaking hot temperatures this summer....promoting the man-made global warming/climate change narrative...yet it ought to be noted that at the other extreme, many new cold temperature records are also being set across the planet at this time:


Popocatepetl (aka Popo) volcano erupts in Mexico

Popocatepetl  volcano

Popocatepetl volcano
Mexico's disaster prevention agency (CENAPRED) said over 100 explosions, carrying water vapor, gas, and light amount of ashes emanated from Mexico's Popocatepetl stratovolcano.

The agency's systems also recorded 5 moderate explosions on Tuesday.

These last two emitted incandescent fragments on the northeast slope.


Eurasia's biggest volcano spews 5 km-high plume of ash in Kamchatka, Russia

The ash cloud spread nearly 10 km to the south of the volcano, the Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team said

Klyuchevskoy, the tallest active volcano in Eurasia, located in Kamchatka, in the Russian Far East, has spewed ash as high as 5.5 km above sea level, the Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT) said on Thursday.

"On August 1, the Klyuchevskoy volcano belched ash. The column of ash rose 5,500 meters above sea level.

The ash cloud spread nearly 10 km to the south of the volcano," KVERT said.

Cloud Precipitation

Thousands evacuated after more floods in Amur and Irkutsk, Russia

Satellite / radar image of flooding in areas near Tulun, Irkutsk region, Russia, July 2019. Water is shown as blue.
© Copernicus EMS
Satellite / radar image of flooding in areas near Tulun, Irkutsk region, Russia, July 2019. Water is shown as blue.
A second wave of floods is affecting Russia's Irkutsk region. The recent flooding began around 27 July, 2019 and comes after 25 people died and 7 are still missing from the first wave of floods that began in late June.

According to the Russian Emergencies Ministry, 2,699 people in 8 districts of the Irkutsk region have been affected by the new wave of floods that started after heavy rains in the area.

Russian news agency TASS said that the water level in the Iya river in the region reached 11.25 metres on 31 July, which is well above the 7 metre danger mark.


Powerful 6.6-magnitude earthquake strikes off Vanuatu, no tsunami warning

A strong 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck near the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu Thursday, the US Geological Survey said, but no tsunami warning was issued.

USGS said the quake hit about 178 kilometres (110 miles) northwest of the capital Port Vila at 2:02 am (1502 GMT Wednesday) at a depth of 179 kilometres.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no tsunami threat from the quake.


Temperatures dip to 37 degrees in Minnesota, breaking 121-year-old record

NOAA temp outlook
While the calendar says Minnesota is in the middle of summer, it felt like fall in northern Minnesota on Tuesday morning.

A new daily low temperature record was set in International Falls, where the mercury dipped to 37 degrees, breaking the record (38 degrees) set back in 1898.

Typically, low temperatures in International Fall, which sits along the Minnesota-Canada border, hover around the mid-50s this time of year.

Temperatures in the area don't typically reach the 30s until late September, early October.

Comment: The record-breaking temperatures, lows and highs, being recorded around the globe these days are likely influenced by a rapidly changing jet stream. See also:

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Record jet stream as Earth's atmosphere shifts to Grand Solar Minimum pattern