Friday, October 21, 2011

MASS BIRD DIE-OFF: Mysterious Bird Deaths in Myrtle Beach, SC?!

The apparent death of 30-40 birds has workers at one Myrtle Beach hotel wondering what's to blame.

Ocean Forest Resort Hotel Security Guard Brandon Nelson said between 30 and 40 birds of various breeds fell from the sky around 2 Sunday morning while he was patrolling the building. "The birds were just landing with a plop, some of them chirped and squirmed for a few minutes before they died. I've never seen anything like it," Nelson said. Nelson's mother, Sarah Allen, stopped at the hotel to visit her son during his shift when she says one of the birds hit her in the shoulder as it fell from the sky. "I stepped out of my car and asked what was going on and no sooner had I asked when a bird hit my shoulder," Allen said.

Ocean Forest Maintenance Worker Jimmie Livingston said birds die almost yearly around the Hotel, though not in such large numbers. "Oh no, this isn't the first time. And I think it's going to keep happening too," Livingston said. Livingston said he thinks the birds may be colliding with hotel late at night when the poor visibility makes the building difficult to see, especially in the moonlight. "They just confuse it for open air and they run into it," Livingston said. Myrtle Beach Police confirmed they did respond and investigate the incident, but did not have any further details at the time. - WMBF News.
WATCH: Mysterious Bird Deaths in Myrtle Beach.

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL - Deepest and Most Explosive Underwater Eruption Ever Seen Happening Near Samoa!

An underwater volcano bursting with glowing lava bubbles - the deepest active submarine eruption seen to date - is shedding light on how volcanism can impact deep-sea life and reshape the face of the planet.

Submarine eruptions account for about three-quarters of all of Earth's volcanism, but the overlying ocean and the sheer vastness of the seafloor makes detecting and observing them difficult. The only active submarine eruptions that scientists had seen and analyzed until now were at the volcano NW Rota-1, near the island of Guam in the western Pacific. Now researchers have witnessed the deepest active submarine eruption yet. The volcano in question, West Mata, lies near the islands of Fiji in the southwestern Pacific in the Lau Basin. Here, the rate of subduction - the process in which one massive tectonic plate dives under another, typically forming chains of volcanoes - is the highest on Earth, and the region hosts ample signs of recent submarine volcanism.

Scientists discovered West Mata in 2008 during a survey of the northeast Lau Basin. Explosive eruptions were seen in the following year there using a remotely operated underwater vehicle - the first eruption was called Hades, the second Prometheus, both occurring at a depth of approximately 3,900 feet (1,200 meters). The nearly continuous eruptions generated spectacular incandescent gas-filled bubbles of lava up to 3 feet (1 m) wide. Gas flowing through the glowing lava could sometimes look flame-like in appearance, scientists said. "It was absolutely stunning and exciting, something we'd never seen on the seafloor before," researcher Joseph Resing, an oceanographer at the University of Washington in Seattle, told OurAmazingPlanet. "People were just ecstatic." The rich soup of chemicals these eruptions spew out helps fuel communities of deep sea organisms at West Mata. For instance, the researchers witnessed shrimp colonies grazing on mats of microbes on the rocks. Deep-sea volcanism such as this might have nurtured the first life billions of years ago - "we might see the same ingredients here as the ones used to make the first organic molecules on Earth," Resing said. This submarine eruption is the deepest seen yet, about 2,200 feet (700 m) deeper than NW Rota-1. This was deeper than scientists had expected to see explosive eruptions. Water pressure goes up the further down you go, "so as pressure goes up, the ability of gas as it comes out of magma to cause explosions is diminished, and the thought was that you wouldn't get explosive eruptions below about 1,000 meters (3,300 feet)," Resing said. 

Eruptions at centers of ocean floor spreading - where the majority of eruptions on Earth happen - generally seem to occur in relatively short episodes lasting hours to months, but West Mata appears to have erupted near continuously since it was first observed in 2008. This might be because magma is focused there, instead of being spread across many volcanoes at once. "However, this is a question that we don't currently know the answer to," Resing said. Samples the researchers gathered from West Mata revealed the volcano is spewing out boninite, a kind of water-rich lava never before seen, newly made and hitherto only unearthed in ancient deposits. Boninite is always linked with subduction zones, and these pristine samples could help yield new clues about subduction, especially its early stages. Subduction plays a key role in shaping the face of the planet by consuming and recycling material from the oceanic plates. "One thing about the deep sea is that we still don't have the best idea of what's going on down there," Resing said. "The overlying ocean and its vast size makes it a relatively unexplored place. I'd like to continue exploration of the seafloor - I'd like humanity to know what else is on planet Earth and what else we can learn about it."  Resing and his colleagues detailed their findings online Oct. 9 in the journal Nature Geoscience. - Our Amazing Planet.

GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: Massive Landslide Leaves 360,000 People in 120 Neighborhoods in Central Colombia Without Water Service!

A landslide in central Colombia destroyed the main water supply pipeline of the capital city of the Caldas department, leaving 360,000 residents without water service, Colombian media reported Thursday.

The local government of the city of Manizales announced that 27 water tanker trucks will deliver water on Thursday to 120 neighborhoods as well as over 60 hospitals and clinics and two prisons affected by the disaster. The mayor said they plan to eventually have 80 tankers servicing the city. According to authorities, the water supply pipeline will not be repaired until Sunday, October 23. Manizales Ombudsman Juan Carlos Perez said that there was no water available for sale in about 30 supermarkets he visited in the city. The administrators of the local stores said they expect more water to be sent in from neighboring cities of Pereira and Armenia.

The local government authorized the use of water from a treatment plant, which holds about 95,000 gallons. Perez said the government will prioritize the delivery of water to hospitals, the elderly, and the 2,000 inmates in Manizales prisons. The mayor of Manizales, Juan Manuel Llano, explained that universities as well as private and public schools have suspended operations until the crisis is solved. Government offices and companies will continue working until 1PM. President Juan Manuel Santos visited Manizales Thursday morning to address the emergency. He asked for the solidarity of the government, private businesses, and all Colombians in addressing the crisis. - Colombia Reports.

EXTREME WEATHER: Severe Storm Rips Into Monroe Harbor, Lake Michigan, Chicago - Destroying 7 Boats And Damaging 20 More!

"The wind was howling, sails had gone loose, you could hear them ripping and shredding. It was a pretty unreal sight."

As many as seven boats in Monroe Harbor were reduced to flotsam and about 20 more were damaged by the heavy winds and high waves of a severe storm that tore across Lake Michigan.

"It's just frustrating," Quentin Arnold said Thursday as he got ready to survey the damage to Rain Shadow, his capsized 1966 Cal 25 entry-level sailboat. "I put a lot of sweat into that boat." The Chicago Police Marine Unit got word about 10 p.m. Wednesday that there were damaged and submerged motorboats and sailboats at the harbor, according to preliminary reports. "It appears boats had broken away from their moorings due to the extreme weather conditions," said a police spokesman, Officer John Mirabelli.

The National Weather Service estimated that wind speeds in the area reached roughly 60 mph during the storm, which began Wednesday and blew into Thursday. Arnold and other boat owners gathered on the south side of the downtown harbor on Thursday to sort through what was left of their vessels — snapped masts, torn sails and other debris. One boater had to be rescued after he fell off his boat and was not able to climb back onboard. Boat owner Michael Argyelan said a captain at the harbor called him Wednesday night to tell him that the mooring line on his boat had begun to fray. By the time he got to the harbor, Argyelan said the violent weather made it impossible to go out on the water. "The wind was howling, sails had gone loose, you could hear them ripping and shredding," Argyelan said. "It was a pretty unreal sight."

A few hours later, Argyelan got a call informing him that the line to his boat had snapped. When he went to see what had become of his Catalina 36 sailboat Thursday morning, it was nowhere to be found. Argyelan was finally able to identify his boat by its mast, the only part of Westwind that remained above water. Although it has been years since Monroe Harbor, part of the Chicago Park District, has seen this level of damage, the harbor's size and relative lack of protection from open water make it a particularly rough location, boaters said. In October 1990, 10 boats sank and another 39 were torn loose during three days of high winds and waves. Argyelan said a big part of the problem is the design of Monroe Harbor, which has an older breakwater and a large entry point that was originally designed for bigger vessels. "The harbor is just totally outdated," Argyelan said. Some noted that sailors who leave their boats in the harbor late in the season run a greater risk of problems with the weather. Boats must be removed from Monroe Harbor by Oct. 31. "Mother nature gives us a time window to use the beautiful resources of Lake Michigan," said Bill Luksha, who teaches sailing in Chicago. "You can have some really nice days in October, (but) it's better to be prudent." - Chicago Tribune.

PLANETARY TREMORS: 6.1 Quake Rocks Hokkaido, Japan!

Map of 6.1 magnitude earthquake in Japan.
A magnitude 6.1 earthquake has struck Hokkaido, Japan at a depth of 188.2 km (116.9 miles). The quake hit at 08:02:38 UTC, Thursday 20th October 2011 and was located at 43.889°N, 142.477°E.

Seismicity of the region.
The epicentre was 17 km ( 10 miles) northeast of Asahikawa, Hokkaido, Japan; 121 km (75 miles) northwest of Obihiro, Hokkaido, Japan; 131 km (81 miles) northeast of Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan; and 941 km (584 miles) northeast of Tokyo, Japan.

There are no reports of any damage at this time.

Note: The Japan Meteorological Agency measuring this earthquake at a 6.2 magnitude. The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre registered the tremor at 6.1 magnitude.

Here are the following listings for several stations that measured the quake at 6.3 magnitude or higher: 6.3 magnitude - 29 stations; 6.4 magnitude - 17 stations; 6.5 magnitude - 12 stations; 6.6 magnitude - 10 stations; 6.7 magnitude - 9 stations; 6.8 magnitude - 5 stations; and 6.9 magnitude - 8 stations; and no stations measured higher than 6.9 magnitude.

EARTH CHANGES: "SNOWAGGEDDON" - La Nina Strikes Again! NOAA: Colder & Wetter North; Drier South; & "Snowmaggeddon" in East?!

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicted Thursday that La Nina and the Arctic Oscillation would bring a colder and wetter winter season to the Northwest and central regions of the country--and potentially another ‘Snowmaggedon’ to the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

At the same time, NOAA is predicting below average precipitation across the southern United States, with "severe drought" continuing through the winter across the Southern Plains. Precipitation, NOAA predicts, will be as much as 50 percent below the median in the southern parts of Arizona, New Mexico, and Oklahoma, and through much of drought-plagued Texas. In some other parts of those states, as well as in parts of Southern California, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina, winter precipitation will be as much as 40 percent below the median, according to NOAA. Additionally, NOAA expects drought conditions to spread to Florida, where winter precipitation this year will be as much as 40 to 50 percent below the median. By contrast, NOAA is predicting that winter precipitation could be as much as 50 percent above the median in the Northwest and from 33 percent to 40 percent above the median in parts of the Midwest. “The winter outlook this year is shaped by the redevelopment of La Nina,” Mike Halpert, deputy director of NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center said on a conference call with reporters.

NOAA defines La Nina as “unusually cold ocean temperatures in the Equatorial Pacific.” “In very general terms,” NOAA’s Halpert said, “the outlook favors colder, and wetter than average conditions along the northern part of the nation from the Pacific Northwest to the Great Lakes and drier and warmer than average conditions across much of the South, particularly in the southern Plains. “More specifically,” he said, “a colder than average winter is most likely right along the West Coast and across the northern Plains and Great Lakes states, while a milder than average winter is favored across the south central part of the nation, from the Southwest eastward across the southern Plains to the central Gulf Coast.” NOAA said that precipitation would be heavier than usual in the northern parts of the country and down the valleys of the Ohio and Tennessee rivers. “Winter-time precipitation and potentially snowfall is most likely to exceed median values across much of the northern part of the nation from the Pacific Northwest across the central and northern Rockies, the northern Plains and Great Lakes, and southward into the Ohio and Tennessee River valleys,” Halpert said. NOAA also aid that an atmospheric effect known as the Arctic Oscillation could intensify the winter in the East by bringing colder temperatures, thus causing heavier snowfalls reminiscent of the “Snowmaggedon” storm that have hit the region in 2009.

Explaining that the intensity of the coming winter will be determined not by La Nina alone or by the Arctic Oscillation alone, but by the intensity and interaction of the two phenomena, Halpert said, “It is important to note however that the strength of U.S. impacts is not directly related to the strength of La Nina.” In the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states the primary factor will be the Arctic Oscillation. “The negative phase of the Arctic Oscillation pushes cold air into the U.S. from Canada,” said a NOAA press statement. “The Arctic Oscillation went strongly negative at times the last two winters, causing outbreaks of cold and snowy conditions in the U.S. such as the ‘Snowmaggedon’ storm of 2009.” NOAA said that if the Arctic Oscillation pushes cold air into the United States, the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic could see heavy snows again this year. “Winter weather for these regions is often driven not by La NiƱa but by the Arctic Oscillation. If enough cold air and moisture are in place, areas north of the Ohio Valley and into the Northeast could see above-average snow,” the NOAA press release explained. This could happen, NOAA is predicting, even as other parst of the country remain in severe drought. "Despite the recent rains, ongoing extreme drought continues throughout the southern Plains, and it's most liekly that severe drought will persist through the winter," NOAA's Halpert said. "In addition, we expect drought to develop during the winter throughout some parts of the Southeast not currenlty experiencing drought, including much of Florida." David Brown, NOAA Regional Climate Services Director for the Southern Region, said that 91 percent of Texas awas under "extreme drought" or "exceptional drought" conditions. Brown added that as the drought conditions spread into Florida and other parts of the Southeast, the chance of wildfired would increase for those areas as groundwater levels continue to decline. - CNS News.

MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: Great Deluge of Water Heads Toward Bangkok, Worst Flooding in Decades Wreck Havoc Through Thailand! UPDATE: ALERT - Floods Are Now Swamping Bangkok Neighborhoods!

"This problem is very overwhelming. It's a national crisis..."

At least 745 people have died in flooding in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and the Philippines since July. Thailand has been hit the hardest, with 315 people killed in that time frame. Monsoon rains across Thailand have affected millions of people in 61 of its provinces. The authorities are struggling to contain the impact of the country's worst flooding in decades. The army and volunteers are working to shore up flood defences in Bangkok but there are fears barriers will not hold, where a third of Thailand's provinces are now under water. 

The Thai government says it will be impossible to protect all of the capital from flooding because of a build-up of water to the north. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said water would have to be allowed to flow through parts of Bangkok out to sea. Describing the flooding as a "national crisis", she said officials were doing all they could to solve the problem. On Wednesday officials urged residents in seven Bangkok districts to prepare for possible flooding. Central Bangkok is protected by flood barriers which have been reinforced by troops in recent days. But the run-off from severe flooding in central parts of the country has built up to the north of the capital, and several northern suburbs are already underwater. "We cannot block the water forever," Ms Yingluck said. "We need areas that water can be drained through so water can flow out to the sea." The problems have been exacerbated by high tides, forcing water back up swollen rivers. "Flood waters are coming from every direction and we cannot control them because it's a huge amount of water," the prime minister said. "This problem is very overwhelming. It's a national crisis so I hope to get cooperation from everybody." - BBC.
Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra issued his second warning on Wednesday. He advised residents of those areas move to two shelters, at Sai Mai and Rittiyawannalai schools in Sai Mai district. The two shelters could accommodate 2,000 people. The water in Khlong Rapheepat in neighbouring Pathum Thani province reached a critical level after another section of a dyke, about 200 metres, built along the canal was breached today, allowing the floodwater to pour into the area. Soldiers based at Khlong Rapheepat asked canalside residents to urgently move to higher ground after more cracks were found on the earth dyke. GMC trucks were sent to transport residents out of the area because the soldiers were finding it very difficult to repair the cracks. This morning, MR Sukhumbhand warned via his Twitter website that seven districts of Bangkok are at risk of flooding and people in the areas should move their belongings to higher places. The districts are Lat Krabang, Nong Chok, Minburi, Klong Samwa, Kannayao, Sai Mai and Bangkhen. MR Sukhumbhand said the floodwater was heading down to these areas through the broken dyke at Khlong Rapipat. The water level could be higher than the floodwalls built by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and may inundate the districts. - Bangkok Post.
Click HERE for a photo gallery of the floods.

WATCH: Thailand floods threaten to swamp Bangkok.

UPDATE: ALERT - Floods Are Now Swamping Bangkok Neighborhoods!

Thailand's Prime Minister has warned Bangkok residents to move their possessions to higher levels as flood waters began seeping into Bangkok's residential areas Friday.

WATCH: Raw Video - Floods Swamp Bangkok Neighborhoods!

ANCIENT ALIENS: Season 3 - Aliens and the Secret Code!

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 thirteen, entitled Aliens and the Secret Code and runs for 44 minutes. It examines whether extraterrestrials created a secret scientific code of global inter-connectivity that will ultimately be revealed in our time.

Megalithic monuments linked together by electromagnetic energy... Prehistoric ruins arranged across vast distances in straight lines... And advanced mathematics carved into landmarks more than 5000 years ago. Were ancient man's spectacular structures built by humans alone? Or do they bear evidence of being designed--and interconnected--by otherworldly visitors? " - The History Channel.

WATCH: Aliens and Deadly Cults.