Thursday, November 1, 2018

2018 - OCT - Spotlight Stories

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2018-10-01 - Passenger plane's landing gear bursts into flame at coastal JFK Airport (New York):

Quote: "Delta flight no. 420, a Boeing B763, experienced a main landing gear fire just before 7:30 p.m., according to the FAA."

2018-10-01 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in Indianapolis (Indiana):

Quote: "A flight coming from Detroit to St. Louis was diverted to Indianapolis Monday afternoon around 4:30 pm CT. The pilot of the Airbus 319  reported an odor of smoke in the cockpit."

2018-10-01 - Four planes, boat and jet ski destroyed by fire, three more planes damaged, while parked in hangar at New River Valley Airport in Dublin (Virginia):

Quote: "According to Mitchell, four aircraft, a boat and a personal watercraft stored in the hangar appear to be damaged beyond repair. The three other aircraft are 'questionable.' They’ll have to be evaluated for airworthiness before a decision is made."

Note: These are the 161st, 162nd, 163rd, 164th, 165th and 166th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018, and this is the 879th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-09-10 - Passenger has 'medical event' on passenger plane, two more passengers have medical problems, plane makes emergency landing in coastal Norfolk (Virginia):

Quote: "According to a spokesperson with the Administration and Operations division of the Norfolk Airport Authority, the plane landed around 8:05 a.m. due to a passenger who was experiencing a medical event. The passenger was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Shortly thereafter, two other passengers complained of unrelated symptoms and were also taken to the hospital."

Quote: "According to Steve Sterling, the media contact for the Norfolk Airport Authority, the plane was flying from Newark, New Jersey to the Dominican Republic when a passenger fell ill while in the air, which prompted the emergency landing around 8 a.m. The passenger was taken to a local hospital. JetBlue assigned the different aircraft to take the remaining passengers to the Dominican Republic, but while the passengers were waiting, two more fell ill. Both were taken to a local hospital too. The illnesses of the passengers do not appear to be connected, according to Sterling."

Note: Somehow three people sickening on the same plane just doesn't seem like an unrelated coincidence to me...

2018-10-01 - Death toll from magnitude 7.5 earthquake and tsunami rises to 1234+ in Palu (Indonesia), aftershocks continue:

Quote: "To date, at least 1,234 people have died in the catastrophe, but a local report has described scenes of widespread tragedy, with 'bodies everywhere.'"

2018-10-01 - Study highlights loss and damage in mountain cryosphere caused by global warming:

2018-10-01 - Climate and Extreme Weather News #138, September 21-30, 2018:

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2018-10-02 - Rotten egg odor, likely hydrogen sulfide, hits cities along broad swath of the coast in California as well as a school in coastal Torrance (California):

Quote: "Hundreds of Orange County residents and others, many from the beach cities, reported smelling a natural gas or methane-type odor in the air this week. The reports came mainly from Huntington Beach and Seal Beach, South Coast Air Quality Management District officials said on Tuesday, Oct. 3. But they were also from Costa Mesa, Sunset Beach, Fountain Valley and Garden Grove, and up the coast as well, from San Pedro, Wilmington, Carson and Los Angeles. According to district officials, they had received more than 400 complaints about the smell. The source of the odor was unclear."

Quote: "A similar odor impacted Torrance on Tuesday morning, Oct. 2, prompting a school to be put on lockdown. Torrance firefighters told school staffers that the smell was from a natural phenomenon of gas released from the ocean floor that drifts inland, Assistant Principal James Ashikawa said."

Quote: "Since the odors typically occur near the coast while winds are blowing from the ocean toward land, the primary source or sources are thought to be offshore. The Huntington Beach Fire Department wrote on its Facebook page that the source was a naturally occurring 'methane plume' from the ocean. But methane in its natural state has no odor and is not among chief culprits being considered by AQMD."

Quote: "Torrance firefighters arrived at the school and told staff members the odor was a natural phenomenon of gas released from the ocean floor passing through the area, Ashikawa said in the email. That phenomenon is an underwater methane pocket just off the Redondo Beach breakwall that occasionally releases gas, officials say, which then drifts inland."

Quote: "It’s most likely hydrogen sulfide, which has a pungent sulfur odor and is added to natural gas and other odorless toxins to help quickly identify potentially dangerous leaks. But it is also found in oil fields and other petroleum operations, and can arise from rotting organic matter such as seaweed, algae blooms and dead fish."

Quote: "'At higher concentrations, (hydrogen sulfide) can create a health hazard,' Avol said. There is no indication that the compound is at those concentration levels."

Note: Those ocean floor gas releases spew methane AND hydrogen sulfide, not just methane. The 'gas odor' at the school was thus hydrogen sulfide, though there may have been some methane present too, but nobody would smell that, since methane is odorless. Also, they don't add hydrogen sulfide to natural gas, they add methyl mercaptan, which has the same rotten egg odor and is made with hydrogen sulfide. (Methyl mercaptan is also similarly poisonous.) So a huge area of the coast in California just got hit by hydrogen sulfide. I don't doubt that they're measuring it in low concentrations, so far. But the problem is the nature of the gas. Being a heavier than air gas, it tends to flow into low-lying areas and then it will concentrate, and low concentrations then become higher concentrations. It may be fine where they have a meter but a mile away in a valley it could concentrate enough to knock a person dead. So if you're walking around or driving around on the coast in California and you blunder into an invisible cloud of hydrogen sulfide that has concentrated in a low-lying area or blown up out of a low-lying area after concentrating, that may be the last thing you ever do...

2018-10-02 - Unknown rotten egg odor evacuates school in Ennis (Ireland), 2 miles from the coast:

Quote: "Gardaí closed New Road to traffic while fire crews carried out an investigation of the area. Using gas detectors, firefighters took readings but found no evidence of gas."

Quote: "One theory is that the pungent odour may have come from a passing lorry. A smell lingered in the air for a time but was later confirmed not to be gas."

Note: So it smelled like natural gas - e.g. a rotten egg odor - but it wasn't natural gas. There are not a lot of things that that could be. And I certainly wouldn't use the complete lack of evidence that a truck had anything to do with this to jump to the conclusion that a truck had something to do with this...

2018-10-02 - Man found dead in burning car in Lockport (Kentucky), near the Kentucky River:

2018-10-02 - Woman, 37, found on fire inside garage at home saying 'The demons need to get out', in San Antonio (Texas):

Quote: "Rose Garcia and her daughter were returning to their home after dropping off Garcia's grandchildren at school when they noticed the unusual and disturbing sight -- a woman engulfed in flames, standing inside the burning garage."

Quote: "Garcia said the image was haunting, but the woman’s words were equally as disturbing. 'We were, like, shocked and she kept saying, "The demons need to get out,"' she said. Paramedics rushed the woman to a hospital for treatment. Early on, fire investigators said they had no information on her at all, although neighbors say she told them she is 37 years old. Investigators also were not able to determine the cause of the fire right away."

2018-10-02 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, pile of scrap cars burns, in Greeneville (Tennessee):

Quote: "No one was injured in the fire that started in a pile of vehicles with crushed tops at the business, 1310 W. Main St."

2018-10-02 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, pile of scrap cars burns, in Durham (North Carolina):

Quote: "Responding firefighters found a 'pile of scrap vehicles' on fire at Elite Scrap Metals."

2018-10-02 - Metal recycling center erupts in flame, fire gets huge, in Monroe (Nebraska):

Quote: "The cause of a massive fire at a scrap metal recycling center in Monroe is under investigation."

2018-10-02 - Electrical power station heavily damaged by huge fire in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia):

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2018-10-03 - Bank hit by hydrogen sulfide, people sickened, in West Des Moines (Iowa):

Quote: "Officials detected low levels of sewer gas inside the building. The gas can make people nauseated, but does not require treatment or hospitalization, Edgar said."

Note: Well, unless it's at 1 part per thousand or greater in concentration in which case you won't need treatment, but you will need a coffin. 'Sewer gas' is the colloquial name for hydrogen sulfide. Sometimes that term is used for methane as well, but since methane is odorless and they smelled the gas here, that means it was hydrogen sulfide...

2018-10-03 - Person found on fire near gas station in Portland (Oregon):

Quote: "A person was hospitalized after suffering second- and third-degree burns on 90 percent of their body Wednesday in Southeast Portland, an official said. The person, who hasn't been publicly identified, was reported to be on fire near a gas station at Southeast 82nd Avenue and Washington Street, said Lt. Rich Chatman, a Portland Fire & Rescue spokesman."

2018-10-03 - Underground electrical fire breaks out and utility pole ignites in coastal Queens (New York):

2018-10-03 - Transformer bursts into flame and causes blackouts in Watertown (New York):

2018-10-03 - Transformer explodes in Mississauga (Canada), blackouts ensue:

Quote: "On Wednesday evening, Mississauga skies were lit up by a massive transformer explosion, which caused power failure throughout the city."

2018-10-03 - Australia hires six large air tankers for their bushfire season:

2018-10-03 - SUV bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads, home destroyed, in coastal Hernando Beach (Florida), 100 feet from the ocean, nobody there:

2018-10-03 - Pickup truck bursts into flame while parked in garage at home, fire spreads, home destroyed, in Butte (Montana):

Quote: "While it's unknown exactly what ignited the fire, Doherty said it was sparked somewhere inside the vehicle."

2018-10-03 - Tree stump ignites on Beresford Avenue in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Beresford Avenue, Beverley Road, Hull. Wed 3 Oct 2018 07:35 (No:22158) Tree stump involved in fire. One hose reel in use."

2018-10-03 - Rooftop AC unit bursts into flame shortly before 2 AM at cinema in coastal Hazlet (New Jersey):

2018-10-03 - Underwater volcano Kick 'em Jenny rumbling near Grenada:

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2018-10-04 - Hundreds of methane craters found at the bottom of the Barents Sea, caused by events similar to the recent exploding methane craters in Siberia:

Quote: "Now, scientists at the Centre for Arctic Gas Hydrates, Environment and Climate (CAGE) at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway, have collected new geophysical data on the craters in the area. But instead of finding just a few craters, researchers found hundreds of them. They range in size from 300 to 1000 metres in diameter. And they have been blown out of solid bedrock. The craters are what remain after a methane gas explosion. Or more correctly: gas blow-outs."

Quote: "The researchers in Tromsø expect further blow-outs, as some gas chambers have not yet blown, and others are slowly building up pressure again."

Quote: "Andreassen thinks there will be more large blow-outs in the ocean floor south of Svalbard, as the seabed becomes warmer and gas-hydrate reservoirs thaw."

Quote: "Andreassen says there is probably even more methane gas locked in the seabed around Greenland and in the Arctic Ocean than is found in the Barents Sea. That could lead to some extremely large craters."

Quote: "Researchers have now examined satellite images of northern Siberian from a few years back and looked at the area where the explosions occurred. They found that the year before the huge crater appeared, there were large pingos in the same place. Pingos are found in the arctic and are usually raised hills, like a giant pimple, with a core of ice. In this case, however, the pingos must have been filled with gas in the form of ice, bound up with water in gas hydrates and permafrost. Russian scientists have now mapped 7,000 gas-filled pingos that are poking through the thawing permafrost, visible in satellite images that illustrate how the pingos form and grow, published in The Siberian Times."

2018-10-04 - Unknown chemical odor sickens flight attendants on passenger plane in coastal Miami (Florida):

Quote: "A Delta flight from Miami to Atlanta was delayed Thursday morning after three flight attendants felt sick and were taken to a hospital. According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, the flight attendants smelled a chemical odor shortly after boarding the airplane and then reported feeling ill."

2018-10-04 - Unknown odor blows through coastal Chula Vista (California):

Quote: "Chula Vistans are taking to social media to express their distaste with a foreign odor wafting over the city. They don’t know what it is or where it’s coming from, but residents are upset by the strange odor they say has been around for a few days. Joyce Romio lives right next door to Otay Landfill and she swears the stench isn’t coming from there. 'I know that smell, unfortunately,' she said."

2018-10-04 - Mysterious explosion shakes homes in coastal Perak (Indonesia):

Quote: "THE Meteorological Department has confirmed that a mysterious explosion followed by a tremor felt in several areas in Perak, particularly in Ipoh, was not caused by an earthquake. Its director-general, Alui Bahari, said the sound of the blast and tremor had nothing to do with the earthquake-tsunami that recently hit Indonesia, killing thousands."

2018-10-04 - Oil well site rocked by explosion, building destroyed, south of Gillette (Wyoming), 3 injured:

2018-10-04 - Thermal power plant damaged by fire in coastal Yeosu (South Korea), 1 killed, 4 injured:

2018-10-04 - Power plant hit by fire, large oil tank burns, in Oklahoma City (Oklahoma):

2018-10-04 - More than 20 cars destroyed by fire at 4:05 AM while parked at Nissan dealership in Bury St Edmunds (Britain):

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2018-10-05 - As the oceans warm, the Gulf of St. Lawrence losing oxygen:

Quote: "But now there are concerns that a different North American gulf is also losing oxygen. And it’s closer to home. The Gulf of St. Lawrence is warming — and losing oxygen faster — than almost any region in the world’s oceans, closing in on becoming hypoxic in some areas as well. That’s the findings of a new study by scientists based at the University of Washington."

2018-10-05 - Passenger plane engine bursts into flame, plane makes emergency landing in Shiraz (Iran):

Quote: "An Iranian Airbus A320 airplane bound from Shiraz to Muscat was forced to make an immediate return after one of its engines caught fire shortly after take-off on Friday, while it has 102 passengers on board."

2018-10-05 - Russian MiG-29 fighter jet ignites and crashes into forest near Dmitrovskoye (Russia), both pilots eject:

Quote: "Russia’s Channel 5 reported earlier that the MiG-29 had made an emergency landing at the Zhukovsky airport in Moscow Region after a fire erupted in the cabin during a test flight. According to the media outlet, one person was injured in the incident."

Quote: "One of the engines of the jet caught fire and the blaze led to the plane crash, sources familiar with the situation revealed."

Note: These are the 1667h and 168th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-10-05 - Waste wood recycling center hit by fire at 12:22 AM, 100 tons of wood chips burn, in Greenford suburb of coastal London (Britain):

2018-10-05 - Car bursts into flame while parked inside warehouse, fire spreads to warehouse, in Montana Vista (Texas):

Quote: "The owner of the warehouse told reporter Holly Bock that a car inside the building sparked the fire."

2018-10-05 - Car bursts into flame while parked at library in coastal Greenwich (Connecticut):

2018-10-05 - Car bursts into flame in the wee hours while parked at home in Longmeadow (Massachusetts):

Quote: "Police Officer Kevin Rowley, on routine patrol, helped residents safely escape their home early Friday after he saw a car burst into flames in their driveway."

2018-10-05 - Hundreds of birds found dead in Mokotów, Warsaw (Poland), near the Vistula River:,Hundreds-of-birds-found-dead-in-Warsaw

2018-10-05 - Naked man runs around in traffic, gets arrested, goes into medical distress and dies, in Little Italy area in coastal San Diego (California):

Note: The Little Italy neighborhood is a block from the waterfront. Also, this area is less than 80 miles southeast of the swath of coastal area that was just hit by hydrogen sulfide blowing in off the ocean, mentioned in the 2018-10-02 update...

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2018-10-06 - Waste disposal site devastated by massive fire before 4 AM in Pueblo (Colorado):

2018-10-06 - Recycling center hit by fire, 400 mattresses burn, in coastal Melbourne (Australia):

2018-10-06 - Recycling center erupts in flame, fire gets huge, in Convoy (Ireland):

2018-10-06 - Several large vehicles go up in flames at pallet business in Bartow County (Georgia):

Quote: "The fire happened at Taylor Pallet Company Saturday afternoon. Firefighters told 11Alive several large vehicles were damaged."

2018-10-06 - Palm tree plantations destroyed by inferno in the New Valley (Egypt):

Quote: "The fire — the biggest in the history of the New Valley in south-western Egypt — erupted Friday evening in the village of Al Rashida and raged on till Saturday morning, prompting the army to dispatch helicopters to help extinguish it before it could spread to houses. The exact cause of the fire was not clear yet."

2018-10-06 - Warming to exacerbate the occurrence of wildfires in Mediterranean Europe:

2018-10-06 - Lifeguards sickening, afraid to go to work, in coastal Palm Beach County (Florida):

2018-10-06 - Magnitude 5.9 earthquake and magnitude 5.2 aftershock strike near coastal Port-de-Paix (Haiti), 12+ killed:

2018-10-06 - Indonesia mulls declaring quake-flattened villages mass graves:

Quote: "More bodies were unearthed from the earthquake-and-tsunami-ravaged Indonesian city of Palu on Saturday, as authorities move closer to calling off the search for the dead trapped under flattened communities and declaring them mass graves. Officials said Saturday the death toll had climbed to 1,649, with more than a thousand feared still missing in the seaside city on Sulawesi island."

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2018-10-07 - IPCC scientists issue life-or-death warning on global warming:

Quote: "Preventing an extra single degree of heat could make a life-or-death difference in the next few decades for multitudes of people and ecosystems on this fast-warming planet, an international panel of scientists reported Sunday. But they provide little hope the world will rise to the challenge."

Note: Preventing that much warming is impossible. Even if every power plant and car were scrapped and every single human being blew their brains out, today, the methane now spewing from the permafrost and the seas in the Arctic would cause waaaay more than that much warming through unstoppable feedbacks that are already in progress and escalating rapidly. So their hearts are in the right place - and I presume they also don't wanna die - but realistically, logically, they're seeking a goal that's not possible. The best we can do is slow down our extinction, and even then not by much, and that's assuming we were even seriously making the effort to slow our demise, and we are, if anything, working to HASTEN our extermination. Pursuing the recommended goals would help postpone - not avoid - human extinction, but hey, the more postponing we can do the better if you're one of those wanna-stay-alive types...

2018-10-07 - Trump administration has entered Stage 5 climate denial:

2018-10-07 - Person found dead in burning pickup truck in the wee hours near Northway and Parking Street in Greendale (Wisconsin):

2018-10-07 - Passenger plane engine bursts into flame at McCarran Airport in Las Vegas (Nevada):

Quote: "A JetBlue flight with 146 people on board experienced an engine fire and had to return to the gate after it was extinguished just before noon Sunday at McCarran International Airport."

Note: This is the 169th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-10-07 - Tanker ship 'Feng Huang AO' disabled by fire off the coast of Massachusetts:

Quote: "The Coast Guard says a tanker loaded with asphalt has been safely towed to New York after an engine-room fire in the Atlantic Ocean more than 50 miles (80 kilometers) off Massachusetts. The 479-foot (146-meter) Feng Huang AO arrived Monday, three days after the fire. On-board fire suppression systems extinguished the blaze without any injuries to the 21-member crew, but the main engine and electrical generators were disabled with the ship 57 miles (92 kilometers) southeast of Nantucket, Massachusetts."

2018-10-07 - At least 86 boats and 4 vehicles destroyed by fire at 5:22 AM at boat storage business in Buford (Georgia), 2200 feet from Lake Lanier:

Quote: "An early morning fire at Buford Dam Road Boat Storage, just south of the Hall County line, destroyed 86 boats and four vehicles, according to Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services. An adjoining motorcycle shop also was damaged in the blaze, which was reported at 5:22 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, by an employee who provides security overnight."

2018-10-07 - Two boats destroyed by fire while parked at business on Sawmill Creek Road in coastal Sitka (Alaska):

2018-10-07 - Yacht bursts into flame while docked on coastal Shelter Island (California):

Quote: "A fire broke out on a boat around 9:30 p.m. Sunday night. The boat was at 2330 Shelter Island Drive, near Bali Hai. Officials say the boat was a 40 inch vessel."

Note: A yacht for really tiny people! Heh, they must have meant feet, not inches. These are the 888th-977th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-10-07 - Hurricane Michael strengthens, churns toward Florida:

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2018-10-08 - Man found dead in burning SUV at 3:20 AM at The Creeks Apartments in River Ridge (Louisiana):

Quote: "Sheriff Joseph Lopinto reports headquarters received multiple calls around 3:20 Monday morning about a vehicle fire inside the The Creeks Apartments in River Ridge. Members of the Jefferson Parish Fire Department were called out to extinguish the fire. Inside, the vehicle an unidentified victim was found sitting  on the driver’s side unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at the scene."

Quote: "The body in River Ridge was the first of two recovered by the Sheriff's Office on Monday. An unidentified man was found floating on the Jefferson Parish side of the 17th Street Canal, just south of Pump Station No. 6 in Old Metairie around 10 a.m., Sheriff Joseph Lopinto said."

2018-10-08 - RV goes up in flames and kills man and woman at 3 AM in Mills (Wyoming):

Quote: "The Natrona County Coroner's Office says a second person has died as a result of a motor home fire in Mills early Monday morning."

Note: This is the 441st RV to burn/explode in 2018, and this is the 16th deadly RV fire in 2018...

2018-10-08 - RV trailer goes up in flames just before 6 AM and kills person on Pooh Lane in Dameron (West Virginia):

2018-10-08 - RV trailer goes up in flames and kills woman near Riceville (Tennessee):

Quote: "When they arrived, they found a camper on fire and were able to extinguish it, but the body of a woman — identified as Brenda Sue Combs, 59 — was found inside the camper."

2018-10-08 - Canada's largest refinery rocked by explosion and fire in coastal Saint John (Canada):

Quote: "Irving Oil Ltd., which owns and operates the 320,000-barrel-a-day refinery, reported the 'major incident' Monday morning, while local media said witnesses reported a 'bed-shaking explosion' followed by a large fire. Video images of the scene showed flames several stories high shooting up from the plant, along with tall plumes of white and black smoke."

2018-10-08 - Hurricane Michael strengthens, takes aim at the Florida Panhandle, evacuations ensue in Florida, Georgia and Alabama:

Quote: "Worried meteorologists now expect a strengthening Hurricane Michael to slam into the Florida Panhandle as one of the worst storms in the region's history. The National Hurricane Center's late Tuesday forecast predicted the storm would approach the central Panhandle region Wednesday as a Category 4 storm with sustained winds around 130 mph (210 kph)."

Quote: "In its bulletin, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) said: 'Some further strengthening is expected overnight and on Wednesday, and Michael is forecast to become a category four hurricane before it makes landfall.'"

Quote: "A Category 4 or stronger hurricane has never made landfall on the Florida Panhandle."

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2018-10-09 - Climate change even worse than stated in the dire IPCC report:

Quote: "Jamie Henn, co-founder and the program director for the international climate group, stated in a tweet on Tuesday, the 'scariest thing about the IPCC Report' is the fact that 'it’s the watered down, consensus version. The latest science is much, much, much more terrifying.'"

Note: Tipping points have already passed. The end of the world has begun and it is unstoppable...

2018-10-09 - Foul odor hits coastal Karachi (Pakistan):

Quote: "A foul smell has engulfed many localities of the port city since Tuesday night. Many on social media were confused and wondered where the smell originated from. World Wide Fund (WWF) Pakistan adviser Mohammad Moazzam Khan said that the stench emanates from the rotting of phytoplankton plant that washes ashore at the end of the monsoon season."

Note: Anaerobic breakdown of biomatter - dead stuff like plankton or algae or fish or seaweed, sewage and sh#t, etc - creates hydrogen sulfide, so that's what they were smelling. The same thing is happening in the Caribbean now as massive quantities of Sargassum seaweed inundate beaches and rot, and the same thing is happening along the coasts of Florida as dead fish and red tide rot. It's just the smell of death and decay spreading across the dying planet, no big deal!

2018-10-09 - Ice melting on Earth at an accelerating rate, rate has tripled in 10 years in Antarctica, trillions of tons of ice gone since 1992:

Quote: "Much of the frozen water portion of the Earth, otherwise known as the cryosphere, is melting. This is not news: It’s been happening for decades. What is news is that the long-term melting trends in the Arctic, Antarctica, and with most land-based glaciers are accelerating, often at shocking rates, largely due to human-caused climate change."

Quote: "Antarctica is melting three times as fast as it was just 10 years ago, alarming scientists. A study earlier this year showed 3 trillion tons of ice had disappeared since 1992. That is the equivalent of enough water to cover the entire state of Texas with 13 feet of water, and raise global sea levels a third of an inch."

2018-10-09 - Refinery explodes and burns near the Sava River in Bosanski Brod (Bosnia), at the border with Croatia, 8 injured:

Quote: "'This was a strong explosion and the detonation could be heard in Slavonski Brod,' Kerkez told Reuters, referring to the town just across the Sava River in Croatia."

Quote: "It was reported that a foul stench spread in the vicinity of the plant."

Note: The last major refinery explosion was waaaay back on...the day before, when Canada's biggest refinery was rocked by a huge explosion and fire in coastal Saint John (Canada), mentioned in the 2018-10-08 update. From the full hypothesis: "Likewise, chemical plants of all types will burn and/or explode, including biofuels plants, fertilizer plants, specialty chemical plants, petroleum-related facilities and more."

2018-10-09 - Chemical plant damaged by fire at 4:14 AM near the Mississippi River in Plaquemine (Louisiana):

2018-10-09 - Ammunition depot explodes and burns at 4:22 AM near Chernigov (Ukraine), thousands evacuated:

Note: From the full hypothesis: "Ammo depots will be hit with explosions and fires, including the civilian versions like fireworks factories."

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2018-10-10 - Unknown noxious odor blows through large swath of coastal London (Britain):

Quote: "People of London reported about a mysterious odor, described as 'acrid, noxious,' most likely a 'chemical smell' across parts of city Wednesday night. The smell appeared to be affecting areas stretching from Victoria to Wapping in east London as well as areas in the south-east such as Bermondsey, Rotherhithe and Camberwell. Panic struck among Londoners as some described the smell as 'Dettol meets battery acid.' Lana Preston, 51, of Bermondsey, told the BBC she was worried it might be 'something hazardous or poisonous. It's like a very strong smell - like a sweet rubber smell. I've never smelt anything like it,' she said, adding the smell could be linked to a foggy haze over London."

2018-10-10 - Unknown odor evacuates school in Hartford (Connecticut):

Quote: "Hartford Public High School was evacuated on Wednesday morning because of a strange odor. School officials said the odor was detected in several classrooms. They did not believe a gas leak was the cause."

2018-10-10 - Passenger plane engine damaged by explosion, plane makes emergency landing in coastal Fort Myers (Florida);

Quote: "The pilot operating a United Airlines flight en route to New Jersey was forced to make an emergency landing in Florida Wednesday afternoon following a sudden engine explosion."

Note: This is the 169th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-10-10 - Strong Category 4 Hurricane Michael roars ashore with 155 MPH winds on the Florida Panhandle:

Quote: "Michael made landfall Wednesday around 2 p.m. ET as a Category 4 storm near Mexico Beach, Florida. The strongest storm to hit the continental US since Hurricane Andrew in 1992, Michael dashed homes into pieces, swallowed marinas and left piles of rubble where shopping centers once stood."

Quote: "Michael is the strongest hurricane to strike the FL Panhandle on record. Michael is the strongest storm to make landfall in the continental US since Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Michael’s pressure (919 millibars) was lower than Hurricane Andrew and the third lowest pressure ever measured in a hurricane making landfall in the US."

Quote: "Hurricane Michael is now the first Category 3 storm to track into Georgia since the 1800s."

2018-10-10 - Huge 115-square-mile (300-square-kilometer) iceberg about to crack off in Antarctica:

Quote: "If the iceberg breaks off in one piece, it will be a whopping 115 square miles (300 square kilometers), which is even larger than the one that broke off last year. (The 2017 iceberg was 103 square miles, or 267 square km.)"

2018-10-10 - SOTT earth changes summary for September, extreme weather, planetary upheaval, meteors:

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2018-10-11 - Unknown gas odor blows through large area in coastal Oakland (California):

Quote: "Numerous reports of a strong gas-like odor Thursday morning from East Oakland to downtown prompted a precautionary evacuation of police headquarters, officials said. As of 9:30 a.m., reports had stopped but the source of the odor was never officially determined by PG&E gas service representatives,  said PG&E spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian. She said no natural gas leaks were found anywhere in the city."

2018-10-11 - Unknown gas odor evacuates Department of Children and Families building in Chelmsford (Massachusetts):

2018-10-11 - Unknown gas odor blows through coastal Portsmouth (Britain):

Quote: "A strong smell of gas around the Portsmouth region has not come from the city itself, the gas provider has confirmed. Reports have been made about a strong smell of gas in the city and surrounding towns, which has been looked into by gas company SGN. Although SGN has received a number of calls, it has confirmed that the smell is not due to an issue with its network."

Quote: "The exact source of the smell is currently unknown."

2018-10-11 - Sea ice in the central Arctic should be growing - it’s not:

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2018-10-11 - F-16 fighter jet destroyed by explosion and fire during maintenance at airbase in Florennes (Belgium):

Note: This is the 170th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-10-11 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, junk cars burn, in Otay Mesa (California):

Quote: "A similar scrap metal fire erupted in August at a junkyard about half a mile north off Heritage Road."

2018-10-11 - Climate and Extreme Weather News #140, October 8th-11th, 2018:

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2018-10-12 - Two underground explosions rock Koreatown area in coastal Los Angeles (California), 2 lightly injured:

2018-10-12 - Passenger plane destroyed by fire while parked at airport in coastal Lagos (Nigeria):

Note: This is the 171st aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-10-12 - Superyacht 'Lalibela' destroyed by fire while docked in coastal Golfe-Juan (France):

Note: This is the 989th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-10-12 - High-speed passenger train bursts into flame near Dierdorf (Germany):

Quote: "German authorities say a high-speed ICE train caught fire on the journey between Frankfurt and Cologne, causing no injuries but leading to delays along the well-traveled route. The fire broke out on the train Friday morning as it was near the town of Dierdorf. Police told the dpa news agency the train was halted and emergency crews evacuated all 510 people on board."

2018-10-12 - Gas cylinder factory devastated by massive fire and explosions in Kilsyth (Australia):

2018-10-12 - Recycling center erupts in flame on Mill Road in Edison (New Jersey):

2018-10-12 - Landfill fire breaks out in High Bullen (Britain):

2018-10-12 - Power plant damaged by fire 2200 feet from Lake Parrish in Parrish (Florida):

2018-10-12 - Paul Beckwith - abrupt climate change will rapidly blow past 1.5C and 2C:

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2018-10-13 - Unknown gas odor hits property at 2:03 AM on Hawthorne Avenue in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Hawthorn Avenue, Hull. Sat 13 Oct 2018 02:03 (No:22957) Premises searched. No gas in property; no smell of gas. Staff advised to ring Fire Service again if smell returns."

2018-10-13 - Man found dead in burning pickup truck at 12:30 AM on Arneys Mount Road in Pemberton (New Jersey):

Quote: "A man died in a vehicle fire in South Jersey early Saturday morning. Firefighters were called to Arneys Mount Road in Pemberton for a fire that extended to a nearby car around 12:30 a.m. When the fire was put under control at 12:45 a.m., firefighters discovered a deceased male in the truck. No word on what started the fire."

2018-10-13 - Man and woman found dead in SUV in Greeley (Colorado):

Quote: "Two people are dead after spending the night in an SUV in the 1400 block of 10th Street, and police say there's no sign of foul play and no obvious injuries."

2018-10-13 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in Milan (Italy):

Quote: "EasyJet flight EZY-8386 made an emergency landing in Milan, Italy, on October 11th. The plane heading from Kephalonia International Airport, Greece, to Gatwick Airport, England, was diverted after smoke was noticed in the cabin."

Note: This is the 172nd aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-10-13 - Recycling center erupts in flame in coastal Geelong (Australia):

2018-10-13 - Discount superstore heavily damaged by massive blaze in Clifton Moor (Britain):

2018-10-13 - Small plane breaks apart mid-air and crashes into the ocean near coastal Quogue (New York), 3 killed:

Quote: "Surfers alerted authorities after seeing the aircraft — flying in light rain and winds — break apart and plummet, Coast Guard officials said."

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2018-10-14 - Train car full of scrap metal bursts into flame near port in Vancouver (Canada)

Quote: "Metal recycling in a train car near the Port of Vancouver caught fire just after noon Sunday, according to city officials."

2018-10-14 - Thermal power plant heavily damaged by underground electrical fire in Sonbhadra (India):

2018-10-14 - Plastic waste storage site goes up in flames, fire gets huge, in Milan (Italy):

2018-10-14 - Motorcycle business, recycling business, other businesses and mill building destroyed by massive fire in Mechanic Falls (Maine):

Quote: "The building served several businesses, including as a warehouse for Maine Cycle, and was filled with motorcycles and parts. Corcoran Environmental Services, which recycles plastics, also operated in the former mill."

2018-10-14 - Woman, 27, strokes out at gym in coastal New York City (New York):

Quote: "'She had no conditions that we were aware of,' her brother-in-law told the station. 'She was completely healthy. The doctors can’t find the issue that caused this to happen.'"

2018-10-14 - Arctic sea ice is not refreezing:

2018-10-14 - To keep global warming under 1.5°C, emissions must go negative, IPCC says:

Note: So we need to suck from the atmosphere more greenhouse gases than all of humanity emits AND suck more greenhouse gases from the atmosphere than are belching into the skies from melting permafrost, burning forests, wetlands emissions and all other sources on the planet. I presume they don't mean this as a joke, but that's not possible. Even if somehow it WERE possible, we don't have the time left to ramp up such facilities to a scale large enough to make a significant difference before we're wiped out, sooooo...buh bye, humanity, you ARE the weakest link! I'm not against trying any or all tactics though, even if they sound kinda crazy. Hey, if all we can do is buy us a little more time, well, I'd rather have that time than not...

2018-10-14 - Trump administration launches third legal 'Hail Mary' to halt climate lawsuit by kids:

Quote: "The most powerful government in the world sure is scared of a group of young people armed with the truth..."

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2018-10-15 - Auto salvage yard heavily damaged by fire just after 1 AM in coastal Surrey (Canada), home burns separately:

2018-10-15 - Chemical factory erupts in flame in Tangra (India):

2018-10-15 - Landfill fire breaks out at 3 AM on the island of St. Croix:

2018-10-15 - Skibo Castle damaged by fire near Dornoch (Scotland), 1 mile from the coast:

Quote: "The luxury four-storey building played host to the wedding of Madonna and Guy Ritchie in 2000."

2018-10-15 - 'Very scary' and 'hyperalarming' study shows massive insect loss, cause unknown:

Quote: "In 2014, an international team of biologists estimated that, in the past 35 years, the abundance of invertebrates such as beetles and bees had decreased by 45 percent. In places where long-term insect data are available, mainly in Europe, insect numbers are plummeting. A study last year showed a 76 percent decrease in flying insects in the past few decades in German nature preserves. The latest report, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that this startling loss of insect abundance extends to the Americas. The study's authors implicate climate change in the loss of tropical invertebrates. 'This study in PNAS is a real wake-up call - a clarion call - that the phenomenon could be much, much bigger, and across many more ecosystems,' said David Wagner, an expert in invertebrate conservation at the University of Connecticut who was not involved with this research. He added: 'This is one of the most disturbing articles I have ever read.'"

Quote: "The study authors also trapped anole lizards, which eat arthropods, in the rain forest. They compared these numbers with counts from the 1970s. Anole biomass dropped by more than 30 percent. Some anole species have altogether disappeared from the interior forest. Insect-eating frogs and birds plummeted, too. Another research team used mist nets to capture birds in 1990, and again in 2005. Captures fell by about 50 percent. Garcia and Lister analyzed the data with an eye on the insectivores. The ruddy quail dove, which eats fruits and seeds, had no population change. A brilliant green bird called the Puerto Rican tody, which eats bugs almost exclusively, diminished by 90 percent. The food web appears to have been obliterated from the bottom."

Note: Lots of unknown 'rotten egg' odor events around the world, and the number of such events has been escalating. There's nothing else that that could be but hydrogen sulfide, now blowing around randomly in the atmosphere and pervading the environment. Hydrogen sulfide is a neurotoxin and so are bug sprays. Bugs are also low in mass, so it doesn't take much poison to kill them off. So they're getting poisoned out of existence, and the stuff that eats bugs is then dying off too, from starvation, and probably somewhat by poisoning as well. This same thing happened in the Permian-Triassic extinction event - that was one of the very few extinction events where even insects took a significant hit. Since the current ongoing extinction event is a repeat of the Permian-Triassic extinction event, it would actually be a little strange if insects WEREN'T taking a hit, but obviously they are.

Also, notice that it's not just bees dying off, nor just insects dying off in agricultural areas, but all insects, everywhere that we have looked. That means that 'whatever' is affecting insects is something that hits all areas of the planet. That's the atmosphere. The insects may be taking some damage from the higher UV levels from the whitening Sun too, but that wouldn't (yet) be enough to cause widespread insect die-off like we're seeing. So I am quite sure that the spread of unexplained 'rotten egg' odor incidents - concurrent with the seemingly rapid escalation in the die-off of insects - is at least the primary underlying cause of this planetary insect decline. This will probably continue to mystify scientists for a while though, because hydrogen sulfide doesn't stick around long - it kills stuff then blows onward or gets reacted away, leaving behind just dead bodies, insect, human or otherwise.

This sort of seems like an introductory scene in an end-of-the-world novel, where scientists start realizing the world is coming to an end when they start noticing the insects disappear. Except it's not a novel and our actual scientists probably aren't that smart, but it is indeed a sign - ANOTHER sign - of the end of the world.

2018-10-15 - Trump says climate change not a hoax but 'it'll change back':

Note: He's sorta right! The planet will recover just like it did after the Permian-Triassic extinction event. Of course, that will take millions of years, and the human race will be exterminated first, soon, along with most species currently existing on the planet. So yeah, things will 'change back', and the planet will recover, eventually. Minus humanity and most stuff currently alive. If he means the planet will 'change back' and humanity will continue to be able to exist on the surface of this planet, well, no, THAT is certainly not going to happen...

2018-10-15 - Huge reduction in meat-eating essential to avoid climate breakdown:

Quote: "The research also finds that enormous changes to farming are needed to avoid destroying the planet’s ability to feed the 10 billion people expected to be on the planet in a few decades."

Note: That's just poor population forecasting there. There will be 0 billion people on the planet in a few decades. Shouldn't be too hard to feed that many people - problem solved!

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2018-10-16 - Warming Arctic may will lead to methane boost, abrupt permafrost thaw:

Quote: "As Arctic permafrost thaws, greenhouse gases are released into the atmosphere. This may accelerate abrupt thawing and influence the formation of certain types of Arctic lakes, boosting emissions even further, according to new research."

2018-10-16 - Scientists project sharp declines in beer supply due to global warming:

Quote: "Even modest warming will lead to increases in drought and excessive heat events in barley-growing areas..."

2018-10-16 - RV goes up in flames before 2:35 AM and kills man near Belleview (Florida):

Note: This is the 445th RV to burn/explode in 2018, and this is the 17th deadly RV fire in 2018...

2018-10-16 - US Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet bursts into flame, plane makes emergency landing at Naval Air Station Lemoore (California):

Quote: "A Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet made an emergency landing in California earlier this month after a fire broke out in its right engine during a training flight. Navy officials are investigating what caused the fire to break out after the attack aircraft took off Oct. 4 from Naval Air Station Lemoore, where the jet is based. The Super Hornet is assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 22, the Fighting Redcocks."

Note: This is the 173rd aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-10-16 - Recycling center hit by fire, pallets and plastic burn, in Bay View area in Milwaukee (Wisconsin):

Quote: "There are reports of pallets and plastic on fire at the Cimco Recycling center."

2018-10-16 - Battery factory explodes and burns near Aradan (Iran), 21 injured:,7340,L-5372611,00.html

2018-10-16 - Heavy rain and flooding hit parts of Texas, bridge collapses in Kingsland (Texas), evacuations ensue, disaster declared, 1+ killed:

Quote: "Persistent rainstorms flooded large areas of Texas on Tuesday, causing a bridge collapse and prompting several rescues by state and local authorities. Central Texas has been inundated with rain for days and the National Weather Service issued warnings for days about the risk of flash floods caused by cresting rivers. Authorities reported section of the 2900 bridge collapsed over Lake LBJ in Kingsland on Tuesday morning."

Quote: "Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has declared a state of disaster in 18 flood-stricken counties in Central and South Texas."

Quote: "The Llano River rose to nearly 40 feet Tuesday in the city of Llano -- about 35 feet higher than it was just 24 hours earlier -- after 8 to 10 inches of rain fell in the area over the past two days, the National Weather Service said."

Note: Dayum, the river rose 35 feet in ONE DAY. That's crrrazy!

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2018-10-17 - Lake Travis spewing hydrogen sulfide after flood gates opened in Austin (Texas):

Quote: "Due to all of the flooding across the Highland Lakes region, four flood gates have been opened at Mansfield Dam. Since those flood gates were opened, a strong odor has been coming from the dam. According to officials with the Lower Colorado River Authority, the smell is from naturally occurring hydrogen sulfide gas from water being released through the dam."

Quote: "LCRA said they have monitors on-site, and the levels being released are no danger to public health."

Note: No danger unless it concentrates in low-lying areas, like ditches or basements or valleys or along rivers or streams or lakes, then it could be a danger, and it will tend to do that since it's a heavier-than-air gas...

2018-10-17 - Cracks open in the ground and spew fire in Kurnool (India):

Quote: "Panic spread among people in Marrikunta Thanda, a hilly area in Owk mandal of Kurnool district on Saturday as fire errupted from crack that developed on earth. Cracks in ground were seen up to a depth of about 200 metres and flames were seen spreading from the gaps. An electric pole was melted due to heat generated in the earth. The news spread in the surrounding villages and people in large numbers flocked to witness the fire from earth at the hamlet."

Note: Similar to that hole in the ground last month that spewed flames for half an hour at 4:15 AM in Midway (Arkansas), mentioned in the 2018-09-17 update. Also somewhat similar to the methane explosions blowing gigantic craters in the ground in Siberia...

2018-10-17 - Return of the Blob - huge patch of abnormally warm water reappears off the coast in the US Pacific Northwest and Canada:

Quote: "I guess it's apropos this Halloween 'scary movie' season that just when you thought a meteorological villain was totally vanquished a few years ago, here comes the sequel. Another 'Blob' of warm water (about 3-4 degrees Fahrenheit above normal) has spawned in the northern Pacific Ocean, according to University of Washington Atmospheric Sciences Professor Cliff Mass."

2018-10-17 - Man burns to death unsuspiciously in burning car just before 2 AM in Carlton area in Nottingham (Britain):

Quote: "Police investigating the discovery of a body following a car fire in Carlton say they are not treating the death as suspicious."

2018-10-17 - Man, 47, burns to death unsuspiciously in burning RV trailer just after 1 AM at RV park 1 mile from the coast on Sunset Lake (Oregon):

2018-10-17 - Passenger plane carrying Melania Trump hit by smoke, plane returns to Joint Base Andrews (Maryland):

Quote: "The commotion started about 10 minutes after takeoff when some Secret Service officers were seen heading toward the front of the plane. Shortly after, a thin haze of smoke was visible and there was a smell of something burning in the cabin."

Note: This is the 174th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

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2018-10-18 - Underwater methane hydrates continue melting in the Arctic, methane seeps growing in size:

Quote: "The expedition, surveying the Arctic offshore areas as sources of greenhouse gases, continues working in the Eastern Arctic seas - in the Laptev Sea and in the East Siberian Sea. The expedition is organized by the Academy of Sciences’ Viktor Ilyichev Ocean Studies and the Pyotr Shirshov Ocean Studies Institutes and Tomsk’s Polytechnic University."

Quote: "'Scientists say that in the progressing thawing of the underwater permafrost, methane’s emissions from the East Arctic’s seas may affect the planet’s entire climate system,' the ministry’s press service said."

Quote: "'As for preliminary results, which the expedition has received, we can say quite confidently that most surveyed seeps have grown in sizes after the recent studies in 2014 and 2016,' the press service quoted the expedition’s leader, Professor at the Tomsk Polytechnic University Igor Semiletov as saying."

2018-10-18 - Mysterious explosion just after 11 PM alarms people in Lakewood (Ohio):

Quote: "Lakewood police found no explanation for a loud explosion heard Thursday night by residents in the city's Birdtown neighborhood. Police received a call just after 11 p.m. about a loud explosion in the southeast corner of the city near Lakewood's border with Cleveland, Capt. Ed Hassing said. Officers searched the area but were not able to find the source of the explosion, Hassing said. There were no reports of any damage or injuries in the area, he said."

2018-10-18 - Metal recycling center erupts in flame in Wichita (Kansas):

Quote: "Firefighters are on the scene of a fire at a metal recycling plant in north Wichita. Sedgwick County dispatchers say a caller told them the fire was at a junkyard near 29th and Broadway. Crews have gone defensive on the fire."

2018-10-18 - Passenger plane hit by burning smell, plane makes emergency landing in coastal Adelaide (Australia):

Quote: "A Virgin Australia flight from Perth to Brisbane has been forced to make an emergency landing in Brisbane after passengers noticed a burning smell in the cabin."

Quote: "One passenger noted flight crew appeared to become anxious throughout the duration of the flight."

Note: Story's a little confusing. The plane was headed to Brisbane, but it made the emergency landing in Adelaide. This is the 175th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-10-18 - Four cars go up in flames inside auto shop in Fairview Heights (Illinois):

Quote: "A Mini Cooper caught fire inside a business and spread to three other cars Thursday afternoon, shutting down part of North Illinois Street as crews responded to the area."

2018-10-18 - Three cars go up in flames while parked in carpark at airport in Manchester (Britain):

2018-10-18 - UN report shows climate change causing dramatic rise in economic losses:

Quote: "The next one that is going to hit us with an explosion is heatwaves..."

2018-10-18 - Plankton moving into Arctic waters previously covered with ice could have drastic consequences:

2018-10-18 - Scientists warn world facing major famine, could lead to severe shocks to global food system:

2018-10-18 - The Human Signature: Edward Burtynsky's Anthropocene, in pictures:

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2018-10-19 - Unknown gas and/or chemical odor hits large swath of coastal Brooklyn and Staten Island (New York):

Quote: "A noxious odor is reported on Staten Island on Friday morning. Several calls complaining of gas and/or chemical smells were made from various locations on our Island and in Brooklyn on Friday, according to emergency radio transmissions. New Dorp, Dongan Hills, Rossville, Annadale, Grasmere and Arrochar are among the many neighborhoods where people are reporting the smell, according to emergency radio transmissions."

Note: Also see the cruise ship crew member, man, 45, who had a seizure on a Disney cruise ship on this day off the coast of Staten Island...

2018-10-19 - Unknown gas odor evacuates school in Richmond (Virginia):

Quote: "Lucille M. Brown Middle School on Jahnke Road was evacuated Friday morning. Richmond Public Schools spokesperson Kenita Bowers told 8News that students were evacuated as a safety precaution due to a 'gas odor.' Students were let back in the school around 9:30 a.m. It's unclear what caused the odor."

2018-10-19 - Man, 46, burns to death unsuspiciously in burning car on Wepre Drive in coastal Connah's Quay (Britain):

Quote: "Emergency services were called to the fire in Wepre Drive at 8.27am on Friday morning. The 46-year-old victim, who is from Mancot, Flintshire, suffered severe burns and has since died at a hospital on Merseyside. North Wales Police have confirmed that that the man's family have been informed and they are not treating the death as suspicious."

Quote: "We rushed into the car park and I have honestly never seen anything like it. There was a car in flames and then a guy came out completely engulfed in flames. He was kind of waddling along with his arms outstretched in a zombified state."

2018-10-19 - Man in his 40s found dead in burning car in coastal Queens (New York):

Quote: "A dead body was pulled from a flaming vehicle in Queens on Friday morning. Emergency crews responded to Northern Boulevard and Prince Street in Flushing, next to the Van Wyck Expressway, for the car fire about 8 a.m. and found a person slumped over in the driver’s seat, cops said."

2018-10-19 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane returns to coastal Lisbon (Portugal):

Quote: "A Portugália Airlines flight from Lisbon to Toulouse (France) with 72 people onboard was forced to return to the Portuguese capital shortly after take-off after smoke was detected."

Note: This is the 176th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-10-19 - Underground electrical explosion hits campus at Indiana University in Bloomington (Indiana):

2018-10-19 - Metal recycling center erupts up flame on the Mississippi River near Pig's Eye Lake in St. Paul (Minnesota):

Quote: "St. Paul firefighters spent four hours Friday night battling a stubborn fire in an industrial building on the Mississippi River near Pig’s Eye Lake. According to the Fire Department, crews responded around 7:30 p.m. to a call of smoke in the building at 1303 Red Rock Road, the address of AMG Resources, a metal recycler."

Note: Also see the college woman found dead in her dorm room in St. Paul on this day...

2018-10-19 - Businesses and vehicles increasingly being destroyed by fire on the island of Barbados:

Quote: "In the wee hours of this morning, another fire in a commercial building held the full attention of members of the Barbados Fire Service, taking this year's total to 21. This is up from six this time last year."

Quote: "Also of concern, motor vehicle fires have not quite doubled but they have increased from 35 at this time last year to 54 now."

Note: So commercial building fires are up more than 200% in the last year and vehicle fires are up more than 50% in the last year...

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2018-10-20 - Unknown odor sickens crew members on passenger plane, plane returns to coastal Adelaide (Australia):

Quote: "A JETSTAR flight from Melbourne to Adelaide was forced to turn back shortly after takeoff when an 'unusual smell' caused crew members to become unwell."

Note: A passenger plane was just hit by smoke and made an emergency landing in Adelaide two days before too, mentioned in the 2018-10-18 update...

2018-10-20 - Mysterious explosion alarms people near the coast in Acushnet (Massachusetts):

Quote: "The Office of Emergency Management in Acushnet took to Facebook Saturday night to say that at about 9 p.m. many people had reported hearing a large explosion, according to its page. The apparent explosion was heard from as far west as the Westport/Dartmouth line, Southeast to Sconticut Neck and as far north as New Bedford and Acushnet, the Facebook post reads."

2018-10-20 - Mobility scooter bursts into flame and burns 63-year-old man to death on footpath in coastal Geraldton (Australia):

Quote: "The blaze, which has been described as a 'tragic and awful' accident by police, occurred in Geraldton, 450 kilometres north of Perth, on Saturday afternoon. Sergeant Jeremy Ashworth-Preece said police received several calls from members of the public, who heard the man crying out for help but were unable to assist him because of the flames. 'The male person was on the mobility scooter and was distressed,' he said."

Note: While searching for this deadly Geraldton scooter fire story, I came across this, from August, which I missed then, so I add it now:

2018-10-20 - Mobility scooter bursts into flame at 7 AM on Church Road North in coastal Skegness (Britain):

2018-10-20 - Underground electrical fire causes blackouts in coastal Newark (New Jersey):

2018-10-20 - Underground warehouse damaged by fire in Kansas City (Missouri), 2 injured:

2018-10-20 - Mulch fire breaks out at recycling business, again, in coastal Fort Myers (Florida):

Quote: "Officials haven't said what started Saturday's fire, but if the company's name sounds familiar, it's because it's at least the third fire that has burned in less than a month at one of the two Fort Myers locations."

2018-10-20 - SUV and car destroyed by fire while parked at Olive Garden in Stroud Township (Pennsylvania):

2018-10-20 - Arctic methane update:

2018-10-20 - Global carbon emissions to hit new record:

2018-10-20 - Forests and trees dying around the world:

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2018-10-21 - Unknown strong gas odor sickens people in and around coastal Bay Point (California):

Quote: "A strong gas odor in an East Bay community has neighbors on edge. It all started on Saturday and as of Monday, there are still no answers about the fumes. KRON4 is in Bay Point with details on what may be behind the mysterious smell. The fumes were so bad, neighbors are still having side effects. One of their main concerns is if the smell is toxic. It all started late Saturday night."

Quote: "Any time some person is nauseated, throwing up, headaches, burning of the eyes, breathing issues, that's a serious issue..."

Quote: "People going toward [coastal] Benicia and as far as [coastal] Antioch could smell it."

Note: Calm down, people, you're just being gassed with poison gas!

2018-10-21 - Small plane bursts into flame during flight then crash-lands in residential area in Hurricane (Utah):

Quote: "A small aircraft with six occupants crash landed in a field off 920 West in Hurricane Sunday afternoon after the pilot performed an emergency landing when the plane caught fire during flight."

2018-10-21 - Small plane bursts into flame during flight then crashes and burns near Hagley (Australia), 1 injured:

Quote: "Tasmania Police Commander Brett Smith said it appeared the plane caught fire while it was in the air."

Note: These are the 176th and 177th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-10-21 - Underground electrical fire causes blackouts in coastal Newark (New Jersey):

2018-10-21 - Underground fire breaks out in Waco (Texas):

2018-10-21 - Underground fire breaks out in Abingdon (Virginia):

2018-10-21 - Underground explosion blows pavement apart in Barrow (Britain):

2018-10-21 - Inquest opens into deadly house fire that killed six people at midnight last year near the coast in Powys (Britain):

Quote: "Mr Hancock ruled out the possibility the fire was caused by a gas leak, after one of Mr Cutherbertson’s children had suggested that the house smelled out gas in the lead up to the blaze. Mr Hancock said: “Had there been a gas leak in the premises I’d expect to see an explosion more than a fire. 'Also you would’ve expected any fire to then burn back to the exposed pipework. That wasn’t the case.'"

Quote: "A fire investigator told the inquest copper pipes on a radiator had melted, meaning the temperature inside the farmhouse during the blaze would have exceeded 1,085 degrees."

Note: So there was a rotten egg odor, but it wasn't from natural gas, and the fire burned extremely hot. Hydrogen sulfide smells like rotten eggs, it burns very hot, and since it wouldn't have come from pipework that would explain why the fire didn't burn back to exposed pipework. The smoke from hydrogen sulfide-related fires may also be extremely lethal, which would explain why nobody survived this fire. This is most likely to happen near coasts, like the area where this home was located, and in the wee hours, like this fire...

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2018-10-22 - Unknown gas odor hits two areas in school in Lowell (Massachusetts):

Quote: "Acting Superintendent Jeannine Durkin says no gas was detected at Lowell High School after workers responded Monday morning to calls of unknown odors. In an email to a Sun reporter, Durkin wrote that the acting LHS senior custodian, the Lowell Public Schools Facilities Director and a city of Lowell HVAC technician responded to two separate calls of unknown odors at the school. One report came from library staff and the second was of a gas odor in Coburn Hall on the second floor."

Note: Excellent, no natural gas detected, so probably just some poison gas...

2018-10-22 - SUV explodes and burns and kills man in parking lot at Burchard Park in Weston (Massachusetts):

Quote: "A man was found dead in a Honda CR-V on Friday at Burchard Park in Weston following a car explosion. According to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Weston Police and Fire responded to reports of an explosion in the rear of the parking lot at Burchard Park on Concord Road at 5:30 p.m. Responders located the Honda CR-V fully engulfed in flames. Weston Fire extinguished the fire and found one man in the driver’s seat, according to the Middlesex DA’s Office."

2018-10-22 - Boy, 11, found on fire in yard in New Berlin (Wisconsin):

Quote: "Reports of an 11-year-old boy on fire led to a large police presence in New Berlin Monday afternoon, Oct. 22. Police say he was found in a neighbor's yard near Moorland and Rogers. The boy was taken to the hospital."

2018-10-22 - Chinese J-10 fighter jet bursts into flame then crashes in Zhanjiang (China), 1 killed:

Quote: "A J-10 fighter crashed in southern China in the afternoon of Oct. 18, killing the pilot. The crash occurred in the city of Zhanjiang, Guangdong Province, which is host to the first ASEAN-China Maritime Training Exercise that started on Oct. 22 and is scheduled to last until Oct. 28. A woman who works in Zhanjiang spoke with The Epoch Times about the incident on Oct. 19. She reported that the fighter caught fire while airborne and that the pilot seemed to have no chance to use his parachute."

Note: This is the 178th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-10-22 - Scrap metal business erupts in flame just before 4 AM in New Carlisle (Indiana):

Quote: "Firefighters responded to a fire at Scrap Metal Services on Smilax Road in New Carlisle Monday morning. St. Joseph County dispatch says the call came in just before four."

2018-10-22 - Underground explosion disrupts traffic in Lexington (Massachusetts):

2018-10-22 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in Mastin Moor (Britain):

2018-10-22 - Magnesium auto parts plant damaged by explosion and fire in Strathroy (Canada):

Quote: "For the second time in six months, an explosion and fire have idled production at a North American magnesium parts plant owned by supplier Meridian."

2018-10-22 - High-rise apartment building damaged by fire in coastal San Francisco (California):

Quote: "The fire broke out on the 12th floor of the Gateway Apartment building at 405 Davis Court at 5:27 p.m. and spread up to the 16th floor, according to Fire Department spokesman Jonathan Baxter."

2018-10-22 - Climate and Extreme Weather News #142, October 15th-21st, 2018:

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2018-10-23 - Unknown foul smell blows through coastal Plymouth (Britain):

2018-10-23 - Unknown gas odor hits area in Milton Keynes (Britain):

Quote: "Tuesday 23 October, 6.23pm Smell of gas, Church Lees, Great Linford, Milton Keynes. One appliance and crew from Great Holm attended. No leak detected."

2018-10-23 - Man falls into backyard fire and burns to death at home on Megown Drive in South Park (Pennsylvania):

2018-10-23 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, pile of scrap metal burns, in Brighton (Illinois):

2018-10-23 - High-rise building under construction destroyed by fire at ferry port in coastal Savona (Italy):

2018-10-23 - Underground electrical explosion and fire on Riverside Avenue hits Bristol (Connecticut):

2018-10-23 - Man, 30s or 40s, screams at 5:33 AM, climbs tree, falls and dies, in Morgantown (West Virginia):

Quote: "Morgantown Police said a man died after they found him in 'a state of psychiatric distress' near the Monongalia County Board of Education Building early Tuesday morning. Police responded to a report of someone screaming near the building just after 5:33 a.m. Officers said they found him climbing trees in the area and screaming. Police said the man then went to a wooded area near Prairie Avenue when he eventually climbed more than 50 feet up a tree. Officers tried to talk him down from the tree, according to a press release, but the man fell when he tried to jump from one tree to another. Police said he died on the scene. They have not identified him yet but believe he was in his late 30s or early 40s."

2018-10-23 - Man, 23, acts erratically at 6 AM, gets arrested, has 'medical episode', dies shortly later, in coastal Brooklyn (New York):

Quote: "A man died in police custody in Brooklyn on Tuesday morning after suffering some sort of medical episode, cops said. Police responded to the 23-year-old man’s house on 58th Street near Flatlands Avenue in Flatlands around 6 a.m. and found him acting erratically, police said. Officers put the man in handcuffs and walked him to a waiting ambulance, authorities said. Inside the ambulance, the man passed out, cops said. Officers uncuffed the man, and medics began CPR. They rushed him to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said."

2018-10-23 - Man in his 30s acts odd, breaks into home(s), strips naked, crashes van into cars, in Aliquippa (Pennsylvania), near the Ohio River:

Quote: "Aliquippa police are investigating a bizarre situation that unfolded near Davidson Street this afternoon. Around 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, police officers arrested a man near Davidson Street, but the unusual part was he was naked. His arrest comes after he was completing HVAC work at a home. The man began displaying some odd behavior. The homeowner then kicked him out and called police. 'While we were en route, this individual broke into another house next door, removed all of his clothing then proceeded to get back in his vehicle,' said Aliquippa police Sgt. Jon Cochran."

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2018-10-24 - Unknown rotten egg odor blows through large area in Houston (Texas), near the coast, courthouse evacuated:

Quote: "CenterPoint Energy says its investigation concluded there wasn’t a natural gas leak, although crews were responding to calls received about the incident."

2018-10-24 - Unknown rotten egg odor closes school for the day in Memphis (Tennessee):

Quote: "Bolton High School is dismissing early Wednesday. Shelby County Schools says crews are investigating a strong gas smell. No gas leak has been detected."

Quote: "MLGW did not detect a gas leak, but there is still a strong odor that can not be identified."

Note: From the full hypothesis: "There will be more unexplained HazMat events, often involving unusual odors. Eventually the entire populations of towns and cities will drop dead."

2018-10-24 - Metal recycling center hit by fire before 6 AM, pile of scrap metal burns, on Northend Road in Stalybridge (Britain):

Quote: "The fire measures around 10m by 50m and is 10m high. A large quantity of scrap metal from computers has caught alight and fire crews said the blaze is producing a large amount of thick acrid smoke."

2018-10-24 - Underground electrical fire disrupts trains in coastal Boston (Massachusetts):

2018-10-24 - Wildfires rage during heatwave on the Western Cape (South Africa):

2018-10-24 - Arctic sea ice extent tied for the lowest level ever (with 2016), record low sea ice around Svalbard:

2018-10-24 - Two girls planned to massacre little kids, drink their blood, maybe munch on them, then kill themselves, in Bartow (Florida):

Quote: "Two girls at a middle school in central Florida were waiting in a bathroom, planning to overpower 15 smaller students, kill them with knives and drink their blood, authorities said Wednesday."

Quote: "According to officials, the 11- and 12-year-old girls said they were Satan worshipers and were going to drink the blood of the students they killed, and possibly eat their flesh. The girls also planned to kill themselves, they said."

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2018-10-25 - Hydrogen sulfide leaking out of sewers in Edmonton (Canada), could take 25 years to fix:

Quote: "'Hydrogen sulphide trying to get out of the system is what's causing the odour issues above ground.' He said EPCOR's mitigation plan looks at ways to reduce gas and regulate how it's released. In London, for example, vent stacks placed at certain intervals release air at higher elevations, he said. The 25-year scenario, targeting the worst spots first, is estimated to cost $460 million."

Note: Might not even be worth bothering with fixing it at this point, since everybody may very well be dead by the time they could fix it, if not much sooner than that, and dead people won't care how bad the smell is. But hey, it'd give people something to do until they fall over dead or burn to death or whatnot, so that's a plus!

2018-10-25 - Unknown foul odor continues sickening people along the Mississippi River in Harahan and River Ridge (Louisiana):

Quote: "'It’s like a thick invisible fog that hits you in the face, that chases you inside. You can’t stay outside.' That's how Gerald Herbert describes the enigmatic stench that has repeatedly invaded Harahan and River Ridge for more than a year, and that residents say has triggered asthma attacks, headaches and nose bleeds. Retreating indoors provides no escape. 'It comes into your home while you’re sleeping. It will wake you up at night in your own bedroom,' Herbert said. "

Note: Shouldn't count on that 'waking up' part...

2018-10-25 - Unknown foul odor regularly hitting coastal Oxnard and coastal Port Hueneme (California):

2018-10-25 - Car bursts into flame and burns toddler to death on Waldal Drive in Wasilla (Alaska), 5.5 miles from the coast:

Quote: "A two-year-old in the valley has died today after being trapped in a car that caught fire. Early reports from the Alaska State Troopers show that near 2:30 this afternoon, they responded to a vehicle fire near Waldal Drive in Wasilla. They found a toddler had been trapped in the car when the fire started. There were no signs of foul play, but the State Fire Marshall will continue investigation."

2018-10-25 - Mysterious explosion shakes homes in and around coastal Ocean Pines (Maryland):

2018-10-25 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane returns to airport in Goffs (Canada):

Quote: "A United Express passenger jet was forced back to Halifax Stanfield International Airport just minutes after takesoff Thursday afternoon because of smoke in the cockpit, according to the Halifax airport authority."

Note: This is the 179th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-10-25 - Landfill burns for a month and still going, residents sickening, in South Fulton County (Georgia):

2018-10-25 - Metal business destroyed by huge fire at 1:30 AM in Mt. Sterling (Kentucky):

Quote: "A business is destroyed following a massive fire Thursday morning. It happened around 1:30 a.m. at Caudill Truss and Metal in Mt. Sterling."

2018-10-25 - Deadly house fires on the rise in Michigan:

Quote: "According to data from the Michigan Fire Inspectors Society, in the first 10 months of this year alone, home fire deaths in Michigan have already surpassed the total number of fire deaths recorded during all of 2017. The U.S. Fire Administration reported 91 home fire fatalities between Jan. 1 and Oct. 24. Last year 79 fatalities were reported."

2018-10-25 - Deadly house fires on the rise in North Carolina and across the US generally:

Quote: "In 2017, there were 71 deaths from house fires. This year, there have been 116 deaths -- and 31 occurred in January alone."

Quote: "We are probably in the top 10 in the country, but there is a rise nationwide..."

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2018-10-26 - Unknown rotten egg odor hits coastal Havre de Grace (Maryland):

Quote: "The Susquehanna Hose Company tweeted Friday afternoon they are investigating a natural gas smell in the Havre De Grace area and that BGE is aware."

Quote: "Fire officials in Havre de Grace have received about 20 calls for an odor, Susquehanna Hose Co. Chief Scott Hurst told 11 News. The first call came in around 11 a.m. Friday. Fire officials said the odor is not natural gas; however, they don’t know what the odor is."

2018-10-26 - Unknown chemical odor sickens cops at LAPD building in coastal Los Angeles (California):

Quote: "Shortly before 9 a.m., firefighters responded to reports of a chemical odor in the northwest quadrant of the LAPD building at 251 E. 6th St., said Margaret Stewart, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. Three officers were evaluated and are in fair condition, she said. A 38-year-old male officer was transported and treated for 'respiratory irritant' and two female adult officers were evaluated, but declined transport."

2018-10-26 - Unknown haze or mist burns peoples' eyes in Circle K in Tucson (Arizona):

Quote: "Northwest Fire's Brian Keeley said crews responded to a smokey haze inside the store that burned peoples' eyes. Crews did not find a fire at the scene, and the mist dissipated."

2018-10-26 - Plane hit by smoke, makes emergency landing in coastal Nelson (New Zealand):

Quote: "Emergency services were called to Nelson Airport tonight after reports a plane was in trouble. It is understood smoke was reported in the cockpit of the plane. Nelson Airport told Newstalk ZB the plane had landed safely."

Note: This is the 180th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-10-26 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, titanium and truck burn, in Fort Wayne (Indiana):

2018-10-26 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame in Chattanooga (Tennessee):

2018-10-26 - Recycling center hit by fire, big pile of mulch burns, in Springfield (Illinois):

2018-10-26 - Fish plant destroyed by fire at 1:15 AM in coastal O'Donnells (Canada):

Quote: "The fire is the latest blaze to have destroyed similar plants in the province over the last couple of years. In 2016, the Norman’s Cove-Long Cove fish plant burned to the ground, just months after a similar fire at the Quinlan Brother’s plant in Bay de Verde."

2018-10-26 - Wood pellet factory destroyed by fire just before 5 AM in Lake Isabella (Minnesota):

2018-10-26 - Record high number of vehicles go up in flames this year in coastal Brunei:

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2018-10-27 - Mysterious explosion and flash of light alarm people in Olean (New York):

2018-10-27 - Landfill fire continues raging and spewing toxic smoke in North Delhi (India):

2018-10-27 - Three cars destroyed by fire while parked in carpark, two more damaged, in coastal Port Talbot (Britain):

Quote: "The fire involved five vehicles - three were completely destroyed by the fire and two were partially damaged."

2018-10-27 - Transformer bursts into flame along the Pacific Coast Highway near Puerco Canyon in coastal Malibu (California):

2018-10-27 - Transformer bursts into flame on Crystal Lake Road in Tolland (Connecticut):

2018-10-27 - Flash fire kills man at home in Marine Villa area in St. Louis (Missouri), 1200 feet from the Mississippi River:

2018-10-27 - Oil tanks go up in flames near Briggsdale (Colorado), 3 injured:

2018-10-27 - Lumber yard fire rages in Brooksville (Florida):

2018-10-27 - More than 100 shanty homes destroyed by fire in Malegaon (India):

2018-10-27 - Royal Canadian Navy frigate 'HMCS Halifax' bursts into flame off the coast of Norway:

Quote: "There have been other fires onboard naval ships in the past few years."

Note: This is the 1020th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-10-27 - Paul Beckwith on the freakishly slow sea ice regrowth in the Arctic:

2018-10-27 - Mount Etna sliding into the sea in Italy, could cause catastrophe:

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2018-10-28 - Passenger plane crashes into the ocean shortly after takeoff from coastal Jakarta (Indonesia), all aboard likely killed:

Quote: "Indonesia's disaster agency says a Lion Air passenger jet crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff from Jakarta and was carrying 188 passengers and crew. Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho posted photos on Twitter of debris including a crushed smartphone, books, bags and parts of the aircraft fuselage that had been collected by search and rescue vessels that have converged on the area. He said the flight was carrying 181 passengers, including one child and two babies, and seven crew members. Indonesian TV broadcast pictures of a fuel slick and debris field."

Quote: "The Lion Air plane that crashed at sea after takeoff from Jakarta was a brand-new aircraft that has only been in use for a couple of months."

Quote: "Police busied themselves with rubber dinghies and ambulances were lined up on the shoreline, but no one pretended that any of the 189 people on board flight JT610 would be found alive. Yusuf Latief, spokesman of national search and rescue agency, said there were likely no survivors."

2018-10-28 - Pallet yard erupts in flame, fire spreads to two businesses, on Salt Lake Avenue in City of Industry (California):

Quote: "Firefighters are expected to remain overnight after a three-alarm fire damaged a pallet yard in Industry and spread to two nearby warehouses, authorities said. The fire was reported at 8:15 p.m. Saturday at 15530 Salt Lake Ave., the Los Angeles County Fire Department said. A second building was at 15600 Salt Lake Ave. At least one of the warehouses is used by a cardboard manufacturer."

2018-10-28 - Auto salvage business destroyed by fire at 3:30 AM in Edmonton (Canada):

Quote: "A fire destroyed a Pick-n-Pull shop in northwest Edmonton Sunday morning. Fire crews were called to the business — which buys and sells recycled auto parts, salvage vehicles and scrap metal — at around 3:30 a.m."

2018-10-28 - Oil depot devastated by massive inferno in coastal Tianjin (China):

2018-10-28 - Privately-owned fire truck bursts into flame on street on the West Island in Montreal (Canada):

Quote: "The vehicle is a retired 1990 E-One truck that was sold to a private owner in Montreal by the Halifax Regional Fire Department, according to a member of the Halifax Fire Department. The owner had invested 'a good deal of money' into restoring it and bringing it up to code, according to Montreal fire Chief David Shelton."

2018-10-28 - Van bursts into flame in coastal Anchorage (Alaska), man burned:

Note: Around 34 miles as the gas blows from where a car just burst into flame and burned a toddler to death in Wasilla, mentioned in the 2018-10-25 update

2018-10-28 - Climate and Extreme Weather News #143, October 21st-26th, 2018:

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2018-10-29 - Fatalities involving fires and explosions escalating in Vietnam:

Quote: "Vietnam: Fire, explosion fatalities surge in 10 months..."

2018-10-29 - Massive wildfire burns more than 2 million acres, becomes gigafire, in Australia:

2018-10-29 - Wildfire rages on the Southern Cape near coastal George (South Africa), 8+ killed:

Quote: "A raging wildfire has forced authorities to temporarily close mountains in the Southern Cape for all outdoor activities due to safety concerns."

2018-10-29 - Railroad bridge over the Grand River damaged by fire just before 6:30 AM near Chillicothe (Missouri):

2018-10-29 - 15 vehicles and garage destroyed by fire at Hixon Airfield near Stafford (Britain):

Quote: "The involves a garage unit which is 50 per cent alight, while 15 vehicles have been destroyed as the flames spread."

2018-10-29 - Pickup truck, two cars, motorcycle and home go up in flames in Palmer Township (Pennsylvania), nobody there:

Quote: "Two antique cars and a motorcycle were destroyed in the two-car garage, while a Dodge Dakota pickup in the driveway was heavily damaged, Gallagher said."

2018-10-29 - Magnitude 6.3+ earthquake strikes in the ocean near coastal Ushuaia (Argentina):

2018-10-29 - Magnitude 6.1 earthquake strikes near coastal Acajutla (El Salvador):

2018-10-29 - Magnitude 6.1 earthquake strikes north of Wellington (New Zealand):

2018-10-29 - Temperatures rising three times faster than the global average on China's Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau:

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2018-10-30 - Unknown odor sickens people at school in Eureka (Missouri):

Quote: "Dispatchers in St. Louis County confirmed they were checking the school for carbon monoxide after reports of people feeling sick. The view from Skyzoom4 showed several emergency vehicles at the school. School officials said they are doing an air quality check. Just before 9 a.m., officials told News 4 the smell is believed to have come from a consumer economics classroom. The area did not test positive for carbon monoxide."

Note: If there was an odor, it definitely was not from carbon monoxide since carbon monoxide is odorless...

2018-10-30 - Iceberg five times the size of Manhattan cracks off Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica:

Quote: "An enormous iceberg about five times the size of Manhattan broke off Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier yesterday (Oct. 29), a mere month after a crack first appeared, satellite imagery shows."

2018-10-30 - Massive Canadian glaciers shrinking rapidly:

2018-10-30 - Shipping container of scrap metal explodes at seaside port in coastal Los Angeles (Caliufornia):

Quote: "Police later said the explosion was apparently caused by combustion of scrap metals and it is being treated as an industrial accident. The scrap metal was designated for export out of the country."

2018-10-30 - Refinery rocked by explosion in coastal Delaware City (Delaware), 3 injured:

2018-10-30 - Car dealership damaged by fire at 1 AM on Ridge Pike in Plymouth Meeting (Pennsylvania), nobody there:

Quote: "Authorities say the fire began in a garage in the back of the building, and has extended to the show room. At least one vehicle also caught fire."

Quote: "The charred shells of multiple cars that were getting serviced can be seen in the now burned out shop."

2018-10-30 - Hundreds of Maseratis (!), other cars and some trucks destroyed by fire after flooding at port in coastal Savona (Italy):

Quote: "Most of the vehicles destroyed in the blaze were brand new Maserati. Several hundred were reportedly stored at the terminal ready for export to the Middle East. Lorries and other vehicles parked at the terminal were also caught in the blaze."

Quote: "This is apparently the second major fire at the same port in a week’s time, the first completely destroying the Port Authority building on the Oct. 23."

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2018-10-31 - Methane seeps growing in the sea floor and spewing increasing amounts of methane in the Arctic:

Quote: "According to specialists, the new area of methane’s massive emissions from sediments has formed recently, as only a few years earlier, during previous expeditions, that field was not found. Thus, they say, the process proves continuing anomalously quick degradation of the permafrost on the ocean floor. Scientists received another confirmation of the continuing processes as they took pictures of the Podkova (horseshoe) seep field. Seeps are areas where methane bubbles fountain from the seafloor. The field’s diameter has multiplied since the previous studies in 2014."

2018-10-31 - Oceans have absorbed far more heat than once thought:

2018-10-31 - Heatwave cooking parts of Australia before summer begins:

Quote: "Temperatures as high as 44.7C (112 deg F) break October records a month before summer arrives in Australia..."

2018-10-31 - Oakland becomes third California city to declare a climate emergency:

Quote: "Some climate scientists estimate that we are now facing up to a 3-4°C world, which could condemn us to an uninhabitable planet."

Note: The 'uninhabitable planet' part is correct. It will be far hotter than that though, and not in some distant century either since the rate of escalation is itself escalating as feedback after feedback kicks in and amplifies the other feedbacks. The planetary momentum involved is already far beyond anything that our flimsy and weak human civilization can do much about other than slightly slow things down, if even that...

2018-10-31 - Tractor goes up in flames and kills man in Pella (Iowa):

Quote: "The Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office says deputies and firefighters were called to 1476 Eaton Avenue around 3:15 p.m. on a report of a tractor fire. When emergency responders arrived, they found the operator of the tractor, 33-year-old Joshua Wooldridge, was deceased. Officials say the preliminary investigation leads them to believe Wooldridge’s death was accidental. No foul play is suspected."

Note: This is the 2297th tractor/tanker/semi to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-10-31 - Metal recycling center erupts in flame in coastal Palm River (Florida):

2018-10-31 - Royal Canadian Navy frigate 'HMCS Toronto' damaged by fire near coastal Belfast (Ireland):

Quote: "For the second time in four days, a Royal Canadian Navy frigate caught fire while deployed off Europe. Fire hit HMCS Toronto Monday as it neared Belfast for repairs after a power loss, following a blaze Friday on HMCS Halifax off Norway."

Note: This is the 1036th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-10-31 - USGS raises Yellowstone Super Volcano threat level to 'high':

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