Monday, October 28, 2013

FUK-U-EARTH: Fukushima Is Here - The North Pacific Gyre Ocean Current Is Bringing Fukushima Radiation To The West Coast Of North America; With Peak Concentrations Off North American Coast Is Ten Times Higher Than In The Western Pacific!

October 28, 2013 - UNITED STATES - An ocean current called the North Pacific Gyre is bringing Japanese radiation to the West Coast of North America:

500 people assembled on October 19th on Ocean Beach in San Francisco and formed the letters
with their bodies to demonstrate their growing concern about eventual fallout on the west coast.
Credit and More Information:

Radiation Levels Will Concentrate in Pockets at Certain  West Coast Locations

The leg of the Gyre closest to Japan – the Kuroshio current – begins right next to Fukushima:

While many people assume that the ocean will dilute the Fukushima radiation, a previously-secret 1955 U.S. government report concluded that the ocean may not adequately dilute radiation from nuclear accidents, and there could be “pockets” and “streams” of highly-concentrated radiation.

Physicians for Social Responsibility notes:
An interesting fact for people living on the US west coast is also included in the UNSCEAR [United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation] report: only about 5% of the directly discharged radiation was deposited within a radius of 80 km from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station. The rest was distributed in the Pacific Ocean. 3-D simulations have been carried out for the Pacific basin, showing that within 5–6 years, the emissions would reach the North American coastline, with uncertain consequences for food safety and health of the local population.
The University of Hawaii’s International Pacific Research Center created a graphic showing the projected dispersion of debris from Japan:

Last year, scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory and 3 scientists from the GEOMAR Research Center for Marine Geosciences showed that radiation on the West Coast of North America could end up being 10 times higher than in Japan:
After 10 years the concentrations become nearly homogeneous over the whole Pacific, with higher values in the east, extending along the North American coast with a maximum (~1 × 10−4) off Baja California.

With caution given to the various idealizations (unknown actual oceanic state during release, unknown release area, no biological effects included, see section 3.4), the following conclusions may be drawn. (i) Dilution due to swift horizontal and vertical dispersion in the vicinity of the energetic Kuroshio regime leads to a rapid decrease of radioactivity levels during the first 2 years, with a decline of near-surface peak concentrations to values around 10 Bq m−3 (based on a total input of 10 PBq). The strong lateral dispersion, related to the vigorous eddy fields in the mid-latitude western Pacific, appears significantly under-estimated in the non-eddying (0.5°) model version. (ii) The subsequent pace of dilution is strongly reduced, owing to the eastward advection of the main tracer cloud towards the much less energetic areas of the central and eastern North Pacific. (iii) The magnitude of additional peak radioactivity should drop to values comparable to the pre-Fukushima levels after 6–9 years (i.e. total peak concentrations would then have declined below twice pre-Fukushima levels). (iv) By then the tracer cloud will span almost the entire North Pacific, with peak concentrations off the North American coast an order-of-magnitude higher than in the western Pacific.

(“Order-of-magnitude” is a scientific term which means 10 times higher. The “Western Pacific” means Japan’s East Coast.)

In May, a team of scientists from Spain, Australia and France concluded that the radioactive cesium would look more like this:

A team of top Chinese scientists has just published a study in the Science China Earth Sciences journal showing that the radioactive plume crosses the ocean in a nearly straight line toward North America, and that it appears to stay together with little dispersion:
On March 30, 2011, the Japan Central News Agency reported the monitored radioactive pollutions that were 4000 times higher than the standard level. Whether or not these nuclear pollutants will be transported to the Pacific-neighboring countries through oceanic circulations becomes a world-wide concern.


The time scale of the nuclear pollutants reaching the west coast of America is 3.2 years if it is estimated using the surface drifting buoys and 3.9 years if it is estimated using the nuclear pollutant particulate tracers.


The half life of cesium-137 is so long that it produces more damage to human. Figure 4 gives the examples of the distribution of the impact strength of Cesium-137 at year 1.5 (panel (a)), year 3.5 (panel (b)), and year 4 (panel (c)).


It is worth noting that due to the current near the shore cannot be well reconstructed by the global ocean reanalysis, some nuclear pollutant particulate tracers may come to rest in near shore area, which may result in additional uncertainty in the estimation of the impact strength.


Since the major transport mechanism of nuclear pollutants for the west coast of America is the Kuroshio-extension currents, after four years, the impact strength of Cesium-137 in the west coast area of America is as high as 4%.
Bluefin tuna on the California shore tested positive for radiation from Fukushima, and there are reports of highly radioactive fish in Canada. - Washington's Blog.

WATCH: The CBS show The Doctors warned that we should be moderate with our fish intake, and children and pregnant women should be especially careful:

FIRE IN THE SKY: "The Asteroid Threats, A Call for Global Response" - Astronauts Warn The United Nations Of Threat To Earth From Asteroids!

"This decision of what to do, how to do it and what systems to use has to be coordinated internationally." - Former NASA astronaut and B612 co-founder Russell Schweickart.

October 28, 2013 - UNITED NATIONS - Members of the United Nations met with distinguished astronauts and cosmonauts this week in New York to begin implementing the first-ever international contingency plan for defending Earth against catastrophic asteroid strikes.

Six of the space travelers involved in these U.N. discussions discussed the asteroid defense effort Friday in a news conference hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson at the American Museum of Natural History. Their goal: to drive home the very-real threats posed by near-Earth objects (NEOs), or asteroids traveling within the radius of Earth's orbit with the sun. 

An artist's illustration of a massive asteroid impact on earth. Some single-celled organisms may be able
to survive extreme impacts such as these, scientists say. (NASA/Don Davis)

Scientists estimate that there are roughly 1 million near-Earth asteroids that could potentially pose a threat to the planet, but only a small fraction of these have actually been detected by telescopes. There are about 100 times more asteroids lurking in space than have ever been located, said Edward Lu, a former NASA astronaut and co-founder of the non-profit B612 Foundation advocating asteroid defense strategies. "Our challenge is to find these asteroids first, before they find us," Lu said.     

To help achieve this goal, Lu co-founded an organization called the B612 Foundation in 2002. Today, the group is developing a privately built infrared space telescope — called the Sentinel Space Telescope — with the sole purpose of locating threatening asteroids. The foundation hopes to launch the telescope by 2018.

WATCH: B612 Foundation CEO and Former NASA astronaut Ed Lu talks about why an infrared space telescope is needed to search for hundreds of thousands of undocumented near-Earth asteroids and why they are doing it privately.

The Sentinel telescope will help space agencies identify threatening near-Earth objects years before they hit Earth, providing governments and space agencies with enough time to take action, Lu and his colleagues said. Such action would entail deploying a spacecraft — or multiple spacecrafts, depending on the size of the space rock — toward the asteroid in order to smack it off course.

The technology and funds to deflect an asteroid in this way already exist, the panel explained, but the Association of Space Explorers, a group that includes active and retired astronauts, decided to involve the United Nations in their decision-making efforts to avoid nationally biased action in the event of an emergency.

This NASA graphic shows the orbits of all the known Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs), numbering
over 1,400 as of early 2013. Shown here is a close-up of the orbits overlaid on the orbits of Earth and
other inner planets. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

"The question is, which way do you move [the asteroid]?" former NASA astronaut and B612 co-founder Russell Schweickart said in the news conference. "If something goes wrong in the middle of the deflection, you have now caused havoc in some other nation that was not at risk. And, therefore, this decision of what to do, how to do it and what systems to use has to be coordinated internationally. That's why we took this to the United Nations."

The panel hopes that the discussions with the United Nations this week —which extend from discussions dating back to 2008, when the panel presented the United Nations with the first draft of a report titled "Asteroid Threats: A Call for Global Response" —will improve public awareness of the threats at hand, and encourage policymakers to develop plans and appoint leaders to deal with threats in a timely manner.

The explosion of a truck-size asteroid over Chelyabinsk, Russia, this past February —which blew out windows throughout the entire city and injured more than 1,000 people —helped draw public attention to what the panelists described as the often-overlooked and underappreciated threat to the planet.

"It did make a difference in policymakers realizing that this is not just a science-fiction concept, or something that will happen in 100 or 500 years in the future," Thomas Jones, former NASA astronaut and senior research scientist at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, told at the news conference. "The fact that it happened right now, I think, enforced the reality."

The recommendations that the group presented to the United Nations this week provide an outline of what governments will ultimately implement in the event of an emergency. However, the details of these recommendations are still in the works, Schweickart said. - FOX News.

EXTREME WEATHER: St. Jude's, A Major Atlantic Storm With Hurricane-Force Winds Batter Northern Europe - Wind Gusts As Strong As 99MPH; At Least 4 Dead So Far; Over 300,000 In England, France, Belgium And The Netherlands Without Any Power; Millions Hit By Transportation Chaos! [STUNNING PICTURES + VIDEOS]

October 28, 2013 - EUROPE - A major Atlantic storm packing hurricane-force winds pummeled England, France, Belgium and the Netherlands early Monday, knocking out power to 220,000 homes in England and blocking roads and railways with fallen trees.

A car in London is crushed by a fallen tree Monday. There have been several reports
of people being killed by fallen trees.

Emergency crews in London clear the wreckage of a house after a fallen tree caused a gas explosion there
Monday, October 28. A major Atlantic storm brought wind gusts close to 100 mph Monday, knocking
out power to thousands and disrupting travel in England, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Large waves break against the harbor wall in Dover, England, on Monday.

A plane lands with a tilted angle Monday on the runway of Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

Wind gusts as strong as 99 mph battered the south coast of England, and authorities warned of travel disruptions across the region.

At least two storm-releated deaths were confirmed in England, and a third person was reported missing.

Police in Kent said a 17-year-old girl was killed Monday morning when a tree fell on the home where she was sleeping in Hever, south of London.

A man in his 50s was killed when a tree fell on a vehicle Monday in Watford, northwest of London, according to Hertfordshire police.

As the storm approached, rescuers had to suspend their search for a missing teenager believed to have been swept out to sea. The unidentified teenager disappeared from Newhaven, East Sussex, on the southern coast, according to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Electric company workers cut tree branches and repair power lines Monday in La Roche-Maurice, France.
Officials said early Monday that 42,000 homes in northern France were without electricity.

Large waves break along the coast in Porthleven, England, on Monday.

 A fallen tree lies on a London road Monday.

Weather forecasters had said before the storm arrived that it could be the region's worst in a decade.

Authorities were checking whether two other deaths were related to the storm. A man and a woman died -- and a third person was hospitalized -- as a result of a gas explosion at a house in Hounslow in West London, London's Metropolitan Police said. Investigators were checking whether a tree that had fallen in the area damaged gas pipes and caused the blast.

The storm also affected France, Belgium and the Netherlands. A woman was killed by a falling tree in Amsterdam, local media reported. Officials said 42,000 homes in northern France were without electricity. Overnight, the number of homes in France without power peaked at 75,000.

Fallen trees

The strongest wind gusts in England -- 99 mph -- were recorded on the Isle of Wight, which is off the south coast, the Met Office said.

The storm cut power to people across the southern part of England.

A vehicle splashes through a flooded section of road near the English village of Whitford on Monday.

Large waves break against the dyke Monday at the port of Boulogne, France.

A boat in Scheveningen, Netherlands, is caught in the strong winds Monday.

People stand on the rocks as large waves break against the harbor in Porthcawl, Wales, on Sunday.

The Energy Networks Association, which represents British and Irish power operators, said that 220,000 homes were without power in the southeast, southwest and midlands of England.

Energy companies said they were working to restore power as quickly as possible.

Flood warnings
Authorities warned that the heavy rain from the storm could cause flooding in some areas. Eighteen flood warnings were in place in southwest England, the government said.

In the southeast, Sussex Police said they had had reports of more than 125 trees down across the county. They warned drivers to be careful, especially on smaller roads.

Network Rail, which manages Britain's rail infrastructure, said more than 100 trees were on rails in the network across the southeast.

WATCH: RNLI release footage of Newhaven search. 


WATCH: St Jude's Storm - Twenty foot high waves hit south west coast. 

WATCH: St Jude's storm brings down trees in Pimlico, central London.

 WATCH:  St Jude Day's storm wreaks havoc across southern England. 

WATCH:   St Jude's Storm - Trains cancelled as storm causes travel chaos. 

Heathrow Airport said it was reducing the number of flights Monday because of the severe weather.

Weather forecasters had said before the storm arrived that it could be the region's worst in a decade.

But they said they didn't expect the conditions to be as severe as those during the "Great Storm" of 1987, which was responsible for the deaths of 18 people in Britain and four in France.

In 1990, the "Burns Day Storm" left a trail of destruction from the Isles of Scilly to Denmark, killing 100 people, including 47 in the British Isles, according to the Met Office. - CNN.

MASS FISH DIE-OFF: Most Incredible Mass Death Of Fish In A Lake In Balvu, Latvia?!

October 28, 2013 - LATVIA - In Balvu region, in the Icha, earlier in the week the mass deaths of fish, presumably associated with toxic pollution, Ministry of environment protection and regional development.

Photo: AFP/Getty.

The State service for the protection of the environment has received this week from local residents informed that in the sector of the river the road Rēzekne-Gulbene to the confluence of the Verde River killed perches, Pikes and other fish.

Water samples were taken and investigated the dead fish. Judging by the first findings, the death of fish can be linked to a toxic substance, but the experts did not identify the sources of leakage of the visible pollution and odors.

The State service for the protection of the environment informed the local authorities about the incident, the food and veterinary service and filed a statement in Gospoliciû.

On Thursday, the dead fish was spotted in the river Aiviekste River, which is tributary to the Icha, reported in the evening in the transfer of LTV "Panorama", the representative of the State of the environment Aina Stašane. According to her, the larval fish is on the 10-km stretch of the river. In the worst case of pollution can reach the river Daugava.

Rezekne will convene a joint meeting of the Commission on Civil Defense a few edges.

Residents urged to report such cases and not to drink and not to use water from rivers in the household, where fish die en masse, as well as not to use this fish as food. - DELFI. [Translated]

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: 6 Massive Vulcanian Explosion At Japan's Mount Sakurajima Volcano - Ash Plume Reaches 15,000 Feet High!

October 28, 2013 - JAPAN - The volcano had at least 6 vulcanian explosions yesterday.

Eruption from Sakurajima yesterday.

The largest (at 08:09 local time this morning) sent an ash plume to 15,000 ft (4.5 km) altitude.

WATCH: The following video shows the spectacular activity during the night: 

- Volcano Discovery.

INFRASTRUCTURE & SOCIETAL COLLAPSE: Car Crash In Tiananmen Square In China Kills Five People - No Explanation Offered For The Crash!

October 28, 2013 - CHINA - Chinese state media have said at least five people died and 38 others were injured after a vehicle crashed in Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

Three of those killed were inside the car and the other two were bystanders.

Police cars block the entrance to Tiananmen Square, as smoke rises from a jeep that crashed into a
crowd near the Forbidden City. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The square was evacuated and quickly reopened after the vehicle went into the crowd in front of the Tiananmen rostrum at midday.

Images posted online showed a vehicle in flames, amid barricades. There has been no explanation for the crash.

Other pictures on social media showed a column of smoke rising from the scene of the crash.

Three people inside the vehicle died, Beijing police said on its official microblog account, adding that one female tourist from the Philippines and a male tourist from Guangdong province had also died.

Senior leaders from both the central government and the local authorities in Beijing and the Ministry of Public Security have visited the scene, it said.

An investigation is under way and the injured have been taken to hospital, Beijing police said.

Police evacuated and sealed off the square, which lies across a broad thoroughfare from the main gate of the
Forbidden City, soon after the vehicle crashed at around midday on Monday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Tiananmen Square was the scene of the 1989 pro-democracy protests which were ended by a military crackdown.

The site is generally kept under very tight security both because of its proximity to key political institutions and so that is does not serve as a hub for protesters and petitioners.

Incidents do occur, nonetheless. In 2011, a man set himself on fire at Tiananmen Square following what officials said was a legal dispute, close to the square's portrait of Chairman Mao.

Two years before that, three people set themselves on fire in a car at a busy intersection near Tiananmen Square over what the authorities called personal grievances.

In 2000, several members of the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement were arrested for protesting at the square.

Fire extinguishers are kept at the site, and have been used when protesters set themselves on fire.
'Bursting into flames'

Monday's incident took place at the north end of Tiananmen Square, near an entrance to the Forbidden City.

"A driver and two passengers were killed after a jeep crashed into a crowd of people and caught fire," Xinhua news agency said.

Citing police and emergency officials, it said police officers were among those injured by the jeep, "which crashed into a guardrail of Jinshui Bridge on the moat of the Forbidden City before bursting into flames at 12:05 pm".

One unnamed eyewitness told AFP news agency: "I saw a car turn a bend and suddenly it was driving on the pavement, it happened fast but looked like it knocked people over."

WATCH: Car crash in China's Tiananmen Square.

"I heard an explosion and saw fire. The scene was very frightening," he added. "There were paramilitary police who told people to get back into their cars and stop taking pictures."

In a microblog post on its verified Sina Weibo account, the Beijing police said that "the injured people were all sent to a nearby hospital".

"Police at the site immediately launched rescue efforts, and the fire was quickly extinguished... the situation is currently being investigated further," the police added.

A subway station close to the square was temporarily closed at the request of police, Beijing transport authorities said. Police also closed the road near the crash.

There was a heavy security presence at the square following the crash.

News of the incident first appeared on social media from those who were at the scene, but it appeared that some pictures were being quickly removed.

A BBC team that went to the site to gather footage said that they were detained for around 20 minutes before being released.

AFP news agency said that two of its reporters were also held close to the square, with images deleted from their cameras.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying, when asked whether the government believed the incident was a terror attack, said that she did not know the specifics of the case and declined further comment. - BBC.

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: New Study Reveals That Tanzania's Mount Meru Volcano Is Likely To Erupt Again - Potentially Dangerous Volcano, With More Than 1 Million People Living Around It!

October 28, 2013 - TANZANIA - It may have been passive for a long while, but Tanzania's second highest mountain, Mount Meru, is reportedly apt to erupt without notice, putting the lives of nearly one million people in jeopardy.

Mount Meru, at 4,5685m, the fifth highest in Africa. Northern Tanzania, near Arusha.

Recent studies, as well as chronological volcanic measurements conducted by the Monduli-based Eco-Science Centre, indicate that the mountain remains an active volcano and unless tremor and eruption sensors get installed around it, disasters related to volcanic actions are likely to take local inhabitants by surprise.

"Mt Meru volcano, which had three eruptions between 120 and 90 years ago, is a potentially dangerous volcano, with more than 1 million people living around it," said Mr Ben Beeckmans, the director of Eco-Science.

Mr Beeckman, a renowned scientist, has a long track record of studying volcanoes on the African continent and before settling in Arusha, he had done volcanic studies in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

According to him, as the weak spot of the volcano is on its eastern side, as far as a future eruption is concerned, that side would suffer more damage, but the ascending magma, which would make the volcano swell, could trigger off partial collapses on any side, which would be a disaster for a city like Arusha similar to what happened to Pompeii, which was totally buried under magma.

To save the Arusha population, Mr Beeckmans advised that it is imperative for a seismic net to be organized around both Mounts Meru and Kilimanjaro, where the town of Moshi is built so that alarms can be triggered should any of the two features start boiling beyond ordinary levels.

The University of Dar es Salaam has a small seismology section which, according to the scientist, could perfectly monitor the seismicity of both volcanoes.

Ben Beeckmans wants the central government, local authorities as well as the private sector to join hands in taking the necessary steps for monitoring the volcanoes through installing at least the first seismic station (apparently three are needed on each volcano).

Disaster could also strike by surprise; "Nature is quiet, the land fertile the volcano seems not to exist anymore, but in reality these are the more catastrophic areas.

Making a presentation in Arusha, the scientist pointed out that, such calamity happened in 1982 in Mexico, when El-Chichon volcano woke up and killed many people, which will also be problem for Meru and Kili," warned the scientist. But how likely is Mount Meru's eruption?

According to Beeckmans, the force of St Helens (Washington) when it erupted in 1980, was about 150 times the atomic bomb of Hiroshima. "Mt Meru had a similar eruption, which was ten times bigger, when its eastern side blew out." - All Africa.

WARS DRUMS: Japan, China In War Of Words - Tokyo Scrambles Jets To Monitor Beijing Military Planes!

October 28, 2013 - JAPAN - The rhetoric between Asia's two superpowers is becoming more belligerent with China warning that if Japan carries out a threat to shoot down foreign drones, it would be an act of war.

Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe has issued his own warning, saying Tokyo is prepared to be more assertive towards Beijing, while also telling China not to use force to try to change the regional balance of power.

Shinzo Abe (top centre) inspecting Japanese troops during a military review in Asaka.
(AFP Photo: Toru Yamanaka)

Over the weekend, Japan twice scrambled fighter jets to monitor Chinese military aircraft flying near Okinawa.

Speaking at a military parade which looked very similar to the ones seen in North Korea, Mr Abe rallied Japanese troops.

"Post-World War II, we have prospered and moved forward as a peaceful nation. This is something for us to be very proud of," Mr Abe said.

"However, in order for us to continue protecting this peace into the future, we must be vigilant."

This vigilance is particularly directed towards China, which is locked in a dispute with Japan over a handful of rocky outcrops in the East China Sea.

Controlled by Tokyo and known in Japan as the Senkakus and in China as the Diaouyu Islands, they are home to nothing more than a few inbred goats.

But whoever controls these outcrops controls the vast maritime territory that surrounds them - a seabed said to be rich in rare earth minerals and some known oil reserves.

Beijing regularly buzzes the skies around the islands with aircraft, while its ships also sail close by.

It is even understood China has flown unmanned drones near the islands, a move which has infuriated Tokyo.

The Japanese government was said to be drafting plans to shoot down any drone that encroached on its airspace - a threat that sparked a testy response from Beijing at the weekend.

"We advise relevant parties not to underestimate the Chinese army's resolute will and determination to protect China's territorial sovereignty," defence ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng said.

"If Japan does what it says and resorts to enforcement measures like shooting down aircraft, that is a serious provocation to us, it is an act of war. We will surely undertake decisive action to strike back."

Also at the weekend, Mr Abe told the Wall Street Journal he was concerned that Beijing is trying to change the status quo in North Asia by force.

He warned that if China opts to take that path, it would not be able to emerge peacefully.

For Asia's two biggest economies and military superpowers, the talk is becoming very dangerous. - ABC News Australia.

GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: Monster Sinkhole Swallows House In Bohol In The Philippines - 4 Dead!

October 28, 2013 - PHILIPPINES - Four people died as a sinkhole "swallowed" a house in Brgy. Ubojan, Antequerra, Bohol.

Sinkholes appeared in different parts of the province after the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that hit the Visayas last October 15.

Photo released on October 24, 2013 by Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) shows
a house standing atop a huge crack which geologists called as "lateral spreading" in the village of Bagtic,
Catigbian town, Bohol province after the 7.2-magnitude quake hit the province October 15. A deadly
earthquake that struck the Philippines last week created a spectacular rocky wall that stretches
for kilometres (miles) through farmlands, astounded geologists said October 24.
AFP PHOTO/ Phivolcs

The house belonged to the Barace family.

Two members of the family survived the incident. Saturnino Barace Jr., one of the survivors, waited for six hours before he was rescued. Half of his body was trapped in the rubble left behind by the sinkhole.

Relatives of the the family started unearthing the victims' bodies.

Authorities have reportedly put the area under surveillance as there are other cracks found near the area of the sinkhole.

Despite what happened, the remaining members of the Barace family are planning to return to the area. - ABS-CBN News.

MASS FISH DIE-OFF: Hundreds, Maybe Thousands Of Dead Fish Found In A Quarry Lake In Grolloo, Netherlands?

October 28, 2013 - NETHERLANDS - A strong wind blowing over the quarry in the Great Moere Grolloo. The water sloshing against the shore. It stinks. Rotten fish, gas and sewer. Something white floating among the reeds. Many wits in different sizes.

When you approach, then turn out to be. Fishing Some float a while on the surface, they are in an advanced state of decomposition. A cove shows a tomb. How many fish are floating in total along the banks? Hundreds, perhaps more.

It is a walkers eyesore, the fishing mortality in the Great Moere. In late September Dagblad van het Noorden wrote about dead fish in the lake of Forestry. Now it's wrong. This weekend saw hikers again driving numerous fish. The floating fish in September were dark in color, now they are white. The situation is serious, agrees Hunze and Aa. The many fish are floating them eyesore. "This is not so common," said Mieke Newbold, spokesman Hunze and Aa.

The first fish mortality in September did Forestry different tests. The oxygen content in the lake was a bit on the low side, but otherwise there was little to worry about. Toxic substances were also not found, said Bert Witvoet of Forestry. "And after a few days the oxygen level was already at level", says Witvoet. "Nobody knows what's going on."

Spokesman Jorien Bakker of Forestry says it is. Shocked "This is a lot of fish. Here we are going to do something quickly." Forestry Commission this afternoon urgent consultations with the water board about the situation. Also damping the Great Moere now been shut down. The contractor is now working to remove the dead fish. - DVHN. [Translated]

SOLAR WATCH: Activity On The Sun Is Very High - Sunspot 1875 Unleashes Major X1.0 Solar Flare And CME; 3rd X-Flare In Three Days; Glancing Blow To Earth's Geomagnetic Field Within 72 Hours!

October 28, 2013 - SUN -  The GOES-15 X-Ray sensor just detected a major X1.0 solar flare around Sunspot 1875 at 02:03 UTC.

A bright coronal mass ejection (CME) is now seen emerging from the sun following the major X1.0
solar flare event around sunspot 1875.  Image by LASCO C2.

X1.0 SOLAR FLARE:  A smaller solar flare was already in progress around sunspot 1882 at the time of this eruption. This is the 3rd X-flare since Oct. 25th, which means solar activity is still high.  Sunspot 1875 is no longer directly Earth facing.

Image of the X1.0 solar flare this evening. Full disk composite using the
SDO 131 and 171 angstroms channel.

Attached is an updated image by the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) capturing
the X1.0 solar flare around Sunspot 1875.

M5.1 FOLLOW UP: The X1.0 solar flare was followed up by a M5.1 event at 04:41 UTC around the same region. A second CME was generated as a result of this flare. Sunspot 1875 is putting on a show as it continues to rotate towards the west limb.

WATCH: Major X-Class Solar Flare - October 28, 2013.

CME DETECTED: A bright coronal mass ejection (CME) is now seen emerging from the sun following the major X1.0 solar flare event around sunspot 1875. A majority of the plasma cloud is heading west, but it appears that the eastern flank of the expanding cloud may still be Earth directed. A glancing blow impact to our geomagnetic field will be possible within 72 hours.

A second CME is now visible in the latest Lasco C2 imagery. This particular one captured
here was the result of the M5.1 event around 1875.

M-FLARE: If you blinked, you may have missed it. Sunspot 1877 produced a lower level M-Flare shortly after the M5 event around 1875.

Image by EVE.

SUNSPOTS: Sunspots AR1875, AR1877 and AR1882 all have complex magnetic fields that harbor energy for strong eruptions.

Credit: SDO/HMI

SOURCES: Space Weather | Solar Ham | Solar Watcher.

EXTREME WEATHER: St. Jude's Storm Shutdown - Packing 110mph Winds, The Biggest Storm To Hit Britain In A Decade Throws The Transportation System Into Total Chaos; Trains Suspended, Flights Cancelled And Road Bridges Shut; With Forecasters Warning Of Widespread Damage To Houses, Falling Trees And Power Outages! [STUNNING PICTURES + VIDEOS]

October 28, 2013 - UNITED KINGDOM -  Britain’s transport system was thrown into chaos last night as St Jude’s storm left train services suspended, flights cancelled and roads closed.

Millions of commuters were warned ‘not to travel unless necessary’ as emergency services prepared for the 90mph winds predicted to hit southern England during this morning’s rush hour.

Capturing the moment: Photographers take a risk to get good shots of the storm waves at
Porthcawl in Bridgend, South Wales.

Write-off: A fallen tree completely wrecked this Volkswagen Polo vehicle in Archway, north
London, ahead of the severe storm approaching Britain.

Uprooted: A fallen tree is pictured in Northfleet, Kent, yesterday as Britain braced for a severe storm this morning.

A desperate search for a 14-year-old boy believed drowned while swimming in rough seas off Newhaven, East Sussex, was called off late last night. Rescue workers said they no longer expected to find him alive.

There were already reports of trees being felled by strong winds, and a 108mph gust was recorded on the Scilly Isles. As the drama unfolded:
  • David Cameron held crisis talks with the Met Office and Environment Agency about how to handle the ‘widespread impact’ of what was predicted to be the worst storm in years;
  • Transport minister Susan Kramer urged people to stay at home until the storm had passed;
  • Train services in the South were either cancelled or running amended timetables;
  • London Overground cancelled all its services until 9am and Eurostar cancelled its services until 7am;
  • Sixty flights were cancelled from Heathrow as a precautionary measure;
  • Both Severn crossings and the Sheppey Crossing were closed as the winds intensified;
  • The Environment Agency issued 142 flood alerts and three flood warnings.
Government departments, transport agencies and environmental organisations were on high alert amid fears the storm could leave a trail of destruction in its wake, bringing down trees and power lines and causing localised flooding and power cuts.

Winds of up to 50mph were already being reported in some areas yesterday and were blamed for bringing down a wind turbine in Devon.

Waves: A search was launched for a 14-year-old boy who was swept out
to sea while swimming near the shore in Newhaven, East Sussex.

Wild: Rough seas pound the sea wall of Brighton Marina
yesterday as the south coast braced itself for the storm to hit.

A kite surfer enjoys the stormy seas at Fistral Beach, in Newquay,
Cornwall, yesterday ahead of the storm.

No-one was injured when the 90ft-high turbine crashed into a field at Higher Rixdale Farm at Luton, near Teignmouth, on Saturday evening.

In Newhaven, East Sussex, a rescue helicopter was scrambled and lifeboat crews battled terrible conditions to search for a boy of 14 feared drowned while swimming off West Beach.

WATCH: South coast gets first taste of the power of advancing storm.

But the search was called off for the night at around 10.30pm. Coastguards will now treat the operation as ‘search and recovery’ rather than a rescue mission, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said.

One resident reported seeing lads ‘playing chicken’ by the harbour when one of them went in.

 In County Durham, police confirmed that a 47-year-old canoeist who capsized after getting into difficulty in the swollen River Tees at Whorlton Lido, near Barnard Castle, on Saturday had died.

In Cambourne, Cornwall, a family of four escaped unhurt after a tree hit their house in the early hours of yesterday.

Blocked off: Winds battered the Sussex coastline, bringing down this tree in Brighton.

Destroyed: A huge wind turbine fell down in high winds in a field near Teignmouth, Devon.

Forecast: The Met Office said the storm would reach maximum ferocity in the early
 hours of today but move quickly eastwards, with winds falling away by lunchtime.

Clouds gather over Portishead on the banks of the Severn Estuary near Bristol.
An amber weather warning has been issued across large parts of the UK.

Last night, transport minister Baroness Kramer said: ‘Don’t travel unless you have to. If you do have to travel then check with your rail operator or the Highways Agency that it is safe to do so.

‘Use common sense. I wouldn’t want to be on the roads in the dark later tonight.’

Helen Chivers, of the Met Office, said the most ferocious weather would hit London and the Home Counties between 6am and 7am, just as many commuters were heading to the office. They could see winds of force 12 on the Beaufort scale.

WATCH: Weather forecasters model the path of approaching storm.

‘When people are getting up in the morning it would be good advice to check the latest forecast, and if they need to delay their journey to do so,’ she said.

South West Trains urged people not to travel and many other operators which run services into central London announced they would be delaying services until after 9am – making it impossible for office workers in the capital to get to their desks on time.

Worrying: Sarah Crouch stands with her baby Frederic, aged 11 weeks, near
her home just yards from the fallen tree in Northfleet, Kent.

The Prime Minister held an emergency meeting yesterday morning with ministers
 and agencies to co-ordinate plans to protect public from the storm.

A very brave swimmer, pictured right, takes a dip in Brighton.

Network Rail said the decision was taken so operators could check rails in daylight for any tree branches or debris which may have blown on to lines overnight.

Robin Gisby, managing director of network operations, said: ‘The timing of this storm could not be more challenging, with the worst of the weather coming right at the start of the Monday morning rush-hour for many people.

‘We simply cannot allow trains to run until the storm has passed and we have been able to make sure that the railway is safe and free of damage or obstructions.’

The storm has been named after St Jude, the patron saint of lost causes, whose feast day is today. It was initially likened to the Great Storm of 1987, in which 120mph gales killed 18 people and brought down 15million trees.

But yesterday weathermen changed their minds and instead suggested winds were unlikely to be much stronger than 90mph, making the storm more on a par with those which battered the country in March 2008, January 2007 and October 2000.

Last night the strong gusts forced ferry companies to cancel crossings across the Irish Sea and English Channel. Portsmouth seafront was closed to vehicles and pedestrians, while more than 1,000 homes in Pangbourne, Berkshire, were without power for several hours after a falling tree reportedly brought down a power line.

Met Office offer weather predictions as "storm" approaches.

The Environment Agency spent yesterday clearing debris from streams and culverts to minimise flooding as forecasters predicted as much as 1.6ins of rain could fall in some parts in only nine hours.

The storm was expected to hit South West England at around midnight, before moving eastwards and bringing havoc to southern parts of the country and South Wales, which the Met Office said were likely to be the worst affected.

They issued an amber ‘severe weather’ warning, meaning ‘be prepared’, for those living in such areas, while the rest of England and Wales was given a yellow warning, which urges people to simply ‘be aware’ of bad weather to come.

Atlantic storms of this type usually develop further west across the ocean, losing strength by the time they reach the UK and Ireland.

But St Jude’s storm was expected to appear much closer to land, potentially moving across the country while in its most powerful phase. A strong jet stream and warm air close to the UK contributing to its development and strength.

Charlie Powell, a Met Office forecaster, said the storm would reach maximum ferocity in the early hours but move quickly eastwards, with winds falling away by lunchtime.

‘Inland areas of Southern England will see winds of between 60 and 80mph, although there could be storm force gales reaching 90mph in exposed areas from Cornwall to the Dover Straits on the south coast and in the Bristol Channel,’ he said. - Daily Mail.