Thursday, March 1, 2018

2018 - FEB - Spotlight Stories

Category: Fires And Explosions

2018-02-01 - Person found burned to death in burned-out car on road near coastal Savannah (Georgia):

2018-02-01 - Man in his 40s burns to death in burning car near train station in coastal Killiney (Ireland):

Quote: "Reports of a car on fire were also called in at 3.40pm near the local train station. A Garda spokeswoman told Dublin Live: 'Dublin Fire Brigade were first on the scene today in Killiney. A body was discovered in the vehicle and we are treating this as a tragic incident. A file will be prepared for the coroner's court.'"

2018-02-01 - Bellandur Lake erupts in flame again in Bangalore (India):

2018-02-01 - Scrap metal business erupts in flame shortly after 11:30 PM, fire gets big, in Davenport (Iowa):

2018-02-01 - Underground electrical fire breaks out before 6 AM in coastal Baltimore (Maryland), homes burn too:

Quote: "Multiple houses were on fire in Baltimore early Thursday morning at the same time an underground electrical vault fire erupted near Redwood Street."

2018-02-01 - Passenger plane hit by engine fire, plane returns to coastal Hong Kong (China):

Quote: "A Facebook user claiming to have witnessed the flight's return at the airport said 'an explosion' was seen and there were flames, followed by 'some smaller explosions'."

2018-02-01 - Passenger plane hit by electrical fire at airport in Volgograd (Russia):

Note: These are the 11th and 12th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2018-02-02 - Car bursts into flame and kills woman and her 4-year-old son in underground carpark at apartments in Whitefield (India):

Quote: "A 30-year-old woman and her four-year-old son died under mysterious circumstances in Bengaluru after their car went up in flames in the basement of their Whitefield apartment complex on Friday."

Note: About 6 miles as the gas blows from Bellandur Lake, which last burst into flame the day before, mentioned in the 2018-02-01 update...

2018-02-02 - Person found burned to death in burning car at 11:36 PM on Olive Branch Road in Ellabell (Georgia):

2018-02-02 - Man, 54, found burned to death in burning car at 4 AM in parking lot at business in Union (New Jersey):

Quote: "When Union firefighters responded to the report of a vehicle fire in a parking lot Friday morning, they discovered more than just a car fire. According to Union Police Director Dan Zieser, firefighters discovered a body in the car upon extinguishing the fire."

Note: Compared to what things were like when I first began documenting the end of the world, the number of people getting carbequed is waaaaaaay up...

2018-02-02 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in coastal Seattle (Washington), 4000 homes go dark:

2018-02-02 - Cellphone explodes at home, blows boy's finger off, blinds him in one eye, in Guangxi Province (China):

2018-02-02 - At least 30 shops destroyed by huge fire at temple in Tamil Nadu (India):

2018-02-02 - Passenger train bursts into flame in coastal Mumbai (India):

2018-02-02 - Freight train bursts into flame in Mathura (India):

2018-02-02 - Passenger train bursts into flame near Cupar (Scotland):

2018-02-02 - Wildfire rages on the Chatham Islands (New Zealand):

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2018-02-03 - Unknown odor sickens people at library, library closed, in Marquette (Michigan):

Quote: "The Peter White Public Library was closed early Saturday afternoon after a suspicious odor was detected. Capt. Jeff Green of the Marquette Fire Department said firefighters were called to the library at 12:41 p.m. after receiving a report of the odor, which resulted in some individuals suffering from nausea and headaches. He said the odor was concentrated on the east side of the building’s first floor. Green said the odor did not smell electrical in nature, and the air-handling and heating systems as well as the gas fireplace were not malfunctioning."

Note: About 1000 feet from Lake Superior. Here's a Google Maps link of the area...

2018-02-03 - Passenger plane hit by unknown odor, crew sickened, plane makes emergency landing in Wichita (Kansas):

Quote: "An American Airlines flight was diverted to Wichita Saturday after members of the flight crew smelled an odor on board."

2018-02-03 - Mysterious explosions and flashes of light in the sky alarm people in the Fox Valley (Wisconsin):

Quote: "Starting at about 8:45 p.m. Jan. 26, residents began posting to Facebook about hearing loud noises or booms in Neenah. Some also reported seeing flashes in the air. The initial reports came from the neighborhoods around Neenah's Recreation and Doty parks. Soon, though, people said they heard the booms in other parts of Neenah and in Menasha, Fox Crossing, Grand Chute, Greenville, Hortonville and on the south, east, north and west sides of Appleton."

2018-02-03 - Mysterious explosion reported in Blount County (Tennessee):

2018-02-03 - School bus bursts into flame while parked at Trade Moore Estate in Lugbe (Nigeria), 5+ children killed:

Note: This is the 36th school bus to burn in 2018, and this is the 75th bus to burn in 2018...

2018-02-03 - Chemical plant explodes and burns in Shandong (China), 4 killed, 6 injured:

2018-02-03 - Pile of 35 scrap vehicles goes up in flames near hotel in coastal Pernem (India):

2018-02-03 - Recycling center hit by fire, huge pile of recyclables burns, in Sun Valley (California):

2018-02-03 - Car bursts into flame at 12:25 AM while parked at apartment building, fire spreads, apartment building devastated, in coastal New Orleans (Louisiana), 5 injured:

Quote: "Five people are recovering after a fire that reportedly started in a vehicle and spread to an apartment complex in New Orleans East."

Quote: "The fire was reported at 12:25 a.m. when someone called 911 to say a vehicle was burning at the apartment complex in the 14400 block of Peltier Drive at Alcee Fortier Boulevard. Subsequent callers reported the flames spreading the the apartments."

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2018-02-04 - Woman, 95, burns to death while burning debris in Longview (Texas):

2018-02-04 - Gas station explodes in Benin (Nigeria), 4 killed, many injured:

2018-02-04 - Underground electrical fire breaks out on Wood Street in Stratford (Britain):

2018-02-04 - Electrical substation damaged by transformer fire near Ada (Oklahoma), blackouts ensue:

2018-02-04 - Landfill hit by fire, vehicles and metal burn, on Pond Island near the island of Sint Maarten:

Quote: "A blazing fire of an unknown origin broke out in the site where vehicles and other forms of metal are stockpiled on Pond Island."

2018-02-04 - Garbage truck bursts into flame while parked at facility in Union Township (New Jersey):

2018-02-04 - Truck bursts into flame while parked inside public works building, fire spreads to building, in Ridgetown (Canada):

Quote: "Chatham-Kent Fire & Emergency Services officials say just after 6 p.m. on Sunday evening crews from station #11 Ridgetown were dispatched to 133327 Reeders Line with reports of a truck on fire inside a Municipal Public Works garage."

2018-02-04 - Graph of the day - Arctic sea ice extent on Jan 30:

2018-02-04 - California bakes as winter temperatures set new records across the state:

2018-02-04 - Is warming in the Arctic behind this year's crazy winter weather?

2018-02-04 - Man, school bus driver, has 'medical emergency' on bridge over the Colorado River near La Grange (Texas), kids save the day:

Quote: "Two La Grange ISD students jumped into action last Thursday when their school bus driver had a medical emergency while driving on a bridge over the Colorado River."

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2018-02-05 - Unknown odor hits workers at Hanford Nuclear Site near Kennewick (Washington):

2018-02-05 - Man, 92, ignites and burns to death in garden at his home in Linwood (Scotland), 5 miles from the coast

Quote: "Neighbours found the pensioner engulfed in flames in his garden in Russell Place around 5pm on Sunday."

Quote: "An elderly man has died after a fire broke out in his home in Renfrewshire. The 92-year-old was reportedly found with serious burns in his garden by neighbours who tried to dampen the flames. He was taken to hospital from the fire in Russell Place, Linwood, on Sunday but later died. Police said inquiries are continuing but the fire is not thought to be suspicious."

2018-02-05 - Fireworks factory explodes and burns in Jiangxi Province (China), 1 missing:

2018-02-05 - Restaurant explodes in coastal Quezon City (Philippine Islands), 1 injured:

2018-02-05 - Underground electrical explosion and fire hits Rugby (Britain):

2018-02-05 - Comanche Creek trestle bridge damaged by fire near Chico (California):

2018-02-05 - Eight-story Energy Ministry building heavily damaged by fire, may collapse, in Tehran (Iran), 9 injured:

Quote: "Over 50 people trapped beneath the ground floor were rescued in the early minutes of the fire, and two sustained minor injuries. He went on to add, 'the fire has not been controlled 100 percent, and it seems like the western side of the building has subsided. Cracks have also appeared on the entrance to the parking lot, which raises the possibility of the total subsiding of the building.'"

2018-02-05 - SUV bursts into flame at 1:27 AM while parked at home, fire scorches two homes, in Clifton (New Jersey):

2018-02-05 - Car bursts into flame while parked in garage at home, home rendered uninhabitable, in coastal Oxnard (California):

Quote: "The blaze in the 2500 block of Kelp Street, in a residential enclave south of Oxnard Airport, started when a vehicle caught fire inside a garage, said Battalion Chief Karsten Guthrie of the Oxnard Fire Department. The incident was reported around 6:40 p.m."

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2018-02-06 - Man found burned to death in burning pickup at strip club at 7 PM in Woodville (Mississippi):

Quote: "A white Chevrolet Silverado was found burning outside the Illusions Gentlemen’s Club at approximately 7 p.m. Friday. Volunteers with the Wilkinson County Fire Department extinguished the blaze, and found the man’s body in the driver’s seat. Illusions is located on U.S. 61 south of Woodville, right across the street from the Wilkinson County Sheriff’s Office."

2018-02-06 - Man in his 40s found burned to death in garden at home in coastal Eastbourne (Britain):

Quote: "The dead man is believed to have lived in the upstairs flat of the property and was in his 40s. Eye witnesses say they saw smoke coming from the garden."

Note: Another man just burned to death in his garden too, in Linwood (Scotland), 5 miles from the coast, mentioned in the 2018-02-05 update...

2018-02-06 - Mysterious explosion and shockwave alarms people in Midwest City, Oklahoma City and Del City (Oklahoma):

2018-02-06 - Underground electrical fire causes widespread blackouts in Erie (Pennsylvania):

2018-02-06 - Underground electrical fire breaks out at shopping center in La Grange Park (Illinois):

2018-02-06 - Another landfill fire erupts on the island of Sint Maarten:

Quote: "A second major fire broke out in Philipsburg on Tuesday, this time at the original landfill, resulting in authorities scrambling to curb the huge inferno while still trying to contain the original blaze that started on Sunday at the second landfill, created after Hurricane Irma."

2018-02-06 - Landfill fire breaks out just after 2 AM in Odessa (Texas):

2018-02-06 - Recycling center erupts in flame at 4:25 AM in Grandville (Michigan):

2018-02-06 - Fire truck bursts into flame in parking lot on West Street in Charlottesville (Virginia):

Quote: "Three people are recovering after a fire truck caught on fire on Tuesday afternoon in Charlottesville. The fire happened on West Street just before 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 6, in a parking lot."

2018-02-06 - Fire truck and building destroyed by fire at fire station in Rosalia (Kansas):

2018-02-06 - Five crewmembers sicken on passenger plane, plane makes emergency landing in coastal Iqaluit (Canada):

Quote: "Delta Airlines flight DL-87 made an emergency landing in Iqaluit, Canada, on February 5th. The Boeing 767-300 plane heading from Frankfurt, Germany, to Detroit, Michigan, was diverted after five crew members became sick. The plane landed safely. One crew members was taken to a hospital while others were treated at the airport."

2018-02-06 - Magnitude 6.4 earthquake strikes near coastal Hualien (Taiwan), buildings collapse, 4+ killed, 243+ injured:

Quote: "Four people died, 85 more went missing and at least 243 were injured after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of eastern Taiwan."

2018-02-06 - Climate and Extreme Weather News #92, 29th January-6th February 2018:

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2018-02-07 - Unknown odor sickens 15 people at high school in Grand Terrace (California), just east of the Santa Ana River:

Quote: "A Grand Terrace High School staff member was transported to the hospital after fire and hazmat crews responded to reports of a strong chemical smell coming from a classroom late Wednesday morning. Fourteen students and one staff member complained of having problems breathing prompting the evacuation of Building A and a soft lockdown of the entire campus, according to school and fire officials."

2018-02-07 - Unknown chemical odor hits home in coastal Seaside (Oregon):

2018-02-07 - Rotten egg odor spreads across wide area in Bristol (Britain):

Quote: "They describe it as a strong, sulphur smell that is akin to rotten eggs outdoors. Dog walkers have also contacted the Post about the strange smell settling in the area."

Note: Two men just dropped dead on the same day in Bristol too, mentioned in the 2018-02-05 update...

2018-02-07 - Woman, 19, gouges out her own eyeballs outside church in Anderson County (South Carolina):

Quote: "Woman found holding her eyeballs outside church..."

Quote: "A South Carolina woman was flown to a hospital after witnesses say she used her hands to gouge out her eyeballs."

2018-02-07 - Man strips naked on passenger plane after departing from coastal Anchorage (Alaska):

Quote: "An Alaska Airlines flight to Seattle was forced to return to Anchorage early Wednesday after a passenger locked himself in the bathroom, took off all his clothes, and refused to follow crew instructions."

Quote: "Danyluk didn’t see the man, and said several other men were standing near the bathroom to shield the view. She had heard 'he had taken off his clothes and he just wasn’t in his right mind.'"

2018-02-07 - Sixteen polo ponies die in truck an hour after leaving ferry ship, in coastal Melbourne (Australia):

Quote: "'What I know is I saw 18 healthy horses on my truck just before departure in Tasmania, and an hour after leaving the boat in Melbourne I discovered 16 of them were dead and cold,' Williams said."

2018-02-07 - Piles of metal go up in flames at steel recycling center in Laverton North (Australia), 4 miles from the coast:

Quote: "Firefighters were called to Norstar Steel Recyclers on Dohertys Rd about 5.30pm today after several large metal piles at the rear of the site caught fire."

2018-02-07 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in coastal Lynn (Massachusetts):

2018-02-07 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in Toronto (Canada):

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2018-02-08 - Passenger plane hit by unknown odor, plane diverts to coastal Charleston (South Carolina):

Quote: "Charleston International Airport spokesperson Charlene Gunnells says a JetBlue flight from [coastal] Ft. Lauderdale to [coastal] Boston diverted due to a smell in the flight deck."

Quote: "Oddly enough, this is the second time in the year a JetBlue flight has had to make an emergency landing due to a strange odor on board. The same incident went down a month ago, when a Punta Cana bound flight from Boston was forced to return to Logan Airport because of an 'unusual odor.'"

2018-02-08 - Two mysterious explosions damage buildings in Thailand:

Quote: "Two mysterious booms rattled 61 residents in Na Danu district, Thailand at 12.10 pm on February 8. The mystery deflagrations were so powerful, they produced cracks in the walls, windows and doors of buildings, terrifying people working inside. All reports state the crack appeared just when the noise occurred."

2018-02-08 - Mysterious explosions, sometimes with flash of light, alarming people in Wheat Ridge (Colorado):

Quote: "Some people told police they saw a flash of light."

2018-02-08 - RV trailer goes up in flames at 12:20 AM and kills person in Oklahoma City (Oklahoma):

2018-02-08 - RV trailer goes up in flames and kills man near Danville (Ohio):

2018-02-08 - Electrical substation damaged by explosion and fire in coastal Oakland (California):

2018-02-08 - Subway control building erupts in flame in tunnel under the East River in coastal Brooklyn (New York):

Quote: "The Joralemon Tunnel on the 4/5 line filled with smoke just before 1 p.m. on Thursday because of a fire at a subway control building, said MTA officials."

2018-02-08 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame, fire gets big, near Hull (Georgia):,-discolored-water.html

2018-02-08 - Tire recycling center heavily damaged by fire in Milwaukee (Wisconsin):

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2018-02-09 - Drilling rig hits pocket of hydrogen sulfide, near Coyanosa (Texas), several sickened:

Quote: "Several oilfield workers were taken to the hospital after a hydrogen sulfide pocket was hit on Friday. According to the Reeves County Sheriff's Office, one of their deputies responded to a report of an oilfield accident on County Road 103 south of Coyanosa at 11:30 a.m. When the deputy arrived on scene at the oil rig they found that an H2S pocket had been hit."

Note: They're lucky to be alive...

2018-02-09 - Unknown gas odor evacuates school in Belleville (Illinois):

Quote: "Firefighters were joined by Ameren workers in checking the area for gas leaks. They were unsuccessful at finding any gas leak or source, but Ameren remained at the scene after firefighters left at 9 a.m., Elliff said."

2018-02-09 - RV trailer goes up in flames and kills man in Manchaca (Texas):

2018-02-09 - HVAC unit explodes on roof of court building in coastal Nanaimo (Canada):

2018-02-09 - Underground electrical explosion and fire hits Derby (Britain):

2018-02-09 - Electrical substation heavily damaged by fire in Bromsgrove (Britain), blackouts ensue:

2018-02-09 - Landfill fire breaks out at midnight near Le Mars (Iowa):

2018-02-09 - Landfill fire breaks out, again, in Bhandewadi (India):

2018-02-09 - Apple AirPod explodes and burns at fitness club in coastal St. Petersburg (Florida):

Quote: "It began smoking while still in his ear."

2018-02-09 - Huge numbers of birds seen within two days in Dallas and Houston (Texas):

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2018-02-10 - Person found burned to death at 5:20 AM near West Capitol Avenue and 5th Street in Sacramento (California):

2018-02-10 - Scrapyard erupts in flame in coastal Mumbai (India):

2018-02-10 - Underground electrical explosion and fire hits Toronto (Canada):

2018-02-10 - Utility pole bursts into flame near intersection in Tulsa (Oklahoma), blackouts ensue:

2018-02-10 - Transformer bursts into flame at intersection in White Marsh (Maryland):

2018-02-10 - Transformer explodes and burns in Dhaka (Bangladesh), six children injured:

2018-02-10 - Car bursts into flame while parked in carpark at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (Texas):

2018-02-10 - Car bursts into flame while parked in carpark at airport in coastal Vancouver (Canada):

2018-02-10 - Tour helicopter crashes and burns in or near the Grand Canyon (Arizona), 3 killed, 4 injured:

2018-02-10 - SOTT Earth Changes Summary for January 2018, extreme weather, planetary upheaval, meteors:

Category: Fires And Explosions

2018-02-11 - Passenger plane explodes into flame, breaks up mid-air, crashes into field, near Moscow (Russia), all 71 aboard killed:

Quote: "There was explosion under the wing and it caught fire. Then there was one more flash and the airplane sharply plunged into the ground. The explosion flash was seen by everyone. It all happened so fast..."

Quote: "Witnesses in the village told local media they saw a burning plane falling from the sky."

Quote: "Wreckage is scattered across a 'large area' in the in the Ramensky district near Moscow. 'It appears the plane began to fall apart in the sky,' said one source."

2018-02-11 - Passenger plane bursts into flame at airport in coastal Mumbai (India):

Quote: "According to the sources, the incident happened around 9:21pm when the Airbus A-321 flight AI 091, with 182 passengers, was getting ready for takeoff. Barely five minutes later, an airport ground official who was following the aircraft, reported 'a visible fire in the port engine' and the flight pilot in-charge switched off both the engines and aborted the takeoff."

Note: These are the 13th and 14th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-02-11 - Electrical substation explodes and burns near coastal San Juan (Puerto Rico), blackouts ensue:

Quote: "A blackout hit northern Puerto Rico late Sunday after an explosion set off a big fire at a main power substation in the U.S. territory."

2018-02-11 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in coastal Erskine (Scotland):

2018-02-11 - Strip mall devastated by huge explosion and fire at 7:30 AM in Mississauga (Canada), 3 injured:

2018-02-11 - Police car bursts into flame at store in Doerun (Georgia):

2018-02-11 - Car bursts into flame while parked in parking garage in the John Hancock Center in Chicago (Illinois):

2018-02-11 - 2017 was the second-worst year for wildfires in the US, with all top ten years occurring since 2000:

Category: Fires And Explosions

2018-02-12 - Passenger plane bursts into flame at airport in Santa Ana (California):

Quote: "A Southwest Airlines flight was departing for San Jose from John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana when a fire was reported aboard the plane on Monday night, an airport spokeswoman said. The fire — which has since been put out — broke out on Southwest flight #2123, causing its emergency chutes to deploy, according to the airport. It was reported at about 7:30 p.m., Deanne Thompson, an airport spokeswoman, said."

2018-02-12 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in coastal Palm Beach (Florida):

Quote: "A JetBlue plane landed safely at Palm Beach International Airport Monday evening after smoke was reported in the cockpit. Around 9:29 p.m., the pilot called an Alert 2 after smoke filled the cockpit, said a PBIA spokesperson."

2018-02-12 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in Willard (Illinois):

Quote: "The executive director of Willard Airport in Savoy said an American Eagle plane had to return to the airport this morning after smoke got into the cockpit."

Note: These are the 15th, 16th and 17th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-02-12 - Chemical factory explodes and burns in coastal Yokohama (Japan), 1 injured:

2018-02-12 - Construction site rocked by explosion(s) and huge fire at the Circular Quay in coastal Sydney (Australia):

2018-02-12 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, building goes up in flames, in Rutland (Vermont):

Quote: "A fire heavily damaged a Rutland salvage yard and auto parts business Monday evening. Firefighters said it started sometime around 6:30 p.m. inside a building at Rosen and Berger, Inc. on Route 4A."

2018-02-12 - Electronics recycling center damaged by machinery fire in Middletown (Ohio):

2018-02-12 - Underground electrical explosion and fire blows pavement apart in coastal Sunderland (Britain):

2018-02-12 - Electrical substation explodes and burns in Sunnyside, Pretoria (South Africa), 2 injured:

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2018-02-13 - Landfill spewing hydrogen sulfide across broad area in Scott County (Mississippi):

Quote: "Residents within a 10-mile radius are feeling the effects of the odor in the air. In December the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) requested that Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health (CTEH) initiate an air monitoring and sampling in response to odor concerns by the residents. One test conducted by the CTEH identified Hydrogen sulfide."

2018-02-13 - Passenger plane engine bursts into flame, plane makes emergency landing at airport in coastal Lagos (Nigeria):

Quote: "Delta Air plane in the early hours of Wednesday, made emergency landing at the Muritala Muhammed International Airport , Lagos shortly after taking off when the pilot of the plane noticed that the left engine of the aircraft caught fire mid air in-flight."

Quote: "Adurogboye noted that the pilot acted in accordance with the Standard and Recommended Practices, SARPs, by making an air return immediately the left engine of the aircraft caught fire in-flight."

Quote: "The flight which departed the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos at around 10:30 p.m Tuesday night had an emergency air return after the left engine was engulfed in fire."

Note: This is the 18th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-02-13 - Passenger plane makes emergency landing at airport in coastal Honolulu (Hawaii), engine problem:

Quote: "But passengers said there were some tense moments after the engine problem, which happened about 40 minutes before the plane was due to land. 'There was a loud bang ... and then the plane really started shaking,' said passenger Allison Sudiacal. 'It was like rattling and the plane was kind of shaking like boom, boom, boom.'"

Note: Looks like parts of the engine are gone. Engine explosion?

2018-02-13 - Person found burned to death in car near Goedewil (South Africa), tractor trailer bursts into flame separately:

Quote: "TRAC Spokesman Solange Soares Nicholson, said authorities discovered a burned body in the passenger seat of an Opel Corsa around 07:00. She confirmed that the incident occurred between Goedewil and Crossroads, on the Schoemanskloof Road. The exact cause of the accident is unknown at this stage. Nicholson added that no damage was visible on the vehicle, and that no other vehicle was involved. 'Except for skid marks, there are no other signs of what could have happened,' she said."

Quote: "The scene where a truck caught fire on the N4 Crocodile Gorge this morning, has been cleared. Spokesman for the Department of Safety, Security and Liaison, Moeti Mmusi, said that a truck caught fire in the Crocodile Gorge at around 08:00. The exact cause has not yet been determined."

Note: This is the 336th tractor/tanker/semi to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-02-13 - Transformer explodes and burns in coastal Dennis (Massachusetts), blackouts ensue:

2018-02-13 - Scrap metal business hit by fire, four shipping containers burn, in coastal Anchorage (Alaska):

2018-02-13 - Scrap metal yard hit by fire at 3:14 AM, 5 tons of scrap metal burns, in coastal Erith (Britain):

Quote: "Six fire engines and 35 firefighters and officers were called to a fire at a scrap metal yard in Manor Road, Erith.  A pile of approximately five tonnes of scrap metal was alight. The Brigade was called at 0314 and the fire was under control by 0632. Fire crews from Erith, Bexley, Plumstead and Sidcup fire stations attended the scene."

2018-02-13 - Mount Agung erupts again on the island of Bali (Indonesia):

2018-02-13 - Mud volcano erupts in New Grant on the island of Trinidad:

Quote: "At least three homes were evacuated and several cracks have appeared on the road as the Devil's Wood Yard mud volcano in New Grant, south of here, erupted early Tuesday. Members of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), the Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service (TTFS) and the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) have converged on the site of the volcano that began erupting at around 4.00 am (local time)."

2018-02-13 - Volcano Furnas shaken by earthquake swarm in the Azores:

2018-02-13 - Yellowstone supervolcano under strain from pressure in magma chamber:

2018-02-13 - Huge lava dome inflating with magma on the ocean floor south of Kyushu (Japan):

2018-02-13 - Girls collapsing from unknown cause at school in Jajarkot (Nepal), school closed for three weeks:

Quote: "With girl students collapsing in the classroom due to an unidentified disease, a school in Nalgadh Municipality has been shut for three weeks in Jajarkot. Panchayabhar Secondary School of the municipality will remain shut for three weeks as girl students started trembling and collapsing abruptly in the last few days. According to Hum Prakash Singh, the head teacher of the school, teaching-learning activities were adversely affected after the incident. According to Singh, at least 10 to 12 girls from Grade V to X were suffering from the mysterious disease every day."

Note: They don't know it's a disease, they're just guessing...

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2018-02-14 - Unknown odor sends people fleeing bus station in Ann Arbor (Michigan):

Quote: "A strong odor led to the evacuation of the bus station Tuesday evening in downtown Ann Arbor. Authorities were dispatched at 5:16 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, to the Blake Transit Center after a call of people coughing and running out of the building, Ann Arbor Fire Department Assistant Chief Mike Kennedy said."

2018-02-14 - Mysterious explosion at 10 PM shakes homes and alarms people in Stokes County and Surry County (North Carolina):

2018-02-14 - Mysterious explosion shakes homes in and around Youngstown (Ohio):

2018-02-14 - At least 20 utility poles burst into flame in St. Louis (Missouri):

Quote: "At least 20 power pole fires sparked thousands of power outages across the St. Louis area Wednesday, and the cause is a rare weather phenomenon, Ameren Missouri said. 'I’ve not heard of it before, and I'm hearing other people haven't heard of it before either,' Jo Logan said, while she watched a pole burn in Crestwood while waiting for a dentist appointment."

Quote: "Ameren said cars are grinding up all of the salt on our roads, sending salty sediment into the air. That sediment is settling on devices called insulators on high-voltage power poles."

Note: *cough*bullshit*cough* Riiiiight, and that explains why even though we use salt every single year, this has never happened before. Moreoever, they can't possibly have used very much salt this year anyway - waaaay less than any normal year - because I doubt we've seen a TOTAL of six inches of snow here all winter. Also, St. Louis isn't exactly the only city to use salt when it snows...

2018-02-14 - Transformer bursts into flame at intersection in Tulsa (Oklahoma):

2018-02-14 - Metal scrap yard erupts in flame at 4 AM, fire gets huge, in Palmerston North (New Zealand):

2018-02-14 - 25 classic cars destroyed by fire just downwind of landfill in Abilene (Texas):

Quote: "A fire in Jones County, just east of an Abilene area landfill, burned five acres of land and destroyed approximately 25 classic cars parked on a Vietnam War veteran’s property Wednesday afternoon."

Quote: "It is still not known what caused the fire that sparked at around 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon that tore through Lackey's vintage car collection. Lackey says multiple wives have left him because of his addiction to cars."

Note: Ah well, the wives would eventually have dropped dead or burned too...

2018-02-14 - Car bursts into flame at 3:45 AM on Moson Road near Sierra Vista (Arizona), woman severely burned:

Quote: "A 21-year-old woman was injured early Wednesday morning in a car fire southeast of Sierra Vista. According to the Cochise County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to a car fire at 3:45 a.m. in the 4700 block of Moson Road."

2018-02-14 - Massive brush fire rages in the Hunter Valley (Australia), may burn for a month:

2018-02-14 - Climate and Extreme Weather News #93, February 6th-13th 2018:

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2018-02-15 - Unknown 'gas odor' evacuates school in Janesville (Wisconsin), 1800 feet from the Rock River:

Quote: "Firefighters and Alliant Energy investigated with gas-detection meters and found no problems, said Battalion Chief Ryan Murphy of the Janesville Fire Department."

2018-02-15 - Unknown 'mystery fumes' sicken people at car dealership in coastal Toms River (New Jersey):

2018-02-15 - Man found burned to death in brush fire in Chelsea (Massachusetts), 3900 feet from the ocean:

2018-02-15 - Man, 47, burns to death in burning car near Rock Springs (Wyoming):

2018-02-15 - Natural gas well pad explodes and burns near Powhatan Point (Ohio):

2018-02-15 - Refinery rocked by explosion and fire in coastal Willemstad on the island of Curaçao:

Note: A yacht was just destroyed by fire while docked in Curaçao too, mentioned in the 2018-02-12 update...

2018-02-15 - Electrical substation heavily damaged by fire in Eastover (North Carolina), blackouts ensue:

2018-02-15 - Transformer explodes and burns, ignites shops at bazaar, in Faisalabad (Pakistan), 2 killed:

2018-02-15 - Transformer explodes and burns at 11:30 PM at courier business, in Keraniganj (Bangladesh), 1 killed, 2 injured:

2018-02-15 - Gas tanker ship crosses the Arctic in the winter without icebreaker escort for the first time:

Note: Wow, that's just incredible. This shows just how much the ice has disintegrated that this is even possible at all, much less in the winter. 'Blue Sea Event' incoming soon, and then things will get REALLY bad, like apocalyptically bad...

Category: Variety Pack

2018-02-16 - Unknown foul odor regularly hitting coastal Mobile (Alabama):

Quote: "Data from GAF shows that of 18 occurrences when the smell was reported, 16 of those times GAF was not even running their machinery. Also, the wind direction at the time of each occurrence does not correspond with the smell originating from GAF manufacturing."

Quote: "Now that GAF has been cleared as the source of the odor and the other company is not currently running operations, the question remains, 'Where is the smell coming from?'"

Note: The Gulf of Mexico is right there. If a big enough and concentrated enough cloud of hydrogen sulfide blows in off the Gulf of Mexico then that whole city could drop dead and/or go up in flames...

2018-02-16 - Unknown gas odor hits Sullivan (Wisconsin):

Quote: "According to a post on the Sullivan Volunteer Fire Department Facebook page last night, multiple agencies responded to reports of a natural gas odor in Sullivan. Another post around 8 p.m. indicated no source for the gas odor was found and first responders were cleared from the scene."

2018-02-16 - Man burns to death in burning pickup truck near Stanley (North Dakota):

2018-02-16 - Recycling warehouse destroyed by huge fire near the Iowa River in Iowa City (Iowa):

Quote: "The fire broke out Friday afternoon at the building at the corner of E. Benton Street and Capitol Street along the Iowa River."

2018-02-16 - Recycling center erupts in flame at 5 AM in Hopewell (Virginia):

2018-02-16 - Garbage facility ravaged by deadly fire in Qingyuan (China), 9 killed, 1 injured:

2018-02-16 - Roaring subway track fire breaks out in coastal Manhattan (New York):

2018-02-16 - Magnitude 7.2 earthquake strikes near the coast in Oaxaca (Mexico):

2018-02-16 - Climate and Extreme Weather News #94, February 13th-16th 2018:

Category: Fires And Explosions

2018-02-17 - Car explodes and kills man on Louis-Cayer Road in Sherbrooke (Canada):

2018-02-17 - Passenger plane hit by fire, plane returns to airport in Saskatoon (Canada):

Quote: " An Air Canada Express plane had to return to Saskatoon shortly after takeoff when flames were reported to be coming from it. Airline spokesperson Teri Udle says in an email that Flight 8585, a Dash 8 Q400 operated by Jazz, was on its way to Calgary on Saturday when flames were noticed near the left tail pipe."

Note: This is the 19th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-02-17 - Eight cars go up in flames while parked along parade route in coastal Mobile (Alabama):

2018-02-17 - Factory explodes and burns in coastal Dieppe (France), 1 killed, 2 injured:

2018-02-17 - Gas station explodes and burns near Tehran (Iran), 4 injured:

2018-02-17 - Underground electrical fire breaks out at 2 AM in Brockton (Massachusetts), 3 people sickened:

2018-02-17 - Utility poles burst into flame at substation in Kansas City (Missouri), blackouts ensue:

2018-02-17 - Sacred Tibetan monastery damaged by fire in Lhasa (China):

Category: Variety Pack

2018-02-18 - Person found dead in burning car at 11:15 AM parked near strip mall in Modesto (California):

Quote: "Tait reports investigators are still piecing together the incidents leading up to the unidentified person’s death. It does not appear to be a homicide, however, Tait said."

2018-02-18 - Man, 41, found burned to death in burning SUV parked at home in Sioux City (Iowa):

2018-02-18 - Passenger plane engine bursts into flame, plane makes emergency landing in coastal Sakon Nakhon (Thailand):

Quote: "This is the terrifying moment passengers looked out of their plane window to see propellers not spinning - after an engine caught fire. The Nok Air twin-propeller aircraft carrying 84 people took off from Sakon Nakhon, Thailand, yesterday at 3.10pm but just 'two minutes' later its engine was engulfed in flames. Hair-raising footage shows smoke still coming from the plane's engine charred black around the engines with the farmer's fields visible below at an altitude of around 5,000ft."

Note: This is the 20th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2017-02-18 - Passenger plane crashes before 6 AM near Semirom (Iran), all 65 aboard killed:

Quote: "Earlier reports said 66 people had died in the crash, but one would-be passenger did not board the flight, Aseman Airlines confirmed Sunday."

2018-02-18 - Car bursts into flame and destroys three businesses at 3:50 AM in coastal San Leandro (California):

Quote: "Alameda County fire spokeswoman Aisha Knowles said firefighters responded to a report of a car fire at 2995 Teagarden St. at 3:50 a.m. The fire quickly spread to adjacent structures, affecting businesses at 2993, 2995 and 2999 Teagarden St."

2018-02-18 - Vehicles and recycling center go up in flames in North Walsham (Britain):

Quote: "Director Kevin Robotham said cardboard, plastic and wood went up in smoke, and the company had lost equipment, machinery and vehicles."

2018-02-18 - Clothing market devastated by massive fire in coastal Port-au-Prince (Haiti):

Quote: "It was not immediately known what started the blaze. Last Tuesday, a fire destroyed one of two halls at the 19th century Iron Market in Port-au-Prince. Damage for the building was estimated at between $5 and 7 million, without including the value of destroyed goods."

2018-02-18 - US Forest Service cuts firefighting air tanker planes from 20 to 13:

Note: So as wildfires spiral out of control, we're significantly reducing our firefighting capabilities...

Category: Variety Pack

2018-02-19 - Unknown gas smell in basement evacuates school in Rome (Italy):

Quote: "A nursery school was evacuated in Rome Monday because of a strong smell of gas coming from the basement. About 80 children were taken to a nearby gym."

2018-02-19 - Man, 69, found dead in burning pickup truck near Los Amigos Road in Windsor (California):

2018-02-19 - Five ambulances and ambulance station destroyed by fire at 4 AM in Woodstown (New Jersey):

Quote: "A fast-moving fire has gutted an ambulance squad's building in New Jersey, destroying five ambulances and causing at least $2 million in damage."

2018-02-19 - Underground electrical fire and explosion hits Cranford (New Jersey):

2018-02-19 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in Peebles (Scotland), near the River Tweed:

2018-02-19 - Transformer explodes and burns at power plant in East Coast Demerara (Guyana):

2018-02-19 - Scrap metal business erupts in flame in Bradford (Britain):

2018-02-19 - Five vehicles and two homes go up in flames in Glendale (California):

Quote: "Two Glendale townhomes sustained fire damage and five vehicles burned in a blaze that started in a carport, authorities said today."

2018-02-19 - Volcano Sinabung erupts mightily again in Indonesia:

Category: Variety Pack

2018-02-20 - Jessie Lake spewing hydrogen sulfide in Alberta near Bonnyville (Canada):

Quote: "This summer, the LICA plans on conducting further water testing after air quality samples taken by the organization last year revealed high levels of Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) gas coming from the lake."

2018-02-20 - Unknown 'gas odor' evacuates government building in Towson (Maryland), 8 miles from the coast:

Quote: "A Baltimore County government building was evacuated on Tuesday after officials say there was 'an odor of gas'. The odor was reported at 111 W. Chesapeake Ave in Towson."

2018-02-20 - Mysterious explosion shakes homes across Oconee County (South Carolina):

2018-02-20 - Underground electrical explosion and fire destroy car and taxi, in coastal Bronx (New York):

2018-02-20 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in coastal Washington DC:

2018-02-20 - Transformer bursts into flame in East Whiteland Township (Pennsylvania):

2018-02-20 - US F-16 fighter jet bursts into flame, plane dumps fuel and makes emergency landing, on the island of Honshu (Japan):

Quote: "A U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jet caught fire in flight early Feb. 20, forcing the pilot to dump two fuel tanks into Lake Ogawarako in northern Aomori Prefecture. Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera touched upon the incident involving the plane based at Misawa Air Base during a morning news conference. The fire broke out in the engine after the F-16 took off around 8:40 a.m."

Quote: "The U.S. Air Force said in a statement that an F-16 jet assigned to Misawa Air Base dumped the external fuel tanks after developing an engine fire while flying above Lake Ogawara."

Note: This is the 21st aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-02-20 - Five or more high-end RVs and RV business devastated by huge fire in Fresno County (California):

Quote: "When the blaze broke out inside the building, estimated at about 12,000 square feet, five to eight 'Class A' motor homes were parked inside it, according to Cal Fire spokesman Jeremiah Wittwer. Each of the recreational vehicles lost was valued between $500,000 and $1 million, Wittwer said."

Quote: "The damages will likely total several millions of dollars."

Note: These are the 81st, 82nd, 83rd, 84th and 85th RVs to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-02-20 - Minivan, pickup and home go up in flames near the Colorado River in Bastrop (Texas):

Quote: "A fire caused major damage to a Bastrop home Tuesday night, destroying two vehicles in the driveway. It happened at approximately 6:30 p.m. in the 100 block of Headwaters Drive, just southwest of where Hwy 71 intersects with the Colorado River."

2018-02-20 - Huge wetlands fire erupts in Las Vegas (Nevada):

Quote: "Clark County firefighters are on the scene of a massive fire in east Las Vegas. According to traffic cameras, the fire appears to be happening in the area of the wetlands."

Category: Variety Pack

2018-02-21 - Unknown odor hits coastal Point Forbin on the island of Trinidad:

Quote: "Point Fortin Mayor Abdon Mason said the source of strong odours emanating through different parts of the Borough of Point Fortin, is yet to be determined. Abdon said the odour was detected on Tuesday and since then every effort is being made to ascertain the cause and source."

Quote: "Inspections of the company's infrastructure in the area, particularly its pipeline network, were also undertaken. However, no leaks have been detected."

Note: It must have been a rotten egg odor if they were checking pipes for leaks...

2018-02-21 - Unknown 'smell of gas' reported in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Police have said engineers are investigating after a 'smell of gas' across Hull on Wednesday evening. Humberside Police said they have had a number of people ringing up about the gas, which has been smelt in places across the city centre. In a tweet just after 8.30pm, they posted: 'Log 472 - We have had several reports regarding a smell of gas at various locations across Hull city centre.'"

Quote: "The source of a 'gas-like smell' sensed by numerous people in Hull on Wednesday remains a mystery. The odour was present across various parts of the city centre and its outskirts during the late afternoon and evening, with many saying it was unpleasant enough to make them feel sick. Northern Gas Networks has confirmed it received multiple calls about the issue but said that following investigations the smell had not been caused by any leak from its pipes. As a result, the origin of the smell remains officially unaccounted for."

2018-02-21 - Foul smell emanates from drain in Burpham (Britain):

2018-02-21 - Unknown cause sickens nine people at business in Haydock (Britain), 7.5 miles from the coast, 3 hospitalized:

Quote: "Nine people reported nausea and breathing difficulties and were treated by North West Ambulance Service paramedics at the scene, with three being taken to Whiston Hospital."

2018-02-21 - Landfill fire breaks out in coastal George Town (Cayman Islands):

2018-02-21 - Waste facility erupts in flame in coastal Seattle (Washington):

2018-02-21 - Four underground electrical fires break out within 30 minutes in coastal Manhattan (New York):

Quote: "Over 70 apartments on the Upper West Side of Manhattan are without power after several manhole fires."

Quote: "Firefighters extinguished four smoking manholes within 30 minutes."

2018-02-21 - Underground flash fire burns workers in sewer manhole in Chattanooga (Tennessee), 2 injured:

2018-02-21 - Transformer bursts into flame on pole in Edison (New Jersey):

2018-02-21 - Electrical substation damaged by fire on Pilkington Way in Radcliffe (Britain):

2018-02-21 - Electrical substation explodes and burns in coastal Richards Bay (South Africa), blackouts ensue:

Category: Variety Pack

2018-02-22 - Unknown odor evacuates Whole Foods store in Napa (California):

Quote: "Whole Foods Market in Bel Aire Plaza was evacuated for about 15 minutes Thursday morning after an unexplained odor was detected, store officials said."

2018-02-22 - Unknown sewery odor plaguing Bucktown area in Chicago (Illinois):

Quote: "The Chicago Health Department is looking into a mysterious odor that’s coming from somewhere around Bucktown. It was about a week ago when 32nd Ward Ald. Scott Waguespack first noticed the smell in his own home in Bucktown. 'It smells like putting your nose to the sewer and the wind kind of blowing through it,' he tells WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller."

Quote: "Waguespack has asked the health department and the water department to look into it. He says People’s Gas has determined it’s not a gas leak."

2018-02-22 - Huge mysterious explosion shakes homes in Mysuru (India), another shakes homes in Ivarapalli (India):

Quote: "People in Mysuru witnessed a strange event on Thursday afternoon. Many reported hearing a huge blast which left some buildings shaking. There was panic in certain areas of the city as people feared the tremors were caused by an earthquake but no damage to life or property was reported. The blast was heard around 12.30 pm on Thursday afternoon in Kuvempunagar, Saraswathipuram, VV Puram, Paduvarahalli and Yadavgiri. The blast resulted in tremors that shook buildings and sent windows clattering."

Quote: "A similar incident was reported from some villages in Ivarapalli in Baagepalli Taluk and near Andhra border in Chikkaballapur district on Wednesday night. People of Peddumekepalli, Venkatramanapalli, Laghumaddepalli and other parts of the taluk reported hearing a loud sound around 7 pm on Wednesday. 'A huge sound was heard for nearly five seconds and we experienced shaking of buildings. Many villagers came out of their houses. Once again, around 9 pm in the night, villagers experienced a similar sound along with shaking of buildings,' a village resident said."

2018-02-22 - Two underground explosions blow manhole covers off in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Crews are investigating two manhole explosions that happened Thursday morning in Old City."

2018-02-22 - Metal recycling center erupts in flame, fire gets huge, in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

2018-02-22 - Recycling center hit by fire at 5:31 AM in Wyberton (Britain):

2018-02-22 - Passenger plane hit by smoke at airport in Cleveland (Ohio):

Quote: "An American Airlines flight remained grounded at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport due to the smell of smoke Thursday morning. An airline spokesperson said the flight was scheduled to depart to Charlotte, but remained grounded in Cleveland."

Note: This is the 22nd aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-02-22 - Unknown object explodes in the air and crashes out of the sky in Bahia (Brazil):

Category: Variety Pack

2018-02-23 - Person burns to death in car near coastal Clogherhead (Ireland):

Quote: "A body has been found in a burned out car near Clogherhead, Co. Louth. Gardaí offered the following statement: 'Gardaí are at the scene of an incident in Clogherhead this afternoon. It is being treated as a tragic incident.'"

2018-02-23 - Underground fire breaks out before 5:30 AM, two manhole covers blown off, in coastal Queens (New York):

Quote: "There were power problems Friday morning for residents in three large apartment buildings in Queens after an underground fire caused two manholes to explode."

2018-02-23 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in coastal Brooklyn (New York):

2018-02-23 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in Schenectady (New York):

2018-02-23 - Chemical factory erupts in flame before 7 AM in Jeedimetla (India), 7 injured:

2018-02-23 - 16 school buses destroyed by fire at 3:10 AM, more damaged, while parked at bus depot in Orefield (Pennsylvania):;-classes-cancelled/3128206/

Quote: "Sniscak said the fire destroyed 16 buses parked in the pole barn, which was a total loss. He said 14 buses were heavily damaged."

Note: These are the 45th-60th school buses to burn in 2018, and these are the 118th-133rd buses to burn in 2018...

2018-02-23 - Climate and Extreme Weather News #96, February 20th-23rd 2018:

Category: Variety Pack

2018-02-24 - Unknown 'gas odor' evacuates businesses at mall in Cranberry (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "The smell of natural gas caused three businesses at Cranberry Mall to be evacuated Saturday morning. Cranberry Fire Department Assistant Chief Larry Clutter said the department was dispatched for the smell of natural gas at Jo-Ann Fabrics shortly after 10 a.m. When they arrived there was a strong odor inside the business."

2018-02-24 - 12 vehicles and auto shop destroyed by fire on Portsmouth Avenue in Greenland (New Hampshire), 4000 feet from the coast:

Quote: "About a dozen vehicles inside the building were burned and several animals died in the fire."

2018-02-24 - Pickup truck bursts into flame while parked at bowling alley in Williams Lake (Canada):

2018-02-24 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to garage, in Fond du Lac (Wisconsin):

2018-02-24 - Water deaths rising in Malaysia:

Quote: "It is only the second month of the year, yet the number of deaths due to drowning based on the Fire and Rescue Department’s (FRD) statistics, until Feb 21, has reached 65. FRD deputy director-general (operations) Datuk Soiman Jahid said the hike in drowning cases was alarming, adding that most of them took place at beaches, rivers, waterfalls, lakes/mines or sewers. 'A total of 652 deaths were recorded, with 260 people in 2016, followed by 327 people last year. This year, we have recorded 65 deaths and it is only February,' he said recently."

Note: So 260 watery deaths in 2016, then 327 in 2017, and now they're on pace for 456 this year...

2018-02-24 - Volcano Ebeko erupts, spews ash two kilometers into the atmosphere, in the Kuril Islands (Russia):

2018-02-24 - Mud volcano Hephaestus spews mud in coastal Taman (Russia):

2018-02-24 - UK struck by 21 earthquakes in 50 days including biggest in 10 years:

Category: Variety Pack

2018-02-25 - Two people burn to death in burning car on Santiago Canyon Road in Orange (California):

Quote: "Two people were killed Sunday evening in a car fire along an Orange County toll road. Power lines were down in all lanes of Santiago Canyon Road in Orange, according to the California Highway Patrol.  Several vehicles drove over the power lines, but it was not immediately clear if the vehicle was engulfed in flames as a result of the downed power lines."

2018-02-25 - Apartment(s) and business destroyed by huge explosion and fire in Leicester (Britain), 5 killed, 5 injured:

Note: This is the 58th residential explosion in 2018...

2018-02-25 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame in coastal New Orleans (Louisiana):

2018-02-25 - Recycling center fire breaks out before 2 AM in Columbus (Ohio):

2018-02-25 - Recycling center damaged by fire on South Street in Elland (Britain):

2018-02-25 - Transformer bursts into flame in Terre Haute (Indiana), blackouts ensue:

2018-02-25 - Battery pack bursts into flame on passenger plane in coastal Guangzhou (China):

2018-02-25 - Two cars destroyed by fire while parked at home in coastal Fort Pierce (Florida):

Note: An excavator and a minivan burst into flame in separate incidents the day prior in Fort Pierce too, mentioned in the 2018-02-24 update...

2018-02-25 - Magnitude 7.5+ earthquake strikes Papua New Guinea:

2018-02-25 - Temperature rises above freezing at the North Pole and other far north Arctic areas:

2018-02-25 - Bering Sea loses half its ice over two weeks:

Category: Variety Pack

2018-02-26 - Unknown odor evacuates courthouse in DeKalb County (Georgia):

Quote: "At one point, officials thought the odor may have been the result of a freon leak from an air-conditioning unit, police Lt. Lonzy Robertson said. However, DeKalb fire Capt. Eric Jackson said officials 'didn’t find anything.'"

2018-02-26 - Golf cart bursts into flame at home, fire spreads, pickup and home destroyed, near Lake Helen (Florida), 1 killed:

Quote: "A 9-1-1 call about a golf cart on fire was made shortly before 9:45 a.m., and when emergency crews arrived the home was engulfed in flames, Howard Goldberg, battalion chief with Volusia County Fire Services, said."

Quote: "According to neighbors, when we got here, something happened with golf cart that set the grass on fire, set the vehicles on fire, and also the house..."

2018-02-26 - Underground fire breaks out beneath glass works plant in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania), 500 feet from the Allegheny River:

Quote: "The state Department of Environmental Protection confirmed the slow-burning blaze underneath a small portion of the plant, but could not determine a cause, according to the Trib."

2018-02-26 - Passenger plane engine bursts into flame, plane makes emergency landing in Salt Lake City (Utah):

Quote: "SW flight 609 had just left Salt Lake International Airport and was heading for Los Angeles when passengers on board tell 2News that they heard a loud explosion just after 7 a.m."

Quote: "An engine fire forced a Southwest Airlines jet headed to Los Angeles to return to Salt Lake City shortly after takeoff Monday, an airport official said. The Boeing 737-700 landed safely, said Salt Lake City International Airport spokeswoman Nancy Vollmer."

Quote: "Witness Al Oshiro said he was getting out of his car as he arrived at work when he saw the plane overhead. 'All of a sudden I started seeing these orange flames just coming off the right side of the engine,' said Oshiro, an aerospace engineer for Moog Inc. He heard a sound 'so loud that a lot of people came out of the building because people thought the building was getting hit.'"

Quote: "Terrified Crystal Bangerter was on her first ever flight when the explosion happened, and told of how she looked out the window to see ‘huge flames just coming right out of the engine.’ Speaking to KUTV, she added: ‘Suddenly there was a huge explosion.'"

Note: This is the 22nd aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-02-26 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, big pile of scrap metal burns, near the Harlem River in coastal Bronx (New York):

Quote: "It's not clear what sparked the flames at the salvage business on the shore of the Harlem River. But social media users said the smoke plume could be seen throughout parts of upper Manhattan, Long Island City, Queens; and even in parts of New Jersey."

2018-02-26 - Waste facility damaged by fire at midnight in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

2018-02-26 - Huge tire fire breaks out in coastal Amberley (New Zealand):

2018-02-26 - Car explodes into flame in driveway at home in coastal Auckland (New Zealand), woman badly burned:

Quote: "A badly burned woman has been dragged from a car after it caught fire in west Auckland, according to a report. Emergency services were called to the driveway fire in Te Atatu about 8am on Monday, police say. One person was taken to hospital in a critical condition."

Quote: "An eyewitness said there was an explosion and a woman in her 50s was in the car, according to the NZ Herald."

2018-02-26 - Car bursts into flame on highway in coastal Auckland (New Zealand):

2018-02-26 - Large area of open water forms in the melting sea ice north of Greenland:

Category: Fires And Explosions

2018-02-27 - Underground explosions blow four manhole covers off in coastal Manhattan (New York):

Quote: "It happened around 5:40 a.m. Tuesday in the area of Second Avenue and First Street. Four manhole covers were blown off, but there are no reports of any smoke, fire or power outages, CBS2’s Jim Smith reported."

2018-02-27 - Underground electrical explosion and fire hits Pike Creek (Delaware):

2018-02-27 - Underground electrical explosion causes blackouts in Reno (Nevada):

2018-02-27 - Underground electrical fire causes blackouts on Ponteland Road in Cowgate (Britain), near the coast:

2018-02-27 - Transformer bursts into flame at car dealership in coastal New London (Connecticut):

2018-02-27 - Scrap yard erupts in flame before 6:30 AM in Launceston (Britain):

2018-02-27 - Landfill fire breaks out at 2 AM in Pierre (South Dakota):

2018-02-27 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in Allentown (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "The plane took off from Newark Wednesday night and was headed to Los Angeles. But the crew decided to divert the plane to Lehigh International when they smelled smoke in the cockpit."

Note: This is the 23rd aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-02-27 - Heavy truck bursts into flame while parked on train in Narve (India):

Quote: "On reaching Narve a truck caught fire on board the Ro-Ro train. The train driver was alerted about the incident and he stopped the train immediately. Fire personnel from Old Goa and Bicholim along with a team of about 20 firemen rushed to the spot and extinguished the fire. In spite of all attempts the truck engine, cabin and tyres were totally gutted."

2018-02-27 - ATV repair shop destroyed by fire in coastal Winchester Bay (Oregon):

2018-02-27 - Lakefront restaurant destroyed by fire at 6 AM on Lake of the Ozarks in Sunrise Beach (Missouri):

Category: Variety Pack

2018-02-28 - Man has 'medical emergency' while cooking, fire ignites, in Huber Heights (Ohio), 1 injured:

Quote: "The victim suffered a medical emergency while cooking sparking the blaze, according to investigators, and was overcome by the smoke before firefighters pulled him to safety."

2018-02-28 - RV goes up in flames at 3:33 AM and kills person in Gardena (California):

Quote: "A person perished in an RV fire this morning in the Gardena area just outside of Compton. The RV was reported to be engulfed in flames at 3:33 a.m. in the area of Avalon and Compton boulevards, said a Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatcher."

Note: This is the 100th RV to burn/explode in 2018, and this is the 8th deadly RV fire in 2018...

2018-02-28 - Passenger bus bursts into flame and kills 1 person, injures 12 more, in Hapur (India):

Quote: "A passenger who was trapped inside the vehicle was burnt to death, while 12 others were rescued with injuries."

Note: This is the 138th bus to burn in 2018...

2018-02-28 - Car bursts into flame at 3:30 AM on Stoney Trail NE in Calgary (Canada), man burned:

2018-02-28 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads, home destroyed, in Ash (Britain):

Quote: "A home in Ash has burnt down after a blaze in a car spread to the property. Surrey Fire and Rescue were called out to the semi-detached house in May Crescent last night (February 28) before 7pm."

2018-02-28 - Underground electrical explosion blows manhole cover off in Edmonton (Canada):

2018-02-28 - Central Arctic ice cracking up 4 months early:

Note: Whoa, so the ice in the Arctic is now where it should be in JULY. That's extremely ominous...

2018-02-28 - Volcano Bosavi, dormant for centuries, showing signs of unrest in Papua New Guinea:

2018-02-28 - Magnitude 6.0 earthquake strikes Papua New Guinea:

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