Saturday, April 2, 2016

EXTREME WEATHER: Raise The Roof - Storm Tearing Top Off Building In Harbin, China Caught On Video; 3 People Killed!

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April 2, 2016 - HARBIN, CHINA - Shocking video footage has emerged of an entire roof getting blown off an apartment block in the Chinese city of Harbin during a storm.

Gale-force winds hit the city on Friday, resulting in a number of residential buildings, billboards, and power lines being damaged.





As the roof falls to the ground, flashes of light can be seen as it crashes through power cables, causing a number of cars to catch fire while others were flattened.


WATCH: Strong wind blows off building roof.




Video recorded by locals in the area also shows a prefabricated building being blown over and its interior falling apart.

Three people died in storm related accidents, CCTV reported.




WATCH: Storm blow roof and houses in China.




- RT.




OMEN: Plagues & Pestilences - Piglet Born With 8 Trotters Followed By Another With 2 Mouths In Argentina?! [PHOTOS]

The 'spider-pig' died shortly after birth. CEN

April 2, 2016 - ARGENTINA - A real life 'spider pig ' has been born - with eight trotters.

Amazingly the same sow also gave birth to another piglet with two mouths.

The unusual animals were born in El Galpon, in the north-west Argentine province of Salta.

Farmer Santiago Valdez said he was astonished when the sow delivered the eight-hooved piglet, dubbed "spider-pig," after its namesake in The Simpsons movie.

Sadly, the piglet did not survive for long, and died shortly after birth.

The farmer was even more shocked when the second pig was born with two mouths, although that had to be put down as it was unable to feed itself.

Mr Valdez snapped a few pictures of the spider-pig before it died, and shared them to social media where they quickly went viral.

He said: "I have no idea why it happened. I was surprised that nobody had asked for it, to carry out investigations.


One piglet was born with two mouths. CEN

Pictures of the piglet went viral after being shared on social media. CEN



"But nobody asked for it, so I just threw it away."

He added that he had not noticed any abnormality in the sow that was giving birth, although she had begun to produce less piglets.

The deformed animal is just one in a series of abnormal animal births registered in rural Argentina.

In November 2015 a piglet with two bodies and one head was born in the north-eastern province of Entre Rios.

A calf born with two heads and six legs, and a chick with four legs were also born in rural Argentina in the same week.

Animal rights activists believe the birth defects may be down to industrial chemicals that the farmers are said to have used on their land, or could be the side-effect of intensive farming techniques. - Mirror.







ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: Disaster Precursors - Over 20 People Stung By Thousands Of Africanized Bees Outside Muslim Community Mosque In Phoenix, Arizona?! [VIDEO]

Parts of 32nd St. blocked off after multiple people stung by bees at community Mosque.
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April 2, 2016 - ARIZONA, UNITED STATES - More than 20 people were stung by bees in an attack outside a Phoenix mosque Friday afternoon, fire officials confirmed.

Phoenix Fire Department officials say more than 20 people complained of getting stung by multiple bees at the Muslim Community Mosque near 32nd Street and McDowell Road.

One 24-year-old man was taken to a hospital for treatment, police say. Everyone is in stable condition.Fire crews sprayed the building with foam during the incident. Several people were removed from the building via an ambulance.

Air15 also captured a hive sprayed by crews near 12th Avenue and Buckeye. Video showed bees still flying in the area after the hive had been foamed. No injuries have been reported in that incident.





“I don't know, it was just crazy how everyone was running everywhere,” said John Chavarria, who witnessed the attack.

Chavarria watched the chaos unfold from his house, as people were running for cover.

“They were making all the movements and people would fall in the grass and then just keep running,” said Chavarria. “I can’t believe they had the whole street blocked off for the bees.”





The fire department quickly hosed down the area and told people to stay in their houses.

“I wonder how long that beehive has been there,” said Graciela Flores who lives right next door.


WATCH: Thousands of bees attack people at mosque.




Flores said she is relieved she and her family were not home at the time.

“It wasn't me, but I feel for the people who got stung,” said Flores. “It was a very scary situation.” - ABC15.






SOLAR WATCH: Holes In The Sun Are Threatening To Throw Birds, GPS Off Course - Solar Wind Arrives Saturday, Touching Off Geomagnetic Storms, Events Could Show Off Northern Lights In New York!

Solar wind flowing from the indicated coronal hole should reach Earth on April 4-5. Credit: SDO/AIA.

April 2, 2016 - SPACE - A G1-class geomagnetic storm is in progress on April 2nd as Earth enters a stream of fast-moving solar wind. Magnetic fields in the stream have a "negative polarity." This means they can easily link to Earth's magnetic field, opening a crack in our planet's defenses against solar wind.

High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras after nightfall.

Birds flying north for the spring and humans relying on global positioning satellites to navigate could get a little lost this weekend.

Three coronal holes spread across the sun are pointing at the Earth. As a result, a minor geomagnetic storm alert has been issued for Saturday by the U.S. Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colorado, and the Space Weather Operations Centre of the U.K. Met Office in Exeter.

“Early on Day 3 (2nd April), a high-speed stream from coronal hole 67 is expected to reach Earth,” said the Met Office.


Credit: SDO/AIA.
Forecasters in the U.S. and U.K. predict this could confuse migrating birds and other animals, cause minor problems with satellites and make an aurora visible as far south as Maine and Michigan.

The storms could rise to G2 level on a five-step scale, which would mean the Northern Lights might be seen in New York and some electrical transformers could be damaged.





Magnetic Lines


Viewed through X-ray telescopes, coronal holes can appear to be vast, dark, blank spaces in sun’s swirling atmosphere. They are the places where the sun’s magnetic lines don’t return to the surface.

How does that work?


As the sunspot number continues to plummet, the face of the sun is increasingly blank. Today, only one sunspot punctuates the solar disk,
circled in this April 1st image from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.

Touch your fingertips together and they form an arc -- this is what the magnetic lines do on the sun.

Now spread your fingers outward so they aren’t touching and are pointing away from you.

This is what happens with the magnetic lines on the sun when a coronal hole opens.

The solar wind, a stream of charged particles flowing away from the sun, bursts out with greater velocity from the coronal holes.






When the holes point at the Earth, the planet is caught in even stronger winds and the chances of geomagnetic storms increase.

So, if you run into a lost bird Saturday, help the little fellow on his way. That is, if you know where you are yourself. - Bloomberg | Space Weather.




MONUMENTAL SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS: "Very Strange" - White Dwarf Star With 99.9% Oxygen Atmosphere Puzzles Scientists?!


April 2, 2016 - SPACE - A white dwarf discovered in the constellation of Draco is unique in having an atmosphere dominated by oxygen rather than hydrogen and helium, astronomers reported. The scientists are not sure how this could have happened.

“We only found one, so it is a rare event,” Kepler de Souza Oliveira Filho, an astronomer at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil, told science.com.

Kepler and other authors of a paper about the unusual star, which was published on April 1 in the magazine Science, combed through data collected by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS).A white dwarf is what is left behind by almost any star but the heaviest ones, when it sheds off its outer layers and leaves only the exposed core. Heavier elements like oxygen or carbon sink to the core’s center while the remaining lighter hydrogen and helium floats on the surface. This is for some reason not what happened to the star described in the study.

Located about 1,200 light-years away, its surface is 99.9 percent pure oxygen – a record for oxygen richness – with neon and magnesium coming as distant second and third. The composition of elements is what would be expected to be inside the core of a star with a mass between six and 10 times that of the sun.

But such a star would leave behind a white dwarf about as heavy as the sun, while the newly-discovered dwarf is about 60 percent as heavy. And a star corresponding to the size of the freak dwarf would not have been big enough to fuse its fuel into oxygen.

“You have to wonder where this oxygen even came from," said Kepler.

The scientists consider several theories of how the misfit, which they dubbed Dox, could come into existence. One is that it’s part of a binary system and that its companion had siphoned lighter elements off. Another is that the interaction went the other direction and Dox siphoned matter from its companion and it triggered a thermonuclear explosion, which expelled the outer layers of the dwarf.

“That’s very strange,” said Patrick Dufour, an astrophysicist at the University of Montreal. “It could work, but I doubt it would leave a low-mass white dwarf.”

“There are lots of open questions before we can say that this changes our view of white dwarf evolution,” Dufour added. “This white dwarf might only be a freak… Although often in science, it’s the exception that makes you understand a great deal later on.” - RT.






PLAGUES & PESTILENCES: The Ebola Virus - As Ebola Flares Up, Guinea Plans To Vaccinate Contacts Of Survivors!

Healthcare workers prepare to remove the body of a man suspected of carrying Ebola in Monrovia, Liberia, July 17, 2015. REUTERS/James Giahyue

April 1, 2016 - GUINEA - Guinea will soon vaccinate people who have come into contact with more than 500 men who have recovered from Ebola, a senior health official said, the first time it has vaccinated the contacts of survivors.

The decision reflects research that indicates Ebola can remain in the bodily fluids of survivors for months. The contacts will include but will not be limited to sexual partners, said Fode Tass Sylla, the spokesman for the West African nation's centre for the fight against Ebola.

"We know the virus can stay in the sperm of a healed patient for a certain period of time," Sylla said. "That's why we want to vaccinate the circles of 501 men, to avoid all risk of spreading the disease."

The vaccinations will begin in the next few days, Sylla said. The centre also plans an awareness campaign to warn mothers who have recovered from the virus against breastfeeding their newborns, he said.

One of three countries at the epicentre of the world's worst recorded Ebola outbreak, along with Liberia and Sierra Leone, Guinea was declared free of active transmissions of the virus in December 2015. But it announced eight new cases last month.

There are 10,000 survivors of the deadly hemorrhagic fever in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to the World Health Organisation.


A billboard with a message about Ebola is seen on a street in Conakry, Guinea in this October 26, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Michelle Nichols

The WHO said 800 possible contacts of people suffering from Ebola had been vaccinated against the virus in the so-called "ring vaccination" method. That means swiftly vaccinating anyone who has come into contact with an Ebola sufferer and contacts of theirs. More than 1,000 people were under observation.

Liberia, which has declared the outbreak over three times, closed its border with Guinea after its neighbour announced its fresh cases.

Liberia announced a new Ebola case, a 30-year-old woman who died en route to the hospital, on Friday. On Saturday, the ministry of health said she had traveled to Guinea, where it believed she had contracted the disease.

"The woman travelled to Guinea and must have contracted the virus from there," said Sorbor George, the spokesman at the ministry of health.

Four other relatives of the victim, including her seven-year-old daughter, have been identified as "high-risk" and are being monitored in an Ebola treatment center, George said.

Another 46 contacts are being monitored. Ten healthcare workers at the clinic where the patient had first sought treatment have also been placed under voluntary precautionary observation.

The World Health Organisation announced earlier this week that Ebola was no longer considered to be a public health emergency. - Yahoo.



Tracking the EBOLA Virus Outbreak


 

DELUGE: Widespread Flooding Hits Nairobi, Kenya - After 96mm Of Rainfall In Just 6 Hours! [PHOTOS + VIDEO]

Floods in South C, Nairobi, Kenya, April 2016. Photo: Kenyan Traffic

April 2, 2016 - KENYA - Residents of Nairobi, Kenya, woke up to flooded streets and blocked roads as a result of heavy rain that the city received for the better part of last night. The worst hit areas of the city include South C and Mbagathi.

The flooding came after a long dry period that has characterized the weather conditions of the city and the country at large over the last 3 months.

As much as 96mm of rain was recorded in 6 hours
at the Dagoretti Meteorological station which is at the Meteorological headquarters in the city.


Floods in South C, Nairobi, Kenya, April 2016. Photo: Kenyan Traffic

Floods in South C, Nairobi, Kenya, April 2016. Photo: Kenyan Traffic


Mbagathi

In Mbagathi, the river of the same name had overflowed, pushing water to the roads and blocking normal operation of the traffic activities. Entrepreneurial young men earned money by carrying pedestrians across flooded areas. Scenes became more unusual when foam from the river spilled over onto nearby streets, much to the puzzlement of passers-by.


Social Media - Foam from the Mbagathi River










South C

In South C, damage to property and cars was reported. Residents of the area blamed the ongoing construction work of the southern bypass road. Debris from the construction work is said to have blocked water channels and reduced drainage.


WATCH: Families left homeless after heavy rains hit parts of Nairobi.





- Floodlist.






MASS ANIMAL DIE-OFFS: Migratory Patterns And Disaster Precursors - 8 Baby Dolphins Die In A Week In Pass Christian, Mississippi?!

The number of dead dolphins found in 2016 is at 36.
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April 2, 2016 - MISSISSIPPI, UNITED STATES - The body of an infant dolphin was discovered along the shoreline in Pass Christian Wednesday, marking the eighth baby mammal to wash ashore in the past week.

According to the director of the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies, Dr. Moby Solangi, the number of infant dolphin standings in 2016 is "more than all of the last two years." Solangi says that in 2015, 35 dead dolphin were found along the Mississippi Coast. Just two days before April in 2016, that number stands at 46.

"The dolphins are on top of the food chains and serve as a biological indicator of the environment. They are the canary in the mine. So whatever happens to them, will ultimately happen to us, so it's very important for us to find out what's going on with these marine mammals," said Solangi.

The number of dolphin deaths are on pace to eclipse 2010, the year of the Gulf Oil spill when 65 dolphin died in Mississippi waters.

Solangi points to the Red Tide algal bloom in the Gulf last fall as a likely factor in the deaths of the infant dolphin.

"Red tide enters food chain and slowly effects the larger animals. One of the effects of red tide is it causes mother to abort or deliver early," Solangi said.

Dolphin have a 11 to 12 month gestation period. Those that became pregnant last spring are delivering now, according to Solangi. The latest dead baby dolphin was found South of Clarence Avenue in Pass Christian.

IMMS sends tissue samples and other information to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for analysis. Residents who find a dolphin in distress or deceased, should report it to IMMS at 1-888-DOLPHIN. - WDAM.







WAR DRUMS: Tensions Escalating On The Korean Peninsula - North Korea Tests New Missile While Washington Nuclear Summit On!


April 2, 2016 - NORTH KOREA - North Korea has upped its testing activities in recent weeks, with the latest test being carried out on an anti-aircraft weapon.

Leader Kim Jong-un personally visited the site, calling the test another demonstration of the country’s military prowess.

KCNA reported this latest test on Saturday, as Pyongyang continues to expand its ballistic and other capabilities amid growing unease from its neighbors it threats to destroy.

The latest test took place just as Washington was in the midst of a security summit where North Korea was one of the main topics.

A tit-for-tat game usually involving military drills between the US and its regional allies have normally been responded to with threats and new tests by Pyongyang in recent years.

Kim slammed President Barack Obama’s summit with Japan and South Korea as “nonsensical,” adding that the pressure the West has been exercising is in violation of its right to “legitimate access to nuclear weapons.”

The US leader also met with China’s Xi Jinping – North Korea’s closest partner in a sea of rivals.

The April 2 test of the new anti-aircraft rocket system saw mock targets being hit. North Korean media said: “The test verified that the feasibility of the new type AA guided weapons system is perfect in light of the latest military sci-tech requirements.”

Kim expressed “great satisfaction over the successful test, terming the success another striking demonstration of the validity of the Party’s policy of attaching importance to the science and technology of national defense and the rapidly growing defense capability of the DPRK.”

The country continues to face ever more stringent UN sanctions for its ballistic tests, which it is already banned from carrying out. - RT.




ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: Disaster Precursors - Woman Mauled, Killed By OWN DOG In Leesburg, Florida?! [VIDEO]


April 2, 2016 - FLORIDA, UNITED STATES - Police responded Thursday to a Florida home where officials believe a woman was mauled and killed by her dog.

Lake County emergency medical services and Leesburg Fire Rescue requested police assistance on a medical call. Medical first responders entered the back of the home where Sonda Tyson, 66, was found dead, according to a release.

A person called 911 from the home and reported the victim was bleeding everywhere, had bite marks on her arms and the caller could see Tyson's bones.

Officials said they discovered a brindle pit bull mix, weighing about 100 pounds and covered in blood inside the home.
They believe it is likely the reason for the victim's injuries.


WATCH: Police - Leesburg woman mauled by own dog.




Officials said they attempted to barricade the dog from the victim and left the residence, but the dog would not let medical personnel back inside the home.

Police determined the dog attacked and killed the woman.

"It's the first time in my 21 years here in Leesburg that I'm aware of an owner being mauled to death by their own pet," Joe Iozzi, of the Leesburg Police Department, said.

The dog was not secure and was killed to prevent it from escaping into the surrounding neighborhood and to allow medical personnel to enter the home.

Investigators said Tyson was the owner of the dog and had it since it was a puppy. They have not determined the reason the dog attacked her.

The medical examiner said the cause of Tyson's death was blood loss resulting from the mauling.

"(Tyson had) multiple bites all over (her) body. Some would be deemed to be defensive wounds and others postmortem wounds," Iozzi said.

No other people were found inside the home.

Police said animal control had been to the home before, but they aren't sure if it was related to the dog from this incident. - Palm Beach Post.





FIRE IN THE SKY: "As Bright As The Sun" - White Meteor-Fireball Spotted Over British Columbia And Washington State!

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April 2, 2016 - NORTH AMERICA - A bright, white meteor-fireball was spotted over British Columbia and Washington State on April 1, 2016. Here are some of the initial eye-witness reports:

Kachur - Surrey, BC. 21:10pm. Lasted for 3 seconds. Was facing south came down from the left to right. No sound, extremely bright white, with red flames as it burnt. It seemed bright as the sun for a split second, then turned white/blue color then red ball. It was close like over White Rock area. No photo.

Andrew Port - Coquitlam BC, Canada. 21:00pm. Lasted for 10 seconds? Still burning when it left my view. Was moving from northeast to southwest. There was a white/yellow flame bang that followed 30 seconds or so later. It was very bright and low and burning like a giant rocket.

Julia Coates - Marysville WA USA. 20:50pm. Lasted for 3 seconds. Was moving east/west. It changed from white to blue to red. Was brighter than the moon but not as bright as the sun. It was the first fireball I have ever seen. It was so beautiful.

Ian Pocock - Chemainus, BC, Canada. 20:45pm. Lasted for about 2 seconds. Start southeast and faded from view south-southeast. There was a pale flare,followed by brief green color. No sound was heard. It was about three times brighter than planet Venus. The brief flare continued as it the atmosphere. It was very interesting.
Sherri Osoyoos - BC. Close to 20:40pm. Last for about four seconds. Was moving southeast to northwest. It was a very fast and white fireball. Just noticed a very bright big ball of white flying over the sky, it didn't seem too high up.


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- Lunar Meteorite Hunters.