Monday, December 29, 2014

ICE AGE NOW: "Winter Hell" - Snowstorm Paralyzes Russian Highway!

Lingering traffic jams in Russia’s Rostov region cover tens of kilometers

December 29, 2014 - RUSSIA
- Russia has seen many harsh winters – but even here, drivers don't welcome wintry roads. Heavy snow and hail turned part of a highway running from Moscow to Rostov into a parking lot. Cars were reportedly buried under snow upon stopping for just a minute.

Though the Rostov Region Traffic Authority told local media that the problem area covers only a two to three kilometer stretch of the M4 – Russia’s only nationwide expressway – witnesses say the devastating traffic jam covers tens of kilometers and has lasted for several days.

Eyewitness Konstantin Ozerov told RT in a phone interview that although he saw emergency service cars, he couldn’t ascertain exactly what they were doing. He also underscored the severity of the jam, calling it a “winter hell.”

“You can’t call this traffic. It’s a collapse,”
he said. “Driving was completely impossible. As soon as cars stopped they were immediately covered in snow.”

Trucks have reportedly become the cause of the hours-long traffic jams in the Rostov-on-Don region

Russian Emergency Ministry has issued a warning calling to abstain from the road trips in the Rostov region

Four warming centers are operating on the roads of the region due to poor weather conditions

Snow and rain, as well as wind reaching up the speed of 18 m/sec will be holding up in the region until Tuesday, according to local meteorologists

Ozerov said he personally saw around 30 accidents.

Dmitry, another witness, told RT that some cars were at a dead stop for hours.

Many trucks that had been parked overnight were unable to pull out of the snowdrift. When they finally managed, the trucks ended up blocking the road, bringing all traffic to a halt, Ozerov said. The trucks also had trouble scaling the steep icy hills.

Ozerov praised the conduct of drivers and passengers in the grim circumstances, noting that everyone did what they could to help each other – including pushing stalled cars.

The traffic authority has confirmed that currently 25 emergency clearance workers, three snow plows, and 17 other snow clearing vehicles are working to improve the area.

While trucks were stuck along the highway in double columns, many smaller cars were able to use the shoulder to escape. Some, however, remain stranded. Many of those stuck on the M4 were headed south to ring in the New Year with their families. - RT.

PARADIGM SHIFT: The Rise Of The BRICS, Precursors To The End Of The Petrodollar, The U.S. Corporation, And Ultimately, The Collapse Of The White Supremacy Paradigm - China And Russia Launch Major Financial Tools Today In Local Currencies, In Another Monumental Step Towards Ditching The U.S. Dollar!

A bank clerk counts Chinese yuan banknotes at a branch of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China in Huaibei
(Reuters/Stringer) and Russian ruble banknotes (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)

December 29, 2014 - GLOBAL ECONOMY
- China and Russia have effectively switched to domestic currencies in trading using financial tools as swaps and forwards, as they seek to reduce the influence of the US dollar and foreign exchange risks.

The agreement signed in the end of October comes into force Monday, December 29, and provides a currency swap of CNY150 billion (up to US$25 billion).

The country’s Foreign Exchange Trade System will carry out similar transactions with the Malaysian ringgit and the New Zealand dollar.

From now on yuan swaps are available for 11 currencies on the foreign exchange market.

“China won’t stop yuan globalization or capital account opening because of the volatility in emerging market currencies,”
Ju Wang, a senior currency strategist at HSBC Holdings Plc in Hong Kong told Bloomberg.

China has set up bilateral currency swap lines with more than 20 countries and regions since 2009, including Switzerland, Brazil, Hong Kong, Indonesia and South Korea, Xinhua News reported in July.

A swap is a financial tool to ease transactions by exchanging certain elements of a loan in one currency, like the principal or interest payments into an equivalent loan in another currency.

Currency forward is an obligation of two parties to convert an agreed amount of one currency into another by a certain date at an exchange rate specified at the moment of signing the deal.

Russia and China have long been looking for ways to cut the dollar’s role in international trade. The question is significant for China as 32 percent, or $4 trillion of its foreign exchange reserves are in US bonds, which means there is a vulnerability to fluctuations in the exchange rate.

Russia’s foreign exchange reserves are worth $398 billion, and the US dollar accounts for about $162.45 billion.

The country’s economic growth has slowed amid a standoff with Western countries over the Ukrainian conflict. After the country’s financial sector faced EU and US sanctions it became hard for Russian businesses to raise finance in the West.

Chinese authorities are particularly interested in currency swap lines with developing countries, mainly from the Asia-Pacific region. Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Singapore, Hong Kong, Argentina, and Malaysia are actively involved in transactions with China. - RT.

CONTAGION: Scotland Confirms Case Of Ebola - Patient Contracted The Disease In West Africa!

Officials say there's an Ebola case in Scotland. Shown is an Ebola virus image from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

December 29, 2014 - SCOTLAND
- Health officials in Glasgow, Scotland, have confirmed a case of Ebola.

"The patient is a health care worker who was helping to combat the disease in West Africa" and returned from Sierra Leone late Sunday night, the Scottish health agency NHS Scotland said in a statement.

The patient flew via Casablanca and London Heathrow Airport, arriving at Glasgow Airport on a British Airways flight around 11:30 p.m. local time, the statement said.

"The patient was admitted to hospital early in the morning after feeling unwell and was placed into isolation at 7.50 a.m. All possible contacts with the patient are now being investigated and anyone deemed to be at risk will be contacted and closely monitored. However, having been diagnosed in the very early stages of the illness, the risk to others is considered extremely low."

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's head of government, led a meeting of the Scottish Government Resilience Committee "to ensure all necessary steps are being taken," and she spoke with British Prime Minister David Cameron, NHS Scotland said.

Reuters / David Moir

Following established protocol, the patient "will be transferred to the high level isolation unit in the Royal Free hospital, London, as soon as possible. This is where the facilities, staff and systems are in place to ensure the best quality and safest care."

"Scotland has been preparing for this possibility from the beginning of the outbreak in West Africa and I am confident that we are well prepared," Sturgeon said in the statement.

"We have the robust procedures in place to identify cases rapidly. Our health service also has the expertise and facilities to ensure that confirmed Ebola cases such as this are contained and isolated effectively minimizing any potential spread of the disease."

She added, "Scotland's NHS has proved it is well able to cope with infectious diseases in the past, such as swine flu, and I am confident we will be able to respond effectively again." - CNN.

Tracking the EBOLA Virus Outbreak

FIRE IN THE SKY: "Exceptionally Bright" - Stunning Fireballs Seen Blazing Across The Skies Over Japan!

Fireball seen over Japan on December 25.

December 29, 2014 - JAPAN
- Mysterious objects resembling a balls of fire were spotted in the skies over Japan between Christmas Day, December 25 and December 29.

According to the Lunar Meteorite Hunters, multiple fragmentation and possible meteorites were seen over Osaka and Yamaguchi.

Fireball seen over Osaka on December 27.

Fireball seen over Yamaguchi on December 29.

Eye-witnesses contacted observatories in Fukuoka, Hiroshima and Ehime prefectures to report sightings of the objects, that were described as exceptionally bright and spectacular enough to be seen over a very wide area.

The images above were provided by the Sonotaco Forum.

WATCH: Fireball over Japan - December 25.

ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: Electric Universe - Scientific Study Reveals That Seals May Have "Natural GPS"!

December 29, 2014 - MOTHER NATURE
- While hunting, Weddell seals have biological adaptations that allow them to dive deep, as much as of hundreds of meters, but also an uncanny ability to find the breathing holes they need on the surface of the ice. Now, researchers supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) believe they have figured out they do it: by using the Earth's magnetic field as a natural GPS.

"This animal, we think, may be highly evolved with an ability to navigate using magnetic sense in order to find ice holes some distance apart and get back to them safely," explained Randall Davis of the Department of Marine Biology at Texas A&M University.

If the hypothesis turns out to be true, it would represent the first evidence of such a trait in a marine mammal.

Highlights of the research have been captured on video in underwater images and in interviews by myself and Ralph Maestas, of the "Antarctic Sun" newspaper, which is published by the U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP). (NSF manages the USAP, which coordinates all U.S. research on the southernmost continent.)

GPS as a matter of life and death

The question of how seals navigate is more than academic. It's about life and death for the animals, which like all mammals, require oxygen to breathe despite their mostly aquatic environment. Time spent looking for a new place to surface after each dive would not only be inefficient given the energy required to swim and hunt, but failure to locate a hole in the ice means the animal would drown.

"These animals are doing a remarkable amount of exercise all while on breath hold," notes Terrie Williams, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California-Santa Cruz. She is an expert on physiology in the Weddell seal, an animal whose apparent lethargy on the surface of the sea ice belies an amazingly athleticism below it.

"The reason a seal wants to be efficient is that they have a limited amount of oxygen onboard," she explains. "The trick is conserving that 'scuba tank' on a dive." [Images of Rescued Seals and Sea Lions]

Davis, Williams, and another colleague, Lee Fuiman, associate director of the University of Texas' Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas, have been studying the behavior of Weddells for decades.

Tracking the dives

The idea that Weddell seals can unerringly follow magnetic lines dates back to the late 1990s when the team first started working together in Antarctica. Fuiman said he was struck by data from the very beginning that showed the seals returning to dive holes with amazing precision.

"The animal always found its way back. It's like he knew exactly where the hole was," Fuiman said. "I couldn't figure out how they would do that. How did they know where they were by the time they turned around?"

The behavior from the dive profiles is intriguing but not conclusive. So, how would a scientist determine whether Weddell seals, like homing pigeons, are using magnetic lines to weave their way back home?

For the next three years, the team will work with a handful of Weddell seals. Each animal will be outfitted with a video and data recorder and released into three areas over the course of a couple of weeks in McMurdo Sound, where researchers have precisely mapped the magnetic field.

"There should be changes in behavior when an animal is in a different magnetic field," Fuiman explained.

In other words, comparing the magnetic anomaly maps of McMurdo Sound with dive profiles from the video and data recorder should provide some answers.

"That will give us the amount of data that we need to statistically analyze the information to look for these hypothesized behaviors," Davis said.

Or is it something else?

Next year, the group will return to Antarctica in August toward the end of the Antarctic winter, when there are still 24 hours of darkness. Davis said it's possible Weddells may be using other strategies for relocating holes in the sea ice with apparent ease. One possible explanation involves the idea of piloting using under-ice visual features, such as cracks in the ice, to navigate.

However, without light penetrating the ice during winter darkness, the team can eliminate another factor.

"Magnetic sense isn't the only sense that seals use for orientation," Davis said. "What we're trying to do is separate pilotage from navigation."

Another sense that may be in place is hearing. Seals may be receiving acoustic cues from other Weddells on where breathing holes are located. In that case, Davis explained the team is using a directional hydrophone to pinpoint the direction of vocalization.

"Being able to travel reliably between sparsely located breathing holes is absolutely critical for their ability to live under this ice," Davis said. "We're trying to take away as many other potential orientation abilities of this animal and focus on this one aspect, which is the magnetic orientation." - FOX News.

FIRE IN THE SKY: "Dramatic Spectacle" - Christmas Fireball Lights Up Spanish Skies!

© Screen grab: JM Madiedo/University of Huelva/YouTube

December 29, 2014 - SPAIN
- A slow-moving meteoroid provided a dramatic spectacle as it streaked more than 1,200 kilometres (745 miles) across Spain during the new king's Christmas Eve speech.

While King Felipe was delivering his inaugural Christmas message, a different kind of show was taking place in skies above Spain with an earth-grazing fireball travelling diagonally from the south-east of Spain to the north-west of the country.

The 100kg (220 pound) rock with a diameter of just one metre entered Spanish skies at the border between the regions of Murcia and Almeria and left the country via the south of Galicia about a minute later.

It then bounced off the Earth's atmosphere shortly after heading out over the Atlantic ocean.

WATCH: Christmas fireball.

Travelling at 80,000km an hour, the meteoroid's passage was "a tremendously unusual phenomenon", the University of Huelva's resident meteorite expert José María Madiedo told Spanish daily ABC.

While the meteoroid - which originated in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter - wasn't the brightest ever seen above Spain, its slow-moving nature made for great viewing.

"There were people who saw the meteoroid while they were driving and who had time to park, and get out of their car, and there was still light in the sky," Madiedo said.

For those who managed to see the event, the rock "looked like a star of Bethlehem", the astronomer added.  - The Local.

WEATHER ANOMALIES: Ice Age Now - Rare Snow To Blanket Las Vegas, Desert Southwest On New Year's Eve!

December 29, 2014 - NEVADA, UNITED STATES - As cold air continues to plunge southward in the West, a storm will produce rare New Year's Eve and New Year's Day snow for Las Vegas, the Mojave Desert and the mountains in the region.

Pack some warm clothes and perhaps winter boots if you are heading to the Southwest for the New Year's holiday. Motorists heading over the mountains should expect delays due to snow-covered roads.

Soon after snow falls on parts of the central Rockies and Plains, a new winter storm will develop over the Southwest states.

The storm will bring snow to not only the mountains of the Four Corner states, Nevada and Southern California, but also some low-elevation locations in the region that rarely receive accumulating snow.

Las Vegas, which averages about 0.3 of an inch of snow per year, is forecast to receive 1-3 inches of snow during Tuesday night into Thursday morning.

According to the Las Vegas National Weather Service Office, there have only been 15 snowstorms that brought greater than 1 inch of snow. Records have been kept since 1937.

If more than a trace of snow falls in Las Vegas on Wednesday, it will become the snowiest New Year's Eve in the city's record.

The last and only snowstorm on record during New Year's Day around Las Vegas was in 1974, when accumulations ranged from 2 to 5.5 inches in the area. The official New Year's Day record for McCarran International Airport is 4.4 inches.

In this Jan. 1, 1974 photo at McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas, Nevada, snow accumulated on vehicles, grassy areas and elevated surfaces.
(Photo/NWS Office in Las Vegas/UNLV)

"Unusually cold air will target the southwestern U.S. by midweek. Las Vegas has not seen measurable snow since Dec. 17, 2008, when 3.6 inches of snow fell," said Senior Meteorologist Dave Samuhel.

If the winter storm materializes in Las Vegas, the city could wind up with more snow than a number of locations in the Midwest and mid-Atlantic this December.

This could result in significant travel disruptions around the city leading up to New Year's Eve celebrations.

As the storm spins over the Southwest, snow will fall in the higher elevations of Southern California. There is the potential for icy and snow-covered roads over Cajon and Tejon passes from Tuesday evening through Wednesday.

"Snow levels will be down to 2,500 feet (by midweek) and the Antelope Valley in the upper deserts outside of Los Angeles could have measurable snow as well," continued Samuhel.

During Wednesday and Wednesday night, motorists should expect travel delays and possible road closures along portions of I-40 in Arizona and New Mexico, where a half a foot of snow or more may fall.

Motorists may want to consider taking a more southern route, such as I-10, during this time.

It is possible that wet snowflakes and sleet will mix in with the rain around Phoenix and Yuma, Arizona, and Palm Springs, California.

This cold regime will be firmly entrenched across the West, so people partaking in outdoor New Year's Eve festivities will need to bundle up. Temperatures will plunge below zero in Montana and highs will only be in the 30s in part of the Southwest deserts. - AccuWeather.

FIRE IN THE SKY: Meteor Spotted Over Northumberland, United Kingdom!

© Richard Thomas

December 29, 2014 - UNITED KINGDOM
- A Gazette reader took this photo of what he presumes is a meteorite or meteor in the sky above north Northumberland early on Christmas Day.

Did anyone else spot it?

The picture, by Richard Thomas, was taken at 8.30am yesterday on the beach between Newton and Embleton before sunrise and features an object Mr Thomas described as 'very distinct'.

It is perhaps likely to be a meteor rather than a meteorite as a meteor is a small particle from an asteroid or comet orbiting the sun that is observed as it burns up in the Earth's atmosphere - a shooting star, while a meteorite is one that survives its passage through the Earth's atmosphere and hits the surface.

It is not the only thing that has attracted attention to our skies after spectacular Northern Lights displays were spotted from Craster and then from Bamburgh earlier this week.

Known as the Aurora Borealis, the light show is caused by charged particles colliding in the Earth's atmosphere and is seen above the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemisphere.

Before a display, electrons and protons are hurled from the sun's atmosphere and are blown towards the Earth by the solar wind.

Often these particles are then deflected by the Earth's magnetic field, but as it is weaker at either pole, some particles enter the atmosphere and collide with gas particles. - Northumberland Gazette.

PLANETARY TREMORS: Strong 6.1 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Southern Philippines Frightening Residents - Seismologist Forecast Aftershocks!

USGS earthquake location map.

December 29, 2014 - THE PHILIPPINES
- Officials say a strong earthquake has shaken parts of the southern and central Philippines, frightening people but causing no serious damage or injuries.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-6.1 earthquake struck Monday afternoon at a depth of 38 kilometers (23 miles).

Government seismologist Jane Punongbayan said it was centered 205 kilometers (127 miles) northwest of Zamboanga city and was too deep and far from urban areas to cause any damage or injuries. She said aftershocks were expected.

USGS shakemap intensity.

Zamboanga city police director Angelito Casimiro said people attending Mass at a Roman Catholic shrine exchanged glances when the ground began to shake mildly, but the ceremony proceeded after the shaking stopped.

The Philippine archipelago lies in the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” where earthquakes and volcanic activities are common. - WTOP.

Tectonic Summary - Seismotectonics of the Philippine Sea and Vicinity

The Philippine Sea plate is bordered by the larger Pacific and Eurasia plates and the smaller Sunda plate. The Philippine Sea plate is unusual in that its borders are nearly all zones of plate convergence. The Pacific plate is subducted into the mantle, south of Japan, beneath the Izu-Bonin and Mariana island arcs, which extend more than 3,000 km along the eastern margin of the Philippine Sea plate. This subduction zone is characterized by rapid plate convergence and high-level seismicity extending to depths of over 600 km. In spite of this extensive zone of plate convergence, the plate interface has been associated with few great (Magnitude greater than 8.0) ‘megathrust’ earthquakes. This low seismic energy release is thought to result from weak coupling along the plate interface (Scholz and Campos, 1995). These convergent plate margins are also associated with unusual zones of back-arc extension (along with resulting seismic activity) that decouple the volcanic island arcs from the remainder of the Philippine Sea Plate (Karig et al., 1978; Klaus et al., 1992).

USGS plate tectonics for the region.

South of the Mariana arc, the Pacific plate is subducted beneath the Yap Islands along the Yap trench. The long zone of Pacific plate subduction at the eastern margin of the Philippine Sea Plate is responsible for the generation of the deep Izu-Bonin, Mariana, and Yap trenches as well as parallel chains of islands and volcanoes, typical of circum-pacific island arcs. Similarly, the northwestern margin of the Philippine Sea plate is subducting beneath the Eurasia plate along a convergent zone, extending from southern Honshu to the northeastern coast of Taiwan, manifested by the Ryukyu Islands and the Nansei-Shoto (Ryukyu) trench. The Ryukyu Subduction Zone is associated with a similar zone of back-arc extension, the Okinawa Trough. At Taiwan, the plate boundary is characterized by a zone of arc-continent collision, whereby the northern end of the Luzon island arc is colliding with the buoyant crust of the Eurasia continental margin offshore China.

Along its western margin, the Philippine Sea plate is associated with a zone of oblique convergence with the Sunda Plate. This highly active convergent plate boundary extends along both sides the Philippine Islands, from Luzon in the north to the Celebes Islands in the south. The tectonic setting of the Philippines is unusual in several respects: it is characterized by opposite-facing subduction systems on its east and west sides; the archipelago is cut by a major transform fault, the Philippine Fault; and the arc complex itself is marked by active volcanism, faulting, and high seismic activity. Subduction of the Philippine Sea Plate occurs at the eastern margin of the archipelago along the Philippine Trench and its northern extension, the East Luzon Trough. The East Luzon Trough is thought to be an unusual example of a subduction zone in the process of formation, as the Philippine Trench system gradually extends northward (Hamburger et al., 1983). On the west side of Luzon, the Sunda Plate subducts eastward along a series of trenches, including the Manila Trench in the north, the smaller less well-developed Negros Trench in the central Philippines, and the Sulu and Cotabato trenches in the south (Cardwell et al., 1980). At its northern and southern terminations, subduction at the Manila Trench is interrupted by arc-continent collision, between the northern Philippine arc and the Eurasian continental margin at Taiwan and between the Sulu-Borneo Block and Luzon at the island of Mindoro. The Philippine fault, which extends over 1,200 km within the Philippine arc, is seismically active. The fault has been associated with major historical earthquakes, including the destructive M7.6 Luzon earthquake of 1990 (Yoshida and Abe, 1992). A number of other active intra-arc fault systems are associated with high seismic activity, including the Cotabato Fault and the Verde Passage-Sibuyan Sea Fault (Galgana et al., 2007).

Relative plate motion vectors near the Philippines (about 80 mm/yr) is oblique to the plate boundary along the two plate margins of central Luzon, where it is partitioned into orthogonal plate convergence along the trenches and nearly pure translational motion along the Philippine Fault (Barrier et al., 1991). Profiles B and C reveal evidence of opposing inclined seismic zones at intermediate depths (roughly 70-300 km) and complex tectonics at the surface along the Philippine Fault.

Several relevant tectonic elements, plate boundaries and active volcanoes, provide a context for the seismicity presented on the main map. The plate boundaries are most accurate along the axis of the trenches and more diffuse or speculative in the South China Sea and Lesser Sunda Islands. The active volcanic arcs (Siebert and Simkin, 2002) follow the Izu, Volcano, Mariana, and Ryukyu island chains and the main Philippine islands parallel to the Manila, Negros, Cotabato, and Philippine trenches.

Seismic activity along the boundaries of the Philippine Sea Plate (Allen et al., 2009) has produced 7 great (Magnitude greater than 8.0) earthquakes and 250 large (Magnitude greater than 7) events. Among the most destructive events were the 1923 Kanto, the 1948 Fukui and the 1995 Kobe (Japan) earthquakes (99,000, 5,100, and 6,400 casualties, respectively), the 1935 and the 1999 Chi-Chi (Taiwan) earthquakes (3,300 and 2,500 casualties, respectively), and the 1976 M7.6 Moro Gulf and 1990 M7.6 Luzon (Philippines) earthquakes (7,100 and 2,400 casualties, respectively). There have also been a number of tsunami-generating events in the region, including the Moro Gulf earthquake, whose tsunami resulted in more than 5000 deaths.

More information on regional seismicity and tectonics


SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS: "Biggest Explosion Since The Big Bang" - From A Supermassive Black Hole A Billion Times The Mass Of Our Sun!

December 29, 2014 - SPACE
- The cavities shown in the image of galaxy cluster MS0735 above were created by jets of charged particles ejected at nearly light speed from a supermassive black hole weighing nearly a billion times the mass of our Sun lurking in the nucleus of the bright central galaxy.

The jets displaced more than one trillion solar masses worth of gas. The power required to displace the gas exceeded the power output of the Sun by nearly ten trillion times in the past 100 million years.

MS0735 is ocated about 2.6 billion light-years away in the constellation Camelopardus.

The image represents three views of the region that astronomers have combined into one photograph.

The optical view of the galaxy cluster, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope's Advanced Camera for Surveys in February 2006, shows dozens of galaxies bound together by gravity.

Diffuse, hot gas with a temperature of nearly 50 million degrees permeates the space between the galaxies.

The gas emits X-rays, seen as blue in the image taken with the Chandra X-ray Observatory in November 2003.

The X-ray portion of the image shows enormous holes or cavities in the gas, each roughly 640,000 light-years in diameter -- nearly seven times the diameter of the Milky Way.

The cavities are filled with charged particles gyrating around magnetic field lines and emitting radio waves shown in the red portion of image taken with the Very Large Array telescope in New Mexico in June 1993. - Daily Galaxy.

WATCH: The largest black holes in the universe.

TWILIGHT ZONE: Another Airplane Goes Missing - Small Plane With Two On Board Goes Missing In Guyana?!

Representational image (Thinkstock)

December 29, 2014 - GUYANA
- Authorities in Guyana are searching for a small cargo plane that vanished with two people aboard while flying over remote jungles in the South American country.

Guyana's civil aviation department says the twin-engine, 10-seat Britten-Norman Islander aircraft went missing on Sunday.

The two men on board - a pilot and the cargo plane's loader - both were identified as Guyanese.
They had been delivering fuel and other cargo for mining camps in southwestern Guyana.

Rescuers had yet to find any sign of a fire or wreckage.

Earlier this year, another small plane disappeared while bringing supplies to miners in the country's dense western jungles. - Yahoo.