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One killed, three injured by landslide in Nagaland, India

Volunteers making efforts to dig out victims buried under landslide debris in Mokokchung town on Saturday.

Volunteers making efforts to dig out victims buried under landslide debris in Mokokchung town on Saturday.
In a tragic incident, one person was killed and three others injured when a landslide buried them while they were working at a construction site in Mokokchung town. The incident happened at around 3 pm at Tongdentsuyong Ward below NH-2 where the four of them were working on constructing a retaining wall.

Following the incident, neighbours and public immediately rushed to the scene of the accident and dug out the victims buried by the landslide debris. All the four of them were rushed to the hospital where one was declared brought dead. Another was admitted to the hospital while the other two who sustained minor injuries were released after administering first aid.

Sherlock

Aerial photography reveals unexplained holes appearing in Arctic sea ice

Curious Circles in Arctic Sea Ice
© NASA photograph by John Sonntag/Operation IceBridge.
NASA's Operation IceBridge - the airborne mission flown annually over both polar regions-is now in its tenth year making flights over the Arctic. That's a lot of flight hours spent mapping the region's land ice and sea ice. But on April 14, 2018, IceBridge mission scientist John Sonntag spotted something he had never seen before.

Sonntag snapped this photograph from the window of the P-3 research plane while flying over the eastern Beaufort Sea. At the time, the aircraft's location was 69.71° North and 138.22° West, about 50 miles northwest of Canada's Mackenzie River Delta. "We saw these sorta-circular features only for a few minutes today," Sonntag wrote from the field. "I don't recall seeing this sort of thing elsewhere."

The features are more of a curiosity than anything else. The main purpose of the flight that day was to make observations of sea ice in an area that lacked coverage by the mission prior to 2013. Still, the image sparked a fair amount of intrigue, so we set out to see what we could learn. That's not always easy based on a photograph or satellite image alone, so the following ideas are speculation.

Comment: So, this aerial photography has been going on for 10 years, it's the first time these scientists have seen them, and there are no other examples of holes like this?

Considering the activity going on in the depths of our planet, many signs we're seeing on the surface, though this may turn out to be seals, there are other, more worrying, theories as to what could be causing this, such as heat coming from below:


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15-foot deep sinkhole closes road in western North Carolina

W NC sinkhole
© WSOC
A large sinkhole has forced crews to close a busy street in Lenoir.

Neighbors said the 15-foot deep hole first opened up beneath Westview Street late Sunday after heavy rain over the weekend.

The city has placed barricades across the road to block traffic but there is no word from the city yet on when repairs to the road will begin, or how much it will cost.

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More cracks reported in Kenya as Africa's geographical divide deepens

Crack on the outskirts of Naivasha town in Nakuru County, Kenya.
© Daily Nation
Crack on the outskirts of Naivasha town in Nakuru County, Kenya.
A month after a huge crack was reported in Kenya's Rift Valley, another two-kilometre fault line has cracked open on Monday on the outskirts of Naivasha town in Nakuru County where farms have been swallowed.

Local media reports say at least 16 families have moved to safe grounds as several acres of crops were destroyed by the crack that was filled with water believed to be from rains in other parts of the country, reports Daily Nation.

"The heavy rains pounding this region have contributed in a way to the fault line ... It's a 20-foot deep fault line that runs across several agricultural farms. The families were asked to leave primarily for their safety," said Naivasha assistant county commissioner Joseph Opondo on Tuesday.

Comment: Miles-long crevice opens up overnight near Nariobi in Kenya's Rift Valley


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Car falls into large sinkhole in central North Carolina

Sinkhole in North Carolina
© WRAL
A car became trapped after a sink hole opened up on a Southern Pines road Sunday night.

Authorities said crews arrived at West Wisconsin Avenue and Southeast Service Road just before 8 p.m. and found a car that had fallen several feet into a large sinkhole.

According to officials, water had undermined a large pipe running underneath the road and caused the roadway to sink as the car attempted to drive across it.

Two occupants in the car were not injured, authorities said.

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Sinkhole swallows SUV in El Cajon, California

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A driver crashed into a sinkhole Monday night after a water main broke under a major roadway in El Cajon.

The incident happened around 9:28 p.m. at the intersection of North Johnson Avenue and Vernon Way.

According to El Cajon police, law enforcement officials were on scene directing traffic around the flooded roadway when a female driver disobeyed the road signs and drove around the police barricade.


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Large sinkhole swallows car in Hobart, Indiana

Hobard, IN sinkhole
© CBS News
Police in Hobart, Indiana, are warning drivers to stay away from a stretch of State Road 51 in a residential area, after a huge sinkhole opened in the street.

The sinkhole opened on Lincoln Street (State Road 51) near 9th Street late Wednesday morning, according to Hobart Police.

The hole was nearly the length of a Kia sedan that fell in the hole, and several feet wide. Both tires on the driver's side of the car fell in the hole, while the wheels on the passenger's side were still on the roadway.

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UK: Devon village rising 2cm a year, London suburb sinking, and scientists have no idea why

The village of Willand in Devon, which is rising 2cm every year
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The village of Willand in Devon, which is rising 2cm every year
But the small parish of Willand in Devon is not enjoying an unexpected economic boom, but rather a strange geological upsurge.

Scientists have discovered the village is rising by 0.7 inches (2cm) a year, and are utterly baffled about the reason.

The curious elevation was spotted by researchers from the University of Nottingham's spin-off company Geomatic Ventures Limited (GML) who have been compiling satellite images between 2015 and 2017 to create the first country-wide map of land motion in Britain.

"We generally see this sort of uplift where there has been mining works and the pumps have been switched off, allowing the water to gradually seep back into the ground," said Dr Andy Sowter, Chief Technical Officer at GVL.

Comment: Mainstream scientists probably have no idea why because they're lost in a specialised bubble and are not paying attention to what's going on all over the planet: Also check out SOTT's monthly documentary: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - March 2018: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs


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Enormous sinkhole swallows an SUV whole in car park in Rostov-on-Don, Russia

Incredible footage from the scene shows the stricken car lying on its side in the sinkhole

Incredible footage from the scene shows the stricken car lying on its side in the sinkhole
This is the unbelievable moment a Russian SUV owner got the shock of their lives after returning to where they parked their car only to find it had been swallowed by a sinkhole.

The incident occurred in the city of Rostov-on-Don close to the border with Ukraine and was caught on camera by flabbergasted onlookers eager to get a closer look.

In the bizarre footage, filmed on a smartphone, the car can be seen lying on its side in the gigantic cavity in the road.

As the camera moves around the site the true scale of the sinkhole becomes apparent as it appears to be wider and longer than the stricken vehicle.

People can be seen standing just metres away from the wreck - coolly discussing and observing the phenomenon without fear for their own safety.


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Miles-long crevice opens up overnight near Nariobi in Kenya's Rift Valley

crack east african rift valley
© Buzz60
Experts say Africa will be split into two different continents in the future. Amassive crack appeared in the East African Rift Valley of Kenya.
It'll take tens of millions of years, but Africa may eventually split into two parts.

While geologists have known about this possibility for a while, it became news recently when a large crack, stretching several miles in length, made a sudden appearance in southwestern Kenya following heavy rain.

The tear, which continues to grow, collapsed part of a highway and "was accompanied by seismic activity in the area," said Lucia Perez Diaz, a postdoctoral researcher on tectonics at Royal Holloway, a university in London.

The crack is located in a region known as the East African Rift Valley. It measures more than 50 feet in depth and 65 feet across, according to National Geographic. A rift valley refers to a lowland region where tectonic plates rift, or move apart.

Comment: The earth has been literally 'opening up' in various locations around the globe, due in part to the current slowdown in earth's rotation: