Monday, June 13, 2011

PLANETARY TREMORS: Nabro Volcano In Eritrea Erupts Violently!


A long-dormant volcano has erupted in Eritrea in Ethiopia after a series of earthquakes and sent a 13.5 km plume of ash into the air. The volcano started to erupt around midnight on Sunday. As I reported this morning, the remote, arid region, close to the border with Ethiopia, was hit by a series of earthquakes earlier the same day, according to data from the United States Geographical Survey (USGS) showed, with the biggest reaching 5.7 on the Richter Scale.

Nabro Volcano.
The Anabro (Nabro) volcano in the Northern Red Sea Region of Eritrea has erupted sending an ash plume more than 13.5 kilometres into the sky and disrupting air traffic across eastern Africa. Part of the Afar Triangle, the stratovolcano is one of many volcanic caldera complexes in the north easternmost part of the East African Rift valley region. Nabro is located in the Danakil Depression, close to Eritrea’s border with Ethiopia and north of Djibouti, and has not erupted in at least 150 years. It is the most prominent of 3 large volcanoes (Nabro, Dubbi, Mallahle) in the region, each containing a large summit caldera. The volcano erupted at 2103 GMT Sunday evening. The Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) said Monday that the 5,331 ft volcano has resulted in a large ash plume of up to 13.5 kilometres (8 miles) high. The scale of the eruption, compared to the ongoing eruption in Chile and 2010′s eruption at Eyjafjallaj√∂kull in Iceland, remains unclear. The eruption was preceded by seven moderate earthquakes yesterday afternoon. A 5.6 magnitude quake at 21.03 GMT signalled the start of the eruption. The quake was centred 48 km south of the town of Edd (pop 11,259) and 199 km southwest of the city of Al-h’udaydah (pop 617,871). A 4.6 magnitude quake followed less than 35 minutes later. 
The ash plume is clearly visible from space.
On Monday afternoon officials in Ethiopia warned citizens to protect themselves from the ash and smoke coming from the volcanic eruption. Earthquake-report.com says ash is falling on the northern Ethiopian town of Mekele. Asamara, the capital city of Eritrea, is also said to be affected by ash from the erupting volcano. Ethiopian Airlines confirmed that all air services are operating as normal at present (1700hrs GMT). However, German airline Lufthansa said Thursday evening it had cancelled flights to Eritrea and Ethiopia. Meanwhile, the latest ash advisory issued by the VAAC (see below graphic) is predicting that the Ash plume will spread towards the Middle East Monday night. By 6am Tuesday the ash plume is expected get caught in a west-to-east jet stream and spread to the skies over parts of Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, Israel, Jordan, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Iraq. The Jerusalem Post reported Monday evening that the ash plume may cause disruption to air traffic in Israel, Egypt, Jordan. “For now it looks like the ash is going to arrive to our southern border around Eilat southeast of us,” said Evgeny Brainin, a forecaster for Israel Meteorological Service. “It’s not likely to go Israel, but around us, perhaps to Jordan and Saudi Arabia even by tonight... The largest known historical eruption in Africa occurred on May 1861 when the Dubbi volcano, also located in Eritrea, showered maritime traffic in the Red Sea with pumice and plunged coastal settlements into darkness. - Irish Weather Online.
Meanwhile, the Eritrean volcanic ash cloud threatens air travel.
Several flights from Saudi Arabia to different destinations in the Horn of Africa, including Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan and Djibouti, have been canceled or rescheduled after a massive ash cloud entered the skies of Eritrea following a volcanic eruption, said Abdullah Al-Azhar, a spokesman of Saudi Arabian Airlines, here on Monday. He said that the local flights operating to Tabuk and a few other destinations in the Kingdom will also be affected. In fact, Saudi Arabia and Jordan are likely to be affected by the ash. He said that the airline was awaiting an updated advisory about the status of the movement of the ash cloud. “The ash cloud is likely to reach Saudi Arabia by Monday late night or Tuesday early morning,” warned an African airline official, citing predictions by the France-based Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VACC), here Monday. The VACC advisory said that “the ash plume will spread toward the Middle East Monday night and by 6 a.m. on Tuesday. The ash is expected to get caught in a west-to-east jet stream and spread to the skies over parts of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Sudan, Israel, Jordan, Yemen and Iraq. But, the movement of the plume of ash from Eritrea to the Kingdom and the Gulf region will depend on the direction and the speed of the wind,” said Mansour Almazrui, director of the Jeddah-based Center of Excellence for Climate Change Research and head of the department of meteorology at King Abdulaziz University (KAU), on Monday. - Arab News.

GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: Two Inches of Crack in Albany in New York Extends to Nearly a Mile in One Month with a 20-Foot Vertical Drop?!


The following article from the New York Times is entitled "When Nature Destroys in Slow Motion," and highlights the incremental geological upheaval near Albany. Scientists and geologists have been quick to dismiss this as commonplace, ignoring the magnitude and gravity of events like this, when it seems quite obvious that we are witnessing another precursor to a monumentally violent and sudden disruption in America?

On May 6, the iris garden alongside Jim and Charity Marlatts’ house on a mountain two hours north of Albany was cleaved by a small crack only two inches wide. It was the start of a natural catastrophe, one that is still unfolding at an excruciatingly slow pace. The Marlatts’ treasured glass-and-wood retirement home is now on the scarp — the geologic term for the edge above — of the largest landslide in New York State history. About 82 acres of earth is slipping downhill and taking trees, rocks and houses with it. But unlike the landslides that occur in a rush as debris breaks free, usually after a torrential rain or earthquake, this one is occurring incrementally, moving from two inches to two feet per day.

“It is like Chinese water torture,” Ms. Marlatt said, “drip by drip.” Within weeks, the crack in the garden extended nearly a mile and as the land on the downhill slope began sliding away toward the valley, it created a step that is now a 20-foot vertical drop. Half of the flowers and half of the property beneath the Marlatts’ house went with the sliding mass. Before long, their master bedroom and dining room were hanging over the cliff’s edge.
The situation is so precarious that the Marlatts have hired movers to drag their home from the precipice and eventually situate it 100 feet away, a project estimated to cost $150,000... The toe of this landslide, or the bottom, is flowing slowly out on a field in the valley. There, it has already cracked trees and an electric pole and is threatening a farmhouse, about 50 yards away across a dirt road, that Dr. Kozlowski [the associate state geologist with the New York State Museum and director of its geological mapping program] predicts will be damaged within the year. He will not venture a guess as to when the flow might cease.

“It could be three months or three years or longer, depending on rainfall,” he said. It is theoretically possible to mitigate a slow slide through extensive drainage and by buttressing the toe, but Dr. Ashland said such work was expensive and often did not pass a cost-benefit analysis. He added this would certainly be the case in Keene Valley. That means homeowners like the Marlatts have little choice but to hope for fine, dry weather. “We just pray every day for sunshine,” Ms. Marlatt said. As she spoke, the sky out of the windows of the guest house darkened with a storm.
- New York Times.

EARTH CHANGES: Saskatchewan Fires Force Mass Evacuations!


A forest fire has forced more than 400 people from their homes in northern Saskatchewan.

The fire was just a few kilometres from the communities of Hall Lake and Sikachu Lake, southwest of La Ronge, Sunday afternoon when officials made the call to move the 440 residents. Officials say the fire, which at last report covered about 25 hectares, was started by lightning and was reported around 1:16 p.m. CST on Sunday. The evacuees have been moved to La Ronge, about a 100-kilometre drive to the northeast, for safety. Hall Lake and Sikachu Lake are part of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band. About 54 evacuees who arrived by bus or car spent the night at a community centre in La Ronge. Others stayed with family and friends.

Chief Tammy Cook-Searson said she hopes to find out soon if the evacuees can go home. "We just got word that they got the fire under control in Hall Lake," Cook-Searson said. "They couldn't send ground crews in there yesterday, so they're just going in there now. And by probably about 10 this morning we'll know if they get to go home today." Later in the morning, Environment Ministry officials said it may be a day or several days before the residents can return. It's the largest evacuation since about 1,200 people from Wollaston Lake and Hatchet Lake First Nation were forced out of their homes last month. Those people have now returned.
- CBC.

THE DELUGE: Heavy Rains & Floods Kills 105 Persons in China!


The death toll from heavy rains lashing central and southern China has risen to over 100, with scores of people missing. The State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters said that torrential rains over the last week had triggered floods and landslides in 13 provinces, impacting 8.48 million people and destroying 1.15 million acres (465,000 hectares) of crops.
Heavy rain and flooding have left 105 people dead and more than 60 are missing in southern China, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported Monday. The Chinese Ministry of Civil Affairs and the National Disaster Reduction Commission launched an emergency response to the disasters in anticipation of more downpours in central and southern China, the news agency said. Thirty-nine people are dead and 21 missing in Hunan province, 29 are dead and 10 missing in Hubei, 24 have died and 32 are missing in Guizhou, and 13 are dead in Jiangxi, according to official reports released early Monday. Relief-supply stations have been created in 11 provinces and seven cities in preparation for the continued downpours, Xinhua said. Local civil affairs departments are working to establish temporary shelters, finalize emergency plans and evacuate people from dangerous areas, it said. - CNN.
Meanwhile, rain-triggered landslide trapped over 100 persons on a highway in Tibet, China.
More than 100 people in nearly 60 vehicles were trapped after a rain-triggered landslide Monday interrupted traffic on a highway in Tibet Autonomous Region. The debris of the landslide, which happened around 8 a.m., buried about 30 meters of the Sichuan-Tibet Highway in Tibet's Nyingchi County, said rescue squad leader Liu Wanlin. Twenty-five rescuers are attempting to clear the debris with an excavator and two loading machines, as well as free those trapped individuals and get them to safety, Liu said. - Xinhuanet

EARTH CHANGES: Heavy Rains, Hailstorm destroy Crops in Pakistan!


Heavy rains and hailstorm destroyed crops, spreading over thousands of acres of land in Bajaur Agency in Pakistan on Sunday night.

According to Met office, a total of 18 millimetres of rain was received which also broke the backbone of the sweltering heat in the region. Trees, signboards on roadside and pasted on building walls have also fallen due to heavy storm which badly affected the gardens of apricots, watermelon, melon, vegetables and standing crops.

Food stuff was also destroyed due to accumulation of rain water which inundated shops and houses. The routine life was also badly affected due to hailstorm in the agency. The boundary walls of dozens of houses collapsed while power supply was suspended in several parts due to uprooting of electricity polls.The local people demanded of the government to provide compensation for losses they received.
- BRecorder

THE DELUGE: Heavy Rains, Floods & Mudslides in Kyushu, Japan!


Heavy rain continues to fall in southwestern Japan, as the country's weather agency warns of mudslides and widespread flooding in parts of the archipelago.

Heavy rain triggered by an active rain front and low pressure system continued to fall in the Kyushu region in southwestern Japan on Sunday, leaving a man missing in Kagoshima Prefecture and leading a local government in Kumamoto Prefecture to briefly recommend residents to evacuate. The Japan Meteorological Agency continued to warn of mudslides and flooding, as heavy rain is expected to fall intermittently on parts of the archipelago's western half through early Monday.

In the city of Satsumasendai in Kagoshima Prefecture, Mutsuo Arimura, a 78-year-old farmer, went missing after he went to his rice fields near his home on Saturday, the police said Sunday. A series of landslides occurred in Nagasaki Prefecture, leaving a firefighter injured while he was helping local residents to sandbag their homes in the city of Unzen on Sunday. Meanwhile, the Kumamoto city government in Kumamoto Prefecture issued a recommendation for residents living near rivers and hills to evacuate, warning of mudslides and flooding. After a wide range of areas experienced downpours Saturday, a low pressure system that developed into a rain front over the East China Sea passed over the Kyushu region in southwestern Japan and is expected to move toward the Izu island chain south of Tokyo around daybreak Monday, the agency said.

JR Kyushu said, due to heavy rain, it has suspended services on the Kyushu Shinkansen bullet train line between Shintamana Station in Tamana and Kumamoto Station, both in Kumamoto Prefecture. Services are also suspended between Shinyachiyo Station in Yachiyo, Kumamoto Prefecture, and Izumi Station in Izumi, Kagoshima Prefecture. The Pacific side of southwestern to western Japan is likely to see heavy rainfall of between 50 to 70 millimeters per hour, and the weather agency said heightened vigilance is required, particularly in Kyushu where large amounts of rain also fell Saturday. Around 200 mm of rainfall is forecast to fall in southern Kyushu and 150 mm in Shikoku and the Kinki region in the 24 hours to 6 p.m. Monday.
- Japan Times.

PLANETARY TREMORS: 6.4 Quake in Molucca Sea, off Indonesia!



A strong 6.9 magnitude earthquake hit in the Molucca Sea, off Indonesia today, at 14:31:22 UTC. The quake was located at 2.530°N, 126.446°E at a depth of 53.3 kilometres (km) or 33.1 miles. The magnitude was later downgraded to 6.4 by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The epicentre was 210 km (130 miles) northeast of Manado, Sulawesi; 219 km (136 miles) northwest of Ternate, Moluccas; 1040 km (646 miles) southwest of Koror, Palau; and 1465 km (910 miles) southeast of Manila, Philippines.


A powerful earthquake struck off the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on late Monday evening, seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. The 6.9-magnitude earthquake at 10.31 p.m. local time (1431 GMT) was centered about 178 kilometers (110 miles) northeast of Bitung, a city on the northern coast of Sulawesi. It struck about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) deep, making it a shallow earthquake, according to Indonesia's seismological agency (BMKG).

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) measured the strength of the earthquake at 6.4 on the Richter scale, lower than Indonesia's estimate. The USGS said it did not expect serious damage or casualties, but around 3,000 people may have perceived moderate shaking while 3.1 million others may have felt light shaking. Neither BMKG nor the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami alert following the earthquake. "[The earthquake has] no tsunami potential," a brief text message from BMKG said, giving no other details. Indonesia is on the so-called 'Pacific Ring of Fire', an arc of fault lines circling the Pacific Basin that is prone to frequent and large earthquakes.

Volcanic eruptions also occur frequently in the region. On December 26, 2004, one of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded struck off the west coast of Sumatra in Indonesia. The 9.1-magnitude earthquake unleashed a deadly tsunami, striking scores of countries. In all, at least 227,898 people were killed. Most recently, on October 25, 2010, a powerful 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck just off the Mentawai Islands off the western coast of Sumatra. As a result, a wall of water killed at least 435 people on the islands and impacted more than 20 villages.
- Channel 6 News.

PLANETARY TREMORS: 6.0 Quake - South Island of New Zealand!


A magnitude 6.0 earthquake has struck Christchurch, New Zealand at a depth of 9 kilometres (km) or 5.6 miles, the quake hit at 02:20:50 UTC Monday 13th June 2011 and was located at 43.580°S, 172.740°E. The epicentre was 13 km or 8 miles northeast of Christchurch; 207 km or 128 miles southeast of Westport; 292 km or 181 miles southwest of Wellington; and 323 km or 200 miles northeast of Dunedin.

A series of strong quakes, including a 6.0-magnitude tremor, rocked New Zealand's stricken Christchurch, causing one building to collapse and prompting evacuations. Power company Orion said electricity was cut to 54,000 homes. The US Geological Survey (USGS) measured the latest quake at a depth of 5.6 miles and some nine miles from the country's second largest city. It followed a string of shocks earlier in the day, including a 5.2-magnitude jolt which caused building damage in the city, still recovering from a deadly 6.3 magnitude disaster in February. "It's been a nasty shake. People will be shaken," Christchurch mayor Bob Parker, adding that emergency services would have sprung to action within seconds of the jolts, but it was too early to detail injuries. "I just hope that the reports of injuries I'm getting are minor injuries." - Sky News.
The USGS gives the following tectonic summary for the area:
The June 13, 2011 South Island, New Zealand earthquake is a continuing part of the earthquake sequence that initiated with the magnitude 7.0 September 3, 2010 Darfield, New Zealand earthquake. The June 13, magnitude 6.0 earthquake is a dominantly strike-slip faulting earthquake that is at the eastern end of the inferred rupture of the 21 February 2011 magnitude 6.1 earthquake. Both this magnitude 6.0 event and the previous magnitude 6.1 event have an inferred fault plane striking approximately east-northeast. The entire earthquake sequence is broadly associated with regional plate boundary deformation as the Pacific and Australia plates interact in the central South Island, New Zealand. This latest earthquake, similar to the February 21 earthquake, is close to the main population centers of Christchurch, New Zealand. This region has suffered substantial casualties and damage to buildings, infrastructure, and lifelines from a series of events starting with the February 21 earthquake. Additionally, the earthquakes close to Christchurch caused substantial liquefaction in residential areas. The June 13 earthquake was preceded by a nearby magnitude 5.2 foreshock, about 1 hour and 20 minutes earlier. There is no specific surface fault that has been observed for the post-September 3 earthquakes near Christchurch, or directly linking them to the observed September surface fault rupture. There have however been a substantial number of aftershocks forming a continuous swath extending from the September 3 events to the June 13 earthquake.  - USGS.
WATCH: Raw video of the earthquake and aftershocks.


WATCH: Christchurch hit by two major aftershocks.


WATCH: Eyewitness reports from Christchurch.


It has been reported that significant aftershocks are still rocking and rattling Christchurch.

Car sinks into the road and building collapses in New Zealand.
Another big aftershock has rattled Christchurch this afternoon. Unconfirmed reports say the quake measured 5.7 on the richter scale but GeoNet has measured it at 5.5 magnitude. The aftershock was centred 11km deep, 10km east of Lyttleton, 10km north-east of Diamond Harbour and 10km east of Christchurch. A smaller aftershock was felt just before 12.30pm but just after 1pm the city was again shaken with a big jolt. NewstalkZB reporters in Christchurch described the quake as being strong enough to move whiteboards off walls as well as shake trees and part of a sports stadium. Callers to NewstalkZB have described the shock as very violent creating further chaos after the latest quake with several reports of fresh liquefaction as well as more damage to buildings and homes. NZPA reports phone lines are down and rocks are falling off Sumner's hills. Christchurch has been hit by four aftershocks today so far with the latest being felt as far away as Wellington, Dunedin and Hokitika. The latest aftershock to hit Christchurch has apparently caused at least one building to collapse. Police have confirmed a building on the corner of Stanmore and Worcester Street has collapsed and while there were reports that people were feared trapped inside the building it has subsequently been cleared. TV3 also reports an ambulance was sent to Latimer Square where people are also feared trapped. Police have confirmed two people were trapped in St John's church but firefighters have successfully rescued them and they are being treated for their injuries. - Yahoo NZ.

GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: Giant Sinkhole in Manitoba, Canada!


A sinkhole opened up in Manitoba in Canada on Friday, causing a massive upheaval and slippage of the land.

The Fisher boys thought they had a pretty good crop of timothy for hay coming along with the wet weather and all. One morning last week a large portion of the crop sank fifty feet straight down leaving a gaping maw in the field. The Vermillion River, swollen with Riding Mountain rains, runs nearby and may have contributed to the phenomenon.

My cousin Vonda who lives at the foot of the north side of Riding Mountain, and I went looking for the sinkhole using directions from the land’s renter. We found a fallow field and trudged across it for a quarter mile toward a crop thinking the sinkhole was nearby. It wasn’t. When we got back to the truck, the land owner had turned up on an ATV wondering who was walking his field. We said we were looking for the sinkhole. Anthony Genik said, “You guys aren’t very good trackers, are you?” We weren’t as we’d driven right past the field less than a quarter mile back. We introduced ourselves and Anthony directed us to the pit, giving us a guided tour.

The sinkhole is huge, its edge clearly defined. Anthony estimated the hole is more than fifty feet deep in some places, it covers about three acres (the size of two Canadian football fields, no end zones) and it appears to have dropped right down. The trees around the field sank as well, also straight down, none falling over. Anthony said a geologist is coming out to view the sinkhole and offer possible explanations for it. Whatever the scientists think, the sight of the sunken earth made me realize our insignificance and yet gave me a thrill to be present with it.
- ReadReidRead.


PLANETARY TREMORS: 5.7 Quake in Eritrea, Ethiopia Region!



A magnitude 5.7 earthquake has struck Eritrea, in the Ethiopia Region at a depth of 9.9 kilometres (km) or 6.2 miles. The quake was located at 13.530°N, 41.625°E and had a epicentre of 133 km or 82 miles northwest of Assab, Eritrea; 200 km or 124 miles southwest of Al Hudaydah, Yemen; 233 km or 144 miles east of Mekele, Ethiopia; and 353 km or 219 miles southeast of Asmara, Eritrea. There are no reports of damage as yet.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), there was a sudden swarm of 15 earthquakes in the Eritrea area.


WATCH: Unusual series of earthquakes, could it be volcanic?



The location of this swarm is close to the co-ordinates of Etra Ale, the "Balsaltic Shield Volcano," also known as "The Gateway to Hell." There was a major eruption of the volcano on the 25th September 2005 which killed 250 head of livestock and forced thousands of nearby residents to flee. Further lava flow caused hundreds more to flee during August of 2007.

WATCH: Massive eruption of Erta Ale in 2005.



WEATHER ANOMALIES: Rain Deluges Britain During Official Drought?


It seems like there is water everywhere, as rain deluge parts of Britain, just as authorities declared a state of widespread drought.

There was a certain inevitability about it. No sooner had drought been declared across large parts of Britain, than the heavens opened. And they stayed open. Some parts of the country had more than an inch and a half of rain in 24 hours – more than drought-hit East Anglia has seen in three months. Unfortunately, it is not enough to stave off fears of poor harvests and hosepipe bans. For that to happen, a much more prolonged period of heavy rain is necessary. Yesterday’s rain washed out the tennis final at Queen’s Club in London featuring Andy Murray. It has been rescheduled for today.

But the weather failed to dampen the spirits of revellers at the Isle of Wight music festival. Conditions are expected to turn warm and dry today, and although the unsettled showery weather will be back later in the week, the eastern areas of England that need rain the most will get only a little. A Met Office spokesman said that the south-west received the biggest deluge yesterday, with the 1.4in (36mm) seen in Plymouth typical. ‘Most places saw quite a lot of rain on Sunday,’ he added. ‘I expect the unsettled conditions to return from Wednesday.’
- Daily Mail.

PLANETARY TREMORS: THE HUM - Mysterious Sound On The Very Edge Of Perception, Driving Thousands Of People Crazy Globally?


A powerful low-frequency tone, commonly referred to as "humming," remains a mystery as the strange cases of this constant rumble increases around the world. There have been reports of this enigma in America, Australia, New Zealand, Scotland, Canada and now the latest reports comes out of England.

Now a tiny English village is the latest community to claim to be being hit by the phenomenon known as "the hum". Residents of Woodland, in County Durham, claim that every night a noise permeates the air similar to the throb of a car engine. It is sometimes so strong that it even shakes the bed of one of the householders.  But no matter how hard they look, the community cannot find the source of the problem and, at their wits end, have called in the council to investigate.

The 300-strong population is the latest around the world to be hit by the rumble which has in the past led to wild conspiracy theories blaming it on UFOs, government experiments and abandoned mine shafts. It is so widespread that it has even featured on the television show The X Files. It's most famous occurrence was in Bristol in the 1970s when more than a thousand people complained of the consistent drone causing nosebleeds, sleeplessness and headaches. It vanished as mysteriously as it arrived and was never explained. Residents of Woodland, a community consisting of one main street surrounded by farmland, claims their version of "the hum" is constant from midnight until 4am every night and stops them  sleeping. There are no pylons, factories or abandoned mines nearby. The noise started about two months ago and has been plaguing the isolated village every day since.
- Telegraph.
WATCH:  News report of humming in North Shore City, Auckland in New Zealand.


WATCH:  Strange sounds heard in the American state of Florida, in March, this year.



KILLER GERM: E. COLI SUPERBUG - Death Toll Now Rises To 35!


Four more people have died in Germany, health officials said Sunday, bringing the total number of deaths from an E. coli outbreak to 35.
All but one of the deaths were in Germany, with the other occurring in Sweden, according to the World Health Organization and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control. The number of people infected with E. coli as of Sunday was 3,256, according to the European center (ECDC). Of those, 812 have the severe form of the intestinal illness. All but five people had traveled to or lived in Germany during the incubation period for infection, typically three to four days after exposure, the WHO said. German authorities have indicated that food items including bean sprouts and other vegetables originating from a producer in Lower Saxony, Germany, are the most likely source of the infection. German health authorities have declared that all food products originating from the producer be pulled from the market, according to the ECDC. The agricultural ministry in Lower Saxony said Sunday that it is still not clear how sprouts from a farm in the state became contaminated with the bacteria. - CNN.
Meanwhile, Germany's hospitals have reached the limit in dealing with the crisis.
Blood specialist Dr. Cay-Uwe von Seydewitz has been making his rounds 16 to 18 hours a day, seven days a week, since the outbreak of a deadly bacterial epidemic. The wing he's in charge of was a construction site a month ago -- hastily converted back into useable space to keep up with the spike in patients needing massive blood plasma exchanges to try and purge their systems of the toxins from the aggressive, previously unknown form of E. coli. Like other doctors, nurses and hospital staff around Germany, for von Seydewitz taking a day off has not been an option. "If you have a new illness, it's important to have the same doctor from the start to the end to see how it changes over time," said von Seydewitz, wearing blue hospital scrubs and sporting a 5 o'clock shadow at midday, standing near stacks of supplies in brown boxes still on their pallets. - Fox News.
WATCH: Al Jazeera's special on "German's E. coli Damage."


EARTH CHANGES: June Snow in the UK, while ‘officially’ in Drought?


The weird weather and strange phenomena that we have been witnessing around the world, continues in Wales, where a blizzards of snow stunned residents, who have been suffering from drought conditions for weeks.


Tourists in Wales were left frozen and shocked when snow started to fall, despite it being mid-June. The blizzard-like conditions had holidaymakers running for shelter in Snowdonia - just as it was being announced that large parts of Wales and England are officially suffering a drought. Jonathan Tyler, manager of Snowdon Mountain Railway's visitor centre at the summit of the mountain, told Wales Online: 'It snowed for about an hour... people were arriving at the summit looking quite bemused. It was summer at the bottom of the mountain and winter at the top.' Mary Pearce, 62, who was visiting the mountain railway, told the BBC: 'It is the middle of June, days before the start of Wimbledon and just over a week before the summer solstice. But there we were, standing with the snow blowing all around us.' Meanwhile in Bristol, another area affected by drought concerns, a hailstorm broke out, forcing shoppers and tourists to run for cover.

While the snow and hail may not be welcomed by summer holidaymakers, many are hoping that it will help bring some relief to the dry conditions around the country. After one of the driest springs on record in many parts of Britain, a state of drought has been officially declared in parts of eastern England. The drought affects Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire and more areas could follow. Parts of the South West, South East, Midlands and Wales are experiencing near-drought conditions, the Environment Agency said. The growing crisis prompted calls for government action to better manage water resources in Britain, as fears were raised of imminent hosepipe bans in Staffordshire, Nottinghamshire, Derby-shire and Leicestershire.
- AOL Travel.


FIRE IN THE SKY: Man-Sized Meteor Lights Up The Skies Of Georgia - The Brightest Meteor Ever Recorded By NASA's Observation Network!


With news, reports, memes and rumors swirling online about the coming passage of Comet Elenin and the dwarf star, I want to highlight the dramatic display of a brilliant meteor that blazed through the sky above Georgia recently, that was captured by two NASA fireball-monitoring cameras.

The meteor was caused by a human-size chunk of an unknown comet. It was the brightest meteor yet recorded by NASA's fireball-observing network — based at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. — in its nearly three years of operation, officials said. The 6-foot-wide (1.8-meter) space rock barrelled into Earth's atmosphere at 10:47 p.m. EDT on May 20 (0247 GMT on May 21), about 66 miles (106 kilometers) above the city of Macon, Ga. Two NASA all-sky cameras, both located in northwest Georgia, tracked the resulting meteor and captured it on video. Analysis of the videos allowed scientists to calculate the basics of the object's speed, trajectory, mass and orbit. When it entered the atmosphere, the comet chunk was traveling northwest at about 86,000 mph (138,404 kph), researchers said. At this velocity, the boulder-size "dirty snowball" possessed an energy or striking power somewhere between 500 and 1,000 tons of TNT. But that striking power was never realized on the ground. The Macon meteoroid was too small, and made of the wrong kind of stuff, to survive the trip through Earth's atmosphere, researchers said. Indeed, the video shows four distinct flares emanating from the comet chunk as it broke apart multiple times. - MSNBC.
WATCH: Man-sized meteor burns up over Georgia.