Thursday, November 26, 2015

NEW WORLD DISORDER: Terrorism, False Flag Distractions, Societal Collapse, Wars And Civilizations Unraveling Ahead Of The Black Celestial Event - Turkey Braces For War With Russia, Sends 20 Tanks And 18 Fighter Jets To The Syrian Border; Russia Bombards Syrian Rebels Near Site Of Downed Russian Jet As Tension Escalates; Putin Says Turkey Is Deliberately Creating "Gridlock" Between The Two Countries!


November 26, 2015 - MIDDLE EAST - Turkey has moved 20 tanks to her border with Syria as tensions with Russia continue.

Military sources from Turkey said the tanks were moved by rail to an armored brigade at the western border with Syria. Reports also say 18 fighter jets were sent on a patrol exercise near the border.

A military source told Turkey’s Anadolu agency: "Accompanied by police and gendarmes, 20 tanks were sent by rail from Turkey’s western provinces by railway to Gaziantep in the south of the country, and then redirected to the Syrian border."

Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet on Tuesday morning close to the Syrian border leading to a crisis between the two countries. Russia yesterday started bombing Syrian rebels in the area close to where its fighter jets was shot down.

Missiles have been fired from Russian warships in the Mediterranean and fighters jets have also been launching raids in Syria's Latakia province.

At least 12 air strikes hit Latakia's northern countryside, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

A Turkmen commander said missiles fired from Russian warships in the Mediterranean were also hitting the area, as well as heavy artillery shelling. It comes one day after a Russian warplane was shot down by Turkey causing a crisis between the two countries.

Hassan Haj Ali, the head of Liwa Suqour al-Jabal, a rebel group operating in western Syria, also said there were fierce battles in the area, with Russian aircraft supporting pro-government forces. - Standard Media.


Russia bombards Syrian rebels near site of downed Russian jet

Russian forces launched a heavy bombardment against insurgent-held areas in Syria's Latakia province on Wednesday, near where a Russian warplane had been shot down by Turkey the day before, rebels and a monitoring group said.

At least 12 air strikes hit Latakia's northern countryside as pro-government forces clashed with fighters from al Qaeda's Nusra Front and Turkmen insurgents in the Jabal Akrad and Jabal Turkman areas, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

A Turkmen commander said missiles fired from Russian warships in the Mediterranean were also hitting the area, as well as heavy artillery shelling.

Hassan Haj Ali, the head of Liwa Suqour al-Jabal, a rebel group operating in western Syria, also said there were fierce battles in the area, with Russian aircraft supporting pro-government forces.

Turkey on Tuesday shot down a Russian warplane that it said had entered Turkish airspace, something denied by Moscow.

It crashed in the Jabal Turkman area, the Observatory said.

Both pilots bailed out. The Russian Defence Ministry said one had been shot dead from the ground as he parachuted down, but that one was safe and had returned to Russia's air base in western Syria.

However, a deputy commander of rebel Turkmen forces in Syria said on Tuesday that his men had shot both pilots dead as they parachuted down.

The incident was one of the most serious publicly acknowledged clashes for half a century between Russia and a NATO member country.

A Turkish military source said Turkish troops on the border were on alert on Wednesday after the bombardment began.

Russia began intervening in the Syrian civil war on Sept. 30 in support of President Bashar al-Assad, whose forces are fighting insurgents backed by regional powers including Turkey.

The Russian air raids, launched ostensibly to target Islamic State, have mostly hit other, foreign-backed rebel groups, the United States says.

There have been strikes for several weeks in Latakia province, whose capital of the same name is Assad's coastal stronghold, but the Observatory said Wednesday's bombardments were particularly heavy. - Yahoo.


Putin: Turkey deliberately leading relations with Russia 'into a gridlock'

Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused Turkey of intentionally bringing relations with Russia into a ‘gridlock’ following the incident with the downed Russian bomber in Syria.

The Turkish government has made no steps towards clearing up the situation with Russia after the Tuesday incident at the Syrian-Turkish border. The country has neither offered any compensation nor expressed any apologies over the death of the Russian pilot, thus apparently deliberately dampening relations with Moscow, Putin stressed in his speech at the presentation of foreign ambassadors’ letters of credence in the Kremlin on Thursday.

WATCH: ‘We still haven’t received a clear apology from Turkey on Su-24 downing’ - Putin.




“We have still not heard any comprehensible apologies from the Turkish political leaders or any offers to compensate for the damage caused or promises to punish the criminals for their crime,” Russian president said.

“One gets the impression that the Turkish leaders are deliberately leading Russian-Turkish relations into a gridlock – and we are sorry to see this,” he added.

Vladimir Putin also emphasized that Turkey’s air forces hitting the Russian plane contradicted “common sense and international law [as] the plane was shot down over Syrian territory” and once again called the incident “a stab in the back.”

“I have to say that we find absolutely inexplicable the treacherous stabs in our back dealt by those we thought to be our partners and allies in the anti-terrorist struggle,” he said referring to the downing of the Russian bomber by a Turkish fighter jet.

At the same time, the Russian president expressed hope that a broad coalition could still be formed in order to counter the terrorist threat.

“I expect a truly broad international anti-terrorist coalition to be formed that would act in a coordinated fashion, as a powerful force and would, in particular, support the actions of the Russian troops that are carrying out successful military operations against terrorist groups in Syria,” Putin said in his speech.

Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his country would not apologize for downing the Russian bomber.

“I think if there is a party that needs to apologize, it is not us,” he told CNN in an interview stressing that “those, who violated our airspace, are the ones who need to apologize” apparently referring to Russia. - RT.



 

FRINGE STARGATE: The Event Horizon - Scientists At CERN's Large Hadron Collider Creates Matter Similar To The FIRST MOMENTS OF UNIVERSE At Record-High Energy!

 "Heavy flavour particles will be produced at high rate in Season 2, opening up unprecedented opportunities to study hadronic matter in extreme conditions,” said Tiziano
Camporesi, spokesperson for the Large Hadron Collider's CMS collaboration, in a statement. The Compact Muon Solinoid (CMS) is just one of several experiments
running concurrently on the LHC. According to CERN, "CMS is ideally suited to trigger on these rare probes and to measure them with high precision."

November 26, 2015 - GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
- The CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has broken a new record, smashing together lead-ions at the highest energy levels ever. The record-breaking collisions are aimed at studying a state of matter that existed shortly after the Big Bang took place.

The latest accomplishment of the world's largest particle collider saw the LHC smash together lead-ions at 1,045 trillion electron-volts – two times higher than any previous experiment of this kind.

“It is a tradition to collide ions over one month every year as part of our diverse research program at the LHC,” CERN Director General Rolf Heuer said in a press release. “This year however is special as we reach a new energy and will explore matter at an even earlier stage of our universe.”


“There are many very dense and very hot questions to be addressed with the ion run for which our experiment was specifically designed and further improved during the
shutdown,” ALICE collaboration spokesperson Paolo Giubellino said in a statement. “For instance, we are eager to learn how the increase in energy will affect
charmonium production, and to probe heavy flavour and jet quenching with higher statistics. The whole collaboration is enthusiastically preparing
for a new journey of discovery.” ALICE stands for A Large Ion Colliding Experiment.

"This is an exciting step into the unknown for LHCb, which has very precise particle identification capabilities. Our detector will enable us to perform measurements that
are highly complementary to those of our friends elsewhere around the ring,” LHCb collaboration spokesperson Guy Wilkinson said in a statement. LHCb
stands for Large Hadron Collider Beauty experiment.

“The heavy-ion run will provide a great complement to the proton-proton data we've taken this year," ATLAS collaboration spokesperson Dave Charlton said in a statement.
"We are looking forward to extending ATLAS' studies of how energetic objects such as jets and W and Z bosons behave in the quark gluon plasma.”

Scientists at CERN are aiming to examine the state of matter that was present just after the Big Bang took place.

“Early in the life of our universe, for a few millionths of a second, matter was a very hot and very dense medium – a kind of primordial ‘soup’ of particles, mainly composed of fundamental particles known as quarks and gluons,” the press release states.


Shields up! CERN testing superconductor for spaceship radiation deflector http://on.rt.com/6ons 
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That matter was a far cry from what is present in today's “cold universe.”

“In today’s cold universe, the gluons 'glue' quarks together into the protons and neutrons that form bulk matter, including us, as well as other kinds of particles.”

By increasing the energy of the lead-ion collisions, the LHC increased the volume and temperature of the “soupy matter,” quark and gluon plasma. The scientists were able to reach a temperature of several trillion degrees.

The specialists put the heavy-ion beams into collision on November 17, and declared them stable days later. The four large LHC experiments – Atlas, CMS, LHCb and ALICE – will all take data from the experiment.


Large Hadron Collider © Pierre Albouy / Reuters

Large Hadron Collider at @CERN fired up after 2-year break http://on.rt.com/lmyhj4 
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ALICE collaboration spokesperson Paolo Giubellino noted that there are “many very dense and very hot questions to be addressed with the ion run for which our experiment was specifically designed...for instance, we are eager to learn how the increase in energy with affect charmonium production, and to probe heavy flavor and jet quenching with higher statistics.”

This is the second major milestone for the LHC in just two months. In September, it confirmed the existence of a fundamental symmetry in nature by measuring particle mass and electric charge. Scientists believe the information will help determine which theory on the laws of the universe is most plausible.

The world's largest and most powerful particle accelerator, the LHC consists of a 27km ring of superconducting magnets with a number of accelerating structures. It first began colliding particles on September 10, 2008. - RT.



FUK-U-SHIMA: Underground Wall Around Fukushima Reactors Started "LEANING" - Cracks Developing Due To RISING WATER LEVELS; Problems Seen Along ENTIRE LENGTH Of Sea Wall; Trying To Make Repairs To Keep Groundwater From Surging!


November 26, 2015 - JAPAN
- Completed only last month and designed to prevent contaminated groundwater from seeping into the sea, a 780-meter protective wall built alongside the crippled Fukushima Daiichi power station is already “slightly leaning,” plant operator TEPCO has announced.

Tokyo Electric Power Company inspection discovered that pressure from the flow of groundwater has tilted the wall some 20cm towards the sea, Japan’s largest broadcasting organization NHK World reported.

TEPCO however remains optimistic and has said that the slight lean does not affect the wall’s ability to block radioactive water. The operator is now reinforcing the wall with steel pillars.

Inspection into the construction was completed in late October and also discovered cracks along the perimeter of the wall in the embankment’s pavement.

Officials have blamed rising groundwater levels for the cracks – and keep repairing them to make sure that rain does not increase the groundwater levels even further.

The 780-meter coastal wall along the damaged reactor of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant was built to stifle the flow of tainted water into the sea from 400 tons to 10 tons a day.

The “impermeable” barrier has an underground section that reaches 30 meters deep. TEPCO officials have claimed that such a structure should reduce the amount of radioactive cesium and strontium flowing into the sea to one fortieth of previous levels, while the tritium levels should be reduced to one-fifteenth.

A magnitude 9 earthquake triggered a tsunami that struck Fukushima on March 11, 2011.

The disaster caused a triple meltdown at the nuclear plant, where so far almost 45,000 workers have been involved in a clean-up and decommissioning effort that is expected to cost billions of dollars and take at least 40 years. - RT.


WATCH: TEPCO completes sea wall at Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.




Groundwater wall at Fukushima plant leans slightly — The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has found that a wall it built 30 meters into the ground to block the flow of radioactive water is leaning slightly. {TEPCO] built the steel barrier along a coastal embankment to stop contaminated groundwater from seeping into the sea… TEPCO inspectors found that the wall is leaning up to some 20 centimeters toward the sea. They say this is due to the pressure of the groundwater flow. The officials also blamed rising groundwater levels for cracks found in the embankment’s pavement. The utility says workers are buttressing the wall with steel pillars… - NHK World.




In TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, it can be seen that the equipment called “impervious wall”, which was completed last month in order to reduce the outflow of the contaminated groundwater, are slightly tilted to the sea side… [T]he pavement of the seawall also cracked… When depends on the Tokyo Electric Power Company, after the “impervious wall” has been completed, it is that it’s because the water level of the land side of the groundwater is rising. - NHK [Translated].


…  sea side wall is inclined about 20 centimeters at the maximum to the sea side, cracks of up to about 1 centimeter has occurred in the pavement of the seawall. That inclination and cracks have occurred in almost the entire sea side wall TEPCO, rain water enters the cracks of the pavement, so that the groundwater does not surge, is promoting the repair to block the cracks spraying resin. - Fukushima Minyu Shimbun [Translated].

Watch NHK’s broadcast HERE

Partly compile by ENE News.


 

INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSE: Helicopter Crashes In Siberia, Russia - 15 People Killed!

 A view shows the site of a Mi-8 helicopter crash near the town of Igarka in Krasnoyarsk region, Russia, November 26, 2015.
Reuters/Russia's Emergencies Ministry in Krasnoyarsk region/Handout 

November 26, 2015 - SIBERIA, RUSSIA - Fifteen people were killed in Russia on Thursday when a civilian helicopter crashed in Siberia, regional authorities say.

The Mi-8 helicopter, which was transporting 22 passengers and four crew members, crashed outside the town of Igarka in Western Siberia, some 2 800km  northeast of Moscow.


Emergencies Ministry members work at the site of a Mi-8 helicopter crash near the town of Igarka in Krasnoyarsk region, Russia, November 26, 2015.
Reuters/Russia's Emergencies Ministry in Krasnoyarsk region/Handout

"Fifteen people were killed and 10 people were hospitalised as a result of the crash," regional transportation authorities said in a statement.

Contact with the helicopter, which was headed to an oil pumping station was lost just after 04:00, some 15 minutes after takeoff from Igarka airport, authorities said.


WATCH: RAW video - 15 killed in helicopter crash in Siberia.




The regional branch of the emergencies ministry said the helicopter had performed an emergency landing but did not elaborate on what might have caused the crash.

Prosecutors said they would investigate possible safety violations. - News24.



MONUMENTAL GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVALS: Major Planetary Transformations - FOOTBALL-FIELD-SIZED Sinkhole Devours Australian Beach, Nearly 330 FEET WIDE; Montrosity May Grow Even BIGGER! [PHOTOS]


November 26, 2015 - AUSTRALIA - A gigantic sinkhole has carved out an impressive chunk out of an island in southeast Queensland, Australia.

The monstrosity that swallowed part of the beach is the size of a football field. Life-savers have warned people to stay away.

A spokeswoman for Surf Life Saving Queensland told AP the gaping hole on North Stradbroke Island is 100 meters wide (328.084 feet) and opened up at some point on Wednesday. It’s a long way from any areas patrolled by life guards.

“There are really strong currents in the water and the sand is quite unstable,” the spokeswoman said.

Senior lifeguard Michael Bates told ABC the hole is “a little bit smaller than a football field,” but experts think it may grow even further.


A ledge could be seen at Jumpinpin bar a month ago, before the hole opened up. © Brooke Byrne

The spot at Jumpinpin bar, on the north of the island, is popular with fishermen and four-wheel-drive enthusiasts, but no one was there on Wednesday.

"It is almost like a swirling effect in the water that is created by the change of tides and there is unstable sand in the area," Bates continued.










"It is not a safe area for swimming at all, due to it being so unstable, unpredictable and varying depth and the strong water movement.

It is going to make it a very massive hazard."Despite the scare, researcher Konrad Beinssen of the University of Queensland says sinkholes are actually quite common at Jumpinpin.

 WATCH: North Stradbroke Island sinkhole.




Beinssen, who wrote a research paper on another sinkhole in September, says the conditions are just right here.

The sinkholes “occur when an underwater sand cliff retrogresses backwards and sometimes it reaches the shore and collapses the beach,” he said. - RT.




PLANETARY TREMORS: Major Global Seismic Uptick - Very Strong 6.7 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Western Brazil! [MAPS + TECTONIC SUMMARY]

USGS earthquake location.

November 26, 2015 - BRAZIL - A large but very deep 6.7 magnitude earthquake hit western Brazil today, the US Geological Survey said.

The earthquake struck at 12:45 am (5:45 GMT) at a depth of 375 miles (604 kilometers). It occurred some 81 miles southwest of the town of Tarauaca and 436 miles northeast of Lima, Peru.

The USGS had initially reported the earthquake's magnitude at 6.4.

No immediate reports of damage or casualties were reported after the temblor.



USGS shakemap intensity.

Deep South American earthquakes primarily occur in two zones: beneath the Peru-Brazil border, where today's earthquake hit, and also in an area running from central Bolivia to central Argentina, according to USGS. - NDTV.


Seismotectonics of South America (Nazca Plate Region)

The South American arc extends over 7,000 km, from the Chilean margin triple junction offshore of southern Chile to its intersection with the Panama fracture zone, offshore of the southern coast of Panama in Central America. It marks the plate boundary between the subducting Nazca plate and the South America plate, where the oceanic crust and lithosphere of the Nazca plate begin their descent into the mantle beneath South America. The convergence associated with this subduction process is responsible for the uplift of the Andes Mountains, and for the active volcanic chain present along much of this deformation front. Relative to a fixed South America plate, the Nazca plate moves slightly north of eastwards at a rate varying from approximately 80 mm/yr in the south to approximately 65 mm/yr in the north. Although the rate of subduction varies little along the entire arc, there are complex changes in the geologic processes along the subduction zone that dramatically influence volcanic activity, crustal deformation, earthquake generation and occurrence all along the western edge of South America.

Most of the large earthquakes in South America are constrained to shallow depths of 0 to 70 km resulting from both crustal and interplate deformation. Crustal earthquakes result from deformation and mountain building in the overriding South America plate and generate earthquakes as deep as approximately 50 km. Interplate earthquakes occur due to slip along the dipping interface between the Nazca and the South American plates. Interplate earthquakes in this region are frequent and often large, and occur between the depths of approximately 10 and 60 km. Since 1900, numerous magnitude 8 or larger earthquakes have occurred on this subduction zone interface that were followed by devastating tsunamis, including the 1960 M9.5 earthquake in southern Chile, the largest instrumentally recorded earthquake in the world. Other notable shallow tsunami-generating earthquakes include the 1906 M8.5 earthquake near Esmeraldas, Ecuador, the 1922 M8.5 earthquake near Coquimbo, Chile, the 2001 M8.4 Arequipa, Peru earthquake, the 2007 M8.0 earthquake near Pisco, Peru, and the 2010 M8.8 Maule, Chile earthquake located just north of the 1960 event.


USGS plate tectonics for the region.

Large intermediate-depth earthquakes (those occurring between depths of approximately 70 and 300 km) are relatively limited in size and spatial extent in South America, and occur within the Nazca plate as a result of internal deformation within the subducting plate. These earthquakes generally cluster beneath northern Chile and southwestern Bolivia, and to a lesser extent beneath northern Peru and southern Ecuador, with depths between 110 and 130 km. Most of these earthquakes occur adjacent to the bend in the coastline between Peru and Chile. The most recent large intermediate-depth earthquake in this region was the 2005 M7.8 Tarapaca, Chile earthquake.

Earthquakes can also be generated to depths greater than 600 km as a result of continued internal deformation of the subducting Nazca plate. Deep-focus earthquakes in South America are not observed from a depth range of approximately 300 to 500 km. Instead, deep earthquakes in this region occur at depths of 500 to 650 km and are concentrated into two zones: one that runs beneath the Peru-Brazil border and another that extends from central Bolivia to central Argentina. These earthquakes generally do not exhibit large magnitudes. An exception to this was the 1994 Bolivian earthquake in northwestern Bolivia. This M8.2 earthquake occurred at a depth of 631 km, which was until recently the largest deep-focus earthquake instrumentally recorded (superseded in May 2013 by a M8.3 earthquake 610 km beneath the Sea of Okhotsk, Russia), and was felt widely throughout South and North America.

Subduction of the Nazca plate is geometrically complex and impacts the geology and seismicity of the western edge of South America. The intermediate-depth regions of the subducting Nazca plate can be segmented into five sections based on their angle of subduction beneath the South America plate. Three segments are characterized by steeply dipping subduction; the other two by near-horizontal subduction. The Nazca plate beneath northern Ecuador, southern Peru to northern Chile, and southern Chile descend into the mantle at angles of 25° to 30°. In contrast, the slab beneath southern Ecuador to central Peru, and under central Chile, is subducting at a shallow angle of approximately 10° or less. In these regions of “flat-slab” subduction, the Nazca plate moves horizontally for several hundred kilometers before continuing its descent into the mantle, and is shadowed by an extended zone of crustal seismicity in the overlying South America plate. Although the South America plate exhibits a chain of active volcanism resulting from the subduction and partial melting of the Nazca oceanic lithosphere along most of the arc, these regions of inferred shallow subduction correlate with an absence of volcanic activity.

More information on regional seismicity and tectonics

- USGS.



 

MONUMENTAL DELUGE: Havoc As Qatar, Saudi Arabia Ravaged By Heavy Rains And Widespread Flooding - Floating Cars And People In Boats Seen In Desert Countries! [PHOTOS + VIDEOS]


November 26, 2015 - QATAR / SAUDI ARABIA - Cars floating in rivers that were once streets, water gushing through ceilings and people sailing to work on boats - that's the current picture in Qatar and Saudi Arabia, both desert countries, which should be dry and sunny for the whole year.

Qatar's capital Doha was apparently unprepared for the deluge and flooding that damaged many buildings in the city. The area near the capital's Hamad International Airport was hammered with around 66mm of rain in just a few days, according to the Qatar Meteorology Department. For the record, Doha has 75mm of rain on average a year. Many buildings at the multibillion-dollar airport failed to hold up to the torrent: pictures and videos on social media show water flooding into the passenger terminal.


Unprecedented volume of rain hitting capital.. Water is flooding every inch of now..
Twitter: Rami

Twitter: Rami


Cascades of water fell from a ceiling inside Ezdan Mall in Doha, Doha News reported.

"Inclement weather" prompted the closure of schools across the country as well as the US Embassy in Qatar on Wednesday.

The Qatar Interior Ministry advised citizens to be "cautious".









"Flawed [building] projects" that didn't withstand the rains have angered Qatari authorities. Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani ordered all companies guilty of shoddy building practices to face the public prosecutor. "Parties responsible for dereliction or negligence, whether governmental or private, will be held accountable.


WATCH: Floods in Qatar.




All bodies and companies that implemented flawed projects must be investigated and then face public prosecution," a spokesperson for Qatar's Government Communication Office told Doha News.

Neighboring Saudi Arabia was also hit by heavy rains. Drivers were forced to abandon their vehicles in some streets.


Rainfall totals for Qatar between 24 and 25 November 2015.  © Qatar Meteorology Department

Rainclouds over Saudi Arabia and Qatar.  © Qatar Meteorology Department







Schools have also been closed in the worst affected areas for a minimum of two days.

At least one person was killed in the floods in Rimah Province, Saudi media reported, citing local authorities. - RT.






FIRE IN THE SKY: The Latest Fireball Sightings - Mysterious Cloud Appears Over 6 States Baffling Stargazers; Bright Meteor Fireball Seen And Heard Over Petersburg, Alaska; Meteorite Falls Near Border Between Costa And Panama!

This mysterious cloud in the sky of New Mexico was shot by Glen Wurden on November 24, 2015. © Glen Wurden

November 26, 2015 - SPACE
- The following constitutes several of the latest reports of fireballs, seen in the skies, across the globe.


Mysterious cloud appears over 6 States baffling stargazers

A mysterious cloud suddenly appeared in the sky on November 24, 2015.

And it baffled a whole lot of stargazers over at least 6 US states.

Do you know what it was?The mysterious cloud was most probably created by a fuel dump from one of the rocket's booster stages.


Can you imagine spotting that at 5:40am and during half an hour without knowing what is going on there?  © Glen Wurden

And then the strange cloud started to fade away over Arizona. © Alma

Leaving stargazers baffled and full of questions.  © Tyler Leavitt


Indeed, Japan successfully launched an H-2A rocket carrying the Telstar 12 Vantage communications satellite.

Must have been kind of scary to witness this huge and fast-moving ufo-cloud during at least half an hour at 5:40 AM. - Strange Sounds.



Bright meteor fireball seen and heard over Petersburg, Alaska


This map shows the five reports of people seeing a meteor early Saturday morning.  © amsmeteors.org

Petersburg was abuzz with talk of a big bang early Saturday morning. Some people believe it was lightning and thunder while others think it might have been a meteor.

On the sidewalks, at the stores, at the bars, people have been talking about a loud sound they heard around 2:30 a.m. Saturday. Most have never heard anything like it before.

Life-long Petersburg resident Devren Bennett was asleep at home in Tlingit and Haida Housing Subdivision. Like many others, he was jolted awake.

"I woke up from dead sleep to what sounded like a jet sitting on top of our house with the engine wound up all the way," Bennett said. " First thought was a landslide of some sort but there's no mountains around my house that would cause anything like that, otherwise I had no idea."

"So did you actually feel something?" I asked him.

"Absolutely, you could definitely feel the vibrations," said Bennett.


Rebecca Anderson heard the loud boom in Severson Subdivision.

"I remember waking up and wondering why there was a jet at that early hour of the morning," Anderson said. "And then within less than a second I realized it was not a jet. My next thought was lighting and as the sound progressed I realized it didn't sound like any thunder I heard before. It sounded like repetitive blasts, really rapid blasts. I was actually concerned we were under some sort of attack or the military was shooting at somebody for a second and as I listened it just sounded like, pop-pop-pop-pop-pop-pop. You could hear it coming and going. And then after the sound stopped making the blasting, I could still hear it echoing through the mountains."

Another resident, Chris Lopez, was watching TV at his home on Lumber Street.

"It sounded like a jet or something taking off and then I felt the rumble and I thought, "oh wow, thunder"," Lopez said. "I got up to go to the bathroom, came back and I looked around, I was looking for lightning, nothing happened so I laid back down and just getting ready to go back to sleep and then all of a sudden this great big bright flash through the shutters appeared and it was really bright, I mean really bright...and then a few seconds later, the rumbling or what sounded like thunder anyway. I sat up and watched and looked out. There was no rain so I don't know what it was but I just assumed it was thunder because that's what it sounded like to me. But it was very close and very loud."

Some were more certain about what it was. Five people in Petersburg reported seeing a meteor to the American Meteor Society.

One of them was 66-year-old John Havrilek. He was in his bedroom which has a wall of windows looking out at Petersburg Creek.

"This flash woke me up and I looked out and saw this brilliant streak flash across the sky," Havrilek said. "And within seconds after the streak, this huge explosion that reverberated through the mountains for a good thirty, forty, fifty seconds. It just seems like it went on forever. And the flash and the streak are something I had never seen before. It was like a gigantic shooting star."

Havrilek is from the Midwest where he experienced a lot of lighting and thunder. He said it was nothing like that.

It could have been a meteor, according to Travis Rector, a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He doesn't have any data about the event to say one way or another but it is possible.

"You can have an object that if it's large enough and breaks up as it's passing overhead, you could see a flash of light and also possibly hear it," Rector said.

He said usually if you see a streak of light like a shooting star it's a meteor the size of dust or a grain of sand. If you hear a boom from it then it could be the size of a small to medium sized rock that could fit in your hand. It could also be space junk but those move slower than meteors.

In any case, Rector said, it likely burned up before hitting the ground and was not tracked because it's so small.

While accounts of meteors were mounting, the Forecast Center in Juneau was also seeing something unusual: a large cluster of lightning strikes Southeast of the village of Kake on Kupreanof Island.

Kimberly Vaughan is a Forecaster with the Juneau Forecast Office.

"With that many lightning strikes there very well could have been lighting in cloud which would then have caused the lightning which people may have seen or the traveling of light that they may have been seeing," said Vaughan.

"Because this column was probably thousands of feet high and so very well could have been, even with the mountains right there, very well visible from people in Petersburg."

She said this type of weather is not common for Southeast Alaska.

So, maybe it was lighting and thunder or maybe it was a meteor. Or maybe it was both happening at the same time. With believers on both sides of the issue, it might just remain a mystery. - KFSK.



Meteorite falls near border between Costa Rica and Panama

A meteorite of unknown size fell early Tuesday morning in Panama's Pacific coast, near the Costa Rica border, without causing any significant damage, officials said.



The fishing boat La Garza 1 reported the fall of the meteorite to authorities.  © La Prensa

© Google Map

"The rock fell into the Pacific Ocean, on the border between Panama and Costa Rica, near the Isla Baldones and the town of Puerto Armuelles (Chiriquí)," explained the director of Panama's Sistema Nacional de Protección Civil (Sinaproc), Jose Donderis.

The falling meteorite was spotted by fishing vessel, reporting it to the Sinaproc.

This is the first meteorite to fall in Panama since 2007, when another fell on the town of Farallón, 120 kilometres west of the Panama City, destroying a ranch. - Q Costa Rica News‎.



ICE AGE NOW: More Than One Foot Of Snow Blankets Parts Of Western United States - Snow, Sleet And Freezing Rain Could Snarl Thanksgiving And Weekend Travel!

Traffic backed up on Highway 97 in Bend, OR. © Via twitter@LaurenKYVZ

November 26, 2015 - UNITED STATES
- Snow, sleet and freezing rain could snarl Thanksgiving and weekend travel.

Bend, Oregon, reported 13-14 inches of new snow as of Tuesday night, with snowfall rates of 4 inches in 3 hours, bringing traffic to a standstill on U.S. 97. This in an area that averages only 24 inches of snow each season. Up to a foot of snow in the Sierra snarled traffic on Interstate 80 over Donner Summit as well. Up to 22 inches of snow was reported at Kirkwood Mountain Resort south of Lake Tahoe.

Meanwhile, numerous winter storm watches, warnings and advisories have been issued across the West from the northern Rockies to the Great Basin, Sierra and Tehachapis of California, also for a large swath of the central and southern Plains from New Mexico to Iowa.

Snow started to pile up on Tuesday across portions of the interior Northwest, Sierra Nevada and far northern Rockies. Some freezing rain was also reported in the Columbia Basin.

This system will head into the Plains on Thanksgiving Day and continuing into much of the weekend, bringing a mess of snow, sleet and freezing rain.

It is possible that enough freezing rain will fall to bring down trees and power lines and make for dangerous travel in parts of the central and southern Plains.











One or more periods of freezing rain and drizzle could affect major cities from Amarillo, Texas to Des Moines, Iowa.

While the storm will not bring major snowfall to the Central states, it will produce enough snow in parts of the Plains to cause slippery travel.

A few inches of snow could fall from the central and eastern parts of Colorado and Wyoming to portions of Nebraska and western Kansas. On Wednesday, locally heavy snow will persist over parts of Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Nevada and the Sierra of California, with blizzard warnings for portions of southern Wyoming.

Snow levels in the Sierra are expected to drop to 2,000 feet, with up to 18 inches of snow possible in higher elevations.

As if this weren't enough, the coldest air of the season to date is expected for the West and the Plains beginning Wednesday:
"I just measured 15″ of snow on a 4″-wide wooden fence on my property, which is on the sheltered side of the house," says reader Donn. - Ice Age Now.


 

MASS FISH DIE-OFFS: Disaster Precursors - Thousands Of Dying Starfish Mysteriously Wash Up On Moreton Island, Australia?!

A rare mass stranding of starfish on Moreton Island which left a tour guide and his group stunned

November 26, 2015 - AUSTRALIA
- Thousands of dying starfish have mysteriously washed up on an island in what has been deemed a rare natural phenomenon.

Tour guide Rhett Ericsen-Miller stumbled upon the stranded sealife with a tour group near Tangalooma Wrecks, a fleet of shipwrecks, in southeast Queensland's Moreton Island.

The video he uploaded on Facebook has amassed nearly 20 thousand views, while scientists are unsure of exactly what caused the mass stranding.

The vision shows a long stretch of the island's shore lined with the fish, making it impossible to throw them all back into the water.

A Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service spokeswoman told Brisbane Times it could have been caused by strong winds or a dramatic change in water temperatures.

'As far as we are aware it's a natural phenomenon, and at this stage we have no information to indicate otherwise,' she said.


WATCH: Dead starfish found washed up on the beaches of Moreton Island.




University of Queensland marine biologist Kathy Townsend, whose research centre is on the island, also believed humans were not behind the phenomenon.

'It could have been a case that they were all together, that they were spawning and then conditions changed and they all got washed up on shore.'

However staff from Maritime Safety Queensland were forced to remove parts of the nearby Tangalooma Wrecks earlier this month following concerns it may have been riddled with asbestos. - Daily Mail.



 

EXTREME WEATHER: Major Uncontrolled Wildfire Fueled By Hot Weather And Dry Winds Rages In Southern Australia - Two People Killed, Many Farm Animals Burned Alive!

Two people have been confirmed dead in a bushfire burning out of control north of Adelaide. © AAP

November 26, 2015 - AUSTRALIA
- A "fast-moving and dangerous" bush fire leaves two people dead, with thousands of animals thought to have been burned alive.

Firefighters are battling to control a major wildfire in southern Australia which has killed two people and thousands of livestock.


Around 200 firefighters and several aircraft have reportedly been deployed to try and control the blaze, which is burning across a 27-mile front near Adelaide.

One person died in a paddock while a second died in a car, Australian media reported.



WATCH: Two dead after wildfire rips through South Australia in Clare Valley, near Mallala .





At least three people who were helping fight the fire have been taken to hospital with severe burns, the ABC said.

An employee at one of the state's largest pig farms told the broadcaster staff were forced to leave thousands of animals for dead as the blaze approached.

"It was pretty scary seeing it coming over the hill coming towards work," he said.

"We were there with firefighters ready to fight it and we just turned and ran. It was big. I think my work's gone or at least the majority of it."

As many as 9,000 pigs are thought to have burned alive, ABC reported.

The fire, which has been fanned by high winds, is feared to be heading towards Australia's Barossa Valley wine-growing region.

"It's a particularly fast-moving and very dangerous fire," South Australian Country Fire Service chief Greg Nettleton told reporters.

"The crews are working as hard as they can to protect communities and property.

"The wind change that has gone through is expected to abate a little bit around about 9 o'clock tonight and hopefully we'll be able to get the upper hand on that fire into the evening. But certainly it's far, far from being controlled."

Home and cars in the area have been destroyed and power has been cut off to thousands of buildings.

The blaze comes after four people were killed in one of a series of wildfires sparked by lightning in Western Australia last week.

Bushfires are extremely common in Australia in the summer months, however, some scientists have warned the length and intensity of the fire season many increase as climate change causes temperatures to rise. - Sky News.



 

MASS FISH DIE-OFFS: "It Was Like A Killing Spree,... I Haven't Seen Anything Like It Before,..." - Large Number Of Dead Starfish And Crabs Wash Up On Lincolnshire Beach, UK?!

A haul of dead starfish and crabs has been found on the beach at Ingoldmells. © Ian Mann

November 26, 2015 - UNITED KINGDOM - A haul of dead starfish, crabs and other marine life has been discovered on a Lincolnshire beach.

Ian Mann, who owns a holiday home at the Skegness Sands park discovered the dead sea creatures this morning on a stretch of beach at Ingoldmells.

He said: "It was like a killing spree.

"I was just walking my dog on the beach and I threw the ball for him when I noticed something was washed up.

"I went for a closer look and noticed all these dead starfish.

"There were some in little puddles.

"There were also a few dead crabs, some with their claws missing.

"There must have been well over 300 - more than what you can see in the photos.

"I haven't seen anything like it before. We see jellyfish on the beach every now and then but that is about it."

Among the creatures is what could be a common sun sea star - it has a sun-like appearance with 13 orange tentacles or arms coming from it.

Comments from Mr Mann's post to the Facebook page Ingoldmells and Chapel Fans suggest the haul could have been washed up as a result of recent storms and high winds.

Photos by Ian Mann:







Sean Brooks said: "It's down to stormy weather that washes them ashore."

Charlotte Noddles said: "God I not seen a star fish at skeggy in years."

Claire Charleworth posted: "That's awful. We never saw anything dead or alive on the beach at all this year. Wouldn't have liked to have seen all those dead creatures though."

William Watson said: "Always the same after rough seas."

Sharon Comrie said: "Seems to happen every so often. Noticed a couple on there yesterday"

Lynne Oldale said: "It's because of the Storms that we have had it brings them up of the Sea beds."

Glen Bradford said: "I have found many Sunflower seastars along the coast from Mablethorpe to Skegness."

Trevor Wilkes added: "Could be the rough seas thats dredged them up and washed them ashore."

While Kym Fisher posted: "Not seen any for years even I was a kid there was always loads washed up on the beaches."


In June starfish were found washed up at Skegness.

Speaking at the time, Stacy Adam curator of Skegness Aquarium said: "Usually they are found washed up after heavy storms.

"We have had quite choppy seas and a very strong current so it could be down to that washing them ashore." - Lincolnshire Echo.