Tuesday, January 21, 2014

PLANETARY TREMORS: Philippine Institute Of Volcanology And Seismology (PHIVOLCS) Warn That A Strong Quake May Leave 700 Dead And 13,000 Injured In Navotas - Mega-Quake Could Trigger Tsunamis As High As 3 Meters!

January 21, 2014 - PHILIPPINES - Aside from the constant floods and storm surges that regularly inundate Navotas City during the rainy season, the city is also at risk of being hit by earthquakes and tsunamis, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.


Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum, who spoke in the recently concluded Navotas Disaster Preparedness Summit, said that the coastal city of Navotas faces threats from two tremor-generating ridges: the West Valley Fault, which runs through Parañaque, Taguig, Pasig, Makati, Marikina and Quezon City; and the Manila Trench, which passes through Luzon under the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

This means that Navotas residents not only face possible death and destruction from the collapse of poorly constructed structures but also from tsunamis.

“There is no fault running through Navotas, but a 7.2-magnitude earthquake triggered by the West Valley Fault will still cause strong ground-shaking and liquefaction in the city, as much of the soil [on which structures sit] is soft,” Solidum said.

He estimated that under this scenario, over 700 people may be killed and 13,000 others injured. The city would need at least P20 billion to rebuild the structures damaged in the quake, he added.

Aside from the possible damage and deaths caused by a strong quake, Navotas and the nearby city of Malabon could also be struck by a tsunami, but only if an 8.3-magnitude earthquake is triggered by movement in the Manila Trench.

“The Manila Trench is located outside Manila Bay, in the wider waters of the West Philippine Sea. But if a strong earthquake occurs there, the tsunami can still pass through the bottleneck in the mouth of Manila Bay,” Solidum said.

“The 8.3-magnitude earthquake can generate tsunami waves as high as 3 meters, or a one-story building in normal sea levels, or 5.5 meters, or a two-story building, if it is high tide. This would sweep over Navotas and even reach Malabon,” he added.

To arrive at these scenarios, Solidum said that Phivolcs analyzed the location of buildings and the composition of the ground on which they stand, the use of these structures, materials used in the building and the number of people occupying these buildings.

Solidum, meanwhile, advised the city government and residents to cooperate in preparing for devastating earthquakes.

“Later this quarter, we will be releasing a 12-item questionnaire which will help homeowners evaluate the extent to which their houses are earthquake-proof,” he said.

At the same time, he urged the city government, barangay (village) leaders and other community officials to organize an awareness campaign and earthquake drills. - Inquirer.

DELUGE & GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: Disaster-Ravaged The Philippines Hit By Floods And Landslides - Over FOUR FEET of Rain Displaces More Than 260,000 People; At Least 45 Dead!

January 21, 2014 - PHILIPPINES - Parts of the Philippines have been ravaged by extreme weather and natural disasters during the past six months.

A deadly earthquake killed more than 100 people in October while damaging some of the oldest buildings in the country.

n this Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014 photo, rescuers from the Comval Emergency Response Team continue their rescue
operation following the flooding in the southern Philippines. (AP Photo/A. Dayao)

Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms on record at landfall, battered much of the central and southern Philippines while leaving entire towns destroyed and killing more than 6,000 people.

Parts of the central and southern Philippines, particularly eastern Mindanao, have suffered through rounds of torrential rainfall during the month of January that have affected nearly 900,000 people, according to Philippine Government.

More than 260,000 people have been displaced from their homes by the flooding during the same period, while at least 45 have been killed by flooding or mudslides.

Some of the hardest hit areas, including Hinatuan and Surigao, have received more than 4 feet (1,220 mm) of rain since Jan. 1, with rainfall occurring each day so far this year.

For comparison, Hinatuan's 52.91 inches (1,344 mm) of rainfall through Jan. 22 is more than the normal yearly precipitation in New York City, which is 49.94 inches (1,269 mm).

In this Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, photo, a house is half submerged in floodwaters in the southern Philippines.
(AP Photo/A. Dayao)

While the southern Philippines have experienced a deluge of rain, Manila in the northern Philippines has recorded no measurable rainfall this month, as of Jan. 21.

No relief over the next several days for the southern Philippines as moisture from former Tropical Storm Lingling, combined with the local monsoon, will lead to more heavy rainfall.

The hardest hit areas can have an additional 2-4 inches (50-100 mm) through Friday, however most will receive less than 2 inches (50 mm) during this stretch. - AccuWeather.

EXTREME WEATHER: Study - Warming Pacific Means Extreme El Ninos Could Hit Twice As Often!

January 21, 2014 - PACIFIC OCEAN - The most intense El Niño events may soon hit every 10 years, instead of every 20 years, thanks to warming water in the eastern Pacific Ocean, a new study predicts.

On Feb. 8, 1983, a massive dust storm advanced on Melbourne, Australia. The dust storm
was a consequence of devastating droughts induced by an extreme El Niño.

An El Niño is the warm phase of a long-standing natural climate cycle in the Pacific Ocean. When changing wind patterns start piling up warm water in the eastern part of the equatorial Pacific, the redistribution of hotter water triggers changes in atmospheric circulation that influences rainfall and storm patterns around the world — an El Niño.

During extreme El Niños, sea surface temperatures warmer than 82 degrees Fahrenheit (28 degrees Celsius) develop in the normally cold and dry eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean.

Because this part of the Pacific is typically colder than the western Pacific, even 0.8 degrees Celsius (about 1 degree Fahrenheit) of warming in these waters has an outsize effect, said lead study author Wenju Cai.

"Under global warming, the barrier to convection shifts," Cai told LiveScience. "Therefore, it is easier to generate this massive atmospheric circulation associated with an extreme El Niño event." (Convection is the process that fuels storms.)

During extreme El Niños, this warm-water zone stretches across the entire equatorial Pacific Ocean. Because the Pacific's sea surface temperatures are rising, climate researchers have tried to predict the impact of global warming on extreme El Niños, but their models have produced conflicting results, said Cai, a climate scientist at CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, a government research organization in Aspendale, Australia.

"If we just look at sea surface temperatures, there has been no consensus," Cai said.

To better gauge the effect of future warming on the El Niño cycle, Cai and an international group of climate scientists redefined an extreme El Niño. Their study tested 20 climate models that simulated extreme El Niños, but instead of looking at sea surface temperatures, they defined each episode as an increase in rainfall by a factor of 10 over the eastern equatorial Pacific.

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The results show an increase from an extreme event every 20 years to an episode every 10 years from the present day through the next 100 years. The findings were published today (Jan. 19) in the journal Nature Climate Change.

While the increased frequency could be a boon for the drought-stricken western United States, which would receive extra rainfall, an extreme El Niño has devastating global effects.

During past extreme El Niño events, countries in the western Pacific, such as Australia and Indonesia, experienced devastating droughts and wildfires, while catastrophic floods occurred in the eastern equatorial region of Ecuador and northern Peru.

The last extreme El Niño, in 1997-1998, caused $35 billion in damage in the United States and killed an estimated 23,000 people worldwide.

"Extreme El Niños cause a lot of loss of life and productivity," Cai said. - TWC.

DELUGE: Hundreds Evacuated After Major Floods In French Riviera - Up To 8 Inches Of Rain Cause Widespread Flash Flooding; At Least 2 Dead!

January 21, 2014 - FRANCE - Major floods in the French Riviera have left at least two people dead and thousands more are stranded with no access to roads or electricity.

A man watches an overturned car near the Pansard river on January 19, 2014 in Londe-les-Maures
after floods struck southeastern France. (Brigitte Duchatel/AFP/Getty Images)

"Up to 8 inches of rain fell over the past 3 days in parts of southeastern France, causing flash flooding and sending several rivers out of their banks," said weather.com meteorologist Nick Wiltgen. "Fortunately, a drier pattern is settling in this week, and most rivers in the region have either already crested or are cresting Monday."

A 73-year-old man was killed in his basement and another man died when his car was washed away by rains. Another man is missing, last seen on his boat.

The region that was flooded is part of the Var area, which is along the Mediterranean coast and is popular with tourists. Roads are washed out leading to some resort towns, including Saint-Tropez, and villages in Provence.

A man walks in front of damaged cars on January 20, 2014 in La Londe-les-Maures, southeastern France.
(Boris Horvat/AFP/Getty Images)

People clean a house on January 20, 2014 in La Londe-les-Maures, southeastern France.
(Boris Horvat/AFP/Getty Images)

Rescue workers assist people being evacuated from their homes in the Oratoire neighborhood of
Hyeres-Les-Palmiers on January 19, 2014. (Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images)

A man cleans his house on January 20, 2014 in La Londe-les-Maures, southeastern France.
(Boris Horvat/AFP/Getty Images)

Rescue workers are seen in the harbour of La Londe-les-Maures, southeastern France, on January 20, 2014. River levels
were receding early today in southeastern France after deadly floods hit the region. (Boris Horvat/AFP/Getty Images)

A man takes a picture of a damaged boat in the harbour of La Londe-les-Maures, southeastern France on January 20,
2014. More than 150 people were airlifted to safety as floods engulfed the region. (Boris Horvat/AFP/Getty Images)

Evacuations are underway, but local officials are telling people to stay indoors until rescuers can reach them.

In an interview with Agence France Presse, a local resident told how from her home she saw a huge wave sweep her empty car away before she was evacuated by helicopter with her five-year-old daughter.

"It was really staggering," she said. "We had called the fire brigade who told us to move the furniture upstairs. We had very little time, the house flooded very quickly."

The French prime minister will be touring the destruction Monday.

"This is the same slow-moving low pressure system that has been bringing flooding and mudslides to Italy over the past several days," said Wiltgen.

A train was partially derailed by a landslide in the Italian province of Liguria Friday. The same system that brought floods to France are also battering Italy. - TWC.

GLOBAL FOOD CRISIS: Climate Proofing Of Farms Seen Too Slow As Industry Faces Havoc - The World Bank Warns That Extreme Earth Changes Will Make Farming Untenable In Some Areas!

January 21, 2014 - FOOD - Climate change will play havoc with farming, and policy makers and researchers aren’t fully aware of the significance on food supply, according to the World Bank.

A laborer carries crates of chard at J.R. Organics Farm in Escondido, California, U.S.
Photographer: Sam Hodgson/Bloomberg

Earth will warm by 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) “in your lifetime,” Rachel Kyte, the World Bank’s vice-president for climate change, said at a meeting of agriculture ministers in Berlin over the weekend. That will make farming untenable in some areas, she said.

Extreme weather from China’s coldest winter in at least half a century in 2010 to a July hailstorm in Reutlingen, Germany, already started to affect food prices. In the past three years, orange juice, corn, wheat, soybean meal and sugar were five of the top eight most volatile commodities, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Natural gas was first.

“Significant damage and destruction is already happening,” Kyte said. “It isn’t a benign and slightly warmer world. It will be a volatile warming of the planet, with unpredictable impact.”

Adapting agriculture to withstand a world with a changed climate and depleting resources isn’t happening fast enough, according to Achim Steiner, the director general of the UN’s Environment Programme.

Heat Waves

The world risks “cataclysmic changes” caused by extreme heat waves, rising sea levels and depleted food stocks, as average temperatures are headed for a 4 degree Celsius jump by 2100, the World Bank reported in November 2012.

“It’s all going to take political leadership,” said Gordon Conway, professor of international development at Imperial Colleage London. “We need more ministers of agriculture with self confidence who will stand up and say what they need, who will speak to their president or prime minster.”

Long-term climate change may have “potentially catastrophic” effects on food production in the period from 2050 to 2100, the UN’s Food & Agricuture Organization has said.

Crop failures such as in Russia in 2010 are likely to become more common as climate change causes more extreme weather with heat and drought stress, according to a study that year led by the U.K.’s University of Leeds.

“If we look globally at climate science, we see the warming of temperatures and the resulting impact, for example extreme heat zones in sub-Saharan Africa,” Kyte said. “The agricultural community has still some way to go in realizing the full significance.”

Disrupts Incomes

World hunger is expected to worsen as climate change hurts crop production and disrupts incomes, charity Oxfam wrote in September. The number of people at risk of hunger may climb by 10 percent to 20 percent by 2050, with daily per-capita calories available falling across the world, Oxfam said.

While in some areas climate change may mean moving coffee trees “a few hundred meters up the mountain, in some places we’re talking about a wholesale change of what can be grown where, and I don’t think we’ve really started to compute that,” Kyte said.

Climate change will likely cause a geographical shift and a reduction in suitable growing ranges for many crops, according to the U.K.’s Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.

A simulation of spring wheat under climate-change scenarios for northeast China indicated that in the worst case, more than 35 percent of harvests may fail through 2099 compared with a baseline rate of about 13 percent, the Leeds study found.

Northern India

Based on current climate-change models, wheat output in northern India and Pakistan will fall between 17 percent and 38 percent by 2020 because of heat stress to the crop, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center estimates. The center is working to develop heat-tolerant wheat for South Asia.

The majority of agricultural research is focused on wheat, corn and rice, all crops which have “profound problems” in a world that’s 3 or 4 degrees Celsius warmer, according to Kyte.

“We need to increase the amount of research that goes into food crops that the poor actually eat,” Kyte said.

Climate change reduced wheat yields from 1980 to 2008, with world production of the grain in the period 5.5 percent lower than it would have been without any change in temperatures and rainfall, U.S. researchers wrote in a 2011 study published in the journal Science.

Heat waves and extreme rainfall in the past decade are probably linked to global warming, according to a 2012 study from the Potsdam climate institute.

500 Years

The past decade included Europe’s hottest summer in at least 500 years in 2003, while 2010 brought western Russia’s hottest summer in centuries and record rain in Pakistan and Australia, according to the Potsdam study published in the journal Nature Climate Change. Japan and some U.S. states registered all-time-high rainfall in 2011, while the Yangtze River basin in China had a record drought.

Weather extremes may cause agricultural production to move away from “extreme specialization,” where farmers who can no longer be certain of spring rain for a particular crop may grow four or five different ones instead, according to Hermann Lotze-Campen, a researcher at the Potsdam institute.

Tackling waste may be crucial to feeding a bigger population in a time of climate change. About a third of food is wasted, according to UNEP’s Steiner.

“Some estimates show that if you reduce food waste to zero, we can feed 2 billion people,” FAO deputy Director-General Maria Helena Semedo said.

Policy makers have a task in raising public awareness about the environmental impact of waste, according to Steiner, who mentioned the amount of water needed to produce a hamburger.

“One hamburger is six baths of water simply thrown down the drain.” - Bloomberg.

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Global Volcano Report For January 21, 2014 - Large Explosion At Kamchatka's Shiveluch Volcano Sends Ash Plume To 28,000 Feet High; Booming Sounds Heard Coming From Kilauea's Summit In Hawaii!

January 21, 2014 - WORLDWIDE VOLCANOES - The following constitutes the new activity, unrest and ongoing reports of volcanoes across the globe.

Shiveluch (Kamchatka): A relatively large explosion occurred this morning at the volcano.

Ash column rising from Shiveluch volcano this morning

An ash plume rose to estimated 28,000 ft (8 km) altitude and drifted WSW. Following the eruption, the volcano continued to produce intense degassing and minor ash venting, and glow from the active lava dome is visible on night-time webcam images.

Kilauea (Hawai'i): Booming sounds from Kilauea summit this week, heat from high lava lake cracks the crater walls! Levels dropping again now in natural cycle.

Complete Earthquake list (worldwide) for January 21, 2014.

- Volcano Discovery.

ICE AGE NOW: Freezing Temperatures In The Scandinavian Region - Sweden's Snow And -40C Freeze Wreaks Traffic Havoc; And Elk Found Frozen Solid In Norwegian Lake!

January 21, 2014 - SCANDINAVIA - The Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) warned on Monday that motorists should be careful on the roads as temperatures plummeted over the weekend and the freeze continued into Monday.

Elk Found Frozen Solid In Norwegian Lake
Photo: Björn Lindgren/TT

 Photo: Björn Larsson Rosvall/TT

The train line between Halmstad and Laholm in the south has been out of action since 6am when a train with 13 passengers derailed after hitting a snowbank. All the passengers escaped unharmed.'

"It wasn't so dramatic. But the train remains where it is," Peter Behrman, spokesman at Trafikverket, told the TT news agency. He added that the line should be running as normal by Tuesday.

Sunday night saw the lowest temperature of the season when Karesuando in the far north hit -41.9C, but the mercury didn't stop there.

Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

 Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

"It was -42.5C in the early morning hours," said Lisa Frost, meteorologist at Sweden's weather agency SMHI. "The high pressure system is still hanging over northern Scandinavia. These temperatures are here to stay for the coming days."

Train traffic north of Boden remains cancelled, a move national operator SJ makes when temperatures dip below -30C. Even the buses remain cancelled.

Swedish trains lines are shut down in extreme cold as the metal tracks can become brittle and risk being damaged, and because potential evacuations of carriages can be difficult in the largely isolated parts of northern Sweden.

Elk Found Frozen Solid In Norwegian Lake
The elk frozen in Kosmo lake. Source: Inger Sjøberg

An elk has been found frozen solid in the middle of a a lake near Bodo in northern Norway, after the ice apparently cracked beneath it as it was trying to cross.

Inger Sjøberg, 47, found the animal as she was skating across  Kosmo lake in Valnesfjord on December 29th. 

"I was out skating with my boyfriend, and we saw something dark on the ice," she told The Local. "I thought it was some wood or some grass or something, and when we looked at it, we saw that it was an elk. I have never seen it before, a frozen animal in the ice."

She said she believed the elk must have fallen through earlier in the winter before the ice hardened properly.

"We had to go out a bit from land, so the ice was strong enough when he started to walk, but then further out it was not strong enough. It's part of nature that animals die in this way."

The animal has since become quite an attraction for local children, who come out to look at the frozen carcass, she said.

- The Local.

PLANETARY TREMORS: Disaster Preparedness - US Virgin Islands Unveils First-Ever Tsunami Evacuation Maps; One Week After A Magnitude 6.5 Earthquake Hit Off Puerto Rico Coast!

January 21, 2014 - U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - As last week’s earthquake in Puerto Rico reminded, the Caribbean is a seismically active region — and particularly the northern Caribbean.

Above: the USVI

That’s led the US Virgin Islands to debut its first-ever tsunami evacuation map, which covers St Croix, St john and St Thomas.

The maps “delineate coastline inundation in the event of the Territory is impacted by a tsunami, as well as safe areas, evacuation route directional arrows, assembly points and denotes public schools and other public facilities within the inundation area,” according to a statement from the office of Governor John de Jongh.

Above: The St Croix evacuation map

“VITEMA is proud to announce the availability of the Territory’s first Tsunami Evacuation Maps for the islands of St Croix, St John and St Thomas,” said Elton Lewis, director of the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency.

Above: The St Thomas evacuation map

The maps were created with the help of an $18,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Above: The St John evacuation map

The territory will soon be launching a public education programme that will include town hall meetings and map distributions.

VITEMA has also applied to the NOAA’s National Weather Service to be certified as a “TsunamiReady” community.

“All of this effort led to building awareness of tsunamis,” de Jongh said. “Today we’ve laid the groundwork not only for our residents and businesses to be ready, but to be resilient.”

- Carib Journal.

INFRASTRUCTURE & SOCIETAL COLLAPSE: Fifty Injured As Norway Heritage Village Burns - Over 20 Houses Destroyed!

January 21, 2014 - NORWAY - Over 20 houses have been destroyed and 50 people injured after a fire broke out in the heritage village of Lærdalsøyri on the Sognefjord, north of Bergen.

Police have launched a large-scale evacuation in Laerdal after several houses burning in the dense
timber buildings in Lærdalsøyri. Photo: Arne med / NTB Scanpix

"It is a disaster. For those who are there it is an inferno. There are flames and smoke everywhere and a powerful wind that makes the situation very difficult," Lærdal's deputy mayor and chief physician Geir Berge Overland told NRK.

According to a press release from Lærdal Municipality, at least 23 buildings had been destroyed by 7am on Sunday morning, three of which are in the historical conservation area, treasured for its unique wooden buildings.

About 300 people were taken to Lærdal Hospital overnight, of which 52 have been hospitalized or moved to a larger hospital.

Overland told NRK That the strong east wind made fighting the fire extremely difficult.

"It would have been completely impossible to extinguish the fire. I have talked to fire the guys who have been present from the start, and even if it they had all available personnel, it would not possible to quench the fire."

According to Lærdal municipality more than 100 fire and police and ambulance workers have active throughout the night. - The Local.

GLOBAL FOOD CRISIS: Drought And Extreme Cold May Have Damaged Winter Crops In Texas!

January 21, 2014 - UNITED STATES - While timely rains have the Texas wheat crop looking much better this year, however the drought and cold may have done some damage to winter crops reported AgriLife Today.

Wheat plots, forefront, in the High Plains appear to have little to no damage from extreme cold temperatures,
however oats, middle of picture, at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research trials near Bushland show damage.
Credit Jason Baker / Texas A&M AgriLife Research photo

Dr. Clark Neely is an AgriLife Extension small grains specialist in College Station. He said the substantial fall rains didn’t help the Panhandle.

“Unfortunately, the High Plains received little of these beneficial rains and wheat producers struggled to get their crop up and out of the ground this fall,” he said. “Drought-stressed wheat also had to endure frigid temperatures during the past month, which have some concerned about the possibility of winterkill on small wheat.”

Single-digit temperatures were common throughout the Panhandle; but earlier cool weather helped plants acclimate and become less susceptible to extreme cold, Neely said.

“Healthy, acclimated wheat plants should be able to handle single-digit temperatures without significant damage; however, drought-stressed plants are more susceptible to cold temperatures for multiple reasons,” he said.

“Dry soil does little to buffer temperature change and makes growing points more vulnerable under the soil surface. Additionally, drought-stressed plant tissue is less able to cope with leaf damage.”

Neely also said leaf burn on an unstressed plant from cold temperatures may look devastating, but the plant can recover well if the growing points remain healthy.

“But damaged leaves on drought-stressed plants can lead to desiccation and death due to destruction of the growing point,” he said, adding that observations from plots in Bushland, near Amarillo, show severe winterkill in oats, minor damage in barley and little visible damage to wheat plants.

“Often, symptoms take time to manifest, so producers may need to wait for a week or more before seeing yellow or necrotic leaves,” Neely said.

Freeze damage can also open the door to secondary fungal or bacterial infections.

Widespread winterkill is not anticipated at this time, but pockets of damage are possible.  Neely advises producers to keep an eye out for yellowing in their fields.

More information is available from Texas A&M AgriLife. - HPPR.

FIRE IN THE SKY: "Unbelievable" - Bright Green Fireball Seen Over The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium And The UK!

January 21, 2014 - EUROPE - Over the last few days, there have been several reports of meteor fireballs over the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and the United Kingdom.

Falling meteor spotted over the Netherlands

Probably it is a small rock from space, says Alex Scholten of the Public Observatory in Gelderland Bussloo.

From virtually all over the country arrived Saturday in reports about the striking orb. Which was probably caused by a meteorite. "A boulder or rock block. An object the size of a football, or probably a little higher, "says Scholten.

According to the employee of the Public Observatory, they can light up as they enter the atmosphere. "They start at high altitude to burn. Sometimes all at 80 kilometers, "explains Scholten. Therefore, the orb was about a quarter past nine on Saturday's show, is probably little more about. "If a piece of rock is about, that's probably ended up in the North Sea."

A photo and a video of the alleged meteorite shows a bright ball of light with a long tail. Twitterers responded elated: "Unbelievable! Just for the first meteorite with a green tail seen on the A16 between Breda and Dordrecht. Pretty impressive! "Wrote a motorist.

Other twittering Dutch responded elated: "Cool enough, meteorite long green / blue tail of a second or 5. About Ketelbrug. "Others admitted to having the orb mistaken for fireworks. Some people also say to have heard. Two loud bangs.

Also in Germany, England and Scotland, the fireball was seen. - Cassiopaea.

WATCH:  Meteor seen over the Netherlands.

Here are several eye-witness accounts of the sightings:

18 January 2014 - Jim, Almere, The Netherlands 21:32 GMT
1, 2 seconds top to bottom. Quick drop, rainbow trail, bright flash. Exceptionally bright black trail in the sky after 3 minutes. White colour, impressive.
18 January 2014 - Tim North, Shields, UK 20:18 approx
2 seconds duration. Facing east, track Northwest to Southeast over sea, to right of Moon. Barium green, small amount white. Slightly brighter than the moon. No fragmentation, just one discontinuity. Have CCTV video available.
18 January 2014 - James Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, UK 20:00 UTC approx
2 seconds duration. Seen to the east of my location, falling to Earth in southerly direction. Green trail, twice as bright as Sirius.
- Lunar Meteorite Hunters.

All 43 meteor sighting reports can be seen here.

GLOBAL AWAKENING: The Embracing Of Mother Nature And Detaching From European Vampirism - Hawaii Bans GMO Biotech Companies And GMO Crops; Citizens Cheer In Excitement!

January 21, 2014 - HAWAII - Hawaii is a unique place – not only because of its cultural and agricultural diversity, but because the politicians sometimes actually listen to the demands of the people.

Fortunately, the mayor of the Big Island Hawaii, Billy Kenoi, has now banned biotech GMO from his island, and thousands of Hawaiians are cheering his decision to sign Bill 113, even though the agriculture industry largely opposed it. He can stand proud no matter what part of the islands he travels too, as this unprecedented move to keep the ‘aina,’ or land pure has been upheld.

Furthermore, Kenoi wants to encourage community-based farming and ranching, with a nod to local commerce instead of international biotech monopolies. The only problem with the bill is that is exempts the island’s GMO papaya industry, but it is a huge step in the right direction to ban GMO crops.
In a letter to city council members Kenoi states:

“Our community has a deep connection and respect for our land, and we all understand we must protect our island and preserve our precious natural resources . . .We are determined to do what is right for the land because this place is unlike any other in the world.”
On an island, it is hard to run away from the fruits of your labor, or your political decisions – you might run into a farmer that feeds your family at the grocery store, or the mother who visited your last public forum meeting on the beach.

This bill was signed just weeks after Kauai passed its own law relating to GMO and disclosure of pesticide use by biotech companies.

In places where the land is so beautiful, it is easier to understand what is at stake when GMO interferes with Mother Nature. If you live in paradise compared to a concrete jungle, you become less disassociated from nature, and the food, shelter, and textiles around. Hawaiians are especially proud of the of land for this reason, but their message can be carried throughout the world.

Hopefully this act against Monsanto, Syngenta, and other biotech giants in Hawaii will spark similar GMO banning bills in other states – such as Maine and Connecticut recently passing GMO labeling bills. - Natural Society.

MASS FISH/ANIMAL DIE-OFF: The Latest Incidents Across North And South America - Tens Of Thousands Of Dead Fish Washed Up Along An Entire Beach In Vargas, Venezuela; 26 Dolphins, 15 Turtles, 11 Sea Lions Found Washed Up Dead Along Coast Of Piura, Peru; 7 Dolphins, 2 Sea Lions And 1 Whale Found Dead In Sinaloa, Mexico; Over 5,300 Dead Fish Found In Clinton Lake, Illinois, United States; Thousands Of Cattle Killed By Flooding In Tabasco, Mexico; Thousands Of Fish Die Due To Cold In Olentangy River, Ohio, United States; And Tons Of Dead Fish Washing Up On Beaches In Lambayeque, Peru!

January 21, 2014 - NORTH & SOUTH AMERICA - The following constitutes the latest incidents of mass animal and fish die-offs across North and South America:

Tens Of Thousands Of Dead Fish Wash Up Along Entire Beach In Vargas, Venezuela.

About this Saturday down to the beaches of Puerto Azul club in Naiguatá, Vargas state, were surprised by the huge number of dead fish along the entire shore.  It is common schools of sardines and mackerel in somewhat deeper waters off the Central Coast.

So far unknown causes fish kills, however Environment Ministry sources said that on Monday they will test the water to determine if the phenomenon is the result of water pollution.

Dead fish are within the corresponding area of ​​Puerto Azul club so they need to rule out the presence of pollutants. The study will be conducted by the Ministry of Environment and Water Quality Division of the Ministry of Health, highlights the daily El Universal on its website on the Internet.However there is also the possibility that it is a phenomenon generated by the cold winds from the north.Explains a source from the Ministry of Environment, sardines are warm water fish and in recent weeks the waters off the coast of Vargas have been very cold due to the strong winter season in the northern hemisphere. In this sense it is possible that the fish have been too close to the coast in search of warmer waters and have been trapped on the jetties, unable to return to sea. - Panorama. [Translated]

26 Dolphins, 15 Turtles, 11 Sea Lions Found Washed Up Dead Along Coast Of Piura, Peru.

Inspection in a multisectoral was 20 kilometers from the beaches of Sechura 26 specimens of dead dolphins that were stranded by the waters of the sea south sector Reventazón found. The bodies of 11 sea lions and 15 turtles were also found.  The delegation led by the Instituto del Mar del Peru located Paita (Imarpe) and the Management of Natural Resources and Environmental Management Regional Government of Piura, the journey began at 10 am, taking advantage of the low tide. On the way, I was surprised to find remains of pelicans above the natural average.  The head of Imarpe Paita, Barriga Edward Rivera, described the event as unusual, the high number of deaths, but denied that these were produced by human activities.

"The species we found are at a high level of decomposition, so it is quite difficult to draw samples for the cause of death. What I have observed is that there are external factors that determine who may have been killed by shots bullet or some kind of entanglement in fishing nets, "said Barriga.  The official said that it is very likely to be an anomalous oceanographic event which is causing this unusual mortality in the marine area.  However, in the case of seals, I would have said yes human intervention, as indicated that two of them were found in a suspicious position.  After the inspection, close to the border with the Lambayeque region, the delegation met with a delegation of workers Imarpe-Santa Rosa (Lambayeque), who also toured the coastline of its jurisdiction. Joining them veterinary specialist took one sample of the bodies, which will be sent to Lima for analysis and to determine the causes of the deaths. 

The inspection by the regional government involved the deputy Environment, Mr. Isabel Pizarro, and the deputy of Standards and Oversight, Abog. Fany Torres, both of the Management of Natural Resources. Rounding out the team's representative to the Provincial Prosecutor in Environmental Matters, Rumiche Silvia, the chief of the Reserved Zone Illescas, Aldo Aguirre, the representative of the Police Environment Protection Sullana, and the representative of the Forestry Department and Wildlife. - El Regional Piura.

7 Dolphins, 2 Sea Lions And 1 Whale Found Dead In Sinaloa, Mexico.

The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Profepa) said in a special bulletin onset 10 dead marine mammals in a wide area Elota beaches in the state of Sinaloa.  This is a calf seven bottlenose dolphins and two sea lions that were in an advanced state of decomposition.  Profepa inspectors toured the coastal area from Ceuta to Boca Bar Cospital, in response to a complaint filed by the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (Conanp). 

In principle, they found a humpback whale species 7.90 meters long, netting in a linear network type nylon hammock.  The body showed no eyeballs, but showed mild skin sloughing and maiming as a result of scavengers. The nylon net that was trapped in a mesh of light is seven inches.  Also were found the remains of seven bottlenose dolphins, with varying degrees of decomposition from rotting up mummified, without being able to establish the cause of death.  The specimens were between 2.60 and 3.00 meters in length, had no eyes were damaged by scavengers activity and had no knocks or signs of physical abuse.  Subsequently, two dead sea lion, showing exposure of skeletal parts of the tail were found.  In this situation, the delegation of the Sinaloa Profepa up the minutes, in order to clarify the causes that led to their death.  In the case of the whale, there is a presumption that the gear was causative of his death, so the corresponding criminal complaint be submitted whenever the species is listed in the NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010 in the category of risk. - Excelsior. [Translated] 

Over 5,300 Dead Fish Found In Clinton Lake, Illinois, United States.
A large winter fish kill at Clinton Lake near DeWitt has been attributed to recent fluctuations in water temperatures.  A wide selection of species, including walleye, bass, crappie and channel catfish, was among more than 5,300 fish located Tuesday by a fisheries biologist from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.  The fish were found between the Illinois 48 and DeWitt bridges, near the hot water channel for the Clinton Power Station, said IDNR spokesman Tim Schweizer.  “Abrupt changes in water temperatures are not uncommon at a power plant lake” and likely caused the fish kill, said Schweizer.  Lake fishing should not be negatively impacted, said Schweizer. - Pantagraph.

Thousands Of Cattle Killed By Flooding In Tabasco, Mexico.
The rains do not let up on Tabasco, with thousands of families still underwater, destroyed roads, streets full of potholes and potholes in the capital, and livestock dying for lack of pasture.  Right now the Tabasco territory is plagued by precipitation of the cold front number 26, according to a report by the National Water Commission, extending from the northeastern Gulf of Mexico to southern Veracruz , causing heavy rains in Chiapas and Tabasco.

The cold air mass that drives it is causing a marked drop in temperature in the north, northeast, east and center of the territory . Also, a new event "North" with winds of 30 to 45 km / h gusting to 65 km / h on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico , the same that will reach 90 km / h on the Isthmus and Gulf of Tehuantepec is expected .  While flood last December still prevalent in parts of Tabasco, as rural Centla and Center, livestock has been the most affected .  In Centla Livestock Union reported that at least one thousand 700 cattle have died due to waterlogging , some for low weights and other by numbness to be two and a half months in the water. 

The floods damaged more than 25,000 hectares of grassland, so the food is lacking and forage is very scarce, which is why cattle are losing weight and causes their death.  This crisis has affected the economy of more than a thousand farmers in the municipality already posted losses of more than 4 million pesos , while the support of the National Emergency Fund and Livestock Insurance fail , said the president of the Local Livestock Association Leopoldo Rodríguez Sánchez .  The farmer leader said that the communities most affected by the death of Rivera High livestock are in three sections and Chichicastle in three sections , Quintin Arauz, talk Acts, Echeverría, Tres Brazos , among others.  Rodríguez Sánchez said that about 2000 farmers around the town are being affected by the flooding, which has caused them losses above 15 million pesos , as many ranchers are paying pasture in the highlands , where for each head cattle have to cover the amount of 250 and 300 pesos. - Excelsior. [Translated]

Thousands Of Fish Die Due To Cold In Olentangy River, Ohio, United States.

Wildlife biologists investigated the Olentangy River Tuesday after reports of a mass fish death. Hundreds of seagulls feasted Tuesday on small dead fish floating just below the murky water, near where the Olentangy dumps into the Scioto River. Ohio Division of Wildlife's Karen Norris said the recent sub-zero temperatures killed off thousands of gizzard shad, a temperature-sensitive species. Norris was not alarmed. She said the fish would produce an abundance of offspring when the weather warms. Those that did not survive provided valuable nutrition for other animals. "After a cold snap like that, birds and other wildlife need a food source," Norris said. "So they will eat pretty much whatever is available." Wildlife officers said these dead fish pose no danger for the animals that will eat them. - MyFOX28.

Tons Of Dead Fish Washing Up On Beaches In Lambayeque, Peru.
Fishermen district of Santa Rosa and other creeks in the region Lambayeque are concerned because, in recent days, many schools of fish have washed up dead on the shore of the beach for reasons not yet explained.  Seamen who start their job very early found several species stranded in recent days, has done tremendously unusual caught their attention.  "It must be the water source, but many people are dying, people come to pick them up from the shore," said Jose shaman, one of the seamen.  Imparpe authorities so far have not provided an explanation of this new massive varazón marine species, after the death of dolphins, seals, turtles and boobies on the entire beach.  For environmentalists this is very strange, as also recorded in Piura and Chimbote and believe that it can be pollution, what is motivating the death of these species.  It is estimated that more than two tons of fish have been stranded on the beaches of the coast of Lambayeque. - RPP. [Translated]