Thursday, September 26, 2013

RATTLE & HUM: Loud Boom Remains A Mystery In North Whidbey, Washington?!

September 26, 2013 - UNITED STATES - A loud sound, described by many who heard it as a "boom," occurred around 10:45 a.m. Wednesday in the Crescent Harbor area.

The source of the noise remains undetermined.

On the Whidbey News-Times' Facebook page, some speculated it was aircraft operations in the area or an unintended sonic boom.

While air operations were being conducted that morning, representatives at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station said that they weren't doing any sort of training or operations that would have caused the noise.

The boom sent some Oak Harbor residents rushing outside to look up to the sky.

Aircraft could be heard flying overhead in Oak Harbor at the time of the boom.

Troy Taylor and Mike Harris were working at Jiffy Lube on State Highway 20 in Oak Harbor when they heard a sound that Taylor compares to a gunshot or car backfiring.

"I thought he fell down the stairs," Taylor said, pointing to Harris. "That's what it sounded like."

"He would have been making noise if it was that."

Owners of Dogwood Pet Resort John and Rita Cline reported that the noise was so loud at the Taylor Road location it sounded like something fell on the roof.

Skip Potilla, city council candidate and Navy veteran, said that his first thought after an aircraft was that maybe a meteorite had passed through the atmosphere.

"It shook the house," Potilla said. "It was almost like something had hit the house."

The Island County Sheriff Department and Oak Harbor Police Department reported receiving hundreds of calls about the noise, though they remain unsure of the source.

The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, which monitors earthquake activity throughout Puget Sound, said they recorded no ground disturbances that day.

Puget Sound Energy said that none of its transformer had exploded and there was no power outages in the area of the boom.

A public affairs officer with the Federal Aviation Administration said "our air traffic people have gone through the radar data for that date - before and after 10:30 - and nothing showed up that was even close to breaking the speed of sound." - Whidbey News-Times.

MASS FISH DIE-OFF: Thousands Of Dead Fish Found In Escuintla, Guatemala Causes Major Concern?!

September 26, 2013 - GUATEMALA - Martha Quinonez, local resident, said that Sunday were found in the thousands of dead fish shoal, carried by the sea.

Thousands of dead fish were found in the New Conception bocabarra.

He added that over several kilometers you could see the large number of dead fish, and most disturbing is that no one knows what killed them.

Fishing Paralyze

The fisherman Gabriel Ramos, said that because of the plague, fishing activities were suspended, and they do not want to risk catching animals that are sick or contaminated and thereby harm consumers.

He added that it seems strange that the majority of fish that died is the bass species, and therefore it is necessary that the authorities investigate.

Jorge Morales, another resident, said that at least 40 families living near the site have ceased to receive income, as they have not wanted to risk to fish.

Daniel Lopez, fisherman, said he fears that the fish kills have occurred by poisoning the water for some agribusiness installed near the river.

Juan Felipe, another fisherman, says that the death of the fish could be because of the shoal water and the sea had different temperatures.

Foul odors

The victims said they now face another problem in the sector, as they begin to feel foul odors due to decomposition of the fish, so it is important that health authorities make some control to prevent epidemics in the population.

Children holding dead fish. The Maga warns that people should not consume them.

Lewis Logan, provincial governor, said staff of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food (MAGA) toured the area to assess the situation.

Discarded toxic

When asked about the dead fish, Carlos Marín, director of Fisheries and Aquaculture Regulations Maga, said: "The fish mortality was due to atmospheric phenomena, as the water temperature dropped a lot, which affected the fry younger fish. "

"Poisoning is ruled by external causes, but it is recommended that people consume fish," said Marin.

The director of environmental management of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Teresa Calderon, confirmed that three species of saltwater fish that were found on the beaches of New Conception and although concerned discarded red tide or high levels of pollution and toxicological tests are done. He added that the results will be announced in two weeks.

Calderon said the fish may have been thrown by a fishing boat at sea and were washed ashore.


40 families are affected fishermen in Nueva Concepción, Escuintla. - Prensa Libre. [Translated]

INFRASTRUCTURE & SOCIETAL COLLAPSE: Deadly Bus Crash In Holmwood, Jamaica - Four Students Dead, Several Injured In Accident!

September 26, 2013 - JAMAICA -  The death of four Holmwood Technical High School students as a result of a bus crash in Chudleigh, North East Manchester, yesterday has again placed on the front burner the issue of careless driving in the public transportation sector.

One of the three vehicles involved in the accident in the parish of Manchester yesterday morning. -
Norman Grindley/ Chief Photographer

It has also added fuel to calls for a dedicated rural transport system for schoolchildren.

The Manchester police alleged last night that the driver of one of two minibuses taking children to school attempted to overtake improperly resulting in the horrific crash. Head of the Manchester Police, Superintendent Marlon Nesbeth, confirmed that the driver will be charged for four counts of manslaughter and taken before the court today.

“We are appealing to drivers in general to exercise care and caution. They should take into consideration that they are responsible for many lives,” Nesbeth said.

Holmwood students Kimona Levy, Shaneka Muschette and Okeen Gordon were pronounced dead at the Percy Junor Hospital in Spalding. A fourth student, Tameka Peart, died after being airlifted to the University Hospital of the West Indies in St Andrew.

People gather at the accident scene. Jamaica Observer.

The students died when the two minibuses in which they and more than 30 others were travelling from Mandeville to Christiana collided with a truck in the Chudleigh area.

Devon Lindo, who identified himself as a sideman on a marl truck that was involved in the accident, told the Jamaica Observer that at about 8:00 am at Chudleigh a minibus travelling in the opposite direction attempted to overtake a box body truck.

However, according to Lindo, the overtaking minibus collided with the marl truck, which in turn spun and hit another minibus that was immediately behind.

This is the latest of several fatal and serious accidents involving public passenger vehicles carrying Holmwood students in northern Manchester and southern Trelawny in recent years. Earlier this year, 18 students were injured in a bus crash on Pen Hill main road and in 2011, four students died on the Bryce Hill Road after a speeding bus crashed and overturned.

Scene of the accident. Jamaica Observer.

The incident hit the school community hard.

“It is really hard, but we have put some things in place already to (to help traumatised students,” Vice-Principal Edward Hector told the Observer.

He said in addition to the school’s two guidance counsellors, other counsellors from nearby schools had visited to offer assistance.

Meanwhile, Member of Parliament for North East Manchester Audley Shaw, who was early on the scene, was among those urging the police to take a zero-tolerance approach to reckless bus and taxi drivers and move decisively to take them off the nation's streets. He also reiterated his call for the introduction of a regulated rural school bus system that will see to it that “our children are safely transported to and from schools”.

Similar calls came from the Jamaica Teachers’ Association, the Jamaica Association of Transport Owners and Operators, the Route Taxi Association of Jamaica, and the National Parent Teachers’ Association.

Earl McLaughlin, chief executive officer of the Percy Junor Hospital ,said it was a co-ordinated effort between his hospital and the Mandeville Regional Hospital to administer treatment of the 34 casualties that came in for treatment.

Kimona Levy (left) and Shaneka Muschette were among the dead. (PHOTOS: GREGORY BENNETT)

McLaughlin said that when the hospital has to provide medical care in an emergency situation like yesterday, they have to convert the limited space at the Accident and Emergency Department into a ward, increase the private security, and get assistance from the police.

He said that there are plans in place for an adequately equipped Accident and Emergency Department at a cost of $330 million.

“We need to move beyond talk now,” he said.

Meanwhile, the obviously traumatised sideman on the accident scene felt the deaths and injuries could have been prevented.

“I feel cut up. This is just stupidness weh the driver do. That is carelessness. (There was) no opportunity there to overtake,” he said.

One parent, Camille Newton, said that her two daughters, who were students at Bishop Gibson High in Mandeville, were among the 44 people injured (one eventually died) in a collision on Pen Hill in February 2012. She said that more needs to be done by the authorities.

“It (accident) happening too often, man. We need it to stop. What is the justice system doing? Nothing,” she said.

Newton said that one of her daughters now walks with a limp and the other has occasional blackouts because of the head injuries. She said that one of the drivers from that accident is back on the road while the other is abroad.

Newton said that she will be among protesters wearing black at the scene of the most recent accident, today. - Jamaica Observer.

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Nicaragua's Telica Volcano Shaken By Violent Explosion And Eruption!

September 26, 2013 - NICARAGUA - A volcano in Nicaragua has erupted with a mighty blast and a column of ash, then quietened down again, the government said.

No one was hurt but villagers near the Telica volcano in the northwest of the Central American nation were told to remain on alert.

The mountain is about 1000 metres tall.

The morning blast spewed ash 50 metres into the air, said Guillermo Gonzalez of the National System for Preventing and Mitigating Disasters.

After the single blast, civil defence staff remained on site to gather information.

Villagers were put on alert and told to protect their water and food sources. - SKY News.

EURO-ZONE CRISIS: Precursors To The End Of European Union And The Collapse Of The FAILED White Supremacy Paradigm - Up To 146 MILLION Risk Poverty If The EU's Austerity Measures Drags On!

September 26, 2013 - EUROPE - As EU countries battle the financial crisis with austerity, average citizens get hurt while unemployment rises and social programs disappear. Up to 146 million Europeans are at risk of falling into poverty by 2025, the head of Oxfam’s EU office told RT.

 Photo: AP

If the damage being inflicted by the European Union’s austerity measures is not reversed, the number of people trapped in poverty will increase by up to 25 million people. If that is the case, Europe will be facing a “lost decade,” leading philanthropy organization Oxfam revealed in its new report.

“It’s really what’s at stake if austerity measures drag on as they are now. This is the projection, which we found out in this report about the true costs of austerity and inequality in Europe and definitely it’s a massive amount of people falling into poverty, but at the same time people like to highlight that some very few people, the 10 percent richest, will be getting richer. So it’s basically inequality - which is going to be increasing - and the level of poverty, which is also going to be increasing,”
Natalia Alonso told RT.

The 29-page report, titled ‘A Cautionary Tale: The true cost of austerity and inequality in Europe,’ argues that the European model is under attack from ill-conceived austerity measures.

“Left unchecked, these measures will undermine Europe's social gains, creating divided countries and a divided continent, and entrenching poverty for a generation,"
states the report.  

The report argues that the austerity measures being implemented in the EU are similar to the devastating ones used by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) over the past 25 years on poor countries – a scheme known as “structural adjustment” programs.

“These policies were a failure: a medicine that sought to cure the disease by killing the patient. They cannot be allowed to happen again…Some countries in these regions took two decades to claw their way back to square one,”
the report states.

According to Alonso, “austerity is not really working. The growth that we have seen, it’s very welcome. It’s really needed. But it’s really affecting the people who are most in need.”

She added that austerity has destroyed social protection systems that were been put in place for those who were suffering the most.

“So people are hit twice. First because, for example, they lose their employment. And the second time because any kind of social protection system that was in place to protect them is disappearing,”
Alonso said.

 Photo: Reuters / Marcelo del Pozo

Oxfam warns that it could take up to 25 years for Europe to return back to the living standards of five years ago.

“The only people benefiting from austerity are the richest 10 percent of f Europeans who alone have seen their wealth rise. Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and the UK – countries that are most aggressively pursuing austerity measures - will soon rank amongst the most unequal in the world if their leaders don’t change course. For example, the gap between rich and poor in the UK and Spain could become the same as in South Sudan or Paraguay,”
Alonso said.

The solution to the problem is finding an alternative to austerity, suggests the report. It recommended that governments adopt a progressive tax system which would place higher taxes on the wealthy while also targeting tax dodgers. 

WATCH: Austerity to push 25 million more Europeans into poverty by 2025.

“Governments could raise billions for public services, such as health and education, by taxing the wealthiest and cracking down on tax dodging.”

Other recommendations include addressing inequality directly. “Inequality hurts economic growth, creates a lot of social tension, and doesn’t foster good economic growth,” Alonso said.

The report calls on EU governments to invest in employment and decent working conditions, as well as in the future of education, health, and social protection systems. - RT.

FIRE IN THE SKY: Bright Meteor Streaks Across The Skies Over Wyoming - Seen For Over 500 Miles; More Reports Of Fireball Sightings In September Than Any Other Month In 2013!

September 26, 2013 - SPACE - On Monday night, Casper resident Anne Ladd was driving on U.S. Highway 20 between Casper and Shoshoni when she caught in the corner of her eye a flash of green light, descending from the sky.

File illustration.

"It looked like it burned out before it hit the ground," she said. "But it got really close to the ground."

Ladd likely saw a fireball, a meteor brighter than the planet Venus, said Mike Hankey, a volunteer with the American Meteor Society.

About 25 people from Wyoming, Colorado, Montana and Utah reported to the society that they witnessed the 9 p.m. spectacle.

Campbell County Undersheriff Scott Matheney told the Gillette News Record on Tuesday that people called to report a loud, thunder-like noise and bright flashes of light.

Based on reports to the society, Hankey believes the fireball traveled from northwest to southeast in an area that's east of the Big Horn Mountains and north of Casper Mountain.

"Based on the triangulation of it, you could see it about 500 miles in any given direction," he said.

Image: American Meteor Society.

What Ladd and others witnessed was rare, Hankey said.

Although fireballs dance across the atmosphere daily, not everyone sees them, he said. But in rural places such as Wyoming, the chances of witnessing them are greater because there is little light pollution at night.

"Interestingly, in the last week we've had a rash of fireballs," Hankey said. "This September, there have been more reports than in any month this year." - Star Tribune.

MASS FISH DIE-OFF: Hundreds Of Dead Fish Wash Up On The Banks Of The Spoon River In Illinois?!

September 26, 2013 - UNITED STATES - Hundreds of dead fish have washed up on the Spoon River banks and dam in Bernadotte, and it's possible that corn syrup from tanker cars that fell in upstream could have contributed to the mortalities.

Crews worked Monday afternoon to remove hundreds of dead fish from the Spoon River at Bernadotte. The
fish apparently died from a low oxygen level, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Individuals from around Fulton County stopped by the dam behind the Bernadotte Public Park Monday afternoon to see fish lying on the concrete structure and floating in the water.

Russell Rector, Jr., of Smithfield, was one of those who came to witness the fish kill, but he didn't expect what he saw.

"I couldn't believe it," he said. "It's amazing to see all those. I heard there were dead fish, but I didn't realize it would be like this."

Reports of dead fish came in early Saturday morning, according to Rob Hilsabeck, a fish biologist for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. A count on Saturday afternoon found that about 400 fish lining a more than 1,000-foot section of the river had died from an apparent low oxygen level.

The majority were non-native, invasive Asian Carp, and eight of them were Channel Catfish, he said.

"They're very prominent in that location, and they do require a fair amount of oxygen," Hilsabeck said of the Asian Carp.

He noted that it's possible the carp congregated above the dam — which is roughly 10 river miles downstream from the location of last week's accident — because the water there is calmer and deeper than in other spots. The oxygen level in that area apparently dipped between Friday evening and Saturday morning.

The IDNR and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency had concerns last week that corn syrup leaking from partially submerged tanker cars could degrade and deplete the water of its oxygen, perhaps killing aquatic wildlife. Six cars fell into the river after a trestle bridge near Seville collapsed last Monday. No injuries were reported in the incident.

Crews from the Keokuk Junction Railway, the owner of the train, and Pioneer Railcorp, Keokuk Railway's parent company, were at the site Monday afternoon to clear the fish. Using waders and a small boat, they loaded them into 5-gallon buckets before taking them to a tub in the back of a pickup truck.

In addition to the cleanup, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency requested that an air pump be used to "alleviate any low oxygen concerns," Hilsabeck said.

He said it didn't appear there were any new fish mortalities Sunday and Monday and any dead fish still seen were likely from the original drop in oxygen. Both agencies will continue to monitor the area.

"Hopefully we've seen the worst of it," Hilsabeck said.

The initial collapse is still under investigation. A call made to Pioneer Railcorp was not immediately returned Monday evening. - Canton Daily Ledger.

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Global Volcano Report For September 26, 2013 - Strombolian Activity Continues At Italy's Mount Etna, Might Lead To Another Paroxysm; And New Eruption At Nicaragua's Telica Volcano!

September 26, 2013 - WORLDWIDE VOLCANOES - The following constitutes the new activity, unrest and ongoing reports of volcanoes across the globe, courtesy of  Volcano Discovery.

  Strombolian activity continues at the New SE crater. Whether (and when) this might lead to another
paroxysm is unclear. The volcanic tremor signal is still relatively low.

Etna (Sicily, Italy): Strombolian activity continues at the New SE crater. Whether (and when) this might lead to another paroxysm is unclear. The volcanic tremor signal is still relatively low.

Telica (Nicaragua): A new eruption occurred yesterday morning at the volcano (at 12:50 GMT). A moderate ash explosion took place at the summit crater and produced an ash plume about 1-1.5 km high.

During the past months, the volcano had experienced frequent swarms of earthquakes.

Complete Earthquake list (worldwide) for September 26, 2013.

- Volcano Discovery.