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Flood kills 6 in the Philippines, over 59,000 displaced

Monsoon rains by recent storms in the past weeks worsen Philippine floods.
© Bloomberg
Monsoon rains by recent storms in the past weeks worsen Philippine floods.
At least six people died and tens of thousands fled their homes as monsoon rain triggered flooding in the Philippine capital and nearby areas, reminiscent of the deadly Typhoon Ketsana nine years ago.

About 1.1 million people have been affected by the weekend rain, with 59,100 of them moved to safer ground, the disaster monitoring agency said. President Rodrigo Duterte's scheduled aerial inspection of flooded areas this afternoon was canceled because of the weather, his communications team said.

Authorities shut schools in Metro Manila and other parts of the main Luzon island but kept financial markets open. Five dams in the island opened their gates at the weekend, according to the weather bureau, which may have worsened the flooding. The judiciary suspended work in the capital from noon on Monday.


Cloud Precipitation

Watch as massive landslide caused by heavy rains collapses onto road in suburban Beijing - More rain forecast

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Strong downpours caused a landslide in Beijing. Luckily no one was hurt, but the road was blocked for several hours.

Beijing authorities temporarily closed 168 different natural and architectural tourist sites near the Chinese capital in expectation of strong downpours, according to the capital's tourism committee.

Weather forecasters expect that up to 300 millimeters of precipitation will occur in the next 24 hours in some areas of Beijing and its neighboring provinces.

Comment: While some areas of the world suffer extreme drought, other areas are inundated with epic flooding, and as if that wasn't enough, sinkhole, earthquake and volcanic events are on the rise too: Also check out SOTTs monthly documentary: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - July 2018: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs


Seismograph

Deadly earthquake lifts Indonesian island by nearly a foot

Earthquake Lombok Indonesia
© Associated Press/Fauzy Chaniago
Motorists ride past buildings ruined by Sunday's earthquake in Pamenang, Lombok Island, Indonesia, Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. The north of the popular resort island has been devastated by Sunday's earthquake, damaging thousands of buildings and killing a large number of people.
Scientists say the powerful Indonesian earthquake that killed nearly 400 people lifted the island it struck by as much as 25 centimeters (10 inches).

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said on Saturday that 387 people died, jumping from the 321 it reported the previous day, as search and rescue teams continued to sift through the rubble and people already buried by relatives are accounted for.

Using satellite images of Lombok from the days following the Aug. 5 quake, scientists from NASA and the California Institute of Technology's joint rapid imaging project made a ground deformation map and measured changes in the island's surface.

In the northwest of the island near the epicenter, the rupturing faultline lifted the earth by a quarter of a meter. In other places it dropped by 5-15 centimeters (2-6 inches).

Seismograph

Shallow M6.4 earthquake hits northern Alaska - 47 quakes in the last 24 hours

alaska quake august 2018
A strong and very shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit northern Alaska at 14:58 UTC (06:58 local time) on August 12, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 9.9 km (6.1 miles). This earthquake can have a low humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability. EMSC is reporting Mw6.1 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles).

The epicenter was located 60.9 km (37.8 miles) SW of Elupak and 564.3 km (350.6 miles) NNE of College (population 12 964).

There are about 300 people living within 100 km (62 miles).

Comment: There have been 47 quakes in the area in the last 24 hours. And this surge in activity is evident all over the planet: Also check out SOTTs monthly documentary: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - July 2018: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs


Sun

Record drought in Denmark causes 40% drop in crop yield, $1billion in losses, and wave of bankruptcies

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Denmark's harvest of wheat, barley and rye could fall by about 40 percent from previous years as farmers suffer one of the hottest and driest summers on record, a lobby group said on Thursday.

A prolonged heatwave and lack of rain have also severely damaged crops in countries such as France, Germany and Sweden, as well as the Baltic states.

The lower harvest will result in losses for Danish farmers of 6.4 billion Danish crowns ($995 million), the Danish Agriculture & Food Council said.

As a consequence, the country's government on Thursday set out aid measures for drought-afflicted farmers to ensure they can collect enough fodder for their animals and have more time to sow certain crops usually limited to summer sowing.

The government stopped short of offering any direct financial help, but said it was concerned about a wave of bankruptcies.

Comment: It's not really the 'heat' that's the problem, it's the lack of rain. Meanwhile, in other areas of Europe have had above average rainfall, as noted on the drought map below.

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Better Earth

SOTT Earth Changes Summary - July 2018: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

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This month was marked by incredible amounts of water falling in a very short period of time all over the world; killing thousands, displacing millions... and damaging more crops.

China, South Korea, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, South Africa, Nepal, Pakistan, India, Sweden, Russia, Italy and the US, were the most affected by the sheets of rain and the resulting flash floods during July. Japan also experienced an historic flood that caused widespread damage, 200 deaths and thousands displaced.

Italy, Brazil and South Africa all had their share of unseasonable or 'rare' snow this month, leaving the local population rather surprised.

As the 'heavens opened' in many places, high temperatures, droughts and wildfires hit California, Sweden, Norway, and Greece; the latter being the worst affected with 94 deaths, hundreds of displaced, 2,500 square kilometers ravaged with hundreds of people forced to flee to the beaches.

There were significant fires in California, but no record was broken, until now, the fire of 1937 maintains the record with almost 90,000 square kilometers burned. Even combining all of the hectares burned by fire in California in the last five years aren't enough to beat that 1937 record. In addition, since the 1930s there has been a net decrease in the incidence of fires in the state.

The same applies to the fires that developed in Europe, no records were beaten and there has been a significant drop in the incidence of fires since the 1980s, as Adapt 2030 has stated. The high temperatures recorded in July in Europe do not compare to those of the 1930s, not to mention the extreme heat experienced in Europe and much of the US over several years in the late 19th century.

Again, we see the mass media focusing and magnifying the localized incidences of high temperatures and wildfires; one headline even stated that the world hasn't experienced such high temperatures since the emergence of our civilization (10,000 years ago), a statement that is just plain wrong.

The Earth's surface temperatures are indeed rising due to geologic and volcanic activity, and the more direct incidence of solar rays due to the weakening of the magnetosphere. But forgotten amid the hype is that temperatures in higher layers of the atmosphere have been plummeting. Proof of this is seen in the increasing incidence of solar and lunar halos, noctilucent clouds, multicolored steles, ever-growing hailstorms and of course, unseasonable snowfalls. And let's not forget that we had rare snow events in the northern and southern hemispheres in both June and July this year.

So don't be fooled, many of the earth changes we are now seeing are due to the low solar activity, the weakening of the magnetosphere, as well as the cosmic rays maximum. And all these changes are not specific to our Earth, we are finding parallels in other planets of our solar system. As someone said, "not by fire, but by ice..."


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Fire

Surge in volcanic activity at Ambae, Vanuatu, blankets island with ash, thousands evacuated

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© Thomas Boyer/AFP
The volcano has been rumbling since September.
A MASSIVE humanitarian crisis is unfolding on a remote island in the Pacific Ocean after a volcanic eruption sent thick ash bucketing down on everything in sight.

Thousands of people in Ambae, a tiny, idyllic island in the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu, have been ordered to evacuate after a volcano at the centre of the island began to spew out thick ash - which has rained down on villages and blacked out the sun.

The volcano has been erupting in bursts since September, but a new UNICEF report this week revealed the situation was becoming increasingly dire for island inhabitants after a surge in volcanic activity.

Local media reports that all roads to the west of the island are cut and massive mud flows have washed away many roads.

It means the entire west side of the island is accessible only by sea or air, forcing volcano experts examining the terrifying situation to trek for hours to find villages filled with desperate residents who clamour for basic supplies.

Comment: Volcanoes may be common in the ring of fire but clearly this recent activity is unprecedented, and when we take into account similar events around the world, clearly there has been a surge in unusual and ominous volcanic activity - and not just on our planet: Worldwide volcanic activity uptick update, and new volcano discovered on Jupiter's moon Io

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Cloud Precipitation

Video shows cars floating down river after flash flood in Little Falls, New Jersey

Off-road traffic jam

Off-road traffic jam
Almost a dozen cars were sent floating down a river in Little Falls, N.J. after a dealership was flooded Saturday evening.

About five inches of rain had fallen in the area, causing flash flooding, NJ.com reported.

In video posted to Facebook some of the cars still had their sticker prices on the windshields, as they bounced off each other on their nautical journey down the Peckman River.


Snowflake

August snowfall for resort in Georgia

SNOW
In the popular resort of Gudauri in Georgia on Thursday, August 9, the snow fell. The weather has surprised both tourists and locals.

Photos and video weather social media users began to share on their pages, reports the online edition of the Chronicle.info with reference to the Correspondent.

Gudauri is located 120 kilometers from Tbilisi to Kazbek municipality. The resort is in a mountainous area at an altitude of almost 2,200 meters. Basically, the snow lies high in the mountains, but not falls in the summer in the resort area.

Arrow Down

Huge six-metre sinkhole opens up on road in Taupo, New Zealand

A sinkhole that consumed a significant part of a suburban road was discovered by two teenagers who noticed a water broken water pipe

A sinkhole that consumed a significant part of a suburban road was discovered by two teenagers who noticed a water broken water pipe
A sinkhole that consumed a significant part of a suburban road was discovered by two teenage boys who noticed a water broken water pipe.

The two 13-year-olds were cycling down the suburban street in Taupo, near the centre of New Zealand's North island, when they noticed a fence began to sink into the ground.

Jono Park rang emergency services, while Bailey Malloy went to alert neighbours that were located directly near the sinkhole.

The boys then immediately moved their bikes to safer ground and rang their parents.

Jono's mother, Anna Park, a Taupo District Councillor, quickly relayed the information to the council team.