Thursday, November 12, 2015

MONUMENTAL GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVALS: Dangerous Landslide And Ground Collapse In Ceiba, Puerto Rico - Leaves 8 Houses And Families On The Edge Of A Massive 32-FOOT Sinkhole! [PHOTOS+VIDEOS]

November 12, 2015 - CEIBA, PUERTO RICO
- Eight houses are on the edge of a 20-feet hole as the ground collapsed just in front of them.

The dangerous landslide that even destroyed the wall of containment has occurred on November 9, 2015, at night and hasn’t been secured yet.

Luckily, only two families were sleeping in their homes since the state agency for emergency management and administration of disasters ( Aemead) had given orders of eviction last monday.

This ground instability isn’t new. These houses are suffering for more than one year from cracks and land movements.

But it is only on November 6, 2015 that the sidewalks began to collapse and the streets to crack.

Today, the wall of containment is left and a 32-feet hole is threatening 8 houses and families.

The landslide is however still active. The ground is continuously moving and you hear trees cracking…

These 8 houses will probably one day collapse into the ground.

WATCH: Massive landslide in Puerto Rico.

More pictures and information: Familias afectadas por derrumbe en Ceiba.

- Strange Sounds.


MIDDLE EAST CONFLICT: Societal Chaos And Civilizations Unraveling - Israel Strikes Damascus In Syria... Again; Dozens Of Palestinians Injured In Clashes On Anniversary Of Arafat's Death; At Least 41 Killed And 200 Hurt In Beirut Suicide Bombings!

IAF fighter jets during the Red Flag joint exercise at Nellis air force base in Nevada . (photo credit:COURTESY IDF SPOKESMAN'S OFFICE)
November 12, 2015 - MIDDLE EAST - Israel reportedly carried out an airstrike Wednesday near the airport in the Syrian capital Damascus. Meanwhile, dozens of Palestinians have been injured in clashes with Israeli forces on the anniversary of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s death. Youths threw stones and burned tires while Israeli security forces responded with tear gas and live bullets. And, two suspected suicide bombings in the southern suburbs of Beirut have left at least 41 people dead, Reuters reports citing the Interior Ministry. The death toll is expected to rise with Lebanon's Red Cross putting the number of those injured over 200.

Israel Strikes Damascus in Syria ... Again

Around two weeks after a reported Israeli strike on a weapons convoy in Syria, media outlets associated with Syrian President Bashar Assad reported Wednesday night another Israeli airstrike in the country.

According to the reports, Israeli aircraft carried out the strike adjacent to the Damascus airport at around 6:00 p.m. Yet it was not clear whether the target of the attack was a weapons shipment, or an alternate target, such as an Iran-backed terror cell operating against Israel. 

Defense officials declined to comment on the foreign media reports.

However, Israel did previously announce a strict-policy of intolerance towards threats to the state, such as weapons transfers between Syria and Lebanon.

The last reported Israeli strike in Syria, on October 31, targeted numerous Hezbollah targets in Syria's south.

In the October alleged attack, Syrian media reported that up to a dozen Israeli war planes conducted the mission close to the Lebanon-Syria border in the Qalamoun Mountains region. Estimated targets included a weapons convoy destined for Hezbollah fighters traveling through Syria.

The alleged attack on Wednesday night would be the second attributed to Israel since Russia began operating in the area.

Israel has reportedly struck Hezbollah in Syria several times over the past year.

Earlier this year, the Israel Air Force reportedly struck a vehicle located in a Druse village in southwestern Syria, killing Hezbollah men and a pro-Assad militiaman, as well as a military base in Lebanon.

Another reported strike targeted a Lebanese military installation near the Syrian border, wounding six. It is believed to belong to a pro-Syrian Palestinian faction. In a newsflash, Syrian state television quoted a military source as saying that Israeli planes had struck a base belonging to the Damascus-based Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, a faction that backs Assad. - JPOST.

Dozens of Palestinians injured in clashes on anniversary of Arafat’s death

Dozens of Palestinians have been injured in clashes with Israeli forces on the anniversary of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s death. Youths threw stones and burned tires while Israeli security forces responded with tear gas and live bullets.

At least four people were wounded by live ammunition near Ramallah, in Al-Bireh, the Palestinian health ministry said. Another person reportedly remains in a critical condition and is undergoing surgery after being shot in the heart.

Clashes in Al-Bireh erupted after a few hundred Palestinians marched towards Israeli forces, as part of a rally to commemorate Yasser Arafat’s life. At some point the youths began throwing stones at the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), and rolling burning tires towards the security personnel. The IDF responded by firing tear gas and live bullets.

In other clashes in the West Bank, live rounds injured at least six other Palestinians in the city of Tulkarem.

In total, “62 citizens were injured by live ammunition and rubber-coated bullets during clashes with the (Israeli) occupation in Tulkarem, Ramallah, Al-Bireh and Bethlehem,” the health ministry announced.

Those hurt were transferred to the Palestinian Medical Complex in Ramallah, the Palestinian Health Ministry told the Ma’an news agency, adding that all were shot in the lower body.

WATCH: Palestinians injured in clashes with Israel.

Israeli forces said that they were responding to violence stemming from the Palestinian side. They confirmed the use of live fire.

“Rioters attacked forces and hurled Molotov cocktails and rocks at them. The forces then responded,” the statement said.

In the Gaza Strip, several Palestinian protesters were also injured during clashes with Israeli forces at the border of the Bureij refugee camp. Young protesters fired slingshots and threw tear gas back at IDF troops. The latter subsequently returned fire.

Meanwhile, over 2,000 activists flocked to a rally at the Al-Azhar University in Gaza. Organized by the Fatah Youth Movement, students marched to commemorate the anniversary of the death of the PLO chairman Yasser Arafat, who many believe was poisoned by Israel eleven years ago. There were no reports of violence.

The latest tensions erupted over a month ago when Israel tried to restrict access to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem. Some 77 Palestinians have been killed since late September. At least 10 Israelis have died as the tensions continue. - RT.

At least 41 killed, 200 hurt in southern Beirut suicide bombings

Double blast in southern Beirut suburb of Burj al-Barajneh, Lebanon.

A pair of suicide bombings killed at least 41 people and wounded over 200 more Thursday evening in southern Beirut, a Lebanese Health Minister Wael Abu Faour said.

The blasts shook Bourj al-Barajneh, one of the biggest and most well-known largely Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, according to the state-run National News Agency.

The Lebanese news agency reported that two suicide bombers blew themselves up within 150 meters (490 feet) and five minutes of each other.

It was not immediately clear where they came from or what their motivation was.

Yet, in a purported statement circulated online by ISIS supporters on social media, ISIS claimed responsibility for the blasts. CNN hasn't confirmed the authenticity of the statement.

In addition to the human toll, the explosions damaged at least four nearby buildings. Video distributed by Reuters showed a dramatic scene in the bombings' aftermath, with rescue workers carrying out victims past piles of rubble and through a mass of people.

After the blasts, authorities closed all entrances to Bourj al-Barajneh, NNA reported. Judge Sakr Sakr dispatched military police and other authorities to investigate the blasts, cordoning off the area around them.

Citizens have been urged to stay away from the bloody scene as well as nearby hospitals to make it easier for ambulances to get back and forth.

Prime Minister Tammam Salam declared Friday a day of mourning for the victims of the bombings, a terrorist attack condemned by officials across the country's political landscape.

Bombings not new to Lebanon

Lebanon has seen plenty of violence involving numerous parties in recent decades, including recently as fallout from the bloody civil war in neighboring Syria.

That war has flooded the Middle Eastern nation with more than a million refugees, according to the United Nations, and also contributed to intermittent spillover violence.

Most of that bloodshed has been concentrated near the Syrian border, though not all, as evidenced by a November 2013 Beirut bombing that killed at least 23 people and wounded about 150 more.

The al Qaeda-linked militant group Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility for that bombing and warned of more to come unless the Lebanese-based, Iranian-backed Shiite militia Hezbollah stops sending fighters to support Syrian government forces. - CNN.


PLANETARY TREMORS: 5.1 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Off Alaska Coast!

November 12, 2015 - ALASKA
- A medium-power earthquake with a magnitude of 5.1 struck the Aleutian Islands off the coast of Alaska.

This comes only two days after the archipelago was hit by a 6.2 magnitude quake.

The earthquake occurred at 2:28 p.m GMT (5:28 a.m. local time) on Thursday, about 68 miles (109 km) of the island hamlet of Atka, putting it squarely between the United States and Russia, according to the US Geological Survey.

The Thursday tremblor is only the latest in the series of similar geological events that have hit Alaska.

On Monday, the sparsely-populated island chain was hit by a 6.2 magnitude earthquake around 7 a.m. local time, this time 58 miles (93 km) southeast of Atka.

On Friday, southcentral Alaska was hit by a light 4.5 magnitude quake and could be felt in Anchorage, which it occurred 53 miles north of. No damage was reported, according to the Alaska Earthquake Center.

The Aleutian Islands is a highly seismic area. Major earthquakes and tsunamis have come from seismic activity in the area. - RT.

Tectonic Summary - Seismotectonics of Alaska

The Aleutian arc extends approximately 3,000 km from the Gulf of Alaska in the east to the Kamchatka Peninsula in the west. It marks the region where the Pacific plate subducts into the mantle beneath the North America plate. This subduction is responsible for the generation of the Aleutian Islands and the deep offshore Aleutian Trench.

The curvature of the arc results in a westward transition of relative plate motion from trench-normal (i.e., compressional) in the east to trench-parallel (i.e., translational) in the west, accompanied by westward variations in seismic activity, volcanism, and overriding plate composition. The Aleutian arc is generally divided into three regions: the western, central, and eastern Aleutians. Relative to a fixed North America plate, the Pacific plate is moving northwest at a rate that increases from roughly 60 mm/yr at the arc's eastern edge to 76 mm/yr near its western terminus. The eastern Aleutian arc extends from the Alaskan Peninsula in the east to the Fox Islands in the west. Motion along this section of the arc is characterized by arc-perpendicular convergence and Pacific plate subduction beneath thick continental lithosphere. This region exhibits intense volcanic activity and has a history of megathrust earthquakes.

USGS plate tectonics for the region.

The central Aleutian arc extends from the Andreanof Islands in the east to the Rat Islands in the west. Here, motion is characterized by westward-increasing oblique convergence and Pacific plate subduction beneath thin oceanic lithosphere. Along this portion of the arc, the Wadati-Benioff zone is well defined to depths of approximately 200 km. Despite the obliquity of convergence, active volcanism and megathrust earthquakes are also present along this margin.

The western Aleutians, stretching from the western end of the Rat Islands in the east to the Commander Islands, Russia, in the west, is tectonically different from the central and eastern portions of the arc. The increasing component of transform motion between the Pacific and North America plates is evidenced by diminishing active volcanism; the last active volcano is located on Buldir Island, in the far western portion of the Rat Island chain. Additionally, this portion of the subduction zone has not hosted large earthquakes or megathrust events in recorded history. Instead, the largest earthquakes in this region are generally shallow, predominantly strike-slip events with magnitudes between M5-6. Deeper earthquakes do occur, albeit rather scarcely and with small magnitudes (Magnitude less than 4), down to approximately 50 km.

Most of the seismicity along the Aleutian arc results from thrust faulting that occurs along the interface between the Pacific and North America plates, extending from near the base of the trench to depths of 40 to 60 km. Slip along this interface is responsible for generating devastating earthquakes. Deformation also occurs within the subducting slab in the form of intermediate-depth earthquakes that can reach depths of 250 km. Normal faulting events occur in the outer rise region of the Aleutian arc resulting from the bending of the oceanic Pacific plate as it enters the Aleutian trench. Additionally, deformation of the overriding North America plate generates shallow crustal earthquakes.

The Aleutian arc is a seismically active region, evidenced by the many moderate to large earthquakes occurring each year. Since 1900, this region has hosted twelve large earthquakes (Magnitude greater than 7.5) including the May 7, 1986 M8.0 Andreanof Islands, the June 10, 1996 M7.9 Andreanof Islands, and the November 17, 2003 M7.8 Rat Islands earthquakes. Six of these great earthquakes (M8.3 or larger) have occurred along the Aleutian arc that together have ruptured almost the entire shallow megathrust contact. The first of these major earthquakes occurred on August 17, 1906 near the island of Amchitka (M8.3) in the western Aleutian arc. However, unlike the other megathrust earthquakes along the arc, this event is thought to have been an intraplate event occurring in the shallow slab beneath the subduction zone interface.

The first megathrust event along the arc during the 20th century was the November 10, 1938 M8.6 Shumagin Island earthquake. This event ruptured an approximately 300 km long stretch of the arc from the southern end of Kodiak Island to the northern end of the Shumagin Islands and generated a small tsunami that was recorded as far south as Hawaii.

The April 1, 1946 M8.6 Unimak Island earthquake, located in the central Aleutian arc, was characterized by slow rupture followed by a devastating Pacific-wide tsunami that was observed as far south as the shores of Antarctica. Although damage from earthquake shaking was not severe locally, tsunami run-up heights were recorded as high as 42 m on Unimak Island and tsunami waves in Hilo, Hawaii also resulted in casualties. The slow rupture of this event has made it difficult to constrain the focal mechanism and depth of the earthquake, though it is thought to have been an interplate thrust earthquake.

The next megathrust earthquake occurred along the central portion of the Aleutian arc near the Andreanof Islands on March 9, 1957, with a magnitude of M8.6. The rupture length of this event was approximately 1200 km, making it the longest observed aftershock zone of all the historic Aleutian arc events. Although only limited seismic data from this event are still available, significant damage and tsunamis were observed on the islands of Adak and Unimak with tsunami heights of approximately 13 m.

The easternmost megathrust earthquake was the March 28, 1964 M9.2 Prince William Sound earthquake, currently the second largest recorded earthquake in the world. The event had a rupture length of roughly 700 km extending from Prince William Sound in the northeast to the southern end of Kodiak Island in the southwest. Extensive damage was recorded in Kenai, Moose Pass, and Kodiak but significant shaking was felt over a large region of Alaska, parts of western Yukon Territory, and British Columbia, Canada. Property damage was the largest in Anchorage, as a result of both the main shock shaking and the ensuing landslides. This megathrust earthquake also triggered a devastating tsunami that caused damage along the Gulf of Alaska, the West Coast of the United States, and in Hawaii.

The westernmost Aleutians megathrust earthquake followed a year later on February 4, 1965. This M8.7 Rat Islands earthquake was characterized by roughly 600 km of rupture. Although this event is quite large, damage was low owing to the region's remote and sparsely inhabited location. A relatively small tsunami was recorded throughout the Pacific Ocean with run-up heights up to 10.7 m on Shemya Island and flooding on Amchitka Island.

Although the Aleutian arc is highly active, seismicity is rather discontinuous, with two regions that have not experienced a large (Magnitude greater than 8.0) earthquake in the past century: the Commander Islands in the western Aleutians and the Shumagin Islands in the east. Due to the dominantly transform motion along the western arc, there is potential that the Commander Islands will rupture in a moderate to large strike-slip earthquake in the future. The Shumagin Islands region may also have high potential for hosting a large rupture in the future, though it has been suggested that little strain is being accumulated along this section of the subduction zone, and thus associated hazards may be reduced.

East of the Aleutian arc along the Gulf of Alaska, crustal earthquakes occur as a result transmitted deformation and stress associated with the northwestward convergence of the Pacific plate that collides a block of oceanic and continental material into the North America plate. In 2002, the Denali Fault ruptured in a sequence of earthquakes that commenced with the October 23 M6.7 Nenana Mountain right-lateral strike-slip earthquake and culminated with the November 3, M7.9 Denali earthquake which started as a thrust earthquake along a then unrecognized fault and continued with a larger right-lateral strike-slip event along the Denali and Totschunda Faults.

More information on regional seismicity and tectonics



FIRE IN THE SKY: "Unusually Bright Flash" - Huge Fireball Lights Up The Skies Over Siberia! [VIDEO]

November 12, 2015 - RUSSIA
- A huge fireball has been spotted in the skies over the Russian city of Chita near the border with China.

An unidentified flying object, most probably a meteorite, made three extra bright flashes before burning out, according to eyewitness accounts.

A video claiming to show a bolide [meteor] burning out in the skies was posted on YouTube. Witnesses described the incident as an unusually bright flash that illuminated the skies just after midnight on November 12. The falling object left long tail of light behind it.

"It resembled a fall of some kind of an [space] object," Zvezda TV channel said, citing an unnamed witness. The phenomenon was also clearly visible from neighboring cities.

WATCH: Meteor lights up Siberian skies.

The Russian military said that no drills were conducted in the region last night.

A similar meteor was clearly visible in the skies over Kaliningrad in Russia's farthest western province on October 31. That fireball was also a green and blue color with a long tail of light.

The largest meteor in modern history exploded over the city of Chelyabinsk in the Urals region of Russia in February 2013.

The energy of the explosion was estimated to be equivalent to several megatons of TNT.

However, the Chelyabinsk meteorite was relatively small, about 17 meters in diameter and it disintegrated with a blast at an altitude of over 40 kilometers.

The impact wave damaged several buildings and blasted out many windows in the city. - RT.

ICE AGE NOW: "Everything Is Blinding White" - Sierra Nevada Blasted With Most Snow In Several Years; About 36 Inches Dumped On Mammoth Mountain In Just 2 Days!

A fall Sierra Nevada storm dropped nearly a foot of snow at Mammoth Mountain and less in town in Mammoth Lakes earlier this month.
A second storm dumped up to 36 inches of snow Sunday and Monday. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
November 12, 2015 - CALIFORNIA/NEVADA, UNITED STATES - Alex Hoon was driving north from Mammoth Lakes on Tuesday, looking in awe at the decidedly winter landscape.

“Everything is blinding white … fresh white snow,” said Hoon, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Reno. “It was beautiful.”

A series of storms has left a large swath of the Sierra Nevada with a blanket of snow — something of a surreal sight after four years of drought. Social media filled with photos of snowplows, skiing and landmark peaks in Yosemite dusted with snow.

About 36 inches of snow was dumped on Mammoth's summit in just two days, while folks at slightly lower elevations saw up to 20 inches of snow. Farther north, Lake Tahoe got as much as 12 inches of snow.

Forecasters said the heavy snow was from one of the biggest storms the region has seen in several years.

But welcome as it is, the early November dump of white means little in terms of building a hefty winter snowpack that could help ease the drought.

“The snow that typically will fall in November isn't always the snow that lasts the entire winter,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Brooke Bingaman. “What we're really going to rely on is the snowpack that falls in the second half of the winter, particularly January and February.”

The key date for California's snowpack is five months away: April 1, when the mountain snowpack is customarily at its peak and state hydrologists know roughly how much water it will produce to help fill reservoirs in the spring and early summer. This year, the statewide snowpack on that date was an abysmal 5% of average, the lowest in more than 60 years of record-keeping.

The snowpack, technically the water content of snow, acts as nature's reservoir, typically providing about a third of California's water supply.

“We'd love to see a whole series of these, measured out tablespoon by tablespoon all winter long,” said Kelly Redmond, regional climatologist at the Western Regional Climate Center in Reno.

Extraordinary as it may seem after four years of drought, the snowfall accumulation of the recent Sierra Nevada storms is about average for this time of year, Bingaman said.

“Once we get into November, that's when we get a more regular occurrence
of storms.... So far this month, it's pretty much clockwork.”

Sources: NOAA, Google Earth.  Len De Groot and Paul Duginski @latimesgraphics

Forecasters continue to predict a strong El Niño this winter, but the storms could be warmer, producing more rain than snow. Moreover, Redmond said, “it's worth remembering, of the last four drought winters, two of them started out very promising: on the wet side and then just pooped out.”

“It's a good teaser,” he said of the storm that draped the valleys near Reno with 18 inches of snow. “Even just an average winter would be great.”

Nonetheless, the snow is a boon for sports shops and ski resorts across the Sierra Nevada, but it's too early to tell whether it's a harbinger of a snowy winter closer to the historical average that could help California's vital snowpack.

“It's really too early to answer that.... We're probably a little bit below normal,” said Karl Swanberg, a National Weather Service forecaster in Sacramento. “With the lowest snowpack on record last year, anything's an improvement.”

Indeed, a combination of years of drought and media hype over an upcoming El Niño may magnify the attention to any precipitation as something other than normal, Swanberg said.

At Mammoth Lakes, ski and snowboarding slopes opened earlier than scheduled after a storm last week, said Rick Flamson, owner of Rick's Sports Center, a mainstay for 25 years.

“If you believe the weather people — and I'm a little bit of a weather buff myself — it seems to me that, yes, we're all very optimistic it's going to be a better winter,” Flamson said. “Last year at this time, the ski area was just opening. I'm looking straight out this front door at the snow out there,” and he can imagine hotels will be booked this weekend.

But the storms also brought complications. Some areas were overwhelmed, and roads were closed temporarily, Hoon said.

Utility customers on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe have been coping with a power outage after branches weighed down with snow snapped and took out electrical lines, Hoon said.

Nevada Energy said it was a severe storm that caused widespread power outages.

The storm also brought heavy rain to coastal areas of Northern California. In Monterey, San Benito, Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties, more than an inch of rain fell in some areas. The Bay Area saw less rainfall but more than 500 lightning strikes.

For all the talk of El Niño, experts said the storm had the telltale signs of the routine seasonal systems that flow south from the northern Pacific.

Regardless, “we need moisture, no matter how it comes,” Swanberg said.  - LA Times.


MONUMENTAL PLANETARY TREMORS: Violent Shaking Along The Pacific "Ring Of Fire" Continues - A Progression Of Disasters That Began In September!

November 12, 2015 - PACIFIC RING OF FIRE
- Have you noticed that seismic activity along the Ring of Fire appears to be dramatically increasing?

According to Volcano Discovery, 39 volcanoes around the world have recently erupted, and 32 of them are associated with the Ring of Fire. This includes Mt. Popocatepetl which sits only about 50 miles away from Mexico City's 18 million inhabitants.

If you are not familiar with the Ring of Fire, it is an area roughly shaped like a horseshoe that runs along the outer perimeter of the Pacific Ocean. Approximately 90 percent of all earthquakes and approximately 75 percent of all volcanic eruptions occur along the Ring of Fire. Recently, we have witnessed a 4.4, a 5.4 and a 5.7 earthquake in Alaska, a 6.8 earthquake in Chile and 20 earthquakes in Indonesia of at least magnitude 4.3. And as you will see below, this violent shaking along the Ring of Fire seems to continue a progression of major disasters that began back during the month of September.

For whatever reason, our planet suddenly seems to be waking up. Unfortunately, the west coast of the United States is one of the areas where this is being felt the most. The little city of San Ramon, California, is about 45 miles east of San Francisco, and over the past several weeks it has experienced a record-breaking 583 earthquakes:
A total of 583 small earthquakes have shaken San Ramon, California, in the last three weeks or so—more than five times the record set 12 years agoaccording to the latest US Geological Survey updates.

"It's the swarm with the largest number of total earthquakes in San Ramon," said USGS scientist David Schwartz, who is more concerned about the size of quakes than he is the total number of them. Still, the number tops the previous record set in 2003, when 120 earthquakes hit over 31 days, with the largest clocking in at a magnitude of 4.2.
Could this be a prelude to a major seismic event in California?

We shall see what happens.

Meanwhile, records are being shattered in the middle part of the country as well.

For instance, the state of Oklahoma has already set a brand new yearly record for earthquakes:
The state recorded its 587th earthquake of 3.0 magnitude or higher early this week, breaking the previous record of 585. That record was set for all of 2014, meaning that Oklahoma has now had more 3.0 magnitude or higher earthquakes so far in 2015 than it did in all of 2014. So far this year, E&E News reports, Oklahoma's averaged 2.5 quakes each day, a rate that, if it continues, means the state could see more than 912 earthquakes by the end of this year.

Oklahoma has also experienced 21 4.0 magnitude or greater earthquakes so far this year — an increase over last year, which saw 14.
And just over this past weekend there was a very disturbing series of earthquakes in the state:
Starting with a magnitude-4.1 temblor at 5:11 a.m. close to the Oklahoma-Kansas border, the region experienced a series of six earthquakes within a 75-minute period Saturday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey reported on its website.

The largest earthquake Saturday morning was the 4.1, which had an epicenter nine miles northwest of Medford, Okla., 59 miles southwest of Wichita.

That was followed by five more quakes near Medford with magnitudes of 2.5, 2.8, 2.5, 3.1 and 2.9—the last of which came at 6:24 a.m.

A seventh earthquake—this one a magnitude-4.2 temblor—was recorded at 12:29 p.m., 10 miles north-northwest of Medford.
So why aren't more Americans alarmed that these records are being broken?

We are seeing things that we have never seen before, and I believe that it will soon get even worse.
And this dramatic increase in seismic activity that we are now seeing appears to fit into a larger pattern of major disasters that we have been witnessing over the past couple of months.

As we approached the end of the summer, all of a sudden massive wildfires erupted all across the western third of the country. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, the only time in U.S. history when wildfires had burned more acres by the end of October was during the record-setting year of 2006.

In 2015, a lot of these wildfires have really been threatening highly populated areas. I know, because at one point a major fire came within about 10 miles of my own house. Since the beginning of August, Barack Obama has made an astounding 25 disaster declarations related to fires, and by the end of September the horrible fires that were threatening key areas of the state of California were making headlines all over the world.

Then as we got to the very end of the month of September, a new kind of disaster began to take center stage. As I wrote about just recently, the storm that would later became known as Hurricane Joaquin developed into a tropical depression on September 28th.

Even though that hurricane never made landfall in the United States, moisture from that storm caused a tremendous amount of chaos along the east coast.

The governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley, said that it was the most rain that some areas of her state had witnessed "in a thousand years," and it is being projected that the economic damage that was done by all of the flooding "will probably be in the billions of dollars."

Shortly after the flooding in South Carolina, a massive storm dumped an enormous amount of rain on southern California. Because that area had been experiencing severe drought for so long, all of that rain caused tremendous flooding and massive mudslides.

Rivers of mud literally several feet thick completely stopped traffic along many major roads across the region. If you got caught in those rivers of mud, you were lucky to get out with your life. In fact, authorities pulled one dead man out of a vehicle that got completely buried by mud several days after the storms had passed. It took them that long to finally get to him.

The middle of the country was not spared either. Hurricane Patricia ended up being one of the strongest hurricanes ever measured, and the remnants of that storm dumped an incredible amount of rain on the state of Texas. There was so much flooding that a train was literally knocked off the tracks by the water. And about a week after that there was more flooding in the state that caused at least six deaths.

Overall, it has really been a bad couple of months for major disasters, and this sequence of events seems to have begun during the month of September. - Charisma News.


INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSE: Plane Crashes In Juba, South Sudan - 15 People Killed!

November 12, 2015 - SOUTH SUDAN
- A Soviet-era Antonov-12 transport plane crashed Wednesday shortly after takeoff from the airport in Juba, South Sudan, killing 15 people on the plane, a South Sudanese presidential spokesman told CNN.

The South Sudan Red Cross said on Facebook that it had collected more than 35 bodies at the site. It wasn't clear whether those included people killed on the ground.

Ateny Wek Ateny, a press secretary in the South Sudan President's office, said 18 people were aboard the flight: 12 South Sudanese passengers and six crew members -- five Armenians and one Russian.

Three people survived: two South Sudanese passengers and an infant boy less than a year old, Ateny said.

He had said earlier that there were 19 people aboard the plane, 17 of whom died.

The cause of the crash might have been engine failure, Ateny said, although he cautioned this had not been confirmed. He said a witness saw one engine fail before the plane crashed.

The plane crashed less than 100 yards from the White Nile River at 9 a.m. Wednesday, the spokesman said.

A photo published by a local news organization showed the charred wreckage of a plane in the reeds near the riverbank.

The plane was bound for the South Sudanese town of Paloich, in an area of oil fields in the north of the country.

The Antonov-12 was registered in Tajikistan but it was not immediately clear who owned the aircraft, Ateny said. It was loaded with foodstuffs, he said.

According to the Aviation Safety Network website, which has records of aircraft by their registration number, the plane made its first flight in 1971.
South Sudan is the world's newest country, having gained independence from Sudan in 2011. - CNN.


GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVALS: More Evidence Of Climate Catastrophism In Earth's Ancient Past - Vast Underground River System Discovered In Once-Vibrant Western Sahara!

November 12, 2015 - AFRICA
- A riveting mystery is unfolding in Western Sahara, as scientists discover a massive ancient underground river system with the aid of satellite imaging. It confirms that only about 5,000 years ago, the Sahara was an immensely vibrant place.

The African region containing the Mauritanian Desert is roughly the size of the United States – or a quarter of Africa; so if such conditions persisted today, the river system would be the world's 12th-largest, French-led research indicates in the journal Nature Communications.

That means a river some 500km long, with sources in the Atlas Mountains and Hoggar Highlands, in present-day Algeria.

The team used hi-tech equipment aboard the Japanese Advanced Land Observing Satellite – particularly the PALSAR sensor system, capable of detailed underground imaging from space.

As the river approached the coast, it carried important minerals and nutrients by way of an ancient underground canyon system, the team believes. Those were fed to the variety of plant life, which existed in abundance in the region and off the coast of Mauritania, as food for marine life. The region just off the coast had an incredibly rich ecosystem, with plenty of filter feeders and other organisms sustaining it.
If that area had stayed hospitable, the entire region would be fit for humans to thrive in.

All of this activity took place during several humid periods stretching to 245,000 years ago. The last such period would have been 5,000 years ago, according to calculations. But abrupt changes in climate caused a near-complete dry- up.

The connection with the Cap Timiris Canyon system is obvious – the underground canyon lines up almost perfectly to the river system.

The 2.5km wide and kilometer-deep artery that was first mapped in 2003 terminates off the Mauritanian coast. Underground sediment and river-bone particles found at the bottom of the ancient underground shelf establishes the link with inland Africa.

“It’s a great geological detective story and it confirms more directly what we had expected. This is more compelling evidence that in the past there was a very big river system feeding into this canyon,”
Russell Wynn of the National Oceanography Center in Southampton, who helped create the 3D map of the canyon, told the Guardian. He was not part of the current research.

As the researchers indicate in the study, the current finding “provides new insights for the interpretation of terrigenous sediment records off Western Africa, with important implications for our understanding of the paleohydrological history of the Sahara.”

According to Wynn, this should serve as an example to those who doubt how fast climate change can happen. The area in Western Sahara went from humid to arid within a space of just a couple of thousands of years. - RT.

INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSE: Plane Crashes In Central Brazil - Four People Killed!

A model of the Cessna Citation VII jet.
November 12, 2015 - BRAZIL - Marco Antonio Rossi, the top executive at the insurance arm of Brazil's second largest private lender Banco Bradesco SA, was killed in a plane crash on Tuesday, two people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

Rossi, 54, was aboard a Cessna Citation VII jet traveling from Brasilia to São Paulo when it crashed in central Brazil, they said, adding that the plane belonged to Banco Bradesco.

Lúcio Flávio Condouro de Oliveira, who led Bradesco Seguros' life insurance and retirement business, was also killed, the sources said. They declined to be named as they were not authorised to speak to the media.

Brazil's Air Force said four people were aboard the plane when it disappeared from radar on Tuesday evening near the border between the states of Goias and Minas Gerais. Two of the plane's occupants were pilots, officials said.

Rossi was seen as the most likely successor to Luiz Carlos Trabuco, chief executive officer of Banco Bradesco .

Rossi replaced Trabuco as head of Bradesco Seguros when Trabuco was tapped for the top job at the bank in 2009. Under Bradesco rules, executives must retire at the age of 65. Trabuco will turn 65 in October 2016.

Founded in 1935, Bradesco Seguros is Brazil's largest insurer and generates about one-third of Banco Bradesco's annual profit. It has for years been a platform for executives to climb up the corporate ladder at the parent company.

In his post, Rossi created new products for low-income families and diversified into reinsurance and corporate products. He told investors last month that Bradesco Seguros could offset the impact of Brazil's recession on profit through a sharp focus on high-margin segments.

Rossi was also working on the potential sale of Bradesco Seguros' high-risk insurance portfolio and on the company's sponsorship of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, one of the sources said.

The O Globo newspaper reported on its website that firefighters at the crash site said there were no survivors. - Reuters.