Monday, September 23, 2013

GLOBAL ECONOMIC COLLAPSE: Precursors To The End Of The United States Corporation And Collapse Of The FAILED White Supremacy Paradigm - The Most Powerful Bank In The World, Bank for International Settlements (BIS), Announces The Crash!

September 23, 2013 - UNITED STATES - The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) is the current situation on the financial markets as worse than before the Lehman bankruptcy. The warning of the BIS could be the reason why the U.S. Federal Reserve decided to continue indefinitely to print money: Central banks have lost control of the debt-tide and give up.

The decision by the U.S. Federal Reserve to continue indefinitely to print money (here ) might have fallen on “orders from above”.

Apparently, the central banks dawns that it is tight.

Very narrow.

The most powerful bank in the world, the Bank for International Settlements(BIS) has published a few days ago in its quarterly report for the possible end of the flood of money directly addressed – and at the same time described the situation on the debt markets as extremely critical. The “extraordinary measures by central banks” – aka the unrestrained printing – had awakened in the markets the illusionthat the massive liquidity pumped into the market could solve the fundamental problems (more on the huge rise in debt - here ).

This clear words may have meant that Ben Bernanke and the Federal Open Market Committee, the Fed got cold feet. Instead, as expected, which is now formally announcing the end of the flood of money, the Fed has decided to just carry on as before.

If one is to the BIS experts believe that no single problem is solved.

All problems are only increasing.

Because the BIS but apparently does not know how they get the genie back in the bottle, it pays to listen to those who were part of the system – but now have no official functions and therefore more able to find clear words.

BIS veteran says global credit excess worse than pre-Lehman

Extreme forms of credit excess across the world have reached or surpassed levels seen shortly before the Lehman crisis five years ago, the Bank for International Settlements has warned.

The Swiss-based `bank of central banks’ said a hunt for yield was luring investors en masse into high-risk instruments, “a phenomenon reminiscent of exuberance prior to the global financial crisis”.

This is happening just as the US Federal Reserve prepares to wind down stimulus and starts to drain dollar liquidity from global markets, an inflexion point that is fraught with danger and could go badly wrong.

“This looks like to me like 2007 all over again, but even worse,” said William White, the BIS’s former chief economist, famous for flagging the wild behaviour in the debt markets before the global storm hit in 2008.

Worst Financial Crisis since 1931? German State-Owned Banks on Verge of Collapse

The German government has had to bail out state-owned banks with taxpayers’ money after their managements recklessly gambled away billions on subprime investments. But if a state-owned bank were to go under, the consequences could be disastrous for the whole economy.

Nouriel Roubini ‏@Nouriel 8 h
By too early taper talk starting in May the Fed caused a spike in long rates that weakened growth & forced it NOT to taper today
Gregor Peter ‏@L0gg0l 8 h
@Nouriel In other words: They don’t have the balls for taper
Ellinas ‏@BrokerTrader15 8 h
@L0gg0l @Nouriel exactly right.. They will just inflate markets even more to make it worse when they do decide to taper..
Gregor Peter ‏@L0gg0l 8 h
@BrokerTrader15 @Nouriel As the addict says: Just one last shot, then I’ll stop
Ellinas ‏@BrokerTrader15 8 h
@L0gg0l @Nouriel Then when the withdrawal begins, watch out!! the #Fed has no idea what they are creating here
Nouriel Roubini ‏@Nouriel 8 h
By too early taper talk starting in May the Fed caused a spike in long rates that weakened growth & forced it NOT to taper today
Gregor Peter ‏@L0gg0l 8 h
@Nouriel In other words: They don’t have the balls for taper

Marc Faber Warns “The Endgame Is A Total Collapse – But From A Higher Diving Board Now”

“My view was that they would taper by about $10 billion to $15 billion, but I’m not surprised that they don’t do it for the simple reason that I think we are in QE unlimited. The people at the Fed are professors, academics. They never worked a single life in the business of ordinary people. And they don’t understand that if you print money, it benefits basically a handful of people maybe–not even 5% of the population, 3% of the population. And when you look today at the market action, ok, stocks are up 1%. Silver is up more than 6%, gold up more than 4%, copper 2.9%, crude oil 2.68%, and so forth. Crude oil, gasoline are things people need, ordinary people buy everyday. Thank you very much, the Fed boosts these items that people need to go to their work, to heat their homes, and so forth and at the same time, asset prices go up, but the majority of people do not own stocks. Only 11% of Americans own directly shares.”

WATCH: Gloom, Boom & Doom's Marc Faber - We Are in 'QE Unlimited'.

Former World Bank whistle blower say that the meltdowns of meltdowns is coming:

WATCH: Karen Hudes predicts lawlessness when the U.S. Dollar loses International Currency Status.

Open your eyes.

- Investment Watch.

WAR DRUMS: The Charm Offensive - As President Rohani Prepares To Talk With Obama And The West, Tehran Parades Long-Range Missiles, Resumes Backing Of Hamas, Assume Control Of Bushehr Nuclear Plant And Finishes Decoding Downed CIA Drone!

September 23, 2013 - IRAN - Iran paraded 30 missiles with a nominal range of 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles) Sunday, the first time it had displayed so many with a stated capacity to hit Israeli targets.

Iran Parades Long-Range Missiles.

Photo: AFP

Iran displayed 12 Sejil and 18 Ghadr missiles at the annual parade marking the anniversary of the outbreak of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war.

The stated range of both missiles would put not only Israel but also US bases in the Gulf within reach.

Iran's President Hassan Rohani, speaking at the parade on the eve of a trip to New York to attend the UN General Assembly, declared his country is ready for talks with the West on its disputed nuclear problem.

WATCH: Iran parades missiles with range of up to 2,000 km.

Rohani, who was elected in June promising a new willingness to engage diplomatically with the world, has said the trip may be a chance to start a new round of nuclear negotiations.

Rohani and President Barack Obama are both scheduled to attend the General Assembly's annual meeting in the week ahead, setting up the possibility of the first exchange between American and Iranian leaders in more than three decades.

"The Iranian nation is ready for negotiation and talks with the West," Rohani said.

Long-range missile displayed at parade.

The president has promised to abandon the bombastic approach favored by his predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, but continues to assert Tehran's position that it has the right to conduct nuclear activities that the West fears could be a step toward weapons development, especially the enrichment of uranium. Iran says its program is peaceful, intended for purposes including research and cancer treatment, and enrichment is necessary for purposes including the fueling of reactors.

Iran and the United States are also at odds over the civil war in Syria. Tehran backs President Bashar Assad, while Washington supports rebels trying to oust him.

In his speech, Rohani said that Western governments must recognize Iran's right to enrich uranium in any deal to allay their concerns about its nuclear program.

Revolutionary Guard troops during parade (Photo: EPA).

Rohani said that should extend to "all rights of the Iranian nation, particularly nuclear rights and the right to enrich uranium on its territory within the framework of international rules."

"If they (Western governments) accept these rights, the Iranian people are a rational people, peaceful and friendly. We stand ready to cooperate and together we can settle all the region's problems and even global ones," the Iranian leader said.

"The Iranian people want development and are not looking to make an atomic weapon."

Rouhani did not mention Israel by name at the military event but the reference was clear.

WATCH: Israel warns against Iranian charm offensive.

"A regime is a threat for the region that has trampled all international treaties regarding weapons of mass destruction," he said, noting Israel's undeclared but widely presumed nuclear arsenal.

Rohani also insisted that the US foreswear a military strike against Iran's nuclear program, a possibility that Washington has left open. "No nation will accept war and diplomacy on (the same) table," he said.
He reiterated Iran's position that it does not intend to build nuclear weapons.

Iran claims the right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes under the terms of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

But the UN Security Council has imposed successive rounds of sanctions on Iran for failing to heed ultimatums to suspend the sensitive activity, which Western governments suspect conceals a covert drive for a weapons capability.

Rohani, a moderate on Iran's political scene, has made several diplomatic overtures since his election in June. - YNET News.

Iran Reportedly Resumes Backing Of Hamas.
Members of Hamas's security forces stand guard in front of the Rafah border crossing in the
southern Gaza Strip, September 16, 2013 (photo credit: Flash90/Abed Rahim Khatib)

Iran has resumed its financial backing of Hamas and its government in Gaza, a pro-Hezbollah Lebanese daily reported on Monday.

According to As-Safir, a series of meetings have taken place in Iran and Lebanon over the past two weeks between Hamas, Hezbollah and the Iranian leadership to discuss developments in Egypt and the Palestinian territories following the ouster of Mohammed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood government in early July.

Iranian officials have been holding regular meetings with Hamas, the report said, noting that the Islamic extremist group that rules Gaza plays a crucial role in coordinating between Islamist movements in the Arab world and the regime in Tehran.

Last week, Hamas official Mahmoud al-Zahar declared that his movement had formed a joint command with Islamic Jihad, a more radical Islamist movement in Gaza and a close ally of the Iranian regime.

Hamas’s relations with Iran soured last year following its decision to leave its headquarters in Damascus in early 2012. Hamas was protesting the Assad regime’s violent crackdown against a mostly-Sunni protest movement since March 2011. Iran, Assad’s close ally, considered the move an act of treason on the part of Hamas, which had received ongoing financial and logistical backing from the Islamic Republic.

But Hamas’s subsequent reliance on a new Egyptian ally in the form of Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi collapsed early last month with Morsi’s ouster in a military coup that emerged from widespread popular protests. Since the coup, Hamas has primarily been engaged in rebuffing Egyptian accusations that it is involved in terrorism in the Sinai Peninsula, where smuggling tunnels provided for a large portion of Gaza’s commodities.

On Monday, the Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar reported that Egyptian security had stopped coordinating with Hamas, insisting on speaking solely to the “official Palestinian authority,” a reference to the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority in Ramallah.

“Coordination with Hamas is out of the question at the moment, especially given the attacks on [Egyptian] police and army posts, and the plan to occupy Sinai in a bid to expand Hamas’s foothold for the benefit of others,” Al-Akhbar’s unnamed security sources said.

Egypt’s near-complete closure of the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip for the second consecutive week prompted Hamas political bureau official Izzat Al-Rishq to warn of a looming humanitarian crisis on Monday which “only serves the agenda of the Zionist enemy.” - Times of Israel.

Iran To Assume Control Of Bushehr Nuclear Plant.
Illustrative photo of the Bushehr nuclear facility in Iran
(photo credit: AP/Mehr News Agency/Majid Asgaripour/File)

Iran is set to assume control of its Bushehr civilian nuclear reactor on Monday. The plant, built by Russia, has been operated by Russian technicians in an agreement sanctioned by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

“The 1,000-megawatt Bushehr nuclear power station will be handed over to Iran” Monday, Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, told the official IRNA news agency, according to AFP’s translation. “But for another two years, it will be under Russian guarantee and a number of Russian experts will remain in place to give advice and technical assistance.”

Construction of the Bushehr plant, on the coast of the Persian Gulf, was initiated by German companies in the 1970s, but work was halted as the Islamic Revolution swept Iran. In 1995, Russia agreed to complete the construction of the facility in a deal estimated to be worth $1 billion.

Russia and Iran signed an agreement in 2005 making Moscow the sole supplier of nuclear fuel for the site, and requiring spent fuel to be returned to Russia. After a series of delays, Russia sent the first delivery of fuel in December 2007. The plant became fully operational in early 2011, and started supplying electricity to the national grid in September of that year.

In August 2012, it was announced that the plant was finally operating at full capacity.

In June 2013, two IAEA diplomats leaked information that Bushehr had been damaged in a series of earthquakes, claiming that long cracks were apparent in at least one section of the structure.

The facility is a cornerstone of Iran’s drive to become a technological leader among Muslim nations, with efforts such as a space program and long-range missile development.

The United States and some of its allies believe the Bushehr plant is part of an Iranian nuclear program bent on developing nuclear weapons. Iran denies the accusation.

Recent days have seen guarded Western optimism regarding the prospect of a breakthrough in nuclear talks with Iran. There have been indications that Iranian President Hasan Rouhani may meet his American counterpart, Barack Obama, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York this week.

At the General Assembly, Rouhani is to make his first appearance as president on the world stage. US officials will be watching the visit closely for signs that he intends to thaw relations with the West and take a more moderate line in negotiations on his country’s disputed nuclear program.

Negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program have hit a deadlock concerning the future of the 20-percent-enriched uranium being produced at the formerly secret Fordo plant. Iran wants to simply agree to a freeze in enrichment in exchange for lifting the stringent sanctions against Tehran. The US wants the plant to be dismantled altogether, and wants Iran to hand over all of its highly enriched uranium.

Uranium for civilian-energy purposes requires 5% enrichment, whereas uranium must be enriched to 20% or greater to be considered weapons-grade.

Washington does not see Iranian suspension of enrichment as meeting its demands, but as a confidence-building measure.

The Obama administration has indicated that it would be willing to consider discussing relaxing some sanctions if enrichment is suspended. It has not publicly signaled how conciliatory it is willing to be. - Times of Israel.

Iran Says It Has Finished Decoding Downed CIA Drone.
An Iranian couple hold a model of the captured US RQ-170 drone during the 33rd anniversary of the Islamic
revolution in Azadi (Freedom) square in Tehran on February 11, 2012. (AFP Photo/Atta Kenare)

Iranian officials say they have completed decoding the surveillance data and software extracted from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) drone that the United States lost possession of nearly two years ago near the city of Kashmar.

Hossein Salami, the lieutenant commander general of Iran’s Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution, told the country’s Fars news agency that analysts have finally cracked the systems used within the RQ-170 Sentinel drone obtained in December 2011.

Iranians claimed previously that they brought the drone down after it entered Iranian airspace without permission. Roughly one week later, CIA officials admitted the drone was conducting a reconnaissance mission over Afghanistan when it went missing.

When the US asked Iran to return the unmanned aerial vehicle, Salami told Fars news agency, "No nation welcomes other countries' spy drones in its territory, and no one sends back the spying equipment and its information back to the country of origin.”

Nearly two years later, Salami is now celebrating Iran’s latest accomplishment with regards to the UAV.

"All the memories and computer systems of this plane have been decoded and some good news will be announced in the near future not just about the RQ-170 and the optimizations that our forces have done on the reversed engineered model of this drone, but also in area of other important defense achievements," Fars quoted him.

When the Iranian military gained control over the drone, the unmanned aerial vehicle’s (UAV) erase sequence allegedly failed to delete sensitive data from it. Since then, Iranian experts have been decoding the captured data, occasionally reporting their progress.

Although the CIA has not admitted the extent of the drone’s capabilities, experts have said previously that reverse engineering the Sentinel could be a significant event for any nation-state looking to learn more about the technologies utilized by American spy planes.

"It carries a variety of systems that wouldn't be much of a benefit to Iran, but to its allies such as China and Russia, it's a potential gold mine," robotics author Peter Singer told the Los Angeles Times in 2011.

"It's bad — they'll have everything" an unnamed US official added to the Times then. "And the Chinese or the Russians will have it too."

Meanwhile, a report in the New York Times this weekend suggested that Chinese researchers have been busy on their own attempting to emulate American drones. Edward Wong wrote in the Times on Friday that Chinese hackers working for the state-linked Comment Crew cybergroup have targeted no fewer than 20 foreign defense contractors during the last two years in hopes of pilfering secrets that would be useful in programming their own UAVs.

I believe this is the largest campaign we’ve seen that has been focused on drone technology,” Darien Kindlund, manager of threat intelligence at California-based FireEye, told Wong. “It seems to align pretty well with the focus of the Chinese government to build up their own drone technology capabilities.”

Vice’s Motherboard website reported this week that at least 123 cyberattacks waged at American drone companies have been spotted by security researchers since 2011, and quoted Kindlund as saying the attacks have been “largely successful.” - RT.

BIG BROTHER NOW: The Rise Of The Global Police State - Biometrics Is On The Verge Of An Unprecedented Public Integration, Becoming More Pervasive Than Ever In Your Everyday Life!

September 23, 2013 - UNITED STATES - Biometrics is on the verge of becoming more pervasive than ever in everyday life, setting the stage for personal identifiers to take the place of other common security measures. The expansion mirrors increased usage in fields such as military operations, citizen enrollment and public safety.

Apple’s announcement that its upcoming iPhone 5s will include a fingerprint scan to validate users marks a huge leap forward in biometrics’ integration into society at large. Through this technology and those that will inevitably follow, large swaths of the population will become habituated to regular use of biometrics. “This is really a game changer for the industry,” Walter Hamilton, vice chairman of the International Biometrics & Identification Association, said. His remarks came during a panel presentation at the Biometric Consortium Conference held in Tampa, Florida, this week.

Success by Apple will result in a huge increase of fingerprint biometrics on smartphones and the sun will have set on passwords, at least in the smart mobile market, he added. Dr. Joseph Atick, chairman, Identity Council International, said during the same discussion that despite naysayers, he believes the 5s announcement will be remembered as a landmark event in biometrics. Any way people look at it, the technology marks a leap forward, even if adjustments to the technology become necessary, he explained.

Mobility is driving advancements in biometrics in other ways as well. Google is launching technology that will allow users to pause a video, click on an actor’s face and, through facial recognition, pull up information on that person. Banking institutions are using voice biometrics in apps to authenticate customers.

In other areas, biometrics use grows as well. Several financial institutions use voice biometrics in call centers to validate clients. In Europe, a hotel employs fingerprints instead of keys to open guest-room doors while another location allows shoppers to scan fingerprints connected to their credit cards to pay for items. Casinos have installed facial recognition programs to identify cheaters or other bad actors.

Atick identified four short-term trends he said personnel in the field should pay attention to as they make plans. Those trends are development as a new driver for adoption; Africa, the next frontier for the community; facial recognition, “It’s back in a big way,” Atick stated; and the rise of e-services.

With the advancements come concerns about privacy and regulation. Kelli Emerick, executive director, Secure ID Coalition, explained that policy makers need to know more about the benefits of biometrics so they can calm concerns of their constituents. The field helps keep people safe, secures their information against intrusion and reduces fraud when resources are implemented correctly. With budgets tight, the United States may be at a tipping point where the money biometrics can save by cutting down on fraud in programs outweighs previous doubts about its use. Emerick said policymakers will have to lead the way, but the biometrics community must advocate for itself.

Biometrics have helped law enforcement and customs officials catch more criminals and stop them from entering the country, proving the viability of the field. Christopher Miles, biometrics program manager within the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency, said the community should do more to showcase its successes, building on the many positive results within the departments of Justice and Homeland Security. He also referenced military plans to expand biometrics activities to all areas where it operates. The long-term systems he referenced that brought about all the wins for the various government entities prove the need to keep supporting long-term research and development in the field, he concluded. - AFCEA.

MASS FISH DIE-OFF: Overheated Rivers Killing Endangered Crayfish - Two Major Fish Kills Reported Along A River And In A Lake In Ireland!

September 23, 2013 - IRELAND -  Two major fish kills in Irish waters that also wiped out large numbers of globally endangered white-clawed crayfish are being blamed on rivers and lakes getting too warm, the Sunday Independent has learned.

Native white-clawed crayfish.

Unseasonal high temperatures, combined with compromised water quality and low levels after a dry spell sucked the oxygen out of a river in Longford and a Leitrim lake.

More than 2,000 fish – including brown trout, roach, pike, eel and white-clawed crayfish – were among the species found dead on a 6km stretch of the Camolin River, a Shannon tributary, downstream from Longford town.

Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) officers are also investigating an incident of fish mortalities at Lough Keeldra outside Mohill in Co Leitrim.

The incident was reported to IFI on September 10. Considerable numbers of dead perch were recorded at the lake site. Live fish observed in the lake were in distress.

Blue/green algae has recently bloomed in the lake. As Lough Keeldra is a designated bathing area, Leitrim Co Council has banned swimming until the cause of the fish kill is fully identified.

"After a prolonged period of low flow levels and unseasonably high water temperatures, all aquatic life but especially fish are extremely vulnerable to the slightest deterioration in water quality," a spokeswoman told the Sunday Independent.

The loss of white-clawed crayfish was a particular blow. Ireland is a world sanctuary for the freshwater crustacean that resembles a small, three-inch lobster.

Elsewhere is Europe, including England and Wales, the species are being wiped out by the invasive American signal crayfish – originally imported to be farmed.

Not only does the aggressive signal crayfish devour our small native species, but it also carries a virulent infection called crayfish plague. The signal crayfish is immune to the fungal infection, but the plague kills white-clawed crayfish within weeks.

Julian D Reynolds of Trinity College is a worldwide expert on the white-clawed crayfish. He told the Sunday Independent: "We are the only country in Europe which does not have signal crayfish, which means our population of white-clawed crayfish is globally important.

"There's a big problem with these species being brought in elsewhere and we have to be so vigilant, especially since there may be a route into the country from Northern Irish waters. - Independent.

INFRASTRUCTURE & SOCIETAL COLLAPSE: U.S. Navy Helicopter Crashes In The Red Sea - Search Called Off For Missing Chopper Crew Members!

September 23, 2013 - RED SEA - The United States Navy has called off a search for two crew members who remain missing after their helicopter crashed in the Red Sea, officers said on Monday.

MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter.  Photo: REUTERS

The crash site had been "searched multiple times by various ships and aircraft" after the MH-60S Knighthawk went down on Sunday but more than 24 hours later, there was no sign of the two missing crew members, the military said in a statement.

"Navy officials have concluded that given the time elapsed since the incident, aircrew survivability was extremely unlikely," according to the US Fifth Fleet, which oversees naval forces across the Middle East from its headquarters in Bahrain.

The other three crew members from the helicopter were accounted for and in stable condition, officers said Sunday.

The Knighthawk chopper crashed after conducting a landing on the deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence.

The warship is part of a strike group, led by the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier, which was deployed to the region in the run-up to possible US military action against Syria over its alleged use of chemical weapons.

The Nimitz and its escorts had recently completed a tour in the Gulf and were due to return to the United States before being ordered to the Red Sea.

The crash was not caused by any enemy fire and the incident was under investigation, the Navy said. - ABC News Australia.

DISASTER ALERT: 10-Mile Fault Line Splits Hollywood - Drama Swirls Over Quake-Zone Mapping For Los Angeles Development Project!

September 23, 2013 - UNITED STATES - The Hollywood fault, a 10-mile fracture running beneath the storied neighborhood, hasn't ruptured in at least 7,000 years. But it is causing plenty of upheaval on the surface.

The Millennium Hollywood project, planned for the lot in the foreground, would see two towers rise next to
the Capitol Records building, seen in background. A potential fault line is complicating development plans.

The fault has sparked a battle over a $664 million residential and commercial tower project proposed for a site that may—or may not—have the fissure running through it. On one side are the site's developers, who say the fault concerns are overblown and a convenient issue for their critics on the other side, local residents opposed to the project's scale.

The uncertainty over the fault's location has also revealed a disconnect between state earthquake-safety law and local enforcement of that law.

"The way the system is set up doesn't provide very rigorous oversight over whether or not you're building in a dangerous area," said Lucy Jones, senior science adviser for risk reduction for the U.S. Geological Survey, referring to flexibility in local enforcement of safety standards and a lack of government resources.

Since 1972, California law has banned building directly on top of active earthquake faults capable of rupturing the surface. Such faults could rip buildings apart as the two sides of the fault slide past each other in a quake.

But state geologists, charged with mapping thousands of miles of active faults, still haven't mapped them all—including the Hollywood fault—which has left L.A. city officials to rely on older and less-detailed maps to make decisions about development.

The city isn't waiting for the state map to push ahead with a $2.5 billion development pipeline in Hollywood meant to transform the scruffy tourist destination into an urban oasis—a plan championed by new Mayor Eric Garcetti. The Millennium Hollywood project, with two sleek towers flanking the landmark Capitol Records building, is considered the crown jewel of that effort.

"It's taken 40 years for [the state] to get down here" and map, said Luke Zamperini, spokesman for the department of building and safety. "We have our own geologists.…We get a pretty good idea of what's going on."

Developers of the towers submitted an environmental-impact report to the city based on an old city map that showed the fault nearly half a mile from their site. A more recent but less detailed map used by a different city department shows the fault about 200 feet from the site.

John Parrish, the state's geologist, told city officials the fault may run through the site itself, and said the state map would be finished by early next year. This summer, the city council approved the project anyway.

"This is a matter of thousands of lives," said Robert P. Silverstein, the lawyer for a group of Hollywood-area neighborhood associations suing the city and developers to stop the project. "This is a fight to ensure that city hall cannot throw inconvenient laws and facts to the wind."

Mr. Silverstein said the city and developers knowingly ignored other studies showing the fault could run through the site, and provided initial geological testing that was inadequate.

Developers called the allegations "specious." City officials and developers insist the project will be safe and said L.A. won't allow development over a fault.

"This is a manufactured controversy driven by our opponents who would like to stop the project," said Philip Aarons, a founding partner of Millennium Partners, the developer.

Millennium's developers will be required to conduct more testing on the site before they can get building permits—as the state map would have likely required anyway—city officials and developers noted.

Mr. Silverstein says the additional testing wouldn't have happened without neighbors publicly raising concerns about the fault.

California has so far mapped 5,000 miles of active surface faults on 553 maps across the state—or about 60% of the known active surface faults. The maps create study zones around faults. If a development falls within that zone, the developer is required by law to conduct geological testing before building. The state has about 300 more maps to produce.

Some local governments, like Los Angeles, had their own fault-zoning programs, so California "focused its limited funding assets on other population areas," said Mr. Parrish, the state geologist. He said despite the situation in L.A., he believes most local governments are properly enforcing the law.

Local governments have to balance economic development with safety and can't be expected to put development on hold, said Richard McCarthy, head of the state's Seismic Safety Commission. "If the state map's not coming out for five years, that's a problem for local government," he said.

Many communities have produced their own maps while waiting for the state map, or turned to academic or federal government experts for mapping help, but the accuracy varies, seismic safety experts said.

Local officials also have leeway in making decisions about the extent of the geological testing. And, though the state recommends setting a building back at least 50 feet from a fault, local officials can permit developers to build closer to the fault. California, with thousands of active faults, as well as experience with large, devastating quakes, is considered advanced when it comes to earthquake safety regulations and building codes, compared to other quake-prone states.

Scientists believe the Hollywood fault last ruptured between 7,000 and 9,500 years ago—barely a long weekend on the geologic time scale—and say the fault is capable of unleashing a 7.0 magnitude quake.

From his office overlooking the site of his future project, with the Hollywood sign framed through a window, Mr. Aarons said he is optimistic about moving ahead, although two lawsuits filed against the project will delay his plans to break ground next year.

On Friday, opponents suing the Millennium project called for an ethics investigation into the city's head of building and safety, which issues construction permits, over a "possibly improper relationship" with developers. Opponents said the department head's son had an internship with the law firm representing the developer at city hall.

A spokesman for the department didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Even if a portion of the fault is found to cross the site, he said, the size of the nearly 4½-acre site allows him flexibility to build so the towers aren't on top of the fault—if it is there at all, he said.

"The Hollywood fault is somewhere," Mr. Aarons said. "I think people will feel better when they know where it is. I think I know where it isn't." - WSJ.

MASS FISH DIE-OFF: Tons Of Algae Invade Manons - Large Shellfish Die-Off Due To Algae In Boiro, Spain!

September 23, 2013 - SPAIN - Tons of kelp have covered with a green mantle Manons, a bank arenal shellfish exploited by the brotherhood of Cape Cross (Boiro), where yesterday operated, not without difficulties, the producers in the area.

File photo.

These have proved that the massive arrival of algae has killed a large number of cockles, a species that is in the process of recovery, overcoming the lethal action of a parasite, marteiliosis, who harshly attacked the bivalve of the ria de Arousa. - Lavozdegalicia. [Translated]

MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: The Earth's Biggest-Ever Deep Earthquake Puzzle Seismologists - Very Powerful 8.3 Mega-Quake In Sea Of Okhotsk, Off The Coast Of Russia?!

September 23, 2013 - RUSSIA - It's confirmed: The largest deep earthquake ever recorded happened in May off the coast of Russia. But this massive temblor is still a mystery to scientists.

USGS location for the May 24 earthquake.

The magnitude-8.3 earthquake occurred on May 24 in the Sea of Okhotsk, deep within the Earth's mantle. The earthquake, described Thursday in the journal Science, is perplexing because seismologists don't understand how massive earthquakes can happen at such depths.

"It's the biggest event we've ever seen," said study co-author Thorne Lay, a seismologist at the University of California, Santa Cruz. "It looks so similar to shallow events, even though it's got 600 kilometers of rock on top of it. It's hard to understand how such an earthquake occurs at all under such huge pressure."

Fast rupture
The Sea of Okhotsk earthquake occurred about 378 miles (609 km) beneath the Earth's surface, at a crack where the Pacific Plate was pressing into the mantle, the layer of hot, plastic rock that sits below the crust. Despite the depth at which it occurred, the quake was felt by people in Russia. (There were no injuries or property damage.)

By analyzing global seismological data, researchers determined that the quake was the biggest deep earthquake ever recorded. A prior deep earthquake, in Bolivia in 1994, was the same magnitude, but released less energy.

The rupture occurred at lightning-fast speeds of roughly 9,000 mph (14,400 km/h).

Recent earthquakes near the Sea of Okhotsk in Russia, including the deepest ever recorded.

"It ruptured just like a breaking of the glass," Lay told LiveScience's OurAmazingPlanet. "And yet it's under this huge pressure, so that's something of a mystery. How does it happen?"

One possibility is that water or liquid carbon dioxide somehow seeped into the crack to lubricate it, thereby allowing the two slabs of rock to slide past each other more quickly.

But though water and gas from the ocean may seep into the shallower depths of the Earth's surface, it's difficult to see how water could seep so deep below.

"There may be some source of fluid that we haven't recognized," Lay said.

Rock transformation

Another possibility is that the main type of rock found at this depth, called olivine, goes through a mineral transformation because of the enormous pressures it is under, which then triggers sliding between different types of rock.

A second paper in the same issue of Science bolsters the case for mineral transformation as the culprit for massive deep earthquakes.

In that study, researchers subjected a tiny chunk of olivine, just a few hundredths of an inch wide, to pressure 50,000 times atmospheric levels — equivalent to the pressure felt deep inside the mantle.

The olivine transformed to a different crystal structure called spinel, and shear waves (one of the two main types of waves generated by earthquakes) began propagating incredibly fast.

"These were propagating fast enough that they could radiate ultrasonic waves that we recorded," said study co-author Alexandre Schubnel, a materials scientist at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in France.

The waves also had similar properties to those found in deep earthquakes, Schubnel said.

For instance, the transformation of olivine into its high-pressure crystalline structure is irreversible, so the rock couldn't experience aftershocks. In deep earthquakes, aftershocks are also uncommon, Schubnel said.
Even though the sample was tiny and the nano-earthquakes induced were a million billion times less powerful than the biggest earthquakes, the physics behind the phenomenon is still the same, Schubnel said.

Both researchers said they were aware of the other's work, but that more research will be needed to pinpoint the cause of the Russian quake. - NBC News.

DISASTER IMPACT: Powerful Typhoon Usagi Wreck Havoc In Southern China, Killing At Least 25 - Bringing The Death Toll Across Asia To 33; Storm Blew Cars Off The Road, Uproot Trees, And Forced Hundreds Of Flight Cancellations!

September 23, 2013 - CHINA - A powerful typhoon that slammed into southern China with winds that blew cars off the road has caused more deaths, bringing the toll in Asia to at least 33 on Monday.

A man runs from a huge wave on a wharf in Shantou, China, on Sunday, September 22.

Typhoon Usagi floods streets in Manila, Philippines, as it sweeps through the Luzon Strait that
separates the Philippines and Taiwan on September 22.

Typhoon Usagi, which was the season's strongest storm at its peak, forced hundreds of flight cancellations and shut down shipping and train lines before weakening to a tropical depression over the southern Chinese province of Guangdong on Monday.

WATCH: Western Pacific Weather - Typhoon Usagi Update.

China said 25 deaths occurred in Guangdong, where the typhoon made landfall late Sunday near Shanwei with record sustained winds for the city of 175 kilometers (109 miles) per hour.

On Saturday the storm had been a super typhoon when it passed between Taiwan and the Philippines, sparing both of them the brunt of the winds. However, Philippine officials said eight people were dead from drowning and landslides, and Taiwan authorities reported nine people hurt by falling trees.

 A banana vendor crosses a flooded street on September 22 as monsoon rains from Typhoon
Usagi pound Manila, Philippines.

Soldiers rescue trapped residents northwest of Manila, Philippines, on Monday, September 23, amid
flooding from Typhoon Usagi. The storm forced the relocation of hundreds of thousands of people,
the cancellation of hundreds of flights and the closing of a major shipping lane. At least 25 people
have died after the storm slammed into the coast of southern China, state media reported Monday.

The storm wreaked havoc on travel plans just as many passengers were returning home after an extended weekend for the Chinese mid-autumn festival.

More than 250 incoming and outgoing flights were canceled in Hong Kong, and an additional 200 were delayed, Airport Authority Hong Kong said. Intercity trains including the high-speed rail to Beijing, Shenzhen and Hong Kong were suspended until Tuesday, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

At least 13 of the 25 victims in China were killed in worst-hit Shanwei city, where winds blew cars off the road near a gas station and houses were toppled, Xinhua said. One county's electricity and water supply were cut off.

Typhoon Usagi's torrential rains caused landslides at a southern Taiwanese resort, sending mud
and rocks crashing through the windows late Saturday, September 21.

With thousands of passengers stranded, airlines and airport authorities were scrambling to deal
with the backlog of flights at Hong Kong International Airport on September 22.

In Hong Kong, dozens of trees were reported down and 17 people had sought medical treatment and eight of these were admitted to hospital, according to the Hong Kong government's information services department.

China's National Meterological Center said the typhoon would continue to weaken as it moves northwest and bring heavy rains later Monday and overnight to five southern provinces.

WATCH: Monsoonal Rains cause deadly landslides & Pabuk Near Japan.

In the Philippines, parts of the capital remained submerged Monday and classes were cancelled. The landslide deaths occurred in two villages in Zambales province west of Manila, Subic town mayor Jeffrey Khonghun said Monday. Two drowning deaths were reported previously. - NY Times.

DISASTER IMPACT: The Death Toll From Mexican Hurricanes Surpasses 100 As Search For Missing Continues - 110 Dead, More Than ONE MILLION Affected; 50,000 Evacuated; Over 22,000 Homes Damaged In The State of Guerrero Alone!

September 23, 2013 - MEXICO - Emergency crews in Mexico continued to search for victims of Hurricanes Manuel and Ingrid on Sunday after the death toll from the storms that battered the coast of Mexico this week rose to at least 110.

A man stands amidst the debris of a destroyed home in Cacahuatepec, on the outskirts of Acapulco, on Saturday.
Henry Romero / Reuters

The twin storms unleashed torrential rain that led to floods and mudslides starting last Sunday.  More than 1 million people have been affected across the country, and 50,000 have been evacuated from their homes.

The official death toll was increased to 101 at a news conference late Friday, but that number did not include crew members aboard a Federal Police helicopter that disappeared Thursday while aiding rescue efforts in La Pintada, in the state of Guerrero, Mexico.

At least three crew members aboard the aircraft  were found dead, a Mexican government spokesman said on Saturday, according to The Associated Press. On Sunday two more, likely rescue workers, were reported dead in the incident.

WATCH: There are scores of people missing and feared dead in towns around Acapulco Mexico, while the famed resort was mostly spared the worst of the flooding after tropical storms. NBC's Mark Potter reports.

Sixty-eight residents of La Pintada remained missing after a massive landslide, authorities said.

On Sunday, Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto said the death toll was at "110 or 115." He said Mexico's Congress would revise its budget in response to the storm.

Nieto called for a quick state-by-state evaluation of damage to be overseen by the country's interior minister that "will allow us to add resources beyond those already budgeted for contingency and disaster funds to rebuild infrastructure that has sadly been lost."

In the state of Guerrero alone, more than 22,000 homes have sustained damage in 59 principalities, Guerrero State Governor Ángel Aguirre Rivero said according to Mexican newspaper El Sol de Acapulco. 

The extent of the damage in the region has left more than 20,000 people in shelters. - NBC News.

MASS MAMMAL DIE-OFF: 30 Very Large Dolphins Beach Themselves In Northeastern Brazil - 7 Dead; Biologists Are Puzzled; One Of The Largest Collective Beaching In Decades?!

September 23, 2013 - BRAZIL - Around 30 large dolphins have beached themselves in northeastern Brazil.

Image: Reuters.

The dolphins known as false killer whales ran aground on Sunday in Areia Branca, roughly halfway between the cities of Fortaleza and Natal.

Images distributed by the environmental police of Rio Grande do Norte state show beachgoers and passers-by attempting to aid the animals, which lay in shallow waters. Most were still, occasionally moving their tails, as beachgoers swabbed them with wet T-shirts.

O Globo newspaper reported Monday that at least seven on the animals have died.

The paper said it was not immediately known why the animals beached themselves, but biologists were examining whether the pod leader may have been ill.

O Globo says this is among the largest collective beachings in Brazil in recent decades. - FOX News.

FUK-U-SHIMA: Contaminated Water Still Flowing Into Ocean Despite Prime Minister Abe's Claim - Experts Are Saying That Contamination May Be A THOUSAND TIMES Level Reported By Japanese Government And TEPCO; UP TO 60 BILLION Becquerels Of Strontium And Cesium Flowing To "Outer Ocean" Each Day! UPDATE: Senior Scientist Predicts That Fukushima's Giant "Ice Wall" Will Make Crisis Even Worse - Radioactive Release Into Ocean From Saltwater Intrusion!

September 23, 2013 - JAPAN - Water contaminated with radiation is flowing out into the Pacific Ocean from a harbor at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant despite assurances from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that it has been "completely blocked." Abe on Sept. 19 based his assertion on measurements taken in the outer ocean.

Contaminated Water Flowing Into Ocean Despite Prime Minister Abe's Claim.

But experts said levels of seaborne radioactive substances stay mostly below detection limits in the outer ocean because the substances have simply become diluted.

The government has estimated that 300 tons of radioactive groundwater is leaking every day into the plant's harbor. The harbor has an opening to the outer ocean through which 20 percent of the seawater within is believed to be replaced by seawater from the outer ocean during one cycle of high and low tides.

Michio Aoyama, a senior researcher of marine chemistry at the Japan Meteorological Agency's Meteorological Research Institute, estimated that 30 billion becquerels of radioactive cesium and another 30 billion becquerels of radioactive strontium continue to leak into the outer ocean every day.

Radioactive materials decay with time at fixed rates, but available monitoring data have shown no decline in their levels.

A daily input of 60 billion becquerels is required to make that happen, Aoyama said.

Radioactive cesium and strontium continue to be detected within the harbor. They are believed to derive from the highly radioactive water that leaked through underground pits in April and May 2011 after the water was used to cool melted nuclear fuel during the early stages of the nuclear accident that began in March 2011.

To deal with the situation, Tokyo Electric Power Co. installed 0.5-millimeter-thick polyester barriers, which it calls "silt fences," in the harbor in April 2011 to suppress seawater traffic. But the barriers cannot totally block the movement of radioactive substances because water and fine mud particles can penetrate the silt fences through grids of minuscule holes, each 0.02 to 0.03 millimeter in size.

TEPCO, the Fukushima prefectural government, the Environment Ministry, the Nuclear Regulation Authority and other organizations have been monitoring radioactivity levels in seawater and the seabed at 200 to 300 sites, most of them within a 20-kilometer radius of the crippled nuclear plant. But the methods of those measurements have been called into question.

Experts pointed out a lack of consistency in the sampling and analysis methods during a Sept. 13 meeting of an NRA panel tasked with ocean monitoring.

"Measurements could vary tenfold at the same site," one expert said.

"The analysis methods are outdated," said another.

NRA Commissioner Kayoko Nakamura said she will take measures to improve the situation.

"Data should be taken accurately and reliably," Nakamura said.

The NRA plans to begin monitoring seabed soil in an area that stretches 20 km east of the nuclear plant and 50 km from north to south. The plan will make use of equipment developed by University of Tokyo researchers that is attached to a wire and lowered from a ship onto the seabed to measure radioactive cesium levels in soil as the ship moves along.

The NRA plans to monitor 600,000 sites at 1-meter intervals and put together the results before the current fiscal year ends in March. - AJW.

Senior Scientist Predicts That Fukushima's Giant "Ice Wall" Will Make Crisis Worse.

Ken Buesseler, Senior Scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute:

There are some engineering proposals to try and divert the water, or block the water. It’s very hard to dam a river because it’s going to go around the dam or over the dam. They’re having the same problems between the reactors and the ocean, and now they’re talking about even larger engineering structures. One kilometer ice dams, freezing the soil essentially to divert water around the site. That might reduce the total number of tanks you’d need, it doesn’t necessarily stop the leaks at all because they still would be applying water to cool those reactors...

We do know from other sites and cesium’s chemistry, as it leaks out, attaches to the soil in most cases, the clays absorb cesium in freshwater system. It’s not that way in the ocean. So if you’ve heard of salt water intrusion, if you’re living on the coast somewhere, you pump up groundwater too fast, the saltwater comes back in. If they have saltwater intrusion because they’ve stopped the flow of the freshwater, could actually release some of the cesium isotopes back into the ocean, and now you’ve changed the character again and made things worse. So there’s pretty complicated hydrology going on here. It’s not easy to divert it, so even if it’s successful ... it might have other side effects that aren’t that good, not good at all in this case.
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MASS MAMMAL DIE-OFF: Unusual Mortality Event - More Dead Dolphins Wash Up In Hampton Roads, Along The Coast In Virginia?!

September 23, 2013 - UNITED STATES - More dead dolphins were spotted around Hampton Roads this week.

One was found at False Cape State Park in Virginia Beach and another was found near 71st Street. One of the dolphins was badly decomposed officials say. A third dolphin was also found in Ocean View near 1st Street.

The Virginia Aquarium responded to two of the deceased dolphins.

The Aquarium’s Stranding Response Team has responded to over 300 deceased dolphins for the year. The average rate of annual recovery over the last decade has been 65.

“We were scared when that dolphin was up there. We didn’t know what it was. I looked for cuts on it because I’ve heard that they can get cut up by boats or something, so I looked for any incisions on it,” says Erika Mercer.

WATCH: More dead dolphins wash up in Hampton Roads.

But experts say the hundreds of dead dolphins are not being killed by boats. They believe a virus is to blame.

It is called cetacean morbillivirus. It does not affect humans, but it does make dolphins sick which can cause other dangerous infections.

Experts say as the weather cools down, citizens will not see as many dolphins washing up in the area. They predict the problem will move south. - WTKR.

FIRE IN THE SKY: Latest Sightings Of Fireballs - Meteor Lights Up Over Southeast Queensland Night Skies; Hundreds Spot Fireball Streak Across Texas; A Meteor-like Fireball Streak Across Nova Scotia Sky; And Meteor Seen Over Western Massachusetts!

September 23, 2013 - SPACE - The following constitutes several of the latest reports of fireballs, seen in the skies, across the globe.

Hundreds Spot Fireball Streak Across Texas.
Hundreds of people across Texas flocked online to report seeing a bright ball of light in the sky around 9 p.m. Saturday.

People in Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Plano, Waco and Abilene, among other cities, described a brilliant flash or a white fireball. Some even caught colors and a sparkling tail.

Most reported seeing one, while a few spotted a second, smaller flash.

A witness in Georgetown said it looked like a firework about to explode in a report submitted to the American Meteor Society.

A Reddit poster said they were facing northwest from the University of Texas campus when they saw a bright light.

And a Smithville volunteer firefighter posted on Facebook that she spotted "the most brilliant, enormous falling star" begin as a green streak and then explode into a white fireball with orange projectiles.

Robert Lunsford with the American Meteor Society said it was likely a fireball, a term for a very bright meteor. The group is a non-profit scientific organization that monitors meteoric phenomena.

A post on the Texas Storm Chasers Facebook page asking if anyone saw "a meteorite and flash in the sky" had more than 750 comments. Most confirmed a sighting and identified their location, but some give more details.

WATCH: Bright meteor over Texas.

Several posters said they just enjoyed the show, others made a wish.

"We ducked," a Goldthwaite man said in his report to the American Meteor Society.

Thirty five people submitted reports of the fireball over Texas Saturday night to the American Meteor Society.

The American Meteor Society website says thousands of meteors of fireball brightness occur in the Earth's atmosphere daily, but the majority happen over the ocean or uninhabited areas. Others occur during the daylight and are not as visible, or during overnight hours when there are fewer potential spectators.

This event occurred on a clear weekend night with fair temperatures in the 70s, according to National Weather Service observations from Camp Mabry.

In February 2012, scores of people from Oklahoma City to Houston reported seeing a ball of light shoot across the sky, also likely a fireball. - Statesman.

Meteor Lights Up Southeast Queensland Night Skies.
A photo of the meteor taken from a fixed camera at Archerfield.
It was posted on Facebook by Higgins Storm Chasing.

People across south-east Queensland have reported seeing the bright, large meteor that shot across night skies about 8pm yesterday.

The meteor was seen from Sydney to Gympie. Sightings have been reported in Toowoomba, Highfields, Chinchilla and across the Sunshine Coast.

Social media lit up with reports of the meteor.

Higgins Storm Chasing posted photos from fixed cameras across the state, including one at Archerfield in Brisbane and another at Redcliffe. - The Chronicle.

Meteor-like Fireball Streak Across Nova Scotia Sky.
Laura Jean Clements was driving to her Nova Scotia home after playing cards with friends when she saw a bright fireball zip through the sky, trailed by a colourful green and orange tail.

She says she didn't know what it was, but chatter on social media sites led her to believe it was a meteor streak or fireball.

Clements says she spotted a round white ball with a tail as she travelled on Highway 101 near Ardoise, Hants County, late Tuesday.

She says her son told her there was talk on social media sites about a meteor being tracked across the sky on the eastern seaboard of the United States shortly before Clements' sighting at 11:10 p.m.

Boston meteorologist Matt Noyes reported there were sightings of a meteor-like greenish streak with orange tail all the way from Plymouth, Massachusetts, to Nova Scotia.

Sightings were also reported from Long Island, New York, Boston and Bar Harbor, Maine. - The Guardian.

Meteor Seen Over Western Massachusetts.
Some people saw something interesting light up the skies Tuesday night. Turns out a meteor was seen
by many in the northeast at just after 9 o'clock. Image from a video done with a dashboard
camera, on a highway from Kazakhstan to Russia. 
AP/Nasha gazeta,

Some people saw something interesting light up the skies Tuesday night. Turns out a fireball, or meteor, was seen by many in the northeast at just after 9 o'clock Tuesday night. Now, so far we haven't been able to track down any pictures or video of Tuesday's fireball, but a much brighter meteor, was seen in the skies over Russia a few months ago.

A fireball is when a cosmic rock enters our atmosphere, burning up upon entry creating brief, but bright light. We get occasional, regular meteor showers in the sky, but those come from predictable comet fragments; this fireball likely comes from a different source.

Richard Sanderson, curator at the Springfield Museums, told 22News, "Many of the bright fireballs we see are chunks of asteroids that have been flung out of the asteroid belt when two asteroids collide and shatter each other and those can occur without warning at any time."

Fireballs usually last for less than a minute and most of the pieces disintegrate before reaching the ground, at that point they would be called meteorites.

If you have any pictures or video of Tuesday night's meteor fireball, please send them to - WWLP.

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Global Volcano Report For September 22, 2013 - Sporadic Small Ash Emission From Italy's Mount Etna And Another Violent Eruption At Guatemala's Santiaguito Volcano Produces Major Pyroclastic Flows!

September 23, 2013 - WORLDWIDE VOLCANOES - The following constitutes the new activity, unrest and ongoing reports of volcanoes across the globe, courtesy of  Volcano Discovery.

Etna (Sicily, Italy): Sporadic small ash emissions have reappeared from the New SE crater during the past days, although weather conditions did not often allow direct observation.

Small ash eruption from the New SE crater this morning (Etna-Trekking webcam)

Since about 4 days ago, tremor has been showing a slowly rising trend, although it is still at low levels.

Santa María / Santiaguito (Guatemala): Another violent eruption occurred at the lava dome yesterday morning (21 Sep) at 8:30 local time. Accompanied by explosions, the Caliente dome suddenly produced a series of major pyroclastic flows triggered by collapse of accumulated viscous lava at the southeastern rim rim and flank of the dome. The flows descended on all sides of the lava dome.

Explosion and pyroclastic flows from Santiaguito yesterday morning (INSIVUMEH)

The explosions, accompanied by shock waves that could be heard in 20 km radius, produced an ash plume that rose to about 4.5 km altitude or about 2 km height above the crater. Significant (but smaller compared) ash plume rose from the pyroclastic flows. Ash fall occurred in Quetzaltenango, Santa María de Jesús, Zuníl and other areas downwind.

There has been no recognized precursor to the eruption, illustrating that the activity of the lava dome is highly unpredictable and potentially extremely dangerous. A similar eruption occurred almost exactly one month ago.

Complete Earthquake list (worldwide) for September 22, 2013.

Volcano Activity Summary for September 22, 2013:

Currently erupting:

Ambrym (Vanuatu): active lava lakes in several craters (updated 16 Sep 2013)
Bagana (Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea): ash explosions (updated 19 Sep 2013)
Batu Tara (Sunda Islands, Indonesia): strombolian explosions, ash plumes up to 500 m, extrusion of a small lava dome with rockfalls (updated 18 Sep 2013)
Chirinkotan (Northern Kuriles): unspecified activity - possibly lava flows (updated 2 Sep 2013)
Cleveland (Aleutian Islands, Alaska): continuous small eruptions (updated 6 May 2013)
Colima (Western Mexico): lava flow on upper eastern flank (updated 19 Jul 2013)
Dukono (Halmahera): thermal anomaly, probably small explosive activity in summit crater (updated 18 Sep 2013)
Erebus (Antarctica): active lava lake in summit crater (updated 21 Jan 2012)
Erta Ale (Ethiopia): active lava lake in northern pit crater, active hornito with intermittend flow in southern crater (updated 11 Jan 2013)
Fuego (Guatemala): frequent moderate to strong strombolian to vulcanian explosions (updated 20 Sep 2013)
Gamalama (Halmahera): ash eruptions since 17 Sep (updated 17 Sep 2012)
Grozny (Iturup Island): fumarolic activity (updated 3 Apr 2013)
Karkar (Northeast of New Guinea): possible ash eruption on 1 February (updated 15 Mar 2013)
Kilauea (Hawai'i): lava lakes in Halemau'uma'u and Pu'u 'O'o, lava flows on coastal flat and weakly active ocean entries (updated 13 Aug 2013)
Kizimen (Kamchatka): growing lava dome and incandescent rock avalanches (updated 6 Sep 2013)
Klyuchevskoy (Kamchatka): strombolian activity at summit crater (updated 19 Sep 2013)
Lokon-Empung (North Sulawesi, Indonesia): small explosions, lava flow? (updated 12 Sep 2013)
Marapi (Western Sumatra, Indonesia): occasional weak explosions (updated 14 Aug 2013)
Nyiragongo (DRCongo): active lava lake in summit crater (updated 12 Jun 2013)
Ol Doinyo Lengai (Tanzania): effusion of natrocarbonatite lava inside the crater (updated 8 Jul 2013)
Pacaya (Guatemala): strombolian activity and lava flow (updated 20 Sep 2013)
Paluweh (off Flores Island, Indonesia): active growing lava dome (updated 12 Aug 2013)
Rabaul (Tavurvur) (New Britain, Papua New Guinea): explosions and ash emissions (updated 12 Sep 2013)
Reventador (Ecuador): ash explosions, occasional pyroclastic flows (updated 19 Sep 2013)
Sakurajima (Kyushu, Japan): constant ash emissions and strong explosions (updated 13 Sep 2013)
Santa María / Santiaguito (Guatemala): Santiaguito volcano (Guatemala): lava flow on south flank of dome becomes more active (updated 22 Sep 2013)
Semeru (East Java, Indonesia): growing lava dome, ash venting and small to moderate explosions (updated 25 Jul 2012)
Shiveluch (Kamchatka): slow dome growth, occasional explosions and pyroclastic flows (updated 12 Sep 2013)
Stromboli (Eolian Islands, Italy): continuing lava overflows (updated 25 Jul 2013)
Suwanose-jima (Ryukyu Islands): Mt Ontake volcano of Suwanose-jima Island, Japan (updated 12 Sep 2013)
Tinakula (Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Islands): increased activity at the volcano (updated 8 Feb 2013)
Yasur (Tanna Island, Vanuatu): strong strombolian activity (level 3), crater currently closed (updated 10 Sep 2013)

Eruption warning / minor activity:

Bezymianny (Central Kamchatka Depression): slow lava flow extrusion from dome (updated 6 Sep 2013)
Copahue (Chile/Argentina): degassing, weak sporadic ash emissions (updated 16 Aug 2013)
Dieng (Central Java): increased degassing (updated 28 Mar 2013)
Etna (Sicily, Italy): sporadic ash emissions from New SE crater (updated 17 Sep 2013)
Galeras (Colombia): sporadic ash emissions (updated 25 Jul 2013)
Gamkonora (Halmahera): seismic swam, minor ash emissions (updated 27 May 2013)
Heard (Australia, Southern Indian Ocean): likely lava lake in summit crater (updated 10 Sep 2013)
Ibu (Halmahera, Indonesia): growing lava dome, seismic unrest (updated 9 Jun 2013)
Iliwerung (Lesser Sunda Islands): possible submarine eruption from Mt Hobal on 20 August (updated 20 Aug 2013)
Iwo-Tori-shima (Ryukyu Islands): possible small ash eruption on 6 July 2013 (updated 6 Jul 2013)
Karangetang (Siau Island, Sangihe Islands, Indonesia): lava extrusion at summit crater, strombolian activity, glowing avalanches (updated 4 Sep 2013)
Karymsky (Kamchatka): occasional small explosions, thermal anomaly (updated 6 Sep 2013)
Kerinci (Sumatra): occasional ash explosions (updated 5 Jun 2013)
Ketoi (Kurile Islands, Russia)
Kikai (Ryukyu Islands): steaming at summit crater of Iodake, occasional weak glows (updated 5 Jun 2013)
Kirishima (Kyushu): degassing, slightly increased seismic activity (updated 30 Jul 2012)
Krakatau (Sunda Strait, Indonesia): occasional explosions (updated 27 Jun 2013)
Langila (New Britain, Papua New Guinea): occasional ash explosions (updated 11 Feb 2013)
Manam (Papua New Guinea): occasional explosions (updated 12 Sep 2013)
Medvezhia (Kurile Islands, Russia): strong steaming, thermal anomaly (updated 17 Jan 2013)
Merapi (Central Java): moderate gas and ash plume on 22 july (updated 24 Jul 2013)
Nevado del Ruiz (Colombia): seismic unrest (updated 14 Sep 2013)
Nyamuragira (DRCongo): steaming/degassing from pit inside summit caldera (updated 18 Jul 2013)
Papandayan (West Java): strong hydrothermal activity, increased seismicity (updated 6 May 2013)
Poas (Costa Rica): occasional small phreatic explosions from lake (updated 22 Aug 2013)
Popocatépetl (Central Mexico): steam/gas/ash emissions (updated 19 Sep 2013)
Rasshua (Central Kuriles)
Raung (East Java): strombolian activity in summit crater (updated 5 Aug 2013)
Rincón de la Vieja (Costa Rica): small phreatic eruption on 11 April (updated 6 Oct 2012)
Sacabaya (Northern Chile, Bolivia and Argentina)
Sangay (Ecuador): no recent explosions reported (updated 24 May 2013)
Sinabung (Sumatra, Indonesia)
Tolbachik (Kamchatka): effusion of fluid lava flows (updated 6 Sep 2013)
Tungurahua (Ecuador): degassing, earthquake swarm and inflation (updated 14 Sep 2013)
Turrialba (Costa Rica): ash venting, strong degassing (updated 24 Jul 2013)
Ubinas (Peru): occasional phreatic explosions (updated 20 Sep 2013)
Ulawun (New Britain, Papua New Guinea): steaming, degassing (updated 12 Sep 2013)
Veniaminof (Alaska Peninsula, USA): effusion of lava flows (updated 16 Sep 2013)
White Island (New Zealand): strong degassing, volcanic tremor (updated 20 Aug 2013)