Friday, September 30, 2011

DOOMSDAY CAPSULE: The Mega-Tsunami Threat - Japanese Company Constructs the First Ever Mega-Tsunami Survival Shelter Capsule?!

With concerns mounting about the possibilities of a major catastrophic event hitting the East Coast of America from a Mega-Tsunami coming from one of the Canary Islands, off the coast of North Africa; and with memories still alive from the Mega-Disasters that occurred in Japan on March 11th of this year; a company in Japan has created a tsunami capsule in-order to save lives from the extraordinary phenomenon of a gigantic tidal wave, generated by offshore earthquakes or undersea volcanic activity.

A small factory in Japan introduced its first tsunami survival shelter, a capsule which can float on water and is able to hold four adults inside. - AP.
It might look like a giant tennis ball, but in the land of the rising sun this quirky contraption is being marketed as the answer to surviving an earthquake and tsunami. Dubbed Noah - after the ark which survived biblical floods - these floating spherical capsules are claimed to protect people from drowning and debris, should another disaster hit Japan. The modern, miniature version of Noah's Ark has been developed by a small Japanese company, in case the country is hit by another massive earthquake and tsunami. The floating capsule is made from enhance fiberglass and is designed to withstand giant waves and flooding. Cosmo Power, a company based just west of Tokyo, says its 'Noah' shelter can save users from disasters like the one on March 11 that devastated Japan's northern coast, leaving nearly 20,000 people dead or missing. - Daily Mail.
WATCH: Tsunami Capsule.

RATTLE & HUM: Mysterious Noise Phenomena - Ginormously Loud Booms in the Lashbrooke Neighborhood of Louisville, Tennessee!

“We’re all kinds of baffled,” Asbury said. “We don’t know what’s going on.”

In an earlier post today, I highlighted the loud booms experienced in South Carolina, now it turns out that these sounds are also being experienced in the neighboring state of Tennessee. A series of loud, mysterious booms heard and felt by residents in the Lashbrooke neighborhood in Louisville over the last week remains a mystery.

It’s not coming from a nearby quarry, according to a representative from the Vulcan Materials Company. Carl VanHoozier, manager of process improvement, community relations and governmental affairs and land and geology for Vulcan, said that while the company has two other quarries located off U.S. Highway 321 in the Friendsville area, the only quarry currently in operation is located on Duncan Road in Maryville. VanHoozier said the Duncan Road operation is far enough away from Louisville that it shouldn’t affect residents in Lashbrook, where these strange sounds have been heard as early as 5:30 a.m. Jim Millsaps, father of one of the co-owners of a new quarry on U.S. Highway 411 South, 411 Crushed Stone, said there are several state restrictions as far as blasting times. He said the earliest a quarry would begin blasting would be around 10 a.m. VanHoozier agreed. “I can certainly assure you this: we would never, ever blast that early in the morning (5 a.m.),” he said. “We usually try to do it around lunch time like everyone else.” An owner of the new quarry could not be reached for comment. Shane Asbury said he and his wife Laura were first awakened last Tuesday morning at around 5:30 a.m. by the sounds.

“We woke up at the same time to this ginormous boom,” Asbury said. “And our house was shaking.” He explained that Laura originally thought someone had crashed a vehicle into the house. When Shane went outside, he found several concerned neighbors also walking around and looking at the sky and the roofs of their houses in an attempt to identify what had happened. The sounds continued throughout the week at different times of the day and at varying degrees of strength, Asbury said. Last Thursday some 30 or 40 booms were felt — the most the neighborhood has yet experienced in one day. “You can hear it and the pictures on the walls are shaking, the blinds are shaking,” he said. “I mean it shakes the house. We don’t have any cracks in the foundation.” The Blount County Sheriff’s Office came out to investigate in the middle of last week and reportedly contacted the military to find out if they had been conducting any flights where the sound of a sonic boom might be the causing the problems. Asbury said deputies were told no operations were currently being carried out that would make such a disturbance. Asbury even emailed the U.S. Geological Survey and received a reply that no earthquakes had been recorded in the area. At times the booms were spread out over several hours, sometimes several minutes. They even drove off at least one resident for one night last week, though she returned later the next day. Asbury said several others in the neighborhood also talked about taking shelter elsewhere until the booms blow over... And this is the first time anyone’s heard of or experienced anything like this. “We’re all kinds of baffled,” Asbury said. “We don’t know what’s going on.”  - The Daily Times.

EARTH CHANGES: MONSTER TYPHOONS - Typhoon Nalgae Strengthen Into A Strong Storm And Follows Typhoon Nesat's Path of Destruction!

Nalgae formed as a tropical depression over the western Pacific Ocean on Tuesday (27 September). By late on Thursday, it had strengthened into a typhoon.

On Thursday, the U.S. Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) reported that Nalgae had maximum sustained winds of 70 knots (130 kilometers per hour) and gusts up to 85 knots (155 kilometers per hour). The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired the above natural-color image of Nalgae on September 29, 2011. Although the storm lacks a distinct eye, it has the spiral shape characteristic of strong storms. As of early Friday, Nalgae was located less than 500 nautical mileseast-northeast of Manila, Philippines. The JTWC forecast that Nalgae would continue moving westward, in the direction of the Philippines and mainland China. Typhoon Nesat took a similar path just days earlier. - Irish Weather Online.
Meanwhile, Typhoon Nesat shut down Hong Kong and threatens Vietnam.
Hong Kong schools, financial markets, and businesses have shut as Typhoon Nesat brought howling winds, squalls of rain and rough seas to the territory. The city issued a number eight storm signal before 05:00 on Thursday (21:00GMT on Wednesday). All ferry services and some bus services have been cancelled and trains are operating at a reduced frequency. Few people were on the streets, with 100km/h (60mph) winds shredding umbrellas and making it hard to walk. Local radio reported that two people, including a taxi driver, were injured when scaffolding collapsed onto a taxi. And a large cargo barge crashed into the seafront after slipping its moorings, television footage showed. About 50 people had to be evacuated from a nearby block of flats. Some flights have been delayed. Lynn Chan, a lawyer who works in the city's central business district, said she struggled through the wind and rain only to find her office was closed. "I am the only person here," she said. "I guess I should have listened to the news before I set out." - BBC.
WATCH: Typhoon heads for Vietnam after China.

WATCH: Raw Video: Evacuations, Flooding in Asia.

WATCH: Typhoon Nalgae and Nesat Update.

MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: Global Warming - Most Dramatic And Significant Effects, The Canadian Arctic Nearly Loses Entire Ice Shelf!

Two ice shelves that existed before Canada was settled by Europeans diminished significantly this summer, one nearly disappearing altogether, Canadian scientists say in newly published research.

The loss is important as a marker of global warming, returning the Canadian Arctic to conditions that date back thousands of years, scientists say. Floating icebergs that have broken free as a result pose a risk to offshore oil facilities and potentially to shipping lanes. The breaking apart of the ice shelves also reduces the environment that supports microbial life and changes the look of Canada's coastline. Luke Copland is an associate professor in the geography department at the University of Ottawa who co-authored the research published on Carleton University's website. He said the Serson Ice Shelf shrank from 79.15 square miles (205 square kilometers) to two remnant sections five years ago, and was further diminished this past summer. Copland said the shelf went from a 16-square-mile (42-square-kilometer) floating glacier tongue to 9.65 square miles (25 square kilometers), and the second section from 13.51 square miles (35 square kilometers) to 2 square miles (7 square kilometers), off Ellesmere Island's northern coastline.

This past summer, Ward Hunt Ice Shelf's central area disintegrated into drifting ice masses, leaving two separate ice shelves measuring 87.65 and 28.75 square miles (227 and 74 square kilometers) respectively, reduced from 131.7 square miles (340 square kilometers) the previous year. "It has dramatically broken apart in two separate areas and there's nothing in between now but water," said Copland. Copland said those two losses are significant, especially since the Ward Hunt Ice Shelf has always been the biggest, the farthest north and the one scientists thought might have been the most stable. "Recent (ice shelf) loss has been very rapid, and goes hand-in-hand with the rapid sea ice decline we have seen in this decade and the increasing warmth and extensive melt in the Arctic regions," said Ted Scambos, lead scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado, remarking on the research. Copland, who uses satellite imagery and who has conducted field work in the Arctic every May for the past five years, said since the end of July, pieces equaling one and a half times the size of Manhattan Island have broken off. Co-researcher Derek Mueller, an assistant professor at Carleton University's geography and environmental studies department, said the loss this past summer equals up to three billion tons. Copland said their findings have not yet been peer reviewed since the research is new, but a number of scientists contacted by The Associated Press reviewed the findings, agreeing the loss in volume of ice shelves is significant. - Yahoo.

MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: THE AGE OF OBAMA and the End of America - Predictions Say 9 More Years of Texas Drought Is Possible?!

“So far have they [the United States] strayed into wickedness in those [future] times that their destruction has been sealed by my [father]. Their great cities will burn, their crops and cattle will suffer disease and death, their children will perish from diseases never seen upon this Earth, and I reveal to you the greatest [mystery] of all as I have been allowed to see that their [the United States] destruction will come about through the vengeful hands of one of our very own sons.” - Johanwa Owalo, Kenyan Prophet and the founder of Kenya’s Nomiya Luo Church, 1912.
I have been saying for years that the age of Obama would result in the destruction of America, as we know it, and the current news headlines are providing the evidence of this. From the "evolutionary flash point" of the recession-ruined economy to the collapse of the United States dollar to the escalation in immorality to the unprecedented destruction from Earth changes. Against the background of the monumental and record-breaking weather systems experienced during this year, Americans are waking up everyday to the new news of the constant and persistent deluge of disasters suffered under his presidency.

A devastating Texas drought that has browned city lawns and caused more than $5 billion in damages to the state's farmers and ranchers could continue for another nine years, a state forecaster said on Thursday. "It is possible that we could be looking at another of these multiyear droughts like we saw in the 1950s, and like the tree rings have shown that the state has experienced over the last several centuries," State Climatologist John Nielson-Gammon told Reuters. Some 95 percent of the state is listed as being in either "severe" or "exceptional" drought by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Drought Monitor, and Nielson-Gammon said the last 12 months have been the driest one-year period on record in the Lone Star State. The state's worst recorded drought lasted from 1950 through 1957 and prompted the creation of artificial lakes all across Texas to supply water to a state that at the time had a population of 15 million - a whopping 10 million fewer than today. The long-term weather patterns, including La Nina currents in the oceans, mirror records from the early 1950s, Nielsen-Gammon said. The current drought, which he said began in earnest in 2005, could wind up being a 15-year stretch if patterns hold, he said. "We're very lucky that we had 2007 and 2010, which were years of plentiful rain," he said. "2010 was the wettest year in record. Were it not for last year, we would be in much worse shape even than we are today." Conditions in Texas now are far from good. The drought has dried up many lakes built after the drought of the 1950s, and more than 23,000 separate wildfires fueled by dried brush and trees have destroyed 3.8 million acres and with that 2,800 homes, according to the Texas Forest Service.

Nielson-Gammon said Texas was now 10 to 20 inches of rainfall behind where it should be at the end of September, usually one of the state's wettest months. Rather than being the exception, severe drought could become the rule in Texas going forward, with wet years being more noteworthy. "We've had five of the last seven years in drought, and it looks like it is going to be six out of eight," he said. The month is going out the same way it came in, with Texas firefighters on edge. Friday will be another extremely dangerous day for wildfires, with conditions similar to those over the Labor Day weekend when 60 fires erupted across the state, Holly Huffman of the Texas Forest Service said. On Sept. 4, a gust of wind blew a dead pine tree into power lines east of Austin, sparking the deadly Bastrop Complex Fire. That blaze killed two people, destroyed 1,600 homes, and is now the costliest fire in terms of lost property in Texas history. The Forest Service this week called in two air tankers from Canada to fight wildfires that continue to burn around Texas, citing a shortage of enough planes to fight the state's fires. - MSNBC.

ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: Precursor to an Imminent Disaster - Experts Are Stunned, Beached Whale Found 800 Metres Ashore in Yorkshire?!

Marine experts have been left baffled after a rare whale was found over 800 metres from the shore in the Humber Estuary, Skeffling, East Yorkshire.

The 33ft mammal is thought to have died after getting caught in shallow waters – rolling onto its own blowhole before getting swept inland by the tide.  Experts are “95 percent sure” the whale is a female from the rare Sei species – only three of which have been found stranded on the British coast in the last twenty years.  “It is sad. It was in shallow water of about 4ft to 5.25ft, making contact with the bottom,” said Andy Gibson, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. “This was about 800m offshore. When it gets in that situation it rolls onto its side and it can cover its blowhole. Sometimes whales come into shallow water looking for food and get stuck,” added Kirsten Smith, North Seas manager at Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. “With the high tide the whale probably got carried up on to the salt marsh, got pushed back further in shore and then got stuck when the tide went out.” Earlier this month a fin whale washed up dead near Spurn Point, North East Lincolnshire after getting stranded at Immingham. Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has seen a rise in whale sightings over the last year but are unable to explain the increase in the North Sea. - Yahoo.

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Eruption Continues At Nabro Volcano In Eritrea!

Satellite imagery suggests that the eruption of Nabro Volcano in northeast Africa, which began in June 2011, is continuing.

The volcano is located on the edge of the Danakil Desert, a remote and sparsely populated area on the border between Eritrea and Ethiopia, and few eyewitness accounts of the eruption are available. Orbiting instruments such as the Advanced Land Imager (ALI) aboard Earth Observing-1 (EO-1), which acquired these images, may be the only reliable way to monitor Nabro. The images show the volcano in false-color (top) and natural-color (lower) on September 28, 2011. Heat from vents in Nabro’s central crater is visible as a red glow in the false-color image. Another hotspot about 1,300 meters (4,600 feet) south of the vents reveals an active lava flow. A pale halo surrounding the vents indicates the presence of a tenuous volcanic plume. South of Nabro’s crater, the dark, nearly black areas are coated with ash so thick it completely covers the sparse vegetation. On either side of this region is a thinner layer of ash with some bright green vegetation (exaggerated in false-color) poking through. In the natural-color image, the arid landscape is light brown where it is not covered by ash. The ash is black, while a fresh lava flow, spewed out in the last two weeks of June, is dark brown. More fresh lava flows surround the active vents. On either side of Nabro’s caldera, ephemeral streams have washed away the ash, leaving light-colored channels behind—a first sign of the erosion that will reshape, and eventually remove, what the eruption built. - Irish Weather Online.

RATTLE & HUM: Mysterious Noise Phenomena - Loud Coastal Boom Goes Unexplained in the Lowcountry, Charleston, in South Carolina!

A loud boom shook the coastal Lowcountry, Wednesday morning, felt from Mount Pleasant to West Ashley.

And once again, no one could say what it caused it. Seismographs at the College of Charleston didn’t pick up any earthquake activity. The Charleston Air Force Base didn’t report any military aircraft loosing sonic booms. No commercial vessels responded to a U.S. Coast Guard message asking for reports if it had been felt offshore. But the reverberation most likely came from the “Seneca Guns.” The “Guns” are a so-far-unexplained, offshore phenomenon felt along coasts around the world. The booms have been speculated to be caused by gases released from the sea floor, undersea landslides along the Continental Shelf, the echoed sound of distant thunder, lightning-like electrical discharges that don’t cause lightning, even meteors crashing into the atmosphere at angles. The blast hit just before 10 a.m. “It was a pretty good shake, a pretty loud boom,” said Mark Reamer, who felt it in his office near Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant.

“I said it was probably one of those big electricity pillars getting pummeled down.” He wondered only half-facetiously if it might have been a piece of the satellite that fell out of orbit earlier this week. “The mirrors on the wall rattled,” said Melinda Issacson, who was working out at home on James Island. Doors, windows and houses shook in Mount Pleasant and on Sullivan’s Island, according to Twitter reports. In West Ashley, someone posting on Twitter said it sounded like a gust of wind against the house. About the same time a large tree fell across Hut Road on John’s Island and a nearby resident reported an explosion. Small quakes and other booms are regular occurrences in the Lowcountry, where a series of faults converge underground. The last big shake was a temblor from the 5.8 Richter Scale quake in Virginia in August. In March, a succession of three loud booms that were widely believed to be the Seneca Guns shook. - The State.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the largest earthquake to ever hit South Carolina was the 1886 tremor that struck Charleston.
This is the most damaging earthquake to occur in the Southeast United States and one of the largest historic shocks in Eastern North America. It damaged or destroyed many buildings in the old city of Charleston and killed 60 people. Hardly a structure there was undamaged, and only a few escaped serious damage. Property damage was estimated at $5-$6 million. Structural damage was reported several hundred kilometers from Charleston (including central Alabama, central Ohio, eastern Kentucky, southern Virginia, and western West Virginia), and long-period effects were observed at distances exceeding 1,000 kilometers.  - USGS.

ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: Huge Swarms of Jellyfish Invades Mediterranean!

Enormous swarms of jellyfish - some of them deadly - are taking over the Mediterranean, a top scientist has warned.

The holiday hotspot, a favourite with Brits, has seen a sharp increase in numbers and could turn into an 'ocean of jellyfish'. Now researchers have set up a 'Jellywatch' so the public can report sightings via a website or by using a phone app. The scheme started in Italy and Israel three years ago after growing public fears over jellyfish 'blooms'. Monitoring has since begun in Spain. The man behind the plan, Professor of zoology Ferdinando Boero, warned: 'Jellyfish cause problems for swimmers, particularly as some species are a real health hazard. 'An Italian woman was killed last year after being stung by a Portuguese Man o' War.

'Jellyfish have clogged industrial marine cooling systems in Israel and they have also caused problems for power plants in the US and Scotland.' He added:, 'If we don't do anything about the situation, all the indications from Jellywatch suggest that the Mediterranean is moving towards a gelatinous future, just like the rest of the seas of the world.' Prof Boero, from the University of Salento, in Italy, will be addressing an international conference on the problem in Aberdeen tomorrow. He said: 'While jellyfish are a natural feature of the Mediterranean, 'jelly blooms' were rarely seen until the last few years when massive swarms became a frequent sight in coastal waters. 'This causes all sorts of problems and one of the biggest is obviously tourism.' Prof Boero believes over-fishing could be to blame for the increase. But climate change and the building of coastal defences could be factors, too. - Daily Mail.

CELESTIAL CONVERGENCE: NASA - Solar Winds Blasting Mercury!

In a press conference today, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) disclosed that solar flares and coronal mass ejections (CMEs) from the Sun are creating a major disturbance on the planet Mercury.

SOLAR WIND BLASTS MERCURY: At a NASA teleconference today, researchers working with data from the Messenger spacecraft announced evidence that gusts of solar wind are penetrating Mercury's magnetic field and eroding material off the innermost planet's surface. The spacecraft has actually flown through plumes of ionized sodium escaping from weak points in Mercury's magnetosphere. - Space Weather.
For decades scientists had puzzled over whether Mercury had volcanic deposits on its surface. MESSENGER's three flybys answered that question in the affirmative, but the global distribution of volcanic materials was not well constrained. New data from orbit show a huge expanse of volcanic plains surrounding the north polar region of Mercury. These continuous smooth plains cover more than 6% of the total surface of Mercury. The volcanic deposits are thick. "Analysis of the size of buried ‘ghost' craters in these deposits shows that the lavas are locally as thick as 2 kilometers" (or 1.2 miles), explains James Head of Brown University, the lead author of one of the Science reports. "If you imagine standing at the base of the Washington Monument, the top of the lavas would be something like 12 Washington Monuments above you." According to Head, the deposits appear typical of flood lavas, huge volumes of solidified molten rock similar to those found in the few-million-year-old Columbia River Basalt Group, which at one point covered 150,000 square kilometers (60,000 square miles) in the northwest United States.
"Those on Mercury appear to have poured out from long, linear vents and covered the surrounding areas, flooding them to great depths and burying their source vents," Head says. Scientists have also discovered vents, measuring up to 25 kilometers (16 miles) in length, that appear to be the source of some of the tremendous volumes of very hot lava that have rushed out over the surface of Mercury and eroded the substrate, carving valleys and creating teardrop-shaped ridges in the underlying terrain. "These amazing landforms and deposits may be related to the types of unusual compositions, similar to terrestrial rocks called komatiites, being seen by other instruments and reported in this same issue of Science," Head says. "What's more, such lavas may have been typical of an early period in Earth's history, one for which only spotty evidence remains today."... "Our results tell us that Mercury's weak magnetosphere provides the planet very little protection from the solar wind," he continued. "Extreme space weather must be a continuing activity at the surface of the planet closest to the Sun." - NASA.
It is my view, that our Sun is reacting to the imminent convergence of our solar system with another world, and that all the planets locked in gravitational orbit around it will be feeling the effects from that reaction on their respective magnetospheres. Expect to see more results like this in the foreseeable, on our neighboring astronomical objects, as we are truly looking at a celestial convergence here.

EARTH CHANGES: Hurricane Ophelia Strengthens to Category 2!

Forecasters say Hurricane Ophelia is rapidly gaining strength and is expected to pass east of Bermuda.

At 8 a.m. EDT, Ophelia had winds approaching 105 mph (169 kph). The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the center of Ophelia was about 665 miles (1,070 kilometers) south of Bermuda, and was moving north-northwest at about 9 mph (15 kph). It was expected to speed up and pass east of Bermuda on Saturday. A tropical storm watch is effect for Bermuda. Ophelia reached hurricane strength Thursday afternoon and became a Category 2 storm by Friday. It is the fourth hurricane of the season. Earlier, Ophelia caused flooding and cut off communities on Dominica. Tropical Storm Philippe remains far from land, moving west-northwest with winds of about 45 mph (72 kph). - Washington Post.