Friday, April 1, 2011

Planetary Tremors: Precursors To An Imminent Disaster In America - Massive Landslide Of Mud And Rocks Shutdown California Highway!

Here's more evidence of an imminent disaster on the American west coast, as California suffers another major landslide. The precursors keep on building up.

A major artery through southern Humboldt County was shut down Wednesday following a massive slide of mud and rocks, the California Highway Patrol said. Officials estimated that the stretch of Highway 101 could be closed for up to two weeks. Crews may be able to open the section to one-way, controlled traffic in two to three days. Tons of debris tumbled and slid onto the highway about 5 miles north of Garberville around 9:20 a.m. Wednesday, causing the road to buckle under the weight, CHP Officer Len Johnson said. "The whole mountain came down and just took the 101 out," Johnson said, describing the large cracks in the road. "It looked like an earthquake." Southern Humboldt Unified School District officials decided to close three schools for the rest of the week over transportation and food delivery concerns, The Times-Standard of Eureka reported. The closure comes as Humboldt County supervisors were set to declare an emergency to deal with $2 million in damage to county roads. Two other San Francisco Bay area cities, Hercules and San Pablo, also declared states of emergency this week as mudslides threatened homes in those communities. - NC Times

MASS ANIMAL DIE-OFF: Second Mass Fish Kill At Australian Lake!

DEAD mullet have been found floating on the surface of a Taree waterway for the second time in less than two months. The fish could be seen at the wetland near Nulama Village at Taree North yesterday, also the site of a similar fish kill in February. The heat and subsequent loss of oxygen from the water was blamed on that occasion but does not seem likely this time due to the much milder weather conditions. Some of the fish were found on the banks of the wetland, suggesting they may have jumped from the water. Experts from the Department of Fisheries were not available for comment yesterday. – Manning River Times.

Earth Changes: Thailand Deluge: Flooding & Landslides Kills 15!

Thailand mobilised its only aircraft carrier as efforts to rescue thousands trapped on storm-swept holiday islands intensified on Wednesday after severe flooding across the south killed 15. Southern Thailand faced more torrential rain after heavy downpours forced the Thai navy to help evacuate hundreds of tourists stranded on some of the country's famous resort islands.

Authorities reported Wednesday that at least four people had died in landslides in Krabi province, bringing to 15 the death toll in the flood-battered region. More than 100 people were injured, and dozens missing. With access to some of the seven villages hit by landslides difficult and much of the region's telephone service cut off, it was feared the actual death toll was higher. Vittayen Muttamara, deputy director of the government's flood center, said 716,110 people have been affected by floods from nearly a week of heavy rain in eight southern provinces. Many urban and rural areas were inundated, and connecting roads blocked by mud and rock slides. The Thai navy dispatched three vessels to help evacuate tourists from resort islands such as Koh Samui, to which air service was intermittent because of flooding around its airport. Private ferry operators also pitched in. Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva visited the region Wednesday morning and ordered residents evacuated from all areas at risk. "If you ask people who are familiar (with the situation), they would tell you they never expected this could happen," he said. "We cannot use the past experience as a guideline because many things have changed. Therefore, I'd like everyone to think of safety first in the risky areas and we will facilitate the evacuation in the necessary areas." Thailand's weather bureau said torrential rains were expected for one or two more days over much of southern Thailand. It warned of more flooding and wind-whipped waves making sailing unsafe for small boats. - AP
UPDATE: Flooding in Thailand kills 25
Floods and mudslides in southern Thailand have killed at least 25 people, as last week's heavy rainfall continues. The severe flooding has damaged farmland, destroyed hundreds of homes, and displaced thousands of residents. So far, nearly a million people have been affected. Thailand's frozen food exports have also been affected, with roads and air transport being cut off. Thailand's Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation says rainstorms have subsided in most places, but more flooding is expected in at least four provinces. - Xinhuanet

Planetary Tremors: Strong Quake Hits Greece, Tremors Felt In Cairo!

A strong earthquake struck the southern Greek island of Crete Friday, rattling buildings as far away as Egypt and Turkey. Local police said they had no immediate reports of damage or injuries. This comes against the background of constant seismic tremors experienced in the region over the last few days, where on March 27th, 14 earthquakes was experienced in one day.

The quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 and struck off the southern coast of Crete at 4:29 p.m. (1329 GMT, 8:29 EDT), the Athens Geological Institute and the German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam, Germany, said. The U.S. Geological Survey gave a slightly lower preliminary magnitude of 5.9. Magnitudes recorded by geological institutes often differ. Police in Ierapetra, a town on the southern coast of Crete closest to the epicenter, said it was strongly felt but that they had no initial reports of damage or injuries. The quake was felt as far away as Cairo across the Mediterranean Sea, and the Turkish news agency Anatolia said it also caused panic in the Turkish resorts of Bodrum, Fethiye and Marmaris. "It was a strong earthquake in a region that is in the eastern section of area known as the Aegean Arc," said Manolis Skordilis, Associate Professor of Seismology at the University of Thessaloniki in northern Greece. "This is a very seismically active area that has seen more powerful quakes in the past. We are monitoring the post-earthquake activity, which so far is not intense," he said. Greece is one of the most earthquake-prone countries in the world, but the thousands of quakes recorded each year rarely cause severe damage or fatalities. In June 2008, a 6.5-magnitude quake struck near the western port city of Patras, about 120 miles west of Athens, killing two people, injuring more than 200 and damaging hundreds of buildings. In 1999, a magnitude 5.9 quake near Athens killed 143 people. - Huffington Post

Planetary Tremors: Precursors To An Imminent Disaster In America - Collapsing Hills Crash Into Homes In Hercules, Northern California!

The evidence is mounting rapidly that something quite monumental could happen soon in California. In March, over 120 feet of highway collapsed into the Pacific Ocean and couple weeks later, residents of 33 homes in Scotts Valley was left stranded following a landslide that blocked access to the road to their homes.

 And now, this...
A waterlogged, collapsing hillside in Hercules has slopped onto four homes and is threatening four more, prompting authorities to evacuate all eight. Four were red-tagged last week, which prohibits residents from entering, and the city limited residents' access to four more on Tuesday as the hillside, soaked after weeks of heavy rainfall, continued to slip. "The landslide has wrecked these people's lives," said Joseph Loo, who lives across from the eight threatened homes on Carson Street. "These people are losing their homes, their biggest investment, and now they have nowhere to go." The hillside above Carson Street has been shifting on and off for at least a decade, city officials said, but the recent downpours have hastened the slide into backyards and under foundations of the upscale neighborhood in western Contra Costa County. "The landslide has wrecked these people's lives," said Joseph Loo, who lives across from the eight threatened homes on Carson Street. "These people are losing their homes, their biggest investment, and now they have nowhere to go." The hillside above Carson Street has been shifting on and off for at least a decade, city officials said, but the recent downpours have hastened the slide into backyards and under foundations of the upscale neighborhood in western Contra Costa County. Last week, mud oozed so close to four of the homes that the city ringed them with barricades and yellow safety tape. Inside the homes, workers could see cracked walls, broken windows and tilting floors where the mud pressed against the structure of the house. All four of those homes were already vacant, in part because of landslides. An additional house, at 215 Carson St., was razed several years ago when the advancing earth ruptured the foundation. The City Council was on the verge of declaring the area a disaster zone, to obtain state funding to repair infrastructure damage and help homeowners. The Refugio Heights Homeowners Association owns the hillside and should be responsible for whatever havoc the hill creates, said Hercules associate city engineer Erwin Blancaflor. "We've tried everything we could, but it's private property," he said. "Right now, we're just monitoring the movement of the dirt." A call to the homeowners association was not returned Tuesday. Neighbors said that residents have been in lengthy disputes over liability with the homeowners association, city and the developer who built the neighborhood in 1987. Landslides have plagued two other East Bay cities in the past week. In San Pablo, three homes were evacuated after a slide between Wyman and Hillcrest streets. The city has been removing trees, working with county and state officials and geotechnical experts, and setting up a donation fund to help displaced homeowners. In Pleasanton, a landslide on Pleasanton Ridge destroyed a water main Friday, disrupting water supplies to 160 homes. No homes were damaged. Hillsides are more vulnerable to landslides in the spring because the water inside the soaked earth begins to expand when the air temperature rises, forcing large chunks of a hill to move, Blancaflor said. In Hercules, the landslide is about 300 feet wide and 150 feet deep, pushing 818 tons of mud onto the homes below. "I've looked out my window and watched it move," said Stephen Richardson, who lives across from the affected homes on Carson Street. "Everyone keeps looking for someone to sue, but the hill just keeps coming." - SFGate

EARTH CHANGES: 13 Dead In Vietnam Rockslide!

At least 13 people were killed and several others trapped beneath large boulders after a rockslide at a quarry in Vietnam, an official said Friday. Troops were helping the rescue efforts but the chances of survival for the five missing “is very low,” said Ho Duc Phuoc, chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, the local government.

“The search is very difficult because there are several huge rocks and we have had to mobilize soldiers to help,” Phuoc said. The accident happened when hundreds of tonnes of rock fell onto workers at Len Co quarry in Nghe An province, north central Vietnam, a district policeman told AFP, refusing to be named. “Continuous rains over the past few days might have been the reason for the rockslide,” he said, adding that hundreds of rescuers had joined the search for the remaining victims. Five workers were freed from the rocks and rushed to local hospitals, Phuoc said. Two of them had multiple injuries and broken bones, said a health official at the provincial hospital. Deadly accidents frequently occur in quarries in the communist country where labor and safety regulations are often disregarded. - AFP