Saturday, December 22, 2018

Event Update For 2018-12-21

The seas, lakes and oceans are now pluming deadly hydrogen sulfide and suffocating methane. Hydrogen sulfide is a highly toxic water-soluble heavier-than-air gas and will accumulate in low-lying areas. Methane is slightly more buoyant than normal air and so will be all around, but will tend to contaminate our atmosphere from the top down. These gases are sickening and killing oxygen-using life all around the world, including human life, as our atmosphere is increasingly poisoned. Because both gases are highly flammable and because our entire civilization is built around fire and flammable fuels, this is leading to more fires and explosions. This is an extinction level event and will likely decimate both the biosphere and human population and it is debatable whether humankind can survive this event.

A. More fires and more explosions, especially along the coasts, but everywhere generally.
B. Many more animal die-offs, of all kinds, and especially oceanic species.
C. More multiples of people will be found dead in their homes, as if they'd dropped dead.
D. More corpses found in low-lying areas, all over the world.
E. More unusual vehicular accidents.
F. Improved unemployment numbers as people die off.

Category: Variety Pack

2018-12-21 - Earth has seen CO2 spike before - it didn’t end well:

Quote: "During the end-Permian, chemical traces suggest, green sulfur bacteria proliferated, gassing other living things with toxic hydrogen sulfide."

Note: Volcanic eruptions burned up a crapload of oil, gas and coal in the Siberian Traps 250-ish million years ago. That caused huge amounts of CO2 to enter the atmosphere from all the burning of the fossil fuels. The oceans heated up and went anoxic. Then the ancient anaerobic bacteria and archaea that produce hydrogen sulfide went nuts reproducing and poisoned the oceans and the atmosphere, and pretty much everything died. The same thing is happening now, with just one difference: instead of volcanoes burning up tons of oil, gas and coal in one (large) geographic area, this time it's human civilization doing it anywhere and everywhere. But the Earth doesn't care who or what burns the stuff or why it burns - the Earth reacts WHEN it burns.

So we have taken the recipe for extinction from the Permian-Triassic and replaced the volcano ingredient with human civilization. Other that that, everything's the same, although we've probably burned up the oil, gas and coal FASTER than the volcanic eruptions did, so things may be worse this time around. In any case, the human race won't survive the current extinction event, nor will most species that currently exist on this planet. Oxygen-free 'dead zones' are already spreading throughout the oceans. Unexplained rotten egg odors are hitting random areas around the planet - that's hydrogen sulfide. A repeat of the Permian-Triassic extinction event is already well under way...

2018-12-21 - Passenger plane hit by unknown odor, plane returns to Brussels (Belgium):

Quote: "On 21 December, a Brussels Airlines Airbus A320 (OO-SNF) with distinctive Amare livery operating flight SN3779 to Tenerife South Airport headed back to Brussels about one hour into the flight. Crew and passengers noticed a strange smell in the cabin. The crew performed a normal landing at Brussels Airport’s runway 19."

2018-12-21 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in Times Square in coastal Manhattan (New York):

2018-12-21 - Van and home destroyed by fire just before 2:30 AM in coastal Tequesta (Florida), 1 injured:

Quote: "The whole house is gone. Her handicap van gone, all the wheelchairs and all my children's gifts that I had. I was going to mail them out this morning."

2018-12-21 - Race car and garage destroyed by fire at 4:50 AM, another race car and home damaged, in Paradise Hills area in coastal San Diego (California):

Quote: "Silva said one resident told him the two cars were used for racing. One inside the garage was destroyed and the other in the driveway was damaged. Damage was estimated at $180,000 to the garage and a small portion of the house and attic, fire spokeswoman Mónica Muñoz said. Damage to the contents of the home and garage were estimated at $40,000."

2018-12-21 - Fire air pollution reduces global terrestrial productivity:

2018-12-21 - Ferry ship 'Pasio Per Formentera' bursts into flame at 5:30 AM in coastal Gibraltar (Britain):

Quote: "Ferry PASIO PER FORMENTERA suffered fire in engine room and was disabled at around 0530 UTC Dec 21 in Gibraltar, shortly after leaving Ceuta, bound for Algeciras, with more than 100 passengers on board."

2018-12-21 - Tugboat explodes, burns and sinks near coastal Gujarat (India), 3 feared dead:

2018-12-21 - Boat and dock go up in flames on coastal Captiva Island (Florida):

2018-12-21 - Migrant boat bursts into flame shortly after midnight near coastal Oran (Algeria), 20 missing:

2018-12-21 - Houseboat bursts into flame in Woodbridge, Suffolk (Britain):

Note: These are the 1165th, 1166th, 1167th, 1168th and 1169th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-12-21 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on State Highway 1 near coastal Porirua (New Zealand):

Note: This is the 722nd bus to burn in 2018...

2018-12-21 - Tanker truck bursts into flame on bridge in coastal Lagos (Nigeria):

2018-12-21 - Tractor trailer explodes and burns at gas station on Highway 58 near Bakersfield (California), 1 injured:

2018-12-21 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on US 287 near Wichita Falls (Texas):

Note: These are the 2632nd, 2633rd and 2634th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-12-21 - Box truck bursts into flame on Broad Street in Ludlow (Britain):

2018-12-21 - Pickup truck bursts into flame while parked in garage at home in Kelowna (Canada):

2018-12-21 - Two cars destroyed by fire while parked in parking lot in Hartsville (South Carolina):

2018-12-21 - Car bursts into flame while parked in parking lot in Lawton (Oklahoma):

2018-12-21 - Car bursts into flame while parked in garage at home, fire spreads to garage, in Orange County (Florida):

2018-12-21 - Car bursts into flame while parked near structure on Lebanon Road in Coldspring (New York):

2018-12-21 - Car bursts into flame on SE Airoso Boulevard in coastal Port St. Lucie (Florida):

2018-12-21 - Car bursts into flame on I-95 near coastal Stuart (Florida):

2018-12-21 - Car bursts into flame on I-95 in coastal Old Lyme (Connecticut):

2018-12-21 - Car bursts into flame on I-75 in Cincinnati (Ohio):

2018-12-21 - Car bursts into flame on Route 28 near Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania):

2018-12-21 - Car bursts into flame on highway near Tysons (Virginia):

2018-12-21 - Car bursts into flame shortly after 1 AM while parked in garage at home in Yellowknife (Canada):

2018-12-21 - Car bursts into flame near university in Bruce (Australia):

2018-12-21 - Car bursts into flame at the Marathon Mall in coastal Nassau (Bahamas):

2018-12-21 - Car bursts into flame on St Johns Road in coastal Exeter (Britain):

2018-12-21 - Car bursts into flame on the A41 in Aston Clinton (Britain):

Quote: "Friday 21 December, 6.58pm Car on fire, A41, Aston Clinton Bypass, Aston Clinton. Two appliances and crews from Aylesbury attended. Firefighters used one set of breathing apparatus and one hose reel jet."

2018-12-21 - Vehicle bursts into flame at 12:06 AM on the M6 near Kirby Lonsdale (Britain):

Quote: "Vehicle Fire, M6 Junction 36-37(South Lakeland) 21 Dec 2018 At 00:06 on 21st December 2018 three fire engines from Kirkby Lonsdale, Milnthorpe and Sedbergh attended a vehicle fire on the M6 between J36 to J37. Crews used two Breathing apparatus and a hose reel to extinguish the fire. They where on scene for approximately one hour and twenty minutes."

2018-12-21 - Motorcycle bursts into flame at home, fire spreads to shed, on Barn Orchard in Cranbrook (Britain):

2018-12-21 - Motorcycle bursts into flame on Woodheys Park in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Woodheys Park, Hull. Fri 21 Dec 2018 14:38 (No:28079) Motorcycle fire. One hose reel in use."

2018-12-21 - Cars and auto business go up in flames in Grantville area in coastal San Diego (California):

2018-12-21 - Car dealership damaged by fire in Las Vegas (Nevada):

2018-12-21 - Car dealership destroyed by fire in Plainfield (Indiana):

2018-12-21 - Auto shop damaged by fire before 3 AM in Richmond (Virginia):

2018-12-21 - Auto shop destroyed by huge fire near coastal Durban (South Africa):

2018-12-21 - Farm machinery destroyed by fire inside barn at 6 AM in Northcott (Britain):

2018-12-21 - Barn destroyed by fire on Maiden Lane in Durham (Connecticut):

2018-12-21 - Barn heavily damaged by fire at 1:30 AM in Milton (Canada), 5 horses killed:

2018-12-21 - Police academy training complex damaged by fire at 1:30 AM in coastal Cranston (Rhode Island):

2018-12-21 - Warehouse heavily damaged by fire in Otay Mesa (California), nobody there:

2018-12-21 - Cabinet business heavily damaged by fire in Oklahoma City (Oklahoma):

2018-12-21 - Daycare destroyed by fire at 2:41 AM in Farrell (Pennsylvania), nobody there:

2018-12-21 - Garage destroyed by fire at home in Pavilion (New York):

2018-12-21 - Home damaged by garage fire just after 2 AM in Las Vegas (Nevada):

2018-12-21 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Balsam Road in Richmond (Virginia):

2018-12-21 - Home destroyed by fire on Lake Road in Andover (Connecticut), near Andover Lake:

2018-12-21 - Home destroyed by fire in Indian Valley (Virginia):

2018-12-21 - Duplex destroyed by fire in the Bywater area in coastal New Orleans (Louisiana):

2018-12-21 - Motel damaged by fire in coastal Edmonds (Washington), 2 injured:

2018-12-21 - Deadly fire burns home at 2:10 AM in Little Rock (Arkansas), 1 killed:

2018-12-21 - Deadly fire destroys home at 1:30 AM in Buffalo (New York), 2 killed, 1 injured:

2018-12-21 - Deadly fire burns apartment building at 4 AM in coastal San Jose (California), 1 killed:

2018-12-21 - Vacant home burns at 2:20 AM in Pueblo (Colorado):

2018-12-21 - Tons of fish found dead in lagoon in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil):

2018-12-21 - Manatee deaths hit 790 this year in Florida, may set record:

2018-12-21 - Mother and son, 90 and 57, found dead in home in Cumberland Township (Pennsylvania):

2018-12-21 - Two students die in river in Thrissur (India):

2018-12-21 - Girl, 5, loses consciousness at home, dies shortly later, in Easthampton (Massachusetts):

2018-12-21 - Woman, mid-60s, found dead in the water near coastal San Pedro (California):

2018-12-21 - Person found dead near motel in Hesperia (California):

2018-12-21 - Man found dead in the water at boat basin in coastal Ketchikan (Alaska):

2018-12-21 - Man, 52, found dead near canal near cemetery in Nampa (Idaho):

2018-12-21 - Man, 88, found dead in creek in Damascus Township (Pennsylvania):

2018-12-21 - Man found dead near Lake Havasu City (Arizona):

2018-12-21 - Infant found dead at home in coastal Napier (New Zealand)

2018-12-21 - Man dies in the water at Maraetotara Falls (New Zealand):

2018-12-21 - Woman, 52, drops dead at home in coastal Holyhead (Britain):

2018-12-21 - Man, 59, has 'medical emergency', multiple cars crash, on the Kennedy Expressway in Chicago (Illinois), 1 killed:

Quote: "Authorities believe the crash was the result of a 59-year-old man suffering a medical emergency."

2018-12-21 - Man, 70, has 'medical episode', car hits SUV, on Seawright Drive in coastal Savannah (Georgia), 1 killed:

Quote: "Around 11:20 a.m. Friday, John W. Douglas, 70, of Savannah, was traveling south on Seawright Drive when he had what is believed to be a medical episode that caused him to disregard the traffic signal at Eisenhower Drive. This resulted in his vehicle hitting a Toyota Sequoia that was traveling west on Eisenhower Drive."

2018-12-21 - Cargo plane crashes near Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo), 7 killed:

2018-12-21 - Train crashes into school bus near Nis (Serbia), 5 killed, 30 injured:

2018-12-21 - School bus plunges 500 meters off mountain near Ramri (Nepal), 21 killed, 15 injured:

2018-12-21 - Tractor trailer overturns at 12:15 AM on US 29 near Lovingston (Virginia):

2018-12-21 - SUV crashes into convenience store in coastal Boston (Massachusetts):

2018-12-21 - Two cars collide head-on just before 11 PM, fire erupts, near Tecate (California), 2 killed:

2018-12-21 - Man looking 'like the walking dead' attempts to break down woman's door in coastal Myrtle Beach (South Carolina):

Quote: "According to Savannah Brotherton, the man looked to be covered in mud and 'looked like the walking dead'. She called the police at around 10:20 p.m. Officers arrived within four minutes. According to Cpl. Thomas Vest with the Myrtle Beach Police Department, officers found the man in a ditch and took him to the hospital for treatment. 'He has not been charged with any crime,' said Vest. 'We feel that seeking medical attention for him was the best course of action.'"

2018-12-21 - Sinkhole opens in field in Monaghan (Ireland):

2018-12-21 - Five-story building collapses in coastal Manhattan (New York):

2018-12-21 - Water main breaks and sends people fleeing in coastal Los Angeles (California):

2018-12-21 - Man has 'medical emergency' and collapses on Swadlincote Road in Woodville (Britain):

Quote: "An East Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: 'We received a call at 2.45pm on 21 December to Swadlincote Road in Woodville. The caller reported that someone was experiencing a medical emergency. We sent a paramedic in an ambulance car and a crewed ambulance to the scene and one patient was taken to Burton Queen’s Hospital.'"

2018-12-21 - NASA distorting CO2 data to downplay the situation:

2018-12-21 - Giant dust is spreading across the world, defying the laws of physics:

2018-12-21 - 'Weird noises' heard in the skies over Greenville (South Carolina):

2018-12-21 - Strange sounds recorded from the sky in Edmonton (Canada):

2018-12-21 - This was the worst week for the stock market since the financial crisis of 2008:


  1. Late night, dancin' and drinkin' at Kennett Brewing Co. in Kennett Square (PA) with Afro-Bear. Their $10 sangria is packed with fresh fruit and tastes great (I don't like their beer, though many others do). Through the 2 sets (~ 3 hrs. total) the band played at least 3 new songs, did a few covers and jammed a few times (ad-libbing rap lyrics about their chickens in one made up crowd-participation song that included us clucking and sounding like chickens), and completely switched rolls for the last song, where the lead guitar played drums, the drummer played lead, the bass player was on the keys and the singer (all 98 lbs of her) did the bass (which was approximately the same length as her height). Lots of fun here in the end times.

    Today's post shows atmospheric concentrations of the explosive and toxic H2S/CH4 mix that we've come to know through Jonny's intelligent musing. People of all ages are keeling over in the most ordinary of situations, like driving, swimming, and sleeping, while others operating or being aboard vehicles that suddenly go "off-road" or just crash around due to the driver being dead (or in the case of airplanes, experiencing "weird" odors, malfunctioning electrical systems or having engines fail, burst into flames or explode).

    i'll be trying my luck flying the day after Christmas, commenting from the CA coast (what am I NUTS?) til early Jan. if I make it there. If you don't hear from me, i'll have joined the growing list of dead people leaving Earth.

    Let's see what's up, so far today.
    Tsunami from erupting Krakatau kills at least 222 in Indonesia

    A tsunami killed at least 222 people and injured hundreds on the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra following an underwater landslide believed caused by the erupting Anak Krakatau volcano, officials and media said on Sunday.

    Hundreds of homes and other buildings were "heavily damaged" when the tsunami struck, almost without warning, along the rim of the Sunda Strait late on Saturday, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for the disaster mitigation agency, said.

    Thousands of residents were forced to evacuate to higher ground. By 1040 GMT, the disaster agency had raised the death toll to 222 from 168, with 843 injured and 28 missing. [more; < 2 min. video, 25 pics]

    Tsunami in Indonesia DESPITE NO QUAKE!

    Deadly tsunami hits Indonesia, despite no quake [~ 198.5 min. news coverage video]

    20 dead as tsunami hits Indonesia beaches – government agency [1 min. video and text]

    Hundreds of migrant families arrive at remote border crossings, overwhelming U.S. agents

    [more below]

  2. Special Report: U.S. military's new housing plagued by construction flaws

    TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Oklahoma (Reuters) - Here, near the heart of America’s “Tornado Alley,” an Air Force contractor built 398 new homes less than a decade ago, bankrolled as part of the U.S.
    government’s vow of safe shelter for the men and women who serve.

    Today the collection of cookie-cutter duplexes is showing declines more typical of aged and neglected housing. Last spring, just six years after landlord Balfour Beatty Communities finished construction, the company was forced to start replacing every foot of water line in each house to fix systemic plumbing failures. In September, the company and Air Force inspected the tiny rooms where heating, ventilation and air-conditioning equipment is housed. Half had mold or water damage. Residents complain of leaks, mold, rodents and cockroaches. [more]

    Snow to spread through Great Lakes, northeastern US prior to Christmas

    People in and around Traverse City, Michigan; Erie and Scranton, Pennsylvania; Buffalo, Syracuse and Poughkeepsie, New York; Hartford, Connecticut; and Springfield, Massachusetts, can wake up to some snow and slick patches on Monday morning. [more; not supposed to hit southeast PA, but no one knows til it happens]

    Sunday, 23 December 2018
    A Christmas provocation against Russia in the Black Sea?

    Christmas Surprise? Another US, NATO & Ukraine Planned Provocation Against Russia in Black Sea?

    NATO’s Casus Belli: Western-backed president Petro Poroshenko inspects his latest shipment of arms from the US.

    After the events this past November in Crimea’s Kerch Strait, it became clear that the US-installed Poroshenko government in Ukraine was ready and willing to initiate a staged provocation which might lead to a hot war with Russia – on behalf of Kiev’s benefactors in Washington and Brussels.

    Such a planned provocation appears to be outlined in a recent US Senate resolution floated by war hawks in the US Congress, led by Senators Dick Burbin, Chris Murphy, Ben Cardin, Jeanne Shaheen, Jim Inhoffe, Marco Rubio, Chris Coons, John Barrasso, Richard Blumenthal, Jim Risch, Tammy Baldwin, Cindy Hyde-Smith, and Sheldon Whitehouse

    Rick Wiles and his team at Tru News reveal the possibility of a Ukrainian and US-led naval confrontation with Russia, allegedly scheduled to happen as early as this Christmas Eve. While pundits may argue over the potential timeline for a staged provocation, the preponderance of evidence suggests that such a move may already be underway. [more]

    Developments in Ukraine/Donbass - 12/22/2018

    Ukrainian Deputy Calls On Poroshenko To Declare War On Russia

    [continued below]

  3. The Extinction Rebellion
    Intensifying climate change protests 'could rival Vietnam War activism'

    Mass protests of the scale held during the Vietnam War are just around the corner for people concerned about climate change, environmentalists have warned, as a growing number of activists turn their attention to those who fund fossil fuel industries. [more]

    Greta Thunberg full [3.5 min.] speech at UN Climate Change COP24 Conference [video]

    BBC's London HQ on lockdown as police clash with climate change protesters demanding corporation makes global warming its 'top editorial issue' [linked article]

    Suzie Dawson interviewed on Julian Assange

    Activists alert over possibility of Assange eviction from Ecuadorian embassy in London [~ 11.5 min. video]

    2.5 earthquake from chemical explosion at Oroville Dam - further discussion

    Is something up at Oroville Dam? [~ 45 min. Margo video+ associated articles]

    Worldwide round-up of deadly attacks and abuses against journalists in 2018 – “Violence against journalists has reached unprecedented levels this year, and the situation is now critical”

    A total of 80 journalists were killed this year, 348 are currently in prison, and 60 are being held hostage, according to the annual worldwide round-up of deadly violence and abusive treatment of journalists released today by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), which shows an unprecedented level of hostility towards media personnel. [more]

    Hemp is officially legalized with President Trump’s signature on the Farm Bill

    President Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill, which legalizes industrial hemp after decades of the crop being caught up in broader cannabis prohibition, into law on Thursday. [more]

    A ‘Gold Rush’ at The Bottom of The Ocean Could Be The Final Straw For Ecosystems

    The three main seabed mineral resources of interest are cobalt-rich crusts, manganese nodules and seafloor massive sulfides. Within continental shelf areas, additional resources include phosphorites, ironsands and diamonds. No commercial deep seabed mining has yet taken place, but Nautilus Minerals and Diamond Fields International have obtained permits to extract minerals in the Bismarck Sea and Red Sea, respectively.

    Researchers at the University of Exeter and Greenpeace are now warning that a deep sea “gold rush” for minerals and metals could wind up causing irreversible damage to what are already fragile ocean ecosystems. [more; get outta da way, kid, dere's $ involved]

    [last part below]

  4. Marine life worse off inside ‘protected’ areas, analysis reveals

    Destructive trawling is more intense inside official marine sanctuaries, while endangered fish are more common outside them, a startling analysis of Europe’s seas has revealed.

    It shows that far from conserving sealife, many legal marine protected areas (MPAs) are being damaged by industrial fishing. The work has exposed “the big lie” behind European marine conservation, experts say, with most MPAs completely open to trawling. [more]

    Risks of ‘domino effect’ of tipping points greater than thought, study says

    Policymakers have severely underestimated the risks of ecological tipping points, according to a study that shows 45% of all potential environmental collapses are interrelated and could amplify one another.
    The authors said their paper, published in the journal Science, highlights how overstressed and overlapping natural systems are combining to throw up a growing number of unwelcome surprises. [more]

    Discovery of recent Antarctic ice sheet collapse raises fears of a new global flood

    If the finding holds up, the world may need to prepare for sea level to rise farther and faster than expected: Once the ancient ice sheet collapse got going, some records suggest, ocean waters rose as fast as some 2.5 meters per century. [more]

    Giraffes just silently went to the list of endangered animals facing extinction

    The dwindling populations of giraffe species — some as low as 400 — happened so quietly that barely anyone got an idea of the tallest land animals reaching so close to disappearing off the face of Earth. They are shockingly more endangered than any gorilla. [more]

    Earthquakes in strange places: A mag 5.5 strikes Zimbabwe leaving villagers in a state of panic and terror: Not reported on USGS

    The tremor affected at least 40 homesteads [in Zimbabwe], destroying less strong buildings and granaries, and leaving cracks on some houses in the Beacon area of Chipinge, which is less than 2kms from the border with Mozambique. [more]

    Falling From Grace

    The competitive consumption lifestyle is a dead-end: morally, spiritually, intellectually, financially and environmental[ly]. Some people like to learn the hard way.

    "America’s vulnerability lies in the fact that a trade war that damages the Chinese economy also damages its own. The stock market — an indicator of confidence in where things are headed — has taken notice with yet another steep dive driven by fresh reports of a slowdown in China" [more]

    $7 Billion Wiped Out of Crypto as Bitcoin Price Drops Below $4k Once Again

    Banks Stuck With $1.6 Billion of Unsold Loans Amid Market Rout

    A rout in the once-hot market for risky corporate loans has some of Wall Street’s largest banks stuck with at least $1.6 billion of unwanted leveraged buyout debt.

    Banks including Barclays Plc, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Bank of America Corp. -- among the top providers of loans for LBOs -- have struggled in recent weeks to sell loans they’ve agreed to make for private equity deals, as concerns about the global economic outlook spurred investors to flee risky assets. [more]

  5. At least 235 dead, nearly 900 injured as tsunami hits Indonesia coastal areas (VIDEO)

    At least 235 people have been killed as a tsunami hit beaches around Sunda Strait in Indonesia on Saturday night, according to the country's officials. Dozens remain missing, and hundreds have been injured. [more; more images and 4 videos]

    Volcanic tsunami in Indonesia: New pictures and videos of the tsunami triggered by the eruptive activity of Anak Krakatau volcano

    Here a compilation of videos and pictures from the volcanic tsunami most probably triggered by the crater collapse or an underwater landslide due to the volcanic activity of Anak Krakatau volcano on December 22, 2018. [more]

    Officials said they think that the tsunami — with a wave nearly 10 feet high that hit the coast — had been caused by an undersea landslide that was set off by volcanic activity on the island of Anak Krakatau. [more; lots of videos and pics; animation]

    Hail apocalypse in Sydney, Australia: Deluge declared as catastrophe as surfers even had to shelter under their boards for protection!

    On December 20, 2018, the NSW coast was battered with hail that would easily match a mean cricket ball in a fair fight. Severe storms were reported from the Central Coast down to Kiama in the south, with icy stones up to 8cm in diameter accosting areas like Berowra on the upper North Shore and pelting out to Western Suburbs like Oran Park, Harrington Park and Casula.

    Just one day after hailstorms pummelled Sydney and the central coast, it is already the most expensive catastrophe for insurance companies this year. [more; videos of KILLER hail, pics of damage]

    BLACK BEAR NEWS 12.22.18 Risks of 'domino effect' of tipping points greater than thought, study says [` 26 min.]

    Landslide kills 5 dead following torrential rain in the Democratic Republic of Congo

    Four women and a child died when a landslide flattened their houses after heavy rain in Bukavu in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, local sources said on Saturday. [more]

    45,000 people hit by flash floods in northern Sri Lanka - 14 inches of rainfall overnight

    Havana hit by severe floods

    Huge waves have broken through Havana's sea wall, flooding the streets of the Cuban capital in scenes unknown in living memory.
    [more; 3 videos]

    Drought killing thousands of native fish along Darling, Namoi and Lachlan Rivers in New South Wales, Australia

    More than 10,000 mortalities along a 40km stretch of the Darling River were discovered by the department. [more]

    [2 from yesterday]
    6.0-magnitude quake hits 105 km WNW of Sola, Vanuatu

    7 labourers dead, 3 injured, 1 missing in landslide in Uttarakhand, India [2 videos and text]

  6. Wow, just realized, I used the quote for the quote of the day on the 21st: "We seem to move on a thin crust which may at any moment be rent by the subterranean forces slumbering below." And the next day, a volcano erupted, causing a subsurface landslide and sending that tsunami into Indonesia and killing hundreds of people.

    In 2015 I used a quote from the Don Henley song, 'Dirty Laundry', ""We got the bubble headed bleached blonde, comes on at five / She can tell you 'bout the plane crash with a gleam in her eye." I used that quote on March 21, 2015. On March 24, 2015, the Germanwings passenger plane crashed near the coast in France, killing all 150 people aboard.

    Use enough quotes and I'm sure stuff like that's bound to happen. Still, kinda freaky. If I ever use a quote of the day that mentions lottery numbers, I'm gonna go buy a ticket!