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ATV falls into 40-feet deep sinkhole in High Springs, Florida - dog rescued from another

Couple rescued from sinkhole in High Springs

Couple rescued from sinkhole in High Springs
Two North-Central Florida residents are safe after they fell 40-feet into a sink hole today.

According to High Springs firefighters, two people drove an A-T-V through the woods near Poe Springs Rd. in High Springs.

Crews said the A-T-V hit a slope and then fell into the sink hole.

The sink hole was filled with water and the two residents swam to the surface to wait for help.


Comment: A second sinkhole incident in the same city followed within 2 days, the latter concerning a trapped dog being rescued:
Alachua County Fire Rescue (ACFR) and High Springs Fire Department responded to a home in High Springs Monday morning for reports of a dog stuck in a sinkhole.

Crews arrived shortly after 6:30 a.m. to the home located at 22210 NW 188th St. There, they located Sam the dog at the bottom of a 40-foot sinkhole.

Lt. Brian Ferguson of ACFR used an extension ladder and rope system to descend into the hole and save the scared pup, using bacon to calm his nerves.


Sam's owner says that although he's tired, he doing fine.

This is ACFR's second sinkhole-related technical rescue in two days. While ACFR says sinkholes are common in the area, the recent increase in rain is likely a contributing factor in both scenarios.



Attention

New 50-metre deep 'crater' found blasted open on Yamal peninsular, Siberia

Yamal crater
© by Vesti Yamal
The new funnel filmed from air by the team of Yamal-based TV station. July 2020
Blocks of soil and ice thrown hundreds of metres from epicentre of the funnel at the Yamal peninsula.

The recently-formed new hole or funnel is the latest to be seen in northern Siberia since the phenomenon was first registered in 2014.

It was initially spotted by chance from the air by a Vesti Yamal TV crew en route from an unrelated assignment.

A group of scientists then made an expedition to examine the large cylindrical crater which has a depth of up to 50 metres.

Such funnels are believed to be caused by the build up of methane gas in pockets of thawing permafrost under the surface.

Comment: In Pierre Lescaudron's book Earth Changes and the Human-Cosmic Connection he explicates the possible factors involved in earthquakes, volcanoes and sinkholes. The following extract may help explain the mysterious and sudden appearance of some of these craters in Siberia, why their proximity to methane deposits may be relevant, and why some have reportedly been accompanied by a 'big bang' and a 'pillar of fire':
So, most of the Earth's crust can become highly conductive if subjected to mechanical stress/shock, for example the type of stress due to the slowing down and opening up of the Earth's lithosphere described above. When high conductivity is reached, electric current can occur between ground regions of different electric potential.1 This current being fed, among other factors, by the change in surface-core E-field mentioned previously.

At this point a second phenomenon called piezo electricity might itervene. Some crystals, in particular quartz which is very frequent in granite rocks,2 will deform if subjected to electric current (that's almost the reverse of the above described phenomenon where mechanical deformation triggers electric current).

One could thus hypothesize that earthquakes are not unlike underground lightning. Earthquakes being to underground electric phenomenon what lightning is to atmospheric electric phenomenon: a simple charge rebalancing process generating some mechanical side effects: air waves (thunder) for lightning and crustal waves (seismic tremors) for earthquakes.

Footnotes:
1 Such effects, combined with emissions of gasses from inside the earth, another consequence of 'opening up', could be another factor in the eruption of anomalous fires and explosions.

2 Interestingly most mountain range are made of granite, concomitantly mountain range are also some of the most quake prone geological formations.
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Gigantic sinkhole swallows 21 cars in the city of Yibin, China

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What would you do if the ground opens up and swallow your car? That's right - nothing. That's exactly what happened in what seems to be a parking lot in front of a shopping mall in China.

Caught by the country's state CCTV (embedded on top), a massive sinkhole opened up and devoured at least 21 cars. The disaster happened on the evening of August 19, 2020, Wednesday.

According to reports, 15 vehicles were recovered - most likely wrecked - from the site with zero casualties. Authorities in the country are still investigating the cause of the accident, but the current weather in the area could be the culprit.

The shopping mall is situated near the Yangtze River in Sichuan province. The province is experiencing torrential rainfalls, prompting the authorities to raise its emergency response to a maximum level.


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Major incident declared following train derailment in Stonehaven, Scotland - Landslip caused by flooding suspected

train crash
© Jeff J Mitchell/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo
Nicola Sturgeon declared the accident a major incident.
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has declared the Stonehaven train derailment a major incident, as dozens of emergency vehicles were deployed to the scene after the wrecked train caught fire Wednesday.

"This is an extremely serious incident," the Scottish leader said in a Twitter statement. "I've had an initial report from Network Rail and the emergency services and am being kept updated. All my thoughts are with those involved."

"Although details are still emerging I am afraid to say there are early reports of serious injuries," Sturgeon added. Local news outlets are reporting that at least one person died in the incident, however, at the time of publication, this had yet to be confirmed by authorities.

Comment: In the last 24 hours the UK has seen an apocalyptic lightning display accompanied by epic flash flooding throughout the country. and this morning there was an M3 earthquake south of the country in the English Channel.


Better Earth

California's sinking coastal hotspots revealed in new survey

California sinking
© USGS NED
Coastal elevation in California. Coastal zones, which are defined to be those with elevations less than 10 m, are shown in red. Segments of the coast with elevations higher than 10 m are colored by a yellow gradient.
A majority of the world population lives on low lying lands near the sea, some of which are predicted to submerge by the end of the 21st century due to rising sea levels.

The most relevant quantity for assessing the impacts of sea-level change on these communities is the relative sea-level rise — the elevation change between the Earth's surface height and sea surface height. For an observer standing on the coastland, relative sea-level rise is the net change in the sea level, which also includes the rise and fall of the land beneath observer's feet.

Now, using precise measurements from state-of-the-art satellite-based interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) that can detect the land surface rise and fall with millimeter accuracy, an Arizona State University research team has, for the first time, tracked the entire California coast's vertical land motion.

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Blue Planet

African continent is breaking apart, new ocean will flood over the Afar region

afar ocean
© CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO / Envisat satellite / Lake Malawi, Great Rift Valley
The Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden emerged as the result of a deep geological process that has been going on for the last 30 million years with Arabia moving away from Africa. But even these waters could soon merge into a new, yet-to-be-named ocean, as the world's hottest continent splits apart.

Something is going on underneath the African continent. It has been known for some time that the three tectonic plates, Nubian, Somali and Arabian, that lie beneath the continent's Afar region, have been very slowly peeling apart from each other. Now researchers are able to use satellite images and measurements to study the process more precisely and predict how a new ocean will soon flood the region, according to NBC News.

Comment: A BBC documentary reports:


For more recent events concerning the earth changes occurring beneath our feet, see: For insight into what may be driving this shift, SOTT radio reports: And check out SOTT's monthly report Earth Changes Summary - May 2020: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs for the various phenomena occurring worldwide:





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Parked car partly swallowed by sinkhole in Chicopee, Maine

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© 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.


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Parked car falls into massive sinkhole in East Village, New York

A parked car fell into a sinkhole on 2nd Street.
© Christopher Sadowski
A parked car fell into a sinkhole on 2nd Street.
A parked SUV was swallowed by a massive sinkhole in the East Village early Sunday when the road caved in beneath it, police said.

The silver Toyota SUV was on East Second Street near Avenue A around 2:30 a.m. Sunday when its front half fell into the newly-formed pit, cops said.

Photos showed the empty, four-door vehicle straddling the edge of the crater — with FDNY on the scene.

Con Edison was notified about the incident, police said.


Blue Planet

Slade lake in Canada disapears overnight, sinkholes suspected

Slade Lake
© The Chronicle Herald
Slade Lake disappears overnight in Canada Nova Scotia in June 2020.
Picture in your mind's eye a bathtub that's a kilometre-and-a-half long by 200-metres wide. Then pull the plug. In essence, that is what's happened this spring to Slade Lake.

Two-and-a-half kilometres southwest of Oxford, Cumberland County, the large lake has been drained of its water by underground geological activity.

"The most obvious culprit for this is the water just disappeared down some of the sinkholes at the bottom of the lake," said Amy Tizzard, regional geologist for the Department of Energy and Mines.

"It could be that some gypsum dissolved (below the lake) or sediment or vegetation gave way... we can't really tell because we can't see to the bottom of it."

Comment: While the area may be vulnerable to erosion the question of what's driving the sudden increase, as well as the disappearing lakes, rivers, and even waterfalls...

See also: Sinkholes: The groundbreaking truth

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Weakening of Earth's magnetic field probed

Earth’s magnetic field
© Aubert et al./IPGP/CNRS Photo library
A simulation of the Earth’s magnetic field.
Geophysicists have been puzzling over a gradual weakening of the Earth's magnetic field in an area stretching from Africa to South America, which has resulted in technical disturbances in satellites orbiting Earth.

Scientists have resorted to data from the European Space Agency's (ESA) Swarm constellation to probe the disturbing weakening of Earth's magnetic field in the area known as the "South Atlantic Anomaly".

Jurgen Matzka, from the German Research Centre for Geosciences, and a team of experts from the Swarm Data, Innovation and Science Cluster (DISC) have been using data from ESA's Swarm satellite constellation to identify and measure the different magnetic signals that comprise Earth's magnetic field.
"The new, eastern minimum of the South Atlantic Anomaly has appeared over the last decade and in recent years is developing vigorously. We are very lucky to have the Swarm satellites in orbit to investigate the development of the South Atlantic Anomaly. The challenge now is to understand the processes in Earth's core driving these changes," said Matzka.