Monday, November 16, 2015

FUK-U-SHIMA: "MILLION CANCER DEATHS From Fukushima Expected In Japan" - New Report Reveals!


November 16, 2015 - JAPAN
- A shocking new report defies the chronically underestimated impacts of the Fukushima's triple meltdown on the risk of cancer in exposed populations, which does not just include Japan, but arguably the entire world. 

A new report from Fairewinds Energy Education (FEE), "Cancer on the Rise in Post-Fukushima Japan," reveals that the ongoing multi-core nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi plant that started in March 2011 has produced approximately 230 times higher than normal thyroid cancers in Fukushima Prefecture, and could result in as many as one million more cancers in Japan's future as a result of the meltdown.

According to the new report, data provided by a group of esteemed Japanese medical professionals and TEPCO, confirm a direct link of numerous cancers in Japan to the triple meltdown. As transcribed by Enenews.com, Arnie Gundersen, chief engineer at Fairewinds stated, Nov. 4, 2015:

"It's been almost 5 years from the Fukushima Daiichi meltdowns, and the news from Japan is still not good. Two reports recently released in Japan, one by Japanese medical professionals and the second from Tokyo Power Corporation – TEPCO – acknowledged that there will be numerous cancers in Japan, much greater than normal, due to the radioactive discharges from the triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi... I believe, as do many of my colleagues, that there will be at least 100,000 and as many as one million more cancers in Japan's future as a result of this meltdown... [T]he second report received from Japan proves that the incidence of thyroid cancer is approximately 230 times higher than normal in Fukushima Prefecture... So what's the bottom line? The cancers already occurring in Japan are just the tip of the iceberg. I'm sorry to say that the worst is yet to come."

WATCH: Cancer on the Rise in Post-Fukushima Japan.




The content of the new report defies what are chronically underestimated radiation exposure levels and effects produced by the International Atomic Energy Agency, TEPCO, and the Japanese government. As we have reported previously, the present day radiation risk model is based on outdated science and a dataset extracted from Hiroshima atomic bomb survivors, and which was arrived at before the discovery of DNA, and knowledge of up to six orders of magnitude higher genotoxicity caused by what is known as photoelectron induction associated with low-dose radioisotope exposure, i.e. the incorporation into our tissue of extremely low doses of radionuclides such as plutonium-239, uranium-238, and over one hundred others produced as a byproduct of the nuclear reactions that produce nuclear power. 

For those unafraid of confronting the truth, I highly recommend reading the 2001 paper published in the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry titled, "Depleted uranium-catalyzed oxidative DNA damage: absence of significant alpha particle decay," produced by the Army's own Radiobiology Research Institute, in order to fully comprehend the implications of photoelectron induction. In a nutshell, it implies that the adverse health effects associated with nuclear fallout may be tens of thousands times worse than present radiation risk models used by the nuclear industry, medical establishment, and government presently project. 

For more information here is an excerpt of my report, written only weeks after the Fukushima meltdown, titled "Why There Is No Safe Dose of Radiation from Fukushima":

The nuclear radiation risk models used by the nuclear industry and the medical establishment and harped upon by the mainstream media and world governments, were created largely by nuclear physicists in the 1950's, before the discovery of DNA, and are based upon the type of high energy external radiation exposures associated with the atomic bomb blast in Hiroshima.

This "old world" risk model, which underpins the policies and recommendations of would-be authorities on radiation safety such as the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP), though relevant in the case of external radiation exposure, severely misrepresents both the type and degree of radiotoxicity associated with the internalization of radioisotopes like Radioiodine 131, Cesium 137 and Uranium 238, and subsequent "non-linear" adverse effects in the human body. The ICRP not only conditions the world's perception on the relative safety of nuclear energy, but is also responsible for underwriting the risk associated with the use of munitions containing depleted uranium (DU) in places like Iraq, and now Libya. The genotoxic Uranium-238 residues left behind will likely cause pain, suffering, birth defects, miscarriages and premature deaths for countless generations to come. 

Although radioisotopes like Uranium-238 give off relatively low doses of ionizing radiation when compared to "high dose" external radiation exposure (such that may occur in a nuclear blast), following inhalation or ingestion these alpha particle emitters remain in affected tissues and cells for days, months, years and in some cases, a (subsequently shortened) lifetime, e.g. Strontium-90.

On a cellular level, particles of Uranium-238, which are weak emitters of alpha particle radiation (and therefore considered relatively non-radiotoxic), strongly bind and incorporate into the DNA in affected cells. Once a DNA-Uranium complex is formed it is capable of amplifying the genotoxicity of natural background gamma radiation (or medical radiation) to the affected DNA though a phenomenon called "photoelectric enhancement" by up to 55,000 TIMES HIGHER than normally occurs. See Chris Busby PhD's video or this document for details.

- GreenMedInfo.


 

DELUGE: Storms Batter Northern England - Troops Deployed To Build Flood Barriers; Major Disruption To Infrastructure And Transportation!


November 16, 2015 - ENGLAND
- Torrential rain has brought flooding to counties across the north of England, causing major disruption to train services, roads and farmland. Soldiers have been deployed to build flood barriers in Lancashire and Cumbria. The Environmental Agency (EA) issued severe flood warnings this weekend, indicating a risk to life.

It confirmed that 180 millimeters of rain fell over some parts of northern England on Saturday night. A handful of homes are thought to have been affected. Experts fear up to 1,600 properties could be at risk. Train services in north Wales have been disrupted by higher river levels in Powys. According to the EA, flooding risks are higher for Cumbria and parts of Lancashire, western parts of North Yorkshire and West Yorkshire.







Fifty British soldiers were deployed to build flood barriers to protect homes vulnerable to flooding, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed. The troops from 2nd Battalion the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment spent Friday and Saturday working in the region.
Several images, videos and vines have emerged on social media, showing the damage floods have caused to communities. Cumbria County Council said that its highway employees have been "working through the night" to get roads reopen.







"Twelve crews plus support have been focused on clearing debris from the roads caused by flooding," it said in a statement. "There have been fallen trees due to the high winds as well as material washed on to the roads by water running off fells and fields. "Clearance work will continue throughout the day with several roads still closed."

Further damage can be expected, however. Storm Barney, the second-ever UK storm to be named, will sweep across Britain this week, bringing with it winds of 80 miles an hour. The Met Office has warned that regions already hit by floods this weekend could again see waters rise.

- RT.




 

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Explosion At Indonesia's Anak Krakatau Volcano!

Lava flow from Krakatau in September, 2012 (Photo: Andi / Volcano Discovery, Indonesia)

November 16, 2015 - INDONESIA
- According to our local correspondent Andi, an isolated (perhaps phreatic) explosion occurred about 12 days ago, affecting the eastern part of the summit flank. No further details are known.

The volcano has been mostly calm since the lava flow eruption in September, 2012, but it is only a question of time when the next phase of activity occurs. - Volcano Discovery.



Krakatoa, or Krakatau (Indonesian: Krakatau), is a volcanic island situated in the Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra in the Indonesian province of Lampung.

The name is also used for the surrounding island group comprising the remnants of a much larger island of three volcanic peaks which was obliterated in a cataclysmic 1883 eruption, unleashing huge tsunamis (killing more than 36,000 people) and destroying over two-thirds of the island.

The explosion is considered to be the loudest sound ever heard in modern history, with reports of it being heard up to 3,000 miles (4,800 km) from its point of origin. The shock waves from the explosion were recorded on barographs worldwide.  In 1927 a new island, Anak Krakatau, or "Child of Krakatoa", emerged from the caldera formed in 1883 and is the current location of eruptive activity.


An 1888 lithograph of the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa.

The most notable eruptions of Krakatoa culminated in a series of massive explosions over August 26–27, 1883, which were among the most violent volcanic events in recorded history.  With an estimated Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI) of 6, the eruption was equivalent to 200 megatons of TNT (840 PJ)—about 13,000 times the nuclear yield of the Little Boy bomb (13 to 16 kt) that devastated Hiroshima, Japan, during World War II, and four times the yield of Tsar Bomba (50 Mt), the most powerful nuclear device ever detonated. 

The 1883 eruption ejected approximately 25 km3 (6 cubic miles) of rock. The cataclysmic explosion was heard 4,800 km (3,000 mi) away in Alice Springs, as well as on the island of Rodrigues near Mauritius, 4,653 km (2,891 mi) to the west.  According to the official records of the Dutch East Indies colony, 165 villages and towns were destroyed near Krakatoa, and 132 were seriously damaged. At least 36,417 people died, and many more thousands were injured, mostly from the tsunamis that followed the explosion. The eruption destroyed two-thirds of the island of Krakatoa. 

Eruptions in the area since 1927 have built a new island at the same location, named Anak Krakatau (which is Indonesian for "Child of Krakatoa"). Periodic eruptions have continued since, with recent eruptions in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. As of late 2011, this island has a radius of roughly 2 kilometres (1.2 mi), and a high point of about 324 metres (1,063 ft) above sea level, growing 5 metres (16 ft) each year.
 
Indonesia has over 130 active volcanoes, the most of any nation. They make up the axis of the Indonesian island arc system, which was produced by northeastward subduction of the Indo-Australian Plate. A majority of these volcanoes lie along Indonesia's two largest islands, Java and Sumatra. These two islands are separated by the Sunda Strait, which is located at a bend in the axis of the island arc. Krakatoa is directly above the subduction zone of the Eurasian Plate and the Indo-Australian Plate where the plate boundaries make a sharp change of direction, possibly resulting in an unusually weak crust in the region. - Wikipedia.



PLANETARY TREMORS: Increase Seismic Activity In The Caribbean Sea - Trinidad Shaken By Early Morning Earthquake!


November 16, 2015 - TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
- An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.9 rattled Trinidad and Tobago on Monday, the Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of the University of the West Indies (UWI) has reported.

It said that the quake was felt at around 8:36 am and was located 10.89 degrees north and 62.32 west. It had a depth of 79 kilometers.

Meanwhile, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake was recorded in the Caribbean Sea on Sunday night between Honduras and the Cayman islands.

The United States Geological Survey said the earthquake which struck at around 6:49 pm (Honduras time) was centered about 167 kilometers south, south west of Georgetown in the Cayman Islands.

The quake was also felt 420 kilometers west of Montego Bay in Jamaica. - Jamaica Observer.



Tectonic Summary - Seismotectonics of the Caribbean Region and Vicinity

Extensive diversity and complexity of tectonic regimes characterizes the perimeter of the Caribbean plate, involving no fewer than four major plates (North America, South America, Nazca, and Cocos). Inclined zones of deep earthquakes (Wadati-Benioff zones), ocean trenches, and arcs of volcanoes clearly indicate subduction of oceanic lithosphere along the Central American and Atlantic Ocean margins of the Caribbean plate, while crustal seismicity in Guatemala, northern Venezuela, and the Cayman Ridge and Cayman Trench indicate transform fault and pull-apart basin tectonics.

Along the northern margin of the Caribbean plate, the North America plate moves westwards with respect to the Caribbean plate at a velocity of approximately 20 mm/yr. Motion is accommodated along several major transform faults that extend eastward from Isla de Roatan to Haiti, including the Swan Island Fault and the Oriente Fault. These faults represent the southern and northern boundaries of the Cayman Trench. Further east, from the Dominican Republic to the Island of Barbuda, relative motion between the North America plate and the Caribbean plate becomes increasingly complex and is partially accommodated by nearly arc-parallel subduction of the North America plate beneath the Caribbean plate.

This results in the formation of the deep Puerto Rico Trench and a zone of intermediate focus earthquakes (70-300 km depth) within the subducted slab. Although the Puerto Rico subduction zone is thought to be capable of generating a megathrust earthquake, there have been no such events in the past century. The last probable interplate (thrust fault) event here occurred on May 2, 1787 and was widely felt throughout the island with documented destruction across the entire northern coast, including Arecibo and San Juan. Since 1900, the two largest earthquakes to occur in this region were the August 4, 1946 M8.0 Samana earthquake in northeastern Hispaniola and the July 29, 1943 M7.6 Mona Passage earthquake, both of which were shallow thrust fault earthquakes. A significant portion of the motion between the North America plate and the Caribbean plate in this region is accommodated by a series of left-lateral strike-slip faults that bisect the island of Hispaniola, notably the Septentrional Fault in the north and the Enriquillo-Plantain Garden Fault in the south. Activity adjacent to the Enriquillo-Plantain Garden Fault system is best documented by the devastating January 12, 2010 M7.0 Haiti strike-slip earthquake, its associated aftershocks and a comparable earthquake in 1770.


 USGS plate tectonics for the region.

Moving east and south, the plate boundary curves around Puerto Rico and the northern Lesser Antilles where the plate motion vector of the Caribbean plate relative to the North and South America plates is less oblique, resulting in active island-arc tectonics. Here, the North and South America plates subduct towards the west beneath the Caribbean plate along the Lesser Antilles Trench at rates of approximately 20 mm/yr. As a result of this subduction, there exists both intermediate focus earthquakes within the subducted plates and a chain of active volcanoes along the island arc. Although the Lesser Antilles is considered one of the most seismically active regions in the Caribbean, few of these events have been greater than M7.0 over the past century. The island of Guadeloupe was the site of one of the largest megathrust earthquakes to occur in this region on February 8, 1843, with a suggested magnitude greater than 8.0. The largest recent intermediate-depth earthquake to occur along the Lesser Antilles arc was the November 29, 2007 M7.4 Martinique earthquake northwest of Fort-De-France.

The southern Caribbean plate boundary with the South America plate strikes east-west across Trinidad and western Venezuela at a relative rate of approximately 20 mm/yr. This boundary is characterized by major transform faults, including the Central Range Fault and the Boconó-San Sebastian-El Pilar Faults, and shallow seismicity. Since 1900, the largest earthquakes to occur in this region were the October 29, 1900 M7.7 Caracas earthquake, and the July 29, 1967 M6.5 earthquake near this same region. Further to the west, a broad zone of compressive deformation trends southwestward across western Venezuela and central Colombia. The plate boundary is not well defined across northwestern South America, but deformation transitions from being dominated by Caribbean/South America convergence in the east to Nazca/South America convergence in the west. The transition zone between subduction on the eastern and western margins of the Caribbean plate is characterized by diffuse seismicity involving low- to intermediate-magnitude (Magnitude less than 6.0) earthquakes of shallow to intermediate depth.

The plate boundary offshore of Colombia is also characterized by convergence, where the Nazca plate subducts beneath South America towards the east at a rate of approximately 65 mm/yr. The January 31, 1906 M8.5 earthquake occurred on the shallowly dipping megathrust interface of this plate boundary segment. Along the western coast of Central America, the Cocos plate subducts towards the east beneath the Caribbean plate at the Middle America Trench. Convergence rates vary between 72-81 mm/yr, decreasing towards the north. This subduction results in relatively high rates of seismicity and a chain of numerous active volcanoes; intermediate-focus earthquakes occur within the subducted Cocos plate to depths of nearly 300 km. Since 1900, there have been many moderately sized intermediate-depth earthquakes in this region, including the September 7, 1915 M7.4 El Salvador and the October 5, 1950 M7.8 Costa Rica events.

The boundary between the Cocos and Nazca plates is characterized by a series of north-south trending transform faults and east-west trending spreading centers. The largest and most seismically active of these transform boundaries is the Panama Fracture Zone. The Panama Fracture Zone terminates in the south at the Galapagos rift zone and in the north at the Middle America trench, where it forms part of the Cocos-Nazca-Caribbean triple junction. Earthquakes along the Panama Fracture Zone are generally shallow, low- to intermediate in magnitude (Magnitude less than 7.2) and are characteristically right-lateral strike-slip faulting earthquakes. Since 1900, the largest earthquake to occur along the Panama Fracture Zone was the July 26, 1962 M7.2 earthquake.

References for the Panama Fracture Zone:

Molnar, P., and Sykes, L. R., 1969, Tectonics of the Caribbean and Middle America Regions from Focal Mechanisms and Seismicity: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 80, p. 1639-1684.

More information on regional seismicity and tectonics

- USGS.


 

MONUMENTAL DISASTER PREPAREDNESS: Major Maneuvers Ahead Of The Coming Black Celestial Event - Jade Helm 2.0 Begins As Unconventional Warfare Exercise (UWEX16); Military Seeks Role Players For Urban Military Training Across The United States!


November 16, 2015 - UNITED STATES
- Fresh off the recent conclusion of the controversial urban military training exercise Jade Helm, military special forces are again preparing to train to take on the American people and they are using a familiar part of the country to do it.

On Monday, Bastrop County commissioners approved yet another request from United States Special Operations Forces to conduct covert urban military training in the region from March 10 to June 5, 2016, according to an article in the Austin American-Statesman.

The planned training, known as Unconventional Warfare Exercise or UWEX 16, is extremely secretive and will reportedly take place on private property as well as at Camp Swift.

Video of the council meeting confirms that the training is similar to the recently concluded Jade Helm and shows council leaders literally joking about allowing even more training with an obvious domestic focus.
Shockingly, (or perhaps not at this point) the council spent less than five minutes discussing UWEX 16 with a large part of that time spent cracking jokes about the military taking over the streets and the crazy conspiracy theorists coming out of the woodwork. (relevant info begins around the 38:20 mark)

WATCH: UWEX16 is the new Jade Helm.




In the short amount of time the council spent on the extremely important topic they completely ignored the long and documented reasoning for why this type of training worries citizens, instead opting for a military press release approved statement meant to insinuate that those against the training are against America when in reality we are attempting to stop the eventual takeover of it.

“The fact that it became a media event last time doesn’t change my feeling that we need to support military training so the men and women in the military can effectively protect us and the freedoms we enjoy in America,” County Judge Paul Pape said at the meeting.

Pape himself is apparently unaware or doesn’t care about the thousands of active and retired military personal that spoke out against Jade Helm, both in public and private. It’s also disgustingly Orwellian to see these idiots sitting around their council laughing about a training exercise that is OPENLY about preparing special forces for domestic deployment.

Texas is not alone 

In a startling twist to the story, All News Pipeline uncovered documents that prove that military special forces aren’t just planning martial law style training in Texas but across at least four other states as well. In other words, UWEX 16 really is Jade Helm 2.0 and this time it is even more secretive.

ANP reports that the concerned wife of a civilian who works at Fort Bragg contacted them in order to point them towards posts on a military contractors website that advertise the need for different types of role players to take part in urban warfare training drills throughout the country.

With names such as ‘Guerrilla Chief‘, ‘Underground Leader’, ‘Media Newspaper Writer‘, Resistance Force Leader‘ and ‘State Dept Representative’, the needed role players are clearly set to play the part of different citizens that special forces would encounter while taking over an American city. But remember, according to officials and the mainstream media, this is all normal training for overseas and there is nothing to worry about.

Some of the different places listed in the role player documents include Camp Rilea, OR, Fort Bragg, NC, Camp Bulls, Texas, Davis Monathan Airforce Base in Arizona, and unknown parts of San Antonio, Texas. Also, it is highly likely that in the near future more information on this new widespread urban military training will be released which will add even more states to the list. Keep in mind that a good chunk of this type of training will surely take part off of military bases and onto American streets, regardless of what one corrupt city commission claims.

With this new domestic focused training now revealed and surely to go viral it is also likely that various mainstream media outlets will begin to again spread misinformation while never missing a chance to connect a random conspiracy theory about the training to the fears of it as a whole. This has actually already started with a lame attempt at sarcastic humor by a dedicated shill at the Dallas Observer.

Going forward it is important to note that most legitimate independent news outlets (including Intellihub.com) never reported that Jade Helm was for sure going to go live and result in a martial law takeover.

What was reported and what remains the truth today is that training such as Jade Helm and UWEX 16 have a transparent and obvious domestic focus which means that special forces units are being ordered to train for an eventual confrontation with the American people.

The fact that Jade Helm was one of the biggest ever urban military exercises, coupled with the recent announcement of UWEX 16, shows that, for one reason or another, the powers that be have accelerated this training. Whether that be for an upcoming economic collapse, terror attack, or just straight up deceleration of martial law for as yet unknown reasons remains to be seen.

What do you think? Why have we seen an obvious increase in the amount of urban military training in recent years with UWEX 16 and Jade Helm being just the latest examples? - Intellihub.

 

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Indonesia's Mount Marapi Spews Clouds Of Hot Ash - Authorities Raise Alert Level And Issue Warning To Locals!

Indonesia’s Mount Marapi

November 16, 2015 - INDONESIA
- Authorities in West Sumatra have raised the alert level of Mount Marapi after the volatile volcano began spewing clouds of hot ash late on Saturday.

Pyroclastic clouds over the volcano's dome were first spotted at 10.33 p.m. on Saturday, officials from the Marapi observation post told local media.

The activity continued well into Sunday morning. The same post also reported a series of minor seismic quakes.

The eruption is considered fairly minor but authorities have issued a warning to locals and hikers to stay beyond a three-kilometer radius from Marapi's crater.

Authorities also elevated the mountain's status to the second highest alert level.

The volcano registered a similar eruption on April 13. - RSOE EDIS.


 

SOLAR WATCH: Extraordinary Stretch Of Filament Eruption On The Southeastern Limb Of The Sun Resulting In A Bright CME - Prominence Stretched More Than 300,000km LONG, Over A Quarter Diameter Of The Sun!


November 16, 2015 - SPACE
- For days, astronomers have been monitoring a remarkable circular filament of magnetism on the sun. This large filament transiting the visible solar disk over the past several days finally erupted within the past hour (22:30 UTC / Nov 15). This image courtesy of the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) using the 304 angstroms channel captures the eruption site aftermath.

More images of the impressive filament:






The glowing walls of the canyon trace the original channel where the filament was suspended by magnetic forces above the sun's surface. From end to end, the structure stretches more than 300,000 km--a real Grand Canyon.

Inky-black fragments of the filament (must-see movie) flew away from the blast site and formed the core of a CME. It is too soon to say whether the storm cloud is heading for Earth.

WATCH: This movie from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows the filament slicing through the sun's atmosphere, producing a 'canyon of fire'.



The southern section of the large filament located in the southwest quadrant erupted beginning at 22:00 UTC. This eruption then caused the northern section of the filament channel to collapse as well at 23:45 UTC. Coronal dimming was observed mostly towards the southern section of the event site, along with a release of plasma which appears to be westerly directed.

Although coronagraph imagery is currently lacking, what is available courtesy of LASCO C3 appears to show a fairly wide coronal mass ejection (CME) that is directed mostly to the north, west and south. A proper analysis will only be completed to determine if an Earth directed component is associated once updated imagery becomes available.

Sunspots

Solar activity in regards of detectable solar flares during the past 24 hours was at very low levels. None of the visible Earth facing sunspots are a major flare threat today.


Credit: SDO/HMI

Co-Rotating Interaction Region


NOAA forecasters estimate a 35% chance of polar geomagnetic storms on Nov. 18th when a co-rotating interaction region (CIR) is expected to hit Earth's magnetic field. CIRs are transition zones between fast- and slow-moving solar wind streams. Solar wind plasma piles up in these regions, producing density gradients and shock waves that do a good job of sparking auroras.


Coronal Holes

Solar wind flowing from the indicated coronal hole could reach Earth as early as Nov. 19th.


Credit: SDO/AIA.



- Space Weather | Solar Ham.


 

EXTREME WEATHER: Powerful Storm System To Stretch Across Eight U.S. States Early This Week - Will Bring The Risk Of Severe Thunderstorms, Damaging Winds, Flash Flooding, Isolated Tornadoes, Blizzards And Hail From Southern Plains To Lower Mississippi Valley!


November 16, 2015 - UNITED STATES
- A powerful storm system will move across the central U.S. into Tuesday, bringing the risk for severe thunderstorms from the southern Plains to the lower Mississippi Valley.

"A strong storm system will swing across the Plains early this week and will provide the right ingredients for severe thunderstorms to begin to fire from Texas to Kansas on Monday," AccuWeather Meteorologist Becky Elliott said.

The storm system responsible for the severe weather spread snow across the Western states Sunday and Monday.




Portions of Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Mississippi and Tennessee are at risk for severe thunderstorms into Tuesday.

Anyone driving through these states early this week should be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions.

Thunderstorms will begin to fire ahead of the surface cold front from southwestern Kansas to western Texas on Monday afternoon.

"When these storms initially develop, there will be a brief window for a few tornadoes to form," Elliott said. "However, storms will quickly merge into a squall line, with damaging winds being the main threat."

There may be enough spin in the atmosphere for some storms embedded in the squall line to produce a brief tornado.

Gusts from the strongest storms can cause property damage, knock over trees and snap power poles.




Locations at risk for severe thunderstorms on Monday afternoon include Dodge City and Liberal, Kansas; Guymon and Woodward, Oklahoma; and Amarillo, Lubbock and Midland, Texas.

This line of storms will track eastward on Monday night from Kansas through central Texas. Storms will roll through Wichita, Kansas; Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Abilene, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio, Texas.

Those traveling on Interstate 35 from Wichita, Kansas, to San Antonio, Texas, should be prepared for blinding downpours and strong winds on Monday night.

By Tuesday, the line of storms will pass through the eastern portions of Texas and Oklahoma, southern Missouri, Arkansas, western Tennessee, northern and western Louisiana and western Mississippi.

Cities at risk on Tuesday include Hugo, Oklahoma; College Station and Houston, Texas; Springfield, Missouri; Little Rock and Fayetteville, Arkansas; Memphis, Tennessee; Clarksdale and Greenville, Mississippi; and Shreveport and Alexandria, Louisiana.

Outside of any severe thunderstorm, very heavy rain will fall in a short period of time and lead to flash flooding.

Up to 6 inches of rain could fall in some locations.

Never drive through a flooded roadway. Only a small amount of water can wash vehicles off the road.

While the drought has nearly ended across Texas, the soil remains saturated with water. Only a brief heavy downpour could lead to flooding.


Another round of windswept snow is set to blast Colorado and the High Plains Monday night and Tuesday, mimicking the storm that brought blizzard conditions this past week.
An area of low pressure that brought rain and snow to the West Sunday into Monday will emerge across the Plains and rapidly intensify early this week, setting the stage for
a major winter snowstorm. While this storm will spawn severe weather across the southern Plains, cold air and moisture will connect on the backside
and produce a swath of very heavy snowfall.

An area from southeastern Wyoming and southwestern Nebraska to far northern New Mexico will be affected. This includes Colorado, which will likely be the hardest hit.
"Rain will change over to snow across eastern Colorado late in the day Monday," AccuWeather Meteorologist Becky Elliott said.  Conditions will deteriorate quickly as
the snow and wind is expected to increase in intensity Monday night.  Snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour are possible at times while wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph
occur.  Snow will initially melt on roadways, but as the temperature drops and the snow increases, roadways will become covered.

This rain will help ease the drought across Oklahoma and Arkansas as more than 50 percent of the area is at least abnormally dry, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Use ​AccuWeather Minutecast® to track the severe thunderstorms across your area. Mobile users can use their GPS location.

The threat for severe weather will diminish as the line of storms moves into the Gulf Coast and Ohio Valley on Wednesday. Storms could still contain gusty winds and heavy downpours.

Severe thunderstorms will not be the only weather feature that will occur from this powerful storm system.

Soaking rain will drench areas farther north across the central Plains and east from the Southeast to the Midwest and Northeast by the end of the week.

Snow and blizzard conditions
will unfold on the cold side of the storm across portions of Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico Monday night into Tuesday. - AccuWeather.




PLANETARY TREMORS: Caribbean Sea Earthquake - Strong 5.8 Magnitude Tremor Struck Between Honduras And The Cayman Islands!

© Google Earth

November 16, 2015 - CARIBBEAN SEA
- A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.8 has struck the Caribbean Sea between Honduras and the Cayman Islands, seismologists say.

The earthquake, which struck at 6:39 p.m. local time in Honduras or 7:39 p.m. local time on the Cayman Islands, was centered about 167 kilometers (104 miles) south-southwest of George Town on the Cayman Islands, or 420 kilometers (261 miles) west of Montego Bay in Jamaica.

It struck about 9.1 kilometers (5.7 miles) deep, making it a shallow earthquake, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

Computer models from the USGS estimated that some 54,000 people may have felt weak shaking from the earthquake, which is unlikely to have caused damage or casualties.

Shaking could be felt in George Town, West Bay, Bodden Town, and some other towns in the region.

No tsunami watches or warnings have been issued. "Based on earthquake information and historic tsunami records the earthquake is not expected to generate a tsunami," the U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center said in a bulletin.

Other details were not immediately available. - BNO News.


Tectonic Summary - Seismotectonics of the Caribbean Region and Vicinity

Extensive diversity and complexity of tectonic regimes characterizes the perimeter of the Caribbean plate, involving no fewer than four major plates (North America, South America, Nazca, and Cocos). Inclined zones of deep earthquakes (Wadati-Benioff zones), ocean trenches, and arcs of volcanoes clearly indicate subduction of oceanic lithosphere along the Central American and Atlantic Ocean margins of the Caribbean plate, while crustal seismicity in Guatemala, northern Venezuela, and the Cayman Ridge and Cayman Trench indicate transform fault and pull-apart basin tectonics.

Along the northern margin of the Caribbean plate, the North America plate moves westwards with respect to the Caribbean plate at a velocity of approximately 20 mm/yr. Motion is accommodated along several major transform faults that extend eastward from Isla de Roatan to Haiti, including the Swan Island Fault and the Oriente Fault. These faults represent the southern and northern boundaries of the Cayman Trench. Further east, from the Dominican Republic to the Island of Barbuda, relative motion between the North America plate and the Caribbean plate becomes increasingly complex and is partially accommodated by nearly arc-parallel subduction of the North America plate beneath the Caribbean plate. This results in the formation of the deep Puerto Rico Trench and a zone of intermediate focus earthquakes (70-300 km depth) within the subducted slab. Although the Puerto Rico subduction zone is thought to be capable of generating a megathrust earthquake, there have been no such events in the past century. The last probable interplate (thrust fault) event here occurred on May 2, 1787 and was widely felt throughout the island with documented destruction across the entire northern coast, including Arecibo and San Juan. Since 1900, the two largest earthquakes to occur in this region were the August 4, 1946 M8.0 Samana earthquake in northeastern Hispaniola and the July 29, 1943 M7.6 Mona Passage earthquake, both of which were shallow thrust fault earthquakes. A significant portion of the motion between the North America plate and the Caribbean plate in this region is accommodated by a series of left-lateral strike-slip faults that bisect the island of Hispaniola, notably the Septentrional Fault in the north and the Enriquillo-Plantain Garden Fault in the south. Activity adjacent to the Enriquillo-Plantain Garden Fault system is best documented by the devastating January 12, 2010 M7.0 Haiti strike-slip earthquake, its associated aftershocks and a comparable earthquake in 1770.


 USGS plate tectonics for the region.

Moving east and south, the plate boundary curves around Puerto Rico and the northern Lesser Antilles where the plate motion vector of the Caribbean plate relative to the North and South America plates is less oblique, resulting in active island-arc tectonics. Here, the North and South America plates subduct towards the west beneath the Caribbean plate along the Lesser Antilles Trench at rates of approximately 20 mm/yr. As a result of this subduction, there exists both intermediate focus earthquakes within the subducted plates and a chain of active volcanoes along the island arc. Although the Lesser Antilles is considered one of the most seismically active regions in the Caribbean, few of these events have been greater than M7.0 over the past century. The island of Guadeloupe was the site of one of the largest megathrust earthquakes to occur in this region on February 8, 1843, with a suggested magnitude greater than 8.0. The largest recent intermediate-depth earthquake to occur along the Lesser Antilles arc was the November 29, 2007 M7.4 Martinique earthquake northwest of Fort-De-France.

The southern Caribbean plate boundary with the South America plate strikes east-west across Trinidad and western Venezuela at a relative rate of approximately 20 mm/yr. This boundary is characterized by major transform faults, including the Central Range Fault and the Boconó-San Sebastian-El Pilar Faults, and shallow seismicity. Since 1900, the largest earthquakes to occur in this region were the October 29, 1900 M7.7 Caracas earthquake, and the July 29, 1967 M6.5 earthquake near this same region. Further to the west, a broad zone of compressive deformation trends southwestward across western Venezuela and central Colombia. The plate boundary is not well defined across northwestern South America, but deformation transitions from being dominated by Caribbean/South America convergence in the east to Nazca/South America convergence in the west. The transition zone between subduction on the eastern and western margins of the Caribbean plate is characterized by diffuse seismicity involving low- to intermediate-magnitude (Magnitude less than 6.0) earthquakes of shallow to intermediate depth.

The plate boundary offshore of Colombia is also characterized by convergence, where the Nazca plate subducts beneath South America towards the east at a rate of approximately 65 mm/yr. The January 31, 1906 M8.5 earthquake occurred on the shallowly dipping megathrust interface of this plate boundary segment. Along the western coast of Central America, the Cocos plate subducts towards the east beneath the Caribbean plate at the Middle America Trench. Convergence rates vary between 72-81 mm/yr, decreasing towards the north. This subduction results in relatively high rates of seismicity and a chain of numerous active volcanoes; intermediate-focus earthquakes occur within the subducted Cocos plate to depths of nearly 300 km. Since 1900, there have been many moderately sized intermediate-depth earthquakes in this region, including the September 7, 1915 M7.4 El Salvador and the October 5, 1950 M7.8 Costa Rica events.

The boundary between the Cocos and Nazca plates is characterized by a series of north-south trending transform faults and east-west trending spreading centers. The largest and most seismically active of these transform boundaries is the Panama Fracture Zone. The Panama Fracture Zone terminates in the south at the Galapagos rift zone and in the north at the Middle America trench, where it forms part of the Cocos-Nazca-Caribbean triple junction. Earthquakes along the Panama Fracture Zone are generally shallow, low- to intermediate in magnitude (Magnitude less than 7.2) and are characteristically right-lateral strike-slip faulting earthquakes. Since 1900, the largest earthquake to occur along the Panama Fracture Zone was the July 26, 1962 M7.2 earthquake.

References for the Panama Fracture Zone:

Molnar, P., and Sykes, L. R., 1969, Tectonics of the Caribbean and Middle America Regions from Focal Mechanisms and Seismicity: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 80, p. 1639-1684.

More information on regional seismicity and tectonics

- USGS.





 

MONUMENTAL DELUGE: "UNPRECEDENTED" Heavy Rains And Widespread Flooding In Tamil Nadu, India - Death Toll Rises To Over 60; Mass Evacuations Underway As Incessant Rainfall Wreak Havoc! [VIDEO]

People help a man carry his two-wheeler on a cycle cart as they wade through a waterlogged subway in Chennai. © AP

November 16, 2015 - TAMIL NADU, INDIA
- Tamil Nadu continued to experience monsoon fury on Sunday, with heavy rains pounding various parts of the state under the influence of a well marked low pressure area over Bay of Bengal, as the death toll from rain-related incidents climbed to over 60.

There seemed to be no respite from the downpour with many parts of the city coming under water even as the weatherman forecast more rains for the next 24 hours, beginning 08:30 am.

The India Meteorological Department said in a bulletin on Sunday that the well-marked low pressure area over southwest Bay of Bengal adjoining Sri Lanka persisted and "it is likely to move west-northwestwards towards Tamil Nadu coast and would concentrate into a Depression during next 24 hours."

Under its influence, more rains were expected in the next 24 hours, the Regional Meteorological Department said.

Anaikaracharthiram (Nagapattinam) received the maximum rainfall of 18 cm recorded till 8:30 am, RMC Director SR Ramanan said, adding, Sirkali from the same district registered 17 cm. Chennai received three cm rainfall between 8:30 am and 11:30 am on Sunday.

He said heavy to very heavy rains could be expected in the northern coastal districts of the state in the next 24 hours while there could be rain in the rest of the districts. Rains were also expected in Puducherry on Monday.

The seas would be rough, he said, warning fishermen against venturing for fishing.

Meanwhile, four persons died due to various rain-related incidents on 13 and 14 November, the government said.

WATCH: Devastating floods hit Tamil Nadu.



Chief Minister Jayalalithaa condoled the death of the four persons, three of whom died due to drowning in Kancheepuram district while one person in Vellore was killed in wall collapse. She announced a sum of Rs 4 lakh each to the families of the victims from the Disaster Relief Fund.

The incessant rains severely crippled normal life in the state capital Chennai, where most roads, residential areas and low-lying parts were inundated.

Subways at suburban Chennai connecting the residential areas were inundated, rendering them useless for commutation.

The sparse Sunday crowd of motorists were seen discussing alternative routes to reach their respective destinations.

Water-clogged roads resulted in slow movement of vehicles even as pedestrians were seen wading through waist-deep to knee-deep water in many places. Many residents were forced to stay put inside their homes following the inclement weather. Trains on the suburban Chennai Egmore-Tambaram were running slow.

The inclement weather also affected flight services. A Colombo-Chennai Sri Lankan flight was diverted back to that city while a city-bound IndiGo aircraft from Delhi was diverted to Bengaluru, airport officials said. A Silk Air flight from Singapore to Chennai was also diverted to Bengaluru, they said, adding that many services were delayed by between 30-45 minutes.

Meanwhile, the government announced closure of schools and colleges in Chennai on Monday. Educational institutions in several coastal districts including Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur and Tiruchirappalli, and Vellore in northern part of the states would remain closed on Monday in view of the rains, officials said.

In Coimbatore, BJP's state unit president Tamilisai Soundararajan said the party would submit a detailed report on the situation in the rain-battered Cuddalore district to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

BJP national general secretary Muralidhar Rao, who is in-charge of party affairs in Tamil Nadu, would soon submit the report on the situation in Cuddalore, which bore the brunt of the monsoon fury so far, she told reporters in Chennai.

Replying to a question why Modi, who had announced Rs 1,000 crore to rain-affected Jammu and Kashmir, was "silent" on the plight of the state, she said that he had already expressed his deep regrets about the devastation on social media.

Moreover, it was the duty of the state government to send a report to the Centre, highlighting the problems, so that it can announce suitable funds, she said.

She also said Cuddalore should be declared as natural disaster-prone district and relief measures should be taken on a war footing in both Cuddalore and Chennai, which has also been affected by the incessant rains.

Lack of proper infrastructure in Chennai was the major reason for the "pathetic situation", she alleged referring to waterlogging in several areas.

As many as 135 residents of Danushkodi, about 20 km from Rameswaram, were rescued by Police and Fire and Rescue Service personnel after they were surrounded by rain and sea water.

Most parts of Dhanushkodi was inundated, a report from Rameswaram quoting police said.

Earlier, Sports and Youth Affairs Minister S Sunararaj chaired a meeting in Rameswaram to discuss flood relief measures and asked officials to be on high alert. - Firstpost.




EXTREME WEATHER: Lightning Strikes Start Bushfires In Goomalling, Kalbarri, Australia!

A tree fallen across the Goomallng-Toodyay Road after lightning strikes around the Wheatbelt.
© Matt Fricker and Perth Weather Live

November 16, 2015 - AUSTRALIA
- Lightning strikes are believed to have sparked several bushfires across WA on Saturday.

Thunderstorms and lightning strikes in the Wheatbelt are believed to have sparked fires west of Goomalling on Saturday afternoon.

Pictures of fallen down trees on major roads near Goomalling, which is about 45km northeast of Northam, also emerged online.

Lightning is also suspected to have caused a fire south of Kalbarri National Park on Saturday. The fire was reported about 12pm.

As of Saturday afternoon, the fire was burning between 1.2km east of George Grey Rd and the power line. A DFES "bushfire advice" alert issued just after 2.30pm said there was no threat to lives or homes but there was a lot of smoke in the area.

No roads were closed.

Motorists should avoid the area and be aware of emergency services personnel working on site. Department of Parks and Wildlife firefighters and volunteer fire brigades are on the scene. - Perth Now.


 

FIRE IN THE SKY: Leonid Meteor Shower 2015 - How To Watch This Year's Show!


November 16, 2015 - SPACE
- Keep an eye on the night sky this week if you want to witness the spectacular Leonid meteor shower.

The space debris is expected to crash into the Earth’s atmosphere dozens of times every hour when the phenomenon peaks in the early hours of Tuesday and Wednesday morning.

Skywatching experts say that the best time to see the annual mid-November show will be between midnight and dawn. NASA reports that a waxing crescent moon should mean the skies will be dark enough to clearly view the display. Let’s just hope it’s not too cloudy.

As always, the best place to watch is said to be away from city light, preferably in a rural location with little light pollution. Since the eye can take up to 45 minutes to adapt to the dark, USA Today advises skywatchers to be patient so that the falling stars become brighter to them as the night wears on.



The shower is made up of tiny sand-sized bits of dust that crumble off the Tempel-Tuttle comet as it passes the Earth. The particles ignite when they hit our atmosphere.

The Leonid meteor shower has sometimes turned into a severe storm, giving off an even more incredible display, but it's not expected to do so this year, according to EarthSky.org.

Skywatchers in Asia and the Middle East will have the best chance of viewing the meteor shower after midnight on Tuesday, while those in North and South America, Europe and Africa will have a better view the following day.



And if you don’t get to experience the shower over the next couple of days, don’t worry. Scientist Rhiannon Blaauw of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office says that the shower will continue, albeit not as sensationally, until the end of the month.

"You can see Leonids anytime between now and November 30 by going outside during a clear dark night ... sometime between 3 a.m. and dawn, letting your eyes adjust to the dark and taking in as much sky as possible (no telescopes/binoculars)," Blaauw told Weather.com.

You can also watch the meteors via the Slooh space camera live stream here.


- Huffington Post.




DISASTER PRECURSORS: Animal Migratory Patterns - Weird Glowing Blue Sea Slug Washes Up On Australian Beach?!

Blue glaucus aka Blue Dragon.  © Sylke Rohrlach

November 16, 2015 - AUSTRALIA
- A strange and seldom-seen sea creature has made a rare public appearance.

This is the Blue Dragon - or glaucus atlanticus - which was caught on camera after washing up on Australia's Gold Coast.

The bizarre-looking creature is in fact a sea slug, and feeds on blue bottle jellyfish - otherwise known as Portugese Man O' War.

While the jellyfish has a powerful sting that can severely injure humans, the Blue Dragon is unaffected by the venom.

In fact, the Blue Dragon packs a fairly nasty sting of its own.


WATCH: Weird glowing blue sea creature that eats jellyfish washes up on Australian beach.




Kylie Pitt, a marine life expert from Griffith University in Queensland, told the Gold Coast Bulletin: "They are really weird.

"The glaucus eat blue bottles - they float upside down and move around using the water's surface tension.

"I have handled them before and wasn't stung, but I would not recommend anyone pick them up because they can have a painful sting." - Daily Mirror.





 

EXTREME WEATHER: Lightning Strikes Kill Four In Iringa, Tanzania!

File photo.

November 16, 2015 - TANZANIA
- Lightning strikes killed four people including a student and a woman and hospitalized four others in Iringa District, Iringa Region on Friday.

Timoteo Mlamka, a Form IV student at Idodi Secondary School in Idodi Division, died instantly after being struck by lightning when he was playing school games at the school grounds.

Nurfatika Ngahema, 16, Grace Njati, 17, Jacqueline Kombo, 19, and Michael Ndawa, 16 all Form III students who playing with Mlamka were rushed to the nearby hospital following serious injuries.

Iringa Regional Police Commander (RPC) Ramadhani Mungi confirmed the incident and said the students were playing football under the rain at around 18:00hrs when they were struck by the lightning.

He said a female resident of the same village Teresia Kang'ali was struck by the same thunder while collecting firewood in the nearby forest.

In another lightning incident, Zacharia Parks (18) died while herding cattle in the village of Bena in Iringa Rural District.

Another unnamed victim died from lightening in Kiponzelo Division at around 4pm, while 22 cattle worth Sh44mln property of EFAs Farm Limited were also killed. - IPP Media.




 

FIRE IN THE SKY: Meteor Fireball Filmed Over Winnipeg, Canada!

YouTube screen capture of the fireball.
November 16, 2015 - CANADA - A meteor fireball was seen over Winnipeg, Canada on November 13, 2015. The event was filmed and posted to YouTube by Larry Gundrum.


WATCH: Meteor over Winnipeg.





 

EXTREME WEATHER ANOMALIES: Rare Tornado Hits Central California Town - Damages Several Buildings!

Debris lies on the ground where Sabina and Zane Woodard's garage once stood after reports of a rare tornado in Denair, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015.  © Deke Farrow, AP

November 16, 2015 - CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
- The National Weather Service confirms that a tornado did indeed touch down in Denair Sunday afternoon.

Authorities say the tornado hit near Zeering Road in Denair just before 2 p.m. and then headed east out of town. The tornado damaged some houses and trees, according to the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department.

A church roof was also damaged, deputies say. No one was inside the church at the time, the pastor says.

No injuries due to the tornado have been reported. The sheriff's department does not have an official number yet on how many buildings were damaged.


WATCH: Tornado over Denair, California.




Authorities say it has been at least several years since the last tornado they can remember hitting the area.

"This is absolutely rare for Stanislaus County," said Sgt. Anthony Bejaran with the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department.

The National Weather Service says eyewitness reports and video evidence confirm that the event was indeed a tornado.

However, the tornado's strength rating will be determined on Monday when a survey team takes a look at the scene.

Power was cut to about 1,700 people in Denair due to the tornado. Most people had their power restored by Sunday evening. - CBS.