Tuesday, April 19, 2011

DOOMSDAY 2011: Earth Changes - Precursors to a Geological Epoch!

Whether we want to admit it or not, planet Earth seems to be going through a major geological upheaval. A planetary shift and realignment that is now manifesting in the drastic changes in the weather. A period of great instability and transition from all sense of normalcy to impending cataclysmic chaos, affecting every facet of our lives.

According to the World Bank Development Prospects Group (WBDPG), food prices have seen a dramatic change from quarter one of 2010 to the 2011. With foods like corn up by 74%, wheat 69%, palm oil 55%,soybeans 36% and beef 30%.
Maize prices have more than doubled since April 2010, said Abdolreza Abbassian, secretary of the Intergovernmental Group on Grains at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). An increase in the price of a staple cereal triggers a domino effect in grain markets as people opt for cheaper alternatives. Higher food prices since June 2010 have forced an additional 44 million people into hunger, the World Bank noted in a new report. 2010 ended with food prices at their highest since 2008. - IRIN
On Sunday, Robert Zoellick, the President of the World Bank declared that the world was just "one shock away from a full-blown crisis." Zoellick cites the rising level in global food prices as the biggest threat.

According to WBDPG, these spikes can't be confined to higher demand and smaller crop yields, but specifically to extreme and unusual weather events. Over the last year, we have witnessed how a devastating heat wave in Russia, an unprecedented deluge of rain in Australia, historic flooding in Pakistan and severe drought in China damaged the production and exportation of grain crops. Unfortunately, this may just be the beginning, as all evidence points towards the worsening of climatic conditions across the planet. Let's illustrate how much further these food prices will be exacerbated with a look at several of the Earth changes over the last few days. We begin in the United States of America, where a record total of 267 tornadoes swept across the country from Thursday last week.

...devastating tornadoes rampaged across communities of the southern United States. Cities and towns from Oklahoma to North Carolina were assaulted by the deadly twisters. The tornado outbreak led to a total of 267 tornado reports in 15 states over the three-day period. This will likely rank this tornado outbreak among the largest in history. Tragically, the death toll has risen to 45 people so far with dozens of others injured. The number of fatalities could rise as investigations continue. This tornado outbreak already ranks as the most deadly outbreak since the 2008 Super Tuesday tornado outbreak. In North Carolina alone, close to two dozen people were killed on Saturday, while seven people were killed in Alabama on Friday. One of the reasons for the deadly outcome of this tornado outbreak is likely due to the fact that highly populated areas of the nation were hit. The weather pattern can explain why these highly populated areas were struck. ackson, Miss., and Raleigh, N.C., are among the large cities that were struck by large, devastating twisters. Numerous homes, businesses, churches and even schools have been severely damaged or destroyed in the path of the tornadoes. Three ingredients were in place to allow this violent tornado outbreak to occur from the southern Plains to the Southeast: a powerful jet stream, abundant moisture and a strong cold front. A powerful jet stream helped to enhance the thunderstorm growth, while moisture surging in from the Gulf of Mexico acted as fuel for the thunderstorms. There are a couple of factors that are making this year a more active severe weather year compared to normal and compared to last year....The first factor is that the water in Gulf of Mexico is warmer than last year. This means that there is very warm, moist air in supply for storm systems to tap into and provide fuel for severe weather. The second is that we are in one of the strongest La Nina patterns in recorded history. "The strong La Nina pattern means that tremendous contrasts in air masses, with cool and dry air to the north and warm and steamy air to the south, are occurring over the Mississippi Valley. This puts many highly populated areas in the path of dangerous severe weather," said AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Henry Margusity. This mid-April 2011 tornado outbreak is likely to rank among the largest tornado outbreaks in history with 267 tornado reports. "There has not been a tornado outbreak in history over three days with this many tornadoes spawned by a single storm system," according to Margusity. - AccuWeather.  
In the following video from the Associated Press, North Carolina's Governor Beverly Perdue was nearly brought to tears, as her tour of the tornado-ravaged portions of the state reveals the death of at least 21 people and the destruction of hundreds of homes.

Of the 267 tornadoes reported so far, 62 of them was in North Carolina. State officials are now estimating that at least 50 persons were killed after the deadly storms.
The violent weather began Thursday in Oklahoma, where two people died, before cutting across the Deep South on Friday and hitting North Carolina and Virginia on Saturday. Authorities said seven people died in Arkansas; seven in Alabama; six in Virginia; and one in Mississippi. North Carolina's state emergency management agency said it had reports of 23 fatalities from Saturday's storms, but local officials confirmed only 21 deaths to The Associated Press. An apparent tornado passed near a Virginia nuclear power plant, knocking down power lines. - FOX News
Dominion Virginia Power reports that an apparent tornado touched down on the switchyard supporting the Surry Power Station and the facility's access road Saturday. The storm cut off the electrical feed from the grid to the station, which is located in Surry County, Va. Both reactors at the station shut down automatically as designed and backup diesel generators started immediately to provide the electricity necessary to maintain both units. A spokesperson for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says no release of radioactive material occurred beyond minor releases associated with normal station operations. - NBC
Incidentally, according to AccuWeather, a significant outbreak of severe storms, including a few tornadoes, is expected later Tuesday across parts of the central Plains and the Mississippi and Ohio valleys.


This new threat comes just days after deadly tornadoes devastated communities in the central Plains and Southeast. Unfortunately, some of those towns could again be struck by strong storms this week. Beginning late today and tonight, a small area from eastern Kansas to western Kentucky could have a few localized gusty storms before a more widespread severe weather threat unfolds. More thunderstorms are expected to erupt ahead of a strong cold front from the central Plains through the mid-Mississippi Valley and into the Ohio Valley on Tuesday and Tuesday night. Many of the thunderstorms will produce powerful wind gusts, driving downpours and frequent lightning strikes. Some of the storms may produce large hail. Unfortunately, conditions could produce a "few" tornadoes. Just one tornado passing through a populated area can lead to casualties and major destruction. Cities at especially high risk for severe storms on Tuesday and Tuesday night include Little Rock, Ark., Springfield and St. Louis, Mo., Indianapolis, Ind., and Cincinnati, Ohio. Powerful storms could also reach as far north as the I-80 corridor, including Chicago, Ill., South Bend, Ind., and Toledo, Ohio. The threat for severe weather won't end there. By Wednesday, parts of the Tennessee Valley, mid-Atlantic and central Appalachians will be at risk for powerful thunderstorms.- AccuWeather
As the tornadoes continue, Texas ranchers have lost cattle and their livelihood to raging fires that have charred over 500,000 acres and injured over 500,000 cattle.

Bobby McKnight knew fire was coming when he saw the pall of white smoke rising into the blue West Texas sky April 9 and, within an hour, a 20-foot wall of flame had reached the rancher's Fort Davis home. "It was hot. It was just right in our doorstep," McKnight, 50, recalled on Saturday. His home was one of the first hit by the so-called Rock House fire, which was sparked by undetermined causes in Marfa, Texas, and became the fastest-moving wildfire to scorch the area in decades. By Sunday, it had seared at least 180,000 acres of land but was 70 percent contained.The fire is one of about dozen that have consumed more than 500,000 acres over the past couple of weeks in drought-stricken West Texas, where some areas have gone without rain since last August, leaving grass and brush dangerously parched. "The fuels on the ground are at historically dry levels," said Texas Forest Service spokeswoman Nicole Hawk. At least 40 homes have been destroyed by the flames. No people have died, but the fires have killed at least 151 head of cattle and nine horses and laid waste to thousands of acres of grasslands -- a precious resource for the region's ranchers. The Rock House fire advanced 30 miles in a matter of hours, overtaking the town of Fort Davis and the ranches beyond it. Some ranchers in the area lost up to 95 percent of their land to the flames, said Logan Boswell, the Jeff Davis County extension agent tracking livestock affected by the fires. Between 400,000 and 500,000 cattle have been injured by the fire but survived, he said.Flames even singed McKnight's eyebrows and hair as he, his wife and friends from the fire department in neighboring Valentine fought the blaze encircling his home for hours. "It was a little scary, but when your house is behind you, it kind of feels like the Alamo," McKnight said.- Reuters
According to the following video report, radiation has been detected in Philadelphia's drinking water, with 14 other states already registering radiation from Japan. New data released by the EPA show three of the five highest readings for radioactive iodine in the U.S. are in the Philadelphia drinking water supply.


What is really weird, is that scientists are now claiming that the extreme weather is actually moving Earth's tectonic plates

Long-term climate change has the potential to spin Earth's tectonic plates, according to a news study from the Australian National University. Working with researchers in Germany and France, they have established a link between the motion of the Indian plate over the last ten million years and the intensification of Indian monsoons. Monsoon rain increased by four metres every year, speeding up the motion in the Indian plate by one centimetre a year, said Dr Giampiero Iaffaldano from the ANU research school of earth sciences. The scientists put information into a computer that indicated how monsoons had eroded the eastern Himalayas over the last ten million years. They discovered that enough rocks were worn away from the eastern side of the plate to account for the plate's anti-clockwise movement. Dr Iaffaldano said: 'The significance of this finding lies in recognising for the first time that long-term climate changes have the potential to act as a force and influence the motion of tectonic plates. 'It is known that certain geologic events caused by plate motions - for example the drift of continents, the closure of ocean basins and the building of large mountain belts - have the ability to influence the motion of tectonic plates. 'It is known that certain geologic events caused by plate motions - for example the drift of continents, the closure of ocean basins and the building of large mountain belts - have the ability to influence climate patterns over a period of a million years. 'Now we know that the opposite holds as well: long-term climate change, or the natural changes in climate patterns over millions of years, can modify the motion of plates in a feedback mechanism.'- Daily Mail
According to several experts, the catastrophic magnitude 9.0 earthquake that struck off the coast of the Tohoku region of Japan March 11 set off tremors mostly in places of past seismic activity, including southwest Japan, Taiwan, the Aleutians and mainland Alaska, Vancouver Island in Canada, Washington state, Oregon, central California and the central United States.

Part of the excitement of the find is the insight it could add into the inner workings of earthquakes. "Studying long-range triggering may help us to better understand the underlying physics of how earthquakes start," explained seismologist Zhigang Peng at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Most of these micro-earthquakes and tremors occurred in places that already had high background levels of seismic activity, including California's Geysers Geothermal Field and the San Andreas Fault. Some of the quakes occurred in low-activity areas, such as central Nebraska, central Arkansas and near Beijing. "Seismologists generally think of the central U.S. as relatively quiet seismically — there are earthquakes in these areas, but relative to the West Coast of the United States, earthquakes in the central U.S. are infrequent and mostly small," Rubinstein said. After the Tohoku quake, "in the central U.S., we observed earthquakes in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota and Minnesota. For many of these locations, it was the first time we've seen triggered seismicity," Rubinstein said. "I expect that we were able to see all of this triggered seismicity because there is a much denser configuration of seismometers in these states than there has been previously. "The instrumentation is a part of the USARRAY, a project where seismologists are densely deploying seismometers in a rolling fashion across the United States. These observations are useful because they may suggest where future small earthquakes may occur." A number of large earthquakes in Japan, magnitude 6.0 or greater, occurred well beyond the rupture zone of the Tohoku quake and may have been triggered by the March 11 event, researchers added. These findings agree with recent research suggesting that a major quake can increase the risk of more temblors near it but not of massive quakes farther away. "It is still too early to rule out the possibility that large distant earthquakes are completely unrelated," Peng told OurAmazingPlanet. "It is quite possible that there is a delayed response in moderate to large earthquakes, or perhaps such distant triggering effects only occur for very large earthquakes." - Our Amazing Planet
Speaking of tectonic plates and the United States, I recently reported that seismologists having been expressing concern over the earthquake swarm in Nevada. The latest figures from the U.S. Geological Survey is that there have been 674 earthquakes on the California Nevada Fault Maps. MYNEWS4 is now reporting that scientists are now worried over the possibility of volcanism near Hawthorne in Nevada.

Five Hundred plus earthquakes near Hawthorne, Nev. over the past week have scientists looking closer at the ground. They are looking at seismic and volcanic activity in Nevada. What is the possibility of "the big one" hitting Nevada? Or a volcano popping-up in Nevada? The images from the movie "Volcano" are extreme. But, could we see the explosions or lava flow like in this film happen in Nevada? Seismologist Graham Kent says a movie-like eruption is not likely. "The type of lava that comes out of Aurora crater is much more like the Hawaiian. It is not the explosive kind." Kent is talking about the Aurora Volcanic Field located just miles from the area where hundreds of quakes began rumbling a week ago. The center of those quakes, just eight miles from Hawthorne, Nevada. Kent says there has not been any significant volcanic activity there for 250,000 years. And there is not much risk of a catastrophic volcanic event. But, there is risk of a big quake. The tremors are near Hawthorne, yet that does not mean Nevada state residence should ignore them. Kent says "this is a very significant sequence." Kent says the residents of Hawthorne have been placed on alert. However, he adds, "I don't want everyone to focus on Hawthorne and not realize if you're not prepared and you're in Las Vegas or Reno or in Elko you need to be prepared and now use this as an excuse." The Division of Emergency Management in Carson City is in place for quick action should it be needed. "Both folks at state and federal level are concerned," says Kent. All of this could be leading to a big quake in other parts of the state.
Meanwhile, the following image from the Live Internet Seismic Server confirms this, as it shows waves of tremor activity on the seismographs of the US/TPNV in Topopah Spring in Nevada.


Meanwhile,around the world, a strong 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck off New Zealand's north east coast. The USGS says the quake struck south of the Kermadec Islands, 550 kilometres east north-east of the North Island city of Auckland. The quake occurred just after one o'clock in the morning local time and had a depth of 90 kilometres. This comes against the background of recent moderate seismic tremors along the Indo-Australian plate on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," where a 5.2 on the South Island and a 4.4 on the North Island rocked New Zealand on April 16th; and Australia was recently hit by 5.2 on its nortwestern section and a 4.7 and 5.2 in Queensland on the same day as New Zealand. At least five countries located on the Pacific Ring of Fire have experienced earthquakes greater than a magnitude of 5 over the past 24 hours.
A 5.4 magnitude earthquake hit north-eastern Australia on Saturday afternoon. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake took place at 3.30pm local time (0530 GMT) about 124 kilometres southeast of Townsville, Queensland. The quake was measured at a depth of 10 kilometres. Queensland was hit by another 5.4 magnitude quake on 16 March last.Meanwhile, Christchurch in New Zealand has been hit by more aftershocks this afternoon, leaving several parts of the city without power. The strongest of the tremors measured 5.2 on the Richter Scale. The country’s second largest city was hit by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake in February. 181 people were killed.Elsewhere, Japan was rattled by a 5.9 magnitude aftershock on Saturday afternoon but there were no initial reports of damage and no risk of a tsunami.Taiwan was hit by a quake measuring 5.8 on the Richter Scale. The quake struck 220km east of Keelung City. Tonga, an archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, also experienced a 5.7 magnitude earthquake last night.The “Ring of Fire” is an arc stretching from New Zealand, along the eastern edge of Asia, north across the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, and south along the coast of North and South America. The Ring of Fire is composed over 75% of the world’s active and dormant volcanoes. - Irish Weather Online
In Indonesia, 9 lives was lost after a massive landslide caused major havoc in Java.

Nine people were killed and another seven injured on Sunday in a landslide in Indonesia's East Java province, police said. The men were taking a lunch break after searching for firewood at the foot of a hill in Malang district when a steep part of the hill collapsed on them, district police chief Rinto Djatmono told AFP. 'It's been raining heavily for several nights and the earth on the hill had come loose,' he said. 'Nine men were killed after they were buried under the landslide and rocks. Seven others were injured and taken to the hospital,' Mr Djatmono said. Landslides and floods are common in Indonesia during the rainy season, which hits a peak from December to February.- Straits Times
In other districts, Khan from the Pole Shift NING, is reporting that there are areas buried under 2 to 3 metres of water.


The rain continued in the District Labuhan Batu, North Sumatra, causing overflow of the River Bar on Sunday night. This surge caused hundreds of homes, especially along the river submerged. Worst flood hit village in District Sennah Pangkatan with water levels reaching two meters. To save their property, residents use a boat to a place of refuge. According to residents, the overflow of rivers due to heavy rainfall and deforestation in the upper river, so water is flowing rapidly toward the village on the banks of rivers. Besides submerging homes, flooding hundreds of hectares of crops also soak the rubber and palm oil. Inter-provincial roads to the city of Medan also break the total due to one-half feet of water submerged more... Floods that swept Aradide and Ekadide, Paniai, Papua, two weeks ago, causing dozens of people dead. Until noon today, the water levels in the two districts are about 2-3 meters. Mark You, Paniai residents said, from the data yangdiperoleh, had as many as 16 people died. "That data from the refugees, but from post disaster is mentioned 13 people died," he said on Friday... In addition to the surge of flooding is so fast, Kawasana also affected by flooding was more widespread. The houses or settlements that are usually not affected, join now inundated. Even the highway that were intentionally built higher, were also flooded, so the impact of transport flow interruption... hundreds of elementary school students State Pakuwon, District Juwana, Pati, disrupted, in addition to classroom flooded to a height of 20-30 centimeters, as well as other activities disrupted because of road the school also submerged up to 50 centimeters... 
Nearby in the Philippines, there have been at least 21 earthquakes over a 24-hour period and seismologists are expecting the Taal volcano to erupt soon.


Volcanologists in the Philippines are closely monitoring a volcano on Luzon Island close to the capital, Manila, after a sudden spike in seismic activity. Twenty one volcanic earthquakes were recorded at Taal Volcano from Sunday 8 a.m. to Monday 8 a.m. One of the earthquakes was felt by local residents in Brgy Calauit at the southeast side of the island. Scientists at the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) say the quakes are an indication that magma is moving towards Taal’s surface. The main crater lake has been heating up since January. PHIVOLCS Science Research Specialist Alex Ramos told CNN that scientists have seen “a slight intensification of steaming in the main crater lake.” He said emissions of carbon dioxide have risen from 1,875 tons per day in February to 4,670 tons at the end of March. PHIVOLCS has raised its five step alert level to 2 around Taal and is warning people not to go near the crater lake or main Daang Kastila Trail due to the high concentration of toxic gases and a risk of steam explosions. - CNN

In southern China, a severe hailstorm caused several fatalities and injuries.

Seventeen people have been killed, more than 150 injured and many millions affected by strong storms in southern China. Driving rain, gales and hailstorms have caused havoc in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong. China Central Television has already estimated economic losses of around $8 million. The strong storms dumped more than 50 millimetres of rain on China’s industrial belt known as the “factory of the world”. Some of the injured were hit by collapsed walls and falling objects. Guangdong provincial government has dispatched a disaster relief team to examine the worst-hit areas. Emergency services are now focusing on inspecting damaged buildings to make sure they are safe.ABC News.au
We are also witnessing the same type of weather system in India as well.

As wheat harvesting picks up in Punjab and Haryana, recent rain and windy weather has left farmers in the states worried. Hailstorm lashed Jalandhar yesterday, while Amritsar, Phagwara, Nawanshahr and Balachaur received showers, which was accompanied by strong winds. Showers also lashed isolated places in Haryana, while windy weather prevailed in Chandigarh. The Meteorological Department has forecast light to moderate rains or thunder showers are likely to occur in parts of Punjab and Haryana over the next two days. “Hail storm and strong winds have damaged my crop,” Sukhdev Singh, a farmer in a village in Jalandhar said. “The rain at early stage of wheat crop is beneficial, but rain and windy weather during these days can cause great damage to the ripe crop,” he said. With produce reaching various grain markets for procurement, rains at this stage can also increase the problems of storage. Keeping the weather forecast in view, the farmers of the state were advised to make necessary arrangements to prevent any possible damage to their crops, Ashok Yadav, director general, agriculture, Haryana said. DNA India
In Mexico, they have been hit by severe gamma and ultra-violet solar radiation, as flooding submerge at least 200 homes in the colony of San Isidro and La Providencia, in the Mexican state of Mexico.

“Very high” radiation in the Valley of MexicoWithin an hour, the rate of ultraviolet (UV) level increased from seven to nine, with what is at “very high”, said the Atmospheric Monitoring System of the City of Mexico (Simat). In his report at 13:00 hours, the agency of the Ministry of Environment of the Federal District recommended to avoid exposure to direct sunlight and if necessary, do the activities in the shade. He said it is essential to apply sunscreen, preferably SPF 30 or higher, wear shirts or blouses with long sleeves, wear hats or hat and sunglasses with UV filter. The Simat said that should pay special attention to children, they are vulnerable to radiation damage. Regarding air quality, the Metropolitan Index of Air Quality (IMEC) is below 100 points. - El Universal.
This brings us right back to the Sun. In a previous article, I highlighted a report from NASA, indicating that solar activity was heating up. Have a look at this information from Spaceweather.com, as a solar wind stream flowing from the indicated coronal hole should reach Earth on or about April 20th.

We are surely gonna be in for a warm time soon.

Stay tuned. More anon.