Tuesday, April 1, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER ALERT: Tornado Threat Returns For The U.S. Southern Plains This Week - Thursday's Tornado Risk Zone Spans Over 1,000 MILES With A Population Of 40 MILLION; Severe Thunderstorms, Damaging Winds, And Large Hail Forecast!

April 01, 2014 - UNITED STATES - People of the Plains will need to keep an eye on the weather this week for a multiple-day severe thunderstorm outbreak that will be complete with tornadoes.

A couple of slow-moving storm systems will be responsible for multiple rounds of severe weather over the Central states through Friday.

During Tuesday and Wednesday, thunderstorms can become briefly severe farther south from Texas to Kansas and Missouri. The storms on Wednesday could be known for large hail, ahead of a push of warm, humid air.

"We are looking at Thursday to be the first decent setup for tornadoes this spring," stated AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions Storm Warning Meteorologist Rebecca Elliott.

Thursday will likely be the most active day of the week, in terms of severe weather, across the southern Plains as a potent storm from the West clashes with warm, humid air streaming in from the Gulf of Mexico.

Warm, humid conditions will be established by Thursday centered on Arkansas, but including most of the neighboring states.

In addition to the tornado threat, there exists the potential for numerous thunderstorms capable of producing damaging winds, large hail and blinding downpours on Thursday.

Cities likely in the path of Thursday's severe weather outbreak include Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Okla.; Fayetteville, Fort Smith and Little Rock, Ark.; and Dallas, Waco and Tyler, Texas; Joplin, Springfield and Cape Girardeau, Mo.; and Shreveport, La.

The violent thunderstorms may press to the lower Mississippi and Ohio valleys Thursday night and on Friday.

Residents throughout the South Central states should continue to check back with AccuWeather.com as details on the severe weather threat unfold, especially concerning the storms during the second half of the week.

The running total of tornadoes so far this year is lagging behind average.

The behavior of this season's severe weather season is consistent with the AccuWeather.com Long Range Forecast Team's synopsis that this year's severe weather and tornado threat will spike later than usual.

Following a significant round of severe weather from Wednesday, the atmosphere will continue to energize on Thursday from the South Central states to part of the Midwest.

There are many communities at risk for severe weather on Thursday. Major cities in or near the alert area include Dallas, Houston; Shreveport, La.; Tulsa, Okla.; Little Rock and Fort Smith, Ark.; St. Louis and Kansas City, Mo.; Peoria, Ill.; Tupelo, Miss.; Memphis and Nashville, Tenn.; Paducah and Louisville, Ky.; Evansville and Indianapolis, Ind.; and Cincinnati.

According to Severe Weather Expert Henry Margusity, "Thursday will be a prime day for severe weather with risks ranging from damaging wind gusts and large hail to flash flooding and tornadoes spanning multiple states."

The severe weather risk will stretch along a nearly 1,000-mile-long swath.

Flight delays may be extensive Thursday as the storms approach and pass through many airline hubs. Travel along highways from I-10 to I-70 in the Central states could be dangerous, slow and disrupted for a time.

According to Severe Weather Meteorologist Justin Pullin, "The number of straight-line damaging wind gust incidents will far outnumber the amount of tornadoes as a cold front gathers forward speed and thunderstorms develop into a squall line."

A handful of tornadoes could also be scattered about ahead of the cold front Thursday.

According to AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Executive Mike Smith, "At this early stage, the area where there is the greatest risk for a couple of strong tornadoes on Thursday is from northeastern Oklahoma to southern Missouri and central and western Arkansas."

The threat of severe weather will continue to push eastward across the South, Ohio Valley and perhaps part of the lower Great Lakes into Friday.

April 3 and 4 mark the 40th anniversary of the Super Tornado Outbreak of April 1974, which centered on the Ohio and Tennessee valleys. The tornado outbreak from 1974 was one of the worst such events in U.S. history.

The number of tornadoes spanning this Thursday into Friday is forecast to fall well short of the event from 40 years ago. However, even one tornado hitting a populated area has the potential to bring disaster and great loss of life. - AccuWeather.

PLANETARY TREMORS: The Puente Hills Thrust Fault - Following More Than 100 AFTERSHOCKS, Californians Fear "The Quake From Hell"!

April 01, 2014 - CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES - Experts now fear that the 5.1 magnitude earthquake that rocked Southern California on Friday evening could be a mere sampling of what’s to come if more seismic activity occurs along the Puente Hills thrust fault.

Schematic block diagram showing the association of GPS site motions with blind thrust faults in metropolitan Los
Angeles. The blind thrust faults are in bold orange lines and other active faults are thin orange lines. Large
earthquakes prior to the magnitude 5.1 are shown as orange stars with the date and magnitude. The large
white arrows show the direction of shortening across Los Angeles with the expected motion from the
strike-slip faults removed. The size of those arrows does not relate to any particular scale.
Figure modified from Fuis et al., 2001

That break in the Earth’s crust is far less renowned that the more famous San Andreas fault that has been a major cause of concern for residents of the Los Angeles area for ages. Activity along the Puente Hills thrust is now being blamed for last week’s quake, however, and in turn has rekindled discussion about the potential catastrophes that could occur if a larger tremor takes LA by surprise once again.

Although the Puente Hills thrust is far less famous than the San Andreas fault, experts say another serious tremor there could cause grave consequences for Southern California.

Friday evening’s incident was reportedly centered near the city of La Habra, around 20 miles southeast of downtown LA, and spawned upwards of 100 aftershocks throughout the region. The Puente Hills fault extends through a critical part of Southern California, though, and could have caused exponentially more damage if it was stronger and its epicenter was elsewhere.

“This fault actually produces a worse earthquake than the San Andreas can,” United States Geological Survey Seismologist Lucy Jones told the Los Angeles Times. “It won't be quite as big magnitude, but because we have so many people on top of it...it will be worse.”

Seismologists say the Puente Hills thrust fault stretches across northern Orange County into downtown Los Angeles all the way into Hollywood, and has the potential to affect a number of older, more vulnerable buildings that aren’t expected to withstand a serious quake.

According to the USGS, a hypothetical magnitude-7.5 quake along that same fault could potentially kill 3,000 to 18,000 people and cause up to $250 billion in damage — roughly double the death toll that experts would expect from a similar sized tremor along the San Andreas fault.

Broken bottles are seen on the floor after falling off the shelves at a CVS pharmacy, following a magnitude
5.1 earthquake in Fullerton, California March 29, 2014. (Reuters / Gene Blevins)

Such a quake, Jones told the Times, would “hit all of downtown” and “everywhere from La Habra to Hollywood.”

Friday’s event, Jones said, occurred when the Puente Hills fault slipped for only half a second, causing around 10 full seconds of shaking on the surface. Had the quake been stronger — say, magnitude 7.5 — then Jones said the fault could have slipped for upwards of 20 full seconds.

Serious disturbances along the lesser-known fault are expected only once every 2,500 years, according to the Times’ report, but scientists aren’t too sure when the last major one occurred.

“We can’t predict earthquakes,” Southern California Earthquake Center director Thomas Jordan told KCAL9, “but you know, I’d say we’re a little bit nervous.”

“It would be very damaging to central Los Angeles,” Jones added to the local news network, “An earthquake engineer once told me this could be the earthquake from Hell.”

On Monday, the Times reported that about 19 residents from the town of Fullerton remained displaced after their homes were damaged by Friday’s quake. Around 13 water lines broke as a result of the tremor, the paper reported, but all were back in business by Saturday. - RT.

THEATRE OF WAR: Russia To Expand Missile Attack Warning Network Of Next-Generation Radars - New S-500 System Can Destroy ANY Target At ANY Altitude!

April 01, 2014 - RUSSIA - Russia's new fifth-generation air defence system S-500 will be able to destroy any target at any altitude, Deputy Defence Minister Yuri Borisov said on Wednesday, March 26.

Russia is deploying a network of next-generation prefabricated modular radar stations, Aerospace Defense Forces
spokesman Col. Alexei Zolotukhin said. This is being done to guarantee the constant monitoring of every missile
threat direction. "Four Voronezh-class radar stations have joined the network of the Main Missile Attack Warning
Center of the Aerospace Defense Force's Space Command. The construction of another three Voronezh-class
radar stations has begun in a number of Russian regions," he added.

"Work is underway to create a new fifth-generation air defence system S-500 which can destroy aerodynamic and ballistic targets of all types at all altitudes used in combat," he said.

Borisov said S-400 systems would continue to be supplied to the Aerospace Defence Troops this year. The system "is about 2-2.5 times better than existing systems in terms of cost efficiency", he added.

S-400 Triumf air defence systems were put on combat duty in Russia's Southern Military District at the end of last year to replace S-300PM missiles.

Supplies of new air defence systems to the 4th Air Force and Air Defence Command in the District started in 2009. Since then, more than 60 pieces of new military hardware have been delivered and put into operation.

The Triumf system is more than two times more effective that previous systems. Each system can attack 10 targets with up to 20 missiles.

The S-400 uses 3 different missiles to cover its entire performance envelope.

The Russian Ministry of Defence has stated that the S-400 is for the Russian Armed Forces only; it will not be exported to other countries.

The Russian Defence Ministry and the Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) are also building a new carrier rocket called Angara and have stepped up preparations for its first launch. "We have done a tremendous amount of work to step up preparations for the Angara launch and to catch up with the schedule. And there is no doubt today that Angara will fly in July," he said.

The new carrier rocket will be used to launch both civilian and military spacecraft and for international space cooperation projects.

A mock-up of the Angara carrier rocket was taken out of the assembly shop at the northern Plesetsk Cosmodrome and installed in the launch pad area in February.

Angara is one of the priorities in the development of the Plesetsk spaceport. In November 2013, a full-scale mock-up of the rocket was for the first time put up at the launch pad. It was a fully operational rocket but intended for ground testing only, not for launching.

A super-heavy lift launch vehicle will be able to carry a payload of 80 tonnes to low-earth orbits. In the future, its capacity can be increased to 160 tonnes and more.

The launch site for super-heavy lift vehicles will be built at Russia's new Vostochny Cosmodrome now under construction in the Far Eastern Amur Region.

Khrunichev Space Centre Director-General Alexander Seliverstov said that the Angara development had reached the flight test stage and the focus was on finalising the launch site in Plesetsk.

The Angara 1.2 vehicle was shipped to Plesetsk in late May 2013 to allow adequate time for extensive testing and interface verification efforts being performed prior to the planned launch in the first half of 2014. The Angara 5 vehicle is expected to launch later in 2014, he said.

Seliverstov said that light and heavy versions of Angara rockets would be launched in 2014 and work was proceeding as scheduled.

"The first rocket is to be launched in 2014," Seliverstov said.

WATCH: 2014 Russian Missile Defense Systems - S-400/S-500.

A heavy version of the rocket is being assembled. "Work is proceeding as scheduled. We have to make the heavy version before the end of the year as its launch is scheduled for the end of 2014," he said last year.

Angara will allow Russia to launch all kinds of spacecraft to any orbit. Now Russia can launch heavy satellites only aboard Proton rockets from Baikonur, which it leases from Kazakhstan for about 115 million U.S. dollars a year.

According to Khrunichev, a big advantage of the new rocket carrier is that "it is a universal space rocket system" capable of taking three types of rockets into space: light with a payload of up to 3.5 tonnes, medium with a payload of up to 14.6 tonnes, and heavy with a payload of up to 24.5 tonnes.

Medium lift and heavy lift launch vehicles can take payloads to the geostationary orbit as well.

The vehicle uses a unique engineering solution: the carrier can be assembled of the same modules. Their maximum number is five in a heavy version, three in a medium version, and one in a light version. They can all be launched form the same pad, not like now at Baikonur where each carrier requires its own launching pad.

The Angara class of rockets comprises four types of vehicles, with payload capacities ranging between 3.7 tones /light class, intended for low orbits/ and 28.5 tonnes. - Space Daily.

PROTESTS & SOCIETAL COLLAPSE: Venezuela Economy Plunges Into "Cuba-Style Dysfunctionality" - Fresh Street Battles As Protest Death Toll Hits 39; President Maduro Issues ID Cards To Curtail Food Hoarding And Orders Landlords To Sell Homes In 60 Days Or Face Fine Of £24,000 In Wild Bid To Plug Housing Shortage!

April 01, 2014 - VENEZUELA - The death toll of the violent protests that have shaken Venezuela for the last month and a half has reached 39. To avoid “civil war”, the country’s Foreign Minister Elias Jaua has called for dialogue with the opposition.

Riot policemen protect themselves from molotov cocktails thrown by anti-government activists during a protest,
in Caracas on March 31, 2014. (AFP Photo / Juan Barreto)

Clashes erupted once again in the Venezuelan capital on Monday night, as hooded activists erected barricades on the streets of Caracas, causing massive disruption. Protesters smashed shop windows and set fire to cars before the riot police arrived and dispersed them using tear gas and water cannons.

Elsewhere in the west of Venezuela violence was reported in the cities of Maracaibo and San Cristobal, killing two people and bringing the total death toll in Venezuela to 39.

Anti-government activists clash with riot police during a protest, in Caracas on March 31, 2014.
(AFP Photo / Juan Barreto)

One protester was electrocuted in San Cristobal while trying to reinforce a barricade, and another died in Maracaibo when a homemade explosive device detonated in his hands before he could throw it at police.

Protests have been held throughout Venezuela for the past month and a half, with the population frustrated over inflation, mass power cuts and a lack of basic goods. The Venezuelan government claims that the largely peaceful protest movement has been hijacked by extremist, right-wing, political elements backed by the US, whose aim is to ouster President Nicolas Maduro.

President Maduro Issues ID Cards To Curtail Food Hoarding

President Nicolas Maduro
Battling food shortages, the government is rolling out a new ID system that is either a grocery loyalty card with extra muscle or the most dramatic step yet toward rationing in Venezuela, depending on who is describing it.

President Nicolas Maduro's administration says the cards to track families' purchases will foil people who stock up on groceries at subsidized prices and then illegally resell them for several times the amount.

Critics say it's another sign the oil-rich Venezuelan economy is headed toward Cuba-style dysfunction.

Registration begins at more than 100 government-run supermarkets across the country Tuesday, and working-class shoppers who sometimes endure hours-long lines at government-run stores to buy groceries at steeply reduced prices are welcoming the plan.

"The rich people have things all hoarded away, and they pull the strings," said Juan Rodriguez, who waited two hours to enter the government-run Abastos Bicentenario supermarket near downtown Caracas on Monday, and then waited another three hours to check out.

Rigid currency controls and a shortage of U.S. dollars make it increasingly difficult for Venezuelans to find imported basic products like milk, flour, toilet paper and cooking oil. Price controls don't help either, with producers complaining that some goods are priced too low to make a profit and justify production.

In this Dec. 15, 2012 file photo, people buy government subsidized food at a state-run market, one day before state
elections for governors and legislators, in Caracas, Venezuela. The government is rolling out a new ID system on
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 to track families’ purchases of government subsidized groceries. President Nicolas Maduro’s
administration says the cards to track families’ purchases will foil people who stock up on groceries at subsidized
prices and then illegally resell them for several times the amount. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano, File)

As of January, more than a quarter of basic staples were out of stock in Venezuelan stores, according to the central bank's scarcity index. The shortages are among the problems cited by Maduro's opponents who have been staging protests since mid-February.

Landlords Order To Sell Homes In 60 Days Or Face Fine Of £24,000 In Wild Bid To Plug Housing Shortage

Landlords in Venezuela have been ordered to sell any property they have owned for more than 20 years - or face a £24,000 fine.

Those who do not pay the penalty within five days will be evicted, and the state will seize the property.

The unprecedented scheme, announced with immediate effect on Monday, is a wild bid by the nation's government to plug the huge housing shortage.

To prevent a dip in the market, the decree rules landlords can only charge a 'fair price' for their homes - that must be submitted to the government prior to the sale.

Guideline prices will be published once the inflation rate for this year has been calculated. In 2013, it rose to 56.2 per cent.

A water cannon of the national police burns after being hit with Molotov cocktails thrown by anti-government
protesters during riots in Chacao district in Caracas March 31, 2014. (Reuters / Christian Veron)

The law has been met with a barrage of criticism from the real estate industry, with experts warning it will fuel a new form of black market renting.

Roberto Orta, president of The Rented Properties Association (Apiur) in Caracas, blasted the law as 'unconstitutional', claiming it will strip 'legitimate' owners of their livelihood.

He told Noticias24: 'Many of these buildings are occupied by elderly people who often aren't eligible for bank loans, so many of them won't be able to pay.'

Housing in Venezuela has been plummeting for 15 years, as the population grows and the slums crumble.

Catastrophic Flooding

Catastrophic floods left 140,000 residents homeless, further fuelling the problem.

The late president Hugo Chavez initiated eight construction plans during his tenure - the last one promising to build 2 million units by 2017 using oil funds - but they had little effect.

Blaming the crisis on 'the curse of capitalism,' he vowed to voters he had taken the matter on as a 'personal' project.

Crisis: Venezuela has been facing a housing struggle for more than a decade, which was worsened by
devastating floods in 2011 that left more than 140,000 people homeless

In 2011, ahead of the general election, he launched a list for people in slums to sign up for yet-to-be-built homes.

Tens of thousands put their names down for the homes, and Chavez was praised for 'political genius'.

But Maduro's scheme has sparked fears that the country is heading towards dysfunctional state control similar to Cuba.

On Monday, the Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua called for dialogue with the opposition to avoid the threat of civil war. He told the private channel, Globovision, that there was an element of the opposition loyal to the United States that is pushing for an armed conflict.

“The president has said: ‘let’s negotiate without conditions, without preconceived agendas to stop this irrational violence that has killed almost 40 men and women,’” said Jaua, adding the Venezuelan government is waiting for a gesture of goodwill from the opposition.
A National Guard member shoots during anti-government protest, in Caracas on March 31, 2014.
(AFP Photo / Juan Barreto)

The US has denied any involvement in the mass protests in Venezuela and has accused Maduro’s government of using Washington as a scapegoat. Last week US Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson said that the US had not ruled out the possibility of imposing sanctions on the Latin American country. She said financial penalties could become an “important tool” in pressuring Maduro into negotiations with the opposition.

In response, the Venezuelan government accused Washington of meddling in Venezuelan affairs and “ignoring the democratic process.”

WATCH: Fresh street battles as Venezuela protest death toll hits 39.

Venezuela’s Latin American neighbors have also rallied in support of Maduro’s government. Uruguayan President Jose Mujica told the press on Monday that the US should respect Venezuela and let it find its own way out of the current crisis.

"The first thing that Venezuela and all of Latin America needs is to be respected,” said Mujica. “When the whole world urges the US to rescind its embargo policy on Cuba, voices in Washington threaten sanctions on Venezuela. Have they learnt nothing from history?”

SOURCES: RT | Daily Mail | AP.

MAJOR GLOBAL VOLCANISM ALERT & DISASTER PRECURSORS: Yellowstone Volcano Eruption In 2014 - Some Believe Animals Are Fleeing The Park [VIDEO], See It As "An Alert"!

April 01, 2014 - YELLOWSTONE, UNITED STATES - A number of bloggers are posting videos that show bison and other animals allegedly leaving Yellowstone National Park, prompting theories that as earthquakes ramp up the seismic activity will set off the Yellowstone supervolcano.

Hot springs are evidence of the gigantic supervolcano beneath Yellowstone National Park. (NPS)

Two of the main bloggers behind the discussion stress that there’s no way to know when the supervolcano will go off but note that the 4.8 magnitude earthquake that hit on March 30 seemed to set off a reaction from the animals, who are moving for a reason.

“Whether I believe this, or whether I don’t believe the story or not, I don’t know. I can tell you this story I saw this morning about the buffaloes running the street … whether or not it’s because of any activity in Yellowstone or not, I don’t know,” said blogger Jay Lee, who posted a story on his site tatoott1009.com.

“But I’ll tell you this, whatever the case may be, that their running away from Yellowstone is an alert of some sort.”

WATCH:  Buffaloes running for their lives in Yellowstone. Animals can often sense trouble long before humans. These bison are coming down the hills in droves and fleeing on the road to get away from Yellowstone. Is the volcano there going to erupt?


“It also could be from this video, where poachers are killing them, chasing them, abusing them, running them around,” he said. “Could be hundreds of things for them to be running. I wanted you to listen [to the videos] and make up your own mind on what to think. “

A series of smaller quakes have hit the region over the past few weeks, and those quakes have been linked to the recent 5.1 magnitude quake (and aftershocks) that hit in the Los Angeles region.

Tom Lupshu, who describes himself as a “noted Ohio survivalist and search-and-rescue expert,” said on YouTube that nearly one quarter of the northern elk herd at Yellowstone National Park are missing, according to the annual winter count.

“Biologists aren’t sure if there’s been a stunning decline in the herd or if other factors have skewed the tally,” he said. “Current Helium releases at 1000 times above normal. Complete media blackout. Herds of bison running for their lives on the public roadways and they were not being chased or rounded up, the bison were running down the mountain slopes onto roadways running right past a filming crew. They detect something vast and deadly. The Yellowstone Supervolcano is the only thing there that would fit the bill.”

Lupshu said in a later video that scientists say they can’t predict when the Supervolcano will erupt.



“But one thing is for sure. The more the Earthquakes in the region, the more are the chances of the volcano being activated from its dormant state. Last time an earthquake struck in 1980. But the force of nature has acted up once again.”

The supervolcano refers to the huge magma chamber beneath the park, which is in Wyoming.

Researchers recently discovered that the supervolcano is far bigger than previously thought, about 2.5 times.

“We’ve been working there for a long time, and we’ve always thought it would be bigger… but this finding is astounding,” said Bob Smith of the University of Utah.

The findings point to the potentially disastrous consequences if the volcano were ever to blow.

The last major eruption is thought to have happened around 640,000 years ago and sent ash across the entire North America.

Smith said researchers are unsure when the supervolcano would erupt again. Two other eruptions happened, one 2.1 million years ago, and the other 1.3 million years ago, Smith said. One theory is that eruptions happen every 700,000 years ago, but Smith said more data is needed to back that theory up.

The United States Geological Service’s Yellowstone Observatory emphasized in February bulletin that earthquake activity in and around Yellowstone is normal, because between 1,000 and 3,000 typically occur each year.

That includes several each year of magnitudes between 3 and 5.

This map from the U.S. Geological Service shows the range of the volcanic ash that was deposited after the biggest of the Yellowstone National Park eruptions around 2.1 million years ago. "These eruptions left behind huge volcanic depressions called “calderas” and spread volcanic ash over large parts of North America," it said. "If another large caldera-forming eruption were to occur at Yellowstone, its effects would be worldwide. Thick ash deposits would bury vast areas of the United States, and injection of huge volumes of volcanic gases into the atmosphere could drastically affect global climate. Fortunately, the Yellowstone volcanic system shows no signs that it is headed toward such an eruption in the near future. In fact, the probability of any such event occurring at Yellowstone within the next few thousand years is exceedingly low."

“Although rising magma and hot-ground-water movement cause some earthquakes, many occur as the result of Basin and Range extension of the western U.S. This tectonic environment has created a series of regional faults that are responsible for large and devastating earthquakes in the Yellowstone region along the Teton and Hebgen Lake Faults. Most recently, a devastating Mw7.3 (Ms 7.5) earthquake in 1959 killed 28 people and caused $11 million in damage (1959 dollars). The majority of the damage occurred as a result of a large landslide that was triggered by the quake,” it said.

“Geologists conclude that large earthquakes like the Hebgen Lake event are unlikely within the Yellowstone Caldera itself, because subsurface temperatures there are high, weakening the bedrock and making it less able to rupture. However, quakes within the caldera can be as large as magnitude 6.5. A quake of about this size that occurred in 1975 near Norris Geyser Basin was felt throughout the region.”

Example of Yellowstone earthquake multiplets (families of repeating earthquakes) that can occur over periods
of tens of years from similar seismic sources on the same geological structure. (USGS)

The 4.7 quake on Sunday happened four miles north-northeast of the Norris Geyser Basin. The University of Utah Seismograph Stations termed it “a light earthquake.” It also said that it was part of a series of quakes that includes at least 25 quakes.

The service previously said that research shows earthquakes often happen in clusters in the park, calling them multiplets, or families of repeating earthquakes. Over 15,000 of the more than 33,000 earthquakes that happened between 1984 and 2010 happened in the same location with similar motions from the same seismic sources.

The service also says on its website that “Tere is no evidence that a catastrophic eruption at Yellowstone National Park (YNP) is imminent. Current geologic activity at Yellowstone has remained relatively constant since earth scientists first started monitoring some 30 years ago. Though another caldera-forming eruption is theoretically possible, it is very unlikely to occur in the next thousand or even 10,000 years.

“The most likely activity would be lava flows such as those that occurred after the last major eruption. Such a lava flow would ooze slowly over months and years, allowing plenty of time for park managers to evaluate the situation and protect people. No scientific evidence indicates such a lava flow will occur soon.”

It did admit that the Yellowstone Volcano is still active, and that nothing can be done to prevent an eruption.

The National Park Service says that:

“At Yellowstone and some other volcanoes, some scientists theorize that the earth’s crust fractures and cracks in a concentric or ring-fracture pattern. At some point these cracks reach the magma ‘reservoir,’ release the pressure, and the volcano explodes. The huge amount of material released causes the volcano to collapse into a huge crater—a caldera.”

The Geological Service adds: “The youngest, the Yellowstone Caldera, was formed 640,000 years ago. Since then, about 80 eruptions of rhyolite (thick, sticky lava) and basalt (more-fluid lava) have occurred. The caldera’s interior is largely covered by rhyolites, most erupted in the past 160,000 years. Large hydrothermal (steam)-explosion craters formed in the past 14,000 years are located near Yellowstone Lake and in major geyser basins.

“Any renewed volcanic activity at Yellowstone would most likely take the form of such mainly nonexplosive lava eruptions. An eruption of lava could cause widespread havoc in the park, including fires and the loss of roads and facilities, but more distant areas would probably remain largely unaffected.”

Referring to helium emissions, the agency said that the research into helium conditions that was published earlier this year “has nothing to do with current activity at Yellowstone, and has no implications about volcanic hazards.” - The Epoch Times.

THE AGE OF OBAMA & CHILDHOOD'S END: Precursors To The End Of The U.S. Corporation And The Collapse Of The FAILED White Supremacy Paradigm - The Gap Between The Super Rich 0.1% And The Poor Widens As Economist Warns That We Now In The Age Of Civil Unrest!

April 01, 2014 - UNITED STATES - The rich keep getting richer -- and the gap between the super rich and poor has widened even more under President Barack Obama.

According to a report from Sadoff Investment Research, the "average household in the top 1% pulled in earnings of $1,264,065 in 2012," which is "41 times greater than the $30,997 average income of Americans."

But the top .1% did considerably better than the top 1%, posting "average earnings of $6,373,782, or 206 times the average families' income."

According to the report, nearly a quarter of the .1% work in the financial industry, 40% are "executives, managers and supervisors," and a "vast majority of the 0.1% live in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington D.C. or Houston." - Breitbart.

WATCH: Obama 2015 Budget Focuses on Boosting Economy.


Economist Warns That This Is The Age Of Civil Unrest
All governments had better open their eyes for we are on the brink of a major convergence between both the Cycle of Civil Unrest, Civil War & Revolution and International War. Both of these models converge and as I pointed out at the Cycles of War Conference, this is the first time we have seen this convergence since the 1700s.

This is no plain modern event with civil unrest erupting because of an interconnected world.
These are grassroots uprisings cross-fertilized perhaps from a world contagion yet they often have similarities – corrupt governments. Turkey, Ukraine, Thailand, Venezuela and Bosnia-Herzegovina are all middle-income democracies with elected leaders besieged by people angry at misgovernment, corruption and economic sclerosis. These days it is no longer just dictators who have something to fear from the crowd. This is the promise of Marxism that centralized planning and false promises are coming home and governments are too corrupt and incompetent to deliver what they have claimed for decades.

Communism is dead. The socialistic agendas that have lined the pockets of government and filled the coffers of banks is over. The national debts are on average composed of 70% interest payments not programs to help the poor as marketed. The debts that keep growing with no intent upon paying anyone back are draining the national productivity and turning the people into economic slaves. The standard of living has declined and it now takes two incomes to survive where one use to be just fine. Women won the right to work and lost the right to stay home.

The promises that you save for the future have collapsed into dust as interest rates have been driven lower making savings utterly worthless. There is no such thing as saving and living off your fixed income. The elderly are being driven back into the work force and the whole ideas that a generation believed in are vanishing before their eyes.

So it is no longer communists and dictators that are the targets. All governments are now the targets and when the economy turns down after 2015.75, the threat of civilization will be pulled apart by the self-interest of politicians clinging to power to the detriment of the people. - Zero Hedge.

GLOBAL ECONOMIC MELTDOWN: Precursors To A Global Financial Collapse - Iceland Dismantles The Corrupt Banking System, Arrests Ten Rothschild/Rockefeller Bankers And Drafts New Constitution!

April 01, 2014 - GLOBAL ECONOMY - The truth of the matter is… No one, except the Icelanders, have to been the only culture on the planet to carry out this successfully. Not only have they been successful, at overthrowing the corrupt Gov’t, they’ve drafted a Constitution, that will stop this from happening ever again.

That’s not the best part… The best part, is that they have arrested ALL Rothschild/Rockefeller banking puppets, responsible for the Country’s economic Chaos and meltdown. Last week 9 people were arrested in London and Reykjavik for their possible responsibility for Iceland’s financial collapse in 2008, a deep crisis which developed into an unprecedented public reaction that is changing the country’s direction...

...Pressure from Icelandic citizens’ has managed not only to bring down a government, but also begin the drafting of a new constitution (in process) and is seeking to put in jail those bankers responsible for the financial crisis in the country.

Sigurdur Einarsson, former chairman of the defunct Icelandic bank Kaupthing, was arrested in London at 5:30 this morning along with the bank’s biggest customer, Robert Tchenguiz, and five others in a joint operation by the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and the Office of the Special Prosecutor in Iceland. - Daily Paul.

THEATRE OF WAR: Escalating Tensions On The Korean Peninsula - Signs Of Earthquake Off North Korea Prompts Nuclear Test Fears!

April 01, 2014 - NORTH KOREA - A magnitude five earthquake has been detected 132km (80 miles) from the Korean peninsula early on Tuesday morning, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) has said.

The quake comes one day after North and South Korea traded fire into waters
along the disputed Northern Limit Line

The quake, which was said to have occurred at approximately 03:48 local time, took place at a depth of nearly 16km (10 miles) in the sea west of the Korean peninsula – just days after North Korea threatened to carry out a “new form” of nuclear test.

While North Korean nuclear tests have previously been detected by the USGS quake monitoring center, the location and depth of the earthquake did not immediately suggest North Korean nuclear testing was the cause.

Although its December 2012 test M5.1 shockwave was similar in size to Tuesday’s 5.0M event, it was detected by geological surveys in China and the US as having occurred in a North Korean mountain range well known for weapons testing, and at a depth of only 1km.

On Sunday, North Korea threatened to carry out a “new form” of nuclear test, but did not clarify what it meant. Since then some observers have suggested that, angry with recent United Nations Security Council discussions about missile testing last week, Pyongyang may test a fourth nuclear device in the coming months.

On Monday, the two Koreas fired hundreds of rounds of artillery into waters along the disputed Northern Limit Line.

North Korea warned its southern neighbour at short-notice that it would commence the live fire drills, which some analysts said was Pyongyang’s way of protesting ongoing joint US – South Korea military drills.

Previously, North Korea has also warned its neighbours of impeding nuclear tests, usually also at short-notice. - Telegraph.

HUMAN DEVOLUTION, INFRASTRUCTURE & SOCIETAL COLLAPSE: Syrian Observatory For Human Rights - More Than 150,000 Killed In Syria Conflict!

April 01, 2014 - SYRIA - More than 150,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011, a monitoring group said in a new toll released on Tuesday.

A man walks next to damaged buildings in Masaken Hanano, Aleppo March 28, 2014. Picture taken March 28, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it had documented the deaths of 150,344 people, 51,212 of them civilians, including nearly 7,985 children.

The group said 37,781 members of the armed opposition had been killed in the fighting, including jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), and Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front.

A total of 58,480 regime forces, including more than 35,000 soldiers had also been killed.

Among those killed fighting on the government side were 364 members of Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah movement, the Observatory added.

Another 2,871 people were recorded as having died but their identities remained unknown, the group said.

The conflict in Syria began in March 2011 with peaceful anti-government demonstrations, inspired by similar movements elsewhere in the region.

After a regime crackdown that saw protesters killed, part of the opposition took up arms and the conflict spiraled into civil war. - Daily Star.

CLIMATE CHANGE DOOMSDAY: United Nations Report Warn Global Warming Could Spiral "Out Of Control" - More Hunger, Floods, Conflict And Mass Migration Ahead Due To Climate Change?!

April 01, 2014 - CLIMATE CHANGE - If the world doesn't cut pollution of heat-trapping gases, the already noticeable harms of global warming could spiral "out of control," the head of a United Nations scientific panel warned Monday.

This Nov. 9, 2013 file photo provided by NASA shows Typhoon Haiyan taken by astronaut Karen L. Nyberg aboard the International Space Station. Freaky storms like 2013’s Typhoon Haiyan, 2012’s Superstorm Sandy and 2008’s ultra-deadly Cyclone Nargis may not have been caused by warming, but their fatal storm surges were augmented by climate change’s ever rising seas, Maarten van Aalst, a top official at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said. Global warming is driving humanity toward a whole new level of many risks, a United Nations scientific panel reports, warning that the wild climate ride has only just begun. (AP Photo/NASA, Karen L. Nyberg, File)

And he's not alone. The Obama White House says it is taking this new report as a call for action, with Secretary of State John Kerry saying "the costs of inaction are catastrophic."

Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that issued the 32-volume, 2,610-page report here early Monday, told The Associated Press: "it is a call for action." Without reductions in emissions, he said, impacts from warming "could get out of control."

One of the study's authors, Maarten van Aalst, a top official at the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, said, "If we don't reduce greenhouse gases soon, risks will get out of hand. And the risks have already risen."

In this Aug. 20, 2013 file photo, Syrian refugees cross into Iraq at the Peshkhabour border point in Dahuk, 260 miles (430 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq. In an authoritative report due out Monday, March 31, 2014, a United Nations climate panel for the first time is connecting hotter global temperatures to hotter global tempers. Top scientists are saying that climate change will complicate and worsen existing global security problems, such as civil wars, strife between nations and refugees. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File)

Twenty-first century disasters such as killer heat waves in Europe, wildfires in the United States, droughts in Australia and deadly flooding in Mozambique, Thailand and Pakistan highlight how vulnerable humanity is to extreme weather, according to the report from the Nobel Prize-winning group of scientists. The dangers are going to worsen as the climate changes even more, the report's authors said.

"We're now in an era where climate change isn't some kind of future hypothetical," said the overall lead author of the report, Chris Field of the Carnegie Institution for Science in California. "We live in an area where impacts from climate change are already widespread and consequential."

Nobody is immune, Pachauri and other scientists said.

In this Dec. 17, 2011 file photo, an Egyptian protester throws a stone toward soldiers, unseen, as a building burns during clashes near Tahrir Square, in Cairo, Egypt. In an authoritative report due out Monday, March 31, 2014, a United Nations climate panel for the first time is connecting hotter global temperatures to hotter global tempers. Top scientists are saying that climate change will complicate and worsen existing global security problems, such as civil wars, strife between nations and refugees. (AP Photo/Ahmad Hammad, File)

"We're all sitting ducks," Princeton University professor Michael Oppenheimer, one of the main authors of the report, said in an interview.

After several days of late-night wrangling, more than 100 governments unanimously approved the scientist-written 49-page summary — which is aimed at world political leaders. The summary mentions the word "risk" an average of about 5 1/2 times per page.

"Changes are occurring rapidly and they are sort of building up that risk," Field said.

These risks are both big and small, according to the report. They are now and in the future. They hit farmers and big cities. Some places will have too much water, some not enough, including drinking water. Other risks mentioned in the report involve the price and availability of food, and to a lesser and more qualified extent some diseases, financial costs and even world peace.

In this Nov. 10, 2013 file photo, a survivor walks by a large ship after it was washed ashore by strong waves caused by powerful Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines. Freaky storms like 2013’s Typhoon Haiyan, 2012’s Superstorm Sandy and 2008’s ultra-deadly Cyclone Nargis may not have been caused by warming, but their fatal storm surges were augmented by climate change’s ever rising seas, Maarten van Aalst, a top official at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said. Global warming is driving humanity toward a whole new level of many risks, a United Nations scientific panel reports, warning that the wild climate ride has only just begun. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)

"Things are worse than we had predicted" in 2007, when the group of scientists last issued this type of report, said report co-author Saleemul Huq, director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development at the Independent University in Bangladesh. "We are going to see more and more impacts, faster and sooner than we had anticipated."

The problems have gotten so bad that the panel had to add a new and dangerous level of risks. In 2007, the biggest risk level in one key summary graphic was "high" and colored blazing red. The latest report adds a new level, "very high," and colors it deep purple.

You might as well call it a "horrible" risk level, said van Aalst: "The horrible is something quite likely, and we won't be able to do anything about it."

This May 6, 2008 file photo, shows an aerial view of devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis, seen at an unknown location in Myanmar. Freaky storms like 2013’s Typhoon Haiyan, 2012’s Superstorm Sandy and 2008’s ultra-deadly Cyclone Nargis may not have been caused by warming, but their fatal storm surges were augmented by climate change’s ever rising seas, Maarten van Aalst, a top official at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said. Global warming is driving humanity toward a whole new level of many risks, a United Nations scientific panel reports, warning that the wild climate ride has only just begun. (AP Photo/File)

The report predicts that the highest level of risk would first hit plants and animals, both on land and the acidifying oceans.

Climate change will worsen problems that society already has, such as poverty, sickness, violence and refugees, according to the report. And on the other end, it will act as a brake slowing down the benefits of a modernizing society, such as regular economic growth and more efficient crop production, it says.

"In recent decades, changes in climate have caused impacts on natural and human systems on all continents and across the oceans," the report says.

And if society doesn't change, the future looks even worse, it says: "Increasing magnitudes of warming increase the likelihood of severe, pervasive, and irreversible impacts."

This Oct. 31, 2012 file photo, shows an aerial view of the damage to an amusement park left in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, in Seaside Heights, N.J. Freaky storms like 2013’s Typhoon Haiyan, 2012’s Superstorm Sandy and 2008’s ultra-deadly Cyclone Nargis may not have been caused by warming, but their fatal storm surges were augmented by climate change’s ever rising seas, Maarten van Aalst, a top official at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said. Global warming is driving humanity toward a whole new level of many risks, a United Nations scientific panel reports, warning that the wild climate ride has only just begun. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

While the problems from global warming will hit everyone in some way, the magnitude of the harm won't be equal, coming down harder on people who can least afford it, the report says. It will increase the gaps between the rich and poor, healthy and sick, young and old, and men and women, van Aalst said.

But the report's authors say this is not a modern day version of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Much of what they warn of are more nuanced troubles that grow by degrees and worsen other societal ills. The report also concedes that there are uncertainties in understanding and predicting future climate risks.

The report, the fifth on warming's impacts, includes risks to the ecosystems of the Earth, including a thawing Arctic, but it is far more oriented to what it means to people than past versions.

The report also notes that one major area of risk is that with increased warming, incredibly dramatic but ultra-rare single major climate events, sometimes called tipping points, become more possible with huge consequences for the globe. These are events like the melting of the Greenland ice sheet, which would take more than 1,000 years.

In this Oct. 22, 2005 file photo, a motorcyclist rides past a mountain of trash, sheet rock and domestic furniture, removed from homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina, at one of three dump areas setup for that purpose, in New Orleans, LA. In the cases of the big storms like Haiyan, Sandy and Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the poor were the most vulnerable, a United Nations scientific panel reports said. The report talks about climate change helping create new pockets of poverty and “hotspots of hunger” even in richer countries, increasing inequality between rich and poor.
(AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

"I can't think of a better word for what it means to society than the word 'risk,'" said Virginia Burkett of the U.S. Geological Survey, one of the study's main authors. She calls global warming "maybe one of the greatest known risks we face."

Global warming is triggered by heat-trapping gases, such as carbon dioxide, that stay in the atmosphere for a century. Much of the gases still in the air and trapping heat came from the United States and other industrial nations. China is now by far the No. 1 carbon dioxide polluter, followed by the United States and India.

Unlike in past reports, where the scientists tried to limit examples of extremes to disasters that computer simulations can attribute partly to man-made warming, this version broadens what it looks at because it includes the larger issues of risk and vulnerability, van Aalst said.

Freaky storms like 2013's Typhoon Haiyan, 2012's Superstorm Sandy and 2008's ultra-deadly Cyclone Nargis may not have been caused by warming, but their fatal storm surges were augmented by climate change's ever rising seas, he said.

And in the cases of the big storms like Haiyan, Sandy and Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the poor were the most vulnerable, Oppenheimer and van Aalst said. The report talks about climate change helping create new pockets of poverty and "hotspots of hunger" even in richer countries, increasing inequality between rich and poor.

In this Aug. 7, 2010 file photo, a firefighter tries to stop a forest fire near the village of Verkhnyaya Vereya in Nizhny Novgorod region, some 410 km (255 miles) east of Moscow. Twenty-first century disasters such as killer heat waves in Europe, wildfires in the United States, droughts in Australia and deadly flooding in Mozambique, Thailand and Pakistan highlight how vulnerable humanity is to extreme weather, says a massive new report from a Nobel Prize-winning group of scientists released early Monday, March 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr., File)

Report co-author Maggie Opondo of the University of Nairobi said that especially in places like Africa, climate change and extreme events mean "people are going to become more vulnerable to sinking deeper into poverty." And other study authors talked about the fairness issue with climate change.

"Rich people benefit from using all these fossil fuels," University of Sussex economist Richard Tol said. "Poorer people lose out."

Huq said he had hope because richer nations and people are being hit more, and "when it hits the rich, then it's a problem" and people start acting on it.

Part of the report talks about what can be done: reducing carbon pollution and adapting to and preparing for changing climates with smarter development.

The report echoes an earlier U.N. climate science panel that said if greenhouse gases continue to rise, the world is looking at another about 6 or 7 degrees Fahrenheit (3.5 or 4 degrees Celsius) of warming by 2100 instead of the international goal of not allowing temperatures to rise more than 2 degrees Fahrenheit (1.2 degrees Celsius). The difference between those two outcomes, Princeton's Oppenheimer said, "is the difference between driving on an icy road at 30 mph versus 90 mph. It's risky at 30, but deadly at 90."

Tol, who is in the minority of experts here, had his name removed from the summary because he found it "too alarmist," harping too much on risk.

But the panel vice chairman, Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, said that's not quite right: "We are pointing for reasons for alarm ... It's because the facts and the science and the data show that there are reasons to be alarmed. It's not because we're alarmist."

The report is based on more than 12,000 peer reviewed scientific studies. Michel Jarraud, secretary general of the World Meteorological Organization, a co-sponsor of the climate panel, said this report was "the most solid evidence you can get in any scientific discipline."

Michael Mann, a climate scientist at Pennsylvania State University who wasn't part of this report, said he found the report "very conservative" because it is based on only peer reviewed studies and has to be approved unanimously.

There is still time to adapt to some of the coming changes and reduce heat-trapping emissions, so it's not all bad, said study co-author Patricia Romero-Lankao of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Colorado.

"We have a closing window of opportunity," she said. "We do have choices. We need to act now."___
Online: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: http://www.ipcc.ch. - AP.

GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: More Sinkholes Keep Popping Up Across The United States - Sinkhole Opens Up In Chelmsford And At Other Locations In Massachusetts And Firefighters Rescue Dog Trapped In Sinkhole In Frederick, Maryland!

April 01, 2014 - UNITED STATES - The following stories are the latest reports of sinkholes in the United States over the last few days:

Sinkhole Opens Up In Chelmsford And At Other Locations In Massachusetts

Heavy rains were causing flooding and sinkholes in many parts of Massachusetts Sunday.

Flooding prompted local and state police to close a number of roads and highways Sunday morning. On parts of Memorial Drive near the Longfellow Bridge, police were warning drivers to be aware of large puddles of water.

South of Boston, Mass. State Police reported that amps from Route 195 east and westbound were closed to Route 18 due to flooding. Route 18 itself had flooded in New Bedford, and police closed it between Route195 and Route 6, reopening the southbound side at around 12:30 p.m.

In Freetown, the ramp from Chase Road to Route 140 in was closed as well because of flooding.

Route 128 northbound near exits 13 and 14 in Westwood was closed earlier Sunday morning, and reopened before 9 a.m. after workers from the Mass. Department of Transportation cleared storm drains there.

In parts north of Boston, a large sinkhole had opened up on Boston Road in Chelmsford, causing police to close the road at Brian Road. The hole opened up where a culvert carries water from a stream underneath the road. The culvert gave way and began eroding sand underneath the road.

WATCH: Roadway fall into massive sinkhole.


A utility pole also stood at the edge of the sinkhole, and a live gas main ran through it. Crews were able to stabilize the utility pole, and National Grid workers were on scene and shut the gas off.

The road in Chelmsford will remain closed for a few days as the sinkhole is fixed.

A smaller sinkhole had also opened up near 404 Wyman Street, causing police to shut part of that street for a brief time, and reopened it at around 10:45 a.m. - MyFOXBoston.

Firefighters Rescue Dog Trapped In Sinkhole In Frederick, Maryland
Firefighters in Frederick, Md., successfully rescued an elderly blind and deaf dog who got trapped inside a large sinkhole Sunday.

Officials were called to Old Farm Drive and Wainwright Court Sunday morning after a homeowner reported that the dog had fallen into the hole that opened overnight. Officials blew warm air into the hole during the rescue effort in order to protect the dog, a 14-year-old Lhasa Apso, from hypothermia.

Reporter Abby Theodros of WHAG-TV in Hagerstown reported the sinkhole is shaped "like a hockey stick," which made the rescue even more difficult.

Officials were eventually able to get a rope around the dog and pull her up out of the hole. Frederick police say the sinkhole was about three feet wide and 12 feet deep. The city says it did not directly affect houses or the road and that there is no threat to residents.

The sinkhole was caused by the rainy weather, authorities said.

WHAG posted this photo of the rescue on its Facebook page.

WATCH: Firefighters rescue dog trapped in sinkhole.

- NBC Washington.

DELUGE: Extreme Weather Hits China - Giant Hailstorms, Heavy Rain, Widespread Flooding And Landslides Kill At Least 16 People!

April 01, 2014 - CHINA - Heavy storms and giant hailstones have left at least 16 people dead and caused widespread property damage in southern China.

Destruction: This factory workshop was completely destroyed when giant hailstones hit
the area of Dongguan in southern China's Guangxi province

The poor weather has lasted more than a week, bringing landslides and flooding - particularly in the autonomous Guangxi province, which borders Vietnam.

Local authorities say at least 16 people have been killed, although that figure is likely to rise as the true extent of the devastation cannot be fully assessed until the poor weather subsides.

Yesterday the Civil Affairs Department of Guangxi said at least 70 houses had collapsed, with another 1,716 badly damaged, and more than 2,000 hectares of crops destroyed.

No protection: A roof in Dongguan is covered in holes after giant hailstones crashed through the ceiling

Saved: Rescuers try to move a car trapped in a flooded area of Dongguan early this morning
after heavy rain and hailstorms hit Guangdong province

Rescue: At least 16 people have been killed after heavy storms hit southern China. In this picture, workers are seen carrying a cabinet as they clean up debris at a construction site in Dongguan

Damage: Local authorities say at least 16 people have been killed in the storms. That figure is likely to rise, however, as the true extent of the devastation can only be fully assessed once the poor weather subsides

Floods: Local weather forecasts said heavy rain and hail is expected to continue to hit parts of Guangxi
over the next few days, before subsiding in the latter half of this week

Danger: A ceiling in Dongmen is potted with large holes after heavy rain and hailstorms hit southern China

Local weather forecasts said heavy rain and hail is expected to continue to hit parts of Guangxi over the next few days, before subsiding in the latter half of this week.

Landslide and flood warnings are likely to remain in place well into next week. - Daily Mail.

EXTREME WEATHER ANOMALIES: "Riders On The Storm" - Plane Is Struck By THREE Lightning Bolts At Once Over Birmingham, United Kingdom?! [PHOTOS+VIDEO]

April 01, 2014 - UNITED KINGDOM - A bright flash of light and booming noises in a cramped seat thousands of feet in the air would be enough to put off even the most hardened fliers.

Thunderstruck: These huge bolts of electricity struck the KLM flight as it came in to land over Birmingham

But passengers landing at Birmingham airport on Friday afternoon were led by example as their captain coolly steered them through three lightning blasts and left it until afterwards to calmly explain what happened.

Passengers spoke of a 'massive bang' as one of the bolts struck the body of the KLM service from Amsterdam, but the blasts had no effect on the landing, which proceeded as normal to touch down at 4.30pm.

And after the plane, a Boeing 737, had touched down on the runway, the captain confirmed to his passengers that the service had been hit, saying simply: 'Ladies and gentlemen, you may have noticed we were hit by lightning.'

Bolts: The plane can be seen at the centre of the blasts of electricity

Tony Everitt, 51, was one of 174 passengers on board the flight, from which ominous 'dark skies' could be seen just before the first bolt struck.

The businessman, who was returning from a conference, said: 'It was incredible - there was one massive bang. Only moments before, I'd noticed the dark skies and told a passenger sitting next to me that I was surprised there was no thunder and lightning.

'After the bang, my initial thought was the engine had blown-up. Surprisingly, it wasn't frightening, it was exciting.

'You are waiting for something else to happen, then you realise nothing has gone wrong.'

The picture of the plane, caught up in the centre of several branches of a lightning bolt, was taken by Tracy Meakin White, 42, who was watching the storm.

 WATCH: Plane struck by three bolts at once.


She said: 'I didn't even see the plane at first, I was just clicking on my phone and then afterwards I saw the aircraft.

'I think it is a once in a lifetime picture, I doubt I will see anything like that again, I am not a photographer, it was just a stroke of luck I got the shot.'

A statement from KLM said: 'Occasionally aircraft is hit multiple times by lightning. All pilots and air crew are trained to deal with this.'

A spokesman for Birmingham Airport said: 'All aircraft landed safely without incident on Friday afternoon.'

Although it may sound a terrifying prospect, commercial aircraft around the world are bombarded with bolts of lightning every single day.

According to experts, the in an average year any given airliner can expect to be struck at least once on its travels.

Indeed, as the fuselage of most planes is made of conductive aluminium, their presence in storm clouds, where huge amounts of static electricity gather, can actually trigger the discharges.

But due to strict regulations, all passenger planes must be built with electrical shielding which protects the inside of the plane from the effects of lightning bolts.

Those on board often fail to notice that the plane has been hit at all, or experience nothing more than a quick flash.

It is estimated that aircraft shielding is strong enough to withstand voltages ten times the amount of a typical bolt, and no planes have been brought down by lightning since 1967.

The worst which can usually be expected from a lightning blast is a visible scorch mark. Occasionally flights which are struck early in their journey are diverted as a safety precaution.

- Daily Mail.

MASS MAMMAL/FISH DIE-OFF: The Latest Incidents Across The Earth - OVER 100 TONS Of Fish Die Mysteriously Suddenly In Fish Ponds In Guangxi, China; The Total Number Of Dead Dolphins Increases To 5 In Beaufort County, South Carolina; Dead Bryde's Whale Found On Beach In Plover Cove, Hong Kong; Very Rare Albino Baby Dolphin Surfaces In Charleston Harbor, South Carolina; And Thousands Of Dead Fish Wash Up Along A Canal In Illinois!

April 01, 2014 - EARTH - The following constitutes the latest incidents of mass fish and mammal die-offs across the Earth:

OVER 100 TONS Of Fish Die Suddenly In Fish Ponds In Guangxi, China
In the dead fish incident, Mr. Qin most costly, nearly 40,000 kilograms of fish a night "white belly", let tears.
Huang Yuan Communications / Chart

Upcoming over one hundred thousand kilograms of tilapia, carp suddenly died mysteriously in a single day, the direct economic losses of more than 160 million, so that eight farmers dew tears Liujiang County town of village into a group cried dry. After a preliminary examination fishery sector finds that a large area of ​​fish suddenly died due to acute poisoning. Currently, public security, environmental protection, fishery and other departments have been involved in the investigation.

Shining white piece of dead fish cages

March 27 at 1 pm, this reporter went to the village of dew overflow dam downstream. Not yet reached the scene, one dead fish smell and emit a foul odor blowing. Although the incident has been three days, but the ponds are still nearly 50,000 kilograms of dead fish have not finished cleaning up.

In the scene, more than 20 breeding cages eight farmers in the river next to the place, some farmers kept the dead fish in cages and throw on the shore - meter long shore roads, littered with dead fish, large and small, the air filled with the smell of fish and rancid.

Mr. Qin's in the cage, because too many dead fish, five or six hundred square meters of surface densely piled dead fish on plastic mesh networking boxes have been dead stays up.

"7:00 in the morning on the 25th, I woke up after the discovery of fish cages inside scurrying around, less than half an hour to sink to the bottom turn belly." Farmers Leung said that morning, most of the dead fish floating up, cage surface is covered. Leung domesticated more than ten thousand kilograms of fish almost died.

Later, the local town government carried away part of the deal with the dead fish as harmless, but the shore, there are a lot of dead fish in the ponds did not receive timely treatment. It is reported that college town into Liujiang County party committee, the Government set up a working group, sent 24-hour shift on-site duty, follow-up treatment to prevent dead fish into the market. The official said, they will be based on relevant policies, as far as possible in low-interest loans to help farmers, allowed to resume production as soon as possible, to reduce losses.

Losses suspect someone poisoned

Leung introduced, these fish are mainly tilapia and carp, they have been farming here 10 years. The trouble began last May these fish stocking, there has been an average of 1 kg weight, the biggest carp has nearly 10 kg, was going to take advantage of before Qingming market.

Fish in the end is how to die? This question, farmers say the death has been ruled a natural death and pollution, suspect that someone deliberately poisoned, "100 meters upstream of the village there are other fish that nothing happened, and no factories and other pollution sources nearby." Mr. Qin said.

Tan said he has 10 years of fish in the area, it has never been a large area of ​​dead fish, but before the incident, they did not grudges with people, so was not sure why the person liable to poisoning.

Preliminary determination lineage acute poisoning deaths

After the incident, relevant departments Liujiang County Environmental Protection, Animal Husbandry and Fishery Bureau, the fishery station immediately arrived at the scene, and to take water samples and dead fish samples.

27 pm, Liujiang County Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Monitoring Team introduced, according to preliminary results of monitoring of water samples, the basic cause of dead fish can be excluded water quality impacts; Liujiang County fishery station samples were checked for dead fish, fish preliminary determination to exclude the death of a large area died a natural death and disease, the initial determination of acute poisoning.

Into a group in Liujiang County Public Security Bureau police station, relevant departments said they had on file for investigation. - Xinhuanet. [Translated]

Total Number Of Dead Dolphins Increases To 5 In Beaufort County, South Carolina
Beaufort resident Susan Trogdon found this dead bottlenose dolphin in the Harbour River
in Beaufort on Saturday morning. Island Packet

Two more dolphins have been found dead off Beaufort County shores this weekend, bringing the total since March 17 to five.

The dolphins were reported Saturday and Sunday, according to Wayne McFee, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, at Sea Pines on Hilton Head Island and Sands Beach in Port Royal, respectively.

Employees from the S.C. Marine Mammal Stranding Network, Charleston, were on their way to Beaufort County on Monday morning to retrieve the animals.

Three previous dolphins deaths have been reported in recent weeks.

A bottlenose dolphin washed ashore March 17 on Hilton Head Island between Sea Pines and Marriott's Grande Ocean Resort and died before marine biologists could reach it. That was an older male, and had a heart condition and probable pneumonia.

The second was spotted March 20 in the May River in Bluffton.

Island Packet

The third was in Fripp Inlet on March 22. It washed out to sea and biologists were unable to recover it, McFee said.

The two dolphins from this weekend will be taken to the Marine Mammal Standing Network for testing, as the ones on the 17th and 20th were, according to Jessica Conway, a technician for the network who retrieved the dolphins Monday.

Testing results take a few weeks to return, McFee said, so it remains too early to tell if any viruses or other diseases affected the dolphins.

 WATCH: Dead dolphin removed from beach.


The deaths appear to only be in migratory dolphins, not the resident ones in the Lowcountry estuarium, however, he said.

The cold and changing weather of the last few months could also be related to the deaths, he said.

Follow reporter Erin Moody at twitter.com/IPBG_Erin.

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Source: The Beaufort Gazette

- Island Packet.

Dead Bryde's Whale Found On Beach In Plover Cove, Hong Kong
Marine experts are dwarfed by the whale.
Ocean Park Conservation Foundation

The bloated carcass of a whale the length of a bus has been found at a remote beach in the New Territories' northeastern tip.

The 10.8-metre-long animal, found beached in an inner bay off Hung Shek Mun, in Plover Cove Country Park, was thought to be a female Bryde's whale.

When marine experts arrived yesterday morning, the rotting carcass was lying partially submerged in the shallow water, giving off a stench. It had a number of cuts on its body.

About 10 government and Ocean Park experts in protective gear were still inspecting the dead whale early yesterday evening. Police said a hiker had reported seeing a "huge fish" floating off Hung Shek Mun on Saturday evening.

"It looks like a Bryde's whale," Dolphin Conservation Society chairman Samuel Hung Ka-yiu said after seeing footage and pictures of the animal on the news. "It could have died at sea and then drifted in."

Hung said it could have been dead for a couple of days since the carcass was bloated.

The authorities have yet to decide how to dispose of the dead whale. One option would be to cut up its carcass and remove it piece by piece.

Bryde's whales, which can grow up to about 16.5 metres and weigh up to 40 tonnes, prefer warmer waters. Males are usually slightly smaller than females.

The whale was still seen floating on the waters in Hung Shek Mun on Sunday. Ocean Park Conservation Foundation

In 2009, a 10-metre-long humpback whale was spotted in Hong Kong waters. It was believed to be the first sighting of the species in the city. Experts believed the animal accidentally entered Hong Kong harbour after getting lost.

In 2003, a sperm whale was found washed up at Tai Long Wan in Sai Kung. The 10-metre-long creature was about two years old and weighed 15 tonnes.

In 1994, the carcass of a Bryde's whale was found in Tolo Harbour. - SCMP.

Rare Albino Baby Dolphin Surfaces In Charleston Harbor, South Carolina
A dolphin was filmed in the Ashley River in January that might have been the young
white dolphin seen in Wappoo Creek the past few weeks.

A rare animal might be hunting with its mother in Charleston Harbor - an albino dolphin.

A young white dolphin has surfaced near the Wappoo Creek bridge on Folly Road most afternoons the past few weeks, wowing spectators, including diners at the Charleston Crab House, who jump from their seats to the window and deck outside.

"They go crazy. They scream," said owner John Keener. "It runs right alongside its mom all the time."

Jim Mossman, a videographer for the city of Charleston, inadvertently might have shot a video of the baby in January, while capturing a pod in the Ashley River near the West Ashley Bikeway. The smaller dolphin's coloring drew him, he said. "I don't think I've ever seen a baby dolphin, much less a white one."

An albino dolphin is an eye-catcher, but the animal will have a tough go in the wild. Still, its appearance is a heart-warmer in a year when a virus has been decimating the population. More than 1,000 dolphin have died so far, more than 100 in South Carolina alone. And a second wave of the virus-caused deaths is expected as waters warm.

Albinism is a genetic abnormality in which the skin pigment has no coloring. Among humans it affects one of every 17,000 people and is associated with eyesight difficulties, according to the National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation.

It's also found in any number of animals. Among mammals generally it's thought to occur one in every 10,000 births, according to National Geographic.

Any number of Lowcountry animals are albino or have white pigment that suggests albinism. White squirrels are found on Yonges Island, Johns Island and in other locations. Kiawah Island has had occurrences of white deer and raccoons.

A young white dolphin captured recently during a hunt off Japan, while its mother leaped, called out, then sank and died. The young dolphin was sold to a museum, stirring an international outcry.

The Lowcountry's own notorious albino dolphin, "Snowball," was captured near Beaufort in the 1960s and sold to a Florida attraction. The outcry from that was one of the factors that led to the state's Marine Mammal Act in the 1990s, that banned the animals' capture for display.

Some native traditions in the United States hold that albino animals are sacred, literally closer to spiritual. But in the natural world, white stands out and that's not good. Pigment not only protects the skin from sun damage, it's one of the ways animals of the same species recognize each other, and it's camouflage from predators, said Moby Solangi, director of the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport, Miss. One of the big predators of bottlenose dolphin are sharks.

The young dolphin should be all right as long as it's protected by its mother, he said. But "it's a tough situation for an albino to survive in their world. Some live pretty long and others don't make it too long."
Dolphin virus

Morbillivirus: Measles-like virus that weakens and can kill whales, dolphins and porpoises.

Deaths so far:

S.C. 105 (July 1, 2013- March 16)

Average deaths in same time span 28

East Coast overall 1,175

Average 169

Last outbreak: 750 deaths, 1987-88.

Prognosis: A second wave of deaths is expected as waters warm. But, if the 1987-88 outbreak is a any guide, a slowdown is expected.

If you see a stranded dolphin or other marine mammal:

Don't approach it or let pets approach it. Don't try to push the animal back into the water.

The morbillivirus isn't contagious, but a weakened dolphin can contract other infections. Stranded dolphins and other marine mammals are often sick, and some diseases can be spread to humans or pets.

Contact the Marine Mammal Stranding Network hotline, 1-800-922-5431.

Source: NOAA Fisheries

- The Post and Courier.

Thousands Of Dead Fish Wash Up Along A Canal In Illinois
Fish Kill at Hennepin Canal - photo shared by Sara Anderson via Facebook

A walk along the peaceful bike path off the Hennepin Canal in Milan, Illinois looks like something out of a horror film.

Thousands of dead fish have washed up on shore as of Sunday, March 30, 2014.

Believe it or not, Iowa Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Jeff Harrison says it’s normal.

“This happens after every winter. When we have so many days with cold temperatures, the snow covers the ice on these ponds and rivers. Sunlight then can’t penetrate into the water. That means oxygen is lacking for fish in the water,” Harrison said.

Fish Kill at Hennepin Canal - photo shared by Sara Anderson via Facebook

Fish Kill at Hennepin Canal - photo shared by Sara Anderson via Facebook

But Milan residents like Marilyn Lang say they have never seen anything like it before.

“We were just walking along the shoreline and we just seen all of these dead fish. I don’t know why they’re dead,” Lang said as she pointed to a pile of dead fish floating in the water.

Lang and her friend Matreka Nache, of East Moline, had planned a quiet day of fishing along the canal.  But, between the stench of dead fish and the sheer sight of thousands of fish floating belly up, their plans quickly changed.

Thousands of dead fish popping up in Quad City Area.

“We were walking just under the bridge when we noticed this,” Nache said as she pointed at a huge fish floating off the shore.  A dead American paddlefish was pulled out of the water.  At nearly five feet long, it’s a rare sight in the Hennepin Canal.

“I have never seen one of these in the canal,” said local fisherman Pat Bundy.

It’s just another sign that, on this day, winter snagged the big catch. - WQAD.