Wednesday, February 10, 2016

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Increasing Eruptions At Guatemala's Fuego Volcano - Stunning Photos Of The 3rd Paroxysm Of 2016!

Strong strombolian explosion / lava fountain at Fuego volcano. (Photo: Edgar Barrios)

February 10, 2016 - GUATEMALA - A new paroxysm (the 3rd this year) is occurring at the volcano. Over the past days, strombolian and effusive activity had gradually increased into now pulsating lava fountains and well-alimented lava flows.

The latter are mostly traveling down the southeastern flank into the large Las Lajas canyon where they have reached approx. 2 km length. Another flow seems to be active on the southern slope towards the Trinidad drainage.

Most likely this activity will result in pyroclastic flows, as parts of the lava flows on the steep slope tend to collapse.

Volcanologist Edgar Barrios from INSIVUMEH's volcano observatory (OVF) kindly sent us these photos of the ongoing activity of Fuego volcano.

The images, taken early morning of February 10, show very strong strombolian explosions, at the point to merge into pulsating lava fountains.

(Photo: Edgar Barrios)

(Photo: Edgar Barrios)

(Photo: Edgar Barrios)

(Photo: Edgar Barrios)

(Photo: Edgar Barrios)

- Volcano Discovery.

GLOBAL COASTAL EVENT: For Those In Peril - The Stomach-Lurching Moment Ship's Crew Faced With TERRIFYING 100-FOOT WAVE During North Sea Storm![PHOTOS + VIDEOS]

Surge: Video was captured by a man on the bridge of the ship stranded in the North Sea during Storm Gertrude

February 10, 2016 - BRITAIN - This dramatic footage captures exactly what it was like to be on board a ship being battered by strong waves as Storm Gertrude caused chaos across Britain last month.

The intense video was filmed by a man standing on the bridge of the ship stranded in the North Sea around 100 miles from land on January 29.

The clip shows powerful waves - some estimated to be around 100-foot high - crashing against the vessel, brutally rocking it from side to side and soaking the entire deck.

WATCH: Terrifying footage shows on-board ship in North Sea storm.

Worryingly the ship can even be heard creaking under the sheer weight of the devastating storm.

Video from inside the large vessel creates more sea-sickening viewing as the waves throw it around and encapsulate it in water.

With no sign of the storm calming, the footage concludes with a shot of the choppy sea.

The footage was captured on an ERRV (Emergency Response & rescue Vessel).

The job of the workers on board is to look after the oil platforms and the people who work on them.

Storm Gertrude caused much chaos in the UK in January, bringing winds of 144mph, blowing down trees, knocking over vehicles and even hurtling a pet rabbit onto a roof.

Choppy: Powerful surges of water crash against the vessel, rocking it from side to side and soaking the deck

Rocking: Worryingly the ship can even be heard creaking under the sheer weight of the devastating storm

Frightening: The footage was captured by workers on an ERRV (Emergency Response & rescue Vessel)

Submerged: Storm Gertrude caused chaos across Britain at the end of January, bringing winds of 144mph

Elsewhere the DFDS 'King Seaways' battled strong gale force winds after crossing the North Sea (file photo)

The Met Office issued a red weather warning for Orkney and Shetland, while strong winds and heavy rain battered Scotland and Northern England.

Ferry and train services north of the border were severely reduced and some routes were withdrawn - while the Forth, Tay and Kessock bridges were closed.

The Pride of Hull - one of the world's largest ferries - was unable to berth on the morning of the 29th due to the extreme weather conditions and docked at a later time instead.

WATCH: Satellite view of areas affected by Storm Gertrude.

Giant waves measuring 30 feet were also recorded at the Outer Hebrides - an island off the coast of Scotland.

And a landslip on the A82 at Letter Finlay in the Highlands caused an enormous 150-mile diversion for journeys between Fort William and Inverness.

Fortunately however, in Omagh, Northern Ireland, firefighters were able to rescue the bunny, formerly known as Bumper, that ended up being dumped on top of a roof by the wind.

It appeared that the pet's terrifying experience was due to the owner not battening down the hutches outside the property.

The lucky bunny was later renamed Gertrude in homage to its bizarre experience in the storm. - Daily Mail.

ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: Disaster Precursors - Elephant Rampage Causes Panic In West Bengal, India; Pregnant Gray Nurse Shark Attacks Diver In South African Aquarium, Shredding Arm; The Number Of Unprovoked Shark Attacks Reached Record High In 2015! [PHOTOS + VIDEOS]

According to an official, the female elephant appeared to be a loner without a herd and was likely searching for food. Reuters

February 10, 2016 - EARTH - The following constitutes the latest reports of animal attacks on humans.

Elephant rampage causes panic in West Bengal, India

A wild elephant went on an hours-long rampage in India's West Bengal state, sending residents fleeing in panic.

Officials fired tranquillizer darts to control the animal after it damaged dozens of homes, cars and motorbikes.

People threw stones to try to drive away the elephant. Reuters

The animal damaged dozens of cars and motorbikes. Reuters

Authorities shot the elephant three times with a tranquilizer gun. Reuters

Officials used a crane to lift the animal into a truck once it had calmed down. Reuters

Local forestry authorities said no-one was hurt in the incident, in the town of Siliguri.

The animal was taken to a park where domesticated elephants are kept and officials have said they hope to return it to the wild.

WATCH: Elephant creates ruckus at Siligur in West Bengal.

Eyewitnesses said the animal had strayed into the town from a nearby forest and seemed frightened and confused.  - BBC.

Pregnant gray nurse shark attacks diver in S. African aquarium, shredding arm (VERY GRAPHIC)

Watch a diver attacked by a pregnant shark as he was doing a routine checkup on it in a South African aquarium.

The procedure is carried out across the globe very often, and is usually successful, but this time things turned violent.

The video, said to be shot in 2012 and released only now, shows how the diver assists the pregnant gray nurse shark to an isolated tank in a South African aquarium – but all of a sudden, the shark turns and attacks him.

The diver’s colleagues attempt to come to the rescue as he is tossed by the shark, and pull him to the surface.

As he emerges, you can see a horrific impact to the shark’s left: the water is red with blood, and the diver’s left arm has been mauled.

WATCH: Shark attacks scuba diver in aquarium.

Colleagues carry out first aid, bandaging the hand. The diver had to undergo serious treatment on his arm and luckily has since made a full recovery, according to local media.

Gray nurse sharks are commonly the most frequent shark species found in aquariums across the globe: they are known to be relatively docile, and when showing signs of aggression, generally attack other objects in the tank rather than humans.

The video appeared just a few days after striking statistics were released: In 2015, there were 98 shark attacks across the globe, beating the previous world record of 88, set in 2000.The majority of the attacks occurred in the US, with Australia and South Africa in second and third place, with 18 and eight attacks, respectively.
- RT.

Number of unprovoked shark attacks reached record high in 2015

© Andrea Comas/ Reuters

The number of unprovoked shark attacks reached a record high of 98 in 2015 - a massive jump of 26 from 2014, beating the previous record of 88 from back in 2000.

The US led the way with 59 unprovoked attacks, surpassing its previous high of 53 in 2012 and 2000, according to the International Shark Attack File, which began compiling data 57 years ago.

While the number of attacks increased, the number of fatalities remained on par with previous years, with six fatalities recorded across the globe - two on Reunion Island and single incidents in Australia, New Caledonia, Egypt, and Hawaii.

Florida's inviting coastlines attracted the most shark attacks in the US, as usual, with 30 unprovoked attacks recorded. That's greater than last year's total of 23, but still far off the record high of 37 seen in 2000.

Hawaii experienced seven attacks, while the rest were spread across California, Texas, Mississippi, and New York.Australia followed the US with 18 attacks, while South Africa recorded eight.

The curator of the file, George H. Burgess, suggested that an increase in the human population could be behind the upsurge in attacks.

"Sharks plus humans equals attacks. As our population continues to rapidly grow and shark populations slowly recover, we're going to see more interactions," he said in a statement.

"However, year-to-year variability in local meteorological, oceanographic, and socio-economic conditions also significantly influences the local abundance of sharks and humans in the water and, therefore, the odds of encountering one another," he added.

It should be noted that he also said "the ISAF's efficiency in discovering and investigating attacks has improved greatly over past three decades, leading to further increases in the number of recorded interactions."

The International Shark Attack File, housed in the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida, investigated 164 incidents worldwide in 2015, but found 36 of those cases to be provoked attacks.

Map of Florida's confirmed unprovoked shark attacks 1882-Present

Map of US confirmed unprovoked shark attacks 1837-Present

An unprovoked attack is defined as "incidents where an attack on a live human occurs in the shark's natural habitat with no human provocation of the shark."

Sharks, however, have much more to fear from humans, who are responsible for around 100 million shark deaths per annum, according to research published in the journal Marine Policy.

The report adds that this is a conservative estimate, and the figure could be as high as 273 million. Sharks are fished for their meat, liver oil, cartilage, and valuable fins.

They are also economically valuable, with the value of global shark catches estimated to be around $630 million per year. This figure is steadily declining, however, according to IFL Science. - RT.

DELUGE: Winter Storm Hits Ocean City, New Jersey - Many Areas Submerged By Widespread Flooding! [VIDEO]

Floodwaters in New Jersey.

February 10, 2016 - NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES - Down the shore it wasn't snow that people had to worry about - it was flooding.

Roads in Ocean City were flooded Tuesday. Many streets were impassable, but that's not a surprise to locals.

We found Bud Arcaini on 13th Street right on the bay checking on some houses to make sure they didn't get water inside.

Arcaini tells us, "New moon, high tide and the way the wind was blowing keeping everything in the bay. Water can't leave the bay with that wind coming out of the north, so this is what you get."

Lauren Perkins says, "This is higher than we get normally because there's a push from the northeast, but it's not uncommon to see this."

Not uncommon, but residents and business people say it's getting old.

Phyllis Casper says, "It's unsettling because you can't leave your house. So that's why I'm out early this morning so I can move my car and go back this afternoon."

"Obviously, there's no place to park and it cuts down on the customers," says Bob Farnsworth, who runs the Tuckahoe bike shop on West Avenue.

Part of Farnsworth's shop was flooded Tuesday. He's been repairing bicycles that got wet in the last storm.

He says, "Basically, saltwater and bikes don't mix very well. It gets into bearings, it gets into the spokes." The flooding situation was much the same in North Wildwood. The area around Chestnut and Delaware was submerged. Back bay flooding created a watery mess in a town still recovering from the storm that caused serious flooding two weeks ago.

WATCH: New Jersey street flooding.

Mark Reimet of Ocean City says, "It seems to be flooding in areas that didn't flood before. I don't know what's going on, whether there's been some sort type of change, but it's definitely deepened the normal areas but more so in areas that typically hadn't flooded."

The good news is, by Tuesday evening much of the flooding had receded and snow is not expected along the coast, so there won't be that added element to deal with. - 6ABC.

ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: Migratory Patterns And Disaster Precursors - Deep Water Oarfish Caught Alive Off Japan; Dead Sei Whale Found In Malaysia; And Body Of Minke Whale Washes Up At Sheringham, UK?! [PHOTOS + VIDEO]

Oarfish caught in Japan.

February 10, 2016 - EARTH - The following constitutes the latest reports of unusual and symbolic animal behavior, mass die-offs, beaching and stranding of mammals, and the appearance of rare creatures.

Deep water oarfish caught alive off Japan

Japanese fishermen made a rare catch on Monday when they found a huge oarfish in their nets.

The fish will now be housed at an aquarium.

WATCH: Rare oarfish caught alive off Japan.

- Global News.

Dead sei whale found in Malaysia

Dead sei whale.

The dead whale that was found beached at the Sungai Sarang Buaya river mouth is the same one found and rescued in Pontian two days ago.

Johor Fisheries Department director Munir Mohd Nawi said the mammal is from the highly endangered Balaenoptera borealis species.

Widely known as sei whale, it is the third largest of its kind in the whale family.

He said a forensics team from the Turtles and Marine Ecosystem Centre was examining the carcass.

"This is the same whale that was found and rescued in Pontian waters a couple of days ago.

"The carcass is being towed to the department's jetty here for a post-mortem and to find out the cause of death," he said.

It was recently reported that a whale was rescued by a group of people in Pantai Rambah on Monday.

However the mammal was found beached again in shallow waters along Sungai Sarang Buaya on Tuesday. - The Star.

Body of minke whale washes up at Sheringham, UK

The dead creature, at first thought to be a giant squid, rolling in the surf at Weybourne. © Sue Webber
The 20ft-long minke whale, first spotted at Salthouse last month, came to rest over a wooden groyne at Sheringham.

North Norfolk District Council chiefs went to investigate this afternoon. A council spokesman said: "We are currently assessing the situation to see whether it is necessary to remove the minke whale carcass before the next high tide or allow tonight's high tide to move the carcass and for nature to take its course."

Chiefs were advising people not to touch the whale or allow dogs to come into contact with it.

The badly-decomposed body, which has been gradually rolling down the coast, came to rest at Weybourne on Tuesday evening.

It was spotted there, half submerged and in fast-fading light, by villagers Max and Sue Webber, and local fisherman Johnny Seago who thought they could see tentacles and mistook it for a giant squid.

But that theory was quashed later in the night when it was properly examined under artificial light by someone acting on behalf of Norfolk cetacean recorder Carl Chapman.

He confirmed it was actually the Salthouse minke whale.

Mr Chapman said he hoped the mistaken identification would not discourage people from reporting findings for fear they were wrong.

"There are always false alarms but, on the odd occasion, it comes up trumps. I'd much rather people got in touch so that we can investigate," he added.

Dr Peter Evans, director of the national Sea Watch Foundation, said minke whale were relatively rare off the Norfolk coast but were not uncommon around the Dogger Bank, north-east of The Wash. "They tend to live in rather deeper waters," he added.

There had been a "fairly marked increase" in minke whale numbers since the 1980s but that had now stabilised.  - Eastern Daily Press.

DAWN OF THE AGE OF AQUARIUS: Precursors To The End Of Christian Dominionism, White Supremacy Paradigm And The Piscean Age Of Belief - Catholic And Anglican Leaders Say That Christians Are Now A MINORITY In The UK And Must Pull Together In Order To SURVIVE, As The MONUMENTAL PARADIGM SHIFT OF AGES Accelerates!

February 10, 2016 - UNITED KINGDOM - Practicing Christians are now a minority in the UK and the Catholic and Anglican churches must pull together in order to survive, according to two senior British clerics.

The Right Reverend Richard Chartres, Bishop of London, and Cardinal Vincent Nichols, head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, were speaking at an event at Hampton Court Palace, London, on Tuesday.

They hailed the reconciliation between two churches that have traditionally been rivals, and the gathering also saw the first Catholic act of worship at the chapel of Henry VIII for 450 years.

“I would like to think of this evening as a celebration of how far we’ve come and also a celebration of a common agenda,” Chartres said.

Nichols spoke about the contribution Catholics had made to the UK as a “significant minority,” to which Chartres said “we are all minorities now.”

“What I see, particularly around London, is that increasingly we are living in a post-denominational era,” Chartres added.

Recent studies suggest the cleric may be correct, with figures showing a plunge in regular worshippers in the UK.

The church’s annual pew count reports only 1.4 percent of the population of England attends Anglican services every Sunday. Mid-week services have also slipped below the one million mark for the first time.

Average Sunday attendance has fallen by 22,000 from 764,700 in 2014. That is a third less than the average during the 1960s.

The fall is partly down to the ageing and death of worshipers, with the church losing one percent of its attendees per year.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby told a recent crisis meeting of Anglican leaders the church is being affected by an “anti-Christian culture.”

“In this country many talk of the post-Christian society, but the Church of England educates more than a million children in our schools,” he told the gathered Primates. - RT.

MONUMENTAL DISASTER ALERT: The Biggest Environmental Disaster In United States History Is Happening Right Now - Experts Say That FORMALDEHYDE Is Spewing From The Massive Los Angeles Methane Gas Leak; "VERY DANGEROUS For Public"; Methane Turning Into Embalming Fluid; Can Make Your Body "START DIGESTING ITSELF"; Company Knows This Is Happening And Should Warn Us, Obviously They Don't Want You To Know About It! [VIDEO]

February 10, 2016 - CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES - “One thing I happen to know about — and I can’t make any claim about it now — but I know this. Methane, when it’s exposed to sunlight, can produce as a by-product formaldehydeSouthern California gas knows that too it transforms — when it’s subjected to sunlight — to formaldehyde. SoCalGas knows that, and they ought to be straight about it. They ought to be telling us… but they’re not.” - Robert F. Kennedy Jr..

 WATCH: Porter Ranch Gas Leak - Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on Who is Responsible.

Experts have stated that the gas emitted in the blowout contains mostly methane [which] can oxidize in the atmosphere [and] turn into formaldehyde. Formaldehyde can cause hypothermia, asphyxiation, and acidosis… Acidosis is a condition in which your body starts to digest itself. - Report by the law firms of Morgan & Morgan, Panish Shea & Boyle, Kennedy & Madonna, and R. Rex Parris.

When all that methane is exposed to California sunshine it gets converted to formaldehyde. The nosebleeds, headaches etc. aren’t from the “odorant”… they are signs of formaldehyde exposure… These same symptoms are seen in people living near gas compressor stations due to leaking methane being converted… Obviously, this is something SoCal doesn’t want to talk about or you to know about.”

* The user comment above was almost certainly written by Dr. Joseph L. Pfeifer, M.D. (director of trauma and surgical critical care at Berkshire Medical Center), who recently authored a column mentioning formaldehyde, methane, and gas compressor stations. - Joseph Pfeifer.

A peer reviewed study… reveals dangerous levels of air toxins near fracking operations… The research was led by David Carpenter, a physician… he’s most concerned about the high levels of benzene and formaldehyde He says the formaldehyde is formed as a byproduct of methane leaks, when exposed to the sun. - NPR.

Formaldehyde is also formed from methane in the presence of sunlightIt can affect nearly every tissue in the human body, leading to acute (dermal allergies, asthma) and chronic (neuro-, reproductive, hematopoietic, genetic and pulmonary toxicity and cellular damage) health effects. - Environmental Health (Journal).

“We focused a lot in our report on… benzene and formaldehyde… these are very dangerous for public health… Cancer isn’t going to occur tomorrow, it is going to occur 10-20-30 years from now in people that are exposed… What we are seeing right now are respiratory infections and nose bleeds. Think about formaldehyde, that’s basically an embalming fluid, if you breathe it in 24 hours a day… you are going to pickle epithelium in your nose. Many of the people living around these sites have nose bleeds.” - Dr. David Carpenter, physician & director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at Univ. at Albany.

Formaldehyde is a very dangerous chemical in human health; It gives negative effect to respiration channel, liver and kidney function… - American Journal of Analytical Chemistry.

What happens when someone breathes too much formaldehyde?… People can have symptoms such as: sore throat, cough, scratchy eyes, nosebleeds… [T]he longer the exposure, the greater the chance of getting cancer. Exposure to formaldehyde might increase the chance of getting cancer even at levels too low to cause symptoms. - CDC.

See also: Very unusual infections seen around LA gas leak… Dog’s stomach “flipped on itself” — “If you’re able to leave do it now, it’s really critical” — Official: Plume spreading far away

Watch RFK’s speech here

- ENE News.

SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS: "Zone of Avoidance" - Scientists Baffled By Mysterious Gravitational Acceleration On The Milky Way Galaxy Or Where It's Coming From, As Hundreds Of Other Galaxies Are Discovered Hidden Behind It?!

February 10, 2016 - SPACE - Scientists have finally mapped the final frontier, and it turns out that one of the most secretive areas of space is just beyond our own backyard – the Milky Way was found to be hiding hundreds of galaxies from eager astronomers.

Despite being just 250 million light years from Earth – very close in astronomical terms – it took researchers decades to map the distribution of the galaxies behind our own, the Milky Way.

The International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) mapped 883 galaxies, new and old, in research published in the Astronomical Journal.

A team of international scientists have dubbed the area the “Zone of Avoidance.” Of the 883 galaxies mapped, over a third have never been seen before.

The astronomers used CSIRO’s Parkes radio telescope, which is famous for assisting with moon landings.

WATCH: Raw data visualisation of Hidden Galaxy positions.

The telescope is equipped with an innovative receiver that allowed scientists see past the stars and dust of the Milky Way into a previously unexplored region of space.

“The Milky Way is very beautiful of course and it’s very interesting to study our own galaxy, but it completely blocks out the view of the more distant galaxies behind it,” lead scientist Professor Lister Staveley-Smith from The University of Western Australia node of the ICRAR said.

The discovery may also help explain the Great Attractor region, which appears to be drawing the Milky Way and hundreds of thousands of other galaxies towards it with a gravitational force equivalent to a million billion Suns.

Scientists have been trying to get to the bottom of the mysterious Great Attractor since major deviations in universal expansion were first discovered in the 1970s and ’80s, according to Professor Staveley-Smith.

“We don’t actually understand what’s causing this gravitational acceleration on the Milky Way or where it’s coming from,” he said.

WATCH: Animation showing hidden galaxies discovered in the ‘Zone of Avoidance’.


“We know that in this region there are a few very large collections of galaxies we call clusters or superclusters, and our whole Milky Way is moving towards them at more than two million kilometers per hour.”

This research identified several new structures that could help explain the movement of the Milky Way, including three galaxy concentrations (named NW1, NW2 and NW3) and two new clusters (named CW1 and CW2).

WATCH: Annotated animation showing hidden galaxies discovered in the ‘Zone of Avoidance’.


Observing radio waves is the only technique that allowed astronomers to view the hidden galaxies, and they were able to map the sky 13 times fast then previously by using the Parkes radio telescope.

“An average galaxy contains 100 billion stars, so finding hundreds of new galaxies hidden behind the Milky Way points to a lot of mass we didn’t know about until now,” University of Cape Town astronomer Professor RenĂ©e Kraan-Korteweg said. - RT.

MONUMENTAL DISASTER ALERT: Radiation Leak Reported At The Indian Point Nuclear Facility In New York - "ALARMING LEVELS OF RADIOACTIVITY"; 65,000 PERCENT Above Normal; Governor Cuomo Is "Deeply Concerned,... Significant Failure"; Officials Worried About PUBLIC HEALTH; Extent And Duration Of Release "UNCLEAR"; Radiation Experts Being Sent In!

 Indian Point Nuclear Plant.

February 10, 2016 - NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - A leak at the Indian Point nuclear facility in New York has sent contaminant into the area groundwater, causing radioactivity levels 65,000% higher than normal, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Saturday… The groundwater beneath the nuclear plant… flows into the Hudson River at a point about 25 miles north of New York City… [T]he NRC plans to send an expert in health physics and radiation protection to the site - CNN.

Gov. Cuomo said the plant’s operator, Entergy, reported “alarming levels” of radioactivity at three monitoring wells, with one well’s radioactivity increasing nearly 65,000%… Other state officials also blasted the controversial nuclear facility’s most recent mishap. Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee (D-Suffern) said she was concerned not only for the surrounding community but also for the “impact this radioactive water may have on public health and our environment,” Jaffee added. - NY Daily News.

“Tonight on News 12 — a radioactive leak at Indian Point sparking a full investigation by the State over concerns of contamination Officials discover alarming levels of radioactivity at several monitoring wells… with one’s radioactivity increasing by nearly 65,000%… Officials say… there is no immediate threat to the public.” - News 12 transcript.

It was unclear how much water spilled, but samples showed the water had a radioactivity level of more than 8 million picocuries per liter The levels are the highest regulators have seen at Indian Point… Contaminated groundwater would likely slowly make its way to the Hudson River, [an NRC spokesman] said… Tritium [is] a radioactive form of hydrogen that poses the greatest risk of causing cancer when it ends up in drinking water. - AP.

“Yesterday I learned that radioactive tritium-contaminated water leaked… The company reported alarming levels of radioactivity at three monitoring wells, with one well’s radioactivity increasing nearly 65,000 percent.” - Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

“I am deeply concerned Indian Point has experienced significant failure in its operation and maintenance… levels of radioactivity reported this week are significantly higher than in past incidents Our first concern is for the health and safety of the residents… I am directing you to fully investigate this incident… to determine the extent of the release, its likely duration, its causes, its potential impacts to the environment and public health, and how the release can be contained.” - Gov. Cuomo’s letter to Commissioner Zucker (Dept. of Health) & Acting Commissioner Seggos (Dept. of Environmental Conservation).

“I am concerned about the alarming increase in radioactive water leaking… My primary concern is the potential impact this… may have on public health and our environment.” - Ellen Jaffee, New York Assembly member.

“[The NRC] says that exposure to high levels of tritium may cause cancer in humans or genetic defects.” - CBS 6 Albany transcript.

Watch broadcasts here: News 12News 10CBS 6 | CBS NY

- ENE News.

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

A military officer gestures by the wreckage of a Myanmar military aircraft that crashed in an area close to the airport in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Wednesday, Feb. 10,
2016. A number of military personnel were feared dead after a small aircraft went down in a field near the airport. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)

February 10, 2016 - EARTH - Here are the latest incidents of plane crashes across the planet.

Five dead in Myanmar military plane crash

All five crew died when a Myanmar air force plane crashed in the capital Naypyidaw on Wednesday, bursting into flames soon after take off and smashing into a nearby field, the military said.

One man was pulled alive from the blazing wreckage and taken to hospital but later died of his injuries, according to a rare news statement on the official Myanmar army Facebook page.

"Naypyidaw airport authorities, the fire brigade, air force personnel and local residents all worked together to extinguish the fire," the statement said, adding the cause of the crash was under investigation.

Hundreds of people gathered in the area as officials sifted through the smouldering wreckage of the propeller plane, according to an AFP reporter at the scene earlier Wednesday.

(AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)

(AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)

(AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)

(AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)

(AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)

The Beechcraft passenger plane took off from the Naypyidaw airfield in the mid-morning on a routine patrol, but burst into flames soon after leaving the runway, according to an airport official, who asked not to be named because the incident involved a military aircraft.

The Ministry of Information earlier published a series of pictures of the remains of the aircraft showing just one wing intact and a thick stream of smoke rising into the air.

Myanmar has a busy aviation sector, partly to compensate for the country's poor road and rail infrastructure.

While news of military air crashes is relatively rare, there have been several incidents involving commercial planes in recent years.

In July, an Air Bagan ATR 72 twin-engine turboprop carrying 49 passengers skidded off the runway after landing during heavy rain at Yangon International Airport. - Yahoo.

Indonesian training jet Super Tucano crashes onto residential area, killing two

An Indonesian air force plane crashed into a house on the country's main island of Java on Wednesday, killing both people on board and critically injuring a woman in the home.
Major Hamdi Londong, spokesman for the Abdul Rahman Saleh air force base, told the DPA news agency that the aircraft was on a routine training flight when it came down close to the base, located in Malang, a hilly town in East Java province.

Londong said that the two pilots in the Brazilian-made Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano died instantly, and a woman living in the house was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

Here are several images from social media:

A witness said that the light attack and trainer aircraft was climbing before it plunged into the residential area.

"I evacuated a man and a woman whose bodies were buried in the rubble of their own house," Agus, a rescuer on site, told the AFP news agency.

The air force said that it would conduct an investigation into the crash, the latest of several military aviation accidents.

In December, two pilots were killed when a military plane crashed in central Java while performing manoeuvres.

In June a Hercules C-130 crashed into a residential neighbourhood in Medan, the largest city on Sumatra island, killing 142 people and causing widespread destruction.

Malang is 850km east of the capital, Jakarta. - Al Jazeera.

MONUMENTAL DISASTER ALERT: Officials Declare An EMERGENCY ALERT As Fire And EXPLOSION Is Reported At Brunswick Nuclear Plant In North Carolina - Fire And Explosion Occurred After "UNEXPECTED POWER DECREASE" In Reactor; "Emergency Response Facilities Staffed"; "ABNORMAL EVENT With Potential To Impact Plant Equipment Or PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY"!

Officials at the Brunswick Nuclear Plant declared an Emergency Alert.


Unit 1 declared an Alert… due to an explosion/fire in the Balance of Plant 4 kV switchgear bus area. Prior to the Alert declaration, the operators initiated a manual SCRAM due to an unexpected power decrease from 88% to 40%. The licensee has visually verified that there is no ongoing fire and is investigating the initial cause of the event…

[T]he licensee reported the following… “a manual reactor scram was initiated due to loss of both recirculation system variable speed drives as a result of an electrical fault. At this time, a Startup Auxiliary Transformer (SAT) experienced a lockout fault; interrupting offsite power to emergency buses 1 and 2.

Emergency Diesel Generators (EDGs) 1, 2, 3, and 4 automatically started”… The licensee has notified… DHS, FEMA, USDA, HHS, DOE, DHS NICC, EPA… FDA… and Nuclear SSA…- U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Electrical damage sets off alert at Brunswick Nuclear Plant… An Alert is the second in increasing significance of four nuclear emergency classifications... - WWAY.

WATCH: Electrical damage sets off alert at Brunswick Nuclear Plant

[Unit 1] remains in shutdown mode, while officials work through “detailed process/procedures to fully understand this event and make the needed repairs”… An alert… is used when abnormal events have the potential to impact plant equipment or public health and safety No estimated timeline has been given for getting Unit 1 back into service.. - WECT.

Duke Energy notified the emergency management agencies of damaged electrical equipment at the Brunswick Nuclear Plant…. - North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

Alert declared and exited at Brunswick… federal, state and local officials were notified, and Brunswick plant emergency response facilities were staffed…. - Duke Energy.

- ENE News.

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: The Latest Report Of Volcanic Eruptions, Activity, Unrest And Awakenings – February 10, 2016! [PHOTOS]

Lava fountains at Fuego

February 10, 2016 - EARTH - The following constitutes the new activity, unrest and ongoing reports of volcanoes across the globe.

Fuego (Guatemala): A new paroxysm (the 3rd this year) is occurring at the volcano. Over the past days, strombolian and effusive activity had gradually increased into now pulsating lava fountains and well-alimented lava flows.

The latter are mostly traveling down the southeastern flank into the large Las Lajas canyon where they have reached approx. 2 km length. Another flow seems to be active on the southern slope towards the Trinidad drainage.

MODIS thermal signal from Fuego (MIROVA)

Most likely this activity will result in pyroclastic flows, as parts of the lava flows on the steep slope tend to collapse.

Sakurajima (Japan): It seems that the volcano is back to its typical activity of intermittent explosions at irregular intervals mostly ranging between few hours or even days. Following the explosion on 5 Feb, several others, mostly weaker ones, have occurred during the past days. Ash plumes recorded rose to 5-10,000 ft (1.5-3 km) altitude.

Small explosion at Sakurajima.

JMA published a report (in Japanese) which shows that the decrease of activity which started to be noticeable last summer and led to the apparent pause in explosions Oct - Jan seems to correlate with a change in deformation. Around August, the year-long steady inflation stopped and changed to rapid deflation over a few weeks' period. This trend stopped and inflation began again around October.

Thermal images of Sakurajima's craters (Kita-dake, l, and Showa crater, r) between December 2, 2015 (bottom) and February 6, 2016
(top) showing the presence of elevated temperatures in the Showa crater Feb (JMA)

Deformation plots of several GPS stations (JMA)

A comparison of thermal images of the crater between 2 December 2015 and 6 February show elevated temperatures in the Showa crater, likely because of the presence of magma in the conduit closer to the surface.

Zhupanovsky (Kamchatka): Activity of the volcano has picked up again recently. Several explosions occurred during the past days at the volcano, generating ash plumes that rose to approx. 22,000 ft (7 km) altitude and drifted ESE.

Ash plume (its deposit on snow) from Zhupanovsky.

On a satellite image from this morning, the darker trace of ash from Zhupanovsky (and from nearby Karymsky volcano) is clearly visible on white snow covering Kamchatka at the moment.

Karymsky (Kamchatka): Explosions at the volcano have been relatively frequent recently and often intense enough to be detected on satellite imagery, monitored by Tokyo's VAAC (Volcanic Ash Advisory Center).

Karymsky, the most active volcano of  Kamchatka's eastern volcanic zone, is a symmetrical stratovolcano constructed within a 5-km-wide caldera that formed during the early Holocene.  The caldera cuts the south side of the Pleistocene Dvor volcano and is located outside the north margin of the large mid-Pleistocene Polovinka caldera, which contains the smaller Akademia Nauk and Odnoboky calderas. 

Most seismicity preceding Karymsky eruptions originated beneath Akademia Nauk caldera, which is located immediately south of Karymsky volcano.  The caldera enclosing Karymsky volcano formed about 7600-7700 radiocarbon years ago; construction of the Karymsky stratovolcano began about 2000 years later.  The latest eruptive period began about 500 years ago, following a 2300-year quiescence.  Much of the cone is mantled by lava flows less than 200 years old.  Historical eruptions have been vulcanian or vulcanian-strombolian with moderate explosive activity and occasional lava flows from the summit crater.

- Volcano Discovery .

WORLD WAR Z: Plagues & Pestilences - Zika Virus Cases Appearing Coast To Coast In The United States, Nearly All Travel-Related; Study Finds More Linked Birth Defects!

February 10, 2016 - UNITED STATES - A handful of Zika virus cases have turned up in the United States, but so far, all but one of those infected are people who have recently traveled to affected countries.

On Thursday, KMTV reported two cases of Zika had been identified in Nebraska. Both cases involved women in their 20s who had recently traveled to countries where the virus is spreading.

On Wednesday, the governor of Florida declared a state of emergency in four counties where the virus has been identified. So far, nine cases of Zika have been identified in the state, all of them connected to recent travel abroad.

Earlier this week, Texas health authorities confirmed the first case of Zika in someone who had not traveled abroad to an affected country. The virus is believed to have spread through sexual contact with a person who had recently traveled abroad and become infected. This was only the second reported case of sexual transmission of the disease, and some experts are expressing caution that the scientific link for such transmission is not yet proven. The total number of Zika cases in Texas currently stands at ten.

Zika is a virus transmitted to humans through mosquito bites. The disease causes relatively mild symptoms, including joint pain and red eyes, in about 20% of individuals who are infected. However, the disease has been linked to a serious birth defect called microcephaly, which causes children to be born with smaller than normal heads and damaged brains.

The disease is currently spreading throughout Brazil since an outbreak began in May of 2015. More than 4,000 cases of microcephaly in Brazil are suspected to have been caused by the virus, which is also spreading in Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the spread of the virus an international public health emergency because of the suspected link to microcephaly; however, WHO did not advise pregnant women to avoid affected areas. Some have seen this as politically motivated since Brazil is hosting the Olympics this summer.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended that pregnant women consider postponing travel to areas where the virus is spreading. Women who must travel to these areas are advised to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

There is currently no vaccine available to prevent Zika infection. - Breitbart.

New Zika virus cases pop up in 3 states as study finds more linked birth defects


Indiana, Ohio, and Tennessee are the latest states to have the Zika virus brought home by travelers returning from South or Central America, or the Caribbean, while a new study has revealed that it may potentially cause more birth defects than suspected.

A 30-year-old Cleveland woman became the first diagnosed case in Ohio, state officials said on Tuesday. Indiana officials similarly reported that another woman had become the state’s first case on the same day, though she was not hospitalized. The women had recently traveled to Haiti and are not pregnant, state officials said.

The age and gender of the first Zika patient in Tennessee remains undisclosed, but officials say the person had returned from South America.

“We have been expecting an imported case of Zika virus disease, and we believe more infections are likely as people travel to and from areas where the disease is currently being transmitted,” the commissioner of the state’s health department, Dr. John Dreyzehner, said in a statement.

Those three states bring the grand total to 13 and the District of Columbia. Altogether, 50 cases of Zika have been diagnosed in the US, all in people who had traveled to one of the 30 countries where the virus is active, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There was also one case of the virus being sexual transmitted in Dallas, Texas.

In a new study published on Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association Ophthalmology, Brazilian researchers reported finding eye problems in 10 out of 29 newborns infected with the Zika virus, for which there is no vaccine or treatment. Retina atrophy, iris discoloration, and lens dislocations were counted among the birth defects, and in seven out of the 10 cases, both eyes were affected.

The study proves the more well-known birth defect known as microcephaly, where a baby’s head and brain don’t fully develop, isn’t the only risk faced by Zika’s most vulnerable victims.

The first Zika outbreak was identified in Brazil in May of last year, and though it is primarily contracted via mosquito bites, it can also be spread through blood transfusions and unprotected sex, as well as to unborn children whose pregnant mothers are infected. The CDC advises men to use condoms or refrain from intercourse with pregnant women if they have traveled to a high risk country recently. It also recommends that pregnant women be tested two to 12 weeks after returning from afflicted regions.

Four out of five people with Zika don’t experience any of its symptoms, which can include fever, rashes, joint pain, muscle pain, red eyes, and headaches – all of which can last up to a week.

On Monday, the CDC’s Emergency Operations Center began operating at its top emergency activation level – Level 1. The last time Level 1 was enacted was during the Ebola crisis of 2014. It was also activated in 2009 in response to H1N1 influenza and in 2005 for Hurricane Katrina. - RT.