Monday, April 18, 2011

GLOBAL WEATHER ANOMALIES: Planet Earth In Violent Convulsion!

The Oxford dictionary declares that the word convulsion is a variant stem from the Latin convulsus and defines it as a violent agitation, shake, contraction or disturbance. Perhaps, no other word is more applicable to the current state of Earth changes across the globe, as we are witnessing a planet, shaking with irregular and anomalous spasms, convulsing like a woman in deep labor pains moving rapidly towards a fever-pitch high point or release. What that release will be, is anyone's guess. A geological pole shift or a planetary expansion or an ice age or all? Whatever it is, the lives and livelihood of people around the world are changing monumentally and exponentially everyday, as the frequency of weather systems like storms, tornadoes, earthquakes, volcanoes, flooding, and sinkholes increase mysteriously without warning, with sudden and damaging effects.

We begin our latest look at these changes, by reporting on the deadly storms that have barreled through America, killing persons in at least five different states, taking parents and children while asleep in their beds, like a thief in the night. At the time of writing, it has been estimated that the United States experienced nearly 200 tornadoes in just three days. 

Vicious storms and howling winds smacked the U.S. South, killing at least seven people in Alabama including three family members whose homes were tossed into nearby woods. The storms that smacked the Midwest and South with howling winds and pounding rain left 17 people dead in four states -- the nation's deadliest storm of the season... Seven people were hurt in the storm, including a firefighter injured during the emergency response, Sedinger said. He said the storm hopscotched for several miles, leaving some areas devastated and others untouched. In Alabama's Washington County, about 50 miles north of Mobile, a mother and her two teenage sons died when the storm demolished their mobile home, said county coroner Rickey Davidson. The woman's husband survived and was in the hospital, he said. Winds had thrown things 100 yard from where the home had stood. "It was not a pretty sight," Davidson said. Another death was reported in Mississippi's Greene County, said Jeff Rent, a spokesman for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency... The system had already destroyed or damaged dozens of homes, businesses and churches Friday afternoon in Mississippi, where crews worked to clear roads, find shelter for displaced families and restore power. In Marengo County in west-central Alabama, four separate tornadoes hit over the span of about five to six hours, emergency management director Kevin McKinney said. A mobile home that had been tossed was a pile of rubble, along with another 30 homes or businesses that were destroyed, McKinney said. Four people had minor injuries. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley declared a state of emergency for the entire state, and the first race of a busy weekend at the Talladega Superspeedway was postponed until Saturday morning. The storms began late Thursday in Oklahoma, where at least five tornadoes touched down and two people were killed. The system then pushed into Arkansas, killing seven more. Dozens of others were hurt. By midday Friday, the storms had marched into Tennessee, Louisiana and later into Georgia. At least three twisters touched down in Mississippi, where a state of emergency was declared in 14 counties, causing widespread damage but only one serious injury. - Huffington Post.
Tornadoes Cause Destruction in Mississippi. 

NC Reporting Storm Deaths, Adding to 17 Killed.

Tornado Damage in Central N.C.


Wildfires sweeping across hundreds of thousands of acres in parched Texas killed a firefighter, forced hundreds of evacuations -- including an entire town -- and destroyed dozens of homes on Friday, officials said. Strong winds were fueling fires that spanned about 655 square miles, according to the Texas Forest Service. Some of the fires have been burning for a week or more, including three in West Texas that have charred a combined 400,000 acres... A blaze destroyed about 30 homes and left a thick gray haze across the sky as it burned about 20,000 acres around Possum Kingdom Lake, a popular recreation spot about 120 miles west of Dallas. Officials closed the surrounding state park and evacuated campsites, fearing that the fire would block off the only access roads to the wooded area... Three large fires burning in Wichita County, about 150 miles northwest of Dallas near the Oklahoma border, had destroyed about 30 homes. Wildfires also prompted officials to evacuate Gorman, a city of about 1,200 residents... "The fire, it's a bad one," Texas Parks and Wildlife Department spokesman Rob McCorkle said. "This is pretty unusual to have this many fires going across the state at the time." - FOX News.


A large portion of Interstate 80 has been shut down in Nebraska Thursday night into Friday as a late-season blizzard pummeled the central and northern Plains. Snow will continue spreading through the Upper Midwest Friday night. The snow Friday afternoon has been focused from eastern Nebraska into the Dakotas. Strong wind gusts in excess of 40 mph have helped to blow and drift the snow, making for dangerous travel and blizzard conditions in some areas. Overnight Thursday, highway conditions were bad enough to force closures across northwestern Kansas and west-central Nebraska. A large section of Interstate 80 between North Platte, Neb., and the Nebraska-Wyoming border was still closed midday Friday, according to the Nebraska Department of Roads Advanced Traveler Information System. - AccuWeather.
 What Bob Dillard of Fort Davis, Texas, saw last weekend when a wildfire broke out was “unbelievable, just horrific. There were horses on fire, buildings on fire, houses on fire.” Meanwhile, hundreds of miles to the north, North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple described the floods in the eastern part of his state on Monday: “The area from Harwood to Argusville is under siege, more than it probably has been in history.” Such is life across the Plains, which typically endure some of the most volatile, varied weather on the planet, and the last couple of months have been no exception. Plagues of floods, wildfires and even tornadoes have wreaked havoc from the Dakotas to Texas. While parts of the northern Plains this week slog through what the National Weather Service called “unprecedented” flooding — with flood warnings posted in nine states — hundreds of miles to the south, the southern Plains have been scorched with raging wildfires and bone-dry conditions not seen since the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. Today is expected to be another rough day, with continued flooding in the north, “extremely critical” fire conditions in Texas and New Mexico, and a severe weather outbreak likely in parts of Kansas and Oklahoma, according to Tom Moore of the Weather Channel. - USA Today.
If that is not enough, take a look at the following stories of the discovery of bacteria in nearly HALF of all the meats in America, the spreading of a new H1N1 sequence across the United States, carcinogens injected into wells, and nuclear radiation in Cleveland. 


A study by the Translational Genomics Research Institute, found that Staphylococcus aureus – a bacteria that causes most staph infections including skin infections, pneumonia and blood poisoning – are present in meat and poultry from U.S. grocery stores at “unexpectedly high rates.” Researchers found nearly half of the meat and poultry samples — 47 percent — were contaminated with S. aureus, and more than half of those bacteria — 52 percent — were resistant to at least three classes of antibiotics. For the study, researchers looked at 136 samples involving 80 brands of beef, chicken, pork and turkey from 26 grocery stores in five cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Flagstaff and Washington, D.C. "For the first time, we know how much of our meat and poultry is contaminated with antibiotic-resistant Staph, and it is substantial," Dr. Lance B. Price, senior author of the study and Director of TGen's Center for Food Microbiology and Environmental Health, said in a news release. "The fact that drug-resistant S. aureus was so prevalent, and likely came from the food animals themselves, is troubling, and demands attention to how antibiotics are used in food-animal production today.”  According to the findings published in the journal Clinical Infectious Disease, “industrial farms, where food animals are steadily fed low doses of antibiotics, “are ideal breeding grounds for drug-resistant bacteria that move from animals to humans. Antibiotics are the most important drugs that we have to treat Staph infections; but when Staph are resistant to three, four, five or even nine different antibiotics — like we saw in this study — that leaves physicians few options," Price said. Experts say although Staph can be killed with proper cooking, it still may pose a risk to people who handle food improperly, and cross-contamination in the kitchen. - FOX News
The CDC has released a series of 2011 H1N1 sequences at GISAID, which includes a subset that is closely related to the sequences from Chihuahua, Mexico. In addition, The instituto de Diagnostico y Referencia Epidemiologicos has released partial HA sequence from 8 additional isolates in Chihuahua, Mexico, which includes five isolates (A/Mexico/InDRE2222/2011, A/Mexico/InDRE2200/2011, A/Mexico/InDRE2197/2011, A/Mexico/InDRE2195/2011, A/Mexico/InDRE2192/2011) that matched the three isolates (A/Mexico/InDRE1947/2011, A/Mexico/InDRE1946/2011, A/Mexico/InDRE1945/2011) released earlier. All eight of the above sequences from Mexico have the rare marker, K149T, as well as a rare synonymous marker, T462A, and the eight sequence above are the only sequences at Genbank with both markers. These two markers were also found in five sequences at GISAID (A/Maryland/04/2011, A/Oregon/03/2011, A/Pennsylvania/02/2011, A/Texas/07/2011,and A/Utah/08/2011) demonstrating the close relationship between the dominant sub-clade in Chihuahua and the five sequences in the United States. Moreover, full sequences of two of the US isolates (PA/02 and MD/04) were released, demonstrating the absence of reassortment. The eight gene segments in these two isolates were closely related to an earlier full sequence (A/Texas/03/2010). In addition MD/04 had H274Y, signaling Tamiflu resistance. Moreover, the recent sequences confirm the presence of the novel sub-clade in Texas. The two markers exclusively shared between the eight sequences from Chihuahua and the five sequences from the US signal a rapid emergence and evolution of this novel sub-clade. All 13 sequences were from samples collected in 2011, and 2 of the 8 sequences from Chihuahua had D225N, in samples collected from the upper respiratory tract, signaling efficient transmission, and raising concerns that this novel sub-clade will spread worldwide and produce a high frequency of severe and fatal cases. Anecdotal reports cite closely related sequences in South America, where cases are beginning to increase, in advance of the flu season in the southern hemisphere. The rapid spread of the novel sub-clade, with frequently detected D225N in samples from the upper respiratory tract, continues to increase pandemic concerns. - Recombinomics
Elevated levels of radioactive iodine-131 have been detected in a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency water sample taken from an undisclosed source within the Chattanooga drinking water supply provided by the Tennessee American Water Co. The spiked reading is linked to the badly damaged Fukushima-Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan that was rocked March 11 by a devastating 9.0 earthquake... On March 28, EPA conducted water samples from across the nation in response to the Japanese disaster. Of the 69 drinking water samples taken, 42 showed no sign of iodine-131, according to the federal agency’s nationwide radiation monitoring system called RadNet... According to prior reports since the initial mid-March nuclear disaster in Japan, iodine-131 is produced a couple of ways; one, through the fission of uranium atoms in nuclear power plants, and also in the detonation of nuclear weapons. The most recognized health hazard posed by iodine-131 is that it is linked to the development of thyroid cancer. - Cleveland Banner
Millions of gallons of potentially hazardous chemicals and known carcinogens were injected into wells by leading oil and gas service companies from 2005-2009, a report by three House Democrats said Saturday. The report said 29 of the chemicals injected were known-or-suspected human carcinogens. They either were regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act as risks to human health or listed as hazardous air pollutants under the Clean Air Act. Methanol was the most widely used chemical. The substance is a hazardous air pollutant and is on the candidate list for potential regulation under the Safe Drinking Water Act. The report was issued by Reps. Henry Waxman of California, Edward Markey of Massachusetts and Diana DeGette of Colorado. The chemicals are injected during hydraulic fracturing, a process used in combination with horizontal drilling to allow access to natural gas reserves previously considered uneconomical. The growing use of hydraulic fracturing has allowed natural gas production in the United States to reach levels not achieved since the early 1970s. However, the process requires large quantities of water and fluids, injected underground at high volumes and pressure. The composition of these fluids ranges from a simple mixture of water and sand to more complex mixtures with chemical additives. The report said that from 2005-2009, the following states had at least 100,000 gallons of hydraulic fracturing fluids containing a carcinogen: Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Wyoming, North Dakota, New Mexico, Montana and Utah. States with 100,000 gallons or more of fluids containing a regulated chemical under the Safe Drinking Water Act were: Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma, Mississippi and North Dakota. - Associated Press
And to top it off, as we approach the one year mark since the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, it seems that the the Obama administration has allowed the oil giant to deliberately leave a vast area of water filled with oil and tar balls, a permanent damage to the environment and the jet stream that truly surpasses the 9/11 "terror attacks," and world wars combined. The magnitude of which wont be understood until its too late. A permanent graveyard that symbolizes the descent and imminent collapse of the superpower nation.


Nor are all the beaches as idyllic as they appear to be. Many have an oil layer beneath the sand, while others are strewn with tiny fragments of tar balls. Huge mats of weathered oil are plaguing surf zones where the waves crash in. Parts of the wetlands are seriously contaminated, too. There may be other surprises in store. For several years after the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska's Prince William Sound, the herring population seemed to have survived – but then crashed, never to recover. Birds that fed on affected shellfish in the area have had trouble breeding. And follow-up studies after a 1969 spill off Massachusetts found crabs still badly affected four decades later... The official American position is that "most of the oil is gone" and, indeed, Department of Energy research suggested that naturally-occuring microbes did a good job of gobbling it up. But Prof Samantha Joye, of the University of Georgia – who has actually been to the sea floor in a submarine many times before and after the accident – tells a different story after finding an enormous "graveyard" covered in a thick coat of pollution. She reckons that the microbes managed to munch up only a tenth of the oil. Perhaps most ominously is anecdotal evidence of illnesses among clean-up workers and other Gulf Coast residents, with blood containing elevated levels of the chemicals found in oil. A $19 million official study of 55,000 people has been launched to determine any health effects.   - The Telegraph
Around the world, Earth changes continues relentlessly, signaling the new paradigm that has been reached. These can't be described as just periodic or cyclic happenings, this has taken a high degree of frightening permanence. 


Cuba's worst drought in 50 years is forcing the government to deliver water to about 100,000 people in Havana with trucks, officials said. A water pipe network in poor condition compounds the problem in Havana and the drought that started two years ago has depleted reservoirs by about 80 percent, the BBC reported. "It's just completely out of control," said Ana Gomez. "Just imagine you can't wash your clothes, cook or clean your house." As many as 70 percent of Havana's water pipes are leaking and in need of repair and residents are forced to use buckets and bottles to haul water from trucks to their homes, the report said. Cuba's rainy season in May and June will put some water back into reservoirs, but a normal rainfall season will not fill them up, officials said. - UPI.
One of the biggest and most important seed banks in the world is at risk of being replaced by a private housing development. The facility near the Russian city of St Petersburg houses thousands of varieties of plants, not found anywhere else in the world.



...Overpass in the metropolitan area Y, in the north of Quito, was almost completely flooded due to heavy rain that struck today in the city. Hail and rain, which lasted about an hour, destroyed the drainage system in the streets of Brasil, Shyris, 10 de Agosto, Amazonas, Río Coca, 6 de Diciembre, Naciones Unidas. The water level reached about two meters in height, so that the water trap were passengers of two trolley buses, taxis and pickup trucks - about 150 people. Desperation of people who understand that they can not escape, and their life is in danger, is beyond description. Passengers screamed and cried, and called for help for half an hour, watching in horror, all that water comes from. Arriving on call rescuers began to evacuate, first of children, pregnant women and people of retirement age. At the same time rescue workers made their way to the vehicles almost neck-deep in water, then someone thought of using inflatable boats. As a result, all citizens were safely transported to a safe place, there were no casualties, residents of the capital escaped horror. While in the south and center of special incidents have been reported. - Rusecuador.
 Heavy rains that occurred in part of Bandung at around 13:00 to 13:40 am, resulting in some areas flood cileuncang attacked. At some point, the height of flood cileuncang vary from 5 centimeters to 25 centimeters. Detikbandung observation, the location of these flood Cileuncang Jalan Lombok, Aceh Road, Stone Fruit Street, Jalan Dago, Jalan Ahmad Yani. However, not too distracting cileuncang existing vehicles on the road. Visible, the driver still can go because the water level can be passed either by car or motorcycle... Due jebolnya Bengawan Kali dykes, hundreds of hectares of rice fields and road infrastructure in the District and Cikedung Losarang inundated. Cipanas river levee was breached child because of no load current strong hold that overflowed after heavy rains in recent days flushed the region. Radar observation (JPNN Group), Saturday, in Losarang flooding occurred in the Village Muntur. Even the result of the flooding, the access road that connects the district Cikedung and Filled become disconnected. Height of water that soak the village road was about 80 centimeters. While in Cikedung only rice fields are submerged. "It's been three days of rice fields and roads of our village is submerged. That's due to dykes burst Bengawan time, plus it rained every day. Maybe reflux if there is no rain, "said Warsim, a local resident. Loss of village access roads resulted in people paralyzed activity. According Tadorih, other residents, alan that connect the three districts that each day the vehicle traveled. But after the road was flooded, residents are forced to take another road. Not only in Losarang and Cikedung, flooding also occurred in the village of Babakan Jaya, District Wetan Cork. In the village, from flooding until at least 30 houses flooded residents. According Warcita, flooding is caused due to overflow of Kali Kandanghaur. - Pole Shift NING.
Monsoon rains fall on Pakistan every summer, but the summer of 2010 was extraordinary. A combination of factors, including La Niña and a strange jet stream pattern, caused devastating floods. The Indus River rapidly rose, and a dam failure in Sindh Province sent part of the river down an alternate channel. The resulting floodwater lake lingered for months, leaving crops, roads, airports, even entire communities underwater... The effects of the 2010 monsoon season in Pakistan were both immediate and lasting. Waterborne diseases such as cholera menaced flood survivors, while stagnant pools of water provided the perfect breeding conditions for malaria-carrying mosquitoes. Crowded relief camps and poor sanitation helped spread diseases such as measles. David Petley, a landslide specialist from Durham University (U.K), was already keeping an eye on the Hunza landslide when the monsoon rains provoked him to start chronicling Pakistan’s unusual monsoon. “It is hard to remember a previous flood that has caused this type of impact over such a long period, including the way it prevented replanting and reconstruction,” Petley states. Early news reports described the floods as Pakistan’s worst since 1929, “but this event was worse by almost every measure.” - Earth Observatory.
Surat flood zone Phunphin to the key performance indicators Uam. Flash blow the bridge after more than 100 villagers missing households still roaming, you can not go out. Military Engineer of the adhesion area recovery path. Journalists reporting on the flood situation. Surat Thani, A. Phunphin that area has many villages that have a high flood. Especially in Ban Nong Chok Moo 4, Tha village, about 100 households reflected back into the home does not. Ban Sai Ngam village, Ban Laem Yang Moo 7, Tambon Tha approximately 200-300 households across people living on the street to Highway 401, Surat Thani - Phangnga Same for more than two weeks ago to return home does not. Because the flood water level high By the local government and the district as well as foundations and organizations. Support the other in terms of food for daily sustenance. With care in matters of health and some of the range is not enough. In the cooking of food, the villagers themselves. Meanwhile, Pak Hai area 10 m pool, Klong district, Surat Thani key performance indicators. The various currents flowing forests lack the bridge cut off many people with 132 households were unable to reach outside for a long time together weekly. Because torrent People break out of the house back together last eight houses in the third engineer battalion in Nakhon Ratchasima to bypass recovery. It can be temporary and traveling back and forth. - Nation Channel [Translated].


Edge up to 400 meters at the Mount Citiis in the hill village of Kampung Sawah Sukamulya had cracked during the 50 meters. Cracking the cliff, threatening at least 30 heads of families who live in Kampung Sawah Ramp. Village Head Sukamulya Dedi Somantri revealed that the bank retaknya occurred since about one month back. Since the crack, 30 heads of families who were displaced under the cliff occurs every time it rains. Even a few days back, residents fled while carrying their valuables because of continuous rain mengguyur. "Previously people did not evacuate carrying goods, but a few days ago due to continued heavy rains, residents and their property brought into the camps," he said. At this time, he continued, there are two new refugee tents are built with tarpaulins are approximately 4x4 meters, residents who did not gets displaced in refugee camps, living in other homes or families. Tarpaulins used own represents assistance government incurred land crack recent months. "We have to report to the district, muspika also been controlling the location of the cracking of land, but until now there has been no help," he said. Dedi revealed, this time, it still needs the help of tents for the displaced people there every time it rains. At least 20 tents have yet to create a refuge for residents. Not to mention at this time, the refugees fled each time had to carry food from their homes because there is no assistance from the government for them. - Radar Tasikmalaya
The houses in the same apartment Tau (Thinh Liet, Hoang Mai district, Hanoi) are sinking, cracking to varying degrees. People here are living miserable lives and worries. Panic and fear. Mrs. Dao Thi Cang (65 years) the apartment building of 503 PV N6 told VNA that her family moved to resettlement areas in this house since 2007. As to where they saw the whole neighborhood was sinking in the background. Foundation was cracking. "Sugar water and sanitation systems of the entire house has problems. The time was light, the water flows to the floor, which houses must be heavy pocket to repair the entire renewal. The floor was cracked, then subsided, but not everyone knows that will never be overcome. " Her family's apartment is about 62m 2 with strain than seven people live. Because of the lower house sunk, deep cracks should be someone who also shared her family worried, scared. "Just then was the earth tremors, the building which had been sinking before the household here should be afraid. We live here, but death is not known at all times, "Ms Stretch said. According to our observations, the sequence of building resettlement areas have cracked and sunk at several different points. Around the area of the condominiums are cracks, subsidence. There are many points into the hole. The crack runs around the whole building. Many of the residents living here say that, since they found that the subsidence, cracks in the buildings they had let the building management but fall into hopelessness. "Investors have abandoned us," said a resident here. - VTC.
The people of Bangladesh have much to teach us about how a crowded planet can best adapt to rising sea levels. For them, that future is now... Bangladeshis don't have to wait decades for a preview of a future transformed by rising seas. From their vantage point on the Bay of Bengal, they are already facing what it's like to live in an overpopulated and climate-changed world. They've watched sea levels rise, salinity infect their coastal aquifers, river flooding become more destructive, and cyclones batter their coast with increasing intensity—all changes associated with disruptions in the global climate... Thousands of people arrive in Dhaka each day, fleeing river flooding in the north and cyclones in the south. Many of them end up living in the densely populated slum of Korail. And with hundreds of thousands of such migrants already, Dhaka is in no shape to take in new residents. It's already struggling to provide the most basic services and infrastructure... Even in the best of times, it's a precarious way of life. And these are not the best of times. In Bangladesh climate change threatens not just the coast but also inland communities like Khalilullah's. It could disrupt natural cycles of precipitation, including monsoon rains and the Tibetan Plateau snowfall, both of which feed the major rivers that eventually braid their way through the delta. But precisely because the country's geography is prone to floods and cyclones, Bangladeshis have gotten a head start on preparing for a climate-changed future. For decades they have been developing more salt-resistant strains of rice and building dikes to keep low-lying farms from being flooded with seawater. As a result, the country has actually doubled its production of rice since the early 1970s. Similarly its frequent cyclones have prompted it to build cyclone shelters and develop early-warning systems for natural disasters. More recently various NGOs have set up floating schools, hospitals, and libraries that keep right on functioning through monsoon season... As the people of Munshiganj can attest, there's no arguing with the sea, which is coming for this land sooner or later. And yet it's hard to imagine millions of Bangladeshis packing up and fleeing en masse to India, no matter how bad things become. They'll likely adapt until the bitter end, and then, when things become impossible, adapt a little more. It's a matter of national mentality—a fierce instinct for survival combined with a willingness to put up with conditions the rest of us might not. - National Geographic.
In South America,

The region of Santiago Del Estero in Argentina was rocked by several earthquakes this morning, including a magnitude 5.9 that struck at the location of 27.589°S, 63.250°W and at a depth of 349.7 miles. The quake was felt as far as Buenos Aires, some 553 miles away. At the time of this report, there are no indications of damages or tsunami warnings.See more here at the U.S. Geological Survey.

Four houses were covered by a landslide in the city of Medellin, northwest of the country, leaving four dead, including a pregnant woman, authorities said on 10 April. The incident, caused by heavy rainfall occurred in the neighborhood of La Sierra, in the western suburbs of the city. The fire department captain, Hector Vidal Franco, said the heavy rains last year had also caused fatalities in the same area. "This is the first emergency situation that is presented this year in Medellin in which there have been casualties, " Vidal told EFE. Firefighters managed to rescue from the rubble of two children who had suffered minor injuries. Last year Colombia was faced with the rainy season most devastating on record, with a total balance of 310 dead. - Evangeliza.
Stay tuned. More anon.