Monday, November 12, 2012

PLANETARY TREMORS: 6.2 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes South of Cape Yakataga, Alaska!

November 12, 2012 - ALASKA - An earthquake with an initial magnitude of 6.5 occurred near Cape Yakataga, Alaska at 20:42:13.00 UTC on Nov 12, 2012. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) revised it down to a size of 6.2.

The tremor was located at 57.863°N 142.905°W with a depth of 15.5km (9.6miles). The epicentre was at a distance of 246km (153miles) S of Cape Yakataga, Alaska; 502km (312miles) W of Juneau, Alaska; 543km (337miles) SE of Anchorage, Alaska; 548km (341miles) WSW of Whitehorse, Canada; and 553km (344miles) SE of Knik-Fairview, Alaska. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue a tsunami warning for the earthquake.

USGS map.
Seismotectonics of the Aleutian Arc
The Aleutian arc extends approximately 3,000 km from the Gulf of Alaska in the east to the Kamchatka Peninsula in the west. It marks the region where the Pacific plate subducts into the mantle beneath the North America plate. This subduction is responsible for the generation of the Aleutian Islands and the deep offshore Aleutian Trench. The curvature of the arc results in a westward transition of relative plate motion from trench-normal (i.e., compressional) in the east to trench-parallel (i.e., translational) in the west, accompanied by westward variations in seismic activity, volcanism, and overriding plate composition. The Aleutian arc is generally divided into three regions: the western, central, and eastern Aleutians. Relative to a fixed North America plate, the Pacific plate is moving northwest at a rate that increases from roughly 60 mm/yr at the arc's eastern edge to 76 mm/yr near its western terminus. The eastern Aleutian arc extends from the Alaskan Peninsula in the east to the Fox Islands in the west. Motion along this section of the arc is characterized by arc-perpendicular convergence and Pacific plate subduction beneath thick continental lithosphere. This region exhibits intense volcanic activity and has a history of megathrust earthquakes. - USGS.

WEATHER ANOMALIES: Rare November Tornadoes Rake Southern Metro, Minnesota - Temps in the 70s Preceded Wicked Storms, Which Spawned Chilly Rain!

November 12, 2012 - MINNESOTA, UNITED STATES - Two weak tornadoes touched down in the south metro late Saturday -- an extremely rare phenomenon that Minnesota has not experienced this late in the season since the National Weather Service began keeping tornado statistics in the 1950s, meteorologists said Sunday. 

Tom Brotzman and Jim Wasson spent Sunday cleaning up the debris after a storm knocked down five
trees on their West St. Paul property. Renee Jones Schneider, Star Tribune.
After a day of record-breaking highs that topped out in the lower 70s in some parts of the Twin Cities, a strong cold front rode in from the Dakotas, spawning the tornadoes in Dakota County around 11 p.m. Saturday. They fanned into straight-line winds that ripped out trees, knocked out power and caused light structural damage in Dakota, Ramsey and southern Washington counties.  No injuries were reported, but trees and power lines were blown down. Power was lost to about 12,000 homes and businesses, primarily in Mendota Heights, West St. Paul and St. Paul. Electricity was restored to nearly all by Sunday night, an Xcel Energy spokeswoman said.  The twisters were rated as EF-0, on a scale that rates the most devastating tornadoes as EF-5.

"In terms of tornadoes, these were of the weakest that we could rank," said Chris Franks, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Chanhassen. "But even a weak tornado can still do damage. Any tornado ... in a metro area can be dangerous with that many people."  The November twisters are not only rare in Minnesota, but are "extremely rare for places in the Northern Plains, the Upper Mississippi River Valley," which would include Wisconsin, Iowa and North and South Dakota, Franks said...  The tornadoes came four to six weeks later than the typical time that twisters end in Minnesota, Franks said. - Star Tribune.

MASS FISH DIE-OFF: 50,000 Dead Starfish Found on Irish Lissadell Beach!

November 12, 2012 - IRELAND - Extreme weather conditions have killed tens of thousands of starfish and left them strewn across a sheltered beach.  A carpet of pink and mauve echinoderms, a family of marine animals, appeared yesterday morning on Lissadell Beach in north Co Sligo. 

Lissadell Beach, Co Sligo, strewn with dead starfish. © Unknown.
The adult starfish, measuring between 7cm and 20cm in diameter and estimated to be up to 50,000 in number, stretched along 150 metres of the strand.  Marine biologist and lecturer at Sligo Institute of Technology Bill Crowe speculated that they had been lifted up by a storm while feeding on mussel beds off shore.  "The most likely explanation is that they were feeding on mussels but it is a little strange that none of them were attached to mussels when they were washed in," he said.  He added that if they had died as a result of a so-called 'red tide' or algal bloom, other sealife would have been washed ashore with them.  "These were almost all adult size and the typical starfish variety that is found in the North Atlantic but there was nothing else mixed in with them," he said. 

Surveying the unusual scene, he placed some in a bucket of seawater to test whether they were alive, but while this prompted a slight response from one or two of the creatures, the vast majority were dead.  Tim Roderick, District Conservation Officer with the National Parks and Wildlife Service, agreed the phenomenon was most likely caused by recent bad weather.  "They turned up almost certainly as a result of an exceptional storm event.  "A storm hit the seabed where these sub-tidal animals were and lifted them up and washed them ashore," he said.  A spokesperson for the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government said that investigations were continuing into how they came to be washed ashore but initial indications pointed to the stormy weather, which has been a feature in the north-west in recent days.  In a similar episode earlier this year, thousands of dead starfish washed ashore on Youghal Beach in Co Cork.  Scientists speculated that they, too, had been thrown on to the beach by an underflow, which was probably caused by a storm at sea. - Belfast Telegraph.

SEVERE WEATHER ALERT: Attack of the Cyclones - Low Pressure Area Spotted Off Surigao City, Philippines, Could Develop Into the 16th Cyclone For This Year, Flash Flooding and Landslides Are Possible!

November 12, 2012 - MANILA, PHILIPPINES - The state weather bureau warned yesterday residents in the Visayas and Mindanao of possible flash floods and landslides as a low-pressure area is expected to bring moderate to heavy rains over the regions in the next few days.

PAGASA satellite image of the low pressure area spotted off Surigao City as of 9:30 p.m. yesterday.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the low-pressure area was spotted 350 kilometers east of Surigao City as of 4 p.m. yesterday.  “This weather system is expected to bring moderate to heavy rains (five to 15 millimeters per hour) and thunderstorms in the Bicol region, the Visayas and Mindanao particularly over Eastern Visayas, CARAGA region, Northern Mindanao and Zamboanga Del Norte, which may trigger flash floods and landslides,” PAGASA said.  The weather bureau said the low-pressure area is embedded along the intertropical convergence zone affecting Southern Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao. 

“By late Tuesday, rainy weather will migrate northward over the Bicol region, the rest of Southern Luzon, Aurora, Cagayan, Isabel and the National Capital Region until Thursday,” the agency said.  The low-pressure area has a slim chance of developing into a tropical cyclone.  PAGASA earlier said about two to four more cyclones are likely to enter the country before the end of the year. A total of 15 cyclones have entered the Philippine area of responsibility so far this year.  Meanwhile, the weather bureau said moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast to east would prevail over Luzon and Eastern Visayas and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.  Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the northeast with slight to moderate seas. - PHIL Star.

MASS BIRD DIE-OFF: 185,000 Hens Killed Due to Rare Outbreak of Salmonella in Northern Ireland!

November 12, 2012 - BELFAST, IRELAND - Around 185,000 hens have been slaughtered after an outbreak of a rare form of salmonella.  The strain of the disease poses no threat to human health.  A total of 125,000 birds were culled at Ready Egg Products at Manor Waterhouse in Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh.  The company is one of the largest egg producers in Ireland. 

A further 60,000 hens were slaughtered on Wednesday following a second suspected outbreak of the rare form of salmonella, known as salmonella gallinarum, at another farm in the Lisnaskea area.  The Ulster Farmers Union (UFU) has called on farmers to be vigilant following the outbreak.  The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) said the control of the disease is a matter for those operating farms.  DARD added that this strain of salmonella did not pose a risk to humans.  As the disease is not dangerous to the public, it is classified as “non-notifiable”, a spokesman for the department said.  Charles Crawford, director of Ready Egg Products, said the birds started dying about four weeks ago and the company culled about a third of the flock to stop the disease spreading.  “We have had a problem and we have dealt with it,” Mr Crawford said.  “There is no danger to human beings.” 

A DARD spokesman said the disease detected can kill up to 100% of an infected flock.  “This type of salmonella is non-notifiable and the control of the disease is a matter for any companies involved,” he said.  “The department is keeping in touch with the industry in relation to the situation.  “This outbreak is unusual in two ways; firstly, isolation of salmonella gallinarum is rare in Ireland and secondly, in this form, it is more commonly a disease of backyard flocks rather than commercial ones.  “The control of this strain of salmonella — which has no implications for human health — is (a concern) for the industry.  “It is the choice of the individual owner to cull.  “The industry may from time to time cull birds for a variety of reasons and DARD would not necessarily be aware of this.”  A spokeswoman for the UFU revealed it had received a number of calls from concerned farmers in the area following the outbreak.  UFU president Harry Sinclair (left) said: “Everything possible is being done to contain the spread of this production disease which has no implications to human health.  “Both the farmers and the industry are working to establish the circumstances of the outbreak.  “At this time I would re-emphasise the need for farmers to be vigilant and keep a close eye on their flocks.” - Belfast Telegraph.

THE AGE OF OBAMA: The End of America - 19 States Including Texas Have Filed a Petition to Secede from the United States!

November 12, 2012 - UNITED STATES - As a result of Tuesday's election, Americans in 15 states have filed petitions to secede from the United States, Regina Conley reported at Red Alert Politics on Saturday. So far, she says, residents in Louisiana, Texas, Kentucky, Colorado, New Jersey and ten other states, have filed petitions at the White House petition site requesting secession.

Lone Star Nation: Today, the Texas capitol flies both the American and Texas flags, but after independence
the Lone Star flag would fly on its own. Credits: Getty Images.
A petition for New York to secede was file by "C R" of Grand Forks, North Dakota on Saturday. Examiner's Sheila Carroll says those other states include Montana, North Dakota, Indiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Oregon. On November 7, the day after the election, "Michael E" from Slidell, Louisiana, filed a petition at the White House "We the People" site, requesting that Louisiana be allowed to secede. "When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation," the petition reads, quoting the Declaration of Independence. As of this writing, the petition has 8.162 signatures and needs 16,838 to reach a goal of 25,000. On Friday, a Texas resident created a petition to secede in order to protect the standard of living Texans now enjoy.

"The US continues to suffer economic difficulties stemming from the federal government's neglect to reform domestic and foreign spending. The citizens of the US suffer from blatant abuses of their rights such as the NDAA, the TSA, etc. Given that the state of Texas maintains a balanced budget and is the 15th largest economy in the world, it is practically feasible for Texas to withdraw from the union, and to do so would protect its citizens' standard of living and re-secure their rights and liberties in accordance with the original ideas and beliefs of our founding fathers which are no longer being reflected by the federal government," the petition reads. As of this writing, that petition had 5,289 signatures. The Oregon petition, started Saturday by "Kristopher W" of Tillamook, Oregon, wants the state to remain an ally of the United States and possibly vote to rejoin the Union once "the citizens of Oregon felt the Federal Government was no longer imposing" what it calls a tyrannical government that cares nothing about the future of Oregon's children." Petitions on the White House site have 30 days to reach a threshold of 25,000 signatures. "While these petitions serve more to make a point than to present a serious proposition, they are a physical symbol of the deep resentment for the direction in which the United States is moving under the Obama administration," Conley added.

Update: Citizens in four more states have filed petitions at the White House web site, bringing the total to 19. More HERE. - Examiner.

HIGH STRANGENESS: Mysterious and Huge Explosion in Indianapolis - Two Homes Destroyed, Others in Flames, 3.5 Million in Damages, Like a "War Zone"?!

November 12, 2012 - CHICAGO - A huge, deadly explosion overnight left a small Indianapolis neighborhood shaken. CBS 2′s Derrick Blakley reports.  Homes were engulfed in flames, as neighbors ran for their lives, and tried to help others. This happened just after 11 p.m. last night in the Richmond Hill neighborhood on Indianapolis’ south side.

Two people were killed in the blast.  One neighbor described the scene saying, “It’s like a war zone. I got up, ran outside, looked around. There was insulation falling down like snow”.  “It was deafening. It was deafening inside our house. And I looked out the window and saw pieces of roof falling out of the sky. An explosion happened. It came two feet off the bed,” another neighbor said.

100 firefighters responded and it took two hours to get the fire under control. Officials found two homes totally destroyed with further damage to dozens more.  And once the smoke cleared, it was evident just how much widespread damage had been done.  The cause of the explosion is still a mystery, 18 hours later. Authorities said they don’t have an idea of what caused it, but are not ruling anything out.  City officials estimated damage at $3.5 million. A local gas utility said an initial inspection found no gas leaks in the area. - CBS Chicago.

WATCH: Massive explosion in Indianapolis.

THE FLOATING CITY: Exceptional and Unpredictable Rise in Sea Water - Floods Cover 70% of Venice, the Sixth Highest Tide Level in 150 Years!

November 12, 2012 - VENICE, ITALY - It may be known as the Floating City of love.  But romance was cast aside today as gondolas were swapped for wellington boots and swimwear.  High tides and heavy rain flooded Venice's dry streets, leaving tourist hotspots virtually deserted.  Tourists chose to wade through the waters in boots, with one group donning swimwear to sit at a table in the iconic submerged St Mark's Square. 

A young man and a woman enjoy swimming in a deserted square that is usually dry and inundated with tourists.

One hardy couple even decided to go for a quick swim.  Others had less enjoyable tasks, with some visitors being forced to wade through nearly waist-high waters carrying suitcases on their shoulders.   Heavy rains and seas whipped up by strong winds brought the lagoon city's high tide mark to its sixth-highest level since records began being kept 150 years ago in 1872.  The water levels rose to critical levels overnight.  It was reported that 70per cent of central Venice was under water today as the high tide mark reached 59.06inches. 

Those who decided to take a break from the flooded streets were captured in wellington boots standing in water in coffee shops.  Makeshift wooden walkways had to be used to cross areas of St Mark's square, with transportation proving difficult for residents.  Italian news reports said the same weather system causing chaos in Venice was wreaking havoc elsewhere in north and central Italy, with some 200 people evacuated from their homes in hard-hit Tuscany.  Flooding is common in the city at this time of year. Moveable barriers that would rise from the sea bed to protect Venice from high tides have been in the works for years but will not be operational before 2014. - Daily Mail.

WATCH: Tourists wade in waist-high water in the heart of the ancient city.

WORLD WAR III: The Gathering of Forces - Iran Plans to Launch Satellite to Geostationary Earth Orbit!

November 12, 2012 - IRAN - The commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says Iran will soon launch a satellite into the Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO), a circular orbit more than 35,000 kilometers above the planet’s equator.  

Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari said on Sunday that the satellite would be carried on a missile which had been developed by the senior IRGC commander, Hassan Tehrani Moqaddam, before his martyrdom a year ago.  The Iranian general added that numerous young scientists have joined the IRGC Self-Sufficiency Organization since Tehrani Moqaddam’s martyrdom to push ahead with his projects.
A schematic view of GEO.

Jafari stated that Iran is one of the few states capable of launching satellites into GEO, adding: “With this missile and on this level, I don’t think that except for two or three countries and Iran, any other country would be capable of sending satellites into GEO.”
He emphasized that scientific progress in Iran will continue in all sectors.  “Western governments and the United States are likely to feel threatened by Iran’s scientific progress. That’s natural, but we will do our job.”  Iran launched its first indigenous satellite, Omid (Hope), in 2009. The country also sent its first biocapsule of living creatures into space in February 2010, using the indigenous Kavoshgar-3 (Explorer-3) carrier.  Moreover, in June 2011, Iran put the 15.3-kilogram Rasad (Observation) orbiter in space. Rasad's mission was to take images of the Earth and transmit them along with telemetry information to the ground stations.  Iran also launched Navid-e Elm-o Sanat (Harbinger of Science and Industry), another indigenous satellite, into orbit on February 3, 2012.  The country is one of the 24 founding members of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, which was set up in 1959.  Tehran also plans to launch the country's first manned mission to space by 2019. - Press TV.

PLANETARY TREMORS: Rare 2.7 Magnitude Earthquake Off the Coast of Alabama!

November 12, 2012 - ALABAMA, UNITED STATES - For the second time in the past two years, an earthquake rattled folks on Dauphin Island. The 2.7 quake hit around 10:30 Friday night as the island continued cleaning sand covered roads on the west end from another natural disaster.

USGS map.
Hurricane Isaac hit back in August, but Friday night folks on the island got something new to talk about. "It was like is there a hurricane and nobody told us about it? What's going on?" Ronda Gaines said. Gaines said her dog started barking around the same time her apartment started to shake Friday night. Gaines has lived on the island for 12 years. She moved here from Tennessee. "I'm originally from Lookout Mountain and Sand Mountain, and we'd have one there before, but you wouldn't think about here on the beach," she said. Mayor Jeff Collier was on his computer at home when he felt the island move. He said it was a lot like the quake that shook things up last year.

"I've been here 51 years and those are only two I remember. The one last time was off shore 10-15 miles into the gulf. This one was in the bay, and lot closer in proximity to the island," Mayor Collier said. The US Geological survey confirmed a small earthquake occurred in Mobile Bay. The 2.7 magnitude quake rattled nerves, but Collier said there was no damage reported. "It's just one of those things; living along the coast you just never know. We're always focused on hurricanes and things of that nature, and this is just something else we'll just have to live with for some time, and just be aware that these kinds of things can happen," Collier said. Collier said the earthquake triggered a few calls to emergency officials from people who just wanted to know what was going on, but some people told FOX10 they slept right through it. - FOX 10 TV.

MASS FISH DIE-OFF: Toxic Storm Water Killing Off Returning Salmon at Longfellow Creek, Seattle!

November 12, 2012 - SEATTLE, UNITED STATES - The Coho salmon are splashing and rolling their way up Seattle's Longfellow Creek. It's a success story.  Several groups helped restore the neglected creek over the last 10 years. They improved passage by uncovering sections of the creek and installing wider culverts and bridges. They restored some of its meandering course and installed large chunks of trees and stumps that were lost when West Seattle's industrial area and neighborhoods were carved out of the forest.

Coho responded right away and started migrating up the creek to find suitable spawning areas, lay their eggs and die leaving behind a nutrient-rich carcass. Unfortunately many will not survive long enough to complete that life cycle. "After a rain storm we will find them either sick or dead," said WSU Extension Biologist Dr. Jennifer McIntyre, who walked up the creek Thursday inspecting salmon dead or alive.  "They didn't have a chance to spawn," said McIntyre as she held up a female carcass full of eggs.   McIntyre said evidence is mounting that toxic chemicals in storm water runoff is killing them when they come up Longfellow Creek.  

"Every time it rains, we'll find dead fish or sick fish," she said.   Puget Soundkeeper Chris Wilke has been inspected the creek too. He said the solution to this problem is already known.   "Filtering the storm water, doing smart development with techniques like rain gardens, pervious pavement have been shown to work," said Wilke, whose group has successfully created new rules requirement developers to adopt such techniques.   He said Coho are victims of their own instinctual design. They are compelled to head upstream when the rains come and are most sensitive than other salmon to the contaminated storm water the rains flush downstream.   A highly urban stream like Longfellow Creek may never completely escape the challenges of toxic storm water runoff but some salmon get the job done each year and that will keep them coming back generation after generation. - KING 5 News.

WATCH: Mass fish die-off in Seattle.

PLANETARY TREMORS: 6.0 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Ucayali Region in Eastern Peru!

November 12, 2012 - PERU -  An earthquake measuring 6º on the Richter scale shook the central jungle of Ucayali region at 9:47 am on Saturday, 45km from Aguaytia, in the Padre Abad province.  The Aguaytia gas fields and the Aguaytia Thermoelectric Plant are locateed in the area.

The earthquake occurred 146 km underground and was felt west in Tingo Maria in Huanuco and parts of the Ancash region, and north in Lamas in the San Martin region, as well as in Lima.

Earlier in the morning, at dawn on Saturday, a 3.9º earthquake was registered in Lima. Ucayali was also the central location of a 4.6º earthquake the previous day.

According to the Peruvian Geophysical Institute, IGP, the intensity of the Saturday earthquake in the Aguaytia area was IV-V on the Modified Mercalli scale —an intensity that, usually felt by everyone, feels like a heavy truck driving by and can cause unstable objects to overturn or tumble.   Civil Defense said there were no reports of personal or material damage. - Peruvian Times.

ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: Conscious Awakening or Disaster Precursor - Dog Exhibits Unusual Behavior in Southland, New Zealand?!

November 12. 2012 - SOUTHLAND, NEW ZEALAND - There's been a noticeable increase in animals behaving in extraordinary manners which exhibit a conscious awareness and reverence for life, as well as the avoidance of danger. The following story could be assigned as one such case, since dogs usually bury excrement with their hind legs. The usage of the nose shows respect by the dog and importantly, the dog's awareness of the difference.

June spent 10 minutes using her nose to bury a dead dog found on Oreti Beach, near Invercargill.
© Doug Field/Fairfax NZ
Southland Times photographer Doug Field captured these images at the weekend of his dog, burying another dog. Field, who was at Oreti Beach, near Invercargill, was walking his dog June when they came across dead hares and a dead dog.

What happened next was unusual, Field said.

June, ignored the hares, but spent the next 10 minutes using her nose, to flick sand up to bury the dead dog. ''There was quite a reverence in what she did. I've never seen another dog do that before. ''I'd love to hear from an animal behaviour expert to find out if this is common,'' Field said. - The Southland Times.

It is believed that animals have a keen sense, developed in their avoidance of predators and ability to locate preys, that helps them to detect imminent or pending disasters. Scientists and experts theorizes that this is due to the sensing of the vibrations of the planet or the changes in the air or gases released by the Earth. Whatever the reason is, animals have been known to show conscious awareness - swarm, collect or move to a different area from their usual gathering spot prior to a devastating disaster such as an earthquake, tsunami or floods. This fact was noted in the 2004 tsunami, where an earthquake in the Indian Ocean caused a massive tsunami to take the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in Asia and East Africa, but didn't cause any mass die-off of animals.