Sunday, March 30, 2014

PLANETARY TREMORS & GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Volcanic Awakening - 4.8 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Yellowstone National Park; Most Powerful Tremor To Hit The Area Since 1980; Four Aftershocks Recorded!

March 30, 2014 - YELLOWSTONE, UNITED STATES - A 4.8 magnitude quake rocked Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming near the border with Montana, the US Geological Survey said. There were several aftershocks with a magnitude over 3.

USGS earthquake location map.

The earthquake occurred 37 kilometers northeast of West Yellowstone, Montana at 6:34 am local time (1234 GMT) Sunday.

The quake was centered almost in the middle of Yellowstone National Park, near the Norris Geyser Basin, said Peter Cervelli, a spokesman for the USGS Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, NBC News reported.

He added that any damage from the temblor would likely be minor, noting there are not many visitors in the park at the moment.

There were no immediate reports of damage.

The Yellowstone River Lower Falls is seen at sunrise in Yellowstone National Park. (Reuters/Lucy Nicholson)

According to USGS there were four aftershocks recorded with a magnitude from 3.1 to 3.3. The USGS said that more are expected.

The secondary shockwaves are usually less violent than the main quake but can be strong enough to do additional damage to weakened structures, the USGS said.

Cervalli stated that the quake is not expected to trigger any volcanic activity.

Yellowstone National park, North America's largest volcanic field, is the home to a caldera, sometimes referred to as the Yellowstone Supervolcano. Due to the volcanic and tectonic nature of the region, the caldera experiences 1 to 20 earthquakes every day, according to Yellowstone observatory. However they are very weak often measuring much less than magnitude 3.

The quake on Sunday was the most powerful to hit the park since 1985. In the fall of 1985 in the northwest rim of the caldera during a three-month period of increased earthquake activity over 3000 events of magnitude 0 to 4.9 were recorded by seismologists.

Geologists are closely monitoring the rise of the Yellowstone Plateau. The upward movement of the Yellowstone caldera floor between 2004 and 2008 was almost 3 inches (about 7 cm) each year, according to a University of Utah scientists report in the journal Science in November 2008. That was more than three times greater than ever observed since such measurements began in 1923.

"Our best evidence is that the crustal magma chamber is filling with molten rock," said seismologist Robert B. Smith, lead author of the study and professor of geophysics at the University of Utah.

"But we have no idea how long this process goes on before there either is an eruption or the inflow of molten rock stops and the caldera deflates again," he added. - RT.

USGS Additional Commentary
USGS earthquake shakemap intensity.


Sunday, March 30, 2014 10:31 AM (Sunday, March 30, 2014 16:31 UTC)

44°25'48" N 110°40'12" W, Summit Elevation 9203 ft (2805 m)

Current Volcano Alert Level: NORMAL

Current Aviation Color Code: GREEN

The University of Utah, a YVO member agency, sent out the following press release about a magnitude 4.8 earthquake that occurred this morning at 6:34 AM MDT.

University of Utah Seismograph Stations
Released: March 30, 2014 08:15 AM MDT

The University of Utah Seismograph Stations reports that a light earthquake occurred at 06:34 AM on March 30, 2014 (MDT). The epicenter of the magnitude 4.8 shock was located 4 miles north-northeast of Norris Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. This earthquake is part of a series of earthquakes that began in this area on Thursday, March 27. As of 8:15 am today, this series has included at least 25 earthquakes in addition to the main shock, with the largest of magnitude 3.1. The magnitude 4.8 main shock was reported felt in Yellowstone National Park and in the towns of West
Yellowstone and Gardiner, Montana.

Anyone who felt the earthquake is encouraged to fill out a survey form on either the Seismograph stations web site: or the U.S. Geological Survey web site:


Today's event is the largest earthquake at Yellowstone since February 22, 1980, and occurred near the center of a region of recent ground uplift described in a YVO Information Statement on February 18, 2014. The Yellowstone Volcano Observatory has been tracking this uplift episode for about 7 months.

As discussed in the March 3, 2014 YVO Monthly Update, seismicity in the general region of the uplift has been elevated for several months. A previous period of uplift in this area occurred between 1996 and 2003, and it was also accompanied by elevated seismicity.

A USGS field team is in Yellowstone and will visit the area near the earthquake's epicenter today. The team will look for any surface changes that the earthquake may have caused, and for possible effects to the hydrothermal system at Norris Geyser Basin.

Based on the style and location of today's earthquake, at this time YVO sees no indication of additional geologic activity other than continuing seismicity.

The Yellowstone Volcano Observatory (YVO) provides long-term monitoring of volcanic and earthquake activity in the Yellowstone National Park region. Yellowstone is the site of the largest and most diverse collection of natural thermal features in the world and the first National Park. YVO is one of the five USGS Volcano Observatories that monitor volcanoes within the United States for science and public safety.

YVO Member agencies: USGS, Yellowstone National Park, University of Utah, University of Wyoming, UNAVCO, Inc., Wyoming State Geological Survey, Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology, Idaho Geological Survey. - USGS.

EXTINCTION LEVEL EVENT: The Global Food Crisis, The Death And Global Extinction Of Honeybees - "Mankind Will Not Survive The Honeybees' Disappearance For More Than Five Years"!

March 30, 2014 - GLOBAL FOOD CRISIS - Scientists have recently reported that mass extinctions of marine animals may soon be occurring at alarmingly rapid rates than previously projected due to pollution, rising water temperatures and loss of habitat. Many land species also face a similar fate for the same reasons.

But perhaps the biggest foreboding danger of all facing humans is the loss of the global honeybee population. The consequence of a dying bee population impacts man at the highest levels on our food chain, posing an enormously grave threat to human survival. Since no other single animal species plays a more significant role in producing the fruits and vegetables that we humans commonly take for granted yet require near daily to stay alive, the greatest modern scientist Albert Einstein once prophetically remarked, "Mankind will not survive the honeybees' disappearance for more than five years."

Since 2006 beekeepers have been noticing their honeybee populations have been dying off at increasingly rapid rates. Subsequently researchers have been scrambling to come up with an accurate explanation and an effective strategy to save the bees and in turn save us homo sapiens from extinction. Recent harsh winters that stay freezing cold well into spring have been instrumental in decimating the honeybee population in Iowa by up to 70% as well as the other historically high yielding honey states - the Dakotas, Montana, Minnesota. The northern Plains and Midwestern states that have regionally always produced the nation's most honey have been severely hurt by the long harsh winters in the last couple years. Florida as the third largest honey producer and especially California always among the top producers have been hit especially hard by decreasing bee colony populations. In 2006 when the problem of bee loss first was noticed, California was right up at the top with North Dakota producing nearly twice as much honey as the next state South Dakota but its bee numbers have incurred such heavy losses that in 2011, though still second, California's honey production fell by nearly half in just six years. The recent severe drought in California has become an additional factor driving both its honey yield and bee numbers down as less rain means less flowers available to pollinate.

Honeybee Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) as this loss of bee phenomenon has been called is currently recognized as such an urgent crisis that a month ago Newsweek ran an article outlining the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announcement that it will provide a $3 million subsidy in order to help the one animal on the planet that will either make or break food prices. According to the latest USDA industry survey, this emergency plan assistance comes after nearly a third of commercial honeybees died last winter, a whopping increase of 42% from the previous year. The three million dollar giveaway program is designed to entice both Midwest dairy farmers and cattle ranchers to reseed their fields this spring with eco-friendly crops like alfalfa and clover to develop healthier habitats for increasing the national bee population. Farmers and ranchers only had until March 21st, 2014 to sign up and take advantage as eligible seedling recipients.

Last month's Newsweek reported that honeybees in trucks migrate to various regions of the country to pollinate an estimated $40 billion worth of the nation's agricultural produce each year. This means that every third bite of food we eat comes as the result of bees and other pollinators. USDA Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack stated that more than 130 fruits and vegetables that make up a nutritious diet are cross pollinated by honeybees. Commercial bees raised on farms and then shipped to other farms in the country used for pollination purposes along with wild bees are responsible for pollination of an estimated 80% of all food crops in the United States.

In the last half decade alone 30% of the national bee population has disappeared and nearly a third of all bee colonies in the U.S. have perished. Though the rate of bee depopulation is growing each year, 42% more last year than the year before, even at the current annual rate the estimated monetary loss is a colossal 30 billion dollars a year. With such an enormous loss in revenue, last month's USDA announcement of just a three million dollar investment in farmer aid in comparison to the formidable challenge seems like a paltry drop in the bucket to making any real dent in the epidemic.

With so much at stake, efforts to investigate and uncover reasons for this sudden global pandemic have been robust. A new government study blames a combination of factors for the mysterious and dramatic loss of honeybees, including increased use of pesticides especially in the US, shrinking habitats, multiple viruses, poor nutrition and genetics, and even cell phone towers. However, according to last year's joint EPA-USDA study, the biggest cause is the parasite called the Varroa destructor, a type of mite found to be highly resistant to the insecticides that US beekeepers have used in attempts to control the mites from inside the beehives. Moreover, new virus species have been found in the US and several of these have been associated with Colony Collapse Disorder.

In a vicious cycle, since 1987 when the Varroa mite was first discovered in the US, Monsanto, Dow, Bayer and other large chemical manufacturers aggressively glommed onto the bee industry selling genetically modified insecticides and herbicides as the quick and easy fix to remedy the parasitic invasion, only to weaken the bees' natural genetic defenses to fight off the parasite. In an article from the Guardian earlier this month, Monsanto's contribution to the vanishing bee population is detailed. From genetically altered corn, Monsanto produced an insecticide called Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), which once ingested by bees, Bt binds to receptors within the bee's stomach lining that keeps the bee from eating. Of course this weakens the bee, causing the breakdown of the inner stomach wall, which in turn makes the bee susceptible to spores and bacteria. To further compound the problem, for years the lobbying power of the chemical giant denied causing damage to the bee's internal immune capacity for resistance to parasites, which of course only continued to kill off the bee population worldwide. Thus, continued chemical use, especially in America, only exacerbates this growing problem.

Also on Greenpeace's Save the Bees page, a type of insecticide called neonicotinoids, is known to cause acute and chronic poisoning not just of one bee, but the entire colony. Bees take the contaminated nectar and pollen spread through the plant's DNA back to the hive, creating a highly toxic living environment for all the bees. Toxicity builds up destroying the Central Nervous System, causing further disorientation and bees ultimately can neither fly nor make it back to the nest. Meanwhile, unlike the US, in Europe and Australia where the health of insects and humans is deemed more important than corporate profit, laws banning insecticide use have been passed, which in large part has largely saved the bee populations from being so decimated there.

A study last year found 35 pesticides and fungicides, some at lethal doses, in the pollen collected from bees that were used to pollinate food crops in five U.S. states. In another research study, bees that contacted pollen contaminated with fungicides ended up three times more likely to get infected by a parasite closely associated with Colony Collapse Disorder.

The results of a new study conducted by Mark Brown of Royal Halloway University in London released several weeks ago found that wild bumblebee populations are also disappearing at a similar rate to the domestic honeybee. In its sample one in five wild bees were afflicted by the Deformed Wing Virus believed to be caused by the parasitic Varroa mite. 88% of the honeybees at the 26 field sites were affected by this virus. The research study also concluded that while honeybees are important and obviously responsible for the multimillion dollar global honey industry, wild bees are believed to be just as important in pollination of plants throughout the world.

Another probable factor in America is the widespread use of feeding bee colonies with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) instead of its natural self-made food honey. For maximum profit, industrialized US bee farms utilize maximum honey yields, not leaving any honey for the bees to consume during the long colder winter months. It is speculated that the natural hormonal and enzyme effects interacting with honey's natural nutritional advantages provided bees with the increased defenses that historically have been effective in fighting off parasitic threats and viruses. In contrast, the artificially processed HFCS is believe to weaken the immune system of the honeybees' genetic strength to ward off disease.

The largest selling company of honey in the US is the Sioux Honey brand located in Sioux City, Iowa founded in 1921. More than 35 million pounds of honey are processed at the Sioux City and Anaheim, California plants comprised of a cooperative of over 300 beekeepers from the Midwest and Rocky Mountain states. Vice president for research and development Bill Huser interviewed in the local paper last year stated, "One of the wrinkles is a focus on increased diversity in genetics, which the [USDA] report's authors said could help improve bees' resistance to disease. Specifically, they said, genetic variation could help keep the bees' body temperature steady, even if the surrounding environment changes." This would enhance the bees' capacity to acclimate to the recent harsher winter conditions in northern climates.

Most commercial beekeepers transport their bee colonies by truck in the winter to farms in Texas and California to pollinate in early spring agricultural fields in the warmer regions of the country. However, these last couple winters with far fewer bees, less pollination occurred during the early spring at the Southern California almond orchards. Moreover, because of poor management in agricultural farming over many geographical areas growing only one cash crop, there are far less variety of plants now to pollinate. Bees will not flourish where there exists less opportunity to work their pollen magic because of a lack of diversity in plant vegetation throughout the year. Thus, the almond fields of California need more types of crops planted that will attract bees year-round. That same problem occurs in states like Iowa and Nebraska, once high producers of honey. But in recent decades the agri-industry choice to maximize profit by planting corn and soybean crops instead of the rich alfalfa and clover fields that previously offered a healthy habitat for bee pollination has caused a steady decline in bee population. Additionally, fewer wildflower fields and other natural land space in America in general limit available healthy bee habitats.

These corrections to introduce a richer diversity that enhances and expands the bee habitat are both very do-able and obviously urgently needed. Per last month's report, federal and state partners have been encouraged to consider making prudent changes in land management in order to optimize available nutritional forage for promoting bee health and protecting bee colonies by avoiding use of pesticides. Earlier this month Eugene, Oregon became the first municipality to ban insecticides in the nation. A bill in California would push the state's Department of Pesticide Regulation to make a decision on its reevaluation of neonicotinoids by July. Maine, New Jersey, and Vermont are also considering plans to ban the use of neonicotinoids.

The USDA report strongly recommends increased collaboration and information sharing between crop growers and beekeepers to implement mutually beneficial best known practices. Finally, more research centers designed to learn effective new and innovative methods to facilitate restoration of bee populations throughout the world are sorely needed. Just this month the University of Florida announced the plan to build and develop through research grants a major addition to increase both knowledge and revenue in enhancing the honeybee population.

Another viable solution toward increasing the bee population is implementing programs teaching and training urban residents to become amateur beekeepers. Many cities are now offering startup assistance to a growing number of hobbyists of all ages interested in beekeeping. Plus educating urban populations about plant diversity in municipal gardens will enhance both bee habitats and bee health. With increasing interest and awareness in the profound importance of nurturing a much larger bee population globally, the progress dividends for both humanity and the planet will prove immeasurable. - Global Research.

PLANETARY TREMORS: Oklahoma Earthquakes - Ongoing Swarm Produces State's Strongest Quakes Of 2014; Magnitude 4.5 Temblor Hits North Of Crescent, One Of 11 Tremors To Hit From Saturday To Sunday!

March 30, 2014 - OKLAHOMA, UNITED STATES - A swarm of earthquakes began in central Oklahoma Saturday and continues Sunday, producing the state's strongest quakes so far in 2014, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

USGS earthquakes location map.

The primary swarm of earthquakes has been centered in northwestern Logan County and northeastern Kingfisher County, about 12 miles north of Crescent, or about 46 miles north of Oklahoma City.

In that cluster, the USGS has recorded 11 earthquakes ranging in magnitude from 2.6 to 4.5 between 10 p.m. CDT Saturday and 7 a.m. Sunday.

A magnitude-4.5 jolt at 9:09 a.m. CDT Sunday became the state's strongest earthquake so far in 2014. Earlier in the swarm, two earthquakes measuring 4.3 on the moment magnitude scale had been the strongest earthquakes so far in 2014 in Oklahoma, eclipsing a 4.1 jolt centered near Langston on Feb. 8.

USGS shakemap intensity for the 4.5 magnitude earthquake.

Those magnitude-4.3 tremors, which occurred at 1:51 a.m. and 3:42 a.m. CDT Sunday respectively, were both felt across a wide area. The "Did You Feel It?" section of the USGS website received reports of shaking as far north as the Kansas City metropolitan area and as far south as Norman, Okla., from both earthquakes. Vibrations were also felt as far east as the Tulsa area from both incidents.

A separate cluster of earthquakes occurred near Choctaw, an eastern suburb of Oklahoma City, on Saturday and Saturday night. Six earthquakes ranging in magnitude from 2.4 to 3.7 were reported between 1 a.m. CDT Saturday and 1 a.m. CDT Sunday. The strongest temblor occurred at 10:08 p.m. Saturday and was felt across much of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.

Earlier this month, a study confirmed that Oklahoma's strongest recent earthquake, a damaging magnitude-5.7 quake in 2011 near Prague, was caused by wastewater injection related to hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, a method of gas and oil extraction. - Wunderground.

Tectonic Summary - Earthquakes in the Stable Continental Region

Natural Occurring Earthquake Activity

Most of North America east of the Rocky Mountains has infrequent earthquakes. Here and there earthquakes are more numerous, for example in the New Madrid seismic zone centered on southeastern Missouri, in the Charlevoix-Kamouraska seismic zone of eastern Quebec, in New England, in the New York - Philadelphia - Wilmington urban corridor, and elsewhere. However, most of the enormous region from the Rockies to the Atlantic can go years without an earthquake large enough to be felt, and several U.S. states have never reported a damaging earthquake.

Earthquakes east of the Rocky Mountains, although less frequent than in the West, are typically felt over a much broader region than earthquakes of similar magnitude in the west. East of the Rockies, an earthquake can be felt over an area more than ten times larger than a similar magnitude earthquake on the west coast. It would not be unusual for a magnitude 4.0 earthquake in eastern or central North America to be felt by a significant percentage of the population in many communities more than 100 km (60 mi) from its source. A magnitude 5.5 earthquake in eastern or central North America might be felt by much of the population out to more than 500 km (300 mi) from its source. Earthquakes east of the Rockies that are centered in populated areas and large enough to cause damage are, similarly, likely to cause damage out to greater distances than earthquakes of the same magnitude centered in western North America.

USGS Oklahoma Seismicity Map - 1973 to March 2012

Most earthquakes in North America east of the Rockies occur as faulting within bedrock, usually miles deep. Few earthquakes east of the Rockies, however, have been definitely linked to mapped geologic faults, in contrast to the situation at plate boundaries such as California's San Andreas fault system, where scientists can commonly use geologic evidence to identify a fault that has produced a large earthquake and that is likely to produce large future earthquakes. Scientists who study eastern and central North America earthquakes often work from the hypothesis that modern earthquakes occur as the result of slip on preexisting faults that were formed in earlier geologic eras and that have been reactivated under the current stress conditions. The bedrock of Eastern North America is, however, laced with faults that were active in earlier geologic eras, and few of these faults are known to have been active in the current geologic era. In most areas east of the Rockies, the likelihood of future damaging earthquakes is currently estimated from the frequencies and sizes of instrumentally recorded earthquakes or earthquakes documented in historical records.

Induced Seismicity

As is the case elsewhere in the world, there is evidence that some central and eastern North America earthquakes have been triggered or caused by human activities that have altered the stress conditions in earth's crust sufficiently to induce faulting. Activities that have induced felt earthquakes in some geologic environments have included impoundment of water behind dams, injection of fluid into the earth's crust, extraction of fluid or gas, and removal of rock in mining or quarrying operations. In much of eastern and central North America, the number of earthquakes suspected of having been induced is much smaller than the number of natural earthquakes, but in some regions, such as the south-central states of the U.S., a significant majority of recent earthquakes are thought by many seismologists to have been human-induced. Even within areas with many human-induced earthquakes, however, the activity that seems to induce seismicity at one location may be taking place at many other locations without inducing felt earthquakes. In addition, regions with frequent induced earthquakes may also be subject to damaging earthquakes that would have occurred independently of human activity. Making a strong scientific case for a causative link between a particular human activity and a particular sequence of earthquakes typically involves special studies devoted specifically to the question. Such investigations usually address the process by which the suspected triggering activity might have significantly altered stresses in the bedrock at the earthquake source, and they commonly address the ways in which the characteristics of the suspected human-triggered earthquakes differ from the characteristics of natural earthquakes in the region. - USGS.

MASS MAMMAL/FISH DIE-OFF: The Latest Incidents Across The Earth - Three Dead Dolphins Found In Four Days In Miaoli, Taiwan; Hundreds Of Dead Fish Found In Kshipra River, India; And Hundreds Of Dead Fish Continue To Wash Ashore In La Brea, Trinidad And Tobago!

March 30, 2014 - EARTH - The following constitutes the latest incidents of mass fish and mammal die-offs across the Earth:

Three Dead Dolphins Found In Four Days In Miaoli, Taiwan.
CGA personnel bury the dolphin after it washed ashore in Miaoli, March 25.CGA

Taiwan's Coast Guard Administration (CGA) said on Tuesday that it had found a third dead dolphin in four days on a beach in northern Taiwan's Miaoli county.

CGA personnel who checked the dolphin after receiving a report from local residents, said it was a bottlenose dolphin around 2.5 meters long and weighing around 230 kilograms.

As the carcass had started to decompose, CGA officials buried it on the beach with the help of the Taiwan Cetacean Society.

The CGA discovered the other two dead dolphins in the county on March 21 and 23. - WCT.

Hundreds Of Dead Fish Found In Kshipra River, India.

With the increasing pollution in holy Kshipra, its ecological system has got imbalanced. Fish which are considered the life of fresh water in rivers, lake and ponds were found dead at the banks of Kshipra on Saturday. Devotees were astonished to see hundreds of fish lying dead at the banks of Kshipra on Saturday morning.

Devotees could not take holy dip in the river as the dead fish created foul smell. Local administration needs should take necessary steps for cleanliness of holy river because its condition is worsening day by day. It was also told that in the name of alleged cleaning of the river high quantity of insecticide and disinfectants were added to the river water which may be a cause of death of fish. - The Free Press Journal.

Hundreds Of Dead Fish Continue To Wash Ashore In La Brea, Trinidad And Tobago.
A La Brea resident holds up one of the many dead fish littering Coffee Beach, La Brea yesterday.

As hundreds of dead fish continue to wash ashore along the La Brea coastline, residents of Coffee Beach have started complaining about suffering bouts of nausea and diarrhoea which they associate with the stench of rotted fish.

Residents say the dead fish — comprising mainly mullet, cavalli and other assorted fish — began washing ashore at the Coffee, Point Sable and Carrat Shed beaches about three weeks ago.

The problem was dramatically highlighted when environmental activist Gary Aboud and representatives from several fishing associations visited the St Clair offices of the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) bearing a quantity of dead fish and a dead pelican for testing .

The group also attempted to hand deliver a letter to EMA chairman Allan Bachan but were not allowed to enter the Authority’s compound.

When Sunday Newsday visited Coffee Beach yesterday, the stench of rotting fish which littered the sandy shoreline, permeated the atmosphere. Some of the dead fish had already been picked clean by vultures leaving only the head, tail and middle bone of the fish visible in the brown sand.

According to Coffee Beach resident, Anika Goodridge, the fish kill was the latest disaster to take place along the beach which was the site of a massive oil spill on December 17, 2013.

“Fish are coming ashore every day,” Goodridge said, “today I clear out a lot in my backyard, the smell is disgusting, and I have two babies so that is why I clear it out to kinda ease up de scent.”

Asked what effect the dead fish was having on her family, she said:

“Diarrhoea, me and my kids. The scent is always inside, always and you have to use air freshener or whatever you can find or just hope the sun doesn’t come out too hot because that is when the scent does really be unbearable.”

Goodridge said the last time residents had seen representatives from Petrotrin on the beach was over one month ago when they had informed the residents that the ambulance service had been halted following the closure of cleanup activities at the beach.

“We don’t see nothing, no people coming to see about the problem so we have to deal with the problem weself,” she added.

One fisherman, who requested anonymity, said the dead fish were usually washed ashore during high tide and were only visible at low tide.

“This thing preventing we from going back to fish because it not safe,” he said, alleging that the chemicals used during the oil-spill clean up were “so powerful that residents were also careful about going swimming in the sea.

“You could get a serious rash from this thing and we as fisherman suffering because no-one is saying if it is safe to go back into the water,”he said.

In a media release on Friday evening, Petrotrin said a team has been set up to investigate the cause of the fish kill and that samples of the dead fish had been sent to the UWI Veterinary School for testing and analysis.

“In the interest of transparency, Petrotrin had contracted an independent certified laboratory to conduct Water and Sediment Quality testing in La Brea Beaches,” the release said.

The area under study includes beaches in La Brea from Station Beach south along the coastline to Point Sable moving northward, up to the River Neg; and up to 2 kilometres seawards from the shoreline of each location,” Petrotrin said.

“Results of the water and sediment quality study showed that all parameters tested to date were within acceptable limits for heavy metals, temperature, PH levels, salinity, Dissolved Oxygen and Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (TPH).

“Based on the environmental monitoring reports, there are no contaminants identified (including hydrocarbons) in the marine and nearshore environments of La Brea,” Petrotrin said.

The company said it has contracted the independent laboratory to conduct a fish bioassay (autopsy) at the La Brea Beaches and that fish samples have been sent to an International Laboratory in the USA, one of the leading experts in forensic fish analysis.”

“We understand the concerns of the community and continue to monitor and evaluate the situation,” the company said. - Newsday.

PLANETARY TREMORS: Strong 4.1 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Near Rowland Heights, California - Felt Over A Wide Area!

March 30, 2014 - CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES - A shallow magnitude 4.1 earthquake was reported Saturday afternoon one mile from Rowland Heights, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Caltrans workers and Brea police officers inspect a BMW that was overturned in a rock slide in
Carbon Canyon after a magnitude 5.1 earthquake.
Irfan Khan/LA Times

The temblor occurred at 2:32 p.m. at a depth of 5.6 miles. (It was originally reported as a 4.4 magnitude.)

Updated at 2:40 p.m.

The quake was centered not far from the epicenter of Friday's 5.1 temblor in La Habra. There have been more than a hundred aftershocks since then, but this one was the largest.

Saturday's quake was felt across a large area of Southern California. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Across Northern Orange County, officials were tallying moderate damage from Friday's quake. Much of the damage was in La Habra, Fullerton and Brea.

A map showing the location of the epicenter of Saturday afternoon's quake near Rowland Heights, California. Bing maps

Crews were working to repair broken water mains, leaking gas lines and other damage.

At least seven 8-inch water mains were broken, leaving an estimated 100 homes and businesses without water Saturday morning, officials said.

In the middle of the intersection of Gilbert Street and Rosecrans in Fullerton, a crew armed with shovels, earth movers and massive stainless steel water main clamps labored in a 12-by-20-foot hole eight feet under the pavement.

"We have five leaks as big as this one in this area alone," worker Ed McClain said. "None of us slept a wink last night. We'll keep going until these problems are fixed."

Swaths of Gilbert Street had also been undermined by gushing water, leaving bowl-shaped depressions in the roadway.

Among those left high and dry was Sarah Lee, director of a nearby college preparatory business.

Cracks are apparent in a house on Juanita Place in Fullerton that suffered structural damage in the 5.1 earthquake. Irfan Khan/LA Times

"Let me show you what we're dealing with," she said, turning the handle of the bathroom sink faucet. "Nothing."

Lee then tapped the toilet handle and frowned: "Nothing."

In the nearby community of Brea, which is served by the Fullerton Fire Department, a broken water main caused "moderate to heavy damage" at City Hall, said Fullerton fire Battalion Chief John Stokes.

In all, more than 70 people remained displaced at midday Saturday -- 54 of them from an apartment complex in the 2600 block of Associated Road where 20 units were red-tagged after the building suffered a cracked foundation, Stokes said.

Cracks of up to 2 inches wide could be seen extending roughly 30 feet into the property and building. - LA Times.

WEATHER ANOMALIES: Rare Tornado Seen In Northern California - Damages Homes In Roseville?!

March 30, 2014 - CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES - A rare tornado damaged dozens of homes in Northern California, sending roof tiles and solar panels flying.

WATCH: Tornado damages homes in Roseville, California.


Source: CBS News

- Telegraph.

EXTREME WEATHER: Lightning Strike Causes Delays For Hundreds Of Eurostar Passengers!

March 30, 2014 - UNITED KINGDOM - Hundreds of Eurostar passengers were stranded for hours as they tried to get to the UK after a lightning strike in Kent disrupted power in the Channel Tunnel.

A lightning strike in Kent which caused a building to catch fire caused delays of more than four hours for
hundreds of Eurostar passengers travelling to the UK.

Lightning triggered a fire at a building close to the entrance at Ashford, causing delays to all Eurostar services on Thursday evening.

The fire started just after 8pm and a spokesman said the "procedure was to close down the track until the fire was under control."

He said this led to one train bound for Paris being returned to London and three others heading for London to be "severely delayed."

The spokesman said "several hundred" people would have been affected by the delays, which were between three to four and a half hours long.

A train from Brussels scheduled to arrive at 9pm on Thursday was expected to get to the UK at about 1am on Friday. All trains were expected to arrive in the UK by 1.30am.

Bruno Waterfield, Brussels correspondent for the Telegraph, was on the train due to arrive in the UK from Brussels at 9pm, along with Liam Fox and Sir Ivan Rogers, UK ambassador, and some MEPs.

He said: "We were told that the delay was due to a fire at Ashford. Then the train suddenly retreated back into the tunnel at 21.06

"There was some panic on the train and the train manager made an announcement she did not know what was happening but that the tunnel was the safest place

A file photo of a passenger boarding a Paris bound Eurostar train at St Pancras Station, London. PA

"At least one guy was so rattled he pulled the emergency cord

"We were then held at Calais. First we were told we were going back to Brussels. Then they announced that Belgium's high speed line was shut for engineering work. So then it was Lille. Finally they said the high speed line was working after all, and we would head back to London."

The train was at Ebbsfleet at 1am on Friday.

A spokesman said customers were being offered taxis and hotels where required.

Cancellations were also in place on Thursday night on Southeastern trains between Ashford International and Ramsgate. - Telegraph.

PLAGUES & PESTILENCES: Has A PLAGUE Already Arrived - 205 Americans Die Each Day After Acquiring Lethal Superbug Hospital Infections!

March 30, 2014 - UNITED STATES - If a jumbo jet crashed into the ocean every single day, it would roughly equal the number of Americans who die each day following superbug infections acquired at U.S. hospitals. Far from being some hyped-up scare story, that's actually the conclusion of none other than the CDC, which has now publicly warned that 1 in 25 hospital patients gets infected and tens of thousands die each year.

"On any given day, 1 in 25 hospital patients has at least one healthcare-associated infection," reports the CDC newsroom.(1)

"The CDC's 2011 survey of 183 hospitals showed that an estimated 648,000 patients nationwide suffered 721,000 infections, and 75,000 of them died," reports the Washington Post.(2)

If you do the math, that comes out to 205 deaths per day, on average, in U.S. hospitals.

Keep in mind that if terrorists were killing 205 Americans per day, every news network in the country would cover the story 24/7. If airplane crashes were killing 205 Americans per day, it would be headline news everywhere, and if vitamins were killing even just 1 person a day, the entire government would be calling to "ban all vitamins!"

But when hospital superbug infections result in the deaths of 205 Americans per day, it is simply another statistic and not treated as a national emergency. Somehow, the annual death of 75,000 Americans is considered "business as usual" in a sick-care system that virtually everyone considers a disastrous failure.

A hospital is one of the most dangerous places you can go in America

What these numbers prove is that a hospital is a very dangerous place. Simply entering the hospital for a seemingly routine surgical procedure can result in your death. I personally know of many people who entered the hospital to undergo elective, non-emergency surgery and then never came out alive.

And who is the most likely person to infect you in a hospital? Your doctor, of course. The very people who claim to be state-licensed authorities on all things related to health are actually carriers of deadly disease who routinely (and inadvertently) infect new patients with extremely dangerous microbes. They don't do this on purpose, of course, but neither do they take the precautions necessary to prevent it.

Hand washing practices, for example are routinely ignored by most medical staff. In fact, a study commissioned by the licensing body for U.S. hospitals found that poor sanitation practices by hospital staff kills 247 patients each day across America. The study found "that doctors and nurses washed their hands only 30 to 70 percent of the time that they entered or exited a patient's room."

Doctors and hospitals refuse to embrace colloidal silver, antimicrobial copper, or medicinal herbs

By definition, "superbugs" like c. diff are completely resistant to modern antibiotic drugs. All of Big Pharma's chemicals are useless against them. And because conventional medicine completely disregards the antibacterial power of colloidal silver, copper, garlic or antibacterial herbs, patients are never given those treatment options. As a result, a superbug infection almost always means death when you're in the hospital. This is a case where the ignorance of conventional medicine can literally get you killed.

As it turns out, doctors and hospitals have no clue how to stop superbug infections, so they leave patients to die. And they die by the hundreds each day: over 200 daily in the United States alone. The CDC isn't even trying to hide this statistic. They're claiming, in fact, that they are "making progress" on this front when in truth they have already lost the war.

The era of chemical antibiotics is over

The great failure of modern medicine is that it invented and unleashed the vehicle of our own medical self destruction: antibiotics. These patented chemicals were once heralded as "miraculous cures" but have now thrust humanity to the brink of medical self-destruction. Soon, a simple infection entering your body from a minor scrape or cut may prove deadly, with doctors having run out of prescription chemical weapons to use against it.

And then, every routine surgery will be a life-and-death matter. This includes cosmetic surgery, gallbladder removal surgery and of course emergency room trauma surgery.

As I wrote in September of 2013:

The coming plague will not be stopped by drugs: CDC now admits era of antibiotics at an end as bacteria out-wit drug companies. The whole approach of fighting bugs with isolated chemicals was doomed to fail from the start, of course, since Mother Nature adapts to chemical threats far more quickly than drug companies can roll out new chemicals.

Sadly, the very approach of using an isolated chemical to combat disease is rooted in a 1950's mentality that has nearly reached its endpoint in the history of medicine. The CDC all but admits this now, saying the era of antibiotics is nearing its end. "If we are not careful, we will soon be in a post-antibiotic era" - Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the CDC.

Every day, 205 Americans die from the after effects of antibiotics. Sure, antibiotics saved a lot of lives in the short term, but how many lives will they kill in the long run? Because sooner or later, a superbug plague may emerge that burns through the population, unstoppable by vaccines and antibiotics. The official cover story will likely be that the plague was a bioweapon released by terrorists, but the real, sobering truth is that it's just a runaway superbug nurtured into existence by the careless over-use of antibiotics. - Mike Adams / Natural News.

EXTREME WEATHER: Early Spring Tornadoes Destroy Houses, Barns In Kansas And Missouri - Tornadoes Reached EF2 Strength; Entire Homes Completely Turned To Rubble; Tree Limbs And Power Lines Downed! [PHOTOS+VIDEOS]

March 30, 2014 - KANSAS AND MISSOURI, UNITED STATES - Homes and barns were destroyed, and tree limbs and power lines downed by early spring tornadoes that ripped through northern Missouri Thursday afternoon.

Tornado in Grundy County near Trenton

Tornado sirens in Trenton alerted residents there, but residents in rural areas without sirens reported being caught off guard completely by the unexpected twisters.

Chopper 5 video shows entire homes completely turned to rubble in Trenton and silos bent in like soda cans in Daviess County.

The National Weather Service will assess the damage in Grundy and Daviess counties to determine the strength of the twister, which could be an EF2 or EF3.

Touchdowns were reported in several areas including DeKalb County.

WATCH: Three EF2 tornadoes caused destruction in Daviess, Grundy counties.

Large, heavy hail in Cass County led to crashes and a highway plow was needed to clear away the hail littering the highway.

The Cass County Sheriff's Office said there were a pair of crashes in which vehicles ended up on their sides because of the hail. No one was seriously injured when the hail piled up during a severe thunderstorm Thursday afternoon.

One of the crashes was at Highway 2 and Highway K near East Lynne in Cass County. The sheriff's office reported as much as 2 inches of hail was scattered across the highway.

Trenton tornado

Storm clouds near Kansas City

Heavy hail littered Kansas City area highway

A Missouri Department of Transportation plow was called out to help clear the road.

No injuries were reported after a tornado fired in northwest Missouri Thursday afternoon. The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office hasn't received any reports of damage after the National Weather Service reported a tornado in the county.

A tornado warning was issued for parts of DeKalb County in northwest Missouri as storms spawned severe weather Thursday afternoon.

The tornado warning was issued at 2:30 p.m. and was allowed to expire at 3 p.m. The National Weather Service initially reported a confirmed tornado at 2:35 p.m., which was located five miles east of Clarksdale and moving northeast.

 WATCH: Neighbors helping tornado victims.


Golf-ball sized hail was reported.

While DeKalb County came through relatively unscathed, that wasn't the case in Grundy and Daviess families were left to survey the damage and be grateful that they escaped serious physical harm.

The Kansas City area saw strong wind and hail, but the severe thunderstorms did not strengthen into tornadoes in the metro.

A tornado watch that had been in effect until 8 p.m. Thursday expired well before that as the storms moved east.
The Storm Predication Center had placed almost our entire viewing area in a "slight risk" for severe weather beginning in the afternoon and lasting into the early evening. - KCTV.