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Magnitude 5.9 earthquake hits Iquique, Chile

An earthquake of a magnitude of 5.9 degrees, according to consolidated information from the National Seismological Center, was recorded at 1.40 am this Friday in the Tarapacá Region.

The epicenter of the tremor was located 4 kilometers northeast of Alto Hospicio, while its hypocenter was recorded at a depth of 77 kilometers.

In that commune, in addition to Iquique and the town of La Tirana, the movement reached a degree VI intensity on the Mercalli scale.


Almost 4 million people and 3.3 million animals affected by ongoing floods in Assam, India - over 13 million hectares of crops damaged

Gagolmari village in Marigaon

Gagolmari village in Marigaon, Assam
Flooding in India's northeastern state of Assam has affected over 3.9 million people, officials said Friday.

The floods have hit 27 districts in the state.

According to officials at Assam Disaster Management Authority, the ongoing flooding has affected 3,218 villages and damaged cropland spreading over 13 million hectares, besides affecting over 3.3 million animals.

On Thursday, the floods claimed five lives, which took the death toll to 71.

Arrow Down

Parked car partly swallowed by sinkhole in Chicopee, Maine

© Joe Derosier Jr
A sinkhole near the intersection of Ramond Road and Chicopee Street has caused traffic snarls in the area.

The hole first appeared the morning of July 14 when the paved road gave way and a parked car sank about halfway into the hole.

No one was injured in the surprise incident, said Erin Hastings, executive director of Westcomm Regional Dispatch.

It is not clear what caused the sinkhole to open, but Hastings said dispatch was made aware of a nearby water main break that may have had something to do with it. The water main was repaired by 1 p.m.


Massive sea tornado appears off the coast of New South Wales, Australia

A giant tornado formed over the sea this week as an east coast low continues to batter the New South Wales coastline with heavy rain, damaging winds and huge waves.

A fisherman in a boat near Stanwell Tops, 57km south of Sydney, captured the moment a terrifying wind tunnel shot from a dark cloud into the ocean on Tuesday.

'It is just the cloud refuelling isn't it?' the fisherman is hearing joking, as the water spout extended into the sky.

A vortex continued to churn for several seconds before its tail began to fade and the funnel was slowly sucked up into the cloud.


Large waterspout spins off Louisiana's Black Bay

A waterspout was seen spinning off Black Bay in Plaquemines County, Louisiana, on Tuesday, July 14. Justin Derouen captured the video while working aboard a jack-up barge boat in the area, he said.

Derouen told Storyful he shot the video from a distance of a mile and a half. "[I] was able to get pretty amazing footage of Mother Nature at work," Derouen said.

The National Weather Service in New Orleans gave a significant weather advisory for the southeastern Plaquemines Parish area on July 15. The storm was expected to bring winds reaching up to 30 mph (48 km/h).

Credit: Justin Derouen via Storyful

Cloud Precipitation

Hailstones up to baseball-size destroy thousands of acres of crops in Western Minnesota

Much of the weather talk lately has centered around tornadoes in Ottertail County.

But a hail storm last weekend did significant building and crop damage from Kandiyohi County to Nicollet County. Wind speeds reached 50 miles an hour and at times the storm dropped baseball-sized hail. It was a blow for farmers when commodity prices are already down.

"We had a wonderful crop. Best we've had in this area in five years," said Curt Burns, farmer and crop consultant.


Rare beaked whales have mysteriously washed ashore in York and Phippsburg, Maine

beaked whale
With their dolphin-like noses, beaked whales are among the ocean's most mysterious whale species, and they aren't usually found near Maine. Only four beaked whale sightings have been documented in coastal waters in the past 20 years.

But to the surprise — and alarm — of ocean biologists, two have washed up on Maine shores — one last month in York, a dead 14-foot, 2,200-pound Blainville's beaked whale, and the other in Phippsburg, where a 1,700-pound female Sowerby's beaked whale died after being saved from a mudflat in Atkins Bay on Saturday, the Times Record reported.

It's troubling that no cause of death has been identified in either case, said Lynda Doughty, director of Bath-based Marine Mammals of Maine. There are 22 known species of beaked whales, but sightings are so infrequent that knowledge of them is scant, the Times Record reported.


7.0-magnitude earthquake hits off Papua New Guinea coast

PNG quake map
© United States Geological Survey / screenshot

A 7.0-magnitude earthquake has struck the region of eastern Papua New Guinea at a depth of 85.5km, the US Geological Survey reported. A tsunami warning was issued.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center put out an alert for "hazardous waves" for coastal area within 300km of the epicenter of the quake, which took place around 8pm Pacific Time.

The National Weather Service later reported that the North American coastline was not in danger.

The USGS initially reported the quake as magnitude 7.3, but later downgraded it to 7.0.

There have been no reports of damage or casualties so far.


STEVE makes unusual summertime appearance, record breaking solar minimum update

© Harlan Thomas on July 14, 2020 @ West of Calgary, Alberta
STEVE/Picket Fence Aurora, NLC's and Comet NEOWISE
Even STEVE wants to see Comet NEOWISE. On July 14th, the geomagnetic phenomenon appeared over Canada, streaking the sky with mauve ribbons of light. Harlan Thomas of Calgary, Alberta, reports: "I was out shooting the comet when I noticed a mauve-looking cloud. Wow!" I thought. "STEVE has come to visit NEOWISE. How cool is that?"

STEVE is a recent discovery. It looks like an aurora, but it is not. The purple glow is caused by hot (3000°C) ribbons of gas flowing through Earth's magnetosphere at speeds exceeding 6 km/s (13,000 mph). It appears during some geomagnetic storms, often alongside a type of green aurora known as the "picket fence," also shown in Thomas's photo.

Statistics suggest that STEVE appears most often in spring and fall. What summoned STEVE in mid-summer? It may have been a CME that grazed Earth's magnetic field on July 13th. As our planet passed through the CME's magnetized wake on July 14th, hot currents and plasma waves rippled through Earth's magnetosphere. STEVE was the result.

Comment: If only all we had to worry about was an Ice Age, because discoveries like STEVE are just the tip of the ice berg when it comes to the unusual phenomena that reflects the shift occurring on our planet - and even further afield: Also check out SOTT radio's: And SOTT's Earth Changes Summary - May 2020: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs


Farmland once again inundated in Tangail, Bangladesh - 50,000 hectares of crops damaged

Floodwater reached houses in Rulipara village under Gabsara union of Tangail's Bhuapur upazila on Tuesday, July 14, 2020
© Dhaka Tribune
Floodwater reached houses in Rulipara village under Gabsara union of Tangail's Bhuapur upazila on Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Altogether 25 unions in Sadar, Nagarpur, Delduar, Bhuapur, Kalihati and Gopalpur upazilas were flooded

About 1,320 hectares of fresh farmland have once again been inundated amid the ongoing flooding situation, triggered for a second time by incessant rains and water level rise of the major rivers in Tangail.

Previously, during the first phase that ended a few days ago, around 27,000 farmers incurred losses as crops on 3,839 hectares were inundated, according to the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) in Tangail.

On Tuesday morning, the Jamuna, Jhinai and Dhaleshwari was flowing 35cm, 19cm and 67cm respectively above the danger mark at three different points in Tangail, according to Deputy Assistant Engineer Rezaul Karim of the Water Development Board (WDB) in Tangail.

Comment: Also pertinent: Third of Bangladesh underwater, at least 1.5 million people affected