Tuesday, June 3, 2014

THE GREAT DELUGE: Surreal Images Of Istanbul Pounded By Heavy Rainfall - Caused Local Flooding And Chaos In The Metropolis! [PHOTOS+VIDEO]

June 03, 2014 - TURKEY - Heavy rain hit Istanbul on June 2, causing local flooding and creating chaos in the metropolis. Incredible images, like the one showing a minibus "cruising" alongside a Bosphorus ferry, have gone viral on social media. Here surreal scenes from Istanbul today:

Thousands of social media users posted unusual photos of floods in İstanbul as heavy rain
wreaked life havoc in Turkey's financial heartland.
The shoreline on the Bosphorus erased in the Üsküdar neighborhood on the Asian side of Istanbul,
creating awkward scenes like this.
Here is how "the shower" over the Üsküdar neighorbood in Istanbul's Asian side
was seen from the European side of the city.
The border between the sea and the flooded shores could only be distinguished
thanks to the color of the cleaner Bosphorus water.
Cars also appeared as if they were cruising on the Bosphorus.
Many Istanbulites had to remove their shoes while crossing the road, creating yet another surreal image
for a city that was touted as European Capital of Culture in 2010.
Despite mega projects and the ongoing property boom, Istanbul's infrastructure is tested --and failed, again.
Bridges and overpasses turned into artificial waterfalls.
Opposition now has more ammunition to criticize the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) for its urban management, weeks after its victory in March 30 local elections. Pro-government social media users, however,
argued that heavy rain is a blessing now, considering the preceding drought that threatened Istanbul
with water cuts this summer:

WATCH: Unusual flood images as heavy rain pounds İstanbul.


- HDN.

PLAGUES & PESTILENCES: MERS Contagion - Saudi Arabia Reports BIG JUMP In MERS Cases, Including 282 Deaths; Virus Spreads In The U.S. Through A Handshake!

June 03, 2014 - SAUDI ARABIA - Saudi Arabia reported significantly more deaths from the MERS virus on Tuesday, the same day the country sacked one of its top health officials.

A man with mask speaks on his mobile phone in Jeddah May 29, 2014. Saudi Arabia is working with international
scientific organisations to improve its response to a deadly new virus that has killed 186 people in the kingdom,
its acting health minister Adel Fakieh told Reuters on Wednesday.Credit: Reuters/Mohamed Alhwaity

The Saudi Ministry of Health reported that 282 people have died since 2012 from the Middle East respiratory symptom coronavirus, or MERS-CoV, a major uptick from the previous official death toll of 190.

This is out of 688 total cases in the Arab nation; 353 patients have recovered and 53 are still receiving treatment.

About five weeks ago, Saudi Arabia was reporting 339 known cases of MERS-CoV, 102 of which had resulted in deaths.

The Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus is seen in an undated transmission electron
micrograph from the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). 
REUTERS/National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases/Handout via Reuters

The new numbers came out the same day that acting Health Minister Adel bin Mohammed Fakieh announced he had relieved Deputy Health Minister Dr. Ziad Memish from his post, according to a statement on the health ministry's website. No reason was given.

Last week, the World Health Organization reported it was aware of 636 "laboratory-confirmed cases" of MERS infections, which had led to 193 deaths. It is not immediately clear how Saudi Arabia's latest figures affect those numbers. There are documented cases of the virus around the world.

As a coronavirus, MERS is in the same group of illnesses as the common cold.

But it is much more lethal: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that about 30% of those infected have died.

WATCH: Dr. Sanjay Gupta - People can have MERS and not konw it.

Those with MERS have severe acute respiratory illness, including symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath. Some develop more dangerous complications like pneumonia and kidney failure.

There is no vaccine or special treatment.

MERS is thought to have originated on the Arabian Peninsula in 2012. No one knows exactly where it came from, but evidence implicating camels is emerging. In a recently published study in mBio, researchers said they isolated live MERS virus from two single-humped camels, known as dromedaries. They found multiple substrains in the camel viruses, including one that perfectly matches a substrain isolated from a human patient. - CNN

PLANETARY TREMORS: Scientists Are Baffled By Los Angeles Earthquakes - Seismic Tremors Are Increasing, But No One Knows Why And What It Means?!

June 03, 2014 - LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES - No, it's not your imagination: The Los Angeles area is feeling more earthquakes this year.

Cesar Zamora, night manager at a 99 Cent Only store in Brea, looks over aisles of fallen goods after a 5.1 magnitude
quake in March. "Every earthquake makes another earthquake more likely," says USGS seismologist Lucy Jones.
(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

After a relatively quiet period of seismic activity in the Los Angeles area, the last five months have been marked by five earthquakes larger than 4.0. That hasn't occurred since 1994, the year of the destructive Northridge earthquake that produced 53 such temblors.

Over the next two decades, there were some years that passed without a single quake 4.0 or greater.

Earthquake experts said 2014 is clearly a year of increased seismic activity, but they said it's hard to know whether the recent string of quakes suggests that a larger one is on the way.

"Probably this will be it, and there won't be any more 4s. But the chance we will have a bigger earthquake this year is more than if we hadn't had this cluster," U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones said. "Every earthquake makes another earthquake more likely."

Quakes in the magnitude 4 range are large enough to be felt over wide areas but generally too small to cause much damage. The largest this year was a magnitude 5.1 in La Habra, which caused several million dollars in damage. Others hit Fontana and Rowland Heights.

But scientists are particularly intrigued by the other two quakes, which were centered along the 405 Freeway under the Santa Monica Mountains.

In addition to a 4.4 quake March 17 in Encino and Sunday's 4.2 temblor a few miles away in Brentwood, 15 earthquakes between magnitude 1.0 and 2.5 hit between January and March in the Santa Monica Mountains near Wilacre Park.

The quakes show that seismic activity underneath the Santa Monica Mountains is increasing, Caltech seismologist Egill Hauksson said. The mountains were formed by earthquake activity over millions of years.

The quakes occurred in an area of relatively steep terrain and within less than three miles of each other, suggesting that they were related, Hauksson said.

"We don't know if it has ended or if it will keep going," Hauksson said.

After the March 17 quake, the leading theory from seismologists was that it could have been an aftershock of the 1994 Northridge earthquake, which killed 57 people. But on Monday, Hauksson said it's possible both quakes could be part of a new seismic sequence.

Experts have also been investigating possible causes for the La Habra quake.

The epicenter was in a region that has seen significant oil extraction over the decades. So Hauksson studied whether oil pumping could have triggered the 5.1 quake as well as the 4.1 aftershock in Rowland Heights.

A review of data found that it was unlikely, Hauksson said. There was a doubling of petroleum extraction from Santa Fe Springs in the year before the La Habra earthquake, but that was roughly seven miles from the epicenter — too far for a connection to be made.

There was also "no trail of seismicity from the oil field to the 5.1 earthquake," Hauksson said.

The U.S. Geological Survey has been studying the increase in earthquakes larger than 3.0 in the central and eastern United States in recent years. There have been more than 100 a year on average in the last four years, up from 20 a year between 1970 to 2000.

The USGS studies suggest that the increased number of earthquakes coincides with the injection of wastewater deep underground, a process that occurs after an oil extraction technique called hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking."

According to the agency, a magnitude 5.6 earthquake in 2011 appeared to be related to wastewater disposal in rural central Oklahoma, damaging more than a dozen homes and leading to some injuries.

Three Los Angeles City Council members want city, state and federal groups to determine whether fracking and other forms of oil and gas "well stimulation" played any role in the March 17 earthquake.

An oil and gas industry association called the effort "appallingly irresponsible," and said it wasn't surprising that "the handful of extremist environmental organizations ... would attempt to make an entirely unfounded connection between hydraulic fracturing and the earthquake."

Hauksson said study of whether the injection of wastewater underground after fracking contributes to earthquakes in California is difficult because there's no publicly available, comprehensive database about what volumes of fluid oil companies are injecting into the ground and where it is occurring.

Jones said the number of sizable quakes over a short period is notable, but also important to keep in perspective.

"That's definitely way more than the long-term average," Jones said. "Is that something to worry about? If we knew that, we'd be predicting earthquakes." - LA Times

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Alaska's Pavlof Volcano Erupts With New Intensity - Pushing Plume Of Smoke And Ash As High As 24,000 Feet; Prompting RED Alert, The Highest Level!

June 03, 2014 - ALASKA - An Alaska volcano that has been spewing ash and lava for years began erupting with new intensity this week, pushing a plume of smoke and ash as high as 24,000 feet (7,315 meters) and prompting scientists to issue their highest volcanic alert in five years, authorities said on Tuesday.

Smoke pours from the erupting Pavlof Volcano on the Alaska Peninsula, 590 miles (950 kms) southwest of
Anchorage, in this picture from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game taken May 30, 2014.
Credit: Reuters/Paul Horn/Alaska Department of Fish and Game/Handout via Reuters

But the intense action at the Pavlof Volcano, located in an uninhabited region nearly 600 miles (966 km) southwest of Anchorage, has so far not disrupted any regional air traffic, thanks to favorable weather that has made it easier for flights to navigate around the affected area.

Still, the eruption was intense enough for Alaska Volcano Observatory scientists to issue their first red alert warning since 2009, when the state's Mount Redoubt had a series of eruptions that spewed ash 50,000 feet (15,240 meters).

"This means it can erupt for weeks or even months," observatory research geologist Michelle Coombs said of the warning. "I don't think we will be at red for that long, but we are expecting it to go for a while based on its past."

Coombs said affected areas are uninhabited except for some hunting destinations.

Geologists first issued the alert late on Monday. Since then plumes reached as high as 24,000 feet (7,315 meters) on Tuesday morning.

Plumes are created when lava bursts from the crater of the 8,261-foot (2,517-meter) volcano, then falls back on glacier ice, Coombs said.

"Right now, with the weather clear, it's just putting on a good show," Coombs said. "We're getting a lot of pilot reports and a lot of good photos, so we're able to keep a good eye on it."

Pavlof lies below a route frequently used by jetliners flying between North America and Asia, but those planes generally fly at elevations of 30,000 feet (9,144 meters) and likely would be unaffected by ash at lower elevations, observatory scientists have said. - Reuters

DISASTER PRECURSORS: The Latest Incidents Of Strange Animal Behavior - Dead Arctic Beluga Whale Washes Up On A Scottish Beach; Huge Grasshopper Swarms So Dense They Show Up On Radar In New Mexico, United States; Very Rare Arctic Ross's Gull Seen In Devon, UK; Hundreds Of Dead Fish Washing Ashore At Indian Lake In Ohio, United States; Hundreds Of Fish Found Dead In Malambo, Colombia In A Never- Seen-Before Event; And Large Die-Off Of Fish Found In A River In Beijing, China!

June 03, 2014 - EARTH - The following constitutes the latest reports of unusual and symbolic animal behavior, mass die-offs, beaching and stranding of mammals, and the appearance of rare creatures.

Dead Arctic Beluga Whale Washes Up On A Scottish Beach
Beluga whales are rarely sighted in Scottish waters. The discovery of the carcass of a dead Arctic beluga whale
on a Scottish beach could plug a 200-year research gap for National Museums Scotland. AP.

The NMS was contacted to identify the rotting remains washed up on Lunan beach, north of Arbroath.

DNA samples were sent off along with the mammal's skull and teeth and experts were thrilled with the results.

The whale is only the second specimen of beluga the museum has received - and the last one dates back to a stranding in the Firth of Forth in 1815.

Zena Timmons, assistant curator of vertebrates at NMS, helped to identify the animal after it was found by volunteers from the Keilor Trust and members of the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme. She said: "Staff from the Natural Sciences department at National Museums Scotland identified a specimen washed up at Lunan Bay as a beluga whale.

"This was established by comparing the skull with a beluga skull already in our collection, initially from photographs and subsequent direct comparison of the physical specimens.

"The beluga whale is native to the Arctic Ocean.

"Sightings of them in Scottish waters are very unusual, and instances of specimen finds on Scottish shores are extremely rare."

The whale carcass has further spiked the interest of marine scientists based on the east coast, coming as it does after several harbour porpoises were found dead on Angus beaches following interactions with dolphins in the sea off Arbroath. - Scotsman.

Grasshopper Swarms So Dense They Show Up On Radar In New Mexico, United States
Grasshopper infestation is so dense around Albuquerque, N.M., they show up on weather radar like rain.
National Weather Service

The worst grasshopper infestation in 20 years has become so thick around Albuquerque, N.M., that the airborne bugs are showing up on weather radar, officials said today.

"Albuquerque has not seen these levels of grasshoppers since the early-mid 1990′s," said John R. Garlisch, extension agent at Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension Service.

The National Weather Service said the air is so dense with the bugs that they appear on its radar like rain.

"We have actually been noticing the insects on radar since about Memorial Day," said NWS spokesman David Craft. "We have noticed the greatest impact on the radar during the evening, but they are noticeable at other times of the day, too."

"It is a nuisance to people because they fly into people's faces while walking, running, and biking. They are hopping into people's homes and garages, they splatter the windshield and car grill while driving, and they will eat people's plants," Garlisch said.

The swarm, the worst in two decades, is being blamed on the drought.

"There wasn't enough winter to kill the egg pots. Because of the dry winter the eggs survived, hence the outbreak of grasshoppers," David B. Richman, professor emeritus at the Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology, and Weed Science, New Mexico State University said.

Garlisch also said that the lack of forage and food on the open range lands is pushing the grasshoppers to seek greener pastures. "What better place than the Rio Grande with its riparian vegetation and an urban center where people keep green lush yards and gardens?" he said.

Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension Service told ABC News that they received many complaints about the grasshoppers.

"Some people are freaked out about them, others fear they will bring disease, and some folks want different agencies to spray to control them," said Garlisch.

WATCH: Grasshoppers Invade Albuquerque, New Mexico.

While some people expect the state or the county to spray the grasshoppers, others protest any public spraying.

"Reality, spraying insecticide will be ineffective and will cause more harm than good," he said.

Katie Goetz, spokeswoman of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, said that the department is aware of people's complaints. "The department determined that this is a homeowners' issue rather than an agricultural... It's localized in Bernalillo County," Goetz said.

The damage the grasshoppers may do includes eating the young tender leaves of flowers and vegetables. "We are encouraging gardeners to cover plants. Insecticide sprays are ineffective and not recommended. Grasshoppers are flying upwards of 3-5 miles. If an insecticide for the home gardener is used, it may kill a few grasshoppers, but more will be flying in. The more the homeowner sprays, this will negatively impact other insect species as well as the plant growth," said Garlisch.

Garlisch recommended waiting for this cycle to end. "Wait it out...As with everything this too shall pass," he said. - ABC News.

Rare Arctic Ross's Gull Seen In Devon, UK

I was late rising this morning and when the phone rang and rang and then rang again I wa quite certain that there must be a special bird about. I was right, Dave Stone excitedly told me that there was a Ross's Gull at Bowling Green Marsh. Ross's Gull is an extreme rarity here in Devon and this one is in fact the first record for the Exe Estuary and one of just a handful ever recorded in the county. I dont particularly like these "twitches" being a a bit of a contradiction to what I like about about wildlife watching but if you want to see really rare birds then needs must.

Ross's Gull is a small gull which is an Arctic breeder and named after a Naval Officer, James Ross. It is a true bird of the far north and breeds in the north of Siberia and the North American continent in Northern Canada. When it has finished breeding it then flies even further north. Quite how this one came to be here in the South West of the UK is one of those mysteries that can never be solved. This lonely individual is a young, non-breeding bird in it's second year.

I was expecting to see a much more attractively marked bird and have to confess to some disappointment in this regard. The legs are fleshy red and the beak is delicate and solidly black. The tail is distinctive in flight being wedge shaped with a noticeable blackish band on the end. As a young bird it has black markings on the wings reminiscent of a LIttle Gull. Adult birds lack these markings but in the summer and in breeding plumage, have a noticeable black band around the neck and also have a pinkish suffusion on the breast. This bird was feeding on small flying insects around one of the pools on Bowling Green Marsh which is apparently typical behaviour. - Parrotlets UK.

Hundreds Of Dead Fish Washing Ashore At Indian Lake In Ohio, United States
Fishkill on Indian Lake in Logan County. (WDTN Photo)

Hundreds of dead fish are washing up along the shores of a Indian Lake in Logan County.

People enjoying the lake over the weekend made several calls to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to make a report. They want to be sure the popular tourist lake is safe.

Hundreds of white bass surfaced so far.

“I’ve never seen this many fish before.”

John Bodey has lived on Indian Lake for thirty five years. He notice a number of dead fish last week, lying on the dock behind his house.

“I think this is unusual, but it is not unusual for it to happen in some lakes.”

According to the Ohio Department of National Resources, he’s correct.

They call it a fish kill.

While it isn’t totally abnormal, they say the extreme number of fish they’ve found recently, is a little strange.

Officials were on the water Monday evening taking oxygen samples.

We went directly to them to find out what is killing the fish.

WATCH: Hundreds of dead fish found at Indian Lake.

Experts say the brutal weather this past winter might have left the fish with a weak immune system.

Fast forward to this Spring. Officials believe poor physical condition or even a virus could have wiped out the majority of the white bass population.

Because it is limited to one species, officials say it rules out a chemical spill.

While it is not dangerous, it is an unpleasant sight for visitors.

Naturalists say they may never know exactly what killed the fish since they are already dead.

They’ll keep working to try and figure it out and also make sure the water remains safe for people. - WDTN.

Hundreds Of Fish Found Dead In Malambo, Colombia In A Never-Seen-Before Event
They died striped catfish, croaker and sea bass. / / LUIS Arango - Q'hubo BARRANQUILLA

Hundreds of fish lay prostrate in the mire Bay, body of water located in the Mesolandia, Malambo, Atlantic district , where more than 120 fishermen are worried because of this environmental tragedy, which affects their main economic activity.

The incident occurred early hours of Saturday morning when the fishing day started.

"We went fishing as we normally do when we begin to see the amount of dead fish floating in the water, they were everywhere ," said Jorge Luis Barrios, local resident who claimed never to have witnessed something.

Officials of the Independent Fishermen's Association, an organization operating in the area, say the problem stems from lack of oxygenation of the water, which has no movement due to the closing of the placed gates on the island of Civic Involvement, path of municipality of Soledad.

"The Swamp need a pipe that filters the water passage, because otherwise things will get worse and this is a tragedy that November 15 is the last caution the governor (Joseph Segebre ) in Fishers Summit," said Julio Cesar Martinez Asipes member who holds to be waiting for a promised Segebre solution that does not seem to arrive.

Panorama cloudy

Water Bay has not its usual color is greenish substances released by decaying bodies, moreover, the stench is getting stronger and the number of species that come to the surface increases.

"Causes mourn. Dying rays, catfish, croaker, sea bass and other smaller fish, "said Cueto Santander, averaging 20 to 30 fish a day kilos, what represents about 200 thousand pesos per round.

Although you can not calculate the amount of dead fish in Asipes estimated losses close to 20 million pesos, plus the environmental impact is increasing.

Fishermen calculated losses of 20 million pesos. / / LUIS Arango - Q'hubo BARRANQUILLA

As an urgent measure, the inhabitants of Mesolandia request an inspection by the authorities, as each day passes, represents an agony for achieving food.

In that locality about 3,500 people where 90 percent live of fishing live. - El Universal. [Translated]

Large Die-Off Of Fish Found In A River In Beijing, China
Full of dead fish floating the river bank, the largest four jin camera.

Legal Evening News ( Nightline report group ) yesterday evening, this morning, a large number of dead fish Tonghuihe gaobeidian segment, residents speculated that the temperature is too high causing the death of fish in Hanoi. Beijing urban rivers and lakes management two days to remove sixty-seven tons of dead fish have been .

At 7:00, passing through the benefits of the bridge on Tonghuihe many people have come up with a mobile phone camera, this time the reporter saw, in the river under the bridge is a shining white, a large number of dead fish drift from east to west, both fish 20 cm in length, but also two or three centimeters of small fry, and even goldfish, catfish, and some dead fish on the river bank was groan people already stink. There are four jin biggest fish.

Tong Hui workers are near the river bridge salvage of dead fish camera.

Today, 10:00, dead fish floating on the river was still moving. Reporter walked along the river for a while, at Tong Hui five or six meters east and west sides of the bridge are a lot of dead fish, along with a lot of both and garbage floating in the river shore.

"There has often been released, do not know because the improper release? Under normal circumstances can, once released will not have so many fish." People living in the vicinity, said Mr Leung wonder, hot weather, high temperature, which was quickly fished, or the river will become smelly.

There are people suspected of being " caused by the hot weather ." - People. [Translated]

EARTH CHANGES: Monumental Signs Of The Times - Lake Superior Breaks Record With Ice Still Around; Huge 16 FOOT Wide Sinkhole Uncovered By Highway Engineers In Summerset, UK; Dramatic Film Of Lightning Bolt Striking Lorry On Motorway In Poland; Hurricane Force Winds In China Force Rescue Of 100 People From Highway; Eight Killed, Two Missing As Storm Hits Odisha, India; Freak Heatwave Kills 4, Hospitalizes 1,600 In Japan Last Week; Stunning Video Of Extreme Weather In May! [PHOTOS+VIDEOS]

June 03, 2014 - EARTH - The following stories constitutes some of the latest incidents of Earth changes across the globe.

Lake Superior Breaks Record With Ice Still Around
Lake Superior May, 31th 2014.  @LAKSuperiorFoto

It is now the month of June and there is still ice hovering on the southern shores of Lake Superior making it now the latest this much ice has been on the lake this late in the season. The last time ice was around this late into the year was back in 2003 when the frozen water finally melted on May 29th. Here is what the shores of northern Michigan looked like on Saturday... 

Ice has all collected on the southern end of the lake and can be seen by satellite image... this one taken this past Thursday.

The lake is now 2.1% ice covered but is expected to be ice free by the weekend.

- FOX9.

Huge 16 FOOT Wide Sinkhole Uncovered By Highway Engineers In Summerset, UK
The road workers were expecting to find a small dent in one of Somerset's roads but were instead faced
with a real sinking feeling. A gaping chasm measuring 16ft wide in Somerset

Road workers got more than they bargained for when the pothole they were sent to inspect turned out to be a gaping chasm 11ft deep.

The giant sinkhole - which measured 16ft wide, was found by workers at Somerset County Council.

The huge pit was so deep it needed 200 tonnes of stone to fill it before draining and resurfacing works could take place.

Harvey Siggs, cabinet member for highways at Somerset County Council, said it was unclear what caused the massive hole.

Deep: The hole needed 200 tonnes of stone to fill

He said: "Our roads have been hit hard following the severe weather over the last couple of years but our teams have worked exceptionally hard throughout.

"Somerset County Council repaired over 25,000 potholes during the last financial year which is nearly 70 every day - thankfully extreme incidents like this one are very rare.

"I'd like to praise the highways staff and contractors involved in this repair project."

The road, in Green Ore, Wells, was forced to close while work was carried out and reopened last week. - Mirror.

Dramatic Film Of Lightning Bolt Striking Lorry On Motorway In Poland
A motorist was caught in the eye of the storm, when he saw an intense bolt of lightning strike a lorry
traveling in the opposite direction.  The lorry appears to be engulfed in flames. CEN

The man, who was driving on the A8 motorway on his way home near the Polish city of Wroclaw, was eager to film the adverse weather and so decided to attach a camera to his windscreen.

However, his footage of the torrential rain also captured a more shocking moment.

The driver, who uploaded the video to YouTube after the incident, is heard shouting an expletive at the tense moment the lightning appears to create a ball of fire, as it crashes onto the roof of the lorry.

The footage has already gone viral with over 120,000 views.

 WATCH: Lightning strikes truck on Polish highway.


Polish road safety expert, Jozef Wieczorek, said: "Instances where vehicles are hit by lightning are extremely rare simply because they are sitting on rubber tyres, and that means they don't earth the electricity through the vehicle.

"When it does happen all that usually takes place is that the electricity goes round the vehicle, and that seems to be the case here.

"If you look at the video you can see that the lightning seems to go round the lorry before it hits the central reservation and the central crash barrier, leaving a red hot glowing spot that quickly vanishes behind the car.

"It seems as if the lightning was destined for the crash barrier which is metal and the truck was simply in the way.

"The reason there was no report of an accident is because the truck was probably not damaged although it would have made a deafening bang inside the cab." - Express.

Hurricane Force Winds In China Force Rescue Of 100 People From Highway
Footage emerges of firefighters battling against gale force winds to rescue over 100 people stranded on a highway during a hurricane in China

A hurricane hit northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region on Saturday, leaving over 100 people stranded on a highway.

 WATCH: 100 hundred rescued from hurricane force winds in China.

The gale force winds also created a sandstorm, with visibility dropping to less than seven feet.

Firefighters and highway traffic policemen arrived at the site with an armoured personnel carrier to rescue the travellers. They tied rope to the travellers' cars to help the passengers pull themselves into the rescue vehicle in the high winds.

All the people standed on the highway were rescued. - Telegraph.

Eight Killed, Two Missing As Storm Hits Odisha, India
At least eight persons were killed and two others went missing in separate incidents of boat capsize and other mishaps, when a severe northwester hit Jharsuguda and Bargarh districts of western Odisha early on Sunday morning.

While seven persons were killed, including five in four boat mishaps in the Hirakud reservoir on the river Mahanadi, in Jharsuguda district, a woman died in a boat tragedy in Bargarh district, sources in the Special Relief Commissioner's (SRC) office said.

The body of Purnima Mallick (45) was fished out of the reservoir at Pudubagh, while Tejraj Kalo (65) and his son Bibhuti Kalo (35) died after their boat capsized in Hirakud at Khebra, they said.

Similarly, bodies of Jagannath Dhurua (35) and Khusiram Sa (28) were fished out of the reservoir from different places in Jharsuguda district. A man was missing after a boat mishap in Lakhanpur area.

One Biswambar Bhoi (60) died when lightning struck at Singeipalli in Jharsuguda district.

Eight-year-old Bibek Seth was killed when an uprooted tree fell on him during a storm in Lakhanpur area. Similarly, a woman Hemakanti Dhurua drowned when a boat sunk at Ambabana in Bargarh district while her husband Ashok

Dhurua went missing, SRC office sources said. Most of the victims were fishermen as the disaster lashed the region when they had gone out for fishing in country boats. Efforts were on to locate the two missing persons.

Rescue and search operation has been launched by the personnel of fire brigade and Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF), they said. - Indian Express.

Freak Heatwave Kills 4, Hospitalizes 1,600 In Japan Last Week
Pedestrians use their parasols to shelter from the
strong sunshine in Tokyo on June 1, 2014
AFP Photo/Yoshikazu Tsuno
Emergency services rushed more than 1600 people to hospital suffering from heat stroke and heat exhaustion due to a week of unseasonably hot weather through June 1, Japan's Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Tuesday.

According to the agency, temperatures in some areas in Japan soared to above 35 degrees Celsius, with the heatwave causing a preliminary total of 1,637 people to be rushed to hospital, with four of them dying from their symptoms.

The figure for those taken to hospitals by ambulance was some seven times higher than for the same time a year earlier, the agency said, with the worst cases seen as the mercury spiked on May 31 and June 1.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, in Tatebayashi in Gunma Prefecture and Ibigawa in Gifu Prefecture, temperatures rose to as high as 36.3 C.

The heatwave was still punishing Tuesday and showing no signs of abating, the meteorological agency said Tuesday, with temperatures hitting 37.8 C in the town of Otofuke in Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost prefecture.

The agency said that record temperatures for the year were logged at 12 points around Japan and an official heat alert had been issued for the majority of Hokkaido and Akita Prefecture, in Japan's northeast.

The disaster agency confirmed Tuesday that more than 40 percent of those requiring hospital stays were aged 65 or older. - Shanghai Daily.

Stunning Video Of Extreme Weather In May
Large scale disasters continue to strike with regularity, causing catastrophic damage to multiple areas around the globe, and leaving hundreds of thousands of people displaced. Rare, strange, unusually extreme and 'biblical' weather conditions have taken place the past week or so. Also included are some dramatically breathtaking weather events caught on video last month.

 WATCH: Signs of change - May, 2014.


GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: More Sinkholes Keep Popping Up Across The United States - Large Sinkhole Opens Up In Jonesville, Florida!

June 03, 2014 - FLORIDA, UNITED STATES - A large sinkhole has opened up near the Campus USA Credit Union near Newberry Road in Jonesville, although Alachua County Environmental Protection Director Chris Bird said he doesn't have much information on the situation yet.

Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun

Bird said he heard the sinkhole is located on a private property that may be a farm near the credit union but doesn't know for sure yet.

At this point, he is waiting to get a field report from an EPD employee who has headed out to look into the matter.

Whether or not this sinkhole qualifies as an emergency situation is yet to be determined, Bird told The Sun. If a sinkhole is out in the middle of a field and isn't near people or a building, for example, it isn't really considered as urgent as it would be if it were located in more of a public place.

While he is waiting for more information, Bird did say it isn't unusual to see instances of collapse around this time of year when an area is getting a lot of rain. Sometimes the weight of the rainwater that gets concentrated in certain areas can lead to some kind of ground collapse.

Sometimes collapse can occur within stormwater basins, especially out in the western part of the county, he said.

"The weight of the water is just like finally collapsing," he said. - The Gainesville Sun.