Saturday, April 23, 2011

Planetary Tremors: Precursors To An Imminent Disaster In America - Severe Weather Hits America - Monster Tornado Strikes and Shuts Down St. Louis Airport, Blowing Out Glass and Overturning Cars?!


A powerful storm packing heavy , hail and a strong damaged parts of an airport in St. Louis when it hit Friday. The tornado shattered glass, twisted metal and blew out plate-glass windows in the main terminal at Lambert, St. Louis International Airport.

Heavy winds from a severe storm caused significant damage, shattered windows and sent debris raining down on passengers at an airport in St. Louis Friday night. The Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is closed indefinitely while officials investigate the damage, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay told reporters. "There was a reported sighting of a tornado. Although that has not been confirmed, that storm caused significant damage to the airport," he said. The reported tornado twisted metal and blew out plate-glass windows in the airport's main terminal, CNN affiliate KSDK reported. Four people were transported to nearby hospitals with injuries, Slay said. Passengers were hit with flying glass and debris as winds ripped off part of the roof in the airport's C concourse, the station reported. One witness described a chaotic scene outside the terminal as officials evacuated passengers from at least one aircraft. "The plane was rocking back and forth," said Brett Knewitz of Albuquerque, New Mexico, who was on a plane that was about to take off from the airport when the storm hit. Initially officials did not allow evacuated passengers into the airport, he said, because of concerns that the building's roof would collapse. Once he was allowed inside, Knewitz said he saw an injured gate agent. "She was bleeding like crazy," he said. - CNN



Damage, possibly from a tornado, was also reported at several towns near the airport — Maryland Heights, Bridgeton, St. Ann, Ferguson and Florissant. Interstate 270 in that area was closed. Trees and power lines were down. A tractor-trailer was sitting on its end. Unconfirmed tornadoes were reported near New Melle and Dardenne Prairie in St. Charles County. St. Charles County Sheriff's Lt. Craig McGuire said there were early reports of at least 20 homes damaged in the county. "It was pretty wicked," he said. In downtown St. Louis, Busch Stadium officials hurriedly moved Cardinals fans to a safe area as tornado sirens blared. The game with the Cincinnati Reds was delayed for hours. The utility company Ameren Missouri reported more than 39,000 power outages. In Maryland Heights, a police dispatcher said a tornado hit the area, damaging homes and power lines. The dispatcher, who refused to give her name, said several officers were out dealing with reports of gas leaks and downed trees that were blocking roadways. The department said it was unclear if there were any injuries. The city's community center was being opened as a shelter Friday night for residents affected by the storm. "It looks like we probably had a couple touchdowns around Maryland Heights," said Mary Vaughan, director of parks and recreation for the city. "We got some damage. I don't even know all of it." - NPR
Here are some scenes from the airport, courtesy of CNN affiliate KPLR.


The National Weather Service (NWS) has confirmed that 14 tornadoes struck the state of Indiana and the number is expected to rise as the NWS crews from Louisville, Kentucky continue to survey damage in Dubois, Orange, Scott and Jefferson counties.



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2011: 100 Days of Disasters - A Planet In A Geological Upheaval!



2011 has been plagued with floods, cyclones, earthquakes, a tsunami and now the threat of a nuclear meltdown. Join Dr Andrew Rochford of Australia's Ten television network, as he explore a deeper meaning and ask is the worst yet to come?

In the following video playlist, Rochford looks at the earthquakes in Japan, Argentina, China, Chile, New Zealand; tsunami in Japan; floods in Australia, Pakistan and across the globe; and the mass die-off of birds, fish and other animals worldwide. In his examination of these Earth changes and weather anomalies, he also cover topics such as the Maya calendar and prophecy of 2012, the Torah Code, solar maximum and flares, climate change, global warming, magnetic fields, pole shifts and the arrivals of celestial objects in the Solar System such as a brown dwarf, Planet X, Nibiru and/or Nemesis.




PLANETARY TREMORS: 6.9 Quake Rattles the Solomon Islands!


The Solomon Islands which lies in the highly active earthquake and volcano zone, the Pacific "Ring of Fire", experienced strong seismic tremors this morning, that jolted the mainland and the outlying islands.

A strong 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck off the Solomon Islands on Saturday, sparking panic but no immediate reports of damage and no tsunami alert. The underwater quake hit 58 kilometres (36 miles) southwest of Kira Kira, on Makira Island, and 206 kilometres southeast of the Pacific nation's capital Honiara, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. The quake, which the USGS initially said packed a magnitude of 7.1, struck at a depth of about 35 kilometres, at 4.30 pm (0530 GMT). It was reported to be among the strongest earthquakes felt in Honiara for a decade and sent people fleeing from their homes into the capital's streets. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a bulletin, but no warning, saying "no destructive widespread tsunami threat exists based on historical earthquake and tsunami data". However, it warned earthquakes of such a magnitude "sometimes generate local tsunamis that can be destructive along coasts located within 100 kilometres of the earthquake epicentre. "Authorities in the region of the epicentre should be aware of this possibility and take action." The National Disaster Council (NDC) said word was yet to be received from officers and police in areas closest to the epicentre, but no damage had been reported. "So far we have not received any reports of damage or casualties," an NDC spokesman told AFP. The Solomons lies in the "Pacific ring of fire", a highly active earthquake zone that regularly experiences earthquakes, most recently a 6.8-magnitude quake in April, without a tsunami or reports of damage. A string of tremors rocked the western Solomon Islands in January, with the largest of 7.2 causing a tsunami estimated at eight feet (nearly 2.5 metres). Around 1,000 people -- almost a third of the population -- are believed to have been left homeless on Rendova island due to earthquake and tsunami damage. In April 2007, an 8.0-magnitude earthquake in the western Solomons triggered a tsunami that killed more than 50 people and displaced thousands. Gizo harbour lost most of its wharves and jetties in the quake and subsequent tsunami. - AFP.

The Pacific "Ring of Fire" Fault Zones is really experiencing high activity. Take a look at the following list from the USGS.




MASS ANIMAL DIE-OFF: Dozens of Dead Sharks Washed Up In Florida!


It was only yesterday, that I highlighted the story of at least a dozen leopard sharks have been found dead or dying within the past several days in bayfront lagoons in Redwood City, putting local researchers on alert for some kind of infection or toxic discharge in San Francisco Bay. In Manatee County, another 15 dead sharks washed up on Florida beaches.

A mystery is brewing on Manatee County's beautiful beaches -- researchers are trying to figure out why sharks are washing ashore dead. Recently more than a dozen dead sharks were found on the north ends of Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island. "There were no real indicators of what went wrong with them," Dr. Nick Whitney, Staff Scientist for the Center for Shark Research at MOTE Marine Laboratory said. "There are no obvious signs of damage from fishing or net damage or anything like that." The species of sharks found were bonnetheads, blacknose and sharpnose. Whitney said he's ruled out the possibility that the sharks died as a result of last year's oil spill. "Oil spill is pretty unlikely because these animals tend to be coastal," said Whitney. "They move up and down coast, but they wouldn't tend to go off shore and in deep water where oil is." For now, Whitney says what happened to these sharks remains a mystery. Researchers have sent samples from the sharks to a different lab to try and see if red tide killed them. However, they say this is highly unlikely since they have not detected any red tide in the area. MOTE researchers say finding a dead shark now and then is not rare, but it is uncommon to find a group of them dead within a few days. - BayNews9




PLANETARY TREMORS: 19 Quakes in Taal Volcano in the Philippines!


After advising and urging the vulnerable population living near the Taal Volcano to evacuate immediately, the Philippines, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has since detected an increase in the swarm of earthquakes in the restive volcano.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) today said 19 volcanic earthquakes, two of which felt at Intensity 2 and Intensity 3, were recorded in Taal Volcano in the past 24 hours. Phivolcs said an Intensity 2 quake was felt in Barangay Calauit on the southeastern part of the restive volcano at 12:23 a.m. Friday. Another quake that occurred at 4:31 a.m. today was felt at Intensity 3 in Barangay Pira-piraso at the northeastern part of the volcano island. The agency said the Intensity 3 quake was "accompanied by rumbling sounds." Phivolcs added that the temperature at the main crater lake increased from 30.5°C to 31.5°C. Alert Level 2 remained hoisted over the volcano. "Hence, PHIVOLCS advises the public that the Main Crater, Daang Kastila Trail and Mt. Tabaro (1965 -1977 Eruption Site) are strictly off-limits because sudden hazardous steam-driven explosions may occur and high concentrations of toxic gases may accumulate," Phivolcs said. - PhilStar.


EARTH CHANGES: A New Reality - The Deluge of Weather Anomalies!


We continue our look at the escalating changes on planet Earth by looking at several areas around the world.

In Indonesia, the flooding and heavy inundation of waters increases.

INDONESIAN DELUGE!

At least 146 houses in the hamlet Sugihan, Kedungsumber Village, Sub Temayang, Bojonegoro, East Java, hit by flash floods on Friday morning. Flooding also soak the provincial road axis linking Bojonegoro-Nganjuk with the level 60 centimeters. That's after a heavy rain that menguyur Bojonegoro southern region for nearly two hours that triggers the overflow of pacing and Kali River Pacal. As a result, about 15 hectares 40-day-old rice plants damaged property residents hit by flash floods that carry the mud material. Based on the data, the flash floods that occurred in the hamlet Sugihan, Kedungsumber Village, District Temayang, occurred after the heavy rain that lasted from 20:30 pm, Thursday night. "The rice plant was damaged by the collapse hit by flash floods," said village chief Kedungsumber Educate Saputro, Friday. He said the flooding was due to heavy rainfall that triggered the southern region Bojonegoro deforestation in the last five years.That fact makes the region a subscription area of flash floods. Moreover, if rain occurs more than two hours by high rainfall. Admittedly, in this year's new flash flood swept this once. However, in 2010, recorded a similar accident took place during nine times. - Media Indonesia
...section road that connects Atambua, capital of Belu regency, East Nusa Tenggara, with five districts in the southern district until Friday can not be skipped. Road section was broken since Wednesday early days of Bridge Wemasa Lekuken Village, District Kobalima, breaking hit by flooding. Isolated districts including West Malacca which is still flooded. Four other districts of Central Malacca, Weliman, Wewiku, and Rinhart. Officials from the Department of Public Works and Housing has been deployed to establish local emergency bridge. But until now those efforts can not be done because of flooding. Broken bridges resulting in the distribution of aid to disaster victims in the villages in West Malaka was hampered because roads are the only access to the five districts. Society for Disaster Management Coordinator Ronni NTT Seran said, road erosion is also found in the Forest Kateri, tens of kilometers from the location of the road cut. "The government needs to build an alternative route for the distribution of aid back to normal," he said. - Media Indonesia.
In Bangladesh, the Dharla erosion has effectively rendered 35 families homeless as the erosion threatens fresh areas in the Morrelganj region.

MAJOR SOIL EROSION IN BANGLADESH!

At least 35 families in three villages of Kulaghat union under Sadar upazila were rendered homeless in the last three days due to sudden erosion by the Dharla River. The erosion-hit villages are Ghaterpar, Vatiyatari and Shimulbari. Affected people at Ghaterpar village told this correspondent that erosion took a devastating turn devouring several homesteads in the last three days. Mofizul Islam,48, of Ghaterpar said, "Erosion by the Dharla has made me a destitute. My homestead has been eroded for the third time on Tuesday evening. Now my five-member family has taken shelter in a relative's house at a neighbouring village.” Mozammel Haque,50, of Shimulbari said that a dozen families in his village have been rendered homeless by the Dharla erosion in the last three days. “Dharla erosion is continuing in these villages. The river has already devoured 35 homesteads till today (Wednesday noon). Many villagers are now leaving their homesteads in fear of erosion. Many fields with standing crops especially maize have gone into the river,” said Kulagha UP chairman Shahjahan Miah. Erosion-hit people of Vatiyatari village told this correspondent that the river has devoured at least 50 acres of cultivable land, some orchards, bamboo clusters during the period. Monsur Ali,45, of the village said “I had only three decimals of my homestead. Dharla has eroded it away this morning. Now we have taken shelter on a government land."... Continued erosion by Panguchhi River has made this road virtually unusable for vehicles, hampering communication between Morrelganj and Sharankhola upazilas in Bagerhat district. Erosion threatens three more academic institutions, police station, health complex, government staff quarters, private dwellings and several hundred acres of land in Morrelganj upazila of Bagerhat district. The Panguchi River devoured thousands of houses, shops and markets, mosques, temples and churches, academic institutions and several thousand acres of land in the last ten years, leaving thousands of people homeless. The affected people have been staying in makeshift camps at the upazila headquarters without getting any sort of help either from the government and non-governmental organisations. The river erosion has not only disrupted transport services between Morrelganj and Sharankhola upazilas but also devoured many places of historical interest. The memorial for Robert Morrel is also on the verge of disappearance due to the unabated erosion by the Panguchi River. - The Daily Star.  

As Bangladesh suffers from soil erosion, a new mysterious crack has suddenly opened up in Thailand stretching over 100 metres.

THAILAND CRACKS UP!
...the area at the end of the village, Don Melee, 12 miles from the Lam Pao dam about 300 meters, which was a stampede to the villagers. Due to the nature of the land segregation occurs at various locations. Some 100 meters long, but alternating with the same depth of approximately 3 meters, measured from the ground. The villagers knew. Many flock to see. President SAO Sao Lao said that the problem of isolation was a stampede to the public. Because segregation is found. After the earthquake happened at Myanmar and Laos which were tens of points within the same area. With a depth of about 3 meters with the same size. Also adjacent to the Lam Pao Dam. Makes people believe that the separation may be related to natural disasters. Department of Resource Geology... The first rift that is not very wide. But now back grows ever wider. It also occurs at various locations. Some tens of meters long and less than 3 meters deep and make people afraid. The earth will fall down. So I want the officials concerned to expedite the check immediately. Separate events, Never happened before. - INN News. [Translated] 
Thailand has also been experiencing a deluge of heavy rains too.


The level of the Amazon River in Peru in the last few weeks has increased from its normal level of 110.42 meters above sea to 117 meters and are threatening to flood the southern Iquitos region, Peru's Regional National Defense Office said on Wednesday.

AMAZON RIVER LEVEL RISING RAPIDLY!
Iquitos regional defense chief Robert Falcon said the level is expected to reach 117.46 meters this week, surpassing the river's critical level of 117 meters registered last week and prompting authorities to issue an alert for the risk of flooding. Flooding has already been reported in the San Juan, Belen and Punchana municipalities where many houses are affected, Falcon said, while the government of the Maynas province has declared a state of emergency for the town of Iquitos. This will allow prioritizing aid for the affected people in their temporary settlements. In the Maynas municipality, the floods have affected more than 5,264 people, 10 roads and 270 houses, while 130 families had to be evacuated. - XINHUANET.
A new study and satellite information has also revealed widespread reductions in the greenness of Amazon forests caused by the last year's record-breaking drought.

AMAZON FOREST DYING!

"The greenness levels of Amazonian vegetation – a measure of its health – decreased dramatically over an area more than three and one-half times the size of Texas and did not recover to normal levels, even after the drought ended in late October 2010," says Liang Xu of Boston University and the study's lead author. The drought sensitivity of Amazon rainforests is a subject of intense study. Computer models predict that in a changing climate with warmer temperatures and altered rainfall patterns, the ensuing moisture stress could cause some of the rainforests to be replaced by grasslands or woody savannas. This would release the carbon stored in the rotting wood into the atmosphere, and could accelerate global warming. The United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has warned similar droughts could be more frequent in the Amazon region in the future. - Environmental Research Web
Speaking of droughts, in Switzerland, a leading climate scientist warned that Europe should take action over increasing drought and floods, stressing that some climate change trends were clear despite variations in predictions. This comes against the background of one of the worst droughts on record for the Swiss.

RECORD DROUGHT IN SWITZERLAND!
Swiss officials began moving trout from a river this week to save them from plunging water levels, amid one of the worst droughts to hit the country in 150 years. "2011 is off to a good start to finish as one of the most significant droughts since 1864," the year when records began in Switzerland, said Olivier Duding, a climatologist from Swiss weather service Meteosuisse. Across Switzerland, rainfall measured from January to date is half that of previous years' average. Eastern Switzerland's ski resort of Sils-Maria has recorded the beginning of 2011 as the driest since records began. In canton Zurich, officials began moving trout this week from the river Toess before their habitat dried up. Meanwhile, cracked mud line the shores of western Switzerland's Lake Gruyere where water levels have also plunged. According to Meteosuisse, the drought in western Switzerland over the last 12 months is as severe as those recorded in 1884 and 1921. Several cantons have also imposed bans on lighting fire in and close to forests. "It is very dry in Switzerland, there has been a snow shortage, a water shortage through winter," said Urs Vogt, who manages Suckler Cow Switzerland, an association which champions keeping calves with their mothers after birth. Vogt warned that once the cows have fed on this spring's first greens, there may be little left for coming months, as "there is little growth in the prairies." Farmers may have to turn to alternatives, such as hay, dried grass or corn silage, to feed their cattle, said Andreas Muenger, a scientist at the Federal Office for Agriculture's research body Agroscope. The impact of the current drought will stretch through next winter. - Terra Daily
Terra Daily is also reporting that Russia is on track to experience another summer of catastrophic wildfires due to a lack of prevention measures and misdirected state funds.

RUSSIA FEARS ANOTHER WILDFIRE CRISIS!

Last year's record heatwave and drought escalated wildfires in central Russia out of control, killing dozens, threatening military and nuclear facilities, and causing a health crisis in Moscow with acrid smoke. As seasonal fires begin to rage in Siberia and other regions, there are few signs that Russia has the adequate measures in place to avoid a repeat of 2010, said Russian Greenpeace firefighting programme chief Grigory Kuksin. And the legal amendments introduced since last summer have actually made matters worse, he added. "There has been substantial money allocated for purchasing firefighting equipment, but it is used to buy heavy equipment for large fires that cannot be used for preventing fires when they start," Kuksin told AFP. "Dead trees left over from last year's fires have not been cleared, and will make fires worse," he said. "And wildfire professionals called in to help the emergency ministry last year have never been paid for their work. I don't see any change for the better, since last summer things have gotten worse" and new norms are merely cosmetic, making it harder to pin responsibility to specific officials, he said. Russia's emergency ministry admitted last week that there was not enough equipment or money to put out forest fires, and that their monitoring was insufficient.
At least 40 people were missing and believed dead following a landslide in southern Philippines early Friday, military officials said and at least 20 people are feared dead and five others injured after a mine tunnel collapsed in Compostela Valley in Mindanao, a radio report said Friday.

Six people were rescued by soldiers, policemen and civilians after a part of a mountain collapsed in Panganason, Kingking village, Pantukan town, in Mindanao's Compostela Valley province around 2:30 a.m., according to Camilo Ligayo, commander of an army brigade in the area. Three helicopters from the military's Eastern Mindanao Command were already dispatched to the site to help ferry possible survivors while sniffer dogs from the army were also sent in to help rescuers locate survivors, Ligayo told Xinhua by phone. "Our rescue efforts are concentrated on a collapsed mine in the area where five miners were reportedly trapped as voices were reportedly heard from the shaft. It is possible that the victims are still alive," Ligayo said, adding they were bracing for the worst. The military official said intermittent rains in past few days may have loosened the soil in the tunnel-saturated village, causing the landslide. The site of Friday's disaster, which sits in a gold-rich mountain, was also the site of some previous landslides, with the most recent one in 2010 which killed 26 people... Local authorities are conducting search-and-rescue operations following the incident at Sitio Panganason, Brgy. Kingking, Pantukan town, Bombo Radyo reported. The report cited an initial information from the Compostela Valley Police Provincial Office that 20 people were killed while five were rescued and were rushed to the Patukan District Hospital. It quoted provincial police chief Senior Superintendent Aaron Aquino as saying the incident occurred at 2:30 a.m. Friday. The initial police report said one of the tunnels collapsed, and buried the houses below. Authorities fear there could be more casualties as the people in the area were sleeping when the incident occurred, the report added. -  XINHUANET
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MASS ANIMAL DIE-OFF: Penguin & Krill Populations in Freefall!


Numbers of Chinstrap and Adélie penguins in the Antarctic Peninsula region have dropped by more than 50 percent in the last 30 years, driven mainly by dramatic declines in supplies of tiny, shrimp-like krill, their main prey, says a new study.

Krill, meanwhile, have declined by 40 to 80 percent, due primarily to rapidly warming temperatures in the area -- the South Shetland Islands near the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula and nearby sites. This is one of the fastest-warming places on the planet with winter mean temperatures some 10 degrees Fahrenheit warmer now than in pre-industrial times. Researchers previously thought that chinstrap penguins would flourish as temperatures warmed because they winter in the open water near ice edges, unlike Adélie penguins, which winter on pack ice. In earlier years, chinstraps did better in warmer winters, while Adélie penguins grew their numbers in cold winters with lots of ice. But since around 1980, both types of penguins have declined dramatically and now researchers believe that they can point to plummeting populations of krill. - Discovery

Planetary Tremors: Spewing Kamchatka Volcano Threaten Wildlife!


The months-long volcanic eruption in Russia is now threatening the nearby fauna.

The continuing eruption of the Kizimen Volcano in Kamchatka poses a threat to wild reindeer which are listed as endangered species. As the volcano continues to spew ash for hundreds of kilometers, reindeer are leaving their traditional habitat for lack of fodder. Reindeer moss, the animals’ only food in winter, is buried under a thick crust of ice and ash. Experts from the Krontosky Nature Reserve warn that Kamchatka’s less than 1,000 reindeer may die out as a result of the eruption. Kizimen, one of the 29 acting volcanoes in Kamchatka, has been spewing ash since December 2010. - Voice of Russia.