Extreme weather, characterized by severe cold spells and heavy rains, have wrought havoc in parts of South Africa, leaving six people dead, authorities said on Monday.
Four people died due to extreme weather that has hit the Western Cape since Friday, according to the provincial Disaster Management. Meanwhile, two people were believed to have died of exposure to cold in the Eastern Cape Province, police said.
In Western Cape, an estimated 30,000 people have been affected by the extreme weather, said Colin Deiner of the Disaster Management.
“We’re doing a periodic update of what requirements there are and where we should assist in response to these incidents,” said Deiner.
In Cape Town which was hit by hail and thunderstorms at the weekend, 2,266 people were affected by floods and hundreds of houses were damaged, according to the city’s disaster management’s Wilfred Solomons-Johannes.
The South African Weather Service forecast snow for mountains in the Southern Cape and biting cold for the rest of the week.
Western Cape Disaster Management officials said they are gearing up to assist more people who will be affected by stormy weather conditions as another cold front is on its way to the province
The massive, magnitude-8.3 temblor that struck today (May 24) near Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula could turn out be the deepest earthquake ever recorded.
At 378 miles (609 kilometers) below the seafloor, the quake could best the previous record set in Bolivia, in 1994. The initial depth may be revised as scientists collect more data. The Bolivian quake was a magnitude-8.2, and 392 miles deep (631 km), Nature News reported.
Why so deep? The Sea of Okhotsk sits above a subduction zone, where the Pacific Plate dives beneath the North America Plate. (Though some scientists think there is also a microplate, a small tectonic plate, beneath the sea.) The northwest Pacific crust is some of oldest, coldest oceanic crust subducting on Earth. It’s also quickly rolling into the subduction zone, like a speedy conveyor belt, so the cold crust reaches deep into Earth’s mantle before warming up.
This setting makes for deep earthquakes in the subducted Pacific plate crust. The extraordinary depth of today’s earthquake also means the shaking traveled far across Russia, reaching Moscow and rattling the Kremlin 4,000 miles (6,400 km) away. The waves also crossed the United States, as seen in this video from the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology.
A possible feedback event within the projects six month (2013) window, has occurred in Russia.
In 2008 The Farsight institute run by Courtney Brown, Ph.D. initiated a long term Remote viewing project to look ahead to 2013 and within the first seven months of 2013 to see if the earth and climate was any different form the locations in 2008. The project had participants form several different remote viewing methodologies and schools working together for the first time.
The project involved the remote viewers looking at locations both in 2008 and then again in 2013and to try to describe IF there were any changes to the earth/climate within the data. All the locations were BLIND, and the time periods were BLIND, in fact when the remote viewers did their RV data – the targets had not even been assigned yet – this was done after the fact by a totally random process. No one knew what location of what year (2008 or 2013) they were remote viewing.
The data surprised all especially Courtney who analysed over 100 remote viewing transcripts for this project. All the 2008 data seemed to indicate a normal earth and weather and yet most for the 2013 data seemed to indicate severe/extreme weather and earth changes. All this fell into play within a random and BLIND process. The project was all done in public and the RV data has been available in in various formats online since 2008.
Courtney’s initial impressions from the 2013 data were:
“In general, these remote-viewing data suggest the following types of physical changes across many of the above geographical locations by mid-2013:
Impacts from what appear to be large meteors leading to tsunamis and possible volcanism
These last few days we have all watched the many videos coming out from Russia of the meteor impact. The news sources report:
“(Reuters) – A meteor streaked across the sky and exploded over central Russia on Friday, raining fireballs over a wide area and causing a shock wave that smashed windows, damaged buildings and injured more than 1,000 people. People heading to work in Chelyabinsk heard what sounded like an explosion, saw a bright light and then felt the shock wave, according to a Reuters correspondent in the industrial city 1,500 km (950 miles) east of Moscow.
The fireball, travelling at a speed of 30 km (19 miles) per second according to Russian space agency Roscosmos, had blazed across the horizon,leaving a long white trail that could be seen as far as 200 km (125 miles) away.
Car alarms went off, thousands of windows shattered and mobile phone networks were disrupted. The Interior Ministry said the meteor explosion, avery rare spectacle, also unleashed a sonic boom. “I was driving to work, it was quite dark, but it suddenly became as bright as if it were day,” said Viktor Prokofiev, 36, a resident of Yekaterinburg in the Urals Mountains.
“I felt like I was blinded by headlights.” The meteor, which weighed about 10 tons and may have been made of iron, entered Earth’s atmosphere and broke apart 30-50 km (19-31 miles) above ground, according to Russia’s Academy of Sciences.”
The project is ongoing – so we cant fully analyze the remote viewing predictive data or any potential feedback until June 2013 – but it is very interesting.