The Big Wobble Headlines: Quick Read


Extreme Weather
A five-foot (1.5 meters) wall of floodwater so powerful it sucked people out of houses kills 7 with 5 missing in western Mexico (Video)
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At least seven people, including two children, are dead and searches continue for five others after a five-foot (1.5 meters) wall of floodwater crashed through the streets of a town in western Mexico, state officials said Monday night.
Eloy Giron, the chief of operations for the Michoacan state Civil Protection agency, reported the latest death toll.
He told The Associated Press that hopes were fading for finding two adults and three children still unaccounted for.
Unusually heavy rainfall swelled the Cutio River and sent a wave of water into the town of Periban on Sunday.
Giron said witnesses reported that the rush of water was so powerful that it sucked some people out of houses.

Hurricanes and cyclones
Wind gusts of 223 kph (138 mph) 2.5 million people evacuated in China's Guangdong province as Super Typhoon Mangkhut make landfall
More than 2.5 million people have been evacuated in China's Guangdong province as Mangkhut made landfall at 5 p.m. local time, according to Chinese state media.
Xinhua reported that 18,327 emergency shelters had been activated and that 632 tourism and 29,611 construction sites had been shut down.
As Mangkhut marched toward the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong was also buffeted by fierce winds that tore off roofs, downed trees and caused cranes perched atop half-built skyscrapers to swing ominously.


Spaceweather
Sunspot Solar Observatory close down coincides when a "billion-ton "MEGA" CME slammed into Earth's magnetic field 159 years earlier
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  • The Sunspot Solar Observatory close down happened almost to the day when a "billion-ton "MEGA" coronal mass ejection (CME) slammed into Earth's magnetic field 159 years earlier and if it happened now would send the West back to the middle ages.
Something is amiss in the state of New Mexico, and the chain of mysterious events has all the hallmarks of a sci-fi plot.
The state's Sunspot Solar Observatory, home to one of the largest active solar telescopes in the world, was shut down last Friday and all personnel evacuated.

Volcano Activity
The Mexican colossus Popocatepetl volcano spews ash and smoke thousands of metres into the Mexico sky
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Popocatepetl volcano has erupted, with smoke visible across the state of Puebla.
Residents have been warned not to travel within seven-and-a-half miles of the active volcano. Witnesses reported an "explosion" at around 5pm BST before smoke and ash began billowing out of the volcano.
Shock photos show the smoke visible from miles around - even from built up nearby towns.



Earthquakes
A magnitude 6.4 Guam is the 9th major quake of September with all nine of them hitting the Pacific Ring Of Fire
USGS
A magnitude 6.4 - 197km SE of Inarajan Village, Guam is the 9th major quake of September with all nine of them hitting the Pacific Ring Of Fire.
Last nights quake was the 86th major quake to strike our planet in 2018.
2018 is now well on course to overtake 2017's lowest total this century of just 111 major quakes.
All the major quakes in September have struck during coronal activity on our Sun.

Man-made-disasters
Many people are thought dead and hundreds missing after a hydroelectric dam collapsed in southeastern Laos nearly 7,000 homeless
Many people are thought dead and hundreds missing Tuesday after a hydroelectric dam collapsed in southeastern Laos, state media reported.
The Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower dam in Attapeu province collapsed, releasing five billion cubic meters of water in the San Sai district, according to Sky News.
The water swept away several hopes, the official news agency KPL reported.
More than 6,600 people were left homeless.
A video posted on the ABC Laos news Facebook page showed villages watching the water from the side of a river bank. It's unclear how many people died in the dam collapse.

Climate Change
August 2018 was 5th hottest on record for the globe and 403rd consecutive month with global temperatures above average
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After flaming July 2018 was confirmed as the 403rd consecutive month with global temperatures above average and the 4th hottest on record August has weighed in as the 5th hottest August on record for the globe in NOAA recent monthly report.
As expected NOAA claimed Polar sea ice coverage remains at near-record lows.
August was another hot one for the record books.

Disease
The World Health Organisation has warned this year's strain of plague could be even more virulent after an outbreak of in Madagascar
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In an update on the plague situation in Madagascar, the Ministry of Health is now reporting plague has affected 8 districts in the country-Central Highlands, Ambalavao, Ambatofinandrahana, Ambositra, Ankazobe, Fandriana, Miarinarivo and Antisirabe.
In these 8 districts, 16 suspect cases have been reported in a month, including 4 fatalities.
A total of 5 of the cases have been laboratory confirmed.
Of the 5 confirmed cases, 2 were classified as bubonic plague and 3 as the pulmonary plague.

Animal Die-offs
It is astonishing, jaw-dropping! THOUSANDS OF TONS (MILLIONS MAYBE BILLIONS) of Marine species dead along the entire Florida west coast since May
It is astonishing, jaw-dropping even, it should be world news or at least national news but the fact is since May this year the entire west coast of Florida, from Navarre Beach in the north all the way down to Collier County in the south has witnessed the death of millions, maybe billions of marine species from birds to fish, manatees, dolphins and turtles due to a red tide algae bloom and it only made local news.

Below is a list of die-offs, (with links attached) along the entire west coast of Florida since May, the list is frightening.

It started off slowly...And then exploded.

Environment
Another update from Bill in Alaska: Pacific radiation rise in fish this year is terrifying! RF Radiation from cellphone towers killing spruce trees
Dear Gary and Readers of the Big Wobble,
Another couple of updates from Alaska:
We will start with the radiation salmon problem from the radioactive pollution from Fukushima. As I suspected, there was a large increase in radiation from last year to this year. As I have preciously written, there was an increase of 27% in radiation from 2012 to 2017. I found the random sampling I did this year to be terrifying! 


Wildfires
American inferno: 90 wildfires from Texas to Oregon as deadly Carr fire causes tens of thousands of people to be evacuated
Five people are now known to be dead, two of them children with 17 missing and tens of thousands evacuated as the "Carr Fire" destroys 84,000 acres (34,000 hectares) of land an area three times bigger than the city of San Francisco.
The fire is being fed by strong winds and only 5% of the blaze is contained.
The blaze was one of about a dozen major wildfires burning across California on Saturday and of nearly 90 overall from Texas to Oregon.
According to Reuters, the fires which started Thursday driven by gale-force winds exploded into a firestorm that leapt the Sacramento River and engulfed whole neighbourhoods in and around Redding, sending thousands of people fleeing for their lives in a chaotic evacuation.

Photo of the day
Picture of the day: Very tame Blackbird lays two beautiful blue eggs just 1 meter above our dining table
Photo Credit MarJan Walton

Earlier this month we noticed a female Blackbird hanging around under our conservatory in the back garden.
She was incredibly tame and totally unfazed by being around humans and we soon realised she was building a nest just 1 meter above our dining table, see picture below.
She soon delivered two beautiful blue eggs.
She stayed with us for a week or so sitting in her nest while we all went about our business and she was obviously very comfortable living among us.
Unfortunately one morning we came downstairs to see our lady friend in her nest with broken eggshells and behaving in a distressed manner, we think the nest was attacked by Magpies earlier that morning.
She is still to be found in our garden however and she is still very tame.