Thursday, February 1, 2018

2018 - JAN - Spotlight Stories

Category: Variety Pack

2018-01-01 - Car bursts into flame at gas station and kills man in Breuleux (Switzerland):

Quote: "Police in the canton of Jura are investigating why a vehicle caught fire at a petrol station in the village of Breuleux on Sunday morning, killing the driver."

2018-01-01 - Woman found dead in ditch at scene of brush fire in coastal Hanapepe (Hawaii):

Note: Sometimes when people burst into flame, they're gonna start brush fires as they burn. And sometimes brush fires will erupt on their own and the smoke will be lethal and kill people who inhale the smoke too...

2018-01-01 - Hospital rocked by explosion, rooms collapse, in Attock (Pakistan), 5+ killed, 2 injured:

2018-01-01 - Underground electrical explosion and fire hits Gaithersburg (Maryland):

2018-01-01 - Landfill fire breaks out in Meethotamulla on the island of Sri Lanka:

2018-01-01 - The fifty doomiest images of 2017:

2018-01-01 - Dried-up Bird Lake spewing rotten egg odor in coastal Port Augusta (Australia):

Quote: "A dried-up lake with an odour like rotten eggs at times is proving frustrating in northern South Australia, with environmental authorities and a council at odds about the cost of fixing the problem."

Note: Once everyone there is dead then nobody will be frustrated. Problem solved!

2018-01-01 - Boy, 16, has 'medical episode' and collapses in the water at beach near coastal Sydney (Australia):

Quote: "Emergency crews had to walk almost two kilometres through remote bushland to get to the boy, who is understood to have suffered a medical episode while he was in the river."

2018-01-01 - Volcano Agung erupts and belches ash into the sky on the island of Bali (Indonesia):

2018-01-01 - Volcano Stromboli erupts in Italy:

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2018-01-02 - Unknown odor evacuates the Lake Street School in Vernon (Connecticut):

2018-01-02 - Unknown rotten egg odor hits coastal Surrey (Canada) and surrounding areas:

Quote: "Responding to reports from residents mystified by a lingering bad smell on the streets and in homes around the Five Corners-City Hall area Tuesday afternoon, the City of White Rock says it also extends to various areas of South Surrey and Langley. A PSA on the city’s Facebook page says 'we are aware of a smell that some describe as natural gas, manure or rotten eggs,' adds that, while Fortis BC is investigating, it can be confirmed that the odour is not coming from either a city or Metro Vancouver facility, or the Cherry Point Refinery in the U.S."

2018-01-02 - Atmospheric methane hits 2764 ppb in the Arctic:

Quote: "On January 2018, methane levels as high as 2764 ppb (parts per billion) were recorded. The solid magenta-colored areas near Greenland indicate that this very high reading was likely caused by methane hydrate destabilization in the sediments on the seafloor of the Arctic Ocean."

2018-01-02 - RV goes up in flames and kills person at 7:20 AM on street in coastal Wilmington (California):

Note: This is the 4th RV to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-01-02 - Mysterious explosions shake homes in Fannin and Gilmer Counties (Georgia):

2018-01-02 - Mysterious explosion shakes homes in Ionia County (Michigan):

2018-01-02 - Underground fire breaks out and two utility poles burn in coastal Santa Cruz (California):

Quote: "At the scene, firefighters found two power poles burning and fire coming up from numerous storm drains."

2018-01-02 - Underground electrical explosions and fire hit coastal Barnstaple (Britain):

2018-01-02 - Van bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to 2 more cars and home, in Huntsville (Alabama):

2018-01-02 - Minivan bursts into flame and kills dog while parked at store in Fort Smith (Arkansas):

2018-01-02 - Pickup truck bursts into flame at oceanfront hotel, fire spreads to 2 more vehicles, in coastal Ocean City (Maryland):

Quote: "The fire began in a pickup truck in the loading area of the hotel, Bunting said, and spread to the other two vehicles."

Category: Variety Pack

2018-01-03 - Unknown 'gas odor' blows through Highland (California):

Quote: "At about 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 3, the Southern California Gas Company began to receive numerous reports of an odor thought to be natural gas over a large area of Highland. SoCalGas dispatched over a dozen crew members to the reported locations to test air samples and found no indication of natural gas."

Quote: "According to SoCalGas, as of 6 p.m. on Wednesday the source of the area odor had not been determined and the odor had dissipated."

2018-01-03 - Unknown 'gas odor' blows through Greeley (Colorado):

2018-01-03 - 'Gas odor' evacuates apartment building in Springfield (Massachusetts):

2018-01-03 - Around 20 cars go up in flames while parked at tow yard near coastal West Palm Beach (Florida):

2018-01-03 - Grain elevator explodes and burns in East Grand Forks (Minnesota):

2018-01-03 - Passenger has 'medical issue' on passenger plane, plane diverts to Cedar Rapids (Iowa):

Quote: "A Southwest flight made an emergency landing in Cedar Rapids because of a medical issue involving someone on the plane."

2018-01-03 - Passenger has 'medical emergency' on passenger plane, plane makes emergency landing in Wichita (Kansas):

Quote: "An international flight that made an emergency stop at Eisenhower Airport has taken off. The plane landed on Wednesday night just before 10 p.m. The west jet flight from Cancun, Mexico, was traveling to Canada. Passengers were placed on another plane that left on Thursday morning around 3:40 a.m. Airport police say a passenger had a medical emergency but did not go into detail."

2018-01-03 - Small plane goes missing over the Gulf of Mexico after pilot becomes unresponsive after departing from Bethany (Oklahoma):

Quote: "The plane was last observed on radar about 219 miles northwest of Cancun at 15,000 feet and was headed into the Gulf of Mexico."

Quote: "The Coast Guard received word of a possible plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico due to an unresponsive pilot. The FAA says the pilot did not land, but kept on the same course and was unresponsive to air traffic control instructions."

Quote: "Ethan Narber, a pilot and aviation enthusiast, posted on Twitter that fighter jets were scrambled to intercept the plane and noted that the pilot was upright in his seat but unresponsive. 'Definitely a medical incident. So sad,' he added."

Quote: "Navy planes from New Orleans were sent to investigate and reported the pilot was slouched over and appeared to be unconscious."

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2018-01-04 - Oceanic oxygen levels dropping all across the planet:

Quote: "In the past 50 years, the amount of water in the open ocean with zero oxygen has gone up more than fourfold. In coastal water bodies, including estuaries and seas, low-oxygen sites have increased more than 10-fold since 1950. Scientists expect oxygen to continue dropping even outside these zones as Earth warms."

Quote: "Low oxygen also can trigger the release of dangerous chemicals such as nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas up to 300 times more powerful than carbon dioxide, and toxic hydrogen sulfide."

Note: That's what I said six years ago. And since then the number of rotten-egg-smelling unknown 'gas odor' events has been climbing, especially in coastal areas, but elsewhere too. The oceans and all the traditional sources of hydrogen sulfide have begun spewing more and more hydrogen sulfide into the atmosphere. That's what has wiped out life on this planet before and it's going to do the same thing this time...

2018-01-04 - Hydrogen sulfide blowing around in coastal Goleta (California), meeting scheduled for Jan 10:

Quote: "A bad smell in West Goleta is the subject of an upcoming meeting. Hydrogen sulfide is creating a rotten egg odor in the Ellwood Canyon Area, where there are natural seeps as well as oil and agriculture work. Goleta city leaders want to tell locals what steps they can take if they smell a noxious odor. The meeting is Wednesday, January 10 at 6 p.m. at Ellwood School."

2018-01-04 - Unknown 'gas odor' hits child development center in Shadyside, Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania), 2 people hospitalized:

Quote: "Peoples Natural Gas said crews searched the building but did not find a natural gas leak."

2018-01-04 - Unknown 'gas odor' hits area in Allentown (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Two blocks of Lehigh Street in Allentown’s south side were blocked off from traffic Thursday night after a passer-by reported smelling natural gas in the neighborhood. City fire officials found nothing unusual. UGI, the gas company, sent a crew that took several hours more to make a complete check of the area. The gas odor was reported shortly after 6 p.m. on Lehigh Street between Sixth and Eighth streets. Firefighters took readings at houses on the street, but nothing dangerous was found. 'They checked all the homes in those two blocks,' fire Capt. John Christopher said. 'They checked 30 homes and they found no gas inside the structures.'"

Note: They aren't going to detect hydrogen sulfide with natural gas detectors. Ya gotsta use the right tool for the job!

2018-01-04 - Metal recycling plant hit by fire, pile of metal bursts into flame, in Tucson (Arizona):

Quote: "Emergency calls first described it as a brushfire but when crews arrived, a pile of metal was on fire, according to the department's Facebook page."

2018-01-04 - Metal business damaged by fire in Waterloo (Iowa):

Quote: "Right now, crews are working to control the fire on Columbia Street, which seems to be coming from A-Line Iron and Metals."

2018-01-04 - Van bursts into flame at gas station in coastal Vero Beach (Florida), man pulled out unconscious:

Quote: "Vero Beach police said the man appeared to be unconscious because of a medical issue, likely unrelated to the fire or smoke."

2018-01-04 - Car bursts into flame while parked in underground carpark at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas (Nevada):

Quote: "The Clark County Fire Department extinguished a car fire today at the Cosmopolitan that sent smoke billowing through the Strip resort’s underground parking garage, officials said. A 911 call about 1 p.m. reported a 'large volume of smoke' coming from the parking structure, officials said. Security cameras confirmed a car was on fire."

2018-01-04 - Two homes destroyed by fire on coastal Oak Island (New York), nobody there:

Category: Variety Pack

2018-01-05 - Unknown 'gas smell' evacuates movie theater in Edwardsville (Illinois):

Quote: "Morgan praised theater staff for taking proper precautions. He said there was no gas issue discovered by fire department personnel."

Note: Only a false alarm in the sense that no natural gas was detected. That means someone smelled something that smells LIKE the odorant added to natural gas, e.g. a rotten egg odor. So probably just a little poison gas blowing through town and getting sucked in through the HVAC system, which can't be detected with natural gas detectors. Edwardsville is about 9 miles east (downwind) of the Mississippi River as the gas blows...

2018-01-05 - Underground electrical explosion blows manhole covers off in Reading (Britain):

2018-01-05 - Metal recycling center hit by fire just before 5 AM, pile of scrap metal burns, in coastal San Leandro (California):

2018-01-05 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, five cars burn, in Las Vegas (Nevada):

Quote: "North Las Vegas police spokesman Eric Leavitt said five vehicles caught fire at a business. The business appears to be R&R Salvage, an automobile parts and supplies shop."

2018-01-05 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, eight cars burn, in Balaton (Minnesota):

2018-01-05 - Car dealership destroyed by fire in Washington (Illinois):

2018-01-05 - Auto sales shop and U-Haul truck rental business destroyed by fire in Champlain (New York):

Quote: "An auto sales shop and U-Haul Truck Rental facility were destroyed in a fire at 503 Route 11 here Friday night."

2018-01-05 - Vehicles and warehouse destroyed by huge fire in Minot (North Dakota):

Quote: "The warehouse, which was fully engulfed, was a total loss. According to a Minot Fire Department source, firefighters were able to pull 'five or six' vehicles away from the fire but 'probably two or three were lost' to the blaze."

2018-01-05 - Five cars and home destroyed by fire in Silver Creek (Georgia):

Quote: "The four occupants of the home were able to make it out safely, but the residence was a total loss — as were five vehicles, which had all of their tires burned off while parked in the driveway. 'It was apocalyptic,' Evans said of the appearance of the fire-ravaged vehicles."

Quote: "Evans said the homeowner Greg Solomon conveyed the fire started in the carport but he didn’t know exactly what was on fire."

Note: Brave people parking five vehicles near their home nowadays! And by 'brave' I mean 'homeless'...

2018-01-05 - Eight homes and 5 cars destroyed by fire at 3:30 AM in coastal Newark (New Jersey), 2 other fires too:

Quote: "Eight homes appear to be destroyed, two of which collapsed. Five vehicle[s] also caught fire and were completely gutted by flames."

Category: Variety Pack

2018-01-06 - Unknown odor sickens people at Capital One Arena during basketball game in coastal Washington DC:

2018-01-06 - Passenger plane hit by unusual odor, people sickened, plane returns to coastal Boston (Massachusetts):

Quote: "An official statement from the airline says the crew on board reported an unusual odor on the plane, which caused customers and crew members to feel ill. "

Note: An unknown odor hit a passenger plane on the tarmac and hospitalized four people at Logan Airport in Boston the week prior too, mentioned in the 2018-01-01 update...

2018-01-06 - Mysterious explosion shakes homes in coastal Whanganui (New Zealand):

Quote: "A number of people described the noise as sounding like a bomb. However, Whanganui police and Fire and Emergency New Zealand could shed no light on the cause of the noise."

2018-01-06 - RV goes up in flames and kills man in Indianapolis (Indiana):

Note: This is the 13th RV to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-01-06 - Film studio devastated by massive fire in coastal Mumbai (India):

2018-01-06 - Heatwave and catastrophic fire conditions hit South Australia, dozens of brush fires erupt, roads melt:

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2018-01-07 - Heavy truck bursts into flame and kills man while parked in Lahore (Pakistan):

Quote: "A person was burned to death when a fire engulfed a truck at Lahore’s Guru Mangat road late Sunday night. According to rescue sources, the fire erupted in the truck parked outside an industrial unit and an individual who was sleeping inside the vehicle was burnt alive, according to rescue sources."

2018-01-07 - Twin-engine plane bursts into flame while parked inside hangar at airport in Petaluma (California):

Quote: "The Petaluma Fire Department responded to a small plane on fire Petaluma Municipal Airport on Sunday evening. At about 6:50 p.m., fire crews arrived to find heavy smoke coming out of an airport hangar. They pried open the hangar and found a twin-engine airplane fully engulfed in flames, fire officials said."

Note: This is the 1st aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2017...

2018-01-07 - 75 boats and boat storage facility destroyed by fire in Indianapolis (Indiana):

Quote: "There were 75 boats inside the storage facility and all were a total loss. The damage has been estimated at $1.5 million."

Quote: "The name of the facility is 'Just Add Water.'"

Note: Just Add Water...QUICK! These are the 19th-93th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2017...

2018-01-07 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in coastal Saint Peter Port on the island of Guernsey (Britain):

2018-01-07 - Utility pole bursts into flame in Little Rock (Arkansas), blackouts ensue:

2018-01-07 - Recycling center erupts in flame at 2 AM on Parkfield Road in Rugby (Britain):

2018-01-07 - Several high-end limousines and building go up in flames at limo business in McKees Rocks (Pennsylvania):

2018-01-07 - Car bursts into flame, ignites brush fire, on Forktree Road in Carrickalinga (Australia), 2800 feet from the ocean:

Quote: "The silver Mercedes was pulled over to the side of Forktree Rd in Carrickalinga, believed to have broken down when the fire started about 1pm on Sunday. The coastal winds fanned the fire, which destroyed the car, spilling molten aluminium down the side of the verge."

2018-01-07 - Man, 60, has 'medical episode' and topples off seawall onto beach in coastal Thornton-Cleveleys (Britain):

Quote: "A spokesman for the police said: 'A man had a medical episode and fell onto the beach from the Promenade.'"

2018-01-07 - The ocean floor is sinking under the water weight from melting glaciers, and it's as bad as it sounds:

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2018-01-08 - Unknown 'gas smell' closes school early in Stonington (Connecticut):

Quote: "Students at one Stonington school were dismissed early on Monday morning because someone reported smelling gas in the building."

2018-01-08 - Unknown stench hits the center of Nottingham (Britain):

Quote: "Mystery surrounds a ‘gross’ smell that affronted shoppers in Nottingham City Centre this afternoon. People in the centre reported smelling something 'like a nasty lavatory' while they were out shopping at about 2pm today, January 8."

Quote: "Darren Saywell, 52, of Chesterfield, who smelt it on Clumber Street, said: 'It smelt dreadful, like bad eggs. I am a plumber so I'm used to bad smells but that got me.'"

2018-01-08 - Mysterious massive explosion and flash of light at 12:22 AM reported across huge distance in Russia:

Quote: "A very bright flash was seen over thousands of kilometers over Russia around 00:22 local time January 7, 2018 (20:22 UTC, January 6). The flash was followed by a ground-shaking explosion."

Quote: "Russian officials and scientists immediately denied there had been a Russian missile test or any reported space rock crashing to earth."

Quote: "The phenomenon which bore a similarity to a nuclear flash was seen and felt over thousands of miles in Russia."

Note: Not a missile and not a meteor - that leaves an atmospheric gas explosion, probably very high in the atmosphere to be seen and felt across such a distance. When big clouds of methane and/or hydrogen sulfide explode, they may have the explosive power of small nuclear bombs, similar in explosive force to the fission bomb that destroyed Hiroshima, but minus any radiation. Once atmospheric explosions start destroying large populated areas - which could begin at any time - then I'd think people will wake up to what's happening, although the first few times that it happens it may be blamed on terrorism, and people will probably buy that story. For a while, anyway. This area, in the far northern latitudes, is where the highest concentrations of methane are in the atmosphere...

2018-01-08 - Mysterious explosion alarms people in Greeley (Colorado):

Note: An unknown 'gas odor' just blew through Greeley too, mentioned in the 2018-01-03 update...

2018-01-08 - Electrical substation rocked by explosion in coastal Seawell on the island of Barbados, island goes dark:

Quote: "Barbados was left without power for several hours today as a result of an explosion at the Barbados Light & Power Company’s substation in Seawell, Christ Church."

2018-01-08 - Paint factory devastated by massive blaze in coastal London (Britain):

Quote: "Dhillon said there was a 'loud pop...then we saw a lot of flames suddenly rise up by themselves...then just this huge mountain of fire, almost pyramid shaped and spiralling as it was shooting fireballs into the air.'"

2018-01-08 - Landfill fire breaks out at 7 AM in Grand Forks (North Dakota):

2018-01-08 - Recycling center destroyed by fire in coastal Baie Verte (Canada):

2018-01-08 - Trump Tower damaged by rooftop HVAC fire in coastal Manhattan (New York):

Note: Trump owns a lot of coastal properties. All of that stuff will eventually be destroyed. His stuff isn't any more immune to the ongoing extinction event than anyone else's. Ironically, with some of his executive orders as pertains to pollution, he's hastening the destruction of his own properties and the deaths of his own children and grandchildren, along with the destruction of everyone else's property and the death of everyone on the planet, of course...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2018-01-09 - Man, 65, dies in burning car in ditch along Mill Creek Road in Sinclairville (New York):

2018-01-09 - Man ignites at home on Acacia Drive in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Acacia Drive, Hull. Tue 9 Jan 2018 12:28 (No:00504) Fire involving elderly male in property caused by possible ignition from cooker. Hose reel used to extinguish fire on clothing and surrounding area. 2 BA also in use. Trauma kit used to severe burns on male. Left in care of paramedics. Smoke detectors activated."

Note: A man recently burst into flame and burned to death on a street in Hull too, mentioned in the 2017-12-27 update...

2018-01-09 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, junk cars and scrap metal burn, in Denver (Colorado):

2018-01-09 - Metal recycling center erupts in flame in coastal Mumbai (India):

Quote: "This is the sixth incident of fire in Mumbai in the past 20 days. A major fire engulfed a busy court complex in the financial capital Monday morning."

2018-01-09 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame in coastal Everett (Massachusetts):

2018-01-09 - Car bursts into flame at 1:30 AM while parked inside garage at taxi business, fire spreads to apartments, in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Officials say a car ignited the blaze at the Shannon Cab Company on the 3100 block of North Front Street around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. The car was parked inside the garage. The fire spread to apartments above the business."

2018-01-09 - Car bursts into flame at home, fire spreads to another car and home, in Parsippany (New Jersey):

Quote: "A Parsippany resident drove his Mercedes-Benz into the garage attached to his home Tuesday night, not aware it was on fire. The flames quickly spread to another vehicle and the home, said fire officials."

2018-01-09 - In separate incidents, two cars burst into flame within minutes in Millville (New Jersey):

Quote: "Firefighters extinguished two car fires Tuesday in quick succession. They initially responded to a blaze at 5:20 p.m. on North 2nd Street near Texas Roadhouse. While there, a second assignment sent them to mile marker 27 on Route 55 for another car fire."

2018-01-09 - Recycling center destroyed by fire in Maple Grove Township (Michigan):

2018-01-09 - Recycling center hit by fire, 400 tons of waste goes up in flames, on Winsford Way in Chelmsford (Britain):

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2018-01-10 - Hydrogen sulfide emanates from sewers at school in Nashville (Tennessee):

Quote: "Fire department officials said the smell was coming from the sewage line and was not dangerous. Everyone was cleared to come back inside. A school administrator told News 4 that someone smelled something and thought it was possibly a gas leak, so they called the fire department to investigate."

Quote: "A phone message sent to Overton parents said staff arriving to the school noticed a strong 'sulfur' smell and maintenance crews were called."

Quote: "The Nashville Fire Department said the smell is isolated to the school’s auditorium and is hydrogen sulfide from a backed up sewer. The Fire Chief described the smell as 'sewer gas' and said it is not hazardous."

Note: 'Not hazardous'?! Hydrogen sulfide is as deadly as hydrogen cyanide, which is what they use to execute people in gas chambers, and the British used it to kill German soldiers during trench warfare in WWI. Moreover, nobody anywhere knows what the long-term effects are of breathing it, regardless of concentration, but whatever the effects are, they're surely not good. In any case, this is yet another example of people thinking there's a natural gas leak when in fact what they are smelling is hydrogen sulfide, not the odorant added to natural gas...

2018-01-10 - Mysterious explosion shakes homes in coastal Seattle (Washington):

2018-01-10 - Mysterious explosion shakes homes in the Midland Valley area of Aiken County (South Carolina):

2018-01-10 - Underground electrical explosion and fire blow manhole covers off, woman falls into manhole, in Edmonton (Canada), 1 injured:

Quote: "Emergency crews rescued an injured woman from a downtown Edmonton manhole Wednesday after the force from an underground explosion blew several manhole covers into the air. The explosion was in an underground EPCOR electrical vault, Edmonton Fire Rescue Services said."

2018-01-10 - Metal recycling business destroyed by massive blaze at 11 PM in Des Plaines (Illinois), 1400 feet from the Des Plaines River:

Quote: "A massive scrap metal plant was completely destroyed overnight by a raging fire in northwest suburban Des Plaines. Fire crews responded to Maine Scrap Metal in the 1200-block of Rand Road just after 11 p.m. Wednesday."

2018-01-10 - Metal recycling center erupts in flame, hundreds of scrap cars burn, in coastal Dublin (Ireland):

Quote: "Flames tore through the stacks of vehicles weighted to be disposed of, which were left as blackened wrecks."

Quote: "Massive fire destroys HUNDREDS of cars in blaze near major airport..."

Note: From the full hypothesis: "Metal-related businesses will be hit hard, including salvage yards and metal recycling centers."

2018-01-10 - Vehicles and auto auction business go up in flames just before 11 PM in St. Paul (Minnesota):

Quote: "Investigators were working Thursday morning to determine what caused a fire at a St. Paul business. Firefighters were called to Insurance Auto Auctions on the 1300 block of Jackson Street just before 11 p.m. Wednesday. Authorities said the fire caused minor damage to the building and damaged several vehicles."

2018-01-10 - Pile of scrap cars goes up in flames at 10:27 AM at industrial site on Tileworks Lane in Chelmsford (Britain):

Quote: "On arrival crews reported that approximately 10 square metres of scrap cars, situated at the rear of an industrial unit, were alight."

2018-01-10 - Volcano Shiveluch erupts mightily, spews ash into the stratosphere, on the Kamchatka Peninsula (Russia):

2018-01-10 - Rising temperatures resulting in more than 99% of sea turtles being female:

Quote: "Since the sex of a sea turtle is determined by the heat of sand incubating their eggs, scientists had suspected they might see slightly more females. Climate change, after all, has driven air and sea temperatures higher, which, in these creatures, favors female offspring. But instead, they found female sea turtles from the Pacific Ocean's largest and most important green sea turtle rookery now outnumber males by at least 116 to 1. 'This is extreme—like capital letters extreme, exclamation point extreme,' says turtle scientist Camryn Allen, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Hawaii. 'We're talking a handful of males to hundreds and hundreds of females. We were shocked.'"

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2018-01-11 - Person found dead in burned-out car in coastal St Martin on the island of Guernsey (Britain):

2018-01-11 - Mysterious explosion alarms people in Lake Elmo (Minnesota):

2018-01-11 - Underground fire breaks out at Elyria Foundry on Filbert Street in Elyria (Ohio):

2018-01-11 - Underground electrical explosion occurs near the University of Connecticut in Storrs (Connecticut):

2018-01-11 - Transformer explodes and burns in coastal Queens (New York), blackouts ensue:

2018-01-11 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, 15 scrap cars burn, on Beeching Close in Chard (Britain):

Quote: "Two fire appliances from Chard were mobilised to reports of scrap cars on fire in a yard. Crews arrived on scene and swiftly requested two further appliances for assistance. Ilminster and Axminster were mobilised. The incident support unit from Yeovil was also requested for breathing apparatus cylinders. The fire involved 15 scrap cars with two seats of fire."

2018-01-11 - Gas pipeline explodes and burns at 4 AM in Delta State (Nigeria):

2018-01-11 - The number of acres burned in wildfires in the US in 2017 was the second-highest ever:

2018-01-11 - Passenger plane hit by unusual odor, plane makes emergency landing in Krakow (Poland):

Quote: "Lufthansa flight LH-1365 had to return and make an emergency landing in Krakow, Poland, on January 11th. The Airbus A319-100 plane took off for Frankfurt, Germany, but had to turn back due to an unusual odor on-board."

2018-01-11 - Woman goes nuts on passenger plane, attacks passengers, tries to strangle person, plane diverts to Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "A spokesperson for American Airlines released the following statement: 'American Airlines flight 732 from Charlotte Douglas (CLT) to London Heathrow (LHR) diverted to Philadelphia (PHL) due to a disruptive passenger. Law enforcement met flight 732 on arrival at Philadelphia.' A source with the FBI tells Action News that they did respond to the scene, and described the incident as a medical issue."

Quote: "An American Airlines red-eye flight from Charlotte to London abruptly turned back early Thursday morning after a woman allegedly attacked other passengers and tried to open the door to the plane over the Atlantic Ocean, officials confirm to ABC7. According to local woman who was also on board the flight, the woman attacked several people, 'started strangling a woman in front of her' and then was trying to open the door of the plane."

Quote: "NBC Charlotte learned American Airlines flight 732 was over the Atlantic Ocean at the time of the incident."

Note: Sounds similar to the man who suddenly started biting people on a passenger plane after departing coastal Los Angeles (California), mentioned in the 2017-12-11 update. Over the Atlantic Ocean is where on consecutive days Carrie Fisher went into cardiac arrest on one passenger plane (and died shortly later), and a 10-year-old girl dropped dead on another passenger plane, events mentioned in the 2016-12-23 update and the 2016-12-24 update respectively...

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2018-01-12 - Oceans losing oxygen, going anoxic and suffocating life:

Quote: "The ocean is losing its oxygen. Last week, in a sweeping analysis in the journal Science, scientists put it starkly: Over the past 50 years, the volume of the ocean with no oxygen at all has quadrupled, while oxygen-deprived swaths of the open seas have expanded by the size of the European Union."

2018-01-12 - Metal recycling center hit by huge fire, junk cars and semi trailers burn, in Detroit (Michigan):

Quote: "A junkyard in Detroit burned all day long Friday. Deputy Fire Chief David Fornell told Crain's Detroit Business that nearly 60 firefighters responded to the blaze about 11:30 a.m. Friday that ignited at Ferrous Processing and Trading Co.'s Strong Steel Products recycling yard at 6464 Strong on Detroit's east side."

Quote: "Flames, not just smoke, but FLAMES, can be seen from miles away. Hearing it's Strong Steel. Looks like the flames must be at least six stories tall!"

2018-01-12 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire at 4:38 AM, 15 cars burn, in Waldorf (Maryland):

2018-01-12 - Metal shavings hopper bursts into flame at screwdriver manufacturer in Colorado Springs (Colorado):

Quote: "The hopper is a container that collects loose bulk material. In this case, it collected certain types of metal and shavings. There were no injuries reported and there was no damage to the building itself, just the hopper outside the building."

2018-01-12 - Underground electrical fire breaks out at airport in coastal Newark (New Jersey):

2018-01-12 - Underground explosion hits Morton (Pennsylvania):

Quote: " Fire crews are on scene of a reported underground explosion in Delaware County. Delaware County officials say smoke is showing from a manhole on 7 South Morton Ave. in Morton, around 1 p.m. Friday. Surrounding businesses tell Eyewitness News they were told there was some sort of underground explosion."

2018-01-12 - Underground explosion blows manhole cover off in Brookline (Massachusetts):

2018-01-12 - Underground electrical fire breaks out on Lafayette Avenue in Fort Greene area in coastal Brooklyn (New York):

2018-01-12 - Underground electrical fire breaks out at hospital in Ottawa (Canada):

2018-01-12 - Underground electrical fire breaks out at 2:48 AM and ignites tree in Great Barr (Britain):

2018-01-12 - Transformer explodes and burns on Route 3A in coastal Cohasset (Massachusetts), blackouts ensue:

2018-01-12 - Transformer bursts into flame on Sound Avenue in coastal Jamesport (New York):

2018-01-12 - Transformer bursts into flame at 6 AM near I-295 in Cherry Hill (New Jersey):

2018-01-12 - Geothermal power plant, Iceland's largest, damaged by fire in Hengill (Iceland):

Quote: "Two of the seven turbines which produce electricity at the Hellisheiði Power Plant are out of service after a fire broke out in the power plant. Hellisheiði power plant is the largest geothermal power plant in Iceland, and the third largest world-wide."

2018-01-12 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane diverts to coastal Los Angeles (California):

Quote: "An Alaskan Airlines flight that took off at Palm Springs International Airport and was scheduled to land in San Francisco, was diverted to LAX after smoke was reported in the cockpit."

Note: This is the 2nd aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-01-12 - Car bursts into flame while parked at apartments, fire spreads, apartment building destroyed, in Holmen (Wisconsin):

Quote: "About 15 firefighters from three agencies fought a fire Friday that destroyed a 12-unit apartment building in Holmen. Fire crews found a garage engulfed by flames after a car caught fire about 11 a.m. at 615 McHugh Road, Holmen Area Fire Chief Paul Menches said."

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2018-01-13 - Car bursts into flame just before 4 AM and kills 21-year-old man on Reichetville Road in Boston (Georgia):

Quote: "One person is dead after a car fire in Thomas County. 21-year-old William Owen was driving just before 4 a.m. Saturday when the vehicle he was driving caught fire. Owen was pronounced dead the scene. The incident happened on Reichetville Road one mile from twelve mile post road."

2018-01-13 - Huge 21-meter-tall Jesus statue bursts into flame on beach in coastal Lima (Peru):

Quote: "Peruvians awoke to find nearly the entire back of the statue, perched on a barren desert bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, charred black."

2018-01-13 - Car bursts into flame while parked at shopping center, almost kills boy in adjacent car, in coastal Bournemouth (Britain):

Quote: "A young boy was reportedly taken to safety after a car caught fire in the car park of a Bournemouth shopping centre this afternoon. Witnesses said the boy - who was sat in a vehicle parked behind the car which caught ablaze - had to be rescued by a member of the public."

2018-01-13 - Man, 22, has 'medical emergency' and topples off boat into water near Logan (Utah):

Quote: "It is believed he may have suffered a medical emergency just before the accident."

Note: That's how so many fisherman have been found dead in water with empty 'ghost boats' found nearby...

2018-01-13 - Passenger plane runs off runway, slides down slope, in coastal Trabzon (Turkey):

2018-01-13 - Unprecedented heat cooking the Tasman Sea:

2018-01-13 - Volcano Mayon erupts, spews ash over two towns in Albay Province (Philippine Islands):

Category: Fires And Explosions

2018-01-14 - Car bursts into flame and kills man at auto shop in coastal East Patchogue (New York):

Quote: "Police have identified the man whose body was found Sunday night in the driver’s seat of a burned car at an East Patchogue auto repair center, Suffolk police said Monday. Mohammad Rafiq, 65, of Baldwin, has been identified as the man found in the car. Detectives believe his death to be noncriminal in nature."

2018-01-14 - Van explodes and burns on road in Sahiwal (Pakistan), 1 killed, 10 injured:

2018-01-14 - At least 100 homes destroyed by huge inferno in coastal Cebu City (Philippine Islands):

Quote: "The report said that at least 100 houses have been affected by the blaze."

2018-01-14 - Passenger plane hit by smoke at coastal JFK Airport (New York):

Quote: "A commercial plane was evacuated amid a smoky scene at John F. Kennedy Airport on Sunday evening, officials said. Delta flight 2164 was near Terminal 2 when the crew reported a smoke condition, according to Port Authority PBA."

Note: This is the 2nd aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-01-14 - Casino shuttle boat carrying 50 people bursts into flame in canal near coastal Port Richey (Florida), 1 killed, 14 injured:

Quote: "The casino company said its shuttle boat that caught fire off Florida's Gulf Coast never had any previous problems."

Quote: "The woman died late Sunday hours after the fire began, while 14 other people were injured, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point spokesman Kurt Conover said Monday. The woman had gone home after escaping the boat that was engulfed in flames, but went to the hospital’s emergency room after she became ill."

Note: She'd been in the water, on the coast, breathing smoke. She could've gotten poisoned by the water or the smoke or both, and the effects just didn't kick in immediately. Hydrogen sulfide sometimes kills with a delayed reaction of minutes, hours or even a few days. Her death is very similar to the firefighters who've been dropping dead hours after fighting a fire...

2018-01-14 - Speed boat explodes into flame near coastal Phi Phi Le Island (Thailand), 16 injured:

2018-01-14 - Fishing boat destroyed by fire while docked in coastal Tarbert (Scotland):

2018-01-14 - Boat bursts into flame while docked in coastal Middle River (Maryland):

2018-01-14 - Boat bursts into flame on the Staffordshire and Worcester Canal near Clensmore Street in Kidderminster (Britain):

Note: These are the 112th, 113th, 114th, 115th and 116th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2017...

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2018-01-15 - FedEx cargo plane reports fire, plane makes emergency landing in Dayton (Ohio):

Quote: "A FexEx cargo plane safely landed at Dayton International Airport following a report of a fire on board the plane, according to an airport spokeswoman. Fire crews received a distress call from the plane around 9:20 a.m. reporting their was a fire on the plane, Dayton airport spokeswoman Linda Hughes said. The flight landed without incident just before 10 a.m."

Note: This is the 3rd aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-01-15 - Underground electrical explosions and fire ignite SUV in coastal Brooklyn (New York):

Quote: "A car caught fire Monday after a series of manhole explosions in Brooklyn, officials said. The explosions happened on Dean St. between Utica and Rochester Avenues in Crown Heights around 12:30 p.m. The car was on one of the manhole that caught fire, the FDNY said."

2018-01-15 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in Pottstown (Pennsylvania):

2018-01-15 - Electrical substation damaged by fire in Manchester Township (New Jersey), near the coast:

2018-01-15 - Passenger train bursts into flame in Moscow (Russia), 1,000 people evacuated:

Quote: "A fire occurred on a suburban train near the Kuskovo station in eastern Moscow, more than 1,000 people have been evacuated, an emergency source told TASS."

2018-01-15 - Passenger train engine bursts into flame in Bihar (India):

2018-01-15 - Unstable East Antarctic ice sheet could cause catastrophe:

Quote: "New research has confirmed one of the worst nightmares of climate science: the instability of the East Antarctic ice sheet. This vast mass holds enough water to raise sea levels by 53 metres worldwide. And researchers have confirmed that one stretch of the southern polar coastline has melted many times in the past: by enough to raise sea levels by three to five metres. A rise of just one metre would render at least 100 million coast dwellers homeless."

2018-01-15 - Rising sea level swamping island along the Bengal Coast (India):

Quote: "The living drown and the dead float out from their graves as a rising sea engulfs Baliara village in Mousuni, an island facing the Bay of Bengal. Every third or fourth day, the high tide enters homes and leaves farms a wasteland. The village burial ground has been engulfed by salt water and skeletons keep floating up out of the earth."

2018-01-15 - Coastal waters threaten Florida’s historic resources – 'These are real threats. They’re no longer academic and off in the future. They’re in real time.':

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2018-01-16 - 'Gas odor' evacuates hotel in Hartford (Connecticut):

2018-01-16 - Landfill spewing hydrogen sulfide in Perinton (New York):

Quote: "Homeowners who live within a five-mile radius have been complaining of a rotten egg, chemical garbage type of stench since last summer. The stinky smell has even caused a distraction for students and teachers at schools in the Fairport Central School District. Residents are worried about the landfill's odor and its effect on their health."

Quote: "Fairport Central School District Superintendent Brett Provenzano said it's a distraction for teachers and students. For the past week, he's received two separate complaints about the smell. He said even parents are speaking up about it. 'I'm being told it's the hydrogen sulfide. It sort of smells like rotten eggs,' he said."

Note: Calm down people, it's just poison gas!

2018-01-16 - Stench blowing in off the ocean in coastal Auckland (New Zealand):

Quote: "Auckland's summer storm has come and gone but residents of a West Auckland suburb are still suffering from the stench it left behind. A 'poopy smell' at Laingholm Beach during high tide has residents pleading to Auckland Council for help. Kristy Lobb, who lived beside Laingholm Beach with her partner, said they've had to keep their windows closed to avoid the stench."

2018-01-16 - Mysterious explosions and flashes of light alarm people in Colerain Township (Ohio):

Quote: "For Alexis Makstaller, the rumble popped up three days in a row. Each time it was between 1 and 2 a.m. 'Like it felt like it was right outside the wall. It was loud,' Makstaller said. 'I noticed out the window what seemed like a flash of light. The entire laundry room just kind of like shook, and we all just kind of looked at each other like what was that?'"

Quote: "Dozens of people are reporting the same things and have said it's happened repeatedly in recent weeks."

Quote: "Another theory circulating is cryoseisms or 'frost quakes.'"

Note: Frost quakes can be eliminated, obviously, since they don't produce flashes of light...

2018-01-16 - Mysterious explosion frightens people in coastal Wallasey (Britain):

2018-01-16 - Maritime Museum devastated by massive fire in coastal Jakarta (Indonesia):

2018-01-16 - Strange trumpet sounds heard in Garland (Texas):

2018-01-16 - Strange sounds heard in the skies over Britain:

2018-01-16 - Trumpeting noises heard in Regina, Saskatchewan (Canada):

2018-01-16 - Rare iridescent rainbow cloud spotted above Darwin (Australia):

Note: Mysterious explosions and flashes of light in the skies. Unknown 'gas odors' regularly evacuating buildings. Unknown odors sporadically sickening people in passenger planes. Strange sounds in the skies. Weird cloud formations and even the occasional smoke ring in the skies. What do ALL of these things have in common? The atmosphere...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2018-01-17 - Underground electrical explosions blow two manhole covers off in coastal Jersey City (New Jersey):

2018-01-17 - Industrial rail plant heavily damaged by explosion and fire near Longview (Texas):

2018-01-17 - Factory explodes on Todmorden Road near Littleborough (Britain):

2018-01-17 - Landfill fire erupts in Orhei District (Moldova):

2018-01-17 - Ferry ship 'Stena Britannica' hit by fire before 5 AM, 5 tractor trailers destroyed, near coastal Harwich (Britain):

Quote: "Fire erupted on a lower cargo deck of ferry STENA BRITANNICA early in the morning Jan 17, while ferry was approaching Harwich en route from Hoek van Holland. Fire started in one of the trucks and spread to other trucks. "

Quote: "When the ship docked firefighters reported that the fire was on a refrigerator lorry on a lower deck of the ship and had spread to a number of surrounding vehicles."

Quote: "Reports suggest that one lorry caught fire and exploded, destroying four additional lorries in the Stena Line ferry due to dock at Harwich."

Note: This is the 124th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2017, and these are the 112th, 113th, 114th, 115th and 116th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-01-17 - Tanker ship 'Geness' erupts in flame near coastal Kandla (India), crew abandons ship, 1 killed, 1 injured:

Quote: "Two members sustained severe injuries and one of them died at a hospital, Abhishek Matiman, defence spokesperson of the Gujarat region, said."

Note: This is the 125th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2017...

2018-01-17 - Minivan and seven cars destroyed by fire while parked in parking garage at UMass Medical School in Worcester (Massachusetts):

2018-01-17 - Pickup truck bursts into flame just after 4 AM while parked at home, fire spreads to home, in Oklahoma City (Oklahoma):

Quote: "OKCFD officials say they were called to the scene near NW 8th and Council just after 4 a.m. Wednesday. Officials say a pickup truck parked in the home's driveway caught fire and the flames then spread to the house."

Category: Variety Pack

2018-01-18 - Unknown 'gas odor' evacuates school in Mattydale (New York), near Onondaga Lake:

2018-01-18 - Unknown 'gas odor' causes evacuations in Parksville (Canada), 2400 feet from the ocean:

Quote: "Workers at Parksville’s public works building and at Valley Cedar located in the industrial park were evacuated Thursday morning due to a 'really bad smell of natural gas.' Assistant fire chief for Parksville, Tyrone Heigh said fire crews searched both buildings located on Herring Gull Way along with FortisBC but were unable to locate where the smell was coming from."

Note: Parksville is next to the Salish Sea, where hydrogen sulfide has been killing plants along the coastline, mentioned in the 2017-10-04 update...

2018-01-18 - Group sees unknown explosion in the sky off the coast of Hawaii on the day of the false missile alert:

Quote: "A man posted a video to YouTube on Sunday in which he claims his sister, who lives on Maui, heard that a group of 9 tour boat guides and about 13 tourists witnessed some type of explosion in the sky about 100 NM offshore (leeward side.)"

Quote: "So I live on Island and our family has a lighthouse, we all saw a bright flash that morning as well."

2018-01-18 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, large pile of scrap wire burns, in Weyburn (Canada):

Quote: "Flames were thrown as high as 22 metres into the air from an 'intense' fire that broke out in a Weyburn scrap yard Wednesday evening. Fire crews arrived to Mryglod Steel and Metals, located at the corner of 13th Street and Railway Avenue, at around 8:15 p.m. There they found a large pile of scrap wire burning in the yard, according to Weyburn Fire Chief Simon Almond, who noted the height of the flames."

2018-01-18 - Metal business damaged by fire in Chartiers Township (Pennsylvania):

2018-01-18 - Oil refinery damaged by fire in Bakersfield (California):

2018-01-18 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in Dallas (Texas):

Quote: "Ramsthel told Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV that he could smell smoke in the plane."

Note: This is the 4th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-01-18 - Oil slick from sunken tanker ship Sanchi in the East China Sea now as big as Paris:

Quote: "An oil spill from an Iranian oil tanker that sank in the East China Sea is now the size of Paris. The slick covers an area of 101 square kilometers (39 square miles), after almost doubling in size from the start of the week, according to figures released Wednesday by the Chinese State Oceanic Administration. Chinese authorities said there were four separate slicks that had formed after the Panama-registered Sanchi tanker sank Sunday. The largest oil slick is 48 square kilometers (19 square miles), it added."

Category: Variety Pack

2018-01-19 - Passenger plane hit by 'bad smell', 15 people sickened, plane returns to coastal Amsterdam (Netherlands):

Quote: "United Airlines flight UA71, which was en route from Amsterdam to New York, had to return to Schiphol airport two hours after departure and turned back over Iceland. Some fifteen occupants of the plane, both crew members and passengers, had become sick for a so far unknown reason. An eyewitness stated: 'The purser said there were problems with flight attendants and a pilot who had become unwell.' 'A number of travelers were also affected by complaints, we heard.' It would appear a great number of passengers had complained about a 'bad smell' on the plane."

2018-01-19 - Polluted Bellandur Lake erupts in flame again in Bangalore (India):

Quote: "Thousands of Indian troops are fighting a huge fire emanating from a highly polluted lake that has caused panic among thousands of people in the southern city of Bangalore."

Note: Just imagine if the Great Pacific Garbage Patch off the coast of California goes up in flames like this lake, which is entirely possible at some point. Everyone on the West Coast of the US - and maybe Canada and Mexico too - could experience some serious staying-alive problems from the toxic smoke...

2018-01-19 - Burning hole in the ground found along highway near Torreón (Mexico):

Quote: "People believe it represents the impact site of a meteorite. However, no pieces have been found yet."

Note: It doesn't look like an impact crater - those have raised edges around the circumference from the earth that was displaced and blown out of the ground by the impact. That looks like the ground ignited from underground and as it burned, the ground subsided. An underground fire burned and a hole opened and swallowed a boy last year in Jharkand (India). Then his dad jumped into the fire after him and neither were ever seen again. That fire was from coal that had ignited and was burning underground. Maybe India's not the only place in the world with coal in the ground. The event where the boy and his father died when a burning hole opened in the ground occurred in May 2017, mentioned in the 2017-05-25 update...

2018-01-19 - Historic Naval Institute building devastated by huge fire in coastal St. Petersburg (Russia):

Quote: "A fire has engulfed the historic Naval Institute building in St. Petersburg as over 100 firefighters and more than 20 fire trucks rushed to battle the blaze."

Note: Very similar to the Maritime Museum that just went up in flames in coastal Jakarta (Indonesia), mentioned in the 2018-01-16 update...

2018-01-19 - Six dump trucks and public works facility destroyed by fire at 1:30 AM near Kentucky Lake in Marshall County (Kentucky), nobody there:

Quote: "Greer said of the county’s seven dump trucks, six were parked inside the building, each equipped with salt spreaders, a water jetter and tailgates for all of the department’s pickup trucks. In addition, numerous department tools and all of the road deparment bridge plans and records were kept in the building."

2018-01-19 - At least a dozen cars and auto shop destroyed by huge fire shortly after 5 AM in Evanston (Ohio):

Quote: "A two-alarm fire has caused a 'catastrophic collapse' of the roof at Camp's Collision Center at 1930 Dana Ave. in Evanson, according to Assistant Fire Chief Tom Lakamp. Lakamp said about 70 firefighters arrived shortly after 5 a.m. Friday to fight the flames at the body shop, which is filled with cars."

2018-01-19 - Car sales business destroyed by fire at 4:30 AM in Windsor (Australia), 1 mile from the Brisbane River:

2018-01-19 - Vehicles and depot go up in flames in coastal Levin (New Zealand):

Quote: "A fire at a Horizons Regional Council depot has caused considerable damage to property, equipment and vehicles."

2018-01-19 - Pickup truck and car go up in flames while parked at home, fire scorches home, in coastal East Providence (Rhode Island):

Quote: "Battalion Chief Glenn Quick said the fire started around 5:30 p.m. at a home on Ivy Street. He said two cars in the driveway were on fire when crews arrived on scene. The fire eventually spread to a garage and the side of the home."

2018-01-19 - Car fires increased 25 percent between 2016 and 2017 in coastal Brunei:

2018-01-19 - Sawmill heavily damaged by fire just before 6 AM in coastal Vancouver (Canada):

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2018-01-20 - 2017 was the warmest year on record for the oceans:

Note: The more the oceans heat up, the less oxygen they hold, the more the methane clathrates melt and the more hydrogen sulfide the oceans produce. Eventually the oceanic heating will cause enough methane and hydrogen sulfide to emanate from the oceans to kill every human being on the surface of this planet. That process, obviously, is already underway. We're just seeing who dies in what order at this point...

2018-01-20 - Mysterious explosion(s) shake homes in and around Magnolia (Arkansas):

Quote: "At about 4:30 p.m. Saturday, hundreds of reports of a loud 'boom' were sent to the Commercial via social media. A few minutes later, residents in the Magnolia area, some 108 miles southwest of Pine Bluff, reported a similar sound to the online news organization Magnolia Reporter. Reports in our area came in from just south of Walmart to Redfield and along US 79 in Watson Chapel."

2018-01-20 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, scrap metal and machinery burn, in Waterloo (Iowa):

Quote: "Crews found a pile of scrap metal and machinery on fire when they arrived."

2018-01-20 - Warehouse explodes and burns in coastal Sarasota (Florida):

Quote: "Officials say a witness described hearing something like an explosion before the fire."

2018-01-20 - Firecracker or plastics factory destroyed by deadly fire near New Delhi (India), 17+ killed:

2018-01-20 - Hotel heavily damaged by deadly fire one block from the Vitavo River in Prague (Czech Republic), 4 killed, 7+ injured:

Quote: "The fire occurred at Eurostars David Hotel, a block away from the Vltava River and near the Czech capital’s National Theatre."

Quote: "Two people died in the fire and officials on Sunday said another two women had died of their injuries, bringing the total number of dead to four. Nine people had been taken to hospital with serious injuries, Jana Postova, a Prague rescue services spokeswoman said."

2018-01-20 - Underground electrical fire breaks out on Hyde Lane in Marlborough (Britain):

2018-01-20 - Van bursts into flame on Wansford Grove in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Wansford Grove, Hull. Sat 20 Jan 2018 19:21 (No:01173) Transit van on fire. 1 BA and 1 hose reel in use."

2018-01-20 - Motorcycle bursts into flame on Danepark Road in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Danepark Road, Hull. Sat 20 Jan 2018 17:42 (No:01165) Motorbike on fire. 1 hose reel in use."

2018-01-20 - Man has seizure at Queen Victoria Square in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Queen Victoria Square, Hull, Hull. Sat 20 Jan 2018 15:09 (No:01160) Fire Service assisted male suffering fit. Male left in care of ambulance crew."

Note: So this man had a seizure in Hull, then 3 hours later a motorcycle went up in flames, then less than 2 hours after that a van went up in flames. It's only been a little over three weeks since a man burst into flame and burned to death in Hull too, mentioned in the 2017-12-27 update...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2018-01-21 - Mysterious explosion shakes homes in Wyomissing (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Wyomissing police said that they are investigating what residents described as an 'extremely loud boom' that shook their homes about 12:40 p.m. Sunday. Initial reports from investigators southeast of Wyomissing Hills indicated that there was no fire, but the cause of the noise had not yet been determined."

2018-01-21 - Mysterious explosion shakes homes near Steamboat Lake in North Routt County (Colorado):

2018-01-21 - SUV bursts into flame at 1 AM and kills person at home in Catawba Island Township (Ohio):

Quote: "The state fire marshal is investigating the death of a person found trapped in a burning Cadillac Escalade. During routine patrol around 1 a.m. Sunday, officer Robert Schraidt of the Catawba Island Township Police Department observed a vehicle on fire in a private driveway in the 2500 block of N.E. Catawba Rd. The officer discovered a body in the vehicle."

Quote: "Catawba Island Township Police Chief John Gangway said the body was charred from the fire, and officials have not been able to identify the sex of the person inside the vehicle, a 2002 Cadillac Escalade. 'The fire marshal is investigating, and right now we have no clue what started the fire,' Gangway said. 'There is nothing pointing to foul play.'"

Note: Around 960 feet from Lake Erie. Here's a Google Maps link of the area...

2018-01-21 - Man, 52, found dead in burning car at 2:30 AM in lot on High Knoll Road near Lincolnton (North Carolina):

2018-01-21 - RV trailer goes up in flames and kills woman in Mooreville (Mississippi):

2018-01-21 - Small plane lands at airport at 2:45 AM then bursts into flame, in Wantage (New Jersey):

Note: This is the 5th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-01-21 - SUV bursts into flame while parked in garage at home, fire spreads to garage, in Cedar Rapids (Iowa):

2018-01-21 - Underground electrical fire breaks out on Princes Way in Macclesfield (Britain):

2018-01-21 - Chemical plant explodes and burns at 5:45 AM near Vadodara (India), 4 killed, 9 injured:

Quote: "At least four workers were killed and nine others injured on Sunday in a blast at a chemical plant located on the outskirts of Vadodara, a senior official said. The blast at a chemical plant of the GSP Crop Science Pvt Ltd led to a huge fire in the premises, a police official said."

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2018-01-22 - Unknown odor blows through Tulsa (Oklahoma):

Quote: "Officials at Oklahoma Natural Gas said they also received complaints about the smell Monday, but they said they did not find the odor's source. FOX23 reached out to Tulsa fire officials, who said they couldn't find the source either."

2018-01-22 - Warming and nutrients cause shallow lakes to emit significantly greater amounts of methane:

Quote: "Shallow lakes in agricultural landscapes will emit significantly greater amounts of methane, mostly in the form of bubbles (ebullition) in a warmer world, which is a potential positive feedback mechanism to climate warming..."

Note: Yep, that's another feedback. The warmer it gets, the more this happens. The more this happens, the warmer it gets...

2018-01-22 - Charred corpse of 23-year-old man found at 6 AM along North Pope Bend Road in Bastrop County (Texas):

2018-01-22 - RV goes up in flames and kills man at 2:30 AM in Chino Valley (Arizona), woman injured too:

2018-01-22 - RV goes up in flames and kills person near Lake Hawea (New Zealand):

Note: These are the 39th and 40th RVs to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-01-22 - RV trailer goes up in flames at 4:30 AM and kills 3 people on German Hollow Road in Plymouth (New York):

Quote: "Frair said the family was living in a camper (the structure that caught fire) that was situated on a plot of land."

2018-01-22 - Gas drilling rig explodes and burns outside Quinton (Oklahoma), 5 killed:

Quote: "Emergency crews were pulled away after other explosions at the site, where several tanks are also located, Pittsburg County Emergency Management Director Kevin Enloe said during an afternoon news conference. 'Pretty much everything that is on location is on fire,' Enloe said."

Quote: "The remains of five workers have been located after a fire at a natural gas well in Quinton."

2018-01-22 - Underground electrical explosion(s) and fire hit Wall Street in coastal Manhattan (New York):

2018-01-22 - Fire rages near submarines at port in coastal Vladivostok (Russia), authorities say 'training exercise':

Quote: "Navy Brass said, that it wasn’t fire or accident of any kind, those were firefighting drills. Well, it looks anything but fire drills, but that’s the way of Navy, at least Russian Navy – they confess accident only when cornered. Class of submarine on fire and neighbouring submarines not clear – looks like Kilo, but one docked to the right looks like she’s nuclear."

Quote: "It's very hard to imagine that such a training event would include lighting one of your own submarines on fire, or at least igniting a fire right next to a cluster of submarines sitting vulnerable tied up to a pier."

Note: Hah, yes, very hard to imagine anyone doing that for a training exercise unless they're insane...

2018-01-22 - Small plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency crash-landing near Dyess Air Force Base (Texas):

Quote: "The pilot reported smoke in the cockpit and landed the low wing plane just off Drummond Rd near FM 707 and U.S. 277. "

Note: This is the 6th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-01-22 - Multiple wildfires break out in North Texas:

Note: Hmmm, this isn't looking good. The wildfires started rolling last year in March, with the biggest wildfire in Kansas history, mentioned in the 2017-03-08 update. And the biggest wildfire in Kansas history before the 2017 fire started in March of 2016, just one year before, mentioned in the 2016-03-25 update. Looks like things are getting started even earlier than that this year, although nothing record-setting, yet...

Category: Variety Pack

2018-01-23 - Hydrogen sulfide sickens people and evacuates hospital in Forney (Texas):

Quote: "Atmos Energy confirmed it was called to the hospital at about noon and crews are evaluating a strange odor that was causing some people to feel nauseous. Their symptoms went away once they left the building, city officials said. Some patients were taken to other hospitals, the office said. No injuries have been reported. The evacuations are out of precaution, Atmos said. Kyle Rouvaldt with the City of Forney said the cause of the odor may be from a sewer line, not a natural gas leak, as there are no pipes of that nature going to the facility."

Quote: "Reports of headaches and nausea that prompted an evacuation of a North Texas hospital Tuesday morning were caused by sewer gas, fire officials say."

Note: There are two 'sewer gases', methane and hydrogen sulfide. Methane is odorless and people smelled something here so that means it was hydrogen sulfide...

2018-01-23 - 'Gas odor' closes all North Beach School District schools in coastal Aberdeen (Washington):

Quote: "All North Beach School District has announced that all district schools will be closed on Wednesday, January 24. According to a release, the school is closed due to gas odor."

Note: They closed ALL schools, so this was not a gas issue at one school or anything like that but something that would affect all schools. But what could they have in common? The atmosphere...

2018-01-23 - Unknown odor hits home in Haverhill (Massachusetts):

2018-01-23 - Man found on fire in alley, dies shortly later, in the Mission District in coastal San Francisco (California):

2018-01-23 - Underground electrical explosion and fire hits coastal Quincy (Massachusetts):

2018-01-23 - Underground electrical explosion and fire hits Hartford (Connecticut):

2018-01-23 - Metal recycling plant hit by fire, large pile of scrap metal burns, in Tucson (Arizona):

2018-01-23 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire at 12:38 AM, scrap cars, scrap crane and portacabin destroyed, in coastal Exeter (Britain):

Quote: "Fire involving one portacabin measuring approximately four metres by twenty metres, also involved were seven scrap vehicles and one scrap crane all one hundred percent destroyed by fire."

2018-01-23 - Van bursts into flame in coastal New Dorp (New York), wires start sparking nearby 7 minutes later:

Quote: "Firefighters extinguished a fire inside a van on Rose Avenue near the corner of Richmond Road in New Dorp. No injuries were reported in the incident that was called at 9:30 a.m., according to a spokesman for the FDNY/EMS. Within minutes, at 9:37 a.m, the FDNY responded to a report of wires sparking behind a home in the 600 block of Richmond Road, said a spokeswoman for the FDNY/EMS."

Category: Variety Pack

2018-01-24 - Unknown 'gas odor' evacuates Lebanon Valley College in Annville (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "A UGI Utilities official told Hanrahan the odor was not gas related. The smell may have come from a passing train, he said."

Note: So they don't know where it came from, just that it came from a source from outside the school. Like, say, the atmosphere...

2018-01-24 - Unknown 'gas odor' evacuates Walmart in Council Bluffs (Iowa), near the Missouri River:

Quote: "Employees at Walmart on Manawa Center Drive evacuated the building for a short period of time Wednesday morning because someone smelled natural gas. At 9 a.m., the store reported a possible gas leak. Emergency responders and employees of Black Hills Energy arrived at the store but did not find a leak."

2018-01-24 - Man, 46, airline employee, has 'medical emergency' and drops dead on passenger plane, plane diverts to coastal Johor (Indonesia):

Quote: "An AirAsia flight AK416 from Kuala Lumpur to Bandung, capital of Indonesia’s West Java province was diverted to Johor’s Senai International Airport on Wednesday after a male employee died mid-flight. The budget airlines confirmed the news in a report by the New Straits Times that the flight was diverted to Johor, a state in southern Malaysia because of a 'medical emergency'."

2018-01-24 - Passenger plane captain, man, 51, has 'medical emergency', seizures, plane makes emergency landing in coastal Shannon (Ireland):

Quote: "A transatlantic flight from Florida to Denmark had to make an emergency landing in Ireland after the captain became incapacitated. The Norwegian Air liner was mid-flight, flying from Fort Lauderdale to Copenhagen, when the co-pilot declared a medical emergency reporting a 'crew member' had fallen ill, Irish News reported."

Quote: "It’s understood that the captain is a 51-year-old man who suffered a number of seizures during the flight."

2018-01-24 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame and kills driver at 4:30 AM while parked at business in Sanford (North Carolina):

Quote: "A tractor-trailer driver died early Wednesday morning in Sanford when the truck caught fire. Sanford police responded around 4:30 a.m. to the fire at 101 McNeil Road. Officers found the driver, who died while in the sleeper cab of the truck."

Note: This is the 159th tractor/tanker/semi to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-01-24 - RV trailer goes up in flames and kills man in the wee hours in Hammond (Louisiana):

2018-01-24 - University damaged by nitric acid explosion in Alberta (Canada):

Quote: "Classes at the University of Alberta’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Research Facility were briefly interrupted as the building was evacuated after a nitric acid explosion on Wednesday afternoon."

Note: I've mentioned the nitric acid problem before with previous nitric acid fires and explosions. Nitric acid is a strong acid and dangerous to touch, but it has a flammability index of 0, just like water, and by itself it is not flammable and does not explode. From Wiki: "Flash point: Non-flammable". However, nitric acid is explosively flammable if it comes into contact with gaseous hydrogen sulfide. So if any nitric acid leaks at all and there's any hydrogen sulfide in the air or adsorbed onto materials with which the nitric acid comes into contact, THEN an explosion and/or fire may result...

2018-01-24 - Scrapyard hit by large fire in Waterloo (Iowa):

2018-01-24 - Metal business rocked by explosion in Henderson (Nevada), 2 injured:

2018-01-24 - Metal business hit by fire, large pile of scrap copper and aluminum burns, in Weyburn (Canada):

Quote: "The fire was located in a large pile of plastic-coated copper and aluminum scrap wiring, and at first the flames were high as it burned hot, making it difficult for fire fighters or staff to get very close, said Fire Chief Simon Almond."

2018-01-24 - Fire truck bursts into flame on I-74 near Normal (Illinois):

Category: Fires And Explosions

2018-01-25 - Two mysterious explosions shake coastal Kennebunk (Maine):

Quote: "Residents in parts of Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel were left startled and baffled earlier this week when what was described as a loud boom was heard and felt across the area on two occasions, with no one able to pinpoint the cause."

2018-01-25 - RV goes up in flames and kills man on street in coastal Ventura (California):

Quote: "A man lost his life after a fire broke out inside an R.V. Thursday night, according to the Ventura City Fire Department. It happened at about 10:20 p.m. in the area of North Bank Drive and Johnson Drive."

Note: This is the 46th RV to burn/explode in 2018, and this is the 5th person to die in an RV fire this year (does not include RV trailers)...

2018-01-25 - RV trailer goes up in flames at 1:15 AM and kills man on Miners Way in Rough and Ready (California):

2018-01-25 - Hospital ravaged by deadly fire in Miryang (South Korea), 41+ killed, dozens injured:

Quote: "At least 41 people have died in a fire that broke out at a hospital in Miryang, South Gyeongsang Province, on Friday. "

Note: A parked car burst into flame and burned down a gym in December in South Korea too, killing 29 people, mentioned in the 2017-12-21 update...

2018-01-25 - Underground electrical fire blows manhole cover off in Sioux City (Iowa):

2018-01-25 - Boy drops firecracker into manhole, massive explosion ensues, boy sent flying, in China:

Quote: "It is the third such incident in China in the last five days."

2018-01-25 - Passenger plane hits by smoke at 3 AM at airport in Asheville (North Carolina):

Quote: "Police and fire respond to the Asheville Regional Airport after the smell of a smoke on a plane. It happened around 3AM on Thursday."

Note: This is the 7th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-01-25 - Man, 56, falls face-down into fire and burns to death near Woodruff Road in Greenville (South Carolina):

Quote: "Baker was found lying face down in a campfire with severe burns to his body, Fowler said."

2018-01-25 - Dormitory building under construction destroyed by huge fire at 4:10 AM in Lake Delton (Wisconsin):

Quote: "A large fire Jan. 25 in Lake Delton destroyed a dormitory under construction at the Wilderness Resort that would have housed foreign workers.  The dormitory, planned as housing for students working in Wisconsin Dells through the J-1 visa program, was determined to be a total loss, with damage in excess of $5 million, according to a Delton Fire Department press release."

Category: Variety Pack

2018-01-26 - Oxygen levels in the oceans are dropping dangerously:

Quote: "Imagine if every living species in all of North America – including humans – were suffocating and unable to breathe because oxygen levels had suddenly and precipitously dropped. Every leader, from mayors to governors, would panic. And then they'd do something, anything, to deal with the clear and present danger. That precise scenario is now playing out in the world's oceans, according to a massive, unprecedented research effort published Jan. 5 – the first truly global snapshot of depleted oxygen zones in oceans. And yet, virtually no one at any level of government seems remotely concerned."

2018-01-26 - Oceanic heating continues without pause:

2018-01-26 - Six people hospitalized by unknown cause at Walgreens in Clive (Iowa):

Quote: "Television station KCCI reports that Walgreens employees posted a sign outside the drive-thru pharmacy reading, 'GAS LEAK. Sorry for the inconvenience. Will be back later.' People in the store were reportedly vomiting and suffered headaches and dizziness. Investigators found no carbon monoxide or natural gas in the store."

Note: The fact that they thought it was a gas leak means someone must have smelled rotten egg odor. But it wasn't natural gas or carbon monoxide, soooo...?

2018-01-26 - Unknown odor evacuates school in coastal Coquitlam (Canada):

Quote: "Staff and students were evacuated briefly from Miller Park Community School in Coquitlam this morning as a precaution because of an odour. No gas leak or other issue was found, however."

2018-01-26 - Mysterious explosion alarms people in Montreal (Canada):

2018-01-26 - Man in his 50s found burned to death at site of brush fire in Buckhead (Georgia):

Quote: "After Atlanta firefighters and police officers responded to a brush fire in northeast Atlanta Friday evening, they discovered the body of a dead male with burns on his body. It happened at about 8:15 p.m., in the 2040 block of Camellia Lane in northeast Atlanta. According to officers, the preliminary investigation indicated no obvious signs of foul play."

2018-01-26 - RV goes up in flames at 5:30 AM and kills person on Primrose Path in Las Vegas (Nevada):

Note: This is the 50th RV to burn/explode in 2018, and this is the 6th deadly RV fire in 2018...

2018-01-26 - Airport damaged by fire at 7 AM in Khon Kaen (Thailand):

2018-01-26 - Recycling center erupts in flame, fire gets huge, in Somersby (Australia):

2018-01-26 - Fire truck bursts into flame while parked in garage at fire station in Lakeside (California):

Quote: "The 2012 truck was in a garage behind Fire Station No. 3, on the Interstate 8 Business Loop near Lake Jennings Park Road. It had gone in for routine maintenance a day earlier, Division Chief John Hisaw said. About 1 p.m., paramedics pulled around the back of the station not far from the repair shop when they smelled, then saw smoke coming from the building. They opened a door and found the cab of the fire truck engulfed in flames, Hisaw said. Firefighters quickly doused the blaze and kept it from spreading beyond the truck. But the truck, worth roughly $550,000, was a total loss, Hisaw said."

Category: Fires And Explosions

2018-01-27 - Car goes up in flames and kills person on Southern Avenue near coastal Washington DC:

Quote: "A person was found dead after a car fire in the 1500 block of Southern Avenue, on the D.C./Prince George's County border Saturday, police said."

2018-01-27 - Person found burned to death in Rio Rancho (New Mexico), near the Rio Grande:

2018-01-27 - Salvage yard hit by fire just after 1 AM, two cars burn, in Austin (Texas):

2018-01-27 - Landfill fire erupts, again, in coastal New Providence (Bahamas):

2018-01-27 - Military EA-18G Growler fighter jet bursts into flame during takeoff at Nellis Air Force Base (Nevada):

Quote: "A military aircraft caught fire during takeoff on Saturday morning at Nellis Air Force Base according to military officials."

Note: This is the 7th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-01-27 - Factory devastated by massive blaze in the wee hours in coastal Mumbai (India):

2018-01-27 - SUV bursts into flame on street in coastal Tacoma (Washington):

Quote: "A Tacoma Washington soldier was shocked when his brand new 2018 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk erupted in flames Saturday evening."

Category: Fires And Explosions

2018-01-28 - Car goes up in flames at 5 AM and kills person on the South Mopac Expressway in Austin (Texas):

Quote: "One person died after a vehicle caught fire in South Austin Sunday morning. Austin Police were called to the scene at 5 a.m. with reports of a vehicle on fire in the 3600 block of South MoPac Expressway near Slaughter Lane."

2018-01-28 - Car bursts into flame at 11 PM and kills woman and child, injures man, near Rabupura (India):

Quote: "A 28-year-old woman and her two-and-a-half-year-old son died and a man was injured after their car caught fire in Rabupura area, police said on Monday."

2018-01-28 - Man ignites and is seriously burned at home in coastal Christchurch (New Zealand):

Quote: "A man is critically injured after suffering burns at a Burwood property in Christchurch. Firecrews from Wainoni, New Brighton and St Albans attended the fire at Burwood Road at 5.45pm, but at first look there was no visible sign of a fire in the house."

2018-01-28 - Smoke from unknown source hits fraternity in coastal Berkeley (California), student has seizure:

Quote: "Firefighters responded to a UC Berkeley fraternity Sunday and found smoke but no fire. While there, however, a brother in the fraternity had an unrelated medical problem and needed to be taken by ambulance to the hospital, the Fire Department reports."

Quote: "Firefighters found smoke inside a laundry room on the property, but were ultimately unable to find any fire, said Battalion Chief Bill Kehoe of the Berkeley Fire Department. He said sometimes lint or dust in a laundry room can ignite, but then burns up leaving no evidence. Although no fire suppression was needed, the response proved timely. While firefighters were still on scene, one of the fraternity brothers passed out due to a medical issue, Kehoe said. A brother who is an EMT told BFD he believed the young man also had a seizure. As the patient was being walked to the ambulance, he passed out again."

Note: Filters and lint will also adsorb hydrogen sulfide from the atmosphere, and atmospheric gases will leave no trace when they burn too, unless they happen to ignite some matter. That's also much more likely than uncontaminated lint to cause people nearby to lose consciousness, have seizures or drop dead, and that's most likely to happen in coastal areas too, like, say, Berkeley...

2018-01-28 - Massive pallet fire erupts in Midland (Texas):

2018-01-28 - Recycling business devastated by massive inferno in Willimantic (Connecticut):

Quote: "The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) says they have crews on scene to monitor air quality and check on the nearby Willimantic River for possible contaminants."

2018-01-28 - Refinery explodes and burns at 6:42 AM in coastal Taoyuan (Taiwan):

2018-01-28 - Three or four ambulances and SUV destroyed by fire while parked at hospital in coastal Thane (India):

Quote: "Santosh Kadam, chief of the Regional Disaster Management Cell of the Thane Municipal Corporation, said that a fire broke out around 4pm in one of the vehicles and it soon engulfed three ambulances and a jeep."

Category: Variety Pack

2018-01-29 - Unknown odor evacuates medical complex in Prescott Valley (Arizona):

Quote: "Employees and customers of the Arizona Oncology Associates office complex, 3188 N. Windsong Drive in Prescott Valley, were evacuated from the facility late Monday morning, Jan. 29, due to a suspicious-odor call. The Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority and Prescott Valley Police Department (PVPD) responded to around 11 a.m. Upon their arrival, one person reported a sore throat and needed medical attention, according to a PVPD news release. Once the building was evacuated, a hazardous material team examined the building. However, the cause of the odor could not be determined, and people were allowed to return to the facility at 1:20 p.m."

2018-01-29 - Unknown rotten egg odor evacuates school in Alburgh (Vermont):

Quote: "An evacuation and a mystery in Alburgh Monday. Firefighters tell us villagers started smelling propane around 7:30 a.m. The pre-K through eighth-grade school was evacuated as a precaution. First responders tested for elevated gas levels all over the village. They even went door to door within a 1-mile radius. They found nothing. They still don't know where the smell came from but firefighters tell us it could have come from a passing truck or rail car."

Note: So there was no gas leak and they detected no propane or natural gas inside or outside the school. Propane is odorless so they add methyl mercaptan to it, which smells like rotten eggs. So nobody smelled propane; they smelled a rotten egg odor. Propane or natural gas detectors won't detect hydrogen sulfide. This school is in an area virtually surrounded by bodies of water. Here's a Google Maps link of the area...

2018-01-29 - Unknown 'noxious odor' evacuates school in Darvel (Scotland), 1600 feet from the River Irvine:

2018-01-29 - Person found burned to death in burned-out vehicle in Pulaski (Iowa):

2018-01-29 - RV goes up in flames and kills man near Descanso (California):

Quote: "A man died in a fire that destroyed an RV in East County Monday afternoon, Cal Fire officials said. Firefighters found the man lying on the ground about 20 feet from the burning home when they arrived. He was unconscious and unresponsive, Cal Fire Capt. Issac Sanchez said. Two firefighters started CPR on him while a third began to put out the blaze, which had fully engulfed the RV on Tappers Hallow Road near Old Ranch Road."

Note: This is the 58th RV to burn/explode in 2018, and this is the 7th deadly RV fire in 2018...

2018-01-29 - Chinese military plane bursts into flame then crashes and burns, in Guizhou (China):

Quote: "Hong Kong-based Phoenix TV showed footage on its website of an aircraft ablaze mid-flight..."

Quote: "Footage shows Chinese military plane in flames moments before crash..."

Quote: "The state are apparently nervous about the crash, according to industry site Airlive, sparking speculation Beijing is rubbing out online evidence of the incident which happened in the Guizhou province. Hong Kong-based Phoenix TV showed footage on its website of an aircraft ablaze mid-flight, while several other unverified clips of burning debris and a huge plume of smoke in a rural area circulated online from the late afternoon."

Note: This is the 8th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-01-30 - Object explodes in the sky, three big metal spheres fall from the sky, in Larancahuani (Peru):

Quote: "Residents of eastern Brazil and northern Peru were left baffled when a mysterious object started disintegrating in the sky accompanied with loud booms on January 27, 2018. Then, residents of Larancahuani in the region of Puno, Peru, were left terrified, when 3 metallic spheres crashed down from the sky in a loud roar just a few minutes after witnessing the explosion of this mysterious glowing object."

Category: Other Stories Of Interest

2018-01-30 - Unknown odor sickens four people at Palmetto Bay Village Center in coastal Palmetto Bay (Florida), 1000 feet from the ocean:

Quote: "The Palmetto Bay Village Center was evacuated Tuesday afternoon after authorities received reports about an unknown odor in the building. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said crews were treating four people at the building at 18001 Old Cutler Road."

2018-01-30 - Lindo Lake spewing foul odor in Lakeside (California):

Quote: "Parents in Lakeside have called into 10News concerned about a foul odor emerging from Lindo Lake. The lake is across Lakeshore Dr. from Lindo Park Elementary. Some parents tell 10News the smell is so strong, kids complain about it coming into their classrooms."

Quote: "Bachar described the odor as a, 'very very strong sewer smell,' while other residents like Angela Accardi says it smells like 'decaying garbage.'"

2018-01-30 - Rotten egg odor evacuates home at 7 AM in Lisle (Illinois):

Quote: "Emergency crews have secured the scene of a hazmat situation in suburban Lisle. At about 7 a.m. Tuesday, authorities were called to 6300 block of Kindling Court at about 7 a.m. to investigate a rotten egg smell. As a precaution, residents in the area were evacuated. No one was injured."

2018-01-30 - Rotten egg odor sickening workers at sewer pump station construction site in coastal Breakwater (Australia):

Quote: "The stench from a sewer pump station near a Breakwater construction site forced workers off site due to possible illness it could cause. According to Geelong Advertiser, the odour was likened to the smell of rotten eggs and has caused a complaint of illness and several other reports."

2018-01-30 - Woman in her 70s has 'medical emergency' in swimming pool at YMCA in coastal Marblehead (Massachusetts):

Quote: "The pool at the YMCA in Marblehead is one of the biggest draws for members, but on Tuesday, it became the site of a dramatic rescue. A woman in her 70s suffered a medical emergency while she was in the pool and staff members sprung into action."

2018-01-30 - Woman, 71, strokes out on cruise ship near Oahu (Hawaii):

2018-01-30 - Man, 50, has heart problems on cruise ship near the Bahamas:

Quote: "The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced a 50-year-old man suffering heart attack-like symptoms from the 'Carnival Sunshine' on Jan 30, 2018, approximately 46 miles north of the Bahamas."

2018-01-30 - Sailor, 47, strokes out on ship near coastal Durban (South Africa):

Quote: "On Jan 30, 2018, at 6 a.m. the NSRI Durban duty crew, NSRI ASR (Airborne sea rescue) rescue swimmers, the SA Air Force (SAAF) 15 Squadron and Netcare 911 rescue paramedics got prepared to depart from Durban to rendezvous with the 'Lake D' 50 nautical miles off-shore of Durban to patient evacuate a 47 year old Filipino sailor suffering a stroke (CVA)."

2018-01-30 - Crewmember has chest pains on ship near coastal Noirmoutier (France):

Quote: "On Jan 30, 2018, at 5 p.m. the CROSS Etel was alerted by the 'Quentin Grégoire' that a crew member suffered from severe chest pains. The ship was 24 miles off the coast of Noirmoutier. After a consultation with the Maritime Medical Consultation Center (CCMM) in Toulouse and the SAMU in Bayonne, it was decided to medevac the man with a Dauphin helicopter of the French Navy base in La Rochelle."

2018-01-30 - Man, 50, worker, loses consciousness on ship anchored near coastal Sitiawan (Malaysia):

Quote: "The man fell unconscious at around 7pm while doing repair work on the second deck of the ship. Sitiawan Fire and Rescue Department operation chief Mohd Zaki Zainol said a crane was dispatched to the scene, while fire officer Husni Sawal and five other firemen tended to the man. “When the firemen arrived, the victim had regained consciousness, but he was too weak to walk. He lost consciousness again soon after."

2018-01-30 - Woman in her 40s collapses, goes into cardiac arrest, in coastal Ramsgate (Britain), separate crash reported on same street too:

Quote: "Kent Police was called by South East Coat Ambulance Service at around 5pm to a medical incident outside Poundland. Officers attended the scene where a woman in her 40s had collapsed. Paramedics performed CPR on the woman who was then taken to QEQM hospital for further medical attention."

2018-01-30 - Climate and Extreme Weather News #91, January 25th-29th, 2018:

Category: Variety Pack

2018-01-31 - Town gassed by unknown gas, people sickened, in Unity (Canada):

Quote: "Residents fear that the emission could have contained hydrogen sulphide (H2S), a toxic, potentially deadly gas that killed one oilfield worker in Saskatchewan in 2014 and injured others."

2018-01-31 - Woman found dead and burning on street near cemetery in coastal Miami (Florida):

Quote: "There was nothing near the body, such as gasoline, to suggest a suicide, the source added."

2018-01-31 - Mysterious explosions in the wee hours alarming people in Springfield (Missouri):

Quote: "The booms are happening between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m., Melton said, and they're loud."

2018-01-31 - Gas pipeline explodes and burns at 2:30 AM in Noble County (Ohio):

2018-01-31 - Silo explodes at pecan business in Valdosta (Georgia):

2018-01-31 - Insurance claims from California fires climb to $11.8 billion:$18b-in-insurance-claims/3013907/

Quote: "Insurance claims from last year's deadly California wildfires have reached $11.8 billion, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said Wednesday, making it the most expensive series of wildfires in state history. The staggering number exceeds the total insurance claims from the top 10 previously most costly wildfires in California."

2018-01-31 - Passengers sickened by unknown odor as plane reaches the coast, plane returns to Charlotte (North Carolina):

2018-01-31 - Woman, 36, goes berserk, attacks flight attendants on plane, bites one, plane lands in Charlotte (North Carolina):

Quote: "According to the criminal complaint, she bit one attendant on the right forearm, puncturing the skin and causing bleeding. She also hit a second attendant in the right forearm and kicked a third attendant in the leg and abdomen, the Charolotte Observer reports."

Quote: "The flight attendant said the woman had a frightening blank stare, something she's never seen before."

Note: Similar to the man who inexplicably starting biting people on a passenger plane after departing coastal Los Angeles (California), mentioned in the 2017-12-11 update...

2018-01-31 - Crows dropping dead out of the sky in Portland (Oregon):

Quote: "Witnesses saw birds 'falling from the sky' and the Audubon Society has launched an investigation after at least 10 crows have been found dead in Northeast Portland since Tuesday."

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