Sunday, July 28, 2013

INFRASTRUCTURE & SOCIETAL COLLAPSE: Deadly Bus Crash In Italy - At Least 38 Catholic Pilgrims Killed, Including Some Children!

July 28, 2013 - ITALY - A bus returning pilgrims from a weekend visit to a Catholic shrine went off a bridge in southern Italy on Sunday, leaving at least 38 dead, including some children, officials said.

A bus returning pilgrims from a weekend visit to a Catholic shrine went off a bridge in southern Italy
on Sunday, July 28, killing dozens of passengers, including some children, officials said.

Eleven people were hospitalized in serious condition, Luca Cari, a fire spokesman, told CNN. The bus was traveling east of Naples in Avellino province, according to the Italian news agency ANSA.

While Cari reported 38 dead, Pasquale Picone, a police official in Avellino, reported at least 39 people were killed. More bodies could be found in the wreckage, Picone said. Picone did not have an exact figure for the number of passengers on the bus, though reports have varied from as few as 40 to as many as 50 aboard.

Rescuers clamor over the overturned bus as they try to free passengers.

Sparks fly as firefighters cut into the wreckage.

Emergency workers and other people stand among damaged cars at the scene of the accident.

The bus reportedly collided with several cars before falling from the elevated highway.

Damaged cars and debris litter the scene of the accident.

The passengers had participated in a weekend pilgrimage to the Padre Pio shrine in San Giovanni Rotondo.

Andrea Regione, a photographer for the Corriere dell'Irpinia newspaper, told CNN that the bus went off a bridge and fell roughly 30 meters (almost 100 feet) into a heavily wooded area below.

Photos from the scene showed a broken guardrail and the bus laying on its side.

WATCH: Scenes from the bus crash.

Another photo appeared to show a line of bodies -- each covered in a white sheet.

Regione estimated that 10 other vehicles were involved in the crash. It's unknown what led to the accident. - CNN.

GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: More Sinkholes Keep Popping Up Across The United States - Two Dangerous Sinkholes In Just One Month In Toledo, Ohio!

July 28, 2013 - UNITED STATES - Something strange is befalling Toledo, Ohio. Actually, people are literally falling into Toledo.

In early July, on the 3rd, Pamela Knox age 60 was driving on Detroit Ave. and Bancroft in downtown Toledo when she noticed the road before her caving in.

The car in front of her just barely made it over the growing chasm but there was no time for her before she found herself 10 feet below the road in a 15ft wide hole. Parts of the road fell onto her car, water spewed out from a broken line.

You may be familiar with the footage below because it made national news. The incident was blamed on an outdated sewer line below the road that may have washed away the foundation.

WATCH: Sinkhole swallows car in Toledo, Ohio.

That doesn't, however, explain why there was a second sinkhole nearby in the same month.

Just a week later, Karen Cox fell into a 5-feet deep, 3-feet wide sinkhole outside her home, between the sidewalk and street. It was on the Eastside of Toledo and she was walking to her car when she simply sank in.

She was taken to a nearby hospital with a foot injury. No word on how the sinkhole appeared. Fortunately, the injuries and damages were relatively minor compared to the tragic incident in Florida where Jefferey Bush disappeared forever.

As strange as it is that two sinkholes should open up in the same town in the same month - stranger still, sinkholes are swallowing things everywhere lately like some 5th Dimensional portal in The Twilight Zone. What are we to make of it all - why so many all of a sudden? - Activist Post.

MASS FISH DIE-OFF: Latest Reports Of Mysterious Fish Kills Across America - Hundreds Of Dead Fish Found In The Provo River, Utah; Hundreds Of Fish Found Dead In A Park Pond In Youngstown, Ohio; And 6 Dolphins Wash Up Dead Along New Jersey Shoreline; 10,000 Dead Fish Found In Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania; !

July 28, 2013 - UNITED STATES - Here are several of the latest incidents of mass fish die-offs across the United States:

Hundreds Of Dead Fish Found In Provo River.
A pile of dead fish on the banks the Provo River in Provo on Tuesday, July 23, 2013.
The Division of Wildlife Resources is investigating the cause of fish kill in
a section of the Provo River. JAMES ROH/Daily Herald.

About 300 brown trout were found dead in the Provo River Tuesday morning.

The fish were found in the river from Paul Reams Wilderness Park to where the river intersects with 970 West, a stretch of river about 500 yards long. According to Chris Crockett, Native Aquatics Biologist for the Division of Wildlife Resources, there were about 300 brown trout, a few white fish and other smaller fish, like mountain suckers, found dead in the river.

Crockett said that Tuesday afternoon there were no immediate clues as to what might have caused the fish to die. He says there were no signs indicating a chemical spill and that the stretch of river is generally shady, which decreases the chance that the fish died from lack of oxygen in any overheated water.

Division of Wildlife Resources conservation officer Sean Spencer collects dead fish from the Provo River
in Provo on Tuesday, July 23, 2013. The Division of Wildlife Resources is investigating the cause of
fish kill in a section of the Provo River. JAMES ROH/Daily Herald

The DWR collected samples of the water and fish and will be testing them to determine what caused so many fish to die. Crockett says because of the timing it is unlikely the fish died because of June suckers.

"We are pretty concerned about the loss of browns because people like to recreate and fish in the area," Crockett said.

Division of Wildlife Resources conservation officer Sean Spencer, left, and nature aquatics biologist
Chris Crockett pick up dead fish from the Provo River in Provo on Tuesday, July 23, 2013.
The Division of Wildlife Resources is investigating the cause of fish kill in
a section of the Provo River. JAMES ROH/Daily Herald

Crockett also says that this serves as a reminder to those living near or recreating on the river to be careful.

"We want to remind people to be cautious as to what they are doing around the system," Crockett said. "It could have been something natural, but this is just a reminder that we all live downstream." - Daily Herald.

10,000 Dead Fish Found In Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania.

Officials are investigating at least 10,000 fish that died in Lake Ariel.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission notified the state Department of Environmental Protection of what they called a "fish kill" Wednesday morning, according to DEP spokesman Kevin Sunday.

Mr. Sunday said specialists conducted sampling, but had no information on the results of the testing Friday.

"I must respectfully decline to comment on potential contributing factors at this point in our investigation," he said in an emailed statement late Friday.

Eric Levis, the press secretary for the Fish and Boat Commission, said the event will remain under investigation.

"The preliminary estimate is 9,000 minnows and some smaller fish and 1,000 game fish, such as bass and perch," Mr. Levis said in an emailed statement.

There were no dead fish visible Friday, and people could be seen kayaking, tubing and boating on the lake.

"We love our lake," said Mollie Conway, 49, of Dunmore, who has a lakefront home.

She said her children were not interested in getting in the water on Tuesday. She described seeing a few large fish, but primarily minnows floating on the lake.

"There were a lot of dead fish," she said.

Friday evening, standing in her yard, she believed the fish kill had been an isolated incident.

"I would go in the water now," she said. - The Times Tribune.

6 Dolphins Wash Up Dead Along New Jersey Shoreline.
Officials are trying to determine if the deaths of six dolphins along the New Jersey shore in one week are linked to commercial fishing.

The first washed up on Long Beach Township on July 18. Two were found in Holgate and Barnegat Light on Monday. Two more turned up on Wednesday in Holgate and Ocean City. The last was found in Ship Bottom on Thursday.

Bob Schoelkopf of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center tells The Press of Atlantic City ( ) one dolphin had a knife wound running from its neck down its stomach. Two others showed signs of being ensnared in a fishing net.

Officials are awaiting results of necropsies. -  CHRON.

Hundreds Of Fish Found Dead In A Park Pond In Youngstown, Ohio.
Hundreds of fish found dead at Mill Creek Park over the weekend died from lack of oxygen and stratification of the water, a park spokesperson said Monday.

Linda Kostka, development and marketing director for Mill Creek Metroparks, said the results from testing of the water in the park's Lily Pond confirmed what they already suspected.

"They died from a lack of oxygen," she said, adding that Saturday morning storms coupled with high temperatures likely contributed to what's called "summer kill."

The water testing was conducted Monday by Youngstown State University.

According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resource's Division of Wildlife, cloudy and hot summer days or dramatic weather changes can contribute to summer kill. The condition occurs most commonly in shallow ponds that are heavily vegetated and have high accumulations of decomposing organic matter, the division said.

Park officials were first notified of the dead fish on Sunday afternoon. Kostka said the fish were mostly koi and goldfish, and it was unknown how many fish remain in the shallow pond.

"We don't know what's left, but I don't think it was every single fish," she said.

This is the first summer kill the park has experienced in many years. Kostka said she recalled a winter kill more than 10 years ago, but couldn't remember the last time she or other officials had seen a summer kill.

The parking lot near the pond remains closed while officials get the pond back in order. Kostka said it should be open by mid-week. - TRIB Today.

STORM ALERT: Bahamas, South Florida Closely Monitoring Tropical Storm Dorian - Could Cause Widespread Flooding, Damaging Winds And Dangerous Surf Conditions!

July 28, 2013 - BAHAMAS - While being monitored for possible restrengthening, Dorian will still impact those along its path this week.

After losing its tropical storm status on Saturday, Dorian is now a disorganized tropical rainstorm racing westward through the southern Atlantic.

However, meteorologists will continue to monitor Dorian since the atmosphere is showing signs of becoming more conducive for Dorian to regain tropical storm strength during the next couple of days.

Dorian returning to tropical storm status would raise the alarm for widespread flooding, damaging winds and dangerous surf to Turks and Caicos Islands, Bahamas and South Florida.

Even if such restrengthening fails to occur, Dorian will not pass unnoticed to those living along and near its path.

A handful of heavy showers and thunderstorms will continue to graze the northernmost Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico through Monday as Dorian and the majority of its storminess pass by to the north.

More numerous drenching and gusty showers and thunderstorms from Dorian may graze Hispaniola and will spread in a southeast-to-northwest fashion across the Turks and Caicos Islands, southern and central Bahamas and eastern Cuba Monday through Wednesday.

Localized flash flooding is a concern, as well as minor tree damage and power outages.

The danger of rough surf will also shift from east to west from the Leeward Islands to the Bahamas through Wednesday.

Dorian may press far enough to the northwest Wednesday night and Thursday to enhance showers and thunderstorms across South Florida, including in Miami, Key West and Fort Lauderdale.

The accompanying downpours could trigger flash flooding in low-lying and poor drainage areas, in addition to reducing visibility for motorists and heightening the risk for vehicles to hydroplane.

Again, more adverse impacts than those given above would likely be in store for the Turks and Caicos Islands, Bahamas and South Florida this week if Dorian regains tropical storm status.

Beyond Thursday, Dorian may make a right hand turn and travel along or just off the Southeast coast or may continue westward into the southern Gulf of Mexico. - AccuWeather.

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: The Global Volcano Report For July 27, 2013 - Updates On Santa María, Santiaguito, Ketoi, White Island, Veniaminof, Popocatépetl And Fuego!

July 28, 2013 - WORLDWIDE VOLCANOES - The following constitutes the new activity, unrest and ongoing reports of volcanoes across the globe.

Santa María / Santiaguito (Guatemala): No significant changes in activity have occurred. A moderate explosion was observed yesterday morning, producing an ash plume about 500 m high. Some avalanches occurred at the lava flows on the southern slope of the dome.

Santiaguito with a small explosion yesterday morning.

Ketoi (Kurile Islands, Russia): SVERT raised the alert level to yellow after a weak thermal anomaly has been detected on satellite data at the summit of the volcano. No other details about possible activity are currently known.

White Island (New Zealand): Following increased tremor including numerous earthquakes, and increased gas-steam emissions from the crater lake, the alert level of the volcano was raised to yellow again.

Current seismic recording from White Island (GeoNet).

According to Brad Scott of GNS Science, the crater produced "audible jets of gas" and "broader expanding bubbles of dark lake sediments and debris" throwing material 20-30 meters into the air.

Veniaminof (Alaska Peninsula, USA): From AVO's weekly activity update:

"Nearly continuous, gradually fluctuating volcanic tremor and occasional explosions have been observed in seismic data from Veniaminof Volcano throughout the past week. Elevated surface temperatures at the intracaldera cone also have been observed in satellite data throughout the past week.

When viewing conditions permit, incandescence at the cone has been observed in night-time web camera views. Day time web camera views also showed that low-level ash and steam emissions have continued throughout the week.

A pilot report from 8:00 AM AKDT July 25 described an ash plume to 200-300 feet above the erupting cone and dispersing 15 miles to the south and a "river of lava" flowing from the intracaldera cone... [read more]

Popocatépetl (Central Mexico): The rate of small emissions of steam-gas and sometimes ash has risen to more than 3 per hour again, and CENAPRED recorded 150 minutes of low and high frequency tremor.

Small explosion from Popocatepétl yesterday.

Fuego (Guatemala): INSIVUMEH reports weak strombolian activity ejecting incandescent blocks to up to 100 m and producing small ash plumes about 200 m high, as well as continued lava effusion feeding a flow on the southern side of about 100 m length.

Complete Earthquake list (worldwide) for July 27, 2013.

- Volcano Discovery.

PROTESTS & SOCIETAL COLLAPSE: Scores Are Killed As The Egyptian Army Launches Offensive Against The Muslim Brotherhood - Over 100 Supporters Claimed Dead As Soldiers Are Accused Of Shoot-To-Kill Policy To Clear Protest Urging Morsi's Release!

July 28, 2013 - EGYPT - Egyptian security forces and armed men in plain clothes killed scores of Muslim Brotherhood protesters on Saturday as the brutal and organised crackdown on the Islamist party and its supporters appeared to be gathering pace.

In what is the worst single mass killing in Egypt since the fall of president Hosni Mubarak two-and-a-half years ago, a Brotherhood spokesman said 66 of the party's supporters were shot and killed on the fringes of a sit-in at a Cairo mosque demanding the return of former president Mohamed Morsi, who was deposed on 3 July, and another 61 were "brain dead" on life-support machines. Government officials claim that the number of dead was 65, a death toll greater than the Republican Guards massacre on 8 July that saw 51 killed.

Over 100 supporters claimed dead as soldiers are accused of shoot-to-kill policy to clear protest urging Morsi's release.

The deaths came as men in helmets and black police fatigues fired on crowds gathered before dawn on the fringes of a round-the-clock sit-in near a mosque in north-east Cairo, Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood movement said.

"They are not shooting to wound, they are shooting to kill," said Brotherhood spokesman Gehad el-Haddad. "The bullet wounds are in the head and chest."

WATCH: Violence and deadly clashes continue in Egypt.

The latest violence came amid the continuing sharp polarisation within Egyptian society that has made the country increasingly ungovernable. Elsewhere on Friday, eight people were reported killed in clashes in Alexandria.

The latest violence was condemned by members of the international community. The head of European Union foreign policy, Baroness Ashton, said she "deeply deplored" the latest deaths, while Britain's foreign secretary William Hague said: "Now is the time for dialogue, not confrontation. It is the responsibility of leaders on all sides to take steps to reduce tensions."

The dead and injured were ferried into a makeshift field hospital near the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque, where the floor was slick with blood.

Rival protests in Egypt: Supporters and opponents of the ouster of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi take to the
streets with renewed fervor as he is charged with espionage, conspiracy.

In a bizarre episode, most western journalists in the country were invited on a helicopter ride over Cairo's Tahrir Square an hour before the massacre began. After the killings, the ministry of the interior denied it had used live ammunition on demonstrators, despite eyewitness accounts from journalists, including BBC correspondents, who were present during the killings.

"There must have been an injury every minute," said Mosa'ab Elshamy, a photojournalist unaffiliated with the Brotherhood, who photographed the attack for half an hour at around 4am.

"I did not see any Morsi supporters with [firearms] at this point," he added. "I hid behind a tree, and all I saw were Morsi supporters throwing stones, or fireworks, or throwing teargas canisters."

The shootings occurred as the interior minister, Mohamed Ibrahim, said that Morsi – who has been held incommunicado at an army base for the last three weeks – was being moved to Torah prison, where Mubarak is also being held. He added, chillingly, that the pro-Morsi sit-ins in Cairo would be "God willing, soon … dealt with. With regards to the timing to disperse the protesters, there is complete co-ordination between us and the armed forces."

This handout photo released by the Egyptian Army on July 27, 2013, shows pro-military protesters gathering
at the Tahrir Square, in Cairo, Egypt, on July 26, 2013.

On Friday, civilian prosecutors announced they had launched an investigation into Morsi on charges of murder and conspiring with the Palestinian militant group Hamas. At the heart of the case are allegations that Morsi and the Brotherhood worked with Hamas to carry out an attack on a prison that succeeded in breaking Morsi and around 30 other members of the group out of detention during the 2011 uprising against Mubarak. The attack killed 14 inmates.

During the three weeks Morsi has spent in secret detention, he has been extensively interrogated by military intelligence officials about the inner workings of his presidency and of the Brotherhood. They have been seeking to prove that he committed crimes, including handing state secrets to the Islamist group. According to the Associated Press, briefed by unidentified military officials, Morsi has been moved three times under heavy guard and is currently in a facility outside Cairo.

Supporters of Egypt's top military officer, Gen. Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi rally in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, on Saurday.

The lethal assault on the Muslim Brotherhood's supporters came after national demonstrations called by the chief of the army, General Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, to give him backing to confront "violence" and "terrorism" – understood by many to be a thinly veiled code for a crackdown on the Brotherhood.

Although there is bitter dispute over how the violence began, and whether some of the Brotherhood supporters had weapons, most independent witnesses reported that most of the gunfire was being directed at those associated with the sit-in.

A leading figure in the Brotherhood, Mohamed el-Beltagy, has blamed the violence on Sisi's call for demonstrations on Friday.

Running battles are taking place around the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque and there is blood on the streets.
A doctor at a field hospital said more than 1,000 had been injured.

"This is the mandate Sisi took last night to commit massacres and bloodshed against peaceful protesters denouncing the military coup," el-Beltagy said in a statement on his Facebook page.

On Saturday afternoon police released helicopter footage purporting to show Muslim Brotherhood members firing sporadically on police.

The clashes began after hundreds of Morsi supporters moved out of their encampment outside the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque late on Friday and towards a bridge in central Cairo.

One group began to set up tents on an adjoining boulevard, where they were planning to stay for at least three days, said Mahmoud Zaqzouq, a Muslim Brotherhood spokesman. - Guardian.

WEATHER PHENOMENON: Very Striking Images Of Lightning Storms Raining Down On Earth - Captured By An Astronaut 400 Miles Above!

July 28, 2013 - SPACE - Stunning pictures from the top of the world show a unique view of lightning storms as they rain down on Earth.

The stellar images take storm chasing to new heights, having been snapped from a space station 400 miles above the Earth.

As the UK endured summer thunderstorms, here's how lightening looks from space. The images, taken
by NASA, demonstrate the power of nature seen as flashes of white over the Earth's surface.

One of the most the impressive images shows the early morning Californian skies above Los Angeles and San Diego aglow with powerful flashes of lighting.

The white bursts can clearly be seen forming abstract patterns above the orange lights of the cities below.

The photographs were taken from the International Space Station (ISS) orbiting the planet by NASA astronaut Karen L. Nyberg.

The storms erupted earlier this week, providing a spectacular light show for the astronaut.

She also photographed storms above West Africa and Asia, with one of her images capturing an elusive red sprite.

NASA astronaut Karen L. Nyberg captured the stunning images. They reveal storms above West Africa
and Asia, with this one of capturing an elusive red sprite. Sprites are shards of light caused by
large-scale electrical discharges that take place high above thunderstorm clouds.

Storm clouds, trails of meteor showers and the Sun rising on the horizon can also been seen in
Nyberg's breath-taking photographs.

The phenomenon occurs when instead of shooting down towards the ground, lightning explodes in the clouds 50 miles up and fire the red tendrils even higher.

The massive explosion happened above Malaysia and the red sprite seen in this rare picture is six miles wide.

 Strom clouds, trails of meteor showers and the Sun rising on the horizon can also been seen in Nyberg’s breath-taking photographs.

Nyberg, 43, was the 50th woman in space and is on board the ISS as a flight engineer – one of six astronauts taking part in the mission, Expedition 36.

The mother-of-one grew up in Minnesota and is married to fellow NASA astronaut Douglas Hurley.

The storms erupted earlier this week, providing a spectacular light show for the astronaut.

Karen Nyberg, 43, who took the photos, was the 50th woman in space and is on board the
International Space Station as a flight engineer.

Her images follow that of an amateur astronomer, released yesterday, who has become the first person to capture a massive lightning strike 'into space' above the British Isles.

The atmospheric phenomena, known as sprites, had never been recorded in the UK before an amateur astronomer in East Yorkshire managed to take the photographic first.

Richard Kacerek, 33, spotted the sprite - caused by an upward lightning discharge five miles east of Hull. - Daily Mail.

STORM ALERT: Tropical Storm Flossie to Cross Hawaii On Monday - Could Bring Dangerous Surf, Flooding Rainfall And Potentially Damaging Winds!

July 28, 2013 - HAWAII - Dangerous surf, flooding rain and potentially damaging winds are in store for Hawaii with the arrival of Tropical Storm Flossie.

Tropical Storm Flossie is expected to pass over or in between the northern tip of the Big Island and southern Maui Island on Monday.

After undergoing some weakening, Flossie will either be a minimal tropical storm or a depression at that time.

Not since Hurricane Iniki from 1992 has a hurricane or tropical storm reached Hawaii.

The impacts of Flossie, however, will begin before the weekend comes to a close.

Surf will build along the shores of all the islands late Sunday afternoon and Sunday night. Extremely rough conditions will then make it dangerous for residents and visitors to enter the water on Monday.

The surf will also create hazards for small craft, as well as cause some incidents of coastal flooding.

Gusty wind and squally rain from Flossie will spread in an east-to-west fashion across the islands Monday through Monday night.

The strongest winds associated with Flossie are howling along and north of its center, meaning gusts between 40 and 50 mph are in store for places from the northern tip of the Big Island to Oahu. Gusts will be closer to the lower end of that range in Honolulu.

Sustained winds of those speeds are possible along the northern coasts of these islands.

Winds of 40 to 50 mph, sustained or in gusts, have the potential to cause tree damage and power outages. Loose items on structures and lawn items can easily get thrown around and become damaged.

The rain from Flossie will taper off on Tuesday, but not before threatening to cause flash flooding. The rain will amount to a general 2 to 4 inches. The best opportunity for totals of 4 inches, and even up to 6 inches, is across windward areas.

Upwards of a foot of rain is possible in the mauka, or mountainous areas, and along their slopes. Such totals cannot only easily trigger flash flooding but also mudslides.

Flossie is also expected to spark rare flashes of lightning and may spawn an isolated waterspout or tornado.

It is rare for a tropical storm or hurricane to strike Hawaii due to the cool waters that typically lie to the east.

Only two hurricanes have made landfall in Hawaii since 1950 and both arrived from the warmer waters to the south.

Hurricane Iniki from 1992 was not only the last of these two hurricanes, but also the last hurricane or tropical storm to slam Hawaii. - AccuWeather.

WEATHER ANOMALIES: Mother Of Pearl Clouds - Most Rare And Bizarre Nacreous Clouds Seen Over Tierra Del Fuego!

July 28, 2013 - SOUTH AMERICA - On July 24th, about an hour after sunset, Gerardo Connon of Rio Grande city in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, walked outside and witnessed a rare display of nacreous clouds.

The colorful apparition was as bright as the street lights in the city below:

These clouds, also known as "mother of pearl clouds," form in the stratosphere far above the usual realm of weather. They are seldom seen, but when they are, the reports usually come from high-northern parts of our planet. This apparition over Tierra del Fuego was unusual indeed.

Atmospheric optics expert Les Cowley explains the special conditions required to create such a cloud: "Take an unusually cold lower stratosphere (15-25km high), use some gravity waves generated by high winds and storms in the troposphere to stir in some water vapour, and -- voilà! You get these clouds made of tiny ice crystals shining after sunset with unforgettably bright iridescent colors."

"The very special conditions make nacreous clouds a rare, high-latitude phenomenon. Scandinavia, Iceland and northern Canada are favourite places to see them. Sightings in the southern hemisphere are even more rare because there is so little land far enough south except for Antarctica." - Space Weather.

GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: Erosion At The Seine-Maritime - Nearly 30,000 Tons Of Cliff Face Rolls Onto A French Beach!

July 28, 2013 - FRANCE - The Seine-Maritime is known to be frequently affected by erosion. But what happened last Monday, July 18, 2013, is almost unbelievable.

Massive landslide at Seine-Maritime.

The cliff remained unstable until midday, when the last landslide occurred.

As shown in the following incredible video, a huge cliff just 100 meters from the beach detached and nearly 30,000 tons of rock spread suddenly onto the beach in the municipality of Saint-Jouin-Bruneval.

This impressive (it is the least we can say) landslide was caught by a BFM TV witness.

Cliff retreat, it is a phenomenon that worries many Seine-Maritime. After Dieppe and Gonfreville-L'orcher in 2012, Octeville-sur-Mer and Tancarville in March 2013, it was the turn of the small town of Saint-Jouin-Bruneval being the victim of a major landslide cliff.

On the night of Sunday to Monday, July 15, several sections collapsed, south of the beach, at the edge of the town of Heuqueville.
The phenomenon is repeated in the morning and at noon.
Everything was very unstable until noon, the last collapse, says the mayor, François Auber.
In total, more than 10 000 m 3 of limestone slid on the sand. Foot cliff consists of a clay part is stolen.

A security perimeter

At the first signs of collapse, the city has set up a security perimeter in relation to the services of the prefecture, and municipal services were quickly joined by the BRGM (Bureau of Geological and Mining Research), the gendarmerie, firefighters.

The beach is open to swimmers

The site is still under surveillance all day.
Access to this area is prohibited until further notice, including at low tide prevents the municipality of Saint-Jouin-Bruneval. The bureau of geological and mining research confirms that indeed pan remains unstable. As it did not fall, access to this area is strictly prohibited, supports the mayor.
Swimmers, they may continue to have access to bathing and recreational space, the disaster area is relatively remote. But nevertheless this large landslide provides an opportunity for the mayor and the authorities to recall that it is unwise, and even dangerous, to walk in the foot of the cliff.

WATCH: 30,000 tons of cliff face rolls onto a french beach.

You said quiet vacation?

- 76 News. [Translated]