Thursday, May 8, 2014

MAJOR GLOBAL VOLCANISM ALERT: Yellowstone Volcano Eruption - Report Claims That The United States Has Contingency Deal To Send Millions Of Its Citizens To Brazil, Australia Or Argentina, If The Supervolcano Erupts!

May 08, 2014 - YELLOWSTONE, UNITED STATES - If the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts then millions of U.S. citizens could end up in Brazil, Australia, or Argentina.

That’s according to the South African news website Praag, which said that the African National Congress was offered $10 billion a year for 10 years if it would build temporary housing for Americans in case of an eruption.

The potential eruption of the supervolcano, one of the biggest in the world, has been a hot topic ever since videos of animals allegedly fleeing the area before an earthquake were posted online. Although the veracity of the claims haven’t been backed up, dozens of bloggers and others have been trying to figure out what, if anything, is going on.

One of the latest theories is that the U.S. Geological Service and its partners, which keep an eye on the caldera, are hiding data from the public.

The Praag article says that the South African government fears that placing so many Americans in South Africa could dramatically change the country.

“South Africa will not be part of the plan, because there is a risk that millions of white Americans could be sent to South Africa in an emergency situation and that this would pose a risk to black national culture identity,” Dr. Siph Matwetwe, spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs, is quoted as saying.

“We have our own challenges, even if there is enough housing and infrastructure available, it will destabilize the country and may even bring back apartheid.”

This map from the U.S. Geological Service shows the range of the volcanic ash that was deposited
after the three huge eruptions over the last 2.1 million years.

The gigantic volcano in Yellowstone has erupted three times over the last two million years, covering a huge area of surrounding land. Maps from educational institutions and government officials project that up to 17 states could be fully or partially impacted if the volcano erupted again. The far south of Canada could also get hit, as well as the far north of Mexico.

Scientists aren’t sure when it will erupt next, although many have sought to assure the public that it probably won’t for a while. In reality, the volcano could erupt at any time, though officials would in theory be able to detect an impending eruption and alert Americans to the threat. - The Epoch Times.

PLANETARY TREMORS: Powerful Magnitude 6.4 Earthuake Rattles Mexico's Pacific Coast - Shook Buildings Ferociously, Some Roofs Cave In, Causing A Wave Of Panic! [MAPS+ESTIMATES+TECTONIC SUMMARY]

May 08, 2014 - MEXICO -  A strong earthquake shook the southern Pacific coast of Mexico and several states, including the capital on Thursday, sending frightened people into unseasonal torrential rains that were also bearing down on the coast.

USGS earthquake location map.

The 6.4-magnitude quake in southern Guerrero state had an epicenter about 15 kilometres north of Tecpan de Galeana, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, and was felt about 277 kilometres away in Mexico City, where office workers streamed into the streets away from high-rise buildings.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or major damage.

Tecpan, near the epicenter, shook ferociously, causing a "wave of panic" and some roofs to cave in, said Mayor Crisoforo Otero Heredia. But there were no injuries.

In Chilpancingo, the capital of Guerrero state, a wall collapsed and in Acapulco civil protection crews had found nothing so far except scared citizens who were forced to take refuge in the heavy rain that was hitting the region.

USGS earthquake shakemap intensity.

In Mexico City, elegantly dressed businesswoman Carmen Lopez was leaving a downtown office building when the ground began to shake. She dashed across the street to a leafy median as light poles swayed violently above her.

"That was just too scary," said Lopez, as she quickly started dialing her cellphone to alert friends and family.

Behind her, thousands of people poured out from neighbouring office buildings, following pre-planned evacuation routes to areas considered safe from any potential of falling glass.

The quake had a depth of 23 kilometres. The USGS downgraded the magnitude from 6.8.

A 7.2-magnitude quake with an epicenter about 66 kilometres from Thursday's quake shook central and southern Mexico on April 18.

That quake occurred along a section of the Pacific Coast known as the Guerrero Seismic Gap, a 200-kilometre section where tectonic plates meet and have been locked, meaning huge amounts of energy are being stored up with potentially devastating effects.

People gather in the street after an earthquake was felt in Mexico City, Thursday, May 8, 2014. (AP / Rebecca Blackwell)

Students gather in the courtyard of their school after an earthquake shook Mexico City, Thursday, May 8, 2014.
(AP / Rebecca Blackwell)

In 1911, a magnitude-7.6 temblor struck along the section, according to the USGS.

The USGS says the Guerrero Gap has the potential to produce a quake as strong as magnitude 8.4, potentially much more powerful than the magnitude-8.1 quake that killed 9,500 people and devastated large sections of Mexico City in 1985. The 1985 quake was centred 400 kilometres from the capital on the Pacific Coast.

Mexico City is vulnerable to distant earthquakes because much of it sits atop the muddy sediments of drained lake beds. They jiggle like jelly when the quake waves hit. - CTV News.

Tectonic Summary - Seismotectonics of Mexico
Located atop three of the large tectonic plates, Mexico is one of the world's most seismologically active regions. The relative motion of these crustal plates causes frequent earthquakes and occasional volcanic eruptions. Most of the Mexican landmass is on the westward moving North American plate. The Pacific Ocean floor south of Mexico is being carried northeastward by the underlying Cocos plate. Because oceanic crust is relatively dense, when the Pacific Ocean floor encounters the lighter continental crust of the Mexican landmass, the ocean floor is subducted beneath the North American plate creating the deep Middle American trench along Mexico's southern coast. Also as a result of this convergence, the westward moving Mexico landmass is slowed and crumpled creating the mountain ranges of southern Mexico and earthquakes near Mexico's southern coast. As the oceanic crust is pulled downward, it melts; the molten material is then forced upward through weaknesses in the overlying continental crust. This process has created a region of volcanoes across south-central Mexico known as the Cordillera Neovolcánica.

USGS plate tectonics for the region.

The area west of the Gulf of California, including Mexico's Baja California Peninsula, is moving northwestward with the Pacific plate at about 50 mm per year. Here, the Pacific and North American plates grind past each other creating strike-slip faulting, the southern extension of California's San Andreas fault. In the past, this relative plate motion pulled Baja California away from the coast forming the Gulf of California and is the cause of earthquakes in the Gulf of California region today.

Mexico has a long history of destructive earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. In September 1985, a magnitude 8.1 earthquake killed more than 9,500 people in Mexico City. In southern Mexico, Volcán de Colima and El Chichón erupted in 2005 and 1982, respectively. Paricutín volcano, west of Mexico City, began venting smoke in a cornfield in 1943; a decade later this new volcano had grown to a height of 424 meters. Popocatépetl and Ixtaccíhuatl volcanos ("smoking mountain" and "white lady", respectively), southeast of Mexico City, occasionally vent gas that can be clearly seen from the City, a reminder that volcanic activity is ongoing. In 1994 and 2000 Popocatépetl renewed its activity forcing the evacuation of nearby towns, causing seismologists and government officials to be concerned about the effect a large-scale eruption might have on the heavily populated region. Popocatépetl volcano last erupted in 2010. - USGS.

INFRASTRUCTURE & SOCIETAL COLLAPSE: 'Huge Explosion' Rocks Carlton Hotel In Syrian City Of Aleppo!

May 08, 2014 - SYRIA - A "huge explosion" leveled a hotel in northern Syria that Bashar Assad's troops used as a military base, along with several other buildings in a government-held area, state television and activists reported.

Syrian state television said the explosion struck on the edge of a contested neighborhood in Aleppo. The television report identified the hotel as the Carlton Hotel.

A local activist group called the Sham News Network also reported the blast, saying that the Syrian president's troops were based in the hotel.

Another activist group, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said the explosion struck Aleppo's Old City, where rebels have been holed up from months. It said the rebels belonging to the Islamic Front group planted a huge amount of explosives in a tunnel they dug below the Carlton Hotel, detonating it remotely. It said the hotel was destroyed in the blast and that there were casualties among the troops.

WATCH: Hotel explosion levels Syria buildings.          


Aleppo, the country's largest city and former commercial hub, is carved up into rebel-held and government-held areas since the rebels launched an offensive there in mid-2010, capturing territory along Syria's northern border with Turkey.

In recent months, government aircraft relentlessly has bombed rebel-held areas of the city and the opposition fighters have hit back, firing mortars into government-held areas. The rebels also have detonated car bombs in residential areas, killing dozens of people.  - NBC News.

WEATHER ANOMALIES: More Signs Of Magnetic Polar Migration - Mini-Tornado Filmed In Worcester Car Park, UK?!

May 08, 2014 - UNITED KINGDOM - Ross Withers, a tiler from Worcester, filmed the tornado after he spotted the 20ft tall cloud of dust and gravel swirling around outside The Pavilion in the Park pub in Tybridge Street on Saturday afternoon.

Crowds scatter as the twister circles around the pub car park. At one point it picked up
an umbrella and launched it 60ft into the air

Video footage taken just yards away shows intrigued onlookers gathering to look at the tornado that flew narrowly close to cars and people before it fizzled out against a fence.

 WATCH:  Mini-Tornado in Worcester.

Tornadoes are not uncommon to the UK. In April 2012 tornadoes swept the country leaving a trail of damaged cars, uprooted trees and fallen power lines. - Telegraph.

GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: More Sinkholes And Landslides Keep Popping Up Across Florida - Two Sinkholes Open Up Tallahassee Family's Front Yard! [PHOTO+VIDEO]

May 08, 2014 - FLORIDA, UNITED STATES - A Tallahassee family says they woke up to their dogs barking, and found their grill in a small sinkhole in their front yard.

"It's completely weird for us because even though we've lived in Florida for 14 years, we've never heard about that. Never. So for me it was a crazy thing that happened", says resident Erika Rojas.

Rojas says her family has lived in the home in front of Munson lake for two years. She says they noticed the ground was getting softer the last couple of weeks, but also says they could have never imagined they would have two sinkholes right in their front yard.

Resident Omar Perez has built a construction out of a bed frame that he says will come crashing down if the sinkhole continues to get any larger and come towards their home. He says he got the idea from living in Cuba, where they sometimes will construct things in front of the front door to alert them of intruders. He also says they have to-go back packs ready. They have water and food and they'll go to a hotel tonight, if necessary, and then make sure they can get their kids to school tomorrow.

"I've never seen anything like this before in my life. I just tried to put some noise in the night to wake us up because we won't realize what is there", says Perez.

WATCH: Tallahassee neighborhood has two sinkholes.

According to the Public Works Department, because the sinkhole is on private property, the homeowner is responsible for filling the hole. Rojas says the landlord has come by and said he will fill it with concrete, but in the mean time, the family is left building homemade barriers to keep their children and pets out of the holes.

Mrs. Rojas says her family was told today that a sinkhole actually opened in the road right in front of their home shortly before they moved in. She says if their landlord had told them that, they never would have moved there in the first place. - WCTV.

SOLAR WATCH: Sunspot 2056 Erupts With M5.2 Solar Flare - 10cm Radio Burst Interfered With Shortwave Radio Propagation; No CME Associated With The Event! [IMAGES+VIDEO+FORECAST]

May 08, 2014 - SUN A moderately strong solar flare measuring M5.2 was just observed around sunspot 2056 peaking at 10:07 UTC.

Imagery by SDO.

The event was associated with a 10cm radio burst (TenFlare) measuring 390 solar flux units and lasting 8 minutes.  The flash ionized the upper layers of Earth's atmosphere, interfering with shortwave radio propagation on the dayside of the planet. Those effects, however, quickly subsided.

A pair of coronal mass ejections (CMEs) are visible in the latest coronagraph imagery released by STEREO Behind.
The first originated from just behind the west limb following the M1.2 flare event around region 2051 earlier today.
The second resulted from an eruptive event off the southeast limb. Both appear
to be directed away from our planet
Imagery by STEREO.

The active region is not yet in the best position for Earth directed coronal mass ejections. Also, first-look coronagraph images from the STEREO spacecraft show no significant CME emerging from the blast site.

WATCH: Strong M5.2 Solar Flare - May 8, 2014.

The sunspot number is increasing this week as a crowd of dark cores emerges over the sun's eastern limb.

WATCH: A 3-day movie from the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), and count the spots as they appear:

One of the spots in the crowd, AR2056, has a 'beta-gamma' magnetic field that harbors energy for M-class solar flares. The odds of a geoeffective eruption will increase in the days ahead as AR2056 turns toward Earth. NOAA forecasters estimate a 25% chance of M-flares on May 8th.

Solar activity reached higher levels thanks to flare activity around sunspot 2056 located in the northeast quadrant. Elsewhere, region 2049, now approaching the west limb, did show new spot growth during the past 24 hours. All other regions, including 2055 and 2057 remain fairly stable for now.

A new sunspot, possibly the return of old region 2035 from the previous rotation, is rotating into view off the southeast limb and should be numbered 2058 on Thursday. Several coronal mass ejections were observed during the past 24 hours off the farside of the sun, a number of which appear to have originated from activity around region 2051, now located beyond the west limb. 

Attached is the latest OVATION Prime aurora forecast model for the next half hour. The Bz component of the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) carried past Earth via the solar wind is currently pointing south, a condition that is known to generate increased geomagnetic activity.

Sky watchers at high latitudes should be alert if it is dark outside.

A weak transient passage Wednesday evening, followed by a prolonged period of southward Bz, helped to increase geomagnetic activity at high latitudes. Our friend Zoltan Kenwell located in Alberta, Canada captured the great image below during a peak in activity.

"Another beautiful night on the Alberta prairies. 30 km NE of Edmonton. A chilly -4 with very little wind. A few clouds moved about but nothing to serious. This was a very slow moving display which touched both West and East horizons. Fantastic overhead show!"

SOURCES: Space Weather | Solar Ham | Solar Watcher.

GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: 3.5 Metre-Wide Sinkhole Appears On Bruce Highway At Bowen, Queensland, Australia! [VIDEO]

May 08, 2014 - QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA - The 3.5m wide sinkhole which closed the Bruce Highway in both directions for almost 14 hours has been filled in.

The Mains Roads Department says the highway has now re-opened and there are no delays.

Earlier, it was reported a sinkhole that opened up south of Bowen has forced the closure of the Bruce Highway.

WATCH: Sinkhole on Bruce Highway at Bowen.

The sinkhole was intially reported to be 2m wide but authorities this morning said it was now about 3.5m wide and 1.5m deep.

Main Roads engineers are assessing the damage where a large section of the northbound lane collapsed about 20km south of Bowen. - Audubon Magazine.

EUROPEAN VAMPIRISM AND THE WAR ON MOTHER NATURE: The BP Oil Spill - OVER A MILLION Birds Died During Deepwater Horizon Disaster!

May 08, 2014 - FLORIDA, UNITED STATES - The 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon well blowout vomited more than 210 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and onto its shores--the largest accidental, offshore oil spill in history. It killed wildlife, tainted fisheries, and damaged coastal ecosystems from marshes in Louisiana to beaches in Florida. But due to a paucity of data, the true extent of the damage is still not yet known, especially where bird mortality is concerned. What research does exist is confidential property of the U.S. government, and will not see the light of day until the lawsuit against BP has run its course, the next phase of which begins in 2015.

A Brown Pelican.  Rebecca Field

Into this vacuum step J. Christopher Haney, Harold Geiger, and Jeffrey Short, three researchers with extensive experience in environmental monitoring and post-spill mortality assessments. In their recent study, which has been accepted for publication in Marine Ecology Progress Series, the authors estimate that up to 800,000 coastal birds died as a direct result of the Deepwater Horizon spill. That number, as large as it is, is on the conservative side, says Audubon Director of Bird Conservation for the Gulf Coast and Mississippi Flyway, Melanie Driscoll. Once further studies are conducted, says Driscoll, the number will certainly exceed one million. In comparison, a quarter of a million birds are estimated to have died as a direct result of the Exxon Valdez, a spill that was much smaller than that of Deepwater Horizon.

The study itself uses two models to estimate coastal bird mortality. The carcass sampling model attempts to answer a seemingly simple question: for every bird corpse found during clean-up efforts, how many bird bodies were missed, due to factors such as scavenging, or the bird dying at sea, or decomposition? The other model, called the exposure probability model, attempts to quantify how many birds of each species would have encountered the oil, given the size of the slick at any given time and estimated population densities. Despite these being two very different ways to estimate bird mortality, the models agreed very closely with the possible range of bird deaths: between 600,000 and 800,000 over the 95 days of the "acute phase" of the spill. Another way to think about that: 8,000 coastal birds died every day during the acute phase.

While the numbers are sobering on their own, drilling down to individual bird species reveal population-level impacts on their numbers. According to the paper, 36 percent of the entire Laughing Gull population in the northern Gulf of Mexico died within that 95-day period. Fifteen percent of Royal Terns perished, as did 12 percent of Brown Pelicans. On Queen Bess Island, Driscoll saw an entire colony of Royal Tern chicks oiled; they all subsequently died due to oil exposure.

The suffering that Driscoll observed during the actual spill foreshadowed this devastating loss of bird life, and she says she has feared that the toll could exceed a million birds. In the paper by Haney et al., says Driscoll, the researchers went to great lengths to explain how they used data from this and other spills to make their calculations. The authors described sources for overcounting and undercounting. For example, if oiled birds tend to fly toward shore, the researchers may have overestimated the number of birds that died. But sources of undercounting are far more prevalent: During the spill, searchers only collected whole carcasses, and they did not search breeding colonies until months after the initial spill. Further, the counts missed the carcasses that were either burned or skimmed away when rescue workers removed oil from the water's surface. The researchers also chose to not count live oiled birds and they deliberately excluded entire classes of birds--marsh-dwellers such as gallinules, rails, bitterns, and some herons and egrets. More than 2,000 miles of marsh were affected by the spill, representing a large number of bird deaths which are not accounted for in the analysis.

The mortality from acute oil exposure is only a fraction of the damage that Deepwater Horizon wreaked upon the Gulf. Four years after the disaster, some 200 miles of Louisiana beach is still contaminated with oil. Studies on shrimp and dolphins have shown long-term health issues with animals exposed to oil and dispersant during the Deepwater Horizon--lowered reproductive success, chronic health problems, and starvation due to loss of food sources.

The most distressing aspect of this entire situation, says Driscoll, is that, four years later, BP is putting more energy into stonewalling than restoring the Gulf. The third phase of the lawsuit against BP for its violation of the Clean Water Act will not begin until 2015--five years after the disaster. This means that most compensatory funds to help restore the Gulf have not yet materialized. Meanwhile, BP attempts to discredit studies that show harm to Gulf resources and has started refusing to fund research to understand delayed and chronic effects on birds and other wildlife, says Driscoll. While birds and other wildlife in the Gulf struggle to recover, the government and conservation communities use early restoration money to repair damage and steward the birds, doing what they can to make sure the animals get the best chance at long-term survival. - Audubon Magazine.

DISASTER PRECURSORS: The Latest Incidents Of Strange Animal Behavior - Scientists Puzzled By Odd Creature Found On South African Beach; Dead Sperm Whale Found Rotting On The Cape St. George Shoreline, Newfoundland; Dead Whale Drifts Into Port Of Felixstowe, UK; And Herd Of Rampaging Elephants Kill Two And Injure Over A Dozen In Jharkhand, India!

May 08, 2014 - EARTH - The following constitutes the latest reports of unusual animal behavior, beaching and stranding of mammals, and the appearance of strange creatures.

Scientists Puzzled By Odd Creature Found On South African Beach
A freaky fish found by Leandra Visser on De Kelder beach near Cape Town, South Africa. Leandra Vissr, Facebook
Leandra Visser posted the above photo on Facebook during her holiday at De Kelder near Cape Town, South Africa. Her caption read, "Can someone please tell me what the hell this is? We picked it up on the beach at De Kelder. It's the real thing!!"

The weird looking creature is fish-like but with huge teeth and its head appears far too big for its tiny body.

According to the Afrikaans daily Die Burger, Visser denies that the image is a joke and the newspaper took it on themselves to send the photo to the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB) in Grahamstown for verification.

The paper quotes Alan Whitfield, chief SAIAB scientist as saying that just because the creature was found on a beach, does not necessarily mean it is a fish. Whitfield drew attention to the fact that the creature in the image has no fins.

According to the experts, theories vary. Some speculate that the creature could be some kind of mutated species. Others say that as the head and jaws are so out of proportion with the creature's body, it could be made up of several different creatures. The example they gave was a puffer fish that had eaten a mussel (as it looks like a mussel shell in Visser's hand in the photo).

According to Professor Charles Griffiths of the University of Cape Town's Department of Biological Science, the creature could be a Klipsuier or Rocksucker (Chorisochismus dentex), a type of clingfish, that has dried out on the sand, which would apparently change its appearance drastically. This image does resemble the find to a certain extent.

This type of fish is the only one of its genus that is to be found along the South African and Namibian coastline, can reach about a foot in length and apparently has large teeth, to allow it to feed on mussels and limpets clinging to the rocks.

However, all of this is just theory at work. According to experts the best way to determine exactly what it is would have been to genetically analyse the specimen. However, unfortunately, Visser did not keep the weird find and "threw it back," so to speak, so we will never actually know. - All Voices.

Dead Sperm Whale Rotting On Cape St. George Shoreline, Newfoundland

People living in Cape St. George, N.L., aren't sure what to do with a dead whale that's settled along their shoreline.

But the mayor of the west coast hamlet says letting the 12-metre sperm whale simply decompose is out of the question.

"We have people with houses reasonably close to it and the smell is the first thing you will encounter," Peter Fenwick said Tuesday. "Rotting marine fat is probably the most lousiest smell you've ever smelled in your life.

"It makes cod liver oil smell like perfume in comparison."

And then there are the clouds of flies it could attract.

"That's just intolerable for people, so it has to go," he said. "There's just no other way around it."

The massive mammal recently washed ashore in an area known as Marches Point, and Fenwick said it's up to the community to deal with the problem.

A local fishing boat turned out to be too small to tow the whale out to sea. Fenwick tried to sell the carcass on eBay, but the ad was taken down for violating a policy on animals and wildlife products.

Fenwick said at least two people have since expressed interest in removing the whale, which the town is now offering for free. He wasn't sure what they had planned for the carcass.

The federal Fisheries Department said in an email that it was not responsible for the whale because it is within the town's boundaries.

Trout River and Rocky Harbour, two communities located roughly 250 kilometres north of Cape St. George, recently reached a deal with the Royal Ontario Museum to retrieve the carcasses of blue whales that have been rotting along their shores. Nine of the endangered whales were killed in thick sea ice off Newfoundland's southwest coast last month.

Cape St. George's sperm whale is in good shape, said Fenwick, because it's been sitting in ice-cold water. But he said it appears as though someone sliced its belly open at some point.

Whale rescue expert Wayne Ledwell said it could take a couple of months for the whale to decompose naturally once it has been cut open, if the community was willing to put up with the stench.

"It'd be slippery and gooey, there'd be oil all over the place," he said from Portugal Cove-St. Philip's, N.L. "It would hiss in the process and it would smell."

Ledwell said the provincial government could be convinced to dispose of a whale carcass if one washes up in an unincorporated area, which is not the case in Cape St. George.

In addition to the deaths of the nine blue whales, about 30 white-beaked dolphins died earlier this year after becoming trapped in pack ice off Newfoundland.

Ledwell said though it has been a particularly bad year for blue whale deaths and heavy ice, the deaths of other whales or the white-beaked dolphins aren't unusual. - Truro Daily News.

Herd Of Rampaging Elephants Kill Two And Injure Over A Dozen In Jharkhand, India
A villager from Bundu district of Jharkhand, said a heard of wild elephants attacked the village after dusk,
killing two people

Wild elephants went on rampage in Bundu killing at least two people and leaving over a dozen injured on Monday.

The wild pachyderms also destroyed several houses, leaving several villagers homeless, spreading fear and panic among the locals.

Locals say this was not an isolated incident and they are regularly at the receiving end of elephants' wrath - especially during the paddy season.

Bheem Mehto, a villager from Bundu district of Jharkhand, said a heard of wild elephants attacked the village after dusk, killing two people.

"Last night around 10pm wild elephants went on a rampage and stomped and killed two people. Such incidents have been happening constantly so we people all are very scared for our lives from these wild elephants. We ask the wildlife authorities and the government to help us and provide us with safety and protection from these wild elephants," said Mehto.

The latest incident has sparked fear among the locals who are pleading with the authorities to tame the jumbos and provide safety cover for them.

Raja Peter, the local legislator from the region said that despite several requests the authorities had failed to rein in the animals.

"It is very unfortunate. Even last time we raised this issue but the government has taken no action. It just shows how light the government is taking up this matter of wild elephants in the state. This is an issue which should not be taken lightly and a solution must be reached soon as people's lives are at stake here," said Peter.

Source: Asian News International

- Times of India.

Dead Whale Drifts Into Port Of Felixstowe, UK
This picture of the whale was taken by a passer-by on his mobile phone

A dead whale has washed into Felixstowe port.

The whale, which is badly decomposed, washed into the River Orwell in the harbour yesterday and is currently in the process of being removed.

It is not yet known what species of whale it is.

More to follow. - Ipswich Star.

GLOBAL FOOD CRISIS: "Definitely Grosses Me Out" - Extreme Drought Forces Texas Town To Use Toilet Water For Drinking!

May 08, 2014 - TEXAS, UNITED STATES - After suffering from three years of extreme drought, citizens in Wichita Falls, Texas, are left pondering an unsavory solution to their H20 problem: using waste and toilet water for drinking.

The water supply won't be completely composed of purified wastewater, but the harsh climate has forced city officials to move forward with a plan that calls for a 50-50 mix of water from the quickly-shrinking Lake Arrowhead and whatever is flushed down sinks, dishwashers, and toilets.

According to National Public Radio, conservation efforts have been effective in that residents have shrunk their water use by one-third, but even those results haven't been enough to keep the lifestyles of 104,000 people from changing dramatically.

"No outside irrigation whatsoever with potable water," Wichita Falls Mayor Gleen Barham said to the news outlet. "Car washes are closed, for instance, one day a week. If you drain your pool to do maintenance, you're not allowed to fill it."

Although residents have cut down on excess water use, fresh water supplies are still on track to disappear completely in two years without further action.

As a result, the city constructed a 13-mile pipeline in order to connect what residents flush out of their homes to a water purification plant. When the water is treated, it'll be recycled into the drinking supply. According to Utilities Operations Manager Daniel Nix, residents shouldn't be too worried about drinking bathroom water - less than 20 percent of what constitutes wastewater is actually from the toilet.

"The vast majority of water that enters a wastewater plant did not come from a toilet. It comes from sinks, and bathtubs and washing machines and dishwashers," he said to KERA News.

That hasn't stopped some residents from calling the whole idea "gross," however.

"The thought of it definitely grosses me out," Kira Smith told KERA. "I'm sure that they would clean it and filter it up to standards, but I think just the idea would be - it's sort of a mindset kind of thing, you know what I'm talking about?"

Still, local officials have initiated a public education campaign with the intention of reassuring locals that the process is safe and based in science. Typically, wastewater is treated through a combination of processes, including simply letting nature take over and kill bacteria, but Nix said the new process will be just as efficient.

"Inside the treatment plant, we speed those processes up," he told NPR. "So rather than wait several weeks for ultraviolet radiation from the sun to disinfect or kill bacteria, we do it in the plant using chlorine. It takes a matter of minutes to do it instead of weeks."

Other cities in Texas are also considering using this process to speed up water purification, though Wichita Falls will be the largest so far to implement the strategy. - RT.