Thursday, August 10, 2017

Event Update For 2017-08-09

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

2017-08-09 - Metal recycling center erupts in flame, scrap metal burns, fire gets huge, in Morrisville (Pennsylvania):

2017-08-09 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in West Chester (Pennsylvania), fire fighters sickened:

Quote: "An underground fire released high levels of carbon monoxide that overtook firefighters and caused the evacuation of a two block area of West Chester Wednesday evening, fire officials said. The elevated gas levels sidelined five firefighters around 4 p.m. as they tried to put out an underground transformer fire along the 200 block of W. Gay Street, West Chester Borough Fire Chief Michael McDonald said."

2017-08-09 - Transformer bursts into flame at 5:15 AM in coastal Long Beach (California), blackouts ensue:

Quote: "A transformer fire knocked out power to more than 6,000 Southern California Edison customers in the Long Beach area Wednesday morning. The outage, first reported at 5:15 a.m. according to SCE’s website, was affecting 6,410 customers as of 7 a.m."

2017-08-09 - Massive wildfires rage in Siberia and Greenland:

2017-08-09 - Apocalyptic wildfires continue burning in Canada:

2017-08-09 - From all-time heat records to millions of charred acres of forest, summer of 2017 is no joke:

2017-08-09 - Freight train engine bursts into flame in Greenup County (Kentucky):

2017-08-09 - Freight train engine bursts into flame in Oakland (Maryland):

Quote: "The locomotive fire forced the engineer to bring a full coal train to a complete stop in the middle of Oakland at about 11:35 a.m. Wednesday."

2017-08-09 - Three vehicles and home destroyed by fire at 4 AM in Lyon Township (Michigan):

Quote: "I lost three more (vehicles). Within 20 minutes our home was gone."

2017-08-09 - Home destroyed by explosion and fire at 3:45 AM in Milwaukee (Wisconsin), near Lake Michigan, nobody there:

Quote: "Wyatt and her neighbors told firefighters they heard and felt an explosion around 3:45 a.m. 'I mean, it almost felt like something fell on the house,' she recalled. "It was the biggest boom I’ve heard ever. The closest I can liken it to is a bomb going off in the military,' added Rell Grayas, an army veteran who lives two doors away. 'Like I said, it shook my bed.' Soon after the explosion, flames were seen shooting 75 feet into the air with the entire home engulfed in flames. Firefighters on the scene within two minutes said they found evidence of an explosion."

2017-08-09 - Home damaged by garage explosion and fire in Lexington (Kentucky):

2017-08-09 - Home destroyed by explosion in Bolton (Canada), 1 injured:

Note: These are the 223rd, 224th and 225th residential explosions in 2017...

2017-08-09 - Six boats go up in flames just before 5 AM while parked inside building in coastal Fort Pierce (Florida):

Quote: "A fire in a boat storage building at the Taylor Creek Marina damaged 11 boats early Thursday, but it could have been worse, according to the St. Lucie County Fire District."

Quote: "After the building was cleared of fumes, investigators found six boats had been damaged by fire. The remainder were damaged by smoke and from water from the sprinkler system."

Quote: "The cause is classified as accidental. The fire started in one boat's electrical system, she said."

2017-08-09 - Yacht 'Game Over' bursts into flame while docked at marina on the St. Lawrence River in Wellesley Island (New York):

Quote: "A 35-foot yacht named 'Game Over' was heavily damaged by fire at a Wellesley Island marina Wednesday morning."

Quote: "'Game Over' was considered a total loss."

Note: These are the 723rd, 724th, 725th, 726th, 727th, 728th and 729th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-08-09 - Crane truck bursts into flame on the A40 in Pencraig (Britain):

2017-08-09 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-287 in Bedminster (New Jersey):

2017-08-09 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on Route 17 in Paramus (New Jersey):

2017-08-09 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame just before 5:30 AM on Route 283 in East Hempfield Township (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Route 283 was closed for hours Wednesday morning after a tractor trailer fire. It happened just before 5:30 a.m. on Route 283 Eastbound near mile marker 22.2 in East Hempfield Township."

2017-08-09 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on road in Idaho Falls (Idaho):

Note: These are the 1426th, 1427th, 1428th, 1429th and 1430th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-08-09 - RV bursts into flame, ignites brush fire, on Highway 41 near Cholame (California):

Note: This is the 380th RV to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-08-09 - Camper-van bursts into flame on North Road in coastal Poole (Britain):

2017-08-09 - Van bursts into flame while parked at business near Sparta (Tennessee):

2017-08-09 - Van bursts into flame at 11:22 PM on Coneygree Road in Stanground, Peterborough (Britain):

2017-08-09 - Minivan bursts into flame just before 5:30 AM while parked on Blount Street in coastal Fort Myers (Florida):

2017-08-09 - Minivan bursts into flame on Lake Shore Drive near the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago (Illinois):

2017-08-09 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on Otter Gap Road near Chalybeate Springs (Kentucky):

2017-08-09 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on the Garden State Parkway near Monmouth (New Jersey):

2017-08-09 - Pickup truck bursts into flame at 12:34 AM at intersection in coastal Bridgeport (Connecticut):

2017-08-09 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to garage, in Las Vegas (Nevada):

Quote: "A car fire extended to the garage of a two-story house at 3716 Plum Blossom Court, near Gowan and Fort Apache roads. The fire damaged the vehicle as well as the outside of the garage."

2017-08-09 - Car bursts into flame at Dunkin' Donuts in coastal Milford (Connecticut):

2017-08-09 - Car bursts into flame on Alta Lane in Lynchburg (Virginia):

2017-08-09 - Car bursts into flame at 5:55 AM while parked in carpark at RHS Garden in Wisley (Britain):

2017-08-09 - Car bursts into flame on the A22 Caterham Bypass near Woldingham (Britain):

2017-08-09 - Car bursts into flame in Castlefields in coastal Runcorn (Britain):

2017-08-09 - Car bursts into flame at 7 AM on the A500 near Audley (Britain), separate crash too:

Quote: "The A500 is closed this morning following a two-car collision and an unrelated vehicle fire. Emergency services were called to the northbound side of the dual carriageway, between the turn off for Audley and junction 16 of the M6, at around 7.00am."

Note: Definitely related by timeframe, geographic area and the atmosphere...

2017-08-09 - Car bursts into flame on M40 slip road near High Wycombe (Britain):

Quote: "Wednesday 9 August, 7.38am Car fire, sliproad from junction 1a of the M40 northbound to junction 16 of the M25 anti-clockwise. One appliance and crew from Beaconsfield and two from High Wycombe attended. Firefighters use one hose reel, two sets of breathing apparatus and a thermal imaging camera."

2017-08-09 - Vehicle bursts into flame at 6:30 AM in layby along the A12 near Colchester (Britain):

2017-08-09 - Car and home destroyed by fire at 7:15 AM in Fort Bend County (Texas):

Quote: "Initial reports were that a car exploded in the garage around 7:15 a.m. Captain Chester Payne with Community Volunteer Fire Department told ABC13, while it's clear the fire started in the garage, it's not clear if the family's car caught fire first, or something else in the garage sparked the flames."

2017-08-09 - Semi trailer and 13 tons of straw go up in flames in Ruyton-XI-Towns (Britain):

2017-08-09 - Maintenance shop heavily damaged by fire at golf course in Overland Park (Kansas):

Quote: "The golf course maintenance shop building at the Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate caught fire Wednesday afternoon."

Note: This is where they'd work on golf carts, lawn tractors, etc.

2017-08-09 - Battery bursts into flame in woman's purse, purse ignites, during council meeting in Boulder City (Nevada):

2017-08-09 - Garbage bursts into flame in garbage truck on the Bush Highway in Irving (Texas):

2017-08-09 - Lumber mill heavily damaged by fire in Athol (Idaho):

2017-08-09 - Lumber business devastated by massive fire in Abbotsford (Canada):

Quote: "The fire appears to have started at a lumber business called Presicion Custom. An RV dealership is also located nearby."

2017-08-09 - Mobile home destroyed by fire shortly before 5 AM in Huntsville (Alabama), nobody there:

2017-08-09 - Home destroyed by fire at 5:30 AM in Hanover Township (Ohio), nobody there:

2017-08-09 - Two homes go up in flames in Phoenix (Arizona):

2017-08-09 - Apartment building damaged by fire in coastal Pawtucket (Rhode Island):

2017-08-09 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire before 4 AM on East Burnside Street in Portland (Oregon):

2017-08-09 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire in Van Nuys (California), 2 injured:

2017-08-09 - Deadly fire burns home at 4:46 AM in Hesperia (California), 1 killed:

2017-08-09 - Deadly fire destroys home at 2 AM in Monmouth (Oregon), 1 killed:

2017-08-09 - Deadly fire destroys home in Rustburg (Virginia), 1 killed, 2 injured:

2017-08-09 - Vacant home burns in Sahuarita (Arizona):

2017-08-09 - Vacant home burns in St. Joseph (Missouri):

2017-08-09 - Vacant fourplex burns in coastal Corpus Christi (Texas):

2017-08-09 - Vacant restaurant burns in coastal Baltimore (Maryland):

2017-08-09 - Vacant driving range building destroyed by fire at 4:18 AM at golf course in coastal Wilmington (California):

2017-08-09 - Hundreds of great shearwaters (sea birds) washing up dead on beaches on the East Coast, gannets (sea birds) dying too:

Quote: "Walking on the beach at the north end of Block Island last month, Matt Schenck stumbled upon two dead and decomposing seabirds, which the avid birdwatcher identified as great shearwaters. While gulls of various species are commonly found dead on local beaches, shearwaters are an extreme rarity. Except this year. Hundreds of great shearwaters have turned up dead on beaches on Long Island and southern New England this summer, and no one seems to know why. In addition to the birds on Block Island, birders and biologists have reported dead shearwaters on Rhode Island beaches in Tiverton and Charlestown."

Quote: "He said a number of northern gannets, another species of seabird, have been found dead on Cape Cod beaches this summer. The only difference, he said, is that they are 'in good condition, except for being dead.'"

2017-08-09 - Two deepwater oarfish wash up dead at beach in Southern Leyte (Philippine Islands):

2017-08-09 - Minke whale found dead in Charlevoix, Quebec (Canada):

2017-08-09 - Whale shark washes up dead on beach in Tamil Nadu (India):

2017-08-09 - Humpback whale found dead on the bow of cruise ship in Ketchikan (Alaska):

Quote: "Princess spokesman Brian O’Connor said the company was surprised and saddened to discover the whale. 'It is unknown how or when this happened as the ship felt no impact,' he said in a statement. 'It is also unknown, at this time, whether the whale was alive or already deceased before becoming lodged on the bow.'"

2017-08-09 - 31 sea lions wash up and die since June on beaches in Central California:

2017-08-09 - 1100 cattle suddenly die at farm in Mato Grosso do Sul (Brazil):

2017-08-09 - Thousands of fish wash up dead at beach in Dover (Britain):

2017-08-09 - Many fish found dead in the Dnieper River in Cherkasy (Ukraine):

2017-08-09 - Many fish die as river suddenly turns red in Sumatra (Indonesia):

2017-08-09 - Two men found dead in submerged car in pond at Hartford on the Lakes in Columbus (Ohio):

2017-08-09 - Man, 40-45, found dead in canal, and man, 27, falls off building and dies, in Jammu (India):

2017-08-09 - Man, 47, cop, has 'medical event' and dies in Bakersfield (California):

Quote: "A Bakersfield police sergeant died Wednesday after suffering a medical event while getting ready for work, according to the department."

Note: Getting ready for work - had he just had a shower? Did he collapse IN the shower?

2017-08-09 - Man, 29, falls off ladder and dies at home on Priscilla Beach Road in coastal North Plymouth (Massachusetts), possible toppler:

Note: Around 400 feet from the ocean. Here's a Google Maps link of the area...

2017-08-09 - Man, 51, found dead in lake along Highway 171 in Tuscaloosa County (Alabama):

2017-08-09 - Man drops dead near Boardwalk Hall in coastal Atlantic City (New Jersey), 700 feet from the ocean:

2017-08-09 - Man, 44, found dead in the water at beach in coastal Long Branch (New Jersey):

2017-08-09 - Man, 52, found dead in the Greenbrier River near Alderson (West Virginia):

2017-08-09 - Naked man found dead in the McKenzie River near Eugene (Oregon):

2017-08-09 - Man, 24, found dead in shallow water in The Woodlands (Texas):

2017-08-09 - Man, 23, found dead in popular swimming hole near Rapid City (South Dakota):

2017-08-09 - Woman found dead in the Mississippi River in East St. Louis (Illinois):

2017-08-09 - Man, 85, found dead in Brewer Creek along the Severn River in Severn (Maryland):

2017-08-09 - Man found dead in Boulder Canyon near Nederland (Colorado):

2017-08-09 - Person found dead at Big River Management Area in West Greenwich (Connecticut):

2017-08-09 - Person found dead in vacant home in South Bend (Indiana), near the St. Joseph River:

2017-08-09 - Person found dead just before 1 AM near school in Bakersfield (California):

2017-08-09 - Man, 90, dies after being pulled unconscious from the water at beach in coastal Tumon (Guam):

2017-08-09 - Man found dead in flat in Bishopbriggs (Scotland), 10 miles from the coast:

2017-08-09 - Man, 38, drops dead at home on Mastrick Drive in coastal Aberdeen (Scotland), 2 miles from the ocean:

2017-08-09 - Woman has seizure, car veers off road and hits building, in Allen Park (Michigan):

Quote: "'The driver had a seizure,' said Allen Park Fire Chief Douglas LaFond. 'She left the roadway, went over a grassy area and hit the back of the building, hitting a 4-inch gas line.' According to LaFond, the woman was incoherent and initially was unable to get out of the car on her own, so emergency responders broke a window to get to her. The fire chief said she was in a mental 'fog' typical of seizure sufferers in the moments after they experience such an episode."

2017-08-09 - Man, 59, has 'medical episode' at 11 PM, SUV crashes off road, in Hillcrest (New York):

Quote: "The driver, the sole occupant of the vehicle, appeared to have suffered from a medical episode, police said."

2017-08-09 - Man, 28, has 'medical problem', car plows into store, near Grifton (North Carolina):

Quote: "The Highway Patrol believes the 28-year-old man had a medical problem that caused him to run off the road, hit a porch and then run into the store."

2017-08-09 - Passenger plane blows two tires at takeoff and aborts takeoff in Atlanta (Georgia):

2017-08-09 - Navy F-5 Tiger II jet crashes into the ocean near coastal Key West (Florida), pilot ejects:

Quote: "The jet’s crash-landing now marks 13 non-combat crashes of U.S. military aircraft in 2017 – up more than 50 percent during the last year, Fox News has learned."

2017-08-09 - Small plane crashes on road near Wellston (Ohio), engine failure, 2 injured:

2017-08-09 - Small plane crashes shortly after takeoff in Rush Township (Pennsylvania), engine failure, 1 injured:

Quote: "Witnesses told ABC27 News the plane was about 80 feet off the runway when they heard a 'boom' and saw the plane bank to the left before crashing."

Quote: "Police said the investigation will also reveal if the pilot had a medical emergency while operating the plane."

2017-08-09 - Small plane crashes in Caledon (Canada):

2017-08-09 - Small plane crashes in Eteringbang (Guyana), 1 injured:

Quote: "This is the second aircraft incident at Eteringbang in recent weeks. Two Tuesdays ago, Roraima Airways Chief Pilot , Collin Martin, perished when the airline’s Britten Norman Islander bearing registration 8R-GRA crashed while approaching for landing late that afternoon."

2017-08-09 - Tanker truck overturns on road near Orange Grove (Texas), 1 killed:

2017-08-09 - Tanker truck overturns on US 79 in Rockdale (Texas):

2017-08-09 - Tractor trailer overturns, bursts into flame, on I-65 in Louisville (Kentucky), 1 injured, some pigs killed:

2017-08-09 - Tractor trailer overturns on I-49 in Washington County (Arkansas):

2017-08-09 - Tractor trailer overturns on I-30 in Little Rock (Arkansas):

2017-08-09 - Minivan crashes into Salt Fork Lake in North Salem (Ohio), 1 injured:

2017-08-09 - Two pickup trucks and car crash, all of them go up in flames, on I-880 in coastal Fremont (California):

2017-08-09 - Car crashes at 1 AM, bursts into flame, in Perry County (Kentucky), 3 injured:

2017-08-09 - Car veers off road, hits poles and restaurant, in coastal Staffordville (New Jersey), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2017-08-09 - Car crashes on US 50 in Salem (West Virginia), 1 killed:

Quote: "The woman killed in an accident on U.S. 50 near Cherry Camp Road in Salem has been identified as Lolita Belt, 46, of Wood County. Harrison County Sheriff’s Lt. Rob Waybright said Belt may have suffered some type of medical condition that caused the accident."

2017-08-09 - Car crashes into CVS in Yorktown Heights (New York):

Quote: "The latest incident occurred around 1:10 p.m. Wednesday when a driver, who may have been suffering from a medical condition, slammed into the side of the drug store, said Yorktown Police Lt. Tom Gentner."

2017-08-09 - Car overturns on Route 140 in Norton (Massachusetts), 2 injured:

Quote: "'It rolled over a couple of times,' Fire Capt. Benton Keene said. 'The crash itself was serious but the injuries were not. It appears the driver might have suffered a medical emergency.'"

2017-08-09 - Car crashes, bursts into flame, on the Highway 126 near Vida (Oregon), 1 killed:

2017-08-09 - Rogue elephant kills 15 people in a month in Bihar and Jharkhand (India):

2017-08-09 - Sinkhole devours chunk of road in Citra (Florida):

2017-08-09 - Sinkhole opens on River Drive in Davenport (Iowa):

2017-08-09 - Sinkhole opens on Lucy Road in Kingsport (Tennessee):

2017-08-09 - Man has 'medical emergency' on barge docked at port in coastal Wilmington (Delaware):

Quote: "City firefighters assisted at a call from the Port of Wilmington Wednesday morning when a man experienced a medical emergency 20' off the ground on a docked barge.  According to officials with the Wilmington Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched to 50 Berth Road around 11:51 a.m. on August 9, 2017, where an adult male was in need of medical aid inside the barge, but was only accessible via a ladder."

2017-08-09 - Man, 80, disappears while scuba diving near coastal Provincetown (Massachusetts):

Quote: "Coast Guard boats and aircraft, along with local agencies and commercial and recreational boats, searched the sea near Long Point in Provincetown on Wednesday after an 80-year-old SCUBA diver failed to surface after he dived in 35 feet of water. The Coast Guard said in a written statement that the unidentified diver, who had 50 years of SCUBA experience, was diving with other divers from a 16-foot Boston Whaler dive boat. A crewman contacted the Coast Guard at about 11:36 a.m. to report that the man was no longer attached to his dive flag."

2017-08-09 - Man goes out on boat, goes missing, empty 'ghost boat' found, on the Susquehanna River in Wilkes-Barre (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Dive teams spent the day Wednesday searching the Susquehanna River in Wilkes-Barre for a missing boater. Rescue teams were out all morning along the Susquehanna River in Wilkes-Barre searching for a man who was reported missing Tuesday night. Crews are searching for Rick Bevan of Wilkes-Barre. They found Bevan's boat Tuesday night after his family says he didn't come home from his fishing trip."

2017-08-09 - Man, 64, has 'medical episode', topples off ladder, in Oxford (Britain), 1 injured:

Quote: "A 64-year-old man has been taken to hospital in a serious condition after falling from a ladder at the Westgate construction site. The worker is now in a stable condition after suffering from what is believed to have been a medical episode while up a ladder."

2017-08-09 - SOTT Earth changes summary for July 2017, extreme weather, planetary upheaval, meteors:

2017-08-09 - Underwater permafrost on the Arctic shelf melting faster than expected:

Quote: "'Based on the new results obtained by comprehensive biogeochemical, geophysical and geological research made in 2011-2016, we can conclude that in some areas of the Eastern Siberian shelf the permafrost layer has thinned and reached the stability zone of hydrates, the destruction of which might lead to massive emissions of methane bubbles,' Natalya Shakhova, professor at the university's Geology and Exploration Department, was quoted as saying."

2017-08-09 - Volcanoes Poas and Turrialba erupt in Costa Rica:

2017-08-09 - Local food summit with Guy McPherson:

2017-08-09 - Americans are dying younger, saving corporations billions:

2017-08-09 - Magnitude 6.3 earthquake strikes southeast of Dostyq (Kazakhstan):

2017-08-09 - Earthquake swarm strikes near coastal Rijeka (Croatia):

2017-08-09 - Coal plants might be even more toxic than we thought:

2017-08-09 - Lightning strikes kill 3 people and injure 2 more in Bulgaria:

2017-08-09 - WetLand, an artwork about rising waters, sinks in the Schuylkill River (Pennsylvania):

2017-08-09 - Bizarre clouds form a 'vortex' over Finland:

2017-08-09 - Strange sounds heard from the sky in Romania:

2017-08-09 - Police murders of citizens in the US in 2017 are at the highest rate ever:

2017-08-09 - First genetically engineered salmon sold in Canada:

2017-08-09 - Natural gas prices poised to rise as exports boom:

2017-08-09 - World's largest dinosaur now on display in New York:


  1. Hey Jonny! My last two comments from last evening didn't make it to posting. I commented about how you've had cooler than normal weather (both high and low temps) for the past week or so, and that it looked likely to continue into next week. It's better than 109 though, so enjoy it! We've been in the low to mid 80's here with cool nights (60's). The humidity is creeping up day by day.

    [start off with zeta]
    Dead whale found on the bow of cruise ship entering Ketchikan, Alaska

    [we brought a present!]

    Bull kills man in Victoria, Australia

    Powerful 6.2 magnitude earthquake rocks the Philippines

    Severe storms hit Kansas; Massive hail damages cars, homes in WaKeeney

    Friday, 11 August 2017
    Southern Europe's devastating heatwave continues

    Dangerous day ahead for parts of Europe as temperatures edge slowly toward 50 deg C (122 deg F) destroying crops and causing wildfires

    Temps to reach mid 40's deg C (115 deg F) in parts of Europe.
    Temperatures sparking wildfires.
    A 79-year-old woman was found dead in a field next to her home in Italy
    High humidity in the north and hot winds from Africa in the south are making the perceived temperatures seem even hotter 
    Olive yields in parts of the country are forecast to be 50 percent lower than normal this autumn and the scarcity of water has cut sheep's milk production by 30 percent in others, with knock-on effects for the production of one of Italy's most popular cheeses, pecorino.
    Temperatures in Southern Spain are expected to hit mid 40's deg C as well well as extreme temperatures in southern France, Italy and the Balkans with Eastern Europe, Hungary and Romania also suffering dangerous temperatures at the height of the tourist season. [more]

    [more below]


  2. Siberain wildfires continue to rage

    Officials resort to artificial rain to tackle raging wildfires in Siberia

    Rate of vertical degradation of under-water permafrost on the East Siberian Arctic

    America's crumbling infrastructure exposed as Louisiana's governor declares a state of emergency as water pumps fail after floods

    The city's infrastructure had been crumbling for years before the devastation unleashed in 2005 by levee breaches in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
    The federal government earmarked billions of dollars for repairs and upgrades after the hurricane, but the problems have persisted.
    Streets are pockmarked with potholes and sinkholes.
    The city's water system has been plagued by leaks from broken pipes and power outages leading to boil water advisories.
    Landrieu's office said in a news release early Thursday that the city has lost service from one of its turbines, which powers most of the pumping stations that serve the East Bank of New Orleans.
    He said that means the system's capacity to drain stormwater from the streets has been diminished.
    "It was an internal fire within the turbine itself, and it was a critical part," Landrieu said The mayor said the city was bringing in generators to back up the system and hoped to have them installed within 48 hours.
    Earlier, Landrieu said the power available early Thursday wouldn't be adequate to protect the city from another massive rainfall. [more]

    [from yesterday (in missing comment), here's some that didn't get posted]
    Loud boom and flash of light baffle residents of Weston, UK

    New observations of near-Earth asteroid 2012 TC4 reveal 0.1 LD flyby

    How America lost its mind – “A third of us believe not only that global warming is no big deal but that it’s a hoax perpetrated by scientists, the government, and journalists”

    We have passed through the looking glass and down the rabbit hole. America has mutated into Fantasyland. [more]


  3. Yeah, weather's been very nice here, particularly for August. Certainly not going to complain, not while seeing parts of Europe baking at 115F! That seems mighty hot for Europe.

  4. i'm losin' so many comments nah, uma hafta use da zeta as back-up.

    Russia's highest volcano spews huge 8 kilometer high ash cloud in Kamchatka

    The Klyuchevskoi Volcano in Kamchatka, Eurasia's highest active volcano, spewed a column of ash rising to 8 kilometers, the Kamchatka department of the Geophysical Service of the Russian Academy of Sciences said on Friday. [more]

    Lightning bolt kills 3 children and injures 3 others in Uttar Pradesh, India

    Motorcyclist struck by lightning filmed in Guilin City, China


    Extreme heatwave decimating crops in parts of Europe

    Serbia has been one of the hardest hit countries, with experts saying an estimated 60 percent of corn crops destroyed. The ministry of ecology also says water levels across the country have dropped drastically, threatening fish stocks.

    Strange noises in the sky heard in Northern Territory, Australia

    [notice the condition of the trees in the video]

    Tiger kills another farmer in Uttar Pradesh, India; 3rd local victim in 4 days, 7th in 3 months