Thursday, March 24, 2011

Extinction Level Event: Imminent Threat For 45 Australian Species!

It turns out that Australia isn't just experiencing a deluge of natural disasters and weather anomalies, but could have 45 species of animals extinct in just 2 decades. Here is the frightening report of this new threat to a country, already submerged under cataclysmic and catastrophic events.

A two-month old long-nosed bandicoot.
Up to 45 rare species of wallaby, bandicoot and other Australian animals could become extinct within 20 years unless urgent action is taken to control introduced predators and other threats, scientists are warning. Dozens of mammals, birds, lizards and other vertebrates in the remote northwestern Kimberley region are at risk from hunting by feral cats and from destruction of their native habitat by wild donkeys, goats and fires, a study of the conservation needs of the area shows. "We're in the midst of a massive extinction event in Australia and the north has really been the last stronghold for many species of birds and mammals and reptiles," said Tara Martin, a co-author of the report by the government-funded Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. Nearly 30 percent of the endangered species identified in the study are unique to the Kimberley region, while others, like the golden bandicoot and golden-backed tree rat, have already disappeared elsewhere in the country. "The Kimberley is really their last chance on Earth," Martin told The Associated Press. The report says immediate funding of $96 million is needed to start a range of conservation programs, and that annual funding to protect the region's native animals should be doubled to $40 million. The study, based on scientific data and information from about 30 experts with experience in the region, was commissioned by the Wilderness Society conservation group. It says the most effective ways of combating the threat of extinction are to reduce the number of wild donkeys and goats that compete with native species for scarce food and water, and to do more to fight wildfires that scorch the landscape. It says attacks by feral cats should also be reduced by educating the community about the threat pets pose to small native animals and by building fences. Donkeys, goats and cats are among dozens of species introduced by humans to Australia as stock animals or pets, but are now considered invasive species in many areas where wild populations swell because they have few natural predators. Martin said feral cats alone kill some 500,000 native animals in the region every day. Martin said some benefits from the proposed conservation efforts would be seen relatively quickly, while others would take several generations. Richard Hobbs, an ecologist at the University of Western Australia who did not participate in the study, said it was the first time a wide range of reliable information about the problem in the Kimberley has been compiled, and that the findings back smaller studies of individual species. "The position for the Kimberley is that, at the moment, we are ahead of the extinction curve," he said. "However, if we let things continue unabated, there is little doubt that the same wave of loss of species will occur in the Kimberley as has occurred elsewhere, particularly in southern parts of Australia." Hobbs said one encouraging sign from the report is that the measures proposed, while costly, are not too difficult to contemplate. "The price tag sounds expensive, but relatively speaking it's a huge conservation bargain," he said. - 3NEWS

HAWAII VOLCANO ALERT: Kilauea Volcano Lava And Wildfire Spreads, Threatening The Protected Rain-forests Across Hawaii's Big Island!

A wildfire touched off by the eruption of the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island has spread and burned some 2,000 acres of national park land, threatening a fragile, protected rain forest, authorities said on Wednesday.

Authorities are not sure when the fire might be contained, said Gary Wuchner, a spokesman for the National Park Service. The flames were being fanned by "strong gusty trade winds," the park service said. Firefighters were dropping buckets of water on its hot spots from helicopters, it said. "Approximately 2,000 acres have burned, and there is no estimated containment date," it said in a statement. The wildfire was caused by lava from the March 5 eruption of the volcano's Kamoamoa fissure, and it is burning about seven miles southeast of the Kilauea Visitor Center, located on the volcano's east rift in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Firefighters are hoping to protect a lowland rain forest on the east rift that is home to endangered Hawaiian bats, happyface spiders, carnivorous caterpillars and Hawaiian honeycreepers, all found only in Hawaii, it said. Kilauea is one of five volcanoes that formed the Big Island, officially known as the island of Hawaii. Periodic eruptions of the volcano have destroyed 213 homes since the volcano emerged from a period of dormancy in 1983. The latest episode began with the 370-foot collapse of the floor of the Pu'u O'o crater and opening of the 535-yard long Kamoamoa fissure on March 5. - MNN

PLANETARY TREMORS: Magnitude 7.0 Quake Rocks Myanmar!

The country of Myanmar was rocked by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake today, that had its epicenter in the east of Shan State in Burma with a hypocenter 10 km deep. It had two aftershocks, one of magnitude 4.8, another at magnitude 5.4 and two subsequent shock at magnitude 5.0 and 6.2. The quake's epicentre was 70 miles (110 km) from the northern Thai city of Chiang Rai, north of Mae Sai and southeast of Kentung.

The earthquake occurred in an area of complex tectonics caused by the continuing collision between the northward moving Indo-Australian Plate and the Eurasian Plate, which created the Arakan Yoma mountains. In this zone of highly oblique collision, most of the motion is accommodated by the north-south trending Sagaing fault, a major dextral (right lateral) strike-slip fault that runs through the western and central part of Burma. The remaining component of shortening across this zone causes distributed deformation of eastern Burma and Thailand extending into Laos. This deformation is partly accommodated by a set of southwest-northeast trending sinistral (left lateral) strike-slip faults. The faults closest to the epicenter of the earthquake are the Mae Chan and Nam Ma faults. The focal mechanism for this earthquake is consistent with left-lateral movement on one of these faults, away from the main zones of seismic activity in Burma. Other recent significant earthquakes in this area included the 2011 Yunnan earthquake and the 2007 Laos earthquake. According to the Earth Observatory of Singapore, it appears likely that the earthquake was caused by motion on the western segment of the Nan Ma Fault.

Early reports suggested that at least 10 people were killed by quake-triggered landslides in the town of Tachileik, including a child, as well as Tarpin to its north, both in Shan State, northeastern Burma. Another person was killed in Mae Sai, Thailand, near the Burmese border. At least three injuries were reported in Burma. After sunrise, the casualty toll increased to 24 in Burma, in addition to the one fatality in Thailand. Officials warned that the death toll is likely to rise. Later, death toll rose to 74 killed in Burma and 1 in Thailand, while 111 people were injured. In Tarlay, located between Tachileik and Mong Hpyak, at least 40 were killed when 130 houses collapsed. Vertical displacement of 1.5 metres in subsidence was observed in the area. Temporary evacuations of tall buildings took place in Chiang Rai, Menghai County in Yunnan, Nanning in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, and in Hanoi of Vietnam. At least one bridge is reported collapsed in Myanmar. In total, 390 residential homes, 14 monasteries and 9 government buildings were destroyed. In Monglin, at least 128 homes were reduced to rubble. According to the United States Geological Survey's population exposure data, the final damages from the earthquake are most likely to be slightly under USD $100 million.

Extraterrestrial Disclosure Meme: UFO Files - When UFOs Arrive?!

Strange lights in the night sky. Mysterious crafts hovering above the country side. Even reports of UFOs over America's capital buildings. These inexplicable sightings have been reported for decades. How will the world's governments respond when UFOs arrive? Or are these sightings a part of grand orchestrated plan of deception?

Go to the limits of human experience...and beyond. From the fringes of the galaxy to our own backyards, the UFO FILES searches for evidence of life beyond our world. Tracing the long, convoluted history of UFO encounters and research, this unique series opens new windows into the controversial field. It's all hush-hush as we track a secretive global paper trail, delving into government plans on how to deal with other-planet visitors. Searching historical records, we find that protocols are in place--from the U.S. military's JANAP-146 reporting requirements to France's Cometa files, from Chapter 13 of the FEMA Fire Officer's Guide to Disaster Control titled "Enemy Attack and UFO Potential", to a now-repealed federal law titled "Extraterrestrial Exposure". UFO Vision Channel

ALERT: Sulfur Dioxide Plume Erupts from Vanuatu Volcano!

On the tiny island of Tanna, Vanuatu in the South Pacific is one of the world's most active volcanoes: Mt Yasur. As the NASA Aura satellite orbited overhead today (March 18, 2011), the Ozone Mapping Instrument detected a large sulfur dioxide plume being emitted from the volcano.

OMI, though designed primarily for monitoring the ozone layer, is an important tool in monitoring volcanoes. NOAA's Satellite Analysis Branch operates the Washington Volcanic Area Advisory Center (WVAAC) in conjunction with the National Weather Service to issue volcanic ash advisories and alerts. These advisories are critical for air quality monitoring, but even more so for diverting air traffic in the impacted areas. Volcanic ash, if ingested by jet engines can cause significant damage, and even loss of the aircraft. It is estimated that NOAA’s ash monitoring saves the aviation industry between $100 and 200 million per year. The Mt Yasur volcano is situated in the Wellington (New Zealand) VAAC, but NOAA SAB processes and monitors plumes from many volcanoes around the world who's ash might enter the WVAAC airspace. - NOAA