Saturday, October 1, 2011

MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: Unprecedented Seismic Tremors - Spanish Troops Heads Towards El Hierro to Evacuate 10,000 People!

Spanish troops have left Tenerife today, en route to the Canary Island of El Hierro, the smallest of the island in the archipelago, with a view to assist in the evacuation of 10,000 residents on the island, should the rumbling volcano on the island start to erupt.

Today's seismic swarm in the Canary Islands.
List of several of the earthquakes from earlier today.
Seismologists believe that the increase in tremors on the island indicates that the magma beneath the island may be moving, ready to erupt. There had 22 seismic events this week so far, the largest registering 3.3 on the Richter scale. Since mid July, there has been around 8,000 tremors recorded, but only 15 or so were felt by the residents. A boat left Tenerife with 31 soldiers, along with 6 trucks, 4 buses, 2 all terrain vehicles and a filed tent that can hold 2,000 escapees, as a precaution at this time, and at the request of the Canarian government. Some residents have already been told to evacuate and have headed to other parts of the islands. A Cruz Roja boat carrying aid for around 50 people, is already heading their way. The last time the volcano erupted on the island was in 1793, lasting for a month. All measures being implemented now are purely precautionary and there is no need to be alarmed. - The Leader.

MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: The Great Deluge of Pakistan - Hundreds Dead, 660,000 Displaced, And Over 8.9 Million Affected!

The death toll continues to rise from devastating flooding in southeastern Pakistan, with authorities saying Friday that 107 children are among the 434 people killed.

Roughly 660,000 people are living in refugee camps in the wake of high waters that have wrought havoc for several weeks, Pakistan's national disaster authority said in a statement. This is fewer than the 700,000 reported by the same agency just over a week ago. About 8.9 million people have been affected by the floods, which have destroyed 1.5 million homes in 37,000 villages in Sindh province alone, according to the statement. This marks the second straight year that Pakistan has seen deadly flooding. In August 2010, more than 20 million people were displaced and 1,700 people killed. The latest disaster has lasted longer than a month and caused an estimated $9.7 billion in damage to homes, roads and farms.

The United Nations warned Friday that humanitarian aid is running out in the hard-hit region. This comes two weeks after the international organization and its partners launched an effort to raise $357 million to help those most affected -- of which only $19 million has been received, the U.N. said on its website. Safe drinking water and emergency shelter materials could run out within weeks, while agencies on the ground have enough food for a month for the hundreds of thousands affected. "It is tragic to see families displaced from the floods with no shelter and barely enough to survive on," said Fawad Hussein, a U.N. official focused on flood relief. "These families worry their children will go hungry, and without access to safe drinking water, they fear they will become sick from drinking contaminated water."
- CNN.
WATCH: Authorities struggle to help Pakistan's flood affected.

PLANETARY TREMORS: 5.7 Quake Hits South Island, New Zealand.

Map of where the earthquake hit.
According to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre, a magnitude 5.7 earthquake has struck off the West Coast of the South Islands, in New Zealand at a depth of 34.9 km (21.7 miles). The quake hit at 10:54:34 UTC, Saturday 1st October 2011 and was located off 48.967°S, 164.348°E.

Seismicity of South Island, New Zealand.
The epicentre was 232 km (144 miles) northwest of Auckland Island, New Zealand; 414 km (257 miles) southwest of Invercargill, New Zealand; 546 km (339 miles) southwest of Queenstown, New Zealand; and 1181 km (733 miles) southwest of Wellington, New Zealand.

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

MASS FISH DIE-OFF: Mystery - Dead Harbor Seals in New Hampshire?!

Biologists are working to find out why the corpses of young harbor seals have been washing up on New Hampshire beaches this week.

“We’re now up to a dozen different dead seals from beaches in Seabrook to Rye,” said Tony LaCasse, spokesperson for the New England Aquarium. The carcasses range in their level of decomposition from fresh to a few weeks old, LaCasse said. Staff members at the New England Aquarium are completing necropsies on a few of the seals today to try to determine whether they were killed by disease, LaCasse said. The results will not be available for a few days to a few weeks. The seals are all the same age, around four months. “There is no evidence of any kind of human involvement in these deaths,” LaCasse said, noting that the situation is different from the gray seals that were found shot to death on Cape Cod beaches earlier this summer. There are multiple possible causes of the seal carcasses’ appearance, including a larger than normal harbor seal population, LaCasse said. Experts believe there was a seal “baby boom” this year, and that the population found in New England is larger than it has been in 20 years.

The mortality rate for seal pups is 30 percent. The young seals are all competing for the same food source. “They’re not going to be able to thrive as well,” LaCasse said. He also mentioned the possibility of unusually high tides bringing more of the bodies to shore than usual. “At the monthly high tides, a lot of animals come up, a lot of carcasses. It could be a coincidental cluster event,” he said. Harbor seals are grayish-black in color and are found everywhere from Long Island, N.Y., to Canada, LaCasse said. In the spring, they often are spotted in Maine where they give birth and nurse their pups. The creatures are very shy, prefer rocky habitats, and to be alone or in small groups. They are not to be confused with gray seals that are often found on the Cape during the summer. - Boston.

DELUGE: Second Typhoon in a Week Lashes the Philippines!

The second typhoon in a week has made landfall in the northern Philippines which is still reeling from floods alongside several Asian countries.

Typhoon Nalgae slammed ashore midmorning Saturday south of northeastern Palanan Bay with winds of 100 mph (160 kph) and stronger gusts. It is making a similar path across the rain-soaked Luzon Island as an earlier typhoon that killed at least 50 people, left thousands stranded on rooftops and sent huge waves that breached a seawall in Manila Bay. Hundreds of thousands have hunkered down in evacuation centers with rainfall of about an inch (2 and a half centimeters) an hour. More than 600 are dead or missing in monsoon floods and storms in Southeast Asia, China, Japan and South Asia in the last four months. - Forbes.
Typhoon Nalgae landed on northern Philippines before noon on Saturday, packing winds up to 195 km per hour, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration ( PAGASA). The typhoon, the second in a week, is expected to go through five provinces on Luzon island in north Philippines Saturday afternoon. Quoting PAGASA, China's Xinhua news agency reported that Nalgae is expected to enhance the sothwest mansoon and will bring about scattered to widespread rains over the southern Luzon region. The PAGASA said in its 11 a.m. report that signal number 3 was raised in 10 provinces in north Philippines including Isabela, Northern Aurora, Mt. Province and Ifugao, while signal number 2 was lifted in another 12 provinces. Metro Manila and some surrounding areas are under signal number 1. The storm was tracking roughly the same path as Typhoon Nesat, which ravaged Luzon with huge floods on Tuesday. Residents in low lying and mountainous areas under Public storm Warning Signals are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides. The PAGASA said the estimated rainfall within Nalgae's 500-km diameter will be from 15 to 25 km per hour. - Bernama.
WATCH: The latest on Typhoon Nalgae.

WATCH: Tracking Typhoon Nalgae's current path.

PLANETARY TREMORS: 5.8 Quake Rocks Near Islands, Alaska!

Map of where the earthquake hit.
According to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre, a magnitude 5.8 earthquake has struck Near Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska at a depth of 5.8 km (3.6 miles). The quake hit at 09:23:48 UTC, Saturday 1st October 2011 and was located at 51.781°N, 172.110°E.

Seismicity of the Aleutian Islands, Alaska.
The epicentre was 139 km ( 86 miles) southwest of Attu Station, Alaska; 172 km (106 miles) southwest of Shemya Island, Alaska; 269 km (167 miles) southwest of Buldir Island, Alaska; and 3120 km (1938 miles) northeast of Tokyo, Japan.

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

The area has been experiencing a fair amount of seismic tremors lately, with a magnitude 5.1 earthquake striking the same location at 09:18:53 UTC today, with a depth of 30 km (18.6 miles) and an epicentre of 134 km ( 83 miles) southwest of Attu Station, Alaska.

EXTREME WEATHER: Texas Wildfires Still Raging Over 7,500 Acres!

As wildfires burn statewide in unstable, windy conditions, Texans learn that the historic drought will last at least through winter and possibly until 2020.

With wildfires raging across 2500 acres of drought-parched fuels near the West Texas town of Snyder, and a 5000 acre fire moving into Big Bend National Park, the last thing Texas needs is more wind. Unfortunately, the Texas Forest Service has warned for days that the forecast for September 30, 2011, calls for hot, dry, unstable conditions creating a critical fire weather situation. "It is extremely dry today with low relative humidity and 20 to 25 mph winds," according to Marq Webb, Public Information Officer with the Texas Forest Service. "With these weather conditions added to extremely dry fuels, you can expect rapid fire spread today. And so it begins. At 2 p.m. on September 30, 2011, the Texas Forest Service reported nine new fires started by lightning in the Southeast Texas Fire Complex involving 40 acres now burning in Walker County; 94 acres burning in Newton county, one acre in Harden County; one acre in San Augustine County; one acre in Houston County; 6.5 acres in Shelby County'; one acre in Lamar County; 12 acres and 25 acres in Wood County and six acres in Red River County. - Suite 101.

DELUGE: Typhoon Nesat Swamps China & Vietnam With Heavy Rains!

Typhoon Nesat, the strongest typhoon to hit China this year, has been bringing strong winds and heavy rains to south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, the region's flood control headquarters said on Friday.

The southern and western regions of Guangxi have experienced heavy rains, with some areas receiving up to 170 mm of precipitation, according to a local weather station. A total of 11,484 fishing boats have been called back to shore and 3,000 schools have suspended classes, local authorities said. The typhoon entered Beibu Gulf around 10 p.m. Thursday, weakening to a tropical storm before hitting the shores of Guangxi around 5 a.m. Friday, the weather station said. The storm is continuing to move northwest at 15 km per hour, the station said. The typhoon has also brought rainstorms and high waves to south China's Guangdong Province, affecting large areas of farmland and damaging seawalls, according to the Guangdong provincial flood control headquarters. Residents living near the seawalls have already been evacuated and no deaths have been reported, according to the headquarters. Transportation and electricity have been hampered by the rainstorms as well, local authorities said. They also warned of potential mudslides and flooding in Guangxi and Guangdong. The typhoon previously hit the city of Wenchang in south China's island province of Hainan at 2:30 p.m. Thursday after passing through the Philippines, where it claimed at least 35 lives. - Xinhuanet.
A tropical storm whacked into Vietnam on Friday, forcing 20,000 people to be evacuated, as the Philippines braced for a new typhoon and several Asian countries reeled under floods after some of the wildest weather this summer. Prolonged monsoon flooding, typhoons and storms have wreaked untold havoc in the region, leaving more than 600 people dead or missing in India, Thailand, the Philippines, Japan, China, Pakistan and Vietnam in the last four months. In India alone, the damage is estimated to be worth $1 billion, with the worst-hit state of Orissa accounting for $726 million. Several studies suggest an intensification of the Asian summer monsoon rainfall with increased atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations, the state-run Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology said. Still, it is not clear that this is entirely because of climate change, especially in India, it said. After pummeling the Philippines and China this week, Typhoon Nesat was downgraded to a tropical storm just before churning into northern Vietnam on Friday afternoon with sustained wind speeds of up to 73 mph (118 kph), according to the national weather forecasting center. Heavy rains were reported in northern and central areas. Warnings were issued for flash floods and landslides in mountainous regions, and for flooding in low-lying areas. High winds whipped through the streets of the capital, Hanoi. The storm had flooded streets across the southern Chinese island of Hainan on Thursday, forcing some 300,000 people to flee their homes, China’s official Xinhua News Agency said. On Tuesday, Nesat bashed the Philippines, killing at least 43 people and leaving 30 others missing after causing one of the worst floods in decades in the capital, Manila. - Pak Observer.
WATCH: Typhoon Nesat lashes Southern China.

MASS INSECT DIE-OFF: BEES - 400 Hives Killed in Florida County?!

Mysterious deaths of bees in hives in Florida's Brevard Country have beekeepers and officials mystified as to how it happened.

Beekeeper Charles Smith of Fellsmere said he found mounds of dead bees spilling out of his 400 hives Monday and that another beekeeper maintaining hives about 1 mile away reported a similar amount of dead bees, Florida Today reported. "This is a total wipeout," said Smith, who estimates he lost $150,000 in honey proceeds, the bees and their future generations. Brevard County officials said they don't think recent mosquito control spraying in the area killed the bees. But die-off left had all the hallmarks of a pesticide kill, experts said. "Right now it's too early to start pointing fingers at anybody," University of Florida entomologist Bill Kern said. "The fact that it was so widespread and so rapid, I think you can pretty much rule out disease," he said. "It happened essentially almost in one day. Usually diseases affect adults or the brood; you don't have something that kills them both." - UPI.

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.

Stunning light show over Japan. Was it a triangle UFO, a meteorite, a Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS), or a fireball? The video capture was done on September 25th.

WATCH: Light show over Japan.

Amazing UFO that was captured in 2009, over Santiago in Chile.

WATCH: UFO over Santiago, Chile.

Interesting video of daytime UFO activity in the sky over Tottenham in London, United Kingdom. This was recorded on 29th September 2011.

WATCH: Daytime UFO flying over Tottenham, London.

Daytime footage of bright unknown object or orb in the sky over Mexico. This video was recorded on Thursday, 22nd September 2011.

WATCH: Daytime UFO hovering above Mexico.