Monday, January 12, 2015

PLAGUES & PESTILENCES: Animal Behavior - The Damage To Grasslands In The Netherlands From Mouse Plague Is Now Visible From SPACE, Covering OVER 29,000 ACRES!

January 12, 2015 - THE NETHERLANDS
- A mouse plague has caused so much damage to grasslands in the northern Netherlands that the barren pasture is visible from space.

The mice population in the province of Friesland has “exploded” following last year’s hot, dry summer and mild winter, with rodents tunneling under pasture and eating grass roots.

Satellite images show damage to more than 12,000 hectares (29,652 acres) of fields, Wageningen University’s research institute Alterra wrote in a report in its website.

Damage in Mice Fries grassland

Movements in the index of green grass for a plot with mice damage (the tip) and a plot mice without damage (the ball), from the

DMC satellite photo of October 3, 2014 with the black circles in the first perceptible mice damage

DMC satellite photo of November 1, 2014 with the black circles observable mice damage

DMC satellite on December 28, 2014 with the acreage mice damage

Friesland accounts for about 19 percent of Dutch pasture and is home to 18 percent of the Netherlands’ dairy cattle, according to data from statistics office CBS.

The mice are killing the grass, leaving pasture dead and brown, Alterra said.

The satellite photo of 18 September shows at first glance not see anything special. Just because we know that we can later a mouse infestation
takes place afterwards still recognize three small spots where the grass is already compromised.

On the satellite picture of November 2, the mice damage is already visible on a large scale on the grassland in the two black circles

The satellite image from 25 December shows a dramatic deterioration of the situation (the white spots are clouds).

“Mouse damage has increased explosively in large parts of southern Friesland,” Alterra wrote.

It’s possible the mice population covers larger areas, but that the grass damage is “not yet sufficient that it can be mapped with satellite imagery.” - Bloomberg.

INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSE OR TERRORISM: Smoke Mysteriously Fills Washington D.C. Metro Station - One Woman Dead, Dozens Hospitalized; Mass Evacuation Underway; Police Launches Investigation?!

Washington, DC, firefighters load a victim into a medical bus after passengers on the Washington METRO (subway) service January 12, 2015,
were injured when smoke filled the L'Enfant Plaza station during the rush hours. (AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards)

- A woman has died and two others remain in critical condition after an incident at L’Enfant Plaza metro station in Washington, DC. The station was evacuated and closed for commuters after smoke filled a subway car. "We don't know yet the cause of the heavy smoke," the general manager of DC's metro system, Richard Sarles, told a local NBC affiliate as he announced that one woman had died as a result of the incident.

The latest:

One dead, two in critical condition, with many others taken to hospitals.
L’Enfant Plaza Metro station was evacuated and closed for smoke.
Service is suspended near L’Enfant Plaza on the Yellow and Green Lines.
Orange, Blue and Silver line trains are bypassing L’Enfant Plaza.
Train passengers were evacuated from a train in a tunnel.
Source of the smoke at L’Enfant Plaza is unknown.

Updated 6:47 p.m.

Metro General Manager Richard Sarles said one of the passengers injured in the tunnel incident has died. The woman has not been identified pending notification of next of kin, he said.

In addition, Sarles said two people were in critical condition at George Washington Hospital; 40 were transported by bus to Howard University Hospital, and another 20 to 25 people were taken to Washington Hospital Center.

Sarles said that since the incident involved a fatality, the Metropolitan Police Department would now be involved in the investigation.

Updated: 5:54 p.m.

Six people were injured, one critically, when smoke filled a Metro tunnel Monday afternoon.

Tim Wilson, a spokesman for D.C. Fire and EMS, said one person has been transported to an area hospital with a critical injury but he did not know the cause or severity of the injury. Another five people were transported with minor injuries.

A Metrobus at 7th and D streets SW held people from the tunnel and the train station. About 20 appeared to be on board, some being treated by firefighters with oxygen.

Jonathan Rogers was aboard the Yellow Line train when it came to an abrupt halt as it headed to the Pentagon Station.

WATCH: RAW - Inside the L'Enfant Plaza Metro station.

“You could see smoke coming through the doors,” he said. “It started to get scary pretty quick.”

He said the train operator got on the loudspeaker and urged people to remain calm. He said the plan was to back up the train to the platform of the L’Enfant station.

“We’re going to move the train backwards,” Rogers recalled the driver saying.

But after more time, it became apparent that strategy wasn’t going to work.

He said passengers remained relatively calm, but as the smoke grew thicker, some began to panic.

“People started praying,” he said. “Smoke was coming in pretty steadily. Some people were fine and some people were just hurting pretty quickly.”

He said a man standing next to him, started having breathing problems and sank to the floor.

Passengers watched out for each other, sharing inhalers with those who were having trouble breathing, he said. After a few more minutes, another woman standing near him said she couldn’t breathe and then passed out. Rogers and other passengers took turns giving her CPR.

“We just kept doing (CPR), maybe 25 minutes . . . we just kept going. Somebody helped carry her toward the back of the train – that was before the fire fighters arrived.”

Rogers said it took about 40 minutes before firefighters arrived and began evacuating the train. Passengers walked through the tunnel back to L’Enfant station. He said the air in the tunnel was easier to breathe than the air on the train. On the train, he said the smoked had a chemical smell, but in the tunnel it had the distinct smell of burning wood. Once they got to L’Enfant he saw a lot of ambulances and fire trucks.

Rogers, who works for the D.C. Department of Transportation, took a Capital BikeShare bike back to his office near the Navy Yard. Normally, he would have taken BikeShare back to his office, but opted to take Metro because it was raining. And then, he’d gotten aboard the Yellow Line by mistake. He meant to catch a Green Line train.

“The only scary part was not knowing if the smoke was going to stop,” he said.

Adjoa Adofo, 30, had just gotten off work as a public relations consultant and was on the Yellow line headed to Virginia to go shopping.

A few minutes after pulling out of the station and into the tunnel, she said the train came to an abrupt halt and smoke came in thorough the closed doors. She said the train was crowded but not packed, with room in the center aisle

“People were panicking,” said Adofo, who lives nearNavy Yard. “We didn’t know what to do and and we weren’t getting a lot of information.”

L'Enfant Plaza evacuated due to fire. DC EMS just loaded a woman into ambulance after performing CPR for 5 min.

Firefighters confer after passengers on the Metro (subway) service were injured when smoke filled the L'Enfant Plaza station during
the evening rush hour January 12, 2015 in Washington, DC. (AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards)

Smoke inhalation victims walk past a firefighter towards a medical aid bus after passengers on the Metro (subway) were injured when smoke filled
the L'Enfant Plaza station during the evening rush hour January 12, 2015 in Washington, DC. (AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards)

She said the train operator told them there was no fire, just smoke. “That calmed people down a little bit ,” she said. “But smoke continued to come in. The driver told us not to open the doors. That was the big thing. More smoke would come in. But people were panicking. They were trying up open the doors anyway.”

She said people sat down on the floor to get away from the smoke. She said all the lights were out. “It was black. Pitch black.” She said one young man suffered a seizure and an older man began banging on the doors screaming profanities.

She said they were there about 30 to 40 minutes. She said the operator told them they were waiting for a train in the station to move so they could return but communication had broken down. Finally she said metro personnel and firefighters got everyone out and they marched single fine back to the station.

Adofo emerged nearly in tears and said she prayed — Hail Marys and Our Fathers. “I’m just glad that I’m out of there.”

Saleh Damiger and Sirwan Kajjo said they thought they were “going to die” when they Yellow Line train they were on Monday afternoon filled with smoke.

Damiger, 43, and Kajjo, 28, both Voice of America employees, got on a Yellow Line train headed toward the Pentagon about 3 p.m. They said the six-car train had gone about 200 feet when it stopped. The train operator said “there’s a problem, nobody move”. The men said the car quickly began to fill will smoke.

“The train stopped and all of a sudden it filled with smoke. … There was no fire. Lots of smoke only. … People were choking. People were yelling, Damiger said. “It was a lot of smoke. We couldn’t see each other. … One woman, she started to pray. .. We felt like we were almost going to die.”

Metro employees quickly got onto the train and told passengers to get low to the ground to avoid the smoke.

“They told us to get down, get down in the floor, stay low … Of course it was dark too,” Kajjo said. “The lights were gone. We couldn’t see.”

The men said they saw at least two people who appeared to be unconscious. They said they waited about an hour before firefighters arrived and began escorting them off the train and led them out of the tunnel.

They described the experienced as “harrowing”.

No cause of the smoke has been determined. Around 5:40 p.m., Metro spokeswoman Caroline Laurin said that the smoke has now cleared from the station. That is at least in part due to the tunnel fans that Metro workers turned on, she said. But in the event that the fire was caused by an electrical malfunction – which workers have not yet confirmed – the smoke may also have abated because Metro shut down the third rail at L’Enfant Plaza.

As of 5:40 p.m., Green/Yellow line service has been restored at Gallery Place Station for service to/from stations north (toward Greenbelt). Green/Yellow service remains suspended between Gallery Place and Navy Yard/Pentagon.

Yellow Line riders traveling between Virginia and DC should use the Blue Line as an alternate.

Andrew Ames, spokesman for the FBI’s Washington Field Office, said the FBI responded to the incident. He said it is standard protocol to respond. “At this point it doesn’t appear to be anything other than a fire.”

L’Enfant Plaza Metro station is closed after officials evacuated it for smoke Monday afternoon, shutting down rail service for a large portion of the Green and Yellow lines.

Green Line service is suspended between Navy Yard and Mt. Vernon Square. Yellow Line service is suspended between Pentagon City and Mt. Vernon Square, Metro said.

Blue, Orange and Silver lines trains are bypassing L’Enfant Plaza, but service is not affected at other stops.

D.C. fire department spokesman Tim Wilson said that firefighters are on the scene but had found no fire. On Twitter, the firefighters’ union said that a second alarm had sounded.

Although the event has been labeled a “mass casualty event” that refers strictly to the number of people involved and is not a suggestion that there are numerous injuries or deaths. D.C. Fire and EMS reported via Twitter that people are being removed from a disabled train inside a tunnel and that no serious injuries have been reported.

Metro spokeswoman Caroline Laurin said that Metro did not know the cause of the smoke.

Roads near the station were also closed.

Yellow Line riders can use the Blue Line instead. For Green Line riders, who do not have another Metro option, Metro said at 4:16 p.m. that it was sending shuttle buses to L’Enfant Plaza and Navy Yard. - Washington Post.

INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSE: Deadly Bus Crash In St. Vincent - At Least Seven People Killed, Mainly Students, After Minibus Plunged Into The Sea In Rockgutter!

An image of the damaged minibus reportedly taken at the scene of the crash. (Credit: Facebook/Rochelle E Baptiste)

- At least seven people, mainly students, died after a minibus plunged into the sea in Rockgutter, an area between Owia and Fancy on the northeastern tip of St. Vincent early Monday.

Police and government officials say that five bodies have so far been recovered from the sea, and one person died in hospital. Another person died on the way to the medical institution.

Police are still trying to verify how many persons were in the minibus when it plunged into the sea sometime between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m (local time). Initial reports said that as many as 20 people, including 14 students from the North Union and Georgetown Secondary Schools respectively.

One police source has said that officials were told that the minibus, which is licensed to carry 18 passengers, was “full” when it left Fancy, the northernmost community in St. Vincent.

A relative of one of the victims in the crash breaks down in tears (Credit: CMC)

Residents say that minibus was packed with students from the two communities further south in this North Windward constituency.

They said that the conductor was standing, suggesting that the minibus was carrying more people than it was licensed to carry, a common practice in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

A large crowd has gathered at the scene where two Coast Guard patrol boats have been searching for bodies or survivors.

The efforts are being affected by especially large waves characteristic of the Atlantic side of St. Vincent, where the terrain is an alternation of steep inclines and deep gorges and winding roads.

Among the bodies recovered from the water is that of a female student. Health authorities said the body showed signed of trauma, presumable inflicted as it knocked against the large rocks that line the shore.

It is not yet clear what caused the incident, but police say that villagers were notified by persons who jumped out of the vehicle before impact.

A grief stricken Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, speaking on national radio, said the “entire nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines…has been touched by this tragedy of national proportion.

“We all grieve and ask God for guidance and strength as well as we lean on one another,” he said, noting that the recovery of bodies from the sea is ongoing.

“Some of the questions you have are not fully answered, that will come in due time, right now it is the task of making sure that everyone is accounted for. We cannot yet give up hope because there are hope we can find additional survivors as inhospitable as the conditions are, we have to hope…and we have to put the pieces back together and to see what we can do to try to ensure that this…tragedy does not happen again,” Gonsalves said.

“It was a terrible accident and I think everyone’s heart is really heavy because of what has taken place,” he added.

In the wake of the tragedy, Prime Minister Gonsalves has announced a postponement of his budget speech that was scheduled to have been delivered to Parliament on Monday.

“As a consequence of this terrible tragedy, I have consulted with the Leader of the Opposition, the Speaker of the House of Assembly and His Excellency the Governor General and we have all agreed that the Parliament session this afternoon…be postponed until tomorrow the same time,” he added.

1:35 pm Atlantic Time, CMC:
 Residents across St. Vincent and the Grenadines are in mourning Monday after a bus carrying at least 18 people, including 14 school children, plunged into the sea, killing at least four people.

St Vincent authorities said three students were killed, one other missing and at least 10 others have been injured and taken to hospital.

Police in Owia, a community on the northwestern tip of the island, said that the accident occurred at Rockgutter, a community between Owia and Fancy.

The rough seas were said to be hampering the efforts to retrieve the bodies and crisis centres have been established in Kingstown and the northern part of the country.

A grief stricken Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, speaking on national radio, said the “entire nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines…has been touched by this tragedy.

“We all grieve and ask God for guidance and strength as well as we lean on one another,” he said, noting that the recovery of bodies from the sea is ongoing.

“Some of the questions you have are not fully answered, that will come in due time, right now it is the task of making sure that everyone is accounted for. We cannot yet give up hope because there are hope we can find additional survivors as inhospitable as the conditions are, we have to hope…and we have to put the pieces back together and to see what we can do to try to ensure that this…tragedy does not happen again,” Gonsalves said.

“It was a terrible accident and I think everyone’s heart is really heavy because of what has taken place,” he added.

12:20 pm Atlantic Time:
The Milton Cato Memorial Hospital has temporarily suspended visiting hours due to mass casualty situation.

According to reports from the Searchlight Newspaper’s Facebook page, “a section of the Accident and Emergency Unit has been transformed into a counseling area where some family members are receiving counseling at this time.”

In a release from the Ministry of Health Wellness and the Environment, four persons have been confirmed dead and search and rescue efforts are continuing, but are being hampered by rough seas.

The report from the ministry said that “a van transporting passengers, including school children, overturned and went over an embankment in an area called ‘Rock Gutter’”.

11:32 am Atlantic Time:
 Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves said that as a result of this morning’s tragedy, today’s Budget has been postponed. Addressing the nation earlier this morning, Gonsalves described the tragedy as “an extremely sad moment”.

According to Gonsalves, “a few students have been recovered in various states of injuries, but there are several others who are not yet recovered.” “We pray for our children and all those who have suffered in this accident – for the parents and all the members of their families” said Gonsalves.

8:30 am Atlantic Time:
Search and rescue teams were looking for at least three people reported missing after a minibus carrying several passengers, including students, plunged into the sea in northwestern St. Vincent on Monday. According to the Searchlight Newspaper in St Vincent, the minibus was carrying approximately 16 school children when it overturned and plunged into the ocean between Fancy and Owia.  Police in Owia, a community on the northwestern tip of the island, said that the accident occurred at Rockgutter, a community between Owia and Fancy.

According to local journalist Rochelle Baptiste, reports indicate that at least four persons are dead and several are unaccounted for.

Vincentians took to various social media channels including Twitter to express their concern for the safety of the passengers and offer prayers of hope for the families.

An eerily similar accident occurred in St Lucia in November 2011, when a minibus carrying 14 people plunged a cliff into the sea in the south east area of Mount Sion, in Choiseul.

Coast Guard divers are on the scene but rescue and recovery efforts are being hampered by heavy seas. - Caribbean 360.

MONUMENTAL GLOBAL VOLCANISM: NASA’s Earth Observatory Reveals That Lava Flow From The Holuhraun Lava Field In Iceland May Now Be THE BIGGEST IN 200 YEARS - A Total Of 32 SQUARE MILES, Larger Than The Island Of Manhattan!

Holuhraun lava flow on Jan. 3, taken by the Operational Land Imager on Landsat 8. (Jesse Allen and Josh Stevens/NASA Earth Observatory)

January 12, 2015 - ICELAND
- Bigger than the island of Manhattan, the lava flow from the Holuhraun lava field in Iceland is now the largest the country has seen in more than 200 years, according to NASA’s Earth Observatory.

Since August of last year, massive amounts of lava have been spewing from a fissure that erupted in Iceland’s largely uninhabited Bárðarbunga volcanic system.

The infrared images below show the Holuhraun lava flow from Sept. 6, 2014, left, and Jan. 3, 2015, right. The pictures were captured by the Operational Land Imager on Landsat 8. (Jesse Allen and Josh Stevens/ NASA Earth Observatory)

In the past six months, the lava flow spread a total of 32 square miles, making it now the largest lava flow since the 1783–84 Laki eruption that wiped out 20 percent of Iceland’s population.

According to the University of Iceland’s Institute of Earth Sciences, the eastern part of the lava field was about 30 feet thick, and the center and western parts were about 40 feet thick.

Adam Voiland of NASA wrote: “While Holuhraun continues to spew copious amounts of lava and sulfur dioxide, some observations suggest the eruption may be slowing down. … This doesn’t mean that the eruption will stop soon. Like the weakening spray from an aerosol can, the eruption rate declines exponentially. The lower the flow, the more slowly it declines.” - Washington Post.

PLANETARY TREMORS: Seismic Tensions, Stress And Swarms - Scientists Record 5 Small Earthquakes In Connecticut In 5½-Hour Span!

USGS earthquake locations map.

- Five small earthquakes were recorded within a 5½-hour span in eastern Connecticut on Monday, including a 3.1-magnitude quake that was felt in parts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts, according to the Weston Observatory at Boston College and the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quakes followed two in the same area last week, including a 2.0-magnitude quake Thursday and a 0.4 magnitude Friday. All the quakes were centered near Danielson and in northern Plainfield.

Four of the quakes on Monday were within a 20-minute span starting just after 6:30 a.m., including the 3.1-magnitude quake that was felt in parts of Rhode Island, including Providence, and more than 60 miles away in Massachusetts in New Bedford and Framingham, scientists said. A 1.3-magnitude aftershock was recorded just after noon.

John Ebel, senior research scientist at the Western Observatory, said such a series of small earthquakes in the Northeast is not unusual. The eastern U.S. is in the middle of a tectonic plate that stretches from the West Coast to the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, and earthquakes are caused by pressure emanating from those two boundaries, he said.

In 2006 and 2007, a series of earthquakes hit around Bar Harbor, Maine, including a 4.2-magnitude quake, Ebel said.

Two small quakes also hit near Danielson on Nov. 9 and another small tremor near Danielson was recorded on Oct. 13, according to the New England Seismic Network, a partnership of area universities that includes Boston College.

There were reports of shaking in the area Monday, but no reports of major damage or injuries.

"At first I thought it was a snow plow, but there was no snow," Darlene Gannon of Sterling, Connecticut, told The Bulletin of Norwich. "Then the breaking sound began, like a vehicle crashing through our stone wall. When I figured out that wasn't the case, I thought maybe the garage had collapsed — a gazillion explanations went through my head." - NY Times.

CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS & NEW WORLD DISORDER: Societal Collapse And Civilizations Unraveling In Europe - France Orders Over 10,000 Troops To Safeguard "Sensitive Sites"; Largest "Peacetime" Security Operation!

 Police officers patrolling on Monday in the Marais neighborhood of Paris, which has many Jewish-owned businesses. Credit Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

January 12, 2015 - PARIS, FRANCE
- Confronting a nation in shock from last week’s terrorist attacks, the French authorities on Monday began to unveil a broad array of measures to send thousands of soldiers and police officers to guard Jewish schools and other sites, reinforce electronic surveillance and reach into schools and prisons that have a reputation as crucibles of jihadist recruitment.

The display of muscle by a government likely to face mounting questions about its failure to prevent the killings recalled the mood in the United States after the Sept. 11 attacks, when the authorities embarked on a broad front of measures to tighten security and provide legislation for more intrusive surveillance.

The French response played into an emerging and potentially divisive debate across Europe that pits civil liberties campaigners against the demands of security officials who cite the attacks as evidence of an urgent need to introduce stronger powers to monitor suspects. And it comes as a time when the United States is engaged in intense soul-searching, touched off in part by the release of a searing Senate report on the torture of terrorism suspects, over whether it turned itself into a garrison state after Sept. 11, 2001.

  Jean-Yves Le Drian, the defense minister of France, announced that the country will increase security with its military to combat threats.
Photo by Patrick Kovarik/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images.

Seeking to reassure jittery citizens, the French defense minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, said Monday that 10,000 soldiers would be deployed by Tuesday evening, in what he called “the first mobilization on this scale on our territory.”

The military deployment reflected the country’s readiness to commit its armed forces to resist Islamic militants within and beyond its borders. French aircraft have joined the American-led air campaign in Iraq, and roughly 3,000 French soldiers are deployed in Africa in efforts to counter extremist groups in countries like Chad and Mauritania.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls spoke of new legislation to enhance surveillance powers to be readied “in three or four months” as part of what he “an exceptional response” to the attacks. He said there had been a major increase in the number of French people traveling to Syria and Iraq to join jihadist movements — a source of major concern, along with the power of the Internet to spread radical messages, for the authorities.

Indeed, one of the attackers last week, Amedy Coulibaly, said in a video on the Internet after his death that he had acted in the name of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL. His video seemed to seek to emulate the visual templates established by the Islamic State in depictions of beheadings.

Significantly, though, the French prime minister, quoted in Le Monde, stopped short of endorsing a French version of the Patriot Act, reflecting his country’s longstanding aversion to what has been depicted as overly draconian American measures to protect national security.

Those concerns, however, predate last week’s attacks, which have forced France to contemplate its identity in an era when its commitment to personal liberty is challenged by its adversaries and when terrorism is increasingly defined as a homegrown threat by radicalized members of Europe’s largest Muslim community.

“The very idea of a war on terrorism is worrisome,” the journalists Jacques Follorou and Franck Johannès wrote in Le Monde. “For the law, there is nothing worse than these moments of intense unanimity, this wave of emotion that submerges rationality.” Once laws are enacted, it is difficult to reverse them, they wrote.

On Sunday, over a million people marched in central Paris to reject the jihadist cause and display defiance and unity across faiths and politics. President François Hollande and 40 global leaders joined them. But the attacks have also strengthened the increasingly powerful far right led by the National Front of Marine Le Pen, which has drawn strength from its opposition to long-opposed radical Islam.

The interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, meanwhile, said on Monday that 4,700 police officers would be posted to guard the country’s 700 Jewish schools and other institutions after three days of bloodshed last week, when three assailants killed 17 people in attacks on targets including a satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, and a kosher supermarket.

All three attackers were killed in raids after police encircled them, but there is concern here that “the threat is still present,” as Mr. Le Drian put it. The prime minister, Mr. Valls, speaking to BFM television, said that one of the attackers, Mr. Coulibaly, “undoubtedly” had one or more accomplices, still at large.

Mr. Coulibaly, who took hostages in the supermarket on Friday, is suspected of having shot a police officer on Thursday. Four Jewish shoppers who were preparing for the Sabbath were killed in the attack.

Parts of Mr. Coulibaly’s video appeared to have been produced by an accomplice after his death, as they alluded to information that emerged only after he died when the police stormed the market.

Surrounded by heavily armed bodyguards, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel arrived at the supermarket in a gesture of solidarity with French Jews on Monday. Many people waving Israeli flags gathered to cheer him, and some said they would seek to emigrate to Israel because they no longer felt safe in France.

Turkey’s state news agency on Monday quoted the country’s foreign minister as saying that Hayat Boumeddiene, thought to be Mr. Coulibaly’s companion, had entered Syria from Turkey on Thursday, the day before the kosher supermarket attack.

Mevlut Cavusoglu, the Turkish foreign minister, told the state-run Anadolu Agency on Monday that Ms. Boumeddiene had arrived in Turkey from Madrid on Jan. 2, and had stayed at a hotel in Istanbul.

Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkey’s prime minister, speaking to reporters after meeting in Berlin on Monday with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, rejected as an “unjustified accusation” a suggestion that his country bore responsibility for the number of foreign jihadists who have been able to train in Syria by entering that country over the Turkish border.

 A soldier guarded a Jewish school in Paris on Monday as part of an extensive peacetime security operation. Credit Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

Mr. Cazeneuve, the French interior minister, said on Sunday that the French government would seek greater authority to monitor the Internet for activity in support of terrorist or subversive activities.

Also on Sunday, Mr. Cameron, the British prime minister, told the BBC that he favored the introduction of “more comprehensive” powers of surveillance.

British intelligence and security chiefs briefed Mr. Cameron on Monday on the implications of the Paris attacks for the authorities in London, which was the site of coordinated attacks on July 7, 2005.

The participants at the meeting agreed to “step up our efforts with other countries to crack down on the illegal smuggling of weapons across borders,” a government spokesman said, speaking on the condition of anonymity in accordance with department rules. “The prime minister also asked the police and military to continue to work closely together to ensure that the police can call on appropriate military assistance when required across the country.”

At the Vatican on Monday, Pope Francis condemned the extremism behind the attacks, saying that religious fundamentalism “eliminates God himself, turning him into a mere ideological pretext.”

In his annual speech to diplomats accredited to the Holy See, the pope spoke of a “culture of rejection, which severs the deepest and most authentic human bonds, leading to the breakdown of society and spawning violence and death.”

“Losing their freedom, people become enslaved, whether to the latest fads or to power, money or even deviant forms of religion,” he added. “Violence is always the product of a falsification of religion, its use as a pretext for ideological schemes whose only goal is power over others.”

The pope also called on “religious, political and intellectual leaders, especially those of the Muslim community,” to “condemn all fundamentalist and extremist interpretations of religion which attempt to justify such acts of violence.”

Almost as a footnote, news reports over the weekend said that Mourad Hamyd, an 18-year-old who had been depicted as a third suspect in the shootings at Charlie Hebdo, had been released without charge Friday night after schoolmates insisted on Twitter that he had been in class that day. He turned himself in on Wednesday at a police station in Charleville-Mézières, about 145 miles northeast of Paris, after seeing reports on social media that he was being sought by the police in connection with the shootings. - NY Times.

WATCH: Europe's pillar collapsing - Freedom of movement under pressure in Сharlie Hebdo aftermath.

CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS & NEW WORLD DISORDER: Cyber Wars And Societal Collapse - ISIS' CyberCaliphate Hacks Social Media Accounts Of United States Central Command (CENTCOM); Threatens U.S. Soldiers; "We Coming, Watch Your Back,...ISIS Is In Your PC, In Your Military Base,..."!

January 12, 2015 - UNITED STATES
- The official Twitter account for the United States Central Command — CENTCOM — appears to have been compromised by a hacker group sympathetic with the militant organization formerly known as Islamic State.

A series of tweets were sent from the @CENTCOM account on Monday, starting with one warning: “AMERICAN SOLDIERS, WE ARE COMING, WATCH YOUR BACK. ISIS. “

That tweet and subsequent messages posted in the moments after contain references to a group known as CyberCaliphate and links to documents that are purported to be confidential files pilfered from American military computers, including one cache of files containing slideshows that appear to include details about apparent threats in the Caspian, China, North Korea, Africa and Indonesia.

The account has since been suspended.
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A statement posted on the website Pastebin shared by the compromised CENTCOM account announced:
“US and its satellites kill our brothers in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan we broke into your networks and personal devices and know everything about you.

You'll see no mercy infidels. ISIS is already here, we are in your PCs, in each military base. With Allah's permission we are in CENTCOM now.

We won't stop! We know everything about you, your wives and children.

US soldiers! We're watching you!”

Soon after, the hacked Twitter account posted a photo that appears to show United States military personnel surrounded by computers with the caption: “ISIS is already here, we are in your PCs, in each military base."

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Another tweet, linking to what appeared to be a roster of US military personnel, contained a phone number listed as belonging to Gen. Keith Alexander, the former chief of both CENTCOM and the National Security Agency. When dialed, RT reached the office of Admiral Mike Rogers, Alexander's replacement, and was referred to CENTCOM's public affairs office where the call then went unanswered.

Last week, the social media accounts for two American television news networks were compromised by persons alleging to belong to Cyber Caliphate — an apparent hacker collective either affiliated or sympathetic to the military group also known as ISIS, or ISIL. It was reported at the time that the US Federal Bureau of Investigation had opened a probe into the matter.

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News of the CENTCOM breach occurred just moments after US Pres. Barack Obama concluded an address at the Federal Trade Commission headquarters in Washington, DC where he proposed legislation intended to protect the personal information of Americans from hackers. The president said he'll be at the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday this week "to focus on how we can work with the private sector to better defend ourselves from cyberattacks.” - RT.

CONTAGION: Patient Being Monitored At Denver Health, Ebola Possible - Had Recently Returned From Affected Areas In Africa!

File photo.

January 12, 2015 - COLORADO, UNITED STATES
- Denver Health paramedics transported a patient to Denver Health who is being monitored for the Ebola virus.

The patient had recently returned from affected areas in Africa.

Photo: Handout, Getty Images
"Person being monitored for Ebola symptoms considered low-risk," according to the Colorado Department of Public Health.

"We're exercising extreme caution."

The CDPH says the patient's condition is very low-risk, so it doesn't warrant testing at this time. They will continue to monitor the patient as a precaution.

Symptoms may appear anywhere between two to 21 days after exposure and include a fever, muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain and lack of appetite.

The patient was transported early this morning in a specialized ambulance that has now been removed from service until testing is completed.

Currently, the patient is in Denver Health's designated inpatient care unit as a precaution.

This unit is isolated from other areas of the hospital, and the patient is being cared for by specially trained staff.

"We are taking all the necessary precautions to protect both our patients and staff, even though the infection with the virus is not confirmed," Dr. Connie Price, Chief Infectious Diseases, said.

"We have staff trained specifically to assist with patients who may have contracted the Ebola virus. - 9 News.

NOTE: Special thanks to Jacqui Chasson for contributing to this post.

PLANETARY TREMORS: 3.3 Magnitude Earthquake Confirmed In Connecticut, Rhode Island - Low Rumbling Noise Heard By Residents; Follows Loud Boom From A 4.0 Magnitude Tremor On Friday!

USGS earthquake location map.

- The U.S. Geological Survey has confirmed a 3.3-magnitude earthquake near the Connecticut-Rhode Island state line.

Residents in Plainfield and Danielson in eastern Connecticut say a rumbling noise was heard shortly after 6:30 a.m. Monday.

The U.S. Geological Survey said areas affected by the earthquake Monday were Plainfield, Killingly and Norwich in Connecticut, and Coventry and Providence in Rhode Island

State police in eastern Connecticut said they received several reports of homes shaking.

Last Thursday, an earthquake with a magnitude of 2.0 to 2.2 was felt in Plainfield. Homeowners reported that it was strong enough to shake picture frames off the walls.

On Friday, residents reported another loud boom in the form of a tremor that registered at 4. - ABC News.

USGS shakemap intensity.

USGS geocoded map.

Tectonic Summary - Earthquakes in New England

People in New England, and in its geological extension southward through Long Island, have felt small earthquakes and suffered damage from infrequent larger ones since colonial times. Moderately damaging earthquakes strike somewhere in the region every few decades, and smaller earthquakes are felt roughly twice a year. The Boston area was damaged three times within 28 years in the middle 1700's, and New York City was damaged in 1737 and 1884. The largest known New England earthquakes occurred in 1638 (magnitude 6.5) in Vermont or New Hampshire, and in 1755 (magnitude 5.8) offshore from Cape Ann northeast of Boston. The Cape Ann earthquake caused severe damage to the Boston waterfront. The most recent New England earthquake to cause moderate damage occurred in 1940 (magnitude 5.6) in central New Hampshire.

Earthquakes in the central and eastern U.S., although less frequent than in the western U.S., are typically felt over a much broader region. East of the Rockies, an earthquake can be felt over an area as much as ten times larger than a similar magnitude earthquake on the west coast. A magnitude 4.0 eastern U.S. earthquake typically can be felt at many places as far as 100 km (60 mi) from where it occurred, and it infrequently causes damage near its source. A magnitude 5.5 eastern U.S. earthquake usually can be felt as far as 500 km (300 mi) from where it occurred, and sometimes causes damage as far away as 40 km (25 mi).


Earthquakes everywhere occur on faults within bedrock, usually miles deep, although some New England earthquakes occur at shallower depths. Most of New England's and Long Island's bedrock was assembled as continents collided to form a supercontinent 500-300 million years ago, raising the northern Appalachian Mountains. The rest of the bedrock formed when the supercontinent rifted apart 200 million years ago to form what are now the northeastern U.S., the Atlantic Ocean, and Europe.

At well-studied plate boundaries like the San Andreas fault system in California, often scientists can determine the name of the specific fault that is responsible for an earthquake. In contrast, east of the Rocky Mountains this is rarely the case. New England and Long Island are far from the nearest plate boundaries, which are in the center of the Atlantic Ocean and in the Caribbean Sea. New England is laced with known faults but numerous smaller or deeply buried faults remain undetected. Even the known faults are poorly located at the depths of most earthquakes. Accordingly, few, if any, earthquakes in New England can be linked to named faults. It is difficult to determine if a known fault is still active and could slip and cause an earthquake. As in most other areas east of the Rockies, the best guide to earthquake hazards in New England and Long Island is the earthquakes themselves. - USGS.

ICE AGE NOW: Weather Anomalies - Stunning Images Reveal The True Extent Of Heavy Snowfall Across Saudi Arabia!

January 12, 2015 - SAUDI ARABIA - The snow fell heavily on Friday evening (January 9, 2015), in Qurayyat -Jouf, and its environs and the "books", and parts of the province Tarif.

Tsaqta saw heavy snowfall on January 10, 2015, and this snow was welcomed by the inhabitants of the region, who were excited to enjoy the view of snow falling on the sand dunes and mountains. The way citizens have chosen as they greet the snow sometimes can be a strange, but it is not without wit.

- Ice Age Now.

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Russia's Shiveluch Volcano Erupts - Ash Risk Prompts Air Traffic Safety Warning; Alert Level Raised To Orange!

January 12, 2015 - KAMCHATKA, RUSSIA
- A volcano in Russia's far-eastern Kamchatka region has begun spewing ash, posing a possible risk to air traffic in the area, a news report said Sunday.

The Shiveluch Volcano has begun shooting ash some six kilometers into the air, prompting its threat level to be boosted to orange, meaning it could pose a threat to air traffic, Rossiiskaya Gazeta reported, citing the press service of the Emergency Situations Ministry.

"The cloud of ash has spread to the southwest of the volcano, and the plume [of ash] has spread deep into the peninsula, but there is no ash in the villages," the ministry said in a statement.


Tour agencies have been advised against organizing any excursions in the area.

Shiveluch is one of the largest active volcanos in the Kamchatka region, with an area of 1,300 square kilometers and a height of 3,283 meters.

There are more than 150 volcanoes in Kamchatka, 29 of which are active. - The Moscow Times.