Friday, December 11, 2015

FUK-U-SHIMA: Report On Fukushima Declassified - Worse Than We Were Told!

December 11, 2015 - JAPAN
- Fukushima nuclear power plant is still experiencing major contamination issues nearly five years after the earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent meltdown.

A new declassified report from the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, written on March 18, 2011 just days after the disaster, sheds light on just how bad it was.

We now know that "100% of the total spent fuel was released to the atmosphere from unit 4."

According to nuclear expert and whistleblower Arnie Gundersen in an interview with WBAI in New York, unit four contained more cesium "than in all 800 nuclear bombs exploded above ground".

Cesium has been linked to thyroid cancer, which is on the increase in the Fukushima area since the tsunami, according to the US National Library of Medicine.

The chemical is highly soluble in water and can find its way into foodstuffs that have been prepared in contaminated areas.

WATCH: See drone footage of no-go zone around Fukushima nuclear plant.

Another report this week revealed there are more than nine million bags of nuclear material piling up in Japan, according to the Fukushima Prefecture and the Environment Ministry.

Anti-nuclear activist Dr Helen Caldicott said during the crisis that if unit four collapsed, she was going to move her family from Boston to the southern hemisphere.

The declassified report from the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission said the 2011 thyroid dose estimates 'downstream' from Japan in the US were within guidelines "except for Alaska".Engineers at Fukushima are still dealing with fallout from four years ago.

Last week, the radioactivity at Reactor 1 was measured at 482,000 becquerels per liter of radioactive cesium, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) said.

This is 4,000 times higher than last year and the company believes the contaminated water stored at a nearby building may have leaked into the duct, according to The Asahi Shimbun.

Increases in other areas have not been registered, the company said.

400 to 500 tons of radioactive seawater that washed ashore in the 2011 tsunami is pooled in the tunnels, which lie next to a temporary storage facility for radioactive water being used to cool nuclear fuel inside the damaged reactors.

TEPCO said they plan to investigate the spike in radiation. - RT.

ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: Migratory Patterns And Disaster Precursors - Dead Dwarf Sperm Whale Found On Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida?!

The whale was found in the sand about a mile south of the Jacksonville Beach-St. Johns County line at some point Wednesday,
according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.  © SJCSO

December 11, 2015 - FLORIDA, UNITED STATES
- A dead dwarf sperm whale washed ashore on Ponte Vedra Beach Wednesday, authorities said.

The whale was found in the sand about a mile south of the Jacksonville Beach-St. Johns County line at some point Wednesday, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

The whale, which measured about 6.5 feet long and 800 pounds, had been dead awhile before it was found, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologist Nadia Gordon told First Coast News.

A field necropsy was completed, Gordon said. - First Coast News.

EXTREME WEATHER: United States Forecast - Record-Breaking Warmth to Surge Across Eastern US This Weekend; Storm To Lash Central U.S. With Flooding, Snow And Severe Weather; Cold Air To Plunge Into Western Half Of U.S. During Third Week Of December!

December 11, 2015 - UNITED STATES - After a mild week across much of the eastern U.S., record-breaking warmth will build for the second weekend of December. One of the storms from the western United States will produce a swath of drenching rain, snow and severe weather over the Plains, Mississippi Valley and Great Lakes this weekend. Meanwhile, cold weather lovers in the West will be getting another present from Mother Nature during the third week of December.

Record-Breaking Warmth to Surge Across Eastern US This Weekend

Temperatures are forecast to climb to levels more typical of October.
For most of the East, high temperatures will range 10 to 20 degrees Fahrenheit above normal for this time of year. Temperatures in some areas could climb to 30 degrees above normal this weekend.

"Areas across the East will have several days in a row of record or near-record warmth through Monday," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dan Pydynowski said.

Some records that will be challenged have held since the 1800s.

"For example, highs in the upper 60s in Washington, D.C., this Saturday will come very close to the record high of 71 set in 1873. Sunday's record of 71 from 1889 will also be challenged," Pydynowski said.

Records will also be challenged across most of the East including Little Rock, Arkansas; Nashville; Detroit; Charlotte, North Carolina; Pittsburgh; Baltimore; Philadelphia; New York City and Buffalo, New York.

"To put into perspective how mild it will be, overnight low temperatures will be higher than the average daytime high temperature for this time of year," AccuWeather Meteorologist Michael Doll said.

Dry and sunny conditions will compliment the warmth for much of the East.

The only exception will be a few showers across the Ohio Valley and into the Great Lakes, western Pennsylvania and upstate New York on Saturday, which will swing into northern New England on Sunday.

Both days will not be a washout by any means across these locations as showers will be brief and light.

Holiday shoppers should have no issues with any weather-related delays on the roadways when heading out to the local malls or markets this weekend.

The weather will also cooperate for the Army vs. No. 21 Navy football game in Philadelphia on Saturday and NFL football games on Sunday. Fans could leave jackets in the closet both days as partial sunshine and warmth are expected.

While warmth is in store through the weekend, a storm that is forecast to bring flooding, severe weather and snow to the central United States will arrive in the East on Monday with drenching rain.

"This front is expected to sweep through the region late on Monday, bringing lower temperatures for Tuesday. Many areas [across the East], however, will still be rather mild and above normal for this time of year," Pydynowski said.

The lack of any winterlike chill across the East has not been uncommon for the past couple of months. The month of November was one of the warmest months on record for many Eastern cities. This unseasonably warm pattern has continued right through the beginning of December and is forecast to hold through Christmas.

This is in contrast to last November and December when blasts of arctic air were common across the Midwest and East.

Storm to Lash Central US With Flooding, Snow and Severe Weather

While the central United States will remain in the midst of tranquil weather into the second week of December, a major storm will take shape during the second weekend of the month.
According to AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams, this will be a dynamic storm as it swings from the West into the Central states.

"In addition to bringing locally heavy precipitation, the storm will bring a good deal of wind, which will be quite a switch from the tranquil, stagnant and foggy conditions over the past week or so," Abrams said.

While the exact details on which areas will be hit the hardest with rain versus severe thunderstorms and snow will unfold in the coming days, the storm will bring general travel disruptions to the Central states this weekend.

Following the storm impacts in the Central states, big temperature swings are in store for the region.

Northwest Flank of Storm to Bring Snow

As the storm traverses the Rockies, locally heavy snow will fall on portions of Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico spanning Friday night to Saturday night.

Denver could receive a few inches of snow on Saturday into Saturday night. Enough snow will fall to create slushy and slippery travel along portions of Interstate 25, I-70, I-78 and I-80 in

During Sunday into Sunday night, a stripe of snow is likely to stretch from central Nebraska to eastern South Dakota, southeastern North Dakota and western and northern Minnesota. A bit of snow can occur at the beginning and the end of the storm in northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

While this does not look like a major snowstorm for much of this area, enough snow could fall to make for slippery travel in some communities.

Wet snowflakes could mix in at the tail end of the storm from Kansas City, Missouri to Omaha, Nebraska, Des Moines, Iowa and Minneapolis.

The area of accumulating snow could shift farther to the southeast or northwest across the region, depending on the track of the storm as it emerges from the southern Rockies as well as the availability of colder air.

Enough Rain May Fall to Renew Flooding

Another 1-3 inches of rain will fall with locally higher amounts from portions of Texas and Louisiana to Illinois and southern Wisconsin spanning Saturday and Sunday. Much of this area had two to three times their average rainfall during November.

Soil conditions remain wet and streams levels remain high in much of this area. As a result, the risk of flooding will extend beyond flash and urban concerns to small streams and unprotected areas along some of the rivers.

The greatest potential for flooding will be from the lower part of southern Plains to the middle and lower Mississippi Valley. This includes portions of the Red River basin.

The combination of drenching rain and poor visibility could slow travel in the major metro areas of St. Louis, Chicago, Milwaukee and Kansas City, Missouri.

Storm to Bring Severe Weather Potential

The combination of warm, moist air and strong winds aloft could be enough to spark severe thunderstorms this weekend.

While the intensity of the storms will be partially contingent on the amount of warming that takes place both days of the weekend, the risk of severe weather will extend through the nighttime hours.

Severe thunderstorms could roll through Oklahoma City; Shreveport, Louisiana; Little Rock, Arkansas; Memphis, Tennessee; Dallas and Houston.

During Saturday afternoon and evening, the greatest risk for a few isolated tornadoes and damaging wind gusts will extend across the central and eastern portions of Texas and Oklahoma into southeastern Kansas, southwestern Missouri and western Arkansas.

The risk of thunderstorms with damaging wind gusts will push eastward from parts of coastal and northeastern Texas to Louisiana, eastern Arkansas and Mississippi on Sunday.

During Sunday night into early Monday, the severe weather risk, including the potential for a few tornadoes, may extend from eastern Mississippi to parts of western Alabama and middle areas of Tennessee and Kentucky.

Abrams stated that gales would buffet the Great Lakes region with building waves and the potential for lake shore flooding during Sunday into Monday.

Cold Air to Plunge Into Western Half of US During Third Week of December

The jet stream will take a big southward dip over the western half of the nation during much of the third week of the month.

The jet stream is a river of high-speed air high above the ground that guides weather systems along. It often marks the boundary between cold air to its north and warm air to its south.

According to AccuWeather Chief Long Range Meteorologist Paul Pastelok, "The air that settles into the western United States next week will originate in part from Alaska and part from the Pacific Ocean."

"The end result of the air mass blend will deliver temperatures of 10-20 degrees Fahrenheit below average," Pastelok said. "For much of the interior West and in portions of the Rockies and Great Basin, this will be the coldest weather of the season so far."

An area that may escape the brunt of the cold air will be west of the Cascades in the Northwest, where more ocean air will dominate.

An extensive area of highs in the teens, 20s and 30s will develop over the interior West next week. Nighttime temperatures will dip into the teens in Salt Lake City and Boise, Idaho, and the single digits in Denver.

A substantial amount of cold air will also nose onto the Plains and part of the Midwest, before fading farther to the east next week. Minneapolis will have multiple days with highs below freezing, following an temperature departures of 6-10 degrees above normal during much of the autumn.

The cold will dip into central and Southern California.

The pattern will set up multiple nights with a significant frost or freeze over the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys, as well as the Inland Empire. Temperatures are likely to dip several degrees lower than the chill that struck during late November into the start of December.

As the cold air settles in and is funneled southward and westward through the canyons and gaps in the mountains of Southern California, moderate Santa Ana events can occur.

"From Tuesday through the end of the week, there will be some chilly and gusty winds every day in the traditional Santa Ana areas of Southern California," AccuWeather Meteorologist Dave Samuhel said. "Wednesday could bring the strongest winds."

The winds may not become strong enough to down tree limbs and cause sporadic power outages. However, the main effect will likely be to cause low AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures. So even though some areas may not eclipse the lowest temperatures of the season so far in the coastal areas, it will feel like it. RealFeel Temperatures could dip into the 20s from time to time, factoring in the wind, actual temperature, humidity and other conditions.

The leading edge of the colder air will spread southeastward with areas of snow over the mountains and interior of the West during Monday into Tuesday.

A reinforcing batch of cold air with the possibility of more areas of snow will spread southeastward Wednesday into Friday.

The cold air may have staying power over the interior West.

"Once cold air settles into the Great Basin and the Intermountain West this time of the year, it is difficult to rout out," Pastelok said. "And, this certainly looks like a situation where the cold will linger with areas of fresh snowcover offering assistance."

In some cases, the cold may actually intensify over the interior West as the month progresses.

The cold air with and without snow in the West should have the ski industry in prime condition for the upcoming holiday season.

- AccuWeather.

PLANETARY TREMORS: It's Shaking All Over - Series Of Earthquakes Hit In Some Parts Of Mindanao, Philippines And 5.3 Magnitude Earthquake Jolts Bengkulu, Indonesia!

Epicenter map of 4.6 earthquake courtesy of Phivolcs. © Phivolcs

December 11, 2015 - EARTH
- The following constitutes several of the most noteworthy earthquakes to the planet over the last 24 hours, as we continue to monitor the global seismic uptick.

Series of earthquakes hit in some parts of Mindanao, Philippines

A series of earthquakes struck in some parts of Mindanao yesterday, December 10, 2015.

However, the various provincial disaster risk reduction and management councils in said areas reported no damage or casualty in yesterday's tremor.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said that the initial earthquake with 3.2 magnitude was registered at 11:45 a.m. on December 10. Its epicenter was plotted at 147 kilometers (km) northeast of Lingig town, Surigao del Sur, with a depth of 29 km.

A magnitude 3.5 tremor followed at 3:36 p.m. of the same day, with epicenter traced at 12 km southwest of Governor Generoso town, Davao Oriental, with a depth of 28 km.

Another 4.6 magnitude earthquake was also recorded at 6 p.m. at the same town of Governor Generoso, with the epicenter 32 km southeast, with a depth of 26 km.

A 3.0 magnitude also registered at 6:24 p.m. Its epicenter was traced 33 km. northeast of Burgos town, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte, with a depth of 27 km.

In its bulletin, Phivolcs also said another 3.2 magnitude tremor was also registered at 10:59 p.m. Its epicenter was traced 19 km. southwest of Damulog town, Bukidnon province, with a depth of 24 km.

The state agency said the series of earthquakes were all tectonic in origin. They were caused by movements along a local fault in said areas, it said. - Manila Bulletin.

5.3 magnitude earthquake jolts Bengkulu, Indonesia

USGS shakemap intensity.

An earthquake measuring 5.32 on the Richter scale jolted Kaur District, Bengkulu Province, on Friday at 10:20 a.m. local time.

"The earthquake occurred due to a collision between the Indo-Australian and Eurasian plates," Litman, the head of the Kepahiang meteorology, climatology and geophysics office, stated here on Friday.

The quakes epicenter was located at 5.03 degrees southern latitude and 102.94 degrees eastern longitude, some 71 kilometers (km) southwest of Kaur District at a depth of around 10 km, he revealed.

The tremors of the earthquake could be felt in six districts and cities in Bengkulu, or up to hundreds of kilometers away from the epicenter.

The earthquake did not have the potential to trigger a tsunami.

Earlier, an earthquake measuring 5 on the Richter scale had stuck Central Maluku on Friday at 1:55 a.m. Western Indonesian Standard Time (WIB).

The quakes epicenter was located at 5.45 degrees southern latitude and 129.47 degrees eastern longitude, some 256 km southeast of Central Maluku, the National Meteorological, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) revealed on its official website, Friday.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions as it is located in the Pacific "Ring of Fire," technically called the Circum-Pacific belt.

The Ring of Fire is the worlds largest earthquake belt, according to Live Science, as the fault lines run from Chile to Japan and Southeast Asia.

The Pacific Ring of Fire is home to 453 volcanoes and more than half of the worlds active and dormant volcanoes are found here. - Antara News.

ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: Disaster Precursors - Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump Attacked By Bald Eagle; Air Force Cheetahs Attack Officer In South Africa; Monster Alligator Eats Burglary Suspect Hiding In Florida Pond; Youth Killed By Bear In Kashmir, India!

December 11, 2015 - EARTH - The following constitutes two of latest reports of animal attacks on humans.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump attacked by bald eagle during TIME photoshoot

Donald Trump has been attacked by all sides this week for his comments about Muslims, including former vice president Dick Cheney, but new footage released show that even the symbol of America has issues with the billionaire.

Video from a TIME magazine photo shoot in August shows a bald eagle named Uncle Sam refusing to participate with the Republican candidate.

The Donald’s infamous "hair" was put in jeopardy when the 27-year-old bird attacked his head. Later, when sitting at his desk, Sam went for Trump's hand.

“What you will do for a cover – this bird is seriously dangerous but beautiful,” said Trump.

WATCH: Trump dodges eagle attack.

“It’s hard to plan what animals will do. There’s not much training you can do with a wild bird and Mr. Trump was a little hesitant holding the bird, so it was very tricky to get the bird to [stay] on his hand”, said Martin Schoeller, the shoot photographer.

“Donald Trump is an icon, and this bald eagle is an icon,” said Jonathan Wood, the bald eagle’s owner.

Ironically, the bald eagle is a success story of the Endangered Species Act, the kind of big government regulation that Trump complains about on the campaign trail.

Republicans in Congress are trying to "dial back" the act by removing some species from the protected list. - RT.

Air Force cheetahs attack officer in South Africa

A pair of cheetahs used by the South African Air Force (SAAF) to scare other wild animals off their runways put a scare - and a few claws - into a photo-happy officer.

The female officer was trying to take a picture of the wild cats after they wandered into a hangar at Air Force Base Makhado near Kruger National Park in the northeast part of the country.

"People chased them out, but the warrant officer followed them to take photographs. One of the cheetahs growled at her. She turned back and started screaming. The first cheetah went for her and the second joined in," Brigadier General Marthie Visser told DPA news agency.

The officer has since been released from hospital with no serious injuries.

Visser insisted the Makhado cheetahs, who were deployed to the base two weeks ago to prevent wildlife including antelope, hare, and warthogs from straying onto the runway, will remain there.

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He said the SAAF will do more to educate officers on sharing the base with the world's fastest land animals.

After two years of “service”, the cheetahs will be released into the wild.

SAAF has used cheetahs since the 1990s to prevent wildlife interfering with military aviation.

The country has a population of roughly 600 cheetahs in captivity and 500 wild, excluding game reserves. They are not considered endangered, but are a protected animal in South Africa.

South Africa isn't the only country to employ the skills of animals.

The US military is researching how elephants can sniff out explosives in the hope of applying it to technology for their troops.

They have also taken an interest in bomb-sniffing rats for those places elephants find hard to reach, as well as dolphins trained to detect underwater mines. - RT.

Monster alligator eats burglary suspect hiding in Florida pond

Authorities say a burglary suspect was killed by an 11-foot gator while hiding from authorities in a Florida pond.

The Brevard County Sheriff's Office says 22-year-old Matthew Riggins drowned as a result of the gator attack.

Riggins and another suspect were in a neighborhood in Barefoot Bay to burglarize homes, Brevard County Sheriff's officials say. Riggins and the other man were spotted on Royal Palm Boulevard, but eluded authorities.

Riggins nor the other man were never located by deputies.

Riggins reportedly called his girlfriend to say he was being chased by authorities.

His girlfriend called police the next day to report him missing when he never returned home, Brevard Sheriff's officials say.

The half eaten body of Riggins was found in a Barefoot Bay lake just north of Ocean Avenue Way on Nov. 23. He was missing his lower extremities and part of his arm, deputies told the Orlando Sentinel.

While sheriff dive team members were recovering Riggins' body when they encountered a large gator "aggressively approaching" them.

Due to trauma observed on the body, a FWC trapper was called and an alligator approximately 11-foot in length was trapped and euthanized.

Brevard County Sheriff's Office says the forensic examination of the alligator located remains consistent with the injuries to Riggins inside the alligator’s stomach.

Agents have identified the male who was in the company of Riggins that night, however he has refused to cooperate with law enforcement in reference to this investigation.

WATCH: Suspected burglar hides from cops in pond, is killed by alligator.

- CBS12.

Youth killed by bear in Kashmir, India

A youth was killed in South Kashmir's Anantnag district after he was attacked by a wild bear.

A police official said 20 year-old Showkat Ahmad Gorsi of Avil Gujjar Basti in Damhal Hanjipora area of the district was critically injured after a wild bear attacked him.

The official said the youth was rushed to hospital where doctors declared him brought dead. - Daily Excelsior.


FUK-U-SHIMA: "Red Alert" - Sharp Increase In Radiation At Fukushima; LEVELS SPIKE 400,000% Under Plant; Almost 1,000,000,000 Becquerels Per Cubic Meter; Authorities Investigating Cause; Official Data Shows United States Hit With Huge Spike Of "MOST DANGEROUS RADIATION"; Levels Far Exceeded Federal Regulatory Limits; Alpha Particles Nearly 1,000 TIMES Normal, Include Plutonium; Government Workers In "Fear Of Radiation"!

December 11, 2015 - JAPAN - Radiation spikes in Fukushima underground ducts — The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says levels of radioactivity in underground tunnels have sharply risen. Tokyo Electric Power Company has detected 482,000 becquerels per liter of radioactive cesium in water samples taken from the tunnels on December 3rd. That’s 4000 times higher than data taken in December last year. The samples also contained 500,000 becquerels of a beta-ray-emitting substance, up 4,100 times from the same period… They plan to investigate what caused the spike in radiation. - NHK World.

Red Alert! Radiation Spike Registered Under Fukushima Nuclear Plant — A sharp increase in radiation levels was detected in one of the underground tunnels at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, according to media reports. According to a press release issued by TEPCO, Fukushima plant’s operator, the water samples retrieved from the tunnels on December 3rd contained 482,000 becquerels per liter of radioactive cesium and about 500,000 of beta-ray-emitting substance becquerels per liter of a beta-ray-emitting substance, which is about 4,000-4,100 times higher compared to the samples taken a year ago, Japanese NHK TV channel reports. - Rossiya Segodnya.

About the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, we will inform you as follows… As part of the accumulated water survey in the trench duct that is connected to each building, it is a confirmation of the radioactivity concentration of appropriate standing water, but the waste treatment building between the contact duct taken on December 3 analytical results of stagnant water is, ensure that it is following values.

  • Cesium-134: 9.2 × 10^4 Bq/L [92,000 Bq/L]
  • Cesium-137: 3.9 × 10^5 Bq/L [390,000 Bq/L]
  • All beta: 5.0 × 10^5 Bq/L [500,000 Bq/L]
  • Tritium: 6.7 × 10^3 Bq/L [6,700 Bq/L]
Reference (December 11… 2014):
  • Cesium-134: 2.7 × 10^1 Bq/L [27 Bq/L]
  • Cesium-137: 9.4 × 10^1 Bq/L [94 Bq/L]
  • All beta: 1.2 × 10^2 Bq/L [120 Bq/L]
  • Tritium: 3.1 × 10^2 Bq/L [310 Bq/L]
According to TEPCO’s data, total cesium increased 3,984 times (~400,000%) and all beta-emitting radionuclides including strontium-90 increased 4,167 times (~420,000%).

The total concentration of radionuclides in the Dec. 3, 2015 sample is 988,700 Bq/L or 988,700,000 Bq/m^3. - Tokyo Electric Power Company.

  • Los Angeles County’s Response to the Fukushima Incident
  • Public Concerns — Will radiation reach California?… Local produce exposed? Radiation in rain? Is water and milk safe?…
  • Delay in obtaining information from the federal agencies Deployed ~20 telemetry radiation monitors… Deployed ~30 air samplers throughout the County…
  • LA County contacted the State’s Radiologic Health Branch (RHB) for assistance. Due to budgetary issues, RHB pulled the 3 RAM [Radiation Area Monitor?] inspectors
  • State lab results would not be able to report results in a timely manner – may take weeks… Local RAM manufacturer equipped with analyzer [was] contacted for assistance – 24‐hour turnaround time…
  • Problems Encountered… Environmental Health personnel’s fear of radiation
- National Conference on Radiation Control (Joji Ortego, Los Angeles County Radiation Management, Principal Radiation Protection Specialist), Jul 2012.

 - Data Analysis LAC [Los Angeles County] Air Sample Survey (pg. 215).

If the radioactive source is inside the body, perhaps after being swallowed or breathed in: Alpha radiation is the most dangerous because it is easily absorbed by cells. Beta and gamma radiation are not as dangerous because they are less likely to be absorbed by a cell and will usually just pass right through it.

Gross alpha activity of 300 fCi/m3 in Los Angeles seven weeks after releases from Fukushima began was 790 times normal levels in California:
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Livermore, Calif.), 2006: Gross alpha activity (annual median value) in 2006 was… Livermore site perimeter: 0.38 femtocurie per cubic meter [fCi/m3]); Livermore Valley stations: 0.38 fCi/m3; Site 300: 0.38 fCi/m3
Gross alpha activity in Los Angeles seven weeks after releases from Fukushima began was 100 times the level that triggers an investigation at a U.S. nuclear lab:
  • Brookhaven National Laboratory, 2014: Radiological Air Monitoring… If the gross alpha activity in the filters is greater than 3 fCi/m3, then collect more samples in the vicinity, and project manager will review all detections above the limits… All values greater than the above-stated gross alpha/beta concentration shall trigger an investigation
Gross alpha activity in Los Angeles seven weeks after releases from Fukushima began was nearly 15 times U.S. government regulatory limits:
What radionuclides are included in gross alpha measurements?
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory: Hanford Site releases minor amounts of gross alpha-emitting radionuclides (e.g., plutonium isotopes)
  • Electric Power Research Institute: Alpha Radionuclide Distribution — The nuclide distribution of irradiated fuel has been thoroughly studied… of interest for radiation safety include isotopes of curium, plutonium, and americium.
- BBC.

Compiled by ENE News.

INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSE: The Effects Of Magnetic Polar Migration - The Latest Incidents Of Plane Crashes Across The Globe!

Plane crashes in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

December 11, 2015 - EARTH - Here are the latest incidents of plane crashes across the planet over the last few days.

One person killed in plane crash along I-29, Council Bluffs, Iowa

A small plane crashed along Interstate 29 Thursday in Council Bluffs, killing one person inside it, authorities said.

The plane landed in the median, just east of Eppley Airfield.

Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker says it appears the plane was trying to make it to Eppley Airfield. He said the plane took off from the airfield at 11:51 a.m. and turned back.

One witness told investigators the plane clipped a power line.

Investigators say the pilot was headed to Colorado in a 2003 Piper PA-46. His identity has not been released.

The NTSB and FAA are investigating the crash. - KETV.

2 killed in plane crash near Hurricane, Utah

Photo: The Spectrum

A plane crashed Thursday afternoon and police confirmed two people were killed.

The accident occurred around 1:30 p.m. near 1365 S. 3325 West, according to Hurricane City police. The St. George Consolidated Dispatch Center received a call about a single-engine plane that was seen traveling very low before it crashed in a remote area between Sullivan Knoll and Floratech Road, police said. A resident who lives in the area called in the crash and officials from Hurricane City police and the Hurricane City Fire Department were dispatched to the scene.

"It took a little bit to find exactly where the plane had gone down," Hurricane City Police Sgt. Brandon Buell said. "But they were able to locate a plane that had crashed."

Officials said a man and woman were killed in the collision, but details about what caused the accident were not immediately known. The victims have not yet been identified, pending family notification.

The area of the crash is a fairly remote area that has a lot of undeveloped private property, Buell said. - KSL.

No plane debris found in suspected crash in Guadalupe Mountains National Park, West Texas

Officials from Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Eddy County Emergency Services and Texas Department of Public Safety consult about next steps in assessing the debris
field on Guadalupe Peak possibly caused by a downed plane.

Officials believe a plane crashed in the Guadalupe Mountains National Park on Tuesday night.

Fire could be seen at the top of the mountain and there was a debris field. Officials could not determine if it was caused by a plane or by something else.

A group of park personnel were able to hike to a point where they could monitor the flames to make sure they did not spread. Due to the night and the cold weather they had to suspend all other efforts at about 9 p.m., but would remain on the mountain overnight.

The Carlsbad Police Department, Eddy County Fire Services and Texas State Troopers were also on hand.

The first report of a fire and crash was called in before 6:30 p.m.

John Montoya with Guadalupe Mountains National Park said the Texas Department of Public Safety had deployed a Life Flight helicopter to attempt to get pictures of the elevated scene and potential debris field.

Montoya hoped that the pictures could determine whether or not a plane crash had taken place. The pilot of the helicopter inspecting the scene saw several fields of small debris, but still could not confirm if it was from a plane.

Jackson said that one of the park's main concerns with the fire is that it could potentially spread into a large wildfire.Elizabeth Jackson, a spokeswoman for the park, said they had been reviewing flight plans and had not been able to determine if there were any missing flights. - Current Argus.

Pilot, 81, walks away from Aberdeenshire plane crash uninjured

Druine Condor: Plane similar to Insch-crash aircraft. William Murphy

An 81-year-old pilot walked away from a plane crash uninjured after his aircraft dropped out of the sky and hit a fence.

The man was flying solo between Inverness and Aberdeenshire when he got into difficulty.

His plane stalled as it approached Insch Airfield and plummeted towards the ground, striking a fence and flipping over.

Airfield staff helped free the pilot from the wreckage of the 52-year-old Druine D.62A Condor.

An inquiry by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) reported that the pilot had lowered the aircraft's full flap earlier than usual, causing the stall.

AAIB investigators said: "On arrival at Insch, the pilot descended from 1500ft and lowered full flap.

"As the aircraft turned, it stalled, the left wing dropped and [the aircraft] descended rapidly to the left.

"There was insufficient height to recover and the aircraft struck a stock fence, coming to rest inverted.

"Personnel from the airfield quickly attended the scene and helped the pilot to free himself from the wreckage." - STV.

SOCIETAL COLLAPSE: Triple Terror - Up To 60 Killed, 80 Wounded As 3 Car Bombs Explode In Syrian Christian Town!

December 11, 2015 - SYRIA - Three car bomb explosions in the town of Tell Tamer in Syria's northeastern Al Hasakah province killed up to 60 and injured some 80 people on Thursday.

The blasts struck near a Kurdish militia forces field hospital and in the crowded Souk Al Jumla market square, where the majority of the fatalities occurred. Most of the affected people were civilians, but there were some Kurdish and Assyrian self-defense fighters among them.

The vehicles were allegedly packed with large amounts of explosives, which also inflicted significant damage to nearby buildings and infrastructure. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks.Tell Tamer is predominantly inhabited by Kurds, Arabs and Assyrians. The town, also home to an Assyrian Christian community, has become a target of numerous terror attacks and incursions by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants over the last months.

In September, IS militants organized a series of deadly terror attacks in the town of Hasakah, which killed 39 and injured more than 100. Terrorists targeted the headquarters of the Kurdish militia and pro-government forces, but most of the victims were civilians, according to TASS.

In February, IS terrorists took some 200 local Christians hostage and also destroyed five local churches.

This caused most of the residents to flee to nearby Hasakah, the governorate’s capital city some 600 kilometers from Damascus. Kurdish forces and local fighters have temporarily joined forces with the Syrian Army and cleared the region of IS jihadists.

The Syrian conflict has taken the lives of more than 250,000 people, according to UN estimates. The humanitarian crisis has internally displaced over 6.5 million Syrians and forced 4.3 million to flee the country. They have sought refuge in neighboring countries and Europe. - RT.

FIRE IN THE SKY: Shooting Stars - Geminid Meteor Shower Lights Up December Sky This Weekend!

December 11, 2015 - SPACE - Stargazers are in for a dazzling spectacle this weekend as the Geminid meteor shower gets ready to peak on Sunday night.

NASA is predicting up to 100 meteors per hour at the shower’s peak between 9:00pm on Sunday and Monday morning.

Stray Geminids should be spotted in the lead up to the peak, from December 12 and afterwards, until December 15.

The spectacular Geminids are highly anticipated every year, and since they were first seen in the 1860s they have been getting even brighter, according to observers.

They shine in different colors – usually white. However, yellow, blue, green and red can also be spotted.

Anticipation for this year’s big event is already building among astronomy lovers.

The Geminid meteor shower peaks the week of Dec. 9, 2015. Astrophotographer Cody Limber took this composite image
during the Geminid meteor shower on Dec. 14, 2013.

Geminids appear to originate from the direction of the constellation Gemini, hence the name, but they can be seen in all parts of the sky.

In fact they are the debris of an asteroid called 3200 Phaethon. The earth passes through its debris field in mid-December, and some pieces burn up as they fall into the atmosphere.

The Geminids are unusual as most meteor showers are from comet debris, not asteroids.

The 3200 Phaethon is an unusually icy asteroid, which also sweeps in closer to the sun than the planet Mercury.

During the early evening it will also be possible to catch sight of an earthgrazer meteor. These are rarely-seen, slow-moving, long-lasting meteors that travel horizontally across the sky.

Last year the Geminids mesmerized people across the globe.

A Geminid meteor. Credits: Jimmy Westlake

This year the shower favors the Northern Hemisphere, but is visible from the Southern Hemisphere, too.
The best time to catch a shooting star is around 2:00am local time, when the radiant point – in the constellation Gemini – is highest in the sky.

This year, the moon will be a waxing crescent and won’t get in the way of the shining show. - RT.

TERMINATOR NOW: The Rise Of The Machines - Autonomous Weaponized Robots Are Not Just Science Fiction, The Confluence Of Developing Technologies Could Endanger Our Lives And Our Rights!

Illustration: Mark Pernice

December 11, 2015 - TECHNOLOGY - Robots have been keeping police officers safe for years by disposing of bombs and assisting in hostage situations, but a rapid increase in technology could trigger a robot revolution over the next decade.

Robots are already being weaponized: In 2014, a South African company started selling drones that could shoot 80 pepper balls per second, and police in North Dakota have been cleared to use a type of drone that is armed with tear gas and Tasers.

Police use of Tasers—they’re designed to be nonlethal but can trigger cardiac arrest—killed 540 Americans from 2001 to 2013, according to Amnesty International.

Right now, this technology requires an operator to remotely control the robots and the weapons.

But autonomous weaponized robots are already being used by the Israeli military to patrol that nation’s borders, and a Texas company has created a drone to hover over private property and, without human instruction, fire a Taser dart to keep a potential intruder under shock until the authorities arrive.

Imagine a convergence in technology that also gives these robots facial-recognition capability.

Given the right circumstances, such as a terrorist threat, these robots could be rolled out in large numbers to protect citizens.

Connected to the cloud in order to work in tandem with other robots, they would be the perfect tools to ID and track large numbers of people from afar and from the air.

The threat of future attacks would make these robots hard to put away again. And don’t forget the problems with all computerized devices: They can be hacked and used against the authorities or innocent victims. They can be spoofed about their location and crash into buildings.

And they have already been used to commit crimes like theft, snooping anddrug smuggling.

We shouldn’t stifle the onset of new technologies that could help humanity, but we need a bill of human technological rights to ensure our individual freedoms.

Otherwise, I am predicting a gradual erosion of human rights such as freedom of movement, privacy and even life. - Noel Sharkey / WSJ.

NEW WORLD DISORDER: Terrorism, False Flag Distractions, Societal Collapse, Wars And Civilizations Unraveling Ahead Of The Black Celestial Event - Putin Issues Deadly Command, That Any Targets Threatening Russian Forces In Syria Must Be Immediately Destroyed!

December 11, 2015 - RUSSIA - Jihadists in Syria pose a direct threat to Russia, Putin told a defense meeting in Moscow, adding that any targets threatening the country's military there should be destroyed.

Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said Islamic State’s influence in Syria keeps expanding.

The Russian military’s actions in Syria are being coordinated with Russian special services such as the FSB, who are disclosing terrorist cells, including Islamic State, Putin said.

All forces threatening Russian servicemen in Syria should be destroyed, according to the Russian president.

"Any targets threatening our [military] group or land infrastructure must be immediately destroyed," Putin said, speaking at a Defense Ministry event.

Putin said over 5,000 members of the Free Syrian Army are operating on the terrorists’ side.

"In general, the actions of the Russian groups deserve high praise. This is a result of work by the Ministry of Defense, General Staff officers, Russian Air Force pilots and the Russian Navy," he added.
‘ISIS influence expanding in Syria’ - Russian Def Min

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu added that Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) controls about 70 percent of Syria’s territory, adding that in Syria and Iraq there are about 60,000 militants.

"The Islamic State area of influence is expanding," he said, “There is a threat that their actions will be transferred to Central Asia and the Caucasus.”

To the date, the Russian military has carried out about 4,000 sorties, striking around 8,000 terrorist facilities in Syria, he added.

Drones have proved a necessary part of the military operation against the terrorists, according to Shoigu. He said that Moscow has an about 1,720 drones at its disposal.

WATCH: Any threats to Russian military in Syria will be destroyed - Putin .

- RT.

WEATHER PHENOMENON: "The Giant Eye" - Incredible Sun Halo Captured Over Jackson Hole, Wyoming!

© Stephen Lyons

December 11, 2015 - WYOMING, UNITED STATES - It looks like a giant eye had suddenly appeared in the sky of Wyoming on December 3, 2015.

These eerie ice halos were captured by Stephen Lyons while skiing on 3rd December 2015 and comprise ultra-rare Parry infralaterals and Lowitz arcs.

The Jackson Hole ice halos came from them ski-slope snow blowers.

Here an illustration of the same insane halo display but with the names this time. So many. ©

Another incredible ice halo display formed in the sky at South Pole, this time without snow blowers. Photo: Marko Riikonen in 1999

The Lowitz arcs are unusual in ski-slope diamond dust.

Also, the helic, 46° Parry arcs are rarities that were only seen in exceptional displays at the South Pole before snow blowers.

It looks like something on Earth is changing even at the ice crystal and halo scale. - Strange Sounds.

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Kanlaon Volcano Spews Ash Cloud In The Philippines - 4 Volcanic Earthquakes Recorded; Alert Level 1 Still In Effect!

Kanlaon volcano (file photo) © Jash Pacana

December 11, 2015 - THE PHILIPPINES - An ash eruption occurred at Kanlaon Volcano early morning on Friday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

In a bulletin posted 8 a.m., Phivolcs said in the past 24 hours, four volcanic earthquakes were recorded, two of which were accompanied by a low-energy ash eruption.
The ash eruption occurred at 5:13 a.m. and lasted for a minute based on visual observation.

"This produced a grayish to dirty-white cloud of ash reaching a height of 600 [meters] which then drifted southwest," Phivolcs said.

Traces of ash were observed on the southwest slope of the volcano along San Jose, La Castellana, it added.

Alert Level 1 is still hoisted over Kanlaon Volcano, as it remains in an abnormal condition and is in a period of current unrest.

Snapshots of Kanlaon Volcano Ash Eruption detected at 0513H (11 Dec 2015).

The Phivolcs reminded local government units (LGUs) and the public that entry into the 4-kilometer radius Permanent Danger Zone is strictly prohibited "due to the further possibilities of sudden and hazardous steam-driven or phreatic eruptions."

It said civil aviation authorities should also advise pilots to avoid flying close to the volcano's summit, warning that airborne ash from a sudden eruption can be hazardous to aircraft. - ABS-CBN News.

MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: Increasing Signs Of Magnetic Polar Migration - South Australia Hit By 140,000 Lightning Strikes! [VIDEO]

Reader Jess Nies captured this picture of lightning illuminating the night sky at Darlington.

December 11, 2015 - AUSTRALIA - Trees came crashing down and some homes leaked as a thunderstorm and 140,000 lightning strikes lashed the state last night.

The State Emergency Service responded to 45 calls overnight, about a dozen of which were around the Gawler region north of Adelaide, where 14.2mm of rain was recorded.

State duty officer Sara Pulford said there had been no major damage reported overnight, but more people were likely to call the service as they noticed damage this morning.

"We had calls right across the state; obviously the storm pretty much pushed right across the state.

"Mostly trees were impacted, but obviously the thunderstorm in places caused some leaking."

WATCH: Huge lightning strike illuminates sky over Adelaide.

Ms Pulford said the trees, still affected by the heat stress of the past few days, had been knocked around by the gusty winds and heavy rainfall.

She said some gutters had become blocked after leaves and bark had been blown about by strong winds the previous night.

"I'm not aware of any major damage," she said. "Even with the best intentions in the world, there will probably be a few blocked-up gutters."

The service's Edinburgh unit was busy for the second night in a row, with about a dozen call-outs in the northern Adelaide/Gawler area overnight.

Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Luke Johnston said there were 140,000 lightning strikes recorded around the state overnight, with "a lot of activity over the Eyre Peninsula, Yorke Peninsula and Mt Lofty".

He said 5.8mm of rain fell at Kent Town between 11pm and 1.30am, while 14.2mm fell at Gawler and 12.2mm was recorded at the South Para Reservoir.

"A lot of places around Adelaide recorded 5-10mm, but there was generally 1-5mm everywhere else," he said.

Cudlee Creek received 10.4mm of rain and 8.8mm fell at Roseworthy.

"We are not sure exactly how much rain fell on the Pinery fireground, but it's most likely it has been around the 5mm-10mm mark."

The highest wind gust recorded was 122km/h at Woomera just before 10pm last night, but Mr Johnston said it had not been particularly windy overnight. - Herald Sun.

ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: Migratory Patterns And Disaster Precursors - Great White Shark Washes Up On Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina?!

The ten-foot deceased shark was found near Crystal Pier at the Oceanic Restaurant.  © WECT

December 11, 2015 - NORTH CAROLINA, UNITED STATES - Officials at UNCW released the findings from the necropsy performed Tuesday of a female great white shark that washed up on Wrightsville Beach Monday morning.

The five-hour necropsy began by photo documenting the 10-foot, 687-pound juvenile animal for matching against images of known great white sharks in the North Atlantic.

The animal had multiple shark bites along the flank and ventrum, and was missing the left flipper. Samples were collected to determine if these wounds occurred pre- or post- mortem. There was one deep linear laceration on the right side that was in the process of healing and was not implicated in the death of the shark.

Officials then began the internal exam by opening the right abdomen and removing the large left and right lobes of the liver, which represented 15 percent of the shark's weight.

WATCH: Great white washes up on Wrightsville Beach, undergoes necropsy.

Multiple muscle samples were collected along the length of the shark to help determine the predator's swimming efficiency.

The stomach was also opened and scant remains of a large drum fish were found. Gut content samples were also collected for multiple biotoxin tests.

Officials were not able to determine a cause of death for the animal, but hope test samples collected during the necropsy will help identify factors that led to its death.

According to Wrightsville Beach Police Chief House, the shark was found dead near Crystal Pier at the Oceanic Restaurant. UNCW's Marine Mammal Stranding program moved the shark from the beach.

Thomas Lankford, associate professor at UNCW's Biology and Marine Biology Department, said the bites were probably from other animals trying to scavenge the deceased shark.

Lankford explained great white sharks aren't an unusual sight off the coast of North Carolina, but it's quite rare for one to wash ashore.

Tuesday's necropsy drew quite a crowd as students from UNCW took pictures of the female shark. A crew worked to clean the shark and examine it for parasites and injuries before opening it up.

The shark's body parts are sent to labs around the country for research and testing to determine how the shark died.

"This is a very rare event in our area," Professor Dr. Ann Pabst said. "This is the opportunity to learn a great deal of the biology of this really poorly understood and really threatened marine species. What's really interesting about what's going on behind us is that there are many students involved with this."

According to Pabst, UNCW specializes in these type of investigations and is also very helpful to send out for research.

"We are all part of the same network, but at UNCW we tend to do more of the necropsies and the investigation of the stranded animals. All of our colleagues help in that process, but I think it's one of those things where each organization takes a specific role and our role is to be able to do more of the necropsy based research," Pabst said. - WECT.

ICE AGE NOW: Violent Storms Hit Iceland - Strongest In 25 Years; Infrastructure Collapse And Transportation Disruptions!

© Kristinn Ingvarsson

December 11, 2015 - ICELAND - Iceland saw its worst storm in 25 years Monday as a severe polar low hit the island, bringing with it rain, snow and massive wind gusts.

The East Iceland weather station of Hallormsstaðaháls picked up a wind-speed reading of more than 160 mph, reports the Iceland Monitor.

At Bolungarvík on the Westfjords peninsula, a personal weather station recorded a wind gust of 96 mph, with sustained maximum wind speeds of more than 60 mph.

Icelandic authorities raised the country's severe-weather preparedness level to "hazard" Monday in preparation for the storm, the Iceland Monitor reports, and 700 rescue workers fielded around 350 calls Monday, and are still working in the northern part of the country.

There were no reports of severe injuries to people as a result of the storm, said the Iceland Review, and the Iceland Department of Civil Protection in Iceland thanked the public for heeding warnings, which, it says, no doubt saved people from injuries. But here were numerous reports of property damage.

The worst weather affected populated areas by Eyjafjöll, South Iceland, and Vestmannaeyjar (the Westman Islands), where several roofs came loose and one of them landed in the neighbor's yard, Vísir reports.

Two boats sank in Reykjavík Harbor, the Iceland Review reports, and a bus shelter in town was torn to pieces by the wind. In Kópavogur, near Reykjavík, a windowpane blew out of an apartment building in one piece, and many old window panes in Reykjavík shattered.

Domestic flights in Iceland were still grounded as of Tuesday morning, the Iceland Monitor reported. The Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration was still reporting numerous roads closed throughout the country due to hazardous conditions. - Weather Wunderground.

MASS BIRD DIE-OFFS: Disaster Precursors - 25 Dead Peacocks And Other Birds Found In Khurda Forest, India?!

A forest staffer carries dead peacocks to the OUAT Veterinary College in Bhubaneswar from Madhupur near Khurda. © Express News Service

December 11, 2015 - INDIA - There are concerns about a possible spread of bird flu after 25 peacocks and a large number of other birds were found dead at Madhapur village forest under Khurda Forest Division on Tuesday morning.

The villagers found a large number of birds including pigeons, crows and cranes dead in the area.

The birds were found near a water body at Madhupur village forest under Khurda Forest Division. After finding the birds, the villagers immediately informed the Forest officials of Khurda and Chandaka divisions, who recovered the dead birds in the area.

Chandaka DFO Manoj Mohapatra said, "Some carcasses have been sent to OUAT for the preliminary examination.

Samples would be sent to Animal Disease Research Institute (ADRI) of State Veterinary Department and National Institute of High-Security Animal Diseases (NIHSD), Bhopal, for determining the nature of deaths".

Chandaka DFO Akshay Patnaik said that nothing can be confirmed yet test results are awaited. He also said that a team of expert will visit the site for examining the ground.

There are no immediately sing of poisoning substances on the ground and the water samples from the water body have been sent for testing.

The forest lies on the edge of ChandakaDompada Wildlife Sanctuary and close to the Chilika lagoon. - News Tonight Africa.

GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVALS: Sinkholes Keep Popping Up Across The United States - Sinkholes Closes Highway In Northwest Oregon!


December 11, 2015 - OREGON, UNITED STATES - Highway 22 in Yamhill County remains closed after heavy rain eroded the highway and created a sinkhole.

The highway is closed about 2.5 miles east of Dolph Junction in Yamhill County.

The sinkhole stretches across the highway and is believed to be five feet deep.

Engineers for the Oregon Department of Transportation are assessing the roadway damage in an effort to expedite repairs. An emergency contract may be awarded in the next several days and repairs could be underway late this week.

In addition, a hazardous materials crew will need to remove diesel that spilled from the ruptured fuel tank of a semi that went into the sinkhole earlier this morning. Until the roadway is repaired, travelers should plan on using or 18 as an alternate route. - KEZI 9 News.

Sinkhole in Gresham.  © KGW

After heavy rains pounded the Portland metro area, a sinkhole near Mount Hood Community College emerged, gutting two lanes of Northeast Kane Drive in Gresham.

The sinkhole was located at Northeast Kane Drive and 23rd Avenue. The road was barricaded off between Division Street and Stark Street.

WATCH: Sinkhole opens up in Gresham.

Nearby Mount Hood Community College was closed Monday night and Tuesday. The school will reopen Wednesday even though Kane Road remains closed.

The road will be closed for several weeks for major repairs. Drivers should find an alternate route.

Officials were working to determine exactly what caused the sinkhole. - KGW News.

FIRE IN THE SKY: Daytime Meteor-Fireball Filmed Over Japan!

December 11, 2015 - JAPAN - "Shiny object" fireball filmed by weather camera.

WATCH: Fireball over Japan.

- YouTube.