Monday, November 17, 2014

SOCIETAL COLLAPSE: State Of Emergency Declared In Ferguson As Grand Jury Decision Nears - Demonstrators Mob Courthouse; Homeland Security Moves In; Police Nationwide Brace For Unrest!


November 17, 2014 - ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, UNITED STATES
- The governor of Missouri declared a state of emergency on Monday, authorising the national guard to assist the policing of protests expected in Ferguson after it is announced whether a white police officer who shot dead an unarmed black 18-year-old will face charges.

Jay Nixon signed an executive order on Monday activating the national guard to support police “during any period of unrest that might occur following the grand jury’s decision concerning the investigation into the death of Michael Brown”.

Nixon had previously said he was ready to order national guard troops back into the St Louis suburb whenever necessary. In August, the national guard protected a makeshift police base at a shopping mall during nights of clashes between officers and protesters following Brown’s death in a residential side-street.

The governor said in a statement on Monday that the soldiers would help “maintain peace and protect those exercising their right to free speech” in the event of demonstrations following the grand jury’s announcement, which is expected in the coming days.


Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) speaks alongside representatives from the St. Louis, St. Louis County, and Missouri State police departments during a press
conference called to discuss security concerns when the grand jury’s decision in the Michael Brown case is announced.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)


“The national guard is well suited to provide security at command posts, fire stations and other locations as well as perform other functions that will free up law enforcement officers to remain focused on community policing and protecting constitutional rights,” he said.

National guard troops in Ferguson would again be commanded by brigadier general Gregory Mason, a veteran of the Missouri state highway patrol, which will police potential unrest alongside the St Louis metropolitan police and St Louis county police.

Statements welcoming the national guard from chiefs of those forces, which represent a unified police command, were attached to the statement from Nixon, a Democrat who before the crisis in Ferguson was viewed as a possible vice-presidential candidate for 2016.

The grand jury has been meeting for about three months to consider evidence on the shooting of Brown by officer Darren Wilson on 9 August. The officer shot Brown repeatedly after an altercation that followed Wilson stopping him and a friend for jaywalking.

Several witnesses said afterwards that Brown was shot after surrendering. Police say that he assaulted Wilson. The officer has reportedly testified to the grand jury that after fleeing, Brown turned and again posed him a physical threat.

A series of leaks from federal and regional officials has led to a widespread assumption among protesters that Wilson, 28, will not be indicted for the shooting. A series of actions is planned in response around the St Louis region and the US.


A protest in Ferguson. Photograph: Jim Young/Reuters

Protest organizers planned to demonstrate at the Ferguson Police Department when the grand jury's decision comes back, and later at the county courthouse in Clayton.

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles expressed confidence on Monday in the city's police department and its chief, Thomas Jackson.

"Right now, what we need is continuity in the police department and the chief has made tremendous relationships with a number of protesters and so I think that's what those protesters want," Knowles said. "The conversations we have been able to have with people have been very productive. ... We need to have a mutual understanding before we can move forward."

Local and state police are gearing up for potential unrest in the area following the grand jury’s decision in the Michael Brown case, and now sources tell KMOX there are federal agents in town, too.

The owner of an area tactical equipment company says he was paid a visit by an agent from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security earlier this week who was looking to buy cold-weather gear, including hats, gloves and holsters, for duty here in St. Louis.

He says the agent told him there were about 80 others in the area.

“I think that’s absolutely their mission is to protect the federal buildings and courthouses downtown,” the owner says of the Department of Homeland Security.

But St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson denies that there are federal agents in the area.

“This is a local law enforcement issue. So, you will not see any federal authorities, you will not see anybody on the ground,” Dotson says.

A representative from the Homeland Security office in Jefferson City, Missouri, sent KMOX an email saying, “the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has no role in the Ferguson Security Plan.”

While the grand jurors have considered material compiled by county investigators, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and US department of justice have been conducting a parallel inquiry for possible federal civil rights charges against Wilson. These, too, are considered unlikely. - The Guardian | Yahoo | CBS St. Louis.



MASS MAMMAL DIE-OFFS: Disaster Precursors - Massive Whale Beached In Southern Nicaragua; Estimated At 59 FEET LONG! [STUNNING PHOTOS]

Residents and tourists gather around a whale as they try to return it to the ocean from Popoyo beach in Rivas, Nicaragua, Friday, Nov. 14, 2014.
They were unable to help the beached whale discovered Friday morning. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

November 17, 2014 - NICARAGUA
- A huge whale was stranded Friday on a white sand beach on Nicaragua's southern Pacific coast, despite efforts by dozens of tourists and residents to get it back to sea.

The whale, estimated at 18 meters (59 feet) long, beached itself Friday morning at Popoyo beach, in the town of Tola, some 111 kilometers (70 miles) south of the capital, according to the Environment Ministry's delegate in the region, Mario Rodriguez.


People try to help a stranded whale at Popoyo beach, 35km from Rivas, Nicaragua on November 14, 2014 (AFP Photo/Inti Ocon)

Residents and tourists watch as workers prepare a grave for the burial of a beached whale on Popoyo beach, in Tola, Nicaragua, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014.
The stranded whale was discovered Friday morning on Nicaragua's southern Pacific coast where a group pf people tried in vain to push it
back into the sea. The whale died Friday night. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

A boy jumps over a whale carcass as workers prepare a grave for the whale's burial on Popoyo Beach, in Tola, Nicaragua, Saturday, Nov 15, 2014. The
stranded whale was discovered Friday morning on Nicaragua's southern Pacific coast where a group of people tried in vain to
push it back into the sea. The whale died Friday night. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

A tractor shovel pushes a whale carcass into a recently dug grave on Popoyo beach, in Tola, Nicaragua, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. The stranded whale
washed ashore Friday morning on Nicaragua's southern Pacific coast where a group of people tried in vain to push it back into the sea.
The whale died Friday night. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

People watch as the body of a beached blue whale is buried at Popoyo beach, at the Nicaraguan pacific coast, November 15, 2014. The blue whale,
which beached on Friday in the department of Rivas, has been buried by the authorities after a 12-hour attempt by the army, the police and the
Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Marena) to return it to sea, according to local media. REUTERS/Stringer

Residents and tourists push a whale to try to return it to the ocean from Popoyo beach in Rivas, Nicaragua, Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. They were
unable to help the beached whale discovered Friday morning. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

A child watches as the body of a beached blue whale is buried at Popoyo beach, at the Nicaraguan pacific coast, November 15, 2014. The blue whale, which
beached on Friday in the department of Rivas, has been buried by the authorities after a 12-hour attempt by the army, the police and the Ministry of
Environment and Natural Resources (Marena) to return it to sea, according to local media. REUTERS/Stringer

Members of the municipality of Rivas, bury a whale that got stranded in the small beach town of Popoyo, in southwestern Nicaragua (AFP Photo/Inti Ocon)

More than 50 people -- from Nicaragua and elsewhere -- spent the day trying to get the whale back into deeper waters, but gave up in exhaustion as the sun went down.

Police and officials from the environment ministry traveled to the scene to discuss strategies to try to save the massive marine mammal, which may be a humpback.

The Pacific region off Nicaragua's southern coast sees a lot of humpback whales and dolphins at this time of year.  - Yahoo.


GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: Massive Landslides Along Swiss-Italian Border - Four People Killed, After Weeks Of Heavy Rainfall And Severe Flooding Swept Many Houses Away!



November 17, 2014 - SWITZERLAND/ITALY
- At least four people were killed as landslides triggered by torrential rain slammed into houses and buildings on either side of the Swiss Italian border Sunday, police and media said.

In the rain-drenched southern Ticino region of Switzerland, two people died and four were injured when a mudslide slammed into a small residential building, regional police said.

On the other side of the border, a pensioner and his granddaughter were killed when another landslide engulfed a house on the Italian shores of Lake Maggiore, local media reported. Three other family members survived.

Those landslides were the latest of many to recently have hit northern Italy and southern Switzerland amid incessant rainfall over recent weeks.

They also came a day after storms in southern France killed six people, including a mother and her two small sons whose car was swept away in flooding.


In Switzerland, the bodies of two local women, aged 34 and 38, were pulled Sunday from the rubble of the three-story apartment building in Davesco-Soragno, near Lugano, after being hit by the mudslide shortly before 2:30 am (0130 GMT), Ticino police said.

Four others, including a 44-year-old Italian man, had been injured and taken to hospital after the building, which reportedly housed eight people, collapsed.

Another resident had returned home after the landslide hit and was unharmed, but police said they were still searching the area to make sure no one else was under the rubble.

The tragedy came 10 days after a young mother and her three-year-old daughter were killed when a landslide swept away their house in the same region.

After weeks of heavy rain, southern Ticino has been hit by severe flooding, which worsened when Lake Lugano burst its banks in several places and Lake Maggiore threatened to do the same.


A house is surrounded by floodwaters near Vigevano, as the River Ticino overflowed after heavy rains hit northern Italy, on November 16, 2014

A house is surrounded by floodwaters near Vigevano, as the River Ticino overflowed after heavy rains hit northern Italy, on November 16, 2014
Just across Lake Maggiore, a 70-year-old man died Sunday after his house was partially buried in a "sea of mud" unleashed after the rain-doused hill behind the building gave way, Italian media reported.

Rescue workers managed to drag his 16-year-old granddaughter from the rubble after more than four hours of digging but she died later in hospital.

Her parents and grandmother survived. The family's small, two-storey villa was the only property affected in Cerro, a hamlet on the outskirts of Laveno Mombello, a popular holiday spot.

A neighbour described how he had been awoken during the night by a huge bang "like fireworks".

"Firefighters and civil protection officers were there very quickly and started digging with spades, even with their bare hands. The parents were helping them ... it was a horrific scene," the neighbour told Italian television.

The tragedy means a total of 11 people have died in Italy in accidents related to the freak weather conditions in just over a month.

That toll was expected to rise to 12 later Sunday as rescue workers continued to search for a man whose car was swept off the road by a torrent of water near Genoa, the main city on the Italian Riviera.

Genoa is particularly vulnerable to flooding because the foothills of the Alps climb steeply from immediately around the city.

The city experienced 139 millimetres (five and a half inches) of rain in a matter of hours on Saturday. The Liguria region has had as much rain in the first 15 days of November as it normally gets in an entire year.

Southern Switzerland has also been soaked, with the Swiss national meteorology institute telling public broadcaster RTS that Ticino had received between 50 and 70 litres of water per square metre in a 24-hour period.

While the rain subsided Sunday, the Swiss government warned that it would pick up again between Monday and Tuesday on both sides of the border, with as much as 100 millimetres expected in some areas.

Source: AFP

- Yahoo.

ICE AGE NOW: "Records Are Falling Left And Right" - Boise, Idaho Breaks 134-Year-Old Cold Record From 1880 On Monday, And Possibly Again Tuesday!

Chris Wildt took a spin up Hulls Gulch. "It’s hard work because it’s so deep," he says. "But I’m having a blast. I’ve been waiting for snow." Snow day
on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 at Camel’s Back Park in Boise, Idaho.  BY KATHERINE JONES — /kjones@idahostatesman.com 

November 17, 2014 - IDAHO, UNITED STATES
- We're only midway through November, and winter weather records in Boise are falling left and right.

Temperatures at the Boise Airport bottomed out at 6 degrees Monday morning, breaking a 134-year-old record of 7 degrees set on Nov. 17, 1880.

Sunday was record breaker, too. The 4-degree low broke the previous record for that date of 5 degrees, set in 1955.

Tuesday morning also could set another record by breaking the 7-degree low set in 1985. The forecast says it may get down to 6 degrees early Tuesday.

An inversion has set up in the Treasure Valley, trapping cold air near the ground.

That created foggy conditions Monday morning in the west Treasure Valley and likely will cause fog Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, too.

Forecasters say a front may come through Wednesday and mix things up, breaking the inversion and possibly bringing more snow Wednesday night, Thursday and Friday.

Boise set a record last week for the greatest amount of snow during a single storm in November: a total of 7.6 inches Thursday and Friday. - Idaho Statesman.



PLANETARY TREMORS: Global Seismic Uptick - Strong Magnitude 6.2 Earthquake Strikes The Prince Edward Islands Region!

USGS earthquake location map.

November 17, 2014 - INDIAN OCEAN
- According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a strong 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck west of the Marion Islands, Prince Edward Islands on November 17, 2014 at 16:52:46  UTC. The tremor was located at coordinates 46.392°S 33.794°E.

It had a depth of 9.4 kilometres (km) or 5.9 miles.

The epicentre was located at  307 km (191 miles) west of Marion Island, Prince Edward Islands; 1537 km (955 miles) southeast of Port Alfred, South Africa; and 1973 km (1226 miles) southeast of Maseru, Lesotho.

No tsunami warning was issued.


USGS earthquake shakemap intensity.

This is a remote area, located about 1500 km beneath mainland South Africa, between the Africa continent and Antarctic in sub-Antarctic Indian Ocean.

The only human inhabitants of the islands are the staff of a meteorological and biological research station run by the South African National Antarctic Programme on Marion Island.

There are no populated areas in 100 km radius from the epicentre, so there are no reports of casualties or infrastructural damage.

The Southwest Indian Ridge (SWIR) is a divergent tectonic plate boundary located along the floor of the southwest Indian Ocean. It separates the African Plate to the north from the Antarctic Plate to the south.  The Carlsberg Ridge is found at the north end of the Mid-Indian Ridge. It continues north to join spreading centres in the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea.

The SWIR extends between the Rodrigues Triple Point in the southern Indian Ocean to the Bouvet Triple Junction in the south Atlantic.




CONTAGION: Doctor With Ebola Dies At Nebraska Hospital - Contracted The Virus While Working In Sierra Leone!

Dr. Martin Salia is placed on a stretcher upon his arrival at the Nebraska Medical Center Biocontainment Unit in Omaha, Nebraska, November 15, 2014.
(Reuters / Brian C. Frank)

November 17, 2014 - NEBRASKA, UNITED STATES
- Dr Martin Salia, a surgeon who contracted the Ebola virus while working in Sierra Leone, has died at a hospital in Nebraska.

The 44 year-old was taken to hospital in Omaha on Saturday, but passed away on Monday according to hospital officials.

"We are extremely sorry to announce that the third patient we've cared for with the Ebola virus, Dr. Martin Salia, has passed away,"
the hospital said in a statement, as reported by AFP. The other two patients who were treated at the facility were given clean bills of health.


A view of the emergency entrance at the Nebraska Medical Center Biocontainment Unit in Omaha, Nebraska, November 15, 2014.(Reuters / Brian C. Frank)

The 44 year-old, who was a permanent US resident, contracted the virus while working at a hospital in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, according to his relatives. He was already suffering from advanced symptoms, including kidney and respiratory failure when he arrived at the Nebraska Medical Center, which is one of four US hospitals equipped to handle treatment of the disease, and has the largest bio-containment unit in the country.

While at the medical facility in Omaha, he was treated by Dr Phil Smith. Writing, on his Twitter page, the doctor explained that Salia had received a dose of convalescent plasma and ZMapp therapy. "We used every possible treatment available," said Dr Smith.


Salia, who was based in the state of Maryland, but spent a significant amount of time in Freetown, had originally been tested for the disease in early November. His test came back negative leading to jubilant celebrations and embraces from worried colleagues, the Washington Post reported. However, his symptoms did not go away and he took another test on November 10, which was positive forcing everyone who had been in physical contact with the 44 year-old into quarantine

“We were celebrating. If the test says you are Ebola-free, we assume you are Ebola-free,”
said Komba Songu M’Briwa, who cared for Salia at the Hastings Ebola Treatment Center in Freetown, the Washington Post added. “Then everything fell apart.”

Salia, who was originally from Sierra Leone, was the tenthpatient to be treated on US soil for the virus. He is the second person to have died in the United States from Ebola.In October, a Liberian man, Thomas Eric Duncan, died at a Texas hospital from the virus, which has killed thousands of people in West Africa in the largest ever outbreak.

The current outbreak of Ebola is the worst on record. It has so far killed at least 5,177 people, mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, according to the latest figures from the World Health Organization, which was reported by Reuters. - RT.



Tracking the EBOLA Virus Outbreak


THE AGE OF OBAMA: Precursors To The End Of The United States Corporation - Protesters "Lie Dead," Shut Down Streets Ahead Of Monumental Ferguson Grand Jury Decision!

Demonstrators lay on the ground with chalk outlines to represent a mock crime scene during a protest marking the 100th day since the shooting
death of Michael Brown in St. Louis, Missouri November 16, 2014 (Reuters / Jim Young)

November 17, 2014 - ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, UNITED STATES
- A crowd of demonstrators staged a peaceful protest in St. Louis on Sunday, marking 100 days since the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Mike Brown by a white police officer. Protesters laid down on chalk-marked areas, pretending to have been shot.

WATCH: Ferguson protestors disrupt traffic in St. Louis, Missouri.




The action caused temporary street closures in the city, as a couple hundred demonstrators marched in protest of the death of 18-year-old Brown, who was killed by police officer Darren Wilson in front of his home in Ferguson, Missouri in August.


Demonstrators lay on the ground with chalk outlines to represent a mock crime scene during a protest marking the 100th day since the shooting
death of Michael Brown in St. Louis, Missouri November 16, 2014 (Reuters / Jim Young)

Demonstrators lay on the ground with chalk outlines to represent a mock crime scene during a protest marking the 100th day since the shooting death of Michael Brown in St. Louis, Missouri November 16, 2014 (Reuters / Jim Young)

Sunday’s march saw demonstrators lying down on chalk outlines of bodies, posing as individuals shot by police.


One of the central intersections near Washington University was blocked. The event was violence-free, with no major instigations reported.




“This is a mature movement. It is a different movement tha[n] it was in August. Then it just had anger, justifiable anger,” protest leader DeRay McKesson told Reuters. “Now we are organized. We are strategizing. And we are going to bring our message to the power structure.”
The march was organized to mark the 100th day of waiting for justice to be brought in Brown’s case. The grand jury decision, which is to determine whether criminal charges will be brought against Wilson, is expected any day now. However, the date of the verdict is not expected to be announced.




Local authorities fear a new wave of violent demonstrations if the jury decides not to pursue charges against Wilson.

“We are bracing for that possibility. That is what many people are expecting. The entire community is going to be upset”
if Wilson is not charged, leader of the local Latinos en Axion group Jose Chavez said.

“We’ve decided not to wait for that decision. We’ve decided to get started,” organizer Rockit Ali said, adding that violence could easily erupt if the grand jury fails to indict Wilson.
“Rioting and looting are the tools of those without a voice. The rioting and looting, while I didn’t participate in it, was necessary. Without it we would not be standing here today,” Ali said. “There is no revolution without violence.”

It is unclear exactly what the grand jury will determine. Initial reports, as well as some witnesses, suggest that Wilson shot Brown as he was running away and trying to surrender. Wilson and other witnesses, meanwhile, say Brown was engaged in a confrontation with the officer and attempted to take his gun.




Autopsy reports show that Brown was shot at least six times, and at least two of those were in the head. Leaks regarding the county’s autopsy report also suggest there is evidence indicating that Brown’s hand was close to Wilson’s weapon when it was fired.

Brown’s death on August 9 ignited fierce, weeks-long demonstrations in Ferguson, as residents expressed outrage over the incident, the police handling of the situation, and the reaction of law enforcement to peaceful protests. - RT.




PLANETARY TREMORS: Seismic Unrest On The Pacific Ring Of Fire - Strong 6.1 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Solomon Islands Region; No Tsunami Warning Issued!

USGS earthquake location map.

November 17, 2014 - SOLOMON ISLANDS
- An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale jolted 245 km SW of Gizo, Solomon Islands at 01:06:00 GMT on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 25.24 km, was initially determined to be at 9.5526 degrees south latitude and 155.1511 degrees east longitude.

No tsunami warning was issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.


USGS earthquake shakemap intensity.

The Solomon Islands are part of the "Ring of Fire", a zone of tectonic activity around the Pacific that is subject to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

In 2007 a tsunami following an 8.0-magnitude earthquake killed at least 52 people in the Solomons and left thousands homeless.



Tectonic Summary - Seismotectonics of the New Guinea Region and Vicinity

The Australia-Pacific plate boundary is over 4000 km long on the northern margin, from the Sunda (Java) trench in the west to the Solomon Islands in the east. The eastern section is over 2300 km long, extending west from northeast of the Australian continent and the Coral Sea until it intersects the east coast of Papua New Guinea. The boundary is dominated by the general northward subduction of the Australia plate.

Along the South Solomon trench, the Australia plate converges with the Pacific plate at a rate of approximately 95 mm/yr towards the east-northeast. Seismicity along the trench is dominantly related to subduction tectonics and large earthquakes are common: there have been 13 M7.5+ earthquakes recorded since 1900. On April 1, 2007, a M8.1 interplate megathrust earthquake occurred at the western end of the trench, generating a tsunami and killing at least 40 people. This was the third M8.1 megathrust event associated with this subduction zone in the past century; the other two occurred in 1939 and 1977.

Further east at the New Britain trench, the relative motions of several microplates surrounding the Australia-Pacific boundary, including north-south oriented seafloor spreading in the Woodlark Basin south of the Solomon Islands, maintain the general northward subduction of Australia-affiliated lithosphere beneath Pacific-affiliated lithosphere. Most of the large and great earthquakes east of New Guinea are related to this subduction; such earthquakes are particularly concentrated at the cusp of the trench south of New Ireland. 33 M7.5+ earthquakes have been recorded since 1900, including three shallow thrust fault M8.1 events in 1906, 1919, and 2007.


USGS tectonic plates boundary.

The western end of the Australia-Pacific plate boundary is perhaps the most complex portion of this boundary, extending 2000 km from Indonesia and the Banda Sea to eastern New Guinea. The boundary is dominantly convergent along an arc-continent collision segment spanning the width of New Guinea, but the regions near the edges of the impinging Australia continental margin also include relatively short segments of extensional, strike-slip and convergent deformation. The dominant convergence is accommodated by shortening and uplift across a 250-350 km-wide band of northern New Guinea, as well as by slow southward-verging subduction of the Pacific plate north of New Guinea at the New Guinea trench. Here, the Australia-Pacific plate relative velocity is approximately 110 mm/yr towards the northeast, leading to the 2-8 mm/yr uplift of the New Guinea Highlands.

Whereas the northern band of deformation is relatively diffuse east of the Indonesia-Papua New Guinea border, in western New Guinea there are at least two small (less than 100,000 km²) blocks of relatively undeformed lithosphere. The westernmost of these is the Birds Head Peninsula microplate in Indonesia's West Papua province, bounded on the south by the Seram trench. The Seram trench was originally interpreted as an extreme bend in the Sunda subduction zone, but is now thought to represent a southward-verging subduction zone between Birds Head and the Banda Sea.

There have been 22 M7.5+ earthquakes recorded in the New Guinea region since 1900. The dominant earthquake mechanisms are thrust and strike slip, associated with the arc-continent collision and the relative motions between numerous local microplates. The largest earthquake in the region was a M8.2 shallow thrust fault event in the northern Papua province of Indonesia that killed 166 people in 1996.

The western portion of the northern Australia plate boundary extends approximately 4800 km from New Guinea to Sumatra and primarily separates Australia from the Eurasia plate, including the Sunda block. This portion is dominantly convergent and includes subduction at the Sunda (Java) trench, and a young arc-continent collision.

In the east, this boundary extends from the Kai Islands to Sumba along the Timor trough, offset from the Sunda trench by 250 km south of Sumba. Contrary to earlier tectonic models in which this trough was interpreted as a subduction feature continuous with the Sunda subduction zone, it is now thought to represent a subsiding deformational feature related to the collision of the Australia plate continental margin and the volcanic arc of the Eurasia plate, initiating in the last 5-8 Myr. Before collision began, the Sunda subduction zone extended eastward to at least the Kai Islands, evidenced by the presence of a northward-dipping zone of seismicity beneath Timor Leste. A more detailed examination of the seismic zone along it's eastern segment reveals a gap in intermediate depth seismicity under Timor and seismic mechanisms that indicate an eastward propagating tear in the descending slab as the negatively buoyant oceanic lithosphere detaches from positively buoyant continental lithosphere. On the surface, GPS measurements indicate that the region around Timor is currently no longer connected to the Eurasia plate, but instead is moving at nearly the same velocity as the Australia plate, another consequence of collision.

Large earthquakes in eastern Indonesia occur frequently but interplate megathrust events related to subduction are rare; this is likely due to the disconnection of the descending oceanic slab from the continental margin. There have been 9 M7.5+ earthquakes recorded from the Kai Islands to Sumba since 1900. The largest was the great Banda Sea earthquake of 1938 (M8.5) an intermediate depth thrust faulting event that did not cause significant loss of life. - USGS.





DISASTER PRECURSORS: Omen – The Latest Incidents Of Strange Animal Behavior, Mass Animal Die-Offs, Appearance Of Rare Creatures And Warnings From Mother Nature!

November 17, 2014 - EARTH - The following constitutes the latest reports of unusual and symbolic animal behavior, mass die-offs, beaching and stranding of mammals, and the appearance of rare creatures.


Fish kill found in a canal in Medicina, Bologna, Italy


A number of dead fish floating in the canal. Tests of the water will clarify the causes of the sudden die-off

Medicine, fish deaths in the channel: the water samples taken in the area

A sudden fish kill was spotted yesterday in medicine. As a Channel, at number 2169, some citizens had gathered to observe the number of dead fish were floating on the surface of the channel adjacent to the road.

Have taken place on the Police of the trend of Medicine, together with the Municipal Police, the staff of the consortium of Reclamation Rhine and the Regional Agency for the Prevention and the Environment of the Emilia-Romagna region.

There have been a number of water samples in the affected area, to shed light on the causes of the incident. - Bologna Today.



Hundreds of dead fish found in a stream in Ribeirao Preto, Brazil

Live fish have accumulated on the surface of the water in search of oxygen (Photo: Paulo Souza / EPTV)

Hundreds of fish were found dead on Wednesday (12) in the stream Retiro Homesick in Ribeirão Preto (SP).
According technicians Environmental Company of the State of São Paulo (Cetesb), the animals died due to low oxygen in the water caused by environmental factors and by leakage of sewage on site.

The fish were retained in a containment dam at Avenida Maurilio Biagi, near a university.
Because of difficulty breathing, several tilapia focused on the surface of the stream.

Alerted to the situation, Cetesb visited the site to assess water conditions and determine the causes of mortality.
According to the environmental technician Sebastian Bonadio, it was found that there is almost no oxygen in the water. "We have been assessing the condition of the water and realized that I was almost done the amount of oxygen. Below one milligram of oxygen per liter. The ideal for this type of stream is that the level is between three and five milligrams for there living conditions, "he explains.

Also according Bonadio, the situation was the result of high temperatures, heavy rains caused debris from the river bottom ascend to the surface, and the presence of micronutrients due to leakage of sewage.
"With this temperature and the possibility of rain, will improve the situation, because it will clean that water. But there is a possibility of further deaths occur until the situation is normalized, "he says.

The technicians asked the Department of Water and Wastewater (Daerp) that corrections are made on the network.


By phone, the Daerp said an engineer was sent to the site to do an inspection on the spot.


Cetesb asked the Department of Environment to make the removal of dead fish and are taken to a landfill.

In a statement, Hall said the Coordination of Urban Cleaning will clean up Friday (14).  - Globo. [Translated]



Burnley teen narrowly cheats death after family dog attacks, UK


Never more appropriate?

A Burnley schoolgirl cheated death after being bitten by the family dog - narrowly missing one of her main arteries.

The 14-year-old was at home in Harling Street when the Staffordshire bull terrier attacked.


It sunk its teeth into her groin area, missing her femoral artery by millimetres. The dog was expected to be put down following the attack.

Both the teenager and her father were taken to hospital following the tea-time incident but escaped major harm, police said.

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said officers were called to reports of two people being bitten.

He said: "The father of the girl restrained the dog. We were called by the ambulance service, and sent a dog patrol officer with a dog pole.

"We took the dog and it is now in a kennel, and will likely be destroyed."

The dog is not believed to have attacked anybody before, he added.

The Lancashire Telegraph's health expert, Dr Tom Smith, said: "You have got to stop the bleeding very quickly because you can bleed to death if the femoral artery is severed.

"The girl could have bled to death within five minutes or so. It's much more difficult to stop the bleeding if the artery is severed at the groin because you can't put a tourniquet there, you have to jam your fist in the wound and keep it there until you get to hospital.

"Luckily the dog missed the artery, because you have five minutes and that's it."

A spokesman for the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) said both an ambulance and a rapid response car were sent to the family home, taking 19 minutes to arrive on scene at around 4.45pm on Wednesday..

He said: "We attended to two patients and both were taken in the same ambulance to Royal Blackburn Hospital."

The NWAS spokesman would not provide details of the injuries, but said he did not believe them to be serious.

Staffordshire bull terriers are stocky, muscular dogs, similar in appearance to American Staffordshire terries and American pit bull terriers.

Speaking in September, when the RSPCA urged pet lovers to look at rehoming one of the dogs, chief vet Mark Evans said: "Staffies have a terrible press but this is not of their own making. In fact, they're wonderful dogs. They can make brilliant companions." - Lancashire Telegraph.



Another toddler savaged: One-year-old boy attacked by Labrador at park in French Valley, California

The family of a 1-year-old boy who was attacked by a dog in Riverside County on Nov. 14, 2014, provided this photo.
In it the boy is seen at a Riverside County hospital with his father.

A six-year-old Labrador mix was impounded from a residence in unincorporated French Valley today, in connection with a dog attack that left a one-year-old boy with severe injuries to his face, authorities said.

The boy, a month shy of his second birthday, remains hospitalized after being bitten as he played near his mother and a friend at Primrose Park on Cloche Drive, sometime after 3 p.m. Friday.

A witness initially reported the unattended dog might be a Rottweiler, but today the mother's friend pointed out the animal to Riverside County Animal Services Sgt. Lesley Huennekens, who is investigating the incident. The dog, Dexter, which was properly licensed, vaccinated for rabies, neutered and micro- chipped, was taken into custody about 3 p.m. from a home on Starkey Court, animal control officials said.



Riverside County Animal Services provided this photo of Dexter,
a 6-year-old Labrador mix, that was impounded after
allegedly attacking a boy on Nov. 14, 2014.

Authorities have not named the tot, but ABC7 identified the victim as Kaidyn Sutton, and quoted the victim's mother, Michaela, as saying the dog had bitten him on the forehead and the cheek.

Sutton told the television station the dog did not appear to have a collar or leash.

"Both the mother and the friend were close by when they heard the boy screaming," Huennekens said in a news release. "We have been told that the dog seemingly came out of nowhere when the child was attacked.

"The friend reportedly helped grab the dog away from the child. The boy's mother picked up her son and ran to her car and headed straight to a nearby hospital."

Dexter is being held at the San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus until a hearing to determine if the dog is safe enough to return to its owner. Animal Services officials said they have no record of prior attacks involving Dexter.

Animal Services will make a recommendation about whether the dog poses a danger, and an independent hearing officer will review evidence and ultimately decide whether Dexter should be destroyed. - Redlands Daily Facts.



Yet another dog attack: Toddler mauled by family's bullmastif


Ollie Cummings suffered bite marks and a
deep cut across his face

A two-year-old boy suffered horrific facial injuries when he was mauled by a family's pet bullmastiff as he played in the kitchen of his mother's boyfriend's home.

Ollie Cummings was standing next to the dog as it was eating when it suddenly turned and began biting his head.

The toddler was left with a deep cut across his face and has undergone surgery to rebuild a section of his nose.

His mother, Natasha Wilson, 25, snatched her son from the dog's teeth before calling an ambulance to the Dundee home on Friday night.

The two-year-old was taken to Ninewells Hospital where he underwent a two-hour operation. He will need further surgery when he is nine or 10 years old.


Savage: Ollie was mauled by a bullmastiff while at his mother's boyfriend's house.

Speaking from hospital, Ollie's grandmother, Debs Martin, 48, said: 'Ollie had been playing with some keys, walking from one door to another pretending to lock and unlock them.

'It all happened so fast. We're not sure if he maybe dropped the keys next to the dog. There are teeth marks on his head and a large cut from his nose to near his eye.


'His nose is being rebuilt. The doctors say that is a clean cut. The biggest worry is preventing infection.'

She said that her grandson, who celebrates his third birthday on November 23, was used to being around the dog.

She added: 'He's not been fazed or scared by what happened. The dog was taken straight to kennels by its owner who is adamant it will be put down.

'He and Natasha are shocked and upset.'

A Police Scotland spokesman said: 'We are unable to comment at this time.' - Daily Mail.



Thousands of dead fish found in Bolaang Mongondow, Indonesia

DEAD FISH - A number of fish died due to drought in Burikan Sumberadi Mlati, Sleman used to feed the fish as in
Mina creel fish farmer groups that exist in that area. TRIBUN JOGJA

Demo residents around the mine that most of the District of East Pinolosian urged the mine site closure J Resources Bolaang Mongondow .
The reason, they suspect thousands of fish in Dumagin poisoning, the impact of the mine on Thursday (11/13/2014).

Demonstrators suspected fish poisoning and death, the result of the presence of mines in the area.
Massa came aboard several trucks, pickups and motorcycles gather and stop the vehicle in the village of Sondana.

From there, the people who accompanied the activists of the National Students League of Democracy (LMND) walk to the office of the House of Representatives districts Mongondow Bolaang South carrying a dead fish sample.
In front of the gate, they were stopped by the police led by Police Chief Bolaang Uki, Commissioner Brammy Tamalihis.

Not allowed to enter more than ten people, the masses move forward.
Seeing the situation as less probable Brammy told its members to close the gate. But it turns out, the gate was not able to hold hundreds of people were surging forward.

Massa managed to slightly soothed by members of the police and Peter Keni, Member of Parliament Bolsel.
Keni is an electoral district legislator East Pinolosian it repeatedly was in front appease the masses.

Finally, some representative mass led Potabuga Parindo Field Coordinator, met with six members of parliament Bolsel waiting in the conference room Consultative Body.
Some legislators who host Bolsel demonstrators, among others, Abdul Razak Bunsal (ARB), Deputy Chairman of the Parliament Bolsel, Fadli Toliabu, Deputy Chairman of the Parliament Bolsel, Mohammad Sukri Adam, Honorary Chairman of the Board, Ruslan Paputungan, Chairman of Commission I, Smith Hamid Chairman of Commission II , and Peter Keni, Bolsel other legislators.

ARB who chaired the meeting said the law firm and the environmental agency has been present in North Sulawesi Province Bolsel.
BLH, ​​said ARB, using sophisticated equipment to test water samples.

"They will take samples at all points. The taking of samples they were competent for it," he said.


If it is proven, the ARB said, there will be an open meeting.
In it, the results will be announced to the public. "But this aspiration of our capacity in advance. It will be followed," he said.

Parindo, coordinator Demo indirectly follow the words of the ARB.
He questioned the Chairman of the Parliament Bolsel promise, Marsel Aliu during a meeting at the mine site J Resources Bolaang Mongondow . Aliu, said Parindo promised to collect 20 Bolsel legislators, local government and the mining company. "He said on Thursday. But they do not exist," he said.

Fadli Toliabu should justify all the council members present.
But some of the other members are called provinces to consult there.

"I got this information BLH eight hours have gone down. We were planning to form a team in both the executive and the legislature. But not today. We actually still outside the task. For closure, any recommendations are not excluded," he said.


Parindo again voiced that the mine was shut down temporarily until the investigation obtain definitive results.
"The council must issue a closure recommendation. But this is not kourum," he said. - Tribun News. [Translated]