Wednesday, May 11, 2011
The crest of the swollen Mississippi River has rolled past Memphis, Tennessee, and into the mostly poor, fertile Delta region. Floodwaters have already washed away crops, damaged hundreds of homes and closed casinos key to the area's economy. After weeks of storms and floods, Memphians awoke today to the highest river they'd seen in 74 years.
According to government officials, the Mississippi River flooding may swamp 3 million acres, an area almost the size of Connecticut, as high waters move south and threaten Louisiana.
Ecologists in Kazakh are investigating the mass death of seals off the shore of the Caspian Sea.
Some 12-15 dead seals have washed up over the past week on the western Kazakh shore of the Caspian Sea, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports. Erik Utebaliev, a local resident, told RFE/RL he found 10-12 dead Caspian seals of all ages, from full-grown adults to pups, on May 3 and three more on May 8. Kirill Osin, director of the nongovernmental organization EKO Mangistau, told RFE/RL he and his colleagues planned to inspect the seals on May 10 and take tissue samples for analysis to try to determine whether they were poisoned. He said he had only seen photos of the dead animals and it was too early to speculate about the cause of death. Osin recalled that the local authorities attributed a mass death of seals in the region two years ago to a virus and inclement weather. He rejected that conclusion, noting that dead seals are found only in the vicinity of intensive exploitation of offshore oil deposits. Officials from Mangystau Oblast Governor Krymbek Kusherbaev's office told RFE/RL that he was attending the traditional Victory Day parade and was unavailable for comment. The first mass deaths of seals in Mangystau took place in 2000. Over 330 seals died in 2006, reportedly from a virus, then almost 1,000 in 2007 and over 350 in 2009. In March 2010, Kazakh Deputy Environment Protection Minister Eldana Sadbakasova told journalists that the seal population numbered some 8,000 but was rapidly falling due to intensive fishing that deprived the seals of their main source of food. The Caspian seal population is currently estimated to be around 100,000 -- less than 10 percent of what it was a century ago. The Caspian seal, which is spotted, is the Caspian's lone mammal species, and is not found anywhere else in the world. Among the smallest of the "true seals," most Caspian seals inhabit the southern Caspian Sea area from May to September. In the fall, they migrate northward to breed and bear pups. - RFERL.
Yesterday, I reported on the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that hit Loyalty Islands, in the South Pacific off the French territory of New Caledonia. Although the quake was later revised and downgraded to a 6.8 by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the islands continue to feel the onslaught of the seismic tremors. At the time of writing, the USGS has detected 21 earthquakes since yesterday. The frequency of these earthquakes seems to be pointing towards maximum seismic strain release and greater activity between the Australian and the Pacific tectonic plates, since the South Pacific constitutes a boundary zone between the two.
The cases of mass animal die-offs continue, as dozens of dead dolphins was found washed up along the coast of Southern Ukraine, yesterday.
In what appears to be another cases of extreme land cracking, subsidence and sinking; massive sinkholes are suddenly appeared in Vietnam, providing more evidence of the ongoing geological upheaval taking place on planet Earth.
Have a look at these images and the translated reports that accompany them.
A rain of stones, in garden Le Van Thuong, Tri Thuan hamlet, Huong Vinh commune, Huong Khe district, Ha Tinh very deep hole to appear. Le Van Thuong said shocked, about 21h30 on 3 / 5 when the house he was watching television when he heard strange noises behind the garden. Not understand what happened, his family succumbed to 5-6 Australia Australia strong language like someone throwing stones into the well. Flashlight quickly run out, horror of seeing land adjacent to appear next to the kitchen is a deep hole and subsidence cloudy yellow water spray to cool. More terrifying, the land around the pit to miss OAM oap. Am 4 / 5, he often reported to the authorities to learn the job. At the site of the landslides are two large sinkholes, each hole has a diameter of nearly 8 meters deep, flooding more than 8 m long bamboo pole. Two pits are located to keep their crop garden, the kitchen is only about 3 - 5 meters. Cloudy and cool water in the lake is stunning in yellow. More ominously, the land in these two craters are continuing foot-and large cracks appeared more running around the pit area and other areas around 200m2. According to Mr. Phan Van Binh, deputy director of the Environmental Protection Department (Department of Natural Resources and Environment of Ha Tinh Province) is the phenomenon of irregular subsidence could not confirm the cause. Huong Vinh commune authorities are forced to relocate his family to Le Van Thuong from dangerous areas and fence around the garden is not plugged to a stranger on earth watching in order to avoid falling down pits. - Xaluan.
A landslide reportedly hit Vinh Dai hamlet, Huong Vinh commune in the northern central province of Ha Tinh on May 3 night, creating two deep holes around 5 meters deep and 6 meters in diameter. Several cracks run around the two holes whose mouths measure up to 8 meters in diameter. Le Van Thuong, a local resident, said: “We heard a strange sound from our vegetable garden at 9:30 pm on May 3 when we were sleeping.” To our surprise, we saw a deep hole, just 4 meters away from our kitchen and immediately witnessed another landslide that resulted in the second hole. The yellow water inside the pits bubbles up,” Thuong added. Many curisousity seekers rushed to the scene after hearing his shout. Local authorities called on residents to help move his house 50 meters away from the holes just in case and have promptly instructed locals to fix the cracks and prevent possible landslides in the coming time. The cause of the incident so far remains unknown. - Bee.net.
Animal Behavior: Precursors To An Imminent Disaster In America - Cicadas Suddenly Emerge In US South After 13 Years Underground?
The Cicada, Brood XIX, insect is expected to appear in record numbers during the spring of 2011 in the United States of America. In early May, they began to emerge from the ground near Nashville, Tennessee. Although, they are expected to hang around for a month, it is quite possible that they might be using their keen sense to avoid an imminent or pending disaster, given the fact that it has been scientifically proven that animals have been known to swarm, collect or move to different area from their usual gathering spot prior to a devastating disaster such as an earthquake, tsunami or floods.
It should be noted that Tennessee, along with Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Mississippi comprise the states that provides the greatest potentially threaten parts for earthquakes that occur in the New Madrid Seismic Zone, a major seismic zone and a prolific source of earthquakes within a tectonic plate in the southern and midwestern United States, stretching to the southwest from New Madrid, Missouri. In a report filed in November 2008, The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency warned that a serious earthquake in the New Madrid Seismic Zone could result in "the highest economic losses due to a natural disaster in the United States," further predicting "widespread and catastrophic" damage across Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, and particularly Tennessee, where a 7.7 magnitude quake or greater would cause damage to tens of thousands of structures affecting water distribution, transportation systems, and other vital infrastructure. The earthquake is expected to also result in many thousands of fatalities, with more than 4,000 of the fatalities expected in Memphis alone.
I have been looking at several images from different websites, since this morning and I am seriously wondering if planet Earth experienced a major wobble or a shifting of its figure axis, the imaginary line around which the world's mass is balanced, about 33 feet (10 meters) from the north-south axis?
Firstly, have a look at the magnetosphere simulation:
Heightened particle density and pressure. Could be the Sun? Let's check.
APPROACHING ACTIVE REGION: A sunspot located just behind the sun's eastern limb erupted during the waning hours of May 9th, hurling a spectacular coronal mass ejection into space. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory photographed hot magnetic loops towering over the edge of the sun in the aftermath of the explosion. Earth was not in the line of fire this time, but the active region is approaching the Earthside of the sun, so future blasts could be geoeffective. - SpaceWeather.com.Relatively quiet, as it relates to Earth. However, the Astrotometry watch service of the Cosabio Virtual Institute did forecast that recent features observed on the solar corona may indicate the approach of a very strong seismic event centered between 4 degrees north latitude and 18 degrees south latitude.
This warning was provided on April 28th through to May 5th, but the shape and duration of these disturbances often extends beyond the earthquake watch period and recent seismic activity certainly proves that. Let's check with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
Earthquakes are littered all over the globe and especially along the Pacific "Ring of Fire," with two major earthquakes over the last few days, today's 7.1 magnitude (later revised to 6.8) in Loyalty Islands and yesterday's 6.3 off the west of Macquarie Islands. This is also reflected on the Live Internet Seismic Server (LISS). Bands of seismic tremors can be seen in the spikes on the telemetry data.
Obviously something other than the usual shifting surface mass of melting glaciers or moving ocean currents, is at play here, as the planet seems to be wobbling off balance.
Following the March 11th mega-earthquake in Japan, high-precision GPS instruments had calculated that the quake had shifted parts of Japan by as much as 13 feet or 4 metres. Is it possible that the same type of lurching from fault plates is happening here, shifting Earth's overall mass distribution and creating a wobble effect?
If you look at the majority of the data from the LISS website, you would see that a majority of the spikes occurred at American stations. Is it possible that we are seeing precursors to a monumental event on the North American continent? A recent report in the Daily Mail, provides scientific proof that currently America and Europe are drifting apart, with a growing gap occurring between two tectonic plates in an area riddled with faults, valleys, volcanoes and hot springs.
Swimming through an area of extreme natural beauty, this diver surveys the underwater canyons on his either side. But this British scuba diver is actually between two tectonic plates. Alex Mustard, 36, dived 80ft into the crevice between the North American and Eurasian plates near Iceland to capture these spectacular photos. Mr Mustard snapped away as he and his dive partners swam through fresh water canyons Silfra, Nes and Nikulasargja, which are up to 200ft deep. He also took photos of the Arnarnes Strytur chimney, which forms a cloudy plume as 80C water is ejected from Earth's crust and hits the cool 4C seawater. Mr Mustard, from Southampton, said: 'The photos show diving in the unique underwater world of Iceland which, like on land, is formed by the volcanic landscape of the country. 'Many people visit Iceland to see these features on land but they also continue underwater. 'For a scuba diver these are spectacular places to visit - being able to fly through the clear water and explore the fault lines in three dimensions. 'I have dived all around the world and this is almost certainly the clearest water I have ever been in. 'Many people have an experience of vertigo from the sheer walls and clear water.'The next couple of weeks should be very interesting, especially with the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) National Level Exercise 2011 (NLE 2011) just a few days away and given its multiple-jurisdictional objectives to simulate the catastrophic nature of a major earthquake in the central United States region of the New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ). In addition, one can't help but wonder about the rationale behind the US Army Corps of Engineers' intentional Levee breach and flooding of the New Madrid Fault as a solution to the historic Mississippi floods. Could the blast or the massive amounts of water seeping into the fault line, trigger off a mega-earthquake? Is this just a coincidence?