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Iceland's most active volcano on verge of erupting again, scientists warn

Volcano eruption
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Scientists in Iceland have raised the threat level for the Grimsvotn volcano, warning there are now multiple indications that an eruption could soon take place.

This volcano experienced an unusually powerful eruption in 2011, firing a 20km pillar of ash into the air, but was overshadowed by the smaller eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano the previous year, which forced the cancellation of some 100,000 flights in an unprecedented disruption.

Recently, the volcano has been observed "inflating" as new magma enters the chambers beneath it once again, and the resulting increased thermal activity has melted more ice. Localized earthquake activity has also increased, all combining to suggest that an eruption may soon take place.

Seismologists are now on the lookout for an intense swarm of earthquakes, which could last up to 10 hours, signaling a rush of magma to the surface and an imminent eruption.

Though a slim possibility, an eruption event of a similar scale to 2011 would exacerbate an already precarious situation for the airline industry which has been hammered by the coronavirus pandemic.

Road Cone

Suspected sinkhole grows to 75-feet deep in Pasco County, Florida

Florida sinkhole
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A suspected sinkhole in Pasco County has continued to widen and is now forcing the evacuation of a neighborhood bar.

The county tells 10 Tampa Bay the large hole has gotten 10 feet wider since Tuesday and is now at least 35-feet wide and about 75-feet deep.

A county official says the nearby Varsity Club Sports Bar will be closed as a precaution.

The possible sinkhole, which is officially being called a depression until geologists make a final determination, opened up earlier this week just north of State Road 54 on the west side of Little Road at the intersection with Spring Haven Boulevard.

Comment: Sinkholes: The groundbreaking truth

Cloud Lightning

Rare weather phenomenon 'St. Elmo's Fire' captured near equator

St Elmo's fire
© Twitter
Dramatic video as plane is caught in 'St Elmo's fire'
The rare weather phenomenon, which looks very similar to lightning, was said to have been captured by a military plane from the 99th Squadron of the UK Royal Air Force during a nighttime flight through the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) near the equator.

The UK Royal Air Force's Number 99 Squadron released on Monday footage of a rare weather phenomenon, known as "St. Elmo's Fire", captured by the aircrew of a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III near the equator.

The Number 99 Squadron tweeted that the incident took place while the C-17 was passing through the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ).

Comment: This rare weather phenomenon was also captured above the North Atlantic in February this year.


Unknown illness kills 'unusual' number of Marco Island seabirds in Florida

A young black skimmer with a swollen leg joint

A young black skimmer with a swollen leg joint was spotted on Marco Island on August 23. Dozens of sick and dying skimmers were found throughout the summer on the island and The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission continues to investigate the cause.
On the north end of Marco Island, near a stretch of beach locals call Sand Dollar Island, residents this summer noticed a strange sickness afflicting a local seabird colony.

Young black skimmers, a state-protected species, were seen limping and dying in alarming numbers in the state's Big Marco Pass critical wildlife area.

"This summer, a number of chicks started hobbling like they had arthritis and some died," Marco resident Andrew Tyler said. "These were primarily juveniles."

Wildlife officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have confirmed there has been an unusual number of sick and dying skimmers.

"The birds displayed swollen leg joints and lameness," FWC spokeswoman Michelle Kerr wrote in an email. "Full necropsy results are still pending, and once complete, may help with a more accurate interpretation of what caused the illness."


At least 7 dead or missing after floods in central provinces of Vietnam - 17 inches of rain in 24 hours

Vietnam's Disaster Management Authority (DMA) reports that at least 6 people have died or are missing after days of heavy rainfall in central parts of the country.

DMA said one person died in floods in Hai Lang district, Quang Tri province. Also in Quang Tri, 4 people are missing after being swept away by flash flooding in the mountainous district of Huong Hoa. Local media report that around 5,000 people from 1,100 families in Huong Hoa have evacuated their homes and moved to safer areas after the Sesan River broke its banks. Heavy rain in the province also caused landslides which have blocked several roads. As much as 435 mm of rain fell in Huong Linh, Quang Tri, in 24 hours to 07 October, 2020.

Also affected are the provinces of Quang Nam, Thua Thien Hue, Da Nang and Gia Lai, where 2 other flood-related fatalities were reported.


Seven-week-old baby mauled to death by pitbulls in Vereeniging, South Africa

A seven week old baby girl died after she was attacked at her home by her parents' two pitbulls on Sunday.

It is alleged that the little Zané-Mari died on her way to hospital.

The mother, Zan-Mari van Zyl (21), told Beeld newspaper that she heard the girl crying inside the room and the sound of dog paws on the wooden floor.

When she walked into the bedroom she saw the two dogs on top of the child.

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rain triggers deadly landslide in Sololá Department, Guatemala

The aftermath of a landslide in San Marcos
The aftermath of a landslide in San Marcos La Laguna, Sololá Department, Guatemala, October 2020.
At least 4 people have died after a landslide struck in Sololá Department in the west of Guatemala.

Guatemala's disaster agency CONRED said that the landslide struck in the village of San Marcos La Laguna late on 06 October. Days of heavy rain had destabilised the ground on slopes surrounding the village, triggering a landslide that pushed a boulder measuring 3 metres by 5 metres onto houses below.

At least 8 houses were completely destroyed and a further 44 were damaged or considered at risk. CONRED said that 10 people were injured and a total of 60 people affected, with 263 considered at risk.

Heavy rain in the country has also caused some flooding, although no fatalities were reported. Floods severely damage roads in Taxisco, Santa Rosa Department, and swamped streets of Mazatenango in Suchitepéquez Department.


Magnitude 6.3 earthquake hits Papua New Guinea: USGS

An earthquake of magnitude 6.3 struck Papua New Guinea on Thursday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The onshore quake struck 38 km northeast of Kainantu at a depth of 103.5 km (64 miles), it said.

There were no immediate reports of damage, and the U.S. Tsunami Warning System said there was no threat of a tsunami.


Hurricane Delta heads toward the US Gulf Coast after slamming Mexico's Yucatan

Debris left by Hurricane Delta in Cancún
© Victor Ruiz Garcia/AP
Debris left by Hurricane Delta in Cancún. Video footage showed flailing palm trees being battered by the wind, driving rain, damaged hotels, felled trees and buildings.
Leaving Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula on Wednesday, Hurricane Delta is expected to strengthen back into a major storm as it makes its way toward the same area of the US Gulf Coast still picking up the pieces from Hurricane Laura.

A hurricane watch was issued for parts of the coast from High Island, Texas, eastward to Grand Isle, Louisiana, and a storm surge watch is in effect from High Island to the Alabama-Florida border, according to the National Hurricane Center.

"Delta strengthening while moving over the south-central Gulf of Mexico," the center said Wednesday evening. "Life-threatening storm surge and damaging winds increasingly likely along portions of the the northern Gulf Coast beginning Friday."

While the center predicts the storm could strengthen into a Category 3 hurricane Thursday night, cooler water and upper level winds may weaken Delta to a Category 2 by the time it hits the US coast.

Delta's projected path looks eerily similar to that of Hurricane Laura, which made landfall in Louisiana as a Category 4 storm on August 27, leaving 15 people dead, hundreds of thousands without power and destroying more than 10,000 homes in southwest Louisiana.

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SOTT Earth Changes Summary - September 2020: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

Extended winter, widespread floods, raging wildfires, damaged crops, zombie tropical storms and record hurricane downfalls for September.

Excessive monsoon rains continued breaking records, affecting millions of people across South and East Asia. September used to bring clear weather with less chance of rain and more pleasant temperatures... but we are seeing quite the opposite: heavy floods, cold and unseasonable snow.

Subtropical storm Alpha, which barreled along the Portuguese coast and through some parts of Spain, was the first event of its kind to be registered since weather records began. Entire beaches were consumed by rapid rises in sea levels, coastal areas got heavy floods and winds of up to 100km/h were registered in some inland locations.

Over 100 were rescued and 500,000 residents were left without power as Hurricane Sally brought down power lines in parts of Florida and Alabama. Insurance companies have put the costs of damage in the Gulf Coast region between $1 billion and $3 billion. And while the Gulf Coast was still recovering from Sally, tropical storm Beta caused flash flooding in the coasts of Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

If hurricane Delta had hit the US Gulf Coast, this hurricane season would break the record for the most land falling named systems in the US in a single year, surpassing the historic 2005 season, which had seven.

In Asia, tropical Storm Noul caused widespread damage in Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia and Thailand, thousands were displaced and at least 10 died.

And Istanbul, Turkey got a destructive combo this month with severe hailstorm, heavy rains, a waterspout and flash floods.

Winter is becoming the 'new normal'. Autumn in the Northern hemisphere and Spring in the southern are giving way to colder temperatures and unseasonable snow.

September has left fresh snow in the Dolomites, Pyrenees and up in Scandinavia; early snow in Russia, and China, as well as in the US and Canada. And late snowfalls in Australia and New Zealand. Snow has been falling in areas where it's not usually seen.

Many counties around the world reported massive crop losses from floods, hail, snow and even volcano ashes this month. Governments are paying too much attention to an imaginary enemy not seeing the elephant wreaking havoc in the room.

Beached whales and dolphins, as well as mass dead birds continue to increase, something that could point out to a magnetic pole shift and waning magnetosphere, another consequence of the solar minimum.

All this and more in our SOTT Earth Changes Summary for September 2020: