Sunday, October 1, 2017

2017 - SEP - Spotlight Stories

Category: Variety Pack

2017-09-01 - Woman found dead on College Street in Memphis (Tennessee), strange smell reported, cops don HazMat gear:

Quote: "Police are investigating after a woman was found dead Friday evening. According to MPD, they responded to a man down call on the 1000 block of College Street behind Stax Academy. Police say the cause of death is not known. Witnesses report an usual strange smell and officials wore protective gear against hazardous material."

2017-09-01 - Hydrogen sulfide again hits Moscow (Russia):

Quote: "MOSCOW, 2 Sep — RIA Novosti. Level of hydrogen sulfide has exceeded extreme admissible concentration (in the masculine maximum allowable concentration) of harmful substances in the atmosphere in the southeast of Moscow on Friday night, reports to GPBU 'Moskekomonitoring'."

Note: Translation is obviously not perfect...

2017-09-01 - Unknown odor hits hospital in coastal Perth (Australia):

Quote: "An unknown smell has forced some patients at Royal Perth Hospital to be moved within the facility, as firefighters investigate. A hazmat incident was reported in the south block on Friday and patients on Ward 10A and Ward 11 have been relocated within the hospital. As a precautionary measure, people in the area have been advised to remain inside with doors and windows closed. Motorists are also urged to avoid the area."

2017-09-01 - Unknown 'gas odor' sickens four people at apartment building in Kilmarnock (Scotland):

Quote: "Office in Kilmarnock evacuated after suspected gas leak in the building..."

Quote: "It’s understood that staff at Stirling Park had to leave their offices, with some suffering from breathing difficulties."

Quote: "After a thorough examination of the building the surrounding area, no harmful substances were found."

Note: The fact that they thought it was a gas leak means it was a rotten egg odor that they smelled and which sickened the people, but they didn't find anything. Hey, as long as they make sure never to carry H2S detectors then they'll never detect H2S. Problem solved! Well, except for the people who get sick or go insane from brain damage or fall over dead - it'll still be somewhat of a problem for them...

2017-09-01 - Underground electrical explosion and fire blows manhole cover off in Throckley (Britain):

2017-09-01 - Scrapyard hit by huge fire, scrap metal burns, in Bourne (Britain):

Quote: "Firefighters from three counties worked across the weekend to tackle then make safe a huge blaze at a metal scrap-yard in Bourne. Up to 10 crews from Bourne, Spalding and Kirton went to B W Riddle, in South Fen Road, where a large pile of scrap metal went up in flames just after 4.50pm on Friday (August 25)."

Quote: "Large clouds of smoke could be seen for up to 20 miles away and people living nearby were advised to keep windows and doors closed."

2017-09-01 - Landfill hit by wood chip fire at 2:12 AM in Calistoga (California):

2017-09-01 - More than 100 wildfires burning in Canada send smoke into the US Midwest in Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota:

Quote: "Over 100 wildfires are currently burning in Canada, and all the smoke from the fires is making its way to Iowa."

Note: Sheesh, just one state away from me now, in Iowa and Illinois, from fires burning in CANADA...

2017-09-01 - Van bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to two homes, in coastal Wilmington (Delaware):

2017-09-01 - SUV bursts into flame while parked at church, fire spreads to church, in coastal New Castle (Delaware):

Note: New Castle is right next to Wilmington, so that was two parked vehicles going up in flames in the same general area and burning three buildings...

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2017-09-02 - Biggest wildfire in Los Angeles history rages in coastal Los Angeles (California):

Quote: "In Los Angeles, a wildfire just north of downtown had grown to the largest in city history, Mayor Eric Garcetti said. Three structures had burned, at least two of them homes, but fire officials said they were confident they could tame the blaze unless winds picked up. Wildfires also entered a 2,700-year-old grove of giant sequoia trees near Yosemite National Park and have driven people from their homes in Washington, Oregon, Montana and other areas struggling with a weeklong heat wave that’s gripped the region."

2017-09-02 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, big pile of scrap metal burns, in Jackson (Michigan), nobody there:

Quote: "A large pile of metal caught fire at the scrap metal facility, 711 Lewis St. A person passing by the property reported the problem about 7:15 p.m. Sept. 2. Acting Capt. Joe Smith estimated the pile was about 60 feet high. No one was at OmniSource at the time of the fire. The plant had been closed since 5 p.m. Friday."

2017-09-02 - Garbage storage warehouse erupts in flame in Gary (Indiana):

2017-09-02 - Two women have 'medical emergencies', pulled unconscious from the American River in Sacramento (California):

Quote: "Two unconscious women were pulled from the American River on Saturday afternoon, the Sacramento Fire Department said in a tweet published at 4:44 p.m. The women were found in the river east of Interstate 5, said Chris Harvey , a department spokesman. They both had medical emergencies at the time of the incident, a separate tweet said."

Note: Mighty big coincidence there, two women having medical emergencies at the same time in the same place, or else something environmental affected both of them, like, say, THE WATER...

2017-09-02 - Man has 'medical event' and collapses while operating crane at port in coastal Tauranga (New Zealand):

Quote: "A crane operator had to be rescued from his perch on a Port of Tauranga straddle crane after suffering from a medical event on the weekend. Emergency services were called to the port on Saturday morning after the man had collapsed."

2017-09-02 - Heatwave continues in San Diego County (California), temp hits 109F in San Francisco:

Quote: "A heat wave hit California which has resulted in record-high temperatures in San Francisco. The city's previous record high temperature was 39.4 degrees Celsius, set in 2000. On Friday, the temperature in downtown San Francisco reached 41.1 degrees Celsius. On Saturday, it increased to 42.7 degrees Celsius, the US National Weather Service said. 'This was the highest reading since records were first kept there in 1874. That's the oldest climate station in California,' a meteorologist said, adding 'That's a significant record.'"

Note: So San Francisco's third hottest day ever recorded was 103F on June 14, 2000. Its second-hottest day ever recorded was 106F on September 1, 2017. And now its hottest day ever recorded is 109F on September 2, 2017. So the two hottest days ever recorded in San Francisco were the first two days of September of this year...

2017-09-02 - Strong seismic event shakes North Korea, nuclear explosion:

Category: Fires And Explosions

2017-09-03 - Wildfire, largest in LA history, grows to 5895+ acres, 3 homes destroyed, in coastal Los Angeles (California):

2017-09-03 - At least 74 wildfires burn a combined million acres in eight Western US states:

Quote: "At least 74 wildfires are burning in eight Western states and consumed more than a million acres combined."

2017-09-03 - Wildfires burn through more than half a million acres in Montana:

2017-09-03 - Wildfire grows to 53,000 acres near Coopers Lake in Powell County (Montana):

2017-09-03 - Auto salvage yard hit by huge fire at 5 AM, 160+ cars burn, in Grangebellew (Ireland):

Quote: "Gardai carried out a technical examination of the scene of a fire that destroyed more than 160 cars at a compound in county Louth in the early hours of Sunday morning. The fire, at Cassidy Car Parts in Grangebellew, was reported around 5am and fire crews were still at the scene this afternoon."

2017-09-03 - Largest bus factory in Brazil heavily damaged by fire in Caxias do Sul (Brazil):

2017-09-03 - Auto shop destroyed by fire at 6:30 AM in Pike Township (Ohio):

2017-09-03 - Car bursts into flame at Mercedes-Benz dealership in coastal Honolulu (Hawaii):

2017-09-03 - Two cars and home go up in flames, fire started in carport, in Starksville (Mississippi):

Quote: "SFD Batallion Chief David Gaudin said the fire started in the carport area of the home. 'There were two vehicles involved, flames reaching 30, 40 feet in the air, power line down,' Gaudin said."

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2017-09-04 - Salton Sea belches up more hydrogen sulfide in California, odor advisory issued:

2017-09-04 - Girl, 15, has 'medical incident' in swimming pool at Germantown Academy in Fort Washington (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "A 15-year-old female student at Germantown Academy was taken to the hospital after she suffered a medical incident in the school pool around 10:15 a.m. Friday, Whitemarsh police reported."

2017-09-04 - Couple, both 76, found burned to death in home on the island of Bali (Indonesia):

2017-09-04 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in coastal Norfolk (Virginia):

Quote: "An American Airlines plane made an emergency landing Monday night. An airport official told News 3 the plane safely landed at Norfolk International Airport. The flight number is 235 and the plane was heading from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Miami. The plane landed after reports of smoke in the cockpit."

Note: This is the 75th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2017...

2017-09-04 - Refinery rocked by explosion in El Dorado (Kansas), 1 killed:

2017-09-04 - Large parts of the western side of North America are burning:

Note: I mentioned some time ago that this is how North America would burn, from west to east. That's because of the rotation of the Earth. As the Pacific Ocean spews methane and hydrogen sulfide, the wind blows west-to-east and the gases blow ashore and hit the western coast of North America first, then fires break out. Over time, eventually everything will have burned on the west coast and the fires will spread eastward. That doesn't mean that in the meantime there won't be some serious fires farther east too though. There'll be some of those as well, like the largest fire in Kansas history that erupted before fire season began this year, and the gigantic fires burning in British Columbia in Canada. But overall, the trend will be for larger fires in the west, spreading toward the east as time marches on. We're already seeing that happen. The same scenario is playing out elsewhere too, for example in Portugal, which is sort of like the California of that area of Europe, so Portugal will burn first and hardest, with the fires spreading eastward into Spain, and that's what we saw this year. Another example: the huge fires that have burned in Chile. Chile is sort of like the California of South America, on the west coast. And so on...

2017-09-04 - Largest wildfire in LA history grows to 7,000 acres in coastal Los Angeles (California):

2017-09-04 - Wildfire grows to 167,513 acres near coastal Brookings (Oregon):

2017-09-04 - Wildfire grows to more than 100,000 acres near Seeley Lake (Montana):

2017-09-04 - Wildfires burn toward Glacier National Park and Yosemite National Park (Montana):

2017-09-04 - Wildfire grows to 94,941 acres near Topaz Lake (Nevada):

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2017-09-05 - Rotten egg odor reported on East Riverview Avenue in Napoleon (Ohio), 940 feet from the Maumee River:

Quote: "The Napoleon Fire Department did an odor investigation in the 500 and 600 block of East Riverview Avenue at approximately 5 p.m. Tuesday after the smell of gas was reported. After an investigation, crews were unable to determine a source."

2017-09-05 - Unknown odor hits hospital in coastal Cardiff (Britain):

Quote: "The University Hospital of Wales has reopened after the fire service investigated what was described as an 'odd smell'. Its main outpatients corridor from the concourse to the radiology department and the Rheumatology Day Centre were affected. A spokeswoman for the Cardiff hospital said the 'odd smell' meant a number of clinics were also affected."

2017-09-05 - Foul sewage smell regularly hitting area in Ashbourne (Britain):

Quote: "Mystery surrounds the source of a foul smell which has been plaguing people living in a cluster of housing estates on the edge of Ashbourne for more than a year. People in the Derby Road estate, streets near the Airfield Industrial Estate and other roads, such as Wyaston Road, say they are getting whiffs of what smells like sewage."

2017-09-05 - Two boys, 12 and 14, have 'medical incident' near the Elk River in Randall (Minnesota):

Quote: "Law enforcement is investigating a medical incident Sunday involving two juvenile males. The Morrison County Sheriff's office was called at 3:21 p.m. to a report of a medical situation near the Elk River, under the Highway 115 bridge in Randall. Authorities located Cole Kjeldergaard, 14, Cushing, on land near the river and he was semi-responsive; and Nicholas Angevine, 12, Randall, under the bridge and unresponsive."

Note: Very similar to the two women who had simultaneous 'medical emergencies' at the American River in Sacramento (California), mentioned in the 2017-09-02 update. What did the two women have in common? The American River. What did these two boys have in common? The Elk River. Get near water these days and it may be the last thing you ever do...

2017-09-05 - Underground electrical explosion and fire blacks out part of Grosse Pointe Woods (Detroit), near Lake St. Clair:

2017-09-05 - Bad fire season predicted for parts of Australia:

2017-09-05 - Wildfire rages in the Columbia River Gorge, jumps from Oregon to Washington:

2017-09-05 - Wildfire burns 20,000+ acres, rains ash down in communities around coastal Puget Sound (Washington):

Quote: "Q13 News viewers have been sending us photos and video of ash falling from the sky and landing on their cars and homes. Reports of ash have come from King, Snohomish, Pierce, Thurston, Lewis, Jefferson, Grays Harbor, Skagit and Mason counties."

2017-09-05 - Irma strengthens, becomes Category 5 hurricane, continues heading west, may hit Florida:

Quote: "Armed with the most powerful winds ever recorded for a storm in the Atlantic Ocean, Hurricane Irma bore down Tuesday on the Leeward Islands of the northeast Caribbean on a forecast path that could take it toward Florida over the weekend. 'The Leeward Islands are going to get destroyed,' warned Colorado State University meteorology professor Phil Klotzbach, a noted hurricane expert."

Quote: "President Donald Trump approved emergency declarations for Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands Tuesday evening."

Category: Fires And Explosions

2017-09-06 - Passenger plane engine bursts into flame shortly after midnight, plane makes emergency landing in Las Vegas (Nevada):

Quote: "An engine fire forced a packed flight from Las Vegas to New York to make an emergency landing at McCarran International Airport just after midnight. No one was hurt, but passengers described tense moments in the cockpit. Delta flight 1057 took off late Tuesday night, bound for New York's JFK airport. About 15 minutes into the flight, passengers noticed the left engine of the Boeing 757 burst into flames. 'There was an orange light glowing from the windows in the back,' said one passenger who asked to remain anonymous. 'The people were yelling, "It's getting worse!" They turned the plane around, thank God.'"

Note: This is the 76th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2017...

2017-09-06 - Underground gas explosion and fire shatters pavement and sends manhole covers flying in coastal Los Angeles (California):

Quote: "Two manhole covers -- weighing hundreds of pounds -- appeared to be blown off. It tore entire sheets of concrete and asphalt 7 inches deep from the ground. It rained debris onto nearby vehicles, shattering windshields and damaging cars. A large hole was left in the street following the explosion."

Quote: "It was not clear late Thursday what type of gas was leaking, officials said, since the meters cannot differentiate between methane and natural gas, which is mostly methane. Officials earlier had called it a natural gas leak."

2017-09-06 - Utility building explodes and burns at 5 AM near the Kansas City Ice Center and Ice Pavilion in Shawnee (Kansas):

2017-09-06 - Metal recycling center hit by fire at 1:30 AM, large pile of scrap metal burns, in coastal Westport (Massachusetts):

Quote: "The fire at Mid-City Blaze on Route 6 started just after 1:30 Wednesday morning. Officials believe a large pile of scrap metal caught fire, though what sparked the blaze is not known at this time."

2017-09-06 - Recycling center hit by fire, cardboard burns, in Clovis (California):

2017-09-06 - Recycling center erupts in flame at 2:42 AM, fire gets huge, in Wretham (Britain):

2017-09-06 - Numerous wildfires continue burning across the western US:

Quote: "Heavy winter snow and a very wet spring in the Western U.S. generated predictions the 2017 wildfire season would be tame. But it's shaping up to be one of the worst in U.S. history in land burned."

Quote: "It’s very unusual to have this many fires burning this many acres across such a broad area at this time in September..."

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2017-09-07 - Salton Sea spews hydrogen sulfide again in the Coachella Valley (California), odor advisory issued:

Quote: "The South Coast Air Quality Management District has issued an odor advisory Thursday for the Coachella Valley due to elevated levels of a gas that smells like rotten eggs.  That gas – hydrogen sulfide – is associated with natural processes occurring in the Salton Sea."

2017-09-07 - Rotten-egg odor hitting coastal Darwin (Australia), blamed on sewage plant:

Quote: "A stench that has permeated over some Darwin suburbs in recent days has sparked an investigation by the Northern Territory's environmental watchdog, with conflicting reasons as to what is causing the offensive odour. Foul 'rotten-egg' type smells have been noted over some northern suburbs, including Leanyer, Muirhead, Lyons, Malak and Anula..."

2017-09-07 - Mysterious explosion shakes homes at 10:49 PM in Moranbah (Australia):

Quote: "Mystery surrounds a loud explosion that shook Moranbah homes overnight. Just before 11pm, numerous residents reported hearing a huge 'bang' that seemingly shook their homes. A Queensland Police media spokeswoman confirmed police were alerted to a potential explosion around 10.49pm."

2017-09-07 - Underground electrical explosion and fire blows pavement apart on Oxford Street in coastal London (Britain), 1 injured:

2017-09-07 - Transformer explodes and burns near the waterfront in coastal Santa Barbara (California):

Quote: "Nearly 350 customers were without power Wednesday night after a transformer exploded in a neighborhood near the Santa Barbara waterfront."

2017-09-07 - Transformer bursts into flame at 6 AM on pole in Great Barrington (Massachusetts):,518685

2017-09-07 - Chemical plant rocked by explosion in Charleston (Tennessee):

2017-09-07 - Recycling center destroyed by fire shortly after midnight in coastal Negril on the island of Jamaica:

2017-09-07 - Ammunition depot erupts in flame at 5:10 AM in Bathinda (India):

2017-09-07 - California governor declares state of emergency over wildfires in three more counties:

2017-09-07 - Vehicle fires on the rise in coastal Singapore:

Quote: "There appears to be a spike in the number of vehicle fires these days..."

2017-09-07 - Child's electric car bursts into flame inside business in coastal Hull (Britain):

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2017-09-08 - Salton Sea spews hydrogen sulfide again in the Coachella Valley (California), odor advisory issued:

Quote: "This advisory is in effect today, Friday, September 8, 2017, and will expire at midnight on Monday evening."

2017-09-08 - Rotten egg odor hits area, man becomes confused, on Gatwick Garth in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Gatwick Garth, Hull. Fri 8 Sep 2017 20:33 (No:19756) Report of smell of gas in area. Area searched no smell of gas. Ambulance requested for confused male. Inspection only by Fire and Rescue Service."

2017-09-08 - Rotten egg odor evacuates school in Albany (New York):

2017-09-08 - Mysterious explosion occurs in Belmont Hill Park in Garfield (New Jersey):

2017-09-08 - Mysterious explosion alarms people in and around Stoke-on-Trent (Britain):

Quote: "Stoke-on-Trent residents who heard a 'loud bang' this morning have been left puzzled as to what the noise was. Dozens of people contacted The Sentinel after hearing what they described as an 'explosion' just before 8am this morning. People took to social media to ask the question after the bang was heard in Burslem, Tunstall, Sneyd Green, Middleport, Etruria, Ball Green, Chell and some parts of Hanley. Residents reported their houses being shaken after the bang, which was also heard in Smallthorne, Norton and Mill Hill."

2017-09-08 - Coal mine rocked by explosion near Quetta (Pakistan), 4 killed:

2017-09-08 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, scrap car burns, in Beatrice (Nebraska):

2017-09-08 - Recycling center erupts in flame at 3:15 AM in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

2017-09-08 - Wildfires have burned 8,036,858 acres so far this year in the US, an area larger than Maryland:

2017-09-08 - Wildfire from the Pacific Northwest reaches St. Louis (Missouri):

Quote: "Smoke from huge wildfires in the Northwest made its way to the St. Louis area Friday, leaving a noticeable haze and smell in the air."

Note: Smoke from the West Coast reaching all the way to the central Midwest, that's pretty nuts...

2017-09-08 - Fishing trawler 'Urabain' continues burning in coastal Puerto Madryn (Brazil):

2017-09-08 - In separate incidents, two cars burst into flame on roads in Odisha (India):

Quote: "Two running cars mysteriously caught fire in two separate incidents in Odisha on Friday. A car on its way to Cuttack from Bhubaneswar caught fire on the Phulnakhara flyover. Luckily, the three occupants in the car were rescued to safety. Policemen from Cuttack Sadar police station, Phulnakhara Traffic police station and Fire Brigade personnel doused the fire. Similarly, another running car caught fire at Udyanbandh under Komana police limits in Nuapada district."

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2017-09-09 - Apocalyptic scenes from huge magnitude 8.1+ earthquake that hit Mexico, death toll hits 61:

2017-09-09 - Idaho hit by 141 earthquakes in a week:

2017-09-09 - Three wildfires continue burning in northwestern Colorado:

2017-09-09 - Wildfire grows to 184,208 acres near coastal Brookings (Oregon):

2017-09-09 - Wildfire grows to 21,000+ acres near Waterton Lakes National Park (Canada):

2017-09-09 - Wildfire causes evacuations in seven towns in Seville (Spain):

2017-09-09 - Cash van bursts into flame on The Strand in coastal Gzira on the island of Malta:

2017-09-09 - Hurricane Irma, restrengthens to Category 4 storm, closes in on the Florida Keys (Florida):

2017-09-09 - Hurricane Jose strengthens to become an 'extremely dangerous' Category 4 storm:

2017-09-09 - Water mysteriously retreats again in South Brazil:

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2017-09-10 - Recycling center erupts in flame near Chilco Mill in Athol (Idaho):

2017-09-10 - Wind turbine bursts into flame, ignites large brush fire near Evanston (Wyoming):

Quote: "The Cowboy Fire is burning on an estimated 1,592 acres northeast of Evanston, and as of Sunday the blaze is 50% contained. Fire and ambulance personnel in Uinta County, Wyoming say the fire began Saturday afternoon after a wind turbine caught fire and the flames spread to the sage brush."

2017-09-10 - Transformer bursts into flame at substation in Bryan (Texas), blackouts ensue:

2017-09-10 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads, garage destroyed, in the Town of Maine (Wisconsin), transformer burns separately:

Quote: "A 2002 Ford Focus and non-attached garage are a total loss after a fire erupted Sunday afternoon. The owner of the car heard the alarm going off, when he noticed flames under the dash.  He tried to put it out with an extinguisher but the fire escalated."

Quote: "Sunday was busy for Town of Maine first responders. They got a call for a garage fire while still responding to a transformer fire in another part of town."

2017-09-10 - Government records building devastated by deadly fire in Islamabad (Pakistan), 2 killed:

2017-09-10 - Warming planet causing more intense fires:

2017-09-10 - Hurricane Irma gives Florida a coast to coast pummeling:

Quote: "Hurricane Irma gave Florida a coast-to-coast pummeling with winds up to 130 mph Sunday, swamping homes and boats, knocking out power to millions and toppling massive construction cranes over the Miami skyline. The 400-mile-wide (640-kilometer-wide) storm blew ashore in the morning in the mostly cleared-out Florida Keys, then began a slow march up the state's west coast, its punishing winds extending clear across to Miami and West Palm Beach on the Atlantic side. While Irma arrived in Florida as a Category 4 hurricane, by nightfall it was down to a Category 2 with winds of 105 mph (177 kph)."

Quote: "More than 3.3 million homes and businesses across the state lost power, and utility officials said it will take weeks to restore electricity to everyone."

2017-09-10 - Glowing orbs in the sky circle 'hole-punch' clouds, location unknown:

Note: Seen those glowing orbs in the skies all over the planet in recent years, but never saw them doing that before! The most interesting event involving those orbs, that I know of, was when a fleet of them were stationed all around Sakurajima (volcano) while it was erupting big-time on the coast in Japan, in 2010 or 2011 I think. I believe they were helping to mitigate that eruption using electromagnetic fields or something, so that the volcano didn't wipe out the nearby city. I watched that stuff going on for days, and no human planes would go near that area while the orbs were doing whatever it was they were doing. Occasionally you'd see a new orb show up, or one would leave, like they were working in shifts and rotating personnel/craft in and out of the 'work zone'...

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2017-09-11 - Melting permafrost flows like lava through the Tibetan Plateau:

2017-09-11 - After methane explosion created crater in Siberia, methane still gushing from the water:

Quote: "Fresh analysis of a new geological phenomenon shows how gas is still gushing from a submerged crater caused by a fierce methane gas explosion in northern Siberia in June."

2017-09-11 - Six people have breathing problems at airport in Frankfurt (Germany):

Quote: "Six people were mysteriously struck down with breathing problems at Frankfurt Airport on Monday morning. Firefighters were called to Terminal 1 after several people reported breathing problems at the check-in counters around 11am. The people were treated at the scene and after no trace of gas was detected the counters were reopened, according to The Local. The incident was initially reported by Bild as a gas attack, with the paper saying an unknown assailant had sprayed passengers with a mystery substance. However, it now appears that information was incorrect. Airport authorities say the exact cause of the incident is still unclear, but investigations are ongoing."

Quote: "Local media reported incident as a gas attack, though this was later debunked"

2017-09-11 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in coastal Brooklyn (New York), blackouts ensue:

2017-09-11 - Recycling center hit by fire, bales of cardboard burst into flame, in Hickory (North Carolina):

Quote: "Hickory firefighters say they were on their way back to the station around 8:32 p.m. when they noticed a fire at the recycling facility in 10th Street Place NW. Additional firefighters were called to assist in extinguishing the fire and the roadway was blocked for a time. Firefighters say they arrived to find burning bales of cardboard inside the building. The fire was controlled by 9:02 p.m."

2017-09-11 - In separate incidents, within an hour, parked pickup truck and driven car burst into flame in Ottumwa (Iowa):

Quote: "Ottumwa firefighters faced two vehicle fires in less than an hour Monday afternoon. Fire completely destroyed a pickup truck on Ingersol Street, on Ottumwa's southside. Firefighters responded just after 2 p.m. after a neighbor reported hearing an explosion and seeing the truck engulfed in flames. An Ottumwa Fire Department spokesman says that the truck had been driven just minutes before it caught fire. No one was injured. Firefighters responded to that fire as they were finishing up a car fire on Business 63 near Domino's. In that case, the car caught fire as it was being driven."

Quote: "A string of suspicious car fires in Ottumwa had authorities on alert when two car fires were reported within 30 minutes of each-other in Ottumwa. However, Deputy Fire Chief Cory Benge confirmed that neither of the car fires reported Monday are being treated as suspicious."

2017-09-11 - Increasing numbers of people dying in the water in Australia:

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2017-09-12 - Hole found spewing hydrogen sulfide, worker sickened, in coastal Corpus Christi (Texas):

Quote: "Emergency crews are in the area of Sedwick Road, and Stillwell Lane, near Clarkwood Road in Annaville, for an H2S chemical leak after a worker in the area was hospitalized when he came across a hole in the ground filled with a bubbling liquid, according to officials on scene. Hazmat crews were called to the area to investigate, and they located the hole the worker was speaking of. Hazmat crews confirmed readings of H2S (hydrogen sulfide) coming from that hole."

Note: Sounds similar to the hydrogen sulfide leaking from an underground gas pocket at a property in Langton (Canada), mentioned in the 2017-08-18 update...

2017-09-12 - Man has 'medical issue' on surfboard at beach in coastal Sea Girt (New Jersey):

Quote: "On Tuesday, Sea Girt lifeguards were called to assist a surfer who was having a medical issue. Authorities say the man, who was found laying on his surfboard along the shoreline and unable to speak, was transported to a local hospital for treatment."

2017-09-12 - Four people sickened by unknown cause at business in Sorrento Mesa area in coastal San Diego (California):

Quote: "Four people were hospitalized Tuesday after falling ill for unknown reasons at Inovio Pharmaceuticals in Sorrento Mesa. According to San Diego Fire-Rescue, they were called to 6769 Mesa Ridge around 1:30 p.m. for reports that several people were ill, with one man passed out outside the building."

2017-09-12 - Car bursts into flame at 4:40 AM and kills man on road in coastal Penampang (Malaysia):

Quote: "Penampang district police chief Deputy Supt Rosley Hobden said that the department had yet to identify the victim and were investigating the cause of the 4.40am fire and death. He said, it could not be ruled out that the victim had left the engine running while he slept in the vehicle by the side of the road."

2017-09-12 - Car goes up in flames in carpark and kills man in the New Forest (Britain), 3 miles from the coast:

Quote: "Residents have spoken of their shock after a body was found in a burned out vehicle at a Hampshire beauty spot. The emergency services were called to an isolated car park in the New Forest after the body of a man was discovered in the charred remains of a car. A post-mortem examination will be carried out in the next few days to establish the cause of death and an inquest will be held. But police officers investigating the incident at Burbush car park in Burley Road, Burley, said it was not being treated as suspicious."

Note: Excellent, it's always better when people burn to death in their cars unsuspiciously...

2017-09-12 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on highway in North Richland Hills (Texas), driver critically burned:

Quote: "A driver is in critical condition after being badly burned in a vehicle fire in North Richland Hills Tuesday. It happened at about 2:45 p.m. along Loop 820 at the Davis Boulevard off ramp when the driver's truck caught fire. North Richland Hills police and fire crews responded and quickly put out the flames. The driver was transported by a CareFlite air ambulance to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas in critical condition, according to police."

2017-09-12 - Oil processing company explodes and burns in Boltonia (South Africa), 1 killed:

2017-09-12 - Recycling center destroyed by fire shortly before 6 AM at the Cumberland Central Landfill in Little Forks (Canada):

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2017-09-13 - 'Gas odor' hits parts of Janesville (Wisconsin):

Note: About 34 miles from Madison, where a sulfur-garbage odor has been reported since July and where a home exploded and burned on this day...

2017-09-13 - Sewage odors blowing around in coastal Edgewater (Florida):

2017-09-13 - Recycling center hit by fire at 3:30 AM, large mulch fire burns, in North Fayette Township (Pennsylvania):

2017-09-13 - Recycling center damaged by major fire in the wee hours in coastal Hong Kong (China):

2017-09-13 - Chemical plant erupts in flame in Lee’s Summit (Missouri):

2017-09-13 - Electrical substation heavily damaged by fire in Jos (Nigeria), massive power outages ensue:

2017-09-13 - Car ferry ship 'Wight Sky' damaged by fire near coastal Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight (Britain), 1 injured:

Quote: "One person has been injured in a fire onboard a Wightlink ferry. Five fire engines from Newport, Cowes and the West Wight were called to the scene, at Wightlink's Yarmouth terminal, shortly after 10pm tonight (Tuesday), together with rescue support vehicles. A fire had broken out in the engine room and there were reports of an explosion, according to a spokeswoman for the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service. She said one person had been hurt, and the casualty was in the care of the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service. It is not known if passengers were evacuated from the car ferry."

2017-09-13 - Amphibious assault vehicle bursts into flame at beach on coastal Camp Pendleton (California), 15 Marines injured:

Quote: "The military says 15 Marines have been taken to Southern California hospitals after a seafaring tank caught fire during training at Camp Pendleton. Marine 1st Lt. Paul Gainey told The Associated Press that at about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday an amphibious assault vehicle caught fire while the Marines were conducting a training exercise on a beach at the base, north of San Diego."

Note: These are the 843rd and 844th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-09-13 - Car bursts into flame while parked in garage at home, fire spreads, home heavily damaged, in Jackson Center (Ohio):

Quote: "A house fire in Jackson Center Wednesday evening started when a car parked in the garage caught fire, authorities said. The fire then spread to the house. No injuries were reported, and the house sustained heavy damage."

Category: Fires And Explosions

2017-09-14 - Underground electrical explosion and fire hits Birmingham (Britain):

2017-09-14 - Hospital damaged by basement boiler explosion in Butte (Montana):

2017-09-14 - Coal mine rocked by explosion in Jixi (China), 9 killed, 8 injured:

2017-09-14 - Explosion occurs during training at Fort Bragg (North Carolina), 1 killed, 7 injured:

2017-09-14 - LPG facility burns and explodes in Hyderabad (India):

2017-09-14 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame near Lake Street in Kalamazoo (Michigan):

Quote: "Crews are responding to a fire in Kalamazoo at a used car parts yard. We're told that the fire is burning in the area of Lake Street and Shakespeare Avenue, just west of the I-94 business loop."

2017-09-14 - Wildfires in the US West causing breathing problems in various areas:

2017-09-14 - US wildfire costs hit record $2.3 billion, season isn't over:

Quote: "The U.S. government says it has already spent a record $2.3 billion fighting wildfires this year, and 64 major fires are still burning in 10 states."

2017-09-14 - Brush fires rage along the South Coast and in the Hunter Valley (Australia), museum destroyed:

2017-09-14 - Apartment building under construction destroyed by massive fire at 3 AM in coastal Weymouth (Massachusetts):

Quote: "Several similar fires have broken out in recent months with under-construction buildings destroyed before completion."

Category: Fires And Explosions

2017-09-15 - Metal recycling center hit by fire in Springfield (Illinois):

2017-09-15 - Metal recycling center hit by huge fire, scrap metal and junk cars burn, in Great Blakenham (Britain), 7 miles from the coast:

Quote: "Around 100 tonnes of scrap metal and cars have gone up in flames in Great Blakenham this evening."

2017-09-15 - Chemical warehouse damaged by explosion and fire near airport in Lakeland (Florida):

2017-09-15 - Petrochemical plant erupts in flame in Mont Belvieu (Texas), 5 miles from the coast:

2017-09-15 - Refinery damaged by fire in North Salt Lake (Utah):

2017-09-15 - Electrical substation damaged by fire just before 2 AM in Springfield (Missouri), blackouts ensue:

2017-09-15 - Car bursts into flame while parked in garage, fire spreads, another car and home destroyed, near Mandurah (Australia):

Quote: "A home and two cars have been destroyed in a blaze in Lakelands, near Mandurah. A Fire and Emergency Services spokeswomen says the fire, on Coila Bend, started in a car in the garage and grew to engulf the entire home."

Category: Variety Pack

2017-09-16 - Animals mysteriously sickening and dying near the Ohio River in Ross Township (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "This has been going on for about a week in the area of Rodenbaugh Avenue. There have been raccoons and groundhogs coming out of the woods behind the houses that appear sick. Karene Meyer says each time, police are called. 'They seem to be sick, doesn't seem to be rabies. The reason why they are saying they are sick is because they are not responding, moving or running away from them and they are listless. It's like they are dying,' said Meyer. Ross Township Police say they shoot and kill five to 10 animals a day, then toss them back into the woods."

2017-09-16 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, pile of scrap cars burns, in Missoula (Montana):

Quote: "A large fire broke out late Saturday night in a stack of salvage vehicles at Pacific Recycling Center on Palmer Street in Missoula. When Missoula Fire Department reached the fire, crews found 30-foot flames burning the group of vehicles while propane and other fuel tanks exploded."

2017-09-16 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, 20 cars burn, in Gowen (Michigan), 1050 feet from the Flat River:

Quote: "Roughly 20 cars in a local auto salvage yard were engulfed by flame Saturday morning. The fire at Bud’s Auto Parts at 4490 Montcalm Avenue in Gowen took more than two hours for firefighters from Montcalm Township, Spencer Township and the Greenville Department of Public Safety to put out."

2017-09-16 - Energy transfer facility erupts in flame, fire gets huge, near Sunray (Texas):

2017-09-16 - Oil producing factory explodes and burns in Sangareddy (India), 5 injured:

2017-09-16 - Vehicle bursts into flame while parked inside auto shop in Palm Desert (California):

Quote: "Cal Fire Riverside County firefighters said the fire happened just after 5:30 p.m. on the 75000 block of Sheryl Avenue. Fire crews located a vehicle on fire inside the auto shop."

2017-09-16 - Car and home destroyed by fire at 3 AM on Fisherman Bay Road in coastal Port Broughton (Australia), 520 feet from the ocean:

2017-09-16 - Volcano Zhupanovsky erupts strongly on the Kamchatka Peninsula (Russia):

Quote: "A strong ash explosion was observed at Zhupanovsky volcano, Kamchatka, Russia at 23:30 UTC on September 16, 2017. According to data provided by the Tokyo VAAC, ash cloud reached a height of 7 km (23 000 feet) above sea level and drifted southwest. This is the first eruption at Zhupanovsky since November 2016."

2017-09-16 - Potential simultaneous impact on the US East Coast by two hurricanes:

Category: Variety Pack

2017-09-17 - Unknown gas leaks from sewer system, several people sickened, in coastal London (Britain):

Quote: "Emergency services rushed to Alwold Crescent in Lee, south London after residents were rushed to hospital with nausea and vomiting..."

Quote: "We reviewed a row of terraced houses and maisonettes after residents reported smelling an unknown chemical."

Quote: "Taxi driver Ian Crouch, 39, told The Sun that emergency services appeared to be investigating the sewage system."

Note: The symptoms match low-level hydrogen sulfide poisoning, which is commonly called 'sewer gas'. The odds are obviously very high that a gas that leaked from the sewer system, that had those symptoms, was sewer gas. Those people are lucky to be alive, but they may have sustained permanent damage to their brains, kidneys, hearts or other organs. This is just one event in a pattern of similar events involving unknown odors sickening people on coasts, many of which have occurred in Britain, and many of those in the last year alone. Also see the parked car that burst into flame on a street in London on this day...

2017-09-17 - 'Gas odor' hits jail in St. Louis (Missouri), 2000 feet from the Mississippi River:

Quote: "Laclede Gas Company crews responded to the city's medium-security jail on Sunday after reports of a gas odor. 'We didn't find any gas leaking on the property at that time,' company spokeswoman Jenny Gobble said."

Quote: "Gobble said technicians did not find evidence of natural gas or carbon monoxide outside the jail, underground or in areas of the building where the scent was reported."

Note: Also see the man found dead in the Mississippi River in Alton (Illinois), about 13 miles from this jail...

2017-09-17 - Underground electrical fire breaks out near Lake Erie in Erie (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "The exact cause of an underground fire reported in downtown Erie is still under investigation by Penelec. The fire sent firefighters and city police into action shortly after 5:00 p.m. Sunday. The first call was for smoke pouring out of the street grates at 10th and State Street near Sluggers Bar.  The first firefighters to arrive on the scene said they say heavy smoke streaming up from underground."

2017-09-17 - Landfill erupts in flame near Lake Erie in Erie (Pennsylvania):

2017-09-17 - Recycling center damaged by fire at 6:56 AM in coastal Hampton (Virginia):

2017-09-17 - Recycling center erupts in flame, fire gets huge, at Raikes Lane Industrial Estate in Bolton (Britain):

2017-09-17 - Recycling center goes up in flames near airport in coastal Málaga (Spain):

2017-09-17 - Electrical substation damaged by explosion and fire at Mount Isa Mines (Australia):

2017-09-17 - Sea louse attacks and kills shark:

Quote: "Suddenly, the second shark is seen spiralling out of control, before moments later, being left motionless. The shark has been attacked by a ginormous sea louse that latches onto its prey’s head. It suffocates the shark, slowly killing it before devouring its body."

Note: I normally don't list animal-on-animal attacks, but in light of the boy getting his feet munched on by sea lice at a beach last month in Australia, mentioned in the 2017-08-06 update, I thought this was worth noting. Mutated people-eating sea lice was the premise of the 2012 movie 'The Bay' too, which is worth a watch if you haven't seen it. Sea lice are infecting and killing off salmon now in the Pacific Northwest too. These things are ancient and have survived numerous extinction events, so whereas the vast majority of species will be expunged, these things may actually do pretty well, possibly at our expense. They sure seem to be doing pretty well so far...

Category: Variety Pack

2017-09-18 - Wildfires in the US West and in Canada are so intense that smoke drifts all the way to Europe in 4 days:

2017-09-18 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, scrap vehicles burn, in Hunlock Township (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Fire crews are on the scene of a multi vehicle fire at a General Scrapyard in Hunlock Township in Luzerne County. Heavy smoke can be seen for miles."

Quote: "A tower of black smoke visible for miles rose into the sky Monday as fire consumed piles of junk cars at a scrap yard along U.S. Route 11."

2017-09-18 - Recycling center erupts in flame, fire gets huge, in coastal Bo'ness (Scotland):

2017-09-18 - Landfill fire breaks out in coastal Bodrum (Turkey):

2017-09-18 - Around 150 stores destroyed by huge fire at 4:45 AM at market on the island of Boracay (Philippine Islands):

2017-09-18 - Eleven cars and carport go up in flames in Duarte (California), 4 injured:

Quote: "Four people were injured and 11 vehicles were burned in a carport fire in Duarte Monday night, officials said. The fire was reported just after 9 p.m. at an apartment complex on Las Lomas Road, just north of Huntington Drive."

2017-09-18 - Maria becomes Category 5 hurricane, hits Dominica, heads toward Puerto Rico and the Caribbean:

Quote: "Hurricane Maria has strengthened to a powerful Category 5 Hurricane. The islands of the eastern Caribbean prepared Sunday to face another potential disaster, with forecasters saying newly formed and likely to strengthen Hurricane Maria was headed for a hit on the Leeward Islands by Monday night."

Quote: "Maria, which went from an unnamed storm into a Category 5 over the course of a stunning 24 hours on Monday, ravaged Dominica and took aim at the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, which has not taken a direct Cat 5 hit since 1928. Maria is expected to cross Puerto Rico from southeast to northwest starting Wednesday morning. Up to nine feet of storm surge and 25 inches of rainfall are forecast in some areas, with dangerous flash floods and mudslides possible until as late as Saturday."

Category: Variety Pack

2017-09-19 - Hydrogen sulfide blowing around in Seminole County (Florida):

Quote: "Orlando officials also noted that heavy rains can saturate the groundwater, resulting in a sulfur-like smell similar to rotten eggs."

Quote: "Tree debris settling in low, swampy areas, creating hydrogen sulfide..."

Note: Biodegrading stuff in anaerobic conditions is producing hydrogen sulfide - that's what's going on here. Now it'll accumulate and concentrate in low-lying areas, being a heavier-than-air gas. Will that create small clouds of lethal gas that blow around invisibly knocking people dead or unconscious here and there? Who knows. I wouldn't be betting my life on that NOT happening...

2017-09-19 - High school boy has 'medical emergency' and loses consciousness, in critical condition, in coastal Fleming Island (Florida):

Quote: "Clay County school district spokeswoman Nicole Snyder said she couldn’t speak about a specific student due to privacy concerns, but confirmed that a medical emergency occurred at the school. 'A Fleming Island High School student passed out today while he was working out in the weight room during school hours. EMS was called immediately and he was transported to a nearby hospital. He was transferred to Wolfson Children’s Hospital where he is in critical condition.'"

Note: Right next to the St. Johns River, where all the fish have been dying, mentioned in the 2017-09-18 update...

2017-09-19 - Polaris three-wheel vehicle bursts into flame and kills person at 11:15 PM in Saint-Laurent (Canada):

Quote: "Montreal police say a mechanical issue appears to be the reason behind a fatal fire late Tuesday night. Firefighters were called to Vanden-Abeele Street, in Saint-Laurent's industrial park, around 11:15 p.m. to put out a major fire. Once the flames were out, they looked inside the burnt-out vehicle and discovered a body, said Const. Raphaël Bergeron. Police say they do not suspect foul play in the incident. The vehicle, which police identified as a Polaris Slingshot three-wheel motorcycle, was so badly burned it is practically unrecognizable. All that's left is a pile of metal and tires. The investigation was handed over to Montreal police investigators, who determined the cause looks to be a mechanical breakdown."

2017-09-19 - Five small planes go up in flames while parked in hangar at airport in, Barnwell (South Carolina), nobody there:

Quote: "Several airplanes were destroyed Tuesday afternoon after a fire broke out at Barnwell Regional Airport. According to the Barnwell County Fire Department, a hanger containing seven airplanes caught fire. The call came in at 2:07 p.m. Five of the planes inside were heavily damaged. No one was inside the hanger at the time of the fire."

Note: These are the 78th, 79th, 80th, 81st and 82nd aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2017...

2017-09-19 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire in Marion (South Carolina):

2017-09-19 - After spate of container ship fires, International Union of Marine Insurance calls for better firefighting systems:

Quote: "The International Union of Marine Insurance has called for better fire-fighting systems on board container ships, citing its concern that current provisions are insufficient given the growing size of container vessels and a recent spate of fires on board ships."

Quote: "In February this year, the IUMI called for action on ferry and roro [roll-on roll-off] fires."

Note: Heh, they're always late to the game in terms of recognizing the evolving patterns, reactive not proactive. I wonder how many billions of dollars they've lost since I said what was going to be happening. The same thing happened with the recycling fires and the businesses insuring those facilities. I said what was going to happen - more and bigger recycling fires - and that's exactly what happened, then almost all of the big international insurers bowed out of the market after sustaining huge losses...

2017-09-19 - Magnitude 7.1+ earthquake strikes near Raboso (Mexico), buildings collapse, fires break out, 226+ killed:

Quote: "Early Wednesday, Mexico's civil defense agency said the death toll stood at 226 -- as rescue teams continued to search for survivors in the rubble of collapsed buildings in Mexico City and surrounding states."

Category: Variety Pack

2017-09-20 - Well leaks hydrogen sulfide and sickens 29 people near Orenburg Oblast (Russia):

Quote: "Twenty nine people from whom children, have addressed physicians with complaints to poisoning after emission of hydrogen sulfide in the Orenburg region. Have reported about it to TASS in the regional Ministry of Health. In total with complaints to nausea and dizziness have addressed to medical out-patient clinic residents of the settlement of Samorodovo from whom children."

2017-09-20 - Foul odor hits school in Franklin (Ohio):

Quote: "Students and staffers were evacuated from Bishop Fenwick High School on Wednesday morning after a report of a gas leak coming from a science lab in the Middletown school. Middletown fire crews determined it was not a gas leak but a foul odor of some sort, and the building was re-opened after a delay of 35 minutes."

Note: If they thought it was a gas leak then it was a rotten egg odor that they smelled. But it wasn't natural gas, soooo...?

2017-09-20 - Helicopter, hangar-workshop and helicopter base destroyed by fire at coastal Neils Beach (New Zealand):

Quote: "A large engineering workshop and helicopter base at Neils Beach, Jackson Bay, was burned to the ground in a massive blaze today, claiming at least one helicopter."

Note: This is the 83rd aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2017...

2017-09-20 - Flesh-eating bacteria on the rise in Victoria (Australia):

Quote: "In the last year, cases of a ghastly but mysterious flesh-eating bacterial infection have more than doubled in Victoria, Australia, raising alarm among health experts. There were 239 cases of the flesh-eating infections in the past 12 months, according to figures (PDF) released this week by health authorities. In 2016, there were only 102 reported cases, while 2015 and 2014 tallied just 58 and 47."

Note: Just like the environment is changing in ways that favor jellyfish and sea lice, the environment is changing in ways that favor flesh-eating bacteria. It's probably all the same thing: rising ocean and sea temperatures...

2017-09-20 - Hurricane Maria roars into Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm, the entire island goes dark:

Quote: "Hurricane Maria has knocked out power to the entire island of Puerto Rico, home to 3.5m people, emergency officials have said. Abner Gómez, head of the disaster management agency, said none of the customers of Puerto Rico's Electric Power Authority had any electricity. The US National Hurricane Center said 'catastrophic' flooding was sweeping parts of the island."

Quote: "Maria made landfall in Yabucoa in the east of Puerto Rico early on Wednesday as a category four storm, according to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC). It was the first category four hurricane to directly hit the island since 1932. Hours earlier, Maria barreled through the US Virgin Islands' St Croix as a category five storm, sustaining winds of up to 175mph (281km/h)."

Quote: "At present, the entire island is without grid-based power generation. And the damage is so severe that officials are saying that it could take up to 4-6 months to completely restore electricity."

Quote: "For all intents and purposes, Puerto Rico is destroyed..."

Quote: "The rain gauge near Caguas, PR also measured 14.31 inches in one hour. That’s a candidate for the most ever, worldwide."

Note: Whoa, more than an inch of rain every five minutes!

2017-09-20 - Minivan bursts into flame at 4:30 AM while parked at home, fire chars home, in Fargo (North Dakota):

2017-09-20 - Two cars go up in flames shortly after 6 AM while parked at home, fire spreads to home, in Inman (South Carolina):

Quote: "An Inman family’s home was damaged in a fire on Wednesday morning. North Spartanburg Assistant Fire Chief Brent Lewis said a blaze spread from burning vehicles to a house in the Hickory Hills subdivision. Lewis said crews found two vehicles on fire when they arrived on scene shortly after 6 a.m. Wednesday."

2017-09-20 - Car bursts into flame at 5:33 AM while parked at home, fire spreads, home heavily damaged, in coastal Beverly (Massachusetts):

Quote: "The fire appears to have started in a car before spreading to an Arrowhead Lane home."

2017-09-20 - Car bursts into flame at 7 AM while parked at home, fire spreads to home, in Cleveland (Ohio):

Quote: "Firefighters say a fire that began in a vehicle parked in the driveway, spread to the house. Crews were called to 3294 West 32nd on Cleveland's west side around 7:00 a.m. Wednesday. Neighbors called 911 after noticing the car on fire."

Note: Eventually people will stop parking vehicles near the homes, even if for no other reason than that people who park their vehicles near their homes won't have homes anymore. Problem solved!

Category: Variety Pack

2017-09-21 - Hydrogen sulfide regularly hitting coastal Huntington Beach (California):

Quote: "The post came after several residents, including Ocean View School District board President Gina Clayton-Tarvin, showed up to Monday’s City Council meeting to complain. They said the problem has been occurring off and on for about two years, with a particularly bad occurrence Aug. 29. 'It was so overwhelming — I thought I had a gas leak in the home,' Clayton-Tarvin said. South Coast Air Quality Management District spokesman Sam Atwood said monitoring equipment in the area recorded the highest measured concentration of hydrogen sulfide odor this year on Aug. 29 — some 16 parts per billion."

Quote: "Seal Beach and Long Beach residents have reported similar odors."

Quote: "Residents report that the odor causes headaches, nausea and sore throats."

Quote: "However, the symptoms associated with this level of exposure are temporary and do not cause any long-term health effects."

Note: The latter comment is bullsh#t - no studies have been done on the long-term effects of human beings chronically breathing hydrogen sulfide even at low concentrations. Also, just because their sensors pick it up at 16 ppb doesn't mean that it stays at that concentration. It's a heavier-than-air gas so it will accumulate and concentrate in low-lying areas like valleys, wherever there's water, inside dumpsters or basements, etc. If it concentrates and reaches 1 part per thousand then it may be immediately lethal and kill people nigh-instantly, the so-called 'Slaughterhouse Sledgehammer Effect', where you're dead before your body hits the ground. Will it concentrate to that degree in this area? I dunno, but I wouldn't bet my life that it doesn't...

2017-09-21 - 'Gas odor' hits apartment building in Perry (Iowa):

Quote: "A strong odor of gas was reported about 10 p.m. Thursday at the apartment house at 2907 Warford Ave., bringing the Perry Volunteer Fire Department to the scene. The source of the reported odor was not immediately identified. The on-site manager of the units said the entire apartment house uses electric appliances, and there are no gas connections."

2017-09-21 - Man, 70, bursts into flame near bridge, dies shortly later, in coastal London (Britain):

Quote: "A tragic Irish OAP who mysteriously went up in flames while out walking just yards from home was left with scorch marks on his internal organs. John Nolan, 70, suffered catastrophic third-degree burns to 65 per cent of his body and was airlifted to hospital following the unexplained incident near his flat in north London on Sunday afternoon."

Quote: "He got to some place near the bridge and we genuinely don’t know what happened, none of us do, but he went on fire and suffered third-degree burns to 65 per cent of his body."

Quote: "How does a man go on fire on the street?"

Note: Odorless methane adsorbs onto hair and clothing, then static electricity ignites it, and then you go up in flames. There will be no warning when that happens - you won't even know your clothes and/or hair have been contaminated until it's too late. One second you're fine, the next second you're on fire and burning to death. That's most likely to happen in coastal areas, like London, where this man burned. This event is very similar to numerous other incidents where people have mysteriously burst into flame in recent years, not coincidentally at the same time as methane levels in the atmosphere have been rising. More flammable gas blowing around in the atmosphere, more 'mysterious' fires, simple as that...

2017-09-21 - Electrical facility explodes and burns near nuclear power plant near coastal Largs (Scotland):

Quote: "The building where the explosion happened is close to the Hunterston nuclear power station but not connected to the plant It is used as converter station for a £1bn, 260-mile undersea power cable between Scotland and England. The facility was visibly damaged by the explosion, with several pieces of outer cladding shaken loose."

2017-09-21 - Electrical substation damaged by explosion and fire before 2:30 AM in Peterchurch (Britain), blackouts ensue:

2017-09-21 - Juvenile has seizure at coastal Cape Lookout National Seashore (North Carolina):

Quote: "Harkers Island Fire and Rescue responded Thursday afternoon to a medical emergency out at Cape Lookout National Seashore. According to emergency scanner reports, at about 12:12 p.m. Thursday, a call went out to a medical emergency on Portsmouth Island. Harkers Island Fire and Rescue personnel launched a watercraft from Cedar Island to reach it, responding to a juvenile patient having a seizure."

2017-09-21 - Man, 24, has 'medical emergency' and loses consciousness on radio tower in coastal Long Beach (California):

Quote: "Firefighters rescued a man stuck about 50 feet up a radio tower in Long Beach after he had some kind of medical emergency Thursday afternoon, according to authorities. The 24-year-old man passed out while he was working on the tower, and crews headed to the scene near the intersection of Spring Street and Redondo Avenue around 2:30 p.m., Long Beach Fire Department spokesman Jake Heflin said."

Category: Variety Pack

2017-09-22 - Gas station destroyed by explosion and fire before 3 AM in Mason (Tennessee):

2017-09-22 - Gas pipeline explodes and burns at 6:45 AM near Welda (Kansas):

2017-09-22 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, pile of scrap metal burns, in Cayce (South Carolina):

2017-09-22 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame in North Bay, Ontario (Canada):

2017-09-22 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, two cars burn, in Trenton (Canada), 2800 feet from the Trent River:

2017-09-22 - Underground electrical fire breaks out near 13th and Vine in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

2017-09-22 - Fire season gets started three weeks early in Australia:

Quote: "Bushfire conditions as bad as 2013 blazes but three weeks earlier..."

2017-09-22 - Two golf carts go up in flames at 6 AM while parked at car dealership in Seminole (Florida), 2900 feet from the ocean:

Quote: "The fire occurred at the Suncoast Chrysler located at 8755 Park Boulevard in Seminole. Two employees arrived at work at 6 a.m. on Friday and said the two golf carts caught fire. They called 911 and Seminole Fire Rescue as well as surrounding agencies responded. There were no reported injuries, and the fire is not believed to be suspicious."

2017-09-22 - Unknown foul odor evacuates four buildings at apartment complex in Richmond (Virginia):

2017-09-22 - Unknown odor evacuates school in Waterbury (Connecticut):

Category: Variety Pack

2017-09-23 - Car bursts into flame and kills person at Sorell Creek Boat Ramp near New Norfolk (Australia):

Quote: "A person is dead after a car caught alight on a Tasmnanian boat ramp, but police say it is not suspicious. Authorities were called to the Sorell Creek Boat Ramp, a short distance from New Norfolk, where a green 2001 Toyota hatchback was on fire, about 4.30pm on Saturday."

Note: It's always best to burn to death in your vehicle unsuspiciously!

2017-09-23 - Woman's sheets ignite while she sleeps, fire spreads, home destroyed, on coastal Herron Island (Washington):

Quote: "A Herron Island woman woke up to flames burning her bedsheets Saturday morning in a fire that burned her home to the ground, according to the Key Peninsula Fire Department. Crews were dispatched to the home in the 200 block of Fir Lane about 8:30 a.m. By the time firefighters reached the island by ferry, they arrived to see the 900-square-foot home engulfed in flames, Key Peninsula Chief Guy Allen said."

2017-09-23 - Two five-month-old boys found dead at home in Bridgend (Britain), 4 miles from the ocean:

Quote: "Two five-month old baby boys have died after they were found not breathing at a house in Bridgend."

Note: Similar to an event in June, where two infants died within 12 hours in different homes on the same street in Milwaukee (Wisconsin), mentioned in the 2017-06-06 update...

2017-09-23 - Auto sales and service business destroyed by fire at 3:30 AM in Indianapolis (Indiana):

2016-09-23 - Volcano Popocatepetl erupts again near Mexico City (Mexico):

2017-09-23 - Manaro Voui volcano erupting, alert level raised, on Ambae Island (Vanuatu):

Quote: "The volcanic alert level for Manaro Voui volcano on Ambae island was raised to the second highest (4: "moderate eruption") on Vanuatu's scale of 1-5 this Saturday, as the activity intensified gradually over the past weeks. A vent in or near the caldera lake Voui has been producing mild ash emissions over the past weeks, but these have now become stronger and for the first time lava glow also was observed, suggesting that the eruption is transitioning from phreatic (steam-driven) to magmatic (arrival of fresh magma). According to local press articles, authorities in Vanuatu are preparing to evacuate up to 5000 people from the island's most exposed areas to safer locations."

2017-09-23 - Magnitude 6.1 earthquake strikes near Matías Romero in Oaxaca (Mexico):

2017-09-23 - Heatwave bakes Waukegan (Illinois), 9 students sent to the hospital:

2017-09-23 - Heatwave bakes Detroit (Michigan):

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2017-09-24 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, junk car mysteriously bursts into flame, in Littlefield (Arizona), 1 injured:

Quote: "The fire started inside of the vehicle from an unknown cause, Hunt said, as no external source could be identified."

2017-09-24 - Auto salvage business erupts in flame, fire spreads to plastic factory, fire gets huge, in coastal Brisbane (Australia):

Quote: "The flames broke out in a Virginia car parts business about 3.30pm on Sunday and shocked motorists filmed mobile phone footage of plumes of black smoke billowing from the premises. The business, All Crash Parts, was engulfed in flames and police said the smoke was toxic."

Quote: "The fire was fuelled by chemicals used to detail the cars and vehicles waiting to be serviced were burned up as they sat on the lot."

2017-09-24 - Recycling center erupts in flame in Leland (North Carolina):

2017-09-24 - At least eight heavy trucks and public works garage destroyed by fire in Unity Township (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Unity Township’s public works garage was destroyed by fire Sunday morning, along with nearly half of the municipality’s trucks inside it that handle road maintenance, snow plowing, hauling and other duties."

Quote: "Mr. O’Barto said those losses include eight or nine trucks out of about 20 in the municipality’s inventory."

2017-09-24 - Seven heavy trucks and two trailers destroyed by fire at 12:50 AM while parked at business in Shah Alam (Malaysia), near the coast:

Quote: "Seven 10-tonne lorries and two trailers were destroyed in a fire that razed a factory at Bukit Kemuning here this morning. No casualties were reported in the incident which reportedly started at 12.50am."

2017-09-24 - Wildfire rages out of control, structures destroyed, near coastal Port Macquarie (Australia), many other fires too:

Quote: "Structures have been destroyed by an out-of-control bushfire southwest of Port Macquarie, the NSW Rural Fire Service says. The blaze, which was raging in the Innes View area, west of Comboyne, blackened about 950 hectares in hot and windy conditions on Sunday afternoon."

Quote: "At 5pm, there were nearly 100 grass or bushfires burning across NSW and 29 were not contained."

2017-09-24 - Wildfire burns out of control near West Nowra (Australia), 6 miles from the coast, too late to evacuate:

Quote: "An out-of-control bushfire is burning on NSW's south coast, with the RFS telling residents near West Nowra to take shelter. It issued the emergency warning after 12.30pm on Monday saying: 'People are advised to take shelter as the fire front approaches'. The fire is burning near Filter Rd and Cavanagh Lane, West Nowra and it's too late for residents to leave, the RFS says."

2017-09-24 - Mount Agung eruption apparently imminent on the island of Bali (Indonesia), evacuations accelerate:

Quote: "Bali has declared a state of natural disaster, which means that regencies across the island are compelled to set up shelters for evacuees. So far, more than 35,000 people have moved to temporary accommodation and that number could rise to 70,000 following an eruption, Governor I Made Mangku Pastika said."

Category: Variety Pack

2017-09-25 - Unknown odor blankets parts of coastal Singapore:

Quote: "Residents in Sengkang, Hougang and Buangkok were among the first to report a strong smell from as early as 4.30pm, before similar complaints came in from people living in Bishan and Ang Mo Kio. They described it as a foul smell, 'chemical-like' and choking. Some also reported hazy conditions in the area."

Note: Lots of vehicles have burst into flame in recent times in Singapore too...

2017-09-25 - Unknown odor causes evacuation of townhomes in Whitestown (Indiana):

Quote: "Townhomes in Whitestown were briefly evacuated Monday evening after reports of a suspicious odor."

2017-09-25 - RV trailer bursts into flame at 5:30 AM and kills person in Arroyo Grande (California):

2017-09-25 - Passenger plane hit by smoke at airport in Sacramento (California):

Quote: "Smoke filled the cabin of an Allegiant Air jet after it landed at a California airport on Monday, forcing coughing passengers to cover their faces with shirts and firefighters to board the plane, authorities said. None of the 150 passengers or six crew members was injured when the plane from Las Vegas landed at Fresno International Airport, Allegiant Air said. As the plane was taxiing in Fresno, it came to an abrupt stop and smoke started to fill the cabin from the front of the aircraft, said passenger Estevan Moreno, 34, a Fresno police officer."

Note: This is the 84th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2017...

2017-09-25 - Mysterious explosion rattles people, shakes homes, in coastal St Ives (Britain):

2017-09-25 - Underground electrical explosion and fire blows manhole cover off in Lansing (Michigan):

2017-09-25 - 2017 hurricane season brings new record since 1893 with Hurricane Lee:

Quote: "Hurricane Lee has become the eighth consecutive Atlantic hurricane of this year's hurricane season. It's been more than 120 years since the Atlantic last encountered as many or more hurricanes as this in a row in one season."

Category: Variety Pack

2017-09-26 - Foul smell hits large area around West Byfleet (Britain):

Quote: "Get Surrey is getting reports of a bad whiff in West Byfleet, Maybury, Sheerwater and beyond..."

Quote: "We have had reports that the smell is continuing to spread...Affected locations include Pyrford, Wisley, Addlestone, Rowtown, Maubury AND Horsell. Is it a question of which area ISN’T affected?"

2017-09-26 - Volcano Manaro Voui begins spewing ash, lava and stones on the island of Ambae (Vanuatu), thousands of people evacuated:

Quote: "The Monaro Voui volcano, located on the northern island of Ambae, has been simmering for weeks and finally erupted on Tuesday, September 26."

Quote: "Manaro Voui is not the only volcano causing trouble south of mainland Asia. Mount Agung volcano in tourist hotspot Bali has been hit by 300 huge tremors over a six-hour period, sparking fears it could erupt for the first time in 50 years."

2017-09-26 - Mount Agung continues shaking and rumbling on the island of Bali (Indonesia), people fleeing the area:

Quote: "Warnings that a volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali will erupt have sparked an exodus of more than 75,000 people that is likely to continue to swell, the country's disaster agency said Tuesday. Authorities have ordered the evacuation of villagers living within a high danger zone that in places extends 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) from Mount Agung's crater. But people further away are also leaving, said National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. The region is being rattled daily by hundreds of tremors from the mountain, which volcanologists say indicates a high chance of an eruption. Mount Agung last erupted in 1963, killing about 1,100 people. Evacuees are taking shelter at more than 370 sites across the island that include temporary camps, sport centers, village halls and the houses of friends and relatives."

2017-09-26 - Iceberg three times the size of Manhattan cracks off Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica:

Quote: "A huge iceberg four times the size of Manhattan has broken off of an Antarctic glacier. The calving is the second time in two years that a massive iceberg has separated from the continent's Pine Island Glacier. One scientist has claimed the ice chunk shows the glacier is 'falling to pieces'. The new break-off, which measures 103-square-mile (266 sq km), follows the release of an iceberg the size of Delaware from Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf in July."

Quote: "The U.S. National Ice Center measured the iceberg at 71.5 square miles, about three times the size of Manhattan. Previous media reports had the iceberg at over 100 square miles."

2017-09-26 - Transformer explodes and burns at substation in St. James Parish (Louisiana):

Quote: "St. James Parish Sheriff Willy Martin Jr. said the Entergy substation where the transformer is located is the main one that feeds power to the 227,500-barrel oil refinery in Convent. The transformer's loss cut power to portions of the huge complex along the Mississippi River and at the parish line, he said."

2017-09-26 - Electrical substation damaged by explosion and fire in coastal Sydney (Australia), blackouts ensue:

2017-09-26 - Mobile phone charger explodes and burns in subway in coastal London (Britain), people panic, 5 injured:

Category: Variety Pack

2017-09-27 - Man in his 60s burns to death at 10:42 PM in coastal Saint Joseph Parish on the island of Barbados:

Quote: "Last night in St. Elizabeth Village, St. Joseph it was like a scene from a movie with a tragic and unfortunate ending. Sometime around 10:42 pm, on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, police received a report of a person being on fire at St. Elizabeth Village, St. Joseph. On responding to the area, the charred body of a man believed to be in his sixties (60’s) was discovered lying on his back."

Note: Sounds similar to the man that recently burst into flame and burned to death near a bridge in coastal London (Britain), mentioned in the 2017-09-21 update...

2017-09-27 - Landfill erupts in flame in Zeeland (Michigan):

2017-09-27 - Underground electrical explosion and fire causes blackouts in coastal Cambridge (Massachusetts):

2017-09-27 - Underground electrical explosion at 11:43 PM causes blackouts in coastal Ramsgate (Britain):

Quote: "A power cut in Ramsgate last night through to this morning (September 27-28) was caused by an explosion in a substation. Some 2039 properties, mostly in the town and seafront, were affected by the outage at 11.43pm. Many people reported hearing a loud bang before the electricity went off. Some properties are still without power this morning. Kent Police were called to a town substation last night and have confirmed there was an explosion."

Quote: "They said the cause was an ‘underground network fault.’"

2017-09-27 - Underground electrical explosion and fire at 11:36 PM hits North Warwickshire near Polesworth (Britain):

Quote: "Terrified residents reported seeing flames up to THREE metres high shooting from a manhole following an explosion in North Warwickshire. Thick plumes of smoke followed the shooting flames forcing firefighters to cordon off the road."

2017-09-27 - 'Gas odor' evacuates school in Wichita (Kansas):

Quote: "Update: People have been let back into a Wichita elementary school after the smell of gas. Clark Elementary School was evacuated this afternoon because of the odor. A Wichita Public Schools spokesperson said the gas was from a sewer trap and there was never a gas leak."

Note: No gas leak, just some poison gas infiltrating the school via the sewer trap. If it smelled like rotten eggs and it came through the sewer trap, that was hydrogen sulfide. A woman was gassed to death in her home by hydrogen sulfide that had infiltrated her home via the sewer because of a non-functioning sewer trap in Kansas City (Missouri), mentioned in the 2013-07-04 update...

2017-09-27 - Fish rain from the sky in coastal Tampico (Mexico):

Category: Variety Pack

2017-09-28 - Unknown odor evacuates school in coastal Bridgeport (Connecticut):

Quote: "Park City Prep Charter School was evacuated Thursday around 12:30 p.m. after an unusual odor was detected, according to fire dispatch reports. Fire fighters responded to the scene to check for the source of the smell. An initial investigation found nothing around 1 p.m., according to dispatch reports."

2017-09-28 - Unknown odor hits coastal Anacortes (Washington):

2017-09-28 - Police helicopter hit by smoke, makes emergency landing in Alpine (New Jersey):

Quote: "The county's aviation unit was assisting with the Palisades Interstate Parkway Police search for two missing people, when the pilots radioed they had to land in the parking lot at State Line Lookout at 10:17 a.m., the parkway police said in a statement. They landed  because of smoke in the cockpit. The helicopter made a 'hard landing, skidding approximately 30 feet before coming to rest,' parkway police said."

Note: This is the 85th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2017...

2017-09-28 - Underground electrical fire and explosion hits coastal Manhattan (New York):

2017-09-28 - Underground electrical explosion and fire hits Camborne (Britain), 3 miles from the coast:

2017-09-28 - Electrical substation damaged by fire in Gibson County (Indiana):

2017-09-28 - Transformer bursts into flame at 4:20 AM at underground power station near Kilchrenan (Scotland), 1 mile from the coast:

2017-09-28 - Mystery surrounds metal towers popping up in tunnels and bridges in coastal New York City (New York):

Quote: "It’s a $100 million MTA project shrouded in secrecy, with 18 of them for tunnels and bridges. So what are they exactly? The MTA’s man in charge of the bridges and tunnels, Cedrick Fulton, dodged Carlin’s questions Wednesday. 'I said no comment,' he said."

Note: Sensor networks to analyze the atmosphere? Tunnels and bridges are places where you'd expect hydrogen sulfide to affect stuff more than some other places, and it might be useful to have a sensor network for that, to know when to stop traffic and such. These things probably have multiple purposes though. Whatever these pylons are, they sure are being secretive about them!

Category: Other Stories Of Interest

2017-09-29 - Former gas well leaking hydrogen sulfide in Norfolk County (Canada):

Quote: "Emergency officials have discovered another toxic gas leak in Norfolk County, Ont. According to a news release, staff from the local Health Unit and Norfolk Fire and Rescue found the leak at a County-owned woodlot at 1925 Forestry Farm Road, northwest of the intersection of McDowall Road. The county says a former gas well inside the forested area was leaking small amounts of Hydrogen Sulphide gas. The gas - which is lethal and flammable at high concentrations and causes people to lose the ability to smell it - was also found at a natural gas well in an area between Silver Hill and Langton over the summer. Close to two dozen homes were evacuated as a result of that leak, but that order was lifted in mid-September."

2017-09-29 - Recurring foul odor blowing in off the ocean continues hitting coastal Huntington Beach (California), city council to consider committee to investigate:

Quote: "The Huntington Beach City Council on Monday will consider establishing a committee to aid in the investigation of a recurring foul odor that some residents say causes headaches and nausea."

Quote: "SCAQMD spokesman Sam Atwood said last week that the analysis of complaints and wind directions points to an offshore source."

Quote: "Seal Beach and Long Beach have reported similar odors."

Quote: "The city said in a post last week on its website that the odor wasn’t believed to be 'an immediate life safety issue.'"

Note: Yeah, not an immediate life safety issue - slow poisoning, no big deal, unless you're one of those don't-like-being-poisoned kind of people...

2017-09-29 - Mount Agung continues rumbling on the island of Bali (Indonesia), 144,000 people evacuated now:

Quote: "The number of people evacuated over the possible eruption of Mount Agung volcano on the Indonesian island of Bali, the country`s major tourist destination, crossed 144,000 on Friday. Those evacuated were housed in hundreds of shelters across nine districts on the island. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho of the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB) told Efe news that although the exclusion zone established around the volcano was now practically empty, a few residents had refused to leave, unwilling to abandon their livestock. A 12-km radius exclusion zone was set up around the volcano and the alert level for the possible eruption was cranked up to the maximum 4 on September 22. 'If an eruption does occur, it is most likely to be small at first. However, a large eruption may follow,' the head of Centre for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (CVMPG) said."

2017-09-29 - Mount Sinabung erupts in Sumatra (Indonesia):

Quote: "A second Indonesian volcano has erupted while residents evacuated from the island of Bali anxiously awaited the eruption of local volcano Mount Agung. A videographer captured Indonesia's Mount Sinabung erupting on Wednesday in a series of time lapse photos as it spewed ash as high as 2.5 kilometres into the sky."

2017-09-29 - Volcano Fuego erupts in Guatemala:

2017-09-29 - Mud volcano begins erupting in Cunupia on the island of Trinidad:

Quote: "The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) says it received a report last Wednesday of water and mud bubbling from a hole in the ground in the vicinity of LP 22 Macaya Trace, Munroe Road, Cunupia. An initial assessment conducted by the EMA on the same evening revealed that in addition to water and mud bubbling from the ground, heat/ steam and unknown pungent gas were being emitted. Further, there was no pipeline or associated infrastructure in the vicinity of the site. The EMA in keeping with its coordinating role notified several agencies to assist with the further assessment of this phenomenon namely, ODPM, MEEA, UWI Seismic Research Unit, NGC, Geological Society of Trinidad and Tobago and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Young Professionals Trinidad and Tobago Chapter. A joint site visit with geologists and seismologists from UWI took place the following day and it was determined that the feature is a hydrothermal mud volcano."

2017-09-29 - The entire Northern Shipping Route is now ice-free:

Quote: "Russia's Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute has stated that the whole Northern Shipping Route is ice-free. The institute shows that there is only some scattered ice around the Vilkitsky Strait, the area separating the Kara Sea and the Laptev Sea."



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