Thursday, May 5, 2011

PLANETARY TREMORS: The Pacific Ring of Fire - Magnitude 6.2 in Japan, Magnitude 6.0 in Alaska, Seismic Tremors and Volcanism?!

There seems to be increasing volatility along the Pacific "Ring of Fire," as seismic activity seems to be escalating rapidly in what seems to be precursory tremors to an imminent and monumental disturbance.

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck of the east coast of Honshu, Japan at a depth of 24.2 kilometres or 15 miles. The quake hit at 14:58:21 p.m. UTC Thursday and was located at 38.173°N, 144.040°E. The epicentre was 471 kilometres or 292 miles from Tokyo. No tsunami watch, warning or advisory was issued and there are no reports of damage.

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake rattled the Alaska Peninsula region at a depth of 46.9 kilometres or 29.1 miles. The quake hit at 14:13:01.0 UTC on Thursday and was located at 55.136°N, 160.616°W. The epicentre was 1624 kilometres or 1009 miles west of Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory in Canada.

Currently, Alaska seems to be experiencing a successive swarm of earthquakes. Take a look at this map.

The extent of the seismic tremors along the Pacific "Ring of Fire" can be seen on the current earthquake list and maps.

In addition to this, according to the U.S. Geological Survey and the Smithsonian, the following volcanoes are showing New Activity for Unrest and Ongoing Activity from April 27th to May 3rd, 2011:

New Activity/Unrest: | Bezymianny, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Gamkonora, Halmahera | Kizimen, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) | Planchón-Peteroa, Central Chile-Argentina border | Puyehue-Cordón Caulle, Central Chile | Ruapehu, North Island (New Zealand) | Tungurahua, Ecuador

Ongoing Activity: | Batu Tara, Komba Island (Indonesia) | Dukono, Halmahera | Fuego, Guatemala | Karymsky, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) | Kilauea, Hawaii (USA) | Sakura-jima, Kyushu | Santa María, Guatemala | Shiveluch, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Suwanose-jima, Ryukyu Islands (Japan) | Tengger Caldera, Eastern Java (Indonesia)

Get the full details HERE.

FRINGE: Symbolism of Convergence - Weak Points and Gravitational Singularities. Huge Arctic Pool could flush to Atlantic, alter Weather?

Several weeks ago, following the devastating mega-earthquake and resultant tsunami that hit off the coast of Japan, I highlighted the news about a giant whirlpool that was seen near Qarai City in Ibaraki Prefecture in northeastern Japan. I wrote:
"A swirling vortex, that lasted for hours, sucking up everything in its path, including houses, ships, cars and farm buildings. According to Michio Kaku, the theoretical physicist, the whirlpool was caused by the sudden uplift of the Earth's crust, a rupture ranging for hundreds of miles that created colliding waves. He also believes that the crack in the Earth's crust, also caused the water to swirl into a vortex, descending and funneling like a drain." 
A couple weeks later, it was reported online, that American scientists had discovered two giant whirlpools in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Guyana and Suriname. According to the report, no one understood where the whirlpools came from and what surprises they may bring.
According to Brazilian scientist Guilherme Castellane, the two funnels are approximately 400 kilometers in diameter. Until now, these were not known on Earth. The funnels reportedly exert a strong influence on climate changes that have been registered during the recent years. "Funnels rotate clockwise. They are moving in the ocean like giant frisbees, two discs thrown into the air. Rotation occurs at a rate of one meter per second, the speed is sufficiently large compared to the speed of oceanic currents, on the border hoppers is a wave-step height of 40 cm," Castellane said. Even during the dry months, when the movement of oceanic currents and the flow of the Amazon River practically comes to a standstill, the funnels do not disappear. Therefore, the nature of the funnels does not depend on the flow of water, which one of the world's biggest rivers brings into the ocean. - Pravda Online.
In the close examination of these stories, I wondered about the symbolism from the Fox television sci-fi series Fringe, given that the show dealt with the unexplained and shocking occurrences associated with a breach or incursion of a parallel universe, whether the mythological arc of the storyline was a pointer towards the convergence of worlds and most importantly, if our planet will continue to undergo geological upheavals as the weak points expand resulting in increased weather anomalies or gravitational singularities. I wondered whether our region of space is experiencing a deformation and absorption at the weak points of this conjunction.

A valid question when you considering the magnitude and gravity of the disintegration or dismantling of the climate, taking place on our planet. Just today, MSNBC revealed that there is a huge swirling pool of icy Arctic meltwater, that has the potential to flush quickly into the Atlantic Ocean, monumentally altering our weather and climate.
A swirling pool of icy Arctic meltwater has the potential to flush quickly into the Atlantic Ocean and alter weather in Northern Europe, climate scientists reported Tuesday. Located just north of Alaska and Canada, the vast pool's percentage of freshwater from rivers has grown by about 20 percent since the 1990s and that change in salinity level could impact ocean circulation and cause temperatures in Northern Europe to cool, the experts said. That level of increase in Arctic freshwater has never before been observed by scientists, Laura de Steur, an oceanographer with the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, told That level of increase in Arctic freshwater has never before been observed by scientists, Laura de Steur, an oceanographer with the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, told The volume of water discharged into the Arctic Ocean, largely from Canadian and Siberian rivers, is higher than usual due to warmer temperatures in the north causing ice to melt," she added in a statement released by European science institutes working together on climate projects. "Sea ice is also melting quickly," she said, "another new record low for ocean area covered was documented this past January by the National Snow and Ice Data Center adding even more freshwater to the relatively calm Arctic Ocean." About the volume of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron combined, the pool — known by scientists as the Beaufort Gyre — has been kept bottled up in the Arctic by a clockwise wind pattern that has not shifted in 12 years. Normally, the winds change at intervals of five to 10 years. "When the general atmospheric circulation pattern does shift, the fresh, cold water is expected to enter the North Atlantic, with unpredictable impact on an ocean current system important to both European weather and marine food chain," according to the European institutes. "Signs of such an atmospheric shift appeared in 2009 but the episode was too short to cause a major flush," they added. De Steur noted that an additional factor is that more of the Arctic's sea ice is younger and thinner, not the older and thicker ice as in the past. That makes the ice "more mobile and could exit the Arctic faster," she said. "In the worst case, these Arctic outflow surges can significantly change the densities of marine surface waters in the extreme North Atlantic. What happens then is hard to predict." "Large regional changes could be in store if the ocean circulation changes," she added. "Atmospheric circulation in the Arctic has been changing and seems very variable over the last years and the natural seasonal circulation patterns appear to have been different too, so clearly research is needed to understand the present state, and possibly predict near-future changes," De Steur told A greater concentration of freshwater in the north Atlantic could slow down a giant ocean current "conveyor" known as the Atlantic Thermohaline Circulation. That, in turn, could alter weather patterns in Northern Europe, creating cooler temperatures. Rising air temperatures could temporarily mask the cooling. "However, the western edge of Europe, particularly the United Kingdom and Scandinavia, could cool substantially nonetheless," the European institutes stated. Scientists do think that the water would not flush out if a wind pattern shift is shortlived. "For a large release of freshwater to occur we expect that a change in circulation should be maintained for a longer time period than just one season, so for example a year or even longer," De Steur said.

These anomalies can't just be seen as something peculiar or unusual, just because it quantitatively contradicts the existing standard theory or are subsumed under the variable nature of climatic changes, they should ultimately be recognized as something that is yet to be fully understood. However, I am of the view that these anomalies are pointing to a convergence. A convergence that will shortly become a moment of realization, a point of recognition, validating with internal consistency and theoretical integrity that the current Earth changes and weather anomalies are occurring, as they are elsewhere in the solar system, as a direct result of the weak points between both worlds.

GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVALS: Sinkholes, Landslides, Subsidence,...

As a result of the heavy rains and widespread flooding, depressions and/or erosions will develop in the surface of the Earth, by the collapsing of the soil due to the dissolving of the underlying limestone. In the following report, I will highlight cases across the globe of this collapse in the form of sinkholes, landslides, cracks and land subsidence.

I start first in China, where the sudden and mysterious appearance of sinkholes continue unabated. A sinkhole big enough to swallow a truck recently opened up in a Beijing road, possibly due to subway construction, news reports say.

Onlookers in Beijing, China, keep a safe distance from a giant sinkhole that opened in the middle of a busy street last Tuesday, swallowing a truck. Several news reports say the sinkhole formed above a tunnel being dug for construction of a subway line. But Chinese engineers urged caution in jumping to conclusions: "It could have resulted from multiple causes," Wei Jinglian, a senior engineer from the Beijing Institute of Geology, told China's Global Times. "Water leakage from old pipes underground may have softened the soil," Jinglian said, "or there has been too much pressure frequently on the same section of road." Mining and construction activities can weaken the subsurface and cause sinkholes to collapse, said Mike Hoyal of the Tennessee Division of Geology. But sinkholes can also form naturally when water-saturated soil becomes too heavy, causing the roofs of existing voids and caves in the ground to collapse. In addition, acidic rain or groundwater can enlarge a natural fracture in a limestone bedrock layer to form a sinkhole. The water "dissolves out the calcium carbonate in the limestone and forms fractures," Hoyal said. As the crack gets bigger, the topsoil can gently slump, exposing the sinkhole to the world. - National Geographic.

In Vietnam, unusual ground cracks have recently occurred at Di Linh plateau in the Central Highlands, causing anxiety among local people in Di Linh district, Lam Dong province during the past week.

By May 3 morning, no one knows what the phenomenon really is. A mud mining project nearby has been blamed, local residents said. The District’s Department of Natural Resources & Environment Monday promised to conduct further investigation into the phenomenon and fix the problems in the coming days. When asked why authorities don’t evacuate residents, Nguyen Canh, chairman of the Di Linh People’s Committee, said: “We have carried out field research and concluded that there is no need for a large-scale evacuation. We will organize a provincial meeting on Tuesday morning to seek solutions,” he added. According to Huynh Van Chinh, director of Lam Dong province’s Department of Natural Resources & Environment, the phenomenon seems to be similar to ground cracks happening in Duc Trong district some years ago due to a sharp drop in underground water. - Tuoitre News
In Indonesia, mysterious ground movement caused the displacement of 72 residents.

Seventy-two citizens of the village of pickles, Banjarnegara regency, Central Java, to evacuate because of the movement of soil in their residential area. Three buildings were severely damaged even on Tuesday early days. About 30 other homes are threatened because it is on a radius of 20 meters from the scene. Welfare Section staff members of the Regional Secretariat Banjarnegara, Andrew Susilo, appealed to people on RT 03 RW 03, Hamlet Mangunharjo, pickles Village, District Kalibening, it remains cautious due to heavy rain is predicted to occur within the next few days. Conditions that can trigger aftershocks of ground motion. "We recommend that residents evacuate to the homes of relatives or a safer place. Within the next few days, heavy rainfall is predicted to fall," said Andrew Susilo. The movement of soil on Tuesday occurred at about 00:00 to 2:00 during heavy rains flushed the region. The next soil cracks and moves down because the contour of the sloping ground. As a result, two houses and one mosque was heavily damaged. Damaged homes actually built using the wall permanently. The houses are made of wood and bamboo are not actually damaged. Banjarnegara District Government through the disaster management team (pilot) Regional Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) has taken several steps to anticipate, among other land cover cracks so that water does not enter into it. In addition, said Andrew, who is also member of the Disaster Management Team Section Regional Secretariat for People's Welfare Banjarnegara, it has coordinated with the Department of Water Resources and Energy Mineral Resources (PSDA and EMR) to examine the soil conditions at the venue. PSDA and Energy Department team will examine the possibility of the persistence of ground motion at that location. According to Andre, the disaster site is subject to soil movement. The slope of the land in the region reached 30 degrees. Besides destroying homes, land movement also causes agricultural land that lies below the settlement residents landslides. Until Tuesday afternoon, emergency response measures, including distribution logistics for refugees, are still performed. This occurs twice a month of ground motion in the region Banjarnegara that causes damage to the house residents. Beginning April 2011, a total of 22 houses in the hamlet Prigi, Kalitlaga Village, District Pagentan, collapsed due to soil movement which triggered heavy rains. - Kompas.
In America, a series of sinkholes across different states.


A Southwest Miami-Dade street remains closed a day after a water main break caused a massive sinkhole, and county officials say it could take another couple days to fix it. Miller Drive near Southwest 124th Avenue remains closed in both directions Wednesday, though officials say they hope partial access will be opened up later in the day as crews work to fix the problem. On Tuesday, a 48-inch underground pipe ruptured, flooding homes and nearby business and creating a sinkhole that nearly swallowed a school bus. There were no children on the school bus and the driver was able to escape without injury. Officials say it could take between 24 and 48 hours to fix, and it remains unclear what caused the pipe to burst. - MSNBC.
In Cincinnati, huge sinkholes are getting worse in Anderson Township.

The sink holes were first discovered on Saturday night, almost two weeks ago. They're located behind a couple of businesses on Beechmont Avenue... and since they developed, they've continued to grow. The rain isn't helping. Local 12 News Reporter Rich Jaffe tries to "get to the bottom of things". The problem began with a hole that first developed behind Adams Heating and Cooling, but before long, another sinkhole appeared down the line behind Plants by Wolfangel. It quickly swallowed up equipment and asphalt threatening to cut the plant shop off from it's nursery, located on the rear of the property. It's believed that beneath the holes is a plugged up 8 foot wide drain pipe. The owner of Adams Heating and Cooling has brought in huge pumps to try and keep up with the rain that keeps filling up the holes. Dave Henry, Plant Shop Owner: "As it's trying to drain itself, it chips away at the line and we've lost another 20 or 30 feet going westbound here and as it continues to rain, fill up and drain, we're going to continue losing ground all the way down to New England Club Drive, as I said, we've lost another 20 feet in the rain we had." After yesterday's rain filled up the first sink hole, the water dug a trench through the ground, ripping it's way into the one on Dave Henry's property. Henry shot video of the torrent as it ripped it's way in and out of his property. "It's just really sort of like a bathtub, as it drains, it just swirls away and eats away at the fill, you lose the fill and you lose the blacktop." Late this morning, a contractor showed up, who's going to try and dig out the damaged pipe and try to clean it out so the water will start going where it's supposed to... but he has to do it before it rains again. Gilbert Spaulding, Contractor: "The job itself being as deep as it is is where the problem is...if it was only four foot deep wouldn't be that bad...but an 8 foot pipe and 25 foot deep is a big problem." - WKRC.

In Ocean Springs, a city in Jackson County, Mississippi, hundreds of sinkholes are slowly disappearing in the city, however they seem to be consistently popping up like mushrooms.

More than 100 sinkholes are slowly disappearing in Ocean Springs. In January, WLOX News showed you the Public Works catalog of sinkholes that have caused problems all over town for years. "We are standing where the sinkhole use to be, and it is quite big," Sheila Peterson said. Now Sheila Peterson's front yard on Halstead Road is now sinkhole free after eight years of complaining to Ocean Springs' Public Works. "It feels pretty firm, and I am sure all the piping and everything is really good down there." Public Works Assistant Director Johnny Groue said crews have fixed about 20 of the 100 plus sinkholes around town. He knows that number sounds low, but there's a reason. "Anytime that you dig underground you have other utilities in the way. It is a slow process; it is nothing fast. You have water lines, sewer lines, gas lines," Groue said. Public Works officials said another problem is every time they fix a sinkhole, seems like another pops up around town, and that is delaying progress. -WLOX
In Mexico, hope is fading for miners trapped in a coal mine following a methane gas explosion.

Rescuers searching a coal mine rocked by a gas explosion in northern Mexico have so far recovered five bodies. Efforts are continuing to locate nine more men trapped underground but hopes of finding survivors are fading. Officials said the blast was so strong that a teenage boy working at the mine's surface had lost an arm. The pit is located near the town of San Juan de Sabinas, the scene of one of Mexico's worst mining disasters where 65 men died in 2006. After Tuesday's blast, rescue efforts were initially hampered by high levels of methane gas in the mine shaft. As tearful family members gathered near the entrance of the mine, the authorities tried to extract the underground gas using machines. Giving updates via Twitter, Labour Secretary Javier Lozano confirmed that five bodies had so far been recovered. "The truth is that it does not allow us to hold out much hope," he said. Mr Lozano said the teenager who lost his arm had apparently been employed at the site illegally, the Associated Press reported. The small mine, in Coahuila state close to the border with the US, had been operating for less than a month. It was one of the many small mining operations which are vital to the local economy in poorer regions. Officials are investigating who actually operated the mine. In a statement, the Mexican mine workers' union criticised the "totally unsafe conditions" in the country's mines. Relatives of some of the miners killed in the 2006 disaster have urged the government to tighten regulations. The blast at the Pasta de Conchos mine more than four years ago collapsed thousands of tonnes of rock. -
Hundreds of vehicles are in a traffic jam on the highway Federico Basadre, near Velasco Alvarado, in the Padre Abad. Large landslides caused by intense rains again interrupted movement. Freight forwarders were forced to wait for the arrival of highway maintenance workers to remove tons of earth and rocks that covered the highway, which in addition provoked a collapse of a wall to strengthen the 150-meter stretch. Also, truck companies Transmar Cargo nearly fell into the river Iurak Yakushima. He was caught in the middle of the ravine. The driver escaped. - InfoRegion.
In Ecuador, a landslide in Quito killed 5 people.

New landslide occurred in the prospectus, Simon Bolivar. At the moment, confirmed the death of five people. Four of the victims belong to the family of Machachi. Husbands Jorge Askel and Mary Magdalene Cañizares, along with his son Miguel Askel, drove past in a red wagon, when the mountain collapsed to 12:15. After a red Toyota van was found Caisa Francisco, aged 70, who was the last victim, discovered by 16:00. Another victim - Alba Parra, 37 years old. His sister survived. In addition, there are six wounded, and there were four cars found. Approximately 2,000 cubic meters of earth came down from the slope due to the accumulation of water which was not detected. The tragedy occurred on the street, Woodland, 4, 120 meters south of where it was another landslide last Friday. - Elcomercio.

Several days earlier, 50 families were affected by landslides in the hill El Faro in Esmeraldas, which resulted from the weekend. The homes are located in the upper area of Las Palmas in the north of the city. Today, relief agencies moved people into shelters, to prevent casualties. Proceeds from sliding opened a hole five feet deep on the mound. According to Enter At Ecuador, Guillermo Prado, director of the National Risk Management in Esmeraldas (SNGR) conducted an inspection of the affected area. He said it has formed a crack in the middle of the hill. This resulted in the ceding further ground and push against the houses at the foot of the hill.

In Venezeula, 175 kilometres of roads in Merida was damaged by heavy rains with landslides seen in several areas.

The rains over the territory Merida continue in the coming days according to forecasts from the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (Inameh), so that the state Merida is on high alert. The downpour caused severe damage to roads, hundreds of homes and other infrastructure. The director of Civil Protection (CP) in Merida, Noel Marquez, reported that rainfall has claimed the life of a woman named Nancy Guerrero, 34 years old, who on Sunday while trying to cross a makeshift footbridge, between the towns of Quebrada del Barro and El Vijagual, she slipped and fell into the river Mocotíes, being washed away by raging waters about 3 miles. The head of the station fire from the town of Tovar, Irvin Páez, said Nancy Guerrero fell to the tributary arms of his wife while trying to cross the pedestrian bridge, made of two poles and two tables, and at about 80 meters released, due to the strong current of water, while her husband was caught in a log. The tributary valley is grown Mocotíes product for days of incessant rains that kept warning people in total. Noel Marquez said that 5 vehicles were walled in by a landslide in Bolero Alto sector without casualties were reported, and although there is machinery (about 40 machines) deployed on all roads in the state, landslides still occur intermittently. - El Universal.
In Colombia, flood waters have reached over 50 centimetres high and is affecting the lives of over one hundred thousand persons. As a result, there have been widespread landslides, cracks and sinkholes.

The rain of recent days expressed their ruthlessness with road from Pamplona to San Antonio village, sector La Cucalina. The collapse of banks in the Reference Point (RP) 85 +200 hinders this Thursday vehicular traffic on the road between Cúcuta Pamplonita with (lane San Antonio, sector La Cucalina). The regional director of the Traffic Police and Transport of Norte de Santander, Major William Lara Avendano, inspected the damage and said the picture is complicated because in this way are recorded total losses of four banks, two sets and more than 25 slides land a distance of 30 kilometers. He stated that from Easter began to evince a geological fault on Thursday at 6:00 in the morning collapsed a considerable stretch of road. Avendano Lara explained that depending on the jobs running and the weather in a month, or a little more, it could restore vehicular traffic on this corridor. - LA Opinion.

A couple days earlier, a collapse of major proportions (6,000 cubic meters) caused the total closure of the Bogota-Medellin, covering the roads of the road connecting the capital of Antioquia with Jose Maria Cordoba International Airport with the eastern municipalities of the department and with the rest of the country, at km 4 +300.

Stay tuned. More anon.

EARTH CHANGES: COLD SPELL - Catastrophic Snow In Poland!

The polish have had their May Day holiday celebrations ruined by days of consistent cold weather and catastrophic snowfall that has taken numerous lives and left many injured. The cold spell often seen later in May, shifted to the end of April and the beginning of May.

Freezing weather and snow added to the hazards facing drivers returning from the May break yesterday, with 41 losing their lives and 547 injured in around 400 accidents since the long weekend began last Friday evening. Wintry weather returned to south west Poland with driving snow leaving 100,000 homes without electricity in Lower Silesia and Opole regions with traffic grinding to a halt on many roads. Temperatures plummeted to zero degrees Celsius in some areas. By evening, sleet and rain had fallen on central Poland. Temperatures of minus 3 hit northern Poland Sunday night, Monday morning, with frost in many places. “We appeal as usual for caution and prudence - the situation on the roads is very difficult,” said spokeswoman at Police HQ in Warsaw, Grazyna Puchalska. Slippery roads have been made even worse as many vehicles have already crossed over the summer tyres and are completely inappropriate for the return of winter, she said. Power lines were down in Walbrzych, Jelenia Góra and the Wroclaw area after trees heavy with snow toppled over and cut electricity cables. Arthur Rudkowski from the Opole emergency services said that they were working as hard as they could to restore power but bad road conditions are slowing down operations. - The News.

PLANETARY TREMORS: Shiveluch Volcano Spew Ash 6,000 Metres!

The eruption of the Shiveluch volcano has begun on the Kamchatka Peninsula, the local branch of the Geophysical Service of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAN) reported. According to the service experts, “A strong seismic event that continued for about half an hour” was registered on the volcano early on Tuesday. It was accompanied by spew of ash from the volcano crater and volcanic rock descent from the slopes.
Shiveluch is one of the most active Kamchatka volcanoes. It is 3,283 metres high. Its eruptions are of explosive nature and are difficult to forecast. The volcano's preceding eruption was registered in September 2005.
The Shiveluch volcano on the Kamchatka peninsula in Russia's Far East, has spewed ash to an altitude of 6,000 meters above sea level, local media reported Tuesday. The seismic activity at the volcano intensified at 4:30 local time Tuesday (1730 GMT Monday) and reached its peak at 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. local time (1900 to 2100 GMT Monday) before gradually abating, the RIA Novosti news agency reported. Though experts said there was no danger for local communities, an aviation "orange" alert has been assigned to the area. Meanwhile, Kizimen, another volcano on the peninsula, has become active and spewed ash into the air of up to 7,000 meters. - Xinhuanet.

Speaking of the Kizimen volcano, during the period from the 22nd to the 29th of April, a large bright thermal anomaly was detected over Kizimen as daily and ash plumes drifted 135 kilometres in multiple directions. Ground-based observations indicated that gas-and-steam plumes with a small amount of ash rose to an altitude of 3.5 kilometres (11,500 ft) and drifted west during from the 20th to the 21st. On the 3rd of May, seismic data indicated a possible series of ash plumes and avalanches. An ash plume may have risen to an altitude of 10 kilometres (33,000 ft). On the 4th of May, seismicity decreased but remained high.

EARTH CHANGES: The Great Deluge - "As in the Days of Noah"?!

As residents, emergency and disaster personnel, and the Army Corps of Engineers continue to battle against extensive flooding across central and southern United States, the situation is exactly the same or worst elsewhere around the world.

Further up north, flooding in Quebec's Richelieu Valley in Canada, is affecting about a dozen municipalities along the river, and residents are bracing for more evacuations as heavy rain and strong wind are expected to continue all week.


Up to 60 millimetres of rain are expected to fall by Thursday night, while the Richelieu River has swelled to record levels. The river rose another five centimetres Wednesday morning. About 400 people have been told to leave their homes in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Saint-Anne-de-Sabrevois, St-Paul-de-l'Île-aux-Noix and Lacolle, and at least 2,000 homes have flooded. Several people were travelling by canoe along the streets of St-Paul-de-l'Île-aux-Noix Wednesday, according to CBC reporter Melissa Kent. Septic tanks have overflowed in some municipalities, and towns officials are setting up portable toilets and handing out water bottles. Four emergency shelters have been set up in the Montérégie region for evacuated residents who have nowhere to go. - CBC
Down south, in the Caribbean, major flooding continues in St. Lucia.


The rains that lash the Caribbean, have caused flooding in today around the island of St. Lucia, where the Weather Service said bad weather was the worst in the last 40 years. Until now, no data about the victims, although the damage to infrastructure is very strong, informed Daili Nation. Residents of the eastern areas Bexon decided to evacuate because of the overflow of rivers, hundreds of streets closed to traffic, ha landslides. Director (M), Tomasz Augusta, showed that rainfall over the past five days was 354.4 millimeters, which has broken a record in 1973, when these records began on this island. "It is ironic that a flood is replaced by one of the biggest drought in our history, which is an obvious sign of climate change," he said. National Organization of emergencies urged the population to increase security measures to the dangers of new flooding and landslides. Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, Martinique and Barbados other Caribbean countries suffered because of rain last month. Specialists confer climatological situation in the event La Niña and ocean currents that are activated in this time of year. - Prensa.
In South America, Columbia has suffered from the wettest rainy season on record and the floods have been building since December of last year. Billions of dollars of losses have already accrued with lost property, damaged crops and homes washed away.

The United Nations humanitarian arm is voicing concern about the situation in Colombia, where a new rainy season is wreaking havoc at a time when many areas have not yet recovered from last season’s devastating floods. Colombia’s meteorological authorities have maintained red alerts for the main rivers and river basins in the country’s Andean region, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported. More than 2 million Colombians were affected by last year’s floods, and in some places flood waters are yet to recede, according to OCHA. The governors of some affected departments are reporting that this year’s flooding is worse than last year’s inundations, and the cumulative toll has risen to 410 people dead and 482 others missing. “The emergency in some areas of the country is not yet over, and we are really concerned about the impact of the new rainy season on already affected communities,” said Stephanie Bunker, a spokesperson for OCHA. - ReliefWeb.
In the Dominican Republic, flash flood warnings have been issued in high-risk areas.

The Bureau of Meteorology reports that the continuous trough incident on Dominican territory by providing ample moisture and instability to produce heavy showers, thunderstorms and gusty winds in virtually every country, may be more intense on the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest and Central Cordillera. It is expected that the cumulative rainfall in the next 24 hours could exceed 80 mm, causing urban flooding. The ONAMET issued a flash flood warning for residents in high risk areas, who live near rivers, streams and creeks of the Northeast and Southeast regions, and particularly those living in the Lower Yuna should take precautionary measures and watch for upcoming newsletters. As sea conditions in the Atlantic and Caribbean coasts, fragile and small vessels should navigate with caution near the coast and not to venture offshore by waves abnormal. Santo Domingo and its municipalities. Scattered showers, thunderstorms and gusty winds. National District. Showers, thunderstorms and gusty winds. - Encarpeta.
In Venezuela, heavy rains and floods have caused major havoc.

Floods, landslides and mudslides, collapsing houses, roads blocked by logs and debris carried by floodwater flows, are the product of the heavy rains continue to fall in the Windward area since last Sunday until yesterday night , according to Civil Protection-Miranda said. Floods, landslides, slope, landslides, collapse of houses, roads blocked by logs and debris carried by the stream, are the product of the heavy rain still falling in the area of Barlovento, Miranda state since last Sunday to Last night, regional Civil Protection announced that runs Victor Lira. A new part of the left by the natural phenomenon gave the media the chief risk of PC-Miranda, Miguel Dos Santos, noting that the most affected municipality still is Pedro Gual Cúpira Parish: The National Trunk Highway 9, Mouth stretch Uchire-Cupira, Panapa sector, meaning East, there is a sliding slope of about 3 meters high. Along this road there were 10 landslides, with the highest magnitude above the flood motivated Quebrada La Ceiba, slow traffic due to the presence of debris, thick trunks, rocks around the stage while the Corporation Miranda performs maintenance work of removal and maintenance Panapa level, flooding of roads in areas Chaguaramal, stable and Sand Creek and flooding roads in the areas of Treasury, Palo Blanco. - Diariolavoz.
In Guatemala, torrential rains left 2,390 persons affected.

The torrential rains that fell today in the department of Izabal, in Guatemala's Caribbean, 2,390 Guatemalans affected, officials of civil protection, reporting no deaths so far. According to the state National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conrad), it rained hard for five hours in Izabal which increased the river flow Escondido brought down the drains in the urban area of the city of Puerto Barrios. The delegate from the Conrad in Izabal, Erick Hernández, explained that 2,390 people were affected by the sudden flood. According to the National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology in various regions of the Caribbean, southeast and northwest of Guatemala and the rainy season began in 2011, which lasts until October. In mid-May is scheduled to open in rainfall in the central plateau, which includes the capital, while on the Pacific coast will be the end of the month, and in the north at the beginning of June, according to the institute. So far only in the department of Izabal affected people are registered and property damage. During 2010, the rains and tropical storms left 263 people dead and more than one million were affected, according to Conrad. - Aguas Digital
Further afield, in Asia, in Malaysia, some areas in Tanjong Malim were flooded due to heavy rain that came throughout the night. Among the flooded areas Menderang, Sungkai, city Trolak, village and several villages around Rasau and Slim dan Tg Malim. Here are several pictures of the floods:


In the Philippines, over 3,000 families evacuate their residences as floods hit the Negros Occidental.

Flashfloods caused by heavy rains have affected more than 3,000 families in Negros Occidental province, authorities said on Wednesday. At least 50 families, whose homes were inundated by floodwaters, are now staying in evacuation centers in the city of Victorias and EB Magalona town. Heavy rains started pouring down on the province on Tuesday night. In Victorias, floods affected at least 1,400 families in 7 barangays while the homes and farms of around 2,000 families in EB Magalona are now under water. The local and provincial governments have started giving relief goods to flood victims. The affected families are expected to return home on Thursday, if the weather improves. - ABS-CBN.
In Singapore, flash floods occurred in at least six locations around Ang Mo Kio and Bishan in mid-afternoon on Thursday after heavy, intense rain.

According to the PUB, the national water agency, the floods were caused by heavy and intense rain over many parts of Singapore. About 90mm of rain fell in less than one hour between 3pm and 4pm. The amount of rainfall is approximately more than 50% of the average monthly rainfall for May. PUB says the flash floods subsided within 20 minutes. Some ground-floor shopkeepers in Ang Mo Kio said they had to scramble to keep the floodwaters out of their premises. Even regular customers like Shi Jun Wen, who was at a Traditional Chinese Medicine clinic at that time, were roped in to help. But a small step in front of the clinic at Block 330, Ang Mo Kio Ave 1 had kept the floods at bay. Mr Shi said the water would have entered the clinic if the downpour had continued beyond 4pm. He said: "In my experience, I have never seen such heavy rain. It was so heavy that I had to grab some towels to keep the shopfront dry, because we have furniture and beds to protect from the water. But I have never seen anything like this (before)." - Channel News Asia.
In Indonesia, the deluge continues.

At least 5 districts in Bojonegoro inundated. Among these 5 districts, which include severe in District Kanor and Trucuk. Also there Bojonegoro City District, Cotton, dander and District Kalitidu. The data collected in the field, Tuesday explains, for Sub Kanor there are more than 7 villages are reportedly submerged. Namely Sarangan Village, Cangaan, Kabalan, Simbatan, Piyak, Tambakrejo and Kedungprimpen. As for the district there dander and Ngulanan Ngablak Village, in the District Municipality is Kalirejo Village, Village Ledokwetan, Village Semanding and Jetak... Residents of Jalan Imam Bonjol and front Market Stage, Sampang, Madura, Wednesday, were surprised by the arrival of floods that inundate the region. In fact, a previous rain flushed the City Sampang not too swift. Flood is a flood from the mountains. Floods hit northern region Sampang, like Robatal, Coral Penang, and the District Omben. Previously, very heavy rain since last two days. Rainwater that goes into the river then overflowed and came back to the City Sampang in the lower plains. Although not very high, but road users should be careful. This flood, traders in the Market Stage, Sampang, forced to sell at above a pool of water... Heavy rain for four hours to make some regions in Bone regency, South Sulawesi, experienced flooding, recently. Puddle of overflowing water to soak into the highway and a number of public facilities. One of the flooding seen on the Street location Sukawati and Agus Salim, and Lapatau, Husen Jeddawi. There, the water directly into the house residents... Wide 1458 hectares of rice crops a number of villages in four districts Bojonegoro, East Java, Solo river flood submerged. The worst affected area of the District Balen 744 hectares. In Sub Kanor 264 hectares, 300 hectares dander, and Kalitidu 150 hectares. "If the flood water inundated three days clearly damaged, especially those who have failed to bear fruit can be harvested, unless done early harvest," said Chief Agricultural Department Bojonegoro Subekti, Wednesday (5/04). Subekti states have not counted the amount of loss. But allegedly reached approximately USD 12 million for per hectare... Flash floods that hit the region Balocci, Pangkep save the trauma for their citizens. Monday (5/02) and then, approximately at 16.30 pm heavy rain again hit the eastern city of Pangkep it. As a result people living around the disaster site to panic. The rain makes the river flow from area of the slopes of Mount Bulusarauang Senggerang-River hit a few home. Road axis in seputaran Senggerang submerged up to 30 cm and make residents who live along the edge of the river would prefer to flee. - Pole Shift NING.
In India, a strong storm caused major flooding in Kohima as a western disturbance, likely to cause thunderstorms and heavy rains, approaches Delhi.


One person suffered head injury when a strong storm accompanied by wind and rain uprooted a giant tree at the DTO (exchange) BSNL office opposite head post office here at around 5:00 pm. The injured person was identified as one Golapi Singh, an employee of BSNL who was at home when the tree hit the house where he was present damaging many properties. He was rushed to nearest hospital Oking Hospital. Reports from Khonoma village said the storm destroyed around 50 houses but the property worth damaged is yet to be ascertained at the time of filling this report. Other reports from Kohima mentioned about how the heavy downpour led to flooding in many areas. Several houses in Lower Chandmari were affected as water levels rose due to flooding. - Morung Express.
 A respite from the harsh heat is also on the cards with a drop in maximum temperatures being expected. Met department officials said that the WD was over northeastern Afghanistan and adjoining northern Pakistan on Wednesday and likely to move eastwards. "The western Himalayan region will see isolated rain and thundershowers from Thursday. Plains of northwestern India will get isolated dust storm and thundershowers over the next two days and rain and thundershowers on Friday. - TOI.
In China, torrential rains led to flooding of many urban roads in Qingyuan, Guangdong and in in cities of Urumchi, Sintszjan-Uigur independent area, causing inconvenience to public transportation. According to meteorological department news, from 3 to 4 May, in Guangdong province in the northern and central area of unexpected heavy rain accompanied by thunderstorms, hail and other severe weather events, are also expected to rain in the southern region. Here are several images:


In Sri Lanka, nearly 21,000 people have been affected by floods in Ratnapura.

The recent rains during the last week of April had brought floods affecting over 21000 people at the Gem City - Ratnapura, in Sri Lanka. According to Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Centre, residents of the Pelmadulla, Ayagamam, Kalawaana, Nivithigala, Eheliyagoda, Kahawatte, Ratnapura, Kiriella, Kuruwita and Elapaatha areas have been affected by floods, whilst the highest number of persons affected by floods has been reported from the Elapaatha area amounting to over 15,600. As per sources, the rainy weather has claimed four lives, while minor damage has been caused to 32 houses in the Ratnapura district, and two hundred and twenty seven (227) houses had been severely smashed up. It is said that several low lying areas have been submerged and some parts of the country are experiencing floods, continuously as a result of the prevailing extreme weather conditions. Accordingly, several low lying areas in the Ratnapura district have been submerged, as a result of the rising waters of the Kalu Ganga. Meanwhile reports outline that several areas in Galle have also gone underwater, due to the overflowing of the Ging Ganga and low lying areas in Hiniduma, Thawalama, Naluwa and Udugama have been submerged during last two days. - Asia Tribune.
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