Monday, October 23, 2017

Event Update For 2017-10-22

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: Variety Pack

2017-10-22 - Clothes and prayer mats mysteriously burst into flame at home in Kampung Penambang (Malaysia):

Quote: "Six years ago, Zainab Sulaiman and her family claimed to have suffered from 'paranormal activity', including mysterious fires at their home in Kampung Penambang Mas near Pantai Cahaya Bulan. The phenomena lasted for several months, resulting in the former petty trader and her family suffering huge losses, including the destruction of their wooden house and other valuable properties. Though still unable to explain the things that were happening to her family, Zainab was glad when the occurrences stopped. But the 80-year-old and her family are now suffering again, claiming that the paranormal activity began again last month. Zainab claimed unexplained fires again occurred, damaging her house and another belonging to her sister. 'The latest incident happened on Friday. I was at our rental homestay with my daughter Ropeah Zakaria, 50, and her three children, aged between 17 and 21, when suddenly five unexplained mysterious fires started to burn our clothes and prayer mats.'"

Note: On the east (downwind) side of a river near the coast. Here's a Google Maps link of the area. Clothing will adsorb methane and hydrogen sulfide. Once there's enough - and nobody will smell or see methane - then spontaneous combustion can occur. This problem is what's been killing the people who have themselves burst into flame (as opposed to homes or vehicles igniting and killing the occupants). This can happen to anything flammable and porous, like clothes, cardboard, dried wood. There's nothing paranormal about this - it's chemistry and physics...

2017-10-22 - Huge floating mass of plastic and styrofoam found off the coast of Honduras:

Note: Looks very landfill-ish. What do landfills produce? Hydrogen sulfide and methane...

2017-10-22 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, 12 vehicles burn, in Hempnall (Britain):

Quote: "Firefighters have dealt with a fire involving 12 vehicles at a scrapyard. Norfolk fire and rescue service said appliances from Long Stratton, Carrow and Harleston attended the blaze at Hempnall, near Norwich, this afternoon."

2017-10-22 - Waste transfer station erupts in flame in coastal Manhattan (New York):

2017-10-22 - Wildfire rages on the island of Corsica (France):

2017-10-22 - Man, 61, has 'medical event', SUV veers off road, mows down bicyclists, in coastal Dewey Beach (Delaware), 940 feet from the ocean, 2 killed:

Quote: "Police: Driver suffered ‘acute medical event’"

2017-10-22 - More than 600,000 gallons of sewage escapes from sewer systems and spills into coastal Mobile Bay (Alabama):

2017-10-22 - Home destroyed by explosion and fire just after 6 AM near the Susquehanna River in Oakland (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Authorities say there's too much damage to ever know what happened."

Note: They didn't give the street number but that street runs down to within 120 feet of the river...

2017-10-22 - Home damaged by explosion and fire in Kitchener (Canada):

Quote: "Crews were called to the Zeller Drive home around 5:30 p.m. People at neighbouring homes said they had heard an explosion a few minutes earlier."

2017-10-22 - Apartment building damaged by explosion(s) in coastal Torquay (Britain):

Note: These are the 303rd, 304th and 305th residential explosions in 2017...

2017-10-22 - Boat bursts into flame while docked at marina in coastal Daytona Beach (Florida):

Note: This is the 923rd boat/ship to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-10-22 - Freight train bursts into flame near Higgins (Texas):

2017-10-22 - Private bus and home destroyed by fire near the Yakima River in Parker (Washington):

Quote: "Firefighters were dispatched shortly after 8 a.m. and found a doublewide manufactured home 'burned to the ground' and an old school bus on fire, the release said."

Note: This is the 700th bus to burn in 2017...

2017-10-22 - Car-hauler bursts into flame, ignites brush fire, on I-10 near Benson (Arizona):

Quote: "Officials from the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the semi carrier was loaded with vehicles."

Note: This is the 58th car-hauler to burn in 2017...

2017-10-22 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame shortly after 5 AM on Highway 36 near New Cambria (Missouri):

2017-10-22 - Tractor (combine) bursts into flame near Friendship (Indiana):

2017-10-22 - Tractors and barn go up in flames at 4:30 AM in Hevingham (Britain):

Quote: "Firefighters have now left the scene of a ‘significant’ fire which has destroyed part of a farm barn and the tractors inside."

Note: These are the 1931st, 1932nd, 1933rd, 1934th and 1935th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-10-22 - Two USPS box trucks destroyed by fire while parked at facility in Cayce (South Carolina):

2017-10-22 - Pickup truck bursts into flame at gas station along Highway 97 in Lake Country (Canada):

2017-10-22 - Three cars destroyed by fire at 7:30 AM while parked at apartments in Westlake (California):

2017-10-22 - Car bursts into flame on I-95 in coastal Norwalk (Connecticut):

2017-10-22 - Car bursts into flame on Canal Drive in Kennewick (Washington):

2017-10-22 - Car bursts into flame on Route 40 near Smithboro (Illinois):

2017-10-22 - Car bursts into flame at 6 AM on street in coastal Pietà on the island of Malta:

2017-10-22 - Car bursts into flame at 11:20 PM on Church Road in Donnington, Telford (Britain):

2017-10-22 - Car bursts into flame at 2:31 AM at apartments on Hope Street in coastal Grimsby (Britain):

Quote: "Hope Street, Grimsby. Sun 22 Oct 2017 02:31 (No:22857) Car fire. 1 BA and 1 hose reel in use. Fire damage to facia and window of adjacent flat."

2017-10-22 - UTV bursts into flame, fire spreads to ditch, near Arlington (Iowa):

2017-10-22 - Six cars and auto shop go up in flames at 7:20 AM in Shinnston (West Virginia), nobody there:

Quote: "Officials said the paint and body shop had heavy damage to the interior and the building and six cars inside are considered a total loss. Crews were called to the scene around 7:20 a.m. after a driver passing by saw smoke and called authorities. No one was inside at the time of the fire and there were no injuries."

2017-10-22 - Vehicle and four garages go up in flames in Clinton (Iowa):

2017-10-22 - Motorcycle and home destroyed by fire before 5 AM on NE Newton Creek Road in Roseburg (Oregon), nobody there:

Quote: "A motorcycle inside the garage was destroyed during the fire."

2017-10-22 - Auto shop heavily damaged by fire shortly after 7 AM in Lawrenceville (Georgia):

2017-10-22 - Auto dealership damaged by fire at 11:45 PM in Ephrata (Pennsylvania):

2017-10-22 - Trucking company building destroyed by fire in McCammon (Idaho):

2017-10-22 - Barn destroyed by fire, fire spreads to home, in Standish (Maine):

2017-10-22 - Barn destroyed by fire in New Canaan (Connecticut):

2017-10-22 - Multiple large wildfires break out near Strawberry Reservoir (Utah):

2017-10-22 - Community hall destroyed by fire on NW Old Wilson River Road in Gales Creek (Oregon):

2017-10-22 - Food distribution warehouse heavily damaged by fire on Bernville Road in Bern Township (Pennsylvania):

2017-10-22 - Utility supplies market heavily damaged by massive fire near Rostov-on-Don (Russia):

2017-10-22 - Garage destroyed by fire on Wykeham Close in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Wykeham Close, Hull. Sun 22 Oct 2017 08:08 (No:22863) Garage fire caused by fault on litihum battery charger, garage destroyed by fire. Four BA, Thermal Image Camera, two jets,GP lines,small tools and one hose reel in use. Gas and electricity supply isolated by Fire Service."

2017-10-22 - Home heavily damaged by fire in the wee hours in Lithonia (Georgia):

2017-10-22 - Home destroyed by fire in coastal Tampa (Florida), 2 injured:

2017-10-22 - Home destroyed by fire at 5 AM at country club in Westbury (New York):

2017-10-22 - Home destroyed by fire at 2:06 AM in Jacksonville (Oregon):

2017-10-22 - Home destroyed by fire in South Bend (Indiana), near the St. Joseph River, 7 pets killed:

2017-10-22 - Home destroyed by fire in Danville (Illinois), 1300 feet from the Vermillion River, nobody there:

2017-10-22 - Duplex heavily damaged by fire in coastal Norwalk (Connecticut):

2017-10-22 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire in Milwaukee (Wisconsin):

2017-10-22 - Deadly fire burns home at 2:30 AM in Medfield area in coastal Baltimore (Maryland), 1 killed:

2017-10-22 - Deadly fire destroys home after 1 AM in Gretna (Louisiana), 2 killed:

2017-10-22 - Deadly fire destroys home in Clarkton (North Carolina), 1 killed:

2017-10-22 - Deadly fire destroys home in Leeds (New York), 1 killed:

2017-10-22 - Deadly fire burns apartment building in coastal Washington DC, 1 killed:

2017-10-22 - Vacant home burns at 3:45 AM in Troy (New York):

2017-10-22 - Vacant home burns in coastal New Haven (Connecticut):

2017-10-22 - Vacant home destroyed by fire at 6 AM in Rockford (Illinois), near the Rock River:

2017-10-22 - Two vacant homes burn separately at 3 AM in Girard (Kansas):

2017-10-22 - Vacant $14 million mansion destroyed by fire just before 3 AM in coastal Vancouver (Canada):

Quote: "In 2013, the home was sold after being listed for $13.7 million. Last year, the home was assessed at a value of $14 million and earlier this year, it was again listed for sale."

2017-10-22 - Man, 54, has 'medical emergency' and dies while driving, tractor trailer crashes, on I-75 near Richmond (Kentucky), 1 killed:

Quote: "According to police, a truck driver going north had a medical emergency, and his truck hit the center barrier, causing his load of plywood to spill onto the southbound lanes. The Madison County Coroner says the truck driver, identified as Billy Ray Berry, 54, of Waynesboro, Tennessee, was pronounced dead at the hospital. An autopsy has been scheduled in Frankfort on Monday."

Quote: "The coroner says he didn’t see any injuries on him that would indicate he died because of the crash, but he’s sent him for an autopsy just to be sure."

2017-10-22 - Woman, 62, has 'medical episode' and slumps over in SUV, dies shortly later, in East Liverpool (Ohio):

Quote: "Talbott and Green were on duty when they found Ms. Green slumped over behind the wheel of her SUV after suffering an apparent medical episode while driving north on state Route 11 at 8 a.m. Saturday. Ms. Green, who was no relation to officer Green, was unresponsive and barely breathing."

Quote: "'I guess her condition worsened and she died (Sunday) morning at 5 a.m.,' he said."

2017-10-22 - Man found dead on transit train in Riverside (New Jersey):

2017-10-22 - High school boy, 16, has seizure and collapses and dies during football game in Phoenix (Arizona):

Quote: "Firefighters said he reportedly had a seizure."

2017-10-22 - Man, 34, acts bizarre at boat ramp then found dead in the Missouri River in Sioux City (Iowa):

Quote: "The initial call came in around 8:30 Sunday morning when police received reports of a man acting in a 'bizarre manner' near the public boat ramp on Larson Park Road. An hour and a half later, an individual at the Marina who was checking his boat heard a splash and found a male in his 30s in the water. When he attempted to assist that man, later identified as 34-year-old Allen Clay of Sioux City, he slipped under the water and did not resurface."

2017-10-22 - Girl, 8, sickens and dies at home in coastal Queens (New York):

2017-10-22 - Man, 54, found dead along Little Cabin Creek Road in Lewis County (Kentucky):

2017-10-22 - Man, 36, soldier, found unconscious at home, dies shortly later, at Fort Riley (Kansas):

2017-10-22 - Man, 37, drops dead before midnight in jail cell in Lawrence County (Indiana):

2017-10-22 - Man, 20, dies while bodyboarding at coastal Fingal Head (Australia):

2017-10-22 - Man, 44, found dead in submerged SUV in Lethebrook Creek south of Proserpine (Australia):

2017-10-22 - Boy, 17, mountaineer, foams at the mouth and dies in the Solang Valley in Manali (India):

Quote: "He collapsed and was foaming at the mouth. Bhoi was rushed to Manali government hospital under critical condition. He passed away at around 8 pm."

2017-10-22 - Boy, 12, found dead in river in Bintangor (Malaysia):

2017-10-22 - Man, 60, drops dead in rented room in Buriram Province (Thailand):

2017-10-22 - Man, 66, dies in the water during triathlon on coastal Lantau Island (China):

2017-10-22 - Person found dead in the water near coastal Coney Island, County Sligo (Ireland):

2017-10-22 - Man, 56, found dead at Pirniefield Bank in coastal Edinburgh (Scotland):

2017-10-22 - College student, man, 23, found dead in the Lyndhurst area of the New Forest (Britain):

2017-10-22 - Passenger plane makes emergency landing at airport in Alcoa (Tennessee), engine problem:

2017-10-22 - Jet makes emergency landing after piece of plane falls off, in coastal Clearwater (Florida):

2017-10-22 - Medical plane makes emergency belly-landing at Prince Albert Airport (Canada), landing gear problem:

2017-10-22 - Small plane lands at airport, landing gear collapses, plane skids off runway, in Santa Maria (California):

2017-10-22 - Small plane crash-lands in field near airport in Gatineau (Canada):

2017-10-22 - Van overturns shortly after 3 AM, bursts into flame, near Upper Marlboro (Maryland), 1 killed:

2017-10-22 - Pickup truck and SUV collide head-on in Des Moines (Iowa), 2 killed, 2 injured:

2017-10-22 - Pickup truck veers off road, crashes into trees, on Ninemile Road near Downey (Idaho), 3 injured:

2017-10-22 - Car veers over centerline, hits minivan head-on, in Halton Hills (Canada), 1 killed, 2 injured:

2017-10-22 - Car veers off road before 3 AM, hits tree, in Milton (New York), 2 killed:

2017-10-22 - Car veers off road at 6 AM, hits tree, on I-84 in the Columbia River Gorge (Oregon), 1 killed:

2017-10-22 - Car plunges into the Chattahoochee River in Phenix City (Alabama):

2017-10-22 - Great white shark knocks girl off kayak, attacks boat, near Normanville (Australia):

2017-10-22 - Shark attacks kayaker near Takapuna (New Zealand):

2017-10-22 - Pit bull attacks and injures woman in Woodridge (Illinois):

2017-10-22 - Stray cat attacks and injures woman in Baraboo (Wisconsin):

2017-10-22 - Landslide hits South Lake Shore Road near Lake Chelan (Washington):

2017-10-22 - Man, 58, has chest pains on ship near coastal Tybee Island (Georgia):

Quote: "The Coast Guard medevacked a 58-year-old man Sunday six miles east of Tybee Island. Coast Guard Sector Charleston Command Center watchstanders received a call at 11:03 a.m. from the crew of the Thomas Jefferson, a 187-foot National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration vessel, stating a crewmember was experiencing chest pains."

2017-10-22 - Man, 59, has heart problems on Bear Mountain (New York):

Quote: "he 59-year-old man, whose name was not released, was atop Anthony's Nose, a 900-foot peak on the east side of the Hudson River, when he complained of chest pains and fatigue around 1:30 p.m., said Westchester County Police Lt. Scott Sullivan."

2017-10-22 - Heatwave heads to southern California, schools to close early in San Diego:

2017-10-22 - Warm waters melting Antarctic ice shelves may have appeared for the first time in over 7,000 years:

2017-10-22 - Poorest countries suffer most from global warming:

2017-10-22 - Americans blame 2017’s wild weather on global warming – 68 percent of Americans think weather disasters are worsening:

2017-10-22 - Tropical thunderstorms are set to grow stronger as the world warms:

2017-10-22 - Global warming to cost billions in extra road repairs:

2017-10-22 - Lightning strike kills 35 sheep in Tamil Nadu (India):

2017-10-22 - Tornado touches down and causes damage in Seminole (Oklahoma):

2017-10-22 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Tillamook (Oregon):

2017-10-22 - Fierce storm hits Brisbane (Australia):

2017-10-22 - Did Storm Ophelia bring a hawfinch invasion to the UK?

2017-10-22 - Why you need to get involved in the geoengineering debate – now:

2017-10-22 - Volunteer nurses in Puerto Rico fear FEMA is failing:

2017-10-22 - Beekeepers warn of 'Beemageddon' as France authorizes sulfaoxaflor:

2017-10-22 - Rat studies find Monsanto's GMO corn is toxic to liver, kidneys, intestines and testes:

2017-10-22 - 44th anniversary of the Pascagoula alien abduction incident:

2017-10-22 - Chilean researcher wants inquest into alleged Paihuano UFO crash opened 19 years later:


  1. Good morning Jonny, Fran, Mike D. and regular readers. Raining here (finally). What a rude awakening a home explosion must be, geez!

    [Yesterday we learned about the enormous clean-up of Puerto Rico, today we have this:]
    California launching fire clean-up 'for the record books'

    Government officials outlined plans Monday for what they say will be the largest fire clean-up in California history, aimed at removing hazardous substances and ash from 8,400 homes and other structures burned in Northern California wildfires.

    With hundreds of anxious homeowners listening, state emergency services official Eric Lamoureux set a target of early 2018 for completing the clean-up and allowing owners to start rebuilding.
    California has declared a public health emergency in the fire area, in part because of concern for hazardous substances ranging from freon in air-conditioners to asbestos in older homes. The fires that began Oct. 8 have killed at least 42 people, making them the deadliest series of wildfires in state history. [more]

    Mapping the devastation from California’s most destructive wildfire

    The wildfires that ripped through Northern California this month destroyed at least 8,400 homes and buildings, according to state officials. The scope and scale of damage is among some of the worst from wildfires in state history.

    The bulk of the destruction can be found in Santa Rosa, where the Tubbs fire ripped through major residential areas on Oct. 8 and 9. [more; and it ain't over yet!]

    Wildfires spread as conditions worsen in California

    Firefighters battle 50-acre brush fire south of Beaumont

    Records fall across region in SoCal heat wave; triple-digit temperatures forecast for World Series

    New heat records were set Monday across Southern California as temperatures soared before Tuesday’s World Series opener at Dodger Stadium. [more]

    JetBlue flight makes emergency landing at JFK after bird strike

    A Las Vegas-bound flight out of Boston made an emergency landing at JFK Airport on Monday night after striking several birds during takeoff, sources said. [more]

    [birds weigh ounces; the plane weighs TONS]

    4.0 magnitude earthquake strikes off Catalina Island

    A 4.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Catalina Island early Tuesday.

    The quake struck at about midnight about 29 miles southeast of Avalon and about 31 miles north of San Clemente Island in the Pacific Ocean.

    According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake was on Catalina as well as along the Orange County and Los Angeles coast.

    A Congressional Watchdog Is Warning Washington to Prepare for Costly Climate Change

    [~ 1.5 min. video]

    Future Flooding Will Be Deeper and More Frequent and Cities Aren't Prepared

    [~ 5 min. video and text - about Superstorm Sandy]

    Big Business Is Moving Too Slowly On Climate Change, Tracking Group Finds

    Big business is heeding the call of climate scientists and pledging to spew fewer planet-warming emissions into the atmosphere. But many companies aren’t acting quickly enough or setting tough enough targets, according to a new study. [more]

    [this is complete non-sense; corporations and manufacturing IS the problem!]

    [continued below]

  2. Raging fire breaks out in northern Italy

    [short "rough cut" video - no narration]

    Tuesday, 24 October 2017
    Paul Beckwith on Insectageddon

    People Manage To Kill Three-Quarters Of Flying Insects In Only 27 Years: Part A

    Humans have always excelled at killing things. No species does it better than us. Technological advancement is fastest in development of more sophisticated and powerful weapons to kill off our enemies.

    Corporate propaganda says that to have higher and higher yields of crops to feed exponential population growth we must develop more powerful pesticides to kill off more and more insects. We’ve succeeded in killing off 76% of flying insects in only 27 years. Oops. We need insects to pollinate our crops so that we can grow food. Doh... Not so smart... [more; including 15 min. video and this embedded article; fairly long and wide coverage of problems]
    Insectageddon: farming is more catastrophic than climate breakdown

    The missing in Michigan - is this human trafficking?

    People and families disappearing in Michigan

    [~ 39 min. video and a ~ 3 min. video]

    Area of global tree cover loss equivalent to area of New Zealand

    Global tree cover loss reaches a record high in 2016

    Storms Clouds Gathering - a report from post-Maria Dominica

    Hurricane Maria Recovery + A Positive Course of Action

    [~ 10 min. video and text - finally so news regarding forgotten island; at bottom a ~ 55 min. "live feed" video]

    Still Waiting for FEMA in Texas and Florida After Hurricanes

    getting help to recover from Hurricane Harvey remains a long, uncertain journey. [more]

    [more below]

  3. E.P.A. cancels talk on climate change by agency scientists – “It’s definitely a blatant example of the scientific censorship we all suspected was going to start being enforced at E.P.A”

    Ocean acidification is deadly threat to marine life, finds eight-year study

    Ocean acidification is progressing rapidly around the world, new research has found, and its combination with the other threats to marine life is proving deadly. Many organisms that could withstand a certain amount of acidification are at risk of losing this adaptive ability owing to pollution from plastics, and the extra stress from global warming. [more]

    UN shipping climate talks ‘captured’ by industry lobbyists

    The shipping industry has “captured” UN talks on a climate target for the sector, using its clout to delay and weaken emissions curbs. [more]

    With Summer yet to arrive 4 million people in Cape Town are down to just 28.5% usable water as unprecedented drought grips South Africa

    Seattle be READY! This is how the ‘Really Big One’ M9.0 Cascadia earthquake could play out (video)

    Incredible lightning storm in Arkansas: Several bolts touchdown digging holes in the ground

    Once-Rare Flooding Could Hit NYC Every 5 Years with Climate Change, Study Warns

    Climate change is dramatically increasing the risk of severe flooding from hurricanes in New York City, to the extent that what was a once-in-500-years flood when the city was founded could be expected every five years within a couple of decades. [more; no problem - NYC may be deserted by then]

    Typhoon "Lan" slams into Japan, leaves at least 4 dead, extensive flooding

    Typhoon "Lan" made landfall at Shizuoka Prefecture, some 175 km (110 miles) southwest of Tokyo at 18:00 UTC on Sunday, October 22, 2017 (03:00 JST, October 23), side-sweeping the capital, bringing heavy rain and wind gusts up to 198 km/h (123 mph). The typhoon caused power outages, extensive flooding, landslides and left at least 4 people dead. Some 500 flights were canceled Sunday and another 350 on Monday. [more]

    A Bad Week To Stop Smoking Crack

    Good news: The next 10 tax cuts, real or imagined are priced in
    Bad news: Tax cuts are not going to prevent recession... [more]

  4. Bizarre blue 'flashes and glows' may reveal thunderstorm secrets (VIDEO)

    Video captures waterspout tearing off roof at Chevron in Pascagoula, Mississippi

    Fourth humpback whale in under a month found along East London coastline in South Africa

    Dead Bryde's whale discovered near Mumbai, India

    16th North Atlantic right whale discovered dead off Cape Cod, Massachusetts

    Lightning bolt kills two girls in South Africa

    Bright meteor fireball explodes over southeastern Poland

  5. I got an e-mail from my (ex) brother-in-law who just retired from being captain of a tug that moves fuel oil and other petroleum products up and down NY Harbor. He checked out the missing water videos and sent them to guys (tug captains have a website) doing the same job on the Mississippi (the entire length) and got this reply from one who hauls barges of grain from the Missouri River all the way down to the Gulf:

    All of the pics/videos on YT appear to be of side channels and backwater areas. i'd like to see an aerial view of the shallowest portion of the main channel.

    The stage at Cairo is 20+ feet and rising. Navigation problems don't even become a concern until Cairo gets to around 5 feet on the gauge. And gauge heights don't mean squat in relation to channel depths. They are all independent based on arbitrary figures. And yes, an earthquake on the New Madrid COULD be devastating to the River. But if we had another quake like the 1800's one, the Mississippi navigation channel will be way down on the priority list.
    So, unless someone wants to explore this on Google Earth and get a look at it in real time, i'm gonna let this one go.

    Roads deserted, doors closed: Spate of leopard attacks near Mumbai, India

    "We have been living alongside these animals for decades. They never harmed us in the past but suddenly we are facing a life-threatening crisis," says tribal leader Prakash Bhoir from Kelti Pada, blaming the attacks on a decline of the leopards' habitat due to rise in encroachments and developmental activities. [more]

    Europe remains a major killer of migrating birds

    Every year, about 25 million birds are killed across migration routes in the Mediterranean - whether shot, trapped or glued.

    In addition, up to 2 million birds are killed illegally in Northern and Central Europe together with the Caucasus region, a new study conducted by BirdLife International has shown.

    Surprisingly, most of the birds are slaughtered for "fun," lead author of the study Anne-Laure Brochet told DW.

    Egypt is the most dangerous hotspot for migrating birds - 5 to 10 million birds are killed every year in a trapping zone about 800 kilometers (500 miles) long - the total length of Germany, Berthold pointed out. [more]

    [good ol' mankind - has fun by killing other species . .]

    4 tornadoes strike area around Jakarta, Indonesia

    a total of 20 homes were hit by the twister causing about IDR 60 million (USD 4,436) in damages, mostly to the roofs of the buildings. [more]

    [tornados not enough for ya? ok, try this on fa size]
    Strong 6.7 magnitude earthquake strikes Indonesia

    [more below]

  6. World Bank ministers rehearse for a pandemic that will come 'sooner than we expect'

    That scenario was part of a pandemic simulation held during the World Bank's annual meeting in Washington this month. It's not the kind of event that people would typically associate with the World Bank. But it's the fourth such exercise the bank has helped organize in the past year, reflecting what experts say is the growing awareness outside the traditional global health sector of the increasing threat and economic disruption posed by a global pandemic. [more]

    [I guess when 'they' get desperate, 'they'll' unleash one]

    Google's AI watches YouTube clips to learn about human behavior

    Robots are watching us. Literally.

    Google has curated a set of YouTube clips to help machines learn how humans exist in the world. The AVAs, or "atomic visual actions," are three-second clips of people doing everyday things like drinking water, taking a photo, playing an instrument, hugging, standing or cooking.

    Ultimately, the goal is to teach computers social visual intelligence, according to an accompanying research paper which describes it as, "understanding what humans are doing, what might they do next and what they are trying to achieve." [more]

    [Terminator, here we come]

    Possible tropical depression forming over the Caribbean Sea

    Heat wave sets new records, sparks brush fires and freeway closures as World Series approaches

    A brush fire along the 118 Freeway in Granada Hills snarled the Tuesday morning commute but was put out by about 9 a.m. (KTLA-TV)

    Security surrounding EPA administrator rising to unprecedented level: report

    [gee, I wonder why anyone wants to do him harm? . . ..]

    Wine Organization Forecasts Historically Bad Year Due To Weather Events

    World wine production is having a historically bad year.

    The situation is bleakest in the three countries that produce the most wine – Italy (down by 23 percent), France (down by 19 percent) and Spain (down by 15 percent). [more; add CA to list]

    [this is a subset of agriculture, which is also having problems]

    Why scientists are redefining the kilogram

    for the first time since the international system of units (SI) was launched in 1960, the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) is redefining four basic units of measurement, not by any human metric but by the immutable forces of the universe. [more]