Tuesday, October 11, 2011

MASS ANIMAL DIE-OFF: Bluefin Tuna, Harbor Seals, And Birds Have Been Found Dead on the New Hampshire Shores in New England!

Several days ago, I told you that federal officials have joined an investigation into the mysterious deaths of young harbor seals, bluefin tuna and birds on beaches across New England. It now turns out that the situation is getting much worse.

Around 50 dead harbor seals, mostly pups, have washed up on beaches in Maine, New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts recently, prompting an investigation by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the New England Aquarium. Goethel said she did not know if the bluefin tuna was related to those deaths or if it was simply a “confluence of bizarre events. “It worries me. My gut feeling is we’ve got something going on,” she said. She noted that when she found a dead seal in Hampton, there were five dead sea birds within an eighth of a mile. Goethel said red tide and malnutrition have been ruled out as the cause of the deaths. A spokesman for the New England Aquarium told the Portsmouth Herald earlier this week that pathology tests will show whether disease may be the root of the problem. Results are expected early next week. Goethel said her biggest concern is the health risk posed to humans. She said dead seals pose more of a health risk than the bluefin tuna and recommended that people stay away from the carcasses as required by federal law. The bluefin remains on the beach for the time being. “It may be disposed of but it’s not as much a danger to human health as the seals and the birds,” she said. - Seacoastonline.
A dead eight-foot-long bluefin tuna washed up on a beach in New Hampshire Wednesday, the latest of a number of sea creatures whose bodies have mysteriously washed up on the state’s shore. “All of this together is very concerning,” said Ellen Goethel, a marine biologist and vice chair of the Hampton Conservation Commission. Goethel’s 31-year-old son found the tuna when he was walking Plaice Cove Beach in Hampton. Goethel, who went to the beach to observe the fish, said she had seen five dead seabirds and three dead seals on the beach the week before. “I don’t believe that it was caught and lost. It wasn’t injured from fishing,” Goethel said. The New England Aquarium said last week that a dozen seal pups had washed up on the state’s beaches. The aquarium is conducting tests on the creatures to determine if disease could be the cause of death. The tests are not expected back until Thursday, Tony LaCasse, spokesman for the aquarium, said today. Tests are also being conducted on the dead birds, said Allison McHale, fishery policy analyst with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Goethel is worried about the diseases the marine life may carry, such as hepatitis. She added that many locals walk their dogs on the beach on a daily basis. “My concern was to get the animals off the beach as quickly as possible,” she said. - Boston.
WATCH: WMUR reports on the developing crisis of the mass animal die-off.

POLE SHIFT: Geological Upheaval - Big Ben, the Tower of London is now Tilting Some 0.26 Degrees, Sinking Quickly on the North Side?!

Fears over the long-term stability of Big Ben have been raised because it is beginning to tilt to one side.

The top of the clock tower is leaning one-and-a-half feet off a level position, according to surveyors, and getting worse each year. The tower in Westminster, which houses the giant bell known as Big Ben, is sinking into the banks of the Thames, partly as a result of decades of underground excavation. Subterranean works beneath the tower include the Jubilee line station, an underground car park and sewers. Its lurch of 0.26 degrees is said to be visible to the naked eye – and if it goes uncorrected could cause the tower to crash. However at current rates, it would take 4,000 years before the tower is as slanted as the Leaning Tower of Pisa which leans by four degrees and is around 12ft off the vertical. John Burland, emeritus professor at Imperial College London, said: ‘I’ve heard tourists saying “I don’t think it is quite vertical” and they are right. If it started greater acceleration we would have to look at doing something, but I don’t think we need to do anything for a few years yet.’ If Big Ben were to fall it would crash into MPs' offices over the road in Portcullis House. Currently, the clock tower is sinking more quickly on the north side of the 315ft-tall building.

A just published 2009 survey for London Underground and the Parliamentary Estates Department found that the rate of movement has accelerated in recent years. Engineers cannot explain why the tower's clock face moved up to an eighth of an inch (3.3mm) away from the vertical between November 2002 and August 2003. Since 2003, monitoring instruments show the tilt has increased 0.04in (0.9mm) a year, compared to the long-term average rate of just 0.025in (0.65mm) a year. The report, obtained by the Sunday Telegraph, revealed that the tower  was now leaning towards the north-west at an angle of 0.26 degrees, meaning the top of the tower is 1ft 5in (435mm) from vertical. The Leaning Tower of Pisa leans by around four degrees. Big Ben's movement has caused cracks in the walls of other parts of the House of Commons, including corridors where ministers and shadow ministers have their offices. - Daily Mail.

NOTE: Special thanks to reader, Joanne Chan, for contributing this story.

EARTH CHANGES: Mexico on High Alert for Hurricane Jova!

Mexican authorities have placed four southern coastal states on high alert ahead of tomorrow's expected arrival of Jova, a major hurricane barrelling in from the Pacific.

The Miami-based US National Hurricane Centre said in a bulletin at 9pm GMT (8am AEDT today) that Jova was packing maximum sustained winds of 205km/h. It has strengthened to a category three storm on the five-level Saffir-Simpson scale and is forecast to become a category four before weakening as it makes landfall tomorrow. Mexican authorities issued hurricane alerts for large swathes of the Pacific coastline today, with the system some 315km south-west of the busy port city of Manzanillo, in Colima state. The zone stretched north from the port of Lazaro Cardenas in Michoacan for almost 480km, encompassing the popular tourist cape of Cabo Corrientes in Jalisco, Mexico's meteorological institute said.

Colima, Jalisco, Michoachan and Nayarit state to the north were all put on guard for possible landslides from heavy rain expected to be dumped by the ninth Pacific hurricane of the season. "A dangerous storm surge is expected to produce significant coastal flooding near and to the east of where the centre makes landfall," the NHC warned in its latest bulletin. The surge, said the hurricane centre, "will be accompanied by large and destructive waves" as well as torrential rainfall with accumulations of up to 15 inches (380mm) in some areas. Several major storms or hurricanes have buffeted Mexico's Pacific coast in recent months but most have remained offshore. The season's first named storm, Arlene, left at least 16 people dead and drenched much of the country in July. Tropical storms and hurricanes last year caused flooding and mudslides in Mexico that killed 125 people, left hundreds of thousands homeless and caused more than $US4 billion ($4.02 billion) in damage. - Herald Sun.

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Puu Oo Crater Erupts with Active Lava Flow!

Lava from Puu Oo crater is advancing slowly to the southeast and northeast from a fissure eruption that began September 21 on the east flank of the crater.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory has released new pictures of the eruption on Puu Oo crater. An overflight of the flow on Friday showed lava advancing about 1.6 miles to the southeast from the fissure and .3 miles to the northeast from another flow, scientists said. The observatory also released a thermal image of the lava flow showing active flows near the fissure spreading out. The image shows a pahoehoe flow (smooth, swirling lava) moving southeast and the small flow to the northeast. An aa (rough, broken lava) field is seen below the active flows. The volcano is going through a series of what scientists call deflation/inflation events as the volcano apparently fills with magma, which is then released. The deflation/inflation often coincides with lava pulses and pauses in the eruption. Within Puu Oo crater, scientists said lava has filled a pond on the east side of the crater and a glow could be seen on the west. - Star Advertiser.
Meanwhile, the Weekly Volcanic Activity Report from the Smithsonian's Global Volcanism Program and the US Geological Survey's Volcano Hazards Program, reveals the following about the Kilauea volcano:

During 28 September-4 October, HVO reported that the lava lake circulated and periodically rose and fell in the deep pit within Kilauea's Halema'uma'u crater. Almost daily measurements indicated that the gas plume from the vent continued to deposit variable amounts of ash and occasionally fresh spatter nearby. At the E rift zone, the fissure that formed on 21 September on the upper E flank of Pu'u 'O'o continued to feed lava flows on 28 September that traveled along the edges of a low lava ridge. Most of the active lava spread out at higher elevations S and W of Pu'u Halulu (1.3 km NE of Pu'u 'O'o). Lava activity resumed from two sources on the E edge of the Pu'u 'O'o Crater floor and continued to spread W within the crater. During an overflight on 29 September, geologists observed that the fissure fed scattered active lava flows within 1.8 km on the SE flank of the cone. During 2-3 October lava from the E-crater floor source covered the crater floor. On 4 October active lava was confined to a small lake on the E side of the crater floor.
Geologic Summary. Kilauea, one of five coalescing volcanoes that comprise the island of Hawaii, is one of the world's most active volcanoes. Eruptions at Kilauea originate primarily from the summit caldera or along one of the lengthy E and SW rift zones that extend from the caldera to the sea. About 90% of the surface of Kilauea is formed of lava flows less than about 1,100 years old; 70% of the volcano's surface is younger than 600 years. A long-term eruption from the East rift zone that began in 1983 has produced lava flows covering more than 100 sq km, destroying nearly 200 houses and adding new coastline to the island.

WEATHER ANOMALIES: Record-Breaking Temperatures in Eastern Canada - 27 Degrees Celsius, Was the Hottest Since the 1930s?!

Eastern Canada
is now suffering from the hottest temperatures witnessed  nearly a century, with analysts forecasting that it will continue throughout the rest of the week.

Near constant sunshine and dry weather in Eastern Canada made for a hot Thanksgiving weekend that’s already set records and could break more on Monday. “It has been absolutely wall-to-wall great weather,” said Dave Phillips, senior climatologist at Environment Canada. Ottawa broke records for temperatures reached on Saturday and Sunday and is poised to continue the record-breaking streak on Monday. The hottest October 8 in the nation’s capital was in 2004, when temperatures reached 24.7C, until this year’s 25.5C. On Sunday, temperatures of 27C were recorded, just breaking the 1949 record of 26.7C. Seasonal temperatures would be in the mid-teens.

Mr. Phillips said the unseasonably hot weather is because of a high pressure area that’s keeping in warm temperatures. “It’s like putting [a dome] over eastern North America, and no weather can get inside,” Mr. Phillips said, adding the particularly hot weather stretches from Kingston, Ont., eastward. Halifax broke its record of 22.3C on Sunday by three degrees. On Monday, it’s expected to be a little cooler but could break the record of 21.7C by less than a degree. Fredericton broke records on Saturday and Sunday, when temperatures reached 28C, well above 2006’s record of 25.2. Mr. Phillips called that record-breaking a clobbering. “In my business, you break records by a tenth of a degree, you don’t break them by full degrees,” he said. “These are records that go back to the 1930s.”

Charlottetown reached 24C on Sunday, breaking its 21.7C record. Also on Sunday, Moncton broke its record of 23.7C with 26.3C. Quebec City tied its record Saturday and Montreal may break or match its record of 23C on Monday. There was warm weather in the West as well, Mr. Phillips said, but the region isn’t likely to break records. Over the weekend, much of British Columbia and Alberta saw rain and cool weather, while Saskatchewan was sunny and dry, with slightly warmer temperatures than normal. In Whitehorse, there was some light snow and temperatures hovered around 0C. But even for the record-breaking areas, the warm streak will be over soon, Mr. Phillips said. Temperatures are expected to fall in Toronto by mid-week and later in the week further east. “The end is in sight,” Mr. Phillips said. “Every day now makes it a little bit more difficult for nature to come back with these kinds of temperatures.” - The Globe and Mail.

PLANETARY TREMORS: 5.7 Magnitude Quake Hits Papua, Indonesia!

Map of 5.7 magnitude earthquake in Papua.
A magnitude 5.7 earthquake has struck Papua, Indonesia at a depth of 20.3 km (12.6 miles). The quake hit at 13:05:48 UTC, Tuesday 11th October 2011 and was located at 2.250°S, 138.854°E.

Seismicity of the Papua region.
The epicentre was 209 km ( 129 miles) west of Jayapura, Papua, Indonesia; 274 km (170 miles) west of Vanimo, New Guinea, Papua New Guinea; 1429 km (887 miles) northeast of Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia; and 3577 km (2222 miles) east of Jakarta, Java, Indonesia.

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

MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: Britain Faces a 'Mini-Ice Age'?!

Britain is set to suffer a mini ice age that could last for decades and bring with it a series of bitterly cold winters.

And it could all begin within weeks as experts said last night that the mercury may soon plunge below the record -20C endured last year. Scientists say the anticipated cold blast will be due to the return of a disruptive weather pattern called La Nina. Latest evidence shows La Nina, linked to extreme winter weather in America and with a knock-on effect on Britain, is in force and will gradually strengthen as the year ends. The climate phenomenon, characterised by unusually cold ocean temperatures in the Pacific, was linked to our icy winter last year – one of the coldest on record. And it coincides with research from the Met Office indicating the nation could be facing a repeat of the “little ice age” that gripped the country 300 years ago, causing decades of harsh winters.

The prediction, to be published in Nature magazine, is based on observations of a slight fall in the sun’s emissions of ultraviolet radiation, which may, over a long period, trigger Arctic conditions for many years. Although a connection between La Nina and conditions in Europe is scientifically uncertain, ministers have warned transport organisations and emergency services not to take any chances. Forecasts suggest the country could be shivering in a big freeze as severe and sustained as last winter from as early as the end of this month. La Nina, which occurs every three to five years, has a powerful effect on weather thousands of miles away by influencing an intense upper air current that helps create low pressure fronts.

Another factor that can affect Europe is the amount of ice in the Arctic and sea temperatures closer to home. Ian Currie, of the Meterological Society, said: “All the world’s weather systems are connected. What is going on now in the Pacific can have repercussions later around the world.” Parts of the country already saw the first snowfalls of the winter last week, dumping two inches on the Cairngorms in Scotland. And forecaster James Madden, from Exacta Weather, warned we are facing a “severely cold and snowy winter”. - Express.

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.

Unknown bright objects or orbs were recorded in the sky above Saint Louis in Missouri on Saturday, 8th October 2011 around 8 pm.

WATCH: UFOs or Orbs in triangle formation over Saint Louis, Missouri.

Video of triangle-shaped crafts. They were all recorded on Thursday, 6th October 2011 around 10 pm over Cleveland Height in Ohio.

WATCH: Triangle-shaped craft over Cleveland Height, Ohio.

New footage of unknown bright object or orb slowly flying across the sky over Lins in Sao Paulo, Brazil. This was filmed on Friday, 7th October 2011 around 6:45 pm.

WATCH: UFO or orb over São Paulo, Brazil.

Famous daytime video of cigar-shaped UFO. This video was recorded in Brazil on the 28th of September 2011.

WATCH: Famous cigar-shaped UFO video from Brazil.

WATCH: Video of similar object filmed earlier this year, in the United Kingdom.

This daytime footage of UFOs or Orbs was allegedly recorded over the Himalayas sometime this year.

WATCH: UFOs over the Himalayas.

A strange sight was seen and recorded over the valley skies of Arizona on the 30th of September 2011.

WATCH: Strange dark mass seen in Arizona.

These three pulsating objects were recorded flying across the night sky above  Marion in Illinois. Recorded on Saturday, 8th October 2011 at 9:45 pm.

WATCH: UFO activity over Marion, Illinois.

Two UFOs or Orbs were recorded in the sky above Missouri on Saturday, 8th October 2011.

WATCH: Fast UFO orbs in the sky over Missouri.

New video of triangle-shaped craft in the night sky over Pine Bush in New York. This was film on Wednesday, 5th October 2011.

WATCH: Triangle UFO sighting in Pine Bush, New York.

Stunning video of multiple lights dancing over Montreal sky line in Canada. This footage was recorded on Thursday, 6th September 2011. According to the author of the video, this  lasted for about 2 hours.

WATCH: UFO lights flying over Montreal sky in Canada.

EARTH CHANGES: 1.5 Miles Long & 50 Yards Wide Tornado Knocks Out Power for Thousands of Homes & Businesses in San Antonio, Texas!

Several homes and a post office were damaged when a small tornado touched down Sunday in San Antonio, Texas. Crews worked through Monday to restore electricity to thousands of homes and businesses.

A strong storm system that spawned a small tornado early Sunday near Lackland Air Force Base knocked out power for thousands of residents and dumped more than 2 inches of rain on San Antonio, San Antonio Express-News reported. No injuries were immediately reported, the paper said. The tornado was about 1.5 miles long and 50 yards wide and touched down near Loop 410 and Medina Base Road about 1:20 a.m., the National Weather Service told the paper. The twister damaged several homes and a post office, where the storm tossed around postal trucks and bent lights in a parking lot, before dissipating at Allenhurst and Springdale drives, the weather service said. The tornado's strength had not been determined, a forecaster said Sunday. The National Weather Service told the paper that the investigation would continue today. - Statesman.
Severe storms ripped through the San Antonio area early Sunday morning, causing widespread damage. Streets and homes were flooded, thousands of homes lost power and about a dozen postal vehicles were overturned at the Valley Hi Post Office. The rain continued to fall throughout day in much of South Texas, providing a much-needed dose of precipitation to the drought-stricken region. - Kens5.