Tuesday, April 12, 2016

GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVALS: Sinkholes Keep Popping Up Across The United States - Massive Sinkhole Swallows Up Front Yard In Des Moines, Iowa!

April 12, 2016 - IOWA, UNITED STATES - A sinkhole appeared overnight in the front yard of a south side Des Moines home and it keeps growing.

The homeowner at 4103 SW 5th Street was awakened by neighbors who noticed the sinkhole around 12:30 a.m.

Tuesday when it began swallowing a hedge.

By 7:00 a.m. the hole had expanded dramatically, even sucking down a tree.

Officials say it is about 40 feet deep and still expanding.

The area around the sinkhole has been cordoned off.

Southwest 5th Street has been blocked off in the area.

WATCH: Sinkhole swallows tree, continuing to expand in front yard.

- WHO.


EXTREME WEATHER: More Signs Of Increasing Magnetic Polar Migration - Lightning Bolt Kills 12 Sheep In Saudi Arabia!

April 12, 2016 - SAUDI ARABIA - Lightning killed 12 sheep in Saudi Arabia following a thunderstorm that hit various parts of the Gulf Kingdom this week, a newspaper reported on Wednesday.

The 12 sheep were in their farm in the Southern Saudi town of Bisha when they were struck by the bolt on Tuesday, Sabq Arabic language daily said.

"All the sheep were charred to death after the barn was struck by lightning in the farm," the paper said. - Emirates 24/7.

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Increased Activity At Guatemala's Fuego Volcano - Loud Eruption Heard Over 15km, Rocking Roof And Windows Of Houses; Sends Column Of Ash And Gas 4km In The Air! [VIDEOS]

Fuego volcano explosion observed from Acatenango.
© Clima Guatemala / Twitter

April 12, 2016 - GUATEMALA - The volcanic activity of the Fuego volcano is increasing in Guatemala.

The last loud eruption on April 12, 2016 was heard over an area of 15km, rocked the roof and windows of houses located 15 km from the volcanic peak and sent a column of ash and gases 4km in the air.

It's not only the Santa Maria volcano, but also the Fuego volcano that shows an enhanced explosive activity in Guatemala these days .

According to Insivumeh, the National Institute for Seismology, Vulcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology of Guatemala, the Fuego volcano heavily exploded four to 6 times on April 12, 2016 sending a column of ash 4800 meters above sea level.

WATCH: Here a timelapse video showing the explosions.

The explosion were accompanied by moderate to strong rumblings as well as ash falls in Panimache, Morelia, Sangre de Cristo, Santa Sofía, Chimaltenango.

Lava was ejected up to 200 m above the crater.

The eruptions produced a roaring noise similar to a jet engine that lasted 2 to 5 minutes and was heard over a broad radius of 30 km.

 WATCH: Here another video captured by a camera located at La Reunion Golf Resort, Guatemala about 7 km southeast of the summit of Fuego.

The resulting shock waves rocked the roof and windows of houses
located 15 km from the volcanic peak.

This enhanced activity at Fuego is disturbing the local population.

Seismometers show that the magma is rising inside the crater, which may cause a major eruption in the next few days.

WATCH: And this major eruption could look like this one in January 2016 - Fiery and furious! .

BOLETÍN VULCANOLÓGICO DIARIO Guatemala, martes 12 de abril 2016 Hora local: 07:00 am

- Strange Sounds.

THE WAR ON MOTHER NATURE: The BP Oil Spill Disaster - Petroleum Products From The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Linked To Deaths Of Newborn Dolphins!

Researchers investigated the deaths of perinatal dolphins, like this one, found in regions affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.© Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

April 12, 2016 - GULF OF MEXICO - Scientists have finalized a four-year study of newborn and fetal dolphins found stranded on beaches in the northern Gulf of Mexico between 2010 and 2013. Their study, reported in the journal Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, identified substantial differences between fetal and newborn dolphins found stranded inside and outside the areas affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

The study team evaluated 69 perinatal common bottlenose dolphins in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi, the areas most affected by the spill, and 26 others found in areas unaffected by the spill. The work was conducted as part of an effort to investigate an "unusual mortality event" in the Gulf primarily involving bottlenose dolphins, beginning in early 2010 and continuing into 2014.

Scientists saw higher numbers of stranded perinatal dolphins in the spill zone in 2011 than in other years, particularly in Mississippi and Alabama, the researchers report. The young dolphins, which died in the womb or shortly after birth, "were significantly smaller than those that stranded during previous years and in other geographic locations," they wrote.

Bottlenose dolphin gestation takes about 380 days, so perinatal dolphins that died in the early months of 2011 could have been exposed in the womb to petroleum products released the previous year, said University of Illinois veterinary diagnostic laboratory professor Kathleen Colegrove, who led the study. Colegrove works in the Chicago-based Zoological Pathology Program at the U. of I.

"Dolphin dams losing fetuses in 2011 would have been in the earlier stages of pregnancy in 2010 during the oil spill," she said.

The researchers report that 88 percent of the perinatal dolphins found in the spill zone had lung abnormalities, including partially or completely collapsed lungs. That and their small size suggest that they died in the womb or very soon after birth—before their lungs had a chance to fully inflate. Only 15 percent of those found in areas unaffected by the spill had this lung abnormality, the researchers said.

The team also found that the spill-zone dolphins were "particularly susceptible to late-term pregnancy failures, signs of fetal distress and development of in utero infections including brucellosis," a bacterial infection that can affect the brain, lungs, bones and reproductive function. Extensive testing found no evidence that an unusual or highly pathogenic Brucella strain was involved.

"These findings support that pregnant dolphins experienced significant health abnormalities that contributed to increased fetal deaths or deaths of dolphin neonates shortly after birth," Colegrove said.

A previous study by many of the same researchers revealed that nonperinatal bottlenose dolphins stranded in the spill zone after the spill were much more likely than other stranded dolphins to have severe lung and adrenal gland damage "consistent with petroleum product exposure."

"These diseases in pregnant dolphins likely led to reproductive losses," Colegrove said.

"Our new findings add to the mounting evidence from peer-reviewed studies that exposure to petroleum compounds following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill negatively impacted the reproductive health of dolphin populations living in the oil spill footprint in the northern Gulf of Mexico," said Dr. Teri Rowles, a veterinarian with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program and a co-author on the study.

More information: KM Colegrove et al. Fetal distress and in utero pneumonia in perinatal dolphins during the Northern Gulf of Mexico unusual mortality event, Diseases of Aquatic Organisms (2016). DOI: 10.3354/dao02969



EXTREME WEATHER: Hailstones The Size Of BASEBALLS Pound Texas - Smashing Windows, Cars And Buildings! [PHOTOS + VIDEOS]

Nightmare: Adrian Correa pictured with his semi-collapsed car. His eight-month-old girl was in the car when hail
sent glass flying into the back seat, leaving her with scratches, as they drove near Wylie, he told WFAA

April 12, 2016 - TEXAS, UNITED STATES - Baseball-sized hail stones battered Texas on Monday, smashing windows, cars, and buildings.

Footage shared by people in Dallas, Fort Worth, Wylie and Denton showed astonishing clumps of ice bigger than an adult hand that fell during one of the worst storms the region has seen in months.

It all appeared to come from an ominous-looking green shelf cloud, which shone a luminous glow over northern Texas.

The damage drove officials in Wylie, which is 10 miles east of Plano, to close all schools on Tuesday.

One picture shared online showed how every window in a large three-story family home had been smashed by the hail stones.

A video taken by a resident in Wylie showed hail stones pummeling his swimming pool, sending water flying.

One young couple and their eight-month-old checked themselves into hospital after their car was battered and the windows shattered as they drove from one city to another.

 Horrific: These are four of the hail stones, the size of a baseball, which battered northern Texas on Monday

Damage: This house is one of many houses left completely shattered by the intense ice clumps

Footage shared by people in Dallas, Fort Worth, Wylie and Denton showed astonishing clumps of ice bigger than an
adult hand that fell during one of the worst storms the region has seen in months

Twisted metal lies in the parking lot of a Walgreens in Wylie

Sara Correa told WFAA.com that the weather seemed fine as she, her husband, and baby Addison set off in their car.

But it wasn't long before the enormous hail stones began pounding down on the windscreen, which caved in entirely.

The stones sent shattered glass flying into the backseat where little Addison was strapped into her chair.

'The back window was just completely shattered through,' Mrs Correa told WFAA. 'It was the scariest thing I've ever been through.

Mr Correa added: 'She [Addison] is getting pelted with hail and glass, and there's nothing you can do about it.'

WATCH: Incredible hail storm in Texas.

Addison survived with a couple of minor scrapes, but they took her to hospital as a precaution.

Another driver, Tanner Kasper, told the network he stopped his car and hid under his jacket to protect himself from the glass as they stormed dragged on for minutes.

The storm traveled east from north Texas, even hitting counties bordering Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Atoka, Oklahoma, saw baseball-sized hailstones on Monday.

A suspected lightning bolt struck a church in El Dorado, Arkansas. A woman died in Mountainburg, Arkansas, after losing control of her car in the storm.

Lightning also struck Birmingham, Alabama.

The thunderstorms show no sign of letting up on Tueday, with large hail, flooding, severe winds and a possible tornado forecast to hit the southern Texas cities of San Antonio, Corpus Christi and Houston.

Fierce storms are also expected to sweep east through southern parts of Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. - Daily Mail.

MASS ANIMAL DIE-OFFS: Migratory Patterns And Disaster Precursors - Dwarf Sperm Whale Dies On Beach In Palolem, India; And Third Dead Whale Found Within A Month Off Central Vietnam?!

The dwarf sperm whale that washed ashore in Palolem on March 23 is the third confirmed case on India’s western coast.

April 12, 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.

Dwarf Sperm whale dies on beach in Palolem, India

The rarely-sighted dwarf sperm whale, stranded at Palolem beach recently, died due to shock caused by external injury, a postmortem examination has revealed.

The distressed mammal surfaced a few times on the beach on March 26, despite being pushed into the sea by rescuers, but washed ashore dead after midnight amid traumatic conditions. Discerning tourists and others alleged that the struggling animal was touched and pulled by the unruly crowd with bare hands, contrary to a set protocol to handle these marine mammals.

The rare sighting, the first recorded on Goa's shoreline, of this barely nine feet-long female mammal, as compared to other huge whale species, drew hordes of tourists and others.

Dwarf sperm whale

Speculation was rife in some quarters that plastic possibly embedded in its entrails may have proved fatal. There have been a few cases of whales dying of plastic ingestion. "We learnt from an expert on dwarf sperm whales that plastic ingestion is often the cause of death, as it inhibits proper feeding," Abhishek Jamalabad, an independent marine biologist associated with the Karwar-based Terra Marine Research Institute, said.

But, a report of the postmortem examination conducted by Dr Ransley Caldeira, veterinary officer of the animal husbandry and veterinary services, Canacona, that was submitted to the forest department stated, "The dwarf sperm whale suffered external injury, leading to shock and death."

Injury was caused by a sharp object, which had pierced into its skin near the tail. A gash and a few lacerations could be observed on the mammal, as it thrashed in shallow water.

The report stated that there was no damage to internal organs nor was any plastic found in its entrails.

But, researchers are not sure if injury alone could have proved fatal and aver that it could be due to a compounded effect. "To determine the cause of death might not be possible at all times, especially in case of marine mammals, as our knowledge regarding them is very limited in the first place," says Ketki Jog, an independent researcher of the Malwan-based Konkan cetacean research team.

The carcass was buried after the autopsy and no part of the viscera was preserved for further examination.

Third dead whale found within a month off central Vietnam

Local fishers hold a funeral ceremony for a dead whale in Nghe An Province on April 8, 2016. © Tuoi Tre

At least three dead whales have been found in the central province of Nghe An over the last month, local media reported.

In the latest incident, on Monday afternoon, some tourists found the carcass of a whale on Cua Lo Beach.

The whale measured around one meter in length and 40 kilograms in weight. There were some wounds on its body.

Local fishers then held a ritual burial for the whale, which they considered sacred.

Three days earlier, a 44-year-old fisher also found a dead whale near the same beach.

The whale was around 1.5 meter-long and weighed 80 kilograms.

On March 16, another fisher in Nghi Loc District nearby found the carcass of a whale ashore.

The body had started decaying. The whale was around 1.5 meter-long and weighed around 50 kilograms.

While some local fishers believe that beached whales are signs of good luck, environmentalists are very concerned.

They say it is unusual to see several dead whales in a particular place within a short period of time.

- Times of India | Thanh Nien News.

EXTREME WEATHER ANOMALIES: Unprecedented Heatwave Continues In Bhubaneswar, India - 45.8°C Shatters All-Time Heat Records!

A stretch of National Highway near ISKCON temple wears a deserted look as Bhubaneswar registered a record temperature on Monday© biswanath swain

April 12, 2016 - INDIA - The capital city of Odisha, Bhubaneswar, is under the grip of severe heat wave this summer season.

While the city recorded its highest day temperature at 43.2°C on 5th April, the mercury has been settling several notches above than the normal.

Due to an unprecedented heatwave, the Naveen Patnaik government has ordered the closure of all the schools till April 20.

The city recorded the maximum temperature on Sunday which was the highest in Odisha and second highest in India.

But beating its own record, city witnessed the highest ever maximum temperature on Monday evening at 45.8°C.

The all-time highest maximum temperature for Bhubaneswar stands at 45.0°C.

Heatwave is experienced when the maximum temperature over a place is above 40°C and five to six degrees above normal average temperatures.

While April is just half way through and temperatures are setting new records every other day, peak summer months may bring more harsh weather to several cities of East India.

Bhubaneswar has been witnessing a long dry spell since March 21, which has led to sharp rise in the mercury. Due to absence of any rain or cool winds, the temperatures has been on a higher side.

According to Skymet weather, the heat wave conditions in East India including Odisha and Jharkhand is likely to continue for another week. - Skymet Weather.