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Couple dead, child missing after landslip collapses house in Malappuram, India after heavy rainfall

According to locals, one side of the house got buried
© Manorama
According to locals, one side of the house got buried in the landslide occurred around 1.30 am
A huge mound of earth fell on the house in Kondotty in the wee hours of Wednesday.

At least two people have died and a child is missing in Kondotty in Malappuram district, after a huge mound of earth fell on a house in the wee hours of Wednesday.

The bodies of Asees and his wife Muneera were recovered in the search and rescue operation. Search is on to find the couple's 6-year-old child. Their two other children, who were sleeping in an adjacent room, escaped unhurt.

Kondotty police told TNM that the incident happened at around 1 am on Wednesday morning, when the family was asleep in their home. The officials were able to first recover Muneera's body, following which, they found Asees's body. They are yet to find the 6-year-old child. The bodies of Asees and Muneera have been shifted to Medical College hospital for post-mortem.

Seismograph

Shallow M4.4 earthquake felt across Southern California

California quake August 2018 13th
A 4.4 magnitude earthquake caught Californians off-guard after it hit an area southeast of Los Angeles on Aug. 14, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

The small quake, which occurred at about 5:24 p.m. local time, was centered 4.3 miles north-east from Aguanga in Riverside County and was felt by residents up to 50 miles away. No damage or injuries have been reported.

Some locals took to social media to share their experiences.

Comment: More details of the quake:
M 4.4 - 7km NE of Aguanga, CA 2018-08-15 01:24:26 UTC 33.477°N 116.803°W 1.9 km depth
Other recent quakes of note in the last week or so: See also: Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Are the New Madrid and Alaskan fault zones waking?


Cloud Precipitation

Evacuations, rescues as 'historic' floods hit the US Northeast

Pennsylvania flash floods
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Pennsylvania has been hit by flash floods following heavy downpours
New Jersey declared a partial state of emergency on Tuesday as forecasts for further heavy rainfall posed new danger in parts of that state, New York and Pennsylvania, where rescuers hauled people from waterways, flooded cars and homes.

Following several days of torrential rain throughout the northeastern United States, the National Weather Service issued new warnings for flooding in areas around Binghamton, New York, near the Pennsylvania border, and in New Jersey.

Federal forecasters warned that areas in the region could see as much as 4 inches (10 cm) more rain on Tuesday.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said in a statement five of the state's 21 counties were under a state of emergency, where additional rainfall could further complicate flood cleanup."

"Parts of our state have received nothing less than historic amounts of rain, and some communities received an entire month's worth in just a few hours," said Murphy.

The police department in Brick, a town of 75,000 on the Atlantic coast, said on Facebook that residents were barred from returning to 105 homes without a security escort until township officials finished inspecting them.


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Dust devil sweeps through African town throwing plastic chairs into the air

The footage shows the massive whirlwind-shaped cloud ripping up an area where plastic chairs were lined causing them to swirl around in the air

The footage shows the massive whirlwind-shaped cloud ripping up an area where plastic chairs were lined causing them to swirl around in the air
Astonishing footage shows a dust devil sweeping through a small town in Africa causing havoc and sending debris flying through the air.

The video, which was posted yesterday, shows the massive whirlwind-shaped cloud ripping up an area where plastic chairs were lined causing them to swirl around in the air.

The footage shows shocked onlookers backing away from the incredible natural scene as the gusts of wind sent chairs flying through the air.


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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Are the New Madrid and Alaskan fault zones waking?

A 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit Alaska on Aug. 12, 2018
© USGS
A 6.4-magnitude earthquake and dozens of other earthquakes shook Alaska on Aug. 12, 2018.
Strongest ever earthquake hits Alaska's North Slope region, but at the same time a quake in the center of the New Madrid Seismic Zone occurs signalling an awakening of fault zones globally. Additionally in the Arctic Basin near Svalbard and in the Arctic Circle unusual quakes that experts are baffled to explain. The Grand Solar Minimum, this uptick in global tectonic activity was forecast.


Comment: See also:


Cloud Precipitation

19 dead following torrential rainfall in Himachal Pradesh, India - Nearly 7 inches of rain in 24 hours

floods
At least 19 people have died in floods and landslides in the state of Himachal Pradesh in northern India over the past few days.

According to the Press Trust of India, the highest number casualties were in Solan district (eight), followed by Mandi district (four), three in Kangra district, two in Hamirpur district and one each in Bilaspur and Una districts.

According to India Meteorological Department (IMD) figures, in a 24 hour period to 13 August, Hamirpur recorded of rain, Kangra 165.6 mm, Mandi 122.2 mm and Solan 154.4 mm.

Water from the overflowing Beas river has flooded parts of Nadaun in Hamirpur district, according to ANI news agency. The heavy rain in has increased levels of the Giri River, a tributary of Yamuna, in Sirmaur District, according to India's Central Water Commission Official Flood Forecast‏.


Seismograph

Strong shallow mag. 6.2 earthquake in the South Sandwich Islands region

location
Date & time: Tue, 14 Aug 03:29:49 UTC - 12 hours ago

Magnitude: 6.2

Depth: 10.0 km

Epicenter latitude / longitude: 58.14°S / 25.16°W [Map]

Nearest volcano: Montagu Island (75 km)

Primary data source: GFZ

Attention

Another dead Cuvier's beaked whale found on beach in Donegal, Ireland - 3rd for the county in recent days

dead whale
Another Cuvier's beaked whale has washed up on a Donegal beach, just days after the discovery of two whales on two separate sites in the county.

On August 4, two Cuvier's beaked whales were found dead in Sheephaven Bay and Gola Island.

However a third whale has now been found washed up Pollan beach in Ballyliffin in recent days.

A Derry holiday maker who saw the whale said it was a very sad sight.

Comment: See also: Three dead beaked whales found in 'highly unusual' strandings on west coast of Ireland


Attention

More than 30 dead harbor seals wash ashore in southern Maine in 2 days

A dead seal on the shore at Bayview Beach in Saco on Sunday. This was one of several dead seals reported on the beach over the past two days.
© Shawn Patrick Ouellette
A dead seal on the shore at Bayview Beach in Saco on Sunday. This was one of several dead seals reported on the beach over the past two days.
Marine mammal experts are testing tissue samples for a potential common cause of the surge in carcasses found on the state's beaches this year.

Marine mammal experts are at a loss to explain why a large number of harbor seals have turned up dead on beaches in southern Maine this summer.

The most recent cluster of deaths was reported Monday when the carcasses of 11 harbor seals, mostly pups, were discovered on Bayview and Kinney Shores beaches in Saco. Those beaches are situated between Ocean Park and Ferry Beach State Park.

In the past two days, more than 30 dead harbor seals have washed ashore on southern Maine beaches, including Wells Beach and Ogunquit Beach, said Lynda Doughty, executive director of Marine Mammals of Maine, which investigated the Saco seal deaths.

Attention

"Dozens" dead as massive section of motorway bridge collapses during "violent cloudburst" in Genoa, Italy

genoa bridge collapse 2018

The shattered bridge spanned a stream into which much of the rubble fell
A motorway bridge has collapsed near the Italian city of Genoa, sending vehicles plummeting some 100m (328ft) to the ground and killing at least 11 people, local media report.

Italian Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli said it was likely to be "an immense tragedy".

Local emergency officials have been quoted as saying "dozens" died.

Video footage appears to show one of the towers holding up the suspension bridge collapsing in stormy weather.

The police linked the disaster to what they called a violent cloudburst.

The collapsed section had mostly fallen on to rail tracks below, officials told AFP news agency, adding that cars and trucks had also fallen.

Comment: There are also reports that sections of the bridge were being worked on:
Italy Tuesday, sending cars plunging nearly 300 feet to the ground and killing at least 11 people, officials said."

A section of a towering highway bridge collapsed in Italy Tuesday, sending cars plunging nearly 300 feet to the ground and killing at least 11 people, officials said.

The collapse of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa occurred during strong storms moving through the area of northwest Italy, according to authorities.

At least 20 vehicles were on the bridge in a port section of the city when the span gave way, Amalia Tedeschi, a firefighter, told the Italian news agency ANSA. Tedeschi said two people were pulled from the rubble alive and taken to a hospital by helicopter.

Danilo Toninelli, Italy's transport minister, described the collapse as "an enormous tragedy."

Several witnesses posted videos of the collapse on social media. In one video, someone can be heard screaming "oh God!" and a flash could be seen as the concrete structure crumbled.

The collapse happened on part of the viaduct on the A10 highway, the country's national police, Polizia di Stato, said.

Witnesses said the bridge toppled after it was struck by lightning.

Italian authorities said that at the time of the collapse construction was occurring on the bridge and a crane was being used on the span, but it was too early to pinpoint what caused the bridge to fail.

The A10 highway, the main route between northern Italy and France, was closed in both directions as search-and-rescue teams searched for survivors of the horrific incident.

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said about 200 firefighters were on scene searching for survivors.

Part of the bridge fell on top of the Genoa Garbage Collection Depot, raising fears that the death toll will climb.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte was traveling to the scene, officials said.

The Morandi Bridge, which opened in 1967, is about a half-mile long.