Thursday, September 29, 2011

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Sicily's Mount Etna Erupts Violently!

Plumes of ash and molten rock shot into the sky on Wednesday night as the Mount Etna volcano burst into life for the fifteenth time this year.

Italy's Mount Etna has erupted again, with lava spewing into the sky Wednesday. Mount Etna put on an impressive display, launching flames and sparks more than 800 feet in the air. Experts were there to monitor the eruption from the volcano's southeastern crater. Etna looms over Catania - Sicily's second largest city. The eruption caused disruptions at Catania Airport, but the airport re-opened Thursday. - 9 News.
On the evening of 28 September 2011, the New Southeast Crater of Etna has produced its 15th paroxysmal eruptive episode since the beginning of this year. The culminating phase of this episode lasted less than a half hour but was more violent than those of the preceding paroxysms; on the contrary lava emission was rather minor, forming two small flows that reached the upper part of the steep western slope of the Valle del Bove. The ash plume was driven southwestward by the wind. Mount Etna, towering above Catania, Sicily’s second largest city, has one of the world’s longest documented records of historical volcanism, dating back to 1500 BC. Historical lava flows cover much of the surface of this massive basaltic stratovolcano, the highest and most voluminous in Italy. Two styles of eruptive activity typically occur at Etna. Persistent explosive eruptions, sometimes with minor lava emissions, take place from one or more of the three prominent summit craters, the Central Crater, NE Crater, and SE Crater. Flank eruptions, typically with higher effusion rates, occur less frequently and originate from fissures that open progressively downward from near the summit. A period of more intense intermittent explosive eruptions from Etna’s summit craters began in 1995. The active volcano is monitored by the Instituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Volcanologia (INGV) in Catania. - Earthquake Report.
WATCH: Mount Etna erupts.

GLOBAL ALERT: MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES - Emergency Military Unit Heads for El Hierro As Earthquakes Have Increase In Strength?! UPDATE: The Fears of a Volcanic Eruption hits the Mainstream Media!

According to several news reports, that I have just translated, here is the summarized information regarding the latest developments in the Canary Islands: Two military response units will be dispatched today from Tenerife to the island of El Hierro, to assist in evacuation activities as the seismic activity has increased in strength, during which time, 368 earthquakes was registered in the past 24 hours, of which more than 20 were over a magnitude of 3. The application was requested by the government of the Canary Islands and is supported by the Ministry of Defence, who will assist in the emergency evacuation of the citizens of El Hierro. The first evacuation will take place today with the help of 31 soldiers, four buses and 6 trucks, residents will be moved to the Barracks located in La Caleta, at the same time the military is responsible of installing a camp that can house 2.000 people. The minister has made it clear that this is part of 'Prevention against possible Risk' and that no eruption has taken place.

Here's an earlier report of the what is developing into a monumental crisis:

The Canary Islands Government has raised the alert level for the El Hierro volcano in the Canary Islands (Spain) to ‘Yellow’, the highest alert status since an unprecedented earthquake swarm commenced in mid-July. Spanish seismologists, accompanied by the President of the Cabildo de El Hierro and the Minister of Security and Emergency Area, held a press conference on Sunday to reassure the 10,000 residents of the smallest of the Canary Islands that the raising of the alert level does not indicate that an eruption is imminent. They indicated, however, that the number of volcanic earthquakes detected beneath El Hierro continues to increase. Hierro, a shield volcano, has had a single historic eruption from the Volcan de Lomo Negro vent in 1793. The eruption lasted approximately one month and produced lava flows. The Canary Islands Government commenced an in-depth geological survey of El Hierro earlier this month in an effort to determine the source of an earthquake swarm.

The unprecedented seismic activity commenced on 19 July (the activity was first reported by iWeather Online on 26 July). In excess of 6,750 earthquakes have been recorded up to Monday, 26 September 2011. More than 50 earthquakes were recorded between midnight and 6:00 a.m. GMT on Monday alone.  The earth tremors have ranged between 1 and 3 magnitude, the National Geographic Institute (IGN) reported. The vast majority of the tremors have been recorded in the northwest of the 278.5-square-kilometre island at El Golfo, the location of a massive landslide that created a 100-metre high tsunami almost 50,000 years ago. Speaking to the El Pais newspaper during the weekend, volcanologist Juan Carlos Carracedo suggested that an eruption on El Hierro would “not be a major surprise”. He explained: “It is the youngest of the Canary Islands. There is a ball of magma which is rising to the surface and it is stationed at the limit of the earth’s crust. At the moment we do not know if that ball of magna will break the crust and cause an eruption.”
- Irish Weather Online.
Have a look at the list of today's earthquakes from the Canary Islands.

European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre Earthquake List.
WATCH: 4D Plot of El Hierro earthquakes.

WATCH: How a mega-tsunami from the Canary Islands could hit America.

UPDATE: Mainstream media place focus on the Canary Islands.

After months of ignoring the exponential increase in earthquakes and the monumental crisis that is currently developing in the Canary Islands, the mainstream media is now shedding some light on the situation, and placing focus on the threat and evacuation of residents from the islands.

With the Pico de Malpaso mountain spitting rocks intermittently and a growing rumbling underground, authorities made emergency preparations on Wednesday in case the volcano blows its top on the Atlantic island of El Hierro. "I have never felt shaking like it," said Herminio Barrera, 25, a mechanic in the town of La Frontera. "I notice it especially at night. We can also hear a rumbling and sounds from deep down." A municipal official who asked not to be named told AFP that 53 residents and tourists had been evacuated to protect them from the occasional flying volcanic rock and the defence ministry said it was preparing emergency shelter for 2,000 people. "I am staying calm but there are people who are more worried, particularly those with children," Mr Barrera told AFP. "We are very close to the mountain. My father-in-law left yesterday." The Canary Islands regional government said it was in a state of pre-alert and was stocking drinking water and medical supplies, but officials played down any risk of a disaster.

"We will not have to evacuate the island," population 11,000, said the head of the island's local council, Alpidio Armas. "The number of tremors has increased, but most of them are in the sea." The municipal official said the authorities did not expect an "imminent eruption" and the island's official risk alert for the 1,500-metre (4,9200-foot) peak remained on yellow, or intermediate. The national defence ministry said it had sent 31 military personnel to the island to help with the evacuation and Defence Minister Carme Chacon was heading there to inspect the emergency preparations. The Spanish National Geographic Institute has recorded 8,000 tremors since July 19, most of them too small to be felt, but they have been growing in intensity. One recorded overnight on Wednesday reached 3.4 magnitude. "We have not seen this kind of movement with such frequency on El Hierro since records began" more than a century ago, said a spokeswoman for the Canary Islands government, Ana Vidal. - Telegraph.
WATCH: Fears of volcanic eruption in Canary Islands.

ANCIENT ALIENS: Season 3 - Aliens And Evil Places!

Ancient Aliens.
The History Channel continues its popular series on extraterrestrials, alien theorists and ancient civilizations with season three of Ancient Aliens.

The following video playlist constitutes program ten, entitled Aliens and Evil Places and runs for 44 minutes. It examines whether extraterrestrials are the source or origin of the evil and negativity, that have afflicted the world since the  ancient civilizations.

"For thousands of years, there have been places around the world considered dangerous to humans. Might these locations hold the key to an otherworldly connection? At Australia's Black Mountains, local myths speak of ancient serpent gods and hikers disappearing. Every year hundreds are drawn to a dark forest at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan--to commit suicide. What causes these places to be evil? Could there be evidence that past extraterrestrial activity lead to the negative energy in Earth's evil places? " - The History Channel.

WATCH: Aliens and Evil Places.

MYSTERY: Symbols of an Alien Sky, Man-Made or Natural Phenomena - The Latest UFO Sightings And Aerial Anomalies Around The World?

Here are several of the latest unidentified flying objects (UFOs) seen recently across the globe.

Amber/yellow lights were seen and recorded hovering in the night sky above Russia on Wednesday 28th September 2011.

WATCH: Bright unknown objects hovering over Russia.

New video of bright unidentified flying object in triangle formation hovering above Pudong in China. This footage was was filmed on Tuesday, 27th September 2011.

WATCH: Triangle UFO formation over Pudong, China.

New video of unknown bright object flying across the sky over Tyneside in United Kingdom. Recorded on Tuesday, 27th September 2011.

WATCH: UFO flying over Tyneside, UK.

Interesting footage of bright UFOs or Orbs were recorded over Italian city Taranto on Wednesday, 21st September 2011.

WATCH: UFO or orbs over Taranto, Italy.

In the following episode of the Paranormal Report, hosts Clayton Morris and Jim Harold looks at a myriad of subjects, including the skyrocketing sightings of UFOs; the appearance of a mysterious boy; the Phoenix lights; whether Albert Einstein was wrong about the speed of light; is actor Nicholas Cage a vampire; and much more.

WATCH: Paranormal Report 84.

MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: GEOLOGICAL MYSTERY - River Mole, Tributary of the River Thames in South England, Vanish Into Thin Air?!

"I have lived with the river all my life and I am used to extreme flows but this is not a low water level, this is actually the flow of the river stopping altogether."

Farmers and fishermen were left baffled after the River Mole stopped flowing last week.

The river used to disappear into "swallow holes" in the river bed, caused by the permeable chalk bedrock beneath, before reappearing above ground further downstream, and this might have explained the issue in the past. But during the construction of the A24 Mickleham Bypass in the 1930s, most of the holes were concreted over, meaning its disappearance on Friday is a mystery. Judy Kinloch, who lives near the river at Lodge Farm in Mickleham, said: "The swallow holes are still there but they're not taking in water at that rate and, if they were active, they would be doing it all the time. "The point is that it was here one day and gone the next. That's the odd thing. Somehow it has suddenly disappeared."

According to farmer Nick Bullen, whose land the river runs through, a similar thing had happened the week before – but on both occasions, the river reappeared within 24 hours. He said: "I came over the bridge on Monday afternoon and thought, 'that's a bit strange'. "I didn't think anything more of it but then on Tuesday morning it was still down so I phoned the Environment Agency. "For the time of year and the amount of rain we've had, it just doesn't add up." Dorking and District Angling Society owns fishing rights at many points along the river, and members are concerned about the Mole drying up. Secretary Paul Huggins said: "The angling society is concerned about the conservation of the river environments. All the fish we catch are returned unharmed to the water. - Surrey Today.

MASS ANIMAL DIE-OFF: Mallard Ducks Dying at Double the Rate of Last Week in the Lakes & Watersheds of Orange County, California!

"This is not good."

I told you several days ago, that over the last two weeks, more than 30 dead or dying ducks have been found at ponds and lakes around the city. Residents of the Lake I and Lake II communities have reported finding hen and drake mallards floating in the lakes there and flopping on nearby grass. Now, every evening after work and on weekends Terry Whatley looks for dead and dying mallard ducks around the city's lakes and watersheds.

In the past two weeks she's seen them listlessly sitting in the water at Village Pond Park many unable to make it to shore. Others lying in the bushes barely able to breathe. With the help of fellow resident Dan Grey, who's built a long pole to try and fish the birds out of the water, the two have rescued dozens. Wildlife experts say the ducks are dying from some type of toxin that is coming from the city's lakes and watersheds. Last week residents of the Lake I and Lake II communities reported finding the mallards floating in the lakes and flopping on nearby grass. Dead ducks also have been found at Village Pond Park and nearby at the Forest Gardens Mobile Home Park. A week ago, more than 30 hens and drakes were reported as dying and dead. This week the number has doubled.

Some of the water fowl have been picked up by OC Animal Care officers; others have been transported to the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center in Huntington Beach. In both cases duck carcasses have been taken to the Orange County Vector Control District for testing. Ryan Drabek, director of OC Animal Care, says his animal care officers have been picking up the ducks as quickly as possible and are working with Wetlands and the city of Lake Forest. "Botulism is assumed but not confirmed," he said. "If residents see a dying or dead duck they should call us as soon as possible. This is not good," said Debbie McGuire, director of the Huntington Beach wildlife center. "This is typical of a ramp-up. If it hits them in the middle of the lake they become paralyzed and can drown. Sometimes it's so sever that it arrests their ability to breathe. It's a neuro-toxin."
- OC Register.

MAJOR ALERT: DISEASE OUTBREAK - Listeria, The Deadliest Food Outbreak in Decades Spreads Across USA, 16 Deaths & 72 Sick?!

Federal health officials said Wednesday more illnesses and possibly more deaths may be linked to an outbreak of listeria in cantaloupe in coming weeks. So far, the outbreak has caused at least 72 illnesses - including up to 16 deaths - in 18 states, making it the deadliest food outbreak in the United States in more than a decade.

The Colorado farm where the potentially deadly cantaloupes were traced to, Jensen Farms in Holly, says it shipped fruit to 25 states, and people with illnesses have been discovered in several states that were not on the shipping list. A spokeswoman for Jensen Farms said the company's product is often sold and resold, so they do not always know where it ends up. "If it's not Jensen Farms, it's OK to eat," said Thomas Frieden, director of the US Centres for Disease Control. "But if you can't confirm it's not Jensen Farms, then it's best to throw it out." The recalled cantaloupes may be labelled "Colorado Grown," "Distributed by Frontera Produce," "" or "Sweet Rocky Fords" but not every recalled cantaloupe is labelled with a sticker, the US Food and Drug Administration said. The company said it shipped out more than 300,000 cases of cantaloupes that contained five to 15 melons each, meaning the recall involved 1.5m to 4.5m pieces of fruit. Frieden and FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg said that illnesses are expected for weeks to come because the incubation period for listeria can be a month or even longer. Jensen Farms last shipped cantaloupes on 10 September, and the shelf life is about two weeks. "We will see more cases likely through October," Hamburg said. The FDA said Colorado health officials found listeria in cantaloupes taken from grocers' and from a victim's home. Matching strains of the disease were found on equipment and cantaloupe samples at Jensen Farms' packing facility in Granada, Colorado.

Sherri McGarry, a senior adviser in the FDA's office of foods, said the agency is looking at the farm's water supply and possible animal intrusions among other things in trying to figure out how the cantaloupes became contaminated. Listeria bacteria grow in moist, muddy conditions and often are carried by animals. The health officials said this is the first known outbreak of listeria in cantaloupe. Listeria generally is found in processed meats and unpasteurised milk and cheese, although there have been a growing number of outbreaks in produce. Hamburg called the outbreak a surprise and said the agencies were studying it closely to find out how it happened. Cantaloupe is often the source of other outbreaks, however. Frieden said CDC had identified 10 other cantaloupe outbreaks in the last decade, most of them salmonella. Listeria is more deadly than well-known pathogens like salmonella and E coli, although those outbreaks generally cause many more illnesses. Listeria generally affects only the elderly, pregnant women and others with compromised immune systems. The CDC said the median age of those struck with illness is 78 and that one in five who contract the disease can die from it. Symptoms include fever and muscle aches, often with other gastrointestinal symptoms. Unlike many pathogens, listeria bacteria can grow at room temperatures and even refrigerator temperatures. It is hardy and can linger long after the source of the contamination is gone; health officials say people who may have had the contaminated fruit in their kitchens should clean and sanitise any surfaces it may have touched. - The Guardian.
WATCH: Cantaloupe illnesses and deaths expected to rise.

WATCH: CDC Chief - Source of deadly listeria in contaminated cantaloupes still unknown.

THE GREAT DELUGE: Typhoon Nesat Storms into Southern China!

A powerful typhoon slammed into southern China on Thursday after skirting Hong Kong and bringing death and widespread flooding to the Philippines earlier this week.

Typhoon Nesat made landfall on the eastern tip of China’s Hainan island at 2:30 p.m. and was packing winds as high as 94 miles (150 kilometers) an hour, the official Xinhua News Agency said. The storm blew down trees and flooded streets as it moved across Hainan, photos on state media showed. A large tree toppled onto a parked car in the provincial capital, Haikou. Flood control officials said nearly 58,000 people were evacuated from low-lying areas in eastern Wenchang city and 67 flights were canceled at the island’s two airports, Xinhua said. Hainan authorities closed schools, suspended ferry services and recalled fishing boats as the storm made its way across the South China Sea from the Philippines, where it killed 35 people and left another 45 missing. The storm swept past Hong Kong earlier in the day, forcing the stock market to suspend trading and shops and businesses to close but causing little damage. The Asian financial center’s normally bustling streets were eerily quiet, with few people venturing outside to brave the rain and fierce winds.

Two people were injured when bamboo scaffolding was blown over and collapsed onto a taxi, while a man was injured by a falling tree, local broadcaster RTHK said. A barge ripped free from its moorings in the rough seas and slammed into a seawall on Hong Kong Island, forcing some nearby apartments to be evacuated, news reports said. Local broadcaster Cable TV showed footage of tour groups from mainland China, some heading to Macau, who were temporarily stranded after cross-border ferry services were suspended. At Hong Kong’s airport, 245 flights were delayed, 20 were canceled and 22 diverted to other airports by 3 p.m. The storm came within 220 miles (350 kilometers) of Hong Kong in the morning before moving away, said the Hong Kong Observatory, which lowered its gale-force wind warning by late afternoon. The National Meteorological Center reported that fishing boats were in port and schools along the coast had been shut in advance of the typhoon, which is the 17th and likely the strongest to hit Hainan this year. Nesat left devastation in the Philippines, triggering some of the worst flooding in downtown Manila in decades. - Washington Post.
WATCH: CCTV footage of devastating typhoon sweeping Hong Kong.

WATCH: Hong Kong battens down as typhoon winds hit.

WATCH: Typhoon Nesat, Typhoon Nalgae path update.

PLANETARY TREMORS: 5.6 Magnitude Quake Hits Bio-Bio, Chile!

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A magnitude 5.6 earthquake has struck offshore Bio-Bio, Chile at a depth of 12.9 km (8 miles). The quake hit at 22:40:13 UTC, Wednesday 28th September 2011 and was located at 37.963°S, 73.903°W. The epicentre was 43 km ( 26 miles) southwest of Lebu, Bio-Bio, Chile; 142 km (88 miles) northwest of Temuco, Araucania, Chile; 145 km (90 miles) southwest of Concepcion, Bio-Bio, Chile; and 580 km (360 miles) southwest of Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile.

No tsunami warning was issued and there are no reports of any damage at this time.

MASS FISH DIE-OFF: Thousands of Fish in Butuah Lagoon, Ghana!

The Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly in Ghana, on Wednesday, suspended all fishing activities in the Butuah Lagoon at New Takoradi until further notice.

This was contained in a statement signed by Mr. Opoku Boateng, the Public Relations Officer of the assembly, following a stakeholders’ meeting on the alleged pollution of the Butuah Lagoon that led to the death fishes. Representatives of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Fisheries department, Metropolitan Health Directorate and oil marketing companies in Sekondi-Takoradi attended the meeting. The assembly advised residents of New Takoradi to desist from eating any dead fish. The statement said the assembly has directed the Metropolitan Health Directorate to find out from the various health facilities in the metropolis any reported ailment that could be linked to the eating of contaminated fish.

“The general public is hereby advised to immediately report any ailment as a result of any fish diet to the nearest health facility”, it said. The statement said the assembly had ordered the immediate exhumation of buried fishes to undertake a proper burial exercise under the strict supervision of the EPA, Environmental Health and Waste Management Departments of the assembly to forestall any further environmental hazards. The EPA has taken samples of the dead fishes to its head office in Accra for analysis to ascertain and establish facts on the alleged pollution. The EPA has also been asked to continue its investigations into industrial activities in the catchment area to find out any linkage of their activities to the pollution
. - Ghana Business News.

EARTH CHANGES: At Least 9 Dead in Guatemala Floods!

At least nine people were killed when their bus was swept away by floodwaters from the Tres Quebradas River in eastern Guatemala, officials say.

Nine bodies have been recovered and the search continues for seven other passengers listed as missing, the spokesman for the Conred emergency management agency, David de Leon, told reporters in the capital on Wednesday. The tragedy occurred on Tuesday night when the bus driver tried to cross the rain-swollen river, fire rescue personnel told radio stations. Torrential rains also caused flooding in the southern coastal town of San Sebastian, but there were no reports of casualties, De Leon said, though seven homes were destroyed and 100 others damaged. Heavy rains and flooding are blamed for more than 30 deaths this year in Guatemala. - Sky News.