Sunday, July 1, 2018

2018 - JUN - Spotlight Stories

Category: Fires And Explosions

2018-06-01 - Car bursts into flame and burns man to death in Rimmanaguda (India):

Quote: "When the vehicle (AP 11P 8686) reached Rimmanaguda village, a fire broke out in the vehicle and engulfed it even before he could stop the car and get out. Police who visited the spot said they found broken pieces of window panes, which suggested that Bhuma Rao had attempted to escape unsuccessfully."

2018-06-01 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in coastal Gold Coast (Australia):

Quote: "A mid-air incident has unfolded on a Virgin Australia flight from Melbourne to the Gold Coast on Friday afternoon. Five crew members are believed to have suffered smoke inhalation and were treated by paramedics after reports smoke entered the cockpit. A statement from Gold Coast Airport confirmed the incident. 'Gold Coast Airport confirms an incident occurred this afternoon, with smoke detected in the cockpit of an arriving Virgin Australia aircraft that departed from Melbourne.'"

Note: This is the 84th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-06-01 - Pallet business heavily damaged by huge fire on Quail Creek Road in Boiling Springs (South Carolina):

2018-06-01 - Transformer bursts into flame at 1 AM at electrical substation in coastal Mumbai (India):

2018-06-01 - Vehicles go up in flames at 1:30 AM while parked at golf cart business, fire spreads to golf carts and warehouse, gets huge, in Decatur (Alabama):

Quote: "News outlets report that Decatur firefighters were called out early Friday morning to battle a blaze that began among vehicles parked outside at Decatur Golf Carts. The blaze spread to carts in a warehouse, destroying dozens as batteries exploded, with the fight continuing for hours."

Quote: "Everything inside that building has been destroyed. Firefighters tell us there were golf cart batteries inside the building that were exploding, which made it even harder to put out the flames. Outside of the building, roughly 70 golf carts were impacted by the fire; 45 of them were destroyed."

2018-06-01 - Lamborghini supercar bursts into flame on the A370 in coastal Weston-super-Mare (Britain):

2018-06-01 - Wildfire breaks out and causes evacuations north of Durango (Colorado):

2018-06-01 - Mulch bursts into flame and destroys playground in Somerville (New Jersey):

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2018-06-02 - Car bursts into flame and kills person at 6:15 AM on I-15 near Las Vegas (Nevada):

Quote: "At about 1 p.m., Metro homicide Lt. Ray Spencer said that evidence at the scene revealed that 'there is no foul play suspected whatsoever.'"

2018-06-02 - Car bursts into flame and critically burns person on street in Las Vegas (Nevada):

2018-06-02 - Boy, 7, topples into fire pit and is seriously burned at resort in coastal Hyannis (Massachusetts):

2018-06-02 - Steel recycling business hit by fire, big pile of scrap metal burns, in coastal Oakland (California):

2018-06-02 - Chemical plant damaged by fire in Hollister (Florida):

2018-06-02 - Volcano Kilauea update in Hawaii - at least 80 homes destroyed so far, cracks opening at summit:

2018-06-02 - Mount Merapi explodes in biggest eruption this year in Indonesia, red alert issued with flight warnings:

2018-06-02 - Across the US, toxic algal blooms threaten lakes and other waterways, with alarming rise from 3 blooms in 2010 to 169 blooms in 2017:

2018-06-02 - Skin cancer rates rising in Massachusetts:

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2018-06-03 - Unknown sewery smell blankets coastal area around Fazakerley (Britain):

Quote: "Fazakerley residents complained they were unable to enjoy Sunday's hot weather - because of a 'putrid' smell that forced them to keep windows shut and stay indoors. One woman said she even vomited because of an overwhelming stench of excrement around Cooplehouse Lane and Longmoor Lane. Other people in the area likened the smell to a sewer, while another woman said it smelled like someone had dumped manure in her back garden."

Quote: "ECHO readers say odour is affecting Aintree, Bootle, Walton Vale and West Derby."

2018-06-03 - Car goes up in flames and kills person in coastal New Orleans (Louisiana):

Quote: "The car was found at the corner of Lourdes Street and Savoie Court, and police said the body discovered inside was being investigated as an unclassified death."

2018-06-03 - Small plane bursts into flame then crashes near Budapest (Hungary), 2 killed:

Quote: "Witnesses reported seeing the aircraft maneuvering at low altitude before catching fire and crashing in a near vertical dive."

Note: This is the 85th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-06-03 - In separate incidents, two cars burst into flame within an hour in coastal Singapore:

Quote: "Two cars, including an Alfa Romeo, caught fire in separate incidents on Sunday night (June 3)."

2018-06-03 - Around 30 motorcycles and barn destroyed by fire at home in Amherst (Ohio):

Quote: "According to Wilhelm, there were about 30 motorcycles in the barn, and while some had called into dispatch about possible explosions, these most likely were bursting tires."

2018-06-03 - Wildfires escalating rapidly in India:

Quote: "As precious green cover continues to be ravaged by the devastating fire in the forests of Uttarakhand, it turns out that the country reported a 125 per cent increase in such incidents between 2015 and 2017."

2018-06-03 - Volcano Fuego erupts powerfully in Guatemala, 65+ killed, many injured:

Quote: "The Volcan de Fuego has spewed a stream of lava into a nearby village and sent a column of smoke and ash into the sky. 'It's a river of lava that overflowed its banks and affected the Rodeo village. There are injured, burned and dead people,' said Sergio Cabanas, the general secretary of Guatemala's Conred disaster agency."

Quote: "At least 65 people, including several children, have died after the most violent volcanic eruption in Guatemala in more than a century, authorities said."

2018-06-03 - Volcano Kilauea erupts again in Hawaii after being shaken by magnitude 5.5 earthquake:

2018-06-03 - Q&A on abrupt climate change with Dr. Guy McPherson:

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2018-06-04 - Unknown sewery odor hits Somerset (Kentucky):

Quote: "Residents of the downtown Somerset area reported a noxious odor permeating the air, something akin to sewer smells. The olfactory offensiveness, based on comments shared on Facebook by residents, was particularly problematic in the area around South Central Avenue and Cotter Avenue. However, late Saturday evening, it could be smelled even around the Fountain Square and along East Mt. Vernon Street. Dana Whitis, water and wastewater director for the City of Somerset, was paged out to check on the problem after receiving a call from a concerned citizen in the above area. 'I was out walking around downtown from about 10:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.,' she said. '(The smell) was awful.'"

2018-06-04 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, piles of metal burn, in Howard area in Green Bay (Wisconsin):

2018-06-04 - Landfill fire breaks out in Georgefield (Canada), near the coast:

2018-06-04 - Landfill fire breaks out in Duckmanton (Britain):

2018-06-04 - Recycling center erupts in flame in Baxter (Minnesota):

2018-06-04 - Electrical substation damaged by fire on Sunnymoor Road in coastal Bournemouth (Britain):

2018-06-04 - Silver Jubilee Bridge over the River Mersey bursts into flame in coastal Runcorn (Britain):

Note: Here's a Google Maps link of the area...

2018-06-04 - Shopping mall devastated by huge fire, burns for 65 hours, in Dazhou (China):

2018-06-04 - Severe heatwave broils Mexico, state of emergency declared, traffic lights melt, people dying:

2018-06-04 - Child has 'medical issue' at water park in Roseville (California):

Quote: "A child suffered a medical issue while on a field trip at a Roseville water park Monday."

2018-06-04 - Person has 'medical emergency' on Kelvedon Road in coastal Newport (Britain), 750 feet from the coast:

Quote: "We were called at shortly before 10.30am this morning to reports of a medical emergency on Kelvedon Road, Newport."

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2018-06-05 - Man who died in manhole may have encountered hydrogen sulfide, in coastal Cape Coral (Florida):

Quote: "The Cape Coral utility worker who died in a manhole Friday may have encountered hydrogen sulfide, according to the Cape Coral Fire Department."

2018-06-05 - Unknown gas odor evacuates City Hall in coastal San Jose (California):

2018-06-05 - Car bursts into flame and kills woman in Las Vegas (Nevada):

Quote: "Marcia Davis, 78, was driving her Buick Verano west on Charleston when the rear passenger compartment of the car caught fire. Davis attempted to turn into a private drive by the Sundance Village Apartments when she struck a lamp pole, according to a release. Officers with Las Vegas Metro police who were in the apartment complex responded and broke the window to free Davis from the fire. She was taken to UMC Trauma, where she later died."

Note: This happened on the same day as another car burst into flame at 6:15 AM and burned someone to death on I-15 near Las Vegas, mentioned in the 2018-06-02 update...

2018-06-05 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire before 3 AM, two tow trucks and 140 cars burn, in Opa-Locka (Florida):

Quote: "'We lost, like, 140 cars,' in addition to two tow trucks, Ignacio Romero told Local 10 News. In addition to that, two trucks they use to tow away and pick up parts were also destroyed."

2018-06-05 - Two vehicles and auto service area destroyed by fire at 6:20 AM at Acura dealership in Santa Clara (California):

Quote: "No injuries were reported, Santa Clara Fire Chief Bill Kelly said, but at least two vehicles in the service area at the AutoNation Acura of Stevens Creek car dealership were destroyed by the blaze, which also wiped out a portion of the structure's roof."

2018-06-05 - Pallet and lumber business devastated by massive fire in Schellville (California):

2018-06-05 - Volcano Kilauea continues erupting in Hawaii, hundreds more homes destroyed by lava:

Quote: "Lava destroyed hundreds of homes in mostly rural Hawaii area overnight, a county spokeswoman said Tuesday. 'We don't have an estimate yet, but safe to say that hundreds of homes were lost in Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland last night,' said Janet Snyder, a spokeswoman for Hawaii County on the Big Island."

2018-06-05 - Volcano Fuego erupts again in Guatemala as death toll rises to 75, with 192 people still missing:

Quote: "Guatemala's Volcano of Fire has exploded again for the first time since devastating eruptions on Sunday which killed at least 75 people. National disaster agency Conred ordered evacuations in the town of Escuintla as hot gas and molten rock poured down the southern slopes of the volcano on Tuesday afternoon."

2018-06-05 - Extraordinarily high UV levels hitting spots around the world:

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2018-06-06 - The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is growing and it was already huge:

2018-06-06 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame in North Codorus Township (Pennsylvania):

2018-06-06 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, junk vehicles burn, in Winterhaven (California):

Quote: "Working quickly, firefighters from the Imperial County Fire Department put out a fire that was burning a junked motor home and several junked vehicles that were stacked nearby together at Shipps Auto Salvage, in the 2200 block of Winterhaven Drive, Wednesday morning."

2018-06-06 - Automotive plant damaged by massive fire in Manchester (Tennessee):

Quote: "'Its a large facility, might have 1,000 or 1,500 people that don't have a job tomorrow,' Miller added. "

2018-06-06 - Around 80,000 tons (!) of tires go up in flames near Cuba (New Mexico):

Quote: "Eighty-thousand tons of tires are burning at a tire storage area near Cuba. The fire is creating an enormous plume of black smoke."

2018-06-06 - Underground electrical fire and explosions cause power outage in coastal Seattle (Washington):

2018-06-06 - Landfill fire breaks out in Marana (Arizona):

2018-06-06 - Recycling center hit by fire in Blackburn (Britain):

2018-06-06 - Recycling center erupts in flame in coastal Poole (Britain):

2018-06-06 - Recycling center hit by fire on Walney Road in Barrow-in-Furness (Britain):

2018-06-06 - Baseball-sized hail pounds area from Carrollton to Coppell (Texas):

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2018-06-07 - Three workers hit pocket of hydrogen sulfide in the ground while drilling at Coastal Caverns in Beaumont (Texas), near the coast:

Quote: "Three workers at a gas storage site in south Beaumont were exposed to hydrogen sulfide gas and one was taken by EMS to a hospital, according to District Chief Scott Wheat of the Beaumont Fire Department. Wheat says the men were doing some boring when they hit the gas pocket Thursday morning at Coastal Caverns off the Highland Avenue extension."

2018-06-07 - Another mysterious explosion alarms people in the wee hours in Bucks County (Pennsylvania), 'Men in Black' nosing around:

Quote: "Yet another mysterious explosion has rocked an upper Bucks County community. Neighbors say the loud noise woke them up early Thursday morning in Milford Township. There's a noticeable hole in the ground off Brick Tavern Road."

2018-06-07 - Mysterious explosion shakes homes across northern Arkansas and south central Missouri:

2018-06-07 - Mysterious explosion and flash of light before 1 AM alarms people in Ruthin (Britain):

2018-06-07 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame and disrupts train service in Westbury (New York):

2018-06-07 - Underground electrical fire spews flames from manhole in coastal Manhattan (New York):

2018-06-07 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in coastal Hong Kong (China):

Quote: "On 7 June an Air China Airbus A330 from Hong Kong to Beijing returned to Hong Kong shortly after take-off, less then 5 minutes after take off crew and passengers noticed a scorched smell and smoke in the back of the plane."

2018-06-07 - Update on plane crash that killed 3 people in the Bahamas - was burning and/or smoking before crash:

Quote: "Federal investigators say the plane caught fire after takeoff before crashing."

Quote: "Major said someone saw smoke shortly after the plane took off. He said the men were headed to Fort Pierce, Florida. ZNS said a witness reported that the plane descended quickly into a wooded area and that smoke was seen coming from the aircraft shortly before it went down."

2018-06-07 - Helicopter carrying Vice President of Nigeria hit by smoke, helicopter makes emergency landing in Gwagwalada (Nigeria):

Quote: "Seconds after takeoff, the white coloured helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing for the first time after the aircraft began to emit thick smoke, losing one of its engines."

Note: These are the 86th, 87th and 88th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-06-07 - Dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico could be bigger than Connecticut this year:

Quote: "Last year's dead zone was the largest ever recorded at 8,776 square miles large, an area about the size of New Jersey."

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2018-06-08 - Small plane bursts into flame during flight, plane makes emergency landing in Baton Rouge (Louisiana):

Quote: "The Baton Rouge Fire Department responded to reports of a plane on fire at the BTR Airport Friday afternoon. The fire was first reported around 4:15 p.m. at the Baton Rouge Airport. An airport spokesperson initially said the fire occurred aboard a small plane during pre-flight checks. However, the airport later clarified that the fire happened while the plane was still in the air and the pilot was forced to make an emergency landing. The pilot reportedly heard a loud noise and spotted fire coming from the aircraft's right wing, prompting the landing."

Note: This is the 89th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-06-08 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, 400 scrap cars burn, in coastal New Orleans (Louisiana):

Quote: "A spokesperson for the New Orleans Fire Department said 400 junk vehicles caught fire. The recycling center disposes of scrap cars, but it's unclear how the vehicles were set ablaze."

Quote: "It's at least the third time this year firefighters have been called to the scrap yard. Fires recently broke out at the scrap yard on March 11, when firefighters battled flames and smoke for 15 hours, and on Feb. 25."

2018-06-08 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, scrap cars burn, in Lilburn (Georgia):

Quote: "Capt. Tommy Rutledge said a pile of scrap vehicles were found on fire at the center of the business’ outdoor area."

2018-06-08 - Wildfire grows to 7,180 acres near Durango (Colorado):

2018-06-08 - Another wildfire breaks out near Durango (Colorado):

2018-06-08 - Man, 34, has 'medical issue', pickup slams into patio at Starbucks in Millcreek (Utah), 1 killed, 3+ injured:

Quote: "A pickup truck plowed into a Starbucks patio Friday in a suburban Salt Lake City shopping center, killing a woman and critically injuring three others, authorities said."

Quote: "Investigators believe a medical issue — possibly a seizure — caused the male driver to veer off a nearby road, over a curb and into the patio in Millcreek, Unified Police Sgt. Melody Gray said. They do not think it was an intentional act."

2018-06-08 - Volcano Kilauea destroys 600 homes, marking its most destructive eruption in modern times:

2018-06-08 - Ash covers more than half of Guatemala with dead crops a secondary disaster after eruption of Fuego:

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2018-06-09 - Passenger plane hit by unknown odor, plane makes emergency landing at DFW Airport (Texas):

Quote: "A commercial flight was diverted to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Saturday night after people on board smelled an odor in the cabin, officials say."

2018-06-09 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, big pile of metal burns, in Winchester (Kentucky):

Quote: "The Lexington Fire Department tells WKYT an extremely large pile of metal is on fire at the facility."

Quote: "There’s hundreds of old cars, scrap metal, appliances, lawns mowers, anything you can think of..."

2018-06-09 - Fifteen transit buses destroyed by fire at 1:30 AM while parked at bus depot in Dhaka (Bangladesh):

Quote: "Fire service control room sources said that the fire broke out around 1:30am On information, four fire-fighting units rushed in and brought the blaze under control around 4:20am. The fire burnt 15 buses kept on the ground and the 1st floor."

2018-06-09 - In two incidents, three parked buses destroyed by fire in Hazaribagh (India):

Quote: "Couple of AC Volvo buses parked at the Hazaribagh bus stand were gutted in a fire incident on Saturday. Police said since the buses were empty and parked at the end of the bus stand therefore no loss of life was caused. Upon receiving information a team of the police and district administration reached at the spot and inquired into the incident. Yesterday also another AC Volvo bus belonging to the same company suddenly caught fire while it was parked at the taxi stand. In this incident also the bus was completely gutted."

Note: These are the 349th-366th buses to burn in 2018...

2018-06-09 - Military transport vehicle bursts into flame after parachuting from plane near coastal Riga (Latvia):

Quote: "Over 500 U.S. and British paratroopers were descending on the training grounds from eight C-17 military transport planes in the exercise, said Defense Ministry representative Mairita Senkevicina. In her words, one of the transport vehicles which was also involved in the drills started burning during the descent."

Quote: "Organizers of the exercise are probing the causes of the midair fire."

2018-06-09 - Utility pole explodes and burns on Darby Street in coastal Cooks Hill (Australia):

2018-06-09 - Transformer bursts into flame in Trussville (Alabama), blackouts ensue:

2017-06-09 - Atmospheric CO2 levels hit record 410 ppm and the rate of increase is accelerating:

Quote: "Levels at NOAA's Mauna Loa Observatory averaged more than 410 parts per million in April and May, surging past yet another climate milestone. The Scripps Institution for Oceanography, where scientists first started tracking the gas, found a similar increase. The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increases every year, and the rate of increase is accelerating."

Category: Fires And Explosions

2018-06-10 - Small plane bursts into flame then crashes and burns in field in Monroe (Wisconsin), all 4 aboard killed:

Quote: "A witness in Monroe heard the single-engine Cessna 182T lose power and saw the plane descending with flames coming from the aircraft, WEAU said."

Quote: "A plane that took off from Kenosha had flames coming from it as it tried to land at the Monroe Municipal Airport, Green County Sheriff Mark Rohloff said Sunday afternoon, citing witnesses who saw the plane go down."

Note: This is the 90th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-06-10 - One of the two women who went up in flames at restaurant dies, in Wichita (Kansas):

Quote: "One of the woman burned in a restaurant fire last month in north Wichita has died, according to her son.  Angel Reyes said his mother Rosa Martinez died from her injuries. The fire happened at Rostizeria Los Reyes restaurant in the 500 block of W. 21st Street. According to authorities, the officer found a woman on fire and patted her down in order to extinguish the flames. Once the fire was out, the woman told the officer her sister was inside the restaurant and also on fire. The police officer had to break the glass in the door to get inside the locked restaurant and rescue the second woman. Both women went to an area hospital with second and third degree burns."

Note: This event was mentioned in the 2018-05-11 update...

2018-06-10 - Mysterious explosions continue in the US and the UK:

2018-06-10 - Hotel destroyed by huge fire in Falfurrias (Texas):

2018-06-10 - Landfill fire breaks out in Sevier County (Tennessee):

2018-06-10 - Wildfire explodes in size to 16,766 acres near Durango (Colorado):

Quote: "Nearly 700 more homes were evacuated Sunday morning as the 416 Fire burning north of Durango, Colorado nearly doubled in size overnight, La Plata County officials said in their latest update as firefighters continue to attack the blaze in southwest Colorado. A mandatory evacuation order was issued for homes in several nearby towns. At least 675 homes are affected by the new evacuations. Officials are asking residents to leave the area as soon as possible."

2018-06-10 - Three cars destroyed by fire just after 3 AM while parked at home in Mesquite (Nevada):

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2018-06-11 - Unknown rotten egg odor evacuates two buildings in coastal Otago (New Zealand):

Quote: "Fire crews found no evidence of a dangerous gas leak. A Fire and Emergency New Zealand staff member contacted the Harbourmaster regarding the possibility an lpg tanker had released gas when leaving the dock, but a Port Otago spokesman said there was no evidence this was the case."

2018-06-11 - RV trailer goes up in flames and kills 2 children, injures another, near Bronson (Michigan):

2018-06-11 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame on Old River Road in Marcy (New York):

2018-06-11 - Underground electrical fire and explosions hit coastal Baltimore (Maryland):

Quote: "BGE says its not sure what sparked the flames Sunday night. Witnesses say two manholes exploded but no one was injured."

2018-06-11 - Chemical plant erupts in flame near Dimona (Israel):

2018-06-11 - Airport tow truck bursts into flame and chars passenger plane at airport in Frankfurt (Germany):

Quote: "Lufthansa says six airport workers have suffered minor injuries from smoke inhalation when a vehicle pulling a jet to a gate caught on fire. Lufthansa told the dpa news agency that it was still not clear how the fire broke out Monday morning at Frankfurt Airport, but that the cockpit of the empty passenger aircraft was seriously damaged by the heavy smoke."

2018-06-11 - SUV and car destroyed by fire while parked on street in coastal Cambridge (Massachusetts):

Note: A pickup truck just burst into flame at a health center in Cambridge the day before too, mentioned in the 2018-06-10 update...

2018-06-11 - Baobab trees dying off across Africa:

Quote: "Baobab trees — an icon of the African continent and the heart of many traditional African remedies and folklore — are dying across the continent, and scientists are trying to understand why. A study published Monday found eight of the 13 oldest trees in Africa have died over the past decade, and the authors suggest climate change may affect the ability of the baobab to survive. 'The deaths of the majority of the oldest and largest African baobabs over the past 12 years is an event of an unprecedented magnitude,' the study authors said. 'These deaths were not caused by an epidemic, and there has also been a rapid increase in the apparently natural deaths of many other mature baobabs.'"

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2018-06-12 - Unknown foul odor blows through large swath of coastal Staten Island (New York):

Quote: "Numerous reports of a foul odor have been made on Staten Island on Tuesday. Over 100 people have posted on SILive and social media about the stench wafting over our Island from Tottenville to St. George and the Goethals Bridge to South Beach. But so far, officials don't have any answers and that stinks."

2018-06-12 - Biofuel plant damaged by fire and explosions near Minneola (Kansas):

2018-06-12 - Underground electrical explosion and fire causes blackouts in Riverside area in Buffalo (New York):

2018-06-12 - Transformer explodes and burns in Batavia (New York):

2018-06-12 - Landfill fire breaks out in Norridgewock (Maine):

2018-06-12 - Waste facility hit by huge fire, five storage tanks burn, in Roosevelt (Utah):

2018-06-12 - Car bursts into flame, ignites brush fire, on the 71 Freeway in Chino (California):

2018-06-12 - Car bursts into flame, ignites brush fire, on the 241 Toll Road near Irvine Lake in Irvine (California):

2018-06-12 - SOTT Earth changes summary for May 2018, extreme weather, planetary upheaval, meteors:

2018-06-12 - Volcano Kilauea continues erupting in Hawaii, as many as 700 homes destroyed, no end in sight

Quote: "Officials believe that as many as 700 homes have been destroyed as lava continues to flow on Hawaii's Big Island since the eruption of the Kilauea volcano began on May 3, according to Hawaii News Now."

2018-06-12 - Atmospheric methane levels continue rising:

Category: Fires And Explosions

2018-06-13 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, scrap cars burn, fire gets huge, in Witney (Britain):

2018-06-13 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, 6,000 tons of scrap metal burns, in Hailsham (Britain):

Quote: "Emergency crews are continuing to tackle a fire involving six thousand tonnes of scrap metal in Hailsham. 55 firefighters have been battling the blaze at the Diplocks Industrial Estate."

2018-06-13 - Metal recycling center erupts in flame, scrap metal and cars burn, in Lawrence (Kansas):

Quote: "The fire was confined to a giant pile of compacted cars and other scrap metal outside."

2018-06-13 - Recycling center hit by fire, plastic recyclables burn, in DeWitt (New York):

2018-06-13 - Recycling center hit by fire, 200 tons of waste burn, on River Road in Barking (Britain):

2018-06-13 - High-rise apartment building damaged by fire in coastal Mumbai (India):

2018-06-13 - Tanker ship 'Nu-Shi Nalini' damaged by explosion and fire near coastal Kochi (India), 1 killed:

Quote: "A young man was killed when an Indian merchant vessel, MV Nalini, caught fire 14.5 nautical miles southwest off Kochi on Wednesday. Though the Navy and coast guard doused the fire and airlifted the mariner, Yogesh Kanji Solanki, 29, of Daman and Diu, doctors at the Medical Trust Hospital here declared him dead on arrival."

Note: This is the 517th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-06-13 - Bizarre 'mutant' fish with bird-like head caught in Guiyang (China):

Quote: "Images of a bizarre fish sporting, what looks to be, the head of a pigeon is raising eyebrows online after it was caught in China. Reeled in by a fisherman near the Chinese city of Guiyang, the creepy looking sea creature looks like a cross between a tuna and a city pigeon."

Note: Possible fish-bird genetic chimera...

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2018-06-14 - Passenger plane hit by cargo hold fire shortly after 6:30 AM, plane makes emergency landing in Calgary (Canada):

Quote: "The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is deploying a team of investigators to Calgary International Airport, Alberta, following a cargo compartment fire aboard a Boeing 737 operated by Westjet."

Quote: "The Transportation Safety Board said the Boeing 737 Flight 113 took off for Vancouver at 6:30 a.m. But at 10,000 feet, the fire warning went off in the cargo compartment, according to the TSB. They deployed a fire extinguisher."

2018-06-14 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in Little Rock (Arkansas):

Quote: "A flight attendant onboard flight 1941 noticed the unfamiliar smoke and immediately notified the 6-person crew. The emergency landing occurred in Little Rock, Ar. and passengers were loaded onto another plane to continue on with their journey."

2018-06-14 - Private jet bursts into flame during flight, plane makes emergency belly-landing at airport in Mather (California):

Quote: "Firefighters extinguished a jet that caught fire midair and made an emergency landing Thursday at Mather Airport, the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District said on Twitter."

Note: These are the 91st, 92nd and 93rd aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-06-14 - Passenger plane co-pilot has 'medical emergency', plane makes emergency landing in Memphis (Tennessee):

Quote: "United Airlines flight UA-4444 made an emergency landing in Memphis, Tennessee, on June 13th. The plane heading from Mobile, Alabama, to Chicago, Illinois, was diverted after the first officer became incapacitated. The plane landed safely. The first officer was rushed to a hospital."

2018-06-14 - Passenger plane lands at airport, landing gear collapses, plane skids off runway and starts smoking, in Kiev (Ukraine):

Quote: "Passengers on a tourist jet from Turkey disobeyed flight crew instructions and escaped from a plane engulfed in smoke after a crash landing in Kiev."

Quote: "Before landing those who were sitting near the wing did see smoke."

Note: So the plane was maybe smoking BEFORE the landing? Story is a little unclear, but that wouldn't be too surprising, what with all the planes coming down smoking and/or burning nowadays...

2018-06-14 - Container ship 'SSL Kolkata' erupts in flame at 12:05 AM, fire gets huge, in the Bay of Bengal near India:

Quote: "Container ship SSL KOLKATA reported fire on board at 0005 LT Jun 14 in Bay of Bengal off Kolkata, being en route from Krishnapatnam to Kolkata with 22 Indian crew and 464 containers on board. Fire erupted in container or containers, and spread around, engulfing some 70 percent of ship’s cargo deck."

Quote: "The ship, called MV SSL Kolkata, has been abandoned and is currently adrift and heading for the high seas."

Note: This is the 518th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-06-14 - Kia and Hyundai cars bursting into flame for no apparent reason:

Quote: "The Center for Auto Safety has found complaints from 120 consumers who described either their Kia or Hyundai vehicles bursting into flames for no apparent reason, the safety group says in a petition they recently sent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)."

Note: Plenty of Fords, Audis, Mercedes and other cars going up in flames for no apparent reason too. Any vehicle made with any steel parts or which uses friction for braking or which has anything electrical in it will eventually burn. That's pretty much all vehicles...

2018-06-14 - Mobile phone explodes and kills man in Mutiara Damansara (Malaysia):

2018-06-14 - Antarctica melting three times as fast as it was a decade ago:

Quote: "Between 1992, when detailed satellite measurements started, and 2012, Antarctica lost about 76 billion tons of ice per year. But since 2012, that rate has tripled to about 219 billion tons of ice loss per year, the scientists found."

Note: Still not as bad as Greenland, which is losing a billion tons of ice PER DAY now...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2018-06-15 - Man, 32, found dead in burning car off Burts Pit Road in Northampton (Massachusetts), 2 miles from the Connecticut River:

Quote: "The DA's office said there was a small fire inside the car. Carey told 22News after the body was discovered, that it is not suspected that the man had been the victim of a crime, and there is no threat to public safety."

2018-06-15 - Metal recycling center hit by huge fire, pile of scrap metal burns, in Ryton (Britain), near the River Tyne:

Quote: "Metal recycling company, Whites of Coventry, in Ryton-on-Dunsmore said a pile of scrap metal caught fire shortly before 10am this morning."

2018-06-15 - World-renowned Mackintosh building devastated by massive inferno at 11:15 PM at the Glasgow School of Art in coastal Glasgow (Scotland):

Quote: "The building was undergoing restoration works after the previous fire in 2014..."

Quote: "Work was due to be completed in February 2019."

Note: The 2014 fire they were trying to recover from before this fire broke out was mentioned in the 2014-05-23 update. So it was projected to have been restored by 2019 after the 2014 fire, which is five years. This new fire looks even worse than the 2014 fire, but let's say it's another five years to recover from this fire - that'd be 2023. If they don't get hit by another fire by then...

2018-06-15 - Landfill hit by fire, two dumpsters burn, at Cold Canyon Landfill in San Luis Obispo (California):

2018-06-15 - Recycling center erupts in flame in Rockville (Maryland):

2018-06-15 - Recycling center hit by fire, 20 tons of waste burn, in Wretham (Britain):

2018-06-15 - Gas pipeline explodes and burns southwest of Hesston (Kansas):

2018-06-15 - Electrical power station heavily damaged by fire in Rourkela (India):

2018-06-15 - Underground methane pocket explodes during drilling in residential area in coastal Great Diamond (Guyana):

Quote: "An underground gas pocket exploded at a Sixth Avenue, Diamond, East Bank Demerara residence on Thursday evening when construction workers were drilling a hole for 'domestic' purposes."

Quote: "The Civil Defence Commission (CDC) has since confirmed the presence of Methane gas, which is flammable and as such, a request has been made that residents desist from lighting matches, stoves, etc."

2018-06-15 - Underground electrical explosion hits coastal Washington DC:

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2018-06-16 - Unknown rotten egg odor blows through coastal Burnaby (Canada):

Quote: "A North Burnaby resident wants answers after she smelled what she believes is natural gas Wednesday evening. Liane Scott, who lives in a co-op near Duthie Avenue and Pandora Street, said she was making dinner around 7 p.m. when her children asked her about a bad smell coming from outside. Her boyfriend shut all the windows, and she went to see what was happening. The smell outside was even stronger, she said. It smelled like rotten eggs, like sulphur. 'It had an almost a caustic feel to it … almost choking you when you tried to breathe,' she told the NOW."

Quote: "'Something that strong, that pervasive, and over that large of an area, it must have been a big breach or something. I want to know what the hell that was,' she said."

Note: Just some poison gas blowing in off the ocean, ma'am! This area is downwind of the Salish Sea, where hydrogen sulfide has been killing plants along the coastline, mentioned in the 2017-10-04 update...

2018-06-16 - Man, 27, found burned to death in burning car at 3:15 AM near the Cuivre River in Troy (Missouri):

Quote: "A body found in a burning car June 16 has been identified as that of Jonathan Krocak, 27, the owner of the car. The Major Case Squad, which had been called in to assist with the investigation, has been deactivated."

2018-06-16 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, 40+ cars burn, in Pasadena (Texas):

Quote: "Firefighters estimate between 40-50 cars caught fire Saturday at a scrap yard in Pasadena."

2018-06-16 - Jet ski explodes and burns on Lake Hamilton in Garland County (Arkansas):

2018-06-16 - Tesla bursts into flame on street in coastal Los Angeles (California):

2018-06-16 - RV trailer bursts into flame before 3 AM while parked at home, fire spreads, one home destroyed, another heavily damaged, in Lehi (Utah):

2018-06-16 - Girl pulled unconscious from swimming pool at apartments in Raleigh (North Carolina):

2018-06-16 - Boy, 14, has 'medical incident' in swimming pool at Sunnyside Park in Toronto (Canada):

Quote: "A 14-year-old boy is in hospital in serious condition Saturday after appearing to suffer a medical incident at the Sunnyside Park swimming pool Saturday evening."

Quote: "Police say the boy was in the pool swimming with friends when he went into medical distress."

2018-06-16 - Woman, 54, has 'medical condition' while swimming in Lake Afton (Kansas):

Quote: "Deputies say a medical condition caused the woman to go under the water."

2018-06-16 - Volcano La Cumbre erupts on Ferdinand Island in the Galapagos Islands:

2018-06-16 - Volcano Sakurajima erupts, ash blots out the sun, near coastal Kagoshima (Japan):

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2018-06-17 - Unknown chemical or gas odor evacuates apartment building in Plymouth (Minnesota):

Quote: "An apartment building in Plymouth was evacuated Sunday as authorities investigated an unknown chemical odor. According to police, a call of a possible gas odor at 17600 14th Avenue North came in at 1:40 p.m. The Plymouth Fire Department has not yet been able to determine what the odor is."

2018-06-17 - Fracking fluid additives can cause delayed production of hydrogen sulfide in shale gas reservoirs:

Quote: "Surfactants and biocides such as sodium dodecyl sulfate and glutaraldehyde are shown to undergo hydrolysis and thermochemical sulfate reduction reactions under moderate reservoir conditions, with H2S as the final product accompanied with long chain alcohols and hydrogen sulfate as long-lived intermediate species. This finding suggests that fracture fluid additives can be responsible for the delayed production of natural reservoir H2S."

Note: So if we leave the gas in the ground, it's getting more sour, and eventually it will overpressurize and explode out of the ground on its own and kill everyone in the area, similar to the methane explosions and craters that have begun in Siberia. And if we take it out of the ground then the chemicals we use to do so cause H2S to be created in the reservoirs after the gas is gone. And even once the gas and oil are out of the ground, they can still sour - the US strategic oil reserves are now heavily contaminated with hydrogen sulfide...

2018-06-17 - Woman found dead in burned car in Gary (Indiana):

2018-06-17 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in coastal Malmo (Sweden):

Quote: "Braathens Regional Airways flight TF-8262 had to divert and make an emergency landing in Malmo, Sweden, on June 16th. The plane heading from Split, Croatia, to Gothenburg, Sweden, was diverted after smell of smoke was noticed in the cabin."

Note: This is the 94th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-06-17 - Cargo ship 'Iron Chieftain' carrying iron ore goes up in flames before 4 AM in coastal Port Kembla (Australia):

Quote: "12,000 cubic metres of iron ore up in flames in Port Kembla..."

Note: Iron ore, so basically like the salvage yard and metal recycling fires except on a ship. This is the 524th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-06-17 - Container ship 'SSL Kolkata', which ignited on June 14th, continues burning, rocked by four explosions, in the Bay of Bengal (India):

2018-06-17 - Tow yard hit by fire and explosions, cars burn, in coastal Federal Way (Washington):

2018-06-17 - Metal recycling center erupts in flame, fire gets huge, in Beard (Australia):

Quote: "Fire and rescue crews were called out to a scrap metal and tyre yard near the ACT-NSW border at 5:45pm on Sunday and advised residents in surrounding suburbs to remain inside."

2018-06-17 - Recycling center hit by fire along canal in Kilnhurst (Britain):

Quote: "A fire ripped through a recycling plant in the village of Kilnhurst, near Rotherham – a year after another blaze hit the same facility."

2018-06-17 - RV trailer bursts into flame at 4 AM while parked at home, fire spreads, home destroyed, in Otis (Oregon):

Note: A parked RV trailer just burst into flame the day before at 3 AM and destroyed one home and heavily damaged another home in Lehi (Utah) too, mentioned in the 2018-06-16 update. There's nothing wrong with parking vehicles near your home nowadays, as long as you don't mind being homeless or dead...

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2018-06-18 - Pickup truck goes up in flames and kills man, 64, on Wynnwood Avenue in Tonawanda (New York):

Quote: "The body of a man was discovered inside the truck. His identity is not yet known. He has been transported to the Erie County Medical Examiner's office. Foul play is not suspected at this time."

2018-06-18 - Passenger plane bursts into flame while carrying Saudi Arabian soccer team to match in Rostov-on-Don (Russia):

Quote: "Saudi Arabia’s official team plane caught fire in mid-air as they travelled to their World Cup match."

Note: This is the 95th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-06-18 - Passenger train engine bursts into flame at station in coastal Plymouth (Britain):

2018-06-18 - Passenger train bursts into flame at Steenberg Station in coastal Cape Town (South Africa):

Quote: "This is the third train to go in flames in less than a month."

2018-06-18 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, scrap metal burns, in Okolona area in Louisville (Kentucky):

2018-06-18 - Plastic factory devastated by massive fire at 11 PM in Delhi (India):

2018-06-18 - Chemical factory destroyed by fire and explosions in Meerut (India):

2018-06-18 - Transformers and power lines explode and burn along Route 51 in Brentwood Borough (Pennsylvania):

2018-06-18 - Antarctic ice melting from above and below and destabilizing:

2018-06-18 - Larger-than-average dead zone projected for Chesapeake Bay:

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2018-06-19 - Passenger plane bursts into flame at Eindhoven Airport in Eindhoven (Netherlands):

Quote: "A fire on an airplane sent multiple fire engines responding to Eindhoven Airport on Tuesday. Firefighters quickly managed to get the fire under control and extinguish it, the fire department said on Twitter. According to Omroep Brabant, the fire started on a Transavia plane that came from Seville. Just after the plane landed, the fire was noticed on one of the engines, according to the broadcaster."

Note: This is the 96th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-06-19 - Jet ski explodes and burns on Lake Norman near Mooresville (North Carolina), 1 injured:

Quote: "'He was blown into the air,' a neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said."

2018-06-19 - Auto recycling center erupts in flame, fire gets huge, in Abbotsford (Canada):

2018-06-19 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, scrap metal burns, in Johnson City (Tennessee):

Quote: "Johnson City Fire Department responded to the business' shredding building in a large scrap metal pile."

2018-06-19 - Underground electrical explosion and fire causes blackouts in Binghamton (New York):

2018-06-19 - Underground electrical explosion hits subway in coastal London (Britain), 5 injured:

2018-06-19 - Student housing building under construction destroyed by fire at 2 AM in Tucson (Arizona):

Quote: "The fire was so hot that parts of two construction cranes at the site melted, officials said."

2018-06-19 - Two adjacent hotels devastated by deadly fire at 5:30 AM in Lucknow (India), 5 killed, 3 injured:

Quote: "In a tragic incident, five people were killed and three others were seriously injured after a major fire engulfed two hotels in the Charbagh area of Lucknow. Initially, five people were reported to have been injured. However, as the fire spread, it came to light that five people died in the incident, while three sustained grievous injuries."

2018-06-19 - Earthquake swarm of 150+ earthquakes within 24 hours hits coastal Vancouver Island (Canada):

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2018-06-20 - Passenger plane hit by smoke at airport in Kolkata (India):

Quote: "Passengers in an Air Asia flight flying from Kolkata to Bagdogra, on Wednesday morning complained of thick smoke inside the flight when it was set to depart from the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata at around 9.30 am. Initially, they had thought that the plane had caught fire."

Note: This is the 97th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-06-20 - Passenger plane hit by unknown odor/fumes, 3 people sickened, en route to Brisbane (Australia):

Quote: "A plane has landed in Brisbane airport after reports of fumes in the cabin. The Tigerair Flight from Sydney bound for Cairns landed safely in Brisbane about 2.45pm, a Brisbane Airport spokeswoman said. Three patients are being assessed for minor symptoms after reportedly being affected by fumes on a flight around 2.10pm, a Queensland Ambulance spokesman said."

Quote: "In accordance with standard operating procedures, the Captain made the decision to divert to Brisbane as a precautionary measure after an unusual odour was detected in the front section of the cabin..."

2018-06-20 - Jet ski explodes and burns at marina on Lake Lanier in Hall County (Georgia), 1 injured:

Note: A jet ski exploded and blew a person off and injured them on Lake Norman the day prior near Mooresville (North Carolina) too, mentioned in the 2018-06-19 update...

2018-06-20 - Pickup truck bursts into flame at 5:17 AM while parked at shop, fire spreads to shop, in Vancouver (Washington):

2018-06-20 - Four cars go up in flames while parked at Southern Ocean Medical Center in coastal Stafford Township (New Jersey):

2018-06-20 - Motorcycle bursts into flame while parked in storage unit apartments, fire spreads to apartment building, in Riverside (California):

2018-06-20 - Landfill fire breaks out in Ringgold (Virginia):

2018-06-20 - Landfill fire breaks out near East Carbon (Utah):

2018-06-20 - Landfill fire breaks out in Whitehorse (Canada):

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2018-06-21 - Unknown cause sickens 33 children and 3 adults at lakeside Camp Cloverleaf in Lake Placid (Florida):

Quote: "Authorities say 33 children and three adults were hospitalized after falling ill during a summer camp in Florida. Most of them complained of nausea and vomiting and have been released from the hospital."

Note: Here's a Google Maps link of the area...

2018-06-21 - Passenger plane engine bursts into flame over coastal Napier (New Zealand):

Quote: "Air New Zealand flight NZ5018 has landed safely after circling Napier airport with an engine on fire. The ATR aircraft will now be inspected by engineers and emergency services were on standby as a precaution. There were 71 people on board, Fire and Emergency said, and no injuries reported."

Quote: "Passengers on a flight out of Hawke’s Bay have told of the moment the aircraft started juddering and flames shot out of an engine. Stacey Smith was sitting close to the left engine when the plane started 'spitting fireballs'."

2018-06-21 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in Sofia (Bulgaria):

Quote: "27-year-old Jack Weaver and his wife Ellie said they had been on board yesterday’s flight when, one hour after take-off from Paphos, they smelled smoke.  The flight was immediately diverted to Sofia."

Note: These are the 98th and 99th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-06-21 - Underground fire breaks out in Johannesburg (South Africa):

2018-06-21 - Landfill fire breaks out in Appleford, near Didcot (Britain):

2018-06-21 - Ten warehouses and 3 scooters destroyed by massive blaze at 4 AM in coastal Thane (India):

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2018-06-22 - Hydrogen sulfide blows through Moscow (Russia):

Quote: "The odor threshold of hydrogen sulfide was exceeded in the night of Friday in several districts of Moscow..."

Note: Just think if a plane tries to land while H2S is blowing around - it could catch fire!

2018-06-22 - Passenger plane bursts into flame, cabin fills with smoke, plane lands safely in Moscow (Russia):

Quote: "A Russian plane caught fire as it flew dozens of Peruvian world cup fans to Moscow - just days after Saudi Arabia's official team jet suffered an engine explosion in mid-air. Peruvian media claim the 30-year-old plane burst into flames as it descended into the Russian capital - sparking panic onboard as smoke poured into the cabin."

Quote: "Passengers heard an explosion 20 minutes before landing. A few seconds later, smoke began to enter the cabin. Some passengers saw the turbine catch fire."

Note: This is the 100th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018. Last year we hit the 100th smoking/burning/exploding aircraft on November 6 2017, mentioned in the 2017-11-06 update, and we ended the year with 116 total, so we're now just 16 away from the total for all of 2017, and it's only June. A lot of the plane fires this year have resulted in fatalities too, sometimes many fatalities. Also keep in mind that these counts are probably way lower than the actual number of planes burning, especially small planes. Responders show up to a crash and the plane's on fire and there's nothing left and everybody is dead - barring witnesses, they assume the crash caused the plane to burn, but that's an assumption. Sometimes those planes will have crashed BECAUSE they had burst into flame mid-air. How many times that happens we will never know, but I'm sure that whatever that number is, it too is rising. The same goes for some of the car crashes. Responders show up, the car's wrapped around a tree and burning and everybody's dead. They assume the crash caused the fire, but sometimes the crash will be the result of the car bursting into flame. Without witnesses or survivors, there's sometimes simply no way to know which occurred first, but you can be sure that at least some of the incidents involving burning cars wrapped around trees occurred because the car burst into flame and THEN crashed...

2018-06-22 - Scrap metal fire breaks out on Finley Boulevard in Birmingham (Alabama):

2018-06-22 - Waste facility hit by fire, garbage burns, in Orillia (Canada):

2018-06-22 - Fire department brush truck and ambulance destroyed by fire while parked inside fire station on Sawyers Creek Road in Camden (North Carolina), nobody there:

Quote: "The fire was brought under control before the building received major damage, but an ambulance and a brush truck inside were destroyed. Photos from the fire show another truck with damage. "

2018-06-22 - At least 11 cars go up in flames while parked at Carowinds amusement park in Charlotte (North Carolina):

Quote: "Officials told WSOC-TV in Charlotte that 11 cars in the south parking lot of the park were damaged, and most of them are likely totaled."

Note: A bumper car burst into flame here at Carowinds earlier this month too, mentioned in the 2018-06-04 update...

2018-06-22 - Car bursts into flame, fire spreads to buildings and salvage yard, fire gets big, in coastal Antioch (California), 2 injured:

Quote: "A two-alarm fire in the 4300 block of Deer Hill Lane in southeast Antioch, about a quarter-mile south of the Kaiser Permanente hospital on Deer Valley Road, appears to have started about 5:12 p.m. as a car fire, but by 5:30 flames had started spreading to structures, several vehicles in a nearby salvage yard and 'various piles of combustible materials,' said Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Capt. Lisa Martinez."

2018-06-22 - Agricultural equipment business destroyed by fire at 1:14 AM in Alliance (Nebraska):

Quote: "An investigation into the cause is ongoing and the total amount of damage is not readily available but Chief Shoemaker says it’s in the high millions."

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2018-06-23 - Perki Lake spews toxic foul-smelling foam in Kukatpally (India):

Quote: "Poisonous foam emanated from the Perki Lake early this year and usually engulfs Dharaninagar in Kukatpally in mid-monsoon for the past three years. But this year, after the first strong rainfall on Friday, the locality was awash in foam and a horrible stench. Environmentalists and residents have repeatedly complained about the degradation of the lake, and what happened on Saturday only goes to show the apathy of civic officials."

2018-06-23 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, pile of sheet iron burns, in Toledo (Ohio):

Quote: "Crews got to the plant on North Detroit just after 6 p.m. and they say a pile of sheet iron caught fire."

2018-06-23 - Electrical substation damaged by transformer explosion and fire in Turbot Township (Pennsylvania):

2018-06-23 - Landfill fire breaks out in coastal Mina Abdullah (Kuwait):

2018-06-23 - Freight train engine bursts into flame at 5:04 AM in Lincoln (Nebraska):

2018-06-23 - Passenger bus bursts into flame shortly after midnight on the QEW in Mississauga (Canada):

Note: This is the 394th bus to burn in 2018...

2018-06-23 - As the world continues warming, the frequency of toxic cyanobacteria blooms is increasing:

Quote: "'When water bodies warm up earlier and stay warmer longer … you increase the number of incidents,' said Wayne Carmichael, a retired Wright State University professor specializing in the organisms. 'That’s just logical, and it’s being borne out.' Technically called cyanobacteria, the ancient class of organisms that create the blooms are present nearly everywhere water is found but thrive in warm, still bodies like lakes and ponds."

2018-06-23 - Volcano Kilauea continues erupting in Hawaii, summit experiences two collapses:

Quote: "An explosive collapse at the summit of Kilauea Volcano sent a plume of steam nearly 2,000 feet into the air late Saturday afternoon. The collapse, which produced the energy equivalent of a magnitude-5.3 earthquake, followed several hours of increasing earthquake activity in the summit area, according to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. A similar collapse occurred on Friday evening, also producing roughly the same amount of energy."

2018-06-23 - Heatwave brings triple-digit temps to Northern California:

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2018-06-24 - Unknown cause sickens around 20+ people at business in Salem (Massachusetts):

Quote: "Around 9:30 p.m., workers began complaining of nausea and vomiting, saying they weren't feeling well. Multiple workers exited the building at that time and there seemed to be an extreme panic, according to Dionne. The Hazmat team determined that the illness that workers were experiencing was not related to the earlier chlorine leak."

Quote: "An unknown number of other patients may have taken themselves to various hospitals, according to Dionne. Multiple patients complained of burning eyes and difficulty breathing."

2018-06-24 - Van bursts into flame and kills two women, 5+ people injured, in Hasilpur (Pakistan):,-two-dead/20569,-seven-injured-as-van-catches-fire

Quote: "Two women were burnt alive and five other persons sustained injuries when a passenger van caught fire in Hasilpur near Multan."

2018-06-24 - Passenger plane hit by strange odor, plane makes emergency landing in Albuquerque (New Mexico):

Quote: "A Frontier Airlines flight bound for Denver diverted to the Sunport Sunday night due to a strange odor in the cabin, according to Sunport officials. The passengers of the flight – which took off from Austin – deplaned after Albuquerque Police and Albuquerque Fire Rescue arrived on the tarmac. Officials say medical attention was also requested by flight attendants, though it isn't clear at this time for what."

2018-06-24 - Small plane bursts into flame, plane makes emergency landing in Rice Lake (Wisconsin):

Quote: "An airplane caught fire and was destroyed after an emergency landing at Rice Lake Regional Airport on Sunday, according to the Rice Lake Fire Department.  The pilot, James Kleven, stated that a smell of ‘something hot’ was detected on take-off and an emergency landing was made on Runway 19, south to north. The pilot on exiting the aircraft detected flames on the aircraft firewall near his feet."

Note: This is the 101st aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-06-24 - Barge full of scrap cars bursts into flame on the Mississippi River in Bridge City (Louisiana):

Quote: "A barge in the Mississippi River began to sink as firefighters worked to control the flames billowing from the vessel Sunday (June 24), according to a United States Coast Guard spokeswoman. The barge was carrying scrap cars and started sinking when water accumulated onboard as responders struggled to quell the flames, the spokeswoman said."

2018-06-24 - Boat explodes and burns and kills man on Jackson Lake in Newton County (Georgia):

2016-06-24 - Boat bursts into flame near the island of Corfu (Greece), 3 injured:

Note: These are the 545th, 546th and 547th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-06-24 - Around 20 scrap cars go up in flames at 4:16 AM on Trevor Street in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Trevor Street, Hull. Sun 24 Jun 2018 04:16 (No:12631) User comment fire involving approximately 20 scrap cars. 2 main jets, 1 ground monitor, 1 hose reel, short extension ladder, Aerial Ladder Platform and hand tools in use. Forklift truck in use by scrap yard personnel to remove cars and provide fire break. Fire damage to windows and guttering of neighbouring property."

2018-06-24 - Metal recycling center erupts in flame in El Paso (Texas):

Quote: "We are getting word from the scene, that the fire is at SA Recycling."

Category: Fires And Explosions

2018-06-25 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, pile of scrap metal burns, in Winnipeg (Canada):

2018-06-25 - Landfill burns near East Carbon (Utah), people told to stay inside:

2018-06-25 - Electrical substation damaged by transformer explosion and fire at 6:30 AM in Las Vegas (Nevada):

2018-06-25 - Electrical substation damaged by transformer explosion and fire on Bryant Street in Chatham (Britain):

2018-06-25 - AC unit bursts into flame at home, fire spreads, home heavily damaged, in Beaumont (Texas), nobody there:

2018-06-25 - Wildfire grows to 10,500 acres near Clearlake Oaks (California), state of emergency declared:

Quote: "During a community meeting, Cal Fire officials announce the Pawnee Fire has grown to 10,500 acres, with 5 percent contained. The fire has destroyed 12 homes and 10 outbuildings, but firefighters have saved most of the homes in Spring Valley. Flames are now moving to the northeast, away from the most heavily populated areas."

2018-06-25 - Wildfire burns 950 acres and destroys 36 homes in coastal Eastpoint (Florida):

Quote: "Crews in Franklin County are working to contain a fire that has already destroyed 36 homes. According to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, the fire started Sunday afternoon in Eastpoint near Buck Street and Ridge Road. Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam says the fire has burned 950 acres."

Note: Here's a Google Maps link of the area...

2018-06-25 - Wildfire grows to 99,170 acres near Maupin (Oregon):

Quote: "At 99,170 acres, the Boxcar Fire has scorched an area twice the size of Washington, D.C. in Central Oregon near the town of Maupin."

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2018-06-26 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in Detroit (Michigan):

Note: This is the 102nd aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-06-26 - Barge full of scrap cars damaged by massive fire on the Duwamish River in coastal Seattle (Washington):

Quote: "Seattle firefighters on Tuesday night were battling a large fire on a Duwamish River barge containing scrapped cars."

Quote: "The fire department tweeted photos that appeared to show crushed, scrapped cars with flames and a large plume of black smoke. Another photo showed that firefighters on a boat were also working to put out the fire."

Note: If this evokes a feeling of deja vu, that's because a barge full of scrap cars just went up in flames on the Mississippi River near the Gulf of Mexico in Bridge City (Louisiana), mentioned in the 2018-06-24 update. Two barges full of scrap cars went up in flames last month too, on the Mobile River in coastal Mobile (Alabama), mentioned in the 2018-05-06 update). At least 1460 NON-scrap cars went up in flames on a ship late last month in coastal Incheon (South Korea) too, the biggest non-scrap car fire so far, mentioned in the 2018-05-21 update. And over the same time period, many auto salvage yards and metal recycling centers have burned. From the full hypothesis: "Metal-related businesses will be hit hard, including salvage yards and metal recycling centers." This is the 549th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-06-26 - Building under construction destroyed by explosion and fire at hospital in Gatesville (Texas), 1 killed, 12 injured:

2018-06-26 - Underground electrical explosion and fire causes blackouts in Newhall (California):

2018-06-26 - Auto salvage yard and heating and cooling business burn in Tucson (Arizona):

Quote: "The heating and cooling business is located at 6062 E. Speedway. The fire appeared to start at a scrapyard adjacent to the building. According to TFD, over $100K in inventory was lost including cooling pads and cooling units."

2018-06-26 - Huge moor fire breaks out on Saddleworth Moor and causes evacuations near Stalybridge in West Yorkshire (Britain):

Quote: "Homes evacuated as one of the biggest ever moorland fires still rages..."

2018-06-26 - Area of global dead zones doubling every 10 years:

Note: That's exponential growth of habitat friendliest to the ancient anaerobic archaea and bacteria that produce hydrogen sulfide. That doesn't end well for us. In fact, that ends us, period...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2018-06-27 - Person found burned to death near burning car on River Road next to the Smith River in Fieldale (Virginia):

Quote: "According to the Henry County Sheriff's Office, the Martinsville-Henry County 911 center received a report of a burnt vehicle in the 4700 block of River Road in Fieldale. When deputies arrived to the scene, they found human remains near the vehicle. According to deputies, it is possible that the fire may have started accidentally."

2018-06-27 - Refinery damaged by fire in coastal Abadan (Iran), 1 killed, 18 injured:

2018-06-27 - Chemical plant damaged by fire just after 4 AM on Lower River Road in Bradley County (Tennessee):

2018-06-27 - Warehouse destroyed by explosion and fire in coastal Gulfport (Mississippi), nobody there:

2018-06-27 - Band tour bus bursts into flame in the wee hours on street in St. Louis (Missouri):

Quote: "Hundredth and Being As An Ocean have taken to social media this morning to confirm that both bands are fine after their shared tour bus caught on fire this morning."

Note: Not a thing on the local news about this fire. This is the 399th bus to burn in 2018...

2018-06-27 - Around 20 or 30 cars go up in flames in auto yard in Sacramento (California):

Quote: "The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District reports several cars were burned in South Sacramento Wednesday when a fire tore through an auto yard. The blaze started near the railroad tracks near Florin Road McComber Street, according to Metro Fire. Around 20 to 30 cars at a nearby auto yard burned in the blaze."

2018-06-27 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, scrap cars and other stuff burn, on Foster Street in Epping (Britain):

Quote: "When fire crews arrived they reported the fire involved a number of scrap cars, cylinders and a diesel tank."

2018-06-27 - Dump truck and more than a dozen cars go up in flames at 3:55 AM while parked at tow yard in Austin (Texas):

Quote: "An early morning fire at a tow yard in southeast Austin damaged over a dozen vehicles on Wednesday."

Note: A firefighter cadet, man, 34, just had a 'medical emergency' and died the previous day in Austin too, mentioned in the 2018-06-26 update...

2018-06-27 - Ambulance bursts into flame shortly after midnight and ignites nearby cars in coastal Manhattan (New York):

Quote: "An ambulance burst into flames early Wednesday morning, and the fire quickly spread to five parked cars on the Upper West Side. The fire broke out just after midnight West 73rd Street."

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2018-06-28 - Two children sicken at Castaic Lake (California):

Quote: "Two sick children, including one described as nauseous and vomiting, were airlifted from Castaic Lake to a hospital Thursday morning."

Quote: "Deputy Robert Ochoa of the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department Parks Bureau checked on the specifics of the child’s illness. 'The illness is not the result of foul play, or toxic stuff. Other kids are playing in the water with no signs of illness,' he said."

Note: That doesn't necessarily mean the water had nothing to do with it. Hydrogen sulfide doesn't disperse equally throughout a body of water. The water can be lethal in one spot but just fine ten feet away - picture lava lamps and how that stuff looks. These kids were related so maybe they swam in the same area and the other kids swam in other areas. Could be these kids touched something contaminated by hydrogen sulfide in the area too, and then ate some food or something. There is no clinical test for hydrogen sulfide poisoning so they'll probably never be able to determine why these two kids sickened, but the more time you spend in or near water, the shorter your life is apt to be. I highly doubt that it's mere coincidence that they sickened at a lake in a state where multiple cities are investigating why hydrogen sulfide keeps mysteriously hitting their cities...

2018-06-28 - Deadly fire rips through Gikomba Market at 1 AM in Nairobi (Kenya), 15+ killed, 70+ injured:

2018-06-28 - Grain silo explodes at the Port of Lake Charles on Lake Charles in Lake Charles (Louisiana):

Note: Did I type Lake Charles enough times yet?! Lake Charles!

2018-06-28 - EMS station and home destroyed by fire at midnight in Groveton (Texas):

Quote: "A fire has destroyed the Groveton EMS station and the home of the owner Thursday night."

Quote: "One half of this building is used for ambulance service..."

Note: So I'd presume there were some ambulances parked there...

2018-06-28 - Pile of car parts bursts into flame outside auto shop in coastal Cape Coral (Florida):

2018-06-28 - Wildfire breaks out after car bursts into flame, fire grows rapidly to 4,000 acres and threatens Minersville (Utah):

Quote: "Fire crews were making steady progress on more than a half dozen wind-whipped wildfires burning in Utah on Friday, including one sparked by a car fire on a state highway that had threatened a small town in southwest Utah."

2018-06-28 - In separate incidents, two cars burst into flame within an hour on the M8 in/near coastal Glasgow (Scotland):

Quote: "Four lanes of a busy motorway have been closed after a second car fire on the road on the same day. The car caught fire on lane two of junction 16 at Craighall in Glasgow. Four lanes have been closed westbound as emergency services deal with the issue. The closures are expected to last around 15 minutes but delays are expected to continue after it has been cleared. It is the second car fire on the M8 in less than an hour after another fire blocked lane three at Junction25a Barrhead."

2018-06-28 - Car crashes, bursts into flame, in Auburn (Washington), near the coast, 4 killed, 1 injured:

Quote: "A father and three children were killed and a little girl is fighting for her life at the hospital after a fiery crash in Auburn Thursday evening."

Quote: "They believe the dad may have suffered a medical emergency just before losing control."

2018-06-28 - One football field of forest was lost every SECOND (!) in 2017, data reveals:

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2018-06-29 - Metal recycling center erupts in flame before 2 AM in San Antonio (Texas):

Quote: "The fire ignited around 1:30 a.m. at the Monterrey Iron & Metal scrap yard in the 2300 block of Frio City Road, according to a police officer at the scene."

2018-06-29 - Nine scrap cars go up in flames at 12:25 AM at business in Birmingham (Britain):

2018-06-29 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in coastal Baltimore (Maryland):

2018-06-29 - Tree stump ignites along Hardington Close in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Hardington Close, Hull. Fri 29 Jun 2018 11:03 (No:13117) Tree stump involved in fire. One hose reel."

Note: Not a big fire, but the implications are huge. What is a tree stump but a piece of wood? Tree stumps bursting into flame means wood can burst into flame. That could pose a problem for any building or structure built with wood. I remember a tree stump that burst into flame a few years ago in Texas. A woman happened to be there so she described it. She said it started smoldering then black spots started appearing and then flames appeared. She was going to burn it out herself but she didn't have to, because it burst into flame on its own and burned up right before her eyes. So anything wood could go up in flames at any time...

2018-06-29 - Pallet business goes up in flames in the wee hours in Modesto (California):

2018-06-29 - High-rise apartment building damaged by fire in coastal London (Britain):

Quote: "60 firefighters fought with the blaze at the 22-storey Grafton House in Mile End, Tower Hamlets in east London - less than 10 miles from Grenfell Tower which caught fire so catastrophically just over a year ago."

2018-06-29 - Arctic sea ice extent at second-lowest ever measured for this time of year:

2018-06-29 - Heatwaves, storms, wildfires and droughts, experts issue warnings over extreme weather in Europe this summer:

2018-06-29 - Record-high levels of toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hit Lake Isabella (California):

Quote: "Record-high levels of toxic algae were detected this week at Isabella Lake, leading county health officials to issue an urgent warning Friday against touching water at the popular access points of Paradise Cove and Kissack Cove, and to be extra cautious at French Gulch and other parts of the lake. Kern County Public Health Director Matt Constantine said state testing found concentrations of blue-green algae 20 times the level considered dangerous at Paradise and Kissack. Never have such high levels been seen in the Central Valley, he added."

2018-06-29 - Jellyfish numbers rising dramatically in the Bering Sea:

Quote: "Jellyfish have been a natural part of the Bering Sea ecosystem for decades. In recent years, their population numbers in the region have dramatically increased."

Note: Jellyfish reproduce better in warmer waters. They're also ancient and have survived every extinction event, so they'll very likely survive the current extinction event too...

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2018-06-30 - Unknown odor sickens 28 people at private school in Kabul (Afghanistan):

Quote: "Twenty-two students and six teachers of a private school fell ill in capital Kabul on Saturday morning after inhaling a mysterious odor, police said. Police spokesman Hashmatullah Stanikzai told Pajhowk Afghan News the incident happened at Dehkada private school in Ahmad Shah Baba Mena. He said 22 students and their six teachers were evacuated to hospital for medical treatment after being poisoned."

2018-06-30 - Unknown gas odor hits area in coastal Immingham (Britain):

Quote: "Washdyke Lane, Immingham. Sat 30 Jun 2018 17:04 (No:13235) Smell of gas in the area. Nothing found on gas detection. Incident left with gas board to investigate."

2018-06-30 - Tree stump ignites on Garden Street in coastal Grimsby (Britain):

Quote: "Garden Street, Grimsby. Sat 30 Jun 2018 20:18 (No:13250) Tree stump on fire. Bucket of water in use."

Note: About 6.5 miles as the gas blows from the unknown gas odor on the coast in Immingham…

2018-06-30 - Man found dead at site of fire in riverbed near Santee Lakes in Santee (California):

Quote: "Santee firefighters found a body after extinguishing a small fire in a riverbed off Mast Boulevard Saturday afternoon."

2018-06-30 - Charter tour boat explodes and burns in the Exuma Cays (Bahamas), 1 killed, 9+ injured:

Quote: "Twelve persons are being airlifted to New Providence currently after the chartered tour boat they were on exploded this morning. According to police reports, shortly after 10:00 a.m., a chartered tour boat – 4C’s – was traveling through the Exuma Cays when an explosion occurred, causing the boat to catch afire. Intelligence said 10 tourists, believed to be Americans and two Bahamians were on board."

Note: This is the 556th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-06-30 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, pile of scrap metal burns, in Jamestown (New York), 360 feet from the Chadakoin River:

2018-06-30 - Recycling center hit by fire, wood and rubbish burn, on Northwick Road in coastal Canvey Island (Britain):

2018-06-30 - Recycling center hit by fire in West Bromich (Britain):

2018-06-30 - Recycling center heavily damaged by huge fire in Bonen (Germany):

2018-06-30 - Landfill burns for days in Nghe An Province (Vietnam), dozens of people sickened:

2018-06-30 - Two moor fires merge into one huge fire near Manchester (Britain):

Quote: "Fire crews have declared a 'major incident' as two wildfires have merged and created one big fire in Greater Manchester. Emergency services are at the scene as moorland fires on Winter Hill and Scout Road near Bolton, Lancashire, are treated as one incident."

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