Monday, April 25, 2016

MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: According To Scientists, The Earth's Magnetic Field Is COLLAPSING - Our Planet's Poles Are About To FLIP, Which Could Cause CATASTROPHIC EVENTS!

The magnetosphere is a large area that encompassing our planet.

April 25, 2016 - EARTH - It is time to start thinking about other things than Global Warming. Researchers warn we need to worry about our planet’s Magnetosphere; Earths magnetic field appears to be collapsing which could severely damage our climate and WIPE OUT power grids across the world.Located deep inside our planet, there is a massive molten core that is capable of generating a magnetic field capable of protection our planet from devastating solar winds. It is called the Magnetic Field, and it has weakened around 15 percent over the last 200 years say, researchers.

The magnetosphere is a large area that encompassing our planet. Its presence alone protects the planet from charged particles of the solar wind and deflects them around Earth.

This enormous protective natural layer of our planet extends thousands of miles into space, and its magnetism is so important and influential, that it affects technology, lifeforms on the planet and weather patterns as well.

However, things might change abruptly as scientists warn that in the last two centuries, the magnetic field has weakened, suggesting that it could be a telltale sign that Earth’s poles are about the flip.

While experts believe a flip is overdue, they still cannot tell when it might occur.

If the pole switch does happen, the entire planet and everything on it will become exposed to solar winds which could punch giant holes into the ozone layer which in turn, could have a devastating effect on mankind.

Catastrophic predictions suggest that if the planet’s Magnetosphere starts collapsing, power grids could collapse, the weather would abruptly change, and humans would have serious health risks.

It is time to start thinking about other things than Global Warming. Researchers warn we need to worry about our planet’s Magnetosphere; Earths magnetic field appears to be collapsing which could severely damage our climate and WIPE OUT power grids across the world.

Located deep inside our planet, there is a massive molten core that is capable of generating a magnetic field capable of protection our planet from devastating solar winds. It is called the Magnetic Field, and it has weakened around 15 percent over the last 200 years say, researchers.

The magnetosphere is a large area that encompassing our planet. Its presence alone protects the planet from charged particles of the solar wind and deflects them around Earth.

This enormous protective natural layer of our planet extends thousands of miles into space, and its magnetism si so important and influential, that it affects technology, lifeforms on the planet and weather patterns as well.

However, things might change abruptly as scientists warn that in the last two centuries, the magnetic field has weakened, suggesting that it could be a telltale sign that Earth’s poles are about the flip. While experts believe a flip is overdue, they still cannot tell when it might occur.

If the pole switch does happen, the entire planet and everything on it will become exposed to solar winds which could punch giant holes into the ozone layer which in turn, could have a devastating effect on mankind.

Catastrophic predictions suggest that if the planet’s Magnetosphere starts collapsing, power grids could collapse, the weather would abruptly change, and humans would have serious health risks.

‘This is serious business,’ Richard Holme, Professor of Earth, Ocean and Ecological Sciences at Liverpool University told MailOnline. ‘Imagine for a moment your electrical power supply was knocked out for a few months – very little works without electricity these days.’

Scientists predict that among the most worrying things that could occur is that our climate would drastically change. Recent studies have linked ‘Global Warming’ to the magnetic field, suggesting Global Warming is less connected to CO2 emissions than previously believed.

The Earth’s magnetic field is generated in the very hot molten core of the planet.

Experts sustain that our planet is going through a natural process of low cloud cover caused by fewer cosmic rays hitting the planet’s atmosphere.

The most concerned fact scientists say, is space radiation. Experts predict that if the flip occurs, every one hundred years, around a 100,000 people could die from increased levels od space radiation.

‘Radiation could be 3-5 times greater than that from the man-made ozone holes. Furthermore, the ozone holes would be larger and longer-lived,’ said Dr. Colin Forsyth from the Mullard Space Science Laboratory at UCL.

Interestingly, by examining pottery fragments from ancient civilizations, scholars have managed to learn how dramatically the planet’s magnetic field has changed in the last couple of centuries. According to researchers, Earth’s magnetic field is in constant movement and every hundred thousand years or so, the polarity of our planet flips.

In the case that our planet’s magnetosphere continues to decline, in the distant future our planet could expect to look just as Mars looks today, a once blue and green planet stripped off its oceans and atmosphere incapable of sustaining life.

- Ancient Code.

FIRE IN THE SKY: Authorities Suspect A Meteorite Strike May Have Sparked A Massive Brush Fire In Bowie, Maryland?!

An object that authorities suggest might have sparked a Bowie brush fire Sunday. Bowie Volunteer Fire Department via Twitter

April 25, 2016 - MARYLAND, UNITED STATES - Authorities suspect a meteorite strike may have sparked a massive brush fire that scorched the woods behind a Prince George’s County condo community Sunday evening.

The woods behind Scarlett Oak Terrace, located just off Maryland Route 450, went up in flames after 5 p.m.

Bowie Volunteer Fire Department via Twitter

It took firefighters with the Bowie Volunteer Fire Department several hours to bring the flames under control.

Later, firefighters discovered a hunk of what appears to be meteorite lying at the bottom of a cratered patch of earth, surrounded by the splintered and charred remains of tree limbs. - CBS.

WORLD WAR Z: Plagues & Pestilences - Why The Zika Virus Is Causing Alarm?!

April 25, 2016 - HEALTH - Global health officials are racing to better understand the Zika virus behind a major outbreak that began in Brazil last year and has spread to many countries in the Americas.

The following are some questions and answers about the virus and current outbreak:

How do people become infected?

Zika is transmitted to people through the bite of infected female mosquitoes, primarily the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the same type that spreads dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said Aedes mosquitoes are found in all countries in the Americas except Canada and continental Chile, and the virus will likely reach all countries and territories of the region where Aedes mosquitoes are found.

How do you treat Zika?

There is no treatment or vaccine for Zika infection. Companies and scientists are racing to develop a safe and effective vaccine for Zika, but the World Health Organization (WHO) had said it would take at least 18 months to start large-scale clinical trials of potential preventative shots.

How dangerous is it?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded that infection with the Zika virus in pregnant women is a cause of the birth defect microcephaly and other severe brain abnormalities in babies. The CDC said now that the causal relationship has been established, several important questions must still be answered with studies that could take years.

According to the World Health Organization, there is strong scientific consensus that Zika can cause the birth defect microcephaly in babies, a condition defined by unusually small heads that can result in developmental problems. In addition, the agency said it could cause Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare neurological disorder that can result in paralysis. Conclusive proof of the damage caused by Zika may take months or years.

Brazil has confirmed 1,113 cases of microcephaly, and considers most of them to be related to Zika infections in the mothers. Brazil is investigating an additional 3,836 suspected cases of microcephaly. Colombia has confirmed two cases of microcephaly linked to Zika.

Current research in Brazil indicates the greatest microcephaly risk is associated with infection during the first trimester of pregnancy, but health officials have warned an impact could be seen in later weeks. Recent studies have shown evidence of Zika in amniotic fluid, placenta and fetal brain tissue.

What are the symptoms of Zika infection?

People infected with Zika may have a mild fever, skin rash, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain and fatigue that can last for two to seven days. But as many as 80 percent of people infected never develop symptoms. The symptoms are similar to those of dengue or chikungunya, which are transmitted by the same type of mosquito.

How can Zika be contained?

Efforts to control the spread of the virus focus on eliminating mosquito breeding sites and taking precautions against mosquito bites such as using insect repellent and mosquito nets. U.S. and international health officials have advised pregnant women to avoid travel to Latin American and Caribbean countries where they may be exposed to Zika. Cases of sexual transmission have also been reported, prompting health officials to advise use of condoms, or abstaining from sex, to prevent infection between partners.

How widespread is the outbreak?

Active Zika outbreaks have been reported in at least 43 countries or territories, most of them in the Americas, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Brazil has been the country most affected. (

Africa (1): Cape Verde

Americas (35): Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Bonaire, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, U.S. Virgin Islands and Venezuela

Oceania/Pacific Islands (7): American Samoa, Fiji, Kosrae, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, New Caledonia, Samoa, and Tonga.

What is the history of the Zika virus?

The Zika virus is found in tropical locales with large mosquito populations. Outbreaks of Zika have been recorded in Africa, the Americas, Southern Asia and the Western Pacific. The virus was first identified in Uganda in 1947 in rhesus monkeys and was first identified in people in 1952 in Uganda and Tanzania, according to the WHO.

Can Zika be transmitted through sexual contact?

The World Health Organization (WHO) said sexual transmission is "relatively common" and has advised pregnant women not to travel to areas with ongoing outbreaks of Zika virus.

The U.S. CDC is investigating about a dozen cases of possible sexual transmission. All cases involve possible transmission of the virus from men to their sex partners. The WHO has also identified Zika cases in Argentina, Chile, France, Italy and New Zealand as likely caused by sexual transmission.

British health officials reported Zika was found in a man's semen two months after he was infected, suggesting the virus may linger in semen long after infection symptoms fade.

The PAHO said Zika can be transmitted through blood, but this is an infrequent transmission mechanism. There is no evidence Zika can be transmitted to babies through breast milk.

What other complications are associated with Zika?

Zika has also been associated with other neurological disordes, including serious brain and spinal cord infections. The long-term health consequences of Zika infection are unclear. Other uncertainties surround the incubation period of the virus and how Zika interacts with other viruses that are transmitted by mosquitoes, such as dengue.

- Yahoo.

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: The Latest Report Of Volcanic Eruptions, Activity, Unrest And Awakenings – April 24, 2016!

Klyuchevskoi volcano this morning with what is likely a new lava flow (KVERT webcam)

April 25, 2016 - EARTH - The following constitutes the new activity, unrest and ongoing reports of volcanoes across the globe.

Kliuchevskoi (Kamchatka): The activity of the volcano has intensified, in particular during the past 24-36 hours. KVERT reported that strong strombolian explosions produced an ash plume that rose to 8-9 km altitude that drifted more than 400 km to the SW.

Webcam images have been mostly unclear, but view from this evening (dawn in Kamchatka) suggest that a new lava flow might have started to descend the volcano's flanks, which would be a typical occurrence if the magma supply rate has indeed increased. An intense thermal anomaly is being recorded on satellite data as well.

KVERT alerted this morning that the "explosive eruption of the volcano continues. Ash explosions up to 19,700-26,240 ft (6-8 km) a.s.l. could occur at any time. Ongoing activity could affect international and low-flying aircraft." The aviation color code was raised to ORANGE.

Sinabung (Sumatra, Indonesia): The volcano's current and long-lasting eruption (now well in its 3rd year) continues essentially unchanged: viscous lava slowly rises into the summit crater, building up a complex dome that over-spills as sticky lobes onto sections of the upper outer slopes on the southeastern side.

Explosion from Sinabung last Friday

When these steeply emplaced lava lobes become too large, they also become unstable and begin to collapse. These collapses generate glowing rockfalls and small to moderate pyroclastic flows when enough material rich in gas is involved. From time to time, accumulated gas trapped beneath the dome also gives way to vertical explosions. These explosions have been occurring almost daily over the recent months, producing ash plume that rise 1-2 km, typically.

San Cristobal (Nicaragua): The volcano had a series of new explosive eruptions on Friday, producing ash plumes that rose up to approx. 2 km above the summit crater, drifted south and caused moderate ash fall in areas up to 10-15 km south and southeast of the volcano, including Las Brisas, Santa Narcisa, and Chichigalpa town.

The new series of eruptions began on 22 April around 10:20 local time with a first explosion, followed immediately by a stronger one (image). Weaker explosions followed intermittently throughout the day, but activity seems to have faded again as of today.

Ash plume from San Cristobal's eruption last Friday (INETER)

Whether these eruptions were caused by superficial steam explosions (phreatic activity) or involved new magma that has risen inside the volcano's conduit is unknown at the moment (without analysis of the ash and seismic and other parameters)

In any case, the volcano has been at elevated unrest for some time and might continue to do so for a while: unconfirmed minor explosions seem to have occurred earlier this year in February and similar, more significant explosions took place in March and June last year (2015).

Nevado del Ruiz (Colombia): The volcano produced a small ash plume today, Manizales volcano observatory reported to Washington VAAC. Webcam views are obscured by weather clouds.

Sporadic mild ash emissions have been occurring from the volcano from time to time during the past weeks.

- Volcano Discovery.

MONUMENTAL DELUGE: The Latest Reports Of High Tides, Heavy Rainfall, Flash Floods, Sea Level Rise, Widespread Flooding, And Catastrophic Storms - 18 Dead As Floods And Landslides In Northeast India Affect Thousands; And Floods In Mombasa, Kenya Damage Homes And Leave 1 Dead, With More Heavy Rainfall In The Forecast! [PHOTOS + MAPS + VIDEO]

Flooding in Assam, India. Twitter: Jajabori-Mon

April 25, 2016 - EARTH - The following list constitutes the latest reports of high tides, heavy rainfall, flash floods, widespread flooding, sea level rise and catastrophic storms.

18 Dead as Floods and Landslides in Northeast India Affect Thousands

A week of heavy rain in north eastern areas of India has resulted in floods and deadly landslides in 3 states in the region.

As many as 18 people have been killed in Arunachal Pradesh after heavy rain triggered 2 major landslides there. Usually early “pre-monsoon” floods in Assam have affected over 40,000 people. Meanwhile hundreds have been left homeless in the state of Nagaland after floods and landslides struck in Mon district.

The floods and landslides in the north east come at a time when other areas of the country are facing a heatwave. Warnings have been issued in at least 9 other states across India for the coming days by India Meteorological Department (IMD).

Arunachal Pradesh Landslide

The heavy rain also triggered two landslides in the both eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh over the last week.

At least 16 people died in landslide in Phamla village in Tawang district on Friday, 22 April 2016. A further landslide in Tawang district killed at least two people and destroyed property on Saturday 23 April.

The Indian Army have been carrying our search and rescue operations. In a statement on Friday they said:
“Three ‎Indian Army‬ rescue columns with a medical team was pressed in the early hours on receiving the unfortunate news of landslide in village Phamla, Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh on 21/22 April. Army recovered sixteen dead bodies from the site and moved the survivors to a safe area.”

Tawang landslide. NDMA India

  Indian Army

  Indian Army

Assam Floods

Assam is experiencing what have been described as pre-monsoon floods. Usually it is June that marks the start of the flood season in Assam, when the Brahmaputra River and its tributaries overflow as a result of the monsoon rains in Assam and upstream Arunachal Pradesh.

However, recent havey rainfall in catchment areas has reached parts of Assam and the State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) say that areas in the the districts of Lakhimpur, Jorhat and Sivsagar have been flooded, affecting 42,658 people.

Charaideo sub-division of Sivasagar district is among the worst affected. Some communities have been cut-off there by flood waters after the Burhidihing and Desang rivers overflowed.

Earlier today (25 April, 2016) levels of the River Desang at Nanglamoraghat in Sibsagar district stood at 96.26m, where the danger level is considered to be 94.6 metres.

The army, the National Disaster Response Force and the State Disaster Response Force are assisting in rescue and relief operations.

There have also been reports of landslides triggered by torrential rain in several places in Dima Hasao hill district.

Nagaland Floods and Landslides

In the neighbouring state of Nagaland, Mon district has been severely affected by floods and landslides where damage to houses and infrastructure has been recorded. Over 100 houses have been severely damaged, forcing residents to evacuate, according to local media.


Figures below according to India Meteorological Department (IMD).

Yachuli, in the Lower Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh recorded 79 mm of rain in 24 hours on 22 April 2016and 52 mm the previous day.

In Assam, Harinagar in Cachar district recorded 62 mm of rain in 24 hours on 23 April and 93mm the day before.

In Bhandari, Wokha district, Nagaland, 79 mm of rain was recorded in 24 hours on 19 April.

IMD warn of thunderstorms accompanied by hail are likely at isolated places in Assam and Nagaland over the next 48 hours.

Meanwhile warnings for extremely high temperatures have been issued in at least 9 other states across the country for the coming days.

Heatwave warnings for India, 25 April 2016. IMD

Bangladesh Rivers Rising

The heavy rain in catchment areas of the Brahmaputra River could also threaten flooding in areas of Bangladesh.

Bangladesh Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre reported earlier today that the Brahmaputra-Jamuna and the Ganges river systems are showing a rising trend. The Padma and Surma-Kushiyara river systems are also rising.

The forecast centre also reported that “due to continuous rainfall in the North Eastern part of Bangladesh and boundary of the neighbour country, flash floods occurred in a few areas of Sylhet and Sunamganj districts, which may likely deteriorate in the next 24 hours.”

Floods in Mombasa, Kenya Damage Homes and Leave 1 Dead – More Heavy Rain Forecast

Flooding hit parts of Mombasa county, Kenya, on Sunday 24 April, 2016, after torrential rainfall that began late on Saturday and continued throughout the night. The floods have damaged homes and buildings and caused the death of a young boy.

Kenya Meteorological Department have issued warnings for further heavy rainfall and storms over the coming 48 hours at least.

Floods in Mombasa County

Heavy rains pounded areas in and around Mombasa from late Saturday. A total of 131mm was recorded in Mtwapa in just 12 hours between 23 and 24 April. By early Sunday locals awoke to see flood waters submerging their houses and other buildings in their communities, including churches. The areas of Bamburi, Mtopanga and Utange are thought to be among the worst hit.

One victim – thought to be a young old boy – is reported to have died after he was electrocuted when he stepped on live wire hanging from a collapsed electricity pole.

Roads connecting towns and villages were also submerged, limiting mobility to various destinations. An unconfirmed number of buildings are reported to have collapsed and several houses destroyed.

Areas of coastal Kenya, particularly Kwale county, suffered flooding just a few days ago after Tropical Cyclone Fantala dumped large amounts of rain in the area. 131mm of rainfall was recorded in Kwale on Friday, 15 April in 4 hours.

Social Media

WATCH: Bamburi, Mtopanga and Utange flooded after heavy rains.

Heavy Rain and Storm Advisory

Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD) has issued a warning for further heavy rainfall and possible flooding in the area.

Heavy rainfall of more than 40mm in 24 hours is expected in areas of the Kenyan coast on Wednesday 27 April, with more than 50 mm in 24 hours expected the next day.

KMD say that the counties of Kwale, Mombasa, Kilifi, Tana-River, Lamu, Narok, Kericho, Kisii and Bomet could be affected.

People are advised to exercise caution and be on the lookout for heavy downpours which are likely to floods.

EUMETSAT convective clouds April 24, 2016. EUMETSAT

Satellite images from EUMETSAT indicated deep convective clouds in most parts of eastern Africa and the Congo basin.

A ten-day weather forecast from ICPAC indicated the probability of cumulative rainfall of up to 250mm from 18 to 27 April, 2016.

A ten-day precipitation forecast by ICPAC from 18 to 27 April, 2016. Image: ICPAC

The Kenya Meteorological Service in its 5-day forecast had also indicated that the coast would experience enhanced rainfall. Current satellite images generally indicate that many parts of Greater Horn of Africa (GHA) will continue experiencing significant rainfall even as the season progresses.

- Floodlist.   

ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: Migratory Patterns And Disaster Precursors - Dead Whale Washes Up Near San Clemente, California?! [VIDEO]

Kelly Slater

April 25, 2016 - CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES - A dead whale washed up Sunday on the cobblestone beach at Lower Trestles, a popular surf spot just south of San Clemente.

Todd Mansur, a boat captain for Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching, said he has seen two dead whales off Orange County's shoreline in recent days.

He said he saw the one that washed up at Trestles as it neared the water line, and the other one is expected to wash up at San Clemente State Beach in the next few days.

Both whales were estimated to be larger than 40 feet.

Mansur said that from what he saw, it was Mother Nature taking its course.

"It looked like nature. There were no marks from ships, no propeller marks, no abrasions, no entanglements," he said.

WATCH: Dead whale washes up on San Clemente beach.

Mansur was heading a whale watching charter and asked passengers how they felt about stopping to see the carcass.

"They were actually interested, kind of scientifically, about it. I really wanted to check it out to see if there was a reason of death," he said.

He inspected it for about 15 minutes.

"It didn't even look like it was a day dead," he said.

Mansur said he has seen great white sharks eating whale carcasses.

And with the number of great whites sticking around Orange County's coastline because of the warm El Niño waters, it might be a good idea for surfers to stay clear of the area for a while, he said.

The presence of other predators rises when dead animals are near, he said.

"You should always be worried when an animal of that magnitude is on the coastline," Mansur said. "That element of the unknown can be there."

He also said beachgoers should stay away from whale carcasses, noting it's illegal to take any part of the animal because it is an endangered species.

Surfers were taking to social media to warn others about the whale. State lifeguards were not available to comment, so it was unclear what would be done with the whale carcass.

- The Orange County Register.


EXTREME WEATHER: Mother Nature Comes Out To Play - "Dust Devil" Whips Through The Infield During College Softball Game In Lynchburg, Virginia! [VIDEO]

A dust devil interrupts a college softball game in Virginia

April 25, 2016 - VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES - A college softball game in Virginia was subject to a unique weather delay during the weekend when a huge dust devil swept across the infield.

A video posted to YouTube by Lynchburg Sports shows a clip from Saturday's game between the Lynchburg College Hornets and the Bridgewater College Eagles.

The clip shows the batter in place and the pitcher about to throw the ball when a massive dust devil, or "dirt tornado," enters the frame of the video and sweeps across the infield while the players flee.

"Mother Nature wanted to play along at Moon Field this past Saturday vs Bridgewater," the video's description reads.

WATCH: Dust devil interrupts a college softball game in Virginia.

- UPI.

EXTREME WEATHER: "Golf Ball" Hailstones And Violent Storms Lash Myanmar - Eight People Killed; Pagodas Toppled; 7,500 BUILDINGS DESTROYED; Many Animals Killed; Death And Damage Toll May Increase! [PHOTOS + VIDEOS]

Hailstones in Myanmar. Twitter: Htun Naing

April 25, 2016 - MYANMAR - Violent storms which saw hailstones the size of golf balls rain down across Myanmar have killed at least eight people in recent days, toppled pagodas and damaged thousands of buildings, officials said on Sunday (April 24).

The freak storms struck across five states on Friday and Saturday after weeks of heatwave temperatures regularly topping 40deg C.

"From what we know now there are eight people killed and 7,500 houses destroyed during these days," Phyu Lei Lei Tun, director of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, told AFP, adding that the toll may increase as more information becomes available.

Six of the victims died in Yay Tha Yauk village in the central region of Mandalay after flash flooding. Other regions that were struck included Sagaing and Magway as well as the states of Shan and Chin.

Pictures and TV footage showed huge hailstones crashing onto flooded streets and clattering off metal roofs as residents rushed for shelter.

Twitter: Htun Naing

Twitter: Htun Naing

Twitter: Htun Naing

"I felt afraid of the strong wind, the rain and the hailstones when I looked out the window," Yin Myo, a resident of Mandalay, told AFP.

"Some hailstones were as large as golf balls, most about the size of ice cubes you put in drinks," she added, saying her aunt's house had been damaged.

The state-run Global New Light of Myanmar said more than 1,700 pagodas were damaged by gale- force winds in the southern state of Shan on Friday night.

WATCH: Violent storms with hail hits Myanmar.

Pictures on social media showed some of the pagoda spires, which were hundreds of years old, lying shattered on the ground.

Like much of the Greater Mekong region, Myanmar has been hit by drought in recent weeks amid a particularly fierce dry season.

- ST.


SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS: Crater 2 - Humongous Galaxy Orbiting Our Own JUST APPEARED OUT OF NOWHERE?!

Milky Way. ESO / Serge Brunier, Frederic Tapissier via NASA

April 25, 2016 - SPACE - Researchers scanning the skies just got a big surprise. They spotted a humongous galaxy orbiting our own, where none had been seen before. It appeared, seemingly, out of nowhere.

So, just how did the newly-discovered Crater 2 manage to pull off this feat, like a deer leaping from the interstellar bushes to stare us down through our collective headlights?

Although the appearance may seem sudden, the fact is that Crater 2 has been there all along. We just missed it.

Now that we know it’s there, though, there are a few other humiliating details that astronomers discovered.

First of all, we can’t blame the galaxy’s size for its relative obscurity. Crater 2 is so enormous that researchers have already pegged it as the fourth largest galaxy orbiting our own.

We can’t blame its distance, either. Crater 2's orbit around the Milky Way puts it right in our neighborhood.

That said, how did we still not know it was there? A new paper out in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society from researchers at the University of Cambridge has an answer for us. It turns out that, despite being large and close, Crater 2 is also a pretty dark galaxy.

In fact, it’s one of the dimmest galaxies ever spotted in the universe. That, along with some much brighter neighbors, let the galaxy that researchers have nicknamed “the feeble giant” escape detection until now.

Now that we have seen Crater 2, however, the discovery raises questions about what else is out there.

Researchers are already talking about mounting a search for similarly large, dark galaxies around us. It’s a good reminder that there’s still so much about space that we don’t know.
- Gizmodo.

EXTREME WEATHER ANOMALIES: One Massive Storm System - Several Different Severe Weather Results!

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration water vapor loop.
College of Dupage

April 25, 2016 - UNITED STATES - One massive storm system. Several different extreme weather results. A massive low-pressure center swirls over Denver. The effects of the giant comma-shaped storm stretch from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.

Welcome light rains in Minnesota. Record April heat in Seattle. Prolific snow totals in Colorado's high country. Torrential downpours and flash floods along the tail end of the troubled front in Houston.
More than 1000 water rescues today as torrential rains of 8"-16" inundated the Houston area
— Weather Underground (@wunderground) April 18, 2016
When you get 15 inches of rain, there's just nowhere for the water to go. Cue the weather drones.
An #eyewitness news viewer sent us this drone video of flooding in Morton Ranch
— Houston News (@abc13houston) April 19, 2016

Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle via AP

Rainfall totals between 10 and 17 inches are common across the Houston area with this storm. The heaviest totals of 15 inches-plus focused in the western suburbs.
17.6" of rain in parts of Houston metro today. More totals across SE Texas here:
— NWSHouston (@NWSHouston) April 18, 2016
The 9.92 inches at Houston's Intercontinental Airport makes it the second wettest day in Houston history according to the Houston National Weather Service office.
Houston Intercontinental Airport's rain total on Monday is the 2nd wettest day ever recorded at IAH.#txwx #houwx
— NWSHouston (@NWSHouston) April 19, 2016
Scattered heavy storms may dump another 2 inches-plus on Houston. Not the best of news with ground already underwater. Flash flood watches continue into Wednesday.
Today to Thursday chance of rain w/ some locally heavy rainfall. Flood potential through Thur...#houwx #txwx #bcswx
— NWSHouston (@NWSHouston) April 19, 2016
Colorado snow totals reach 4 feet

In the cold air underneath the spinning low, some incredible snowfall totals in Colorado's high country. White gold for skiers. Soon to be liquid gold for Colorado river systems.
Click on the link for snow reports.
— NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) April 17, 2016
Record April heat in Pacific Northwest

Meanwhile, Seattle basks in the warmest April day on record.
Evening revelers at #Seattle's Green Lake after a record warm A̶u̶g̶u̶s̶t̶ April day.
— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) April 19, 2016
Sea-Tac's tentative high temp today stands at 89°F, shattering the record for warmest day in April ever by 4°F. #wawx #incredibleheat
— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) April 19, 2016
Almost 90 in Seattle in April? My spidey senses tell me it may be a long hot summer in Minnesota.
Record high in #Seattle today of 89°, 30° above the normal of 59°. This is the biggest difference between record and normal on record.#wawx
— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) April 19, 2016
Portland eventually hit 89 Monday, as record heat blanketed the Pacific Northwest.
602pm | Portland Airport shatters record with 87° today; several others follow suit #orwx #wawx#pdxtst
— NWS Portland (@NWSPortland) April 19, 2016
Temperatures push 90 again in Seattle and Portland, Ore., today.

Minnesota: Welcome rains

The extreme weather events around the country make our showers seem tame by comparison. Rainfall totals so far of one-quarter of an inch are common with some locally higher amounts. Additional totals across Minnesota look light and spotty, as heavier storm totals favor Iowa through Wednesday.

The low pressure center swings east toward Chicago this week. Minnesota rides the northern edge of the system.

Back to the 60s

We cool off this week back to the 60s, closer to our now average high of 60 degrees in the metro. Spotty rain today and tomorrow. Sun returns later this week. More showers look likely by Sunday.

Edge of drought

We'll take the rain this week. Drought and abnormally dry conditions (pre-drought) creeps into western Minnesota in the latest U.S. Drought Monitor. The Twin Cities metro is running about an inch behind on rainfall since March 1.

Meanwhile in the Indian Ocean

Weather Underground has an update on the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded there.
Still a Cat 5, Fantala is the strongest cyclone recorded anywhere in the Indian Ocean
— Weather Underground (@wunderground) April 18, 2016
Another view from the Capital Weather Gang.


Incredible satellite imagery of Category 5 cyclone hovering near Madagascar
— Capital Weather Gang (@capitalweather) April 18, 2016
Speaking of Capital Weather Gang, I'm headed to Washington, D.C., later this week with CWG Weather Editor Jason Samenow and other national weather and climate journalists, scientists and law experts for a conference on communicating uncertainty in climate change and science at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Communicating uncertainty in science is a challenge, as we clearly communicate what we know, what is actionable, and what we are in the process of learning. More on that in a future Climate Cast.

Meanwhile I had to smile at the latest research that shower meteorologists aren't perceived as creepy.
This makes us happy: Meteorologists aren't total creepers — science says so!
— Capital Weather Gang (@capitalweather) April 18, 2016

- MPR News.


SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS: Weather Phenomenon - Strange Lenticular Cloud Filmed In Armenia!

YouTube/arsen sargsyan

April 25, 2016 - ARMENIA - Strange lenticular clouds were seen over the Yerevan-Sevan highway in Armenia.

Lenticular clouds (Altocumulus lenticularis) are stationary lens-shaped clouds that form in the troposphere, normally in perpendicular alignment to the wind direction. Lenticular clouds can be separated into altocumulus standing lenticularis (ACSL), stratocumulus standing lenticular (SCSL), and cirrocumulus standing lenticular (CCSL). Because of their shape, they have been offered as an explanation for some unidentified flying object (UFO) sightings.
As air flows along the surface of the Earth, it encounters obstructions. These are human-made objects, such as buildings and bridges, and natural features, like hills, valleys, and mountains. All of them disrupt the flow of air into eddies. The strength of the eddies depends on the size of the object and the speed of the wind. It results in turbulence classified as ‘mechanical’ because it is formed through the “mechanical disruption of the ambient wind flow”. Where stable moist air flows over a mountain or a range of mountains, a series of large-scale standing waves may form on the downwind side. If the temperature at the crest of the wave drops to the dew point, moisture in the air may condense to form lenticular clouds. As the moist air moves back down into the trough of the wave, the cloud may evaporate back into vapour.

Under certain conditions, long strings of lenticular clouds can form near the crest of each successive wave, creating a formation known as a "wave cloud." The wave systems cause large vertical air movement, enough that water vapour may condense to produce precipitation. The clouds have been mistaken for UFOs (or "visual cover" for UFOs), particularly the round "flying saucer"-type, because these clouds have a characteristic lens appearance and smooth saucer-like shape; also, because lenticular clouds generally do not form over low-lying or flat terrain, many people have never seen one and are not aware clouds with that shape can exist. Bright colours (called irisation) are sometimes seen along the edge of lenticular clouds. These clouds have also been known to form in cases where a mountain does not exist, but rather as the result of shear winds created by a front.

WATCH: Strange clouds over Armenia.

- Wikipedia | YouTube.


PLANETARY TREMORS: Strong 5.6 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes 100km Southwest Of Suchiate, Mexico At Depth Of 10km - USGS! [MAPS + TECTONIC SUMMARY]

USGS earthquake location.

April 25, 2016 - MEXICO - A 5.6-magnitude earthquake has struck southwest of the Mexican town of Suchiate at a depth of 10 km, the US Geological Survey reported.

The tremor took place 97 kilometers from the Chiapas state town of Suchiate, which has over 35,000 residents.

The quake occurred 81 kilometers from the town of Puerto Madero, which has a population of 6,000 people, and 103 kilometers from the city of Tapachula, which has 320,000 residents.

USGS shakemap intensity.

According to EMSC (European Mediterranean Seismological Centre), the quake has a magnitude of 5.7.

Mexico is considered one of the world's most seismically active countries, with a long history of earthquakes, according to the USGS.

In July 2014, five people died after a 7.1-magnitude quake struck the southern Mexican state of Chiapas and neighboring Guatemala.

USGS Seismotectonics of the Caribbean Region and Vicinity

Extensive diversity and complexity of tectonic regimes characterizes the perimeter of the Caribbean plate, involving no fewer than four major plates (North America, South America, Nazca, and Cocos). Inclined zones of deep earthquakes (Wadati-Benioff zones), ocean trenches, and arcs of volcanoes clearly indicate subduction of oceanic lithosphere along the Central American and Atlantic Ocean margins of the Caribbean plate, while crustal seismicity in Guatemala, northern Venezuela, and the Cayman Ridge and Cayman Trench indicate transform fault and pull-apart basin tectonics.

Along the northern margin of the Caribbean plate, the North America plate moves westwards with respect to the Caribbean plate at a velocity of approximately 20 mm/yr. Motion is accommodated along several major transform faults that extend eastward from Isla de Roatan to Haiti, including the Swan Island Fault and the Oriente Fault. These faults represent the southern and northern boundaries of the Cayman Trench. Further east, from the Dominican Republic to the Island of Barbuda, relative motion between the North America plate and the Caribbean plate becomes increasingly complex and is partially accommodated by nearly arc-parallel subduction of the North America plate beneath the Caribbean plate. This results in the formation of the deep Puerto Rico Trench and a zone of intermediate focus earthquakes (70-300 km depth) within the subducted slab. Although the Puerto Rico subduction zone is thought to be capable of generating a megathrust earthquake, there have been no such events in the past century. The last probable interplate (thrust fault) event here occurred on May 2, 1787 and was widely felt throughout the island with documented destruction across the entire northern coast, including Arecibo and San Juan. Since 1900, the two largest earthquakes to occur in this region were the August 4, 1946 M8.0 Samana earthquake in northeastern Hispaniola and the July 29, 1943 M7.6 Mona Passage earthquake, both of which were shallow thrust fault earthquakes. A significant portion of the motion between the North America plate and the Caribbean plate in this region is accommodated by a series of left-lateral strike-slip faults that bisect the island of Hispaniola, notably the Septentrional Fault in the north and the Enriquillo-Plantain Garden Fault in the south. Activity adjacent to the Enriquillo-Plantain Garden Fault system is best documented by the devastating January 12, 2010 M7.0 Haiti strike-slip earthquake, its associated aftershocks and a comparable earthquake in 1770.

USGS plate tectonics for the region.

Moving east and south, the plate boundary curves around Puerto Rico and the northern Lesser Antilles where the plate motion vector of the Caribbean plate relative to the North and South America plates is less oblique, resulting in active island-arc tectonics. Here, the North and South America plates subduct towards the west beneath the Caribbean plate along the Lesser Antilles Trench at rates of approximately 20 mm/yr. As a result of this subduction, there exists both intermediate focus earthquakes within the subducted plates and a chain of active volcanoes along the island arc. Although the Lesser Antilles is considered one of the most seismically active regions in the Caribbean, few of these events have been greater than M7.0 over the past century. The island of Guadeloupe was the site of one of the largest megathrust earthquakes to occur in this region on February 8, 1843, with a suggested magnitude greater than 8.0. The largest recent intermediate-depth earthquake to occur along the Lesser Antilles arc was the November 29, 2007 M7.4 Martinique earthquake northwest of Fort-De-France.

The southern Caribbean plate boundary with the South America plate strikes east-west across Trinidad and western Venezuela at a relative rate of approximately 20 mm/yr. This boundary is characterized by major transform faults, including the Central Range Fault and the Boconó-San Sebastian-El Pilar Faults, and shallow seismicity. Since 1900, the largest earthquakes to occur in this region were the October 29, 1900 M7.7 Caracas earthquake, and the July 29, 1967 M6.5 earthquake near this same region. Further to the west, a broad zone of compressive deformation trends southwestward across western Venezuela and central Colombia. The plate boundary is not well defined across northwestern South America, but deformation transitions from being dominated by Caribbean/South America convergence in the east to Nazca/South America convergence in the west. The transition zone between subduction on the eastern and western margins of the Caribbean plate is characterized by diffuse seismicity involving low- to intermediate-magnitude (Magnitude less than 6.0) earthquakes of shallow to intermediate depth.

The plate boundary offshore of Colombia is also characterized by convergence, where the Nazca plate subducts beneath South America towards the east at a rate of approximately 65 mm/yr. The January 31, 1906 M8.5 earthquake occurred on the shallowly dipping megathrust interface of this plate boundary segment. Along the western coast of Central America, the Cocos plate subducts towards the east beneath the Caribbean plate at the Middle America Trench. Convergence rates vary between 72-81 mm/yr, decreasing towards the north. This subduction results in relatively high rates of seismicity and a chain of numerous active volcanoes; intermediate-focus earthquakes occur within the subducted Cocos plate to depths of nearly 300 km. Since 1900, there have been many moderately sized intermediate-depth earthquakes in this region, including the September 7, 1915 M7.4 El Salvador and the October 5, 1950 M7.8 Costa Rica events.

The boundary between the Cocos and Nazca plates is characterized by a series of north-south trending transform faults and east-west trending spreading centers. The largest and most seismically active of these transform boundaries is the Panama Fracture Zone. The Panama Fracture Zone terminates in the south at the Galapagos rift zone and in the north at the Middle America trench, where it forms part of the Cocos-Nazca-Caribbean triple junction. Earthquakes along the Panama Fracture Zone are generally shallow, low- to intermediate in magnitude (Magnitude less than 7.2) and are characteristically right-lateral strike-slip faulting earthquakes. Since 1900, the largest earthquake to occur along the Panama Fracture Zone was the July 26, 1962 M7.2 earthquake.

References for the Panama Fracture Zone:
Molnar, P., and Sykes, L. R., 1969, Tectonics of the Caribbean and Middle America Regions from Focal Mechanisms and Seismicity: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 80, p. 1639-1684.

- USGS | RT.


GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Seismic Activity "EXPLODING" Along The Pacific Ring Of Fire - 73 Earthquakes In 12 Hours Hit Between Two Volcanoes In Costa Rica!


April 25, 2016 - COSTA RICA - At least 73 earthquakes have been recorded along a straight line between the Turrialba volcano and the Irazu volcano in less than 12 hours.Are these the two next volcanoes to explode?

The seismic and volcanic activities along The Ring of fire are currently exploding.

Between April 23 and April 24, 2016, about 73 minor earthquakes hit between two volcanoes in Costa Rica. Zoom in, just East of San Jose, the capital city, on that map to get the info about the several quakes.

The tremors form a straight line right in-between the Turrialba Volcano and the Irazu Volcano.

Last eruption of the Turrialba Volcano was on May 4, 2015. The latest eruption of the Irazu Volcano occurred on December 8, 1994.

Could this swarm of quake indicate the imminent eruptions of both colossus?

- Strange Sounds.


SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS: More Planet X / Nibiru Memes - Giant FREE-FLOATING Exoplanet Without A Parent Star Is One Of The CLOSEST Such "ROGUE" Worlds To Earth Yet Seen; Within Relatively Close Proximity To The Sun; 4 To 8 Times More Massive Than Jupiter! [VIDEO]

The newfound rogue planet 2MASS J1119–1137 belongs in the youngest group of stars in the solar neighborhood, known as the TW Hydrae association, which contains
about 2 dozen 10 million-year-old stars, all moving together through space. David Rodriguez, Jacqueline Faherty, Jonathan Gagne and Stanimir Metchev 

April 25, 2016 - SPACE -  A huge, newly discovered alien planet that zooms through space without a parent star is one of the closest such "rogue" worlds to Earth yet seen, astronomers say.

The exoplanet, known as 2MASS J1119–1137, is four to eight times more massive than Jupiter and lies about 95 light-years from Earth at the moment, a new study reports.

The newfound world is only slightly less bright than the giant rogue planet PSO J318.5−22, which was first spotted in 2013 and is located about 80 light-years from Earth's solar system, researchers said.

Kendra Kellogg, a graduate student at Western University in Ontario, Canada, and her colleagues detected, confirmed and characterized 2MASS J1119–1137 using NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer satellite and the Gemini South and Baade telescopes, both of which are in Chile.

WATCH: Astronomy team discovers free-floating, planet-like objects within relatively close proximity to the Sun.

The observations by these instruments allowed the researchers to determine that 2MASS J1119–1137, while flying freely, is associated with TW Hydrae, a group of about two dozen stars that are the youngest in the sun's neighborhood.

The TW Hydrae stars — and 2MASS J1119–1137 as well — are just 10 million years old, study team members said. (For perspective, Earth's sun is nearly 4.6 billion years old, and the Big Bang that created the universe occurred about 13.8 billion years ago.)

PSO J318.5−22 is just slightly older than 2MASS J1119–1137, having been born about 23 million years ago, researchers said.

Such rogue worlds may have formed around host stars, and then been booted out into space by gravitational interactions with neighboring planets in their natal systems, researchers say. Whatever their origins, they are ripe targets for further study; in our Milky Way galaxy, rogue planets actually may outnumber "normal" worlds bound to parent stars.

"Discovering free-floating planet analogs like 2MASS J1119–1137 and PSO J318.5−22 offers a great opportunity to study the nature of giant planets outside the solar system," Kellogg said in statement.

Rogues are "much easier to scrutinize than planets orbiting around other stars," she added. "Objects like 2MASS J1119–1137 are drifting in space all alone, and our observations are not overwhelmed by the brightness of a host star next door."

The new study will be published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters.




April 25, 2016 - SPACE - Eight new asteroids that could pose a threat to Earth were spotted by NASA’s asteroid-hunter among 439 other objects rotating around our planet, according to a report newly released by the space agency.

NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) telescope, which made a comeback in 2013 after going into hibernation mode in 2011, has come up with a second year’s worth of survey data on Earth’s surroundings that was published in a report by NASA.

WATCH: Two years of NEOWISE asteroid data.

“Eight of the objects discovered in the past year have been classified as potentially hazardous asteroids (PHAs), based on their size and how closely their orbits approach Earth,” the report goes.

In what NASA described as a “milestone” mission, the telescope, which is tasked with detecting, tracking, and characterizing asteroids and comets, detected a total of 439 NEOs (near-Earth objects) in 2015, of which 72 were newly discovered.

“NEOWISE discovers large, dark, near-Earth objects, complementing our network of ground-based telescopes operating at visible-light wavelengths. On average, these objects are many hundreds of meters across,” said Amy Mainzer, NEOWISE’s principal investigator.

The NEOWISE’s 16-inch (40-cm) telescope and infrared cameras snapped as many as 5.1 million shots over the past year. It has processed information on more than 19,000 asteroids and comets, including four new ones. The data obtained by the mission also looks into the origins of the discovered objects.

“By studying the distribution of lighter- and darker-colored material, NEOWISE data give us a better understanding of the origins of the NEOs, originating from either different parts of the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter or the icier comet populations,” said James Bauer, the mission’s deputy principal investigator at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

NEOWISE initially started as WISE, which was launched in December of 2009 to scan the celestial sky with infrared waves. That mission, which cost $320 million, took over 2.7 million photos and catalogued more than 747 million space objects before the telescope went to sleep in February of 2011.

- RT.


WORLD WAR Z: "A Global Emergency" - WHO Warns Of Potential For "MARKED INCREASE" In Zika Cases!

The Zika virus is mainly spread via the bite of the Aedes aegypti mosquito. AFP Photo/Marvin Recinos

April 25, 2016 - HEALTH - The World Health Organization warned Monday of the potential for a "marked increase" in the number of Zika infections in the coming months, and its spread to new parts of the world.

With mosquito season arriving in Europe, "the possibility of local transmission combined with the likelihood of onward sexual transmission could see a marked increase in the number of people with Zika and related complications," WHO assistant director general Marie-Paule Kieny told a scientific Zika conference in Paris.

"As seasonal temperatures begin to rise in Europe, two species of Aedes mosquito which we know transmit the virus will begin to circulate," said Kieny.

"The mosquito knows no border."

About 600 disease experts from 43 nations are gathering in the French capital to pore over scant but increasingly worrisome data about the Zika virus sweeping Latin America and threatening the world.

Despite a flurry of research, very little is known about Zika -- how long it may hide out in the human body, the degree of risk of sexual transmission, the full list of diseases it may cause, and all of the mosquito species which can transmit it.

- 'Global emergency' -

Kieny described Zika, linked to severe brain damage in newborns and a rare neurological disorder in adults, as a "global emergency".

"The Zika emergency requires a rapid evolution of our knowledge base, concerted action and innovation if the virus and related complications are to be addressed efficiently."

The most urgent priority, she said, was for new tools with which to quickly diagnose the virus in infected people -- particularly in pregnant women whose babies risk being severely disabled by Zika.

"There is also a critical need for a vaccine but, as we know, it will take a few years before a fully tested and licensed vaccine is ready for use in public health sectors."

Range expanding of mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus Range expanding of mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus. AFP Photo

Developers in the United States, France, Brazil, India and Austria are working on 23 vaccine projects, Kieny said, and the feasibility of an "emergency-use" vaccine was being examined.

"As it will be used to protect pregnant women and women of childbearing age, a vaccine must meet extremely high standards of safety," Kieny said.

Recent scientific consensus is that Zika causes microcephaly, a disorder that causes severe brain damage in babies, and adult-onset neurological problems such as Guillain-Barre Syndrome, which can cause paralysis and death.

The two-day Zika expert meeting is being hosted by the Institut Pasteur, with backing from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, the European Commission and the WHO. - Yahoo.


MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: "Seismic Intensity" - Over 865 AFTERSHOCKS Registered In Japanese Island Kyushu After Initial Earthquake!

Collapsed houses caused by an earthquake are seen in Mashiki town, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo April 15, 2016Kyodo/Reuters

April 25, 2016 - JAPAN - About 865 aftershocks have been registered in the Japanese Kyushu island after recent massive earthquake, the Japan Meteorological Agency said Sunday in a statement.

At least 865 aftershocks have been registered in the prefectures of Kumamoto and Oita on the southwestern Japanese island of Kyushu after last week's massive earthquake that hit the region, the Japan Meteorological Agency said Sunday in a statement.

A deadly 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit the Kumamoto region on April 14 and a magnitude-7.3 quake struck the southern island of Kyushu on April 16.

"Experiencing earthquakes since the earthquake on [April] 14 at 21:26, by [April] 24 at 15:00 we observed the seismic intensity more than 865 times," the statement reads.

The multiple earthquakes have claimed the lives of 48 people and injured over 2,000, with two persons still remaining missing.

- Sputnik.