Monday, June 20, 2011

EARTH CHANGES: 5,000-Acre Blaze Rages In Central California!

Hundreds of firefighters continue to battle a wildfire on Monday in Central California that has burned nearly eight square miles of grassland wilderness in California's midsection.

The fire started at the McDonald-Anticline Oil Field in Kern County on Sunday morning and quickly spread to a remote area of eastern San Luis Obispo County. No one has been hurt, but an 1800s-era Kern County cattle branding camp was destroyed. The fire is 20 percent contained. There is no estimate for full containment. Some 600 firefighters from as far away as Sacramento and San Diego were on the fire lines, Kern County fire spokesman Leland Davis said. Four air tankers and five helicopters made sorties with retardant and water drops. - ABC Local.
California firefighters are battling a wildfire that has already burned 7 square miles of grassland on a westward run from a Kern County oil field to a remote area of eastern San Luis Obispo County. No structures are threatened. Cal Fire's latest update at 11 p.m. Sunday shows 4,740 acres has burned since the fire started less than 12 hours earlier. The blaze is 20 percent contained, or surrounded. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the fire started in the McDonald-Anticline Oil Field and moved west into San Luis Obispo County's Temblor Range, some 12 miles southwest of Lost Hills. The cause of the fire hasn't been determined. Four water-dropping aircraft are aiding firefighters on the ground. - Mercury News.

THE SUN: Solar Activity - Discovery Of Magnetic 'Ropes' That Cause Solar Storms Will Help Prepare Earth For Space Weather Damage?!

As the Dwarf Star makes its way into the solar system and the Sun reacts to its presence, officials in Britain and the United States are preparing to make controlled power cuts to their national electricity supplies in response to a warning of a possible powerful solar storm hitting the Earth. As part of these preparations for the coming cyclic event that will catalyze the solar disturbance, scientists have discovered magnetic "ropes" that causes solar storms.

As Britain prepares itself for a massive solar flare that could knock out the national grid within the next two years, a breakthrough by scientists may at least minimise any damage caused. A team at George Mason University have found that solar storms are caused by giant magnetic 'ropes'. It is a key first step in helping to mitigate the adverse effects that solar storm eruptions can have on satellite communications on Earth.

The study found that the ropes - made up of twisting magnetic field lines - could produce the strong electric currents needed to trigger the solar storms. The breakthrough was made in Washington D.C. by associate professor Jie Zhang and his graduate student Xin Cheng using images from the Nasa Solar Dynamic Observatory spacecraft (SDO). Though the magnetic rope was believed to be the cause of these giant eruptions on the sun, scientists had previously not been able to prove this phenomenon existed because of how quickly the rope moves.
- Daily Mail.

MARINE EXTINCTION: World's Oceans Are In A "Shocking" State!

The world's oceans are facing an extinction crisis as the result of a range of human impacts from over-fishing to climate change, scientists warned today.

A preliminary report from an international panel of marine experts said that the condition of the world's seas was worsening more quickly than had been predicted. The scientists, gathered for a workshop at Oxford University, reviewed recent research and said they found evidence that the effects of climate change coupled with other human-induced impacts such as over-fishing and run-off from farming were already causing severe declines in species and habitats. The report warned that damage to marine life would harm its ability to support humans, and that entire ecosystems, such as coral reefs, could be lost in a generation.

And the experts said human activities were creating the conditions, including warming of the ocean, a lack of oxygen and greater levels of acidity, seen in every previous mass extinction event in the Earth's history. 'Unless action is taken now, the consequences of our activities are at a high risk of causing, through the combined effects of climate change, over-exploitation, pollution and habitat loss, the next globally significant extinction event in the ocean,' their report said. The marine scientists called for a range of urgent measures to cut carbon emissions, reduce over-fishing, shut unsustainable fisheries, create protected areas in the seas and cut pollution.
- Daily Mail.

DEAD ZONE: Mississippi Floods Increases Low-Oxygen Gulf Region!

A record-setting dead zone is predicted to occur in the Gulf of Mexico and expected to kill bottom-dwelling fish and other marine life over a significant portion of the seafloor this summer following the rise in nutrient runoff from the Mississippi floods, according to marine scientists supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association.

This year’s forecast estimates that the size of the low-oxygen or hypoxic region in the Gulf will reach up to 9,421 square miles, the size of New Jersey and Delaware combined. City-sized portions of this region could see oxygen levels in the water column dropping to zero. “While there is some uncertainty regarding the size, position and timing of this year’s hypoxic zone in the Gulf, the forecast models are in overall agreement that hypoxia will be larger than we have typically seen in recent years,” said Jane Lubchenco, undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator, in a statement. Oceanographers from the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, Louisiana State University, and the University of Michigan use nutrient inputs compiled from the U.S. Geological Survey’s extensive stream gauge network along the Mississippi River to forecast the marine biogeochemical reaction to the uploads of nitrogen and phosphorus into the Gulf of Mexico. In May 2011, the Mississippi watershed’s nitrogen transport into the Gulf was 35 percent higher than the average for that month over the last 32 years. - Discovery.
The Gulf of Mexico’s hypoxic zone is predicted to be the largest ever recorded due to extreme flooding of the Mississippi River this spring, according to an annual forecast by a team of NOAA-supported scientists from the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, Louisiana State University and the University of Michigan. The forecast is based on Mississippi River nutrient inputs compiled annually by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Scientists are predicting the area could measure between 8,500 and 9,421 square miles, or an area roughly the size of New Hampshire. If it does reach those levels it will be the largest since mapping of the Gulf “dead zone” began in 1985. The largest hypoxic zone measured to date occurred in 2002 and encompassed more than 8,400 square miles. The average over the past five years is approximately 6,000 square miles of impacted waters, much larger than the 1,900 square miles which is the target goal set by the Gulf of Mexico/Mississippi River Watershed Nutrient Task Force. This collaboration between NOAA, USGS and university scientists facilitates understanding links between activities in the Mississippi River watershed and downstream impacts to the northern Gulf of Mexico. Long-term data sets on nutrient loads and the extent of the hypoxic zone have improved forecast models used by management agencies to understand the nutrient reductions required to reduce the size of the hypoxic zone. Hypoxia is caused by excessive nutrient pollution, often from human activities such as agriculture that results in too little oxygen to support most marine life in bottom and near-bottom water. The hypoxic zone off the coast of Louisiana and Texas forms each summer and threatens valuable commercial and recreational Gulf fisheries. In 2009, the dockside value of commercial fisheries in the Gulf was $629 million. Nearly three million recreational fishers further contributed more than $1 billion to the Gulf economy taking 22 million fishing trips. “This ecological forecast is a good example of NOAA applied science,” said Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “While there is some uncertainty regarding the size, position and timing of this year’s hypoxic zone in the Gulf, the forecast models are in overall agreement that hypoxia will be larger than we have typically seen in recent years.” - NOAA News.

PLANETARY TREMORS: 6.3 Quake Hits The Santa Cruz Islands!

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake has struck Santa Cruz Islands at a depth of 13.5 kilometres (km) or 8.4 miles. The quake hit at 02:04:15 UTC Tuesday 21st June 2011 and was located 11.510°S, 165.548°E. The epicentre was 93 km (57 miles) southwest of Lata, Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Islands; 414 km (257 miles) southeast of Kira Kira, San Cristobal, Solomon Islands; 654 km (406 miles) southeast of Honiara, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands; and 2202 km (1368 miles) northeast of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. No tsunami watch, warning or advisory is in effect. No reports of damage as yet.

NEBRASKA NUCLEAR MELTDOWN: River Nearly Shutdowns Plant!

The bloated Missouri River rose to within 18 inches of forcing the shutdown of a nuclear power plant in southeast Nebraska but stopped and ebbed slightly Monday, after several levees in northern Missouri failed to hold back the surging waterway.

The river has to hit 902 feet above sea level at Brownville before officials will shut down the Cooper Nuclear Plant, which sits at 903 feet, Nebraska Public Power District spokesman Mark Becker said. Flooding is a concern all along the river because of the massive amounts of water that the Army Corps of Engineers has released from six dams. Any significant rain could worsen the flooding especially if it falls in Nebraska, Iowa or Missouri, which are downstream of the dams.

The river is expected to rise as much as 5 to 7 feet above flood stage in much of Nebraska and Iowa and as much as 10 feet over flood stage in parts of Missouri. The corps predicts the river will remain that high until at least August. Becker said the river rose to 900.56 feet at Brownville on Sunday, then dropped to 900.4 feet later in the day and remained at that level Monday morning. The National Weather Service said the Missouri River set a new record Sunday at Brownville when its depth was measured at 44.4 feet. That topped the record of 44.3 feet set during the 1993 flooding.
- Yahoo.

PLANETARY TREMORS: 6.5 Magnitude Quake in Antofagasta, Chile!

A magnitude 6.5 earthquake has struck Antofagasta, Chile at a depth of 117 kilometres (km) or 72.7 miles. The quake hit at 16:35:59 UTC Monday 20th June 2011 and was located at 21.681°S, 68.187°W. The epicentre was 87 km (54 miles) northeast of Calama, Antofagasta, Chile; 196 km (121 miles) east of Tocopilla, Antofagasta, Chile; 224 km (139 miles) southwest of Uyuni, Bolivia; and 1297 km (805 miles) north of Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile. There are no reports of damage as yet.

RED DAWN: Rising China - Preparation For Geological Upheavals?! China To Construct A 50 Square Mile Self-Sustaining City In Idaho?!

With the distinct possibility and risk of sounding redundant, I offer this paragraph that I wrote several months ago, for your contemplation. 

It therefore seems only plausible to infer that we are witnessinganother angle in the pervasively deceptive narrative of the grand workto institute a New World Order of the Ages, where we are beingprogrammed to willingly accept the shuffling of the deck of cards asChina rise to become the new managers, upon the ashes of the dissolvedUnited States of America Corporation. A Chinese Democracy? A newinstrument to carry out the devious designs of the Priest Class of theMagicians, once the two-headed hegemony of the American corporation andthe City of London is destroyed. Of course, this makes perfect sense inthe continuous renewal of the managers of the planetary arrangement to end the American era, will catapult China into therole of managers of the resources of the new world order... This [is a]orchestrated plan to realize the grand ascendancy of China...

The following story that reveals Chinese government's plans to construct a 50 square mile self-sustaining city south of Boise, Idaho in America, is evidential and reason enough why what I wrote should be read ad infinitum.

Thanks to the trillions of dollars that the Chinese have made flooding our shores with cheap products, China is now in a position of tremendous economic power.  So what is China going to do with all of that money?  One thing that they have decided to do is to buy up pieces of the United States and set up "special economic zones" inside our country from which they can continue to extend their economic domination.  One of these "special economic zones" would be just south of Boise, Idaho and the Idaho government is eager to give it to them.  China National Machinery Industry Corporation (Sinomach for short) plans to construct a "technology zone" south of Boise Airport which would ultimately be up to 50 square miles in size.  The Chinese Communist Party is the majority owner of Sinomach, so the 10,000 to 30,000 acre "self-sustaining city" that is being planned would essentially belong to the Chinese government. The planned "self-sustaining city" in Idaho would include manufacturing facilities, warehouses, retail centers and large numbers of homes for Chinese workers.  Basically it would be a slice of communist China dropped right into the middle of the United States. According to the Idaho Statesman, the idea would be to build a self-contained city with all services included.  It would be modeled after the "special economic zones" that currently exist in China. Perhaps the most famous of these "special economic zones" is Shenzhen.  Back in the 1970s, Shenzhen was just a very small fishing village.  Today it is a sprawling metropolis of over 14 million people. If the Chinese have their way, we will soon be seeing these "special economic zones" pop up all over the United States. So exactly who is "Sinomach"? The following description of the company comes directly from the website of Sinomach....  

With approval of the State Council, China National Machinery Industry Corporation (SINOMACH) was established in January 1997. SINO-MACH is a large scale, state-owned enterprise group under the supervision of the State Assets Supervision and Administration Commission.

As you can see, Sinomach is basically an arm of the Chinese government. The borrower is always the servant of the lender, and now China is buying up America. The reality is that Sinomach is not looking only at Idaho.  Sinomach is in discussions to develop "special economic zones" all over the United States. Sinomach has recently dispatched delegations to Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania to explore the possibility of establishing "special economic zones" in those states. Will such "self-contained communities" soon start appearing from coast to coast? According to Dr. Jerome Corsi, the U.S. government has already set up 257 "foreign trade zones" across America.  These "foreign trade zones" will apparently be given "special U.S. customs treatment" and will be used to promote global free trade....

"The FTZs tend to be located near airports, with easy access into the continental NAFTA and WTO multi-modal transportation systems being created to move free-trade goods cheaply, quickly and efficiently throughout the continent of North America."

So what do our politicians think about all of this? Most of them are greatly in favor of it. "Idaho’s the last state that should say we don’t want to do business with Asia," Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little said last year. "Asia’s where the money is." So will all of this "foreign investment" really bring jobs back to the American people? Perhaps a few, but the truth is that these "special economic zones" that the Chinese are setting up are designed to be self-contained communist Chinese communities.  Some Americans will likely be employed in these areas, but not nearly as many as our politicians would have you to believe. In addition, these "special economic zones" represent a massive national security threat.  The communist Chinese could potentially be able to bring in and store massive amounts of military equipment virtually undetected. In the days of the Cold War, we would have never dreamed of giving the Russians a 50 square mile city in the middle of Idaho. But today we have become convinced that the communist Chinese want to be our great friends. The following quote originally appeared in the Idaho Statesman, but has since apparently been taken down....

"The Chinese are looking for a beachhead in the United States," said Idaho Commerce Secretary Don Dietrich. "Idaho is ready to give them one."

- The American Dream.

PLANETARY TREMORS: 5.3 Magnitude Quake in Myanmar-China!

A magnitude 5.3 earthquake has struck the Myanmar-China Border Region at a depth of 35.2 kilometres (km) or 21.9 miles. The quake hit at 10:16:54 UTC and was located at 25.069°N, 98.707°E. The epicentre was 136 km (84 miles) southeast of Myitkyina, Myanmar; 163 km (101 miles) southwest of Dali, Yunnan, China; 344 km (213 miles) southwest of Panzhihua (Dukou), Sichuan, China; and 2331 km (1448 miles) southwest of Beijing, China. There are no reports of damage as yet.

MASS ANIMAL DIE-OFF: New Fish Deaths In Taal Lake, Philippines!

Just days after authorities declared that fish from Taal Lake were already safe to eat following a massive fishkill that spawned an industry nightmare, hundreds of dead “bangus” (milkfish) were seen floating anew off three lakeside villages in Batangas on Monday, police said.

SPO3 Larry Aala, team leader of the Philippine National Police Maritime Group in Batangas, said his men estimated the volume of the latest fish deaths at two tons off Barangay Sampaloc in Talisay town and two tons off Barangays Balakilong and Birinayan in Laurel town. “We counted only a few sacks full of affected fish this time,” Aala said, comparing it to the hundreds of tons of fish that had died the previous weeks and buried for safety reasons. National officials have blamed the first wave of fishkills on abnormal levels of dissolved oxygen in the lake due to overstocking by fish cage operators and weather changes. As a result, fish cage owners, including those operating illegally, suffered millions of pesos from the mortality and as consumers shied away from buying their harvests. On Saturday, Paz Manalang, acting regional head of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, said the current level of dissolved oxygen in the lake water had stabilized but was still below the optimum limit set by the government.

The latest test conducted by the BFAR showed that the DO level in the Sampaloc area was 4.5 parts per million (ppm), or below the allowable level of 6 ppm, Manalang said. It was 3.8 ppm in Buso and 4.9 in Barangay Banaga in Agoncillo town, she added. To avoid further losses, the operators have moved their fish cages to areas where the DO level in the water is normal or not below 6 ppm. This was agreed upon by the fish cage operators and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, said Aala. “Those ready for harvest were collected by the operators while those which could not be harvested were pulled to parts of the lake where there is sufficient oxygen,” he said.  Ginette Segismundo, Batangas information officer, said that in areas where the fish were “half-dead,” compressors were provided to supply them with oxygen. Segismundo said that as of June 17, authorities have dismantled 281 illegal fish cages in Taal Lake–29 in Laurel town; 117 in Talisay; 69 in Agoncillo; and 66 in San Nicolas.
- Newsinfo.

Monumental Disaster: Arizona Wildfire - 10,000 Evacuated in 2 Days!

Evacuations were ordered south of State Route 90, as the monument fire burning south of Sierra Vista was fanned by 50 m.p.h. wind gusts. More than 10,000 were told to leave the fire's path since Saturday morning, said sheriff's spokeswoman Carol Capas.

The Cochise County Sheriff's Office issued an evacuation order for the area between Ramsey Road and S.R. 90, from Aquaduct (Moson) Road east to the San Pedro River, at 4:35 p.m. Sunday. Hundreds of homes are in the area. Flames, visible at times from inside the Sierra Vista city limits, jumped S.R. 92 at Carr Canyon around 4:20 p.m., and the fire was burning eastward, authorities said. "Ash was falling like snow" near Ramsey Road, said Kresent Gurtler, who evacuated his home Sunday afternoon. Crews were working to keep the main body of the fire from crossing north of Ramsey Road. Restaurants in the Nicksville area have burned, Cochise County Supervisor Pat Call said. "It appears that Ricardo's, Nick's Place and the German café have been lost," he said in an email around 4 p.m. Earlier, the area between Lower Ranch Road and S.R. 90 was under a pre-evacuation order. Residents "are encouraged to be ready to at a moment's notice."

Evacuees should take medications, important papers, money, and enough personal items to sustain them for at least several days, authorities said. Areas south of Ramsey Road were evacuated earlier. Ramsey and Hereford roads are closed. Over 1,000 firefighters are battling the blaze. Radio scanner traffic is being streamed live online. Sunday morning, it was reported to have burned nearly 21,000 acres since it began a week ago. Containment was estimated at 27 percent. Forty-four homes and 18 other structures have been burned, authorities said
. -  Tucson Sentinel.

MASS ANIMAL DIE-OFF: Thousands of Fish as Bali's Lake Batur?!

An unusual natural phenomenon is causing concern for communities living around the edge of Bali’s Lake Batur at Kintamani. On Sunday, June 19, 2011, the waters of the lake that sits in a volcanic crater suddenly changed colors to a whitish-blue shade followed by the sudden death of thousands of fish (tilapia) living in the lake.

According to NusaBali, villagers for the lakeside community of Lintang Danu recount that the lake suddenly changed color on Sunday (June 19) morning in the areas surrounding the villages of Songan. Batur, Kedisan and Buahan. Shortly after the color change, thousands of freshwater fish floated to the surface and begin washing up on the lake’s shore. Fish farmed by villages in the shallows of the lake also died with the changing color of the lake. Local fisherman, who traditionally plant local freshwater majiar fish (tilapia) in the lake, scrambled to the location to rescue fish in distress but still alive to place them in fresh water pools ashore. The head of the Wildlife and Fisheries Service for the regency of Bangli, A.A. Ngurah Shamba, said his office was still surveying the situation and trying to understand the natural phenomenon that change the water color and caused the fish die-off. Samples of dead fish have been collected for laboratory analysis. Local villagers are blaming the situation on an underwater explosion of the volcano concealed by the crater lake.

A village chief from the local community of Buahan, I Made Antara, was less certain on the cause of the phenomenon, saying the die-off might be due to a an underwater explosion, a fluctuation in water temperature, a current of acidic water or an unusual particle introduced naturally to the water. Another villager form Songan, also on the lake’s edge, said this is not the first time such an occurrence has taken place. Jro Saba said a similar phenomenon occurred about 3 years ago, but at that time the change in water color was less pronounced that is now the case. Said Saba: “I suspect that there was an explosion in the center of the lake that released sulphur that killed the fish.” He estimates the losses suffered by local fish farmers is in the billions of rupiah
. - Bali Discovery.