Methane clathrates 'frothing' at thousands of kilometer-wide seeps in the Arctic:
Quote: "Some arctic sea regions as large as one kilometer in diameter are indeed 'frothing' from massive gas releases from previously frozen CH4 deposits. Beginning in 2010, Igor Semiletov of the Russian Academy of Sciences said his research team discovered more than 100 plumes, and estimates there are 'thousands' over a wider area, extending from Russian mainland to East Siberian Arctic Shelf."
Quote: “Earlier we found torch-like structures, but only tens of meters in diameter. This is the first time we found continuous, powerful, impressive seeps more than 1,000 meters in diameter. It’s amazing. We carried out checks at 115 stationary points and discovered methane of a fantastic scale—on a scale not seen before,” Semiletov said.
Methane deposits under 4,000 square miles of seafloor melting off U.S. East Coast:
Quote: "A changing Gulf Stream off the East Coast has destabilized frozen methane deposits trapped under nearly 4,000 square miles of seafloor, scientists reported Wednesday."
Explorers discover deepwater gas seeps off U.S. East Coast:
Quote: "...scientists believe the seeps are likely emitting methane gas."
Researchers find undersea gas leaks off the coast of Israel:
Quote: "A joint effort between the University of Haifa and the Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research Institute revealed no less than 700 spots in the seabed that looked like possible gas springs."
Evidence for extensive methane venting on the southeastern U.S. Atlantic margin:
Note: Link is the abstract, full (PDF) version available at the link...
Methane being released from ice in the Antarctic and the Himalayan Plateau:
Quote: "Methane has found a way through the permafrost and ice. The permafrost and ice are not solid. The integrity of the permafrost and ice is deteriorating as the heat reaches it and it is leaking like a sieve."
Methane plumes 90 miles (150 kilometers) wide detected in the Arctic:
Huge methane clathrate field discovered venting off the coast near Gisborne (New Zealand):
Quote: "A 'huge network' of frozen methane and methane gas has been discovered in ocean sediments 20 kilometres to 50km off Gisborne. A joint New Zealand-German research team found 99 gas flares in a 50-square kilometre area, venting in columns up to 250 metres high, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) said. Methane was also found building up beneath a large landslide and being released along the landslide margin, and there were indications of large areas of methane hydrates - ice-like frozen methane - below the sea floor."
Methane bubbling from methane hydrate deposits on the ocean floor near Wakayama (Japan):
Quote: "The prefectural office conducted a survey using fish sonar between last November and February this year and observed bubbles containing methane gas welling up from the seabed in several spots in an area around 18 kilometers off the Cape of Shionomisaki in Wakayama Prefecture."
Note: This is happening in areas all over the planet now. Fortunately for Japan, the wind will mostly blow any of this methane that escapes into the atmosphere toward North America's west coast. That won't be too great for North America's west coast though...
Large amounts of methane erupting from methane hydrates in the Laptev Sea in the Arctic:
Quote: "Just a week into the sampling program and SWERUS-C3 scientists have discovered vast methane plumes escaping from the seafloor of the Laptev continental slope. These early glimpses of what may be in store for a warming Arctic Ocean could help scientists project the future releases of the strong greenhouse gas methane from the Arctic Ocean."
Quote: "By use of acoustic techniques and geochemical analyses of water samples, the scientists found vast methane plumes escaping from the seafloor at depths between 500 m and 150 m. At several places, the methane 'bubbles' even rose to the ocean surface. What’s more, results of preliminary analyses of seawater samples pointed towards levels of dissolved methane 10-50 times higher than background levels."
Widespread methane seepage detected near the island of South Georgia in the Antarctic:
Quote: "An extensive active seepage area was discovered north of South Georgia."
Quote: "Our finding of substantial methane emission related to a trough and fjord system, a topographical setting that exists commonly in glacially-affected areas, opens up the possibility that methane seepage is a more widespread phenomenon in polar and sub-polar regions than previously thought."
At least 570 new seeps found venting methane along the East Coast (United States):
Quote: "The team behind the new findings studied what is termed the continental margin, the region of the ocean floor that stands between the coast and the deep ocean. In an area between North Carolina and Massachusetts, they have now found at least 570 seeps at varying depths between 50m and 1,700m. Their findings came as a bit of a surprise. 'It is the first time we have seen this level of seepage outside the Arctic that is not associated with features like oil or gas reservoirs or active tectonic margins,' said Prof Adam Skarke from Mississippi State University, who led the study."
Many hundreds more methane seeps discovered venting methane in the deep ocean in the Arctic:
Quote: "Over a course of 12 days Dr. Giuliana Panieri and her colleagues from Centre for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Environment and Climate (CAGE) collected images from seven areas of known methane release in the Arctic Ocean. One of them was Vestnesa Ridge, with over 1000 active seep sites at the depth of over 1000 m."
2015-10-14 - Methane pluming from ocean floor off the coast of Oregon and Washington:
Quote: "Warming ocean temperatures a third of a mile below the surface, in a dark ocean in areas with little marine life, might attract scant attention. But this is precisely the depth where frozen pockets of methane 'ice' transition from a dormant solid to a powerful greenhouse gas. New University of Washington research suggests that subsurface warming could be causing more methane gas to bubble up off the Washington and Oregon coast. The study, to appear in the journal Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, shows that of 168 bubble plumes observed within the past decade, a disproportionate number were seen at a critical depth for the stability of methane hydrates."
Quote: "According to a report from the Daily Mail, a recent study has revealed that an alarming series of methane plumes are popping up from vents on the sea floor off the coast of Washington and Oregon. Researchers think warming water temperatures roughly a third of a mile below the surface is responsible for the release of the gas."
Quote: "Besides the West Coast, research last year found a huge increase in methane plumes off the East Coast."
2016-10-04 - Arctic methane gas emissions have significantly increased since 2014:
Quote: "'The area of spread of methane mega-emissions has significantly increased in comparison with the data obtained in the period from 2011 to 2014,' he said. 'These observations may indicate that the rate of degradation of underwater permafrost has increased.'"
Note: Feedbacks are kicking into higher gear now. The more methane that spews, the hotter it will get, which will cause more methane to spew, which will make things even hotter, which will make yet more methane spew, and so on and so on. We'll be long gone from this planet - voluntarily by leaving or involuntarily by dying - long before just this one aspect of the ongoing extinction event has reached its apex...
2016-10-20 - Methane spewing from the ocean floor at the Cascadia Subduction Zone:
Quote: "From British Columbia to Northern California, planet Earth's got a case of the toots. A recent deep ocean mapping survey has learned that a geologically-active strip of seafloor called the Cascadia Subduction Zone is bubbling methane like mad. It could be one of the most active methane seeps on the planet."
2016-10-22 - Around 500 undersea methane vents found of the US West Coast:
Quote: "Another voyage found around 500 new undersea methane vents off the US west coast. This doubles the number of known seeps, bubbling up a powerful greenhouse gas. The gas vents were found by an expedition mounted by Dr Robert Ballard, the man who first located the wreck of the Titanic."
2016-12-12 - Scientists report that atmospheric methane levels are spiking:
Quote: "'Methane in the atmosphere was almost flat from about 2000 through 2006. Beginning 2007, it started upward, but in the last two years, it spiked,' said Rob Jackson, an earth scientist at Stanford University who co-wrote the study."
Quote: "The authors of the 2016 Global Methane Budget report found that in the early years of this century, concentrations of methane rose by only about 0.5ppb each year, compared with 10ppb in 2014 and 2015."
As I have been saying for some time, the oceanic methane stores - called methane clathrates or methane hydrates - are dissociating (melting) and polluting our atmosphere. I was sure of this years ago. Now scientists are realizing that it is the case. As the methane is released into the atmosphere the temperature of the Earth will increase. This will cause the 'dead zones' to increase in size and potency, resulting in massive releases of hydrogen sulfide into the atmosphere. The biosphere, including human life, will sicken and die from the poisoning, especially by hydrogen sulfide. Fires and explosions will consume our homes and vehicles and businesses and infrastructure, spreading like a burning cancer across the land. The ozone layer will dissolve, exposing the surface of the Earth to more radiation, resulting in exponentially more mutations and genetic chimeras. This is all already underway.
The methane releases alone would be enough to eradicate human civilization in its current form from the surface of the Earth. The hydrogen sulfide contaminating and poisoning the atmosphere would be enough to do the same. But the two problems work together synergistically, each amplifying the other. Together these two problems form an unstoppable tidal wave of death and destruction that is even now sweeping across the planet.
It should be apparent at this point why governments around the world are so industriously building underground shelters and facilities: the survival of the human race itself, at least on Earth, is in imminent and grave danger, with complete extinction a not-at-all-unlikely possibility. The options are limited: move underground (still fraught with problems) and/or move off-planet (the Moon, Mars, Ceres, Titan, etc). Heading out to the boonies to grow tomato plants will be of no help in surviving this extinction event. One can't buy off this catastrophe with gold, nor shoot it away with guns. (In fact, as the gas plumes increase in number, size and concentration, the odds increase that firing a gun will simply make the person pulling the trigger explode or burn to death, possibly killing everyone in the local area too.)
You can read more about the Clathrate Gun Hypothesis here. You can read more about the Permian-Triassic Extinction Event (also called 'The Great Dying') here. The Jumping Jack Flash Hypothesis is essentially the same as the Clathrate Gun Hypothesis, but with the hydrogen sulfide problem (which I believe is the greater of the two problems) added on, along with the contention that this is happening right now. Also, I go into greater detail in the daily/monthly event lists about how this affects current human civilization: vehicles spontaneously combusting, drivers (and others) suddenly losing consciousness or dying, homes exploding, neurological damage, the brake-friction problem, etc.