Sunday, December 6, 2015

MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: Apocalytical Storm In Paraguay Destroys Parts Of The Capital City - The Most Powerful Storm In 18 Years; 18 Landslides Block Streets And Engulf The City Buildings; Widespread Road Destruction And Infrastructure Collapse; Over 300,000 Without Drinking Water And Electricity; State Of Emergency Declared! [PHOTOS + VIDEO]

Landslide in Paraguay. © Twitter

December 6, 2015 - PARAGUAY - That's the most powerful storm in the past 18 years of Paraguay.

The storm hit the capital and surrounding on Friday, December 4, 2015 and killed a boy and a baby. Moreover, drinkable water, electricity were and roads collapsed. The state of Emergency has been declared.

The storm mainly affected the capital city and the metropolitan area is the largest in the last 18 years according to wind and precipitation data.

The storm began at 4.20 am. of rain fell in just two hours and wind speeds reached 100 mph.A teenager and a two-old month baby died in the storm. The young man was squashed by a wall that collapsed on his room. The baby got swept away by the resulting floods.

Paraguay flood damage. © Twitter

Floodwater. © Twitter

Landslide in Paraguay. © Twitter

18 landslides have blocked streets and engulfed city buildings.

At least hundred trees were uprooted.

A lot of sections of roads and routes were literally destroyed by the waters that swept away everything in its path as seen between San Antonio to Villa Elisa.

WATCH: Powerful storm strikes Paraguay.

About 300,000 people were left without drinking water and electricity during several hours.

Although such crazy storm aren't uncommon in the country, they increase in importance when they strike populated areas like a capital city. - Strange Sounds.

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: "Volcano Of Fire" - Stunning Images Show Guatemala's Increasing Activity! [PHOTOS + VIDEO]

December 6, 2015 - GUATEMALA
- An active volcano in Guatemala has entered a new eruptive phase, sending huge lava fountains into the air.

With no evacuation measures announced, people living in the area have been able to capture breathtaking images of the volcano and share them with the world.Volcan de Fuego - which translates as "the volcano of fire" - is located some 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the capital, Guatemala City.

The volcano is experiencing a new peak in activity, with lava and smoke erupting from its crater, and ash covering the surrounding areas, AFP reported, citing the Guatemala Institute of Volcanology.

The Fuego volcano is in a phase of high activity. Since Sunday morning the largest increase has been observed, [this] being the beginning of a new eruption," the institute said in a special bulletin.

Lava fountains reached as high as 250-300 meters (up to almost 1,000 feet) above the crater, sending lava flows to a distance of up to 2,000 meters (6560 feet).

The eruption is accompanied by strong explosions, observers added, saying that they are causing shock waves in the area.

The Fuego is also sending volcanic ash high into the air, with ash plumes reaching a height of some 4,800 meters (3 miles) above sea level.

The ash is then traveling to the west and southwest from the volcano at a speed of over 13 kilometers (8 miles) per hour.

Ashfall on several villages located near the volcano’s slopes has already been reported.

So far it has not been necessary to evacuate people, monitors said.

The powerful new eruption might increase even further, scientists said, recommending the implementation of a yellow state of alert.

WATCH: Guatemala issues alert over erupting Fuego volcano.

Air traffic control has also been warned that the ash is traveling high into the air.

While scientists continue to monitor the volcano, posting webcam images of the Fuego, some locals have shared their own photos of the eruption under a hashtag translated as "good things about my country."

The Fuego has already had a huge eruption this month, forcing an evacuation in nearby populated areas. In February, authorities had to close Guatemala airport due to powerful Fuego activity.

The "Volcano of Fire" is a stratovolcano – also known as a composite volcano - which has been continuously active since 1999.

It's typical activity includes dozens of small-scale daily eruptions. More intense bursts have been observed several times this year. - RT.

GLOBAL AWAKENING: Embracing Of Mother Nature And Detaching From European Vampirism - Monsanto To Face "Tribunal" In The Hague For "DAMAGE TO HUMAN HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT"!

December 6, 2015 - THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS
- A global group of professionals, scientists and environmentalists – the Monsanto Tribunal – are preparing a trial for the GMO seed giant in The Hague. They say the crowdfunded action, determined to charge Monsanto with “ecocide,” is more than a symbolic move.

The Monsanto Tribunal’s goal is to research and evaluate all of the allegations made against Monsanto in connection to all the damages its products have caused to human health and the environment. It is scheduled to be held at The Hague from October 12 to 16 in 2016. The trial will wrap up on next year’s World Food Day.

One of the main goals the broad group of signees [ABOUT US] wants the tribunal to achieve is establishing “ecocide” as a crime. “Recognizing ecocide as a crime is the only way to guarantee the right of humans to a healthy environment and the right of nature to be protected,” The International Monsanto Tribunal says on its website.

The Tribunal will look into a range of charges, including what it says are Monsanto’s crimes against nature and humanity.

“The Tribunal will rely on the ‘Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights’ adopted at the UN in 2011. It will also assess potential criminal liability on the basis of the Rome Statue that created the International Criminal Court in The Hague in 2002, and it will consider whether a reform of international criminal law is warranted to include crimes against the environment, or ecocide, as a prosecutable criminal offense, so that natural persons could incur criminal liability.”

Several bodies and groups are supporting the initiative, including the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), IFOAM International Organics, Navdanya, Regeneration International (RI), and Millions Against Monsanto, as well as dozens more farming and environmental groups.

The decision to proceed with the tribunal was announced by the groups shortly before the Sustainable Pulse report was published, which was part of the COP21 UN Conference on Climate Change that runs until December 11 in Paris.

“The time is long overdue for a global citizens’ tribunal to put Monsanto on trial for crimes against humanity and the environment. We are in Paris this month to address the most serious threat that humans have ever faced in our 100-200,000 year evolution—global warming and climate disruption,” the president of the Organic Consumers Association, Ronnie Cummins, said at the press conference.

Meanwhile, president of IFOAM and member of the RI Steering Committee Andre Leu accused Monsanto of ignoring the human and environmental damage created by its products. Leu added that the transnational is able to maintain its devastating practices “by lobbying regulatory agencies and governments, by resorting to lying and corruption, by financing fraudulent scientific studies, by pressuring independent scientists, and by manipulating the press and media.”

“Monsanto’s history reads like a text-book case of impunity, benefiting transnational corporations and their executives, whose activities contribute to climate and biosphere crises and threaten the safety of the planet,” Leu stressed.

The American-based company has enjoyed a good reputation in the US media and is known for its strong ties on Capitol Hill.

The Monsanto Tribunal argues that the company is responsible for the depletion of soil and water resources, species extinction, and declining biodiversity, as well as the displacement of millions of small farmers worldwide.

Farmers in certain countries have been taking these developments very hard. In India, an alarming wave of suicides tied to Monsanto’s practices has been registered among farmers.

Instead of traditional crops, farmers have been forced to grow GM cotton, which is more expensive and requires additional maintenance. In the last 20 years, this trend has driven some 290,000 farmers to commit suicide due to bankruptcy, according to India’s national crimes bureau records.

Subjecting Monsanto to real legal consequences will be a challenge, though, as the corporation has never lost a case.

The company is notorious for routinely suing farmers, which has earned it the reputation of a legal bully in the eyes of critics. According to Food Democracy Now, the GMO corporation has filed 145 lawsuits since 1997, because farmers had reused their seeds in a manner inconsistent with Monsanto policies. This even includes cases where the farmers themselves had sued Monsanto for the inadvertent cross-pollination of their organic crops with GMO seeds.

One lawsuit representing 300,000 farmers was thrown out of court – for the mere reason that the farmers had already been sued by Monsanto. According to Food Democracy Now, the judge called the farmers’ case “unsubstantiated.”

Untold damage has also been caused to the ecosphere by the dying-off of 970 million Monarch butterflies since 1990. The herbicides Monsanto sells eradicate a range of the prolific pollinators’ natural food sources. The statistic was released by the US Fish and Wildlife Service in February.People demonstrated in over 400 major cities across the world in May to tell the GMO giant they do not want its produce in their food. It was the third global March Against Monsanto (MAM).  - RT.

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: The Latest Report Of Volcanic Eruptions, Activity, Unrest And Awakenings – December 4-6, 2015!

Explosion from Rinjani's Barujari cone on December 1, 2015

December 6, 2015 - EARTH - The following constitutes the new activity, unrest and ongoing reports of volcanoes across the globe, courtesy of Volcano Discovery.

Rinjani (Lombok):  The volcano continues to erupt, but activity has decreased a lot. When visited during November 30 to December 2, "the volcano erupted just 2-3 times eruption per day", but some explosions were fairly big

Etna (Sicily, Italy): Activity at the volcano remains elevated, but a significant change is occurring.

While explosions continued from Voragine crater and tremor levels remain high, it seems that since a few hours ago, most magma has now been using another vent: the new pit crater on the upper flank of the New SE crater.

View from Montagnola (Radiostudio7 webcam)

Lava fountain during Etna's 4th Voragine paroxysm

INGV webcam from Montagnola

Lava fountain and ash plume from Voragine

It already has had intermittent activity throughout the current eruption, but this morning started to produce intense strombolian activity and dense ash plumes.

The situation remains highly interesting.

4th paroxysm of Voratine in progress

The 4th lava fountaining episode in less than 3 days has began at Etna's Voragine. Intermittent strombolian activity, elevated throughout the day since the end of last night's paroxysm, has now merged into sustained jets (fountains) of lava. An ash plume is again rising several kilometers.

Ash plume from Etna's New SE crater

Activity from New SE crater

Thermal image showing the lava fountain

Current tremor signal (ESLN station / INGV Catania)

At the time of updating, this activity is still increasing.

The speed at which activity increases is truly impressive. Even from webcams located more or less downwind (i.e. receiving much ash blocking clear view), the lava fountain is now visible clearly.

WATCH: Etna volcanic activity between December 4-5.

Bromo (East Java, Indonesia): An eruption warning was issued this morning - PVMBG raised the volcano's alert status to "siaga" (alert), or 3 on a scale of 1-4.

Bromo volcano this morning (PVMBG)

Seismic activity and degassing from the crater have sharply increased, suggesting that a new eruption could occur any time at the volcano.

Telica (Nicaragua): The volcano has calmed down, at least at the surface during the past week. Since 29 Nov, no more significant explosions / ash emissions have taken place.

Telica volcano's crater

Whether this is in connection with the new eruptive activity at neighboring Momotombo volcano or pure coincidence is up to speculation.

Momotombo (Nicaragua):  Activity at the volcano continues, but at lower intensity than during the first days of the new eruption. Strombolian explosions at the summit crater accompany the emission of a steam-ash plume rising up to approx. 1000 m, an possibly still continued, but very weak lava flow extrusion.

Momotombo volcano

After the more vigorous onset of the eruption on December 2, the new lava flow had reached the base of the summit cone by next morning, where it had branched into two lobes.

GLOBAL AWAKENING & PARADIGM SHIFT: Taking The Enlightened Approach And Embracing Of Mother Nature - Canada To Become The First G7 Country To Legalize Marijuana!

Woman's hands holding marijuana (Shutterstock)

December 6, 2015 - CANADA
- Next year Canada could become the first country in the G7 group of the world’s leading economies to legalize marijuana as the government announces its plans in a speech to parliament.

The freshly-elected Liberal government has reaffirmed their pledge to legalize marijuana as Governor-General David Johnson addressed the parliament with a speech that outlined the legislative agenda for the coming year.

“The Government will introduce legislation that… will legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana,” Johnson said, Canadian Global News reports. He did not elaborate on how the government plans to regulate or restrict access to the soft drug.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s mandate letter to the Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould also includes a provision suggesting that the justice minister should work “with the Ministers of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and Health, create a federal-provincial-territorial process that will lead to the legalization and regulation of marijuana.”

Trudeau said that legalizing marijuana would fix a “failed system” and help remove the “criminal element” from marijuana production and trade, adding that Canadians would benefit from studying the experience of the US state of Colorado and Washington, which recently adopted similar laws.

The PM has stuck to that position since becoming the leader of the Liberal party in 2013. He says his support for the legalization of marijuana is influenced by the fate of his late brother, who was charged with drug possession for having “a tiny amount” of weed before his death in an avalanche in 1998.

Legalizing pot was a high profile election promise made by Trudeau during the latest election campaign that raised the Liberal Party to power after almost a decade of the Conservative rule. Two previous Conservative administrations also made such election promises but failed to live up to them.

In Canada, people are allowed to use medical marijuana in dried and edible forms on condition they do not smoke it. Growing marijuana at home is also legal, according to Global News.

Apart from legalizing marijuana, the new government also plans to cut taxes for citizens with middle income as well as to provide higher child benefits to the needy, which would be financed by a tax increase on the wealthiest 1 percent of the population.

The government also announced plans to provide significant investments in infrastructure, cut military spending, limit the budget deficit to 10 billion Canadian dollars ($7.5 billion) per year as well as to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. - RT.

ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: Disaster Precursors - Herd Of Wild Boar On Airport Runway Causes Indian Plane To Tip Over; Woman Mauled To Death By 2 Dogs In Port Huron, Michigan; South African Hippo Kills 3 Near Zimbabwe Border; And Whale Nearly Swallows California Paddle Boarder!

© Igor Zarembo / Sputnik

December 6, 2015 - EARTH - The following constitutes two of latest reports of animal attacks on humans.

Herd of wild boar on airport runway causes Indian plane to tip over

Passengers on India's SpiceJet flight got a huge scare, when their plane landed at Jabalpur airport to suddenly swerve to the side - as a herd of at least 30 wild boars ran out for a stroll across the runway.

The incident, reported by the Hindustan Times, took place at 7:45 p.m. local time and ended safely, with the aircraft ending several meters away from the runway, tipping to the side. A major crash was narrowly averted. There were 49 passengers and four crew aboard the Q400 aircraft.

"The pilot lost control of the aircraft causing the aircraft to swing off the runway... None of the passengers or crew suffered injuries," a SpiceJet official told the daily. The same did not hold true for the bores, seven of whom ended up dead.

The plane took damage to its left landing gear and undercarriage. "The skillful and experienced hands of the Captain helped to avert a major disaster by diverting the aircraft towards the left of the runway to moderate the impact of the event," they added. The pilot had to apply emergency brakes, which led to the tipping of the aircraft.

"No pilot is trained to land on runways infested with animals and Jabalpur airport has a chronic history," an unnamed official also told the Hindustan Times. The incident took place just as India's aviation authorities were in the midst of an audit on all the country's airports. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has arranged for surveillance of 20 of India's airports, due to increased incidence of animal intrusions there.

Three months ago in September, President Pranab Mukhergee's aircraft ended up in a similar pickle, as a herd of pigs marched on the runway towards the terminal building at Nagpur. That same airport 10 days later witnessed a group of rabbits that nearly interfered with a commercial aircraft as it was landing. - RT.

Woman mauled to death by 2 dogs in Port Huron, Michigan

The fiancé of a 22-year-old Port Huron woman who died after being attacked by two dogs Thursday described her as full of life and love.

Matthew Grattan said Rebecca Lillian-Kay Hardy will be missed by all who knew her. The couple had an 18-month-old daughter together.

"She was full of life," Grattan said. "She was my everything. She loved her daughter with everything.

"She would brighten up the room when she walked in."

Police discovered Hardy shortly before 4:45 p.m. Thursday after being called for reports of a dog attack.

Hardy was found in the back yard of a residence with extensive injuries to her face and neck. She was taken to Lake Huron Medical Center and later flown to Beaumont Hospital where she died. Investigators believe Hardy, for an unknown reason, entered the fenced-in back yard of the home where the dogs were being kept.

WATCH: 22-year-old woman killed after dog attack in Port Huron.

In a statement, police said a pit bull attacked Hardy when she entered the yard. A witness attempted to help her, but was unable to. The witness entered the home and asked for the help of the dog owner.

A second dog, believed to be a Husky, also attacked Hardy, according to the statement. The dog owner eventually was able to free Hardy and provide aid until the arrival of emergency personnel.

Police have said the dog owner is cooperating fully. The dogs were removed from the residence and taken to St. Clair County Animal Control, where they were quarantined.

Grattan said he and Hardy had an argument at his home a few doors down shortly before the incident. Grattan said she left the house. He speculated that she traveled down the alleyway and attempted to cut across the neighbor's backyard.

"Nobody was there, nobody knows what happened and why," Grattan said.

Port Huron police are working with the St. Clair County and Macomb County medical examiners as well as the St. Clair County Prosecutor's office to complete the investigation. - Detroit Free Press.

South Africa hippo 'kills three' near Zimbabwe border

 The hippopotamus is thought to have come from the nearby Limpopo River. Getty Images
A hippopotamus has killed three adults and critically injured a child in South Africa, a private emergency response service says.

The incident happened late on Wednesday night in a town close to the border-crossing with Zimbabwe.

ER24 says that when its paramedics arrived at the scene they found the adults had "sustained fatal injuries".

The child was taken to the local hospital and is reported to be recovering.

The child was discovered on Thursday morning after its cries for help were heard, and that is when the medics were called, ER24 said.

The exact circumstances of the attack are being investigated, but it is thought that a wild hippopotamus may have come from the nearby Limpopo River, ER24's Pieter Rossouw told Eyewitness News.

Mature hippopotamuses can weigh up to 3,200kg (7,000lbs) and are known for their aggression, says the BBC's Earth website.

It adds that they have been named the most dangerous animals in Africa, allegedly responsible for more human deaths than lions. - BBC.

Whale nearly swallows California paddle boarder

A paddle boarder in California narrowly avoided becoming a humpback whale's snack.

The man was seen on the water in Santa Cruz in footage taken by Eric Garcia.

Garcia wrote on YouTube: 'After sailing for a while, we were coming back to Santa Cruz harbor and found a large aggregation of marine life feeding on fish.

WATCH: Paddle boarder almost gets swallowed by a humpback whale.

- Daily Mail.


RATTLE & HUM: Loud Boom Heard In Bullhead City, Arizona - Source Remains A Mystery?!

© Cindy Dutcher

December 6, 2015 - ARIZONA, UNITED STATES
- Some Tri-state residents were startled by a loud boom Thursday afternoon, the source of which remained a mystery hours later.

The noise was reported just after 1 p.m. and residents initially suspected a natural-gas related explosion.

Southwest Gas Corp. spokeswoman Sonya Headen said that company officials contacted operations employees in Laughlin and Bullhead City and determined that the noise residents heard didn't stem from any activity at any of the utility's sites.

Other reported possibilities included a sonic boom or U.S. Geological Survey activity.

Jeremy Keating, director of Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport, said he hadn't heard of any exercises involving military aircraft underway in the area, aircraft that would be capable of reaching speeds exceeding 660 mph at altitude that would break the sound barrier to trigger a sonic boom.

Bullhead City public works director Pawan Agrawal said his department was unaware of any work being done in the area by any federal agency, but added that such agencies might share details of some projects only with the police and fire departments.

Bullhead City police had no personnel respond to any explosion-like incidents, department spokeswoman Emily Fromelt said. - Mohave Valley Daily News.

EXTREME WEATHER: Highest Level Of Alert - Storm Desmond To Cause More Damage As It Rampages Through The UK; One Person Killed; Over 40 Severe Flood Warnings Issue; Mass Evacuations In Northern England, Wales And Southern Scotland; Over A Month's Worth Of Rainfall In Just 24 Hours In Cumbria And Lancashire; Police Declare "MAJOR INCIDENT" For Cumbria; Tens Of Thousands Of Homes At Risk Of Power Cuts! [PHOTOS + VIDEOS]

December 6, 2015 - UNITED KINGDOM
- The UK government has issued over 40 severe flood warnings and opened up evacuation shelters in northern England, Wales, and southern Scotland, as Storm Desmond comes in from the Atlantic.

The most heavily affected by parts of the country, such as Cumbria and Lancashire, have seen more than a month’s worth of rain in less than 24 hours, causing severe flooding as rivers overflow. Though average rainfall for all of December is 146.1 millimeters in Cumbria, places like the village of Shap were hit with 178.2 in just a single day.

While forecasts say the torrential rains will weaken by Sunday morning, Cumbrian rivers are expected to swell further until at least noon on Sunday. Winds of speeds exceeding 140 kilometers per hour are also expected to rage in parts of the country.

“Given saturated conditions and high river levels from recent rainfall, further flooding is expected,” said a statement from the Met Office issuing its highest level of alert. The warning told people in Cumbria and southern Scotland to “take action to remain safe and protect property.”

At least 60,000 properties are at risk of experiencing power cuts in Lancaster alone, according to Electricity North West. Engineers have been working to safeguard the supplies.

Weather forecasters say some areas have been hit worse than at any time in the past decade, in what is expected to be the worst storm of 2015.

Cumbrian police have declared Storm Desmond a “major incident,” and set up reception centers in town halls and leisure complexes, as entire villages have been evacuated.

Many of the people had to be rescued from – or decided to voluntarily abandon – their own cars, with emergency services complaining that stationary vehicles on the road were making it harder for them to provide help.

WATCH: Serious flooding in Cumbria.

 WATCH: Storm Desmond hits Scotland.

  WATCH: Plane battles Storm Desmond's strong winds.

   WATCH: River Kent overflows.

Roads and bridges have been closed and trains cancelled in many of the affected areas.

Passengers from a train that was stranded at Carlisle station were forced to sleep in coaches, as all of the hotels in the city were fully booked.

Emergency foil blankets and hot drinks have been provided to them.Ireland has also borne the brunt of the extreme weather, forcing dozens of flights to be rescheduled in Dublin alone.

Football and rugby matches, as well as other outdoor events, have been canceled throughout the affected regions.At least one person is thought to have died as a direct result of the storm.

A 90-year-old man in North London was killed when he was “blown into” the side a moving bus by a strong gust of wind. - RT.

MONUMENTAL GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Geological Upheaval - Japan's Nishinoshima Volcano Island Grows 12 TIMES In Size Since Forming In 2013!

A NASA image from 2014. © NASA

December 6, 2015 - JAPAN
- It's not exactly a Pacific beach resort just yet, but the Japanese Coast Guard reports that a volcanic island that first popped up in the middle of the ocean two years ago has already grown to twelve times its initial size.

Molten rock cooled by the ocean first poked out of the water in November, 2013, when it was initially spotted next to island Nishinoshima, which it eventually grew to engulf.

The new islet Nishinoshima is about 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) south of Tokyo and now measures about 1.2 miles roughly square and up to 328 feet tall, according to Japan Today.

Eruptions are still taking place from a crater in the center of the growing island, and continuous lava flows are still laying down new real estate. Scientists expect that volcanic activity on the island will continue for some time.

Take a look at how the island has grown in the video below:

WATCH: Nishinoshima in Japan - Volcanic explosion.

- Forbes.

DELUGE: Heavy Rainfall And Flash Flooding Hits Singapore - Causing Transportation Disruptions!

© Aaron Low

December 6, 2015 - SINGAPORE - Heavy rain caused flooding in several areas of Singapore on Saturday afternoon.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) had earlier warned of thundery showers with gusty wind expected over the northern, eastern and central areas of the island between 4.05pm and 5pm on Dec 5.

Updates by the Public Utilities Board (PUB) on its Twitter page indicated that some roads were a high flood risk, with water levels rising to 100 per cent.

Flooding at the junction between Hougang Avenue 8 and Hougang Avenue 6. © Lyrrel Tan

 © Lyrrel Tan

It said in a tweet at 4.47pm that flash floods had occurred at Lorong Buangkok and that traffic was impassable.

The Straits Times reported that at least two cars were stranded outside the Church of St Vincent de Paul along Yio Chu Kang Road.

A community plaza in a HDB estate in Ang Mo Kio was also filled with rainwater.

Netizens also shared their photos and experiences of the situation on social media. - Straits Times.