Friday, April 8, 2016

MONUMENTAL DELUGE: The Latest Reports Of High Tides, Heavy Rainfall, Flash Floods, Sea Level Rise, Widespread Flooding, And Catastrophic Storms - Flash Floods Kill 2 During Rain Storm In Oman; Flooding Displaces Thousands After 4 Days Of Heavy Rainfall In Argentina And Uruguay; Cars Swept Away As Arabian Peninsula Is Slammed With Deluges of Rain And Hail! [PHOTOS + VIDEOS]

A taxi washed away by floodwaters smashes into a four-wheel-drive during heavy rains in Oman on Friday. © Twitter

April 8, 2016 - EARTH - The following list constitutes the latest reports of high tides, heavy rainfall, flash floods, widespread flooding, sea level rise and catastrophic storms.

Flash floods kill 2 during rain storm in Oman

Despite repeated warnings by Omani authorities, two Omanis were killed when their vehicle was swept away by flood waters in Wadi Kabeel of Qurayat province on Friday.

Three other Omanis were rescued in Wadi Bani Karoos in the Dhank province according to the Public Authority for Civil Defense and Ambulance (PACDA).

Heavy rain has been lashing northern parts of the country due to a deep depression which is expected to last two more days.

The rain forced the cancellation of the Red Bull F1 Showrun, where Scottish driver David Coultard was expected to make an appearance in Mutrah Corniche on Friday afternoon.

Rain in Oman. © Twitter

A wheelbarrow filled with pebble-sized ice that pelted parts of Oman during a hailstorm Friday.© Twitter

Picture shared on social media shows rainwater running off from mountains to a valley in Oman. © Twitter

The race lasted for less than two minutes instead of the planned two-hour event. Hundreds of racing fans had gathered along the sea road in Mutrah to watch the race.

Many roads that link provinces such as Nizwa, Ibri, Bahla, Rustaq, Sinanah and Nakhal in the north were flooded and caused traffic snarls.

Heavy rain reported in Ibri, Bahla, Nizwa, Dima wa Tayeen, Nakhal, Awabi,Izki Rustaq, Yanqul, Dhank, Barka, Seeb Bausher, Mutrah and Samiyl provinces, resulted in flash floods.

Some parts of Samayil province were covered by snow.

Pictures of the snow went viral as people shared pictures of playing in the snow on social media.

Flooding displaces thousands after 4 days of heavy rainfall in Argentina and Uruguay

Floods in La Paz, Entre Rios, Argentina, April 2016.  © Municipalidad de La Paz
Heavy rain has affected Uruguay and northern provinces of Argentina, causing several rivers to overflow and prompting the evacuation of thousands of people. Some local media reports claim over half a metre of rain has fallen in some areas of Argentina in the last 4 days. One man is reported to have died after drowning in a swollen river in Entre Ríos.


Thousands have been affected by heavy rain and flooding in the provinces of Entre Ríos, Corrientes and Santa Fe.

Heavy rain has also affected parts of the province of Formosa where thousands are yet to return to their homes since the Paraguay River overflowed in December 2015.

 WATCH: Floods in La Paz.

Entre Rios

Telam news agency say that 7,000 people have been displaced by floods in Entre Ríos province. Severe flooding has been reported in the municipalities of Federación, San José de Feliciano, Villaguay and Colón.

One man died in the floods when he was swept away by an overflowing river between the towns of Sosa and El Tala.

The city of La Paz, in the west of the province, has suffered the worst of the torrential rain. According to province authorities, more than 7,500 people have been affected. The Cabayú Cuatia River overflowed causing damage, closure of bridges and forcing the displacement of people living in the Estación neighbourhood. Houses were also flooded in the neighbourhoods of Milagrosa, Puerto and Ribera del Paraná.

Floods in La Paz, Entre Rios, Argentina, April 2016. © Municipalidad de La Paz

© Municipalidad de La Paz

The Ministry of Social Development have distributed blankets, food and other relief items to those affected.Several roads have been inundated, with many cars dragged by the water, causing significant issues to local transportation.

In San José de Feliciano, in the north, 400 people are homeless after two small rivers - the Coronel and Carrizo - overflowed. Talking to Telam, the city's mayor, Silvia del Carmen Moreno, said that Feliciano had seen over half a metre of rain since Saturday 02 April.


In Esquina, a town of 40,000 inhabitants in the south of Correnties province, more than 75% of the town was under water. As many as 300 people have been evacuated, and water reached the height of 1 metre in some neighbourhoods. More than 5,000 people have been affected by the floods across the province.

Santa Fe

Heavy rain has affected areas in the north of Sana Fe province, in particular the town of Alejandra, which according to local media, has recorded 550 mm of rain in the last 4 days. Significant parts of the town are completely flooded, and around 20 people have been evacuated.

Intense Rain

The heavy rain began to fall on 05 April 2016. According to the Argentina National Meteorological Service (Servicio Nacional de Meteorologia, SMN), 70 mm of rain in 24 hours was recorded in Gualeguaychu, in Entre Ríos Province, Argentina. The station of Monte Caseros, in Corrientes Province, recorded 81 mm of rain between 05 and 06 April 2016.

According to data reported by authorities in Entre Ríos, as much as 296.4 mm were recorded at Feliciano station, in the north of the province, on 05 April 2016.

In a statement yesterday by the Crisis Committee of Civil Defense of the Municipality of La Paz, it was reported that 345 mm of rain fell between 04 and 06 April.

Rainfall map for Argentina 04 to 05 April 2016. © SMN

Argentina media reports claim that over 500 mm of rain has fallen in some areas, including Alejandra in Santa Fe, San José de Feliciano in Entre Ríos, in the space of 4 days.

Further significant rainfall is expected to affect the north of Argentina until Saturday, 09 April 2016.


As an result of the heavy rain in the upper part of the watershed, water levels in the Uruguay River are rising. A point of particular concern is the area downstream of the Salto hydropower plant.

The high amount of water reaching the reservoir forced the managing authority (Comisión Técnica Mixta de Salto Grande) to release higher discharges from the spillway and the outlet. As a result, Uruguay River levels at Salto and Paysandú will exceed the warning thresholds of 12 and 5.5 metres respectively.As a precaution, local authorities of Civil Defence organised the evacuation of 27 people in Salto and 5 in Paysandú.

Cars swept away as Arabian peninsula is slammed with deluges of rain and hail

© Saudi Arabia Weather

These are the first videos erupting on social network of the biblical flooding hitting Ta'if, Saudi Arabia right now.

And when I say biblical, it's because I didn't want to use apocalyptical!

Unstable conditions started sweeping across Saudi Arabia on Monday, April 3, 2016.

And reinforced during the beginning of the week to deliver heavy downpours on Ta'if and its region.

The low is sweeping from North to South and has created biblical hailstorms in the central part of the country on April 6, 2016.
WATCH: Deluge in the Arabian peninsula.

Extreme gust of winds are also accompanying the stormy weather sometimes creating sand tornado and sandstorms around Al-Jouf, Hail, Tabuk and Medina.

So the cold air mass coming from the north and the warm and moist air coming from the south created a kind of belt in the middle of the country which creates intense and apocalyptical thunderstorms (see map above).

Ta'if is a city in Mecca Province of Saudi Arabia situated in the Al-Sarawat Mountains and is right in the eye of the storm.

This extreme weather is also present in Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and western Yemen.

- Floodlist | Gulf News | Strange Sounds.

EXTREME WEATHER: Wildfire Breaks Out At Havasu National Wildlife Refuge - Sparks Evacuation; Officials Expect The Fire To Grow!

© Reuters/San Bernardino Fire Department

April 8, 2016 - ARIZONA / CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES - A "suspicious" brush fire broke out in Arizona and spread into California on Wednesday, sparking the evacuation of two recreational vehicle parks, as hot and dry weather complicated efforts to contain the blaze.

"It's hot and windy and we're expecting the fire to grow," said Jeff Allen, an engineer and paramedic with the San Bernardino County Fire Department in Southern California. Allen said the fire was 5 percent contained.

The fire broke out as agencies across the western United States gear up for what is expected to be another busy fire season in a region suffering the effects of a prolonged drought, including millions of trees dead from lack of water.

In 2015, more than 10 million acres burned in wildfires nationwide, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

Authorities said Wednesday's fire started at about 4:30 a.m. local time in the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge, which spans both California and Arizona, and jumped the Colorado River, burning through river bottom vegetation and Salt Cedar and Mesquite trees.

Firefighters from both states are battling the blaze and additional crews have been requested, Mohave Valley (Ariz.) Fire District Chief Ted Martin said in a statement.

Martin called the fire "suspicious in nature," but said it was too early to determine the cause. Officials reported there was no lightning in the area and that skies were clear at the time the fire broke out.

Crews were conducting back-burn operations late Wednesday morning to contain the blaze, Martin said. - Reuters.

ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: Disaster Precursors - Violent Elephant Runs Amok And Kills Mahouts In India; And Shark Attacks Jet Ski Off Fraser Island, Australia?! [PHOTOS + VIDEO]

The elephant that killed two mahouts at Karukanchal being brought under control. © E V Ragesh

April 8, 2016 - EARTH - The following constitutes the latest reports of animal attacks on humans.

Violent elephant runs amok and kills two mahouts in India

An elephant which turned violent killed both its mahouts besides creating a ruckus in Champakkara in Kottayam district on Thursday. Gopinathan Nair, 60, from Karukachal and Akhil (Kannan), 30, from Ithithanam were killed. It was the elephant Channanikkad Ayyappan which had turned violent round 3pm.

The elephant floored the first mahout Nair before goring him to death. Following this the elephant ran out of the compound and the second mahout Kannan was killed while he tried to chain the elephant. Gopinathan succumbed to injuries while being taken to the hospital while Kannan succumbed to injuries at the Medical College Hospital.

The elephant which had turned violent ran nearly seven kilometres before tranquilised by veterinary surgeon Sabu C Issac of the elephant squad by around 4.30pm. The local residents went through tense moments for over an hour.

The Elephant had turned violent at the compound of Vasudev Kurup. The elephant was brought here for shifting timber lying in the compound. It was chained to a tree in the compound by both the mahouts in the morning after it showed signs of violence. It attacked Gopinathan by breaking the chains when the mahout had come near the elephant in the afternoon. Nair was knocked off his feet by its legs and floored him and then gored him. After this it went out of the compound and ran through the road.

The second mahout followed him. The elephant entered Kottayam-Kozhenchery road and reached Koothrappally crossing Subhash Junction. From here it turned to Palamattam Road. The second mahout got stuck in front of the elephant and he was lifted using the trunk and was pressed against a nearby wall fatally injuring him. - Times of India.

Shark attacks jet ski off Fraser Island, Australia

Two incredibly brave (or incredibly stupid) tourists got way too close to a shark while enjoying a jet ski excursion in Australia and were lucky to escape without injury.

While cruising around Fraser Island's idyllic blue waters off the coast of Queensland, the couple noticed a shadow in the waters below and - cue the Jaws theme - decided to check it out.

Getting far too close for comfort, the pair was lucky to escape when the shark launched from the water to attack but only connected with the jet ski and, thankfully, not one of their limbs.

"No one was injured although the jetski did get some small scuff marks where the shark contacted the ski," the couple wrote online afterwards.

WATCH: Shark attacks jet ski.

- RT.

EXTREME WEATHER: Dust Storm Blankets Texas Panhandle And Northern Oklahoma - Stretched Over 100 MILES LONG And Threw Dust About 2,000 FEET Into The Air! [PHOTOS + VIDEOS]

@dragon_drones / Instagram

April 8, 2016 - SOUTHERN UNITED STATES - Strong winds associated with a cold front picked up dust and debris and created a heavy, 160 km (100 miles) wide dust storm that blanketed much of Texas Panhandle late April 5/April 6, 2016.

NWS Amarillo forecaster Nicholas Fenner said the storm threw dust about 610 meters (2,000 feet) into the air. The storm reached as far north as Oklahoma Panhandle and as far south as Lubbock, Texas before it dissipated.

There were no reports of any road closures or anyone hurt from the dust storm.

WATCH: Dust storm rollos through Texas and Oklahoma.

- RT.

EARTH CHANGES: Monumental Signs Of The Times - SOTT Earth Changes Video Summary For January, 2016!


April 8, 2016 - EARTH - Record heavy spring snowfalls, destructive tornado outbreaks, planes falling out of the sky, catastrophic flooding on every continent, metallic 'sky sounds' heard in diverse locations, multiple meteor fireball sightings, mass animal deaths, sinkholes swallowing moving vehicles...

These were just some of the signs of the times in March 2016...

WATCH: Monumental Earth Changes.


PLANETARY TREMORS: Powerful 6.7 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Vanuatu Islands, Pacific Ocean - The THIRD Large Quake This Week To Hit The Area; No Tsunami Warning! [MAPS + TECTONIC SUMMARY]

The epicentre of Thursday's 6.7 magnitude earthquake in Vanuatu's Torba province.
© US Geological Service

April 8, 2016 - VANUATU ISLANDS - An earthquake measuring 6.7 has struck the northwest of Vanuatu, the third large earthquake in the same region this week.

The United States Geological Service said the earthquake struck 109km west of Sola, in Torba province, at a depth of 33km.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said the quake posed no tsunami threat.

Thursday afternoon's quake came less than 24 hours after another 6.9 magnitude struck slightly to the west in Santo at a depth of 10km.

USGS shakemap intensity.

Another quake of the same magnitude struck the area on Sunday. - Radio New Zealand.

Seismotectonics of the Eastern Margin of the Australia Plate

The eastern margin of the Australia plate is one of the most sesimically active areas of the world due to high rates of convergence between the Australia and Pacific plates. In the region of New Zealand, the 3000 km long Australia-Pacific plate boundary extends from south of Macquarie Island to the southern Kermadec Island chain. It includes an oceanic transform (the Macquarie Ridge), two oppositely verging subduction zones (Puysegur and Hikurangi), and a transpressive continental transform, the Alpine Fault through South Island, New Zealand.

Since 1900 there have been 15 M7.5+ earthquakes recorded near New Zealand. Nine of these, and the four largest, occurred along or near the Macquarie Ridge, including the 1989 M8.2 event on the ridge itself, and the 2004 M8.1 event 200 km to the west of the plate boundary, reflecting intraplate deformation. The largest recorded earthquake in New Zealand itself was the 1931 M7.8 Hawke's Bay earthquake, which killed 256 people. The last M7.5+ earthquake along the Alpine Fault was 170 years ago; studies of the faults' strain accumulation suggest that similar events are likely to occur again.

North of New Zealand, the Australia-Pacific boundary stretches east of Tonga and Fiji to 250 km south of Samoa. For 2,200 km the trench is approximately linear, and includes two segments where old (greater than 120 Myr) Pacific oceanic lithosphere rapidly subducts westward (Kermadec and Tonga). At the northern end of the Tonga trench, the boundary curves sharply westward and changes along a 700 km-long segment from trench-normal subduction, to oblique subduction, to a left lateral transform-like structure.

USGS plate tectonics for the region.

Australia-Pacific convergence rates increase northward from 60 mm/yr at the southern Kermadec trench to 90 mm/yr at the northern Tonga trench; however, significant back arc extension (or equivalently, slab rollback) causes the consumption rate of subducting Pacific lithosphere to be much faster. The spreading rate in the Havre trough, west of the Kermadec trench, increases northward from 8 to 20 mm/yr. The southern tip of this spreading center is propagating into the North Island of New Zealand, rifting it apart. In the southern Lau Basin, west of the Tonga trench, the spreading rate increases northward from 60 to 90 mm/yr, and in the northern Lau Basin, multiple spreading centers result in an extension rate as high as 160 mm/yr. The overall subduction velocity of the Pacific plate is the vector sum of Australia-Pacific velocity and back arc spreading velocity: thus it increases northward along the Kermadec trench from 70 to 100 mm/yr, and along the Tonga trench from 150 to 240 mm/yr.

The Kermadec-Tonga subduction zone generates many large earthquakes on the interface between the descending Pacific and overriding Australia plates, within the two plates themselves and, less frequently, near the outer rise of the Pacific plate east of the trench. Since 1900, 40 M7.5+ earthquakes have been recorded, mostly north of 30°S. However, it is unclear whether any of the few historic M8+ events that have occurred close to the plate boundary were underthrusting events on the plate interface, or were intraplate earthquakes. On September 29, 2009, one of the largest normal fault (outer rise) earthquakes ever recorded (M8.1) occurred south of Samoa, 40 km east of the Tonga trench, generating a tsunami that killed at least 180 people.

Across the North Fiji Basin and to the west of the Vanuatu Islands, the Australia plate again subducts eastwards beneath the Pacific, at the North New Hebrides trench. At the southern end of this trench, east of the Loyalty Islands, the plate boundary curves east into an oceanic transform-like structure analogous to the one north of Tonga.

Australia-Pacific convergence rates increase northward from 80 to 90 mm/yr along the North New Hebrides trench, but the Australia plate consumption rate is increased by extension in the back arc and in the North Fiji Basin. Back arc spreading occurs at a rate of 50 mm/yr along most of the subduction zone, except near ~15°S, where the D'Entrecasteaux ridge intersects the trench and causes localized compression of 50 mm/yr in the back arc. Therefore, the Australia plate subduction velocity ranges from 120 mm/yr at the southern end of the North New Hebrides trench, to 40 mm/yr at the D'Entrecasteaux ridge-trench intersection, to 170 mm/yr at the northern end of the trench.

Large earthquakes are common along the North New Hebrides trench and have mechanisms associated with subduction tectonics, though occasional strike slip earthquakes occur near the subduction of the D'Entrecasteaux ridge. Within the subduction zone 34 M7.5+ earthquakes have been recorded since 1900. On October 7, 2009, a large interplate thrust fault earthquake (M7.6) in the northern North New Hebrides subduction zone was followed 15 minutes later by an even larger interplate event (M7.8) 60 km to the north. It is likely that the first event triggered the second of the so-called earthquake "doublet".

More information on regional seismicity and tectonics


WEATHER PHENOMENON: Megacryometers - Block Of Ice Weighing 30kg Falls From The Sky In India?!

The chunk, believed to be a megacryometeor (ice-stone) or blue ice, came crashing down in a field on Monday, creating a three-foot-deep crater upon impact.© Hindustan Times

April 8, 2016 - INDIA - Reeling under an early heat wave, people in Harda district of Madhya Pradesh received a cool surprise — an ice chunk weighing about 30kg falling from the sky.

The chunk, believed to be a megacryometeor (ice-stone) or blue ice, came crashing down in a field on Monday, creating a three-foot-deep crater upon impact. This comes nearly three months after a similar incident in Sagar district in which a 60-year-old woman was injured.

The latest incident occurred at Nousar village in Timarini, 40km from Harda district headquarters. The field belonged to Raj Kumar Patil, whose younger brother Jitendra Patil was irrigating it at the time. On hearing the thundering sound, locals came running to the field to find the chunk had broken into three.

Jitendra said another chunk came crashing down in a field nearby. "I was very scared. Nearly 14 seconds after the first chunk of ice fell, another smaller chunk fell in a nearby field.

We informed other villagers who came rushing," he said.

Harda collector Srikant Banot said he will inspect the site and also rope in geologists and other experts. He said in all probability, it was blue ice from a plane flying overhead at a great height. He said he had sent the sub-divisional magistrate to the spot to submit a report.

According to a research paper, 'Isotopic studies of megacryometeors in western India' published in March 2013, ice-stones or megacryometeors form suddenly even during non-cloudy, clear sky when there is no thunderstorm activity.

"Although their formation is not clearly understood, they are considered to have an origin different from large hailstones. The research paper is based on four unusually large ice-stones weighing several kilograms which fell in western India (Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra ) during October - November 2010.

According to authors of the research paper, many causal mechanisms have been hypothesized for the formation and fall of megacryometeors that include aircraft icing, blue ice or waste water released from aircraft lavatories, leakage from aircraft water tanks, condensation trails of jet planes and extraterrestrial origin.

They also pointed out that, according to Martinez-Frias who has collected data on ice-stones falls across the world, "megacryometeor fall frequency has increased since 1950 and that 46 fall events have been recorded between 2001 and 2006 alone". - Hindustan Times.