Sunday, January 12, 2014

PLANETARY TREMORS: Strong 6.5 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Off Puerto Rico Coast - No Tsunami Warning Issued!

January 12, 2014 - PUERTO RICO - A strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck at sea off Puerto Rican coast at a shallow depth of less than 30 km early on Monday, US Geological Survey reports.


USGS earthquake location.


The quake hit some 56 km off the northern coast of the island. Capital San Juan, where 400,000 people live is located on the same side of the island.

No immediate injuries or damage has been reported. No tsunami warning has been issued so far.


USGS earthquake shakemap intensity.


The Puerto Rico quake on Monday comes almost exactly 4 years after a powerful 7.0-magnitude quake devastated another Caribbean island Haiti.

The 2010 disaster took more than 100,000 lives and caused a humanitarian catastrophe in the nation, which remains one of the poorest in the world. - RT.



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

USGS plate tectonics for the region.


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

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

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

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

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


ANIMAL BEHAVIOR & DISASTER PRECURSORS: Did Mother Nature Send More Warnings With Another Monster From The Deep - Giant 13 FOOT LONG Squid Captured Off The Coast Of Sadogashima Island In Japan?! [PHOTO + VIDEO]

January 12, 2014 - JAPAN - A four-metre long giant squid has been found in a fishing net off the coast of Sadogashima island in Japan.





Local fisherman Shigenori Goto said he found the 13ft long squid swimming in one of his fixed nets off the island in Niigata Prefecture when he hauled it in early on Wednesday morning.

The squid, later found to be male, reportedly died after being brought to the surface.

According to Mr Goto, the net, set to catch Japanese amberjack, was placed at a depth of around 70m deep about two-thirds of a mile from the coast.


WATCH: The accompanying Japanese-language video shows the creature on display and being measured by scientists (footage of the squid being pulled to the boat begins at the 1-minute mark).




"This is the first time I've seen such a large squid," he told local media in Japan.

The squid was taken to a local government marine research institute in Niigata for research.

Giant squid are among the largest invertebrates, and most mysterious creatures, in the world - the biggest ever recorded by scientists was almost 43 feet (13m) long. - Telegraph.



SOCIETAL COLLAPSE AND HUMAN DEVOLUTION: Rebel Forces Infighting - Nearly 700 Killed In Syria In Just 9 Days Of Fierce Clashes!

January 12, 2014 - SYRIA - Nearly 700 people have been killed in nine days of fierce clashes between an al Qaeda affiliate and other Islamist and rebel groups, activists said Sunday.




Forces from the al Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and Syria have increasingly come into conflict with Free Syrian Army fighters and other hard-line factions opposing the Syrian regime, while ISIS attempts to impose its strict form of Islamic Sharia law on areas coming under its control in northern Syria.

In the last nine days, 697 people have been killed in the fighting, activists said.

The victims include 351 combatants from the Islamist and non-Islamist rebel battalions, 246 ISIS fighters, and 100 civilians, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The activist group said the deaths took place between January 3 and January 12.

Among the 100 civilians killed in the clashes, 21 were executed by ISIS in the children's hospital in Qadi Askar in the northern rebel stronghold of Aleppo, the group said.

CNN cannot independently verify daily death tolls, but the United Nations has said more than 100,000 people have been killed in Syria since 2011.

Foreign
ministers meet

The violence came as the "Friends of Syria" group of foreign ministers, including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, convened in Paris on Sunday in a last-ditch attempt to persuade the Syrian opposition to attend a peace conference in Geneva, Switzerland, at the end of January.

The Western-backed rebels are deeply divided on whether to go and will announce a decision on January 17.

"There is no military solution to the violence," Kerry said Sunday about a proposed new round of peace talks. "There is no other alternative to saving the nation of Syria than negotiations."

Kerry said he has "no expectations" about the success of the so-called Geneva II talks, but that the sides need to enter the meetings with the goal of "waging an even stronger effort to provide for this political solution."

"I am confident the Syrian opposition will come to Geneva," Kerry said.

Kerry added that Russian leaders have assured him they'll attend.


WATCH: Syria's civil war within a civil war.




In a statement, the alliance of mainly Western and Gulf Arab countries called on armed groups to "respect democratic and pluralistic values" and allow humanitarian access.

It condemned the presence of foreign fighters in Syria, "both those fighting with the regime such as Hezbollah and other Iranian backed forces, and those fighting within other extremist groups," and demanded their immediate withdrawal.

It urged democratic opposition forces to keep opposing groups affiliated with al Qaeda.

"We fully support the Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army and other democratic opposition forces in their action against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant," it said. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is another name for ISIS.

Uneasy alliance

For months, the rebel groups maintained an uneasy alliance as they fought to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government.

But now, the infighting has threatened to tip the balance among rebel forces toward militant groups and away from more secular brigades.

In a statement, the opposition Syrian Coalition media office condemned "any and all violations" and said armed gangs were taking advantage of the infighting between ISIS and the Free Syrian Army.

The statement, signed by Syrian Coalition media office director Khalid Saleh, cited these as "illegal practices, intimidating civilians, and theft, taking place all over Syria; particularly in the northern parts of the country."

"We call on FSA brigades to work with civil revolutionary bodies and local councils operating in those areas to address the threat of those gangs, and make sure those gangsters are hunted down and brought to justice," the statement said.

In Iraq, where at least nine people were killed and more than 40 wounded in several car explosions on Sunday, security forces in Mosul said they have detained 137 ISIS suspects in a series of raids in the city over the past seven days.

U.N. official in Damascus

On a visit to Damascus on Sunday, the United Nations humanitarian chief expressed concern for communities cut off by the months of fighting between government and rebel forces.

"I am particularly worried about the reports of starvation," Valerie Amos said in a statement after meeting with government officials as well as humanitarian organizations.

"The world must do more for all the people who are displaced. Many families are living in abandoned buildings, schools or in makeshift shelters, without enough food, clean water or medicine. We must help them to get through this very cold winter," she said after visiting a shelter in rural Damascus.

Amos recognized steps taken by the government to approve visas so aid can get in.

"But we need to do more in a crisis of this magnitude," she said. - CNN.




FIRE IN THE SKY: Fireballs And Disaster Preparation - U.S. Physicians For Civil Defense Tells Citizens To "Drop And Take Cover If You See A Sudden Very Bright Light" From A Meteor?!

January 12, 2014 - UNITED STATES - At the time of the Emergency Management Agency of Utah (UEMA) conference on Jan 9, 2014, Physicians for Civil Defense issued the following statement:


Meteor over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk last February.


All Americans, starting with first responders and emergency managers, need to know this basic life-saving principle: "Drop and cover if you see a sudden very bright light."

Such a light will be followed by a deadly shock wave within seconds. Those who drop and cover will probably survive. Those who do not are likely to be killed or suffer severe injury.


Blast damage in the Russian city of Chelyabinsk last February saw thousands of windows blown in by the
shockwave, which arrived a couple of minutes after the bright flash. U.S. doctors working with Federal
emergency preparedness programs are encouraging people, once they see a similar bright flash,
to get away from windows during those crucial few minutes.


During the 2013 Chelyabinsk meteor explosion, a fourth-grade teacher in Chelyabinsk, Yulia Karbysheva, saved 44 children from potentially life-threatening window glass cuts by ordering them to hide under their desks when she saw the flash. Ms. Karbysheva, who remained standing, was seriously lacerated when the explosion's blast wave arrived and windows shattered. A tendon in her arm was severed, but not one of her students suffered a cut.


WATCH:  Chelyabinsk Meteor Shockwave Compilation.




"Large meteor strikes are sufficiently probable that both the U.S. and Russia are working on ways to divert them. In 1908 a meteor strike flattened 800 square miles of Siberian forest," stated president Jane M. Orient, M.D.

Physicians for Civil Defense distributes information to help to save lives in the event of disaster.

www.physiciansforcivildefense.org

Contact: Jane M. Orient, M.D., (520) 323-3110, janeorientmd@gmail.com.

- Sacramento Bee.



RATTLE & HUM: "We Have No Idea Of The Source" - Mysterious Boom Sound Shakes Petersburg, Virginia?!

January 12, 2014 - UNITED STATES - Area residents are wondering what's been causing loud booming sounds that have been heard throughout the region.




"We had two calls from the 1700 block of Westover Avenue this morning around 7:45 to 7:50," Petersburg Police spokeswoman Esther Hyatt said. She added that officers cleared up from the area when nothing was detected that would have caused the sound.

She added that others at the Petersburg Bureau of Police said that they heard the same noise this morning in Colonial Heights and that some had heard the sound last week and thought perhaps "it was military-related." But, officials at Fort Lee say it isn't their doing.

"We're not the source of the booms," said Stephen Baker, Fort Lee Public Affairs Officer. "We do sometimes do training at the range on post which sometimes involves the use of small explosives or simulators but nothing to the magnitude of what's been heard."

Additionally, Baker added that he had heard from members of the community asking whether similar sounds that were heard over the holidays originated on post. "But, our range was closed over the holidays and we only resumed training earlier this week," Baker said.

Colonial Heights Police Sgt. Rob Ruxer said that the department didn't receive any calls about the loud noise Friday morning, but that some calls were received on the evening of Jan. 5.

"We have no idea of the source," Ruxer said. While the police didn't receive any official reports on the noise, he said the sound had been heard around 6 a.m. Friday on Covington Road.

- F.M. Wiggins may be reached at 732-3456, ext. 3254 or fwiggins@progress-index.com. - Progress Index.



INFRASTRUCTURE & SOCIETAL COLLAPSE: More Plane Crashes - Corporate Jet Crash In Germany Killing 4!

January 12, 2014 - GERMANY - A corporate jet crash in western Germany on Sunday killed all four people aboard the aircraft, police said.


Fire workers stand in front of a burnt-out wreckage of a twin-engine business
jet near Rivenich, Germany, on January 12.


Witnesses told police that the plane burst into flames after it crashed near the town of Trier.

Authorities are investigating what caused the crash.

Local fire officials told German public broadcaster ZDF that the plane hit a power pole. There was dense fog in the area at the time of the crash, ZDF reported.

The jet had come from England and was scheduled to arrive at a small airfield in Fohren, Germany, ZDF said.

The two passengers and two crew members on the Cessna Citation jet are believed to be German nationals. - CNN.



MASS FISH DIE-OFF: Hundreds Of Striped Bass Found Dead In Connecticut River Tributary!

January 12, 2014 - UNITED STATES - It appears as if humans weren’t the only ones badly stressed by the recent cold snap.




Hundreds of striped bass were found dead this week in the Blackhall River, a tributary of the Connecticut River in Old Lyme, in what state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection officials believe was a natural die-off related to the extreme cold.

Five blue crabs also were found dead.

“We had the same thing happen last year,” said David Simpson, director of marine fisheries in the agency’s Bureau of Natural Resources. “It was pretty coincidental with the new moon, real low water, very cold weather.”

He attributed the deaths, as best as DEEP staffers could determine, to “cold shock,” possibly as a result of fish getting trapped in icy cold water by ice and shallow depth.

The DEEP also received reports in Old Lyme of fish drifting out of the Connecticut River and washing up on Long Island Sound beach, but Simpson said he believes those fish were part of the same die-off, which was first reported Sunday by an Old Lyme police officer.

“There’s quite a few fish in there and the water really gets shallow during those extreme low tides,” he said. “It was a pretty quick change of temperature. There was a salinity change ... I think they just got caught in it.”

Since Sunday, “we’ve had a number of calls from the public,” he said.

Some callers also mentioned a possible fish kill “down toward the New Haven area, but I haven’t gotten any specific reports,” Simpson said.

One key member of the Greater New Haven fishing community said he was unaware of any fish die-off in or around New Haven, where the Quinnipiac River, Mill River and West River all are popular with local fishermen.

“Bad news or good news travels fast on the water” and “usually, if somebody had seen something, somebody would have said something,” said Pete DeGregorio, owner of Dee’s Bait & Tackle at 93 Clay St. in New Haven’s Fair Haven section, which has been outfitting area anglers for decades. - New Haven Register.



INFRASTRUCTURE & SOCIETAL COLLAPSE: Utah Freight Train Crash - Causes Corn Spill On Interstate, Minor Injuries!

January 12, 2014 - UNITED STATES - Two freight trains collided in Utah on Wednesday, spilling corn onto an interstate highway and injuring three railroad workers, authorities and railroad officials said.


(HANDOUT, REUTERS)

The trains, both carrying feed corn, were near the mouth of Weber Canyon about 30 miles north of Salt Lake City when one rear-ended the other, which was stationary, said Utah Highway Patrol Lieutenant Chris Simmons.

The force of the crash caused several cars from the moving train to tumble more than 20 feet down an embankment, spilling corn and a small amount of diesel fuel, Simmons said.

The three injured were a conductor, an engineer and a trainee with the railroad who were in a locomotive from the moving train that derailed but did not tumble down the hill, Simmons said.

All three complained of leg pain, and two were transported to a nearby hospital for minor injuries while one was treated and released at the scene, Union Pacific Railroad spokesman Aaron Hunt said.

"We're really fortunate that none of our folks were seriously hurt and that the incident didn't cause more of a big holdup to traffic," Hunt said.

The crash caused authorities to close one of nearby Interstate 84's two lanes, Simmons said. The closure was likely to continue overnight as crews using cranes worked to move the derailed train cars, he added.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation, Hunt said. - Chicago Tribune.



GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Global Volcano Report For January 12, 2014 - Guatemala's Pacaya Volcano Erupts With Massive Lava Flow Forcing Mass Evacuations, Orange Civil Alert Declared; Ash Emissions And Fluctuating Tremors At Italy's Mount Etna; Ash Plume Rising To 28,000 Feet Witnessed At Kamchatka's Shiveluch Volcano; And Over 25,000 People Have Fled Their Homes In Indonesia As Mount Sinabung Continues Its Violent Eruptions And Lava Flows! [STUNNING PHOTOS]

January 12, 2014 - WORLDWIDE VOLCANOES - The following constitutes the new activity, unrest and ongoing reports of volcanoes across the globe.

Pacaya (Guatemala): The ongoing eruption of the volcano involved the opening of at least two effusive fissure vents on the northern and southern base of the Mackenney cone (this info according to images and maps published by CONRED, although CONRED / INSIVUMEH at the same time report 3 vents on the east, west and south flank).


Lava flowing from the Pacaya volcano near Guatemala City has prompted the evacuation of people
living nearest the crater, Guatemala authorities said today.

Map of the lava flows from Pacaya today (CONRED).

These fissures feed two large (and possibly one smaller third) lava flows that have reached lengths of 3-5 km length and are several hundred meters wide at their fronts (up to 800 m on the western side). The lava flows have burned extensive areas of farmland and woods and are close to some villages.

In the meantime, moderate to violent strombolian activity continues at the summit.

CONRED declared orange civil alert and started to evacuate families living in areas close to the volcano.

The lava flow from on the north side started from an eruptive fissure at approx 2250 m elevation on the flank of the cone, traveled north towards the caldera rampart of Cerro Chino and then turned left - west - when meeting the topographic obstacle. It is now close (less than 1 km) from the village El Patroncino and has a 500-800 m wide front.


Lava flow from Pacaya following a trail (CONRED). The National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology
and Hydrology says today's lava flow in some areas is as large as 600 yards wide and 1.8 miles (3km) long.

The southern fissure vent at the base of the south flank (at the crater, the dent from the 2010 paroxysm is visible)
The volcano has also been closed to tourists. (CONRED)

The northern fissure vent (CONRED). Alejandro Maldonado, director of the National Office for Disaster Reduction,
said lava is flowing down one side of the volcano, but he did not say how many people have been evacuated.

On the southern side, a vent opened low at the base of the cone, at approx. 1880 m elevation, and started to feed a lava 200 m wide lava flow that seems to have reached about 5 km length near the Rincon de Pacaya area (part of Los Pocitos) on the SSW side.

At the moment, a decreasing tendency of tremor and activity is visible.


Lava flow burning forest (CONRED).  The volcano just south of the capital city is also registering
small explosions and emitting gas and ash.

MODIS hot spot data (past 7 days) for Pacaya volcano (ModVolc, Univ. Hawaii)
Pacaya is one of Guatemala's most active and picturesque volcanos.

Current (saturated) seismic signal from Pacaya (PCG station, INSIVUMEH)

According to INSIVUMEH, the eruption has considerably slowed down since last evening around 19:15 (local time), although weather prevented detailed observations. Activity at the summit decreased to moderate strombolian explosions with ejections reaching 100 m height and degassing.

The tremor signal is still saturated, suggesting that the effusion of lava continues. A strong thermal anomaly, corresponding to the new lava flows, is now visible on satellite data.


Etna (Sicily, Italy): No significant changes have occurred. While the continuing unusually warm weather has stripped much of the snow on Etna's southern side, diffuse weak ash emissions are visible from the NE crater and tremor fluctuates at low levels.


Etna this morning.


Shiveluch (Kamchatka): An explosion or a pyroclastic flow from a partial lava dome collapse produced an ash plume rising to 28,000 ft (8.5 km) this morning. Views on the webcam show a plume but don't allow to see details what occurred at the lava dome.


Ash plume rising from Shiveluch volcano this morning (KVERT webcam).


Sinabung (Sumatra, Indonesia):  More than 25,000 people have fled their homes following a series of eruptions and lava flows from a volcano in Indonesia.


Mount Sinabung, on the western island of Sumatra, sent hot rocks and ash up to 5000 metres in the air several times on Saturday, National Disaster Mitigation Agency emergency response director Tri Budiarto said.

"So far, 25,516 people have been evacuated. There's nobody now within a five-kilometre radius of the crater. We are urging those living within seven kilometres south-east of the crater to move, too," he added.


Sinabung spews ash into the air during an eruption. Photo: AFP

A villager inspects her corn field. Photo: AFP

Hot lava, which has been spewing from the volcano for the past two weeks, has flowed into a river and filled up valleys with volcanic fragments, he said.

"There were small secondary explosions when lava flows came into contact with the water, but there are no casualties so far. We are urging people not to carry out any activity in the rivers," he added.

Mount Sinabung is one of 129 active volcanoes in Indonesia that straddle major tectonic fault lines, known as the Pacific Ring of Fire.


Motorcyclists passing through an area covered by ash as they are evacuated. Photo: Getty

A dog stands in mud and ash spewed out of Mount Sinabung after it erupted at Kuta Rakyat village. Photo: Reuters.

It had been quiet for about 400 years but rumbled back to life in 2010, and again in September 2013. In August, five people were killed and hundreds were evacuated when a volcano erupted on a small island in East Nusa Tenggara province.

The country's most active volcano, Mount Merapi in central Java, killed more than 350 people in a series of eruptions in 2010.

Recommended: Check out some great photos of the glowing lava dome, incandescent avalanches and a superb shot by Sutanta Aditya of a pyroclastic flow and related mushroom-shaped co-ignimbrite ash plume (lighter ash rising from the main body of the pyroclastic flow immediately after its emplacement) taken on January 7.
 

Complete Earthquake list (worldwide) for January 12, 2014.


SOURCES:  Volcano Discovery | Independent | SMH.



RATTLE & HUM: "I Hear A Boom Once Every Two Days... Why On Earth Is That Going On... " - Loud And Mysterious Booms Rattle Central Virginia Homes?!

January 12, 2014 - UNITED STATES - CBS 6 News has received hundreds of tips since our story aired about mysterious booms being heard across Central Virginia. Some said the noises were so intense they rattled their homes.




Police and firefighters in Colonial Heights were called out to three different parts of the city Sunday after receiving calls about mysterious sounds.

"It's a loud, loud boom," Clint Lanier, who lives in Chesterfield County, told CBS 6 senior reporter Wayne Covil. "It' ain't no shotgun and it ain't no kind of gun. It's like an explosion."

Sgt. Rob Ruxer with Colonial Heights police said dispatchers received at least three calls just before 5:30 p.m. Sunday from citizens in separate areas of the city about a loud noise.

"There was a large boom. I thought it was thunder," Kelsey Barnes of Colonial Heights said. "It kind of shook the house a little bit, but I have no idea what it was."

Officials have not been able to tie the booms to one specific area, but they have been reported for the past several weeks. Residents from from Chester to southern Chesterfield, Colonial Heights and Hopewell have reported hearing the booms.

"Well it definitely grabs your attention and you think, 'why on earth is that going on at this time?" said Carolyn Thompson of Colonial Heights.

Those who have heard the booms said they do not happen again for several days - and how they sound varies.

"I would hear a boom about once every two or three days, just a loud boom and that was it," said Stuart Blankenship of Colonial Heights.

John Thompson, who heard the boom in Colonial Heights, described it as a Sonic Boom from a jet. He said he did not think it was fireworks since there was only one boom.

"I went out of my bedroom and went outside and looked around first thing," said Chase Henry of Chesterfield. "Then walked back inside, I had no idea, so I just left it at that."


WATCH: Mysterious booms reportedly heard 100 miles from Colonial Heights.




Colonial Heights residents Susan Crane, who also lives in, said she was watching TV when she heard the boom Sunday.

"I've heard it numerous times," Crane said. "I usually get up and look out my door, like I'm going to see something, but there's nothing to see."

CBS 6 News checked area surveillance cameras across the city and could not find sign of the boom. With every recurrence, there has been no revelation about what or who is behind them.

Colonial Heights Fire Chief A.G. Moore said his department does not have any additional leads about where the noises are coming from or what is causing them.

"I think that's what kind of surprised me the most, is seeing how wide spread this is," said Moore. "It's not really confined just to Colonial Heights and Southern Chesterfield County."

On social media there is a lot of speculation about what could be causing the booms. If you think you know what is causing them, scroll down to leave a comment or click here to post a message on Facebook.

But CBS 6 has determined the booms are not coming from Fort Lee or Fort Picket. It was not the rock quarry in Dinwiddie or Chesterfield. Additionally, it was not a transformer explosion or a sonic boom.

And while some CBS 6 Facebook fans thought it might be a cold-related tremor, the average temperature last week was nearly 40 degrees. - WTVR.



THE EURO-ZONE CRISIS: Precursors To The Total Collapse Of The FAILED White Supremacy Paradigm - Euro Plummets After ECB Warns Currency Zone May Need More Support; Greece Jobless Rate Hits Record High In October; And Spain's Youth Unemployment Rate Hits 57.7% As Europe Faces A "Lost Generation"!

January 12, 2014 - EUROPE - The European Central Bank sent the euro tumbling on world markets after it warned that the 18-member currency zone may need further support to prevent a Japanese-style period of stagnation.

Euro Plummets After ECB Warns Currency Zone May Need More Support.


The ECB president, Mario Draghi, said persistently high unemployment, falling inflation and difficult lending conditions were harming the recovery, and the ECB stood ready to use all the tools available to maintain confidence and growth.

Speaking as the central bank kept interest rates at 0.25% on Thursday, he said the ECB would consider printing money as well as other measures should there be a further deterioration in the availability of credit or another drop in inflation.

"The governing council strongly emphasises that it will maintain an accommodative stance of monetary policy for as long as necessary," he said.

The warning came as the UK economy appeared to be moving strongly in the opposite direction and concerns that it will soon overheat.

The Bank of England's monetary policy committee kept base interest rates steady at 0.5% at its January meeting but an increasing number of analysts called on the Bank's governor, Mark Carney, to prepare for a rate rise as early as the summer.

Carney has signalled his intention to keep rates at ultra-low levels until the recovery is assured, which Threadneedle Street believes will be mid-2015 at the earliest.

But the unexpectedly sharp rise in gross domestic product over the last year and the speed with which employers are adding jobs has convinced many economists that rates should rise earlier.

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi speaks
to the press at ECB headquarters in Frankfurt.
Photo: Thomas Meyer/Demotix/Corbis
Recruitment agencies reported that job creation surged in December. Pay rates for new staff also rose at the fastest pace for six years, according to a survey by Markit for the Recruitment & Employment Confederation and KPMG.

The survey data suggested that unemployment will continue to drop sharply, possibly falling through the Bank's 7% unemployment rate threshold in early 2014, and that a return to real wages growth is in sight this year.

Chris Williamson, Markit's chief European economist, said the Bank's forecast for unemployment to fall to 7% late this year already looked out of date. Wage rises, however, remained well below the 2.1% inflation rate, rising at 0.9% a year in November.

Britain's booming economy still remains 2% below its peak and manufacturing, which the government has promoted and is which growing strongly, is 9% below levels in 2008. But over the last year it has outstripped rivals to be one of the fastest growing economies in the developed world.

Draghi said a Japanese-style period of stagnation that brings with it falling prices and a decline in consumer demand has yet to arrive, but the ECB must be ready to play a part in boosting confidence in the financial system and broader eurozone economy.

"Right now, we don't see deflation," he said. "By and large we don't see a deflation in the Japanese sense of the 1990s."

France has become a major worry for eurozone policymakers after figures for December appeared to show it slipping back into recession.

Greece's industrial slump has also deepened and unemployment reached a record high, according to data yesterday, highlighting the ravages of a six-year recession even as the debt-laden economy shows tentative signs of a recovery elsewhere.

The jobless rate rose slightly to a record 27.8% in October while industrial output contracted in November for a fifth consecutive month, by 6.1%.

Nevertheless, Draghi said confidence was gradually returning to the eurozone economy and the central bank's very accommodative monetary policy stance was finally finding its way into the real economy.

He stopped short of saying the eurozone crisis is over. "The recovery is there but it's weak, it's modest and as I said many times, it's fragile, meaning that there are several risks, from financial to economic to geopolitical to political risks, that could undermine easily this recovery," he said. - Guardian.


Greece Jobless Rate Hits Record High In October.
Official data show Greece’s unemployment rate rose to a new record high in October last year, highlighting the ravages of a six-year recession.

The Greek Statistical Authority, ELSTAT, said on Thursday that the number of jobless grew in October 2013 to a record 27.8 percent from 27.7 percent in the previous month.

With more than one in four of the workforce unemployed, a total of 1.038 million people are currently out of work, the agency said.

The high unemployment rate is more than double the eurozone’s average of 12.1 percent in the same month.

Moreover, people under the age of 25 remain the hardest-hit demographically with their jobless rate at 58 percent, up from 23 percent when the country's recession started six years ago.


WATCH: Greece s jobless rate rose to record 27 8% in October 2013.




This is while industrial output fell in November for a fifth consecutive month, dropping by about 30 percent from its peak since 2008.

Greece has been at the epicenter of the eurozone debt crisis and is experiencing its sixth year of recession, while harsh austerity measures have left tens of thousands of people without jobs.

The long-drawn-out eurozone debt crisis, which began in Greece in late 2009 and reached Italy, Spain, and France in 2011, is viewed as a threat not only to Europe but also to many of the world’s other developed economies. - Press TV.


Spain's Youth Unemployment Rate Hits 57.7 As Europe Faces A "Lost Generation".


Spain saw its youth unemployment rate rise to a staggering 57.7% in November as the country registered the worse youth jobless rate in the eurozone area.

Eurostat, the statistical information arm of the European Union, also revealed the youth unemployment rate across the eurozone remained steady at 24.2% for the second consecutive month – meaning there were 3.5 million unemployed under-25s across the region.

"There is a real danger that these young people will get trapped in the ranks of the long-term unemployed," James Howat, a European economist at Capital Economics, told IBTimes UK.

He explained: "Countries and their employers are losing human capital and will have to spend money to reintegrate those who are unemployed now in the long-term."

In particular, Spain registered the worse unemployment rate of 57.5% over the same period – a slight increase from 57.4% the month before.

In vast contrast, Luxembourg and Germany shared the lowest unemployment rate of 5.5%.

Eurostat said the overall unemployment rate for the region also remained the same at 12.1% in November – representing 19.2 million unemployed people across the region.

Howat added: "The figures show pressure on eurozone households is easing - albeit very gradually.

"If you look at the unemployment rate over the last two months, the trend is going the right way. More timely data suggests we could see a fall in the number of the unemployed in December."

Politicians and the public are hoping the region's economic recovery will boost employment, which has created social unrest in countries like Greece as citizens react against harsh austerity measures imposed to meet bailout demands. - IBT.



MASS OYSTER DIE-OFF: Plagues & Pestilences And Global Food Crisis - 600,000 Oysters Die Due To Mysterious Disease In Port Stephens, Australia Frightening Growers?!

January 12, 2014 - AUSTRALIA - BIOSECURITY experts are scrambling to identify a mystery disease that has decimated Port Stephens’ multimillion-dollar Pacific oyster crops and sent several growers to the wall.

DEATH TOLL: Robert Diemar has lost 600,000 oysters in just weeks. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

There are fears the port may have to be quarantined to prevent the disease spreading.

Hundreds of thousands of Pacific oysters have died since late last year.

‘‘We lost 600,000 oysters over a couple of weeks. We were struggling to find any live ones to be honest,’’ veteran Salamander Bay oyster grower Robert Diemar said.

‘‘We haven’t seen anything like it before.’’

Pacific oysters, which are worth about $3million to the Port Stephens oyster industry, had been recovering from a disease that swept through the region last year.

To date, it appears the latest disease has affected only hatchery-sourced Pacific oysters.

However, it is feared it may also attack prime Sydney rock oyster crops in the port.

‘‘It’s very frightening not only for the guys who are growing Pacific oysters, but also for the rest of us,’’ Port Stephens shellfish program chairman Don Burgoyne said.

‘‘If it was Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome we would have been quarantined by now.’’

Several farmers who had invested heavily in Pacific Oysters have been ruined by the disease. ‘‘It’s literally taken my business away; I don’t know what I’m going to do,’’ Andrew Richardson said.

‘‘There’s not much we can do but to diversify.

‘‘It’s going to take three years for Sydney rock oysters to grow.’’

A Department of Primary Industries spokeswoman said biosecurity and fisheries experts were working with growers to identify the cause of the mortalities.

Twenty batches of affected oysters had been tested at the Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute at Menangle since early last November, with all testing negative for the virus that causes Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome.

‘‘It is not clear yet what is causing the mortality event, it could be an environmental factor. In all submissions tested to date, there is no evidence of a disease consistent with a known infectious agent,’’ the spokeswoman said.

‘‘Therefore, without any evidence of an infectious disease, the department’s biosecurity and fisheries experts are unable to put in place quarantine measures.’’

The NSW Environment Protection Authority and the NSW Farmers Association have also been consulted. - The Herald.



MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: Giant Tentacled Living Thing Forms Off The Australian Coast - Massive Bloom Of Plankton In A Spiral Current Seen From Space By NASA's Aqua Satellite; Tentacles Extend More Than 100km Wide!

January 12, 2014 - INDIAN OCEAN - A GIGANTIC living thing has formed in the ocean off the coast of Australia and it has massive tentacles.


The swirl has tentacles more than 100 km wide. Source: Supplied


It is more than 100km wide and its fluorescent blue sheen has been spotted by NASA satellites in the south-eastern Indian Ocean.

It all sounds a little ominous - like those giant oarfish that were popping up from the depths of the sea a few months ago - it's not.


It’s caused by an eddy of Plankton. Source: Supplied


As a matter of fact, it's beautiful. While it looks like whirlpool, but it's actually a giant bloom of plankton in a spiral current called an eddy.

Plankton are microscopic organisms which live off sunlight, water and nutrients. Eddies, such as this one, often stir up the nutrients for the blooms to grow.


NASA's Aqua satellite spotted the giant swirl. Picture: NASA Source: Supplied


That may be what happened here. But whatever caused it, it's spectacular. And it's just 600km off our coast. - News Australia.



INFRASTRUCTURE & SOCIETAL COLLAPSE: Train Derails In New Brunswick, Canada - Forces Evacuation Of About 150 People From Their Homes As Oil And Propane Burn Near Plaster Rock!

January 12, 2014 - CANADA - A train derailment spilled crude oil and propane into a sparsely populated part of Canada late Tuesday, sparking a blaze that forced about 150 people from their homes. No injuries or fatalities have been reported.


A large fireball rises from the site of a train derailment as officials used a controlled explosion to blast holes in
three tanker cars in Plaster Rock, N.B., Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. (Kevin Bissett / THE CANADIAN PRESS)


Tuesday's train derailment is the latest in a series of oil-train accidents that have fueled a debate over how to safely transport crude oil and refined petroleum products. North American oil and gas production is rising faster than pipeline capacity, forcing bottlenecks at key energy transit points.

Companies have turned increasingly to rail to move oil from shale-rock formations in North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere, to markets at home and abroad.

The latest train derailment involved five cars containing crude oil and four containing propane destined for an Irving Oil refinery in Saint John, New Brunswick. The conductor and engineer were the only people on board, and neither was injured, according to Canadian National Railway spokesman Jim Feeny. Some cars caught fire and continued burning through Wednesday.


Fire burns on the horizon at the scene of a train derailment near Plaster Rock, New Brunswick on Wednesday.
The oil train derailment happened late Tuesday in a sparsely populated region of New Brunswick.
Tom Bateman/The Canadian Press/AP


"It is contained, but it is evolving," Claude Mongeau, the chief executive of CN Rail, said at a press conference Wednesday, adding it was too early to determine a cause.

Less than two weeks ago, an oil train carrying crude oil from the Bakken shale formation in derailed and exploded in North Dakota. No one was injured, but a nearby town was evacuated. In July, an oil train derailment in Lac-M├ęgantic, Quebec, caused 47 fatalities.

The overwhelming majority of oil trains arrive at their destination safely, industry groups and officials say, but the recent string of events have prompted calls for more regulation. Sen. John Hoeven (R) of North Dakota is slated to meet with Department of Transportation officials Thursday to press for updated standards on oil train cars. In Canada, the federal government has required rail companies to notify municipalities when transporting dangerous goods through their communities."

In 2012, US trains transported  234,000 carloads of crude oil, up from 9,500 carloads in 2008, according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR). That increased to around 400,000 carloads in 2013. - CS Monitor.



MONUMENTAL MASS ANIMAL DIE-OFF: Over 75 Percent Of Big Carnivores Facing Extinction - Animals Include Bears, Dingoes, Wolves And Lions; Loss Will Negatively Impact The Ecosystem!

January 12, 2014 - EARTH - According to a recent study in the journal Science, over 75 percent of Earth’s big carnivores are suffering major declines in their numbers that could result in their extinction unless efforts are taken to preserve them. These animals include bears, dingoes, wolves, and lions. Humans are behind many of the reasons for the startling decline in the numbers of large carnivores.





Humans have placed pressure on the dwindling populations of these carnivores by their intrusive activities, such as the slashing and burning of the habitat of the animals to grow more crops. Also, the loss of the prey that the big carnivores depend on, due to hunting by humans and loss of their habitat, has decreased the available food supply for the carnivores.

Yet another negative influence that humans have had on the numbers of big carnivores left is that humans often persecute these animals, saying that they are harmful to their livestock or that they are mankillers.

For instance, farmers sometimes trap or shoot coyotes on sight, considering them to be a threat to their livelihoods, and some ranchers and farmers have the same attitude about wolves. In places like Africa, farmers often feel the same way about lions, that they are a potential danger to their herds of cattle or goats.

The authors of the study reviewed over 100 published studies in their efforts to present an accurate assessment of both the dwindling numbers of big carnivores existing in the world today, and the impacts on the ecosystems and economies of the countries they inhabit.

The lead author of the study, Professor William Ripple from Oregon State University, stated that the effect of these factors worldwide is that “we are losing our large carnivores.”

The loss of big carnivores negatively impacts the ecosystem


The loss of the world’s big carnivores has already begun to have negative impacts on ecosystems around the globe. According to the researchers who wrote the study, 31 big carnivores are facing increasing pressures to their populations in southern and East Africa, the Amazon, and South East Asia.

According to Professor Ripple, these animals “are at risk of extinction, either locally or globally.”

Fewer numbers of cougars and wolves in Yellowstone National Park, the researchers noted, led to an increase in the numbers of browsing animals there, like deer and elk.

This increase in browsing animals proved to be disastrous for vegetation, as well as being disruptive to the lives of birds and small mammals that depend on the vegetation and undergrowth. The loss of ground cover also leads to more rapid erosion of soil and desertification of ecosystems.

The resultant increases in browsing animals globally has had similar effects in other countries where the populations of big carnivores are in the decline.

In Africa, the burgeoning population numbers of olive baboons, linked to the declining populations of leopards and lions, are causing a more significant threat to livestock and farm crops than even elephants.

Lion populations in Africa have declined due to factors such as loss of habitat and slaughtering them in the name of defending the lives of humans and livestock.

It can be difficult for humans to get beyond the knowledge that big carnivores have, at times, preyed on man when the opportunity has presented itself, or when the carnivores have grown too old, sick, or slow to prey upon faster animals.

Also, farmers and ranchers often regard their livestock as being far more important than the lives of big carnivores that prey upon them.

In some countries, like those of Asia, organs of big carnivores like tigers and bears are used in traditional medicines that are harvested, processed, and sold to men who have the mistaken belief that such “medicine” will increase their virality and strength.

However, according to the authors of the study, people need to realize that big carnivores play an important and complex role at maintaining the natural balance between themselves and prey animals.

Big carnivores are worth more, in economic terms, alive than they are dead. Humans aren’t nearly as good at replicating the role that big carnivores play at thinning the populations of browsing animals and maintaining the delicate balance of the world’s ecosystems.

What are some of the services of value that big carnivores provide?


Big carnivores provide many examples of what the recent study calls “services of value.” Examples include their roles in disease control, carbon sequestration, and biodiversity.

There are some positive signs that humans are recognizing the important roles that big carnivores play in maintaining the natural balance of Earth’s delicate ecosystems.

For instance, the re-introduction of wolves into Yellowstone improved the ecosystem there fairly rapidly. The wolves have also led to an influx of tourist dollars into the economy, bringing in tens of millions of dollars in revenue.

While Professor Ripple acknowledges this, saying how he was “impressed with how resilient the Yellowstone ecosystem is,” he and the other authors of the study argue that an international initiative is necessary to conserve the swindling numbers of big carnivores left in the world.

The authors of the study point to the efforts of groups like the Large Carnivore Initiative for Europe (which has an affiliation with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature [IUCN]) as being a sort of role model in the efforts to protect and conserve big carnivore species.

With over three-fourths of the big carnivores in the world facing possible extinction, increased efforts must be implemented in order to preserve these species. Their extinction could have disastrous economic and environmental effects. Ensuring their continued existence will also help preserve the biodiversity of the planet. - Liberty Voice.



EXTREME WEATHER: Category Five Tropical Cyclone Ian Devastates Tonga - One Dead; State Of Emergency In The Ha'apai Region; Villages Destroyed; Thousands Of Homes Damaged; Trees Flattened; Power Lines Down; The Most Powerful Cyclone To Ever Hit The Country!

January 12, 2014 - TONGA - The most powerful cyclone ever to slam into the South Pacific tourist destination of Tonga has destroyed villages, flattened trees and left at least one person dead, officials said Sunday.

GOES-Floater AVN color IR satellite image of TC Ian at 01:52 UTC on January 11, 2014
(Credit: NOAA/GOES)

Up to 70 percent of houses and buildings in the central Ha'apai islands group, which is home to about 8,000 people and bore the brunt of Cyclone Ian, were damaged or destroyed.

The Tongan government declared a state of emergency in the Ha'apai region after it was pounded by winds in excess of 105 knots (200 kilometres per hour) which whipped up mountainous seas around coastal villages.

Although initial reports when the cyclone hit on Saturday said there had only been minor damage, the full extent of the destruction began to emerge when communications were partially restored a day later.

"Seventy percent of houses (on Ha'apai) are damaged or blown away, and the rest of the 30 percent are affected by water," Tongan military commander Satisi Vunipola told reporters.


Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this image at
01:55 UTC on January 9, 2014. The storm had winds of 85 knots (157 kph or 98 mph), making it the equivalent of
category 2 hurricane. (NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response Team
at NASA GSFC. Caption by Holli Riebeek.)

Residents on Ha'apai's main island of Lifuka were reported to have huddled in churches for shelter as houses were destroyed in the furious cyclone.

Ian Wilson, a New Zealand emergency management official, said Lifuka was in the direct path of the cyclone.

"Whatever was on the island has been damaged, whether it's buildings, crops, roading or infrastructure, it's all been damaged," said Wilson, warning that it remained difficult to get a detailed picture of the destruction.

"There is no communication. We did have a satellite phone but that also died. It is serious. The eye of the storm went right across the top of the island."

Ian was downgraded to a category four cyclone on Saturday morning, but increased in intensity later in the day to be restored to the most severe rating of category five as it hit Ha'apai, knocking out contact with outlying islands.


MTSAT-2 visible satellite image taken at 01:32 UTC on January 11, 2014.
(Credit: MTSAT/FNMOC)


Ian is the first category five cyclone to belt into Tonga and Ha'apai governor Tu'i Ha'angana said he could see from one side of the island to the other -- "that's how devastated it is".

The head of the Tonga Red Cross, Sione Taumoefolau, said he had been informed of one death in Ha'apai but did not have further details as communication remained sketchy.

He said staff in the region told him by satellite phone that Lifuka was devastated.

The Red Cross established a policy last year of maintaining containers of relief supplies on most islands, and Taumoefolau said they were able to provide immediate assistance.

Tupou Ahomee Faupula, from Tonga's cell phone provider Digicel, said his field officer in Ha'apai reported widespread devastation.

"He told us that this was the worst ever damage from a cyclone. Most houses are flattened, roofs are off, trees and power lines are down."

The Tonga navy has sent two patrol boats to Ha'apai, and the Matangi Tonga news website reported the government was considering a request for overseas aid.


This NASA/NOAA GOES Project infrared image obtained January 11, 2014 shows
Tropical Cyclone Ian lashing the Tonga Islands

New Zealand offered immediate assistance of NZ$50,000 ($41,500) and an Air Force Orion was sent Sunday to begin an immediate aerial surveillance of the devastated areas.

The flight was not expected to return to the capital Nuku'alofa until late at night.

"Our thoughts are with the people of Tonga as they begin to come to terms with the damage caused by this cyclone," said Foreign Minister Murray McCully.

"Further support will be considered as the full extent of the damage becomes clear and the government of Tonga determines its priority response areas."

The Fua'amotu Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre downgraded Ian again to category four Sunday, with wind gusts of up to 140 knots (161 mph, 259 kph).

The storm was expected to continue weakening as it moved south over open waters, away from the island nation, according to meteorologists. - Yahoo.



RATTLE & HUM: "It's A Loud Sound And Then It Completely Stops" - Loud Rumble And Roar Heard In Moore, Oklahoma?!

January 12, 2014 - UNITED STATES - Residents in Moore and southwest Oklahoma City took to Facebook after hearing a loud rumble and roar early Monday morning.




Some thought it was an earthquake while others had their own theories, like UFOs and aliens.

The sound Chris Martinez hears often in his Moore neighborhood is an unforgettable ringing.

Martinez said, "It's a loud sound then it completely stops."

Austin Holland, with the Oklahoma Geological Survey, said,"We looked at our seismic records and there's nothing that would indicate that this was associated with ground motion."

After ruling out an earthquake, seismologists said the sound could have traveled from somewhere else.

Experts said if it's a quick shaking, it's an earthquake.

If it's a large rumbling, it could be a big plane.

However, residents in the area have their own theory.

Martinez said, "I'm crazy. I think there are starships. I think there's some cool space ships that not a lot of people know about."

He said every time this odd buzz comes around, the dogs in the neighborhood get riled up.

Martinez said, "Whenever they distinguish a different sound, it makes them feel uncomfortable. They have a weird sense about that."

For those who might think Martinez is crazy, he said through research and personal experience, star ships and spaceships are possible.

Others have a different idea.

Holland said, "When you have really cold weather or odd atmospheric conditions, sound can get around, traveling much better in the atmosphere than it normally does."

Martinez said, "You have different weird things in the sky, you have these weird sounds, you put two and two together and realize, um maybe we don't know everything."

Either way, it's a sound that still remains a mystery.

We did reach out to the Moore Police Department to see if they received any calls about the odd sound early Monday morning.

However, they were not aware of the noise. - KFOR.



SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS: Hubble Sees A Star (SBW2007) Set To Go Supernova - Will Explode In Our Lifetime!

January 12, 2014 - SPACE - Floating at the center of this new Hubble image is a lidless purple eye, staring back at us through space. This ethereal object, known officially as [SBW2007] 1 but sometimes nicknamed SBW1, is a nebula with a giant star at its center.




The star was originally twenty times more massive than our sun, and is now encased in a swirling ring of purple gas, the remains of the distant era when it cast off its outer layers via violent pulsations and winds.

But the star is not just any star; scientists say that it is destined to go supernova. Twenty-six years ago, another star with striking similarities went supernova — SN 1987A. Early Hubble images of SN 1987A show eerie similarities to SBW1. Both stars had identical rings of the same size and age, which were travelling at similar speeds; both were located in similar HII regions; and they had the same brightness. In this way SBW1 is a snapshot of SN1987a’s appearance before it exploded, and unsurprisingly, astronomers love studying them together.

At a distance of more than 20 000 light-years it will be safe to watch when the supernova goes off. If we are very lucky it may happen in our own lifetimes. - Universe News.