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Category: Other Stories Of Interest

2013-03-03 - Foul odor permeates coastal Santa Monica, blamed on methane release from Santa Monica Bay:

Quote: "Santa Monica Fire said in a department statement that they believe the strong odor was caused by a naturally occurring methane leak below the ocean floor. 'This morning there was a large release of natural ocean floor methane released in the Santa Monica Bay,' the statement said."

Quote: "Last September, a widespread sulfurous stench that blanketed parts of the Southland was apparently traced back to a biological occurrence on the landlocked Salton Sea."

Note: The Salton Sea event, which produced a stench throughout southern California, was hydrogen sulfide, which authorities said was coming from the Salton Sea. Methane has no odor, so they didn't smell methane in Santa Monica. Natural gas is primarily methane and they add stinky mercaptan to it so that it has a smell. I don't doubt that there was a methane release from underwater in Santa Monica Bay, but the smell was from other gases, quite possibly hydrogen sulfide.

Category: Fires And Explosions

2013-03-04 - Loud explosion reported in the Plano-Alvaton area near Bowling Green (Kentucky):

Quote: "Kentucky State Police said they received several phone calls, and WBKO received several Facebook and Twitter messages, saying a loud boom had rocked the Plano/Alvaton area around 9:55 p.m. Monday."

Note: These mysterious home-shaking explosions being heard and felt around the world are likely hydrogen sulfide and/or methane plumes in the atmosphere finding an ignition source and detonating. Eventually these explosions will probably be very large and will destroy entire towns and sections of cities...

Category: Land Subsidence Events

2013-03-05 - Sinkhole 16 feet deep opens up in parking lot in coastal Coos Bay (Oregon), garbage truck falls in:

Note: And here's another sinkhole appearing, and again near a coastline. There are probably methane hydrate deposits below the ground all around the coasts of the world. They formed over the ages, then erosion washed soil over them, then plants and animals moved in, and then WE moved in and built towns and cities atop that land. As the methane hydrate deposits dissociate, they are transforming from a solid to liquid water and gaseous methane and the ground above is subsiding, causing problems, including sinkholes. The potential scope of this problem is unknown; it could range from aggravating annoyance to entire cities being rendered uninhabitable...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2013-03-06 - Up to 60 golf carts incinerated in fire at golf club in coastal Vallejo (California):

Note: Golf carts are generally battery-powered. Hydrogen sulfide is reactive with copper, especially 'hot' copper with a charge running through it, like the battery cables connected to batteries in golf carts and other vehicles. That's also why the Boeing Dreamliner fleet was grounded: fires at the batteries. This is the third major golf cart fire in the last three weeks. Dozens of golf carts were destroyed by fire in Crystal Township (Michigan) recently, as mentioned in the 2013-02-20 update. More than 70 golf carts were destroyed by fire in Bluffton (South Carolina) a few days later, near the coast, as mentioned in the 2013-02-23 update. This is also very likely the reason so many non-running vehicles are bursting into flame in car parks, parking garages, parking lots, garages at homes, driveways, boats at docks, etc.: it's the reactivity of copper with hydrogen sulfide...

Category: Unusual Vehicular Accidents

2013-03-07 - Passenger plane makes emergency landing in Quetta (Pakistan), tires blow upon landing:

Note: Tire rubber is semi-absorbent and is absorbing hydrogen sulfide and/or methane, probably hydrogen sulfide since it's a heavier-than-air gas and tires rest on the ground. Then when brakes are applied, the brake-friction generates more heat than normal (since hydrogen sulfide burns very hot) and then tires ignite or explode, brakes burn up, brake lines and hydraulic lines and power steering lines rupture and leak, the entire vehicle goes up in flame, or all of the above. Planes brake hardest after landing, so this problem is mostly cropping up for planes right after landing. The most extreme example of this so far was a jumbo jet that blew FOURTEEN tires after landing at airport in coastal Anchorage (Alaska), as mentioned in the 2012-09-11 update...

Category: Unusual Vehicular Accidents

2013-03-08 - Cargo plane crashes at airport in coastal Dublin (Ireland) after front landing gear collapses:

Note: There have been lots of landing gear issues with planes the last year. It's the tire problem again. Tire rubber is semi-absorbent and is absorbing hydrogen sulfide and/or methane, most likely hydrogen sulfide since it's a heavier-than-air gas and tires rest on the ground. Then when brakes are applied, the heat from the brake-friction is hotter than normal (because hydrogen sulfide burns very hot), and then bad things happen: tires ignite or explode, brakes burn up, fluid lines rupture, sometimes the entire vehicle catches fire. In the case of planes, they hit their brakes hard right after landing, tires explode, landing gear hits the ground, landing gear collapses, which is exactly what happened in this case. Sometimes, with small planes, when it's the front landing gear that collapses, the entire plane flips over. That didn't happen with this cargo plane because it's just too large to flip. The most extreme event related to this problem (so far) is when a jumbo jet landed and blew FOURTEEN TIRES in coastal Anchorage Alaska, as mentioned in the 2012-09-11 update...

Category: Land Subsidence Events

2013-03-09 - Another sinkhole apparently growing and in danger of collapse in Assumption Parish (Louisiana):

Quote: "The representative from Texas Brine said that if that salt cavern does cave in, it could essentially double the size of the sinkhole, creating a bigger problem. It could even possibly take out Highway 70 with a couple houses as well."

Note: There are methane hydrate deposits all along coasts. Over the ages erosion has washed soil over some of these deposits. Then animals and plants moved in on that soil. Then WE moved in and built atop that land. As the methane hydrate deposits dissociate they are transforming from a solid to liquid water and gaseous methane. This is resulting in land subsidence, including sinkholes, and gases bubbling up.

This is not just happening in Louisiana; a sinkhole swallowed a man in Florida recently, near the coast, as mentioned in the 2013-02-28 update. Methane has been detected in the soil near 19 homes in Santa Maria (California), also near the coast. Has land subsidence begun there? Not that I know of...yet. (But flammable methane in the soil around your house has gotta be somewhat of a concern all by itself, obviously.) This one problem, all by itself, is something to pay attention to, since the consequences for coastal communities could ultimately be catastrophic. It could also be just a major aggravation, or something in between. Time will tell.

Category: Animal Die-Offs

2013-03-10 - Thousands of fish found dead in the Hunter River near Raymond Terrace (Australia):

Quote: "I've lived here all my life, so has my father and grandfather and we've never seen anything like this after a flood. It's something out of the normal."

Quote: "The stagnant water and hot weather is also contributing to the odours which smell like rotten egg gas."

Note: Hydrogen sulfide in low concentrations is said to smell like rotten eggs. Coincidence? I doubt that...

Category: Land Subsidence Events

2013-03-11 - Sinkhole opens up in neighborhood in Bethlehem Township (Pennsylvania), home rendered uninhabitable:

Note: A methane incident occurred in Leroy Township (Pennsylvania) not too long ago too, where they discovered 94% pure methane in the soil and a large plume of methane in the air, as mentioned in the 2012-09-08 update, before scientists had reported the nearly 4,000 square miles of dissociating (melting) methane hydrate deposits off the U.S. East Coast. That incident was blamed on a faulty gas well. So the government said the gas well leak was fixed. An independent contractor checked and THAT is when the highly-concentrated methane was detected in the soil and the large plume of methane in the air - AFTER the government said the problem was fixed. Clearly either the problem was not fixed, or the gas well they fixed had nothing to do with that methane in the first place.

Quote: "An official with Chesapeake Energy Corp, the driller at the center of the Leroy Township case, said baseline testing conducted before the gas wells were drilled revealed methane already was in the water."

If you look at the worldwide maps of methane hydrate deposits, what do you see? They are all along coasts, all over the planet. What those maps don't show is that some of those deposits probably extend UNDER the coasts in places. Over the ages, as these deposits have accumulated, we have also had soil erosion occurring and washing soil over the top. Then plants and animals moved in on that land. Eventually we came along and we built on that land too. As those underlying methane hydrate deposits dissociate, they are transforming from solid to liquid (water) and gas (methane). As that happens we are going to see land subsidence, and the methane will come up through the ground and bubble up from waterways. We're probably seeing that right now, to whatever extent, in Louisiana, Florida, Australia, possibly in Pennsylvania, and elsewhere. Nor should we expect every sinkhole to suddenly gout methane; the methane may dissociate underground a ways away, and the land subsidence appear elsewhere, not necessarily right above the methane hydrate deposits.

Not every sinkhole will be caused by methane hydrate deposits melting. This one may or may not have anything to do with that. I don't know that anyone has checked the soil and water in Bethlehem Township for methane, but I don't know that that hasn't been done either. Either way, SOME sinkholes will surely be caused by the lost volume as the methane hydrates melt away and turn into water and gas, so it now seems prudent for us to watch events related to land subsidence and see what patterns develop, and not simply assume that these events are 'normal' or that the problem won't worsen.

Category: Fires And Explosions

2013-03-12 - Explosion, shockwave, smoke plume and unidentifiable chemical odor alarm residents near Alderpoint (California):

Note: These explosions being heard and felt around the world are likely atmospheric gas plumes, either hydrogen sulfide or methane or both, igniting and detonating. Sometimes a 'flash of light' is reported, if the explosion happens high enough above the ground. Explosions like these are the result of combustion, which is a chemical reaction, which means chemicals. So there are flammable gases in the atmosphere and they are combusting and exploding. In Earth's history, there are only two chemicals that are highly flammable and which have impacted our atmosphere on a planetary scale: hydrogen sulfide and methane. Nobody has come forward with an alternative explanation (very probably because there isn't one), soooo....

Category: Unusual Vehicular Accidents

2013-03-13 - Witness reports 'flash of light' before helicopter crash in Oklahoma City (Oklahoma):

Quote: "The National Transportation Safety Board says a witness reported seeing a flash in the sky before a helicopter crashed near an Oklahoma City nursing home last month, killing two people. It's not clear what could have caused such a flash."

Note: That was probably a smaller version of the gigantic house-shaking explosions, often accompanied by a flash of light, that have been heard, seen and felt all across the world over the last year or so. In other words, a gas plume, hydrogen sulfide or methane or both, probably exploded near that helicopter and caused the crash. The helicopter engine may have served as the ignition source. An explosion blew a door of a passenger plane partially open recently too, as mentioned in the 2013-02-16 update...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2013-03-14 - Mysterious explosion shakes homes in coastal Tiverton, Little Compton and Westport (Massachusetts):

Quote: "Residents across the three seaside communities reported hearing a loud boom that shook their entire houses last night."

Note: These mysterious community-rattling explosions being heard around the world are likely caused by atmospheric gas plumes - hydrogen sulfide or methane or both - finding an ignition source and detonating. This area (as in many of the other similar events) is on a coast, in this case the U.S. East Coast. There are nearly 4,000 square miles of methane hydrate deposits destabilizing and melting off the U.S. East Coast. Eventually these explosions may equal the destructive force of small thermonuclear weapons, like that which destroyed Hiroshima, but minus the radiation (unless an explosion destroys a nuclear plant in which case there will be radiation too).

Human forces (e.g. the government) may be purposely detonating clouds of gas before they reach populated areas and destroy entire towns or portions of cities, not just to protect us (though I'm sure they are trying to do that), but also because once that begins happening, people are unlikely to continue sleeping through this extinction event. They can play the 'Al Qaeda did it' card once or twice, and they probably will, but that excuse will only work for so long.

Category: Multiple Corpses

2013-03-15 - Two men, both 52, found dead in separate but adjacent homes on same street in Oklahoma City (Oklahoma):

Quote: "Neither residence showed signs of forced entry and there were no indications of foul play..."

Note: So they both dropped dead in their homes, which were right next to each other, at about the same time. What could they have in common? Ah yes, the atmosphere. If a plume of hydrogen sulfide swept through, it might just hit two adjacent homes like that and knock people dead in each home. Otherwise, what are we left with, coincidence? Yeah, well, I don't believe in THAT much coincidence, not these days...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2013-03-16 - Mysterious explosions escalating in areas all over the place:

Quote: "It is a phenomena that has sparked curiosity throughout the country for several years now. The booms, however, have grown more frequent."

Note: They're growing more frequent because our atmosphere is filling up with hydrogen sulfide and methane, both explosively flammable gases...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2013-03-17 - Huge wildfire erupts in Sevier County (Tennessee), near Douglas Lake, 59 cabins destroyed:

Quote: "Black Hawk helicopters, loaned by the Tennessee Army National Guard, airlifted water from nearby Douglas Lake to battle the flames. UPDATE: The wildfires in Sevier County near Pigeon Forge prompted state officials to declare a State of Emergency Monday morning."

Quote: "Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters confirmed that the massive fire at Black Bear Ridge Resort and Trappers Ridge destroyed 59 cabins, damaged 16 others and affected 160 acres."

Category: Corpses In Low-Lying Areas

2013-03-18 - Missing woman, 71, found dead in canal near her home in coastal Marco Island (Florida):

Note: A man, 49, was found dead in water near the Goodland Bridge on Marco Island recently too, as mentioned in the 2013-03-12 update. Marco island is on Florida's Gulf Coast, downwind of the dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico which are surely pluming deadly hydrogen sulfide now...

Category: Other Stories Of Interest

2013-03-19 - Homes shake from mysterious tremors over widespread area in coastal areas in New Jersey:

Quote: "Just after 3 o'clock Tuesday afternoon residents in Atlantic, Cape May, and Cumberland counties say they felt multiple earthquake-like tremors that rattled their homes and offices."

Quote: "After initial reports of the shakes came in, NBC40 put the word out on Facebook to see who else felt it. Immediately we received hundreds of responses from all over South Jersey."

Quote: "It just felt like it was more underground. Then I looked and saw the things on the shelf had moved."

Note: These weren't huge tremors, nothing violent. This could be the consequence of underlying methane clathrate deposits dissociating. As those deposits transform from a solid to liquid (water) and gas (methane), the ground above may experience subsidence, as with the sinkholes forming in Louisiana and Florida. There has to be at least some possibility of large sections of coastal areas simply crumbling away or sloughing off into the ocean. Hopefully that won't happen, but events like this are anything but reassuring. What happens if an entire city suddenly tips a few degrees and slides into the ocean?

There is a map of that area, right on the edge of the East Coast. We already know that methane deposits OFF the East Coast are dissociating. How about deposits ON or UNDER the East Coast? Is anyone monitoring that? Because they should be, considering the possible consequences, like the loss of large sections of the Eastern Seaboard. Maybe that's why the evacuation signs along the East Coast started appearing last year. Authorities might not want to alarm anyone early, but if a major city disappears into the ocean then people will almost certainly begin to SELF-evacuate, possibly chaotically, if evacuation is not done in more organized fashion.

In the meantime, I guess all we can do is hope that this unexplained event was caused by something innocuous and that nothing else of consequence happens...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2013-03-20 - Massive fire destroys large building at pallet company in Bedford County (Virginia):

Note: And yet another pallet-related fire. There have been lots of these over the past year. Probably the biggest pallet fire so far was in Tippecanoe County (Indiana), where more than ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND pallets burned, as mentioned in the 2013-01-05 update. Wood is an absorbent flammable material and all such materials are absorbing hydrogen sulfide and/or methane and spontaneously combusting. But pallets have an extra vulnerability too: hydrogen sulfide is reactive with rusty iron/steel, and pallets are held together with nails, which rust...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2013-03-21 - Eleven semis destroyed as blaze engulfs truck repair shop in New Windsor (New York):

Note: That's the new record for most semis destroyed in one fire. The record for most buses destroyed in one fire is 30, which were incinerated at a depot in Seoul (Korea), as mentioned in the 2013-01-15 update. The record for most boats destroyed in one fire is 58, which burned in a huge fire on Norris Lake in Lafollette (Tennessee), as mentioned in the 2012-09-10 update. The record for most vehicles of any type destroyed in one fire is 200, when a warehouse filled with RVs, boats and collector cars went up in flames in Mishawaka (Indiana), as mentioned in the 2013-02-11 update...

Category: Unusual Vehicular Accidents

2013-03-22 - Passenger plane makes emergency landing in Ottawa (Canada), smoke in the cockpit:

Quote: "Another passenger, Jamie Page, told the CBC the aircraft broke more forcefully than he had ever felt before, 'as though the pilot wanted to get the plane back to the ground quickly.'"

Note: This is the third such incident involving a passenger plane making an emergency landing because of smoke in the plane in the last 4 days...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2013-03-23 - Underground fire and explosions blow manhole covers off, close streets, in downtown Louisville (Kentucky):

Quote: "The explosions, which occurred in underground electric vaults, have forced the evacuation of the Louisville Metro Police Department headquarters and another building across the street from the police headquarters..."

Quote: "Witnesses reported flames shooting from manholes when their covers blew off."

Note: Hydrogen sulfide is a heavier-than-air gas and will seek out low-lying areas like underground facilities. It is also reactive with copper, especially electrified copper, and much of our electrical infrastructure is underground in places like this. This is likely the reason there have been so many events in cities all over that are virtually identical to this...

Category: Other Stories Of Interest

2013-03-24 - Record levels of methane detected in the Arctic in early March 2013:

Note: Methane is starting to bubble up everywhere: in the Arctic, in coalfields in Australia, off the U.S. East Coast, off the coast of Israel, in the ground in Santa Maria (California), in the ground in a town in Pennsylvania, from the sinkhole in Louisiana, and probably from way more places than that, which we don't know about because nobody has even checked. This is what I've been saying all along. And yes, this is a big climate issue, to be sure.

What all the climate-focused folks seem to be missing is that when this happens, it happens because of oceanic heating, and oceanic heating also expands the favorable habitat for the ancient anaerobic bacteria and archaea that produce hydrogen sulfide, so we end up with large amounts of methane AND deadly hydrogen sulfide flooding our atmosphere. And while that will certainly change the climate, we will first have to survive devastating fires, massive explosions and poison gas in the atmosphere. If you CAN survive all of that, then yes, the climate will be a problem too. If you CAN'T survive all of that then you don't really have to worry THAT much about the climate, seeing as you'll be dead...

Category: Other Stories Of Interest

2013-03-25 - British defence ministry coming to the U.S. for biggest meeting since World War II:

Quote: "In what is believed to be the first time since the 1940s, the entire British defense staff will be here March 25 to discuss long-range strategy and the impact of budget cuts with their U.S. counterparts, according to U.S. and British sources."

Note: I imagine they'll also be discussing the war against hydrogen sulfide and methane, seeing as if we lose THAT war - a war for survival - then there won't be any humans around to discuss anything at all, ever again...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2013-03-26 - Mysterious explosion shakes houses in coastal Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes (Louisiana):

Quote: "Residents throughout Terrebonne and Lafourche say they heard a boom Monday morning and felt the ground shake."

Note: These mysterious explosions being heard and felt around the world - and sometimes seen accompanied by a flash of light in the sky - are very likely caused by flammable atmospheric gas plumes, hydrogen sulfide or methane or both, finding an ignition source and detonating. The fact that these explosions can shake homes across such widespread areas is an indication of the power of these explosions. If one of these explosions goes off INSIDE a town - which is probably inevitable - then that town may just be wiped right off the map...

Category: Land Subsidence Events

2013-03-27 - Large chunk of Whidbey Island (Washington) slides off into the ocean, 1 home lost, 34 more homes evacuated:

Quote: "The Ledgewood neighborhood is ground zero for what some said sounded like a sonic boom. 'The ground shook. It was like an earthquake...'"

Note: In the 2013-03-19 update, a bit over a week ago, I posed the question: what happens if a city suddenly tips a few degrees and slides into the ocean? That's not what happened here; this was smaller scale than that, but a good hunk of land did indeed slide away into the ocean. As the underwater and underground methane clathrate deposits give way along coastlines around the world, I fully expect to see more events like this, and that could at some point include towns or cities sliding into the ocean...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2013-03-28 - Nineteen 'suspicious' fires erupt in Washington County (Maryland) since March 14:

Quote: "The most serious of the new cases is a barn fire Wednesday night in the Boonsboro area that caused $50,000 worth of damage. Other blazes have occurred in motor vehicles, a garage and trash containers. All occurred during the late night or early morning hours."

Note: As usual, they suspect arson, because they don't realize there are accelerants in the air now, which are being absorbed into flammable absorbent materials, which are then spontaneously combusting. Barns have been going up in flames everywhere, as well as vehicles and trash. If they ever cough up a witness or some surveillance footage or a suspect or a motive or ANYTHING that might be deemed evidence of people being involved, that'd be a different story. So far they have produced nothing but an assumption based on not knowing what's going on.

Also, the timing of all these events is pertinent. What happens in the wee hours? The atmosphere reaches maximum cooling, and when the atmosphere cools, it contracts, so any methane or hydrogen sulfide that might be floating above will be pushed closer to the ground and become more concentrated during that time, making fires and explosions and people dropping dead more likely to occur then. The wee hours are thus probably THE most dangerous time of the day now...

Category: Animal Die-Offs

2013-03-29 - Bees mysteriously dying off:

Note: They've tried blaming everything for this catastrophe. It is probably some combination of factors, but bees are no more immune to deadly hydrogen sulfide and suffocating methane than humans or birds or fish are. 'Colony Collapse Disorder' is just a name to placate people, sort of like the human version, 'Sudden Adult Death Syndrome'. They could just be honest and say 'poison gas', but I guess that might alarm people...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2013-03-30 - Wildfire erupts near Pettiford Creek in coastal Croatan National Forest (North Carolina), 700 acres burned:

Note: Another wildfire hit that coastal forest recently too, burning 500 acres, as mentioned in the 2013-03-11 update. The same thing is happening along coasts around the world, in Portugal and Spain, South Africa, Tasmania and Australia, Malaysia, etc. All of this is as predicted more than a year ago. Hydrogen sulfide and methane are coming from the oceans and seas and lakes and both gases are highly flammable, accelerants, so we should obviously expect to see coastal areas burn first and hardest, and that is indeed what is happening.

Low-lying areas will also be hit hard, even away from coasts, because hydrogen sulfide is a heavier-than-air gas and it won't stop at the coasts but will blow onward with the winds, accumulating in low-lying areas when the wind fades, absorbing into dried brush and dead trees and other flammable absorbent materials, and eventually it will ignite. Watch the fires this summer and see how many fire names have the words 'river', 'canyon', 'lake' and so on in the names, like the Lake So-And-So Fire or the Blahblah Canyon Fire. It was the same last summer too, as this process was already well under way by then.

We're rapidly running out of time. If we want more people to survive then it would be wise to get started building (more) alternative habitats that are independent of - and safe from - the surface of the Earth, which is going to be rendered uninhabitable by fires, explosions and poisonous hydrogen sulfide. The longer we wait, the less strength our civilization will have to build on a big scale, and the fewer the number of people that will survive. Tick-tock, tick-tock.

Category: Multiple Corpses

2013-03-31 - Two inmates, 41 and 47, suddenly die in same cell at jail in coastal Silverwater (Australia):

Quote: "An Ambulance Services of NSW source said it was a call out for a 'cardiac or respiratory arrest' as the medical conditions of both the deceased."

Note: Yeah, and what are the odds of two guys having those same symptoms at the same time in the same place and it NOT be something environmental that caused it?

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