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MAGNITUDE 3.5 WESTERN AUSTRALIA #earthquake #australia

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Depth: 48 km

Distances: 2134 km S of Dili, Timor-Leste / pop: 150,000 / local time: 01:54:35.9 2020-05-03

2324 km W of Canberra, Australia / pop: 328,000 / local time: 02:54:35.9 2020-05-03
2999 km SW of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea / pop: 284,000 / local time: 02:54:35.9 2020-05-03

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MAGNITUDE 3.0 WESTERN AUSTRALIA #earthquake #australia

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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 691 km N of Perth, Australia / pop: 1,447,000 / local time: 23:37:43.6 2020-03-11

270 km E of Carnarvon, Australia / pop: 7,400 / local time: 23:37:43.6 2020-03-11

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20 Whales stranded, 12 dead in Bunbury Harbour, Australia

A Department of Parks and Wildlife picture of the stranded whales
An attempt to save a group of long-finned pilot whales washed up against a breakwater wall in Western Australia appears to be over.
A team from the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) and local volunteers went to the Bunbury harbour breakwater wall after a group of more than 20 whales congregated against it Monday morning.
Twelve of the animals died.
Four whales have been taken five nautical miles out to sea, and were released about 2:40pm (AWST).
They all appeared to be heading for deeper water.
Volunteers, boats and jet skis made as much as noise possible to discourage the whales from returning.
A further 15 whales are in the area but are not considered in danger.
Earlier DPaW spokesman Kim Williams explained how the rescue was being carried out.
“They have been collected off the rocks. They have been gathered together in a small sandy bay beach not far from where they were stranding,” he said.
“The idea here is that gathering the animals together on the small beach, in shallower water, we have volunteers around each animal, each animal is in a sling and they’re stabilising the animals and just keeping them calm.
“The concept is that once we’re happy that all are fit and ready to go, and the vets have checked them over … we’ll attempt to turn the whales around and with a series of boats, either side of them, lead them out of the shallow water past the breakwater and into the more open water hopefully to join a larger pod somewhere out in the deeper ocean.”
Volunteers from the Dolphin Centre had been helping to keep the whales alive.
One volunteer, Bob, said it was hard to get to the whales.
“Here we’ve got a small number but it’s on rocks and it’s…hard to get down there in amongst the rocks,” he said.
Desperate attempts to save a struggling calf failed, but it was been towed out in an attempt to try and coax its mother away from the rocks.
Courtesy of thenewdaily.com.au

Spike in sick and dying bats ‘sparks concern’ in Broome, Australia

A spike in cases of a deadly bat virus in some parts of Australia’s north has sparked concern, with dying animals being found in the streets close to schools and childcare centres.
Australian bat lyssavirus is similar to rabies, causing a rapid death if passed from an animal to a human.
In recent months, it has been detected in 11 bats in the West Australian town of Broome in the Kimberley region.
Prior to that, there had been only two cases identified in Western Australia in a decade.
There has also been an increase in sick bats being found in Queensland.
Senior Public Health nurse Ashley Eastwood is based in Broome and has been monitoring the numbers.
“In 2014, we became aware that something was happening in the bat colony with these cases popping up,” she said.
“We don’t know exactly what’s caused it.
“There are investigations going on through the Department of Parks and Wildlife, and the Department of Agriculture, wondering what’s actually going on in the colony.
“There’s been speculation perhaps lots of fires around last year, there’s a particularly hot season, and that could be disturbing that colony.”
Human infections occurred in Australia in 1996, 1998, and 2013 and proved fatal in all three cases.
Of concern is also the fact that several of the dying bats had been located right in the middle of ‘Old Broome’, on thoroughfares used by children to get to school each day.
Ms Eastwood said the Health Department was running an education campaign targeting local schools.
“We have ‘children and bats’ posters and flyers in schools, just providing children with some education around bats,” she said
“It’s saying to children that if you find an injured or orphaned flying bat or dead bat, not to handle it, but to let an adult know who will notify parks and wildlife, or a wildlife carer.”
People are being urged not to touch a bat they find sick or injured on the ground and try to avoid being swooped.
If someone is scratched or bitten, they are advised to wash the wound thoroughly for at least five minutes with warm soapy water, and seek medical attention immediately.
Courtesy of abc.net.au

Severe heatwave strikes Australia

Heatwave Warning

A heatwave is due to sweep Australia, experts warn, as emergency crews battle raging bushfires in the west.
Western Australia, the Northern Territory and parts of New South Wales and Victoria will see temperatures near or above 40C (104F).
It comes as Western Australia is already experiencing one of its worst seasons for bushfires.
Fire crews say the largest blaze near the town of Northcliffe is still raging but rain has helped contain the flames.
Smoke from the fires was reported to be blanketing the city of Perth on Friday.
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology said a very large and slow-moving mass of hot air currently over Western Australia was causing a build-up of heat.
“Severe heatwave conditions are forecast to spread to the east, with the Northern Territory seeing temperatures well above average over the weekend,” it said.
Southern New South Wales and north-western Victoria are also likely to be affected.
Forecasters said that Marble Bar, in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, will not see temperatures fall below 43C over the next week, and warned of a high of 48C on Wednesday.
Soaring temperatures in Marble Bar. 23 January 2015
Residents in Marble Bar, Western Australia, suffered a smaller heatwave last month
Meanwhile, emergency warnings are still in place for Northcliffe, Western Australia, and for another huge bushfire further north, near the town of Boddington.
Hundreds of firefighters have been brought in and the army is erecting tents for them in the nearby town of Manjimup.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has promised government help to help tackle the fires.
Bushfire at Northcliffe, Western Australia. Feb 2015
Western Australia is battling one of its worst ever bushfire seasons
The fire near Northcliffe has already consumed about 80,000 hectares (200,000 acres) of bush and has a perimeter of more than 220km (140 miles).
The fire had at one point threatened the coastal town of Windy Harbour, sending some residents fleeing to the beach.
Local media said overnight rain and favourable winds had helped to contain the fire just before it reached Northcliffe.
However, a wind change is expected to push it back towards the town.
Two homes and some outbuildings have been destroyed, reports said, but most residents have been evacuated to Pemberton.
Patients at Pemberton Hospital have been moved to other facilities in Manjimup, although its emergency department is staying open, the West Australian reported.
Northcliffe, Pemberton and Windy Harbour are part of the shire of Manjimup, which is a heavily forested region of Western Australia and prone to bushfires.
Further north, the bushfire near Boddington is sending smoke and ash over the nearby town of Collie and threatening the small town of Quindanning, reports said.
In another development on Friday, the electricity firm AusNet has reached a A$300m (£153m) settlement with survivors of a huge bushfire that destroyed the town of Marysville in Victoria in 2009.
Forty people were killed and hundreds of homes destroyed in the fire.
The claim alleged that the fire had been started by a break in an electrical conductor near the Murrindindi Saw Mill but the power company denied this. The no-fault settlement will need court approval.
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Courtesy of The BBC

Severe heatwave tipped to smash records in Pilbara, Australia

Heatwave Warning

A heatwave in Western Australia’s north is likely to bring record-smashing temperatures, the Bureau of Meteorology says
Spokesman Neil Bennett said searing heat of 49C-50C was tipped for the Pilbara on Friday.
“We’re likely to see records go at a number of locations,” he told AAP.
Those under threat include 49.2C at Marble Bar, which was set in January 1922.
Mardie, where the state’s hottest temperature of 50.5C was set in February 1998, was forecast to reach 49C, Mr Bennett said.
The national record is 50.7C, which was set at Oodnadatta in South Australia in January 1960.
Pardoo Station is also expected to swelter on Friday.
Mr Bennett urged miners working in the extreme conditions to drink plenty of water and take lots of breaks.
Perth’s 55-day dry spell continues, with a smattering of rain around the city early on Thursday not registering in gauges.
“It pales into insignificance compared to the record longest dry spell of 83 days set between December 15, 1974, and March 7, 1975,” Mr Bennett said.
Courtesy of AU News

Australia sizzles: Extreme heat on the way with the mercury set to hit 40 in three states – and the bushfires have already started

Some like it hot: Scorching temperatures will increase the bush fire threat across southern Queensland
Temperatures are soaring across Australia with many areas reach 40 degrees, triggering bushfires to break out in the Blue Mountains area.
A school in the Warrimoo is in lockdown as the fast moving blaze swoops through the area, with firefighters and an air crane sent in to attack the blaze to the east of Greens Rd Florabella Street in Warrimoo, which is believed to be a difficult area to reach.
Severe warnings for bush fires have also been issued for southern Queensland, northern NSW, north parts of South Australia and parts of Western Australia.
A school in the Warrimoo is in lockdown as a fast moving fire moves swoops through the Warrimoo area
Images from the scene show firefighters watching plumes of black smoke bellow from the raging fire.
A spokesperson for NSW Rural Fire service has advised residents to take advice from firefighters on the ground.
‘We have a number of firefighters on the ground, including our air crane.’
While Worrimoo School is in lockdown, with students and teachers taking shelter in the hall, the spokesperson said ‘there is no threat to the school.’
The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast severe to extreme heatwave conditions for much of south eastern Queensland, and parts of the northern New South Wales border region. 
Parts of western Sydney were predicted to get to over 40 degrees on Friday, reports the Sydney Morning Herald, prompting crowd to flock to the beaches in a bid to soak up the sun.
Areas including Penrith and Richmond went from 29 degrees on Thursday to 39 on Friday.
The mercury hit 39.2 in the isolated mining town of Broken Hill in the far west of outback NSW on Friday 
Max Gonzalez, a senior forecaster at Weatherzone, told the SMH that fire dangers will be higher over the next dew days because of the high temperatures and winds. 
Cameron Lethlean, senior forecaster at the Bureau of Meteorology, told Daily Mail Australia: ‘There is a trough moving slowly from west to east through the central part of the country.
‘It will move eastwards over the next few days and there will be dry north westerly winds affecting much of southern parts of Queensland and northern parts of NSW.
This map from the Bureau of Meteorology shows southern Queensland being most at risk of extreme heatwave conditions  
The Rural Fire Service is warning Queenslanders to be vigilant due to a severe fire risk across much of the state, including the west and southeast corner.
“This is some of the hottest weather and highest fire danger Queensland has experienced this season,” Assistant Commissioner Neil Gallant warned.
Maranoa, Warrego, Darling Downs and Granite Belt districts are of particular concern.
‘We will see a bit of a change on Sunday with cooler temperatures setting in across NSW and Queensland. 
‘Heat wave conditions will persist into early next week in southern inland parts of Queensland. 
‘There are severe to extreme fire dangers affecting NSW and elevated fire dangers in Queensland for today and Saturday. We may also see severe winds in Queensland. 
‘There are high fire warnings for places like Charleville in southern Queensland. 
‘As the trough moves across the country the concentration of the highest fire dangers will be in south east Queensland and northern NSW. 
 ‘There are elevated fire dangers in northern parts of South Australia and the north west of Western Australia. 
Richard Wardle, the Bureau’s Queensland Weather Services Manager, added: ‘ Temperatures are forecast to peak in the mid-40s in some inland regions, with the potential for record maximum November temperatures to be recorded in the south-east over the weekend.’ 
The Bureau has recommenced its Pilot Heatwave Service which provides a measure of the intensity of a heatwave and complements the Bureau’s official temperature forecast.
The service uses a heatwave intensity index that assesses the build-up for heat over a period of time, taking into account the long-term climate of a location and the recent variability in minimum and maximum temperatures leading up to the heatwave event.

Severe hail storms damage vineyards across Western Australia’s great southern and south west wine regions

Hail Formation Alert

Vineyards in the south of Western Australia could see yield losses of up to 30 per cent after they were hit by damaging hail storms this week.
Severe thunderstorms struck the South West and Great Southern regions on Wednesday evening.
Wineries in Frankland and Pemberton were hardest hit, with reports of hail completely stripping vines of new season growth.
Ferngrove Wine Group was one of the wineries that fell victim to the hail.
Ferngrove senior winemaker Kim Horton said that the storm completely damaged some vines, but some were left unscathed.
“There’s vines that don’t seem to have had any impact at all, so they still have bunches and leaves in tact,” he said.
“Other vineyards which are completely stripped, so the vine would have no leaves, possibly still a stem but not inflorescence or bunches on there.”
Mr Horton said the storm was like something out of a sci-fi movie.
“It was quite devastating,” he said.
“Hopefully we don’t see another one.”
Jacob Longwood is a viticulturalist at Bellarmine Wines in Pemberton.
Mr Longwood said the hail may cause losses of up to 30 per cent of his harvest yield.
He said the damage could cost him upwards of $200,000 in retail sales.
“There’s a lot of mechanical damage as in the vines have been hit,” he said.
“The shoots that are growing have been severed or knocked off.”

Plane makes emergency landing after engine catches fire on takeoff, Australia

Plane Emergency Landing

A photo of the engine provided to the ABC by Jason Grimmett.

A passenger plane carrying 93 passengers made an emergency landing at the Perth International Airport here after a fire was reported in one of the engines shortly after take-off, officials said.

Witnesses reported seeing the flames coming from the right engine.

All passengers were reported to be fine on board the Cobham Aviation plane bound from Perth for Barrow Island in Western Australia.

“Shortly after departure there was a fire in the number two engine. The pilot shut it down, the flames were extinguished and the plane returned to Perth,” a spokeswoman for Air Services Australia told AFP.

“It landed safely and was able to taxi to its gate. The fire services provided an escort on the ground.”

Witnesses said they saw flames billowing from an engine of the British Aerospace 146 plane shortly after take-off.

“I saw this plane fly over and I noticed one of the engines was on fire,” Craig Ablett told ABC radio. “It had more or less had just taken off.”

The airline is a charter company servicing regional Western Australia.
A photo purportedly of the cargo plane above Perth.

Meanwhile, pictures emerged on social media of a plane with an engine appearing to be on fire, but it has not been confirmed as the plane involved in the emergency.

The aircraft is currently being assessed at the airport.

Cyclone Watch Off The Coast Of Australia
Cyclone Alert
People living along Western Australia’s northern coast are preparing for a possible cyclone.

Ships are moving out of the way of a tropical low, which is expected to become a full-blown cyclone today.

As Sky News’ Amy Greenbanks says winds in the system are already cranking up.

“And we’re expecting it to turn into a cyclone either through the afternoon or into the evening. It’s been sending in some heavy rain already, we’ve had over 120mm across some parts of the Kimberley but the biggest concern is the gale force winds and a cyclone warning has already been issued.”