Friday, November 13, 2015

DELUGE: Widespread Flooding In Tamil Nadu, India - Death Toll Rises To 48!


November 13, 2015 - TAMIL NADU, INDIA
- Schools and colleges in Chennai will remain shut on Friday as the MeT has predicted heavy rainfall. The flood situation has already claimed the lives of 48 people in Tamil Nadu.

The MeT office forecast another spell of heavy showers in the next week, following the formation of a new low-pressure trough. The maximum number of deaths have been reported from Cuddalore.

Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa offered her condolences to the families of the victims who perished in flood waters and announced a sum of Rs 4 lakh to the berieved families as assistance from the Disaster Relief Fund.

"A new trough of low pressure has formed in South Andaman Sea. It is expected to develop into a low pressure in South Eastern Bay of Bengal on 14 November," Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) Chennai Director S R Ramanan told reporters.

WATCH: Texas police chase down escaped buffalo.

Several parts of the state, including Chennai, are limping back to normalcy after being battered by heavy rains. A low pressure trough that intensified into a deep depression and crossed the state coast on 9 November. Cuddalore district has been the worst hit.

Jayalalithaa held a review meeting with officials to assess the situation in Cuddalore where relief and rehabilitation measures had begun in full swing.

Meanwhile, several parts of Chennai and its suburbs, including the commercial hub of Velachery, received rains overnight, inundating low-lying areas further damaging roads. - The Quint.


INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSE: Ukrainian Civilian Helicopter Crashes In Slovakia - Seven People Dead!

The file photo shows the wreckage of a helicopter that crashed in a wooded area in Slovakia.

November 13, 2015 - SLOVAKIA
- At least seven people have been killed in a helicopter crash in eastern Slovakia, with local authorities suspecting that the aircraft was smuggling refugees from neighboring Ukraine.

Slovakia’s Interior Ministry spokesman Ivan Netik cited police authorities as saying on Friday that the helicopter was believed to have been carrying illegal refugees over the European Union (EU)’s border, DPA reported.

He further said that the number of those killed during the crash is expected to rise.

Authorities initially discovered six bodies in the wreckage on Friday, and located the seventh corpse several hours later.

Slovakia’s Interior Minister Robert Kalinak had previously said that the doomed helicopter, identified as an MI-2, had originally been spotted on Wednesday while making an illegal flight over its border with Ukraine.

“As you can see, smugglers or human traffickers do not shy away from anything,” Kalinak said, explaining that the aircraft flew under the cover of the night and in foggy conditions while keeping low and making risky maneuvers in a bid to evade Slovakian border protection forces.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian border police also said they believe two of those on board the helicopter were Ukrainians, along with at least four people from South-East Asia, including two women. - Press TV.


DELUGE: Unprecedented Rainfall Causes Heavy Flooding Across Iran - At Least 15 People Dead!

This November 12, 2015 photo released by Iran’s Mehr News agency shows an elderly woman smoking water pipe after her house
in the city of Lamerd in the southern Fars province was flooded.
November 13, 2015 - IRAN - Floods cause by unprecedented rainfall across Iran have left at least 15 people dead, Iranian media say.

According to reports on Thursday, 13 people were confirmed dead after flash floods, triggered by torrential rains, hit various areas in the southernmost province of Hormozgan.

The provincial governor, Jasem Jaderi, said the fatalities included a family of five who were driving in a car, and another one who died in a separate incident in the town of Rudan, about 100 kilometers north of the provincial capital of Bandar Abbas. One person was also killed in the nearby town of Minab while another lost his life in Bandar Abbas.

He said another five drowned while sailing a wooden ferry near the resort island of Kish. Meanwhile, officials in the southern Kerman province said an 11-year-old girl was killed in Manujan County. She had been reportedly trapped under the debris of her home destroyed by heavy rain.

The damage caused by flash floods in the city of Lamerd in the southern Fars Province, November 12, 2015.  © Mehr News Agency

The rainfall has also affected provinces of Ilam, Kermanshah and Lorestan in western Iran, where a total of eight people were reported killed two weeks ago. Material damage was also reported in the southern provinces of Fars and Bushehr, the eastern province of Khorasan Razavi and the desert province of Yazd. Officials said one was killed and three others were still missing in Taybad, a town located near the Afghan border.

Iran is expecting a relatively wet winter amid international forecasts suggesting that the Middle East region is bracing for the El Niño climate event unseen since 1950. - Press TV.


ICE AGE NOW: The Arctic Is Unaware Of Global Warming - Sea Ice And Snow Cover Reaches HIGHEST EXTENT Of The Last Eleven Years!

November 13, 2015 - ARCTIC
- With an ice extent of 8 million square kilometers at the start of November, the Arctic has reached the highest sea ice extent of the last eleven years. A chart (above) from the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) clearly shows the highest extent for sea ice cover with 30% or more ice on 7 November 2015.

The DMI chart for sea ice extent (30% and more) shows that it is now (7 November 2015 – black line) considerably
more than at any time for the date over the past 11 years.  ©

This chart comes as no surprise for those who have been monitoring the weather and ice developments in the North Atlantic and Greenland.

The net growth of the Greenland ice sheet, which surely is a surprise for many, saw an increase in October of approximately 200 km³ (200 billion cubic meters) since September 1, 2015, i.e. in just 2 months:

The gross mass balance of Greenland’s ice shows a growth of 200 cubic kilometers just since September 1 2015 (blue line in the lower chart).
The brown line in the lower chart ends on the right side at 31 August 2015 and shows a gross ice mass growth of approximately 230 km³.  ©

Moreover snow coverage of the northern hemisphere is telling us the same story. In October 2015, at 21.4 million square kilometers, it was the fourth greatest extent since measurements began in 1967, and is 4 million km² above the international WMO 1981-2010 mean:

Northern hemisphere snow and ice coverage in October 2015 is close to 4 million square kilometers above the WMO 1981-2010
mean, placing it at no. 4 since record keeping began in 1967. The chart shows an increase in October northern hemisphere
snow coverage of close to 9 million square kilometers. ©

- No Tricks Zone.


GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: Massive 20-FOOT Sinkhole Opens Up On Housing Estate In Gosforth, Newcastle, Britain - Residents Left Horrified; "Rumbling Sound" Heard At The Site!

November 13, 2015 - BRITAIN
- Residents have been left horrified after a 20ft sinkhole suddenly opened up on a housing estate built over an abandoned colliery.

The huge crater appeared above old mine workings at Craster Square in the Coxlodge area of Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, just before 11am today.

Dramatic pictures show the sheer size of the deep hole, which stretches the width of the road, and how it has left one lone car stranded on a driveway.

The huge 20ft sinkhole appeared on a residential street, in front of a set of garages (pictured), above an abandoned colliery at Craster Square in the Gosforth area of Newcastle upon Tyne just before 11am today. No one was injured but the site has now been cordoned off.

No one was injured when the 20ft crater (pictured) suddenly appeared, although police and officials remain at the site this afternoon.

The sinkhole was reported to the police by a resident called Doreen, who said she was sorting out her garage when she heard 'rumbling'.

The massive hole appeared on the site of an old shaft connected to former mine workings that belong to the National Coal Board (NCB).

No one was injured when the hole became visible, despite it reaching from the edge of one property's drive to another.

Police officers have now cordoned off the area and officials have been assessing the scene.

A police spokesman has said: 'We were called to a report of a sinkhole that had appeared.

'Officers attended and placed a cordon around the area. Nobody has been injured and police remain at the scene to assist making the area safe.'

The sinkhole was reported to the police by 58-year-old resident Doreen Murphy, who has lived in the square for 17 years and who was sorting out her garage when she heard a 'rumbling sound'.

She said: 'It was at the same time that the bin men were coming around so I thought it was them. But then the sound kept getting louder and louder and there was a big crash. 'I looked out of my garage and there was a big hole there. At first I was worried I couldn't get out. I was in shock and didn't know what to do so I phoned the police and told them what had happened.'

Another resident, Kyle Common, 26, said: 'It is just so strange to think that this could happen so close to where we live. Someone could have been driving there or had a car parked there. It was quite a shock.'

John Smith, who has lived in the area for 15 years, said his garage has been cordoned off as it is so close to the sinkhole. He said: 'At around 11.30am this morning the police knocked on my door and asked me about my garage and then they informed me that a big sinkhole had appeared in the ground. 'It happened very suddenly, I didn't actually hear any rumbles or noise. I don't have access to my garage but my car is out in the front . 'We have always known that there were pit yards here and there was a cobbled dome, which is like cap on top of a pit shaft, exactly where the sinkhole is.'

Another neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said they had moved their car just in the nick of time. They added: 'This morning when I took when car out of my garage there was a slight four inch dip in the ground. 'I returned about 90 minutes later and saw that the ground had sunken in. There was a mineshaft in this area and that is probably what has caused this.'

Resident Leah O'Malley, 20, said: 'When I came out of my flat this morning, the ground was fine but there was a lady here who was worried about the state of the ground. 'I went back inside and came back out later to find that the huge hole had appeared. I was absolutely shocked.


The sinkhole in Gosforth has appeared above one of the former sites of Coxlodge Colliery.

There were two main pits in the colliery, one which was situated on Jubilee Road - just off Crasters Crescent where today's huge crater has appeared.

Official documents show that the exact location of today's sinkhole is above the entrance shaft of the former mine.

The Jubilee Pit, so called in commemoration of the jubilee attaining the 50th year of on George III's reign, is 68 fathoms deep.

Meanwhile, the second pit owned by Coxlodge - the Regent Pit - situated elsewhere in the city, is 92 fathoms deep.

An explosion occurred at the Gosforth mine on July 9, 1821, in which one man lost his life.

'A fire engine and police officers turned up and this lady was shaking. She said she was worried about falling into the sinkhole and it was a shock to find the ground collapsed.

'We are all wondering why this has happened.'

Meanwhile, resident Kirsty Mensah, 39, a customer service worker, said she was 'very concerned' about how the sinkhole had occurred. She said: 'It is a weak spot in the mine workings so there needs to be lots of tests to make sure other areas are safe. It could have been a block of flats or some kids riding their bikes or playing. 'There needs to be the right procedures and tests to reassure the public that this won't happen again.'

The geology of the area does have former coal mining present. It is the ancient working methods which may leave roads susceptible to sinkhole formation.

Sinkholes are the result of a collapse of the surface material into a void underground.

In the 19th century, when Coxlodge Colliery was in operation, the Jubilee Pit was on Jubilee Road opposite Jubilee Crescent in Gosforth.

A spokesman from Newcastle City Council said: 'We are aware that a 20-30ft hole has appeared near Craster Square in Coxlodge, Gosforth.

'We understand that this an old shaft connected to former mine workings that belong to the National Coal Board (NCB).

'Northumbria Police and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service are both in attendance, as well as the council's Technical and Structural Engineering Teams who are providing assistance to emergency services.

'NCB have been contacted and their Emergency Response Team is attending the scene.'

However, John Delaney, from the Coal Authority, said he had not seen a sinkhole this big for some time.

He said: 'They will conduct the necessary investigation to establish if it is coal mining related and, if they do, make good the damage.

'We will be looking at old maps of the former coal mines in the area to see which one might be responsible.' - Daily Mail.

DISASTER PRECURSORS: Animal Behavior - Humpback Whale Washes Up At Warrnambool Beach, Australia!

Whale washes up at Warrnambool beach

November 13, 2015 - AUSTRALIA
- The carcass of a young humpback whale has washed up at Levy's Point.

Two Warrnambool residents walking their dog made the discovery on Tuesday evening and reported it to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning on Wednesday afternoon.

Their father, who contacted The Standard, said the whale washed up at the eastern end of the beach, near the rocks.

"It's in a reasonable condition at the moment and is washed fairly high on the sand," he said.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning confirmed the reports on Wednesday night.

Senior biodiversity officer Mandy Watson said the animal had been identified as an 11-metre humpback whale, suggesting it was a young animal.

"This whale appears to have died recently but has been significantly scavenged by sharks on the underside," Ms Watson said.

"DELWP staff are working with Warrnambool City Council to erect warning signs on access tracks and the beach, reminding people keep their distance from the decaying whale carcass.

"The whale is located in a difficult to access area west of Warrnambool. We will continue to assess the situation.
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"Swimmers and surfers are urged to keep a safe distance from the whale given sharks will be attracted to the carcass and the general surrounding area.

"Any scavenging of whale teeth or whale bones is strictly prohibited." - Newcastle Herald.


PLANETARY TREMORS: Potentially Catastrophic Earthquake In Siberia Could Rip Eurasian Continent In Half - The Whole Baikal Rift Zone Is Going Through A Phase Of Rising Tectonic Activity!

The whole Baikal rift zone in Siberia is going through a phase of rising tectonic activity

November 13, 2015 - SIBERIA, RUSSIA
- A wave of unusual seismic activity has prompted fears that a catastrophic earthquake could be on its way to Siberia which could tear Europe and Asia apart.

Scientists have predicted the earthquake could cause widespread devastation after more than 50 major tremors have been recorded around the north of Lake Baikal - the world's deepest lake.

Many scientists believe the constant activity in the region will eventually lead to the entire Eurasia continent being ripped in half. The tremors have varied in magnitude from 3.0 to 5.0 on the Richter Scale.

Experts from around the world have been monitoring the situation, with some warning the whole Baikal rift zone in Siberia is going through a phase of rising tectonic activity.

Such activity can take place every 50 to 60 years according to scientists, with a quake potentially having a disastrous impact on towns and cities in the area. Experts have even speculated that the constant seismic activity will lead the Eurasian land mass being torn in two at Baikal in 650million years.

Gennady Tatkov, the director of the Geological Institute, of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, told the Siberian Times: "The previous cycle of the Baikal rift's seismic activity was in the middle of the 20th century."

Several major earthquakes were recorded in Siberia in the 1950s - including a level 11 quake in north Buryatia and another in Severomuiskoe which resulted in a maintain ridge shifting by 1.2 metres.

A satellite image of Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia

In 1957 a earthquake caused a mountain range in Mongolia to rise by more than eight metres, prompting a very rare natural phenomenon called the Tormkhon formation - a stone 'wave' spanning ten metres high.

A massive earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter Scale in China's Sichuan province, also resulted in the formation of more than 30 lakes in mountain valleys.

The largest earthquake recorded at 7.8 this year devastated Nepal in April, killing nearly 9,000 people. The world's most powerful earthquake at 9.5 on the Richter Scale was registered in Chile in 1960, leaving 4,485 dead and another 2m homeless. - Express.


NEW WORLD DISORDER: Societal Collapse And Civilizations Unraveling - Paris Under Siege By "UNPRECEDENTED TERRORIST ATTACKS" Resulting In DOZENS OF DEATHS; Several Explosions; French President Hollande Declares STATE OF EMERGENCY And Closes All Borders; Reports Of Other Attacks Underway! UPDATE: OVER 100 Now Reported Dead As Terrorists Keep Dozens Hostage! [PHOTOS + VIDEOS]

November 13, 2015 - PARIS, FRANCE
- Amid the “unprecedented terrorist attacks” that have resulted in dozens of deaths, French President Francois Hollande has declared a state of emergency and announced that France will close its borders.

WATCH: Hollande declares state of emergency.

LIVE UPDATES: Many killed and injured in coordinated Parist attacks, hostages taken

Dozens of people have lost their lives in a series of apparently coordinated attacks in the French capital on Friday evening. Addressing the nation, President Francois Hollande called on everyone to remain strong and show “compassion and unity.”

“There is much to fear, but we must face these fears as a nation that knows how to muster its forces and will confront the terrorists,”
the president said.

In the wake of the "unprecedented terrorist attacks," Hollande has ordered the French military to deploy reinforcements in the capital.

WATCH: Police arrive at ‎Bataclan‬ concert hall in ‪Paris‬ where hostage situation is unfolding.

Russia has condemned the “series of monstrous terrorist attacks in Paris,” with President Putin offering deepest condolences to the French people, as well as his counterpart. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov added that Russia will offer any help it can to bring those responsible for attacks to justice.

READ MORE: Terrorists keep dozens hostage inside Paris concert hall, refuse talks

US president Barack Obama also offered “full support” to France to overcome what he said appeared to be a terrorist attack, and noted that the US and France shared the bonds of “liberte, egalite and fraternite.”WATCH: Obama speaks on Paris attacks.

“We stand prepared and ready to provide whatever kind of assistance the government and the people of France require,” 
Obama said. - RT.

UPDATE: Over 100 Reported Dead As Terrorists Keep Dozens Hostage!

Paris police have stormed the Bataclan theater, where dozens of people were being held hostage. The most recent reports say that three terrorists have been killed after the hostage takers refused to enter negotiations with law enforcement bodies.

People evacuated from the theatre are now being rushed to hospitals. Both witnesses and police sources describe the scene as “real carnage,” with dead bodies all over place.

AFP reports that up to 100 bodies were found inside the venue. As news agency has not disclosed the identity of its “police sources,” the information could not be immediately verified.

The exact number of people taken hostage at the Bataclan concert hall remains unknown. The media has reported varying figures, ranging from 60 to 100 people.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has arrived at the Bataclan concert hall.

A witness called Anna, who heard the shooting at the Bataclan theatre told BFM TV, "initially, it was believed to [be] firecrackers" after hearing the loud bangs.

The concert hall is the latest of four locations targeted by attackers, in the neighboring 11 district.

The local BFM TV station has reported that the one or two people came into the theater’s hall and began shooting in the air.

units running to scene of theater in to take care of injured
Twitter: Caroline Connan

According to the French news channel, a gunman at Bataclan shouted "It's for Syria" and "Allahu Akbar!" meaning in Arabic "God is [the] greatest".

A Europe 1 journalist, who was inside the Bataclan, said the men were unmasked and carried what he recognized as Kalashnikov type guns.

“The assailants had time to recharge at least three times. They were not masked, masters of themselves. They were very young,"
the reporter Julian Pearce said, according to the Liberation newspaper.

According to a CNN reporter at the scene, people who managed to flee the theater said that between six and eight shooters inside were killing “one by one” those who remained in the concert hall.

There have been reports of two or three heavily armed individuals attacking police in front of the Bataclan, BFM reported.

According to the theater's website, a California rock group Eagles of Death Metal was giving a show tonight.

“We are still currently trying to determine the safety and whereabouts of all our band and crew,”
the band said on its Facebook account. “Our thoughts are with all of the people involved in this tragic situation.” - RT.


PLANETARY TREMORS: Powerful 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Off The Southern Coast Of Japan - Tsunami Alert Issued! [MAPS+TECTONIC SUMMARY]

USGS earthquake location

November 13, 2015 - JAPAN
- A tsunami warning has been issued for parts of Japan after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck off its south-western coast.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said waves of up to one metre (3ft) could hit the western coast of Kagoshima prefecture and Satsunan islands.

It said the quake happened at the depth of about 10km (six miles).

USGS shakemap intensity

The US Geological Survey said the tremor struck some 159km south-west of the town of Makurazaki.

"Get out of the water and leave the coast immediately," the JMA's warning said.

"As the strong current will continue, do not get in the sea or approach coasts until the advisory is cleared," it added.

Tsunami advisories issued for portions of southwestern , including the Tanegashima Yakushima areas
The Weather Channel.

In 2011, a massive earthquake caused a tsunami that left more than 18,000 people dead or missing in north-eastern Japan.

Some 230,000 people have yet to return to their home towns since the disaster. - BBC.

Tectonic Summary - Seismotectonics of the Philippine Sea and Vicinity

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

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

USGS plate tectonics for the region

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

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

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

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

More information on regional seismicity and tectonics


DAWN OF THE AGE OF AQUARIUS: Precursors To The End Of Christian Dominionism, White Supremacy Paradigm And The Piscean Age Of Belief - Christianity On The Brink, Facing Middle East PURGE Within Decade, Says Group!

ISIS fighters destroyed a porcelain statue of Jesus, which is now missing its face.

"Last Christmas was the first time that bells did not ring out in the city of Mosul in 2000 years. I think that speaks to the reality that hundreds of thousands of Christian families are living on the edge of extinction."
- Elijah Brown, 21st Century Wilberforce.

November 13, 2015 - MIDDLE EAST - The dwindling Christian population of the Middle East could vanish completely within a decade unless the global community intervenes, say alarmed aid groups who say followers of the Bible are being killed, driven from their land or forced to renounce their faith at an unprecedented pace.

The world has largely stood by as a dangerous tide of intolerance has washed over the region, according to a new study by the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need. The study includes disturbing data about the plunging numbers of Christians in the part of the world that gave birth to the faith, and makes a dire prediction of what could happen.

“It’s an answer that depends on the response of the world,” Edward Clancy, director of outreach for the New York-based Aid to the Church in Need, told “What response is there going to be toward us if we act?”

Syrian refugees near the Christian village of Kaa, Lebanon. The Christian presence may disappear completely within a decade
or even sooner according to a recently released study. (Aid to the Church in Need-US)

While Christians are under siege from Islamic State radicals in war-torn Syria and Iraq, the report notes that the religion is being targeted throughout the region. Christians who have managed to escape ISIS have fled to places like Europe and Lebanon, while members of the faith also are under increasing pressure in Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations.

The Christian population in Iraq has plummeted from 1.5 million in 2003 to current estimates of 275,000 and could be gone for good within five years, according to the report. The dwindling numbers are due to genocide, refugees fleeing to other countries, those who are internally displaced, and others hiding in plain sight and not allowing their faith to be publicly known. A dozen Christian families flee Iraq each day, according to 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, a Falls Church, Va., nonprofit dedicated to promoting religious freedom worldwide.

“Unless the global community gets involved, we will witness the loss of Christian witnesses in a land that is biblically significant,” Elijah Brown, executive vice president for 21st Century Wilberforce, told
He noted that Iraq's second-largest city, once home to a thriving Christian community as old as the faith itself, has now been overrun by ISIS and purged of Christians.

“Last Christmas was the first time that bells did not ring out in the city of Mosul in 2,000 years," Brown said. “I think that speaks to the reality that hundreds of thousands of Christian families are living on the edge of extinction.”

In Syria, where Aid to the Church in Need has sent $9 million in aid to help Christians driven from small villages north of Damascus, an estimated 15,000 Christians have left their villages to seek refuge in Homs, Zaidal and Fairouzeh in recent days, according to Syrian Orthodox Archbishop Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh. He told the charity Christians are terrified that ISIS, in a constant see-saw battle for territory with government forces, will capture their villages and kill all non-Muslims. They are particularly fearful for the key city of Sadad, where Christians lived peacefully with Muslims for centuries.

“We are afraid that ISIS -- which God will hopefully prevent -- will conquer the town. We would lose the center of Christianity in our diocese,” Archbishop Selwanos said, adding that two years ago, jihadists held the town briefly and killed at least 45 Christians, and destroyed churches and homes.

The report names Egypt as the one nation in the Middle East that has reversed the trend under President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, following the ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood and its Islamist agenda. El-Sisi, himself a Muslim, has vowed to protect Egypt's Coptic Christians, and last Christmas attended church services with them in an unprecedented show of tolerance and solidarity.

"Such a development holds out a potential beacon of hope for Christians and others in the Middle East against a backdrop of growing Islamism," the report stated.

While the situation is most dire in the Middle East, Christianity is under assault in Africa and Asia, too, according to the Aid to the Church in Need study. It cited persecution at the hands of Islamist terror groups such as Boko Haram in Nigeria and other extremists in Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania and other parts of the continent. Asia's Christians have been targeted by nationalist religious movements -- Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist -- in such countries as Pakistan, Hindu and Myanmar. Many of these groups increasingly view Christianity as a foreign, "colonial" import, and believe its practitioners are doing the bidding of the West, said Clancy.

Persecution has been allowed to spread in many of these countries because of the complacency of its citizens and inaction of the international community, said Brown.

“On average, in many of the Muslim majority countries, an average of 73 percent believe that they already have religious freedom,” he said, referring to a Pew research poll. “So we often see a passive public that is resistant to change.

“Unfortunately, there are also many who are hesitating to use the proper label for what is occurring in many of these countries, which is genocide.”

Both 21st Century Wilberforce and Aid for The Church in Need agree that preventing further genocide requires an international undertaking.

“It’s going to have to be a multi-tiered effort,” Clancy said. “We can definitely start with restrictions on the borders of some of these countries. There are definitely weapons flowing into the region. These channels need to be squeezed.

“We need to start putting on the pressure and if and when there is some sort of peace, we need to ensure that minority religious groups are represented in newly forming governments.” - FOX News.

EXTREME WEATHER: Severe Weather System Sweeps Through The U.S. Plains And Midwest - Spawning Multiple Tornadoes, Power Outages And Wildfires!

Storm damage to a home in southern Monroe County south of Melrose.  © Twitter/KIIC

November 13, 2015 - UNITED STATES
- A powerful low-pressure system swept through the Midwest, spawning severe thunderstorms and high winds. Several tornadoes were reported in Iowa, which was among numerous states reporting damage from the fast-moving system.

The Wednesday evening event qualified as a derecho, according to Stu Ostro, Senior Director of Weather Communications at The Weather Channel.

The storms "met the criteria for length and concentration of the swath of wind damage reports," said Ostro. "This fit more into the 'serial' derecho type of classification than a 'progressive' derecho."

Here are the latest impacts from each state affected by this round of severe weather.

Update: the driver of this semi is okay. He didn't go to the hospital. @WOWT6News
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One tornado has been confirmed in Illinois by the National Weather Service as of Friday morning. That tornado hit the town of Geneseo.

A barn was thrown into a roadway in Jo Daviess County Wednesday evening as severe weather moved through the area, law enforcement officials reported. One home near Menominee had its roof blown off and rescues were performed, the National Weather Service reports, but no injuries were reported.

The NWS in Lincoln reported a semi blown over on Interstate 74 near mile marker 125 Wednesday evening.

Officials in Hancock County reported numerous instances of structural damage on the east side of La Harpe, where a wall was reportedly blown out of a car dealership and a home shifted off its foundation.

The NWS office in Davenport is estimating wind gusts of 60 mph blew a tree 4 feet in diameter down onto a house in Industry Wednesday evening. Knox County emergency officials said a portion of the roof was blown off a church in East Galesburg and a semi was blown over on I-74 near mile marker 49.

More than 5,000 customers remain without power Thursday morning in northern and central Illinois, Ameren Energy reported.

One school district released students early Wednesday to prepare for the severe weather, according to


The National Weather Service has confirmed six tornadoes in Iowa, and survey crews will head back out on Friday to investigate a few other areas where damage was reported.

One of those twisters, an EF1 tornado with an estimated peak wind speed of 110 mph, touched down in a cornfield 2 miles west of Avoca on Wednesday. The storm traveled northeast, damaging a grain bin and spreading debris toward Interstate 80. The tornado crossed the highway, where it tossed an eastbound tractor trailer across the median into the ditch on the westbound side.

"Being through one before and knowing the devastating stuff before ... it was scary," Mike Poorker, who was working at a nearby truck stop when the tornado hit, told

A trained spotter in Scott County reported that high winds destroyed a cinder block shed at Glendale Cemetery in Le Claire, throwing individual blocks up to 30 yards. Several trees were sheared off at the base, and a house southeast of the city had its roof completely blown off.

That damage was late confirmed to be from an EF1 tornado that had peak wind speeds of 100 mph, according to the NWS.

Emergency officials in Appanoose County reported that a tornado destroyed a home near Iconium on the north side of Lake Rabun. That tornado was the strongest confirmed from this event, and was rated EF2 with maximum winds of 125 mph.

A tornado reported near Barnes City in Mahaska County caused extensive tree damage and destroyed several farm buildings. Damage to telephone poles was reported along Barnes City Road along with damage to trees and buildings on the west side of the town.

Near Adel, a southwest to northeast damage track was reported just after 3 p.m. local time, including a barn that was partially destroyed. The NWS also reported a large limb through the roof of a house.

Injuries have been reported in connection with an overturned semi truck on Highway 14 south of Knoxville. The NWS reported a tornado in the area around 3:45 p.m. Damage to the Walmart in town forced everyone out of the store in the wake of the storms, according to the Des Moines Register.

The NWS confirmed the damage in Knoxville was from an EF1 tornado with maximum winds of 110 mph.

Airport tower controllers at the Des Moines airport reported seeing the funnel cloud with a circulation on the ground, at 3:30 p.m. The NWS in Des Moines reported damage to National Guard trailers at the airport and trailers at a building across the street.

A tornado was reported 5 miles east of Winterset moving northeast at 40 mph Wednesday afternoon. There were no immediate reports of damage.

Emergency management personnel in Ringgold County reported several instances of damage Wednesday afternoon that may or may not be associated with multiple tornadoes near Benton. Officials indicated there was debris and power lines downed near a farm.

A second tornado reported southeast of Kent flattened two barns, broke several windows and possibly damaged several roofs.

According to the NWS in Des Moines, Corning emergency personnel reported a tornado touched down at 2 p.m. local time Wednesday, estimated by radar. The storm caused damage to several buildings in the industrial park on the west side of town. The tornado was spotted by building employees, the report says, and trees were blown down; several roofs and oxygen tanks were also damaged. A trained spotter reported a semi truck blown over by high winds on Highway 34.

Our team in Jackson, Iowa captured this photo of a home's roof blown off when a suspected tornado hit the area
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The Kansas City Board of Public Utilities reported that more than 1,600 customers were without power Wednesday. Westar Energy reported 3,550 customers without power in central and eastern Kansas, while the utility company Empire reported nearly 1,500 customers without power.

By Thursday morning, only a few hundred of those outages remained.

The National Weather Service office in Springfield, Missouri, reported several grass fires across southeastern Kansas due to strong winds. There were also numerous reports from law enforcement of power lines down due to strong winds across Crawford, Bourbon, and Cherokee Counties, the NWS reports.

One particular blaze threatened several homes as it was whipped by strong winds, according to It took more than a dozen firefighting crews to push the flames away from the residences, which was believed to have been started by arcing power lines, the Atlanta Fire Chief in Cowley County told

Officials do not believe there were any injuries caused by the inferno.


The severe weather in Missouri caused a chlorine gas leak Wednesday evening at a water treatment plant in Parkville, outside Kansas City, KMBC reports. Tanks of chlorine at the site are fitted with special caps that tighten when the power goes off and reopen when the power comes back on. One of the caps failed after the power flickered on and off numerous times due to the heavy weather in the area.

"Northwesterly winds were still gusting over 40 mph near Parkville Wednesday evening, and in a way that would have been good because all that air rushing by would have diluted any cloud of chlorine gas that may have tried to form," said senior meteorologist Nick Wiltgen.

According to KMBC, crews contained the leak just before 8 p.m, and no evacuations or injuries were reported.

Kansas City Power & Light reported that nearly 18,000 customers were without power late Wednesday afternoon across its territory in western Missouri and far eastern Kansas. The vast majority of those outages were on the Missouri side of the line, including 6,000 customers in Kansas City proper. The outages were primarily the result of strong winds behind the cold front as skies cleared, and not from thunderstorms.

KCP&L showed 11,000 customers still in the dark as of 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Most of those outages were restored by Thursday morning.

Ameren reported a smattering of outages across the northern half of the state, amounting to about 2,000 customers at one point Wednesday evening.

The NWS in Kansas City reported a tree down on a house and multiple carports destroyed in Putnam County, with multiple reports of damage on the east side of Unionville. The NWS has also reported a large portion of shingled roof blown off in Grundy County around 2:45 p.m. local time.

Sky News 6 captures what appears to be a hay barn & house near Lenapah. Wind still gusting at 40mph
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At least one house and one barn in Lenepah went up in flames due to a large wildfire that broke out Wednesday afternoon, Osage Sky News reports. The fire was one of several burning across the state, fanned by high winds that followed severe weather earlier in the day.

The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management requested the evacuation of Lenepah and Delaware in Nowata County earlier that afternoon. The Oklahoma Forestry Services issued a red flag warning for most of the state lasting until 6 p.m. Wednesday due to high winds across the region.

"Wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph have been reported throughout that region due to the strong low-pressure system moving by to the north," said Wiltgen. "Nowata County missed out on precipitation from this storm system, so conditions were also dry."

According to a report, Jones Middle School outside of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma was evacuated after a power pole snapped near the school, likely due to high winds. No injuries were reported immediately following the incident. - Weather Underground.


ICE AGE NOW: Cold Sun Rising And The Grand Solar Minimum - The Sun Will Go Into "Hibernation" Mode Around 2030, Flipping Climate-Change Notions Upside Down!

November 13, 2015 - SPACE
- The sun will go into "hibernation" mode around 2030, and it has already started to get sleepy. At the Royal Astronomical Society's annual meeting in July, Professor Valentina Zharkova of Northumbria University in the UK confirmed it - the sun will begin its Maunder Minimum (Grand Solar Minimum) in 15 years. Other scientists had suggested years ago that this change was imminent, but Zharkova's model is said to have near-perfect accuracy.

So what is a "solar minimum"?

Our sun doesn't maintain a constant intensity. Instead, it cycles in spans of approximately 11 years. When it's at its maximum, it has the highest number of sunspots on its surface in that particular cycle. When it's at its minimum, it has almost none. When there are more sunspots, the sun is brighter. When there are fewer, the sun radiates less heat toward Earth.

But that's not the only cooling effect of a solar minimum. A dim sun doesn't deflect cosmic rays away from Earth as efficiently as a bright sun. So, when these rays enter our atmosphere, they seed clouds, which in turn cool our planet even more and increase precipitation in the form of rain, snow and hail.

Solar cycles

Since the early 1800s we have enjoyed healthy solar cycles and the rich agriculture and mild northern temperatures that they guarantee. During the Middle Ages, however, Earth felt the impact of four solar minimums over the course of 400 years.

The last Maunder Minimum and its accompanying mini-Ice Age saw the most consistent cold, continuing into the early 1800s.

The last time we became concerned about cooler temperatures - possibly dangerously cooler - was in the 1970s. Global temperatures have declined since the 1940s, as measured by Pacific Decadal Oscillation. The PDO Index is a recurring pattern of ocean-atmosphere climate variability centred over the Pacific Ocean. Determined by deep currents, it is said to shift between warm and cool modes. Some scientists worried that it might stay cool and drag down the Atlantic Decadal Oscillation with it, spurring a new Ice Age. The fear was exacerbated by the fact that Earth has been in the current inter-glacial period for 10,000 years (depending on how the starting point is gauged).

If Earth were to enter the next Ice Age too quickly, glaciers could advance much further south, rainforests could turn into savannah, and sea levels could drop dramatically, causing havoc.

The BBC, all three major American TV networks, Time magazine and the New York Times all ran feature stories highlighting the scare. Fortunately, by 1978 the PDO Index shifted back to warm and the fear abated.

Climate science vs the sceptics

By the 1990s the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) had formed the "97 per cent consensus". The consensus was that Earth was warming more than it should, not just due to natural causes but also human activity. This was termed Anthropogenic Global Warming. The culprit was identified as carbon dioxide generated from the burning of fossil fuels.

CO2 is a greenhouse gas and its increase in the atmosphere could be dangerous, the panel claimed. Some of these scientists, particularly those working at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Nasa's Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Britain's Meteorological Office, have gone so far as to declare CO2 as the primary driver of climate on Earth. This modern "climate science" has stirred unprecedented controversy in the field. Sceptics, clinging to more traditional approaches, say the science has been corrupted by the billions of dollars in government funding for climate-change research and agencies and industries that claim to be "fighting climate change". The counter-argument is that the sceptics are backed by the oil, gas and coal industries or are affiliated with conservative political groups.

The biggest bone of contention between the two groups is how the data are assessed. In the United States, the recorded temperature data go back to 1880, and elsewhere not even that far. Those data have to be "stapled on" to the ice-core data used to determine temperatures in earlier times. This has led to controversial representations, such as the infamous "hockey stick" graph released by the IPCC that gave the impression the world is hotter now than ever. Many scientists slammed the graph as wholly unrealistic, insisting that previous eras, such as the medieval warm period and the Holocene maximum were warmer than today.

Another issue is the urban "heat island" effect. Black asphalt roads and concrete structures absorb heat from the sun. Roy Spencer, a climatologist at the University of Alabama and former IPCC alumnus, charged in 2013 that the NOAA was "warming up" readings at rural temperature stations to match the urban ones rather than the reverse. A spokesman for the NOAA responded but stopped short of denying it.

In the 2009 "climategate scandal", e-mails and documents from IPCC-affiliated scientists were leaked that indicated they had manipulated data and reports to jibe with the AGW theory. References were made to "hiding the decline" through the use of "tricks". Then in 2012 Anthony Watts, a meteorologist and self-described whistle-blower, caught the NOAA changing temperature data from the 1930s to make the decade appear colder than it had been. Another whistle-blower, blogger Tony Heller, although clearly aligned with conservative groups like the Heartland Institute, has amassed impressive data. He claims that, since 1997, the world has actually been getting colder and Goddard and the NOAA are committing "climate fraud". The NOAA has declined to respond.

Global cooling?

Around 2000, the PDO Index started to blow cold again, possibly causing global warming to "pause", as the mainstream scientists describe it. IPCC-affiliated scientists as well as Nasa and the NOAA attribute the pause to other factors. This is when the plot thickens.

Solar cycle 24 - two cycles prior the cycle that's expected to bottom out into a Maunder Minimum - was weak. In 2013-14 it reached its maximum far below average. Meanwhile extreme cold-weather anomalies have occurred around the world. Last year "polar vortices" slammed into the central US and Siberia as a third hovered over the Atlantic. All 50 US states, including Hawaii, had temperatures below freezing for the first time in recorded history. Snowfall records were broken in cities in the US, Canada, Italy, New Zealand, Australia, Japan and elsewhere. Southern American states and central Mexico, where snow is rare, got heavy snow, as did the Middle East.

This past summer the cold didn't let up, with more temperature records across the US and rare summer snows seen in Canada, the US and China. Birds have migrated early in the last two years. Antarctic sea ice set a new record in 2013 and it was broken again in 2014.

Not even Thailand was immune. In 2014 Bangkok hit its coldest low in 30 years, while 63 lives were lost in the North.

Scientists at the Climate and Environmental Physics and Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of Berne in Switzerland have recently backed up theories that support the sun's importance in determining the climate on Earth. A paper published last year by the American Meteorological Society contradicts claims by IPCC scientists that the sun couldn't be responsible for major shifts in climate. Judith Curry, chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology, rejected IPCC assertions that solar variations don't matter. Among the many studies and authorities she cited was the National Research Council's recent report "The Effects of Solar Variability on Earth's Climate".

Other researchers and organisations are also predicting global cooling - the Russian Academy of Science, the Astronomical Institute of the Slovak Academy of Scientists, the Institute of Terrestrial Magnetism Russia, Victor Manuel Velesco Herrera at the National University of Mexico, the Bulgarian Institute of Astronomy, Dr Tim Patterson at Carleton University in Canada, Drs Lin Zhen at Nanjing University in China, just to name a few.

For now nevertheless, the IPCC and other authoritative agencies are sticking to their CO2-dominant climate-forcing theory. They attribute the cold spells to a disruption in the jet stream caused by Anthropogenic Global Warming. Some of their theories have heads being scratched, for instance the "pause" in global warming they attribute to heat being absorbed deep into the oceans. When Antarctic ice reached record levels in 2013, scientists were "baffled" because the water beneath the ice was warm, they claimed. In climate science old and new, nothing is certain.

We conclude with a bit of good news, though. Recent research has determined that the famous Stradivarius violin owes its unique, esteemed sound to the last Maunder Minimum. The solar condition changed the texture of the trees that provided the wood from which the instrument was crafted. So lovers of classical music can place their orders for the next generation of incomparable violins, coming - giving the trees time to mature - in about 100 years. - The Nation.


MASS ANIMAL DIE-OFFS: "We've Never Seen This Before" - Mass Death Of Large Amounts Of Jellyfish Results In Mysterious Purple Slime In Northern Norway?!

The slime has been described as "a plague" by local fishermen.  © Roger Larsen/University in Tromsø

November 13, 2015 - NORWAY
- A mysterious purple slime has emerged off the coast of northern Norway, coating millions of cubic meters of a picturesque fjord with a strange mucoid, margarine-like substance.

"We have not been able to find out what this really is, other than that we are talking about large amounts of jellyfish," Roger Larsen, associate professor at the University in Tromsø, told state news broadcaster NRK on Sunday.

"The images we are picking up from the echo sounders and other equipment are totally atypical.

We have tried to gather information to find the answers, but I am absolutely sure that this is something we've never seen before."

Larsen, who has been surveying the emergence of the slime since fishermen first began reporting it in late August, said that the substance had collected in a 200m wide belt around the Lyngen Fjord.

"We are talking about millions of cubic metres," he said.

On Monday, Tone Falkenhaug and Jan Helge Fosså, oceanographers at Norway's Institute of Marine Research (IMR) argued that the slime might have been caused by a gigantic bloom of cigar comb jellies which had then partially disintegrated.

"It's probably dead or partially dead jellyfish, and we think its the kind of jellyfish we think it is is called Ctenophora Beroe," Falkenhaug told The Local.

"We can't explain why it is like this, but it's not uncommon that jellyfish appear in very dense aggregations like this, especially deep in the fjord."

She said that while she had herself never seen a bloom of jellyfish breaking down into a mucoid substance, the phenomenon had been documented elsewhere.

"I have heard that you can get this when it's rotten, that you get this purple mucous from jellyfish. If you have dense blooms of jellyfish, and they fall down into the water column and they start to disintegrate." - The Local, Norway.

DELUGE: Floods And Landslides Hit Northeast Turkey - Three People Killed!

AA photo

November 13, 2015 - TURKEY
- At least three people have died in heavy rains and landslides that hit Turkey’s northeastern province of Artvin on Nov. 12.

A 74-year-old man lost his life when a landslide engulfed him in front of his house in the Black Sea district of Borçka. The man was taken to a local hospital but died later from his injuries, according to Artvin Gov. Kemal Cirit.

Meanwhile, the Provincial Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said at least two other people died and 11 were injured following heavy rainfall in Artvin’s Borçka and Murgul districts.

On Nov. 11, a three-year-old girl died in Artvin when heavy rains triggered a landslide that caused a building collapse.

Citizens were warned not to enter damaged houses, to leave the roads empty for the emergency services and not to use telephones unless absolutely necessary.

WATCH: Floods and landslides in Turkey.

Schools have been closed for two days in Borçka and Murgul.

Meanwhile, one shepherd went missing and five were rescued after they lost their way due to heavy snow and wind.

In the village of Boğatepe in the eastern province of Kars, shepherds taking around 4,000 sheep to the neighboring city of Iğdır got trapped due to the heavy snow.

Five of the shepherds - identified as Mehmet Silkim, Ercan Aybir, Kasım Mert, Ahmet Akay and Cafer Kalay - were found, though some of them are in a serious condition.

The search for one other shepherd named Hüseyin was still ongoing as of Nov. 13. - Hurriyet Daily News.


FIRE IN THE SKY: Friday, The 13th Freakout - Mysterious Piece Of Space Debris To Collide With Earth; WT1190F Expected To Enter Our Atmosphere Near Sri Lanka; First Confirmed Footage! [VIDEO]

A piece of space junk, believed to be the bright object in the middle of the picture, re-entered Earth's atmosphere today. (Photo: European Space Agency)

November 13, 2015 - SPACE
- Earlier this morning a piece of space junk called WT1190F entered Earth's atmosphere and disintegrated. Here's some of the only confirmed footage of the spectacular event we've seen so far:

WATCH: WT1190F Reentry - November 13, 2015 .


Did you see it? It's the bright streak of light that looks like a shooting star.

This footage was collected by a team of scientists working with SETI, the United Arab Emirates Space Agency, the InterActiveCorp, and other institutions.

To get such a close look, some of the team members hopped on a plane so they could be in the air at the time WT1190F entered the atmosphere. Of course, they were flying at a safe enough distance from the object that it posed no threat to their aircraft.

WT1190F re-entered Earth's atmosphere over a patch of Indian Ocean off the Sri Lankan coast, which meant that only people located in the southern province of Sri Lanka had a chance to spot it.

Luckily, some of them posted some pretty great pictures on Twitter:

Here's a map from that predicted where the object would fall as it re-entered Earth's atmosphere:

Today's event was the first time that experts had calculated the exact time and location a piece of space junk would re-enter Earth's atmosphere.

Though it is nearly impossible to know what WT1190F is, the European Space Agency suspects it could be a chunk of a fuel tank that once powered a rocket to space and was then discarded.

Scientists hope to use their observations of how WT1190F broke up to improve predictive models of how objects interact with Earth's atmosphere, which is important for establishing danger zones if, say, a large asteroid were to strike over a highly populated area at some point in the unforeseen future. - Business Insider.


DELUGE: Floods And Landslides Hit Kenya - At Least 5 People Dead, Thousands Displaced!

Kitale-Turkana road rendered impassable by flood damage. © KRCS

November 13, 2015 - KENYA
- Parts of Kenya have been experiencing heavy rain over the last few days, resulting in at least 5 more deaths and leaving thousands displaced.

Kenya Red Cross (KRCS) reported on 10 November 2015 that heavy rain had been seen across much of the country, in particular in the counties of Busia, Homa Bay, Nandi, Kisumu, Nakuru, Bomet, Nyandarua, Turkana, Kericho, Nairobi and Narok.

Lighter rainfall was reported over the last few days in Malindi, Nyeri, Baringo, Mombasa, Samburu, Wajir and Garissa Counties. However, severe flooding has been reported in Garissa after the River Tana overflowed.

WATCH: Widespread flooding in Kenya.


Five flood-related deaths have been reported over the last 3 days, making a total of 8 fatalities this month.

Three of the recent deaths occurred in a landslide after heavy rain in Bungoma County. Kenya Red Cross have been evacuating families in the area.

Two other deaths occurred in Homa Bay County when victims in separate incidents were swept away by flood water.

Earlier this month, at least three people died when flash floods hit Talek on 02 November 2015 in Narok county.

Overflowing rivers and evacuations

Flooding has been particularly severe in areas near to the River Tana in Garissa. The river has overflowed and more than 1,000 families have been displaced.

Kenya Red Cross also report that the River Thanantu burst its banks causing flooding in Gatunga, Tharaka Nithi county, area affecting around 50 families.

Nairobi County government officials have advised Nairobi residents to move from flood prone areas to higher grounds.

Flood damage in Tharaka North sub County.  © KRCS

KRCS are carrying our search and rescue efforts in Mount Elgon, Syokimau and Homa Bay. In Garissa they are continuing with the evacuation of casualties to hospital, carrying out assessments and distribution of non-food relief items.  

According to WMO figures, 74.1 mm of rain fell in Embu in a 24 hour period between 10 and 11 November. Earlier, 60 mm of rain was recorded in the city of Mombasa in a 24 hour period between 04 and 05 November 2015.

The latest forecast from Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD) indicates that rainfall intensities are expected to increase over several parts of the country especially over the next 5 days. - Floodlist.


EXTREME WEATHER: Apocalyptic Hailstorm In Argentina - Gigantic Hailstones Pound Conscripto Bernard Damaging Homes And Cars, Resulting In Widespread Power Outages! [PHOTOS+VIDEO]

- An apocalyptic hailstorm hit Conscripto Bernardi in Argentina on November 9, 2015.

On average, the stones were the size of a tennis ball or an orange. Some were measuring more than 15 centimeters in diameter. Insane...

The extreme storm hit the city of Conscripto Bernardi in the late afternoon hours on Monday.

The strong winds accompanied by rain and large hail, affected several homes, shattered roofs, broke window panes, shop windows and cut off most of the electrical, telephone and cable service.

The storm caused strong damages, a disaster for this small city and its inhabitants.

The major hailstorm only lasted three to five minutes, but seemed unstoppable, like never ending...

This weather anomaly was concentrated on the 2000-people city.

WATCH: Severe hailstorm in Argentina.

The apocalyptical hailstorm only engulfed and destroyed Conscripto Bernardi. Within a radius of 10 kilometers, no other localities had problems, except the rain and wind.

News article and pictures: Relevan la situación de familias afectadas por el granizo en Conscripto Bernardi

- Strange Sounds.