Thursday, August 7, 2014

Event Update For 2014-08-06

The seas, lakes and oceans are now pluming deadly hydrogen sulfide and suffocating methane. Hydrogen sulfide is a highly toxic water-soluble heavier-than-air gas and will accumulate in low-lying areas. Methane is slightly more buoyant than normal air and so will be all around, but will tend to contaminate our atmosphere from the top down. These gases are sickening and killing oxygen-using life all around the world, including human life, as our atmosphere is increasingly poisoned. Because both gases are highly flammable and because our entire civilization is built around fire and flammable fuels, this is leading to more fires and explosions. This is an extinction level event and will likely decimate both the biosphere and human population and it is debatable whether humankind can survive this event.

A. More fires and more explosions, especially along the coasts, but everywhere generally.
B. Many more animal die-offs, of all kinds, and especially oceanic species.
C. More multiples of people will be found dead in their homes, as if they'd dropped dead.
D. More corpses found in low-lying areas, all over the world.
E. More unusual vehicular accidents.
F. Improved unemployment numbers as people die off.

Category: Fires And Explosions

2014-08-06 - Five fire trucks and fire station destroyed by fire after 11 PM in South Hopkins, Madisonville (Kentucky):

Quote: "Fire crews are called to help their own as a massive fire destroys the South Hopkins Fire Department. The fire started just after eleven Wednesday night, going up quickly, and leaving firefighters helpless. There was no saving the building located in the southern part of Hopkins County, right along Highway 41A. There were five trucks inside the station, including two tankers, an engine truck, a quick response vehicle and a brush truck."

Note: The last fire station to be destroyed by fire was waaaaay back in...the day prior, when fire trucks and a fire station were destroyed by fire at 5 AM in Mount Eden (Kentucky), mentioned in the 2014-08-05 update, so that's two fire stations and all their trucks destroyed by fire within 2 days, both in Kentucky. I mentioned that fire stations need to have someone on guard duty 24 hours per day, else they will keep being destroyed by fires when nobody is around. I'm pretty sure people are gonna wake up to this problem as their homes ignite, they call 911, and nobody shows up because all the fire stations and trucks have been destroyed. It might be wiser to wake up BEFORE we get to that point...

2014-08-06 - Home explodes at 6 AM in Bengaluru (India), 5 injured:

2014-08-06 - Manure business damaged by explosion and fire near Waunakee (Wisconsin):

2014-08-06 - Electrical substation damaged by fire in Manor Green, Kemp Town, Brighton (Britain):

2014-08-06 - Recycling warehouse erupts in flame in Fulton County (Georgia):

2014-08-06 - Machine damaged by explosion and fire at metal recycling company in Hillsboro (Oregon):

2014-08-06 - Tanker ship 'Fueltrans 4' bursts into flame at 4:30 AM on the Wilhelmina Canal at Tilburg (Netherlands):,+eigenaar+blust+vuur.aspx

Quote: "Due to a short circuit in a transformer a fire broke out in the engine room of the "Fueltrans 4" on Aug 6, 2014, at 4.30 a.m. on the Wilhelmina Canal at Tilburg near to the industrial park Vossenberg. The fire rescue attended with several engines."

Note: So this was just like all the transformer fires, utility pole fires, underground electrical fires, cars bursting into flame in the middle of the night while parked, etc. Hydrogen sulfide is reactive with electrified copper and such fires will look exactly like 'short circuits', and in fact these fires may CAUSE short circuits, which can cause vehicles to start themselves, and that has happened quite a few times now...

2014-08-06 - Boat bursts into flame inside garage at home in Dayton (Iowa):

2014-08-06 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on I-44 in St. Robert (Missouri):

Quote: "On our way back from St. Louis we witnessed a bus that just started to catch fire on I-44 west bound mile marker 164. We pulled over and made sure everyone was off the bus and a good distance away from it in case of an explosion. The passengers were new recruits heading to Ft. Leonard Wood, MO to begin their basic training along with one Marine heading to MOS school."

2014-08-06 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-90 between Westfield and Ripley (New York):

2014-08-06 - Tractor bursts into flame in or near Sawbridgeworth (Britain):

2014-08-06 - Tractor bursts into flame in coastal Shorwell on the Isle of Wight (Britain):

Quote: "Fire crews have now left the scene, however firefighters from Newport have been re-tasked to reports of a tractor fire at Stone Place Farm, Shorwell."

2014-08-06 - Tractor and baler destroyed by fire between Otley and Clopton Green (Britain):

2014-08-06 - Garbage truck bursts into flame in Walhalla (South Carolina):

Quote: "Fire yesterday morning damaged Walhalla’s residential garbage truck. James Moore, public works director, told the mayor and council the damage was confined to the wiring of the truck and it’s a mystery as to why the truck caught fire."

2014-08-06 - Garbage truck bursts into flame at Kier Waste Management in Evercreech, Shepton Mallet (Britain):

2014-08-06 - Truck bursts into flame while parked on I-205 in Portland (Oregon):

Quote: "n ODOTtruck arriving to help at the scene of a crash on I-205 early Wednesday suddenly erupted in flames, causing a major traffic backup during the morning commute. The Oregon Department of Transportation vehicle was parked in a southbound lane at the Park Place exit when the fire started. The driver had just gotten out of the incident response truck and was walking toward the police officer on scene when they noticed the fire. The spectacular flames brought all southbound traffic to a halt for about two hours..."

Note: So there was a crash of some kind and they sent out an ODOT truck which burst into flame while parked at the crash site. At some point the crashes and fires will occur faster than the vehicles can be cleared off the highways and at that point it will be nonstop gridlock and constant destruction. Same for the structure fires: once buildings start igniting faster than firefighters can put them out then it'll be nonstop fires until there are no buildings left...

2014-08-06 - Truck bursts into flame on West Tullos Road in coastal Aberdeen (Scotland):

2014-08-06 - RV bursts into flame while parked at race track in coastal Del Mar (California), fire spreads to two more RVs:

2014-08-06 - RV bursts into flame on I-70 near Sweet Springs (Missouri):

Quote: "According to scanner traffic, the Sweet Springs fire department has been dispatched to a report of an RV on fire on westbound I-70 near mile marker 66."

2014-08-06 - Van bursts into flame while parked at car dealership on Brookdale Avenue in Cornwall (Canada):

Note: Cornwall is located on the banks of the St. Lawrence River...

2014-08-06 - Van bursts into flame at 3 AM, fire truck responds, gets hit by semi, on I-65 near Glendale (Kentucky), 1 killed, 1 injured:

Quote: "Jonathan French was among the first to answer the call for help, as usual, when a van was ablaze along an interstate in the middle of the night. The third-generation firefighter was working alongside his mother, another volunteer firefighter, when they were struck by a tractor-trailer early Wednesday, killing the son and injuring his mother, police said."

2014-08-06 - Van bursts into flame on street in New Hamburg (Canada):

2014-08-06 - Van bursts into flame at 1:30 AM while parked on street in Halliwell (Britain):

2014-08-06 - Pickup truck damaged by propane tank explosion near Newman Grove (Nebraska), 1 injured:

2014-08-06 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on Hixson Pike in Hamilton County (Tennessee), near the Tennessee River:

2014-08-06 - Car bursts into flame in the wee hours while parked at apartments in Abilene (Texas):

Quote: "Arson is suspected in a car fire early Wednesday outside a north Abilene apartment complex, according to the Abilene Fire Department."

Note: Why do they suspect arson? Parked vehicle, that's it, and they haven't noticed that parked vehicles are spontaneously igniting all over the planet now, and especially in the wee hours. If I was a clueless idiot who wasn't paying attention to the world around me, I'd probably suspect arson too. To be fair, they're no more idiotic or clueless than fire investigators elsewhere, but that's not exactly saying a lot...

2014-08-06 - Car bursts into flame on Garfield Avenue in coastal Bridgeport (Connecticut):

2014-08-06 - Car bursts into flame at 3 AM on street in Orrville (Ohio):

2014-08-06 - Car bursts into flame on Keystone Road in Lake Township (Pennsylvania):

2014-08-06 - Two cars burst into flame in industrial area in Vaughan (Canada):

2014-08-06 - Car and motorcycle burst into flame on road in New Delhi (India):

2014-08-06 - Car bursts into flame at 2:40 AM while parked on Cherry Tree Close in Hastings (Britain):

2014-08-06 - Car bursts into flame at 1 AM on Titton Lake in Stourport-on-Severn (Britain), near the River Severn:

2014-08-06 - Car bursts into flame in carpark on Glenn Road in Chaddlewood, Plympton (Britain):

2014-08-06 - Car bursts into flame on the A361 between Bishops Tawton and Portmore, Barnstaple (Britain):

2014-08-06 - RV trailer bursts into flame while parked in Dover Township (Pennsylvania), nobody there:

2014-08-06 - Fair ride bursts into flame while being towed, in Windsor (Colorado), near Windsor Lake:

Quote: "When firefighters arrived, they found that a fair ride’s brakes caught fire as a truck was towing it east on Windsor’s Main Street/Colorado Highway 392."

2014-08-06 - Barn destroyed by fire in South Berwick (Maine), garage destroyed separately at home:

2014-08-06 - Wildfire conflagration erupts in the Columbia River Gorge (Washington), hundreds of homes threatened:

Quote: "The fire, which has put 60-70 homes in the 5500 block to 6200 block of Highway 30 on level 3 evacuation, has been upgraded to the status of 'conflagration,' a term used to describe an extensive, highly destructive fire, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber declared Wednesday."

2014-08-06 - Wildfire sends scientists fleeing, SETI search for aliens halted, in California:

2014-08-06 - Fire thunderstorms - pyrocumulonimbus clouds - spotted over Canada as massive fires rage:

2014-08-06 - Garbage bursts into flame in garbage truck on I-95 near Bangor (Maine):

2014-08-06 - Garbage bursts into flame in garbage truck on I-270 in Bethesda (Maryland):

2014-08-06 - Home damaged by fire at 2:30 AM in North St. Louis (Missouri), near the Mississippi River:

2014-08-06 - Home destroyed by fire in coastal Everett (Washington), nobody there:

2014-08-06 - Home destroyed by fire after 1 AM in Cahokia (Illinois), near the Mississippi River:

2014-08-06 - Multi-family home damaged by fire at 2:30 AM in Waltham (Massachusetts), 7 injured:

2014-08-06 - Apartment building damaged by fire in coastal Tampa (Florida):

2014-08-06 - In separate incidents, unoccupied home and vacant home go up in flames on same street in Sissonville (West Virginia):

Quote: "There have now been five structure fires in Sissonville since Saturday."

Note: Vacant home burned at 11 PM, unoccupied home burned at 4:30 AM...

2014-08-06 - Vacant townhome burns at 4:35 AM in Atlanta (Georgia):

2014-08-06 - Vacant home bursts into flame at 3 AM, fire spreads to occupied home, in Newark (New York):

2014-08-06 - Vacant paper mill burns in Sartell (Minnesota):

Quote: "In 2012, there was an explosion and fire at the mill, which killed one worker."

Note: The explosion and fire in at this mill in 2012 was mentioned in the 2012-05-28 update. Five people were injured in that incident too...

2014-08-06 - Vacant home heavily damaged by fire just after 2 AM in Hutchinson (Kansas):

2014-08-06 - Vacant hotel destroyed by fire in Las Vegas (New Mexico):

2014-08-06 - Vacant hotel under renovation burns, $1.2 million in damage, in coastal San Francisco (California):

2014-08-06 - More than 100 birds found dead at beach in coastal Puerto Eten (Peru):

2014-08-06 - Hundreds of fish wash ashore dead in coastal Gulf Shores (Alabama):

Note: Also see the plane that crash landed at an airport in Gulf Shores on this day...

2014-08-06 - Thousands of fish found dead in lagoon in Miajadas (Spain):

2014-08-06 - Dozens of horses sickening in Phelan (California):

2014-08-06 - Around 30 stingrays wash ashore dead at Lake Conjola (Australia), near the coast:

2014-08-06 - Passenger suddenly dies on passenger plane, plane diverts to Houston (Texas):

2014-08-06 - Man goes fishing, drops dead near the Saco River near New Hampton (New Hampshire):

2014-08-06 - Person found dead in the Genesee River near Rochester (New York), may be missing 27-year-old man:

Note: A 27-year-old man went missing while walking along this river a few days ago, mentioned in the 2014-08-02 update, so this is probably his corpse...

2014-08-06 - Man found dead near Braman Avenue in coastal Fort Myers (Florida):

Quote: "Police found a body near Braman and Palm avenues Wednesday just before noon, marking the second body found in the Fort Myers area in as many days and the third since Saturday."

2014-08-06 - Man, 19, found dead in Black Creek in Middleburg (Florida):

2014-08-06 - Inmate, woman, 39, drops dead in her cell in Hamilton County (Ohio):

2014-08-06 - Man, 53, found dead on football field at Solon Middle School in Solon (Ohio):

2014-08-06 - Man found dead in Bowers Pond in Merrimack (New Hampshire):

2014-08-06 - State senator, man, goes for horse ride, next seen dead in Navajo County (Arizona):

2014-08-06 - Man, 45, found dead near his vehicle in Churchill County (Nevada):

2014-08-06 - Woman, 51, found dead in tent near Forked River Game Farm in Lacey (New Jersey):

2014-08-06 - Person found dead beneath the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge (Texas), near the Rio Bravo:

2014-08-06 - Boy, 15, dies at Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis (Minnesota):

2014-08-06 - Texas Chainsaw Massacre star Marilyn Burns, 65, found dead at home in Houston (Texas):

2014-08-06 - Man, 20, falls off garage and dies at 4 AM at university in Cincinnati (Ohio), possible toppler:

2014-08-06 - Person found dead below the rim of the Grand Canyon (Arizona), possible toppler:

2014-08-06 - Man, 56, falls 45 feet to his death at airport in Houston (Texas), possible toppler:

2014-08-06 - Man found dead on top of elevator in coastal Queens (New York), possible toppler:

2014-08-06 - Man in his 50s found dead behind courthouse near the Ottawa River in Ottawa (Canada), possible toppler:

Quote: "Police said the body was caught in a small area at the base of the wall, in a rut just before the slope toward the Ottawa River."

2014-08-06 - Person found dead in the Kaministiquia River near Thunder Bay (Canada):

2014-08-06 - Woman, 62, found dead at beach in coastal Auckland (New Zealand):

2014-08-06 - Man, 63, orders a beer at a pub and drops dead in Ogun State (Nigeria):

Quote: "Emmanuel allegedly told the police that the man did not show any sign of ill-health at the time he arrived at the beer parlour..."

2014-08-06 - Man, 59, found dead in car in coastal Bahrain:

2014-08-06 - Tractor trailer blows tire, veers across median, overturns, two more semis crash, both burst into flame, on I-40 near Grants (New Mexico), 1 killed:

Quote: "The initial investigation revealed a semi-truck carrying passenger cars was traveling eastbound when the driver’s side front tire failed. The semi-truck then crossed the center median and traveled across the westbound lanes, struck a guardrail and overturned."

2014-08-06 - Malaysia Airlines pulled from stock market, trading suspended, after recent crashes:

2014-08-06 - Passenger plane makes emergency landing in the Azores Islands, engine failure:

2014-08-06 - Small plane crashes near Yellow Pine (Idaho), 2 killed:

2014-08-06 - Small plane crashes in Seine-et-Marne (France), 2 killed, 3 injured:

2014-08-06 - Small plane crashes in Three Rivers (Michigan):

2014-08-06 - Small plane crash-lands at airport in Decatur (Illinois):

2014-08-06 - Small plane crash-lands at airport in coastal Gulf Shores (Alabama):

2014-08-06 - Helicopter makes emergency landing in Honokane Nui (Hawaii), engine failure:

2014-08-06 - Two passenger buses collide head-on, burst into flame, in Narsingdi (Bangladesh), at least 10 people incinerated, 40+ injured:

2014-08-06 - Tanker truck and tractor trailer crash on I-26 near Johnson City (Tennessee):

2014-08-06 - Tanker truck hits mattress, bursts into flame, on Route 8 in Derby (Connecticut):

2014-08-06 - Tractor trailer crashes just after 6 AM, bursts into flame, on I-24 in Coffee County (Tennessee):

2014-08-06 - Tractor trailer veers off I-5 and overturns in Red Bluff (California), 1 lightly injured:

2014-08-06 - Pickup truck veers over centerline, hits pickup head-on, in Jefferson County (Alabama), 2 killed, 1 injured:

2014-08-06 - Car slams into transit bus, bursts into flame, in Memphis (Tennessee), 3 injured:

2014-08-06 - Car veers over centerline, hits SUV head-on, near Glenville (West Virginia), 2 killed:

2014-08-06 - Car veers over centerline, hits car head-on, near Mahopac (New York), 3 injured:

2014-08-06 - Vehicle crashes, bursts into flame, ignites brush fire, in Calabasas (California):

2014-08-06 - Young man found naked in woods, doesn't remember how he got there, in Deer Field Estates (Georgia):

Quote: "Tyler Farrister told the officer his name, but didn’t know where he was nor did he know how long he had been in the woods. Farrister said he was being chased by aliens who were 'shooting at him with their zapping guns.'"

2014-08-06 - Shark attacks and lightly injures 10-year-old boy at Folly Beach (South Carolina):

2014-08-06 - Two pit bulls attack and injure woman in her driveway in Harris County (Texas):

2014-08-06 - Massive chunk of cliff collapses at beach in coastal Sidmouth (Britain):

Quote: "This is the dramatic moment 'thousands of tonnes' of rocks came crashing down on to a popular holiday beach just yards from stunned onlookers. The massive section of cliff collapsed on to Sidmouth beach, causing a huge cloud of red dust, covering daytrippers. It was caught on camera by Tony Lane, 60, from the New Forest, Hampshire, who said he heard pebbles falling to the ground before the landslide at 5pm on Wednesday."

2014-08-06 - Mysterious power failure cripples Britain's Halley Research Station in Antarctica:

2014-08-06 - Past mass extinctions may have been caused by abrupt release of methane and hydrogen sulfide from the oceans:

Quote: "Focusing on the Permian-Triassic boundary, ca. 251 Ma, I explore the possibility that mass extinction can be caused by an extremely fast, explosive release of dissolved methane (and other dissolved gases such as carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide) that accumulated in the oceanic water masses prone to stagnation and anoxia (e.g., in silled basins)."

Quote: "Terrestrial extinctions are caused by explosions and conflagrations that follow the the massive release of methane (the air-methane mixture is explosive at methane concentrations between 5% and 15%) and by the eruption-triggered floods."

Quote: "The consequences of a methane-driven oceanic eruption for marine and terrestrial life are likely to be catastrophic. Figuratively speaking, the erupting region 'boils over,' ejecting a large amount of methane and other gases (e.g., CO2, H2S) into the atmosphere, and flooding large areas of land. Whereas pure methane is lighter than air, methane loaded with water droplets is much heavier, and thus spreads over the land, mixing with air in the process (and losing water as rain). The air-methane mixture is explosive at methane concentrations between 5% and 15%; as such mixtures form in different locations near the ground and are ignited by lightning, explosions and conflagrations destroy most of the terrestrial life, and also produce great amounts of smoke and of carbon dioxide. Firestorms carry smoke and dust into the upper atmosphere, where they may remain for several years (Turco et al., 1991); the resulting darkness and global cooling may provide an additional kill mechanism."

Note: Have you noticed a lot of methane escaping from the oceans recently? Have you noticed a lot of fires and explosions recently? Have you seen all the stories about 'boom sounds' with 'flashes of light' in the skies? It does indeed look like it is the release of methane and hydrogen sulfide from the oceans that causes major extinction events, and it is also becoming more obvious with each passing day that THIS IS HAPPENING NOW. I think the author here is focused too much on methane alone, and doesn't see the threat posed by the concurrent hydrogen sulfide emissions - hydrogen sulfide is far more volatile than methane, it will serve as an igniter in the presence of rust or electrified copper, and it is MUCH deadlier in terms of toxicity - but close enough.

It is very likely that the conflagrations and explosions that will result from this extinction event are the primary reasons for the construction of the Deep Underground Military Bases. Living on the surface of the Earth will not be possible so governments are preparing so that at least some people might survive. Those of us on the surface of the Earth will need to weather 1700-degree fires, massive explosions, poisoned air, poisoned water, deadly levels of UV radiation, a completely destabilized climate, and lack of food. Dunno about you, but my bugout bag contains nothing which would allow me to survive such things...

2014-08-06 - Magnitude 6.1 earthquake strikes in the ocean near the Barat Daya Islands (Indonesia):

2014-08-06 - Passenger, man, has seizures on passenger plane, plane lands at JFK in coastal Queens (New York), not Ebola:

Quote: "A man flying from [coastal] Abu Dhabi suffered from seizures and was thought to have the viral disease. The CDC confimed the man was not infected."

2014-08-06 - Man, 24, goes out on boat, goes missing, empty 'ghost boat' found, near coastal Key West (Florida):

Quote: "A good Samaritan told Coast Guard crews Cullen’s 28-foot vessel was unmanned and adrift."

2014-08-06 - Around 70 tourists sicken at resort on the two different Spanish islands (Spain):

Quote: "At least 50 fell ill at Club Mac Alcudia, on the Balearic island of Mallorca, and 20 at Stil Victoria Playa, on the neighbouring island of Menorca."

2014-08-06 - Death Valley breaks low maximum temperature record, 30 degrees below normal, in California:

Quote: "The high temperature in Death Valley reached 89 degrees yesterday August 3. This broke the previous record of 104 degrees set in 1945. This was also only the 7th time since 1911 that high temperatures in August remained in the 80s."

Note: That's the record for August 3 and it didn't just squeak by into a new record, it totally shattered the previous record by a full 15 degrees. Another anomalous 'cold' event...

2014-08-06 - July video summary of our changing Earth from Signs of The Times:

2014-08-06 - New Mexico sends firefighters to help fight fires raging in nearby states:

2014-08-06 - Fishermen catch THREE rare opah fish, more of a tropical fish normally, in one day off the coast of California:

Quote: "Opah also aren't known to stray often into southern California waters, preferring warmer waters in tropical and sub-tropical seas."

Note: Wow, those are some big-ass fish, check the pics out! In six months one of those guys will ask his wife what's for dinner and she'll roll her eyes, and he'll grumble, 'Not freakin' OPAH FISH again!'


  1. Hey Jonny: i'm havin' trouble posting here with the captcha stuff going wonkie on me after I press "publish." Hope it clears up.

    My pit mix died this morning. 11 great years of sleepin' beside me at night, playin' ball, keepin' the evil spirits away - i'm really gonna miss him. I just buried him out back. Don't tell anyone but i'm cryin' while writin' this, like my heart's been ripped out. Let me get my act together and i'll write some more.


    Along the lines of the big chunk of cliff that fell, there was an article a few years back (i'll look for it later) describing how if this one big chunk of land falls (and it's been poised to for decades) into the sea from somewhere off maybe Portugal (or somewhere near there) it would cause an enormous tsunami of the east coast of the U.S.

    Another candidate for the weird stuff burnin' pile - a carnival ride! At least it wasn't full of kids at the time. How soon before that happens, eh?

    Yer neighbor Dutchsinse is showing how the polar vortex that plagued us all winter is due to return in September. He (I think rightfully) concludes that it really never left!

    We're going to witness a lot of "never before seen" events in the coming years as the Earth's ecology collapses (due to our idiocy) on our way out. Already we're seeing sinkholes all over the place, lots of subsidence events, water going toxic, and trees dying all over the world, not to mention all the other events you chronicle each day.

    How about 2 fires stations in 2 days?! (Maybe we should start counting THEM!)

    I agree that "add-on" fires, like the ODOT truck responding to a car crash, will only become more frequent and involve more vehicles as time goes on. Wait til all the 100s of vehicles travelling through the area are effected the same way! NYAAAAAHH!!

    Naked guy story may end up being a delayed death (like yer buddy) in the next few days - would be nice if we could follow this up to see.

    Okay. i'm done for now. I gotta go lay down.

    Thanks Jonny.

    1. Sorry you lost your pup friend! I didn't say anything at the time, because it hurt too much, but my cat companion of almost 18 years died on Cinco de Mayo this year.I'd hoped he'd make it to 18, but nope, didn't quite make it. I know how painful it is to lose a longtime friend and companion, and I completely empathize. They're worth the pain, but man, when they go, ouch.

  2. Yeah, he would have been 11 in October. Sorry for your loss too.

    Hey, look what I found:

    Pacific Storm Julio Unleashes Powerful 'Dark Lightning' Flash

    Before the Hawaii-bound storm Julio strengthened into a hurricane, a NASA satellite spotted a high-energy flash of "dark lightning" coming from the swirling clouds.

    NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope is designed to detect the brightest explosions in the universe — gamma-rays emitted from sources like supermassive black holes or stars that go supernova. But gamma-rays, which are invisible to the naked eye and last only a few thousandths of a second, can also come from sources on Earth.

    On Monday (Aug. 4) at 4:19 a.m. EDT (0819 GMT), when Julio was still a fledgling tropical storm hundreds of miles off the coast of Mexico, Fermi witnessed what's known as a terrestrial gamma-ray flash (TGF) above the clouds, according to NASA.

    "As far as I know, a TGF from a tropical storm has never been reported before," Michael Briggs, a member of the team in charge of Fermi's Gamma-ray Burst Monitor (GMB) at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, said in a statement from NASA.

    [there's more]


    1. Wow, had no idea STORMS could emit gamma rays. Hulk smash!

  3. Had some wine. Thought this was interesting (and funny, of course)

    Flatulence from 90 cows in a German barn sparked a methane gas explosion that damaged the building and left one cow slightly injured with burns, police said Tuesday.

    “In the barn for 90 dairy cows, methane built up for unknown reasons and was probably ignited by a static discharge, exploding in a darting flame,” said local police in the central town of Rasdorf in Hesse state.

    “Parts of the roof cover were slightly damaged and a cow suffered minor burns,” said police, adding that a fire crew rushed to the scene of Monday’s accident and a gas field crew later measured methane levels.