Monday, August 1, 2016

2016 - JUL - Spotlight Stories

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-07-01 - Underground electrical explosions and fire blow 3 manholes open, ignite car, in Brockton (Massachusetts):

Quote: "Authorities say an underground electrical fire caused a series of underground explosions in Brockton that blew off three manhole covers and set fire to a car."

2016-07-01 - Metal recycling business erupts in flame at 12:10 AM, 80-foot flames, in Walker (Michigan):

Quote: "Flames essentially were leaping from a huge scrap metal pile containing barrels, appliances, lawn mowers, bed frames and a wide variety of other items."

Quote: "Walker Fire Department Battalion Chief Don Munn tells WOOD-TV that the fire started in a large pile of scrap metal and at one point flames were roughly 80 feet high."

Note: Near the Grand River. Here's a Google Maps link of the area...

2016-07-01 - Two cars burst into flame at 12:45 AM while parked at hotel, fire spreads to hotel, in Inglewood (California):

Quote: "The fire at the Tradewinds Airport Hotel at 4200 West Century Blvd. was reported at 12:45 a.m., Los Angeles County Fire Department Supervising Dispatcher Kyle Sanford said. It was sparked when two cars in the parking lot caught fire and the flames rapidly spread to the hotel, he said."

2016-07-01 - Man, 76, burns to death when car ignites at his home in coastal Tiverton (Rhode Island):

2016-07-01 - Clothing ignites and burns 68-year-old woman to death in Kodimbala (India):

Category: Aircraft Incidents

2016-07-02 - Firefighting plane crashes near Lake Baikal in Siberia (Russia), all 10 aboard killed:

2016-07-02 - Small plane crashes into Lake Travis (Texas), engine failure:

2016-07-02 - Small plane crash-lands in field in Laurel (Delaware), engine failure:

2016-07-02 - Small plane crash-lands at airport in Red Hook (New York):

2016-07-02 - Small plane lands, runs off runway, hits sign, at airport in Pembroke Pines (Florida), near the coast:

2016-07-02 - Small plane crashes into trees in Rockingham County (Virginia), 1 injured:

2016-07-02 - Small plane makes emergency landing in field near Lake Charles in Jefferson Davis Parish (Louisiana):

2016-07-02 - Small plane crashes at airstrip near Indus, Alberta (Canada), 1 lightly injured:

2016-07-02 - Small plane crashes and burns near Persani in Transylvania (Romania), 2 killed:

2016-07-02 - Small plane crashes near Tehran (Iran), 1 killed, 1 injured:

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-07-03 - Tractor bursts into flame and burns 88-year-old woman to death near Brooks, Alberta (Canada):

Quote: "RCMP say they were called to a rural home near Brooks on Sunday afternoon. They say Mary-Jane Wickert had been driving the tractor and received burns to most of her body. The senior was taken to a hospital in Brooks then flown by air ambulance to the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary, where she later died. It is unclear what started the fire."

Note: This is the 1198th tractor/tanker/semi to burn in 2016...

2016-07-03 - RV bursts into flame and burns woman to death at I-75 overpass in Perry (Georgia):

Note: This is the 266th RV to burn in 2016...

2016-07-03 - Camper-van bursts into flame and burns child to death at home in coastal Stokkseyri (Iceland):

Quote: "A four-year-old boy died in a fire which occurred in a camper van parked outside a home in Stokkseyri, South Iceland on Saturday."

2016-07-03 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire at 10 PM, eight scrap vehicles burn, on Goose House Lane in Darwen (Britain):

2016-07-03 - Recycling center erupts in flame in Holyoke (Massachusetts):

2016-07-03 - Recycling center hit by mulch fire in West Hartford (Connecticut):

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-07-04 - Man, 18 to 30, found on fire and dead before 7 AM at strip mall in Pembroke Pines (Florida), near the coast:

Quote: "Foul play is not suspected after a man's burnt corpse was discovered Monday along one of Pembroke Pines' busiest thoroughfares, police said."

2016-07-04 - Wildfire grows to 185 square miles near Reno (Nevada):

Quote: "A wind-whipped brush fire that has consumed more than 185 square miles of rangeland in north-central Nevada burned within a few hundred yards of ranch homes on Monday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or structure damage."

2016-07-04 - Jet ski explodes and burns, throws woman into the water, at Coldwater Lake (Michigan), 1 injured:

Note: The last jet ski to explode was waaaay back in...the day prior, when a jet ski exploded and burned on the Severn River near Severna Park (Maryland), injuring a man, mentioned in the 2016-07-03 update...

2016-07-04 - Pallets found burning in vacant post office in Chicago (Illinois), near Lake Michigan:

Quote: "The 15th floor wood pallets of the vacant building at 433 W. Van Buren Street caught fire, officials say."

2016-07-04 - Pallets and plastic go up in flames at 11:44 PM in Halesfield, Telford (Britain):

Quote: "Large quantity of pallets and waste plastics burning out of control."

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-07-05 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, makes emergency landing at airport in Mason City (Iowa):

Quote: "Mason City Fire Chief Doug Janssen says the emergency call from the plane reported smoke in the cockpit."

Note: This is the 71st aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2016...

2016-07-05 - Fire station destroyed by fire in Great Cacapon (West Virginia):

Quote: "The Great Cacapon Volunteer Fire Company Station was engulfed in flames at around noon causing the building's roof to collapse. Firefighters were able to save two fire trucks, but the rest of the volunteer fire department’s apparatus and all of the firefighters’ gear were lost in the fire."

Note: Near the Potomac River. Here's a Google Maps link of the area...

2016-07-05 - Used car businesses heavily damaged by fire at 3 AM on Sweeten Creek Road in Asheville (North Carolina):

2016-07-05 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire in Corvallis (Oregon):

2016-07-05 - Recycling center damaged by fire in Guelph (Canada):

2016-07-05 - Recycling center hit by fire, 10 tons of paper/cardboard burn, on Brunel Road in coastal Newton Abbot (Britain):

2016-07-05 - In separate incidents, van and car burst into flame on the M25 in Surrey (Britain):

Quote: "A car set on fire on the M25 during Tuesday's drive home (July 5)."

Quote: "It's not the first vehicle fire the Surrey crews have put out on the M25 today. A van set alight between junction 8 and 9 shortly before 3pm."

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-07-06 - Petrochemical facility heavily damaged by explosion(s) and fire in coastal Mahshahr (Iran):

2016-07-06 - Car showroom hit by fire at 2 AM, dozens of cars burn, in coastal Glasgow (Scotland):

Quote: "Up to 50 cars have been destroyed after a major fire at a garage in the Tradeston area of Glasgow. The blaze occurred at a building containing 40 to 50 cars in Clyde Place at about 02:30 on Wednesday."

2016-07-06 - Around 50 golf carts and clubhouse destroyed by fire at 1 AM at golf course in Thetford Township (Michigan):

2016-07-06 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in coastal Washington DC:

2016-07-06 - Underground electrical fire hits coastal Queens (New York):

2016-07-06 - Transformer bursts into flame in basement at the Brooklyn Museum in coastal Brooklyn (New York):

2016-07-06 - Apartment building under construction destroyed by massive fire at 2:45 AM in coastal Emeryville (California):

Quote: "A huge fire consumed an apartment building under construction in the San Francisco Bay Area early Wednesday, shooting flames in the air and forcing people to flee as it spread and damaged or destroyed at least five nearby townhomes."

Quote: "As the blaze engulfed the unfinished 105-unit building on the 3800 block of San Pablo Avenue, flames spread to a nearby auto repair shop, prompting the evacuation of townhouses and destroying two trucks parked on a street."

Quote: "Four townhouse units and the auto shop were destroyed, including 12 cars parked at the shop, a fire official said."

Note: Also see the car and auto shop that went up in flames before 6 AM about 15 miles away in nearby Union City on this day...

2016-07-06 - Charred corpse found at 6:20 AM at La Grange Park in Rochester (New York), 8th charred corpse this year in the area:

Quote: "It's the second incident involving a burned body in the Rochester region this week. State police said a passerby spotted a burning body Monday night on the side of Lacey Road in Caledonia, Livingston County."

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-07-07 - Mysterious explosions continue to alarm people in Alhambra (California), near the coast:

2016-07-07 - Damage from wildfires in Alberta (Canada) estimated at around $2.76 billion:

Quote: "Canada's national insurance bureau says insured damage caused by raging wildfires that burned for nearly two months in the country's oil sands region has totaled $2.76 billion (CA$3.58 billion). That's the most expensive disaster for insurers in the country's history."

2016-07-07 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire in the wee hours, building destroyed, in Hudson (Florida), near the coast:

2016-07-07 - Eight cars go up in flames, six destroyed, while parked at car dealership in Green Brook (New Jersey):

Note: Pretty near the coast. Here's a Google Maps link of the area...

2016-07-07 - Hydroelectric plant damaged by fire on the Niagara River in Lewiston (New York):

2016-07-07 - Underground electrical fire knocks out power in parts of downtown St. Louis (Missouri), near the Mississippi River:

Quote: "A similar incident happened last week after a new transformer had to be installed after being damaged during an underground explosion. This incident happened one block from the current fire."

Note: Dodging blackouts here!

2016-07-07 - Underground electrical explosion and fire blows manhole cover off in coastal Queens (New York):

Note: There was another underground electrical fire in Queens the day before too, mentioned in the 2016-07-06 update...

2016-07-07 - Transformer bursts into flame at 12:30 AM near Domino's in Houma (Louisiana):

Category: Variety Pack

2016-07-08 - Sewery sulfury odor blankets large areas in coastal Christchurch (New Zealand):

Quote: "Local residents said there was an unpleasant smell in the neighbourhood. One resident said it smelt like 'sulphur', while another said it was more like sewerage."

Quote: "By Saturday evening, Council staff were no closer to locating the source of the odour. 'They have found no burst mains and nothing obvious.'"

Note: They closed the comments so apparently they don't want people talking about this...

2016-07-08 - Woman found dead shortly before 4 AM in burning RV in coastal Long Beach (California):

Note: This is the 276th RV to burn in 2016. The last person to burn to death in an RV was waaaay back on July 3, when a woman burned to death at an I-75 overpass in Perry (Georgia), mentioned in the 2016-07-03 update...

2016-07-08 - Large pile of metal goes up in flames near junkyard and recycling center in coastal Jacksonville (Florida):

Quote: "A large plume of smoke has formed over Lane Avenue in Northwest Jacksonville as firefighters battle a pile of metal on fire Friday evening."

2016-07-08 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, scrap metal burns, in San Antonio (Texas):

Quote: "The fire appears to have sparked from a pile of scrap metal located at CMC Recycling in the 700 block of Probandt around 1:30 p.m."

2016-07-08 - Auto salvage yard hit by huge fire, vehicles, semi trailers, RV trailers, pallets and more burn, in Salt Lake City (Utah):

Quote: "The fire, first reported a few minutes after noon, sent huge plumes of smoke into the sky as it burned buildings, pallets, vehicles, tires and other materials at Rio's Auto Recycling, a commercial storage yard at 4385 W. 700 South, fire officials said."

Note: From the full hypothesis: "Metal-related businesses will be hit hard, including salvage yards and metal recycling centers."

2016-07-08 - Recycling center erupts in flame, fire gets big, in coastal Newark (California):

Quote: "Crews responded to the blaze at AHG Recycling in the 6500 block of Smith Avenue around 3:45 p.m. Once on scene they found an outdoor fire burning palletized recycling materials."

Note: This area is about 30 miles from the gigantic fire that just destroyed a big apartment complex under construction, an auto shop, some cars and some homes in Emeryville, mentioned in the 2016-07-06 update...

2016-07-08 - Underground transformer explodes and burns in subway in coastal Manhattan (New York):

Quote: "A transformer exploded and caused a fire in the 2nd Avenue subway tunnel Friday afternoon in Manhattan, according to the city fire department, but no one was injured."

2016-07-08 - Underground electrical explosion and fire hits carpark on Station Road in Pershore (Britain), near the River Avon:

Category: Aircraft Incidents

2016-07-09 - At least nine people sicken on passenger plane, plane diverts to Tulsa (Oklahoma):

Quote: "Delta Airlines flight 1817 was traveling to Denver from Atlanta on Saturday when it diverted to Tulsa at about 3 p.m. after the passengers apparently became ill at the same time."

Quote: "Bruer says another passenger was taken to a hospital for unrelated medical issues."

Note: So they detected elevated levels of carbon monoxide in these people. Ya know, I don't doubt that. In October 2012, in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania), an entire neighborhood's carbon monoxide alarms went off inside a bunch of homes, and when responders showed up, the carbon monoxide levels were higher OUTSIDE the homes than they were INSIDE, meaning that that cloud of carbon monoxide blew in from the atmosphere, mentioned in the 2012-10-31 update.

So, let's take a step back and look at things. First off, the life that produces oxygen has been steadily dying, and that life (particularly phytoplankton in the oceans) has been dying faster than oxygen-consuming life (like us). So that means the atmospheric oxygen levels are unbalanced, with more being consumed than is being produced. Naturally, over time this leads to a reduction in oxygen in the atmosphere and also the oceans, and the oceans have been hit with a rising number of low-oxygen 'dead zones' in recent years.

At the same time, methane and hydrogen sulfide are entering the atmosphere, both highly flammable gases. All the neighborhood-shaking 'mystery booms' around the world in recent years, sometimes accompanied by a 'flash of light' and/or a 'sulfur smell' - those explosions are methane and/or hydrogen sulfide in the atmosphere igniting and exploding, or just burning off in 'flash fires'. These fires and explosions consume oxygen too, driving oxygen levels ever lower, as do all the humongous fires burning across the planet.

Back to carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is created by the incomplete burning of other gases, particularly in low-oxygen environments. So as more methane and hydrogen sulfide burns off in the atmosphere, and as the atmosphere itself loses oxygen content due to fires and the dying of oxygen-producing life, more carbon monoxide is being produced. There's no real upper limit on how bad just this one sub-problem will get, or at least the upper limit is so far beyond what the human race can survive that it doesn't matter.

So what we've got is an escalating three-gas contamination problem with the atmosphere, and three ways to die too. Hydrogen sulfide (which is water-soluble and contaminates water and also adsorbs onto matter) will tend to kill you with straight-up hardcore poisoning. Methane will be more apt to cause explosions and fires and burn you to death. And as time goes on and carbon monoxide spreads throughout the atmosphere, that will tend to kill you with chemical suffocation. So we're basically playing Death Lottery now with each day that passes. Who dies from poisoning, who gets burned to death, and who gets chemically suffocated by carbon monoxide, and also who dies from more indirect causes (people losing consciousness while driving and crashing being one example).

2016-07-09 - Passenger plane makes emergency landing at airport in Windsor Locks (Connecticut), 'mechanical issue':

2016-07-09 - Small plane crashes onto roof of business near Baltimore (Ohio), 1 injured:

2016-07-09 - Small plane lands then flips over at airport near the Fox River in Sheridan (Illinois), 1 injured:

2016-07-09 - Small plane crashes near runway in Deer Park (Washington), 1 injured:

2016-07-09 - Small plane crashes at Cushing Field near Newark (Illinois), 1 injured:

2016-07-09 - Small plane crashes into trees in coastal Tubay (Philippine Islands), 1 injured:

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-07-10 - Mysterious explosion and smoke alarms people in and around Bald Knob (Kentucky):

2016-07-10 - Underground fire erupts shortly before midnight in Grand Rapids (Michigan):

2016-07-10 - Scrap metal yard erupts in flame in Denver (Colorado):

2016-07-10 - California facing most volatile fire season in over 100 years, fire chief says:

2016-07-10 - Clubhouse destroyed by fire at 12:25 AM at golf course in coastal Baddeck (Canada), nobody there:

Note: Here's a Google Maps link of the area...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-07-11 - Person's charred corpse found near the Colorado River near Laughlin (Nevada):

Quote: "The discovery was reported to police around 5:10 p.m. The body was found south of Laughlin and west of Needles Highway, where the white gas line crosses the river."

Note: A pickup truck just burst into flame at the Laughlin Outlet Mall in Laughlin too, mentioned in the 2016-07-10 update...

2016-07-11 - Woman's charred corpse found at Altona Beach Esplanade in coastal Melbourne (Australia):

Quote: "One resident, Tim, said it was a surprise to hear a woman had died in such a public place. 'It's pretty shocking - it's a very busy area,' he told AAP."

Quote: "Police said her death would be investigated by local detectives after the results of a post mortem indicated it was not suspicious."

Note: Some methane and/or hydrogen sulfide blows off of the ocean and hits you, then a cig, a cellphone, or some static electricity and whoosh, you go up in flames. This sounds similar to the woman who burst into flame while sitting on a seaside park bench in coastal Flensburg (Germany), mentioned in the 2015-11-05 update...

2016-07-11 - Passenger plane hit by smoke and 'engine blowout', plane returns to Paris (France):

Quote: "A few minutes after takeoff, passengers heard a loud pop and some said they smelled smoke. Later, the air conditioning and some power inside the cabin stopped working. Soon after, the crew announced the plane would return to the airport and attempt a normal landing."

2016-07-11 - C-130 cargo plane bursts into flame at takeoff then crashes, in coastal Montijo (Portugal), 3+ killed:

Quote: "A Lockheed C-130 Hercules airplane has caught fire and crashed at the Montijo military base in Portugal. At least three people were killed in the accident, while the condition of three more crewmembers is being verified, local media report. The four-engine military transport aircraft caught fire during take-off on Monday, Portugal's RTP broadcaster reported."

Quote: "The four-engine military transport aircraft caught fire during take-off on Monday, Portugal's RTP broadcaster reported."

Quote: "The incident happened shortly after take off at around 12.20pm when reports say a fire broke out on board..."

Note: Here's a Google Maps link of the area. These are the 72nd and 73rd aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2016...

2016-07-11 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame in Chicago (Illinois), near the Calumet River:

Quote: "The Chicago Fire Department is responding to a hazardous materials fire at a scrap yard on the city's Southeast Side near the Calumet River. Fire officials said black smoke from the burning plastics, metals, tires and petroleum in the 3000-block of E. 106th Street can be seen from high above in the Loop and along the Indiana lakeshore."

2016-07-11 - Auto salvage business and vehicles destroyed by fire next to landfill in Manassas (Virginia):

2016-07-11 - Landfill erupts in flame in Tucson (Arizona):

2016-07-11 - Recycling plant hit by fire at 4:06 AM, pile of debris burns, in coastal San Jose (California):

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-07-12 - Man found dead at site of small fire in coastal Newport (Rhode Island):

2016-07-12 - Man burns to death in burning pickup truck in Calgary (Canada):

2016-07-12 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing at airport in coastal London (Britain):

Quote: "American Airline flight AA105 declared an emergency while still flying over England, and diverted its course to head back to London’s Heathrow Airport. The emergency was reportedly caused by smoke being seen in the cockpit. The emergency was declared around 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time while American Airlines flight 105 was near the town of Swindon, England."

2016-07-12 - Small plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing at airport in Plattsburgh (New York):

Quote: "An airport spokesman said a Cessna reported smoke in the cockpit before 3 p.m. Tuesday."

Note: These are the 74th and 75th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2016...

2016-07-12 - Underground electrical explosion and fire occurs at 1 AM near courthouse in Cincinnati (Ohio):

2016-07-12 - Underground electrical fire blows manhole covers off in Durham (North Carolina):

2016-07-12 - Lexus dealership heavily damaged by fire just after 7 AM, luxury cars burn, in coastal Townsville (Australia):

Quote: "Luxury cars and two showrooms have been destroyed in a wild fire this morning that is expected to rack up a multi-million dollar damage bill."

Quote: "Multiple luxury cars have been destroyed after a luxury car dealership in the centre of Townsville caught fire this morning, sparking the evacuation of nearly 100 surrounding businesses and closing streets."

2016-07-12 - Trucking business heavily damaged by fire near Farmington (Missouri):

Quote: "Fire department personnel and equipment from Lake Timberline to Cherokee Pass were dispatched to assist with a fire that damaged TAG Truck Center on Tuesday evening. The fire was reported around 7 p.m. as fire and heavy smoke quickly raged through the truck service and sales center located just off U.S. 67 on the southern edge of Farmington."

Quote: "TAG Truck Center provides sales and service for large trucks and trailers, and lubricants and other fluids and parts used to keep them in service."

2016-07-12 - Seven garbage trucks destroyed by fire before 2 AM while parked at business in Hendricks County (Indiana):

Quote: "In total, the fire destroyed seven trucks."

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-07-13 - Woman, 49, burns to death when RV trailer bursts into flame in Conemaugh Township (Pennsylvania):

2016-07-13 - Man, 35, burns to death at 2:10 AM in alley in Fort Wayne (Indiana):

2016-07-13 - Western states see wave of recycling facility fires this summer:

2016-07-13 - Metal recycling center erupts in flame near Aulander (North Carolina):

Quote: "The business on Highway 11 just outside of Aulander, recycles metal, car seats and other items."

2016-07-13 - Recycling center hit by fire in Bakersfield (California):

2016-07-13 - Recycling center hit by fire just after 11 PM in Fresno (California):

2016-07-13 - Tire recycling hit by fire just before 11 PM, fire gets huge, near Docks Road in coastal Port Talbot (Britain):

2016-07-13 - Landfill erupts in flame near Kyiv (Ukraine):

2016-07-13 - Firefighter's car bursts into flame while parked at fire station in Wellington (Canada):

Quote: "As Wellington firefighters were off battling a blaze in Mont Carmel Wednesday night a car caught fire in their station’s parking lot and their comrades from Miscouche had to put it out. The car belonged to one of the Wellington volunteers."

Note: Wellington is on the shore of Prince Edward Island in Lake Ontario...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-07-14 - Mysterious explosion shakes homes and alarms people in Ramsey (Britain):

2016-07-14 - Person found burned to death in burning car just before midnight on Route 447 near Nixon (Nevada):

2016-07-14 - Electrical substation rocked by explosion, utility pole ignites too, on the North Shore in coastal Auckland (New Zealand):

2016-07-14 - Truck bursts into flame on bridge over the River Seine in Paris (France):

Quote: "A truck carrying fireworks caught fire next to the Eiffel Tower in Paris just as an attack killed as many as 73 Bastille Day revelers in the French Riviera capital of Nice. The blaze in Paris ignited at the Pont d'IĆ©na bridge over the River Seine due to a 'technical incident,' the Paris Police Prefecture announced on Twitter Thursday night."

2016-07-14 - In separate incidents, pickup truck and car burst into flames on highways near Woodland (California):

Quote: "Vehicle fires snarled traffic on Interstate 5 and Interstate 205 on Thursday afternoon, the first burning a sedan just south of the northbound Interstate 5 exit to Woodland. Starting around 2:30 p.m., a burning 2000 Dodge Intrepid and emergency responders blocked the right and center lanes. No one was hurt, Washington State Trooper Will Finn said."

2016-07-14 - Dish towels burst into flame at 1:03 AM at hotel in Salisbury (Maryland):

Quote: "The 1:03 a.m. fire triggered an automatic fire alarm and the hotel’s sprinkler system. The fire was caused by spontaneous combustion of dish towels in a kitchen storage area."

Note: If dish towels can spontaneously combust then so can clothes, which surely explains at least some of the people who've mysteriously burst into flame (but not including the people burning to death when their vehicles burst into flame)...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-07-15 - Man found burned to death in burning car in Youngstown (Ohio):

Quote: "Police said a neighbor driving by Friday afternoon noticed someone who appeared to be passed out in the car. When she returned an hour later, she told them the car was on fire. The Youngstown Fire Department was called to put out the fire and when firefighters arrived, they found a deceased person in the driver’s seat of the car. 'There was no obvious signs of trauma but the damage was extensive due to the fire.'"

Quote: "Police said there were no obvious signs of arson at the scene."

2016-07-15 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane diverts to coastal Hilo (Hawaii):

Quote: "Passengers diverted to Hilo on Friday morning when smoke was briefly detected in the cabin of their Hawaiian Airlines flight from Sacramento, Calif., to Honolulu were unanimous in their praise of the flight crew’s handling of the potential emergency."

Note: This is the 76th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2016...

2016-07-15 - Underground electrical explosion and fire ignites parked minivan in coastal Brooklyn (New York):

Quote: "There were terrifying moments in Brooklyn when a parked car suddenly caught fire. The flames are believed to have been sparked by a manhole at about 1:15 p.m. As CBS2’s Steve Langford reported, a minivan engulfed in flames was an ominous sight on 47th Street near 13th Ave on Friday afternoon."

2016-07-15 - Underground electrical fire hits coastal Washington DC, 5000+ homes go dark:

2016-07-15 - Underground electrical explosion blows manhole off in Harper Woods area of Detroit (Michigan), blackouts ensue:

2016-07-15 - Two garbage trucks destroyed by fire at 2 AM while parked at business in Verdigris (Oklahoma):

Note: Seven garbage trucks were just destroyed by fire before 2 AM while parked at a business in Hendricks County (Indiana) too, mentioned in the 2016-07-12 update...

Category: Aircraft Incidents

2016-07-16 - EgyptAir passenger plane was on fire before it crashed into the Mediterranean Sea:'fire'-before-fatal-crash/7635572

2016-07-16 - Small plane crashes and burns near Hogan Airport near Esperance (New York), 3 killed, 1 injured:

2016-07-16 - Small plane crashes into woods in Westwood (Massachusetts), 2 injured:

2016-07-16 - Small plane crashes into field in Longmont (Colorado), engine failure, 1 lightly injured:

2016-07-16 - Small plane crashes near Beaumont (Kansas), 1 lightly injured:

2016-07-16 - Small plane crashes at Whidbey Airpark on coastal Whidbey Island (Washington), 1 injured:

2016-07-16 - Small plane crashes into tree in Edenbridge, Kent (Britain):

Category: Aircraft Incidents

2016-07-17 - Passenger plane makes emergency landing, blows eight tires, at airport in coastal Tokyo (Japan):

Note: That's not the record for most blown tires in a landing. In September of 2012, a passenger plane blew 14 tires (out of 18) while landing in coastal Anchorage (Alaska), mentioned in the 2012-09-11 update...

2016-07-17 - Plane carrying Boris Johnson makes emergency landing at airport in Luton (Britain):

2016-07-17 - Small plane crashes near County Road 3450 in St. James (Missouri), 2 injured:

2016-07-17 - Small plane crash-lands at airport in Minden (Nevada), landing gear problem, 2 lightly injured:

2016-07-17 - Small plane crashes at Pemberton Airport (New Jersey), 1 injured:

2016-07-17 - Small plane crashes in coastal Bridport in Tasmania (Australia), engine failure, 1 injured:

2016-07-17 - Small plane crashes at air show in Cold Lake, Alberta (Canada), 1 killed:

2016-07-17 - Helicopter crashes at air show at RAF Breighton (Britain), 5 injured:

2016-07-17 - Helicopter crashes north of Hawker (Australia), 3 injured:

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-07-18 - Woman in her 60s found on fire at 7:20 AM on street, burns to death, in coastal Rye (Australia):

Quote: "Police are investigating the death of a woman who was found on fire on a street in Rye on Monday morning. A passer-by discovered the person near the intersection of Peter and Betty St and extinguished the flames. Emergency services were called to the scene about 7.20 am."

Quote: "While police are still working through the exact circumstances, at this time the death in Rye is being treated as non-suspicious..."

Note: Here's a Google Maps link of the area. A woman just burned to death at the Altona Beach Esplanade in coastal Melbourne (Australia) too, mentioned in the 2016-07-11 update, nothing suspicious about that either. Well, hopefully people won't mind burning to death unsuspiciously, because that's obviously becoming more common. Also, looks like women may be in somewhat more danger of bursting into flame and burning to death than men because of the obvious reason: clothes are becoming contaminated and women wear more clothes than men...

2016-07-18 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane returns to airport in coastal Charleston (South Carolina):

Quote: "A JetBlue flight leaving Charleston International Airport Monday had to make a u-turn after the crew noticed smoke in the cabin."

Note: This is the 77th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2016...

2016-07-18 - Scores of city-sized Siberian wildfires spew 2,500-mile-long plume of smoke over the Northern Hemisphere:

Quote: "The vast boreal forests are lighting off like climate-change-enhanced natural fireworks. The tundra and permafrost lands — some of them frozen for hundreds of thousands to millions of years — are thawing and igniting."

2016-07-18 - Underground electrical fire evacuates shopping center in Levittown (Pennsylvania):

2016-07-18 - Underground electrical explosion and fire blacks out homes near Gheluvelt Park in Worcester (Britain):

2016-07-18 - Underground electrical explosion and fire breaks out at 7:36 AM in Newark (Britain):

Quote: "An off-duty firefighter had to call his on-duty colleagues when he heard a bang and saw smoke pouring out of a manhole. Crew manager Mr Darren Charters, of Newark Fire Station, was walking his dog on Cleveland Square, Newark, at 7.36am on Monday."

2016-07-18 - Transformer bursts into flame, ignites auto salvage yard, fire gets huge, in Phoenix (Arizona):

2016-07-18 - Electrical substation erupts in flame in coastal Sharjah (UAE), some warehouses burn separately too:

Quote: "Also on Monday, a massive fire erupted in warehouses and shops in Industrial Area 4 in Sharjah."

2016-07-18 - Landfill erupts in flame at 11 PM, 10,000 tons of rubbish burns, in Wareham (Britain), near the coast:

2016-07-18 - Sewage station explodes, huge wave of liquid crap hits luxury apartments in Manaus (Brazil), near the Amazon River:

Quote: "The friends were apparently socialising at a luxury apartment complex in Manaus, Brazil, at the time. But the development's recreational area backed on to a local sewage station, which exploded, unleashing the flood."

Note: That was a bunch of sh#t!

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-07-19 - Mysterious explosions continue to alarm people in Sonora (California), near New Melones Lake:

Quote: "A mystery 'boom' has the small town of Sonora looking to the sky. The noise can often be heard weekdays during the summer months from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It’s a big mystery."

2016-07-19 - Passenger plane hit by smoke before 6 AM at airport in coastal Newark (New Jersey):

Quote: "United Airlines Flight 1550 was scheduled to depart just after 6 a.m. Tuesday. When light smoke was spotted coming from the rear, the plane was pulled by Port Authority officials for examination."

Note: Also see the massive fire that consumed a steel container business at 12:30 AM in Newark on this day. This is the 78th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2016...

2016-07-19 - Underground electrical fire blacks out part of the Kingsbridge area in coastal Bronx (New York):

2016-07-19 - Utility pole bursts into flame near apartments in Visalia (California):

2016-07-19 - Landfill erupts in flame near Niagara Falls (New York):

2016-07-19 - Brush fire breaks out near reservoir in Hollywood Hills (California):

Quote: "The blaze that broke out shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday near the Hollywood Reservoir."

2016-07-19 - Steel business destroyed by massive blaze at 12:30 AM in coastal Newark (New Jersey):

Quote: "Onlookers watched as Kearny Steel Container, a packaging business, burned away into a charred shell."

Quote: "Fire quickly spread to an adjacent building, trailers and cars parked outside. A transformer explosion ignited a third building."

Category: Other Stories Of Interest

2016-07-20 - Ground trembling and spewing methane on Bely Island in Siberia (Russia):

Quote: "This extraordinary sight - in a video filmed of the tundra on remote Belyy Island in the Kara Sea off the Yamal Peninsula coastline - was witnessed by a scientific research expedition. Researchers Alexander Sokolov and Dorothee Ehrich spotted 15 patches of trembling or bubbling grass-covered ground. When punctured they emitted methane and carbon dioxide, according to measurements, although so far no details have been given. The reason is as yet unclear, but one possible explanation of the phenomenon is abnormal heat that caused permafrost to thaw, releasing gases."

Note: Okay, now that's ominous...

2016-07-20 - Signs of impending volcanic super-eruptions become evident less than a year before eruption:

2016-07-20 - Volcano Gamalama rumbling and showing signs of activity on Ternate Island (Indonesia):

2016-07-20 - Magnitude 6.0 earthquake strikes in the ocean near Vanuatu:

2016-07-20 - South Bay earthquake swarm continues near Hollister (California):

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-07-21 - Car bursts into flame just before midnight and kills 32-year-old woman at rest stop in Yakima County (Washington):

Quote: "It appears that Sarah E. Mortenson was driving through the parking lot of the Selah Creek Rest Area, about 6 miles northeast of Selah, around midnight when her 2014 Honda Civic caught on fire, according to WSP Lt. Kiley Conaway. The car struck a fence near the rest stop’s truck parking lot and became engulfed in flames, the state patrol said. Mortenson was pronounced dead at the scene."

2016-07-21 - Fish plant destroyed by massive inferno in coastal Norman's Cove-Long Cove (Canada):

2016-07-21 - Underground electrical fire spews flames from the ground in coastal Dundee (Scotland):

Quote: "There were flames coming up out of the ground and going really high. I was really scared."

2016-07-21 - Transformer bursts into flame at substation in North Liberty (Indiana):

2016-07-21 - Transformer bursts into flame on utility pole in Hackensack (New Jersey), 1000 homes go dark:

2016-07-21 - Transformer bursts into flame at hospital in Haywards Heath (Britain):

2016-07-21 - Refrigerator explodes and burns in home in coastal Thiruvananthapuram (India), 3 killed:

2016-07-21 - Landfill erupts in flame in Livermore (California), second fire in a week:

2016-07-21 - Car bursts into flame on street, driver pulls into driveway, fire rips through two homes, in Paterson (New Jersey):

Note: Wasn't his house, but his car was on fire so he had to pull over. Whew, nearly 30 people homeless because of this car fire...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-07-22 - Passenger plane bursts into flame, plane makes emergency landing in Shenyang (China):

Quote: "An airliner operated by North Korea's flag carrier caught fire and made an emergency landing in northeastern China on Friday, an airport police official said. The Air Koryo flight was en route from the North Korean capital of Pyongyang to Beijing when it made the unscheduled stop in the Chinese city of Shenyang, the Xinhua News Agency said, citing a passenger on board the plane."

Note: This is the 79th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2016...

2016-07-22 - Wildfires raging in Russia destroying millions of hectares of pristine Boreal forests:

Quote: "Russia's practice of leaving massive wildfires to burn out of control in sprawling stretches of Siberia puts at risk a key global resource for absorbing climate-warming emissions: its trees. The blazes are consuming millions of hectares of pristine Boreal forests in Russia, which are second only to the world's tropical jungles in capturing planet-warming carbon emissions."

2016-07-22 - Underground electrical fire blacks out part of Palm Springs (California):

Quote: "At about 10:15 a.m., a vault fire was reported in the area of E. Tahquitz Canyon Way and S. Indian Canyon Drive causing 212 customers to lose their power, So Cal Edison spokeswoman Mary Ann Milbourn said."

2016-07-22 - Underground electrical fire hits coastal Cape Cod (Massachusetts):

2016-07-22 - Underground electrical explosion and fire hits Leighton Buzzard (Britain):

2016-07-22 - Electrical substation damaged by explosion in Tralee (Ireland), near the coast, 50,000 homes go dark:

2016-07-22 - In separate incidents, within an hour, car bursts into flame while being driven, and parked car bursts into flame at hospital, in coastal Vallejo (California):

Quote: "The first vehicle fire happened at 2:40 p.m. on the westbound on-ramp near the intersection of interstates 780 and 80. After multiple calls were received, responders located a Volkswagen Beetle that was totally involved with flames spewing out of the engine compartment."

Quote: "Nearly an hour later, another car fire was reported at a different spot in town. Witnesses called in at approximately 3:30 p.m. that an unoccupied Nissan Maxima or Sentra was on fire in the Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center parking lot."

Quote: "In previous reports from the Times-Herald, acting Vallejo Fire Department Battalion Chief Morty said the city has recently seen a 'rash of car fires.' Morty commented firefighters responded to at least six car fires from July 5 until July 14."

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-07-23 - Wildfire grows to 20,000 acres in Santa Clarita (California), evacuations ensue:

2016-07-23 - Pallet yard erupts in flame, fire gets huge, in coastal Los Angeles (California):$5-million-in-material-destroyed-in-fire-at-la-textile-business/1440362/

Quote: "The fire was reported just before 7 p.m. first at a pallet yard on South Ceres Avenue and it quickly spread to six commercial buildings, including one that was fully involved in flames and considered a total loss. The buildings are for a textile business. The owner of the textile business said he had about $5 million in merchandise and material in his warehouse when it went up in flames."

2016-07-23 - Pallet business, trucks and forklifts destroyed by massive fire at 1:30 AM in Harris County (Texas):

Quote: "Propane tanks exploded as more than 10,000 wooden pallets fueled the fire. Esbeydi Cedilla of Guys Pallet Company says the company also lost trucks, forklifts, and a mobile home where an employee named Luis lived."

Quote: "A neighboring car lot also lost several vehicles in the fire."

2016-07-23 - Pallet plant damaged by fire in Wichita (Kansas):

Quote: "Crews were call at about 1:15 p.m. to the Western Industries pallet plant. The building used to house a Rainbow Bakery Shop and is located just off Southeast Boulevard near I-135. Arriving firefighters found heavy smoke and growing flames in a dumpster, on pallets and on the outside of the garage door in the back of the building."

2016-07-23 - Tractor trailers, forklifts and pallet business destroyed by huge fire in Modesto (California):

Quote: "Fire crews were still putting out hotspots Sunday afternoon. Seven vehicles at Pedro's were ruined including fork lifts and semi trucks."

Quote: "Fifty thousand wood pallets were burning at Pedro's Pallets, according to Ceres Fire Battalion Chief Richard Scola. The flames spread to a car lot where 30 vehicles were damaged, a tire repair store where 150 tires caught on fire, a donut shop that just suffered smoke damage and motel storage building that's completely destroyed."

Note: Sure are a lot of pallet fires. Dunno how many semis they lost, so I'll just call it two, which makes these the 1354th and 1355th tractors/tankers/semis to burn in 2016...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-07-24 - Man found dead and on fire at 5:28 AM in the Montebello area in Denver (Colorado):

Quote: "Earlier, police said they aren’t looking for suspects. The body was found at around 5:30 a.m. at East Andrews Drive and Elgin Place."

2016-07-24 - Auto auction building and cars destroyed by fire near Hays (Kansas):

Quote: "According to an eyewitness, the fire was started by a vehicle that caught fire inside the building. 'We were driving out to Home Depot and saw some flames coming out of the garage,' said Travis Keller. 'It looked like a pickup or car was on fire.'"

Note: People still park cars at car auction businesses?! Er, waitasec...

2016-07-24 - Boat repair business and warehouse destroyed by massive fire in Keysville (Georgia):

Quote: "Burke County fire officials are investigating the cause of a large warehouse fire that happened Sunday morning. It happened around 10:00 a.m. at a boat repair shop in Keysville, Georgia on Hephzibah Keysville Road. The fire lasted several hours and destroyed the business."

2016-07-24 - Boat and RV storage facility hit by fire, six units and contents destroyed, in Anderson (California):

Quote: "A fire destroyed six storage units at the Anderson Mini Storage and Boat RV Storage on Saturday night. The fire was stopped in about an hour, but all the items inside the units were destroyed."

2016-07-24 - Landfill erupts in flame in King George (Virginia):

2016-07-24 - Landfill fire breaks out near coastal Liverpool, Nova Scotia (Canada):

2016-07-24 - Waste facility erupts in flame, fire gets big, in Thurlton (Britain):

2016-07-24 - Electrical substation erupts in flame in Winston-Salem (North Carolina), 14,000 homes go dark:

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-07-25 - Passenger plane engine bursts into flame, plane makes emergency landing at airport in Raleigh (North Carolina):

Quote: "A New York-bound passenger plane made an emergency landing at Raleigh-Durham International Airport Monday morning after a reported fire in an engine."

2016-07-25 - Small plane bursts into flame after landing at Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin (Pennsylvania), 1 killed:

Quote: "The Yak-11 propeller airplane caught fire after landing on Runway 28 at the airport at 9:45 a.m., the FAA said in a written statement. The pilot suffered burns to his body and face, and was taken to UPMC Mercy for treatment."

Quote: "A pilot who suffered burns to his body and face following an emergency last month at the Allegheny County Airport has succumbed to his injuries."

Note: These are the 80th and 81st aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2016...

2016-07-25 - California's costly wildfire season might never end:

2016-07-25 - Underground electrical explosion and fire hits Rolling Hills Estates (California), blackouts ensue:

2016-07-25 - Underground electrical explosion and fire hits Rochelle Park (New Jersey):

2016-07-25 - Truck business heavily damaged by huge fire in Worcester (Massachusetts):

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-07-26 - Ambulance bursts into flame and kills two people, injures two more, near coastal Kochi (India):

Quote: "Two persons, including a woman, were on Tuesday charred to death and two others injured when the ambulance van they were travelling in caught fire, about 30 km from Kochi, police said. The deceased have been identified as James (72), a patient, and his daughter Ambli (46), police said. The van, carrying James from Wayanad district to a private hospital at Kottayam, suddenly caught fire, police said."

2016-07-26 - Underground electrical explosion and fire blows manhole cover off in Duluth (Minnesota):

2016-07-26 - Underground electrical explosion and fire at 4:15 AM hits Barking (Britain):

Quote: "Firefighters say today’s underground town centre 'explosion' is unrelated to an explosion six days ago."

2016-07-26 - California declares state of emergency over two huge Los Angeles area wildfires:

Quote: "Acting California Gov. Tom Torlakson has now declared a state of emergency for both major wildfires burning in the state. The declaration issued Tuesday frees up state resources and temporarily sets aside regulations for the firefight and the recovery. The fire in Monterey County near Big Sur has burned 20 homes and is threatening a scenic stretch of coastline. The blaze in Los Angeles County destroyed 18 homes and killed one person."

2016-07-26 - Pallet business heavily damaged by fire near Ellsworth (Michigan):

Quote: "Part of Grand Traverse Pallet was destroyed after a fire tore through the south end of the building. Several departments responded, and put out the fire just after 12 p.m. Tuesday. Crews are continuing to put out hot spots. Grand Traverse Pallet is near Ellsworth, and stores wooden pallets."

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-07-27 - Passenger plane engine spews flames, plane makes emergency landing in Dallas (Texas):

Quote: "Flight 438 had just taken off when people on board reported a boom. Passengers then saw flames shooting from an engine of the Airbus 321 aircraft."

Quote: "The plane was powering up to cruising altitude, when suddenly flames started shooting from the left engine. 'They hit the thrusters and there was a huge boom and there were sparks coming out of the left side,' said Abbie, a mother traveling with her young son.  She says she tried to keep him comforted when there was obviously something very wrong with the plane."

Quote: "The flames could be seen by hundreds of people in Arlington, Grand Prairie and the mid-cities, who called police and fire departments to report the problem."

Note: This is the 82nd aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2016...

2016-07-27 - Passenger bus bursts into flame at 5:30 AM and kills 3 people, injures 9, near Hubballi (India):

Quote: "Hubballi, Jul 27: A private bus plying between Bengaluru and Hubballi caught fire suddenly and three people died as a consequence on Wednesday, July 27 morning."

Quote: "The bus had left Bengaluru last night carrying 15 passengers and was supposed to reach Hubballi at 6 am. But an hour before arrival time, it suddenly caught fire at Varur near here."

Note: This is the 509th bus to burn in 2016...

2016-07-27 - Wildfire grows to 42 square miles, destroys 34 homes, near the coast in the Big Sur area (California):

Quote: "The fire has burned for a week and is only 10 percent contained. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection estimated it will take until the end of August to extinguish it."

2016-07-27 - Underground electrical explosion and fire blacks out part of Manassas (Virginia):

2016-07-27 - Underground electrical explosion and fire hits Torrington (Connecticut), blackouts ensue:

2016-07-27 - Underground electrical fire at 6:59 AM hits Bromsgrove (Britain):

2016-07-27 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, dozens of scrap cars burn, in Fairfield (California):

Quote: "The owner of the yard said more than 100 cars were burned."

Quote: "Pat Geiskopf, of North Bay Towing, was in his truck shortly after the fire ignited around 2 p.m., and said 'nobody was back there when it started.'"

2016-07-27 - Pallet business goes up in flames in Lincoln (California):

Quote: "The fire broke out around 8 a.m. at Pallets Unlimited, 2390 Athens Ave., sending a thick column of smoke into the air. The blaze, which started in the pallets and spread to a structure, was contained Wednesday afternoon."

2016-07-27 - Pallet business goes up in flames in the wee hours in Zoetermeer (Netherlands), garden center burns separately:

Quote: "The fire in Zoetermeer started during the early hours of Wednesday morning in a pallet company on Galvanistraat. Firefighters managed to get the fire under control and prevent it from spreading to other buildings, but extinguishing it will still take several hours, according to the Haaglanden fire department."

Category: Aircraft Incidents

2016-07-28 - US Marine F/A-18C Hornet breaks apart and explodes into fireball mid-air near 29 Palms (California), 1 killed:

Quote: "According to a Marine who witnessed the crash, the F/A-18 was in a dive preparing to drop ordnance on a simulated target when the aircraft broke apart in mid-air and erupted into a fireball."

Note: This is the 83rd aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2016...

2016-07-28 - US surveillance plane makes emergency landing at airport in Khabarovsk (Russia), landing gear problem:

2016-07-28 - Small plane crashes near David City (Nebraska), 1 killed:

2016-07-28 - Small plane crashes near Holmen (Wisconsin), 1 killed:

2016-07-28 - Small plane crashes shortly after takeoff at airport in Fond du Lac (Wisconsin), 2 injured:

2016-07-28 - Small plane makes emergency belly landing at airport in Stevens Point (Wisconsin):

2016-07-28 - Small plane crash-lands at airport in Henderson (Nevada), engine failure:

2016-07-28 - Small plane crashes at Turweston Aerodrome in Brackley (Britain), 1 killed:

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-07-29 - Medical transport plane hit by smoke then crashes near coastal McKinleyville (California), 4 killed:

Quote: "The plane had lost contact with air traffic controllers early Friday after the pilot radioed there was smoke in the cockpit, officials said."

Quote: "Officials say the pilot reported smoke filling the cockpit and declared an emergency around 1 a.m."

Note: This is the 84th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2016...

2016-07-29 - Underground electrical fire hits Norristown (Pennsylvania):

2016-07-29 - Motorcycle dealership heavily damaged by fire at 12:45 AM in Lancaster (Texas):

2016-07-29 - World's largest sawdust dump burns in Irkutsk Region, Siberia (Russia), likely to burn for years:

2016-07-29 - Brush fire continues raging near the coast in the Big Sur area (California), 57 homes destroyed:

2016-07-29 - Wildfire burns near Meeks Cabin Reservoir (Utah/Wyomind), 140 homes threatened:

2016-07-29 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads, 5 homes destroyed, in SeaTac (Washington), near the coast:

Quote: "About 20 people were displaced when a car fire spread to at least five mobile homes in SeaTac Friday night, a fire official said. One person was slightly injured. Randy Droppert, the public information officer for Kent Fire, said it appeared that the fire in the 20400 block of International Boulevard started when a man came home from work, parked his work vehicle under a carport and then left in his private car. The work vehicle apparently caught fire, Droppert said, and then spread to multiple mobile homes."

Note: People still park vehicles next to their homes?! Well, that's just crrrrazy, unless you've got a hankerin' to be homeless or dead...

Category: Variety Pack

2016-07-30 - Sea life and coral dying off at marine sanctuary in the Gulf of Mexico near Galveston (Texas):

Quote: "Divers from the motor vessel Fling 'were stunned to find green, hazy water, huge patches of ugly white mats coating corals and sponges, and dead animals littering the bottom of the East Flower Garden Bank, a reef normally filled with color and marine life,' wrote Steve Gittings, chief scientist in NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries."

Quote: "The divers alerted researchers, who found 'unprecedented numbers of dying corals, sponges, sea urchins, brittle stars, clams and other invertebrates on large but separate patches of the reef,' the report said."

Note: Those ugly white mats sound very suspiciously like bacterial mats of the ancient anaerobic type that produce hydrogen sulfide, which would then immediately begin killing oxygen-using life, starting at the sea floor, which is where this is occurring...

2016-07-30 - Nine people found burned to death near Pemex pipelines in Cuitzeo (Mexico), near Cuitzeo Lake:

Quote: "Local media reported that the bodies were burnt, and eight were found inside of a charred pick-up truck while a ninth was found close by."

2016-07-30 - Hot air balloon hits power lines, ignites and crashes near Lockhart (Texas), 16 killed:

Quote: "It’s not clear what part of the balloon hit the lines, spokesman Robert Sumwalt said. It’s also unclear whether the fire that broke out on the balloon happened before or after the collision, Sumwalt said."

Note: So the fire could have begun before the crash. However it happened, this was the worst balloon disaster in US history and one of the worst balloon disasters in the world...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-07-31 - Car explodes and burns and kills couple at beach near coastal Durban (South Africa):

Quote: "A Chatsworth couple who had stopped on the South Coast to do a spot of fishing before visiting relatives, died when their car exploded at the weekend."

Quote: "When asked if there had been a fault with the car, Pillay said he did not believe so, as it was fairly new – two to three years old."

2016-07-31 - Dump truck bursts into flame and kills man at mine near Lumwana (Zambia):

Quote: "Meckson Kakompe died yesterday at around 17:30 hours after a dump truck he was driving caught fire. Mr Kakompe failed to come out of the truck as he failed to open the doors. He sustained burns and was rushed to Solwezi General Hospital where he was admitted and later died."

2016-07-31 - Underwater explosion scares people on ferry ship in coastal Marseille (France):

2016-07-31 - Electrical fire in tunnels disrupts train transit in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania):

2016-07-31 - Landfill hit by major fire in Glina (Croatia):

2016-07-31 - Recycling center erupts in flame on Ackworth Road in coastal Hilsea (Britain):


  1. Thanks Jonny - major day of doom here, eh?

    [Things should start getting completely ridiculous from now until the end of next year. Then it'll get worse.]

    Wednesday, 3 August 2016
    Fire near Hanford nuclear facility

    A fire next to a nuclear facility. Great!

    [more on the story you linked to above]

    Beyond the Tipping Point
    Human Extinction By 2030 -
    Beyond the Tipping Point by Joe Tyndall

    [8.5 min. video - good info]

    Greenland ice melt

    Deep-blue ponds and streams highlight melting on Greenland Ice Sheet

    [for background on the speaker in this next piece, see the reposts of 2 Nature Bats Last radio programs from Dec. 2015 @ seemorerocks today, with his commentary]

    Obama's 'emergency' powers
    I was alerted to this by Mark Austin on Facebook.

    "Congress passed the FEMA emergency for this Oct. HR11 for Obama to continue into a 3rd term.

    Everything is in place just in case elections must be limited or cancelled.

    LOOK at the actual laws and open plans & drills.

    No secret. On 11-1-16 none of this election show will matter if multi-national impact "event" is triggered.

    Many reasons to be prepared for the surprise"
    ---Mark Austin

    Will they make Trump and Putin "hacking" the DNC into an emergency?


    “Each dept has it's own plan so anyone of them could be used. Extensive work completed with Bioshield. The NAVY - DARPA sonic tests off the coast of Fla proved they could induce a 4.2 quake in an non-tectonic zone. The Blue Beam test videos we conducted in Vegas were very successful, so that program is exactly on track per the serious science videos I posted back in April on NBL. Big push to have all these various technologies ready for warfare & EVENTS this late Oct just before elections.”

    Anything's possible, isn't it?


    [I HOPE everyone is enjoying their last summer 'cause things are gonna CHANGE!]


    Fire near Hanford much larger than thought; wind a concern

  2. Multi-national 'event' - that's what's already been going on! But yeah, anything's possible at this point. Looks like every day's going to be an 'adventure' from here on!

    Here's some people who had an 'adventure' when their plane landed, then the landing gear collapsed (looks like to me, anyway) and then the plane burst into flame, in coastal Dubai (UAE):

  3. Dang! That's some bad news there.

    [the ash clouds are gettin' blasted higher these days]
    Klyuchevskoy volcano in Russia's Far East spews ash cloud up to 7.5 km

    Update: 20 people now infected by zombie anthrax outbreak in Siberia, 90 hospitalized

    'Unusally large' meteor fireball explodes over Denver, Colorado


  4. [as usual, mankind always happy to help in the 6th mass extinction]

    Deadly spills of pig waste kill hundreds of thousands of fish in Illinois

    Ghostly particle groups could explain why gravity is so weak

    Ghostly particles could be haunting our universe. A new theory claims that the cosmos is full of unseen particle families that don’t interact with each other. If true, the model could explain why gravity is so puzzlingly weak.

    The idea is an alternative to supersymmetry, a theory in which every known particle has a heavier partner. Such superparticles would explain why the mass of our familiar set of particles is low enough to account for gravity’s weakness. But the particle-smashing Large Hadron Collider, near Geneva, Switzerland, still hasn’t seen any superparticles, despite years of searching. [more]

    [heh,heh, he said ghostly]

    Unkwon - Ghostly

    NOAA: 'Earth's Fever Rises' as Climate Records Shattered Worldwide

    [I guess they read Joe's book. Meanwhile SOTT still claims it's a hoax and that we're entering a new ice age.]

    Rio's architecture and infrastructure are collapsing days before the Olympics

    [well that's embarrassing]

    Flash flood warning issued for mid-Missouri

    ['sposed a-git hotter'n blazes with high humidity here by Friday, Jonny, & 81 today, real nice out]