Monday, February 20, 2017

Event Update For 2017-02-19

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

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

Category: Fires And Explosions

2017-02-19 - Underground electrical explosions and fire rattle people, 3 cars damaged, in coastal Queens (New York):

Quote: "Queens residents are on edge after a manhole fire that apparently caused a loud noise and a blast so powerful it shook buildings. At least 3 separate manhole explosions in Forest Hills, Queens Blvd and 68th. Rocking street, building. Power now out."

2017-02-19 - Three transformers go up in flames at substation in Leroy (Alabama):

2017-02-19 - Transformer explodes and burns in coastal Sandwich (Massachusetts), blackouts ensue:

2017-02-19 - Car bursts into flame just before 11 PM while parked at home, fire spreads to home, in coastal Adelaide (Australia):

Quote: "A man, his wife, and their dog have escaped a large fire on Sunday night after a car burst into flames and caused half a million dollars worth of damage to their home in Adelaide’s east. Fire crews were dispatched to the home on Scott St in Dulwich just before 11pm after a vehicle parked in the house’s carport unexpectedly caught fire."

Quote: "The blaze quickly spread to rest of the house, prompting the man, his wife and their 15-year-old kelpie to beat a timely escape."

2017-02-19 - SUV bursts into flame while parked at university, fire spreads to more vehicles, in Warrensburg (Missouri):

2017-02-19 - SUV bursts into flame while parked at CVS, fire spreads to another car, in coastal Bridgeport (Connecticut):

Quote: "Today’s vehicle fire is at 2610 East Main Street in the CVS parking lot where a Hummer is on fire and it spread to another parked car."

2017-02-19 - SUV bursts into flame in Effingham, and car bursts into flame 20 miles away in South Nutfield (Britain):

2017-02-19 - Car and garage destroyed by fire shortly before 1 AM, home heavily damaged, in Cottage Grove (Oregon), 1 injured:

2017-02-19 - Tow truck, three vehicles, barn and outbuilding destroyed by fire at home in Utica (Kentucky):

Quote: "The family didn't want cameras on their property, but I am told two outbuildings, three vehicles, and a tow truck were all destroyed in the fire."

2017-02-19 - Car and garage go up in flames at home in coastal Jacksonville (Florida), nobody there:

2017-02-19 - Car(s) and garage destroyed by fire in Glenburn Township (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Crews were called to the building on Old Trail Road in Glenburn Township just before 4:30 p.m. There were several vehicles stored in the garage. At least one was destroyed."

2017-02-19 - Car and garage destroyed by fire at home, home damaged, in Kenosha (Wisconsin):

Quote: "Fire destroyed a garage, a car parked in it and other items at south-side home on Sunday."

2017-02-19 - Six cars, trailers, three auto shops and another business destroyed by fire in Stockton (California):

Quote: "A fire ripped though an industrial warehouse complex in Stockton that housed at least four businesses, including three auto body repair shops, Sunday morning. Firefighters were alerted to the big blaze just after 9 a.m. in the 1000 block of E. Oak Street in Stockton."

Quote: "The fire destroyed Magic Auto Repair, owned by Adalid Alcazar, who has no insurance for the vehicles that were trapped inside his family-run shop. 'Six cars and trailers,' he said. 'A lot of money there.'"

2017-02-19 - Several pickup trucks and RV trailer destroyed by fire in Great Falls (Montana):

Quote: "Emergency crews responded to a trailer fire behind Sport City Cyclery on Sunday. Sand Coulee Volunteer Fire Chief Blake Brawley says they received reports of the fire shortly after 3 p.m. Brawley says a fifth-wheel trailer was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. Several pickup trucks and a power pole were also deemed a total loss due to damage from the fire."

Note: Things are getting mighty obvious. Also, just as more parked vehicles are going up in flames, the same is true of homes going up in flames with nobody there. Homes generally have all the same vulnerabilities as cars - electrified copper, rusty iron/steel, adsorbent flammable materials - so that makes sense. Expect that trend to continue and to worsen - more parked vehicles igniting and more unoccupied homes bursting into flame - at least for a while. Eventually there will be no more vehicles or homes left unburned and then no more vehicles or homes will burn - problem solved!

2017-02-19 - Vacant home explodes and burns, fire ignites two adjacent homes, on Riverside Drive in Dolton (Illinois):

Note: This is the 67th residential explosion in 2017...

2017-02-19 - Ferry ship 'SNAV Toscana' erupts in flame near coastal Palermo (Italy):

2017-02-19 - Boat bursts into flame while parked in boat business, fire spreads to business, in Richland Township (Pennsylvania), nobody there:

Quote: "He said fire investigators so far have theorized the fire started around the steering console in the middle of the boat. 'It was a brand new boat,' Wimmer said of the watercraft that was destroyed. 'I don't know what could have started it up [on fire].'"

2017-02-19 - Sport fishing boat bursts into flame in the Gulf of Mexico near coastal Surfside (Texas):

Quote: "The U.S. Coast Guard had a busy Sunday when it rescued four people from a burning boat and responded to an overturned boat with two aboard, officials said. Officials said the first incident was reported at 1:03 p.m. when four people aboard a Viking sport fishing boat were rescued from an uncontrollable boat fire near Surfside."

2017-02-19 - Two boats go up in flames in yard in the Cayman Islands:

Quote: "After the units arrived on the scene at 1:43 p.m., they discovered that two boats were on fire close to a shed. By 1:54 p.m. the fire was under control and by 2:05 p.m. it was fully extinguished."

2017-02-19 - Boats, marine equipment and shed destroyed by explosion and fire at home in Glenwood, north of Gympie (Australia):

2017-02-19 - Boat, semi tractor, tractor and barn destroyed by fire in Henrietta Township (Michigan), nobody there:

Quote: "A fire destroyed a steel pole barn and its contents Sunday on Dunn Road in Henrietta Township. Inside the barn, measuring about 40 by 60 feet, was the tractor of a semitrailer, a boat, tools, a smaller tractor, and other items, township fire Chief Richard Wetmore said."

Note: These are the 133rd, 134th, 135th, 136th, 137th, 138th, 139th and 140th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2017, and these are the 273rd and 274th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-02-19 - Passenger bus bursts into flame near airport in Chicago (Illinois):

Note: This is the 175th bus to burn in 2017...

2017-02-19 - Tanker truck bursts into flame while parked at petroleum business in Dawson City (Canada), near the Yukon River:

Quote: "Nobody was hurt after a semi tanker truck carrying fuel caught fire in Dawson City's industrial area. The Fire Department says they were called to the blaze about 5:30 Sunday afternoon, as the semi was parked among other trucks in the AFD Petroleum yard."

2017-02-19 - Semi tractor bursts into flame after 11 PM while parked at home, fire spreads to home, in coastal Kent (Washington):

2017-02-19 - Tractor, UTV, hay and barn destroyed by fire in Mills River (North Carolina):

Quote: "The barn appeared to be a total loss, along with a New Holland tractor, a Gator SUV, and other farm equipment that was parked inside.  There was also a considerable amount of hay that burned up inside the barn."

2017-02-19 - Semi tractor, trailer and lumber business go up in flames near Munith (Michigan):

Quote: "A Jackson County lumber company building is a total loss after catching fire. It happened around 3:30 Sunday afternoon on the 8300 block of Dunn Road near Munith. Fire officials on scene tell News 10 fuel tanks inside the building helped accelerate the flames. A semi truck and trailer inside at the time of the fire were damaged. Nobody was injured. The barn is a total loss."

2017-02-19 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at 3 AM on the Pacific Highway near Newrybar (Australia):

Note: These are the 275th, 276th, 277th, 278th and 279th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-02-19 - Minibus bursts into flame on Swallow Way in Cullompton (Britain):

2017-02-19 - RV bursts into flame at 11:30 PM while parked near building in coastal Myrtle Beach (South Carolina):

Note: This is the 58th RV to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-02-19 - Camper-van bursts into flame on West Road in Congleton (Britain):

2017-02-19 - Van and car go up in flames at 2:19 AM on Coypool Road in coastal Plymouth (Britain):

2017-02-19 - Minivan bursts into flame on Towners Road in Patterson (New York), near Lake Carmel:

2017-02-19 - Pickup truck bursts into flame while parked along I-70 in Topeka (Kansas):

Quote: "An investigator on the scene told 13 NEWS that the vehicle lost power and the driver pulled onto the shoulder. The driver said she thought she ran out of fuel and walked to the nearest gas station. When she returned, the truck was engulfed in flames."

2017-02-19 - Pickup truck bursts into flame in Seguin (Texas):

2017-02-19 - Car bursts into flame inside garage at home in coastal Everett (Washington):

2017-02-19 - Car bursts into flame on I-80 near Bettendorf (Iowa):

Note: No crash, just another car going up in flames...

2017-02-19 - Car bursts into flame on I-81 near Bedington (West Virginia):

2017-02-19 - Car bursts into flame at hotel in Mansfield (Ohio):

2017-02-19 - Car bursts into flame in the Sydney Harbour Tunnel in coastal Sydney (Australia):

2017-02-19 - Car bursts into flame on Cataract Street in Kaleen (Australia):

2017-02-19 - McLaren 650S Spider supercar bursts into flame on Blythe Road in Lincoln (Britain):

2017-02-19 - Car bursts into flame on Bold Street in coastal Fleetwood (Britain):

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

2017-02-19 - Car bursts into flame on Castle Lane West in coastal Bournemouth (Britain):

2017-02-19 - Car bursts into flame on Bon Accord Road in coastal Swanage (Britain):

2017-02-19 - Car bursts into flame on the A55 near Gaerwen (Britain), near the coast:

2017-02-19 - Car bursts into flame on Caernarvon Road in Hatherley (Britain):

2017-02-19 - Car bursts into flame at 11:13 PM on the B5061 near Overley (Britain):

2017-02-19 - Car bursts into flame on road near Mary Tavy (Britain):

2017-02-19 - Car bursts into flame at 5:56 AM on Castle Road in Mow Cop (Britain):

2017-02-19 - Car bursts into flame on the A49 near Ludlow (Britain):

2017-02-19 - Car bursts into flame on the M65 in Lancashire (Britain):

2017-02-19 - Car bursts into flame on the A467 in South Wales (Britain):

2017-02-19 - Vehicle bursts into flame on I-75 near Allen Township (Ohio):

2017-02-19 - Vehicle bursts into flame on the A360 near West Lavington (Britain):

2017-02-19 - Vehicle bursts into flame after 11 PM on the M1 in Derbyshire (Britain):

2017-02-19 - Barn destroyed by fire on Mill Field Lane in Grimesland (North Carolina):

2017-02-19 - Barn destroyed by fire in Draper (Utah):

2017-02-19 - Wildfire breaks out in Greenwood Forest Wildlife Management Area in coastal Ocean County (New Jersey):

2017-02-19 - Two brush fires erupt within 30 minutes in Varnville (South Carolina):

2017-02-19 - Brush fire breaks out along Papio Creek in Omaha (Nebraska):

Quote: "Omaha firefighters responded to a brush fire along the Papio Creek between 60th and 72nd streets late Sunday night."

2017-02-19 - Wildfires rage in Bandipur Tiger Reserve and in the Gundre Range (India), 1 killed:

2017-02-19 - Dozens of bales of hay go up in flames in Kearney (Nebraska):

2017-02-19 - Timber home business hit by fire at 11:40 PM, warehouse destroyed, in Marne (Michigan):

2017-02-19 - Restaurant destroyed by fire before 5 AM on Ash Avenue in coastal Marysville (Washington), nobody there:

2017-02-19 - Commercial building damaged by roof fire in Bethesda (Maryland):

2017-02-19 - Industrial refrigeration business damaged by fire in McFarland (Wisconsin):

2017-02-19 - Construction market devastated by huge inferno in the wee hours in Mytishchi (Russia), near Moscow:

2017-02-19 - Plastic pipe factory goes up in flames in Bowenpally (India):

2017-02-19 - Restaurant destroyed by fire in coastal Doha (Qatar):

2017-02-19 - Mobile home destroyed by fire in Flint Township (Michigan), nobody there:

2017-02-19 - Home damaged by fire in coastal Clearwater (Florida), 1 injured, 2 dogs killed:

2017-02-19 - Home damaged by fire at 12:37 AM in coastal Mariners Harbor (New York):

2017-02-19 - Home damaged by fire in coastal Suffolk (Virginia), 1 injured:

2017-02-19 - Home damaged by fire in Omaha (Nebraska), 1 injured:

2017-02-19 - Home heavily damaged by fire in Ishpeming (Michigan), nobody there:

2017-02-19 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 12:47 AM in Kanata (Canada):

2017-02-19 - Home destroyed by fire before 3 AM in Sturgeon (Missouri):

2017-02-19 - Home destroyed by fire in Honey Brook Township (Pennsylvania), 5+ dogs killed, nobody there:

2017-02-19 - Home destroyed by fire in Conewago Township (Pennsylvania):

2017-02-19 - Home destroyed by fire at 1:45 AM in Waynesville (Virginia):

2017-02-19 - Home destroyed by fire at 1:15 AM in Henrico County (Virginia), near the James River:

2017-02-19 - Home destroyed by fire at 3:30 AM in Houston (Texas), near the coast:

2017-02-19 - Apartment building damaged by fire near the James River in Richmond (Virginia), 2 injured:

2017-02-19 - Apartment building damaged by fire in coastal Arlington (Virginia), 4 injured:

2017-02-19 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire at 5:37 AM in Slatington (Pennsylvania):

2017-02-19 - Hotel damaged by fire in Baldwin Park (California), 9 injured:

2017-02-19 - Deadly fire burns home at 11:45 PM next to stream in Prichard (Alabama), 1 killed:

2017-02-19 - Deadly fire burns home just after 7 AM in coastal Norwalk (Connecticut), 1 killed:

2017-02-19 - Deadly fire burns apartment building at 4:44 AM near Lake Mendota in Madison (Wisconsin), 1 killed:

2017-02-19 - Vacant mobile home destroyed by fire in coastal Newark (New Jersey):

2017-02-19 - Vacant home burns on Chappell Lane in Claysburg (Pennsylvania):

2017-02-19 - Vacant home burns in Wallaceburg (Canada):

2017-02-19 - Vacant home destroyed by fire at 6:20 AM in Warren Township (Ohio):

2017-02-19 - Vacant home destroyed by fire shortly before 6 AM near Keedysville (Maryland):

2017-02-19 - Man, 41, found dead in Jeems Bayou next to empty 'ghost boat' in Caddo Parish (Louisiana):

2017-02-19 - Man in his 60s slumps over dead in minivan before 8 AM near the Napa River in Napa (California):

Quote: "A man was found dead in a minivan Sunday morning near the Napa River, police reported."

2017-02-19 - Man, 46, found dead along the San Lorenzo River in unincorporated Santa Cruz County (California):

2017-02-19 - Man drops dead before 6 AM on Roselawn Street in Winter Haven (Florida):

2017-02-19 - Man, 28, drops dead before 7 AM in parking lot in coastal Jupiter (Florida):

2017-02-19 - Person found dead in the Small Boat Harbor in Buffalo (New York):

2017-02-19 - Man, 37, found dead in pond in Columbus Park in Chicago (Illinois):

2017-02-19 - Man found dead in the Middle River in coastal Baltimore (Maryland):

2017-02-19 - Man found dead in the Yakima River in Yakima (Washington):

2017-02-19 - Woman drops dead before 7 AM in grassy area near hospital in Phoenix (Arizona):

Quote: "Police say the woman didn't have any external injuries, but no other information was immediately released."

2017-02-19 - Man, 35, jumps in the Saginaw River, doesn't resurface, presumed dead, in Saginaw (Michigan):

2017-02-19 - Man, 27, falls off apartment building and dies in coastal Darwin (Australia), possible toppler:

2017-02-19 - Woman found dead in Macedon Regional Park (Australia):

2017-02-19 - Person found dead on hiking trail in coastal Cape Town (South Africa):

2017-02-19 - Man found dead in drain in Warri, Delta State (Nigeria), gruesome pics:

2017-02-19 - Man, 42, found dead in guesthouse in Gongabu (Nepal):

2017-02-19 - Driver loses consciousness, tractor trailer veers across median, hits tractor trailer, one bursts into flame, on I-35 near Guthrie (Oklahoma), 1 injured:

Quote: "A semi traveling southbound crossed the median fence after the driver passed out behind the wheel, an Oklahoma Highway Patrol spokesman told NewsChannel 4. The truck careened into an oncoming semi traveling north."

2017-02-19 - Small plane crashes in field in Harmony Township (Ohio), 1 killed:

2017-02-19 - Small plane crashes into residential area in coastal Bayonne (New Jersey), 1 injured:;-pilot-pulled-from-wreckage/1762408/

2017-02-19 - Small plane crashes into tree near Dawsonville (Georgia):

2017-02-19 - Small plane crashes onto golf course in Upper Hanover Township (Pennsylvania):

2017-02-19 - Small plane makes belly landing at airport in Ellington (Connecticut):

2017-02-19 - Minivan crashes into convenience store in coastal Bronx (New York), 1 lightly injured:

2017-02-19 - SUV overturns at 12:15 AM in Callaway County (Missouri), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2017-02-19 - Car veers over centerline, hits semi head-on, near Bryan (Texas), 1 killed:

2017-02-19 - Car veers off road, crashes, bursts into flame, on US 101 near Sausalito (California), 1 killed:

2017-02-19 - Car veers off road, goes airborne, crashes, bursts into flame, near Freeport (Minnesota), 1 injured:

2017-02-19 - Car veers off road, hits pole, bursts into flame, in coastal Punta Gorda (Florida), 1 killed:

2017-02-19 - Pack of dogs attacks and kills 4-year-old boy in Punjab (India):

2017-02-19 - Oroville Dam cracking up in California, employees fined for releasing pics of damage:

Quote: "Live streaming of the Oroville Dam is suggesting the spillway has been compromised and a whole section of concrete has been washed away. A large breach can be seen in the concrete slipway with a huge crack opening up further down. Residents are nervously watching the Oroville Dam and have packed their bags prepared to evacuate again if necessary."

Quote: "A spokesperson for the California Department of Water Resources told KRON that a number of employees working under the Folsom contracting company Syblon Reid violated the terms of their contract by posting the pictures. A Syblon Reid contractor had forbidden a spillway team from capturing any activities at the dam and sharing the footage via social media."

Note: Sounds like they don't want people to see how bad it is. So much for transparency...

2017-02-19 - Parking garage collapses, cars crushed, in coastal Bronx (New York):

2017-02-19 - More than 1500 defects found at nuclear plant near Dimona (Israel):

2017-02-19 - Building collapses in Bulawayo (Zimbabwe), several injured:;+several+injured/news.aspx

2017-02-19 - Introducing the terrifying mathematics of the Anthropocene:

2017-02-19 - Historic warm spell hits the US Midwest:

Quote: "It's a historic warm spell, with temperatures climbing into the mid 60's. Saturday's high was 70 degrees, well above the previous record of 62. Sunday's expected of 65 will tie the record set back in 1930, with a high of 68 on Monday, topping the record of 64. Spring is officially less than a month away."

Note: It was a balmy 76 degrees here today, in Missouri, 250 miles south of Chicago. I think that's some of the leftover heat from the 99-degree temps (!) in Oklahoma last week. Gettin' askeered of summer...

2017-02-19 - Lightning strike kills 19 cattle in Zimbabwe:

2017-02-19 - Heavy rain and tornado hit San Antonio (Texas), 150 homes damaged, several people injured:

2017-02-19 - Heavy snowfall kills another 25 people in Afghanistan:

2017-02-19 - Avalanche kills 7 people near Lowari Tunnel (Pakistan):

2017-02-19 - More flood fears as California braces for another storm:

2017-02-19 - 'The Blob' of abnormally warm Pacific water increased ozone levels, researchers claim:

2017-02-19 - Incredible 'breaking wave' clouds amaze as they form across the sky over Palmerston North (New Zealand):

2017-02-19 - Bright meteor lights up sky over Southern Alabama:

2017-02-19 - Carrier pigeons being used to bring cellphones to prisoners in prisons in Brazil:


  1. Heh, ya got ILLEGAL pictures of Oroville. Ya know, God forbid anybody knows how bad it is so they can make up their own mind to get outta Dodge before the thing fails completely. Last time, the authorities waited til the last effing minute before calling for evacuation, and then the roads were jammed and everyone was a sitting duck (no pun intended) for the potential giant rushing wave of water to wash them away.

    That local fire (to me) where the 5 dogs died, was hard to even read about . .

    National Guard re-evacuation of Oroville Dam, general denies but eight inches of rain falling

    Some National Guard on station near Oroville Dam were asked by citizen journalists what they were doing in the area and the response was that "they were there to help with the re-evacuation", this was quickly corrected by a major general within an hour. Winter storm warnings for all northern California with forecast of 8 inches as Southern California slammed with Cat 2 hurricane force winds. [video]

    Northern California braces for more flooding; Don Pedro spillway opens for first time in 20 years

    [the opening pic accompanying the article is the town containing the hospital at which my son works]

    the heaviest rain was expected to hit on Monday evening and Tuesday.

    "Some of those folks choose to ignore blockade signs that say, 'Stop. Road closed. Dangerous flooding ahead,'" he said. "Next thing you know, they're up to their armpits in water and calling for someone to help get them out." [more]

    Widespread flooding hits Indonesia's capital Jakarta

    Shallow earthquake shakes Panama with magnitude of 4.7

    [one of my wife's favorite songs, by Van Halen]

    42,000 lightning strikes recorded around Bulahdelah, Australia

    The Russian Love Affair With Donald Trump Sours As The U.S. And Russia Move Toward War

    [the Russians make much better friends than enemies]

    Meanwhile, the U.S. continues to rely on weapons systems that were developed in the 1960s and 1970s.
    The Russians are a very dangerous foe, and it is in our national interest to try to have a positive relationship with them. [more]


    Just remember...

    "No one saw it coming" [more]

    Again, four mysterious humanoid shapes form above the cloud cover during a flight between Warsaw to London


  2. Today's lunch: a fabulous tossed salad of carrots, celery, romaine, onion, red pepper, cucumber and tomato combined with turkey and Swiss cheese strips topped with Fuji apple dressing.
    [most of it from the central valley of CA].

    Rare 'fire rainbow' lights up the sky over Singapore

    Strong 6.5 magnitude tremor strikes Bolivia

    No surprise here - Thousands of spills at U.S. oil and gas fracking sites

    Rare great kiskadee spotted in Colleton County, South Carolina

    Avid birders have been flocking to the Bear Island Wildlife Management Area in Colleton County for the past 10 days to see a bird that likely has never before visited the Palmetto State.

    A great kiskadee - a large, "boisterous" flycatcher typically found in South and Central America, Mexico and the southern edge of Texas - was first spotted by nature photographer Kelley Luikey of Port Royal on the morning of Feb. 9. [more]

    Beijing sees first snow this spring as temperatures drop across northern China

    [article coyly misleads - spring is still a month out]

    The Vanishing: Europe's farmland birds down 55% in the last 3 decades

    Man killed by shark off Reunion Island

    Alexandre Naussance, 26, who was once employed as a shark spotter by a surfing association, was attacked while bodyboarding off the northeast coast of the French territory in the Indian Ocean. [more]

    How clothes are polluting our food supply with microfibers and toxic chemicals


    Data Tools: Daily Weather Records

    The last 30 days of new daily records:

    Max high …….. 3119
    Min high ……… 3518

    Max low …….. 4
    Min low …….. 4

    [hat tip CO Bob over @ Scribbler's]

    More evacuations possible in Northern California as rain continues to batter Sacramento area


  3. 4 US tourists and pilot killed in Australian plane crash

    An Australian pilot and four American tourists on a golfing vacation were killed when a light plane crashed in flames into a shopping mall on Tuesday shortly after takeoff in the Australian city of Melbourne, officials said. [more]

    [this may not be JJFH material, but it's notable]
    Legendary Jazz Guitarist Larry Coryell, 'Godfather of Fusion,' Dies at 73

    Legendary guitarist Larry Coryell died Sunday (Feb. 19) at the age of 73 in his New York City hotel room, according to statement sent to Billboard from jazz publicist Jim Eigo.
    Coryell, who passed away in his sleep from natural causes, had performed his last two shows this past weekend at the city's Iridium Jazz Club.

    Big surprise: EPA significantly underestimated spills related to fracking operations

    The new study, published in Environmental Science & Technology, found that 6,648 hydraulically fractured oil and gas well spills in Colorado, New Mexico, North Dakota and Pennsylvania occurred between 2005 and 2014, with up to 16 percent of all fracked wells spilling each year. Oil and hydraulic fracking fluids were included in the spills. [more]

    Brutal ivory trade: Poachers are decimating elephant populations in Africa's most important nature preserve

    The population of forest elephants in Gabon's Minkébé National Park—one of Central Africa's largest and most important nature preserves—has declined by a whopping 81.5 percent since 2004 due to poaching. It's considered a major setback for the preservation of this endangered species, of which less than 100,000 remain in the wild. [more]

    Eight inches snow, floods and 80mph gales to batter UK

    Storm Doris will bring heavy snow, high winds and flooding with a Met Office weather forecast showing the UK's early taste of spring will come crashing to an abrupt, freezing end. The Met Office has issued the fourth storm name of the season as a violent 80mph gales tear in from the Atlantic.

    Parts of the country face gusts strong enough to topple trees, damage buildings, knock out power supplies and trigger "flying debris". Severe weather warnings for fierce winds and up to eight inches of snow have been issued for the next couple of days. [more]

    Old man in critical condition after bear attack in Odisha, India

    Strongest earthquake to hit Bolivia since November 2011 strikes on February 21, 2017


  4. Record drought to record rain in 3 months: Many rivers in northern California at or above flood stage

    [lots of video reports]

    Disappearing honey bee population could spell trouble for some crops


    Radioactive iodine-131 of UNKNOWN ORIGIN measured over large areas across Europe

    The detection of this radionuclide is proof of a rather recent release. However, officials were not able to determine the exact origin of the radioactive anomaly that spread across Euope in January 2017. [more]

    [They discount the amount, yet there's no safe dose!]

    Ponds that warm up could accelerate climate change, study shows