Saturday, May 14, 2011

EARTH CHANGES: Army Engineers Unleashes Floods on Louisiana!

The United States Army Corps Engineers slowly open the gates of an emergency spillway along the rising Mississippi River, on Saturday, diverting floodwaters from Baton Rouge and New Orleans, yet inundating homes and farms in parts of Louisiana's populated Cajun country.  About 25,000 people and 11,000 structures could be in harm's way when the Morganza spillway is unlocked. Sheriffs and National Guardsmen were warning people in a door-to-door sweep through the area, and shelters were ready to accept up to 4,800 evacuees.
The Army Corps of Engineers is releasing water from a spillway along the rising Mississippi River in Louisiana, diverting water into the countryside in hopes of avoiding a potentially bigger disaster in heavily populated areas downstream. A gate at the Morganza spillway was raised Saturday afternoon for the first time in 38 years. The water came out slowly at first, then began gushing like a waterfall. About 3,000 square miles of land known for small farms and fish camps could wind up under as much as 25 feet of water. However, officials say the move will ease pressure on levees protecting New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and oil refineries and chemical plants downstream. Engineers feared weeks of pressure could cause the levees to fail, swamping New Orleans with as much as 20 feet of water...

 Across the countryside, people fled to higher ground, shored up levees that held the last time the Morganza spillway was opened and built new walls of sand and dirt to hold back the flood they have known was coming for weeks. "We're using every flood control tool we have in the system," Army Corps of Engineers Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh said Saturday from the dry side of the spillway, which was expected to be under several feet of water Sunday... Some people living in the threatened stretch of countryside -- an area known for small farms, fish camps and a drawling French dialect -- have already started heading out. Reed's family packed her furniture, clothing and pictures in a rental truck and a relative's trailer. "I'm just going to move and store my stuff. I'm going to stay here until they tell us to leave," Reed said. "Hopefully, we won't see much water and then I can move back in. " Opening the spillway will release water that could submerge about 3,000 square miles, some places would be under as much as 25 feet in some areas. Engineers feared that weeks of pressure on the levees could cause them to fail, swamping New Orleans under as much as 20 feet of water in a disaster that would have been much worse than Hurricane Katrina in 2005. 

- Huffington Post.
WATCH: Floodgate opens on swollen Mississippi.

Louisiana’s Morganza floodway was opened today, sending torrents of brown water from the Mississippi River into the Atchafalaya River basin, a move designed to spare Baton Rouge and New Orleans. The spillway gates were opened as the National Weather Service forecast the river’s flow at Baton Rouge would exceed 1.62 million cubic feet per second, exceeding the 1.5 million cubic feet per second the city’s levees were designed to withstand. Within 20 minutes after the first gate was lifted, several square miles of the Atchafalaya River basin were submerged. The spillway, built in 1954 and not opened since 1973, can release 600,000 cubic feet per second of water at maximum capacity. It may send enough water to fill a football field 10 feet deep every second across the heart of what is known as Cajun country, eventually filling an area almost as large as Connecticut. The river system is Louisiana “is under tremendous pressure and it is going to be under tremendous pressure for a long time,” said Major General Michael Walsh, president of the Mississippi River Commission. - Bloomberg.
WATCH: Morganza Spillway Is Opened.

THE GREAT DELUGE: 2011 - The Great Flooding on Planet Earth!

As Americans try to come to grips with the massive flooding along the Mississippi River, there are many places around the world that are feeling the effects, of what can only be described as a great deluge of water, that has flooded lands, wrecked havoc and destruction on the lives of the affected residents and their respective national economies.

We begin this update in Colombia, where months of heavy rains, flooding and mudslides have caused "the worst natural disaster " in the history of country. The rains, brought on by the weather phenomenon La Niña, have killed more than 400 people in Colombia since last year.


President Juan Manuel Santos said three million Colombians have been badly affected by heavy rains since the middle of last year. "It is as if our entire territory has been affected by a hurricane that came in halfway through last year and hasn't wanted to leave," he said. The heavy rains, which have brought with them vast road closures and many mudslides, was part of "winter that hasn't stopped hitting us and will continue to affect us for another two months," Santos said. The adverse weather conditions, known as La Niña, have been classified as the strongest in history, Santos said. More than 400 have been killed by the recent bout of rains, flooding and mudslides, Colombia's W Radio reported quoted the director of risk for the country's Interior Department Carlos Ivan Marquez as saying. Eighty-eight have died in 2011 alone, Marquez reportedly said. There was a risk of landslides in nine of the country's 32 departments or regions, he added, according to W Radio. La Niña is associated with colder-than-normal water temperatures in the Pacific Ocean, in contrast to El Niño, which refers to unusually warmer water, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Santos said that the first job of his government was to "concentrate — and continue having to concentrate, for now — on emergency humanitarian assistance." "We cannot neglect the families affected, nor lower our guard for a single minute," he said. - MSNBC.
Amid 11 months of nearly nonstop rain, dykes have burst and rivers have topped their banks, inundating communities, cattle ranches, and croplands in 28 of Colombia's 32 departments. Waterlogged Andean mountainsides have collapsed, burying neighborhoods and blocking highways. More than 1,000 people have been killed, injured or gone missing. In the flooded town of Puerto Boyacá in central Colombia, coffins holding the dead are being floated to the cemetery on boats. All told, more than 3 million people — nearly 7% of Colombia's population - have been displaced or have suffered major water damage to their homes and livelihoods. President Juan Manuel Santos calls it the worst natural disaster in the country's history, one his government predicts will shave 2.5% from Colombia's 2011 GDP. Yet hardly anyone outside of Colombia has noticed because the tragedy, unlike an earthquake or hurricane, has unfolded in slow motion. "Drop by drop the rain causes more damage every day," Santos said recently. "It's like Chinese water torture." - TIME.

Nearby, in Panama, flooded streets was the result of heavy rains that fell in Panama City.

Parque Lefevre, Calle50, Chanis, the polished, Pueblo Nuevo, National Avenue, Rio Abajo and San Francisco were among the places that were flooded. Frangipani road also flooded, so the National Police decided to close that area to prevent drivers from becoming victims of criminals there. However, there were those who took risks to move there. TVN News cameras captured as children, regardless of the streets were flooded played. The main street of Punta Pacifica was another place that was completely flooded. There the worst part is led owners of vehicles that were parked and traveled there. The car owners could not even start their cars, so they had to wait for the cranes to pull them. The authorities advised motorists to drive with caution and take alternate routes to reach their destinations. They also asked people to have patience, since not only rain caused flooding, traffic congestion but also in places like the coastal strip and Punta Pacifica. They also asked people to take all precautionary measures to prevent unfortunate events. - EventosTop.
In Venezuela, flooding causes emergency.

The City Fire Department received at least seven emergency calls flooding in the Mine Field sector housing and oil fields of Lagunillas. Yorbis Bermúdez, sergeant major fire-fighting agency, reported that during four hours rain fell mainly affecting the southeastern part of the city. "The rain started at three o'clock in the morning. We will send a commission to make the assessments of sites affected. Also will put two pumps to reduce the flooded homes," said Bermudez. Among the hardest hit areas in the municipality include the avenues 41, 42, 43, Mine Field, Florida also fields and Puerto Nuevo Rancho Grande. In the northern and middle-municipalities inshore Miranda, Santa Rita, Cabimas and Simón Bolívar, the situation is controlled. According to the report of each local fire command the rains since early morning were not extended or high intensity, so that, until now, no emergency call to activate contingency plans have been received. Just stay tuned. "The water levels are dropping rain on the way", said since the Fire Cabimas and Simon Bolivar. As usual, Intercommunal Avenue up to the Cow-sector within the boundaries of the municipalities Simón Bolívar and Cabimas, presented with a tendency to decrease flooding. "Until we build a drain to continue here with the same problem. Any rain overflows the island joining the channels of circulation of this important road connecting the entire LOC," said the resident Nubia Mora. - Somoslanoticia
In Nicaragua, coastlines are under a major threat.

The great risk in Lake Managua was even admitted by the secretary general of the Mayor of Panama City, Fidel Moreno, in his last television appearance before the official media. "We are at level 40.5 (m of Lake Managua) this winter are three meters higher than last year, but could overcome the previous benchmark (42.76), so we are already seeing alternative plans ahead of a possible flood the lake, "he said. In an interview with the official Channel 4 on Tuesday, Moreno said that below the altitude of Xolotlán 42.76 there is no settlement. However, in some areas of the lake that are within the area was declared a ban on settlements and there are families who have left shelters and returned to live in the nearby area and increased risk of Managua. "We came back here because the shelters can not live and so far no one has told us to go, so while we are here for," said Keyling Castillo, who with her husband, two sons and a granddaughter returned to the banks of Managua in the area of Manchester. "This (the forecast) is very important because we are ahead of the facts, we are preparing figures, we are preparing with technique and we have more than 3 000 troops from the Army of Nicaragua that are within this plan in order to guarantee the life to all Nicaraguan citizens, "said the official media Perezcassar. The Civil Defense data indicate that there are 57 spots Managua. During 2010, government entities along with the Mayor of Managua and evacuated to 5.266 people. Perezcassar said that entity in conjunction with other government institutions and identified risk scenarios and 1.196 spots nationwide. As indicated, the Caribbean, Nicaragua is the area most at risk because it has a weak infrastructure, widespread, is in the natural corridor of hurricanes and has a lot of social vulnerability. - Laprensa.
In the Caribbean, Antiguans and Barbudans were caught unawares by a trough of low pressure which dumped more than six inches of rain in certain parts of the island, causing floods in low-lying areas.

Yesterday’s severe flooding forced schools shut, led to the rescue of 12 children, left at least one home unlivable and exposed structural and drainage flaws, to the anger of affected residents. The powerful thunderstorms came 22 days before the official hurricane seasons gets under way and offered a strong reminder of the power of nature. Reports are that the worst affected areas were Parham, Falmouth, Cobbs Cross, English Harbour, Yorks, Point, Paynters and Herberts. Several schools remained closed for the day while others had curtailed operations after flash flood warnings were issued and remained in effect up to 9 pm last night. APUA’s Customer Services division and the KFC branch on Old Parham Road were among the businesses that had to close for part of the day, as a result. Twelve young students at Cobbs Cross Primary School had their nerves tested after their school bus’ engine failed while crossing floodwaters in the area. The incident prompted emergency calls to Antigua and Barbuda Search and Rescue (ABSAR), All Saints Police Station and Fire Station, which all rushed to the scene. Their rescuer, however, was an unsuspecting villager who used a forklift to tow the bus to dry ground. Policemen then used their vehicles to take the children home. Principal Carol Lashley recounted the brief moments of the frightening experience. “A little water started to go into the bus and the children were anxious and scared but everything pretty much worked out,” Lashley said. Nearby, twins Arlene and Alric Thomas, along with Arlene’s daughter, Simone Thomas were left searching for a roof under which to sleep after their three-bedroom dwelling was swamped by the flood waters. Alric blamed recent developments for their vulnerability to the floods and explained that despite living in the house all his life, he never experienced major flooding until Hurricane Earl last year. “I have been living here from the time I was born up to now. I never moved, and I am 43 years now and we never got this problem before. People filled up the land because it was a swamp. We never built up ours so now the rain come, it just keep backing up on us,” Alric said. - Antigua Observer.
In Barbados, flood waters rise to unprecedented levels.

Some areas across Barbados are seriously affected by the heavy rains being experienced today. With Barbados under a flood warning until 6 this evening, residents in flood prone areas are asked to take the necessary precautions. Many residents are reporting to Starcom Network that their homes are flooded out and they are in need of assistance. According to Simon Alleyne of the Department of Emergency Management (DEM) several areas in Christ Church are affected including Wotton Terrace, Kingsland, Rendezvous, Silver Hill, Oxnards and Rockley. Other areas threatened by the heavy showers include Brittons Hill, Long Gap, South Wildey and Bush Hall in St Michael. Flood waters rose to over five feet at Wotton, Christ Church today, trapping several distressed residents in their homes. Officials at the Department of Emergency Management (DEM) deemed the area one of the worst affected when persistent showers drenched the island for several hours starting from around 3a.m. Residents in the close knit community, who are no strangers to flooding in the area, lamented that it was the first time since 1983 that the water had risen to such a high level. Several young men from the district went from house to house in a small plastic toy boat and a small fiber glass boat, using pieces of wood, shovels and rakes as oars helping distressed residents secure household items and their vehicles and even ferrying some to and from their homes. They also dived into the murky water removing grills from the drains and attempting to clear them – but this did not help. Residents said it appeared that all of the drains were blocked and the water invaded several of the houses. - Travel Barbados.
In Puerto Rico, the National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for 26 municipalities due to poor drainage.

The people under this warning are: Isabela, Ciales, Corozal, Florida, Morovis, Moca, Toa Alta, Quebradillas, San Sebastian del Pepino, Utuado, Vega Alta, Aguadilla, Aguada, Las Marias, Lares, Dorado, Barceloneta, Camuy, Hatillo , Manati, Mayaguez, Vega Baja, Rincon, Anasco and Arecibo. The Doppler radar detected strong rain and thunderstorms developing rapidly and moving towards the east northeast on these people. The heaviest rain was happening on and around the coastal towns from Aguadilla east to Vega Baja. - Primerahora. 
Across the world, in Asia, the Philippines, Tropical Storm Bebeng slammed into its eastern coast, leaving ten dead and forcing more than 100,000 villagers to flee from farming towns threatened by landslides.


Bebeng slammed into the eastern coast on Sunday, bringing heavy rains and landslides that have so far killed 10 people and forced thousands to leave their homes, according to an official report yesterday. The state weather bureau said Bebeng made landfall over the island-province of Catanduanes before noon and moved northwest over the main island of Luzon. Ten people were killed due to landslides, drowning and fallen power lines, mostly in the Bicol Region and two in Eastern Visayas, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said in a report as of 12 p.m. Bebeng, the first major storm of the year, hit Catanduanes, an island of about 250,000 people, with winds hitting 85 kilometers per hour at its center. Storm alert warnings have been hoisted over most of Luzon which is forecast to face heavy rains into yesterday, the government weather station said. The disaster management council said more than 70,000 people were evacuated to safer ground as a preemptive measure in the eastern Bicol and in central Visayas regions. Landslides were also reported near Ormoc City in Leyte province, while there was widespread flooding in many areas, it said. Among those affected by the storm was President Benigno S. C. Aquino III who delayed a planned Sunday night departure from Indonesia where he attended a summit of Association of Southeast Asian Nations leaders to Monday morning to avoid the weather pattern, a presidential spokesman said. More than 4,700 commuters, meanwhile, were stranded in various Bicol ports after the coast guard banned sea travel by inter-island ferries. At least 38 domestic flights were also canceled by Manila airport authorities due to the bad weather. The state weather bureau said Bebeng was moving at a pace of 15 kilometers an hour and was expected to bring more rains and wreak havoc in the northern parts of Luzon island until yesterday. - Business World.

In Indonesia, the suffering from these Earth changes continues, as rains, floods, storms, landslides and land subsidence continues to destroy people's lives, decimate harvests and ruin cattle grazing lands.


Seventeen people were killed, two people went missing and four others suffered from injuries in landslides in West Java of Indonesia, officials said on Saturday. Yayah Suheryanto, senior official of disaster management and mitigation agency in West Java told Xinhua by phone that heavy rains was blamed for the landslide which occurred on Friday afternoon. The rain also cause flash floods, he said. "Searching for the missing person has been underway, involving rescue team and the local resident," he said. The disasters in Garut district also triggered scores of villagers to flee homes and took shelters at their relative's houses, said Sutopo, spokesman of the national disaster management and mitigation agency. "The disaster killed 17 people and wounded four others. Rescuers are searching two missing person now," he told Xinhua. The spokesman said that the local government had provide logistic, and heavy machinery equipment to help search the missing persons and to clean the area hit by the floods and landslides," he said. Indonesia has been frequently hit by landslide and floods due to lack of forest covered areas. The government has struggled to halt deforestation by planting trees. - Xinhuanet
In Vietnam, flash flooding creates destruction to homes, lands and crops.


Flash flooding in Lào Cai, Vietnam, the flow of water at high speed washed off several homes. Flood that occurred due to torrential rains, affected 45 hectares of rice crops and 5 hectares of ponds. Hundreds of hectares of crops have suffered in Nam Cường, Bình Minh and Cam Đường. On the road, Lao Cai - Sa Pa landslide occurred, the land has slipped down the slope on the asphalt, causing traffic was suspended for 3 hours. - VTC.
In Thailand, a major deluge.

Heavy rainfall in the north, the level of the Yom River in Sukhothai high quickly. Current competitive advantage bank car impact soil shortcuts Mun Moo 2, Muang, Sukhothai fell about 10 meters long, is the deluge of water into flooded homes, about 20 people shed roof and the Tak Bai Ya expanding into the broader field Na. Allow people to speed up transportation of agricultural tools. Rice water to escape onto the streets of Sukhothai - the mouth. To cook in the tent. And take shelter in a tent tonight for some families. Part No. 37 / 1 to accelerate the transport sand bags to throw away the water stream to prevent the shock towers house might fall down the house with things that can not come out. And the house number 37 / 1 officer protection and disaster relief to the pontoon to get people to watch the unexpectedly fast that the water level is high. And force of this size out 2 people and is expected to be raised to help move belongings. With food and clean water needed in the morning. - Daily News.
Stay tuned. More anon.

GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: Large Sinkhole In Greenville, Jersey City!

A large sinkhole in Jersey City's Greenville Section has resulted in electric, gas and water service to be suspended for a number of residence, and a roughly six-block area has been closed to traffic, officials said.

Students of Kenova Elementary school will spend next year in modular classrooms because concerns over a sink hole and student safety closed the old Kenova Elementary school. "It's my understanding they won't be modular free standing rooms," says Assistant Superintendent Mike Rutherford. "The buildings will be connected with hallways." Specific details are still being worked out because the school was abruptly closed because of sink hole damage. "We have a million dollar investment in the latest technology for our students," Rutherford said. "We want to ensure parents the classrooms will have all of that technology like smart boards and high speed computer access." The temporary classrooms will be housed on the property of CK Middle School. As of right now, logistics are still being worked out for parking, additional buses and scheduling. Thursday, May 12 was the last day ever for Kenova Elementary School. Wayne County Superintendent Gary Adkins told the harsh winter and bad rainstorms the region saw in the past few months are to blame. He said sinkholes are forming under and around the school building. "Safety first, it's all about the kids," Adkins said. "The architect and the structural engineer felt it was safe for the rest of the year but weren't willing to put their name on a letter stating that." Without that certainty and without an alternative place to go, the Board of Education decided to end school a month in advance. - WSAZ.

MASS ANIMAL DIE-OFF: Thousands of Dead Walleye in Lake Erie!

Thousands of dead Walleye has been found washed ashore in Lake Erie in Ohio, stunning researchers, who have been perplexed by what's killing so many fish and why they have been washing up on beaches along Lake Erie's western shore.

It's a big concern for anglers who come from across the Midwest and beyond to catch the lake's most popular sport fish. The best guess is that the die-off can be blamed on natural causes stemming from the stress of spawning and the cold, stormy spring, said Roger Knight, Lake Erie fisheries program manager for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. "It all kind of fits that picture," he said. The worst is likely over, said Knight, who flew over the lake earlier this week and didn't see a huge number of dead fish. "It probably started a while ago," he said. It's difficult to know how many walleye have died, but Knight estimated it was in the thousands based on phone calls coming into his office. Most have been around the Lake Erie islands and between Toledo and Port Clinton. Whatever is killing them isn't a danger to people who catch and eat walleye out of the lake, Knight added. The walleye may be one of the most important resources for towns along Lake Erie's western shore. Fishing brings in close to $500 million in spending on equipment, food, fuel and hotels, according to the American Sportfishing Association. This weekend, about 250 professionals and amateurs are participating in a tournament in Port Clinton. Towns celebrate the tasty fish in a variety of ways. In Port Clinton, they lower a fiberglass walleye from a crane every New Year's Eve, and Toledo's minor league hockey team is called the Walleye. That's why any sign of trouble for the walleye is taken seriously along Lake Erie. "When you see six or eight fish in a certain area, that's not right," Pete Harsh, a pro angler from Minnesota, told The News-Herald of Port Clinton. Carter captain Dave O'Neal told the newspaper his customers were concerned. Knight doubts the die-off will have any lingering effect on the lake's walleye population. There are about 20 million walleye in Lake Erie, and up to 30 percent can die in year, he said. Most of the dead walleye have a lot of fungus, another sign that is typical after spawning, Knight said. Walleye expend a lot of energy during spawning, and that leaves them vulnerable to disease and death, he said. Researchers also are testing the fish for viruses to determine if that could be the cause, he said. - Forbes.

PLANETARY TREMORS: 12 Quakes & 3 Rockfalls at Mayon Volcano, 11 Quakes at Bulusan Volcano & 5 Quakes at Taal Volcano in Philippines!

Volcano Mayon has been showing increased activity lately, as it rumbled with 12 volcanic quakes and 3 rockfalls in the last 24 hours. Volcano Mayon or Mount Mayon is an active stratovolcano in the province of Albay, in the Bicol Region, on the island of Luzon, in the Philippines.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), in its Saturday update, also noted "weak to moderate" steaming activity from the volcano. "Mayon Volcano’s seismic network recorded 12 volcanic earthquakes and three rockfall related events during the past 24 hours. Steaming activity was weak to moderate with white steam drifting to various directions. Crater glow was observed at Intensity II (can be seen by the naked eye) Friday night," it said. Phivolcs said Alert Level 1 is still in effect over Mayon Volcano. It said that while no eruption is imminent, the public still should not enter the 6-km radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) due to the continuing threat from sudden small explosions and rockfalls from the upper and middle slopes of the volcano. "Active stream/river channels and those perennially identified as lahar prone areas in the southern sector should also be avoided especially during bad weather conditions or when there is heavy and prolonged rainfall," it said. GMA News.
According to the Phivolcs, volcano Mayon is the most active volcano in the Philippines. Since 1616, Mayon has erupted 47 times. The beautifully symmetrical Mayon volcano, which rises to 2,460 meters above the Albay Gulf, is the Philippines’ most active volcano. The structurally simple volcano has steep upper slopes that average 35-40 degrees and is capped by a small summit crater. The institute's date reveals that the historical eruptions of this basaltic-andesitic volcano date back to 1616 and range from Strombolian to basaltic Plinian. Eruptions occur predominately from the central conduit and have also produced lava flows that travel far down the flanks. Pyroclastic flows and mudflows have commonly swept down many of the approximately 40 ravines that radiate from the summit and have often devastated populated lowland areas. Mayon’s most violent eruption, in 1814, killed more than 1200 people and devastated several towns.

GMA News is also reporting major activities at the Bulusan and Taal volcanoes as well.
In Sorsogon, 11 volcanic quakes were recorded at Bulusan Volcano. "Steaming activity at the active vents ranged from wispy to moderate with white steam drifting to the southwest direction," it added. Phivolcs said Bulusan's status remains at Alert Level 1, meaning the source of activity is hydrothermal and shallow. Entry to the 4-km radius PDZ is strictly prohibited, since the area is at risk to sudden steam and ash explosions.  Meanwhile, five volcanic earthquakes were detected at Taal Volcano in Batangas during the past 24 hours. Alert Level 2 is still in effect over Taal Volcano, even as Phivolcs reminded the public the Main Crater, Daang Kastila Trail and Mt. Tabaro are strictly off-limits because sudden hazardous steam-driven explosions may occur and high concentrations of toxic gases may accumulate. Phivolcs also maintained the entire Volcano Island is a PDZ, and permanent settlement in the island is strictly not recommended.

GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: Changes in the Solar System - Sea of Magma Feeds Into the Hundreds of Volcanoes on Planet Jupiter's Moon Io?! The Sun, the Heliosphere, the Catalyst and the Sirius Convergence?!

"And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken." - Luke 21:25, The Bible.

In a previous article on Earth changes, I wrote the following:

Solar activity levels over the last century have been exceptionally high, the highest in over 8000 years with the Sun's magnetic fields decreasing by approximately 25%. While many place blame on the Sun for the sudden uptick in the overall temperatures on the Earth, a number of astrophysicists and climate scientists speculate that these effects can be seen throughout the solar system and not based entirely on the fluctuations from solar activity. They point to a 300% increase in galactic dust entering the solar system; significant increases in Mercury's magnetosphere; a 2500% increase in the "green glow" on the cloud-shrouded Venus; a 50% erosion of ice featured over a 12-month period and the rapid appearance of clouds and ozone on Mars; the disappearance of Jupiter’s main cloud belts behind ammonia clouds, greater and expanding storms, increase in the density of the plasma torus on its moon Io, higher levels of brightness from its other moons Europa and Gannymede; Saturn's trademark shimmering rings have grown dimmer and have moved nearly 200 miles inward - constantly changing and evolving, while its plasma torus has become over 1000% denser; and the multiplication of atmospheric pressure and storms on Uranus, Neptune and Pluto as well.

The point that I was trying to convey, was that, what we are currently witnessing here on the Earth, is happening across the entire solar system. An energetic and monumental transformation. News coming out of PBS today, lends further credence to this theory.
New data confirms that an ocean of magma under the surface of Jupiter's moon, Io, feeds the moon's many active volcanoes. Io is the most volcanically active body in our solar system, with about 100 volcanoes erupting at any one time. New measurements containing the first direct evidence of a sea of magma help to explain this phenomenon, along with the moon's high heat flow and unusual pattern of volcanic activity. The data was captured by the spacecraft Galileo during four flybys and published on Thursday in the journal Science. "We used Jupiter's magnetic field as a sounding signal," said Krishan Khurana professor of geophysics and planetary physics at UCLA, and lead author of the study. "The principle we used is the same as what is used in metal detectors at the airport." Metal detectors work by bouncing magnetic waves off metal objects, like metallic coins in your pocket, he explained. Similarly, while Jupiter's magnetic field penetrates most dry rock, it reflects off molten rock, which is an excellent conductor of electricity. "We were looking for bounced-off signals from Io," Khurana said. We found them about 30 to 50 kilometers under the surface."  Galileo's magnetometer measured electrical current generated from the moon's interior. "Whenever you put an electrical conductor in a magnetic field, you generate currents," said Gerald Schubert, a geophysics professor and also an author on the study. Similar techniques were used to measure subsurface saltwater oceans on Jupiter's other three moons: Europa, Ganymede and Callisto. he finding is not surprising given the number of volcanoes and the amount of volcanic activity on Io, said Michael Manga, professor of earth and planetary science at the University of California, Berkeley. "It would be a great shock and surprise if there wasn't a magma ocean on Io," he said. "But confirming things that you suspect to be true is not a bad thing to do." The latest data from Io reveals an ocean of magma that's 18 to 30 miles deep and about 1,400 degrees Celsius, hotter than lava on Earth. Scientists estimate that at least 20 percent of Io's rock is melted. Io's active volcanoes produce roughly one hundred times more lava than all of Earth's volcanoes combined. But unlike Earth, where volcanoes generally erupt at the margins of tectonic plates, Io volcanoes are evenly distributed across the surface. The existence of a magma ocean explains that distribution. The volcanoes have ready access to a subsurface aquifer at all latitudes and longitudes, Khurana said. Like all of Jupiter's large moons, Io is tidally locked to Jupiter, meaning the same side of the moon faces the planet at all times. But the orbit is not perfectly circular; it gets tugged up and down by Jupiter's massive gravity, generating tides. Jupiter transfers huge amounts of energy, and heat, through these tides. "The moon is pulling ocean water toward us," Manga said. "It's the same thing with Io. When you deform the material, that generates heat." Many questions about Io remain. Has Io always been volcanically active? What is it that drives magma eruptions to the surface and what controls how and how long volcanoes erupt? But answering those questions would require another satellite mission to that part of the solar system, and that has been removed from the budget proposal. Planetary scientists believe that studying Io may help us understand how the Earth transitioned from a planet with its own magma ocean 4.5 million years ago to one driven by plate tectonics. "Magma oceans are a really important part of planet formation," Manga said. "The earliest atmosphere of the Earth came out of that ocean, the earliest crust came out of that ocean, and the earliest oceans were formed from that ocean." 
Now, in that previous article, I also wrote the following to illustrate the possibilities that perhaps, we need to consider that it might not be something that is coming into our solar system, but what our system is encountering as it travels through the universe.

Now, many fear that these extreme Earth, Sun and solar system changes will result in a global cataclysmic event causing significant and extensive geological, technological, economical and social disruptions; possibly bringing mankind to the brink of extinction, throwing us eventually back to the Stone Age. These fears are even more heightened when consideration is given to the fact that solar activity runs in eleven year cycles culminating in a solar maximum - when solar flares will hurl gigantic storm waves of proton and electrons at lightning speeds, radiating through and pummeling Earth's magnetosphere like a sledgehammer, converging on its polar regions in a 'Northern Lights' aurora borealis display, colliding and charging to alter the geomagnetic field and ultimately producing destructive magnetic storms. The next solar maximum is forecasted for some time during the final months of 2012 and is expected to be worse than the "perfect space storm" of 1859, where severe damage was done to the telegraphic network in the United States and Europe, resulting in widespread fires with colorful aurora seen as far as south as Hawaii and Italy.

The fears and predictions of a major cataclysm doomsday in the year 2012 stems not only from the evidence of extreme weather anomalies on the Sun or in the solar system, but importantly from the ancient mythologies, legends and stories that have appeared in our cultures and traditions across the globe, throughout the history of mankind. Ancient cultures have warned and prophesied of cosmic events, where celestial bodies in a highly eccentric orbit strikes the Earth or affects the solar system, creating upheavals and inundations. Myths like the Great Deluge or the Great Flood, where a civilization is destroyed by a divine being or deity as seen in the Biblical and Koranic account of Noah's Ark, the Epic of Gilgamesh, the story of Manu from the Hindu sanskrit religious Puranas text and Deucalion from ancient Greece. Other myths of catastrophism have been formulated as scientific theory and hypothesis, gaining widespread acceptance, such as that of an asteroid or group of asteroids striking Earth nearly 100 million years ago sometime during the Cretaceous period - scientists points to the 180 kilometres crater at Chicxulub in the Yucatan Peninsular of Mexico as evidence and concludes that the impact of this event practically wiped out nearly 75% of all species and ultimately destroyed the dinosaurs. The Russian-born American psychoanalyst Immanuel Velikovsky puts forward these theories of global catastrophy in his bestseller "World in Collision." Using comparative mythology, he propounded that Earth suffered from several collisions with planetary bodies, specifically Venus (Lucifer, in latin) and experienced extreme gravitational pull triggered by the mechanism of galactic alignment. He further speculated and explained that the electromagnetic effects destabilized the planet resulting in the sinking of the lost continent of Atlantis and other Biblical disasters such as the plagues of Egypt during the time of Moses.

These stories have blossomed and exploded into eschatological writings of the End of the World, End Times and End of the Age, propagated in the three Abrahamic religions merging with mainstream archeology and various mythological chronologies. Devoid of the empirical evidence and definitive proof, conjecture is often invested like hands trying to hold on to gushing water as it flows effortlessly and evasively away. As is the case with the Planet X theory. Are the monumental changes a result of the approach of Planet X or Nibiru, the Death Star - a large brown dwarf, nearly the size of Jupiter, on a elliptical orbit with Sol, our Sun? Or is it Nemesis, a binary companion to the Sun, that would ultimately explain the apparent discrepancies in the orbital movements of our star and outer planetary objects in the Solar System? Or both? Personally, I don't subscribe fully to the Planet X or Nemesis hypothesis, though I will often give an ear and eye to any research on the subject. Yet, at its core, there is something that runs parallel with my research. The theory of a binary Sun to Sol. By its very name, Sol (solitary), an indication is given that it once had a twin or mate.  Sol's mate (soul mate). The Solitary One, who lost its twin following an interstellar explosion that resulted in a massive star and planetary displacement. What seems quite obvious to me, is that if our Sun constitutes a great effect on the changes on the Earth via the charged particles from solar flares, as espoused in the theories of Piers Corbyn, then those changes must be a direct result from its reaction to something else. A catalyst. Whatever, the name of the object is called, the definition of the word catalyst resonates with it perfectly.

Catalyst - A substance that causes or accelerates a chemical reaction without itself being affected... something that causes activity between two or more persons or forces... a person or thing that precipitates an event or change... a energy or object that causes others to be more friendly, enthusiastic, defensive or energetic.

Consider the following video of the vast ribbon/bubble of magnetism at the edge of the Solar System, bisecting the heliosphere, that was discovered last year by NASA's IBEX (Interstellar Boundary Explorer) Spacecraft. Secondly, understand the purpose of Sol and the heliosphere in the defense against cosmic rays and interstellar clouds that tries to enter our Solar System.

Ancient astrology recognizes that there is this great cycle caused by the Earth's wobble on its axis and one complete wobble is approximately 26,000 (25,920) years. In the Greco-Hellenistic period, there were astrological theories about how the Sun shifts through the twelve signs of the Zodiac, dividing the period into twelve periods or ages or chapters referred to as the World Age doctrine. This is seen in the Old Testament of the Bible, with the symbolism of Aries the Lamb and Pisces the Fish, and currently we are about to move into the Age of Aquarius. So this astrological doctrine has to do with our changing angular rotation due to the larger cosmos. Many ancient cultures around the world believe that the Precession of the Equinox results in changes in human consciousness. I posit that the fascination with the Precession of the Equinox, especially when it takes a complete lifetime to recognize that the stars have moved just one degree, is that the Earth moving with Sol and the entire Solar System is locked in a co-orbit with the Sirius Star System. Therefore, we are part of a binary star system in a never-ending movement with Sirius, in repeated elliptical orbits for 26,000 years. This conforms to Kepler's law of planetary motions - "The orbit of every planet is an ellipse with the Sun at one of the two foci." Therefore, a movement in great ellipses rather than circles, speeding up when they are closer due stronger gravitation and slows down when they are farther apart. This obedience to the law would explain the DNA-shaped, serpent or spiral movement of the co-orbit of Sirius with Sol. Simon Newcomb, the Canadian-American astronomer and mathematician noticed that Procession of the Equinox was speeding up quickly exponentially every year. This gave way to a constant, that he added to the Procession of the Equinox equation - Newcomb constants.

The Sirius/Sol convergence is at hand. Welcome to the quickening.