Friday, January 13, 2012

EXTRATERRESTRIAL & UFO MEMES: UFO TV Studios Presents - David Serada's "From Here to Andromeda Part 1 and 2"!

"From Here To Andromeda" opens with the possibility that humanity may not survive due to Global Warming, an ensuing Ice Age or Mass Extinction. The question is, "Why hasn't humanity embraced sustainable technologies like Solar, Wind, and Helium-3 Fusion to beat Global Warming?" Why are the oil companies holding us hostage? Why hasn't all of humanity awakened and taken measures to ensure our survival? Find out why so many UFOs are suddenly appearing all over the world.

Are they here to teach us? Are they here to help humanity make a quantum leap? What do Governments know about UFOs? Will humanity find a new home in the universe? Join UFO Researcher and Environmentalist David Sereda as he embarks on a journey in search of a way to travel to the Andromeda Galaxy 2.2 million light years away to find a new home for humanity. Along his journey he explores Sustainability, UFOs, Crop Circles, Space Propulsion Theory, Spirituality, and Human Ethics in order to solve the greatest riddle in the universe: How can one travel faster than the speed of light and go anywhere in the universe in the blink of an eye.

Features: Lockheed Martin Senior Research Engineer - Boyd Bushman, and Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University - Robert Thurman, and many more. - UFOTVStudios.

WATCH: "From Here to Andromeda".

PLANETARY TREMORS: Scientific Study Reveals Geological Activity Along Rio Grande Rift - Earthquakes Expected in the Region Extending From Colorado to New Mexico!

The Rio Grande Rift, a thinning and stretching of Earth’s surface that extends from Colorado’s central Rocky Mountains to Mexico, is not dead but geologically alive and active, according to a new study involving scientists from the University of Colorado Boulder’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences.    

“We don’t expect to see a lot of earthquakes, or big ones, but we will have some earthquakes,” said CU-Boulder geological sciences Professor Anne Sheehan, also a fellow at CIRES. The study also involved collaborators from the University of New Mexico, New Mexico Tech, Utah State University and the Boulder-headquartered UNAVCO. The Rio Grande Rift follows the path of the Rio Grande River from central Colorado roughly to El Paso before turning southeast toward the Gulf of Mexico.

Sheehan was not too surprised when a 5.3 magnitude earthquake struck about 9 miles west of Trinidad, Colo., in the vicinity of the Rio Grande Rift on Aug. 23, 2011.  The quake was the largest in Colorado since 1967 and was felt from Fort Collins to Garden City, Kan.  Along the rift, spreading motion in the crust has led to the rise of magma -- the molten rock material under Earth’s crust -- to the surface, creating long, fault-bounded basins that are susceptible to earthquakes, said Sheehan, a study co-author and also associate director of the CIRES Solid Earth Sciences Division. The team studied the Rio Grande Rift region to assess the potential earthquake hazards.

Using Global Positioning System instruments at 25 sites in Colorado and New Mexico, the team tracked the rift’s miniscule movements from 2006 to 2011. “Questions we wanted to answer are whether the Rio Grande Rift is alive or dead, how is it deforming and whether it is opening or not,” said Sheehan. 
The high-precision instrumentation has provided unprecedented data about the volcanic activity in the region. Previously, geologists had estimated the rift had spread apart by up to 2 inches or 5 millimeters each year, although the errors introduced by the scientific instruments were known to be significant. “The GPS used in this study has reduced the uncertainty dramatically,” Sheehan said.

Using the latest high-tech instrumentation, the scientists found an average strain rate of 1.2 “nanostrain” each year across the experimental area, the equivalent of about one-twentieth of an inch, or 1.2 millimeters, over a length of about 600 miles.  “The rate is lower than we thought but it does exist,” Sheehan said. The researchers also found the extensional deformation, or stretching, is not concentrated in a narrow zone centered on the Rio Grande Rift but is distributed broadly from the western edge of the Colorado Plateau well into the western Great Plains. “The surprising thing to come out of the study was that the strain was so spread out,” Sheehan said.

Results of the study are published in the January edition of the journal Geology. The team plans to continue monitoring the Rio Grande Rift, probing whether the activity remains constant over time, said lead study author Henry Berglund of UNAVCO, who was a graduate student at CU-Boulder working at CIRES when he completed this portion of the research. Also, the team may attempt to determine vertical as well as horizontal activity in the region to tell whether the Rocky Mountains are still uplifting or not, Berglund said.

“Present-day measurements of deformation within continental interiors have been difficult to capture due to the typically slow rates of deformation within them,” Berglund said. “Now with the recent advances in space geodesy we are finding some very surprising results in these previously unresolved areas.” As far as the potential for future earthquakes in the region, the study’s results are unequivocal, however. “The rift is still active,” Sheehan said. The new study also is co-authored by CU-Boulder Associate Professor and CIRES Fellow Steven Nerem, Frederick Blume of UNAVCO, Anthony Lowry of Utah State University, Mousumi Roy of the University of New Mexico and Mark Murray of New Mexico Tech. Provided by University of Colorado at Boulder. - PHYSORG.

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: "Yellow" Alert For Turrialba Volcano - Eruption of Smoke For Turrialba, Jiménez and Alvarado Region in Costa Rica!

The emanation of a gray cloud, possibly containing ash, at the Turrialba Volcano was confirmed Thursday afternoon by the Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de CostaRica (OVSICORI), that resulting in the closure of the park.

The eruption of smoke was confirmed at 3pm Thursday, preceded by rumblings that were detected by locals and confirmed by the OSVICORI.

Almost immediately the Comisión Nacional de Emergencias (CNE) - national Emergency Commission - issued a "yellow" alert for the area as a preventive measure.

The alert takes in the areas of Turrialba, Jiménez and Alvarado. For the areas Oreamuno and Cartago, the alert is at "green", according to Vanessa Rosales, president of the CNE.

Experts will be meeting today to discuss the risk and review technical reports to determine possible preventive measures. - Inside Costa Rica.

WEATHER ANOMALIES: Extremely Rare and Vicious January Tornado Rips Through North Carolina - Damaging Dozens of Buildings and Injuring 15 People!

Weather officials confirm there was a tornado in the storm system that swept through parts of western North Carolina this week, flinging mobile homes into valleys, damaging dozens of buildings and injuring nearly 20 people.

The storm system struck Rutherford and Burke counties on Wednesday, as a cold front moved through the western Carolinas. A National Weather Service survey team reported the system produced a tornado of EF2 strength, with winds of roughly 115 miles an hour. “The trailer started shaking and we were gone,” said Samantha Owens of Ellenboro, in Ruth
erford County. “It just picked and we just started rolling.” The mobile home where Owens lived with her mother and four children was thrown off its foundation, she said Thursday. Her mother was taken to a hospital in Charlotte with a concussion, but Owens and her children escaped with minor scrapes and bruises.

“Not even a year ago, we had a house fire and we lost everything,” she said as she searched through the ruins of her home for items that hadn’t been destroyed. “We were trying to start over, and then this happened.” At least 10 people were injured in Rutherford County and nearly the same number in Burke County, emergency officials said. There were no fatalities reported by Thursday afternoon. “We are certainly thankful for that,” Burke County Manager Bryan Steen said. At least two of the injuries in Rutherford County were serious, sheriff’s Sgt. Dwayne Wright said, but officials didn’t know the extent of those injuries.
In Burke County, 16 homes were destroyed by the twister, with another 50 suffering various amounts of damage, according to Fire Marshal Mark Pitts. About six businesses were also damaged. At least five people were hurt when the storm struck a few minutes later in the Icard area in eastern Burke County, Dixon said. The American Red Cross opened a shelter in Icard, in eastern Burke County, and about 15 people stayed there overnight. Steen said county officials were ready to help anyone who still needed a place to stay Thursday.

Wind also struck a marina in Caldwell County late Wednesday, damaging at least three boats. It was not clear if a tornado had hit the area. No injuries had been reported. The storm cell that caused the damage dumped hail in South Carolina before moving into North Carolina, according to the National Weather Service. Tornadoes have happened in the past in January, but they’re far more common in the spring and fall, said Andrew Kimball, a meteorologist in the weather service’s Greer, S.C. office. “It’s extremely odd, extremely rare,” Steen said. “I don’t ever remember a tornado in North Carolina in January.” - Washington Post.

EARTH CHANGES: First Winter Blast Hits America's Northeast and Midwest - Accidents, Cut Power from Snow, Freeze, Wind!

Cold fronts moving in from the north on made for the first winter blast across the Midwest and Northeast of the United States.

Buffalo lies in the heart of white-out conditions with heavily falling snow and high winds contributing to a visibility of a quarter of a mile.

The heavy snow has pummeled many communities across northeastern Ohio, northwestern Pennsylvania and western and central portions of New York state on the backside of the powerful storm that brought near-blizzard conditions to Chicago on Thursday. Especially with little ice on the Great Lakes, cold winds blowing across the water of the lakes will help to enhance snow in typical snowbelts downwind of the lakes. Snowfall rates are as high as 2-3 inches in western New York. With snowfall rates this high, thunder and lightning may accompany the snow.Snow will continue spread across the remainder of the interior Northeast and northern New England, where snow amounts could top a foot in a few locations.

Snow Amounts so far across New York State:

-Oswego: 10.0 inches

-4 miles SSE Frewsburg: 4.8 inches

-Sherman: 4.5 inches<

-3 ESE Aurora: 4.5 inches

-Buffalo: 6.3 inches

Dozens of accidents have already resulted the poor visibility and dangerous roadway conditions across western New York alone. Motorists should prepare for driving through near-blizzard conditions at times if travel is necessary. RealFeel® temperatures plummeted 30-40 degrees from midnight to 8 a.m. ET across the interior Northeast behind the arctic front. Motorists are urged to use caution, since the rapid freeze has left roads extremely slick and dangerous, including portions of I-76, I-80, I-81 and I-99. Untreated secondary roads are especially treacherous.

Temperatures will continue to drop from the I-95 corridor of the mid-Atlantic through southeastern New England as the front continues to progress across the region. "Temperatures will plummet below freezing, dropping over 10-20 degrees in just a few hours. This will lead to a flash freeze, causing treacherous travel," according to Meteorologist Dan DePodwin. Any remaining wet spots on roadways will freeze quickly, allowing dangerous patches of black ice to form. Winds of 40-60 mph will make it feel much colder than actual temperatures. AccuWeather RealFeel® temperatures will be in the teens and 20s at times along the I-95 corridor from Philadelphia to Boston with the wind factored in.

High winds of 40-60 mph will continue to blast the Northeast through tonight, behind the plowing arctic front. Winds of this magnitude are capable of downing trees and power lines, cutting power. In Brooklyn, New York, a "Mega Millions" billboard was ripped down due to high winds. Airline passengers should also prepare for flight delays. Flights at both La Guardia and Newark International Airports are being delayed by the high winds, which have gusted to 51 mph in Newark. - Accu Weather.
WATCH: Arctic Cold and Snow Blasts Into Northeast.


GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Reventador is Waking Up – Three Volcanoes on Alert in Ecuador!

There is new activity recorded at Reventador volcano, as well as at Sangay and ongoing Tungurahua volcanoes in Ecuador. New reports are coming from nearby Colombian Galeras and Fuego volcanoes. Down North in Chile Lascar is waking up and Cordon-Puyehue Calle continues with ongoing activity.


Constant emissions of gas and steam rising about 300 m above the crater and drifting WNW was observed on January 6-7 by IG staff conducting fieldwork at Reventador volcano. The emissions originated from a growing lava dome that was a few tens of meters above the crater rim and almost filled the base.

Reventador is the most frequently active of a chain of Ecuadorian volcanoes in the Cordillera Real. A 3-km-wide caldera breached to the east was formed by edifice collapse and is partially filled by a young, unvegetated stratovolcano that rises about 1,300 m above the caldera floor. Reventador has been the source of numerous lava flows as well as explosive eruptions that were visible from Quito in historical time. Frequent lahars in this region of heavy rainfall have constructed a debris plain on the eastern floor of the caldera. The largest historical eruption at Reventador took place in 2002, producing a 17-km-high eruption column, pyroclastic flows that traveled up to 8 km, and lava flows from summit and flank vents.


Based on information from Guayaquil MWO and a pilot report, a possible ash plume from Sangay was reported on 8 January.  The isolated Sangay volcano, located east of the Andean crest, is the southernmost of Ecuador’s volcanoes, and its most active. The dominantly andesitic volcano has been in frequent eruption for the past several centuries. Constant eruptive activity has caused frequent changes to the morphology of the summit crater complex.


Decreasing activity at Tungurahua was reported during 4-10 January. On 4 January steam plumes rose as high as 500 m above the crater and drifted W. Additional steam plumes observed on 8 January also drifted West. The latest eruption began in October 1999 and prompted temporary evacuation of the town of Baños on the N side of the volcano. - GVP.

Washington Vulcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC)

For a list of active and extinct volcanoes in Ecuador, click HERE.

WEATHER ANOMALIES: European Ski Resorts in "Lockdown" After Freak Snowfalls Cut Road, Rail and Air Links - 1,000 British Skiers Trapped in the Alps!

British holidaymakers are in a race against time to get out of Austrian ski resorts before more snowfalls arrive at the weekend.

Many have become stranded since the weekend because of the heaviest snowfalls in Alps in the past 30 years. Some holiday makers are four days overdue to be back home and back at work due to the weather. As much as 18ft has fallen over the past few days. Although it did not snow yesterday, the latest forecasts predict further snow at the weekend. Avalanches cut off numerous towns including the resorts of Ischgl and Galtur where an estimated 2,000 Britons are holidaying. The frustration of being trapped by the snow is also matched by holidaymakers who are trying to get in. Last night a single road - the B188 - was open to Innsbruck and a constant stream of cars turned it into a 30 mile traffic jam as they attempted to reach the outside world. Rescuers warn that the roads could be closed again at any time, as avalanches are sporadic, trees are falling onto roads and the conditions on the roads means accidents are likely.

The frustration among tourists has been mounting. Derek Lindsay, 66, a retired surveyor from Worcester, flew into Austria on Saturday and only reached the resort he wanted to get to with his partner Carol on Tuesday. Mr Lindsay, who is due to undergo radiotherapy when he gets back from his Alpine holiday for prostate cancer said: ‘I am furious that we were shipped into the town of Galtur when it had an avalanche warning of four - and five is the highest. ‘We sat in a hotel room unable to unpack, unable to ski and quite frankly getting very frustrated at a time when I was supposed to be having a stress free holiday.’ The reverse was true for plumber Peter Baker, 54, from Macclesfield, who was on holiday with his wife Karen and their children aged seven and 12. He said: ‘I’ve been stuck in Ischgl since Saturday and I was supposed to be back at work on Tuesday. ‘The place was completely snowed in. They had police on the roads so you couldn’t try to get out.  The pistes were shut down because of the weather and all in all it felt like a bit of a siege. Spirits were high - I didn’t have to pay any extra for my hotel.’

Stephen Veares, 46, a graphic designer from Camden Town in London, said: ‘I should have been back at work on Wednesday but the boss was okay because he’s seen the TV reports about what’s happening here. 'The skiing, when it stops snowing, has been fantastic but for much of the time we were trapped in our hotels and cars. We simply couldn’t go outside due to the storms.’ One St Anton hotel owner, Annabel Gonifas, told the Evening Standard newspaper the result of the freak conditions was ‘chaos’. Last night one enterprising Austrian company was charging British and Russian tourists trapped in Ischgl close to £4,500 to fly individuals and family units out of the city to Innsbruck airport - a journey of just 15 minutes. Several wealthy tourists from both the UK and Russia took advantage of the offer but most people were left stuck in the traffic jams on the one free road trying to get out. Klaus Schmidhofer form the Avalanche Warning Centre in Salzburg said: 'Even though the avalanche warning in some areas has been reduced. The danger is still extensive. People should proceed with extreme caution.' Weather forecasters predict between a foot and 18 inches of fresh snow in the Tyrol over the next five days. But they do not expect a return of the high winds which caused avalanches in recent days. - Daily Mail.
WATCH: Austrian villages cut off by snow.