Sunday, January 1, 2017

2016 - DEC - Spotlight Stories

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-12-01 - Man, 44, found burned to death in fire pit at home on Woodland Shores Drive in Brighton Township (Michigan):

2016-12-01 - Person found burned to death in burning car at 3 AM along Badgley Fork Road near Mineral Wells (West Virginia):

2016-12-01 - Scrap metal business hit by fire, large warehouse destroyed, in Belmont (Wisconsin):

Quote: "The fire was reported just after 9:30 a.m. Thursday. First Capitol Salvage is a scrap metal company. Six hours later, smoke could still be seen billowing out of a warehouse on the property. A company representative said the 20,000-square-foot building was a total loss."

2016-12-01 - 25 tons of aluminum flakes start smoldering in shipping container at port in coastal Immingham (Britain):

Quote: "Humber Road, Immingham Dock. Thu 1 Dec 2016 11:38 (No:26925) Approximately 25 tonnes of aluminium flakes inside shipping container smouldering. Two BAs, two main lines and short extension ladder in use."

2016-12-01 - Oil refinery damaged by massive blaze in Sannazzaro de' Burgondi (Italy):

2016-12-01 - Fertilizer plant hit by fire, 800 tons of sulfur burns, in coastal Awatoto (New Zealand):

2016-12-01 - Fast food restaurant explodes in Athens (Greece), 1 killed, 5 injured:;-one-dead--five-injured-

2016-12-01 - Rec center undergoing $2.5 million renovation destroyed by fire at 3 AM in coastal Tampa (Florida):

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-12-02 - Couple in their 40s burn to death when RV trailer goes up in flames before 3 AM while parked in Peoria (Arizona):

2016-12-02 - Underground electrical explosion and fire blows manhole cover off near train station in South Orange (New Jersey):

2016-12-02 - Mysterious underground explosion and smoke disrupts subway in coastal Lisbon (Portugal):

2016-12-02 - Coal mine rocked by underground explosion in Heilongjiang (China), 21 killed:

2016-12-02 - Metal recycling business erupts in flame, fire gets huge, near the Port of Tampa in coastal Tampa (Florida):

Quote: "A two-alarm fire at a scrap metal facility in the Port of Tampa sent smoke billowing for miles over the city on Friday afternoon. Dozens of firefighters were called to the Trademark Metals recycling center at 2801 East 4th Avenue just before 5 p.m. when a large pile of scrap metal caught fire. For several miles, drivers could see and smell the smoke."

Note: A rec center undergoing a $2.5 million renovation was just destroyed by fire at 3 AM in Tampa the day prior too, mentioned in the 2016-12-01 update...

2016-12-02 - Recycling center hit by massive fire at 6:30 AM, 10,000 tons of debris burns, near coastal St. Augustine (Florida):

Quote: "Multiple fire units are battling a huge smoky fire at Republic Services at 445-A International Golf Parkway near St. Augustine, according to St. Johns County Fire Rescue. Firefighters from six stations were called out to the fire in a 10,000-ton trash debris pile at 6:30 a.m. The site is just west of U.S. 1."

Note: Ten thousand TONS! Also see the auto shop that went up in flames in coastal Stuart (Florida) on this day...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-12-03 - Man, 25, found dead and on fire in alley shortly before 8 AM near East Coconino Vista in Tucson (Arizona):

2016-12-03 - Deadly fire rips through warehouse during rave at 11:32 PM in coastal Oakland (California), 33+ people killed:

Quote: "Authorities fear there may be as many as 40 fatalities from a fire overnight at a warehouse in Oakland, California, where a party was taking place, though only nine deaths have been confirmed thus far, officials said."

Quote: "Officials said people either escaped from the cluttered building or died inside, where the only way down from the second story was via a stairwell constructed entirely of wooden pallets."

2016-12-03 - Pallet business hit by fire, silo burns, in Beaumont (California):

Quote: "Saturday's fire follows a string of recent Inland incidents at pallet facilities – four in Fontana and one in Perris – since Oct. 30. While fire officials have said they are still investigating the recent fires and are not calling them arson, some Inland business owners believe otherwise."

2016-12-03 - Pallet fire ignites inside store at mall in Las Vegas (Nevada):

Note: Pallets, pallets, pallets...

2016-12-03 - At least seven multi-family homes destroyed by massive 10-alarm fire in coastal Cambridge (Massachusetts):

Quote: "Firefighters are struggling to put down a large fire that jumped from one building to another across a densely-populated neighborhood in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A large plume of smoke could be seen for miles on Saturday afternoon as heavy flames engulfed multi-family residential buildings. Cambridge police spokesman Jeremy Warnick says at least seven buildings are on fire."

Quote: "Some witnesses say the fire started at a residential building undergoing renovations."

2016-12-03 - Massive tire fire erupts at factory in Dandenong South (Australia), near the coast:

2016-12-03 - Recycling center erupts in flame just before 6 AM, fire gets huge, at the Sharpness Docks in coastal Sharpness (Britain):

2016-12-03 - Car bursts into flame at 6:24 AM while parked at auto shop, fire spreads, shop destroyed, in Fond du Lac (Wisconsin):

Quote: "Fond du Lac Fire Department leaders say the call for a car on fire came in around 6:24 Saturday morning. When fire crews arrived the fire had spread from the vehicle outside to the auto body shop, known as Hiram's Auto Repair at 68 John St in Fond du Lac."

Quote: "Fire crews also called in the HAZMAT team to place booms in the river to prevent run-off from the fire getting into the Fond du Lac river system."

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-12-04 - Update on massive fire in coastal Cambridge (Massachusetts) - explosion(s) heard as fire began:

Quote: "Neighbors Saturday reported hearing two loud explosions from a property under construction on Berkshire Street."

Note: This humongous fire was mentioned in the 2016-12-03 update. This was the 382nd residential explosion in 2016...

2016-12-04 - Update on crashed Indonesian plane that killed 13 near the island of Batam - exploded and then crashed:

Quote: "While the National Police have claimed they are still investigating the recent crash of a Skytruck M28 plane, which was carrying 13 people, initial evidence has indicated that engine failure could have caused the explosion of the police-owned aircraft."

Quote: "'Before the airplane went down, local people heard a loud explosion in the air. They found debris like airplane parts and several human body parts in the area,' Tanjungpinang Navy commander in Riau, First Adm. S. Irawan, told The Jakarta Post on Sunday."

Note: I was wondering why they were finding body PARTS, not bodies. The plane being blown apart mid-air by an explosion certainly explains that. That incident was mentioned in the 2016-12-03 update. This was the 141st aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2016...

2016-12-04 - Large pile of scrap metal erupts in flame at metal recycling center in Dayton (Ohio):

Quote: "Smoke was billowing in Dayton Sunday night after a large pile of metal was burning near an industrial building. The fire was reported around 9:45 p.m. at the Franklin Iron & Metal Corp. property on East First Street. It was reported as a large pile of metal burning that was only 30 feet away from the building, according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center."

2016-12-04 - State-of-the-art hazardous waste site devastated by fire and explosions at 6 AM in Prescot (Britain), near the coast:

Quote: "We’ve had people get in touch from as far afield as Wirral, Old Swan, Lydiate and Wavertree, all who say they can see the smoke. There have been several reports of people hearing explosions coming from within the blaze."

Quote: "The fire service said up to 80 firefighters were tackling the blaze at its height. It said the site which was built in 2012 could 'burn for days'."

2016-12-04 - Pallet fire reignites at recycling center near Canberra (Australia):

2016-12-04 - Towels burst into flame in car, fire destroys car, in coastal Brisbane (Australia):

Note: Kinda like the people who've been bursting into flame and burning to death - it's their clothes that are igniting, no real difference from towels...

2016-12-04 - Cellphone explodes and burns, ignites home, near Chandigarh (India), 3 killed:

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2016-12-05 - Man and woman in their 20s found dead in car after 'bang' heard, at home in Chelmsford (Britain):

Quote: "Police are investigating the mysterious death of a young woman whose body was found in a car ‘alongside her boyfriend’ outside her Essex home today. The pair, named locally as Nikki Willis and Tom Putt, were discovered slumped over in the blue Ford Focus after neighbours described hearing a ‘loud bang’."

Quote: "Cops initially cordoned off the area suspecting a 'chemical incident' after a potentially noxious substance was detected - but it has since been declared safe."

Quote: "Witnesses described seeing the pair chatting in the car with the engine running just hours before their bodies were discovered."

Note: Some hydrogen sulfide could've blown in or got sucked into the car via AC/heat system, killed them both and possibly caused a small explosion too. Seems similar to the mother and daughter who were killed by hydrogen sulfide in their SUV while driving down a highway in Osceola County (Florida), mentioned in the 2016-10-02 update...

2016-12-05 - Five people drop dead during and after storm in coastal Kuwait:

Quote: "Last November, a freak illness called 'thunderstorm asthma' had hit the Australian city of Melbourne, killing at least eight people. A week later, the same phenomenon had had the Middle-Eastern country of Kuwait, when a torrential rain hit the country. Five expatriate workers had reportedly died from severe asthma attacks and breathing difficulties following the freak storm, the Kuwait Times reports."

Note: 41 children and some animals were killed after rainfall in late 2015 too, in coastal Papua (Indonesia), mentioned in the 2015-11-24 update. Hydrogen sulfide is water-soluble so as it blows around in the atmosphere, it's gonna get into water, including rain and humidity. Breathe poison humidity and you may have breathing difficulties and die. The best way to tell if humidity in the environment or rain is dangerous is to breathe the former or douse your head in the latter. If you don't spaz out or die then it was probably okay. All these events so far have involved storms blowing in off the ocean or sea. Since you'll never know if the rain/humidity is dangerous now, it's probably best to avoid either whenever possible from here on out...

2016-12-05 - Drain pipe fire kills person just after 2 AM along US 101 in coastal Santa Barbara (California):

Quote: "NewsChannel 3 was on the scene as flames and smoke shot up just after 2 a.m. The fire was in a drainage, around sound walls and a flood control creek. Just after 4 a.m. as part of the investigation, a drain pipe was searched. That's where the body was found, according to Engineer Kevin Corbett. The fire had burned in that area and it's believed there may be a connection."

2016-12-05 - Pickup truck bursts into flame and kills person on the NSW Central Coast (Australia), garbage truck crashes at same time:

Quote: "One person is dead after their car caught on fire on the NSW central coast. The Mitsubishi ute was alight when Fire Rescue NSW officers arrived at the scene, and a body was found in the vehicle when the flames were extinguished. The death isn't believed to be suspicious, but police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident. At the same time, 50kms along the Central Coast Highway at Kariong, there was another incident involving two garbage trucks."

2016-12-05 - Underground electrical fire blacks out 20 buildings in downtown Kansas City (Missouri):

Quote: "Kansas City Power & Light Co. spokesman Chuck Caisley said a fire in an underground area caused damage to their electrical infrastructure, shutting down power for about 20 customers. KCP&L considers each building as one customer."

2016-12-05 - Massive blaze rips through tire dump in coastal Sharjah (UAE):

Quote: "There are no immediate reports of any casualties, but some people in the area are being treated for suffocation."

2016-12-05 - Deadly fire rips through hotel in the wee hours in coastal Karachi (Pakistan), 11 killed, 50+ injured:

Quote: "At least 11 people were killed and 30 others injured when a huge fire erupted at Karachi's Regent Plaza hotel early Monday, rescue officials said."

2016-12-05 - Hundreds of methane vents spewing methane off the coast of the Pacific Northwest:

Quote: "'It appears that the entire coast off Washington, Oregon, and California is a giant methane seep,' said Robert Ballard, founder of Ocean Exploration Trust, in a statement."

Note: Just a matter of time until the ocean off the West Coast turns into a regular firebomb-spewing machine and flamethrower. Ditto for the East Coast, and the Laptev Sea area in the Arctic, and the coast of New Zealand, and the sea off the coast of Israel, and so on and so on...

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2016-12-06 - Mysterious explosion shakes homes in Lake Jackson (Texas):

2016-12-06 - Mysterious explosions shake homes at 4 AM in coastal Vancouver (Canada):

2016-12-06 - Metal recycling center erupts in flame in Lowell (Arkansas):

Quote: "A fire broke out at a metal recycling center in Lowell, causing damage to the business. The fire chief tells 40/29 News that the fire was the car processing center at USA Metal on Lincoln Street."

2016-12-06 - Metal recycling center hit by fire at 3:30 AM, scrap metal burns, in Walker (Michigan):

2016-12-06 - SUV bursts into flame at 11 PM and critically burns man, in Murray (Utah):

Quote: "Fire crews say it happened near 1300 E. and 6290 S. at about 11 p.m. Tuesday. The first witnesses who saw the fire tried to help the man when they noticed that he was on fire as well. 'Right when I arrived, the car was in flames,' neighbor Sean Pasinsky said. 'There were two people helping the gentleman who was still on fire, pulling his clothes off.'"

Quote: "The man was transported by ground ambulance to Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, and then flown to the University of Utah Burn center with second- and third-degree burns over 95 percent his body."

2016-12-06 - Magnitude 6.5 earthquake strikes in the ocean near Aceh Province (Indonesia), buildings collapse, 102+ killed:

Quote: "National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the death toll had risen to 102 and warned it could increase."

Quote: "More than 40 buildings including mosques, stores and homes were flattened in the district located 18 kilometers (11 miles) southwest of the epicenter, according to Abbas. Roads cracked and power poles toppled over."

2016-12-06 - Magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes in the ocean near Trinidad and Tobago:

Note: 'De earthquake, it shake de trichomes off my ganja, mon!'

2016-12-06 - Two earthquakes in two days, M4.4 and M4.3, strike in the ocean and on the coast, near Eureka (California):

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-12-07 - Man burns to death in burning pickup truck in ditch near Circle (Alaska):

2016-12-07 - Man found burned to death along road in Spanish Town on the island of Jamaica:

Quote: "There was a pile-up of traffic in the vicinity of Old Market Street in Spanish Town, St Catherine this morning as the police processed the scene where a man's body was discovered along the roadway. The residents stumbled on a burnt body about 6:30 this morning. The police say they have not yet identified the body which had extensive burn marks all over."

2016-12-07 - Passenger plane bursts into flame then crashes and burns near Havelian en route to Islamabad (Pakistan), 47 killed:

Quote: "'All of the bodies are burned beyond recognition. The debris is scattered,' government official Taj Muhammad Khan told Reuters. Khan, who was at the crash site, said the aircraft was on fire before it hit the ground."

Quote: "Sehgal said the pilot of plane told the control tower at 4:09 p.m. that an engine had developed a technical fault. Moments later he made a 'mayday call,' shortly before the plane disappeared."

Note: Aha, one of those 'technical faults' where the engine is on fire...

2016-12-07 - Update on small plane that crashed along the Wild Rice River near Fargo (North Dakota) - plane was on fire:

Quote: "The pilot who died in a plane crash south of Fargo Thursday afternoon, Dec. 1, reported an onboard fire shortly before the crash, according to a preliminary investigative report released by the National Transportation Safety Board. Hans Ahlness, 55, was the lone occupant of the Cessna 340 that crashed near the Wild Rice River about 10 miles south of Fargo's Hector International Airport."

Note: These are the 142nd and 143rd aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2016...

2016-12-07 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire at 4:45 AM, 400 cars burn, in Altham (Britain):

Quote: "A huge blaze has ripped through a scrapyard, sending plumes of smoke across a nearby motorway. About 400 old vehicles are on fire at the Moorfield Drive Industrial estate in Altham, near Accrington. More than 80 firefighters are at the yard. Lancashire Police said smoke drifted across the M65 between Rishton and Accrington. Two lanes were closed eastbound. Residents are being asked to keep their windows closed and avoid the area."

Quote: "The blaze began at around 4.45am and quickly engulfed the scrapyard, which is close to the M65."

2016-12-07 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, 300 cars burn, in Kennett (Missouri):

Quote: "Several Southeast Missouri fire crews fought a large salvage yard fire on Wednesday. According to Kennett Fire Department Battalion Chief David Horton, the fire broke out at Lacks Auto Salvage yard in Kennett. Horton said around 300 cars were involved in the fire, causing large flames and a massive cloud of black smoke."

2016-12-07 - Vacant car yard erupts in flame in Wisbech (Britain), near the coast:

Quote: "Three Norfolk fire crews were called to a blaze tonight at a disused car yard in Wisbech. Crews from West Walton, Outwell, and Kings Lynn were called to the incident on Old Lynn Road just before 9pm."

2016-12-07 - 1200 pallets, a dumpster and a minivan walk into a, destroyed by fire in Thermal (California), nobody there:

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-12-08 - RV bursts into flame just before 2 AM and kills woman, near Oelwein (Iowa):

Note: This is the 533rd RV to burn in 2016...

2016-12-08 - Propane tank explodes at 11 PM under bridge, ignites person, person burns to death, near university in Indianapolis (Indiana):

Quote: "One person is dead after catching fire near IUPUI’s campus. Police were called to a bridge near New York Street and Lime Street around 11 p.m. Police say in a victim was found burned to death in a homeless camp under the bridge. They believe the victim was trying to keep warm and the death was an accident."

Note: What happens if you're using a camp stove and a cloud of methane and/or hydrogen sulfide blows by you? If the gas is concentrated enough then there'll be a flash fire and/or explosion. Bridges will tend to trap gases beneath them too, so lighting a fire of any kind under a bridge these days could easily be fatal. Actually, lighting any kind of fire anywhere, for any reason, indoors or outdoors, is becoming increasingly dangerous, but outdoors is definitely the most dangerous...

2016-12-08 - Transformer explodes and burns, ignites shed, man burns to death, near Bruce (Wisconsin):

Quote: "The body of a man was found inside the remains of a pole building that burned on Wednesday. The Rusk County Sheriff's Office received a report of an electrical transformer explosion at N4533 Zebro Rd (former North West Mink Ranch) about 1 mile outside of the Village of Bruce at 12:42 p.m. on Dec. 7. The caller reported  the transformer, which was up on a power pole was smoking. A deputy arrived a short time later and advised dispatch  a large pole shed was on fire at this location."

2016-12-08 - Passenger train bursts into flame in Gazipur (Bangladesh), 100+ injured:

Quote: "The Noakhali-bound Upokul Express caught fire near Arikhola station in Gazipur on Thursday evening. At least 100 passengers have been reported injured as two coaches of the Noakhali-bound Upakul Express train caught fire at Kaliganj Arikhola station’s outer signal in Gazipur on Thursday evening."

2016-12-08 - Passenger train bursts into flame near Ahmedabad (India):

2016-12-08 - Passenger train bursts into flame at station in Delhi (India):

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-12-09 - Huge eight-story-high pile of trash erupts in flame at plant in Dickerson (Maryland):

Quote: "A pile of trash that was approximately 85 feet high and hundreds of yards wide caught on fire at the plant that is located at 21204 Martinsburg Road and spread to the building, according to Piringer."

2016-12-09 - Recycling center hit by big fire in Chullora (Australia), near the coast:

2016-12-09 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in Alveley (Britain):

2016-12-09 - At least 12 boats destroyed by fire at 7 AM while docked at marina on the James River in Henrico County (Virginia):

Quote: "The fire broke out Friday morning at the Richmond Yacht Basin along the James River in Henrico County, which surrounds the capital of Richmond. Fire Capt. Taylor Goodman says the blaze destroyed 12 to 15 boats and caused part of a building to collapse at the marina. Goodman says a neighbor reported the fire about 7 a.m. and alerted people who were staying on their boats. Marina president Max Walraven said late Friday morning that some of the burning vessels drifted down the river and some sunk."

2016-12-09 - Yacht bursts into flame while docked in coastal Heraklion (Greece):

Note: These are the 1456th through 1468th boats or ships to burn in 2016...

2016-12-09 - Amphibious tour bus bursts into flame on the MacArthur Causeway near coastal Miami Beach (Florida):

Note: The MacArthur Causeway is the site of the original face-eater, a man, not on drugs, who stripped naked, bit the face off a man, and was killed by cops after they shot him 6 times. This is the 916th bus to burn in 2016...

2016-12-09 - SUV and home destroyed by fire in Danbury (Connecticut):

Quote: "The cause has yet to be determined, but Omasta said the fire started, 'either inside the garage or just outside of it.'"

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2016-12-10 - Underground electrical explosion and fire blacks out 4000 homes in coastal Seattle (Washington):

Quote: "Seattle City Light says about 4,000 customers were without power in West Seattle at Saturday afternoon after a fire and explosion in a substation. By 3 p.m. all but 136 customers had their power back. City Light said the fire and explosion occurred in an underground section of the Delridge substation."

2016-12-10 - Electrical substation damaged by fire near Mills River and Horse Shoe (North Carolina), 3000 homes go dark:

2016-12-10 - Transformer bursts into flame in coastal Costa Mesa (California), 6500 homes go dark:

2016-12-10 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads, home destroyed, on Chmura Road in Hadley (Massachusetts):

Quote: "Police said authorities were called at 12:53 p.m. for a reported car fire. The car was in the garage, and the fire quickly spread to the attached house."

Quote: "The house is likely a total loss, police said."

2016-12-10 - Freight train derails at 5:30 AM, explodes and burns, in Hitrino (Bulgaria), 8+ killed, 29 injured, 20 buildings damaged:

Quote: "Bulgarian authorities say the death toll from a tanker train explosion has risen to eight after a young man died of severe burns. Saturday's explosion after the train derailed caused major damage in a northeastern village, leaving another 29 injured, many with severe burns, the Interior Ministry said."

Quote: "The derailment caused the fuel to explode, with the blast then destroying nearby buildings. Mr Basri said: 'I cannot explain how powerful the explosion was. It was absolute apocalypse.'"

2016-12-10 - Tanker truck crashes into vehicle(s) on highway, explodes and burns, near Naivasha (Kenya), 42+ killed, 50+ injured:

Quote: "A fireball from an oil lorry engulfed vehicles on one of Kenya’s main highways, killing at least 42 people late on Saturday, a rescue worker at the scene said."

2016-12-10 - Tractor trailer veers across median, hits car head-on, another car joins in, on I-80 near Atlantic (Iowa), 3 killed, 8 injured:

Quote: "Three people died and 8 others injured in 3-vehicle accident on I-80 Saturday morning near Atlantic. The Iowa State Patrol is still investigating the crashes that killed 3 people, including two youth on Saturday morning that closed I-80 near Atlantic. Reports state that a semi driven by 31-year-old Marcelas Engram of Savannah, Georgia was westbound on I-80 near Atlantic. It crossed the median and collided with a vehicle driven by 43-year-old Toby Steckler of Audubon that was heading east. Both vehicles entered the south ditch with the semi trailer still on the road blocking the east bound lanes. Another eastbound vehicle driven by 50-year-old Daniel Doggett of Gretna slammed into the rear of the semi."

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-12-11 - Car bursts into flame and kills woman, 37, near coastal Lochinver (Scotland):

Quote: "According to local reports, the 37-year-old, woman drove to the nearby car park near the Assynt Church of Scotland building, which is just over half-a-mile from the fire station. Her Skoda exploded into flames. A fire crew from Achiltibuie – 45 minutes away – was sent. But they found a tangled, burning wreck."

Quote: "Enquiries are continuing into the incident but there does not appear to be any suspicious circumstances. As with all sudden deaths a report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal."

Note: I hope it was a sudden death, otherwise there might've been some screaming in agony involved. Here's a Google Maps link of the area...

2016-12-11 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame, 50+ cars burn, in Salford (Britain):

2016-12-11 - Government nuclear power lab damaged by fire in West Mifflin (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "A small fire at an atomic power laboratory near Pittsburgh has been extinguished without incident or injury by the building's sprinkler system. Officials at the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory say there was no threat to the public from Sunday night's fire in West Mifflin. The government-owned facility is operated for the Department of Energy and the U.S. Navy by Bechtel Bettis, Inc. The technology developed there is used to power U.S. nuclear-powered warships."

2016-12-11 - In separate incidents, SUV bursts into flame on road, and four parked cars go up in flames, in/near Chillicothe (Missouri):

Quote: "About 8 o’clock last night, a sports utility vehicle was reported on fire at 307 Vine Street."

Quote: "The owner of the property where the cars were being stored told firefighters that no one was around at the time of the fires stating he had received a call from a motorist passing by the scene. The owner was listed as Gabrielson Towing Company."

2016-12-11 - Pickup truck bursts into flame while parked in garage at firefighter's home, fire spreads to garage, in Branson (Missouri):

Quote: "An Ozarks fire fighter woke up to a page for a fire – at his own home. The Southern Stone County Fire Protection District reports the fire fighter had just returned home from another fire call early Sunday and gone back to bed. A short time later, he heard the page, but didn’t know where the fire was. He told his crewmates he looked out a side window and didn't see anything, then smelled smoke and found his garage on fire. He and his wife got safely out of the home. Crews quickly contained the fire to the garage area and a truck."

Quote: "The cause is under investigation, but it looks like it started in the truck’s engine."

Note: 'Hey man, we got a fire!' 'Where is it?' 'Open your garage door, dude!'

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2016-12-12 - Scientists report that atmospheric methane levels are spiking:

Quote: "'Methane in the atmosphere was almost flat from about 2000 through 2006. Beginning 2007, it started upward, but in the last two years, it spiked,' said Rob Jackson, an earth scientist at Stanford University who co-wrote the study."

Quote: "The authors of the 2016 Global Methane Budget report found that in the early years of this century, concentrations of methane rose by only about 0.5ppb each year, compared with 10ppb in 2014 and 2015. The scientists speculate that agriculture may be the main source of the additional methane that has been recorded."

Note: So scientists think that we started doing TWENTY TIMES more agriculture on this planet, suddenly, starting in 2014? It never occurred to them that those hundreds or thousands of kilometer-wide seeps spewing methane from the seabed in the Arctic might have something to do with it? Derp. Maybe they work for the Retarded Scientists Institute or something...

2016-12-12 - Video - global dimming and how screwed we are:

2016-12-12 - Two mysterious explosions ten minutes apart rattle people at 3 AM in Sarpy County (Nebraska):

Quote: "Sarpy County dispatch also checked with Offutt Air Force Base, they heard the 'boom' noise as well, but they did not have any planes up at the time of the boom. "

2016-12-12 - Drilling rig hit by explosion near Sharon Springs (Kansas), 5 injured:

2016-12-12 - Underground electrical fire blacks out parts of Akron (Ohio):

Quote: "An electrical fire in an underground vault on East Market Street led to a power outage Monday morning in downtown Akron. The fire and outage caused smoke damage to the building at 39 E. Market St., which is located between Main and High streets, and rerouted traffic for hours. No injuries were reported but the outage forced the closure of attached buildings that house Huntington Bank and 3 Point Restaurant, and the evacuation of several apartments."

2016-12-12 - High-rise apartment building erupts in flame on Palm Island in coastal Dubai (UAE):

Quote: "A fire has broken out at an up-market apartment block on the artificial Palm island in Dubai, with no immediate reports of any casualties. The blaze, which hit on Monday, is the latest in a series of fires to hit tall buildings, including residential compounds and hotels, in the Gulf's tourism and business hub over the past two years."

2016-12-12 - Refinery damaged by fire at 2:30 AM in Sinclair (Wyoming):

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2016-12-13 - Hydrogen sulfide still keeping some residents out of their homes in South Sioux City (Nebraska):

2016-12-13 - Foul odor(s) hitting Marana (Arizona), wastewater plant says it's not them:

2016-12-13 - Van bursts into flame and kills man on Brooks Road in Memphis (Tennessee):

Quote: "Police sent FOX13 an accidental injury report that stated a victim was transported to the hospital in critical condition on Saturday after being taken out of a burning car on Brooks Road. Police said the victim was pronounced dead at the hospital."

2016-12-13 - Small plane bursts into flame after landing at Lanseria Airport (South Africa), 3 injured:

Quote: "Three men sustained burns and 'traumatic' injuries when their light aircraft made an emergency landing at Lanseria Airport on Tuesday, paramedics said. It burst into flames shortly after landing at 15:30, Netcare 911 spokesperson Athlenda Mathe said. Paramedics treated two of the men on scene before taking them to a level 1 trauma burn facility in Johannesburg. Paramedics from another company treated the third man and took him to hospital."

Note: This is the 144th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2016...

2016-12-13 - Military base rocked by explosion in coastal Ulsan (South Korea), 23 injured:

Quote: "Twenty three soldiers were reportedly injured in an explosion at a military base in Ulsan in South Korea. The cause of the blast is yet to be ascertained as no training activities were underway at the time of the incident."

2016-12-13 - Auto salvage business destroyed by fire in Chazy (New York):

2016-12-13 - Chemical plant erupts in flame, fire gets huge, in Bengaluru (India):

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-12-14 - Underground explosion and fire breaks out in Kingsessing, Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), 2 injured:

Quote: "The Philadelphia Fire Department says two people have been taken to the hospital after suffering injuries from a manhole fire. The fire was coming from a manhole at 49th and Windsor Avenue in the Kingsessing section of the city. Authorities say a male suffered 2nd degree burns to the hands and face and another male suffered 1st degree burns to the face."

2016-12-14 - Underground electrical explosion blows manhole cover onto car in Fort Collins (Colorado):

2016-12-14 - Commercial building explodes and burns in coastal Tamuning (Guam):

2016-12-14 - Police station explodes and burns in Dak Lak (Vietnam), 3 killed, 3 injured:

2016-12-14 - Biomass power plant damaged by fire in White City (Oregon):

2016-12-14 - Recycling center erupts in flame at the Chatham Docks in coastal Chatham (Britain):

2016-12-14 - Paper towels burst into flame inside dispenser in public restroom at Broad River Boat Landing in coastal Burton (South Carolina):

Note: Small fire, but the ramifications are anything but small - paper towels bursting into flame, to go along with clothes that have burst into flame (while being worn and while sitting around), and furniture, piles of wood, mulch, pallets, a woman's wig while on her head, recycling stuff, bales of paper, trash, cardboard, tires, etc. So pretty much anything that's adsorbent and flammable, or which is made with adsorbent flammable materials, can burst into flame at any time now - homes, businesses, vehicles, clothes, etc.

2016-12-14 - Boy, 15, ignites while welding at school in Arbuckle (California), 1 injured:

Note: His clothes may have been contaminated, probably by invisible odorless methane, which would make them ignite very easily and burn hot and fast. This looks similar to the woman who recently burned to death cooking dinner in coastal Bronx (New York), mentioned in the 2016-11-20 update...

Category: Variety Pack

2016-12-15 - Hydrogen sulfide odor advisory issued again near the Salton Sea (California):

Quote: "Foul odors were expected again from the Salton Sea, with an odor advisory issued Thursday, Dec. 15 warning of a stench similar to rotten eggs through Friday, stemming from elevated levels of hydrogen sulfide at the lake, according to the South Coast Air Quality Management District."

2016-12-15 - Person found dead in burning pickup truck at Village Square Apartments in Russelville (Arkansas):

Quote: "Russellville Fire Department responded to a Vehicle Fire at 1940 South Elmira at the Village Square Apartments around 4:18 Thursday evening. After arriving firefighters started to put on the fire that was engulfing the cab and engine bay of a Ford Ranger pickup. While battling the flames, firemen discovered a victim in the truck."

2016-12-15 - Man, 31, found dead in burning car along Gateway Drive near Hope Mills (North Carolina):

Quote: "The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a body found in a burning vehicle on Gateway Drive in Fayetteville. Deputies were called to help firefighters deal with a vehicle fire at about 7:51 p.m., Sgt. Sean Swain of the sheriff’s office said. Once firefighters had the fire under control, a closer inspection of the vehicle revealed a burned body, he said."

2016-12-15 - Mysterious explosion shakes buildings and alarms people in Rogers County (Oklahoma):

2016-12-15 - Underground sewer fire breaks out in Alton (Illinois):

2016-12-15 - In separate incidents, within 12 hours, SUV and vehicle burst into flame on same street in Grants Pass (Oregon):

Quote: "According to Rural Metro Division Chief Austin Prince, it was the second vehicle fire on Demaray Drive in the last day. The fires occurred within a quarter-mile of each other and were about 12 hours apart. At this point, Prince said there doesn't appear to be any connection other than pure coincidence."

Note: Suuuure, just a coincidence. It's not like they had anything in common, like general timeframe, geographic location and the atmosphere...

2016-12-15 - Four parked cars go up in flames in underground carpark at apartments in Solihull (Britain):

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-12-16 - Mysterious explosions shake homes and cause damage in suburb of coastal Washington DC:

Quote: "Cheverly resident Nikki Greco has taken matters into her own hands by keeping track of the booms, which, according to her, sound like a Mack truck ramming into her house. For Greco, the loud booms are not just inconvenient, but an issue that has begun to dig into her bank account. The phenomenon has reportedly caused large cracks in her basement requiring a $50,000 loan for repairs. 'We're really concerned and we can't afford to keep making repairs,' a frustrated Greco told NBC4."

2016-12-16 - Underground explosion and fire rocks Anaheim (California):

2016-12-16 - Underground electrical explosion blows manhole cover off in Simi Valley (California):

2016-12-16 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame, 150+ cars burn, in coastal Richmond (California):

Quote: "It's not clear what started the fire, which burned about 200 cars, but it appears to be accidental, Marshall said."

2016-12-16 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, scrap metal burns, in Laverton (Australia), near the coast:

Quote: "Fire authorities are warning surrounding residents close to a scrap metal recycling yard to shut their doors and close their vents in response to a scrap metal fire."

2016-12-16 - Van bursts into flame while parked at historic mansion, fire spreads, mansion destroyed, in Sycamore (Illinois):

Quote: "Norm Mathisen smelled something funny while doing carpentry work Friday at the historic Charles O. Boynton House at 307 N. Main St. Then he looked outside and saw his van on fire. 'I noticed a glow through the window, opened up the door and the whole engine part of my van was on fire,' he said. The flames eventually spread from the carport where Mathisen’s van was parked to all three floors of the landmark Sycamore home. It took firefighters from a dozen local fire departments about three hours to put out the fire."

2016-12-16 - Car bursts into flame at 4 AM while parked at home in coastal Burnie (Australia), two dogs killed:

Quote: "Two dogs have been killed in a northwest Tasmanian car fire, police say. The shar pei and Staffordshire bull terrier were sleeping in the car - as was usual for them - at Burnie on Friday when the fire broke out about 4am (AEDT)."

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

Category: Variety Pack

2016-12-17 - Unknown odor sickening people in coastal Seal Beach and coastal Huntington Beach (California):

Quote: "Periodically and unpredictably, mysterious chemical-like fumes drift into Rhonda Wainwright’s home not far from Huntington Beach’s Central Park. The noxious odors have induced headaches, burning of the eyes and throat, nosebleeds and vomiting, she says. Even her dog and two cats have retched during the malodorous episodes that 'about knocks you on your knees,' said Wainwright."

Quote: "Roughly 6 miles away in coastal Seal Beach, resident Susan Perrell reports suffering similar foul odors. Perrell, an environmental adviser to an oil and gas company, also describes a petroleum-like stench that can be intense enough to 'knock you over.' Their experiences are far from isolated."

Quote: "Last month, air-quality regulators saw a spike in such complaints in the Huntington Beach and Seal Beach areas. Over several consecutive days, the South Coast Air Quality Management District fielded dozens of calls involving 'a nasty egg odor (or a) petroleum odor,' said agency spokesman Sam Atwood."

Quote: "Residents also have lodged complaints with fire officials, the gas company and others, seeking help in pinpointing the source of the smells, which many say have increased in frequency and intensity over the past two years."

Note: Most likely this is hydrogen sulfide blowing ashore. In early October, hydrogen sulfide hit coastal Goleta (California), mentioned in the 2016-10-09 update. In mid-October hydrogen sulfide hit coastal South Laguna (California), mentioned in the 2016-10-13 update...

2016-12-17 - Magnitude 7.9 earthquake strikes in the ocean near Taron (Papua New Guinea):

2016-12-17 - Scientists confirm that warm ocean water is melting the biggest glacier in East Antarctica:

2016-12-17 - Stuffed animal aisle bursts into flame at Toys R Us on Moorland Road in Brookfield (Wisconsin):

Note: Very similar to the clothes and paper towels and cardboard and paper and such that have burst into flame...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-12-18 - Woman, 70, killed by 'flash fire' at home in Ottawa (Illinois):

Note: Flash fires are flammable gases in the atmosphere burning off...

2016-12-18 - Person found dead in burned-out car near Petersboro (Utah):

2016-12-18 - Underground electrical explosions and fire blow multiple manhole covers off in Malden (Massachusetts), near the coast:

Quote: "The explosions happened on Main Street near Malden High School. Malden Fire said at least four manholes exploded or caught fire."

2016-12-18 - Passenger train bursts into flame en route to Black Sea resort town of Batumi (Georgia):

Quote: "A fire broke out on a Georgian Railway train carrying passengers from Kutaisi in central Georgia to western Batumi Black Sea resort today."

2016-12-18 - In separate incidents, parked car and driven car burst into flame within 26 hours in same parking garage at mall in Troy (Michigan):

Quote: "Again, at the height of holiday shopping on Sunday afternoon, December 18th, Station #3 was dispatched to a vehicle fire in Section 2G of the north parking deck – in the same area as the previous fire. Upon arrival, Troy Police and Somerset Security were once again reporting a car was burning and threatening other vehicles nearby. This car was less than 100 feet from where the other car had burned the day before."

Quote: "The cause of both vehicle fires is being investigated, and appear to be purely coincidental at this time."

Note: Uh huh, suuuuure, coincidental...

2016-12-18 - Pallet bursts into flame at 3:50 AM outside home, fire spreads to home, in Acomb (Britain):

Quote: "Firefighters tackled a fire at a house in York this morning. Crews were called to the fire, in Ostman Road, in Acomb, at about 3.50am. A spokesperson for North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said it was initially a wooden pallet on fire outside that spread to the building."

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-12-19 - RV trailer bursts into flame at 2:30 AM and kills man and son in Terry (Mississippi):

2016-12-19 - RV bursts into flame before 3 AM and kills man near Ross (Texas):

Note: This is the 539th RV to burn in 2016...

2016-12-19 - Small plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing and flips over, in coastal Brevard County (Florida):

Quote: "Lt. Mike Bandish with the Palm Bay Police Department said a student and instructor from FIT's aviation school — a separate but affiliated entity from the Florida Institute of Technology — had flown out of Melbourne in the small Cessna aircraft to practice engine failure maneuvers when the cockpit began to fill with smoke."

Note: This is the 145th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2016...

2016-12-19 - Giant forklift bursts into flame at pier in coastal Honolulu (Hawaii), evacuations ensue:

Quote: "Honolulu fire officials are investigating what caused a blaze to engulf a giant forklift at a busy Honolulu shipping pier Monday, sending up a smoke plume visible from across the city and prompting an evacuation of a quarter-mile area."

2016-12-19 - Bags of leaves burst into flame, fire spreads, garage destroyed, home heavily damaged, in Lancaster (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "A fire heavily damaged a home and destroyed a garage in Lancaster Township on Monday. The homeowner at 387 Abbeyville Road called for help after noticing two bags of leaves in his garage on fire, said Steve Roy, Lancaster Township assistant fire chief."

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-12-20 - Passenger plane engine bursts into flame, plane makes emergency landing in Toronto (Canada):

Quote: "The plane was en route from Toronto to Tel Aviv when the aircraft suffered engine failure after an 'explosion or combustion' occurred on the right side of the plane and the pilot was forced to return to Toronto."

Note: This is the 146th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2016...

2016-12-20 - Fireworks market explodes and burns in Tultepec (Mexico), 31+ killed, 72+ injured:

2016-12-20 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, vehicles burn, in Fort Worth (Texas):

2016-12-20 - Metal recycling center erupts in flame in Minneapolis (Minnesota):

Quote: "The blaze broke out about 10:10 a.m. at Northern Metal Recycling in the 1800 block of 2nd Street N., a site bordered by Interstate 94 to the west and the Mississippi River to the east."

2016-12-20 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in coastal Belfast (Ireland), man shocked:

Quote: "A 41-year-old man has been taken to hospital after sustaining an electric shock in East Belfast. A spokesperson for the Fire and Rescue Service said the man, who was a member of the public, was investigating an underground fire when he was injured. 'The man walked across the area of pavement where the smoke was coming from,' they said."

2016-12-20 - Van and 14 cars destroyed by fire at 1:29 AM while parked at car dealership in Beckenham (Britain), near the coast:

Quote: "Four fire engine and 21 firefighters and officers dealt with a serious car dealership blaze on Croydon Road, Beckenham in early hours of this morning. Fourteen cars and a van were destroyed by fire. No reports of any injuries. The Brigade was called at 0129 and the fire was under control by 0239. Fire crews from Woodside, Beckenham and Bromley fire stations were at the scene."

2016-12-20 - Highway patrol car bursts into flame at 2:55 AM while parked at home in Riverton (Wyoming):

Quote: "The Riverton Police Department responded at about 2:55 a.m. Friday to the 1100 block of Sherry Drive for reports that a Wyoming Highway Patrol vehicle was 'engulfed in flames.'"

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-12-21 - Underground electrical fire blacks out 5000 homes in East Orange (New Jersey):

2016-12-21 - Vehicles and pallets destroyed by huge fire in Fort Bend County (Texas):

Quote: "Fire is pallets and other items including employee vehicles."

Quote: "FBCSO says that there isn't a structure on fire but pallets and cars are engulfed in flames."

2016-12-21 - Auto scrapyard erupts in flame, numerous vehicles burn, in coastal Thane (India):

Quote: "Half a dozen trucks, tourist buses, jeeps and auto rickshaws, which caught fire at the Hazuri RTO office had sent the neighbourhood into a panic mode as they witnessed dark black smoke and huge fire flames in the RTO's scrapyard."

2016-12-21 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, giant heap of metals and recyclables burns, in coastal Wilmington (Delaware):

Quote: "Thick black smoke could be seen billowing from the air. Crews were using a long hose to spray a giant heap of metals and other recycling."

2016-12-21 - Sewage treatment plant damaged by fire at 5:23 AM in coastal London (Britain):

2016-12-21 - Two auto businesses destroyed by massive blaze in Van Nuys (California), near the coast, nobody there:

Category: Variety Pack

2016-12-22 - Workers hit pocket of hydrogen sulfide in the ground in coastal Corpus Christi (Texas):

Quote: "A number of people were told to stay in their homes during a gas leak scare on the southside this evening. It happened near a neighborhood off Tiger Lane, not too far from Yeager Elementary. It all started when a crew was drilling into the ground to get some soil samples. That's when they hit a pocket of Hydrogen Sulfide gas, which smells like rotten egg and is extremely hazardous. We're told the crew left the drill in the ground to contain the gas as much as possible, then called the fire department, which along with police, asked nearby residents to stay in their homes."

Note: Yikes. So you can be walking along around there and a cloud of hydrogen sulfide burps from the ground and kills you. Sounds similar to the hydrogen sulfide found in the ground in Chinchilla (Australia), last mentioned in the 2015-04-13 update. No cause was ever found for why there's hydrogen sulfide in the ground there...

2016-12-22 - Car bursts into flame at 1:15 AM and kills man on road in Lanaudière (Canada):

Quote: "A man died Thursday morning in Lanaudière when he became a prisoner of his moving car, which was on fire. It happened at 1:15 a.m. on the way from Lake Deligny to Mandeville, about 40 kilometres north of Joliette. The burned-out car was found on the road; there was no exit nearby. Authorities do not know what happened, but the vehicle will be inspected."

2016-12-22 - Person burns to death in burning pickup truck before 6:45 AM near Leeton (Australia):

Quote: "'It soon became apparent (to emergency services) there was a body inside and a crime scene was established,' she said. 'The person (who remains unidentified) was found in the driver’s seat of the vehicle. Police are not treating the incident as suspicious.' The vehicle had not hit any stationary items such as a tree or another car."

2016-12-22 - At least 140 buildings destroyed by massive blaze in coastal Itoigawa (Japan):

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

2016-12-22 - Forest fires rapidly and dramatically increasing in frequency in India:

Quote: "With fires raging across Central Indian forests and the Himalayan Pine forests, the frequency of such blazes has risen by a drastic 55 per cent in the past year. The number has touched 24,817 in 2016, a 'really alarming' rise, from around 15,937 fires in 2015, says the report by Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science and Technology..."

2016-12-22 - Car bursts into flame while parked inside auto shop, then bursts into flame again at 6:30 AM, in Killeen (Texas):

Quote: "A car that burst into flames inside a body shop at a Killeen car dealership Wednesday night caught on fire again early Thursday. The first fire was reported at around 9:15 p.m. Wednesday at Maxdale Auto Sales in the 5600 block of South Fort Hood Street in Killeen. Killeen firefighters extinguished the flames, but left the burned-out car inside the shop, where the fire rekindled at around 6:30 a.m. Thursday."

2016-12-22 - Car bursts into flame while parked in garage at home, fire spreads to home, in Exeter Township (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "A Berks County family has been forced out of its home for the holidays. Fire damaged the home in the 1300 block of Butter Lane in Exeter Township. Crews were dispatched at 12:44 p.m. Thursday for the report of a car fire inside the attached garage. Firefighters managed to contain much of the damage to the garage, but there was some damage done to the second floor of the home, officials said."

2016-12-22 - Man, 62, has 'medical episode, minivan hits home, bursts into flame, in Fulton (New York), 1 killed:

Quote: "Authorities believe he suffered a medical episode shortly before crashing, but have not released further details."

Category: Other Stories Of Interest

2016-12-23 - Rotten egg smell hits homes in coastal Tampa (Florida), blamed on odorant:

Note: They use mercaptan to add a rotten egg odor to natural gas, which is normally odorless. But even if this WAS mercaptan, mercaptan is essentially the same as hydrogen sulfide: flammable, poisonous, neurotoxic. As per this CDC document: "Because no useful data on acute inhalation toxicity are available on which to base the IDLH for methyl mercaptan, the chosen IDLH is based on an analogy with hydrogen sulfide. ACGIH [1971] reported that some investigators show toxicities of the same magnitude for hydrogen sulfide and methyl mercaptan [Ljunggren and Norberg 1943]; others indicate that the toxicity of methyl mercaptan is somewhat less than that of hydrogen sulfide [DeRekowski 1893; Frankel 1921]."

So maybe it's not QUITE as deadly as hydrogen sulfide, but either way, these homes just got hit by poison gas of one kind or another. It couldn't have been very concentrated, or they'd all be dead, but still, breathing deadly poison gas is not apt to be good for you, even if it's not concentrated...

2016-12-23 - US melanoma rate rising:

Quote: "More Americans are developing the potentially deadly skin cancer known as melanoma than in the past, new research shows. In 2016, one out of every 54 Americans was expected to develop a potentially lethal, invasive melanoma over their lifetime -- up from the one in 58 estimate when the same tally was performed in 2009."

Note: The atmosphere's UV protection is being reacted away. That makes the Sun look whiter because more 'blue' light is getting through. That causes melanoma. Back when AH was a boy, the Sun was yellow. Not anymore. The extra UV also causes more mutations, more two-headed babies and animals, more albinism, more genetic chimeras, that kind of thing - DNA/RNA damage. This problem will eventually be bad enough that crops won't grow. One way to prolong life as we know it would be for large numbers of planes to spray the skies in grid patterns with chemicals that block UV, especially between the Sun and population centers and croplands, much like the grid patterns used in radiation protection screens on microwaves but on a bigger scale. Ever really watch the skies in the last decade? Lots of grid patterns in the skies. That's not only not a coincidence, that's a desperation measure, a last-ditch effort to buy us a little time, and one not without detrimental side effects of its own...

2016-12-23 - China launches emissions-tracking satellite as nation eyes climate leadership:

Note: Climate leadership - what, lead people through all the smog?

2016-12-23 - Smog refugees flee Chinese cities as 'airpocalypse' blights half a billion:

Quote: "Greenpeace claimed the calamity had affected a population equivalent to those of the United States, Canada and Mexico combined with some 460m people having to breathe either hazardous pollution or heavy levels of smog in recent days."

2016-12-23 - Actress Carrie Fisher, 60, goes into cardiac arrest on passenger plane after departing coastal London (Britain):

Quote: "The Los Angeles Times reported that Fisher is in critical condition after being rushed to the hospital and cited emergency officials who said she had a 'cardiac episode.'"

Category: Variety Pack

2016-12-24 - Sulfury rotten egg odor spreads across parts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, blamed on refinery leak:

Quote: "It was determined that the smell came from the Paulsboro Refinery in Paulsboro, Gloucester County. Police say the refinery released approximately 130 pounds of Sulfer Dioxide and 9 pounds of Hydrogen Sulfide around 10:30 p.m. Friday."

Note: Another day, another area getting hit by poison gas. Not sure I buy that refinery leak excuse. When hydrogen sulfide breaks down in the atmosphere, it forms sulfur dioxide and water, and the winds were blowing in from off the ocean when this occurred (I checked), and this was smelled all the way from coastal Toms River (New Jersey) to Philadelphia (Pennsylvania)...

2016-12-24 - Sulfury rotten egg odor smelled in various parts of Jackson (Michigan):

Quote: "The reports mostly came from the west side, but they stretched from Loomis Park on Gilbert Street to Walmart on W. Michigan Avenue, said Capt. Bob Walkowicz, who wrote five reports on natural gas odor investigations. Summit Township firefighters had two reports around 9 p.m. Dec. 24. Walkowicz said Consumers Energy representatives and Blackman-Leoni Township public safety officers also were involved. The smell was not consistent despite an almost total lack of wind Saturday night, Walkowciz said."

Note: No natural gas leaks detected anywhere. They appear to be assuming this was natural gas, when it likely wasn't, which is why they couldn't find anything. A rotten egg smell just hit coastal Tampa (Florida) the day prior too, mentioned in the 2016-12-23 update...

2016-12-24 - Sulfury rotten egg odor hits Columbus (Ohio):

Quote: "Columbia Gas of Ohio says they're still receiving calls about an offensive odor in the Columbus area that has residents thinking there might be an unidentified gas leak. Officials say they have not found any evidence that natural gas is responsible."

2016-12-24 - Volcano Colima erupts twice near the coast in Mexico:

2016-12-24 - Series of shallow earthquakes shake Siargao Island (Philippine Islands):

2016-12-24 - Fourteen trucks and public works building destroyed by fire in Irondequoit (New York), near Lake Ontario:

Quote: "A large fire broke out late Saturday night at the Irondequoit Department of Public Works on Kings Highway. The building holds the town’s highway department fleet, including plow trucks and sanitation trucks. Irondequoit Supervisor Dave Seeley told 13WHAM News that several town vehicles have been destroyed and this fire has caused millions of dollars of damage. He says the top priority is the safety of all first responders on scene. Parts of the building started to collapse just before 1:00 a.m. Sunday, roughly three hours after fire began."

Quote: "Seeley said the town lost seven plow/salt trucks, one flush truck, two pickup trucks, a 1-ton dump truck and three other trucks."

2016-12-24 - Russian Ministry of Defense plane crashes into the Black Sea shortly after departing from coastal Sochi (Russia), 92 killed:

Quote: "The aircraft went missing as it was manoeuvring over Russia's territorial waters, the source added."

Quote: "A total of 84 passengers and eight crew were on board when the plane dropped off radar shortly after take-off at 5:40am local time (0240 GMT) from Adler airport in Sochi, southern Russia. The plane had stopped off at Adler en route from Moscow to Syria. Russia's defence ministry said fragments of the plane, a Soviet-designed three-engine airliner, had been found by rescuers about 1.5km (one mile) from the shore in water 50-70 metres deep. There were no reports of survivors."

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-12-25 - Person found burned to death in burning car at 7 AM at intersection in Milwaukee (Wisconsin), near Lake Michigan:

2016-12-25 - Underground fire breaks out near subway station in coastal Manhattan (New York):

Quote: "An underground fire Sunday night near a subway station in Midtown Manhattan caused a cascade of delays, detours and station closings well into Monday."

2016-12-25 - Oil refinery erupts in flame in coastal Haifa (Israel):

2016-12-25 - Landfill erupts in flame in Cogmagun (Canada), third fire this year:

2016-12-25 - Landfill ignites, fire gets huge, in coastal Vaini on the island of Tongatapu (Tonga):

2016-12-25 - Car dealership damaged by fire in Howells (Nebraska), nobody there:

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-12-26 - RV trailer goes up in flames and kills two people near Soldotna (Alaska), near the coast:

Note: Late last month, two people were found burned to death in a burned-out SUV in Soldotna too, mentioned in the 2016-11-27 update...

2016-12-26 - Man, 18, burns to death in burning car near park on 187th Street in Homewood (Illinois):

2016-12-26 - Garbage truck bursts into flame and kills driver, in Lviv (Ukraine):

2016-12-26 - Wood warehouse devastated by massive fire in the wee hours in coastal Karachi (Pakistan):

2016-12-26 - Tire barn erupts in flame, fire gets huge, at auto business on Halls Ferry Road in Vicksburg (Mississippi):

Category: Animal Die-Offs

2016-12-27 - Around 200 red-winged blackbirds drop dead from the sky in Cumberland County (New Jersey):

Note: Only something in the atmosphere - and birds are highly vulnerable to gases thus the 'canary in the coal mine' thing - would make birds drop dead from the sky en masse all at once like that...

2016-12-27 - Large number of marine creatures washing up dead in coastal Nova Scotia (Canada):

Quote: "A marine mystery is confounding residents of southwest Nova Scotia who are watching thousands of dead fish, starfish, crabs, clams, scallops and lobster wash up on the shore. Residents of Plympton, a small community in Digby County, say they have been finding dead herring on the shore of St. Mary's Bay for more than a month, but recently other marine life has started washing up dead. Dead fish have also been found on the shores of the Annapolis Basin. 'We started finding starfish, crabs, flounder. We found ocean perch and then yesterday we started finding scallops on the beach and like I said everything's dead... we'd like to know what's going on,' said Karl Cole."

Quote: "Leighton said he's most struck by the assortment of species Hewey and others found on Boxing Day. Other than most likely all being from the bottom of St. Mary's Bay, Leighton can't see any other obvious link."

Note: Hydrogen sulfide emanates from the bottom of bodies of water, so the fact that the creatures that are dying here are all bottom-dwellers is a big clue. This all started at least as far back as 2002, when marine life started fleeing the depths off the coast of the Pacific Northwest, but now the problem is spreading around the world. In the Permian-Triassic extinction event, around 96% of marine species went extinct. The extinction event currently under way looks to be a repeat of the Permian-Triassic extinction event, so marine life will die off the hardest (as has already been the case over the past several years), but most species on land - 70% or more - will also die, especially species that require lots of oxygen or which reproduce/mature slowly, like human beings...

2016-12-27 - Gray's beaked whale strands and dies at beach in Timaru (New Zealand):

Note: These whales are deep-diving whales...

2016-12-27 - Blue pgymy whale washes up dead at beach in South Taranak (New Zealand):

Category: Variety Pack

2016-12-28 - Person found dead in burned car at Pacheedaht First Nation in coastal Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island (Canada):

2016-12-28 - Man burns to death in burning car near North Warwickshire Golf Club in Solihull (Britain):

2016-12-28 - Mysterious explosions shake homes two days in a row from Snowflake to Show Low (Arizona):

2016-12-28 - Underground fire breaks out in Toledo (Ohio):

2016-12-28 - Underground electrical fire hits Blandford (Britain), near the coast:

2016-12-28 - Rotten egg smell starting at 2 AM blows through coastal San Francisco (California):

Quote: "Early this morning, dozens of concerned citizens began reporting a strange smell in the air around the city: a sulfuric, rotten egg stench that prompted PG&E and the San Francisco Fire Department to begin fielding calls around 2am. The Chronicle reports that PG&E crews investigated 54 overnight reports of a rotten egg smell around the city, but found no gas leaks or anything to indicate that the smell arose from PG&E facilities."

Quote: "PG&E crews investigated 54 reports of the rotten egg smell, but found no leaks or gas readings, Guidi said. No customers reported losing gas service."

Quote: "City agencies are still working to figure out what may have caused it, though Baxter stated that the incident poses no threat to public health or safety."

Note: No threat? Well, no threat other than the threat caused by breathing poison gas. They always seem to forget that part for some reason - how odd!

2016-12-28 - Rotten egg smell hits coastal Long Beach (California), officials 'puzzled':

Quote: "Fire and gas crews responded to reports of a 'natural gas' like odor drifting through the downtown area on Wednesday, but could not pinpoint the source of the smell. As of late afternoon, the smell had been classified as a 'passing area odor,' according to Fire Department spokesman Jake Heflin, who said crews responded to dozens of calls about the smell but could not determine where it was coming from."

2016-12-28 - Landfill leaking hydrogen sulfide and methane in Cleveland (Ohio):

Quote: "Riffle took samples of dust from around Drummonds home and nearby streets to get a reading on what toxins could be there. He also used this camera that he says shows when dangerous gasses are present. 'There’s a methane emission coming off the landfill,' said Riffle. 'I came out looking for Methane and I found some hydrogen sulfide gas present in the air around the landfill. Hydrogen Sulfide causes issues with eye irritation, throat irritation, it can affect your internal organs.'"

Note: Sulfury rotten egg odors just hit Pennsylvania/New Jersey, and Jackson (Michigan), and Columbus (Ohio), all three incidents mentioned in the 2016-12-24 update. The day before that, a sulfury rotten egg odor hit coastal Tampa (Florida), mentioned in the 2016-12-23 update. The day before that, workers unexpectedly hit a pocket of hydrogen sulfide in the ground in coastal Corpus Christi (Texas), mentioned in the 2016-12-22 update. Not long before that, an unknown odor sickened people in both coastal Seal Beach and coastal Huntington Beach (California), mentioned in the 2016-12-17 update. In early October, hydrogen sulfide hit coastal Goleta (California), mentioned in the 2016-10-09 update. In mid-October hydrogen sulfide hit coastal South Laguna (California), mentioned in the 2016-10-13 update. Clearly things are escalating rapidly now. Poison gas, coming soon to...everywhere.

2016-12-28 - Naked man, 39, runs around on highway at 5:30 AM, jumps on cars, bangs head on car, apprehended then drops dead, in coastal Tampa (Florida):

Quote: "Tampa Police have identified the man who died early Wednesday after he ran naked, into the path of oncoming traffic on Dale Mabry Highway, then jumped on cars and repeatedly smashed his head against a windshield. Police said it all started just after 5:30 a.m. Thursday. TPD said 39-year-old Nathan Howard Hamilton was staying at the Howard Johnson hotel near Spruce street. Officers had to subdue Hamilton, who was acting erratically, running around and jumping on cars in the roadway."

Category: Other Stories Of Interest

2016-12-29 - Rotten egg smell for the second day in a row hits coastal San Francisco (California):

Quote: "For the second night in a row, San Francisco residents reported a rotten-egg-like odor wafting through the city, the origin of which remained a mystery Thursday. Crews from Pacific Gas and Electric Co. responded to 15 calls about the bizarre smell between 11 p.m. Wednesday and 1 a.m. Thursday, said J.D. Guidi, a spokesman for the utility."

Note: Both San Francisco and coastal Long Beach were hit by mysterious rotten egg odors the day prior, mentioned in the 2016-12-28 update...

2016-12-29 - Volcano Bulusan erupts in the Philippine Islands:

2016-12-29 - Volcano Bogoslof continues rumbling in the Aleutian Islands (Alaska):

2016-12-29 - Volcanic unrest intensifying around the planet:

Quote: "Volcanoes Campi Flegrei in Italy, Sakurajima in Japan, Pavlof in Alaska, Popocatépetl in Mexico and Iturrialba in Costa Rica among others showed signs of reawakening in the last semester of 2016, sounding the alarm among the scientist community that warns about a chain of imminent eruptions."

2016-12-29 - Magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes near coastal Tolotangga (Indonesia):

2016-12-29 - Shallow magnitude 5.5 earthquake strikes in the ocean near New Zealand:

Note: MISA Theory keeps on chuggin' away...

2016-12-29 - The United States' 10 most extreme weather events of 2016:

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-12-30 - RV trailer goes up in flames and kills man, 36, in Huntington (Vermont):

2016-12-30 - Mysterious explosion and flash of blue light in the sky after midnight alarm people in Alberta (Canada):

2016-12-30 - Yacht 'Southern Comfort' bursts into flame on the Italian Riviera in coastal Loano (Italy), 3 killed, 1 injured:

Note: This is the 1524th boat or ship to burn/explode in 2016...

2016-12-30 - Passenger train bursts into flame at train station on Station Road in Kenilworth (Britain):

Quote: "At 1312 hours, Friday 30th December, Fire Control received a call to a train on fire at the old railway station, Station Road, Kenilworth.  One fire appliance from Kenilworth and one fire appliance from Leamington proceeded.  This is a fire involving a passenger train consisting of three carriages.  The engine is well alight at front of the train. Ten persons have been evacuated from carriages."

2016-12-30 - Tour bus bursts into flame on road near coastal Harmon Air Force Base on the island of Guam:

Note: This is the 951st bus to burn in 2016...

2016-12-30 - Fire truck bursts into flame en route to SUV crash in the Town of Ancram (New York):

Quote: "A driver was airlifted to the hospital Friday night, after an SUV crashed head-on into a tree. The crash happened on Route 82 in the Town of Ancram in Columbia County. The Columbia County sheriff says the driver lost control and slammed into a tree. He was airlifted to Albany Medical Center. To make the situation worse, a responding firefighter’s truck caught fire on his way to the scene. He was able to get out safely."

2016-12-30 - Car bursts into flame while parked in garage at apartments in coastal San Francisco (California):

Quote: "The single-alarm fire in the 3000 block of Scott Street started a little before 4:15 p.m. and was reported as a car fire in the garage, fire spokesman Jonathan Baxter said."

Note: A mysterious rotten egg odor hit San Francisco the day prior, mentioned in the 2016-12-29 update. And the day before that, a mysterious rotten egg odor hit both San Francisco and coastal Long Beach (California), mentioned in the 2016-12-28 update...

Category: Variety Pack

2016-12-31 - The 50 doomiest images of 2016:

2016-12-31 - Man and woman, 32 and 30, drop dead outside SUV before 2:08 AM along I-4 near DeLand (Florida):

Quote: "The Volusia County Sheriff's Office says a Florida Highway Patrol trooper spotted the vehicle with its hazard lights blinking early Saturday along Interstate 4 near DeLand. Sheriff's Spokesman Andrew Gant told reporters the trooper found a 32-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman unconscious outside the SUV. Gant said both adults were pronounced dead at the scene."

Quote: "There were no immediate signs of foul play."

2016-12-31 - RV trailer goes up in flames at 6:06 AM and kills man at campground on Lake Weiss in Cherokee County (Alabama):

Quote: "The campground is on Little River, where authorities continue to search for a man missing after an SUV drove off a boat ramp into the river Dec. 13 at Leesburg Landing. The SUV had seven occupants. Two survived and four bodies were recovered the night of the incident."

2016-12-31 - Mysterious explosion shakes home across broad swath of New York and into Pennsylvania, yellow cloud of smoke mentioned:

Quote: "People from Owego to Broome County have reported feeling an 'explosion' around 5 p.m. Saturday. WICZ reports that residents from Broome County all the way down to Northern Pennsylvania have reported odd shaking and felt their houses and windows shake."

Quote: "The Broome County Sheriff's office told WICZ about reports coming from social media about 'a yellow cloud of smoke.'"

Quote: "The Firewire in Tioga County, posted that the boom was 'heard over 100 miles into Pa.'"

2016-12-31 - Toxic fumes hit passenger plane, attendants babble, gorge on food, have memory loss, while flying over the Atlantic Ocean:

Quote: "British Airways attendants began babbling, stuffing food in their mouths and forgetting where they were during a flight after 'toxic fumes' leaked into a cabin, according to a report. At least 12 attendants began exhibiting weird behavior on the Oct. 25 flight from San Francisco to London, including 'forgetfulness, confusion, inability to think straight,' the Sunday Times of London reported."

Quote: "British Airways said its engineers inspected the aircraft and 'no fault was found.'"

Note: That's the same route - over the Atlantic Ocean to/from London - that the planes were flying when a 10-year-old girl dropped dead on one flight, mentioned in the 2016-12-24 update, and Carrie Fisher collapsed on another flight and later died, mentioned in the 2016-12-23 update...

2016-12-31 - Underground electrical explosions and fire hit the Gold Coast area in Chicago (Illinois):

Quote: "One man saw flames shooting up from the sidewalk grates and heard two explosions as he stood outside taking a smoke break from work."

Quote: "Everybody was running down the street for their lives."

2016-12-31 - Underground electrical explosion hits Kentish Town area in coastal London (Britain):

2016-12-31 - Cellphone explodes and burns and kills boy in Villupuram, Tamil Nadu (India):

Quote: "A 15-year-old boy died after his Samsung cellphone exploded into flames in Villupuram district of Tamil Nadu."

2016-12-31 - Hydrogen sulfide kills 2 workers, injures 5 more, at fertiziler plant in Dongshan Township (Taiwan), near the coast:

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