Monday, January 26, 2015

PLANETARY TREMORS: 4.3 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Grant County, Oklahoma - The Strongest Tremor In Months!

USGS earthquake location.

January 26, 2015 - OKLAHOMA, UNITED STATES
- The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported an earthquake near Medford Monday afternoon.

The 4.3 magnitude quake shook the area three miles northeast of Medford and 32 miles north, northeast of Enid at 1:30 p.m., according to the USGS.



USGS shakemap intensity.


The earthquake was nearly four miles deep.

There are no reports of major injury or damage at this time.

According to the USGS, earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 2.5 to 3.0 are generally the smallest ones felt by humans. Damage is more likely from quakes at a 4.0 magnitude and higher. - News9.

Tectonic Summary - Earthquakes in the Stable Continental Region



Natural Occurring Earthquake Activity

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

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

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

Induced Seismicity

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





RATTLE & HUM: "It Was A Very Loud Boom,... Happened All Of Sudden,... The House Shook,..." - Mysterious "Ice Booms" Heard Across North America Linked To Wet, Cold Weather?!

Reuters/Lucas Jackson

January 26, 2015 - NORTH AMERICA
- Cold booms? Frost quakes? A winter-time meteorological phenomenon has scientists debating whether blasts heard across North America are, indeed, cryoseisms. Most agree that the loud, inexplicable booms are associated with cold, rainy conditions.

These ice booms have rattled houses in Georgia, caused the earth to shake in Montreal, and led law enforcement from several Oklahoma counties on an unfruitful search to locate the ruckus.

"It was this very loud boom that happened all of a sudden,"
Marjorie in Idaho, who asked that her last name be withheld, told RT. "My son and I went to look to see where it came from. It sounded like a door slamming very hard or something big falling down on the patio. But we couldn’t find anything. We watched the news later to see if anyone knew what it was, but no one did.”

“It was so loud the house shook. My kids ran in yelling, ‘what was that mommy?’”
Tracy Walker, of Kennesaw County, Georgia, told WAGA.

Residents in these areas thought the booms could be fireworks, gun shots, or blown transformers. But meteorologists have offered a less threatening, more fascinating explanation.




A ‘frost quake’ is what’s known as a cryoseismic boom, which happens when temperatures rapidly fall below freezing after a rainfall.

"All of a sudden that ice starts to expand — it's like having a lid on top of a bottle, that pressure builds and builds until finally something gives, the ice expands, the pressure is released, the ground cracks and we hear what sounds or even feels like a very localized earthquake,"
said Jay Scotland, meteorologist for CBC in Toronto.

"This is not an earthquake. It's ice expanding under the ground, and it leads to a loud boom and gets folks pretty scared when it happens in the middle of the night. Very rare, very cool but very scary."




“The pressure grows until it breaks out and is released,”
said David Phillips, a senior climatologist at Environment Canada. “That's the big boom. It's all that energy.”

According to The Weather Channel’s website, cryoseismic booms are “generally harmless, causing nothing more than small cracks in the ground and a bit of confusion” from people nearby.

Yet National Weather Service meteorologist Matthew Day told the Associated Press he’s not completely convinced the booms heard around North America are part of cryoseismic activity.

“There are some stories going around that’s what it was, but based on the research we’ve done here, it doesn’t appear what people heard is related to the cryoseism phenomena,”
he said. “There’s not enough moisture, and the temperatures are not cold enough. That happens in areas where you have a lot of water flowing through a lot of rock.”

But he added that he does not have an explanation for what, exactly, causes the ice booms.

“We don’t know what it was, we just know what it is not,”
he said. - RT.



MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: Britain On RED ALERT - "Displaced Polar Vortex" To Unleash Crippling Snowstorms Next Week; Crippling Whiteouts Feared!

The 'displaced Polar vortex' will wreak weather havoc across the UK

January 26, 2015 - BRITAIN
- Panicked forecasters raised the alert in the past hour after spotting the freak system on the weather models.

Rare in the UK it is identical to the phenomenon which triggered crippling whiteouts and ice storms in the United States.

Sparked by the frenzied and volatile behaviour of the jet stream it threatens to bring the fury of the North Pole tearing across the country NEXT WEEK.

Forecasters say temperatures will plunge to below -15C (5F) while feet-deep snow drifts on a par with the worst winters in history are likely.

The whole of the UK will be scourged by screaming Arctic gales and blizzards right through the first half of February.


WATCH: Winter 2015 to be ARCTIC - Set to be the COLDEST for years.

 


A repeat of the historic freeze of 2010 which brought the coldest temperatures on record and ground airports to a standstill, is feared.

Weather experts say they have issued a stark warning to emergency services and the Government to take action now.

Airports, railway lines and roads are expected to grind to a shivering halt with extreme cold threatening the lives of thousands of people.

Piers Corbyn, forecaster for WeatherAction, warned a “catastrophic” set of circumstances have come together to trigger a lethal spell of weather.

He said: “This could lead to anything, gales, huge snowstorms and the lowest temperatures of winter so far.

This could lead to anything, gales, huge snowstorms and the lowest temperatures of winter so far

- Piers Corbyn, forecaster
“We are now 95 per cent certain that the whole of the country will be affected from the start of February.

“Such is the severity of this situation I have written to the Government’s Cabinet Office Briefing Room (COBRA) committee urging them to take immediate action.”

The terrifying prediction is the result of a deeply meandering jet stream which has been largely responsible for the erratic weather this winter.

At the start of the season forecasters warned this big freeze would hit towards the end of December, but the frenzied deviation of the jet stream nudged it out of the way.

The fast-flowing band of air is now poised to shift to a much more southerly position allowing the contents of the North Pole to flood into the UK.


A wild horse makes its way across snow covered fields on Divis mountain in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Swathes of the UK face knee-deep snow drifts with roads set to turn into deadly ice rinks sparking travel chaos.

Mr Corbyn said: “This is going to be a severely damaging spell of weather, the NHS is thoroughly unprepared and has been lucky up until now as it has not been too severe.

“But this is about to change dramatically with a displaced Polar vortex likely to dominate the weather for the first half of next month.”

Weather charts show the jet stream violently churning across the Atlantic, sweeping in dips and troughs over the UK.

It has been travelling unusually fast resulting in the storms being pulled in from the Atlantic at the beginning of the year.


A car is abandoned due to the hazardous weather conditions in Scotland

Forecasters warn it is cranking up a gear again threatening more wind and rain this week before whipping freezing cold air down from the Arctic region.

James Madden, forecaster for Exacta Weather, said the entire country could be blanketed in a carpet of snow by the end of next week.

He explained the chaotic winter surge is being bolstered by a strong negative Arctic Oscillation AO.

The AO describes the pattern of air flow around the northern hemisphere, when a negative phase it pulls Arctic air towards the UK.

Mr Madden said after this sets in the country will be plunged into a lengthy and severe big freeze.


Extreme frost hits Richmond Park in London

He said: “We are now about to enter a significant and prolonged pattern change to even colder conditions, which will also be accompanied by frequent and widespread snow events across the whole country.

“From the middle part of next week cold air of an Arctic origin will begin to surge in across the whole of the country.

“This will also bring the risk of almost nationwide snow showers.

“The cold and wintry theme will also remain as the more dominant feature over the next several weeks at the very least, and it will tighten its grip even more and gradually worsen throughout February as a strong blocking pattern develops.


A man walks along the snow-covered path of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal in the village of Marsden

“The final part of January and February period is now shaping up to something that could be on a similar par to December 2010 at the very least.

“There is likely to be frequent and heavy bouts of snow across the whole country, severe blizzards, and major ice problems.”

The Met Office warned of widespread wintry showers as temperatures plummet close to -10C (14F) by the end of the week.

Forecaster Calum MacColl said tomorrow and Tuesday will stay mild before the cold snap bites on Wednesday.


Difficult driving conditions cause this lorry to slide off the road in Tyndrum, Scotland

He said freezing winds from Greenland and Canada will make it feel even colder with snow and widespread frosts on the cards.

He said: “From Wednesday onwards we are back into a cold snap which will initially last five or six days.

“Winds from the north will see wintry showers picking up with snow right through to low levels later in the week. - Express.







EXTREME WEATHER: Infrastructure Collapse - Powerful And Gusty Santa Ana Winds Knock Out Power To 55,000 In Southern California!

Visitors to the Sepulveda Basin Dog Park look at fallen a tree that was blown down by heavy winds in the Encino section of Los Angeles on Saturday, Jan. 24,
2015. A brief but powerful round of Santa Ana winds with gusts topping 60 mph toppled trees and power lines in Los Angeles. About 9,000 customers were
without electricity in the San Fernando Valley Saturday morning. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

January 26, 2015 - CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
- Powerful Santa Ana winds with gusts topping 89 mph toppled trees and power poles in Southern California on Saturday, leaving tens of thousands of people without electricity.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said more than 54,000 customers — mostly in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles — lost power shortly after 3 a.m. The winds downed a large billboard in Burbank, and knocked a large tree into the kitchen of a house in Van Nuys.

Scattered outages left 1,700 Southern California Edison customers without power in Fontana and Ontario east of Los Angeles.

The National Weather Service says a gauge in the mountains near Julian in San Diego County registered a gust of 89 mph at 7:30 a.m. An 82 mph wind gust was recorded in the Malibu hills Saturday afternoon.

The winds kicked up Friday night and were expected to die down later Saturday.


 A Los Angeles Department of Transportation worker tends to a fallen traffic light that was blown down by heavy winds in the Van Nuys
section of Los Angeles on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Huge surf crashes over a jetty at El Segundo, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. The National Weather Service said a long-period westerly swell created the high surf
along exposed west- and northwest-facing beaches. The service warned of dangerous rip currents at affected beaches.  (AP Photo/John Antczak)

Huge surf crashes ashore at El Segundo, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. The National Weather Service said a long-period westerly swell created the high surf
along exposed west- and northwest-facing beaches. The service warned of dangerous rip currents at affected beaches. (AP Photo/John Antczak)


A high-pressure ridge caused record-breaking highs in several cities. Newport Beach had a high of 80 — one degree hotter than the 1990 record.

Laguna Beach's 82 tied a 1968 record. Santa Maria's 82 tied a 1935 record.

The Santa Anas are generated during cooler months when westward currents reach fierce speeds as they squeeze through Southern California mountain ranges, lowering humidity and making vegetation susceptible to fire.

Meanwhile, a high-surf advisory warning of up to 11-foot-high surf was in effect through Sunday. Authorities said the winds blew two kayakers out to sea off the coast of Malibu. They were reported missing for about an hour before Los Angeles County Fire Department lifeguards helped them paddle back to shore. - Yahoo.



INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSE: Greek F16 Fighter Jet At Albacete Airbase In Central Spain - Ten People Killed And 13 Others Injured!



January 26, 2015 - SPAIN
- Ten people have been killed and 13 others injured after a Greek F16 fighter jet crashed at Albacete airbase in central Spain, the Defense Ministry reported.

The accident happened at about 15:30 local time, RTVE broadcaster reported.

WATCH:  F-16 air base crash footage.




Among the victims are two pilots, one of them a Greek national. At least 13 have been wounded, including French and Italian nationals.

Eight of those injured are in serious condition. Three are in resuscitation, two are in intensive care, and one more is being operated on. Three others have inhaled fumes, sources at Albacete hospital told Cadena SER radio network.







According to abc.es, a Greek pilot executed a wrong maneuver during takeoff resulting in the jet ditching, an explosion and a massive fire. Two French planes overhead during the incident had to land at San Javier base in Murcia, 140 kilometers away.

The plane exploded in the parking zone of Los Llanos airbase in Albacete.The Spanish defense minister and the Spanish Air Force (JEMA) chief of staff have reportedly headed to the site.


Image source: Google Maps


Los Llanos airbase that is taking part in NATO’s Tactical Leadership Program (TLP). Advanced pilots are training to enhance their skills and overall air force effectiveness. - RT.



FIRE IN THE SKY: Mountain-Size Asteroid 2004 BL86 Zips Safely Past Earth - Will Be Visible From Canada Tonight! [WATCH ONLINE]

NASA hopes to collect radar images of the asteroid, which may look similar to this artist's impression. (ESA)

January 26, 2015 - SPACE
- An asteroid the size of the world's most massive cruise ships flew past the Earth today, and is expected to be visible from Canada with strong binoculars or a small telescope  tonight.

Based on its brightness, asteroid 2004 BL86 was estimated to be about 500 metres across. But NASA scientists later revised their estimate to about 300 metres, based on radar measurements. They also revealed Monday morning that the space rock has a very short "day" — it rotates once every 2.6 hours — and is orbited by its own tiny moon.


Here is a pic of the movie shown by Dr. Lance Benner of Goldstone images of Ast BL86 on close approach!

The asteroid's moon, along with features that may be boulders on the rotating asteroid, could be seen in a video of the radar images shown by NASA research scientist Lance Benner on a live webcast during the space rock's close approach Monday morning. The event was broadcast by Slooh, a group that streams celestial events online from telescopes around the world.

At its closest approach at 11:19 a.m., the huge space rock was about about 1.2-million kilometres from the Earth, or about three times further away than the Earth's moon.

That's a safe distance, but closer than any other asteroid this big will come until 2027 — the year when we can expect a visit from another chunky rock called 1999 AN10.

WATCH: NASA Goldstone Footage of Never Before Seen Close Up Views of Asteroid 2004 BL86.





Viewing tips

You may be able to see the asteroid this evening using strong binoculars or a small telescope, NASA says.
It will probably be easiest to find around 11 p.m. ET when it will be to the right of the planet Jupiter, between the constellations Leo and Gemini, high in the eastern sky.

"Jupiter is the brightest star-like object in the sky these days. You can't miss it," said J. Randy Attwood, executive director of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. "And the asteroid will be really close to Jupiter."

He recommends that you:
  • Find a dark back yard or park where you can block out as much light as possible. 
  • Point your telescope toward the east with Jupiter within view, taking care that the field of view is wide enough for you to see both Jupiter and the asteroid.
  • Make a diagram of what you see and check back later to see if anything moved.

Attwood said this is a rare opportunity because it's not often that celestial objects are moving fast enough for us to notice their motion — planets plod along so slowly that their motion against the stars is only visible on the scale of days or weeks.

In this case, the asteroid will move the width of four full moons in an hour, not that quickly.

"You may not see it moving," Attwood said.

You may not recognize the asteroid the first time you look, but it should be obvious the second time, when it will be in a different place.

He says there's great satisfaction that comes with spotting an object like this yourself.

"To think this is something half a kilometre in size, 1.2 million kilometres away and you're seeing it from your backyard — that's exciting."


The track of asteroid 2004 BL86 as viewed from the Earth, plotted on a star chart with an equatorial coordinate grid. The asteroid location is shown at four-hour
intervals from January 26 to 28. The indicated times are Universal Time; subtract 5 hours for Eastern Standard Time (EST), 6 hours for CST, and 8 hours for PST.
(NASA/C2A)

NASA will also be watching the asteroid, capturing radar images and data using its Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif. NASA Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico will also be following it over the next few days.

Benner said this will be the best asteroid of the year to observe by radar.

"The big night is tonight," he added.

The asteroid was detected in 2004 and will not come this close to Earth for at least 200 years, NASA says.


WATCH: Large asteroid 2004 BL86 makes its close approach - watch it again.



 - CBC.



INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSE: Three Different Vehicular Crashes In Panama - At Least 15 People Killed, Including 2 Childen!



January 26, 2015 - PANAMA
- Six people were killed and at least 20 injured when a bus fell into a ravine in the Panamanian province of Chiriquí near the border with Costa Rica, officials said Sunday.

Panama’s national fire and rescue department disclosed details about the accident on Twitter, including a picture showing the wrecked vehicle upside down in a riverbed, surrounded by rescue workers.

The accident occurred about an hour after the bus, en route to the Panamanian town of David, departed the town of Puerto Armuelles. - Tico Times.


Two children die in 2nd Sunday bus crash


Two young children were killed and at least 19 other travelers injured when a “busito” crashed on the Arraiján-La Chorrera, highway on Sunday, January 25. The dead children were a four-year old and an 8 months old baby.

The accident occurred at 11:30 am, on Highway near the town of Bique.

Ambulance firefighters, Red Cross and Emergency Management System ambulances transferred the injured to the hospital Nicholas A. Solano in La Chorrera

According to preliminary information, the accident happened when one of the min-bus tires blew, causing the driver to lose control.

The accident brought the Sunday death toll for bus accidents to 8. Six others died a few hours earlier when a bus plunged into a creek near David, Chiriqui. - Newsroom Panama.


Two American tourists bring traffic death toll to 15

A badly injured passenger on a helicopter destined for Hospital Santo Tomas

The traffic death toll on Panama roads since the start of the year climbed to 15 on Friday, January 16 when a tour “busito” carrying 17 passengers plunged 15 meters down a cliff in the mountainous district of Altos del Maria in the Chame district.

Two passengers were killed and 15 injured, two of them seriously reported El Siglo. The seriously injured were taken by helicopter to Hospital Santo Tomas. Six ambulances and firemen equipped with cutting equipment rushed to the scene and were assisted by workers from a nearby Melo plant.. Unconfirmed reports say that the driver of the bus lost control after a brakes failure.

Less than an hour earlier two judicial system officers were killed in Quebrada Ancha when their official car, heading for Colon, collided with the front of a truck on the Transistmica highway. and his partner, The passenger Rosa Chavarria flew through the windshield and the driver Innocent Esteban Lopez Campos, 53, died in the car. - Newsroom Panama.



GLOBAL ECONOMIC MELTDOWN: The Euro-Zone Crisis - The Euro Dream Is Going Up In Flames As The Euro Hits 11-Year Low After "Anti-Bailout" Syriza Election Win In Greece!



January 26, 2015 - GREECE
- The election result in Greece has pushed the euro to an 11yr low, falling below €1.11 to the dollar for the first time since 2003. Investors soured as anti-austerity party Syriza won a majority promising to renegotiate Greek debt and end austerity.

Shared by Greece and 18 other eurozone members, the euro fell 8.94 percent to €1.1105 per 1 USD on the opening of trading Monday as investors and creditors are worried the new government will fail to pay off the country’s €317 billion debt.


WATCH: Radical-leftist Syriza party wins elections in Greece.




The euro has lost 7.7 percent against the dollar this year, making it the worst performer of all the hard currencies.

After the immediate aftershock, it strengthened to €1.12 to the dollar.


Source: Bloomberg

“Syriza's victory is a European victory against austerity,”
the leftist party’s leader, Alexis Tsipras, said after clinching victory Sunday.

The party, the first to win a national election on an anti-austerity platform since 2008, has campaigned on the promise to end austerity and renegotiate the terms of its bailout package with its Troika of lenders- the European Central Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the European Commission.

On Sunday, Syriza gained 36.5 percent of the popular vote in the parliamentary election, but is 2 seats short of winning an absolute majority, meaning it cannot act alone, and needs to seek support from other political parties.


WATCH: Syriza supporters celebrate, leader Tsipras addresses crowd as party leads in Greek election.




‘EU destroying own people’

So far, Greece has received €240 billion ($269 billion) in bailout funds, with the first big tranche paid out in 2010, and the second in 2014. Greece was the first EU country to seek financial assistance from European lenders to help the government pay its creditors, after the 2008 crisis exposed the country’s massive overspending and budget deficit.

The economic ‘haircut’ has meant major budget cuts and tax increases, which after six years of deep economic recession, have only just started to boost economic growth.

“The EU was destroying its people of one its member states with the idea of trying to save it. Nothing worked, the country is in a catastrophe,”
Leonidas Chrysanthopoulos, a former Greek diplomat, told RT.


Gold Surges As 1 Trillion ‘Bazooka’ and Has Election - http://hubs.ly/y0sNGb0 
Image: GoldCore

Syriza has promised to change all of that, pledging immediate relief to the poor, rolling back unpopular taxes and negotiating a debt write-down with the country’s creditors to free up spending on social programs. Proposed reforms include cutting taxes for the middle class and crack down on the rich, as well as raising the minimum monthly wage by 29 percent. Tsipras also guaranteed to provide free electricity and food subsidies for poor families, as well as free healthcare for the uninsured and unemployed.


‘A European problem’

The next hurdle will be €7 billion in bonds held by the ECB that mature in July and August. Greece doesn’t have the cash to repay them, and failure to do so could ultimately lead to Greece’s exit from the eurozone.

“Debt is not just a Greek problem. It is not even just a problem of the south, the countries of the EU periphery. It is a European problem,”
Syriza MEP Professor George Katrougalos, told RT.

Katrougalos thinks Greece deserves the same help that ‘southern’ countries like Greece and Spain gave Germany over sixty years ago. In 1953, half of German war debts (16 billion marks) were annulled to help its economy recover.

“If we have an EU divided and countries that cannot pay their debt, and countries like Germany are gaining from that, we have a union that can no longer keep its cohesion,”
Katrougalos said.


What’s next?

Eurozone finance ministers will hold a scheduled meeting in Brussels Monday, with Greece expected to top the agenda. The EU has signaled it will be able to handle a Greece exit from the single currency union.

Last Thursday, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi announced that Europe would embark on a US-style stimulus program, injecting a total of €1.14 trillion into the economy over the next two years.

However, the bank said it will not buy any Greek government bonds (debt) as a part of this program until at least July, when Greece is due to repay some of its debt to the ECB. - RT.




PROTESTS & SOCIETAL COLLAPSE: Revolution Deja Vu - At Least 17 Killed On Egypt's Uprising Anniversary; 40 Others Wounded!

Anti-government protesters throw stones at pro-government protesters and police vehicles as police arrives to prevent
anti-government protesters from entering Tahrir square in Cairo January 25, 2015. (Reuters/Asmaa Waguih)

January 26, 2015 - EGYPT
- At least 17 people were killed and some 40 left wounded in Egypt on Sunday as the country marked the fourth anniversary of the “25 January Revolution” which ousted former president Hosni Mubarak after a 30 year rule.

The most intense clashes happened in the northern Cairo suburb of Matariya, a Muslim Brotherhood stronghold, where at least eight people were killed, including one policeman, Reuters reported citing Egypt’s health ministry. There have also been reports that one child of a Coptic family have been among those killed.

Chanting “down with military rule” and “a revolution all over again”, demonstrators threw Molotov cocktails at security forces, which took retaliatory measures.

Another six people died in protests spanning Egypt’s second biggest city, Alexandria, Giza Governorate, outside of Cairo, and the Nile Delta province of Baheira, according to security forces.

In central Cairo, roads have been sealed off and security was ramped up over the weekend. Streets leading to Tahrir Square, the cradle of 2011 revolt, have been closed after Islamists called for protests against the government of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Dozens of protesters were killed during last year’s anniversary. This year, the police spread out in the capital, concentrating themselves around Cairo's iconic Tahrir Square.

Security forces used tear gas and fired shotguns to disperse hundreds of protesters who tried to march on the square. Police have detained at least 132 people as initiators of disorders, including two Islamists, near Tahrir Square.

Earlier, on Sunday in the Alf Maskan district of Cairo, two policemen were wounded in a bombing. Sunday has already been described as the bloodiest day of protests since Sisi was elected president last June.








The first victims appeared on Saturday. A female demonstrator was killed during a leftist protest in central Cairo. Thirty-four-year-old Shaima al-Sabbagh, the mother of a five-year-old boy, died of birdshot wounds, which was confirmed by a ministry of health official, as she marched peacefully to lay a commemorative wreath of flowers on the eve of the anniversary.

“Shaima was killed in cold blood,”
Medhat al-Zahid, vice president of the Socialist Popular Alliance Party, of which Sabbagh was a member, told a news conference.

Approximately 1,000 people took part in her funeral procession on Sunday. Interior Ministry spokesman, Hany Abdel Latif, said that an investigation into her death had been launched, adding: “No one is above the law.”

Sabbagh’s death is the second of two female protesters in recent days. Activist Sondos Reda, 17, was shot on Friday in the protest in Alexandria.


WATCH: Intense clashes mark Egypt uprising anniversary.




President Sisi’s critics accuse him of restoring authoritarian rule and repealing freedoms won in the uprising that ended nearly 30 years of Mubarak’s rule.

“The situation is the same as it was four years ago and it is getting worse. The regime did not fall yet,” said protester Alaa Lasheen.

“This is the funeral of the [2011] revolution,” Mamdouh Hamza, a participant of the anti-Mubarak uprising, told AFP. “The murderer kills, and then joins the funeral procession. Nothing has improved or changed since Sisi took over.”

In his TV address on Saturday, Sisi approved of the will for change that Egyptians showed in the uprising in 2011 but said it would take patience to achieve all of “the revolution's goals”. - RT.




INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSE: Massive Flooding From Broken Water Main In Dudinka, Siberia - Instantly Glaciates Apartment Block!



January 26, 2015 - SIBERIA
- You see this car? It's almost a meter deep frozen into the ice. Why is that? Yet another horrible accident midst winter cold when the pipes got ruptured and nobody seemed to care for time enough for tens of cars were flooded and frozen. The name of this location is Dudinka.

The locals of Dudinka say that the administration was asking them to constrain from publishing comments or photos on Internet. But you know, once posted cannot be unposted.

See more photos of this aftermath inside:





I am not even sure how this cars can be recovered. Maybe in summer when ice completely melts down. In some places the snow and ice stays till June.





They report that the temperature inside of the apartments no higher than +10 C or around 40 F, as those houses all linked in central heating system that is not functioning due to water leak and reportedly problems with local power plant.




- English Russia.



MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: U.S. East Coast Threatened By "HISTORIC" Winter Storm Juno - Blizzard Warnings For New York City, Boston And Parts Of 7 States; Major De Blasio Says Snowstorm "COULD BE THE BIGGEST EVER"; Nor'Easter Threatens With Up To THREE FEET OF SNOW And WINDS AS HIGH AS 65 MPH; Expect Major Transportation Disruptions And Infrastructure Collapse! [PHOTOS + VIDEO + MAPS]

Graham Ave. in Brooklyn is covered in snow in this Jan. 3 photo. A blizzard is threatening the city with up to three feet of snow starting Monday.
Theodore Parisienne for New York Daily News

January 26, 2015 - UNITED STATES
- A potentially historic blizzard that could bring 3 feet of snow is barreling toward the city — and officials are already warning that mass transit could be shut down before the Monday night rush, stranding millions.


WATCH: NYC Mayor - Storm Could Be Biggest Ever for City.




The National Weather Service predicts blizzard-like conditions to whip up winds as high as 65 mph and drop as much as 30 inches of snow.

“We are facing, most likely, one of the largest snowstorms in the history of this city,” Mayor de Blasio told reporters Sunday.


Gov. Cuomo echoed those concerns, warning commuters to stay home Monday in a statement made Sunday as the monstrous storm tracked an unfamiliar route across the Midwest.




“As a result, roads including the Thruway, I-84 and the Long Island Expressway, and public transit networks including the LIRR, PATH, Metro-North Railroad, and MTA subways and buses, may be closed ahead of the evening commute,” Cuomo announced Sunday night.




De Blasio, flanked by sanitation honchos at a department garage along the Hudson River, also warned New Yorkers to stay indoors and off “treacherous” city roads starting Monday.

“Now is the time to get ready for this extreme weather,” de Blasio added. “Don’t underestimate this storm. Even walking should be kept to a minimum.”


Schools will be open Monday, but after-school programs were preemptively canceled. School will likely be closed Tuesday.

Winter Storm Juno - Key Points:

  • Moderate-to-heavy snow likely from portions of the coastal Mid-Atlantic (New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania) to New England.
  • Peak impacts late Monday through Tuesday night.
  • Widespread accumulations of 1 to 2 feet likely with some areas picking up over 2 feet.
  • Blizzard or near-blizzard conditions will make travel dangerous and impossible.
  • Flight cancellations, major delays and possible airport closures late Monday through Tuesday.
  • Damaging wind gusts and coastal flooding also possible.
  • Lighter snowfall from the Midwest to the central Appalachians and Mid-Atlantic Sunday into early Monday.
The prior all-time snow record for Jan. 26, 2011, when 12.3 inches fell, followed the next day by another 6.7 inches, records show. The city’s all time record occurred Feb. 11-12, 2006, when New York was blanketed with 26.9 inches, according to city officials.

Records were made to be broken.





“We are already forecasting more than that,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Pollina. “It is a potentially historic storm.”

Snow and rain were expected to start early Monday in New York. Snow is expected to taper off late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, meteorologists said.


The city plans to dispatch nearly 500 salt spreaders ahead of that snowfall, according to de Blasio. There will be 2,100 snowplows deployed on city streets after the first two inches of snow. Another 4,200 plows from independent contractors are ready to be dispatched, he added.

The Transportation and Sanitation departments have also hired additional day laborers for shoveling.
The storm is expected to increase in severity after 6 p.m. Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

Roughly 1,700 flights at have been canceled Monday – most flying in and out of Newark, JFK and LaGuardia – and another 1,500 have already been scratched for Tuesday, according to FlightAware.com.


“The evening rush hour is going to be a huge problem,” Hizzoner said.

As a precaution, the city Office of Emergency Management called the National Guard for support for emergency vehicles, said agency commissioner Joseph Esposito.


2014 brought some brutal snowfalls. Ruth Il Defonso walks on 126th St. and Second Ave. in February.

Around 10 inches of snow fell on New York City as a massive storm tore through the Northeast in February.
Here, a deliveryman rides a bike along Conover St. in Brooklyn on Feb. 14.

A blower digs out a school bus yard spot on Van Brunt Street in Brooklyn during a blizzard in February of last year.

The Parks Department also urged New Yorkers to avoid using parks until Wednesday morning to avoid falling branches and icy paths.

How bad New York could get pummeled is contingent on the storm’s path through the Northeast.

The slow-moving system is expected to produce blizzard conditions — at least three hours of wind gusts of 35 mph or greater and visibility of less than a quarter of a mile because of snow.


But the storm could stall before it tracks out to sea, according to the National Weather Service.

On Sunday, New Yorkers weren’t taking any chances, buying shovels, salt and ice scrapers.

“We keep on restocking the shelf all the time,” said Nick Mohabir, 42, assistant manager of Bruno’s Home Center in Downtown Brooklyn.

The crowd arrived as soon as the store at 85 Court St. opened at 10 a.m., he said. “Everybody right now is coming in,” he said Sunday afternoon. “The last storm we had two days ago we barely sold anything but today people are going crazy. They are afraid of the storm.”

Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia urged drivers to stay off the roads to allow snowplows to do their job.

“This is going to be an incredibly difficult storm for us to fight,” she said.


De Blasio suggested New Yorkers leave work as soon as possible on Monday before the snow begins to fall.

The mayor cautioned: “Prepare for the worst and we will get through this together.”



Greatest Impacts

Impacts from the powerful storm will be felt all across the Northeast and into portions of Canada, but the worst of the storm is expected to focus on the area from New York City to Boston to Portland, Maine.

The blizzard will unload heavy snow and winds howling past 35 mph. The combination of the snow and wind will dramatically lower visibility down to zero. Wind gusts on Cape Cod can occasionally gust up to near hurricane-force during the worst of the storm early Tuesday morning.

These strong winds blowing off the ocean can cause coastal flooding with the worst flooding occurring from late on Monday night into Tuesday evening.


Travel conditions will quickly deteriorate across the area as the heavy snow moves in, making travel nearly impossible for a time.

During the peak of the storm, travel will be halted.





Motorists traveling at the height of the storm run the risk of becoming stranded as visibility drops to zero and roads rapidly become clogged and snow-packed. Flight cancellations will rapidly mount on Tuesday with airports likely forced to close for a time on Tuesday from New York City northward.

Travelers are strongly urged to consider altering plans ahead of the storm.

Airlines, including American, Southwest, US Airways and Delta, have already waived change fees for customers in anticipation of this week's blizzard.

If you must drive during the storm, you should take supplies with you, such as water, food and blankets, in the event that you become stuck on the road in the snow.

Travel delays associated with this storm will not be limited to the Northeast.




Ripple-effect delays are possible elsewhere in the nation if airplanes and crews are displaced due to the storm.

Even after the worst of the storm has passed, travel hazards will linger into the second half of the week. Roadways may still be difficult to navigate as it can take crews days to clear some roads of snow. The lingering effects from Tuesday's flight cancellations could continue to snarl air travel for a few days.


Power outages can also occur due to the strong winds and heavy snow expected closer to the coast.


Snow-covered roads can make power outages last for long periods of time as it will take utility vehicles longer to reach the source of the outage and correct the problem.

Conditions will improve by Wednesday, allowing crews to begin the clean-up process in the wake of the storm.

Snow-free conditions should not be expected to last for too long; however, as a quick-moving clipper could deliver some fresh powder to the Northeast as early as Thursday.

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