Monday, October 1, 2018

2018 - SEP - Spotlight Stories

Category: Variety Pack

2018-09-01 - Rotten egg odor spreads throughout Bristol (Britain), near the coast:

Quote: "An unpleasant odour has been lingering across Bristol this week - and authorities are at a loss to explain the stench. Residents living in the east of the city were the first to report the bizarre smell on Thursday, August 30. Bristol Live has been inundated with complaints since we published a story about a stench in Emersons Green. But today, September 1, people living in Henbury, Henleaze and Bedminster say they can now detected the unusual odour which smells similar to 'sewage, rotting eggs, sick or manure'. People have been forced to wind up their windows and remain indoors because the stench is making the air 'unbreathable'."

2018-09-01 - Landfill fire breaks out on Pond Island near the island of Sint Maarten:

2018-09-01 - Electrical substation damaged by fire in coastal Point Lisas on the island of Trinidad:

2018-09-01 - Refinery heavily damaged by explosion and fire in Vohburg (Germany), 9 injured, hundreds evacuated:

2018-09-01 - Chemical plant damaged by explosion in Milwaukee (Wisconsin):

2018-09-01 - Ammunition depot explodes and burns near Damascus (Syria):

Quote: "The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) and Syria state television reported a 'military source denies the exposure of the Mazzeh Airport to any Israeli aggression and the sounds of explosions that were heard resulted from explosion of an ammunition depot near the airport because of electrical failure.'"

Quote: "The incident was the result of an electrical fault, the agency added."

Note: Could very well be. Anything that uses electricity and which is exposed to the atmosphere - buildings, vehicles or otherwise - will eventually end up being destroyed by explosions and/or fires...

2018-09-01 - Rubber plant damaged by fire, pallets of rubber mats go up in flames, in Abbotsford (Canada):

Quote: "Crews battled a fire at Abbotsford’s North West Rubber on Industrial Ave Saturday Sept. 1. Dozens of pallets loaded with rubber mats were ablaze when firefighters arrived."

2018-09-01 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Pineview Reservoir in Ogden (Utah):

2018-09-01 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits South Merritts Pond in Riverhead (New York):

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2018-09-02 - Unknown odor sickens 11 employees at correctional center in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Eleven staffers at the Pittsburgh jail were sickened by an 'unknown odor or substance' around 10 p.m. Sunday night, Warden Orlando Harper said in a statement."

2018-09-02 - More and larger methane holes open on the Yamal Peninsula (Russia):

Quote: "The first sinkholes were discovered in 2014 and since then at least ten big-size holes have been mapped. In addition, there are indications that several more major holes are in the making. Researchers told RIA Novosti that they on the two Arctic peninsulas have discovered several small hills which they believe could be gas bubbles ready to burst. According to researchers at the Institute of Earth Cryosphere in Tyumen, there is methane gas seeping out from the formations."

2018-09-02 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in Frankfurt (Germany):

Quote: "A Frankfurt to Brussels flight by German airline Lufthansa had to do an emergency landing on Sunday. This was due to a small amount of smoke coming from the cockpit. The 73 passengers were able to leave the plane safely, a company spokesman said."

Note: This is the 145th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-09-02 - Museum destroyed by massive inferno in coastal Rio de Janeiro (Brazil):

Quote: "A huge fire has broken out at the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, the oldest scientific institution in the country. Firefighters are tackling the blaze at the building, which contains more than 20 million items in its collection."

Quote: "No one knows what sparked the blaze around 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Firefighters worked through the night to battle the flames, but a museum official said the damage is already 'irreparable.'"

Note: They had an outbreak of zombie-like behavior last year in and around Rio de Janeiro too, mentioned in the 2017-03-03 update...

2018-09-02 - Two beachfront hotels heavily damaged by fire in coastal Sandown on the Isle of Wight (Britain):

Note: If people are displaced then they could always take the 'Wight Sky' ferry off the island. Or can they? It just burned a few days ago for the second time in a year, mentioned in the 2018-08-26 update...

2018-09-02 - Iconic Littlewoods Building heavily damaged by huge blaze in coastal Liverpool (Britain):

2018-09-02 - High-rise government building heavily damaged by massive fire in coastal Dammam (Saudi Arabia):

Quote: "The public prosecutor's office has confirmed that the fire did not result in any deaths, adding that it started because of a sudden failure in the air conditioning units on the top floor of the building."

Note: Big fire in a coastal area, big fire in a coastal area, big fire in a coastal area, and big fire in a coastal area. It's like there's a commonality with these fires but it's hard to put my finger on it! *cough cough*

2018-09-02 - Nearly 100 golf carts and golf cart business destroyed by fire in coastal Vero Beach (Florida), nobody there:

Quote: "Nearly 100 golf carts melted in a fire that ignited Sunday morning at Golf Carts of Vero Beach, said owner Tim Burklew. No one was injured in the fire, which was reported at about 8 a.m. when the store was closed, Burklew said."

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2018-09-03 - Unknown stench hits passenger plane, crew dons gas masks, en route to Nice (France):

Quote: "Stunned families were left without any protection and fearing for their safety after a strong stench circulated the cabin on a flight from Heathrow to Nice"

Quote: "It was the fourth 'fume event' to hit BA flights in a single day - as airline bosses are worried about damaging payouts."

2018-09-03 - RV goes up in flames and kills woman and dogs while parked at home in Glendale (Arizona):

Quote: "Authorities in Glendale say a woman and three dogs died in an RV fire Monday evening."

Note: This is the 405th RV to burn/explode in 2018, and this is the 14th deadly RV fire in 2018...

2018-09-03 - Passenger bus goes up in flames, kills 2 people, injures 36 more, in southern Yemen:

Quote: "Two people died and 36 were injured after one of the busses transporting pilgrims from Mecca to Al Urqub in Abyan governorate in the south of Yemen caught fire, an-Nuoba agency reported."

Note: This is the 513th bus to burn in 2018...

2018-09-03 - Munitions depot rocked by explosion near coastal Cape Town (South Africa), 8 killed:

2018-09-03 - Recycling center damaged by fire in North Augusta (South Carolina), nobody there:

2018-09-03 - Scrap metal and vehicle recycling fires escalating in the UK, Environmental Agency issues warning:

Quote: "August has been a particularly bad month for recycling site fires, with at least 14 breaking out around the country. The dry spell is expected to continue. The EA said it had issued the warning in response to events such as the large fire in June at scrap metal firm Whites of Coventry, which led to the closure of Coventry Airport. According to the EA, there were 24 reported fires at scrap car sites in 2017, up from 21 in 2016."

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2018-09-04 - Unknown rotten egg odor continues to plague Bristol (Britain), near the coast:

Quote: "People waking up this morning in Bristol expecting a fresh last days of Summer breeze were overcome with disappointment as the mysterious stench that has spread throughout the city continues to linger. What began as an unusual rotten egg smell reported from the Emersons Green area to the Environmental Agency around two weeks, has since travelled to every almost every part of the city. Residents have been forced to wind up their windows and stay indoors in St George, Easton, Hanham, Barton Hill, Whitehall, Henbury, Henleaze, Bedminster and the city centre."

2018-09-04 - Greenhouse emissions from Siberian rivers peak as permafrost thaws:

2018-09-04 - Car bursts into flame and burns man to death, fire spreads to home, near Grand Lake in Cumberland Bay (Canada):

Quote: "A 26-year-old Fredericton man died Sunday, trapped inside a burning car outside his father's home in Cumberland Bay, about 90 kilometres east of Fredericton. Dyllin Fearn arrived at his father's house in the Grand Lake community after a family party late Saturday night, his uncle Michael Fearn said Wednesday. Fearn said Dyllin would often sleep in his car rather than go inside and wake people up. He said the family was told police suspect the fire started in the engine. Cumberland Bay fire Chief Reid McLean said the department got the call at 8:30 a.m. Sunday. When firefighters arrived at the scene on New Dominion Road, a car was on fire with a man trapped inside, he said. The car was parked close to the house, which caught fire as well."

2018-09-04 - Dozens of cars go up in flames at auction site as Typhoon Jebi rolls into Japan, in coastal Nishinomiya (Japan):

Quote: "Dozens of cars were burned in a fire at an auction site as a Typhoon Jebi swept through western Japan. It is unclear what caused the blaze that was filmed by broadcasters in the country, as firefighters worked to tackle the blaze."

Quote: "Local police said a total of 187 cars caught fire."

2018-09-04 - Around 20 cars go up in flames, 30 more damaged, on Rosper Road in North Killingholme (Britain), 1 mile from the coast:

Quote: "Rosper Road, North Killingholme. Tue 4 Sep 2018 21:27 (No:20060) Approximately twenty cars destroyed by fire, approximately further thirty cars damaged by radiated heat. Four BA, four hose reels and water relay in use."

2018-09-04 - Underground electrical fire causes blackouts in East Orange (New Jersey):

2018-09-04 - Transformers burst into flame at two schools in Norman (Oklahoma):

2018-09-04 - Megafire grows to 112,307 acres between Grants Pass and coastal Gold Beach (Oregon):

Quote: "The Klondike Fire, burning in the remote region between Grants Pass and Gold Beach, grew to 112,307 acres Tuesday morning in the state’s southwest corner."

2018-09-04 - Drought continues in Australia, farmers warned of wild animal attacks as feral pigs and wild dogs starve:

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2018-09-05 - Passenger bus bursts into flame and kills baby girl at toll plaza in coastal Lagos (Nigeria):

Quote: "A girl was on Wednesday burnt to death in a commercial bus gutted by fire at the Lekki-Epe Expressway tollgate. It was gathered that the fire was caused by electrical faults in the engine. A source said the kid’s mother, who was carrying her younger sibling, ran out of the bus without her. It was learnt that other passengers also jumped out, leaving the girl behind. The source told The Nation that the child was burnt beyond recognition, adding that the body was handed over to the State Environmental Health Management Unit (SEHMU). 'The bus was totally burnt. Even its tyres were burnt. They said the child’s mother was carrying another baby. As soon as the fire started, she ran out with a baby and forgot the other one.'"

2018-09-05 - Six heavy trucks and highway department building destroyed by fire in Poplar Bluff (Missouri):

Quote: "The building itself is destroyed. They lost six trucks - five dump trucks and one trailer truck. Fire marshals were on the scene last night and id not find anything suspicious."

2018-09-05 - Recycling center erupts in flame on Chelmsford Road in Great Dunmow (Britain):

2018-09-05 - Wildfire breaks out along I-5, grows quickly to 5,000+ acres, people abandon vehicles, near Redding (California):

Quote: "About 17 semitrailer trucks were abandoned on I-5, and at least four of them were on fire, said Lt. Cmdr. Kyle Foster of the California Highway Patrol’s Mount Shasta office."

2018-09-05 - Wildfire breaks out, grows quickly to 3,000 acres, in Mono County near Bridgeport (California):

2018-09-05 - Wildfire breaks out and causes evacuations in Hyampon (California):

2018-09-05 - Wildfire grows to 46,150 acres in Shasta County (California):

2018-09-05 - Pond found covered with red slime near Doaktown (Canada):

Quote: "Jennifer Meunier and her family hoped to find a good place to fish when they pulled off the highway near Doaktown onto McKean Brook Road, but instead they found a pond covered in a bright red, quivering, bubbling, paint-like substance."

Note: Purple sulfur bacteria bloom? Purple-sulfur bacteria eat hydrogen sulfide and only exist in waters that contain hydrogen sulfide. The water turned pink at a marine bird refuge near coastal Santa Barbara in late 2015, and that was definitely purple-sulfur bacteria, mentioned in the 2015-09-22 update...

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2018-09-06 - Unknown rotten egg odor hits area in downtown Leesburg (Virginia):

Quote: "Concerns about a potential gas leak led to the main drag of King Street in downtown Leesburg being closed briefly midday Thursday. Reports of a gas-like smell came from at least two downtown restaurants, Leesburg Diner and The Wine Kitchen. Three fire engines from Leesburg and several police officers were on scene, inspecting the restaurants and surrounding businesses. A fire official on scene said the incident didn’t appear to be serious, and no gas leaks were found."

2018-09-06 - Unknown chemical odor sickens people in and around coastal Mobile (Alabama):

Quote: "On Thursday, News 5 received numerous reports about residents in North Mobile County complaining about a strong odor possibly giving people headaches and sore throats."

2018-09-06 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, scrap metal and tires burn, in Middleborough (Massachusetts):

Quote: "When firefighters arrived, they found a flaming pile of scrap metal and tires about 100 yards long."

2018-09-06 - Vacant auto salvage yard fire breaks out at 3:23 AM on Hinnavaru Island (Maldives):

2018-09-06 - Tree recycling business heavily damaged by fire at 2:30 AM in coastal Glasgow (Scotland):

2018-09-06 - Chemical recycling center erupts in flame in Nisku (Canada):

2018-09-06 - Bridge over the Leech Lake River heavily damaged by fire at 1:01 AM in Cass County (Minnesota):

2018-09-06 - Car bursts into flame while parked in garage at home, fire spreads to home, in coastal San Diego (California):

Quote: "Firefighters made quick work of a vehicle fire that spread to a home after erupting Thursday evening inside the garage of the University City residence, authorities said."

2018-09-06 - Magnitude 6.7+ earthquake strikes the island of Hokkaido (Japan), 18+ killed, 100+ injured:

Quote: "The toll from an earthquake that rocked Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido rose to 18 on Friday, and in one small town two dozen people remained unaccounted for after an entire mountainside collapsed on their homes."

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2018-09-07 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire before 5 AM, scrap cars burn, in Washington Park (Illinois):

Note: That's about 12 miles east of me, on the other side of the Mississippi River. That's the biggest junkyard in the area...

2018-09-07 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, piles of scrap metal burn, in coastal San Leandro (California):

2018-09-07 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in coastal Manhattan (New York):

2018-09-07 - Landfill fire breaks out at 7 AM near Bridgetown (Canada):

2018-09-07 - Wildfire continues burning along I-5 near Redding (California), highway closed through the weekend:

2018-09-07 - University building explodes and burns at 6:40 AM in coastal Fukuoka (Japan), 1 killed:

2018-09-07 - Police station rocked by explosion in coastal Hong Kong (China):

2018-09-07 - Magnitude 7.8 earthquake strikes in the ocean near the Fiji Islands:

2018-09-07 - High-school boy, football player, goes into cardiac arrest during game in Timmonsville (South Carolina):

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2018-09-08 - Person found dead in burning pickup truck just before 2 AM near the Toe River in Yancey County (North Carolina):

2018-09-08 - Auto auction business hit by fire at 2:20 AM, 90 cars burn, in East Whitburn (Scotland):

2018-09-08 - High-rise commercial and apartment building heavily damaged by fire in Lahore (Pakistan), 1 killed, 8 injured:

2018-09-08 - Brush fire breaks out along the seafront in coastal Sandown on the Isle of Wight (Britain):

Note: Two beachfront hotels went up in flames in Sandown recently too, mentioned in the 2018-09-02 update. Not long before that the ferry ship 'Wight Sky' burst into flame near the Isle of Wight, mentioned in the 2018-08-26 update. A tractor burst into flame 100 feet from the ocean on the Isle of Wight last month too, mentioned in the 2018-08-06 update...

2018-09-08 - Hydrothermal eruption spews smoke and steam from Lake Rotorua near Ohinemutu (New Zealand):

Quote: "Yesterday afternoon, about 4pm, Maaka Maxwell, 10, and his brother Ari, 11, came running into the house yelling that the lake had erupted. 'There was like a geyser in the lake,' Ari said. 'Smoke was coming out of it but it wasn't really scary.' The boys had just gone outside with their cousins when they saw it. 'I've not really seen anything like that before,' Maaka said. The geyser came up in Te Ruapeka Bay."

2018-09-08 - Strong and shallow magnitude 6.4 earthquake strikes in coastal Mindanao (Philippine Islands):

2018-09-08 - Summer's nighttime low temps were the highest ever recorded in the US Lower 48:

Quote: "As greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere keep increasing, overnight low temperatures are warming 'nearly twice as fast as afternoon high temperatures,' according to NOAA. '[T]he 10 warmest summer minimum temperatures have all occurred since 2002,' NOAA wrote."

2018-09-08 - Tropical Storm Florence approaches the US East Coast:

Quote: "North Carolina's governor has declared a state of emergency as Tropical Storm Florence approaches the U.S. East Coast."

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2018-09-09 - At least 10 people sicken on passenger plane, plane lands in coastal Auckland (New Zealand):

Quote: "Dr Shanika Perera, Medical Officer of Health for Auckland Regional Public Health Service, said it was told a large number of passengers were unwell."

Note: Two separate planes with sickened passengers just landed in Philadelphia, and another plane with sickened passengers just landed at coastal JFK Airport in New York too, so this makes at least four planes with sickened passengers in less than five days...

2018-09-09 - At least 17 people sickened by unknown cause at wedding in Beaumont (California):

Quote: "Five people were vomiting violently, and 12 others also suffered illness from a still yet to be determined cause, Hagemann said."

2018-09-09 - Van bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to home, in Vass (North Carolina), 1 injured:

2018-09-09 - Seven cars destroyed by fire, two more damaged, while parked in carpark in coastal Darwin (Australia):

2018-09-09 - Car bursts into flame while parked in garage at home in coastal Palm Bay (Florida):

2018-09-09 - Sawmill destroyed by huge fire near Listowel (Canada):

2018-09-09 - Two men drop dead unsuspiciously at home in coastal Pacific Beach (California):

Quote: "Two men were found dead inside a Pacific Beach home Sunday, but San Diego police said the deaths were not considered suspicious."

Quote: "The cause of the deaths was not immediately released, but police said there were no obvious signs of trauma."

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2018-09-10 - Unknown sewer smell hits the entire city of coastal Izmir (Turkey):

Quote: "Officials in the western province of Izmir are struggling to find the source of a sharp smell that has gripped the city. 'Works are ongoing to identify the reason behind the smell that affected the entire city,' said Sirri Aydogan, the acting mayor of Izmir. The issue was discussed at the city council’s meeting on Sept. 10 chaired by Aydogan. Ali K√∂koguz, a council member from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), argued that it smelled like a 'sewer.'"

Note: I lived in Izmir for 14 months and nothing like this ever happened. That was before the end of the world had really gotten under way though. Izmir is a large fishing port city, ten times as big as St. Louis, right on the banks of the Aegean Sea...

2018-09-10 - Car bursts into flame and burns woman to death at 1 AM near Hinjewadi (India):

Quote: "'We were told that the woman was sick and could not get out of the car, but the three travelling with her jumped out,' said another fire official, who only identified himself as Machpati, also of Rahatani fire station."

2018-09-10 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in coastal St. John's (Canada):

Quote: "St. John's International Airport (YYT) firefighters along with folks from the St. John's Regional Fire Department firefighters are at YYT to deal with an incident onboard a Air Transit Airbus A310 that had to land after reports of smoke in the aircraft."

Note: This is the 146th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-09-10 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, pile of scrap metal burns, in coastal Charlottetown (Canada):

2018-09-10 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, scrap metal burns, in Wacol (Australia):

2018-09-10 - Florence intensifies, becomes Category 4 hurricane, continues moving toward the US East Coast:

Quote: "The storm is forecast to strengthen to near Category 5 status by Tuesday evening."

Quote: "A strike on the U.S. East Coast is now likely Thursday."

Note: Rock You Like A Hurricane!

2018-09-10 - Trump administration set to make it easier for corporations to release methane into the atmosphere:

Note: Since that will obviously result in all of us dying sooner than we would have otherwise, then hopefully Trump supporters are fine with dying - and watching their loved ones die too, of course - quite possibly in any of a variety of horrifying ways, seeing as they're supporting the guy who's helping load the metaphorical gun that's going to be used to exterminate them...

2018-09-10 - Climate and Extreme Weather News #135, 28 August-9 September, 2018:

2018-09-10 - Solar observatory mysteriously closed, nobody in the area being told anything, in Sunspot (New Mexico):

Quote: "Otero County Sheriff Benny House said the Otero County Sheriff’s Office was asked to standby. 'The FBI is refusing to tell us what’s going on,' House said. 'We’ve got people up there (at Sunspot) that requested us to standby while they evacuate it. Nobody would really elaborate on any of the circumstances as to why. The FBI were up there. What their purpose was nobody will say.' He said he has a lot of unanswered question about what occurred at Sunspot. 'But for the FBI to get involved that quick and be so secretive about it, there was a lot of stuff going on up there,' House said. 'There was a Blackhawk helicopter, a bunch of people around antennas and work crews on towers but nobody would tell us anything.'"

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2018-09-11 - Landfill fire breaks out on the outskirts of Gloucester (Britain):

2018-09-11 - More than 30 vehicles destroyed or damaged by fire while parked in parking garage in Lincoln (Nebraska):

Quote: "A fire in the engine compartment of a 1991 Pontiac Grand Prix caused damage to more than 30 vehicles in a parking garage, Lincoln police said. The fire caused extensive damage to three vehicles and further damage to up to 30 vehicles on the third floor of the garage near 14th and Avery on Tuesday morning."

2018-09-11 - Indonesian Dagger-class fast missile ship 'KRI Rencong-622' bursts into flame, burns and sinks, near coastal Sorong (Indonesia):

Quote: "An Indonesian Navy official confirmed that the fast missile boat KRI Rencong-622 caught fire while patrolling the waters of Sorong, West Papua, around 20 miles from the harbor of Navy Command III in Sorong. The vessel sank on Tuesday afternoon."

2018-09-11 - Fishing ship 'Langenes' bursts into flame near coastal Rogaland (Norway), most of the crew evacuated:

Quote: "On Sep 11, 2018, the 'Langenes' caught fire 75 miles off the Rogaland coast. The JRCCC was notified at 3.03 p.m. 15 of the 20 crew members were evacuated by a rescue helicopter and a supply vessel. They were flown to Stavanger Airport at 4.45 p.m.."

Note: These are the 841st and 842nd boats/ships to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-09-11 - Service truck bursts into flame while parked at hotel, fire spreads to 2 more vehicles, in Huntsville (Texas):

Quote: "According to authorities, the fire started from the front of a service truck at around 7:45 p.m. When fire crews arrived the fire had spread to two other vehicles parked beside the service truck, with all three full engulfed."

2018-09-11 - Two beachfront homes destroyed by fire before 2:30 AM on coastal Vashon Island (Washington):

2018-09-11 - Paul Beckwith on the consequences of a blue ocean event:

2018-09-11 - Global hunger levels rising due to extreme weather, UN warns:

Note: Never fear, the US Army has already trained on how to handle the coming food riots. The strategy they trained for did seem to be somewhat bullet-oriented though...

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2018-09-12 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing at Logan Airport in coastal Boston (Massachusetts):

Quote: "Melissa Miller, of New York, says she was on the flight and that passengers 'knew something was up' when a smoke- and gas-like odor filled the cabin."

2018-09-12 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in coastal Nunavut (Canada):

Quote: "A British Airways flight from London to Calgary made an emergency landing after the cockpit was allegedly filled with smoke and pilots needed oxygen masks. The firefighters at Iqaluit airport reportedly raced to the runway around 5pm local time following the diversion of the aircraft to Nunavut, Canada."

2018-09-12 - Private jet carrying Kathy Griffin bursts into flame en route to coastal Miami (Florida):

Quote: "Kathy Griffin was supposed to spend Wednesday night making a Miami audience laugh, but instead she was apologizing for having to postpone the show. Griffin explained in a video that there was a problem — and it sounded like a scary one — with her flight. 'The plane that we were traveling on had a fire in the back of the plane. We made an emergency landing,' she said."

Quote: "Comedian Kathy Griffin posted a video on social media Wednesday afternoon begging for forgiveness from her fans after a fire in the tail of the plane she was traveling in forced an emergency landing, preventing her from making it on time for her Miami show."

Note: These are the 147th, 148th and 149th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-09-12 - Watery heatwave cooks the Gulf of Maine:

Note: What happens when the ocean is permanently too warm to cool all the nuclear plants on the East Coast? They've already had to shut two down temporarily due to that problem. Eventually though, they'll all have to be shut down for that reason, permanently. Ah well, who needs electricity anyway?!

2018-09-12 - More info on the mysterious closure of the solar observatory in Sunspot (New Mexico), still no explanation:

Quote: "Something is amiss in the state of New Mexico, and the chain of mysterious events has all the hallmarks of a sci-fi plot. The state's Sunspot Solar Observatory, home to one of the largest active solar telescopes in the world, was shut down last Friday and all personnel evacuated. The FBI were on the scene almost immediately. Employees and the public have been indefinitely banned from the premises, and the observatory's website now reads: 'TEMPORARILY CLOSED'. No one seems to know what is going on - not even the local sheriff, who sent his deputies onto the scene only to find absolutely no specific threat."

Note: The last image sent by this observatory showed an unknown planetary-scale object partially eclipsing the Sun and then boom, they were shut down. Also see the video in that link - the orbiting solar observatory ALSO saw an unknown planetary-scale object partially eclipse the Sun. The orbiting observatory also saw the Moon partially eclipse the Sun separately too, so you can be sure that one of the objects it saw was NOT the Moon. So there are two different observatories, one on Earth and one in orbit, that saw an unknown planetary-scale object pass between the Earth and the Sun. Whatever that is, it's not the Moon and it's not any of the known planets, so there is something else in the inner solar system with us now, something big, no mere asteroid. 'The authorities' are working overtime to hide that fact from the general populace. Our solar system is not just the Sun, nine planets, the asteroid belt and the Oort cloud. Notice how Earth's extinction events are somewhat cyclical? Cyclical, like an ORBIT is cyclical. Things worth pondering...

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2018-09-13 - Deadly fire burns garage at townhome at 12:42 AM near coastal Everett (Washington), man dies in car, 6 injured:

Quote: "Investigators say the fire at 127th Street Southeast and Third Avenue was reported at 12:42 a.m. Thursday. When fire crews arrived, flames were coming out of the garage and most of the family was already standing outside. Firefighters said the fire, which was contained to the garage, was mostly under control within about 20 minutes, but a 29-year-old man was found dead inside a car."

2018-09-13 - Around 60-100 homes destroyed by at least 35 explosions and fires along the Merrimack River in Lawrence (Massachusetts), 1+ killed, several injured:

Quote: "Multiple injuries have been reported and 60 to 100 homes are on fire in the Merrimack Valley, north of Boston, according to police."

Quote: "Fire and explosion investigators with the Massachusetts State Police are responding to reports of multiple structural fires in Lawrence, Massachusetts, following explosions. Methuen Police Chief Joseph Solomon said there are so many fires 'you can't even see the sky.'"

Quote: "Lawrence General Hospital said it was treating 10 victims with injuries related to the fires, including at least two of whom were in critical condition. Several firefighters were reportedly among the injured."

Quote: "Lawrence Police confirmed that a man has died from injuries sustained during the series of gas explosions across the Merrimack Valley, north of Boston Thursday."

Quote: "Officials said Leonel Robson, 18, was killed when the house at 35 Chickering St. exploded, and its chimney toppled onto the vehicle in which he was sitting."

Note: Huh, never had to deal with something like this in terms of residential explosions. Had lots of instances where one home explodes and destroys a bunch of other homes too, and I counted those as one explosion, since it was just one explosion, albeit with a lot of collateral damage. This is the first time where a BUNCH of homes have exploded separately like this though. I guess, to be consistent, I have to count it as 35 residential explosions, since that's actually what happened. So these are the 219th-253rd residential explosions in 2018. Also, this could be another one of those kinds of events that we haven't seen before that might very well happen again now that we've seen it happen once. I certainly wouldn't rule that out...

2018-09-13 - High-rise building under construction heavily damaged by fire in coastal New Taipei City (Taiwan):

Quote: "A massive inferno broke out in a 24-story building in New Taipei City last night (Sept. 13) on the 16th and 17th floors and soon spread to the 15th floor all the way to the top floor of the tower."

2018-09-13 - Auto salvage yard fire breaks out in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

Note: This is at least the fifth or sixth salvage yard fire in Philadelphia in the last month...

2018-09-13 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in coastal San Francisco (California):

2018-09-13 - Scientists urge immediate, decisive action to tackle deoxygenation in the oceans:

Note: Oceanic anoxia - and the consequences of it - may be the single biggest threat to human existence, so I understand the desire to fix the problem. However, it's not just *a* problem. Warmer waters naturally hold less oxygen, so we'd have to stop the oceans from warming and, in fact, we'd need to undo all the oceanic warming that has already occurred. Since some of the warming is very likely coming from below, and we have zero control over that, and since the warming from above is now stuck in an unstoppable and accelerating feedback loop, I don't see how it's realistically possible to re-oxygenate the oceans to any meaningful degree no matter what we do and regardless of how dire the need to do so is. And th-th-th-th-that's all, folks!

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2018-09-14 - Unknown gas smell evacuates school in Miami Gardens (Florida), near the coast:

2018-09-14 - Passenger plane hit by smoke at Gatwick Airport (Britain):

Quote: "Surrey firefighters were called to Gatwick Airport on Friday morning (September 14) after smoke was reported coming from a British Airways plane as it landed."

Note: This is the 150th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-09-14 - Car goes up in flames and seriously burns man in Orlando (Florida):

Quote: "Once the fire was knocked out, fire crews said, officials realized a person was inside the Chrysler sedan. The man was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center as a trauma alert, firefighters said. Investigators plan to speak to the victim as soon as he's medically able to, in order to determine what caused the fire and why he was unable to escape the car before the flames spread."

Note: A 49-year-old man burned to death in a car before 4:30 AM at Disney's Epcot Resort near Orlando last month too, mentioned in the 2018-08-18 update...

2018-09-14 - Underground coal refuse fire continues burning near the Allegheny River in East Deer Township (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "The underground fire below the former Pittsburgh Glass Works plant in East Deer shows no signs of abating. Not even 400,000 gallons of water from the Allegheny River poured on a fissure last week 'had any noticeable effect.'"

2018-09-14 - Four-story-tall pile of shredded rubber goes up in flames in Chicago (Illinois):

2018-09-14 - Ferry ship bursts into flame, burns and sinks, near coastal Sagu Island (Indonesia), 13+ killed, 8 missing:

Quote: "At least 13 people have been killed and eight are still missing after a ferry caught fire and sank in central Indonesia, an official said Saturday."

2018-09-14 - Superyacht under construction goes up in flames at 2 AM at shipyard in Bremen (Germany):

Quote: "Earlier today, a large fire broke out at Lurssen's Bremen shipyard in a floating dock and building unit where a 100-meter+ yacht was under construction. Over 110 firefighters were dispatched to the site, no one was injured during the incident but the new build is expected to have taken serious damage."

Quote: "The Lurssen fire becomes the second high profile one in yachting this month, shortly following the fire that destroyed the 40-meter CCN Kanga in Croatia."

2018-09-14 - Fishing ship goes up in flames off the coast of Colombia:

Quote: "Dramatic video shows a U.S. Coast Guard crew from Clearwater helping rescue 28 people from a burning fishing boat off the coast of Colombia. On Thursday, Coast Guard 7th District Miami got a report from the Jamaican Defense Force, reporting a 131-foot fishing boat was on fire. A HC-130 Hercules airplane crew was dispatched from Clearwater to assist. The Hercules crew found the boat 46 miles off the Colombian coast. An oil tanker was able to go to the scene and pick up the 28 people off the boat and take them to shore."

Note: These are the 846th, 847th and 848th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2018...

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2018-09-15 - Mysterious intermittent odor hitting Lincoln Park (Colorado):

2018-09-15 - Passenger bus goes up in flames and burns woman to death in coastal Colombo on the island of Sri Lanka:

Quote: "A female corpse has been found in a burnt bus in Kehelbaddara, Gampaha. The Police said the bus had caught fire early this morning (September 15) and the body of the female was found close to the driver’s seat. It has been revealed that the deceased was the bus driver’s wife. She was 58-year-old at the time of her death."

2018-09-15 - Man found dead in burned-out car in carpark at coastal Maslin Beach, Adelaide (Australia):

Quote: "A body, believed to be male, has been discovered at an Adelaide beach in a burnt-out car. Police were called to a car park on Gulf Parade at Maslin Beach just before 7am on Saturday after the body was found. Police are not treating the death as suspicious and a report is being prepared for the Coroner."

2018-09-15 - Passenger plane engine bursts into flame after landing at airport in Astana (Kazakhstan):

Note: This is the 151st aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-09-15 - Recycling center erupts in flame, fire gets huge, in Sheffield (Britain):

2018-09-15 - Industrial warehouse heavily damaged by fire in Westwood on the Isle of Thanet (Britain):

2018-09-15 - Mysterious microbes turning polar ice pink and speeding up melt:

Quote: "More heat means more meltwater and yet a larger area where algae can grow, causing more ice to get darker and more of it to melt."

Note: Another self-reinforcing feedback. Add it to the pile! This is likely to be a bad one since we're talking about bacterial growth rates. Give bacteria the right conditions and their populations explode. Examples of that include the spreading red tide around Florida and in the Gulf of Mexico and the rising number of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) blooms hitting lakes around the world. Those are all bacterial colonies running amok and experiencing population explosions because environmental conditions are becoming more favorable to them as the climate changes. There have been more instances of flesh-eating bacteria in recent years too...

2018-09-15 - Antarctic sea ice extent hits record low for the day:

2018-09-15 - Strong heat wave predicted for much of Europe next week:

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2018-09-16 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in Zagreb (Croatia):

Note: This is the 152nd aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-09-16 - Four fire trucks and fire station destroyed by fire in Macclesfield (North Carolina):

2018-09-16 - Hoverboard bursts into flame inside apartment, fire spreads to apartment, in Bethesda (Maryland):

2018-09-16 - Construction company warehouse destroyed by huge fire at 2 AM near coastal St. John’s (Canada):

2018-09-16 - Trash chute fire breaks out at apartment building on Torpoint Drive in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Torpoint Drive, Hull. Sun 16 Sep 2018 13:15 (No:20818) Fire in rubbish chute on ground floor of block of flats. One hose reel, one BA in use. Crew carried out natural ventilation of smoke on sixth floor.'

2018-09-16 - Baltic Sea is up to 3-4 °C warmer than average right now:

2018-09-16 - Typhoon Mangkhut roars into Hong Kong and Southern China, death toll rises to 65+ in the Philippines:

Quote: "Mangkhut earlier lashed the Philippines, sparking landslides and building collapses that killed at least 65 people, with another 43 missing. Authorities reported four deaths from falling trees and building materials in Guangdong, China’s manufacturing hub."

2018-09-16 - Catastrophic flooding hits the Carolinas after Florence, death toll rises to 17+, Wilmington cut off, coal ash landfill collapses:

Quote: "Catastrophic flooding from Florence spread across the Carolinas on Sunday, with roads to Wilmington cut off by the epic deluge and muddy river water swamping entire neighborhoods miles inland. 'The risk to life is rising with the angry waters,' Gov. Roy Cooper declared as the storm's death toll climbed to 17."

2018-09-16 - Climate and Extreme Weather News #136, September 9th-16th, 2018:

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2018-09-17 - Unknown odor sickens students at school in Pleasant View (Utah), school closed for the day:

Quote: "An unknown odor forced the closure and evacuation of Weber High School in Pleasant View after several students became sick, officials said. The odor caused students in one classroom to become ill Monday morning, and the whole school was evacuated soon after, said Weber School District spokesperson Lane Findlay. Classes were canceled for the rest of the day."

2018-09-17 - School staff members sickened by unknown cause in coastal Westport (Connecticut):

Quote: "Firefighters initially suspected carbon monoxide issues but readings taken in school—site of numerous mold-related issues recently—were negative."

Quote: "At approximately 9:35 a.m. this morning several staff members reported shortness of breath and dizziness."

2018-09-17 - Hole in the ground shoots flames 8+ feet into the air at 4:15 AM in Midway (Arkansas):

Quote: ""When I got there, there were flames 8 or 9 feet high shooting out of a hole about 2 feet in diameter," said Tucker, chief of the Midway, Arkansas, Volunteer Fire Protection District. 'It burned that way for 30 to 45 minutes before it went out.' A closer look revealed a scorched rim and a hole about 3-1/2 feet deep that Tucker said made a sharp 45-degree turn at the bottom. 'I took a temperature reading of it and it showed 780 degrees inside the hole,' Tucker recalled. 'But what caused it? I have no idea. There are no gas lines nearby and there was no smell of natural gas.'"

Quote: "The fire crew responded to the report of flames shooting out of the ground around 4:15 a.m. Monday. Tucker said he didn't think the odd occurrence was caused by a meteor."

Note: That was probably a pocket of methane in the ground that self-ignited, like a small version of the giant methane explosions and craters occurring in Siberia...

2018-09-17 - Man found on fire on street in Tulsa (Oklahoma):

Quote: "Crews are responding to a person they say was on fire in the street near Cincinnati Place and 46th Street. Witnesses say they poured cups of water on the man until the fire was out. The man is in the hospital and expected to be ok, according to police."

2018-09-17 - Passenger plane hit by smoke at takeoff, plane aborts takeoff, in coastal San Francisco (California):

Quote: "Their plane, Delta flight 1658, was in the process of taking off when the pilot suddenly slammed on the brakes. They looked out the window and saw a massive amount of smoke coming from one of the engines. The plane was towed back to the gate."

Note: This is the 153rd aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-09-17 - Metal recycling center hit by fire at 2 AM, pile of scrap metal burns, on East River Street in coastal Tacoma (Washington):

2018-09-17 - Laptop bursts into flame and explodes on passenger train in Madrid (Spain):

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2018-09-18 - Unknown rotten egg odor evacuates school in Clark (New Jersey):

Quote: "There was a tense hour at Carl H. Kumpf Middle School on Tuesday morning as students and staff were made to evacuate the building after a call to emergency responders about a heavy odor of natural gas in the building according to Clark Fire Chief Frank Cerasa. Three engines from the CFD arrived on the scene at approximately 10:20 a.m. and immediately cleared approximately 500 people from the building.  Cerasa described what happened next. 'Members of the BOE's maintenance staff, firefighters and Elizabethtown Gas personnel checked the entire building with no readings or cause of the original odor.'"

Note: No readings because they were using natural gas detectors and not hydrogen sulfide detectors...

2018-09-18 - Unknown rotten egg odor evacuates high school in Vassar (Michigan):

Quote: "tudents at Vassar Senior High School got a short day on Tuesday after a suspicious odor led to an evacuation. Sixth through 12th grade students were evacuated from the building around 8:30 a.m. and sent to Central Elementary School while Consumers Energy sent a crew to investigate. The source of the odor was not readily apparent and nobody reported any illnesses."

Quote: "The high school was evacuated due to a possible gas leak earlier in the day on Tuesday."

2018-09-18 - Passenger plane hit by unknown odor, plane makes emergency landing in Denver (Colorado):

Quote: "NBCNewYork,com reported that the plane had to be diverted to due 'fumes' or a 'peculiar smell.'"

2018-09-18 - Person found dead in burning RV on Flynt Road near Laurel (Mississippi):

Note: This is the 15th deadly RV fire in 2018, and this is the 423rd RV to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-09-18 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame shortly before 3:30 AM, fire gets huge, in Sun Valley (California):

2018-09-18 - Four trucks and electrical business destroyed by massive fire in Darien (New York):

Quote: "The owner runs an electrical construction business and used the building to store vehicles. Four trucks were destroyed along with the building."

2018-09-18 - Coal ash and hog poop contaminating water in North Carolina, 3.4 million chickens and 5,500 pigs killed:

Quote: "Hog lagoons are basically huge bodies of pig poop. The waste is treated with bacteria that turns it pink."

Note: That's interesting - learn something new everyday! With a little digging I found out what that bacteria is and it's what I immediately suspected it was - purple sulfur bacteria, which eat hydrogen sulfide and only exist in bodies of water (or giant poop lagoons apparently) where hydrogen sulfide is present. Last year a lagoon turned pink at a nature preserve and all the fish died, in southern Gambia, mentioned in the 2017-07-10 update. Purple sulfur bacteria turned the water pink at a bird refuge on the coast in Santa Barbara in late September 2015 too, mentioned in the 2015-09-22 update. Several rivers around the world have mysteriously turned pink or reddish in recent years too, and a few bodies of water - rivers and lakes - have even ignited. Once the oceans start turning pink, our days on this planet will be just about over, and the oceans are getting warmer and more landfill-like every year now, so that's just a matter of time. First we should start seeing random areas getting hit by unknown rotten egg odors and monstrous record-breaking fires beginning to sweep the planet though. Oh right, both of those things are already happening...

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2018-09-19 - Movement of the Vavilov Ice Cap accelerates by more than 49,000 percent from unprecedented ice loss in the Russian High Arctic:

Quote: "In the last few years, the Vavilov Ice Cap in the Russian High Arctic has dramatically accelerated, sliding as much as 82 feet a day in 2015, according to a new multi-national, multi-institute study led by CIRES Fellow Mike Willis, an assistant professor of Geology at CU Boulder. That dwarfs the ice's previous average speed of about 2 inches per day and has challenged scientists' assumptions about the stability of the cold ice caps dotting Earth's high latitudes."

Note: From 2 inches per day to 82 feet per day is proportionally equivalent to a car going 10 miles per hour suddenly accelerating to 4,920 miles per hour. Ice caps melting quickly, Greenland losing a billion tons of ice to melt every day, methane exploding out of the ground and creating mammoth craters in Siberia as the permafrost thaws, permafrost melting away in Alaska and northern Canada - the Arctic region is undergoing rapid and profound destabilization...

2018-09-19 - Russian MiG-31 fighter jet bursts into flame then crashes in Nizhny Novgorod (Russia), pilots eject:

Quote: "According to some reports, the plane took off from the Savasleika air base. It was on a planned training flight. Before crashing, the MiG-31 caught fire."

Quote: "The plane crashed shortly after take-off, 17km from an airbase. The military jet reportedly caught fire before the crash. Both pilots – an instructor and a trainee – ejected safely and are safe and sound, the Russian military confirmed."

2018-09-19 - DEA plane hit by smoke then hits cars while crash-landing in Sugar Land (Texas):

Quote: "The plane began to spew smoke, teetered in the sky, then suddenly dipped to about 40 feet above traffic, witnesses told KTRK, before smashing into two cars just after 3 p.m."

Note: These are the 154th and 155th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2019-09-19 - Around 350 tons of wood chips go up in flames at 11:33 PM at the Tilbury Docks in coastal Tilbury (Britain):

Quote: "Crews are currently dealing with a fire at Tilbury Docks. At midnight firefighters reported that approxomately 350 tonnes of woodchip was alight and firefighters were attempting to bring the fire under control."

2018-09-19 - Luxury beachfront hotel heavily damaged by massive blaze in coastal Kyrenia on the island of Cyprus (Greece):

2018-09-19 - Man, 23, has 'medical event' in the water at Rain Tree Lake in Jefferson County (Missouri):

Quote: "A Hillsboro man is lucky to be alive after nearly drowning last night in a private pond at Rain Tree Lake in Jefferson County. The highway patrol says 23 year old James Stapleton suffered a medical event while in the water."

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2018-09-20 - Dozens of students sickened by unknown rotten egg odor in Carterton (New Zealand):

Quote: "A Fire and Emergency service spokesman says he does not believe the mystery substance affecting dozens of children at a Wairarapa school came from a plane. It had been widely thought that a chemical came from a plane flying over South End School in Carterton. But Fire and Emergency incident controller Brett Lockyer told Newstalk ZB that he didn't think that was the case."

Quote: "After tracking down the plane and its pilot, Inspector Miller says there is no evidence to indicate the plane is the source of the smell."

Quote: "..…we don't believe it's come from a plane...we just don't know where it's come from. That's a mystery to us at the moment."

Quote: "Daniel is one of 10 pupils hospitalised on Friday after a mysterious sulfur-like smell swept the small Carterton school, sickening the children, and forcing 180 to be decontaminated."

Quote: "The trouble started when a strong sulfur smell was detected early afternoon, forcing about 30 children to fall ill after breathing in the unknown substance. Four or five students began to vomit."

Note: Several other schools have been hit by unknown rotten egg odors in just the past week alone too. We're creeping closer to the time when we'll be seeing entire schoolyards - or stadiums or residential areas - full of corpses. Once the concentration of gas reaches 1 part per 1000 then it won't be sick people, it'll be dead people. Carterton is about 30 miles from the coast in several different directions, so maybe an hour for the ocean to belch up some poison gas and hit this school if there's a 30 MPH wind...

2018-09-20 - Unknown odor hits apartment complex in Tucson (Arizona):

Quote: "It happened at an apartment complex near the intersection of Alvernon Way and Blacklidge Drive after residents reported a strong odor. Seven TFD units responded to the scene, according to a department spokesperson. Crews evacuated the apartment as a precaution. By 1:30 p.m., the Hazmat team cleared the scene, saying they didn't find any hazardous substances on the premises."

2018-09-20 - Man found dead in the middle of a fire in Grass Valley (California):

2018-09-20 - Man, 73, burns to death in car while working on it, in Forestdale (Alabama):

2018-09-20 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in Peshawar (Pakistan):

Quote: "A plane made an emergency landing at the Bacha Khan International Airport (BKIA) on Thursday after the pilot reported that smoke had filled the plane."

2018-09-20 - Royal Australian Air Force C-27J Spartan cargo plane hit by smoke at Whitsunday Coast Airport in Gunyarra (Australia), near the coast:

Quote: "Smoke in a defence force plane was the cause of an emergency services call-out to Whitsunday Coast Airport last night. Whitsunday Regional Council airports and commercial infrastructure manager Brian Joiner said emergency services were called to a smoke incident in the cockpit of the Royal Australian Air Force plane. The C27 Spartan plane remained at the airport last night and was still there this afternoon."

Note: These are the 156th and 157th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-09-20 - Auto salvage business, Cooksville Auto Wreckers, heavily damaged by huge fire in Mississauga (Canada):

2018-09-20 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) in Lake Winnebago continues to cause problems in Neenah and Menasha (Wisconsin):

Quote: "Todd Drew is the sanitarian for the Menasha Health Department. 'The complaints came in under the assumption that it is a sewage issue or some sort of sewer gas,' he said. 'It does smell similar to that, but it's definitely the lake.' The smell is a consequence of the blue-green algae blooms on Lake Winnebago."

Note: Right, it's the lake, but when the algae dies and decomposes, that creates hydrogen sulfide, which is sewer gas. They're having the same smells along the coasts in Florida for the same reason - the red tide algae dies, decomposes and the decomposition causes the emission of hydrogen sulfide. The algae also suck up a lot of the oxygen while they're alive and the bacteria that produce hydrogen sulfide like low levels of oxygen or, preferably, no oxygen at all. So these algae blooms not only make the environment friendlier for the bacteria that produce hydrogen sulfide while they're alive, they also provide them with a handy food source when they die. So far as the bacteria that produce hydrogen sulfide are concerned, these algae blooms are a win-win proposition...

2018-09-20 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits C. J. Strike Reservoir in Owyhee County (Idaho):

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2018-09-21 - Unknown odor evacuates school near Lake Havasu in Lake Havasu City (Arizona):

Quote: "Smoketree Elementary School was evacuated after an unidentifiable odor was detected around 4 p.m. Friday. School was out for the day, but some staff and the Parks & Recreation Department’s after-school program were still on site. The fire department and UniSource inspected the building, and everything was fine, according to an emailed statement from the school. School will resume as usual on Monday morning."

2018-09-21 - Unknown stench hitting coastal Portlethen (Scotland):

Quote: "People in Portlethen are eager to get to the bottom of a mystery odour which has been blighting the air of the coastal community."

2018-09-21 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, vehicles burn, in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Smoke could be seen for miles away after a fire erupted in a Southwest Philadelphia junkyard. The fire was reported just before 3:30 p.m. Friday in the 3300 block of South 61st Street. Sky 6 showed a large plume of black smoke rising into the air. After the flames were out, Chopper 6 could see a number of charred vehicles left behind."

2018-09-21 - Auto recycling center hit by fire at 2:50 AM, multiple cars burn, in Oronoco (Minnesota):

Quote: "Fire crews respond to a blaze at an auto recycling center just north of Rochester. A passerby on Highway 52 noticed smoke and flames coming from the Watson Recycling Center around 2:50 a.m. Friday. Pine Island and Rochester Fire responded. According to the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office, multiple cars were on fire behind a building on the property located on 81st Street Northwest."

Quote: "An early-morning fire at Watson Recycling began in an area where scrap metal and junk cars are kept."

2018-09-21 - Metal recycling center heavily damaged by fire at 3 AM in Catoosa (Oklahoma):

Quote: "Firefighters say the fire started around 3 a.m. and burned for a couple hours. Officials say at least $3-4 million of equipment was destroyed."

Quote: "Benton said the business recycles scrap metal."

2018-09-21 - Underground fire breaks out in subway tunnel in the suburbs of coastal Sydney (Australia), trains disrupted:

Quote: "The fire was found in a manhole about 200 metres down a tunnel and hundreds of people were evacuated from the station as a precaution."

2018-09-21 - Hoverboard bursts into flame in apartment, fire spreads, apartment building heavily damaged, in Norcross (Georgia):

2018-09-21 - Most of the US predicted to have above normal temperatures the rest of the year:

2018-09-21 - August 2018 was 5th hottest on record for the globe and 404th consecutive month with global temperatures above average:

2018-09-21 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hitting dozens of bodies of water across New York:

Quote: "Nearly 100 water bodies in New York state had harmful algae blooms this week. The Department of Environmental Conservation's weekly list shows that blooms were spotted in 98 lakes, rivers and ponds. Of those, 24 were new this week."

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2018-09-22 - Unknown gas knocks transit bus driver unconscious in Chicago (Illinois):

Quote: "According to witnesses, the driver had pulled over because the bus was filled with fumes that they believed to be carbon monoxide. The driver lost consciousness when he tried to exit the bus after passengers had been evacuated. Fire officials said the air in the bus tested negatively for carbon monoxide."

2018-09-22 - Toxic algae blooms are a growing worldwide menace:

Quote: "Seas, lakes and ponds across the world are 'going green' at an alarming rate. Hyperactive algae are the culprits — scum that can generate toxins as deadly as cobra venom."

2018-09-22 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Little Pond in Warwick (Rhode Island):

2018-09-22 - Melting permafrost may release a variety of volatile organic compounds:

2018-09-22 - Mean atmospheric methane levels rise to more than 1900 ppb:

2018-09-22 - Paul Beckwith on imminent blue ocean event in the Arctic:

2018-09-22 - Scientist proposes we build 1,000-foot underwater walls to stop Antarctic ice sheet collapse:

Note: Not a bad idea at first glance. But he's only considering the bad effects of Antarctic ice loss - the rise in sea level. There is also a beneficial effect - the ice entering the ocean helps keep the oceans cooler, which helps the oceans retain oxygen, which helps prevent the ancient anaerobic bacteria that produce hydrogen sulfide from running amok. So keeping the ice on Antarctica would mean the oceans heat up faster which would result in us all getting gassed to death or burning to death sooner. Pluses and minuses! It'd give people some work to do though - jobs! - and I'm skeptical whether it's even a doable project, technologically, so if they wanna try it, eh, why not. The ice will still melt in time anyway though, the old-fashioned way, via rising air temperatures. Underwater walls won't stop that...

2018-09-22 - Auto salvage yard heavily damaged by fire in Kingston (New Hampshire):

2018-09-22 - Land burned by wildfires and costs nearly double in Utah:

2018-09-22 - Appliance store destroyed by massive fire in coastal Everett (Washington):

2018-09-22 - Beach Bar pub destroyed by fire just after 6 AM in coastal Lossiemouth (Scotland):

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2018-09-23 - Lake found hissing and bubbling large amounts of methane in the Arctic, and there may be more:

Quote: "Katey Walter Anthony has studied some 300 lakes across the tundras of the Arctic. But sitting on the mucky shore of her latest discovery, the Arctic expert said she’d never seen a lake like this one. Set against the austere peaks of the western Brooks Range, the lake, about 20 football fields in size, looked like it was boiling. Its waters hissed, bubbled and popped as a powerful greenhouse gas escaped from the lake bed. Some bubbles grew as big as grapefruits, visibly lifting the water’s surface several inches and carrying up bits of mud from below. This was methane."

Quote: "Methane hits the atmosphere hard and fast and then mostly dissipates after a decade or two - far different from carbon dioxide, which is less potent but lingers for centuries or even millennia. So while methane impedes climate progress and amps up the planet's immediate temperature, it does not leave the same long-term legacy."

Note: Methane has an even longer-lasting legacy than carbon dioxide. It's normally true that methane doesn't last as long as carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, but when it does break down, it breaks down into carbon dioxide, so you get a wave of potent methane followed by an even longer-lasting wave of carbon dioxide. In other words, methane results in some potent methane heating for a while AND some long-lasting carbon dioxide heating time. Also, hydroxyl radicals in the atmosphere, which are what react away the methane, are in decline, probably because they've been reacting away methane and hydrogen sulfide. The longer that goes on, the fewer hydroxyl radicals will be left in the atmosphere and the longer methane and hydrogen sulfide will endure in the atmosphere without being reacted away. If ALL of the hydroxyl radicals get reacted away - for example by large amounts of methane entering the atmosphere - then additional methane entering the atmosphere could last a very long time...

2018-09-23 - Volcano Anak Krakatau erupts and spews lava bombs the size of trucks in Indonesia:

Quote: "Bright red, molten lava gushed from the volcano, spurting massive lava bombs which local media report are as big as trucks."

2018-09-23 - Volcano Katla begins spewing large amounts of carbon dioxide in Iceland, eruption could be imminent:

Quote: "Icelandic and British volcanologists have detected Katla— Icelandic for 'kettle' or 'boiler' — is emitting carbon dioxide on a huge scale which suggests magma chambers are filling up fast."

2018-09-23 - Small plane ignites and smokes then crashes and burns in Guangfu (China), near the coast, 2 killed:

Quote: "But on Saturday, tragedy struck as local residents spotted the small aeroplane smoking in the sky. It left a trail of flames and fumes as it spiralled uncontrollably towards the ground."

Note: This is the 158th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-09-23 - Electrical substation damaged by fire and explosion(s) in Leighton Buzzard (Britain):

2018-09-23 - Nickel processing plant heavily damaged by transformer fire in Kalgoorlie (Australia):

2018-09-23 - Pickup truck bursts into flame while parked at business, fire spreads, business destroyed, in Gallatin Gateway (Montana):

Quote: "What started as a truck fire spread to a steel commercial building in Gallatin Gateway which burned for several hours overnight Sunday, according to the local fire chief."

Quote: "'It’s the second largest structure fire we’ve had in the last ten years in our district,' said Gallatin Gateway Volunteer Fire Chief Jeremiah Hillier."

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2018-09-24 - Unknown foul odor hits coastal Channelview (Texas):

Quote: "Officials at a Channelview chemical plant say it isn't the source of an odor in the area after several residents pointed to the company as a potential culprit. The company, LyondellBasell, started air monitoring procedures at 12:30 a.m. and found that air quality was within regulatory and safety standards, said Meredith Matthews, spokeswoman for the U.S. Gulf Coast Region. 'The odor is not associated with our site,” Matthews said in a statement. 'We continue to work with the proper external authorities to help them in determining the cause.' Some residents began reporting the smell on Monday night. Twitter user @stina_marie333 said early Tuesday morning, 'Anybody in #Channelview smelling a terrible, nearly unbearable smell?' Another Twitter user identified as Ruby Gutierrez Ayala, @rugutuzayala, described the odor. 'Channelview smells like it's going to explode,' she tweeted."

Note: Explode? So it must have been a rotten egg odor that people smelled, like the odorant added to natural gas, or like hydrogen sulfide blowing in off the Gulf of Mexico right there...

2018-09-24 - Southern Ocean around Antarctica warming at an alarming rate:

Quote: "The Southern Ocean around Antarctica is warming at an alarming rate—twice that of the rest of the world's oceans. Now, researchers have developed more powerful evidence pointing to the human causes. Though warming had been observed in the past, there was little historical data to allow scientists to pinpoint the causes with much certainty. In a new study, researchers used climate models, the past observations that did exist and data flowing in from new ocean-going sensors to show how greenhouse gas emissions and the depletion of ozone in the atmosphere have led to both a warming of the Southern Ocean and an increase in its freshwater content. The findings also rule out natural variability as a major source of those changes."

2018-09-24 - Landfill fire spews toxic smoke in coastal Denpasar on the island of Bali (Indonesia):

2018-09-24 - Underground fire and explosion(s) blow four manhole covers off in coastal Baltimore (Maryland):

Quote: "The incident isn't the first of its kind in Downtown Baltimore. Similar incidents happened in February and June of this year."

2018-09-24 - Around 23 cars and auto shop destroyed by fire in coastal Zamboanga Sibugay (Philippine Islands):

2018-09-24 - Car bursts into flame at 4 AM while parked at home, fire spreads to second car and home, in Glastonbury (Connecticut), nobody there:

Quote: "The fire was reported on Naubuc Avenue around 4 a.m., initially as a car fire. When firefighters arrived, they found two vehicles burning in the driveway. The fire had also extended to the home."

2018-09-24 - Huge sinkhole devours chunk of beach at coastal Inskip Point (Australia):

Quote: "Glen Cruickshank from Rainbow Beach Helicopters told media the current sinkhole was larger than the hole that swallowed 200m of beachfront in September 2015."

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2018-09-25 - Atmospheric CO2 levels rising at a rate that is itself rising and atmospheric methane levels also rising rapidly:

Quote: "Even more alarming is the growth in methane. Peak methane levels were as high as 3.37 ppm on August 31, 2018, an ominous warning of the threat of destabilization of methane hydrates at the seafloor of the Arctic Ocean."

2018-09-25 - Arctic and Antarctic update and climate cast with Margo:

2018-09-25 - NASA satellite shows polluted Carolina rivers flowing into ocean:

2018-09-25 - North India receiving up to 10 or 11 times higher rainfall than normal:

2018-09-25 - Supertyphoon Trami strengthens to Category 5, takes aim at Japan:

2018-09-25 - Scrap cars go up in flames on trailer at metal recycling center in South Boston (Virginia):

Quote: "Roughly $5,000 in damages resulted Tuesday morning when scrap cars caught fire at Gerdau Metallics at 2171 Bill Tuck Highway in South Boston. According to South Boston Fire Chief Steve Phillips, firefighters were toned out to the scene at 8:39 a.m. after scrap cars caught fire on a trailer."

2018-09-25 - Chemical plant rocked by explosion in Arab (Alabama), 1 killed:

2018-09-25 - Leisure center heavily damaged by fire in coastal London (Britain):

2018-09-25 - Underground electrical fire breaks out and causes blackouts in coastal Seattle (Washington):

2018-09-25 - Underground electrical fire breaks out on Tudor Road in York (Britain):

Quote: "Tudor Road, York – time of call: 17.41 Acomb crew attended smoke issuing from a pavement grate. This was due to fire in underground electrical wiring. Crew cordoned off area until arrival of Northern Power Grid."

2018-09-25 - Wildfire rages on Mount Serra near Pisa (Italy):

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2018-09-26 - Unknown rotten egg odor evacuates school in Harrison Township (Ohio):

Quote: "Firefighters said they were not able to locate any leaks inside or around the building."

Note: Excellent, probably just some poison gas then. Back to school, kids, it was only poison gas!

2018-09-26 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire at 7 AM, 25 vehicles burn, in Indianapolis (Indiana):

Quote: "As many as 25 vehicles were involved in a large fire Wednesday morning at a salvage yard on Indianapolis' west side. The fire happened at about 7 a.m., in the yard at 4040 Office Park Blvd. Firefighters had trouble getting inside the yard due to a 7,000-volt electric fence."

2018-09-26 - Metal recycling center hit by fire at 2 AM, many vehicles burn, in coastal Aradippou on the island of Cyprus (Greece):

Quote: "A fire which broke out at a recycling plant early on Wednesday in the industrial area of Aradippou burnt a large number of vehicles destined for recycling before it was brought under control. The fire broke out at 2am and was extinguished with the help of five fire trucks before it reached other areas. It is not yet clear how it started."

2018-09-26 - Gas station ignites and explodes, nearby carpark destroyed too, in Gekhi (Russia):

Quote: "Terrifying footage surfaced from the Chechen town of Gekhi, in southwest Russia, as a gas station caught fire and erupted into a huge explosion last night (September 26). Accordingly to the filmer, the fire started in a petrol station around 7:00pm. He began filming it and accidentally captured the moment of the first explosion. The filmer panicked and started running away immediately, escaping injury despite his close proximity to the blast. However a few minutes later, the fire rose again and triggered a much larger second explosion that completely destroyed the petrol station and an adjacent car park."

2018-09-26 - Garbage warehouse destroyed by massive fire in coastal Gujarat (India):

2018-09-26 - Melting Arctic permafrost is leaking acid and dissolving rocks:

Quote: "The permafrost in the Arctic is leaking acid as it thaws, scientists have discovered. This release, from the water that has been locked up for thousands of years, is causing rocks in the ground to dissolve—a process that could become a major source of atmospheric carbon dioxide."

2018-09-26 - Colder summers and ozone depletion killing off moss forests in East Antarctica:

Quote: "Healthy green moss has turned red or grey, indicating that plants are under stress and dying. This is due to the area drying because of colder summers and stronger winds. This increased desertification of East Antarctica is caused by both climate change and ozone depletion."

Note: That's East Antarctica, which of all the cold places on the planet is doing the best in terms of resisting the warming of the world. Unfortunately, Antarctica itself, on the whole, is losing vast and accelerating amounts of ice due to warming. Neglecting to mention that fact could leave one with the mistaken impression that Antarctica as a whole is getting colder when that's not at all the case...

2018-09-26 - Antarctica has lost 3 trillion tons of ice in the last 25 years:

2018-09-26 - As the Arctic melts, the fabled Northwest Passage opens for cargo ships:

Quote: "When a blue-hulled cargo ship named Venta Maersk became the first container vessel to navigate a major Arctic sea route this month, it offered a glimpse of what the warming region might become: a maritime highway, with vessels lumbering between Asia and Europe through once-frozen seas. Years of melting ice have made it easier for ships to ply these frigid waters. That’s a boon for the shipping industry but a threat to the fragile Arctic ecosystem."

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2018-09-27 - Unknown foul odor blows through coastal Liverpool (Britain):

Quote: "One said: 'It stings your nose when you smell it and is a lot worse that the manure smell from the fields. It tends to come and go throughout the day but currently I can’t have my windows open as it’s so strong. It’s almost like chemicals.'"

Quote: "Last month the ECHO reported the Environment Agency was investigating the source of foul smells in nearby [coastal] Widnes after a receiving a number of odour complaints from concerned locals. A 'revolting' stench also appeared to waft its way over to [coastal] Runcorn, with several residents from that town saying they reported putrid smells to the council, EA and public health on Facebook."

Note: So not just one coastal city being hit by an unknown stench, not just two, but at least three...

2018-09-27 - Unknown fumes sicken students and staff over multiple days at school, some people knocked unconscious, in Louisville (Mississippi):

Quote: "Several law enforcement agencies are investigating unidentified fumes reported at Eiland Middle School around noon on Wednesday, according to Superintendent Dr. Randy Grierson."

Quote: "School and emergency officials are still trying to determine what is causing some Louisville middle school students and staff to become ill. Health issues started Tuesday at Eiland Middle School. The school district says four students started complaining of dizziness and flushing on Tuesday. The following day, multiple students suffered similar complaints and temporarily lost consciousness. Nine students were treated at Winston Medical Center. At least two teachers/staff and four first responders also suffered similar symptoms."

Quote: "Multiple agencies, including the Center for Disease Control, have tested for carbon monoxide and gas leaks. There have been no signs of either, according to Grierson."

Note: But they didn't think to test for hydrogen sulfide. Derp...

2018-09-27 - Early signals of destabilization detected at Totten Glacier in East Antarctica:

2018-09-27 - Woman found dead in burned car on Lakeside Drive in the Lakeside area in Falls Township (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Officers responded to a parking lot situated between Pinewood Drive and Lakeside Drive shortly after 1 p.m. to find a blue Hyundai sedan with the woman laying across the backseat. Lt. Hank Ward confirmed there was evidence of fire inside the vehicle. Falls Township Fire Marshal Rich Dippolito was also at the scene."

2018-09-27 - School van bursts into flame and kills 2+ students, injures 10+ more, near Muzaffargarh (Pakistan):

2018-09-27 - Small plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in Hanover (New Jersey):

Quote: "A single-engine, four-seat airplane landed safely Thursday night after the pilot reported smoke in the cockpit during final approach to Morristown Municipal Airport in Hanover."

Note: This is the 159th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-09-27 - High-rise National Bank of Kuwait heavily damaged by fire in coastal Kuwait City (Kuwait):

Quote: "The skyscraper is still under construction but is already the headquarter of the National Bank of Kuwait."

2018-09-27 - Recycling center hit by fire, huge pile of metal and plastic burns, in coastal West Babylon (New York):

Quote: "According to first responders, a two-story pile of debris mostly made up of metal and plastic is what fueled the flames."

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2018-09-28 - Trump administration admits cataclysmic global warming is coming, but decides not to try to survive and works instead to have us all suffer and die sooner:

Note: So their reasoning is this. First, they admit that catastrophic warming of 7 degrees F is going to happen. (It'll be way worse than that though.) Secondly, they say that our laws and regulations that cut greenhouse gas emissions would not by themselves solve the problem. Third, they say that since our emissions cuts would not solve the problem then we might as well reverse course and pump more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. That means everybody will suffer and die even sooner. So instead of fighting for our survival by doing the things we COULD do, which would buy people SOME additional time to remain alive, we're not going to do those things and will instead now be working to get us all buried in cemeteries even sooner. This is one hardcore pro-death administration here. If you've got a hankerin' to suffer and die, the Trump administration is here to help you achieve your goal. And forget that arbitrary 2100 BS - it's not like things are fine now and will remain fine until 2100 and then suddenly get bad. Calamitous effects are already happening and they're only going to continue to intensify...

2018-09-28 - Magnitude 7.5 earthquake strikes near coastal Palu (Indonesia), tsunami ensues, 420+ killed:

Quote: "The death toll from a powerful earthquake and tsunami on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi has reached 420, state media said Sunday, as rescuers scrambled to reach the stricken region and survivors helped to retrieve the remains of those killed. The official Antara agency quoted the head of the national disaster agency giving the latest toll in the coastal city of Palu, while authorities warned casualties were 'increasing' as news arrived from remote areas cut off by the 7.5-magnitude earthquake and 1.5-meter (five feet) high tsunami. At least 540 people had been badly injured, an agency spokesman said, as hospitals struggled to cope with the influx of casualties."

2018-09-28 - Milwaukee Fire Department Hazardous Materials Response Team truck bursts into flame near Canal Street in Milwaukee (Wisconsin):

2018-09-28 - US Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II fighter jet crashes on island near coastal Beaufort (South Carolina), pilot ejects:

Quote: "A U.S. pilot ejected from a multi-million dollar fighter jet that crashed on a small island just miles from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort on Friday morning, according to officials. The jet, a single-seat Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II with Marine Corps training squadron VMFAT-501 — a unit known as the 'Warlords' — crashed around 11:45 a.m., according to Marine Corps spokesperson Capt. Christopher Harrison."

Note: 'That's comin' out of your paychecks for the next two thousand years, soldier!'

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2018-09-29 - People sickened by odor on beaches in coastal Palm Beach County (Florida):

Quote: "The beach closures began Saturday in northern Palm Beach County after some swimmers experienced medical and other respiratory issues. Experts believe it could be caused by the wind coupled with the toxic stench from algae."

Note: Decomposing algae results in hydrogen sulfide emissions, so that's probably what the toxic stench is and possibly the cause of the medical problems too. Best to avoid beaches that smell bad because that's likely to be poison gas nowadays, and even in small concentrations it's obviously not good for you and nobody knows what the long-term effects are...

2018-09-29 - Huge gobs of Sargassum seaweed continue washing ashore, rotting and releasing hydrogen sulfide in the French Antilles:

Quote: "During a trip to the French overseas territory Guadeloupe on Friday, President Emmanuel Macron pledged to keep a promise to clean up toxic Sargassum seaweed within 48 hours of it running aground. Like the rest of the Caribbean, the Antilles suffered in 2011 from an unprecedented invasion of Sargassum seaweed (sometimes known as gulf weed). The problem recurred in 2015 and then on an even larger scale in 2018. The brown seaweed poses potential health risks. The mounds of Sargassum that accumulate on the beach can reach as high as two feet and release hydrogen sulfide and ammonia as it rots. The colourless, toxic and highly flammable gas smells like rotten eggs. Inhaling it in small doses can trigger eye and respiratory irritation."

Note: Inhaling it in concentrations of 1 part per thousand can trigger permanent relocation to a mortuary...

2018-09-29 - Arctic heatwave could bring summer temps to Alaska:

Quote: "A high-pressured western ridge has positioned itself near Alaska, allowing record-breaking warmth from the North Pacific to spread over the Arctic. A ridge, in weather terms, is defined as an elongated area of relatively high pressure extending from the center of a high-pressure region. Climate scientist Zack Labe told Euronews this phenomenon could cause temperatures to rise over 10°C above average in some areas of Alaska, making the climate feel equivalent to late-summer. Labe believes this pattern will likely slow the progression of sea ice refreezing in the western Arctic."

2018-09-29 - Underground electrical fire breaks out before 7 AM at American University campus in coastal Washington DC:

Quote: "An underground transformer fire caused the blaze, D.C. Fire and EMS said. Pepco was called to the scene and shut down power. Video posted by student newspaper The Eagle shows flames burning near trees outside Hughes Hall, sending plumes of black smoke into the air."

2018-09-29 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame on Oakridge Lane in Aldenham (Britain):

2018-09-29 - Volcano Popocatepetl erupting and spewing ash, ash reaches Mexico City (Mexico):

Quote: "Ash spewing from the Popocatepetl volcano has reached the southern neighborhoods of Mexico's capital. The National Center for Disaster Prevention warned Mexicans on Saturday to stay away from the volcano after activity picked up in the crater and it registered 183 emissions of gas and ash over 24 hours. The center was monitoring multiple rumblings and tremors. Images on social media showed thin layers of ash coating car windshields in neighborhoods of Mexico City such as Xochimilco."

Note: What an ash hole!

2018-09-29 - Water supply infested with brain-eating amoebas near Shreveport (Louisiana):

Quote: "A portion of a water system in Louisiana has tested positive for a brain-eating amoeba, according to the operator of the water system. Andy Freeman, the operator of Sligo Water System, said residents in south Bossier Parish southeast of Shreveport may be affected. The Louisiana Department of Health conducted a random test of the system last week and notified the system of the positive result Friday, Freeman said."

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2018-09-30 - Foul stench sickening people in coastal Merseyside (Britain):

Quote: "Dozens of people have taken to Facebook and Twitter this weekend to complain of a mysterious foul stench, which is said to have made residents 'feel ill'."

2018-09-30 - Foul odor sickens people in Ilkeston (Britain):

Quote: "What worries me is what health problems this is causing when a smell like this can cause burning of the nose and throat and headaches in the short term so what damage is this causing in the long term."

Note: Heart damage, kidney damage, brain damage...

2018-09-30 - Man, 37, burns to death next to burning pickup truck at cemetery next to the Mississippi River in Clinton (Iowa):

Quote: "A Clinton man has died in a vehicle fire. Jason Heinitz, 37, of Clinton, was found Sunday with injuries associated with fire in close proximity to a vehicle that was engulfed in flames. According to the Clinton Police Department, police and fire units responded to a report of a vehicle fire inside Oakland Cemetery at 4:28 p.m. Sunday. Responders located a pickup truck, which was engulfed in flames."

Quote: "Doug says Jason would often visit Oakland cemetery to pay respects to a family members plot. Just steps away from that parcel, ashes now remain from what appears to be a fire. 'I can assume he came out here to visit T.J.,' says Wing. 'Probably had issues with his vehicle. One thing led to another.'"

Note: 'Mommy, how did the people on Earth die?' 'Oh, honey, one thing led to another.' Here's a Google Maps link of the area...

2018-09-30 - Small plane bursts into flame right after takeoff then crashes and burns at airport in Kernville (California):

Quote: "Witnesses say the plane was taking off when it caught fire just as it was off the ground."

Note: This is the 160th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-09-30 - Auto salvage yard fire breaks out in Grays Ferry area in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), 900 feet from the Schuylkill River:

Quote: "Philadelphia firefighters are battling a junkyard fire in the city's Grays Ferry section Sunday night. It is happening near 29th Street and Grays Ferry Avenue."

Note: This is at least the seventh salvage yard to burn in two months in Philadelphia alone. One or two you could maybe chalk up to coincidence, but seven? That's not a coincidence, that's a pattern...

2018-09-30 - Chemical plant devastated by massive blaze in Kotputli (India):

2018-09-30 - Temperatures at the North Pole are at least 10C above normal:

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