Thursday, October 24, 2013

MASS BIRD/ANIMAL DIE-OFF: Over 170,000 Birds And Over 4,000 Livestock Killed From Flooding In Odisha, India!

October 24, 2013 - INDIA - Apart from 44 human lives, the twin calamities of cyclone and floods had taken a toll on 4,393 animals and 1,70,970 birds including chickens in , official sources said today.




"1,487 big animals including cattle and 2,906 small animals like goats were killed in the cyclone and floods," Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) P K Mohapatra said.

Ahead of the calamity, the state government had evacuated 31,062 cattle, but it was not possible to shift all animals and birds from five km of the sea shore, he said.

Replying a question, the SRC said 533.25 MT of cattle feed have been distributed in the 17 calamity hit districts.

Animal and bird carcasses were disposed by volunteers of Anandmarg, Fisheries and Animal Resource Minister Debi Prasad Mishra said, adding 13 mobile teams comprising veterinary doctors have been sent to the affected districts to monitor the health of cattle and birds.

This apart, Mishra said the state government has set up 224 mobile medical teams which have so far treated 10,552 animals in different districts. - Business Standard.




GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: Absolutely Stunning Images Of Disaster Impact From Philippine Quake - Miles-Long Rocky Wall Emerges, Major Road Collapse, Cracks, Ruptures And Massive Land Subsidence! [PICTURES]

October 24, 2013 - PHILIPPINES - A deadly earthquake that struck the Philippines last week created a spectacular rocky wall that stretches for kilometres (miles) through farmlands, astounded geologists said Thursday.

Dramatic pictures of the Earth-altering power of the 7.1-magnitide quake  have emerged as the government worked to mend the broken central island of  Bohol, ground zero of the destruction.

This photo taken on October 22, 2013 shows residents standing next to a huge crack creating a rock wall in
the village of Anonang, Inabanga town, Bohol province brought about by the 7.2-magnitude quake which
hit the province October 15. A deadly earthquake that struck the Philippines last week created a spectacular
rocky wall that stretches for kilometres (miles) through farmlands, astounded geologists said October 24.
AFP PHOTO

A “ground rupture” pushed up a stretch of ground by up to three metres (10  feet), creating a wall of rock above the epicentre, Maria Isabel Abigania, a  geologist at the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, told AFP.

“Our people have walked five kilometres (three miles) so far and not found  the end of this wall,” she said, as experts from the institute surveyed the  damage.

“So far we have not gotten any reports of people getting swallowed up in  these cracks. The fault runs along a less-populated area.”    A photograph on the institute’s website showed part of the rock wall  grotesquely rising on farmland behind an unscathed bamboo hut.

This undated handout photo released on October 24, 2013 by Philippine Institute of Volcanology and
Seismology (Phivolcs) shows a house standing atop a huge crack which geologists called as "lateral
spreading" in the village of Bagtic, Catigbian town, Bohol province after the 7.2-magnitude quake hit
the province October 15. A deadly earthquake that struck the Philippines last week created a spectacular
rocky wall that stretches for kilometres (miles) through farmlands, astounded geologists said October 24.
AFP PHOTO/ Phivolcs

This photo taken on October 22, 2013 shows a resident standing next to a huge crack, which created a rock
wall in the village of Anonang, Inabanga town, Bohol province brought about by the 7.2-magnitude quake
which hit the province October 15. A deadly earthquake that struck the Philippines last week created a
spectacular rocky wall that stretches for kilometres (miles) through farmlands,
astounded geologists said October 24. AFP PHOTO

Villagers stand near a portion of a damaged highway in Getafe, Bohol a day after an earthquake hit central
Philippines October 16, 2013. The death toll from a Philippine earthquake rose to 107 on Wednesday,
as rescuers dug through the rubble of a church and a hospital in search of more victims.
REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Another house was shown lodged in a crack of the Earth, while a big hole on  the ground opened up at a banana farm.

Renato Solidum, head of the institute, said the ground fissures from the  quake, which killed 198 people on Bohol and two nearby islands, were among the  largest recorded since the government agency began keeping quake records in  1987.

“Most of our other quake records show a lateral (sideways) tearing of the  earth, though we’ve also had coral reefs rising from the sea,” he said, citing  a 6.7-magnitude earthquake that hit the central island of Negros last year.

An aerial shot of houses buried by a landslide in the aftermath of a strong earthquake that struck Bohol
province, is seen central Philippines in this picture provided by the Philippine Air force October 16, 2013.
The death toll from a Philippine earthquake rose to 107 on Wednesday, as rescuers dug through the
rubble of a church and a hospital in search of more victims.
REUTERS/Philippines Air Force/Handout via Reuters

This undated handout photo released on October 24, 2013 by Philippine Institute of Volcanology and
Seismology (Phivolcs) shows a house standing next to a ground rupture creating a rock wall in the village of
Anonang,Inabanga town, Bohol province brought about by the 7.2-magnitude quake which hit the province
October 15. A deadly earthquake that struck the Philippines last week created a spectacular rocky
wall that stretches for kilometres (miles) through farmlands, astounded geologists said October 24.
AFP PHOTOAFP PHOTO/ Phivolcs

The Philippines lies on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire made up of  chains of islands created by volcanic eruption that are also frequently hit by  earthquakes.

President Benigno Aquino told reporters Thursday the institute had assured  him the worst was over, though Bohol would continue to be hit by aftershocks  over the next few weeks.

“There is no immediate danger” either from the aftershocks or from the  ground fissures, said Aquino, who slept in an army tent there overnight  Wednesday in solidarity with the survivors. - NST.



MASS FISH DIE-OFF: Hundreds, Maybe Thousands Of Dead Fish Appear In Little River - Locals In Kentucky Are Puzzled?!

October 24, 2013 - UNITED STATES - Homeowners on the Little River in Louisville are trying to figure out why hundreds of dead fish turned up in the water Saturday.


Dead fish found on the Little River. (Photo: Cherie Greenway)


Cherie Greenway said she first noticed the dead fish around noon on Saturday. She said she was walking along the water at her home when she saw hundreds – maybe even a thousand – dead fish belly up in the water.

She said she has never seen anything like it in the five years she lived there. Greenway said she's worried about what may have caused it.

"We have dogs that drink out of the lake," said Greenway. "The deer across the lake come here and drink water. And I'm just afraid it's going to kill them. I'm just sad to see these fish dying like that. It's sad because I feed those fish."

Greenway says an officer with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency checked out the situation Saturday evening.

The agent said he is not completely sure what killed the fish. He said it could have been a lack of oxygen because crews are currently lowering water levels. - WBIR.



PLAGUES & PESTILENCES: New Flu Virus, 'A/bat/Peru/10,' Found In Peruvian Bats!

October 24, 2013 - PERU - A brand new flu virus has been found in Peruvian bats, according to a new study from researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


A representation of the structure of a generic flu virus. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


The virus, called A/bat/Peru/10, belongs to a family of flu viruses known as influenza A, which mainly infect birds, but can also infect other animals, including people.

Influenza A viruses are named for two proteins on the virus' surface, hemagglutinin (H) and neuraminidase (N), such as H1N1. Previously, there were 17 known types of H proteins and 10 known types of N proteins. But the proteins on the surface of A/bat/Peru/10 are so distinct, that the researchers designated it a new virus: H18N11.

Tests done by the researchers so far suggest the virus is not an immediate concern for people, said study researcher Ruben Donis, associate director of Policy, Evaluation and Preparedness at the CDC’s Influenza Division. The researchers have not been able to grow the virus in human or primate cells, or by other methods, which is characteristic of viruses that do not infect humans, Donis said. The virus may have very specific requirements for growth, for instance it may only be able to replicate in the intestinal cells of bats, he said.

On the other hand, the researchers do not have enough information to say for sure that the new flu virus cannot eventually infect people, Donis said.

Last year, the same group of researchers identified a distinct influenza A virus, H17N10, in fruit bats living in Guatemala.

So far, flu viruses from bats are not known to infect people. But bats are known reservoirs for other types of pathogens that have found their way to humans, such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. Bats are also are suspected to be the original source of the virus causing the current outbreak of MERS.

Bats also provide a host for flu viruses to undergo genetic changes. The study found a high amount of genetic diversity among flu viruses in bats, indicating that flu viruses have evolved in bats for a very long time.

For some flu genes, "New World bats harbor more influenza virus genetic diversity than all other mammalian and avian species combined," the researchers wrote in the Oct. 10 issue of the journal PLOS Pathogens.

The researchers found the new virus after testing samples from 114 bats in Peru. One sample, from a flat-faced fruit bat known as Artibeus planirostris, was found to have H18N11. Blood testing of other bats suggested that they may have been infected with H18N11 in the past. The researchers still do not know how H18N11 attaches to cells to enter them. - Huffington Post.




GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Indonesia's Mount Sinabung Spits Powerful Burst Of Ash - Over 3,000 People Evacuated As Thick Gray Ash Cover Villages, Farms And Trees!

October 24, 2013 - INDONESIA - A volcano in western Indonesia erupted on Thursday, unleashing a column of dark volcanic material high into the air weeks after villagers were returning home from an earlier eruption, officials said.


Mount Sinabung releases volcanic ash into the sky in North Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo: AP/Dedy Zulkfil


The explosion at Mount Sinabung, located in North Sumatra province, shot black ash 3 kilometers (nearly 2 miles) into the air, but there were no reports of injuries or damage, said National Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

He said villages, farms and trees around the 2,600-meter (8,530-foot) -high rumbling volcano were covered in thick gray ash, prompting authorities to evacuate more than 3,300 people. Most were from two villages within 3 kilometers (nearly 2 miles) of the mountain in Karo district.

No lava or debris spewed from the volcano, and nearby towns and villages were not in danger, but authorities warned tourists to stay away from the danger zone located 1.5 kilometers (1 mile) from the crater, Nugroho said.

Last month, more than 15,000 people were forced to flee when the volcano rumbled to life after being dormant for three years, belching ash and smoke and igniting fires on its slopes.

The volcano's last major eruption in August 2010 killed two people and forced 30,000 others to flee. It caught many scientists off guard because it had been quiet for four centuries.

Mount Sinabung is among more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia, which is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanos and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin. - ABC News.



MASS FISH DIE-OFF: Thousands Of Fish Dead "Due To Temperature Drop" In A Lake In Rockwall, Texas!

October 24, 2013 - UNITED STATES - An estimated 1,500 to 2,500 fish in the lake at City Lake Park were killed Oct. 5-6, probably from oxygen depletion caused by a dramatic drop in temperature.




Trevor Tanner, a wildlife biologist with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department office that serves Rockwall County, said that’s the “likely cause” of the fish die-off.

Tanner said the temperature dropped 30-plus degrees when the cold front arrived in Royse City on Oct. 5. That temperature drop, he said, probably caused the lake to turn over, sending warm water to the top and cool water to the bottom of the lake.

That turnover, he said, likely depleted oxygen in the water, causing the fish to suffocate.

Most of the fish killed were shad, small fish that are about three inches in length.

He said they represented 1,500 to 2,000 of the total killed. Others included 40-50 bass and 15-20 catfish.

The city lake possibly was affected because it probably isn’t very deep, Tanner said.

Tanner said he believes there are still fish in the lake.

“I think there are still some. I don’t think it was a total kill,” Tanner said. “It was a setback for the lake. There are still some fish there, but it will take time to recover. The lake lost some larger, older fish and it will take the remaining fish to grow to that size.”

Tanner said there was no evidence that the fish die-off was caused by an influx of toxins or chemicals.

Janey McPherson, director of planning and community development, said she received a call on Oct. 7 regarding dead fish in the lake. After a brief investigation, she called the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. - RC Herald Banner.



PLANETARY TREMORS: Seismic Swarm - More Than 200 Earthquakes Have Shaken Oklahoma Since 2009!

October 24, 2013 - UNITED STATES - Oklahoma often gets the short end of the natural disaster stick. Though it's well known as a hotspot for tornado activity and has a history of severe flooding, Oklahoma has also had more than its fair share of earthquakes in the past few years.


Oklahoma Earthquake: Seismic activity in Oklahoma since 1973. Red dots show earthquakes between
1973 and 2008, while blue dots show earthquakes 2008-2011. The star indicates
the 5.6 earthquake in Prague. via OGS

According to the U.S. Geological Survey and the Oklahoma Geological Survey, there's been a significant rise in the frequency of seismic events since 2009. More than 200 earthquakes with a magnitude greater than 3.0 (big enough for people to feel) occurred in central Oklahoma during that period.

The number of magnitude 3.0 earthquakes in the region has risen to an average of 40 per year since 2009, compared to only three per year between 1975 and 2008. While swarms of earthquakes can be part of the natural seismic patterns of a region, linked to volcanic or tectonic activity, the USGS analysis suggests this isn't what's happening in Oklahoma. "We've statistically analyzed the recent earthquake rate changes and found that they do not seem to be due to typical, random fluctuations in natural seismicity rates," says USGS seismologist Bill Leith.

Some geologists have argued that the largest earthquake in Oklahoma's recorded history, the 5.6 magnitude quake that hit Prague, Okla., in 2011, was the result of wastewater injection from oil and natural gas operations. in 2011, a USGS study determined several minor earthquakes in Oklahoma to be the likely result of hydraulic fracturing (fracking), which uses pressurized fluid injection to create small underground fractures to release oil or gas.

The greater problem, though, isn't the fracking itself, but the wastewater it generates. According to Mother Jones, the oil and natural gas industry generates 878 billion gallons of wastewater every year, injecting about a third of it back into the earth. Injecting all this fluid into the ground can elevate the pressure near faults, causing them to slip, resulting in quakes. Deep mining can also cause moderate earthquakes, according to the USGS.

The USGS says it is working with the Oklahoma Geological Survey to determine further to what extent activities like wastewater disposal is triggering these earthquake swarms. - POPSCI.



ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: Mating Rituals Or Disaster Precursors - Mysterious Hum From "Sonic" Mating Fish Keep Residents In Hythe, Southampton, England Awake At Night?!

October 24, 2013 - ENGLAND - A mysterious hum has been keeping people in Hampshire awake all night, and scientists have said there could be something fishy about it.



The Midshipman fish, which has been blamed for keeping people up all night with its mating rituals.


The noise “pulsates” through homes, forcing some residents of Hythe near Southampton to evacuate the area just to get a good night’s sleep.

People have complained to their local council, and the blame has been put on everything from heavy industry to the large cargo ships coming in at Southampton Docks – some residents have even gone to the doctor thinking they had tinnitus.

Scientists now think that the noise is being caused by fish, competing to out-hum one another as part of an unusual mating ritual.

Male Midshipman fish let out a deep, resonating drone which attracts females and acts as a challenge to other males. They are nocturnal creatures, but once they get going can keep up the distracting hum all night.

Unfortunately for the residents of Hythe, the noise created by the Midshipman is of such a low frequency and long wavelength that it can carry through the ground, walls, and into homes.

This is not the first time fish have been blamed for keeping people up at night – a number of US cities suffer their droning on a regular basis.

But it was a problem which stumped various authorities in Southampton, including the National Oceanography Centre based there.

An investigation earlier this month launched by the Environment Agency and the New Forest District Council also produced no results, and it wasn’t until the Scottish Association for Marine Science waded in that a possible answer was found.

Speaking to the Telegraph, Dr Ben Wilson said: “It's not beyond the realms of possibility.

“There are certainly 'sonic fish' in the north Atlantic and the approaches to the English Channel.”

New Forest District Council received more than 30 complaints about the noise, with Linda Zammit from Woolston, Southampton, saying: “I thought I was going mad at first. I hear it every night unless it's windy or raining.

“It doesn't keep me awake but it stops me getting back to sleep if I do happen to wake up.”

Maria Dennett from Sholing, Southampton, said: “We regularly experience a humming noise at night.

“A few times we put it down to a neighbour's washing machine or dishwasher but it's happening so frequently that we know it's not the case.

“It's a really low pitched sound that literally pulsates through the house.” - Independent.




GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Kilauea Volcano's Lava Flows Still Active, Burning Forests North of Puu Oo In Hawaii!

October 24, 2013 - HAWAII - The northeast spatter cone in Kilauea Volcano's Puu Oo vent continues to feed the Kahaualea 2 lava flow, which is burning through forests to the north, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports.

A U.S. geologist shielded his face from the intense heat as he took a sample of active lava Monday on the
Kahaualea 2 flow at Kilauea Volcano. The chemistry of the lava is analyzed through time and used to
study changes in the magmatic system. Courtesy Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

On Monday, observatory geologists found active breakouts in the northern half of the flow, with a narrow finger extending northeast into the forest.

The Kahaualea 2 flow was also burning forest at other contact points along its northern edge, the scientists said Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the so-called Peace Day flow was weakly active above the pali. Geologists on Monday mapped a small breakout consisting of two lobes from the Peace Day tube about 1.9 miles southeast of Puu Oo that had minor pahoehoe activity.

The eruption in Kilauea's middle east rift zone started with a fissure eruption on Jan. 3, 1983, and has continued with few interruptions at Puu Oo, or temporarily from vents within a few kilometers to the east or west.

A fissure eruption on the upper east flank of Puu Oo on Sept. 21, 2011, drained the lava lakes and fed the Peace Day flow, which advanced southeast through the abandoned Royal Gardens subdivision to the ocean inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.


Geologists on Monday found breakouts active in only the northern half of the Kahaualea 2, with a narrow finger extending northeast into the forest. The flow, fed by the Puu Oo vent since early May, is also burning forest at
other contact points along its northern edge. Courtesy Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

Since late December 2011, the flows have remained intermittently active on the pali and the coastal plain and finally re-entered the ocean on Nov. 24.

The Kahaualea flow, which started from the spatter cone/lava lake at the northeast edge of the Puu Oo crater floor in mid-January, was dead by late April, But a new flow, Kahaualea 2, became active in the same area in early May. - Star Advertiser.


PLANETARY TREMORS: Strong 6.7 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes South Sandwich Islands Region!

October 24, 2013 - SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS - A strong 6.7 magnitude earthquake has just struck east of Bristol Island in the South Sandwich Islands. 


USGS earthquake location.

The quake hit out in the sea, far from Argentina's and South Africa's coastline. It was initially reported as a 6.2 magnitude quake, before being upgraded.

The large earthquake today began moments ago. It erupted at 19:25:12 UTC, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). It also posted a moderate depth of 26.1km (16.2 miles).



USGS earthquake shakemap intensity.


The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center confirm that no tsunami threat is in place. Therefore, no destructive widespread tsunami threat exists based on historical earthquake and tsunami data. No word of damage or expanded threat has been issued at this time.

However, earthquakes of this size sometimes generate local tsunamis that can be destructive along coasts located within a hundred kilometers of the earthquake epicenter. Authorities in the region of the epicenter should be aware of this possibility and take appropriate action.


USGS historical seismicity for the region.

The South Sandwich region is bounded by the South American American Plate and the Antarctic Plate.

The islands comprise 11 mostly volcanic islands (excluding tiny satellite islands and offshore rocks), with some active volcanoes. They form an island arc running north-south in the region 56°18′–59°27′S, 26°23′–28°08′W, between about 350 miles (560 km) and 500 miles (800 km) southeast of South Georgia.

The northernmost of the South Sandwich Islands form the Traversay Islands and Candlemas Islands groups, while the southernmost make up Southern Thule. The three largest islands – Saunders, Montagu and Bristol – lie between the two. The Islands’ highest point is Mount Belinda (1,370 m/4,495 ft) on Montagu Island.




FUK-U-SHIMA: TEPCO Moves The Radioactive Water From Fukushima As Typhoon Francisco Batters Japan Islands - Could Trigger A Series Of Catastrophic Leaks, Resulting In The Most Severe Radiological Disaster Yet; Warnings Issued For Heavy Rain And Flooding; Thousands Of People Evacuated; Several Landslides Already Reported!

October 24, 2013 - JAPAN - Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant is bracing itself for Typhoon Francisco, set to hit the country this weekend, by quickly securing new storage space for contaminated rainwater that has already taken up the facility’s entire storage tank capacity.


This October 23, 2013, NASA satellite image shows Typhoon Francisco in the Pacific Ocean.  Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant at Okuma town in Fukushima prefecture (AFP Photo / NASA)

The plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), has been struggling to keep radiation under control ever since the nuclear disaster that took place March 11, 2011, when three of the plant’s reactors were hit by a tsunami, which was triggered by an underground earthquake off the coast of Fukushima. The damaged power plant has been accumulating radioactive water since, but TEPCO is running out of space quickly. 

To avert a new disaster triggered by the typhoon, TEPCO proposes to move the contaminated water into underground storage pools previously deemed unsafe because of leaks, Japan’s NHK reported Thursday.

There seems to be no alternative, as the typhoon is fast approaching.

The three underground pools proposed for storage have a total capacity of 9,000 tons. TEPCO stopped using similar models in April, after the discovery of leaks.

On Wednesday TEPCO said it found 140,000 becquerels of Beta radiation in a ditch at the power plant – double the figure of the previous day. TEPCO says this water is now being transferred to a storage tank.

The typhoon emergency measures come at a particularly anxious time for Fukushima, where workers are preparing for their most dangerous cleanup operation yet, which is slated for November. The operator will attempt to remove 400 tons of spent fuel from Reactor No. 4.

The need for the November operation is increasingly urgent, even critical: any light tremor – let alone a full-on earthquake – could trigger a series of catastrophic leaks, possibly resulting in the world’s most severe radiological disaster yet.

Recently, as it became clear that nuclear containment costs and a battered economy were taking their toll on finances, the government was forced to step in with funds to try and get the cleanup back on track.
A 20 kilometer no-go zone is currently imposed around the Fukushima plant.  - RT.


Typhoon Francisco Batters Japan Islands.
The path of Typhoon Francisco.


Warnings and advisories have been issued for the southern islands of Japan as Typhoon Francisco edges ever nearer. Though the typhoon is forecast to remain offshore, the islands are experiencing high surf, strong winds and heavy rains.

Francisco, with winds of nearly 120 km/h, was positioned near the islands of Kyushu, Okinawa and Daito as of Thursday morning. High winds and heavy rainfall were already reported in the area. The Japan Meteorological Agency issued high wave warnings for Okinawa and a gale advisory. Warnings of heavy rain and flooding have been issued for Kyushu and waves of 25 feet have been reported by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.


WATCH: Typhoon Francisco batters Japan islands.




NASA’s Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) passed over Francisco on Tuesday morning and recorded some thunderstorms within Francisco that measured 12 km high. The storm is expected to continue northwestward around 12 km/h, however, it is expected to weaken. - Global News.


Tracking Typhoon Francisco And Super Typhoon Lekima.
Typhoon Strength winds continue to batter the southern Japanese islands Thursday Evening as Typhoon Francisco slowly churns up the oceans to the east of Okinawa.

Winds up to 146kph have been seen on Daito Jima while on the Main island of Okinawa 97kph wind gust were recorded. At the Kadena AB where a good bulk of our readers are winds up to 40kts or 75kph has been seen with sustained winds lingering just under Tropical

These type of winds are nothing that would damage much structures on the southern Japanese islands. But still could cause harm by sending light debris flying and creating dangerous driving conditions.

Winds up to 35-45kts sustained are expected through the overnight hours on Thursday in to Friday morning for Okinawa as Francisco works north east but is followed in by a large high out of China creating a tight pressure gradient over the southern Japanese islands.


WATCH: Typhoon Francisco Hits Japan. 





Therefore winds will continue to through Friday yet the rainfall will taper off for Okinawa by morning.
Western Japan is the area that is already and will continue to be hit by heavy rain through the next 24hrs.

Already several landslides have been reported on the Kii Pennisula and in Yoron Kyushu 5,500 people from 2,500 households had to be evacuated heavy rainfall from the approaching Typhoon.

In northern Kyushu during the past 24hrs over 400mm of rainfall has been reported due to a Stationary front north of Francisco that has set up with the support of a upper level trough to the north and moisture being sucked in from the typhoon to the south..

JMA Track.
With Francisco coming through the day on Friday it will add to the heavy rainfall that has already occurred bringing an additional 300mm across the region.

These type of winds are nothing that would damage much structures on the southern Japanese islands. But still could cause harm by sending light debris flying and creating dangerous driving conditions.
Winds up to 35-45kts sustained are expected through the overnight hours on Thursday in to Friday morning for Okinawa as Francisco works north east but is followed in by a large high out of China creating a tight pressure gradient over the southern Japanese islands.
Therefore winds will continue to through Friday yet the rainfall will taper off for Okinawa by morning.
Western Japan is the area that is already and will continue to be hit by heavy rain through the next 24hrs.

Already several landslides have been reported on the Kii Pennisula and in Yoron Kyushu 5,500 people from 2,500 households had to be evacuated heavy rainfall from the approaching Typhoon.

In northern Kyushu during the past 24hrs over 400mm of rainfall has been reported due to a Stationary front north of Francisco that has set up with the support of a upper level trough to the north and moisture being sucked in from the typhoon to the south.


WATCH: Typhoon Francisco - Evening conditions on Thursday, the 24th of October. 





With Francisco coming through the day on Friday it will add to the heavy rainfall that has already occurred bringing an additional 300mm across the region. - WPW.



PLANETARY TREMORS: "Unusual Period Of Seismic Activity" - 7th Earthquake In Seven Days Rattles Israel, Experts Say A Rare String Of Tremors Could Portend A Mega-Quake!

October 24, 2013 - ISRAEL - Israel's unusual period of seismic activity continued today (Wednesday), as yet another small earthquake was felt - this time in the southernmost Israeli city of Eilat.


Illustration: Eilat Marina. Flash 90

Although epicenter of the quake, which registered 3.3. on the Richter Scale, was located in the Egyptian town of Taaba, tremors were registered in the Israeli resort city. No damage or injuries occurred.

This is the seventh such mini-earthquake in a week, and Israel has been abuzz with speculation as to whether such a rare string of tremors could portend a much larger earthquake.

On Monday evening, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu ordered emergency earthquake drills in schools throughout the country, and Shas MK Eli Yishai, who heads the parliamentary committee charged with home front preparedness, announced a "special meeting in wake of the wave of earthquakes."




Israel  Seismicity Map - 1900 to Present. USGS


But in a recent interview with Arutz Sheva Dr. Efraim Laor, who was the chairman of the Inter-ministerial Committee on Dealing with Earthquakes, maintained that there was no need for panic.

Laor claimed that the chance of a meaningful earthquake has not changed after the series of quakes, which - until today's quake - were centered in the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel.
Nevertheless, Laor urged Israelis to take every precaution, as the possibility of an upcoming major earthquake could not be ruled out.


Israel Seismic Hazard Map. USGS


Scientists at the Israel Geophysical Institute have said they were examining the quakes, searching for patterns and clues that could indicate if the sudden confluence of small earthquakes could indicate that something bigger was imminent.

The last notable earthquake in Israel, a 4.2 magnitude tremor, occurred in August 2011.

In 1927, about 300 people were killed when a quake hit Jerusalem and nearby Jericho.

A similar quake in 1837 measuring 7.0 and with an epicentre in northern Israel's Hula Valley, devastated the town of Tzfat (Safed), and killed some 4,000 people. - Israel National News.



MONUMENTAL MILKY WAY GALAXY CHANGES: Unknown Forces Causing The Milky Way To "Flutter Like A Huge Flag"?!

As our ancestors predicted, we are currently moving from one sphere of influence into an higher octave of influence, through the doorway of the fourth age into the fifth age, when the true planetary caretakers or the ancient ones will rise. In chronicling Earth's spiral orbit with the Sun's carousel of light, they understood that we will enter a new form of consciousness with the birth of a new sun. This consciousness envelope of the planet will adjust  with the changing spin orientation of the electrons around the atom as we enter a more compact and intense field of light, brought on as we go through a denser cloud of magnetic dust, these cosmic rays will eventually lead to the compression of our atmosphere, seeding and perfecting conscious awareness. This sphere of influence will bring about a new paradigm, where our vibrations will rise in word, deeds and actions by detachment from the frequencies of fear under the Priest Class and fully embrace the natural laws of Ma'at, finding order, spiritualize matter and ascend in accordance with cosmic dictates. - The COSMIC Spirit.

October 24, 2013 - SPACE
- An international team of astronomers have discovered that Milky Way galaxy "wobbles." In addition to the regular Galactic rotation the scientists found the Milky Way moving perpendicular to the Galactic plane. The Milky Way acts like a Galactic mosh pit or a huge flag fluttering in the wind (see graphic below), north to south, from the Galactic plane with forces coming from multiple directions, creating a chaotic wave pattern. The source of the forces is still not understood: possible causes include spiral arms stirring things up or ripples caused by the passage of a smaller galaxy through our own.




The team of astronomers around Mary Williams from the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) detected and examined this phenomenon with the RAdial Velocity Experiment (RAVE), a survey of almost half a million stars around the Sun.

Using a special class of stars, red clump stars, which all have about the same brightness, mean distances to the stars could be determined. The velocities measured with RAVE, combined with other survey data, could be used to determine the full 3D velocities (up-down, in-out and rotational).




In this study, RAVE stars were used to examine the kinematics (velocities) of stars in a large, 3D region around the Sun - the region surveys 6500 light years above and below the Sun's position as well as inwards and outwards from the Galactic centre, reaching a quarter of the way to the center. Using a special class of stars, red clump stars, which all have about the same brightness, mean distances to the stars could be determined.

This was important as then the velocities measured with RAVE, combined with other survey data, could be used to determine the full 3D velocities (up-down, in-out and rotational). The RAVE red clump giants gave an unprecedented number of stars with which it is possible to study 3D velocities in a large region around the Sun.

The 3D movement patterns obtained showed highly complex structures. The aim was then to untangle these structures, concentrating on differences between the north and south of the Galactic plane. From these velocities it was seen that our Galaxy has a lot more going on than previously thought. The velocities going upwards and downwards show that there is a wave-like behaviour, with stars sloshing in and out.

The novel element in the approach was true 3D observation, showing how complex the velocity landscape of the Galaxy really is. Modellers now have the challenge of understanding this behaviour, be it from ripples from an eaten galaxy or the wake from spiral arms. These new findings will make it possible to make 3D models of our Galaxy much more precise.

The publication "The wobbly Galaxy: kinematics north and south with RAVE red clump giants" can be found online HERE and was published this month in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (MNRAS). - Daily Galaxy.


GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Global Volcano Report For October 24, 2013 - Updates On Sakurajima, Zhupanovsky, Stromboli, Etna, Karymsky, Ibu, Dukono, Veniaminof And Langila!

October 24, 2013 - WORLDWIDE VOLCANOES - The following constitutes the new activity, unrest and ongoing reports of volcanoes across the globe, courtesy of  Volcano Discovery.


Sakurajima (Kyushu, Japan): A phase of strong explosions during 20-21 Oct culminated with an eruption on 21 Oct that produced an ash plume rising to 18,000 ft (5.4 km) altitude (VAAC Tokyo).

Since then, the volcano has calmed down and had only smaller explosions.


Powerful eruption of Sakurajima on the 21st of October, producing a plume that reached 18,000 ft


Zhupanovsky (Kamchatka, Russia): A new explosive eruption started yesterday night (23 Oct). An ash plume was detected drifting at an estimated 16,000 ft (5 km) altitude and drifting ESE. At least 1 mm of ash have been deposited in the Nalychevo valley, a natural park between Zhupanovsky and Avachinsky volcanoes.

Zhupanovsky volcano lies about 70 km northeast of the capital of Kamchatka, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, and had its last eruption in 1959.

It is a complex volcano composed of several overlapping cones aligned on a roughly east-west oriented axis. The new eruption comes from the same vent that has been also the site of all known historical eruptions, located west of the highest point of the volcanic massif.


Stromboli (Eolian Islands, Italy): According to the local mountain guides from Magmatrek, activity has increased significantly during the past 3 days, especially at the NW vent. A group of VolcanoDiscovery has arrived on the island and will report in more detail in the following days.


Etna (Sicily, Italy): After about 10 days of near complete quiet, a faint red glow was observed early on 22 Oct at the New SE crater. The origin of the glow seems to have been increased degassing from the summit vent and the at the fumaroles in the saddle between the old and New SE cone.


Karymsky (Kamchatka): An explosion yesterday produced an ash plume rising to 7,000 ft (2.1 km) and drifting SE, VAAC Tokyo reported.


Ibu (Halmahera, Indonesia): Hot spots at the summit have become larger and more frequently observed on recent MODIS satellite data. This indicates that activity has become more intense at the volcano with its active lava dome.


MODIS hot spot data (past 7 days) for Ibu volcano (ModVolc, Univ. Hawaii)


Dukono (Halmahera): The semi-persistent explosive activity of strombolian to vulcanian type has been at elevated levels recently. The volcano produced ash plumes rising to 9,000 ft (2.7 km) altitude yesterday as well as this morning.

Our friend Aris reported from a recent visit to the volcano that bombs during this activity were ejected to up to 1.5 km distance from the active crater.


Veniaminof (Alaska Peninsula, USA): No new eruptive activity has been observed recently and MODIS satellite data no longer show hot spots. Seismicity remains above background levels, and AVO maintains alert level yellow.




Langila (New Britain, Papua New Guinea): A thermal hot spot and an SO2 plume are often visible on satellite data, indicating that the volcano is in eruption although the nature of its current activity is not known exactly.


SO2 plume from Langila on  the 22nd of October (NOAA)


The volcano, one of Papua New Guinea's most active, has often semi-persistent strombolian activity and sometimes lava flows.


Complete Earthquake list (worldwide) for October 24, 2013.

- Volcano Discovery .



GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: "We Will Be Living Forever In Fear" - Massive Wall Of Rock Rises Out Of The Ground In The Philippines; Emerges With Explosion, Smoke And Stench Of Sulphur!

October 24, 2013 - PHILIPPINES - As the magnitude 7.2 earthquake ended on Oct. 15, residents of Sitio Kumayot in Barangay Anonang heard an explosive sound like a thunderclap.

Villagers watched in horrified disbelief as the ground cracked open and, with smoke and the stench of sulphur spreading, one side started to rise.

The emerging wall of rock and earth missed by a hairline the toilet of baker Menecia Bautista Aparecio, 43.


Residents stand next to a long earthen wall which formed following the Oct. 15 earthquake in Barangay
Anonang in Inabanga, Bohol. Phivolcs scientists said the wall is the face of a previously unknown
fault line which caused the magnitude 7.2 quake. FREEMAN NEWS PHOTO 

“We will be living forever in fear, being so close to the fault line,” said Aparecio, who fears returning to her home and now bakes her “pan Bisaya” or “pan kinamot,” a local bread, in the village chapel.

The rock face, about three meters high and two kilometers long, raised fears among villagers that more cracks would appear on the ground and swallow them up.

Scientists, who may declare a 300-meter permanent danger zone around the fault, described the appearance of the ground rupture as a “eureka” moment in their search for what they have long suspected was an active earthquake fault in the area.

Government scientists said the appearance of the yet unnamed fault, which does not exist on the country’s map of fault lines, triggered the powerful earthquake in Central Visayas.

“We are 100 percent sure that this is the generator (of the earthquake),” Teresito Bacolcol told GMA 7 as he noted that the rock face appeared near the quake’s epicenter at the boundary of Sagbayan and Catigbian towns. “When we saw (the fault), eureka! This is it.”

Bacolcol led a team from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), which inspected the rock face last Monday.

“We recommend that no structures should be built on top of a fault and within the five-meter buffer zone on both sides of the fault,” Phivolcs director Renato Solidum told The STAR.

He also urged the local government of Bohol to revise its land use policy around the fault.

Former barangay captain Mamerto Bautista Torregosa, 53, whose family owns land near the fault line, believes it will take years before a stronger earthquake hits the area.

He and his relatives have returned to their home, which lies just seven meters away from the fault line.

With aftershocks continuing to rock Bohol, village chief Felix Mellama Camay cannot advise residents to return home.

Emily Pisol, 24, a single parent of a four-month-old infant, saw the rock face rise and thought at first that it was an optical illusion. She said she felt her knees weaken, and she now worries about finding a new home. Her account was documented by an eight-member team of government scientists yesterday.

Alfredo Mahar Lagmay, executive director of the Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH), said they would issue an assessment report on the area by tomorrow.

His team deployed an unmanned aerial vehicle for two hours yesterday. The drone flew over Sitio Kumayot, particularly over the earthen wall and along a five-kilometer stretch of cracked earth where sweet potatoes, corn and rice were cultivated by the Torregosa family.

The drone took 92 photos of the fault line, which split the area from Inabanga to Sagbayan.

The rock face is starting to draw curious visitors, and villagers hope it can turn their area into a tourist destination.

Sitio Kumayot is around four kilometers away from the national highway of Inabanga town. Motorcycles can be hired at P100 per person to reach the village.

Earlier, Solidum said the movement of an offshore fault north of Bohol triggered the Oct. 15 earthquake that killed nearly 200 people.

Solidum said the presence of the fault, which was defined as a hidden or blind fault, was postulated in 2007.

He said the fault also triggered a magnitude 5.6 quake in Bohol in 1996 that damaged property.

Solidum said the fault is unlikely to generate an earthquake stronger than the magnitude 7.2 temblor in the near future.

“The fault will not be moving and generate larger earthquakes. It needs to store up more energy, which could take hundreds of years,” Solidum said. - Phil STAR.



MASS MAMMAL DIE-OFF: Fishermen Sees Another 100 Dead Turtles Floating In The Sea Off El Salvador?!

October 24, 2013 - EL SALVADOR - Artisanal fishermen and beach Canton El Pimental, in San Luis Talpa, La Paz department, reported yesterday morning to El Salvador Zoological Foundation (FUNZEL) located in the area, having displayed about a hundred dead turtles floated about 10 miles offshore.


Varada. The body of a turtle lies on the beach Pimental. Fishermen say they saw a hundred floating.

Salvador Peralta FUNZEL technician responsible for the turtle hatcheries in the area of ​​El Pimental, confirmed receiving the notice. He said the fishermen reported having seen, among the dead turtles, two of the species Baule, which is distinguished from the rest by measuring more than two meters long, weighing half a ton, according to the expert, it is a of the most endangered species from extinction.

The place were present Deputy Minister of Environment, Lina Pohl, and expertise in marine life of the institution, who proceeded to perform a necropsy the only body that went to the beach.

After performing the sampling dead turtle, the authorities embarked for finding information from fishermen, however, during scanning, only found two more bodies. Pohl did not rule that the rest could have been swept away by the ocean current to other areas.

This finding adds to reports of dead turtles made by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) on Monday. That day the authorities said that from September 28 until October 13 report had the 114 dead sea turtles in the Salvadoran coast, of that total, 17 were found on Sunday afternoon at the beach San Diego, and other 23 on the beach Amatal, both the department of La Libertad.

MARN has explained, preliminarily, that the turtles could be dying at sea due to a red tide that was located a few weeks ago. It was a patch of algae off the Salvadoran coast, 100 nautical miles.

Although microalgae link turtle mortality, Pohl did not rule out that the phenomenon could be related to bad practices of some shrimp boats. This hypothesis was supported by the fishermen they did yesterday the new finding.

They said that some dead turtles have been found open its shell, which, in his experience, could warn criminal hand of those who work in industrial fishing, or boat.

Despite these assessments, the authorities have sent samples to the Laboratory of Marine Toxins from the University of El Salvador (LABTOX-UES), which will analyze tissue, intestine and its contents, liver, kidney, muscle and fat to determine the true causes of deaths.

In addition, heavy metals and seek FUNZEL will test for abnormalities in the kidneys. - Laprensa Grafica. [Translated]



INFRASTRUCTURE & SOCIETAL COLLAPSE: Massive Explosion In Syria Causes Widespread Blackout - Assad Regime Blames Rebels For Blasting Gas Pipeline Near Damascus!

October 24, 2013 - SYRIA - A gas pipeline was attacked near Damascus causing the capital and the southern part of Syria to suffer a blackout. The electricity minister blamed the blast on rebels.




"A terrorist attack on a gas pipeline that feeds a power station in the south has led to a power outage in the provinces, and work to repair it is in progress,"
electricity minister Emad Khamis told SANA news agency.

As the pipeline is located near Damascus International Airport, which is some 20 km away from the capital, a power outage also hit Damascus. 

RT’s Arabic correspondent in Syria Abutalib Albouhaya has confirmed the power was out in the capital after the gas supply to Tashrin power plant was cut. Albouhaya also said there were several victims near a church in Dummar suburb of Damascus with gunfights going on in Qaboun and Mleha suburbs as well.


WATCH: Massive blackout in Syria after rebels blast gas pipeline. 





It is not immediately clear how extensive the blackout is in the rest of the country. The minister said maintenance crews are working to restore power. In September, a similar outage was caused after a high voltage power line was sabotaged, AFP reports. 

Media reports say the capital city of Damascus is covered with thick smoke and shell explosions are being heard. 

"The whole city just went dark,"
Reuters cited a resident who lives in the center of the city. A woman, who asked to remain anonymous, said she saw the "major glow of a fire" near Damascus International Airport and heard the sound of heavy machinegun fire.  

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claimed the explosion was caused by rebel artillery as they were targeting the town of Ghasula several miles from the airport, Reuters reports. The observatory also suggested that the attack was a pre-planned large scale operation.


WATCH: Massive bombing in Syria. 





This attack could now be used by the opposition as yet another “justification for calling off plans for talks, which is an exact opposite of what it is,” anti-war activist David Swanson told RT.

“When you are proposing to discuss an end to violence, an increase in violence is all the more reason to proceed with all the more deliberation to make it happen,”
Swanson said. “But that is of course the danger as particularly the opposition side in Syria does not want to have these talks unless unreasonable conditions are set beforehand.”

On Tuesday, during the Friends of Syria group meeting in London, Syrian opposition once again reiterated their conditions for participation in Geneva-2 peace talks. Opposition National Coalition chief Ahmad Jarba said that they would not attend the peace conference unless its main objective was to remove Assad from power.


WATCH: Huge explosion in Syria. 





“There will not be any negotiations at all without making sure that the Geneva 2 meeting is basically for the transitional period and for Assad to go,"
Jarba said, adding however that his group would convene again to make a final decision on their attendance. 

Russia and the US have been pushing to hold the Syria peace conference since May. According to the Arab League chief, the gathering may finally start on November 23. However, so far no firm date has been set. - RT.



EXTREME WEATHER: Typhoon Francisco Could Lead To Chilly Halloween Night In The United States!

October 24, 2013 - UNITED STATES - It might be a chilly Halloween over part of the Plains this year all due to Typhoon Francisco.




While these two events may seem unrelated, the path that typhoons take in the western Pacific Ocean actually affects the weather in the United States down the road.

It has been observed that when typhoons turn away from the Asia mainland that chilly air often plunges into the Midwest and Northeast six to 10 days later.

With this pattern setting up with Typhoon Francisco, it could lead to a chilly night for trick-or-treaters planning to head out on Halloween.

A similar setup is currently being experienced in the Midwest and Northeast a week after Typhoon Wipha made a turn in the western Pacific, tracking it right past the east coast of Japan.

There are some uncertainties about the speed, duration and intensity of the chilly air; however, it does appear that there will be at least a couple of days with chilly temperatures that will sweep from the northern Plains into the Northeast.
More details will unfold in the following days as the pattern starts to become more certain. - AccuWeather.