Tuesday, June 21, 2011

AMERICAN DISASTER: Precursors - Monumental East Coast Drill?!

"My best advice to you is to get across the Mississippi and to leave the east coast."

Have a listen to the following conversation between George Noory, host of the late-night alternative talk show program Coast to Coast AM and a caller from North Carolina. Ray, the caller, tells Noory that his neighbor, a Retired Staff Sargent, is moving his entire family, relocating to Missouri and issued a dire warning in the process. 

According to CNN, a massive Marine war exercise dubbed Exercise Mailed Fist is taking place over a large area of the American east coast.

It's just part of a major Marine Corps exercise called Exercise Mailed Fist (translation: armored fist). The exercise is designed to test the capability of every type of Marine Corps aircraft, including MV-22 Ospreys and F/A 18 Hornets, as well as some Navy ships and Air Force planes. The drill will stretch from Quantico Marine Base in northern Virginia to the Navy's Pinecastle Bombing Range in Florida. With thousands of Marines and other service members involved, it's the biggest such drill ever on the U.S. East Coast. "Exercise Mailed Fist is the first exercise of its specific kind and the largest 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing exercise conducted in recent history," said Staff Sgt. Roman J. Yurek, Marine Corps spokesman.

"In the past, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing units had to deploy to the West Coast to conduct this type of training." Mailed Fist was not originally supposed to be one big exercise. But the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing's commander, Maj. Gen. Jon Davis, decided to combine several smaller drills into one big exercise. Not only do the Marines train closer to home, the Pentagon saves money. Most of the exercises will take place in the skies above or near Marine bases along the North and South Carolina coast.
In the following audio taken from The Power Hour Show with Joyce Riley on June 20th, two truckers reported on the hauling of lots of military equipment across America with the direct involvement of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Are these stories related? Are the marines really preparing for an imminent and catastrophic disaster in America?

PLANETARY TREMORS: Kamchatka’s Volcano Unleashes Ash Cloud!

One of the major volcanoes in the Kamchatka Peninsula, the Shiveluch, has belched out ash to the elevation of 10 kilometers above sea level, sources at the Kamchatka affiliation of the Geophysical Service of the Russian Academy of Sciences said today.

A total of two series of local seismic events lasting from 40 minutes to 60 minutes have been registered at the volcano. According to seismic surveyors, they might have been accompanied by the exuding of ash to the elevations of 6.7 kilometers and 10 kilometers respectively. There has been no fallout of volcanic ash in the nearby population centers, including the town of Klyuchi, which is located some 30 kilometers away from the Shiveluch’s foothills. A senior researcher at the Geophysical Service said the trail of ash had shifted northwards from the volcano where there are no townships of villages. In the meantime, volcanic dust and gasses may pose danger for aviation, and all the services and agencies concerned have been notified about it. The Shivelush is Kamchatka’s northernmost active volcano.Its absolute elevation point is located at 3,283 meters above sea level. The absolute elevation point of the volcano’s active part, known as Molodoi Sheveluch, is found at 2,500 meters above sea level, and its crater has the diameter of 1.5 kilometers. Molodoi Sheveluch became active in September 1980. It is subject to permanent observation for 30 years by now. According to expert assessments, the volcano does not pose any risk for the Kamchatkan population centers at the moment. - IBN Live.

DNA MUTATION: "Scarlet Fever" - Mystery Germ Strain in Hong Kong?!

Following the rapid mutation of the E.coli bacteria in Europe, a germ that causes centuries-old "Scarlet Fever" has mutated into a new strain that is even more infectious and toxic for young children.

So far one girl has died - the first in 10 years - and two boys have suffered complications. The Department of Health yesterday issued an alert over the high level of cases, calling for vigilance against the disease, which is caused by Group A Streptococcus pyogenes bacterium. Symptoms of the disease include fever, purple tongue and body rashes. University of Hong Kong assistant professor and medical microbiologist Samson Wong Sai-yin told The Standard: "It is the first time we have seen this kind of mutation in that particular type of Streptococcus." The "unique gene fragment" from a common bacteria in the mouth was inserted into the genome of the Strep bacterium, with this mix contributing to an increase in transmissibility in this strain, Wong said. A spokesman for the Centre of Health Protection last night said: "A simultaneous increase in scarlet fever cases is also noted in the mainland and in Macau, suggesting a regional phenomenon at play." The alert was triggered when a seven-year-old girl at St Stephen's College in Stanley died last month. Two boys, aged six and 11, also developed complications. The younger boy, in whom the mutant germ was found, is still in intensive care at Queen Mary Hospital after developing septicemia, or blood poisoning. - The Standard.
A second child died in Hong Kong of the suspected genetically mutated strain of "Scarlet Fever."
Hong Kong authorities said they are investigating the death of a 5-year-old boy who is suspected of being the second person to succumb in the city from a mutated form of scarlet fever. Medical authorities said the boy was taken to hospital with a fever and died Tuesday. In May, a 7-year-old girl became the first person to die of scarlet fever in Hong Kong in at least 10 years. Researchers at Hong Kong University said she had a genetically mutated strain that is much more resistant to antibiotics. Hong Kong has had 466 reported cases of scarlet fever so far this year, about double the annual total. Scarlet fever is a streptococcal disease characterized by a skin rash. - PhilSTAR.
The government has been urged to close all primary schools and kindergartens affected by outbreaks of scarlet fever. One child has died this month after catching the disease, which authorities say has mutated. Doctors are trying to confirm if a second child, a five-year-old who died yesterday, had also contracted scarlet fever. The convenor of Caring Hong Kong, Dr Kwok Ka-ki, says with 450 cases so far this year, the disease has spread much faster than in previous years. Dr Kwok said he was alarmed by the fact that the bacteria appeared to be resistant to the antibiotic, erythromycin, which is often used to treat the disease. However, the Controller of the Centre for Health Protection, Dr Thomas Tsang, says it is unlikely schools will be suspended, because less than 10 percent of all scarlet fever cases have been contracted in schools. He reminded children to maintain good personal hygiene to help prevent the spread of the disease. - RTHK English News.
WATCH: Hong Kong in the grip of scarlet fever.

ALERT: "Yellow Fever" Kills 14 People with Thousands ill in Peru?!

A "Yellow Fever" alert for dengue has been declared in four departments of Peru after the appearance of a new and "very aggressive" strain killed 14 people and left thousands more ill.

The Ministry of Health has declared a yellow alert for 60 days for the health centers in the departments of Loreto, Madre de Dios, San Martín and Amazonas, due to the persistence and extent of dengue fever. According to the technical report, the prevalence of dengue may be due to climate factors, as well as difficulty in controlling the virus. The General Bureau of National Defense, through the Regional Directorates of Health, will disseminate, monitor and evaluate the implementation of this resolution, Andina reports.

Dengue is transmitted by the mosquito Aedes aegypti and among its symptoms are high fever and headaches, as well as muscle and bone aches. In some cases, when the disease is severe, there may be bruising and bleeding. In February health authorities declared a red alert in Peru's northern Amazon jungle region following the outbreak of an "very aggressive" dengue strain that lead to the death of 14 people and affected thousands. Dengue is endemic to the jungle region, but until now Peru has largely dealt with the American strain of the disease. Now Peru is facing "a new variety that we did not previously know and that probably entered from Brazil via the Amazon," Minister of Health Oscar Ugarte told Peruvian media in February.
- Living Peru.

SIGNS & SYMBOLS: Crop Circle - Westwoods, Lockeridge, Wiltshire!

A crop circle appeared at Westwoods, near Lokeridge, Wiltshire. The formation was reported  to the Crop Circle Connector, the international crop circle online database, on June 21st, 2011.

Here is a drawing of the pattern:

Here is a picture of the crop circle:

Click HERE for more aerial shots, ground shots, field reports, diagrams and articles.

THE DELUGE: Unprecedented Disaster - Souris River Valley Flood!

The Souris River Valley flood has now become a unprecedented disaster in history and it is about to get much worse, as the Mouse River in central North America that rises in the Yellow Grass Marshes north of Weyburn Sasketchewan and wanders throught North Dakota, is now unstoppable. The river which extends about 700 km (435 miles) in length and drains about 17,600 square miles (46,000 km) has become a dangerous threat to residents and properties that lie along its banks.

Disastrous. Unstoppable. Historic. Unprecedented. All words used to describe what city, county and state officials warn is an imminent assault on all residents of the Souris River Valley. The highest flows ever recorded on the Souris are approaching a city whose defenses are destined to be over run. Can the city hold? Dikes currently in place, recently improved greatly to combat high flows, are now expected to disappear under the traveling torrent. The amount of water flowing with a vengeance down the Souris River Valley is forecast to inundate Minot to a level seven to eight feet higher than the catastrophic and benchmark flood of 1969.

Saddened with that horrific knowledge, officials announced during a late afternoon press conference Monday that very little can be done to stop the powerful onslaught. Massive secondary dikes that were built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to save much of the town from the previous high on the Souris this year fall far short of defending against the impending and rapid rise of the Souris. Mandatory evacuations were ordered Monday for all evacuation zones within Minot. Mayor Curt Zimbelman said all affected residents and businesses must vacate those areas no later than 10 p.m. Wednesday. Within minutes of the announcement residents once again began the laborious and hastened work of moving out of their homes for the second time this year. "It's a sad day in Minot," Zimbelman said at the end of a press conference Monday.
- Minot Daily.
WATCH: Raw Video - A look at Minot flooding from the air.

ALERT: Radioactive Tritium Leaking From American Nuclear Sites!

Radioactive tritium has leaked from three-quarters of U.S. commercial nuclear power sites, often into groundwater from corroded, buried piping.

The number and severity of the leaks has been escalating, even as federal regulators extend the licenses of more and more reactors across the nation. Tritium, which is a radioactive form of hydrogen, has leaked from at least 48 of 65 sites, according to U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission records reviewed as part of the AP's yearlong examination of safety issues at aging nuclear power plants. Leaks from at least 37 of those facilities contained concentrations exceeding the federal drinking water standard - sometimes at hundreds of times the limit. While most leaks have been found within plant boundaries, some have migrated offsite. But none is known to have reached public water supplies. At three sites - two in Illinois and one in Minnesota - leaks have contaminated drinking wells of nearby homes, the records show, but not at levels violating the drinking water standard. At a fourth site, in New Jersey, tritium has leaked into an aquifer and a discharge canal feeding picturesque Barnegat Bay off the Atlantic Ocean.

Previously, the AP reported that regulators and industry have weakened safety standards for decades to keep the nation's commercial nuclear reactors operating within the rules. While NRC officials and plant operators argue that safety margins can be eased without peril, critics say these accommodations are inching the reactors closer to an accident. Any exposure to radioactivity, no matter how slight, boosts cancer risk, according to the National Academy of Sciences. Federal regulators set a limit for how much tritium is allowed in drinking water. So far, federal and industry officials say, the tritium leaks pose no health threat. But it's hard to know how far some leaks have traveled into groundwater. Tritium moves through soil quickly, and when it is detected it often indicates the presence of more powerful radioactive isotopes that are often spilled at the same time. For example, cesium-137 turned up with tritium at the Fort Calhoun nuclear unit near Omaha, Neb., in 2007. Strontium-90 was discovered with tritium two years earlier at the Indian Point nuclear power complex, where two reactors operate 25 miles north of New York City. The tritium leaks also have spurred doubts among independent engineers about the reliability of emergency safety systems at the 104 nuclear reactors situated on the 65 sites. That's partly because some of the leaky underground pipes carry water meant to cool a reactor in an emergency shutdown and to prevent a meltdown. More than a mile of piping, much of it encased in concrete, can lie beneath a reactor. Tritium is relatively short-lived and penetrates the body weakly through the air compared to other radioactive contaminants. Each of the known releases has been less radioactive than a single X-ray. The main health risk from tritium, though, would be in drinking water. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says tritium should measure no more than 20,000 picocuries per liter in drinking water. The agency estimates seven of 200,000 people who drink such water for decades would develop cancer.
- App News.

ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: Emperor Penguin's Rare Visit To New Zealand?!

A young emperor penguin, normally found in the Antarctic, has turned up on a New Zealand beach. It is a rare and strange event, the first confirmed sighting of an Emperor penguin in New Zealand in 44 years.

"I saw this glistening white thing standing up and I thought I was seeing things," said Christine Wilton, who found it while walking her dog. The department of conservation is baffled by how it arrived, saying it may have taken a wrong turn. "It's amazing to see one of these penguins on the Kapiti coast," says the department's Peter Simpson. The visitor has attracted crowds of onlookers, who are being advised not to disturb the penguin and keep their dogs on leads. Conservation experts say the bird is a juvenile, about 10 months old and 32in (80cm) tall.

Emperor penguins are the tallest and largest of all penguin species, growing up to 4ft (122cm) high and weighing more than 75lb (34kg). Colin Miskelly, a penguin expert at Te Papa, New Zealand's national museum, said the bird was likely born during the last Antarctic winter. It may have been searching for squid and krill when it took a wrong turn and arrived on New Zealand's North Island. "Usually they stay among the pack ice," said Mr Miskelly. "This one just kept going north and it's a very long way from its usual range."

PLANETARY TREMORS: Moderate Quakes Rattles Indonesia!

2 moderate earthquakes hit different parts of Indonesia within the space of twenty minutes today.

Firstly, a magnitude 5.1 earthquake strucked Southern Sumatra, Indonesia at a depth of 21 km (13 miles), the quake hit at 16:25:07 UTC Tuesday 21st June 2011. The epicentre was 96 km (59 miles) south of Padang, Sumatra, Indonesia. Then, a magnitude 5.0 earthquake hit Papua, Indonesia at a depth of 51.9 km (32.3 miles), the quake hit at 16:45:07 UTC Tuesday 21st June 2011. The epicentre was 137 km (85 miles) southwest of Jayapura, Papua, Indonesia. Fortunately, there were no reports of damage or injuries and no tsunami warning was issued in either case.

SIGNS & SYMBOLS: Crop Circle - Stonehenge, Wiltshire!

A crop circle appeared at Stonehenge, near Winterbourne Stoke, Wiltshire. The formation was reported  to the Crop Circle Connector, the international crop circle online database, on June 21st, 2011.

Here is a drawing of the pattern:

Here is a picture of the formation:

Click HERE for more aerial shots, ground shots, field reports, diagrams and articles.

PLANETARY TREMORS: 5.1 Quake Hits South Island of New Zealand!

A magnitude 5.1 earthquake has struck Christchurch, New Zealand at a depth of 10.3 kilometres (km) or 6.4 miles. The quake hit at 10:34:22 UTC Tuesday 21st June 2011 and was located at 43.596°S, 172.607°E. The epicentre was 7 km (4 miles) from Christchurch, New Zealand; 218 km (136 miles) southeast (159°) from Westport, New Zealand;  302 km (188 miles) northeast (34°) from Dunedin, New Zealand; and 313 km (194 miles) southwest (214°) from Wellington, New Zealand. There are no reports of damage or injuries as yet.

PLANETARY TREMORS: Chilean Ash Cloud Cancels Oz Flights!

Qantas airlines has cancelled all flights in and out of Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra as ash from a Chilean volcano once again moves into Australian airspace.

The cloud, created by the eruption of the Puyehue volcano in the Andes more than two weeks ago, has looped the globe and made its way back Down Under to wreak fresh havoc. State broadcaster ABC said more than 120,000 people have had their travel plans thrown into disarray. "Volcanic ash from the eruption of Mount Puyehue Cordon Caulle volcano in Chile continues to cause flight disruptions to the Qantas network," Qantas said. "At Qantas safety is our first priority and a number of flights have been cancelled or re-routed to avoid the volcanic ash cloud." The airline has also suspended all services to and from the southern city of Adelaide.

Domestic flights are the most severely affected but some international flights have been re-routed or delayed. Virgin Australia cancelled all flights to Adelaide, and flights through Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne from early Tuesday afternoon local time. Flights to New Zealand have also been suspended. The cloud first entered Australian and New Zealand airspace just over a week ago, causing some airlines to ground all flights to affected areas while others chose to divert their planes under and around the plume. The Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre's director Andrew Tupper said the plume was a rare occurrence and a third loop back to Australia was not likely. The volcano has been erupting since June 4 but on Sunday Chilean authorities said it was becoming less active.
- Sky News.