Sunday, March 27, 2016


There appears to be something very odd happening at the edge of our solar system – and at least some scientists suggest that it is being caused by a huge, mysterious planet.
This artistic rendering shows the distant view from Planet Nine back towards the sun. The planet is thought to be gaseous, similar to Uranus and Neptune.
Hypothetical lightning lights up the night side Caltech/R. Hurt (IPAC)

March 27, 2016 - SPACE - New evidence strengthens the idea that there is a mysterious planet hiding at the far edge of our solar system.

Objects have been spotted moving around unusually at the edge of our solar system. And the best explanation for the strange orbits is the mysterious Planet Nine, according to one of the scientists who has argued that the hidden planet exists.

In January, a pair of scientists argued that they had found another planet, based on calculations using objects at the distant end of our solar system.

By studying the orbit of six objects in the Kuiper Belt – a mysterious area thought to be filled of asteroids and other icy objects – they argued that they were being affected by something large and previously unknown.

 WATCH: Evidence of a Ninth Planet.

Now Mike Brown, who made those original claims, says that he has tracked another object in that Kuiper Belt that is also moving unusually.

And its strange movement is exactly how what would be expected if Planet Nine is real, he claimed.

None of the claims has yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal or checked by other scientists.

But the Canada France Hawaii Telescope is currently conducting the Outer Solar System Origins Survey, looking far into our solar system, and so will be able to check the claims as more Kuiper Belt objects are discovered. - Independent.


SOCIETAL COLLAPSE: Civilizations Unraveling - Suicide Blast Outside Public Park In Lahore, Pakistan Kills At Least 65 People And Injuring Nearly 300 Others, Mostly Women And Children; Taliban Faction Claims Responsibility; "TARGETS WERE CHRISTIANS"; Officials Say That The "Death Toll May Climb CONSIDERABLY"!

March 27, 2016 - LAHORE, PAKISTAN - Taliban faction Jamaat-ul-Ahrar has claimed responsibility for Sunday’s suicide blast outside a public park in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore that killed at least 65 people and injured more than 280. Most of the injured are women and children.

“The targets were Christians,” Ehsanullah Ehsan, a spokesman for the faction, said, threatening that more attacks in the region would follow.

“We want to send this message to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that we have entered Lahore. He can do what he wants but he won’t be able to stop us. Our suicide bombers will continue these attacks.”

Salman Rafique, a health adviser for Punjab’s provincial government, put the death toll at over 60 people.

“There are more than 280 injured people,” Rafique said. “Many are now being treated, and we fear that the death toll may climb considerably.”

Police say the blast had been carried out by a suicide bomber.

“Most of the dead and injured are women and children,” Mustansar Feroz, superintendent of police for the area told Reuters.

The explosion happened outside Gulshan Iqbal Park, near the park’s parking lot, just outside the exit gate and a few meters away from children's swings.

The park was crowded because Christians are celebrating Easter holiday and many families were leaving the park when the blast occurred, according to senior police officer Haider Ashraf. He also said the death toll could still rise as many of the wounded were in critical condition.

Police said it was not clear whether the attack had deliberately targeted mainly Muslim Pakistan's small Christian minority.

Jam Sajjad Hussain, spokesman for Recuse 112, told Reuters most of the victims are women and children.

DawnNews reports there was little or no security present in the park area and around it.

An eyewitness, talking to DawnNews, said: “The park is huge and has many entrance gates. There was almost no security personnel present there.”

An emergency has been declared at all state hospitals in the city. Authorities are asking for blood donations because supplies are low.

Following the attack, the local government also ordered all public parks to be closed and announced three days of mourning in the province. The main shopping areas have also been shut down and many of the city's main roads are now deserted.

Facebook has activated its 'Safe Check' feature created to help track people after deadly incidents for Lahore.

Waqt News also reports the security personnel have surrounded the area and launched a search operation in and around the park, with rescue teams dispatched to the site.

The army was called in to control crowds outside the park, as some distraught relatives clashed with police and rescue officials.

WATCH: Deadly suicide blast in Pakistan.

The United States, Pakistan’s strategic ally, condemned the attack.

“The United States stands with the people and government of Pakistan at this difficult hour. We will continue to work with our partners in Pakistan and across the region... to root out the scourge of terrorism,” White House National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.

Islamist militants in Pakistan have often attacked Christians and other religious minorities over the past decade, while Christians have accused the government of doing little to protect them.

Lahore is the capital of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's political heartland of Punjab, which is the country’s biggest and wealthiest province. - RT.

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: The Latest Report Of Volcanic Eruptions, Activity, Unrest And Awakenings – March 12-26, 2016! [PHOTOS]

Nyiragongo's intra-crater lava flows last week, cascading into the main lava lake (Image: João Cunha Monteiro / Facebook)

March 27, 2016 - EARTH - The following constitutes the new activity, unrest and ongoing reports of volcanoes across the globe.

Nyiragongo (DRCongo): The mainly effusive activity from the new secondary vent inside the volcano's caldera continues with little changes.

Lava cascading into the central lava lake of Nyiragongo volcano (Image: Jason Sehorn)

By now, new lava flows have surrounded the central pit (containing the main lava lake), covered most of the lower platform and cascade into the central vent at multiple locations.

Suwanose-jima (Ryukyu Islands): The strombolian activity continues at the Otake crater continues. In the past days, it has been more intense, generating bright glow visible from neighboring islands and ash plumes that rose up to approx. 1 km.

Eruption at Suwanose-jima.

Sinabung (Sumatra, Indonesia): Activity of the volcano continues essentially unchanged with very slow lava extrusion and intermittent small to moderate explosions at the lava dome.

These occur at irregular intervals almost daily, generating ash plumes that rise 1-3 km: last evening, an explosion produced a plume that rose approx. 2500 m, local observers reported. This morning, an ash plume to 9,000 ft (2.7 km) altitude was reported by Darwin VAAC.

Copahue (Chile/Argentina): Ash emissions from the volcano (which had been less vigorous and more intermittent over the previous days) have increased this morning and become continuous. Buenos Aires VAAC reported a plume at approx. 12,000 ft (3.6 km) altitude extending 35 km east from the volcano.

Ash plume from Copahue

Alaid (Northern Kuriles): The new eruptive phase that started in late February continues. An intense thermal anomaly has been detected from the volcano's summit area on satellite imagery and weak ash emissions extending approx. 60 km NW from the island were observed yesterday and this morning (Tokyo VAAC).

Thermal radiation from Alaid volcano (MODIS / Mirova)

Akita-Komaga-take (Honshu): Elevated seismic activity has been detected by Japanese volcanologists.
No other parameters (visual fumarolic activity, deformation etc) seem to be above background levels and no particular alert was raised.

Colima (Western Mexico): Mild explosive activity continues from the volcano. Mostly small explosions occur at irregular intervals of typically several hours from the summit vent where a small new lava dome is present and probably growing slowly.

Colima eruption.

An aerial photograph from February 29 shows the dome with a diameter of approx. 40-50 meters.

Telica (Nicaragua): After a period of several days of calm, lava glow has again become visible over night from the crater; during the day, increased degassing can be noted.

Lava glow from Telica's crater

Likely, the new fissure that formed on March 2, has again become active and erupted a small (if not tiny) amount of lava into the crater.

Soputan (North Sulawesi, Indonesia): A small group of VolcanoDiscovery just returned from a visit to Soputan. While clouds prevented detailed observations most of the time, glow was visible from the summit at night and moderate steaming during the day.

Glow from Soputan. (Photo: Ingrid / VolcanoDiscovery)

No other unusual events were observed (rockfalls, movements of the recent lava flows etc).

This suggests that effusive activity if at all is very weak at the lava dome occupying the summit crater.

Momotombo (Nicaragua): Explosions seem to have ceased during the past week. Glow remains visible at the crater, suggesting that lava continues to be present there.

Momotombo volcano's glow

Etna (Sicily, Italy):
INGV Catania published the result of very high-resolution satellite-based measurements of ground deformation of Etna during the period between February 2015 - February 2016.

They show that Etna's dominant trend of deformation has changed from inflation (in blue) to deflation since the latest eruption in early December.

Deformation at Etna in late Dec 2015 (INGV)

Inflation of the entire volcanic edifice continued until November 2015, before the violent paroxysmal episodes occurred in December. During this event, the deflation that accompanied the eruptive activity has almost completely neutralized the preceding inflation, which likely means that most of the accumulated magma inside the volcano had been erupted during the recent activity.

This also suggests that Etna, currently very calm, might not be in for significant eruptions in the near future of the coming months (although only she herself knows for sure...)

The data were obtained using a modern interferometric techniques from TOPSAR (Terrain Observation with Progressive Scans SAR) radar images acquired by the Sentinel-1A satellite and have a precision in the sub-centimeter range.

Other interesting observations include eastward sliding movements of the northeastern and eastern flanks of Etna during and after the latest eruptive phase.

Mt. Etna - Monitoraggio delle deformazioni del suolo con Sentinel 1 A. (INGV Catania)

Sakurajima (Kyushu, Japan): The activity at the volcano has decreased again over the past 2 weeks. The average size and frequency of explosions has dropped to one every few days (compared to several / day earlier in February). So far, March has only seen 3 explosions recorded by JMA.

Something new, however, is that a number of the recent explosions came not from the Showa crater, but from the Minamidake summit crater, the older one of the two, located west above the former one.

Eruption from Sakurajima's Minamidake crater

Minamidake had been Sakurajima's main active vent for decades since 1955, until a new crater on its eastern flank began to form and gradually "take over" in 2006 and became known as the Showa crater. In the past few years, only very few explosions were recorded from Minamidake,- nearly all activity had been at Showa crater, but this might have changed very recently.

From Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report March 2-8, 2016:
During February 29  to March 4, JMA reported that two explosions from Showa Crater at Aira Caldera’s Sakurajima volcano ejected tephra as far as 500 m. At 0038 on March 4, an explosion at Minamidake summit crater generated an ash plume that rose 1.6 km. The Alert Level remained at 3 (on a 5-level scale). 

Shishaldin (Aleutian Islands, Alaska): The alert level was lowered back to normal status. Detectable activity (visible observations and satellite-based data) has been decreasing steadily of the past several months, the Alaska Volcano Observatory reported:

"There has been a steady decrease in detected thermal activity at Shishaldin over the past several months. No anomalous activity has been observed in several clear satellite images of Shishaldin since moderately elevated surface temperatures were detected on January 13. Airwaves associated with low-level explosive degassing have not been detected in infrasound data since February 7.

Low-amplitude seismic tremor consistent with an open, degassing system continues to be seen in seismic data and is considered to be within the bounds of background activity for Shishaldin. AVO is therefore downgrading the status of Shishaldin Volcano from aviation color code YELLOW to GREEN and from volcano alert level ADVISORY to NORMAL."

Rincón de la Vieja (Costa Rica): The volcano had a new explosion from its crater lake last Wednesday March 8. The eruption threw deposits of mud and ash onto the northern side of the crater to up to 120 m distance from the rim and generated a small plume of ash that caused light ash fall in nearby villages in up to 6 km distance to the north.

The activity at the volcano had started to increase already in 2015. Volcanologists have found evidence of several similar explosions that occurred in the past months, but the most recent one on Wednesday seems to have been significantly larger (although still small in itself).

Eruption at Rincón de la Vieja volcano (OVSICORI-UNA)

The new ash deposit on the northern crater flank (OVSICORI-UNA)

Close-up of the erupted ash: b) and c) show glassy lava from fresh magma (OVSICORI-UNA)

The most interesting news, however, comes from the analysis of the ejected ash. OVSICORI-UNA staff found that besides fragmented older rocks and sulfur, about 3-10 % of the ejected ash particles are glassy shards from juvenile (i.e. new) magma.

This means that the explosions were not entirely driven by steam only (so-called phreatic explosions), but involved a component of fresh magma that seems to have recently risen to shallow depths near the surface and was contributing to the energy of the explosion (phreatomagmatic activity). This could (but not necessarily must) signify that more eruptive activity, potentially stronger, is going to occur at the volcano in the near to medium-term future.

- Volcano Discovery.

SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS: Planet X Memes - NASA's SECCHI Telescopes Captures Dark Planet-Sized Object Behind The Sun?!

© YouTube / MrMBB333

March 27, 2016 - SPACE - In one of the latest SECCHI beacon images, a large planet-sized object can be clearly seen in the 4 o'clock position of the Sun.  The object was revealed following the departure of a coronal mass ejection from the stellar sphere.

The video of the dark object was posted by YouTube Contributor MrMBB333. It's unclear when the telescope captured the event, but the video was uploaded online on March 27, 2016.

WATCH: Large planet-size object behind the Sun.


In early February of this year, French scientists said that they were one step closer to locating "Planet X," a mysterious ninth planet, that exist in the outer reaches of our solar system.

Using mathematical modeling after studying data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft orbit Saturn, researcher Jacques Laskar and his colleagues calculated what influence "Planet Nine" or the ninth planet, would have on the movement of other planets as it passed nearby. They studied the orbit postulated by the US astronomers, on the assumption that the planet would circle the Sun in a lop-sided, highly elongated, oval loop.

Called extreme Kuiper Belt Objects, the misbehaving bodies trace odd circles around the sun that have puzzled scientists for years.

The findings were published in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics.

WATCH: Evidence of Planet X.

"We have cut the work in half," Laskar said. The researchers believe the search can be further narrowed if Cassini's mission, which is due to end next year, is extended to 2020.

The French team's conclusions come just one month after California Institute of Technology scientists Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown predicted the existence of "Planet X" or "Planet Nine," which is thought to have a mass 10 times the size of Earth. The two scientists used mathematical modeling and computer simulations to predict its existence, which is thought to explain the strange clumping behavior of a group of dwarf planets in the Kuiper Belt, a field of icy objects and debris beyond Neptune.

It’s tantalizing evidence that a ninth large planet might live in the solar system, though the world hasn’t been detected yet.

Although Planet Nine's existence has yet to be confirmed, the discovery of Neptune took place in a similar way in 1845, when French mathematician Urbain Le Verrier noticed that the orbit of Uranus didn’t exactly follow the orbit predicted by Newton’s law of gravity. In short, this is because the yet-to-be-discovered Neptune had a gravitational pull on Uranus.

Although Pluto was previously considered the ninth planet, it was demoted to “dwarf planet” status about a decade ago, as it possesses different characteristics than the other major planets of the solar system. The charge to demote Pluto was led by the same scientists who announced the possibility of Planet Nine's existence.

According to NASA, SECCHI is a suite of 5 scientific telescopes that observe the solar corona and inner heliosphere from the surface of the Sun to the orbit of Earth. These unique observations are made in stereo for NASA's Solar Terrestial Relations Observatory STEREO. The suite has three main parts. The SCIP (Sun Centered Imaging Package - three telescopes), the HI (Heliospheric Imager - two telescopes) and the SEB (Secchi Electronics box).

The STEREO mission is the third in the line of Solar-Terrestrial Probes (STP) and is a strategic element of the Sun-Earth Connections Roadmap. STEREO is designed to view the three-dimensional (3D) and temporally varying heliosphere by means of an unprecedented combination of imaging and in situ experiments mounted on virtually identical spacecraft flanking the Earth in its orbit.

The primary goal of the STEREO mission is to advance the understanding of the three-dimensional structure of the Sun's corona, especially regarding the origin of coronal mass ejections (CMEs), their evolution in the interplanetary medium, and the dynamic coupling between CMEs and the Earth environment. CMEs are the most energetic eruptions on the Sun, are the primary cause of major geomagnetic storms, and are believed to be responsible for the largest solar energetic particle events.

More SECCHI beacon images can be seen HERE.


WAR DRUMS: North Korea Sparks Fresh Nuclear Fears - Satellite Images Reveal Unknown Objects At Base?!

Pyongyang is believed to have restarted a small research reactor. GETTY-EPA

March 27, 2016 - NORTH KOREA - New satellite images of a secretive North Korean nuclear research centre reveal three unidentified objects which US officials believe could be the pariah state's latest attempt to make tritium, a key ingredient for hydrogen bombs.

Photos taken from space by the US Institute for Science and International Security on March 15 appear to show three large rectangular 'sheds' not seen in previous pictures.

Pyongyang is believed to have restarted a small research reactor in a possible attempt to make tritium.

Tritium - a radioactive isotope of hydrogen - is an essential component of a boosted-fission nuclear weapon.

A boosted weapon contains a mixture of deuterium - a stable isotope of hydrogen - and tritium, with the gases being heated and compressed by the detonation of a plutonium or uranium device.

The prospect of fresh activity at North Korea's test site comes as it successfully tested a solid-fuel engine that boosted the power of its ballistic rockets, according to state media reports.

Pyongyang's claim indicates it is continuing to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) at a rapid pace, in defiance of United Nations sanctions and amid international condemnation from the US and China.

Satellite image showing unidentified objects at the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Centre. EPA

The ground test of a high-power solid-fuel rocket engine. GETTY

The isolated state has in recent weeks stepped up hostile rhetoric, threatening pre-emptive nuclear strikes against Washington and Seoul, as well as making claims to have advanced its weapons technology.

Despot Kim Jong-un's belligerent remarks prompted South Korea's president to order the military to be ready to respond to the North's "reckless provocation".

The North said last week it had conducted a successful simulated test of atmospheric re-entry of a ballistic missile, and would soon test ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

On Wednesday, the North repeated the threat to attack the South's presidential office, saying its large-calibre multiple rocket launch systems are on alert to strike the Blue House.

Solid fuel rockets are seen as crucial to the North's aims of developing a rocket that is capable of firing a nuclear warhead at long-range targets

Pyongyang has previously launched long-range rockets that used liquid fuel but it was seen to lack the capability to build solid-fuel long-range or intercontinental missiles.

Solid-fuel rockets have advantages in military use, although liquid fuel rockets are considered more sophisticated as their thrust can be controlled in flight.

The North has deployed short and medium-range missiles and test fired them, but never flight-tested the KN-08 ICBM it is believed to be developing.

Despite its boasts to be making progress, many experts believe the North is a decade or more away from building an ICBM capable of threatening the United States.

Its nuclear test site has remained active, undergoing maintenance on existing tunnels as well as clean-up following the January test, according to 38 North, a project of the U.S. Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University in Washington. - Express.

FUK-U-SHIMA: Radiation In Ocean Off Fukushima At HIGHEST LEVELS In Years - Out Of Control Leakage Coming From Plant; "BIG SPIKES" In Radioactivity Observed; "IT's SURPRISING,... CONCERNING,... CRISIS,..."; Over 1,000 TONS OF CONTAMINATED LIQUID Being Released; Fuel Melted Through Containment Vessels And Is "SPEWING RADIATION"; Nuclear Expert Says Fuel Has "SCATTERED ALL OVER THE PLACE"; Fuel May Have Burned Out Into Environment; TEPCO Official States That The Fuel Could Have Flowed Out "LIKE LAVA IN A VOLCANO"; Scientists Say Japan Government Is Covering Up Situation; ALARM Over Very Sick Animals Washing Ashore In Alaska; Fish BLEEDING FROM FACE With Bloody Entrails Coming Out Of Body; Local Official Says Fukushima Is Adversely "Affecting Ocean Life"!

March 27, 2016 - PACIFIC OCEAN - Crisis continues 5 years after Fukushima — Radiation in the Pacific Ocean near Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant is at levels as high, or higher, than has been measured in the past three years, as the crippled plant continues to bleed contamination into the sea, new results from a Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution research cruise show. “We think it’s related to the ongoing leaks,” said Ken Buesseler, a Woods Hole chemical oceanographer… “It’s a little surprising and contrary to claims they’ve stopped all flow. So we’re not out of the woods yet.”… Unlike Chernobyl, however, this crisis played out slowly, and continues today, on both sides of the Pacific… In October 2015, Buesseler’s team took new samples from as close as a half-mile away from the nuclear power plant. Levels there remain elevated, he said, confirming continued releases from the plant… “The fact that it’s still leaking is always of concern.” - KGW (NBC channel in Portland, OR).

Fukushima Site Still Leaking After Five Years, Research Shows… Buesseler [sampled off Fukushima] in October 2015… his analysis of cesium and strontium indicate releases from the plant are not yet “under control,” a statement that has been used by the Japanese government to describe the situation… [C]esium levels have remained relatively constant… “we are not seeing the steady decrease we would expect to see off Fukushima if all sources had stopped; rather, we are finding values are still elevated, which confirms that there is continued release from the plant.”… The highest level of cesium Buesseler’s team found in a sample taken off Japan in October 2015 measured 200 Becquerels per cubic meter… Strontium, too, is not falling as expected… [Scientists] have found that strontium is not decreasing as fast as cesium. Whereas there was approximately 40 times more cesium than strontium in the waters off Japan in 2011, by 2013, there was approximately 10 times more cesium than strontium The concern lies in the thousands of tons of strontium still stored in tanks at the nuclear power plant and accumulated in buildings and soils, some of it still leaking into the ocean. - Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Crippled Fukushima Reactors Are Still a Danger… [M]ajor questions still loom today… [S]ome scientists are complaining that important questions about the disaster’s impact are not being addressed. Authorities, they suspect, are subtly discouraging certain kinds of scientific research, possibly because they fear findings that could further alarm the public… This February, the company reported a spike in strontium levels at the plant site… Remarkably, research on Fukushima’s impact on the marine ecosystem is even more scarce [than on land]—even though the disaster represented the single largest pulse of radioactivity ever injected into an ocean… [T]he cesium concentration… many kilometers off Fukushima remains well above pre-accident levels… Another concern is radioactive strontium. Scientists say levels in seawater near the plant are not declining, possibly because of recurrent leaks from the on-site tanks. “You could actually see in the ocean when one of these tanks would leak—you’d get a big spike in Strontium-90,” Buesseler notes… Indeed, unanswered questions abound… The Japanese government seems to be cutting off funds for monitoring radionuclides in water alongside Fukushima, Buesseler says… [A]nother Japanese scientist, who asked not to be named, claimed that whereas grants are readily available for researchers whose projects are unlikely to discover significant impacts from the disaster, they are exceedingly scarce for others… Buesseler reports [an] experience [when Japanese scientists who aided in research asked not to be credited in its published papers, fearing adverse impacts on their careers]… - Scientific American.

Buesseler says that releases of radioactive cesium from the plant are still not under control…”we are finding values are still elevated, which confirms that there is continued release from the plant.” - CapeCod.

Fukushima has become a place… where they struggle to control radiation-contaminated water and must release it into the sea… [T]he plant also releases 2,000 tons of the water into the ocean every week after a process that removes most, but not all, of the radioactive particles… it is a public-relations nightmare for the government… - NY Times.

Today, the radiation at the Fukushima plant is still so powerful it has proven impossible to get into its bowels to find and remove the extremely dangerous blobs of melted fuel rods, weighing hundreds of tonnes… The fuel rods melted through their containment vessels in the reactors, and no one knows exactly where they are now… Tepco has been developing robots [to] negotiate obstacles in damaged tunnels and piping to search for the melted fuel rods. - Reuters.

Five years on, melted fuel rods still spew radiation… - Reuters.

The melted nuclear fuel and the destroyed pressure vessel in the nuclear reactors 1 to 3 continue to be major problems… “So far, nobody knows what exactly happened in there and how to solve it,” [Heinz Smital, a nuclear physicist] told DW. “Until now, there is no solution to recover the melted fuel rods from the reactors.” - DW.

Today, the radiation at the Fukushima plant is still so powerful it is impossible to extract and remove deadly melted fuel rods… [Tepco is] grappling with the fact that they don’t have the technology to find missing melted fuel rods in three reactors at the plant. The rods melted through containment vessels in the reactors. - News Corp Australia.

[It's] the most daunting task the nuclear industry has ever faced: removing hundreds of tons of melted fuel from the plant’s stricken reactors… something no nuclear operator has ever attempted… Of greatest concern, though, is reactor 1, where the fuel may have burned through the pressure vessel, fallen to the bottom of the containment vessel and into the concrete pedestal below – perhaps even outside it – according to a report by the International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning… Masuda and Tepco engineers who spoke to the Guardian conceded that they still didn’t know where the fuel is located. “To be honest, we don’t know exactly where the fuel is”… Masuda said… “No one has ever done what we’re doing”… - Guardian.

March 11, 2016 (at 35:15 in):
  • Miles O’Brien, PBS correspondent: What about the melted fuel in the reactor cores? They aren’t even sure where it all is.
  • Lake Barrett, Tepco advisor: Is it in one big vertical lump on the floor underneath it? Or did it come down and flow like lava in a volcano and move out to the sides? We don’t know yet… Nothing of this magnitude [i.e. the attempt to remove Fukushima’s melted fuel] has ever been done by mankind…
- PBS Newshour.

We simply do not know where the core is or in what state it is… [The government and TEPCO] are convinced that the melted core fell through the bottom of the pressure vessel and now lie at the bottom of the containment vessel―basically piling up like nuggets of the melted core [See Lake Barrett's statement above]. There’s no way this would be the case. (Laughs)… It should have been scattered all over the place… Though the containment vessel is made of steel, if the melted core has come in contact with that steel, just as it ate through the floor of the pressure vessel, it could possibly have melted through the containment vessel… There are situations in which the containment vessel can suffer a melt-through. I think this likely has already happened. - Interview with nuclear engineer Hiroaki Koide.

Arctic char with Saprolegnia mold – Kivalina, Alaska – I have an interest in the health of the sea mammals because of the Fukushima disaster… even if the foods we eat from the ocean may not be affected, they do migrate through the bodies of water surrounding Alaska so we do have cause for concern… We have noticed baby seals washing ashore because they are too weak to swim for lengths of time. There are walruses that come to shore also from being so sick. My brother shot a walrus last summer that was so skinny, we were very alarmed at it’s condition. Baby walruses come ashore… alone. We do not know if they survive… Pt. Hope also reports very sick walruses summer time… [T]he most recent discovery was a rainbow trout brought to the city office… I’ve attached photos of the very sick fish… the bloody entrails were exiting out and it was also bleeding through the mouth. There were the beginnings of lesions on the skin… We are very much aware of the possibility of radiation from Fukushima affecting the ocean life but we realize there are other possibilities.

  • Local Environmental Observer (LEO): … LEO Network has received a number of reports this year about illness in fish, birds and sea mammals…
  • Dr. Jayde Ferguson, Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game: There appears to be Saprolegnia (a water mold) growing on the tail… The anal fin has a blistered appearance, possibly a proliferative growth such as a neoplasm or tumor that has formed an ulcer. A systemic infection (such as a bacterial infection in blood) may also be involved as there appears to be reddening in the head region…
- Janet Mitchell, City Administrator for Kivalina City Council, with Replogle Swan, Kivalina Search and Rescue.

PBS Newshour | Reuters  | PRI | KPBS

Compiled by: ENE News.


WORLD WAR Z: Plagues And Pestilences - Zika Virus Might Have Been In Brazil Longer Than Originally Thought!

March 27, 2016 - BRAZIL - While the Zika Virus outbreak has been raging across Central America, new studies suggest that the virus might have arrived in Brazil much earlier than previously thought: in 2013.

First detected in May 2015, experts believed that the virus might have arrived with an increase in travelers coming to the 2014 World Cup or Va’a World Sprint Championship, but in a study published in the journal Science, researchers now believe that it arrived some time between May and December 2013.

When the team looked at airline figures, they found that the virus’s introduction correlated with an uptick in passengers, leading them to believe that the current outbreak was the result of a single carrier.

Researchers looked at the virus genetics and mutation rates to determine the figure.
As part of ongoing surveillance by the Brazilian Ministry of Health, national laboratories, and other institutions, we used next generation sequencing to generate seven complete ZIKV coding region sequences from samples collected during the outbreak, including one from a deceased newborn with microcephaly and congenital malformations collected in Ceará and one from a fatal adult case with lupus and rheumatoid disease from Maranhão State.
Comparing the strains in Brazil to other known cases of Zika, the team believes that it shares a common ancestor with a strain found in French Polynesia in November 2013. Moreover, they found that this particular outbreak has more in common with other strains found in Asia, rather than those in Africa.

The worrisome takeaway from this is that the Zika virus has had years to circulate throughout Brazil and neighboring countries, and it did so undetected: this is important, because as we’ve seen in other major outbreaks - such as Ebola in 2014 - early detection is a critical factor in slowing or stopping an outbreak before it gets out of hand.

Since its introduction, nearly 30,000 cases of the virus has been reported in the country. It is believed to be the cause for an uptick in cases of microcephaly and congenital abnormalities in infants born to mothers with the disease. - Gizmodo.


SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS: "Outrageously Luminous" - Astronomers Discover Galaxies That Are So MIND-BLOWINGLY HUGE, They Break The Laws Of Physics; In Theory They Are "TOO BIG AND TOO BRIGHT" To Exist?!

Gravitational lensing causes things to look bigger in the universe. GETTY

March 27, 2016 - SPACE - Astronomers have discovered a set of galaxies which, in theory, are “too big and too bright” to exist. The galaxies in question are the most luminous to have ever been spotted.

Such is the brightness of the galaxies that the team from the University of Massachusetts have dubbed them ‘outrageously luminous’, as there is currently no scientific name to describe them.

The team, led by professor Yin Mun, have been using the 50-meter diameter Large Millimetre telescope in Mexico to scan the skies for new finds.

They are the first to make the discovery of the bright galaxies because no one else would have thought that they existed.

Yun said: “The galaxies we found were not predicted by theory to exist. They’re too big and too bright, so no one really looked for them before.”

A galaxy that has around one trillion solar luminosities is categorised as ‘ultra-luminous’, one with 10 trillion solar luminosities is described as ‘ hyper-luminous’, but Kevin Harrington, a member of the project, stated that anything in excess of this, “we don’t even have a name”.

It is believed that these galaxies formed around 10 billion years ago, which will help the team learn more about the Big Bang.

Researchers have discovered huge galaxies. GETTY


Yun added: “Knowing that they really do exist and how much they have grown in the first 4 billion years since the Big Bang helps us estimate how much material was there for them to work with.

“Their existence teaches us about the process of collecting matter and of galaxy formation.

“They suggest that this process is more complex than many people thought.”

However, the galaxies are not as big as their brightness would lead you to believe.

The 50-meter diameter Large Millimetre telescope. UMass Amherst • Smith College • James Lowenthal

The scientists claim that their luminosity stems from a phenomenon known as gravitational lensing which is where massive objects in the solar system magnifies light passing near to it due to its gravitational pull – this makes them look around 10 times brighter when viewed from Earth.

The gravitational lensing in this instance is caused by another galaxy which is also very rare, leading Mr Harrington to describe it as “another potentially important discovery”.

He added: “On top of that, finding lensed sources this bright is as rare as finding the hole in the needle in the haystack.” - Express.


TERMINATOR NOW: The Rise Of The Machines And A Post-Human Future - Drone Delivers Package To Residential Area For The First Time Ever!

After finishing with aerial photography, model airplane flying, and internet distribution, drone technology is getting closer to revolutionizing its next industry: package delivery.

March 27, 2016 - NEVADA, UNITED STATES - A drone has successfully delivered a package to a residential location in a small Nevada town in what its maker and the governor of the state said Friday was the first fully autonomous urban drone delivery in the U.S.

Flirtey CEO Matt Sweeney said the six-rotor drone flew about a half-mile along a pre-programmed delivery route on March 10 and lowered the package outside a vacant residence in an uninhabited area of Hawthorne, southeast of Reno.

The route was established using GPS. A pilot and visual observers were on standby during the flight but weren't needed, Sweeney said.

He said the package included bottled water, food and a first-aid kit.

"Conducting the first drone delivery in an urban setting is a major achievement, taking us closer to the day that drones make regular deliveries to your front doorstep," Sweeney said.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval congratulated the company "on successfully completing the nation's first fully autonomous urban package delivery."

"I am thrilled that Flirtey is not only testing its cutting-edge technology in Nevada, but also creating jobs through its headquarters relocation to Reno," Sandoval said in a statement.

NASA is working with the drone industry and the Federal Aviation Administration on a low-altitude air traffic control system to prevent crashes involving drones and other low-altitude aircraft.

Flirtey conducted the first FAA-approved, rural drone delivery in July to a rural health care clinic in Virginia.

On Friday, startup Flirtey successfully completed the first fully autonomous drone delivery in the United States. Its drone flew about a half mile to deliver a
small package to the doorstep of an uninhabited house in Nevada – one short flight for a drone, and one giant leap for drone delivery.

The Nevada delivery demonstrates that advanced drone systems allow aerial vehicles to safely navigate around buildings and deliver packages with precision within a populated area, Sweeney said.

The company recently moved its headquarters from Australia to Nevada. It said the recent delivery was filmed for an upcoming ABC-TV documentary.

Hawthorne, a town of about 3,000 residents, is the home of the Hawthorne Army Depot.

Flirtey has been conducting research and development through a partnership with the Nevada Advanced Autonomous Systems Innovation Center at the University of Nevada, Reno. Nevada is one of six states the FAA has designated as unmanned aircraft systems test sites.

"This was by far one of the most successful (unmanned aircraft systems) operations we ran and represents an advanced level of test and development ... by Flirtey," said Chris Walach, director of operations for the FAA-designated Nevada site. - AP.

MONUMENTAL DELUGE: The Latest Reports Of High Tides, Heavy Rainfall, Flash Floods, Sea Level Rise, Widespread Flooding, And Catastrophic Storms - Floods, Hail And Landslides Leave 5 Dead, 17,000 Evacuated And 1,100 Homes Destroyed In China; Hundreds Evacuated After Flooding Hits New Zealand's West Coast, 350mm Of Rainfall In Just 24 Hours; 2 Weeks Of Heavy Rain And Floods In Pakistan, Officials Say More Than 100 People Killed; 400 Families Displaced By Floods In Santiago del Estero, Argentina! [PHOTOS + VIDEO]

Orange alert of flood issued in SE China's Jiangxi on Mar. 21, causing landslides and 9 rivers to flood over banks
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March 20, 2016 - EARTH - The following list constitutes the latest reports of high tides, heavy rainfall, flash floods, widespread flooding, sea level rise and catastrophic storms.

Floods, Hail and Landslides Leave 5 Dead, 17,000 Evacuated and 1,100 Homes Destroyed in China

Severe weather that began on 19 March has caused floods and landslides in several provinces in south west and south east China.

China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs says that the provinces of Jiangxi, Hunan, Guangdong, Guangxi and Guizhou are worst hit. At least 5 people have died and 17,000 evacuated. Authorities say that 1,100 homes have been destroyed and 72,000 damaged. As many as 88.1 million people have been affected.

In Jiangxi, 3,200 have been evacuated. One person was reported killed in a landslide. Over 5,000 have been evacuated in Hunan province, and 8,300 in Guangdong, where four people were killed when a building collapsed. In Guangxi, 57,000 houses have been damaged in the severe weather.


Between 20 and 21 March 2016, Heyuan, Guangdong recorded 103 mm of rain in 24 hours. Later, between 22 and 23 March, Zhangping, Fujian recorded 91 mm in 24 hours and Ganzhou, Jiangxi 76 mm.


China Meteorological Administration (CMA) say that further heavy rain is likely in some areas of Guangdong, the southern coast of Guangxi, southern Fujian, northern Taiwan, and eastern Yunnan. Some areas could see hourly rainfall between 20 and 40 mm.

CMA say that the recent heavy rain marks an early start to the “flood season” in South China, coming about 2 weeks ahead of time.

Hundreds Evacuated After Flooding Hits New Zealand's West Coast – 350mm of Rain in 24 Hours

Flood waters flowing through the Scenic Circle hotel at Franz Josef Glacier.
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A day of wild weather caused several rivers to overflow in parts of New Zealand’s South Island. Some areas saw over 350 mm of rain in 24 hours. Strong winds brought down trees and power cables.

Around 200 people, many of them tourists, have been evacuated after the Waiho River flooded the town of Franz Josef in Westland district. Several people were evacuated from their homes in Riwaka township in Tasman District after the Riwaka River overflowed.

Tasman District

Nelson and Tasman civil defence officials say that the Riwaka, Takaka and Aorere rivers have overflowed after torrential rainfall in catchment areas.

The worst affected area is the township of Riwaka, flooded by the river of the same name. Local officials estimate that the flow of the river reached around 200 cubic metres per second. In a statement earlier today, Nelson and Tasman civil defence said:

“This flood flow in the Riwaka River would be the second highest since records began in 1982 (210 cumecs was recorded in July 1983), and corresponds to approximately a 1 in 50 year flood event”.

Flooding, fallen trees and landslides in Tasman District have caused over a dozen road closures. A relief centre has been set up at the Motueka Recreation Centre for those displaced.

This is the second time the area has seen severe flooding and torrential rain since early February. Parts of Nelson city and Tasman district were drenched on 17 February this year, with some areas recording over half a metre of rain in 2 days. Between 17 and 18 February, 528 mm of rain was recorded at the Paradise rain gauge in the hills behind Takaka

Franz Josef, Westland District

Late on Wednesday 23 March, 2016, the Waiho River breached its bank. A state of local emergency was declared for Franz Josef in the early hours 24 March 2016 as a result. Westland Civil Defence has issued a boil water notice for the whole of the Franz Josef town water supply area.

Some people in the area have been evacuated as a precaution, with up to 180 people being temporarily displaced. A Red Cross Welfare Centre has been set up in Franz Josef.

Westand Civil Defence said:

“The Wahio River water quickly flooded land around the Mueller Wing of Scenic Circle hotel causing the immediate initial evacuation of 70 people (60 staff and 10 tourists). The water then reached the Top 10 Holiday Park, with 100 tourists being evacuated. At Westwood Lodge 16 were evacuated. Some evacuated people self-drove north out of the flood zone”.


Local civil defence officials say that “over the 24 hours from 9am yesterday 250 to 350mm of rainfall fell across the northwest ranges and Kahurangi National Park area, and 150 to 200mm about the Richmond Ranges”.

At least 5 locations in the area recorded over 250 mm of rainfall in 24 hours between 23 and 24 February. As with the mid February floods, the rain gauge at Paradise recorded the highest levels, with 376 mm falling in 24 hours. Collingwood recorded 298 mm, Harwoods 267 mm, Canaan 336 mm and Takaka Hill 254 mm.

2 Weeks of Heavy Rain and Floods in Pakistan – Officials Say More Than 100 Killed

Flood rescue by Pakistan Army. Photo: Pakistan Army

Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) report that heavy rain and floods have left at least 121 people dead, 127 injured and 857 buildings damaged since 09 March 2016. Many of the victims died when their houses collapsed in floods or landslides.

During a 24 hour period between 12 and 13 March, 56 mm of rain was recorded in Dir, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, and 54 mm in Muree, Punjab. Muree was hit by further heavy a few days later, with 51 mm falling in 24 hours between 16 and 17 March. Kakul, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa recorded 57 mm of rain during the same period.

The rain has been falling steadily since 11 March in many of the affected areas, and accumulated totals have already exceeded amounts normally expected for the whole of March in over 60 locations, according to Pakistan’s Meteorological Department (PMD).

Image and data: National Disaster Management Authority, Pakistan

PMD say that Rawalakot in Poonch, Kashmir, has recorded 349.5 mm of rain between 12 March and 19 March 2016. Malam Jabba in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa saw 298 mm of rain between 11 March to 19 March. Dir in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has recorded 261 mm of rain so far this month.

Deaths and Damage in 6 Provinces

Damage and deaths have been reported in several provinces. The administrative division of Azad Jammu and Kashmir suffered some of the worst damage to buildings. NDMA report that 602 houses have been damaged there. Poorly-built homes, particularly in rural areas, are susceptible to collapse during heavy spring rains.

The deaths occurred in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (38, including 7 in Orakzai), Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (36), Balochistan (19) Punjab (14), Azad Jammu and Kashmir (13) and Gilgit-Baltistan (1).

Warnings of Further Heavy Rain

Pakistan’s Meteorological Department (PMD) issued a warning yesterday for further heavy rain for later this week as a result of a “fresh westerly weather system”.

In a statement, PMD said:

Scattered rain-thundershowers are expected in Balochistan on Thursday and Friday.
Widespread rain-thundershower (with isolated heavy falls) is expected in Federally Administered Tribal Areas Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Azad Jammu and Kashmir from Thursday 24 March to Saturday 26 March

PMD added “During rains, there will be high risk of land sliding in the vulnerable areas of Malakand, Hazara divisions and Kashmir on Friday and Saturday”.

400 Families Displaced by Floods in Santiago del Estero, Argentina

As many as 400 families have been forced to leave their homes after flooding in the province of Santiago del Estero in northern Argentina.

In the north of the province, the water level in the Río Hondo Reservoir rose significantly due to intense rainfall that occurred during the first days of March 2016 in the upstream province of Tucumán.

Authorities opened reservoir outlets to avoid the dam from overtopping and to prevent any subsequent damage to the city of Termas de Río Hondo, located immediately downstream of the dam.

Up to 800 cubic metres of water per second were released from the spillway of the dam and into the Dulce River. The flow continued its route along the Dulce River, causing floods in the southern departments of Mitra, Salavina and Aguirre in Santiago del Estero province.

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Floods in Santiago del Estero. Photo: Gobierno de la Provincia de Santiago del Estero

Relief supplies brought in by helicopter for flood victims. Photo: Gobierno de la Provincia de Santiago del Estero

Relief supplies brought in by helicopter for flood victims. Photo: Gobierno de la Provincia de Santiago del Estero

Several houses, most of them constructed in flood-prone areas along the river banks, were affected by the flood event. As many as 400 families were forced to leave their homes, although others refused to leave their homes, fearing thieves would take their possessions. Wide areas of farmland also suffered significant damage. Supplies and medical care have been provided by the provincial government.

In the Salavina department, the Útis River, a non-constant stream formed as a result of increased level in the Dulce River, also overflowed, causing damage to crops and livestock in the area.

News agency Telam report that the areas worst affected are Lote 24, El Albardón, Loma Blanca, Estelita, Domingo de Ramos, Pampa Atun, Puesto Las Abras, Tramo 40, Álvarez Gallo, San Nicolás, La Capilla, El Porrón and Fuerte Esperanzaco.

According to the civil defence authorities of the province, the situation is expected to improve now that the rainfall in the northern regions has eased. Subsequently, discharge from the Río Hondo Dam outlets has also decreased, and as of 14 March 2016, flow was down to 200 cubic metres per second.

- Floodlist.

FIRE IN THE SKY: Bright Green Meteor-Fireball Seen Over The Netherlands - Explodes After Multiple-Step Disintegration! [VIDEO]

File photo.

March 27, 2016 - NETHERLANDS - A bright green fireball was reported across the Netherlands on March 26, 2016, shortly after midnight.

The burning meteor exploded after multiple-step disintegration.

The fireball was also witnessed in Belgium and the United Kingdom.


The bright meteor lasted about two seconds and ended in green / blue light. Apparently the fireball disintegrated into multiple fragments.

Some even reported a sound.

WATCH: Fireball over the Netherlands.

A fireball is actually a meteor brighter than the planet Venus (-4m). - Strange Sounds.


ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: Migratory Patterns And Disaster Precursors - Killer Whale Calf Found Dead Near Sooke Point, Canada?!

A dead killer whale calf floats in the water near Sooke, B.C. © Department of Fisheries and Oceans / Paul Cottrell

March 27, 2016 - CANADA - A killer whale calf has been found dead near Sooke, B.C., says the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

DFO spokesperson Paul Cottrell said the carcass was spotted earlier this week near Sooke Point but was only located today. The southern resident population of about 85 killer whales has seen a baby boom in recent years, with nine orcas being born since December 2014.

One calf from J-pod went missing in February and is presumed dead. Researchers are still working to determine which pod the orca found Friday was from.

"We have taken photographs of the dorsal fin and sent that to experts as well to see if they can determine where it's from because they're quite a catalogue of all the new calves we have around," said Cottrell, Marine Mammals Coordinator for the DFO.

He described the animal as a young female that was just over two metres in length.

'Picky eaters'

Chinook salmon are a staple in this population's diet according to researchers.

"In a good salmon year there's plenty to eat. In a poor salmon year they're on the edge," Lance Barrett-Lennard, a marine mammal specialist with the Vancouver Aquarium told CBC last year.

Despite the recent births, the population is still at risk, he said.

"We think part of the reason that reproduction is so low is because of food supply and fluctuations in food supply."

Scientists say the mortality rate for newborn killer whales is high, with up to half failing to survive their first year.

A necropsy was scheduled for Friday afternoon to determine the cause of death. - CBC.