Tuesday, March 15, 2016

DELUGE: Torrential Rainfall And Flash Floods Hit Pakistan - 20 People Killed! [VIDEO]

Swat Valley Bridge ruined by flood water in 2010. © DVIDSHUB/Public Domain

March 15, 2016 - PAKISTAN - Torrential rains accompanied by flashfloods have killed at least 20 people over the last two days in northwestern and southwestern Pakistan, officials and local media reported on Saturday.

Most of the fatalities have been reported from the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhawa (KP) and the southwestern Balochistan provinces, where heavy rainfall and flashflooding have isolated entire villages, damaged roads and caused homes to collapse.

At least eight miners were killed and many others were trapped when a coalmine collapsed in northwest Pakistan on Saturday. The coalmine caved in due to heavy rain in Lower Orakzai Agency in country's tribal belt.

The current death toll includes at least eight children, according to local health officials.

Local television channels showed gushing rainwater inundating homes — with residents taking refuge on rooftops — in Quetta, Zhob, Taank, Pishin, Loralai, Chaman, Chagai, Mastung and other districts.

Accompanied by thunder and hailstorms, heavy rainfall caused several homes to collapse in the Mastung, Khyber Agency, Chagai and Zhob districts, killing 12 people and injuring scores of others.

WATCH: Heavy rainfall and flooding in Pakistan.

Grabbing whatever they could salvage, local residents in effected areas — including women and children — could be seen wading through knee-deep water in search of higher ground.

Dozens of mud homes have been entirely washed away by surging flashfloods, forcing local administrators in flood-hit districts to direct residents to schools and other government buildings.

Torrential rain coupled with high winds uprooted trees and electricity towers in affected areas, causing wide-ranging power outages, the local Capital TV channel reported.

The Pakistan Metrological Office, for its part, has issued a flood warning for several parts of KP province, warning that the rainy spell would likely go on for another two days.

The authorities fear outbreaks of disease in flood-hit areas, where marooned residents have been forced to drink rainwater and eat unhygienic food.

Pakistan experienced massive flooding in 2010 and 2011, which inundated an estimated one fifth of the country and caused some 2,000 deaths.

And in 2014, over 240 people were killed in Pakistan by torrential rainfall coupled with flashfloods. - The Muslim News.


MASS BIRD DIE-OFF: Disaster Precursors - Several Hundred Dead Crows Found Along Michigan Railroad!

Mary Lutzke stopped to see for herself after hearing reports of dead crows in Springfield© Trace Christenson/The Enquirer

March 15, 2016 - MICHIGAN, UNITED STATES - Officials were trying to determine why several hundred crows are dead along a section of railroad tracks.

The crows were reported Tuesday near Helmer Road in Springfield.

Most were on the east side of the roadway, stretching at least 200 yards. Some people estimated as many as 300 of the birds were dead.

Mary Lutzke and her daughter, Kristin Jordan, stopped to see the dead birds and had questions about how and why they all died.

"I love crows," Lutzke said. "Their sound brings me back to my childhood. They are smart and intelligent."

Springfield City Manager Nathan Henne also stopped along the tracks after receiving calls about the bird kill. Henne said he would contact the Michigan Department of Natural Resources about the birds. - Battle Creek Enquirer.

MONUMENTAL DELUGE: Deweyville, Texas To Break 130-YEAR Flood Record Due To Overflowing River - Town Completely Cut Off!

The Highway 63 bridge at the Sabine River is overtaken by flooding in Newton County, Texas. © Texas Game Warden

March 15, 2016 - TEXAS, UNITED STATES - The Sabine River at Deweyville, Texas, broke the unofficial highest river level set over 130 years ago and is headed for an even higher crest, completely isolating the small Newton County town of about 1,200. Mandatory evacuations were ordered in Deweyville after a week of heavy rain pushed the Sabine River over historic flood levels Monday evening.

More than 400 Newton County homes have been flooded by the swollen Sabine, and officials told NBC Dallas-Fort Worth that they fear all of Deweyville's homes will be flooded. Newton is among nearly 20 Texas counties under a state of disaster declaration, according to the Associated Press.

"No residents of the town have ever seen a flood in Deweyville like what's occurring," said weather.com meteorologist Jonathan Erdman.

Upwards of 18 inches of rain fell in the Sabine River Basin from a weather system that lingered over the area for five days. By Tuesday evening, the river is expected to rise near 35 feet and is projected to break the old record by nearly three feet.

The Coast Guard has advised boaters to stay off a 25-mile stretch of the rain-swollen river amid flood and safety concerns. A Coast Guard statement Sunday afternoon said all mariners should avoid the Sabine River between Orange and Bon Wier until Friday due to extreme flood currents linked to last week's rainstorms. Deweyville residents know what their river can do, and many made preparations to leave well before evacuations were ordered.

"We're taking virtually everything from our house," Deweyville resident John Bickam told KFDM.com. "We're moving it to higher grounds in hopes that, you know, when all this is over we'll have a house to come back to."

© Blake Holland

Sabine River. © Blake Holland

With the help of 100 agencies, emergency crews in Newton County rescued people via boat and by air as floodwaters continued to rise, KBMT-TV reported. About 45 people were rescued on Friday, according to the Trout Creek Fire Rescue assistant chief.

The mandatory evacuation ordered by Newton County Judge Truman Dougharty went into effect for multiple areas near the Sabine River; a list of affected areas and shelter locations has been posted by KBMT-TV. A curfew also went into effect at midnight on Friday at 7 a.m. and will last until March 19.

The Sabine River Authority lowered the nine gates at Toledo Bend Reservoir to 20 feet open on Friday, KOGT.com reported. The gates had been left completely open at 22 feet for 31 hours, sending 208,000 cubic feet of water per second down the river. The decreased release has 190,000 cubic feet per second. At 6 p.m. Friday, they dropped the gates down to 18 feet.

Evacuations were also recommended for residents living on the Louisiana side of the Sabine River. According to KATC.com, Calcasieu Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness director Dick Gremillion is urging residents to take immediate action, as "entry and exit routes to these areas will be limited due to safety concerns" and "public services and emergency services may also be limited during this flooding event."

One reason why the Sabine has risen so quickly and dramatically is because it is a funnel for so many other tributaries. When all of those rivers and lakes become full at the same time, history has shown that the flooding can be destructive for Deweyville.

"Two large reservoirs on the Sabine River - Lake Tawakoni, east of Dallas, and the larger Toledo Bend Reservoir, south of Shreveport - are both over 2 feet above full pool as of Friday," said Erdman. "All that water has to flow somewhere, and it's headed downstream toward Deweyville and Orange, Texas."

Most Deweyville residents size up flooding events to the 1989 Sabine River Flood, when the river swelled to 29.15 feet in early July. It's the fourth-worst flooding event ever recorded for the Sabine River at Deweyville, topped by a 29.5-foot recording in 1913, a 29.98-foot event in 1953 and a reading of 32.2 feet in 1884, according to historical data from the National Weather Service. - Weather Channel.


RATTLE & HUM: Mysterious Sounds Heard Across The Planet - Loud Booms Prompt Calls To 911 In York, Pennsylvania; And Loud Metallic Scraping Noises Heard In Drogheda, Ireland?!

March 15, 2016 - EARTH - Here are two more reports of inexplicable loud booms heard across the planet.

Loud booms prompt calls to 9-11 in York, Pennsylvania

Booms heard on Sunday evening prompted at least two calls to York County 911, but what caused the noise remains a mystery.

The calls came from the southwestern part of the county, York County spokesman Carl Lindquist said. Staff at the 911 center made some calls but were unable to confirm any cause.

Jeri Jones, owner of Jones Geological Services, said he heard two booms at his home in North Codorus Township. The first one around 7:43 p.m. was louder than the second one around 7:52 p.m. It didn't seem like a seismic event.

And it wasn't an earthquake, Dr. Charles Scharnberger, professor emeritus of the earth sciences department at Millersville University. Nothing showed on the seismograph.

AccuWeather.com meteorologist Randy Adkins checked the weather records, and there wasn't any lightning Sunday evening. Perhaps it was something flying though the air faster than the speed of sound, such as an aircraft or a meteorite coming through the atmosphere, he said.

State police responded to a report about a possible explosion, but a trooper was not able to locate the source, said Trooper Robert Hicks, a state police spokesman.

The booms generated talk on Facebook, and some posters said they heard the noise in other parts of the county, including Winterstown and on the east side of York. A couple of people reported they thought it was a crash.

Booms have been reported in the past couple of months. Last month, a group of people shooting exploding targets made of Tannerite caused an earthquake-like rumble that shook homes in Codorus Township, state police said at the time.

But with the reports this time coming from a variety of areas miles away, it seems to be too regional for Tannerite, Jones said.

But it's still unclear what caused some widespread loud booms in York County in January.

Jones said he, too, has been checking around about the latest booms, but he hasn't been about to find the source, either.

"It's just one of those mysteries again," he said. - York Daily Record.

Loud metallic scraping noises heard in Drogheda, Ireland

Reports have come into us today of some very strange and eerie noises coming out of Drogheda late last night.

The noises were called "UFOs and Aliens" - but no one knows for sure what they were. Some are claiming it was a lorry that crashed, but the noises were reportedly happening for up to two hours.

LISTEN: Strange sounds in the skies over Drogheda.

- The Liberal.

PLANETARY TREMORS: Earthquake Swarm Hits Morocco's Northern Region!

In the last couple of days, the north region of Morocco, including the southern one of Spain, witnessed recurrent earthquakes.© Moroccan Times

March 15, 2016 - MOROCCO - A sequences of earthquakes stroke this afternoon the northern region of Morocco, with their respective magnitudes averaging from magnitude 3 to 5.2.

The quake's epicenter was 51kms North East of Al Hoceima, Morocco.

The first strike was registered at 15:17:11.80 local time.

At the time of writing, no damage was reported.

In the last couple of days, the north region of Morocco, including the southern one of Spain, witnessed recurrent earthquakes.

As a matter of fact, just two days ago, in the wee hours of the morning, a magnitude 4.4 tumbler hit the same region. - Moroccan Times.


GLOBAL COASTAL EVENT: Storms Battering Europe's Atlantic Coastline Were The Most Energetic In 70 Years - Causing Extensive Erosion Along Coasts!

Extreme waves impacting on Chesil Beach in Dorset, UK, were taken on Feb. 5, 2014. © Richard Broome

March 15, 2016 - EUROPE - The repeated storms which battered Europe's Atlantic coastline during the winter of 2013/14 were the most energetic in almost seven decades, new research has shown.

And they were part of a growing trend in stormy conditions which scientists say has the potential to dramatically change the equilibrium state of beaches along the western side of the continent, leading to permanent changes in beach gradient, coastal alignment and nearshore bar position.

In a study accepted for publication in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, researchers compared modelled and measured data from sites across Scotland, Ireland, England, France, Portugal, Spain and Morocco, and showed the extreme weather conditions were the most energetic since at least 1948.

It showed that along exposed open-coast sites in the UK and France, there had been extensive beach and dune erosion due to offshore sediment transport with sediment losses of up to 200 m3 for every 1m strip of beach. At some of the other sites, the balance between the different alongshore sediment transport contributions was disrupted, causing changes in the coastal alignment, referred to as beach rotation.

The research was led by Plymouth University in conjunction with scientists from the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, l'Université de Bordeaux, l'Institut Universitaire Européen de la Mer and Ulster University.

Gerd Masselink, Professor of Coastal Geomorphology at Plymouth University and the study's lead author, said: "We have previously conducted research showing the devastating effects caused to the UK by the stormy winter of 2013/14. But the damage caused to coastal communities there was replicated - and in some cases exceeded - across western France. All but one of the sites assessed for this study reached their most depleted state at the end of the 2014 winter, and it will take many years for them to fully recover."

For the study, researchers used a combination of modelled and measured wave data from the eastern Atlantic, stretching from Morocco to northwest Scotland, and also analysed long-term beach profile data from sites in Ireland, UK and France.

It showed that extreme wave conditions occurred up to five times more frequently in 2013/14, and winter wave heights were up to 40% higher, than on average.

Dr Tim Scott, Lecturer in Ocean Exploration at Plymouth University, added: "The extreme winter of 2013/14 is in line with historical trends in wave conditions and is also predicted to increasingly occur due to climate change according to some of the climate models, with the winter of 2015/16 also set to be among the stormiest of the past 70 years. Whether due to more intense and/or more frequent storms, it should undoubtedly be considered in future coastal and sea defence planning along the Atlantic coast of Europe." - PHYS.