Tuesday, February 24, 2015

GLOBAL COASTAL EVENT: "It's Unprecedented During The Past Century,... A 1-In-850 Year Event,..." - Dangerous Sea Level Rise On United States East Coast Reported By Scientists!

© AP Photo/Richard Drew

February 24, 2015 - ATLANTIC OCEAN
- Sea levels along North America's northeastern coast experienced a record rise from 2009 to 2010, according to a report by a team of scientists in the United States.

From New York to Newfoundland, coastal waters rose by as much as 128 millimeters - more than five inches - over the two-year span, states the report, which will be published in an upcoming issue of Nature Communications.

"The extreme sea level rise event during 2009-10 along the northeast coast of North America is unprecedented during the past century," Professor Jianjun Yin of the University of Arizona told BBC News.

"Statistical analysis indicates that it is a 1-in-850 year event."

The extreme rise caused flooding all along the northeast coast, and as far south as Cape Hatteras off the coast of North Carolina, Phys.org reported.

Researchers say Coastal areas will need to prepare for future short term and extreme sea level events that will result from the drastic rise. Climate models suggest such rises will become more common this century.

"When coastal storms occur, extreme sea levels can lead to elevated storm surge," said Professor Yin.

Scientists at the University of Arizona and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in New Jersey discovered the rise by studying records of tidal levels along the eastern coast of the US and Canada.

They attributed the unusual spike to changes in ocean circulation, as well as factors like alternating wind patterns and rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide.

The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) had a 30% decline in strength in 2009-2010. Researchers reported the decline started just two months before the spike in sea level began.

Research at the University of Reading has shown that the AMOC could impact rainfall patterns as far away as Britain and Africa, the BBC reported.  - Sputnik.




PLANETARY TREMORS: "My First Thought Was Earthquake" - Unexplained Tremors Hit Florida Town Three Times?!

Incidents: The tremors reportedly took place in this stretch of Coral Gables, Florida. © Google

February 24, 2015 - FLORIDA, UNITED STATES
- Tremors have reportedly hit a Florida city at least three times. Coral Gables residents have told local media they've felt the shaking inside their homes. Authorities so far have yet to figure out what's behind the tremors.

Matt Meehan, who lives in the city, told CBS Miami - which first reported on the shaking - 'These windows started ratting like this. And I'm looking around, and I have a little cat [that] went running in the other direction.'
'My first thought was earthquake,' he told the television station.

Another resident, Boo Zamek, told the CBS affiliate it was a 'very low, um, very subtle vibration' and called it 'strange, curious.'

A spokeswoman for the Coral Gables police department, Kelly Denham, told Daily Mail Online that police received two reports in the past four weeks regarding the 'loud explosion-type noises,' as well as a third report shortly before 11am Tuesday.

Officers have checked out the sounds each time, Denham said, but they have so far been unable to locate their source.

'We have no idea what those noises are,' Denham said.

A spokesman for the US Geological Survey said the agency had no recent earthquakes reported in Florida.

Meanwhile, Bill Orlove, a representative for Florida Power & Light (FPL), told Daily Mail Online 'I can tell you that our electrical equipment was working properly in the Coral Gables neighborhood during the time when customers were experiencing loud noises. We have no reports of outages and no equipment issues during that time.'

CBS Miami pointed out that a sonic boom reportedly took place Saturday - and reported that the times for the boom and the Coral Gables tremors failed to match.

In that case, the American Meterological Society (AMS) said more than 230 reports came in of a fireball. Many of the reports came from central and northern Florida. Earlier this month, tremors and noises were also reported in St. Johns County, according to First Coast News. A St. Johns County Sheriff's Office (SJCSO) spokesman spoke to the television station at the time, and attributed the noises to being sonic booms from military flight training.  - Daily Mail.



GLOBAL ECONOMIC MELTDOWN: More Bankers Bite The Dust – In Early February, Six People Died In Fiery New York Train Crashed Packed With 400 People; Now Revealed That THREE WERE TOP INVESTMENT BANKERS; The Train Collided With A Mercedes SUV That Was Mysteriously Sitting On The Tracks?!



February 24, 2015 - NEW YORK, UNITED STATES
- The story of the dead bankers rolls forward.

In December 2014, Zero Hedge rounded up a list of 36 dead bankers who died recently under mysterious or odd circumstances, leaving only “riddles” and probing questions about their possible connections.

Researcher John Vibes has already rounded up 9 more dead bankers who’ve died as of January 2015.

Now, a bizarre Hollywood-style train collision with an SUV Mercedes sitting on the tracks leaves three more dead bankers, along with a pharmaceutical researcher and a well-known art curator.

Though it was a terrible accident, the vast majority of the estimated 400-700 passengers were fortunately not injured. Only five passengers died, and all, it seems, were noteworthy figures.

According to the initial investigations of the NTSB, which include witnesses at the scene, the driver exited the vehicle on the tracks to inspect it being hit by a crossing gate:
Reports so far show that 49-year-old Ellen Brody crossed onto the tracks, when the crossing gate slammed down on the back of her vehicle. Instead of pulling through the intersection though, she got out to inspect the back of her car. It was when she got back in her car and started to pull forward that she was struck by the passing train – going 58mph.
The crash led to the train being engulfed in flames after the electrified third rail basically incinerated the passenger cars. Loaded with hundreds of passengers, a reported 70 were injured and only five died, with the conductor and train operator among the survivors of the freak accident:
Hundreds of feet of electrified rail skewered the first two carriages of a New York commuter train in a collision with a car at a railroad crossing, a federal investigator said on Wednesday, describing the area’s worst rail crash in decades.

Investigators were focused on why the car was stopped at the crossing near the suburb of White Plains north of New York City before the Metro-North train crashed into it during Tuesday evening’s rush hour, pushing the vehicle about 1,000 feet down the line.

The rail broke into long pieces, penetrating the first train carriage as a fire broke out, apparently fueled by gasoline in the vehicle’s fuel tank, gutted the rail car’s interior, he said. At least one section of the electrified, or “third,” rail also entered the second carriage near its ceiling.
[...]

Five train passengers and the woman who was driving the Mercedes sport utility vehicle that was stuck on the tracks were killed.
Investigators said they do not yet have an explanation for how the vehicle, which officials had earlier mistakenly identified as a Jeep, became stuck on the tracks.
So, who were the unfortunate victims of this horrific crash?

Out of the hundreds of passengers from the general public who could have had the misfortune of being among the five passengers killed from the train, it is seems that all five were prominent figures in New York society.

What are the odds? Bloomberg Business carried these obituaries:
Joseph Nadol, 42. Managing director at JPMorgan, who joined the Manhattan-based bank in 2001. Institutional Investor magazine in 2009 named him the best analyst covering the aerospace and defense-electronics industries. Died Feb. 3 in the Metro-North Railroad train accident.

Eric Vandercar, 53. Senior managing director in institutional sales and trading and head of municipal funding at Mesirow Financial,
in New York. He had previously spent 27 years at Morgan Stanley. Died Feb. 3 in the Metro-North Railroad train accident.


Aditya Tomar, 41. JPMorgan vice president of technology supporting the bank’s asset-management division
. Before joining JPMorgan, he worked at Morgan Stanley, Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. and Barclays Capital. Died Feb. 3 in the Metro-North Railroad train accident.


Robert Dirks, 36. Scientist at D.E. Shaw Research, which creates computer models of organic molecules for use in drug development.
A high school valedictorian, he received a Ph.D. in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology. Died Feb. 3 in the Metro-North Railroad train accident.


Walter Liedtke
, 69. Oversaw the collection and special exhibitions of European paintings at the Met Museum in Manhattan for the past 35 years. He was an authority on the works of Johannes Vermeer and Rembrandt. Died Feb. 3 in the Metro-North Railroad train accident.
In a further tragedy for the family of Aditya Tomar, the hospital initially mixed up his records and reported that Tomar was ‘fine and undergoing x-rays,’ giving them initial relief, when in fact, it turned out that he was deceased:
Reshma and her brother rushed to Westchester County Medical Center to see if Tomar was among the injured, where they received some good – but ultimately false – news.

‘Somebody there, the security, said, “He’s fine, he’s undergoing X-rays,”‘ Dee said.

That person also told Reshma to go home and come back in the morning, but her brother remained suspicious that all was well.

‘Something didn’t add up in my son’s mind, so he dropped his sister home and went back on his own,’ Dee said. ‘He was there all night trying to figure out if (Tomar) was actually in the hospital.’


The next morning, they realized that everyone at the hospital had been accounted for except Tomar, and Reshma submitted her husband’s medical records to the Medical Examiner. Later that night they finally got confirmation that he was among the deceased.


A spokesman for Westchester Medical Center told the Daily News that they are looking into the incident.
That’s a vice president and two managing directors for the big banks, with overlapping investment interests in defense contracting and technology.

In a dramatic and strange accident where the “front carriage of the train explode[d] into a fireball,” we must ask questions about what is really behind this tragedy.

Really? What are the odds? A completely devastating train wreck, and none of those who lost their lives happened to have low level, average jobs?

Are bankers disappearing and dying to silence what they know?

Is something else going on? - SHTF Plan.



MASS SHOOTINGS: Czech Republic Shooting Spree - Crazed Gunman Goes On A Rampage, Killing 9 People At A Pub In Uhersky Brod!

Czech police are currently on the scene of the shooting

February 24, 2015 - CZECH REPUBLIC
- A restaurant shooting has left nine people dead, including the assailant, in the town of Uhersky Brod in the east of the Czech Republic.

"My information is that there are several injured and about eight dead after the shooter's rampage,
" Mayor Patrik Kuncar told Czech Television.


Czech Interior Minister Milan Chovanec said that attacker killed himself after the shooting spree and was not gunned down by police as reported earlier.

The assailant has been identified as a 62-year-old local resident. Chovanec explained that the gunman did not have a criminal record or a history of mental illness. The mayor had earlier said that the attacker was "probably mentally unstable."

Chovanec stressed that the shooting was not a terrorist act.

A police vehicle is seen near the site of a shooting in the eastern Czech town of Uhersky Brod February 24, 2015. (Reuters / Stringer)

Police officers patrol near a restaurant where a gunman opened fire in Uhersky Brod, February 24, 2015. (Reuters / Radovan Stoklasa)

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The mayor added that the attacker entered the pub around noon carrying two firearms.

The gunman reportedly opened fire indiscriminately after storming into the pub, firing about two dozen rounds. One witness, who was in the restroom at the time of the attack, told Czech Television that about 20 people were in the restaurant.

Prior to the shooting, the attacker reportedly called a TV reporter who hosts a crime show. The journalist he spoke with called the police.


WATCH: Mass shooting in Czech Republic.





Kuncar said that the gunman acted alone. "I assume this was an isolated incident. I cannot see security measures that would prevent incidents like this,"he said.

"We have various anti-terrorist measures but we can see that, here, probably a lone shooter struck with no warning."
- RT.




GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVALS: More Monster Sinkholes Appear In Siberia - Scientists Calling For URGENT Investigation Of The Mysterious Craters!

Vladimir Pushkarev/The Siberian Times

February 24, 2015 - SIBERIA, RUSSIA
- Scientists were baffled last July when they discovered three giant holes in the ground in the Yamal Peninsula in northern Siberia.

Now, with the help of satellite imagery, researchers have located four additional craters--and they believe there may be dozens more in the region. That has them calling for an urgent investigation to protect residents living in the area.

"I am sure that there are more craters on Yamal, we just need to search for them... I suppose there could be 20 to 30 craters more," Prof. Vasily Bogoyavlensky, a corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and deputy director of the Moscow-based Oil and Gas Research Institute, told The Siberian Times. "It is important not to scare people, but to understand that it is a very serious problem and we must research this."

Researchers ventured deep inside one of the holes last November
, collecting data in an effort to learn why the holes formed. The leading theory is that the holes were created by gas explosions triggered by underground heat or by rising air temperatures associated with climate change, the Siberian Times reported last December.

Since scientists can't predict when or where gas explosions will occur, it's dangerous to study them, according to Bogoyavlensky. But he said his team is planning to launch a new expedition, and to put stations in the area to detect earthquakes that might strike when the craters open up.


More photos by: Vladimir Pushkarev/The Siberian Times:







"We need to answer now the basic questions: what areas and under what conditions are the most dangerous?" he told the Siberian Times. "These questions are important for safe operation of the northern cities and infrastructure of oil and gas complexes."

Experts in the U.S. echoed that sentiment.

Dr. Carolyn Ruppel
, a research geophysicist at the Woods Hole Field Center in Massachusetts and chief of the U.S. Geological Survey's Gas Hydrates Project, told The Huffington Post in an email that she was not surprised that new holes had been found.

Ruppel, who is not involved in the Siberian research effort, called for more research on the holes.

"The processes that are causing them to form likely occur over a wide area of the continuous permafrost in this part of Siberia," she said in the email. "Scientists should definitely conduct more research on these features to determine the processes that cause their formation, how they evolve with time, and whether it is possible to predict where new ones will occur." - Huffington Post.




SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS: Nibiru, Nemesis, Wormwood, Hercobolus, Sirius, Planet X Memes - The Rogue Alien Star That Passed Through Our Solar System 70,000 Years Ago; Does It Point To A Future "Close Encounter" With Another Celestial Object?!



February 24, 2015 - SPACE
- Astronomers have identified the closest known flyby of a star to our solar system: A dim star that passed through the Oort Cloud 70,000 years ago. A group of astronomers from the US, Europe, Chile and South Africa have determined that 70,000 years ago a recently discovered dim star is likely to have passed through the solar system's distant cloud of comets, the Oort Cloud (image above). No other star is known to have ever approached our solar system this close - five times closer than the current closest star, Proxima Centauri.

In a paper published in Astrophysical Journal Letters, lead author Eric Mamajek from the University of Rochester and his collaborators analyzed the velocity and trajectory of a low-mass star system nicknamed "Scholz's star."

The star's trajectory suggests that 70,000 years ago it passed roughly 52,000 astronomical units away (or about 0.8 light years, which equals 8 trillion kilometers, or 5 trillion miles). This is astronomically close; our closest neighbor star Proxima Centauri is 4.2 light years distant. In fact, the astronomers explain in the paper that they are 98% certain that it went through what is known as the "outer Oort Cloud" - a region at the edge of the solar system filled with trillions of comets a mile or more across that are thought to give rise to long-term comets orbiting the Sun after their orbits are perturbed.




The star originally caught Mamajek's attention during a discussion with co-author Valentin D. Ivanov, from the European Southern Observatory. Scholz's star had an unusual mix of characteristics: despite being fairly close ("only" 20 light years away), it showed very slow tangential motion, that is, motion across the sky. The radial velocity measurements taken by Ivanov and collaborators, however, showed the star moving almost directly away from the solar system at considerable speed.

"Most stars this nearby show much larger tangential motion," says Mamajek, associate professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Rochester. "The small tangential motion and proximity initially indicated that the star was most likely either moving towards a future close encounter with the solar system, or it had 'recently' come close to the solar system and was moving away. Sure enough, the radial velocity measurements were consistent with it running away from the Sun's vicinity - and we realized it must have had a close flyby in the past."

To work out its trajectory the astronomers needed both pieces of data, the tangential velocity and the radial velocity. Ivanov and collaborators had characterized the recently discovered star through measuring its spectrum and radial velocity via Doppler shift. These measurements were carried out using spectrographs on large telescopes in both South Africa and Chile: the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) and the Magellan telescope at Las Campanas Observatory, respectively.

Once the researchers pieced together all the information they figured out that Scholz's star was moving away from our solar system and traced it back in time to its position 70,000 years ago, when their models indicated it came closest to our Sun.

Until now, the top candidate for the closest known flyby of a star to the solar system was the so-called "rogue star" HIP 85605, which was predicted to come close to our solar system in 240,000 to 470,000 years from now. However, Mamajek and his collaborators have also demonstrated that the original distance to HIP 85605 was likely underestimated by a factor of ten. At its more likely distance - about 200 light years - HIP 85605's newly calculated trajectory would not bring it within the Oort Cloud.
Mamajek worked with former University of Rochester undergraduate Scott Barenfeld (now a graduate student at Caltech) to simulate 10,000 orbits for the star, taking into account the star's position, distance, and velocity, the Milky Way galaxy's gravitational field, and the statistical uncertainties in all of these measurements. Of those 10,000 simulations, 98% of the simulations showed the star passing through the outer Oort cloud, but fortunately only one of the simulations brought the star within the inner Oort cloud, which could trigger so-called "comet showers."

While the close flyby of Scholz's star likely had little impact on the Oort Cloud, Mamajek points out that "other dynamically important Oort Cloud perturbers may be lurking among nearby stars." The recently launched European Space Agency Gaia satellite is expected to map out the distances and measure the velocities of a billion stars. With the Gaia data, astronomers will be able to tell which other stars may have had a close encounter with us in the past or will in the distant future.

Currently, Scholz's star is a small, dim red dwarf in the constellation of Monoceros, about 20 light years away. However, at the closest point in its flyby of the solar system, Scholz's star would have been a 10th magnitude star - about 50 times fainter than can normally be seen with the naked eye at night. It is magnetically active, however, which can cause stars to "flare" and briefly become thousands of times brighter. So it is possible that Scholz's star may have been visible to the naked eye by our ancestors 70,000 years ago for minutes or hours at a time during rare flaring events. The star is part of a binary star system: a low-mass red dwarf star (with mass about 8% that of the Sun) and a "brown dwarf" companion (with mass about 6% that of the Sun). Brown dwarfs are considered "failed stars;" their masses are too low to fuse hydrogen in their cores like a "star," but they are still much more massive than gas giant planets like Jupiter.

The formal designation of the star is "WISE J072003.20-084651.2," however it has been nicknamed "Scholz's star" to honor its discoverer - astronomer Ralf-Dieter Scholz of the Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam (AIP) in Germany - who first reported the discovery of the dim nearby star in late 2013. The "WISE" part of the designation refers to NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission, which mapped the entire sky in infrared light in 2010 and 2011, and the "J-number" part of the designation refers to the star's celestial coordinates. - Daily Galaxy.




GLOBAL FOOD/WATER CRISIS: Food Shortages, Drought, Civil War And Societal Collapse - MILLIONS Edging Toward Monumental Famine In South Sudan!

South Sudan – 1,408,500 hectares The United States were the biggest grabbers in South Sudan, taking 1 million hectares in two grabs.
600,000 hectares were for rice while 400,000 were for cereals, flowers, fruit, vegetables and oil seeds. Photo: United Nations

February 24, 2015 - SOUTH SUDAN
- The civil war is likely to intensify and over two and a half million people are facing a risk of food shortage in South Sudan, according to the UN. Despite seven failed ceasefires, the violence in the country continues.

The United Nations appealed for 1.8 billion dollars in aid for South Sudan on Monday, with international donors pledging to give $529 million (or 467 million Euros) at a conference in Kenyan capital Nairobi.

UN emergency relief coordinator Valerie Amos said she had witnessed "first hand the continuing widespread devastation and destruction" and an "untenable level of suffering" after returning from a three-day visit to South Sudan.

Civil war broke out in the northeastern African country in late 2013, and multiple peace initiatives have failed in stopping the violence between the government forces and the rebels supporting the former Vice President Riek Machar. International Crisis Group estimates that at least 50,000 people have been killed.

According to the UN, more than half of the country's population of 12 million are in need of aid, with some 100,000 civilians staying inside UN camps ringed with barbed wire, for fear of being killed if they leave. The UN also estimates that two-and-a-half million people are in a state of emergency or crisis, and at the brink of famine.

Some half a million of South Sudanese fled the country.

"The conflict has had a devastating impact on South Sudan but if peace doesn't come quickly, it will also have a significant regional impact," Amos warned.

'Control mechanism are breaking down'


In its aid appeal, the UN said that the "most likely planning scenario" was that violence "intensifies" in the dry season, which makes it easier for military vehicles to move around the country. The UN also said it expected that peace agreements "may not effectively or immediately end hostilities."

In addition, Amos said that many aid workers risk being kidnapped and have seen their supplies and equipment looted.
"Roadblocks are just being suddenly established and demands being made of humanitarian workers that they pay to allow the convoys to go through," she said.

"This is reflection of the fact that the command and control mechanisms that should exist are breaking down."

Forest Whitaker in South Sudan


The US, an essential political ally in a push for South Sudan's independence in 2011, promised to donate $273 millions in aid, while sharply criticizing the leaders of the opposing factions.

US Assistant Secretary of State for Refugees Anne C. Richard said that no conflict around the world today filled Washington with as "much frustration and despair" as this "man-made" crisis.

Richard also said that people "continue to suffer and die unnecessarily because their leaders are unwilling to do what it takes to restore peace."

US actor Forest Whitaker, a UN peace envoy who joined Valerie Amos in visiting South Sudan, said he had met with communities that had "witnessed unspeakable atrocities".

"The needs are immense and human suffering is unbearably real," he said.

The peace talks will continue on February 19, according to the South Sudan authorites. - All Africa.



FIRE IN THE SKY: Stunningly Massive Fireball Seen Over Idaho, Montana, Utah, And Parts Of Canada - NASA Claim It Was A Falling Rocket Body?!



February 24, 2015 - NORTH AMERICA
- A blaze of light seen across Utah skies at around 10:55 Monday night was likely not a meteor, according to a local expert.

The fireball set off a barrage of calls from around the state to police dispatch, the Salt Lake City International Airport, and The Salt Lake Tribune, but the FAA said it was not a manned aircraft, and NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Patrick Wiggins told The Tribune that he's "95 percent sure" that what people saw was the re-entry of a Chinese rocket body used to launch the satellite Yaogan Weixing-26 in December.

Not, as many assumed, a meteor.

Wiggins said he became dubious when people said they watched the flight of a meteor for such an extended period.

"No meteor takes minutes to go across the sky, with very, very rare exception, so that got me thinking satellites," he said.

Images from social media:









Wiggins subscribes to a service that alerts him to upcoming re-entries, and sure enough, that was a possible window for the rocket body's return to Earth.

"These happen all the time," he said. "There are literally thousands upon thousands of satellites orbiting the earth right now."

Most re-entries go unnoticed because most of the Earth is relatively unpopulated, he said.

Descriptions of the fireball varied from witnesses in Utah up north into Canada. Wiggins said that's likely because the rocket body's lighter materials burn more efficiently upon initial re-entry.

The American Meteor Society was investigating more than 300 meteor reports early Tuesday morning, many from Utah.

On Tuesday, NASA put the final nail in the it's-not-a-meteor coffin.

"What folks in your area saw last night was not a meteor but the reentry of a Chinese rocket body, which was launched into a 97-degree inclination orbit back on December 27 of last year," said Bill Cooke of the Meteoroid Environments Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center. - The Salt Lake Tribune.


WATCH: Giant fireball lights up parts of North America.





NASA: Impressive fireball over Idaho, western skies was falling rocket body

Sky gazers in Montana, Idaho, Utah and Alberta, Canada, took to Twitter and Instagram late Monday night to share photos and sightings of what many thought was a meteorite lighting up the sky.

"Nutty, was not expecting that ... even called the non-emergency dispatch to make sure everything was OK." — Jordan T. of Eagle, Idaho, in report to American Meteor Society. Sighting at 11 p.m. MST Monday.

A NASA official says the fireball was a rocket body used in the December launch of the Yaogan Weixing-26, a Chinese satellite.

"This is the most pronounced fireball I have ever seen in person," said Harry T. of Grangeville, Idaho, in report to American Meteor Society. Sighting at 10 p.m. PST Monday.

"I have never seen anything of this magnitude and brightness nor duration in my lifetime; it was quite spectacular, Incredible really! Many people must have seen this one! Wow!" — Michael B. of Pendleton, Ore., in report to American Meteor Society. Sighting 10 p.m. Monday PST.

"Most amazing celestial event I have ever seen." — Maples G. of Garden Valley, Idaho, in report to American Meteor Society. Sighting at 10:55 p.m. Monday MST. - Idaho Statesman.


CHINESE ROCKET RE-ENTRY

Last night, Feb. 23-24, sky watchers in the western half of North America witnessed a spectacular cluster of fireballs and meteors. We now know it was the re-entry and breakup of a Chinese rocket body, specifically stage 3 of the CZ-4B rocket that launched the Yaogan Weixing 26 satellite in Dec. 2014. Donny Mott photographed the glowing debris from Spirit Lake, Idaho:




Mott was watching last night's display of auroras around 10 pm local time when the fragments flew by. "It was super bright," he says. "You can see it breaking up in these 4 images I took 10 seconds apart."
Another photographer, John Arnold, caught the meteor flying over Craig, Montana: photos.

According to satellite tracking expert Ted Molczan, "there are confirmed sightings from Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Montana, British Columbia, Alberta. The most southerly observation I have noted so far was from Scottsdale, Arizona; the most northerly from Didsbury, Alberta. That spans nearly 3000 km of the descent." Molczan has prepared a map of sightings along with the ground track of the decaying rocket body:



The re-entering rocket body traveled from south to north. Molczan says "the approximate toe of the debris footprint (should any have survived to impact Earth) would be well into Canada." - Space Weather.





INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSE: Metrolink Train Derails In Southern California - At Least 30 People Injured!



February 24, 2015 - CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
- At least 30 people were reportedly injured early Tuesday when a commuter train derailed in the Southern California city of Oxnard. The number of casualties is not yet clear.

According to the Los Angeles Times, a spokesperson for Metrolink — the LA area’s passenger rail system — said that the pre-dawn crash occurred just before 6 a.m. local time on Tuesday morning when a commuter train collided with a tractor trailer.

Metrolink spokesman Scott Johnson told the Times that three train cars detailed due to the collision and at least 30 people were injured. Information about possible casualties could not yet be confirmed by the paper.










Sgt. Denise Shadinger of the Oxnard police told the Associated Press that the truck became fully engulfed in flames as a result of the crash. Photographs from the scene show that the vehicle was split in two and all but obliterated from the collision, but the driver managed to survive, according to a local NBC News affiliate.

Oxnard is a city of around 203,000 situated roughly 65 miles west of LA. The crash occurred on the Ventura County Line tracks near the intersection of 5th Street and Rice Avenue at around 5:45 a.m., according to local media, when the Metrolink train reportedly struck a truck on its tracks.

Tuesday morning’s incident unfolded three weeks after a commuter train near New York City struck an SUV on its tracks, killing six. - RT.