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Infant found dead after apparent dog attack in Quebec, Canada

canine attack
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1-year-old boy's body sent to Montreal for autopsy

Quebec provincial police are investigating after a one-year-old boy was found dead and covered in bite marks in the Nunavik community of Kangiqsujuaq, Que.

Early evidence suggests the baby was mauled by dogs near his home.

A spokesperson for the Sûreté du Québec says the infant was found dead June 29 on his neighbour's land.

His body was surrounded by dogs.


Southern California hit by 7.1 magnitude earthquake just one day after M6.4 tremor - the largest for 20 years

A house burns in Ridgecrest, near the quake's epicentre

A house burns in Ridgecrest, near the quake's epicentre
A 7.1-magnitude earthquake has hit California less than two days after another strong tremor, rattling parts of LA and causing fire and building damage near its rural epicentre.

It hit at 8.19pm local time 11 miles from Ridgecrest in the Mojave Desert, the site of Thursday's 6.4-magnitude quake.

Offices in downtown Los Angeles shook for around 30 seconds and it was also felt in the Hollywood Hills, Las Vegas and parts of Mexico.

The earthquake is the strongest to hit the region in 20 years, with experts giving it an early rating of 6.9 to 7.1 on the Richter scale.

There are "significant reports of structure fires, mostly as a result of gas leaks or gas line breaks" in Ridgecrest, said Mark Ghillarducci, head of the California Office of Emergency Services.

He said the full extent of the damage would not be revealed until daybreak on Saturday.

There have been minor injuries, but no deaths reported so far.

Comment: The quake superseded the previous day's 6.4 magnitude earthquake, on US Independence Day, which was the largest in Southern California for 20 years... until this latest one. See also: 6.4M earthquake rattles LA on Independence Day: Strongest to hit SoCal in 20 years - UPDATE 5.0 aftershock recorded

This is therefore the 10th most powerful in SoCal's history. Not long until The Big One?

Locals have been posting photographs of enormous dents and cracks on roads, as well as this picture of a highway blocked by large rocks from a rockfall:

Cloud Precipitation

Severe hailstorm hits Lappeenranta, Finland flooding streets

A powerful hailstorm hit Lappeenranta in Finland, flooding the streets with rivers of hailstones and covering the city in a thick layer of ice.

The winter landscape appeared was particularly astonishing given that the rest of Europe continues to suffocate in a record-breaking heatwave.


Multiple all-time low temperature records set across Germany - Rare July frosts ravage Saxony

On the back of the well documented 3-days of heat last week, Germany is now setting multiple new record low temperatures as the anticipated and long-lasting Arctic front begins to take hold.

The mercury in Rotenburg, Lower Saxony plunged to 2.9C (37.2F) on Thursday morning — low enough to break the town's all-time record cold temperature for the month of July which had stood since 1946, according to wetter.com.

The new record low temperature comes just days after Germany logged an all-time record high — serving as further evidence of the swings-between-extremes brought on by low solar activity and the associated weakening of the jet stream.


Seismologist warns "Even bigger earthquake" could hit California in the coming days

ridgecrest CA earthuake earth crack
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A local resident inspects a crack in the earth after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck the area on July 4, 2019 near Ridgecrest, California.
The city of Ridgecrest, California was hit by the region's strongest earthquake in 20 years on Thursday. And while the area recovers from injuries, fires, and damaged homes caused by the 6.4 magnitude quake, officials fear that a second, stronger earthquake could strike in the coming days.

Caltech seismologist Lucy Jones says the area should expect aftershocks to continue for some time. "There is about a 1 in 20 chance that this location will be having an even bigger earthquake within the next few days," Jones said.

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

earth changes summary june 2019
All over the world last month massive and sudden deluges swept away land, homes and people. Although it's the start of 'summer' in the Northern hemisphere, the Lake Baikal region in Siberia saw its worst flooding in living memory, flooding occurred in the deserts of Yemen, Libya, New Mexico and Mongolia, while cities from southern Mexico to southern Italy were hit with massive quantities of hail.

The manifestation of back-to-back extremes, in both space and time, is the defining characteristic of this 'age of transition' we have entered. The first half of June brought wet and wild with weather to Europe, with violent storms inundating the region with rain, cold and hail... but in the second half of the month an extreme heatwave struck, causing all-time record high temperatures in France and raging wildfires in Spain.

Strong earthquakes in China, Japan and Indonesia were accompanied by major volcanic eruptions along the Ring of Fire. The massive quantities of ash and dust they pump into the atmosphere, likely significant factors driving climate change, along with the 'meteor smoke' from trails of meteor fireballs, were 'reflected' last month by the major outbreak of 'night-shining' clouds at unprecedentedly low latitudes.

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

Cloud Lightning

Sharp rise in deaths by lightning strikes across Bangladesh - at least 126 killed in May and June

At least 126 people were killed by lightning strikes across the country in May and June this year, according to data compiled by a non-government organisation.

'Save the Society and Thunderstorm Awareness Forum' said it gathered the data from at least 10 local and national newspapers, some online portals and televisions.

The victims include 21 women, seven children and 98 men, the organisation said in a media statement on Saturday.

Most of them were killed while fishing or bringing cattle back home from the field. Some of the victims died while sleeping in houses made of corrugated tin-sheet, and standing under trees.

Arrow Down

Massive sinkhole swallows car in Woodbridge, Virginia

Prince William County police tweeted out this
© Prince William County
Prince William County police tweeted out this photo Friday evening of the car being removed from the sinkhole.
A portion of Princedale Drive in Woodbridge, Virginia, remains closed after a large fissure split the street in half on Thursday, swallowing at least one vehicle.

The first reports of a gaping hole in the ground came around 6:15 p.m. Thursday, forcing Prince William County officers to close Princedale Drive between Roundtree Drive and Saddler Lane.

Video and photos from the scene showed the sinkhole in the shoulder of Princedale Drive, extending across the entire roadway.


Upside down rainbow spotted in skies of southern Wales

Circumzenithal arc over Wales
© Rob Dalling
An unusual upside down rainbow was spotted over Swansea on Thursday night.

The multi-coloured arc left residents across the city confused as it appeared in the shape of a 'U' rather than, well a rainbow shape!

People reported seeing it from Birchgrove, Fforestfach, Sketty, Clydach and even Rotherslade.

How did it occur?

According to the Met Office , the upside down rainbow is actually a circumzenithal arc.

The upside down rainbows appear when the sunlight refracts through ice crystals in cirrus clouds.

This type of rainbow is quite common but we usually can't see them because of the clouds underneath.


Baked Alaska: Anchorage breaks all-time temperature record amid heatwave

It's not only Western Europe that has been experiencing a record-breaking heatwave.

Whilst we normally think of Alaska as largely freezing and snow-covered, the US's northernmost state is forecast to bake in temperatures reaching 30.5 degrees Celsius (87 degrees Fahrenheit) or higher over the next five days, stretching from July 4 through July 8, according to the National Weather Service.

Its largest city, Anchorage, broke its all-time temperature record on Friday, reaching 31 degrees Celsius (89 degrees Fahrenheit) at the city's airport.

The previous record was also set in the airport on June 14, 1969, and reached a temperature of 29.4 degrees Celsius (84.9 degrees Fahrenheit).

Comment: More record-breaking heat and wildfire smoke forecast for Alaska