Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Planetary Tremors: Volcano Eruption in Hawaii Sparks Wildfire!

According to the Huffington Post, Hawaii has just had a major eruption of its Kilauea volcano. More evidence of planetary tremors and the coming geological pole shift, as seismic activities continue along the tectonic plates.

Authorities say lava from a volcano eruption in Hawaii has sparked a wildfire in Volcanoes National Park. Park firefighters said Monday that the blaze has burned at least 75 acres since Sunday. They say the lava is from the Kamoamoa eruption. Park ranger Mardie Lane says the fire is creeping through Ohia forest in an area that has been burned at least twice due to lava flows. Kilauea (kih-luh-WAY'-uh), one of the world's most active volcanoes, has been in constant eruption since Jan. 3, 1983. Firefighters plan to fly over the area Tuesday to assess the situation. 

CRISIS: Japan's Avian Flu - 35,000 Birds Killed & 869,000 Restricted!

The famous idiom, "when it rains it pours" seems to be most applicable to Japan, if you consider the following report from IBN Live, as when things go wrong, a lot of other things seems to go wrong at the same time.

Avian influenza infection was confirmed among chickens at a poultry farm in Chiba city, marking the first such case in the Kanto region centering on Tokyo, the Chiba prefectural government said. Local authorities began culling about 35,000 birds at the farm yesterday and restricted the movements of another 869,000 birds being raised within a 10-kilometer radius of the farm in question. ''This is a very severe situation as damage from the huge earthquake is also serious,'' Chiba Gov Kensaku Morita said at a press conference, referring to the powerful quake that struck northeastern and eastern Japan on Friday. A total of four birds were found dead at the Chiba farm on Friday and Saturday, and a genetic test confirmed that four out of seven birds checked were infected by a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu virus, local government officials said.
It is widely believed that climatic conditions can force birds carrying the flu to change their migratory patterns. Usually birds would flee away from the extremely cold conditions and move towards warmer regions. Late last year, it was scientifically documented that birds had moved from the virus-dense areas in Siberia, China and Mongolia to other sections of Asia, such as Japan. One can't be sure what the earthquake, aftershocks and tsunami will do to the climate, but more than likely it will have some effect, as earthquakes and volcanism are affected by the temperature changes resulting from the melting and run off of glaciers, and vice versa.

EARTH CHANGES: FLOODS - Persistent Rains Swamp The Globe!

This week is being celebrated as the national flood safety week, across several states in America, as emergency management agencies braces for the seasonal rainfall and melting snow, as well as for potential weather anomalies. The plans for the week includes a high degree of cooperation between state authorities and local officials, as they try to alert residents on how to protect themselves and their livelihood. It is a plan that should be understood and analyzed, as these so-called "awareness and preparedness" measures are usually premonitions of a major disaster event.

In a previous article, I made reference to seismic activities and planetary tremors in association with the New Madrid Fault System, it now turns out that the United States Army Corps of Engineers are preparing for flood conditions in and around that area. This comes against the background of earlier "preparations" by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Homeland Security.

Cape Girardeau isn't flooding yet, but the Army Corps of Engineers are in town to get ready for floods in another area. The Memphis District of the Army Corps of Engineers declared a Phase II action. The Memphis District consists of Cairo, IL, parts of Tennessee, and parts of Southeast Missouri like New Madrid and Caruthersville. Tom Morgan of the Memphis District, says this means the Corps mobilizes a team into the field, opposed to local authorities monitoring levee conditions. Morgan says one of the things they look for are "sand boils." This is when there is seepage under a levee causing sand to "boil" up on the other side. Morgan says this weakens the levee, and is important to catch in early stages. Morgan says the Corps mobilizes into Phase II once the gage in Cairo hits 52 feet. Today it hit 52.6. The team consists of 8 people and is based in Cape Girardeau. Morgan says the team chose Cape Girardeau since they can easily access Cairo and New Madrid areas and levees. - KFVS12.
We can't be sure what exactly these national agencies and groups are really preparing for, but if you examine my earlier report on the warnings that a mega-quake will strike America soon, and then consider the resultant tsunami that appeared following the Japan earthquake, then it is a distinct possibility that they might be expecting major upheavals in the tectonic plates in that region. This type of disturbance, has been seen in places like Indonesia, where the constant deluge of perpetual rains and raging floods inundated the country, causing shifts in the Indo-Australia Plate, where several areas are now sinking below sea levels.

Speak of Indonesia, the  constant flood conditions continues in the following regions: Gresik, Samarinda, Lamong, Tangse, Jakarta, Pidie, Tangse and Padang. Here a few reports, selectively taken of what is currently happening there:


At least six villages in the district Tangse,Benjeng, Gresik, East Java submerged in water as high as 50 centimeters. Flooding is caused by the overflow of Kali Lamong because of high rainfall intensity, for more than eight hours, Sunday. Six villages in the district are submerged Benjeng flooding until it reaches a height of 50 centimeters, include the Village headdress, Sedapur Kelagen, Delik Source, Delik Jelati, Gedangan, and Munggugianti. Floods which came about at 06.00, in addition to soaking the residential area, also paralyzing the bridge connecting two villages. Some motorists still desperate crossing, although quite swift flowing water. Flooding is expected to continue to expand inundate villages along the Kali Lamong, because of the high rainfall in the region of Gresik, Mojokerto, and Lamongan. - Media Indonesia.
Flooding due to river overflow Lamong in Gresik, East Java, the more widespread. Flooding has decided an alternative road link between cities. The road user must play as far as 15 kilometers of water so as not to be dragged. Several motorists had drifted since the flood that flooded reckless hit the road in the village of Fishpond Rice, District Cerme. Yet there were no casualties. The police set up signs for passing a ban on some roads under water as high as 40 centimeters, including the District Highway Morowudi Cerme and Highways in District Kepatihan Menganti. Road users who will go to Surabaya, Mojokerto and Lamongan, should play as far as 15 kilometers to cross the road in the village and in the village of Sit Metatu Sampena. Flooding also caused traffic jams along the 5 kilometers in a number of streets in Gresik liaison point with other nearby cities. - Okezone.
The rain which flushed the city of Samarinda, East Kalimantan on Monday (3/14/2011) morning, causing flooding in a number of points and roads. Watchlist Tribunkaltim.co.id, Prince Road area Antasari White Water Village, causing flooding of roads are jammed. Not only that, the flood also interfere with trade or business activities of residents along Jl Antasari. Because at the edge of the left and right along the jl Antasari is central to shops, dealers, food stalls and more. - Tribunnews
Flooding has not fully subsided in Gresik. Flood in District Benjeng, Gresik slowly has begun to recede, but the floods have not receded in District Cerme. Settlement residents and roads still flooded flood of Kali Lamong. "Floods in Benjeng has started receding from last night. Yesterday banir indeed comes with a height of 50-60 cm, "said Camat Benjeng, Suryo Wibowo, while detiksurabaya.com contacted on Monday. Flood, said Suryo, was still there at some point, but it is more a puddle of water. Soon, it added Suryo, a pool of these will surely subside. Contrary to what is said Suryo, Camat Cerme, Bambang Wibisono, said the floods are still inundating several villages and streets in Cerme. Floods still puddled with a height of about 50 cm in the settlement residents and 40 cm on the road. "The village is still submerged in flood is Iker Geger, Morowuri and Dungus," said Bambang. - Surabaya.
Hundreds of flood victims in the District Tangse, Pidie district, Aceh province in dire need of nine basic commodities and medicines. It was announced by Head of Data Information and Public Relations Purwo Sutopo Nugroho which was in Manado, on Sunday night. Sutopo explained, the latest reports coming to him now say, 12 people died and eight people are missing due to flash floods. 150 heads of families have been evacuated to the nearest relatives. The number of houses were severely damaged as many as 262 units, 147 units were slightly damaged, damaged 102 hectares of paddy fields and damaged roads throughout the 1.92 mile. Meanwhile permanently damaged six bridges, three dams damaged, educational facilities damaged four units, two units of damaged health facilities and places of worship damaged one unit. - Kompas
Heavy rains accompanied by strong winds hit Jakarta, Sunday (3/13). As a result, a large tree near the Cemetery Office Jakarta Jalan Petamburan, Central Jakarta, collapsed. Strong winds also damaged cables and electric poles in the region. Not only uprooted trees, wind and rain also make joint Bamboo Road South, Palmerah, West Jakarta, inundated as high as 30 centimeters. As a result, a number of vehicles pass through the strike so as to make the traffic flow had stalled. Flooding also soak some home residents who are on the road. Inside the house, the water level reached 20 centimeters. Regions South Bamboo is often flooded when heavy rain falls. Poor drainage system is believed to be the cause of the flood when it rains. - Berita
Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) has intervened to cope with flood disasters Pidie, Aceh, which occurred yesterday. A Red Cross Secretary General Budi Adiputro revealed, the handling of floods in Pidie was conducted by PMI PMI Pidie and Aceh Province. "PMI Aceh sufficiently trained, they already have experience of handling the tsunami," he said at the Red Cross office, Jalan Gatot Subroto, Jakarta, Sunday (3/13/2011). Although to break through flood locations in Pidie District is very difficult, according to Budi, PMI Centre has not gone down to help PMI PMI Pidie and Aceh Province. "The first step of PMI Aceh, they still could not yet reached a position to push power to the center of Banda Aceh. Still PMI Aceh that deal," he explained. "We have a warehouse with equipment strong enough, we have a fleet, equipment and logistics to drive down to the location even though we know its location is very difficult to reach," he said. Nevertheless, it still will provide assistance, if indeed PMI PMI Pidie need help center. Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) recorded up to now the death toll from flash floods in Pidie district, reached 24 people. In addition, 85 homes were destroyed, 15 homes minor damage, drainage and rural roads are all broken. - Okezone.
Excepts on the Indonesia flooding is used, courtesy of Khan, a fellow member on the Pole Shift NING.
Absolutely amazing news, considerably frightening, given the mainstream media suppression.

In Brazil, floods in southern and southeastern regions have forced about 31,000 people to leave their homes, authorities said Monday. Civil defense officials said more than 14,000 people have been driven from their homes in Santa Catarina State, about 10,000 in Parana State, and 6,000 in Espirito Santo. Parana officials said three people had died in landslides set off by the heavy rains that have inundated the region since Thursday.

The rains which have been falling over Brazil's southern region in the past week have already caused 10 deaths and left 25,000 people homeless, local authorities said on Monday. Seven deaths were reported in Sao Lourenco do Sul, in Rio Grande do Sul state. There were two deaths in Antonina, Parana state, and one in Palhoca, Santa Catarina state. Several small towns in the three states suffered massive damages. State of emergency and calamity was declared in some towns. The crops of tobacco, corn and soybeans in those towns suffered considerable damage. Only in Sao Lourenco do Sul, over 1,000 farms were damaged by the flood, and some farmers lost almost all of their crops. In addition, several highways are blocked, and over 40 bridges were damaged. Summer storms are frequent in Brazil, and occasionally cause severe damages. Two months ago, a storm caused massive floods and mudslides in seven municipalities in Rio de Janeiro state, in the country's southeastern region. It was the worst natural disaster in the state's history, killing over 900 people. Some 280 are still missing. The disaster caused massive damages and was a severe blow to the economy of several affected municipalities, mainly tourist towns. - CRI
In New Jersey, the waters have receded but it will be a while before some northern communities return to normal after flooding.

Many roads in flood-struck areas are expected to remain closed until sometime Monday or even Tuesday. Stretches of Routes 23 and 46 in Essex and Passaic Counties were not expected to open until sometime Monday. And without access, Willowbrook Mall in Wayne wasn't planning to open until Monday afternoon. Paterson was also hard to get to and get around. Route 20 in both directions was closed, as were several key routes into the city. Police there told The Record of Woodland Park that nonessential traffic should not try to enter the city. - USA Today.
Meanwhile, a New Jersey climatologist says that the recent flooding was the fifth worst on record for the Passaic River Basin.

The recent flooding in Passaic, Morris and Essex Counties was the fifth worst inundation of the Passaic River Basin on record, the state climatologist said. With the water receding, state and federal officials have begun assessing the damage and how to pay for it, as individuals begin the soggy, malodorous process of pumping out and drying off. "The river crested at 11.8 feet" in Little Falls, said David Robinson, the state climatologist at Rutgers University. "That’s the fifth highest since records began being kept at the start of the 20th Century." Tributaries of the Passaic, including the Pequannock, Pompton, Rockaway, Wanaque and other rivers, overflowed their banks at an alarming rate thanks to heavy rains early and late last week compounded by saturating melts from this winter’s severe snow storms. The Passaic’s high point -- 4 feet 8 inches above the 7-foot flood stage – was surpassed only by floods in 1903, 1984, 2007 and March 2010, Robinson said. "The three last floods are separated by only inches," he added. "This is definitely not the worst, it’s not the second worst but it’s definitely neck and neck with the other two for third." Robinson said the Passaic should be back down below "major" flood stage, or 9 feet, by about 2 a.m. Wednesday, before receding to normal, non-flood levels by mid-afternoon Wednesday. One of the worst hit communities was Lincoln Park, which lies along the Passaic’s western bank, on the Morris County side of the river across from Wayne on the Passaic side. The faint smell of diesel hung in the air, after floodwaters submerged heating oil tanks, causing tiny basement slicks. "It seems like it is happening every year," said Bob Paine, 46, whose home on Linden Avenue had more than six feet of water in the basement. "It’s tiring." - NJ.com.
In Australia, the deluge of rain continues, following months of weird weather anomalies of Bibilical proportions, when severe floods in its East Kimberley region forced evacuations and destroyed 45 homes, while 20 homes remain uninhabitable.


People in Warmun on Tuesday began moving to Argyle diamond mine by helicopter and then by bus to Kununurra. The Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA) says the residents will be taken to Garrjang Village, a fly-in fly-out workers camp, which has accommodation, a first-aid post and a commercial kitchen. Other aircraft will also assist with the move, which will be undertaken over a few days due to the number of airlifts required to transfer 250 people, FESA says. Horizon Power says all Warmun properties will need to be assessed before electricity can be restored. Meanwhile, people in the towns of Wyndham, Kununurra and Halls Creek, including outlying communities in the Ord and Fitzroy River catchments, have been warned to remain vigilant. FESA says there is a possible threat to lives and homes due to rising water levels in local rivers and streams. Creeks will be fast flowing and water will rise quickly, FESA says. There is no access between Fitzroy Crossing and Halls Creek due to the closure of that section of the Great Northern Highway. Several bridges and roads also need to be repaired, and Main Roads is assessing flood-affected bridge load capacities throughout the region. The tiny community of Ringer Soak has also been isolated due to flooding across roads and the airport strip, FESA says. On Monday, two patients from the local hospital were moved to Halls Creek Hospital. FESA says a helicopter is transporting three tonnes of water and medical supplies to the area. Planes carrying four pallets of fresh food are also expected to arrive in Kununurra on Tuesday, FESA says. A further 20 pallets will be flown from Broome to Kununurra, while 18 pallets will arrive by road from South Australia and the Northern Territory within the next few days. Two fixed-wing planes from Broome will distribute six tonnes of food during the next few days to Halls Creek, FESA says. On Tuesday morning, the Bureau of Meteorology said little or no rainfall was reported in the Ord River catchment over the previous 24-hours. It says river levels are still falling along the Dunham River. But minor to moderate flooding will continue in the lower Ord catchment as the flood waters move downstream, the bureau says. - SMH.
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PLANETARY TREMORS: Giant Sinkhole In Wisconsin Swallows Cars!

A giant sinkhole in Wisconsin ate up a couple of parked cars following a burst water pipe. The massive sinkhole formed near Humboldt and Commerce in Milwaukee on Saturday evening.
City crews fixed a broken water main and are now beginning repairs on a massive sinkhole near Humboldt and Commerce in Milwaukee. It formed on Saturday evening. Two cars parked along the road fell into the sinkhole. The sinkhole is estimated to be 30 feet wide and 20 feet deep. Officials say it was caused when a 42-inch water main first laid in 1927 broke Saturday evening around 8 p.m. The sinkhole apparently cracked through around 9:30 p.m. While city crews have begun repairs to the roadway, it's unclear when the sinkhole will be entirely cleaned up. Milwaukee Water Works' engineering staff was on site Monday morning further assessing the damage. Andrew Gelles is the owner of one of the cars that crashed into the hole. He was preparing to play with his band at a bar around the corner. "Unloaded my gear and saw a parking spot available just at the bottom of that hill and thought, 'Perfect, I'll just part there,'" said Gelles. As Gelles walked away from his car, he noticed some water streaming out of a nearby manhole cover. The other car in the sinkhole was also empty. City officials say the owners of the two vehicles can file a claim with the city to recover costs from the damage to their cars. This is the second massive sinkhole on Milwaukee's east side within a year. The floods in July 2010 caused another massive hole to form at North and Oakland Avenues. It cost the city roughly $2 million to repair that sinkhole. Milwaukee Water works says there are five to six water main breaks every single day in the city. - FOX 6.

It is quite obvious that the official story is pointing towards "breaks in the water mains," when we are more than likely looking at the rippling of seismic band waves, creating agitation in the area. The final sentence in the FOX 6 report, indicates that this is a recurring event, since it happens to about six water mains every day. Could this be a precursor to a major seismic event, perhaps a mega-quake? Given the tremendous changes and major upheavals that we have witnessed so far this year, is it possible that we are witnessing planetary tremors of a major shift in the tectonic plates? Could this be pointing towards a coming monumental disruption along the New Madrid Fault System?

EARTH CHANGES: Explosive Mud Volcanoes Erupt In Azerbaijan!

The country of Azerbaijan is currently experiencing increase activity in the eruptions of mud volcanoes.
 Azerbaijan observes serious activity of two more mud volcanoes, in addition to the one in Gobustan region erupted on 13 March. The Ministry of Environment & Natural Resources of Azerbaijan reports of current grave activity of mud volcanoes Dashgil and Ayrantoken located in Alat township of Garadagh district of Baku. Gobustan-based mud volcano Shihzyayirli mud volcano that erupted yesterday continues erupting and the height of its fire has increased from yesterday’s level of 30 cm up to 2 m that caused natural anxiety of the population of nearby village Shihzyayirli located at distance of 600-700 m from the volcano. At present, noisy release of gas is observed in different parts of the volcano. As a result of volcano explosion, the height of the fire reached up to 60-70 m, the heat from it was felt at a distance of 3 km, and cracks with width of 40-50 cm appeared on the ground. Shihzyayirli volcano erupts every 6-7 years, and the last time erupted in 2005, but this year eruption was much more intense. According to experts, eruption of volcanoes is not a signal about a possible earthquake. - ABC Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan and other countries that sits along the Black Sea and Caspian Sea coastline are home to over 400 mud volcanoes, created by tectonic forces and large sedimentary deposits, emitting emitting methane and other hydrocarbons. Some volcanoes are over 200 metres (656 ft) high in Azerbaijan, with large eruptions sometimes producing flames of similar scale as the ones indicated in the ABC story. Iran and Pakistan also possess mud volcanoes in the Makran range of mountains in the south of the two countries. In fact, the world's largest and highest volcano is located in Balochistan, Pakistan. Eruptions of mud volcanoes in Azerbaijan are usually driven primarily from a deep mud reservoir, connected to the surface.


Fears about a global nuclear meltdown and fallout has just reached a new level of intensity as there was a hydrogen explosion on Monday morning at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, the plant's Number Three reactor. The blast was felt at least 40km. A similar explosion happened at the same plant on Saturday, but at the Number One reactor.

The second hydrogen explosion in three days rocked Japan's stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant Monday, sending a massive column of smoke into the air and wounding 6 workers. The plant's operator said radiation levels at the reactor were still within legal limits. The explosion at the plant's Unit 3, which authorities have been frantically trying to cool following a system failure in the wake of a massive earthquake and tsunami, triggered an order for hundreds of people to stay indoors, said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano. Tokyo Electric Power Co. said radiation levels at Unit 3 were 10.65 microsieverts, significantly under the 500 microsieverts at which a nuclear operator must file a report to the government. The blast follows a similar explosion Saturday that took place at the plant's Unit 1, which injured four workers and caused mass-evacuations. Japan's nuclear safety agency said 6 workers were injured in Monday's explosion but it was not immediately clear how, or whether they were exposed to radiation. They were all conscious, said the agency's Ryohei Shomi. The reactor's inner containment vessel holding nuclear rods was intact, Edano said, allaying some fears of the risk to the environment and public. TV footage of the building housing the reactor appeared to show similar damage to Monday's blast, with outer walls shorn off, leaving only a skeletal frame. 
More than 180,000 people have evacuated the area in recent days, and up to 160 may have been exposed to radiation. Earlier Monday, pressure had jumped inside Unit 3, forcing the evacuation of 21 workers. But they returned to work after levels appeared to ease. Associated Press journalists felt the explosion in the tsunami-devastated port town of Soma, some 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of the reactor. They reported feeling the faint rumble of a blast and the ground shaking. Four nuclear plants in northeastern Japan have reported damage, but the danger was greatest at Fukushima's Daiichi plant. Operators have lost the ability to cool three reactors at Dai-ichi and three more at another nearby complex using usual procedures, after the quake knocked out power and the tsunami swamped backup generators. Operators have been dumping seawater into units 1 and 3 in a last-ditch measure to cool the reactors. They were getting water into the other four reactors with cooling problems without resorting to corrosive sea water, which likely makes the reactors unusable.- Huffington Post.

According to the Associated Press (AP), a Japanese official says fuel rods at a troubled nuclear reactor were temporarily exposed. Fukushima government spokesman Masato Abe said Monday that Unit 2's rods were briefly exposed. Sea water is being channeled into the reactor to cover the rods again. He could not confirm if the rods were ever totally exposed. Their exposure raises the risk of the reactor overheating, which can lead to meltdown.

Meanwhile, tests detected radioactivity on 17 U.S. Navy crew members in Japan.
Tests detected low levels of radioactivity on 17 U.S. Navy helicopter crew members when they returned to the USS Ronald Reagan after conducting disaster relief missions in Japan, the military said Monday. No further contamination was detected after the crew members washed with soap and water, the Navy said. In addition, the Navy said the U.S. 7th Fleet has temporarily repositioned its ships and planes away from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant after detecting low level contamination in the air and on its planes in the area, the Navy said. One ship was operating about 100 miles northeast of the power plant when "airborne radioactivity" was detected, the Navy said. - CNN.
AP is also reporting, that as a result of the second hydrogen explosion in three days, the United States has shifted its offshore forces away from the plant after detecting low-level radioactive contamination.
The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan was about 100 miles (160 kilometers) offshore when it detected the radiation, which U.S. officials said was about the same as one month's normal exposure to natural background radiation. It was not clear if the radiation had leaked during the Monday explosion. That blast was felt 25 miles (40 kilometers) away, but the plant's operator said radiation levels at the reactor were still within legal limits.

It is believed that the damage, which consists of over 46,000 buildings, will cost at least $100 billion. Losses from the quake, tsunami and fires will include $20 billion in damage to residences and $40 billion in damage to infrastructure such as roads, rail and port facilities. The losses covered by insurance could reach between $15 billion and $35 billion from the earthquake alone. It has been estimated that power rationing through to the end of April will impact nearly 45 million persons.

As the Japanese government says it's doing all it can, fears of a major cover-up is rising, as the nuclear catastrophe burgeons out of proportion. Here's what Yoichi Shimatsu, former editor of the Japan Times Weekly, had to say about it:

Following a high-level meeting called by the lame-duck prime minister, Japanese agencies are no longer releasing independent reports without prior approval from the top. The censorship is being carried out following the imposition of the Article 15 Emergency Law. Official silencing of bad news is a polite way of reassuring the public. The White House sent in a team to consult withe US-friendly Naoto Kan government. Instead of dispatching in experts from the Department of Energy, Nuclear Safety Agency and Health Department, President Obamas sent representatives of USAID, which is cover for the CIA. The presence of these paranoiac bumblers only confirms suspicions of a top-level cover up. Why would the Agency be worried about the disaster? There are security considerations, such as regional "enemies" Pyongyang, Beijing and Moscow taking advantage of the crisis. To the contrary, China and Russia have both offered carte blanche civilian aid. - Global Research.

According to the Tokyo Electric Power Company in Japan, a third explosion occurred at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant, 135 miles north of the capital Tokyo.

A third explosion in four days rocked the earthquake-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in northeast Japan early Tuesday, the country's nuclear safety agency said. The blast at Dai-ichi Unit 2 followed two hydrogen explosions at the plant -- the latest on Monday -- as authorities struggle to prevent the catastrophic release of radiation in the area devastated by a tsunami. The troubles at the Daiichi complex began when Friday's massive quake and tsunami in Japan's northeast knocked out power, crippling cooling systems needed to keep nuclear fuel from melting down. The latest explosion was heard at 6:10 a.m. Tuesday (2110 GMT Monday), a spokesman for the Nuclear Safety Agency said at a news conference. The plant's owner, Tokyo Electric Power Co., said the explosion occurred near the suppression pool in the reactor's containment vessel. The pool was later found to have a defect. International scientists have said there are serious dangers but not at the level of the 1986 blast in Chernobyl. Japanese authorities were injecting seawater as a coolant of last resort, and advising nearby residents to stay inside to avoid contamination. Tokyo Electric Power said some employees of the power plant were temporarily evacuated following Tuesday morning's blast. The accidents -- injuring 15 workers and military personnel and exposing up to 190 people to elevated radiation -- have compounded the immense challenges faced by the Tokyo government as it struggles to help hundreds of thousands of people affected by twin disasters that flattened entire communities and may have left more than 10,000 dead. - Huffington Post.