Saturday, October 8, 2011
MYSTERY: Symbols of an Alien Sky, Man-Made or Natural Phenomena - The Latest UFO Sightings And Aerial Anomalies Around The World?
Here are several of the latest unidentified flying objects (UFOs) seen recently across the globe.
WATCH: UFO activity over Missouri.
New daytime footage of two unidentified objects or orbs flying in the sky above Berlin in Germany. This was filmed on Saturday, 1st October 2011.
WATCH: Daytime UFOs or orbs over Berlin, Germany.
Interesting video of huge objects flying slowly in the night sky over Cardiff in United Kingdom. This footage was filmed on 31st August 2011 around 9:30 pm.
WATCH: UFO sightings from Cardiff, UK.
These unknown bright objects were filmed hovering in the sky over Vancouver in Washington on 1st October 2011.
WATCH: Unknown lights over Vancouver, Washington.
Unknown flashing object, was seen in the night sky over Cooloongup in Western Australia. This video was recorded on Thursday, 6th October 2011.
WATCH: Unknown flashing object over Western Australia.
MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: THE GREAT DELUGE - Widespread Flooding in Central Luzon, in the Philippines, Could Last a Month?!
Massive flooding in Central Luzon, in the Philippines brought about by back-to-back typhoons could last for a month even as the storms’ death toll reached 95, the civil defense chief said on Saturday.
Waist-deep floods in Bulacan and Pampanga left behind by typhoons Pedring (Nesat) and Quiel (Nalgae) were being made worse by continued rain on the coastal areas north of Manila, said National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council chief Benito Ramos. “This flooding is the effect of Pedring and Quiel. It is still raining here so we expect at least two more weeks before (the floods) will subside, assuming it will stop raining soon,” said Ramos as he inspected the flooded areas. “If it continues to rain, it will take one month for the waters to subside,” he told Agence France-Presse. More than 586,000 people were still displaced by the floods, forced from their homes by the rising waters or unsafe conditions, the disaster council said.
Pedring slammed into the northern part of the Philippines on September 27, followed by Quiel just five days later, bringing storm surges, flash floods and landslides. The combined death toll from the two storms rose to 95 with another 34 still listed as missing, many of them washed away by floodwaters or killed during the typhoons by strong winds toppling walls and trees. Although the storms have passed, a low pressure area has been hovering over the country, causing rain to fall on areas already inundated by the two typhoons, the government weather station said. The head of the disaster council’s reporting division, Emilia Tadeo said that relief goods were being rushed to the coastal areas despite the obstacles created by the floods. “They are completely cut off, accessible by small boats and large trucks,” she told AFP. Damage estimates from the two storms was estimated at about P14 billion ($322 million) but Tadeo said the figure was certain to rise as local officials got a more complete picture of the devastation in their areas. “Every day, our damage figures go up. We are still awaiting damage assessment reports from other regions,” she said. - Inquirer News.
GLOBAL VOLCANISM: New And Ongoing World Volcanic Activity – El Hierro, Anak Krakatau, Shiveluch, Mount Etna & Other Volcanoes!
The following report was compiled by Irish Weather Online and features new and ongoing world volcanic activity.
This week’s Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, a cooperative project between the Smithsonian’s Global Volcanism Program and the US Geological Survey’s Volcano Hazards Program, features information on the continuing volcanic activity on El Hierro in the Canary Islands (Spain). Other active volcanoes featured this week include Krakatau in Indonesia, Puyehue-Cordón Caulle in Chile, Nabro in Eritrea, Shiveluch in Russia, Mount Etna in Italy, Santa Maria in Guatemala, and Rincón de la Vieja in Costa Rica. This information page is broken into two categories, namely “New Activity/Unrest” and “Ongoing Activity”. Many of the updates link to additional coverage on the iWeather Online website.WATCH: Anak Krakatau eruption.
Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN) reported a drastic increase in the seismic activity at Hierro during 27 September-3 October, with more than 1,100 new seismic events detected, 83 of them felt by residents, with a maximum intensity value of IV using EMS-98 (European Macroseismic Scale). Most of the hypocenters were located offshore, SW of the island, at around 14 km depth. The maximum magnitude recorded during this week was 3.8. The total number of located events had reached more than 9,300 since the anomalous activity began on 16 July. The superficial deformation measured by the GPS network had reached 35 mm.
CVGHM reported that seismicity from Anak Krakatau in 2011, as late as 10 July, consisted of 20-30 volcanic-earthquake events per day and shallow events ranged from 120 to 135 events per day. Hundreds of events per day were detected during swarms. On 10 July, the seismic equipment was damaged by Krakatau’s activity but was again operational in mid-September. During 18-30 September seismic events reached 4-5 events per minute. Visual observations in 2011 until 13 September indicated occasional explosive eruptions that would eject material and produce ash plumes. During 14-30 September fumarolic activity from the crater and in the fumarolic fields was visible. The Alert Level was increased to 3 (on a scale of 1-4) on 30 September based on an increase in seismic activity and widespread fumarolic activity.
According to NASA’s Earth Observatory, satellite images of Nabro acquired on 28 September showed heat from the vent in the central crater, and from an area 1.3 km S of the vent that indicated an active lava flow. A small and diffuse plume rose from the vent. A region of seemingly thicker black ash (that completely covered the sparse vegetation) was noted S of the crater and thinner layers of ash (with some areas of visible vegetation) flanked either side of the region. Geologic Summary. The 2218-m-high Nabro stratovolcano is the highest volcano in the Danakil depression of northern Ethiopia and Eritrea. Located at the SE end of the Danakil Alps, Nabro lies in the Danakil horst. Nabro is the most prominent and NE-most of three volcanoes with large summit calderas aligned in a NE-SW direction SW of Dubbi volcano.Read the full article, HERE.
On 30 September, OVSICORI-UNA reported phreatic eruptions from Rincón de la Vieja’s active crater during the previous six weeks. A well-documented event on 16 September ejected sediment that covered sections of the upper N walls. Some of the material was washed down the flanks and caused changes in water quality along the main creeks and major rivers up to 18 km away from the source. The death of several fish species was noted the next day and sediment deposits 10-15 cm deep were sampled 2 km N of the active crater. Scientists conducting fieldwork during 27-29 September observed that the hot lake was convecting and grayish in color due to the suspended sediments. Preliminary deformation and temperature measurements did not indicate any significant changes
KVERT reported that seismic activity at Shiveluch was moderate during 23-30 September, and indicated that possible ash plumes rose to an altitude of 4.6 km (15,100 ft) a.s.l. during 23 and 26-27 September. Ground-based observers noted that ash plumes rose to altitudes of 5.5 and 4.5 km (18,000 and 14,800 ft) a.s.l. on 23 and 27 September, respectively. Ash plumes observed in satellite imagery during 23-24 September drifted 45 km E. Seismicity increased on 3 October. Ash plumes rose to altitudes of 6-9 km (19,700-29,500 ft) a.s.l. during 3-5 October. Ground-based observers noted on 5 October a brightly incandescent lava dome, which was also detected as a large and bright thermal anomaly in satellite imagery. The Aviation Color Code was raised to Red.
PLANETARY TREMORS & GLOBAL VOLCANISM: The Reykjanes Ridge Earthquakes Coincide With Rise In Seismic Activity At Katla Volcano!
Earlier this week, I highlighted the significant changes in Iceland, along the Reykjanes Ridge and at the Katla volcano. I wrote:
A magnitude 4.8 earthquake has struck the region at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 23:02:12 UTC, with an epicentre of 890 km ( 553 miles) southwest of Reykjavik. Then, a magnitude 5.4 earthquake hit the Ridge, at a depth of 10.1 km (6.3 miles), the quake hit at 23:52:20 UTC, with an epicentre of 901 km ( 559 miles) southwest of Reykjavik. This was followed by a magnitude 5.0 earthquake at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the tremor hit at 00:03:04 UTC, with an epicentre of 890 km ( 553 miles) southwest of Reykjavik. The largest of the tremors, was a magnitude 5.6 earthquake that struck at a depth of 10.2 km (6.3 miles), the quake hit at 00:39:33 UTC, with an epicentre of 901 km ( 559 miles) southwest of Reykjavik.Now Irish Weather Online has produced the following article illustrating the seismic activity link between the two.
The Reykjanes Ridge, the part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge that rises up to the ocean surface to the southwest of Iceland, has been hit by a series of earthquakes during the past 48 hours. The quakes have coincided with a surge in seismic activity in the vicinity of the Katla volcano in the south of Iceland. The European Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) has recorded at least eight subsea earthquakes about 850 kilometres southwest of the Icelandic capital of SW Reykjavík (pop 113,906). The strongest of the quakes, a magnitude 5.7, was located 892 km southwest of the Icelandic capital Reykjavík. It hit at 00:39 GMT and was measured at a depth of just 10km, according to the EMSC. Meanwhile, the Icelandic Meteorological Office noted that an earthquake swarm occurred underneath the Mýrdalsjökull glacier in south Iceland on Wednesday and Thursday.
Approximately 30-40 earthquakes were recorded on Wednesday and Thursday. The strongest earthquake measured ML3.55 and was measured to have hit at a depth of 1 kilometre. Seismic activity has since subsided. Only six earthquakes have been recorded at Mýrdalsjökull between 0000hrs and 1200hrs on Friday. Geophysicist Benedikt Ófeigsson told visir.is said that while the situation is being constantly monitored, it has not been considered necessary to alert Iceland’s Civil Defense Department. In recent weeks residents of Vik (population 300 approx.), located at the foot of Katla, have participated in emergency evacuation drills in the event of a volcanic eruption and subsequent glacial floods affecting the small coastal town.
The flooding in Thailand has left at least 244 people dead and 1,215 factories submerged, affecting 28 provinces, including 820,000 households in four provinces. A monumental crisis that is also affecting other nations in Southeast Asia.
Much of Southeast Asia continued its recovery from heavy rains and extensive flooding Friday, including scores of deaths and extensive damage in Thailand. The wet weather is not entirely abnormal in the region, which is still in the midst of its wet season. Still, the extent of destruction has been particularly devastating in some locales in recent weeks. Thai authorities early Friday said that the flooding had left at least 244 people dead, and some 28 provinces have been affected. More than 820,000 households have been affected in four of the hardest-hit provinces -- Ayutthaya, Lop Buri, Chai Nat and Nakhon -- the state-run MCOT news agency reported, quoting the national disaster prevention and mitigation ministry. An official Thai industrial agency urged factories in Ayutthaya province to shut down through October 11 in order to give it more time to tackle pervasive flooding. The same MCOT report described the situation at the Rojana Industrial Park, in particular, as "critical." A government industrial ministry said water will continue to rise over a flood prevention dike, causing issues in the park which has 198 factories that employ 90,000 people.WATCH: Slideshow of the floods in Thailand.
Nationwide, Thai's Labor ministry reported Friday that 1,215 factories in 33 provinces were underwater -- a disaster that affected about 41,000 workers. Almost half of those workers were in Ayutthaya. Moreover, a corrections department official told MCOT that 3,700 inmates in that province had to be evacuated after their prison was submerged under 1.7 meters (6 feet) of water. Filipinos, meanwhile, are trying to regain their footing after being pummeled by successive typhoons in the span of a week. Typhoon Nesat -- known locally as Pedring -- claimed 55 lives, and the death toll from Nalgae -- known locally as Quiel -- rose to four earlier this week. Health and government officials were working fervently to prevent more deaths Friday as they provided medical treatment for people from flood-stricken areas. Health Secretary Enrique Ona said that 54 medical teams from hospitals in and around Manila have gone to evacuation centers in Bulacan and Pampanga to treat the ill, the state-run Philippine News Agency reported. About 3,600 patients in evacuation centers had respiratory diseases, such as the flu and pneumonia, while there were about 600 diarrhea cases, said Ona. In addition, five in Bulacan had leptospirosis, a bacterial disease.
Nearby countries were also dealing with the aftermath of severe flooding. That includes Laos, where the top official in Savannakhet province requested "large amounts of government funding" in 12 of 15 districts, money that could be used to repair irrigation systems and develop anti-flood systems, according to the state-run KPL news agency. And in Cambodia, Agriculture minister H.E. Chan Saran said that flooding there had affected more than 330,000 hectares (815,000 acres) of rice fields and killed 1,000 working animals in 103 of the nation's 145 districts, the official AKP agency reported Thursday. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offered her nation's "deepest condolences" for the families of those who died in Southeast Asia due to the heavy rains and flooding. "Our embassies in the region are working with local authorities and international organizations to assess how the United States can be of help to countries where the impact of the flooding has been especially devastating," Clinton said in a statement. - CNN.
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No tsunami warning was issued and there are no reports of any damage at this time.
MAJOR ALERT: DISEASE OUTBREAK - Listeria, The Deadliest Food Outbreak in Decades Spreads Across USA, 21 Deaths & 109 Sick?!
Federal health authorities say a nationwide outbreak of listeria in Colorado cantaloupes is now responsible for 21 deaths and the number may continue to grow.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday reported new deaths in Indiana and New York. The CDC also confirmed a death in Wyoming that state officials reported last week. CDC said 109 people have been sickened in the outbreak -- including the 21 dead -- in 23 states from California to the East Coast. The agency previously reported five deaths in Colorado, five in New Mexico, two in Texas, two in Kansas and one each in Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma. CDC said it is also aware of one miscarriage associated with the outbreak.
The death toll in the cantaloupe outbreak is now tied with a 1998 outbreak of listeria in hot dogs and possibly deli meats made by Bil Mar Foods, a subsidiary of Sara Lee Corp. That outbreak was also linked to 21 deaths. The deadliest outbreak in the United States before that is believed to have been listeria in Mexican-style soft cheese in 1985, which was linked to 52 deaths. CDC officials have said the symptoms of listeria can take up to two months to show up and that they expect more illnesses through October. - FOX News.
Nearly 2,000 ducks and other birds are dead from avian botulism in one of Nevada’s more significant outbreaks of the disease.
Mallards, green-wing teals, redhead ducks and other birds including American avocets and white-faced ibis began dying at a private lake about 20 miles southwest of Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge on Aug. 30. The number of bacteria-killed birds has been on a steady rise ever since and could make 2011 one of the 10 worst years for botulism outbreaks since state records started in 1949. “It’s starting to get a bit out of control,” said Russell Woolstenhulme, a migratory game bird specialist with the Nevada Department of Wildlife. The die-off is occurring at Six Man Club, a private hunting lake near Carson Lake south of Fallon. On Wednesday, crews working by air boat fished 398 dead birds out of the water and on Thursday, another 344, Woolstenhulme said. As of Friday, 1,942 birds have died.
The outbreak has not spread to Carson Lake or Stillwater, though birds frequently fly between the three water bodies. An abundance of fresh water in Stillwater and Carson Lake could help prevent the problem from occurring there, experts said. “It’s pretty much contained. It’s the water itself that has it,” said Susan Sawyer, Stillwater’s visitor services manager. Avian botulism, which poses no threat to humans, becomes prevalent in water bodies with low oxygen levels typically associated with decaying vegetation. Birds catch the disease primarily by munching maggots present in already-dead birds. Birds sick with botulism typically become listless, lose muscle control and, unable to hold their heads up, drown. Biologists had hoped the recent spate of cold weather would help control the problem, but it appears not to have helped. Instead, Woolstenhulme said, “it seems to be building up in intensity.” - RGJ.
A magnitude 5.6 earthquake has struck near the South Coast of Papua, Indonesia at a depth of 18.3 km (11.4 miles). The quake hit at 05:38:56 UTC, Saturday 8th October 2011 and was located at 4.689°S, 134.097°E.
The epicentre was 124 km ( 77 miles) north from Dobo, Aru Islands, Indonesia; 265 km (165 miles) southwest (248°) from Enarotali, Irian Jaya, Indonesia; 423 km (263 miles) south (180°) from Manokwari, Irian Jaya, Indonesia; 667 km (414 miles) east (100°) from Ambon, Moluccas, Indonesia; and 1035 km (643 miles) northeast (66°) from Dili, East Timor.
No tsunami warning was issued and there are no reports of any damage at this time.
In a pediatric hospital in North Korea's most productive farming province, children lay two to a bed. All showed signs of severe malnutrition: skin infections, patchy hair, listless apathy.
"Their mothers have to bring them here on bicycles," said duty doctor Jang Kum Son in the Yellow Sea port city of Haeju. "We used to have an ambulance but it's completely broken down. One mother traveled 72 kilometers (45 miles). By the time they get here, it's often too late." It's also getting late for North Korea to get the massive amount of food aid it claims to need before the harsh winter sets in. The country's dysfunctional food-distribution system, rising global commodities prices and sanctions imposed over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs had contributed to what appears to be a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency.
The regime's appeals for massive food aid have gone mostly unanswered by a skeptical international community. Only 30 percent of a United Nations food aid target for North Korea has been met so far. The United States and South Korea, the two biggest donors before sanctions, have said they won't resume aid until they are satisfied the military-led communist regime won't divert the aid for its own uses and progress is made on disarmament talks. - Reuters.
MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: A NEW NORMAL - Japan's Massive Mega-Earthquake On March 11, Altered Planet Earth's Gravity Field!
The devastating earthquake that struck Japan earlier this year was powerful enough to slightly alter the pull of gravity under the affected area, scientists have found.
Anything that has mass has a gravity field that attracts objects toward it. The strength of this field depends on a body's mass. Since the Earth's mass is not spread out evenly, its gravity field is stronger in some places and weaker in others. The magnitude 9.0 Tohoku-Oki temblor in March was the most powerful earthquake to hit Japan and the fifth-most powerful quake ever recorded. To see how the temblor might have deformed the Earth there, scientists used the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites to analyze the area's gravity field before and after the quake. The researchers found the Tohoku-Oki quake reduced the gravity field there by an average of two- millionths of a gal by slightly thinning the Earth's crust. In comparison, the strength of the gravitational pull at the Earth's surface is, on average, 980 gals. (The gal, short for Galileo, is a unit of acceleration; one gal is defined as one centimeter per second squared.)
"The most important implication of our findings is that the massive Tohoku-Oki earthquake brings significant changes to not only the ground but also the underground structure of Japan," researcher Koji Matsuo, a geophysicist at Hokkaido University in Japan, told OurAmazingPlanet. The GRACE satellites had previously detected gravity changes caused by the magnitude 9.1 to 9.3 2004 Sumatra-Andaman quake, the third-most powerful earthquake ever recorded, and the magnitude 8.8 earthquake that hit Chile in 2010, the eighth-most powerful on record. These reduced the gravity fields in the areas struck in much the same way as the Tohoku-Oki quake, since they were all similar types of earthquakes. The researchers are now interested in seeing if they can detect post-quake gravity field changes as the crust settles back into place. Matsuo and colleague Kosuke Heki detailed their findings online Sept. 22 in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. - MSNBC.