Friday, February 1, 2019

2019 - JAN - Spotlight Stories

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2019-01-01 - Unknown rotten egg odor evacuates building in Richmond (Virginia):

Quote: "Capitol Police and Richmond firefighters gave the all clear at 2:26 p.m. after a 'suspicious situation' Tuesday afternoon at the Oliver Hill Building on Capitol Square. Crews said there was a smell of natural gas at the building at 102 Governor St. and had asked visitors to avoid the area."

2019-01-01 - Minibus bursts into flame and kills 3 people in Magnitogorsk (Russia):

2019-01-01 - Beach bonfire spirals out of control and sparks firenados in coastal Scheveningen (Netherlands):

Quote: "Eyewitness and news sites shared stunning footage of the 'firenadoes' as they moved through the beach."

Note: Wow, check that out! That's not just from some bonfire!

2019-01-01 - More mysterious electrical sky events over Dublin, Ireland and amazing explosions in Kenner, Louisiana and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico:

2019-01-01 - Passenger plane engine bursts into flame, plane aborts takeoff, in coastal Newark (New Jersey):

Quote: "A United Airlines flight aborted its takeoff at Newark Airport on New Year's Day after its engine caught fire, authorities said."

2019-01-01 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in Ahmedabad (India):

Quote: "This incident comes days after another similar incident took place on December 27, when following reports of smoke, passengers who had boarded a Jet Airways flight were deboarded and moved to another plane."

Note: These are the 1st and 2nd aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-01-01 - Six people sicken and vomit on passenger plane en route to coastal Tampa (Florida):

Quote: "Six people were mysteriously sickened while on a New Year's Day flight from Cleveland to Tampa. The Airbus A321, flown by Frontier Airlines, had 226 passengers on board. Tampa International Airport officials say the six passengers on Flight 1397 were not traveling together, and their primary symptom was vomiting. The sick individuals were taken off the plane to be evaluated in Tampa."

2019-01-01 - Several passengers sicken from unknown cause at airport in coastal Baltimore (Maryland):

Quote: "Hazmat crews and police responded to BWI airport Tuesday afternoon after several passengers reported feeling ill in the baggage area."

2019-01-01 - Firefighter, man, 42, collapses and goes into cardiac arrest at station, in critical condition, in coastal Hallandale Beach (Florida):

Quote: "'He was perfectly healthy,' his wife, Rachel, said. But just last Friday, Conde was wrapping up his shift with Hallandale Beach Fire Rescue when he collapsed and went into cardiac arrest."

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2018-01-02 - Unknown foul smell blankets southern Tehran (Iran):

Quote: "Hours after Tehran was engulfed by an 'obnoxious smell' its source still remains a mystery. An expert team has been set up to find the source of an unpleasant smell which started bothering the citizens of the Iranian capital on Wednesday evening, an official with the Environment Department of Tehran Province announced. Local reports on the source of the foul smell are highly contradictory. Initial reports said that it engulfed mainly the southern part of the capital after a burst in Tehran's sewage facility at Enghelab (Revolution) street. Later reports speculated that leakages in Tehran's oil refinery, as well as in its gas pipelines were responsible. However, all these reports were later dismissed as unfounded. The department of public relations at Tehran's Sewage System officially issued a statement, declaring that there was no report of any breakage in the system."

Note: So not a gas leak or a sewage leak but the fact that people thought those might be the causes indicates that it was a rotten egg-ish odor...

2019-01-02 - Man found dead in burning car on North Bonnie Beach Place in coastal Los Angeles (California):

2019-01-02 - Car carrier ship 'Sincerity Ace' continues burning northwest of Hawaii with 3,500 Nissans aboard, 5 sailors presumed dead:

Quote: "A 650-foot car carrier that erupted in flames on New Year’s Eve has about 3,500 Nissan vehicles on board, according to a new report. Automotive News reports that the Sincerity Ace was sailing from Japan to Hawaii when a massive blaze ripped through the ship, with 21 crew members aboard. The new details come as the Coast Guard announced late Wednesday the search for one missing mariner was suspended."

Quote: "Nearby merchant vessels responded to the distress call and rescued 16 crew members, while another five mariners are presumed dead."

Quote: "The ship, which had been carrying the cars from Japan to Honolulu, is now in danger of sinking."

2019-01-02 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in Phoenix (Arizona):

Quote: "An American Airlines flight was forced into making an emergency landing on Wednesday, after what a passenger described as a 'sudden burst of smoke' on board."

2019-01-02 - Passenger plane hit by smoke at airport in Grand Junction (Colorado):

Quote: "Just after ten Wednesday morning a plane landing at the Grand Junction Regional Airport reported smoke filling the cockpit. The Allegiant Air flight number 14 had 114 people on board including the crew."

Note: These are the 3rd and 4th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2018-01-02 - Three rivers suddenly turn blood red in Malawi and Indonesia:

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2019-01-03 - Unknown rotten egg odor blows through Ithaca (New York):

Quote: "The Ithaca Fire Department alerted the community that they were looking for the source of an 'odor of gas' on Thursday evening. According to IFD, their crews were working with teams from New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) at about 7:30pm on January 3rd, after receiving multiple reports that community members smelled gas in the downtown and 'flats' area of the City of Ithaca. 'Nothing was found,' IFD public information officer Lt. Thomas T. Basher Jr. told us on Friday."

2019-01-03 - Methane beneath Greenland’s ice sheet is being released:

Quote: "An international team has found that meltwater from beneath the Greenland ice sheet is brimming with methane. The findings suggest glacial melt could provide substantial amounts of the greenhouse gas globally."

Note: And Greenland is now losing a billion tons of ice per DAY from melting...

2019-01-03 - Unknown explosion reported near Warrensburg (Missouri):

Quote: "Johnson County, Missouri’s Emergency Management team responded to multiple reports of an 'explosion' in the Warrensburg area Thursday night. According to the team’s director, they did not locate a cause for the reported explosion."

2019-01-03 - Record-breaking heatwave continues broiling parts of Australia:

2019-01-03 - Passenger plane hit by tire fire after landing in Guadalajara (Mexico):

Quote: "An Aeromexico passenger jet was evacuated Thursday after its tires caught fire while landing in the western Mexican city of Guadalajara, the airline reported."

2019-01-03 - Twin-engine plane's engine smokes, plane makes emergency landing in coastal Adelaide (Australia):

Quote: "A private charter plane has been forced to make an emergency landing shortly after taking off from Adelaide Airport after smoke was seen billowing from an engine."

Note: These are the 5th and 6th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-01-03 - Fire truck bursts into flame on Harlan Avenue in Ferndale (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Fire crews were called to Ferndale around 7:30 p.m. Thursday for a vehicle fire. According to West Hills Deputy Chief Bill Cornell, the vehicle on fire happened to be the West Hills Regional Fire Department's ladder truck. A nearby resident on Harlan Avenue said she heard a 'Boom' and came out of her house to see the truck on fire."

Note: A fire truck burst into flame the day before too, while parked inside a fire station in Manomet (Massachusetts), mentioned in the 2019-01-02 update...

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2019-01-04 - Unknown rotten egg odor once again hits Bristol (Britain), near the coast:

Quote: "A mysterious 'rotten egg' smell which is so severe it makes your nose feel like it's burning, has been reported in Emersons Green. The peculiar odour is lingering around the Lyde Green area and near to the Bristol Ring Road, this evening, Friday, January 4. Resident Dave Rollings said the stench makes him feel like his nostrils are burning."

Quote: "Throughout the summer months, scores of residents complained after the stench spread across the city."

2019-01-04 - Woman burns to death before 3:30 AM in fire outside Safeway store in coastal Rodeo (California), 2800 feet from the ocean:

2019-01-04 - Man's clothes ignite while cooking and kill him at home in Charlotte (North Carolina):

Quote: "A man was killed Friday when his clothes caught fire in a home in north Charlotte. The incident happened at a home on Skyline Drive. According to the Charlotte Fire Department, the man was found dead by a family member. Investigators say it appears the man’s clothes caught fire from the stove."

2019-01-04 - Luxury resort heavily damaged by huge fire on North Male Atall (Maldive Islands):

Quote: "The island resort, only accessible via speed boat,  was included on TripAdvisor's top five hotels in the world in 2018 and has seen celebrities along the likes of Tommy Lee and Adrien Brody stay in its villas. Horrified guest Marta Otaduy said: "We were woken up at midnight and rushed out of villas as the fire consumed part of the resort and many villas. 'There was fire on the palms that fell on the beach. We were terrified.'"

2019-01-04 - Deadly fire rips through escape room in coastal Koszalin (Poland), 5 killed, 1 injured:

Quote: "Five teenage girls celebrating their friend's birthday Friday afternoon at an escape room in Poland died in a fire, officials said. Police and fire officials are still trying to figure out how the room caught fire, killing the 15-year-old girls and causing one other person to be hospitalized with severe burns, according to CNN Polish affiliate TVN24."

Quote: "Escape rooms, in which participants are locked in a room and must solve a series of puzzles in order to get out, are popular around the world. The industry has grown rapidly in recent years. In the UK, the number of escape rooms has soared from just seven in 2013 to more than 1,000 as of last year."

2019-01-04 - Record low ice extent to start the new year in Antarctica:

Category: Fires And Explosions

2019-01-05 - Mysterious explosion rattles people in and around Goshen (Indiana):

2019-01-05 - At least 20 boats destroyed by fire shortly after 11 PM while docked in coastal Marseille (France):

Quote: "Twenty boats moored in the small port of Goudes in Marseille were hit by a violent fire Saturday night, we learned from firefighters."

2019-01-05 - Boat, two cars and building destroyed by fire at home in coastal Glenelg (Australia):

Quote: "Fire broke out in a 15m x 6m shed in the couple’s backyard just after 11am, incinerating the structure as well as two BMWs, a boat, fridge, washing machine, dryer and tools that were inside."

Note: These are 8th-28th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-01-05 - Container ship 'Yantian Express' continues burning off Halifax (Canada), crew evacuated:

Quote: "The 23-person crew of a large Nova Scotia-bound container ship bound for Halifax has been moved off the vessel due to a fire that has been burning since Thursday. The international shipping company Hapag-Lloyd, which owns the Yantian Express, currently about 1,500 kilometres southeast of Halifax, said the fire started inside a container on the forward deck and then spread to several other containers. 'The fire has not been successfully contained yet and has significantly increased in intensity at times,' the company said in a statement."

Note: This is the second huge ship to be evacuated due to fire since December 31. The other is the car carrier ship 'Sincerity Ace' loaded with 3,500 Nissans still burning in the Pacific Ocean northwest of Hawaii, last mentioned in the 2019-01-02 update...

2019-01-05 - Silo destroyed by fire and explosion at grain processing plant in Clinton (Iowa), firefighter killed, another injured:

2019-01-05 - Forklift bursts into flame at 7 AM, fire spreads to solar panels, in Bartow (Florida), $2.1 million in damages:

Quote: "An early morning fire in Polk County caused $2.1 million in damages Polk Fire Rescue says. Crews responded around 7 a.m. to a diesel forklift on fire on Bonnie Mine Road in Bartow. Authorities say the forklift was being used to unload and install solar panels. The fire quickly spread to the panels, which posed a danger to crews because the panels contain chemicals that emit carcinogens when burned."

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2019-01-06 - Rotten egg odor blows through Pflugerville and Austin (Texas):

Quote: "The distinct odor comes from oil fields in Luling and Lockhart and a spokesperson with AFD said it's normal for this time of year. When you get a cold, still night, that sulfur smell collects at the ground instead of dissipating like normal, so in the morning the wind brings up the smell and it spreads across the city. In a tweet the department said they're receiving multiple calls about a natural gas odor outside all the way from Pflugerville to East of I-35 in South Austin."

Note: Almost certainly hydrogen sulfide, probably escaping from the ground from 'sour' gas or oil in the area. It's a heavier-than-air gas so it will tend to concentrate in ravines and ditches and basements and the like. If it gets to 0.1% concentration (1 part per 1000) then it'll kill a person with one or two breaths - the 'Slaughterhouse Sledgehammer Effect', where you're dead before your body even hits the ground...

2019-01-06 - Person found dead in burned car at rest stop along the Cobb Highway in Booligal (Australia):

2019-01-06 - Malcolm Light repeats his prediction of near-term human extinction:

Quote: "Humanity is facing the final, western corporate capitalist, fossil fuel initiated, catastrophic Arctic methane hydrate destabilization and Permian style methane blowout - firestorm that will culminate in 1 to 8 years (2020 to 2027). We will all be boiled alive like lobsters in a massively humid atmosphere and converted into stardust. Recent data from the Arctic confirm an exponential rise in the temperature anomaly of the Arctic stratospheric methane which is now 65 degrees C above the normal, while it was only 20 degrees C above the normal, 6 to 8 years ago. Using this data and the recent Piomass (2017) estimates of the minimum Arctic ice shelf volume it is now possible to estimate the timing of the Arctic - Permian style methane blowout firestorm more accurately and the events are tabled below. The start date of the Permian style global extinction event may be only 18 to 19 months away."

Note: Could very well be the case. If not in 1.5 to 3 years, then it's going to happen soon enough, and once it starts, it's apt to accelerate very quickly. The firestorms will begin in the far north and work their way south. Perhaps we've already seen an inkling of that, with the unprecedented fires above the Arctic circle last year in far northern Sweden and the unprecedented peat fires breaking out in Greenland, not to mention the gigantic methane blowout craters in Siberia in the last few years. This would also explain why George W. Bush bought nearly 100,000 acres of land in Paraguay in South America - he and his family might be able to live a few years longer that far south. Once the firestorms get rolling, Mexico will probably erect a wall of military forces at their northern border to keep Americans bottled up in the US until we're all dead. Not that that will save them, since they'll be next as the firestorms continue moving southward, but they probably won't want to deal with a bunch of illegal American immigrants fleeing south into their country in desperation. That would, of course, be very ironic!

2019-01-06 - The Gathering Climate Storm and the Media Cover-up, by Dr. Andrew Glikson:

2019-01-06 - Extreme heatwave broils South America:

2019-01-06 - Utility pole bursts into flame in Maitland (Florida):

2019-01-06 - Electric wheelchair bursts into flame inside home, fire spreads, home destroyed, in Theodosia (Missouri):

Note: Just another kind of vehicle...

2019-01-06 - Portable toilet business hit by fire, portable toilets burn, in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Firefighters were called to Royal Flush, a portable toilet company at 26th and Hartranft streets, just after 6 p.m. Sunday. Several of the portable toilets caught fire."

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2019-01-07 - Titus Pond spews hydrogen sulfide in South Hadley (Massachusetts):

Quote: "A noxious odor closed Route 116 near 7-Eleven for about two hours on Monday, according to South Hadley Fire District 1, but fire officials say there is no cause for public concern. The odor was caused by hydrogen sulfide gas from Titus Pond, which sits across the street from the 7-Eleven at 426 Newton St., according to Fire District 1 Captain Jim Pula."

Note: Just some poison gas blowing around, no cause for public concern!

2019-01-07 - Unknown rotten egg odor hits courthouse in Frackville (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "The office of Magisterial District Judge Christina E. Hale, Frackville, was evacuated Monday morning after being filled with a foul odor."

Quote: "People nearby tell Newswatch 16 it smelled like rotten eggs."

2019-01-07 - Unknown rotten egg odor blows through Albrighton (Britain):

Quote: "Emergency teams were reported to have been called out on Friday. Villagers woke to the smell of gas and many contacted their gas providers. Matt Lakin from Old Hall Close, said: 'We could smell it in the house with all the windows closed and was very very strong outside.' He said he reported it to the emergency number from Cadent gas who responded saying it was a 'gas cloud' passing overhead. The company was not available to comment and West Mercia Police said it had no knowledge of the incident."

2019-01-07 - Unknown odor continues sickening people in River Ridge and Harahan (Louisiana), along the Mississippi River near the coast:

Quote: "The strange and overwhelming stench that periodically slices through River Ridge and Harahan will be the subject of a public meeting Jan. 15 at the John Curtis Christian School gymnasium, 10125 Jefferson Highway."

Quote: "Residents say the aroma causes headaches, burning eyes and noses, and scratchy throats. They’ve filed five lawsuits for relief."

2019-01-07 - RV trailer goes up in flames at 2:05 AM and kills man while parked inside building near Ranchester (Wyoming):

2019-01-07 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, scrap metal burns, in coastal Port Adelaide (Australia):

Quote: "Emergency services are responding to a large scrap metal fire at Port Adelaide that is sending plumes of smoke over the surrounding suburbs."

2019-01-07 - Pallet business goes up in flames in Elkhart (Indiana), nobody there:

Quote: "Officials responded to a business fire in Elkhart County on Monday evening. The fire took place 2400 block of CR 45 at a pallet manufacturing company.  The call came in around 6 p.m. and dispatch confirmed that multiple units were on the scene. Officials also said that four firefighters sustained minor injuries while trying to put the fire out. There were no people in the building during the fire and the cause of the blaze has still yet to be determined."

2019-01-07 - Car bursts into flame on the Southern State Parkway in North Babylon (New York), separate unconscious person too:

Quote: "While putting out the blaze, someone drove up to the scene with an unconscious person in the car. The incident was unrelated to the fire."

Note: Definitely related by timeframe, geographic area and the atmosphere...

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2019-01-08 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame in Callaway County (Missouri):

2019-01-08 - Costliest natural disaster in the world in 2018 was the wildfire that killed dozens of people and destroyed Paradise (California):

2019-01-08 - Chemical and ammunition plant damaged by explosion and fire in Oxford (Mississippi), 3+ injured:

2019-01-08 - Several luxury cars destroyed by fire while parked at Jaguar dealership on Church Street in Parramatta (Australia):

Quote: "A number of luxury cars have been destroyed on the rooftop of the Jaguar Dealership at Church Street, Parramatta."

2019-01-08 - Two men fall and die at Canary Wharf in coastal London (Britain), possible topplers:

Quote: "A man died on Tuesday after 'falling from height' in a shopping center in London's Canary Wharf, police said, the second death in the financial district in 24 hours."

Quote: "The death comes after another man died on Monday afternoon after falling from an escalator in the underground station that serves Canary Wharf."

2019-01-08 - Two passenger trains crash in Pretoria (South Africa), 4 killed, 620 injured:

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2019-01-09 - Hydrogen sulfide entering the atmosphere from the oceans proposed as kill mechanism during several major extinction events:

Quote: "We thus propose (1) chemocline upward excursion as a kill mechanism during the end-Permian, Late Devonian, and Cenomanian–Turonian extinctions, and (2) persistently high atmospheric H2S levels as a factor that impeded evolution of eukaryotic life on land during the Proterozoic."

Quote: "Note Added in Proof: Biomarker evidence consistent with the hypothesis of chemocline upward excursion at the Permian-Triassic boundary has just been reported online in Science Express (Grice et al., 2005)."

2019-01-09 - Unknown foul odor hits school and sickens students on the island of St. Croix (Virgin Islands):

Quote: "Students at two St. Croix schools will be out of class for up to a week due to a 'foul odor' that reportedly enveloped their campus Wednesday morning and led to a bevy of skin and eye irritations."

2019-01-09 - Burning water and mud explodes out of the ground and destroys road in coastal Pingtung County (Taiwan):

2019-01-09 - Woman's clothes ignite and burn her to death while burning paper and garbage at home in Brainerd (Minnesota):

2019-01-09 - Person found dead in burning car after midnight on Connally Court in East Point (Georgia):

2019-01-09 - Metal recycling center hit by huge scrap metal fire in New Carlisle (Indiana):

Quote: "Happening right now, officials are investigating a big fire that happened overnight at Scrap Metal Services in New Carlisle. Officials say a pile of materials caught fire, but at this point, it's unclear how. Crews were on scene for several hours battling the flames."

2019-01-09 - Hospital under construction devastated by massive fire in Nagpur (India), 7 injured:

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2019-01-10 - Unknown odor sickens five flight crew members on passenger plane en route to coastal Fort Lauderdale (Florida):

Quote: "American Airlines says five flight crew members asked to be hospitalized as a precaution after landing in South Florida and complaining of an odor onboard. The Miami Herald reports that two pilots and three flight attendants were taken to a hospital Thursday morning following a flight from Philadelphia to Fort Lauderdale."

2019-01-10 - Unknown rotten egg odor evacuates school in coastal Inverness (Scotland):

Quote: "No gas has been detected at a primary school that was evacuated due to a suspected leak, the fire service said. Firefighters, gas engineers and police were called to the scene at Merkinch Primary School in Telford Road, Inverness, just before 11am on Thursday."

2019-01-10 - Oceans warming at a rate equal to one atomic bomb per second for the last 150 years:

Quote: "Laure Zanna, who is the lead researcher on the study, found that the amount of energy that has been trapped is 436 ×10^21 joules. The Guardian calculated (one that has been independently verified by Fox News) that this is the equivalent of 1.5 Hiroshima bombs being dropped per second."

2019-01-10 - Unexplained explosions and flashes of light in recent years plaguing residents of South Salt Lake (Utah):

Quote: "It has been happening for years: a bright flash followed by a loud boom. South Salt Lake residents said it is a random but frequent occurrence. Karl Turley has lived near 3400 West Temple for two years, and in that time has heard the mysterious sound nearly 15 times."

2019-01-10 - Man burns to death in garage at home in St. Clair Shores (Michigan):

2019-01-10 - RV trailer goes up in flames just after midnight and kills woman near Neely (Mississippi):

2019-01-10 - Fire truck bursts into flame at 5:29 AM while parked inside fire station in coastal Los Angeles (California):

Quote: "Residents of the Cowlings and Ilium residential colleges evacuated Building 9 at USC Village Wednesday morning after smoke from a burning fire truck set off fire alarms in the building. The truck was inside Los Angeles Fire Department Station 15, which is adjacent to USC Village, said David Carlisle, assistant chief of the Department of Public Safety. 'There was a fire truck on fire inside Station 15, and the smoke from the fire drifted over to USC Village and triggered a fire alarm, which necessitated the evacuation,'  Carlisle said."

2019-01-10 - SOTT Earth changes summary for December 2018, extreme weather, planetary upheaval, meteors:

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2019-01-11 - Woman dies in burning car as car and home go up in flames at 7:03 AM in New Albany (Kentucky):

Quote: "New Albany Fire Chief Matt Juliot said the call came in at 7:03 Friday morning and by the time crews arrived at 7:07 a.m., the house in Silver Hills was fully engulfed in flames. Crews did an initial search of the home and found no one inside, but on a secondary search they found an elderly woman, later identified by WAVE as Smith, in her vehicle, which was still parked in the attached garage. She was pronounced dead at the scene."

Quote: "Juliot said fire was heaviest in the rear of the house and on the side where the garage was located."

2019-01-11 - Refinery explodes and burns in coastal Aden (Yemen):

2019-01-11 - Plastic recycling center erupts in flame, fire gets huge, in coastal Dubai (UAE):

2019-01-11 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in Erie (Pennsylvania):

2019-01-11 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in Morristown (New Jersey):

2019-01-11 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, 12 scrap cars burn, in Wellington (Britain):

Quote: "Fire involving 12 scrap cars. Crews used two main jets to extinguish fire."

2019-01-11 - Wildfire rages into coastal Franskraal (South Africa), 31+ homes destroyed:

2019-01-11 - SUV and two cars destroyed by fire at 3:28 AM while parked at apartments in coastal Oakland (California):

Quote: "Officials believe the fire accidentally started in the engine compartment of one of the vehicles. The exact cause is under investigation."

2019-01-11 - Government twin-engine plane carrying Governor Ron DeSantis makes emergency landing in coastal St. Petersburg (Florida):

Note: An unknown odor sickened five members of the flight crew on a passenger plane the day before en route to Fort Lauderdale too, mentioned in the 2019-01-10 update...

2019-01-11 - Volcano Manam erupts again, spews ash 50,000 feet into the atmosphere, in Papua New Guinea:

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2019-01-12 - Scientists issue dire warning in new study finding last year was likely the hottest on record:

2019-01-12 - A look at the Tasman Sea marine heatwave:

2019-01-12 - Unexplained explosions shake homes in southeastern Ohio:

2019-01-12 - Metal recycling plant erupts in flame, fire gets big, near coastal Auckland (New Zealand):

2019-01-12 - At least 100 cars destroyed by fire at 2:08 AM at City Hall depot in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia):

2019-01-12 - Landfill fire breaks out for sixth time in a year in Pyrzyce (Poland):,43/wysypisko-w-pyszacej-znow-plonie-szosty-raz-w-ciagu-roku,899775.html

2019-01-12 - Crane bursts into flame at the Portsmouth Marine Terminal in coastal Portsmouth (Virginia):

2019-01-12 - Minivan bursts into flame at 1 AM while parked along Allegheny Avenue in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Investigators are trying to determine what caused a minivan to catch fire on a Philadelphia sidewalk. It happened around 1 a.m. Saturday along the 2000 block of Allegheny Avenue. The charred van was parked next to a building. Fire crews got the fire under control quickly, but not before it did damage to a store. Authorities say a man was inside the van at the time, but was not hurt. Neighbors tell Action News the van had been parked in that spot for quite a while before the incident."

2019-01-12 - One-eyed cyclopian calf born in West Bengal (India):

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2019-01-13 - Renewable energy plant damaged by fire in Plainfield (Connecticut):

2019-01-13 - Lambert International Airport damaged by roof fire in St. Louis (Missouri):

2019-01-13 - Man, 69, has 'medical issue' while flying small plane, plane crashes, in McCook County (South Dakota), 1 killed:

Quote: "The pilot was reporting that he was having a medical issue that was making the plane hard to fly."

2019-01-13 - Couple on honeymoon, 30 and 29, die after being pulled from the water while snorkeling at beach in the Maldive Islands:

Quote: "According to DFA, the victims from Laguna were reportedly snorkeling before the incident happened."

2019-01-13 - Man, 66, has 'medical episode' in the water and dies at coastal Boomerang Beach (Australia), diver dies separately:

Quote: "It appears he suffered a sudden medical episode."

Quote: "Authorities believe he suffered a heart attack as a result of overexertion."

Note: So one man had a 'medical episode' and one had a heart attack, and there's another two more fatalities in the water in Australia to add to the dozens that have died similarly since summer began there. Might have to start referring to Australia as Drown Under. I wonder how many more Australians will die this way before the people who haven't died yet figure out what's going on. I guess we'll see!

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2019-01-14 - Unknown rotten egg odor sickens six students at school in coastal Peabody (Massachusetts):

Quote: "Shortly after 9 a.m., Peabody City Solicitor Michael Smerczynski, who happened to be at the high school to teach a class, came out of the building and said it was safe, but he described a smell of rotten eggs."

2019-01-14 - High school student has 'medical emergency' in swimming pool at school in coastal Atlantic City (New Jersey), 650 feet from the ocean:

Quote: "A student from Atlantic City High School was taken to the hospital Monday after reportedly experiencing a medical emergency while in the pool, police said."

2019-01-14 - Passenger plane hit by loud bang and fire, plane returns to airport in Manchester (Britain):

Quote: "The Etihad Airways flight took off from Manchester Airport at 7.28pm before returning just before 8pm after a loud noise was heard and 'small fire' broke out..."

Quote: "Passengers on a flight forced to turn back to Manchester Airport following a 'loud bang' at the back of the plane have described their terror after smoke engulfed the cabin."

Note: This is the 7th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-01-14 - Underground electrical fires cause blackouts in coastal Brooklyn (New York):

2019-01-14 - Metal recycling center erupts in flame in North Haven (Connecticut):

Quote: "Crews are responding to a fire at a recycling company in North Haven on Monday morning. According to North Haven Fire Department, there's a structure fire at Sims Metal Management on Universal Drive North."

2019-01-14 - Metal scrap yard fire breaks out in coastal Vancouver (Canada):

Quote: "A caller to NEWS 1130 says there’s quite an obvious odour in the air, 'It’s really thick, it’s very, very sort of pungent. It’s not a good odour, definitely.'"

2019-01-14 - Recycling center hit by fire just before 5 AM, compost burns, in Bakersfield (California):

2019-01-14 - Waste sorting center damaged by fire at 5:30 AM in Blenheim (New Zealand):

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2019-01-15 - Sulfur smell reported along with fish bubbling up dead near the island of Mayotte between Madagascar and Mozambique:

Quote: "A large number of dead fish emerged at various sites off the barrier reef just east/southeast of Mayotte, the oldest volcanic island in the Comoros Basin located between Madagascar and Mozambique. This is the site of an intense earthquake swarm that started in May 2018 and continues to date. Visual observations of dead fish are accompanied by a strong smell of gas, burning rubber, plastic or sulfur, officials said January 14. The information was confirmed by the representatives of the Fishermen's Cooperative of Mtsapere."

2019-01-15 - Antarctica losing six times more ice mass annually now than 40 years ago:

2019-01-15 - Brutal heatwave continues baking much of Australia, fatalities expected:

Quote: "Port Augusta in South Australia has reached 48.9C [120F] on Tuesday, as a heatwave sets in across much of Australia threatening more record hot days. All-time highest minimum temperatures have also been broken in three places. Meekatharra in Western Australia and Fowlers Gap and White Cliffs in New South Wales all registered an overnight minimum of 33C on Monday. Severe to extreme heatwave conditions extending from the interior of WA across South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, the ACT and NSW will bring maximum temperatures of 8C to 12C above average, and in some places up to 16C above average before the end of the week."

Quote: "According to the country's meteorological bureau, the past four days are among Australia's top ten warmest days on records."

2019-01-15 - Pallet yard erupts in flame, fire gets huge, on Newton Road in Wetherill Park (Australia):

2019-01-15 - In separate incidents, bus busts into flame and market destroyed by massive fire, in coastal Casablanca (Morocco):

Quote: "Casablanca witnessed two fires on Tuesday, a bus bursting into flames in the middle of a street and a wholesale vegetable market destroyed by fire."

Note: This is the 34th bus to burn in 2019...

2019-01-15 - Man, 34, goes berserk and brutally attacks people with hammer at restaurant in coastal Brooklyn (New York), 160 feet from the ocean, 1 killed, 2 injured:

Quote: "A crazed man walked into a Brooklyn seafood restaurant and beat three employees in the head with a hammer — killing one of them and critically injuring the two others — in an unprovoked attack on Tuesday evening, police said. The 34-year-old suspect, who may be emotionally disturbed, hit the three men in the head at the Seaport Buffet in Sheepshead Bay at about 5:15 p.m., police sources said. 'I heard a bunch of people screaming: "He’s killing people! Lock all the doors!"' said Samantha Randazzo, a manager at a neighboring clam bar, who rushed over to help."

Quote: "The 34-year-old suspect was taken into custody on 19th Street and Emmons Avenue, about two blocks from the restaurant. Charges are pending. He will undergo a psychiatric evaluation. It appears to have been an unprovoked attack, investigators said. A hammer was recovered at the scene."

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

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2019-01-16 - Hydrogen sulfide spewing from landfill in East Brunswick (New Jersey):

Quote: "Blame hydrogen sulfide for the 'rotten egg' odor coming from the Middlesex County Landfill (Edgeboro), the Middlesex County Utilities Authority's executive directory says. 'The rotten egg smell is bad for your nose, but very little else,' State Sen. Joseph Cryan told a packed room of residents who grilled him and other authority officials during a forum conducted Wednesday night in the township. While the smell is not harmful to residents' health, Cryan, the authority's executive director, said that officials recognize that it doesn't add to the local quality of life, and detailed an ongoing $15-million-plus capital improvement project aimed at reducing the odor."

Note: State Senator Joseph Cryan clearly doesn't know jack. Hydrogen sulfide is a deadly poison, weaponized by the British to kill German soldiers in WWI during trench warfare. It's as deadly as hydrogen cyanide, which is what they use to execute people in gas chambers. At 1 part per thousand it can kill a person with one breath, the so-called 'Slaughterhouse Sledgehammer Effect' where you're dead before your knees buckle and your corpse hits the ground. And nobody knows what it does to people who smell it regularly, even at low levels, but the effects can't possibly be good. They're probably smelling it at very low concentrations in this area, but since it's a heavier-than-air gas, it will tend to concentrate in low-lying areas when the wind isn't blowing, and who knows what concentration it might reach then. State Senator Joseph Cryan should try inhaling some 0.1% hydrogen sulfide if he's really sure it's not harmful. I'm guessing he won't do that and if he does then somebody should have a body bag handy to cart away his corpse...

2019-01-16 - Unknown rotten egg odor hits school in Utica (New York):

2019-01-16 - Oceans heating up rapidly, massive amount of heat added to the oceans in one year:

Quote: "The ocean is the hottest it's ever been, and no, this is not normal. A new report released in the journal Advances in Atmospheric Sciences on Jan. 15 reveals that ocean temperatures in 2018 reached their highest point since accurate measurements first began in the 1950s. The heat increase in the world's oceans from 2017 (the previous record holder) to 2018 is equivalent to about 388 times the total electricity generation of China in 2017, according to a statement about the research released by the Institute of Atmospheric Physics in China."

Quote: "After 2018 and 2017, the third warmest year for ocean temperatures was 2015, followed by 2016 and finally 2014."

Note: So the five warmest years ever measured for the oceans were all in the last five years. From warmest to fifth-warmest: 2018, 2017, 2015, 2016, 2014...

2019-01-16 - Theoretically, the worst of global warming could be avoided if all fossil fuel stuff immediately begins transition to zero-carbon alternatives:

Quote: "According to a new study published in the journal Nature Communications, Earth has a 64 percent chance of keeping warming under 1.5 degrees Celsius if all fossil fuel infrastructures immediately begin to transition into zero-carbon alternatives."

Note: Doesn't sound remotely possible. I mean, the Earth's own carbon emissions are rising now, and that's not going to stop and will, in fact, accelerate. Also, as a practical matter, there's no way to decarbonize 'immediately' even if there was the will to do so. So, this sounds like a pipe dream to me, some placating hopium for the masses. And even if we DID somehow miraculously achieve the impossible, then we'd lose the benefits of 'global dimming' and global temps would then quickly rise a significant amount, amplifying any number of other self-reinforcing feedbacks and thus rapidly escalating the Earth's own carbon emissions. We're now trapped in a cycle of destruction from which there is no escape and which ends with our own extinction as well as the extinction of most life on Earth. The End.

2019-01-16 - Massive explosion and flash of light reported over Mendip District (Britain):

2019-01-16 - Cargo plane bursts into flame, plane makes emergency landing in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia):

Quote: "Global cargo carrier, Cargolux Airlines flight CV703, en-route to Zhengzhou, China, returned to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) shortly after take-off today after the aircraft reportedly 'experienced fire and smoke in the cockpit'. The Luxembourg-based cargo airline in a statement said an emergency was declared after the crew reported the presence of fire and smoke in the cockpit."

Note: This is the 8th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-01-16 - Fishermen say they saw Flight MH370 come down smoking/burning and crash into the Malacca Strait:

Quote: "An Indonesian fisherman who claims to know the exact spot where the ill-fated MH370 plane crashed into the Sumatra sea has handed over the co-ordinates to investigators. Rusli Khusmin, 42, says he and his crew members witnessed the disaster, in which a Beijing-bound Malaysian Airlines flight carrying 239 people disappeared, on the morning of March 8, 2014."

Quote: "There was no noise, just black smoke as a result of fires before it crashed into the water."

Note: I've always thought that this plane either caught fire or that the pilots were gassed to death in the cockpit, and either way the plane flew on until it crashed...

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2019-01-17 - Unknown rotten egg odor evacuates post office in Clarksville (Arkansas):

Quote: "At 12:45 p.m. Thursday, January 17, employees at the Clarksville post office were evacuated when they smelled gas, according to Clarksville police."

2019-01-17 - Unknown sulfury smell hitting various neighborhoods in Coventry (Rhode Island), near the coast:

Quote: "Some residents in Coventry have been noticing an unpleasant smell in various neighborhoods across town. 'It is a very acrid, sulfur type of smell,' Coventry Town Councilman Greg Laboissonniere said. He said the odor comes and goes and is scattered throughout the town. He said it has been plaguing the area for years, but has been especially bad recently."

2019-01-17 - Eleven people sickened by unknown cause at home near Waltonville (Illinois):

Quote: "Eleven people, mostly first responders, are recovering Thursday evening after being rushed to Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon for potential exposure to a hazardous material. At this time, investigators have yet to confirm what the substance was. It all started around 10 a.m. when Litton Ambulance Service and the Waltonville Fire Department were called to a residence near the intersection of state Route 148 and Nason road for an unresponsive person. While treating the patient in the ambulance, the medic and driver started feeling sick and had to pull over and call for help. At that time, Jefferson County deputies and additional Waltonville firefighters responded. They also ended up sick."

2019-01-17 - Permafrost thawing at an increasing rate all around the world but especially in Siberia so far:

Quote: "The most dramatic warming was seen in the Siberian Arctic, where temperatures in the deep permafrost increased by 1.6 degrees Fahrenheit. 'There, in regions with more than 90 percent permafrost content, the soil temperature rose by an average of 0.30 degrees Celsius within ten years,' reports first author Dr Boris Biskaborn, a member of the research group Polar Terrestrial Environmental Systems at the Potsdam facilities of the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research."

Note: And Siberia is where the gigantic methane explosion craters have begun appearing. But those will occur elsewhere too as the warming of the planet progresses. In fact, there's a lake bubbling and frothing with methane in Canada and the permafrost is melting away in Canada too, so Canada may be the next place for methane explosions to start blowing huge craters in the ground...

2019-01-17 - Car bursts into flame and burns man to death on the way to work in Panchkula (India):

Quote: "'Soon after Chaturvedi, a senior manager with a telecom company in Panchkula, left his house for some work, his car — a Hyundai i20 — caught fire and he got trapped inside. The driver of a car that was passing through the stretch sounded the police on spotting the burning car with a man sitting inside,' said a cop.

Quote: "Sohana station house officer inspector Tarlochan Singh said, 'There seems to be no foul play. Initial investigation shows that short circuit triggered the blaze.'"

2019-01-17 - Underground electrical explosion and fire cause blackouts in Montreal (Canada):

2019-01-17 - Government shutdown taking toll on wildfire preparations:

Quote: "The winter months are critical for wildfire managers who use the break from the flames to prepare for the next onslaught, but much of that effort has ground to a halt on U.S. land because employees are furloughed. Firefighting training courses are being canceled from Tennessee to Oregon, piles of dead trees are untended in federal forests and controlled burns to thin dry vegetation aren't getting done."

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2019-01-18 - Unknown rotten egg odor evacuates school in Pikesville (Maryland):

2019-01-18 - Unknown sulfuric sewer smell reported in coastal Goleta (California):

Quote: "I live off Glen Annie, couple blocks away from Dos Pueblos High School. About 9pm my family and I noticed a weird smell, like burning sewer. After walking around the house to see if our sewer line was backing up, I walked the neighborhood and the smell seemed to be everywhere. Maybe a chimney burning trash? Anyway seeing if anyone else smelled it or if anyone had an answer for it. I feel like it mimics a smell by the Bacara Resort which sometimes has that sulphuric sewer smell."

2019-01-18 - Passenger plane engine bursts into flame after plane lands in Palm Springs (California):

Quote: "A Frontier Airlines flight from Denver caught fire after landing Palm Springs, California. Channel 2 anchor Natalie Tysdal was on flight 712. Tysdal said she and the other passengers were rushed off the plane. They could then see fire crews extinguishing a fire coming from one of the engines."

Note: This is the 9th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-01-18 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on seafront street in coastal Douglas on the Isle of Man:

Note: This is the 56th bus to burn in 2019...

2019-01-18 - Brutal heatwave continues broiling Australia:

Quote: "One town in New South Wales recorded a night-time low temperature of 35.9C – the highest minimum temperature ever recorded anywhere in Australia, the Bureau of Meteorology said."

2019-01-18 - Young sea lion found dead in pool at Banham Zoo in Norfolk (Britain):

Note: No different from the people dying in swimming pools...

2019-01-18 - Boy, 9, dies after being pulled from swimming pool at resort in Galena (Illinoia):

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2019-01-19 - Passengers start suffocating and turning green on passenger plane, plane makes emergency landing in Volgograd (Russia):

Quote: "Several passengers started to 'turn green' and complain they were 'suffocating' while the illness made its way through rows 21 and 26 in the economy cabin, The Sun reported. One passenger, Ilya Brinder, told TV360 that the sick passengers had 'greatly dilated pupils.' 'All of them had greatly dilated pupils. They were suffocating. The flight attendants were in panic, and the aircraft captain decided to make an emergency landing in Volgograd.'"

Note: Just some people going into respiratory arrest, nothing to see here, move along!

2019-01-19 - Researchers find cooling effect of aerosols in cumulus and MSC clouds twice as high as thought:

Quote: "It also shows that the heating effect of greenhouse gases is higher than has been thought because it has been mitigated by the impact of aerosols in clouds."

Note: Just think about that. If we stop polluting then the full force of global warming kicks in and we all die, and they've been direly underestimating just how much 'global dimming' has been shielding us. If we don't stop polluting then global warming continues to accelerate as it already is and we all die. So the only question is which path allows us to die off SLOWER. I think it's the path we're on right now - keep on polluting in order to keep 'global dimming' going until even that doesn't hold the beast at bay enough for us to continue surviving, and then that's it, game over. If we stop polluting now then it'll be game over even quicker. It's like we're addicted to a drug that's fatal if we keep taking it, but the withdrawal symptoms are also fatal and would kill us even faster. So either way, it's game over for humanity. We're far past the point of no return. The survival of the human race on the surface of the Earth is not on the menu of available options. All we can do at this point is try to buy ourselves a little time. Years, probably. Decades? I wouldn't bet too much on that. And the dying has already commenced. Anyone can drop dead any day now, anywhere. We're just sorting out who dies in what order...

2019-01-19 - Antarctic sea ice dips to record-low extent for early January:

Quote: "Since December 25, Antarctic ice extent has set calendar-day record lows every day for more than three solid weeks."

2019-01-19 - North American glaciers melting much faster than 10 years ago:

2019-01-19 - Underground electrical fire causes blackouts in Parkside area in Buffalo (New York):

Quote: "A fire inside a manhole in Parkside left hundreds of area residents – and the Buffalo Zoo – with no power for part of Saturday."

2019-01-19 - Equipment storage facility destroyed by huge fire at demolition business in coastal Burnaby (Canada):

Quote: "Burnaby Fire Department's Deputy Chief Dave Samson says they were called about 8 p.m. Saturday to the blaze burning in a large equipment storage facility used by a demolition business."

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2019-01-20 - Unknown rotten egg odor sickens people on Vasilyevsky Island in coastal St. Petersburg (Russia):

Quote: "Residents of Vasilievsky island in St. Petersburg complained of a strong odor. Some citizens it causes headaches, reports 'Rosbalt'. The assumption is that the smell comes from the sewer or caused by a gas leak, not confirmed. In gas service, the Agency reported that the reason is unknown."

2019-01-20 - Woman burns to death unsuspiciously in burning car on street in Edmonton (Canada):

Quote: "A woman was found dead inside a vehicle that had caught fire in northwest Edmonton on Sunday night, but after investigating, police said the death was not suspicious."

2019-01-20 - RV trailer goes up in flames and kills person at Barton Springs Campground near Normandy Lake (Tennessee):

2019-01-20 - Minivan bursts into flame on Fairfield Road on coastal Lady’s Island (South Carolina), man burned:

Quote: "A Toyota van caught fire late Sunday afternoon in front of an office building on Fairfield Road, Lady’s Island-St. Helena Fire District spokesman Scott Harris said. A passer-by saw smoke and flames coming from the van and someone inside and called 911. Firefighters arrived at about 5 p.m. to the vehicle engulfed in fire, Harris said. The flames were extinguished before they could spread to a nearby building. A male inside the van was taken to the hospital by paramedics. His condition was unknown late Sunday, Harris said."

2019-01-20 - Underground electrical fires cause blackouts in coastal Queens (New York):

2019-01-20 - Underground electrical fire causes blackouts in Ardmore (Pennsylvania):

2019-01-20 - Melting Arctic permafrost could release tons of toxic mercury:

2019-01-20 - Commercial building housing TV studios damaged by fire in coastal Washington DC:

Quote: "D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services said they responded to a fire inside a TV studio on the 8th floor of 400 North Capitol Street. The building houses several major television networks such as Fox News Channel, MSNBC and C-SPAN."

Note: First on the scene to cover this story were Fox News, MSNBC and C-SPAN!

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2019-01-21 - Unknown rotten egg odor evacuates school in Avon (Indiana):

Quote: "Avon High School is being evacuated because of the smell of gas outside of the school. It’s unclear what the source of the gas smell is."

2019-01-21 - Unknown rotten egg odor hits building in coastal Timaru (New Zealand):

Quote: "Reports of the smell of gas from a central Timaru building on Monday afternoon believed to be caused by a leaking sewer were proven to be false. Fire and Emergency New Zealand (Fenz) spokesman Brent Dunn said they were called to a building on Strathallan St about 1.40pm, after a smell of gas was reported. Fenz initially thought the smell, which was prevalent throughout the central business district, was caused by a leaking sewer. However, the Timaru District Council does not believe this was the cause. Council spokesman Stephen Doran said they found no evidence of a leaking sewer at the site."

Note: Hydrogen sulfide is commonly called 'sewer gas'. This building is less than 250 feet from the ocean. Here's a Google Maps link of the area...

2019-01-21 - Greenland ice melt quadruples in just 16 years, nears tipping point:

Quote: "Ice on Greenland is melting four times faster than it did just 16 years ago, a study reports."

Quote: "Lead author Bevis said that once the melting starts in earnest, 'there is no turning back.'"

2019-01-21 - Massive tire fire rages near the Delaware River in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

2019-01-21 - Utility pole bursts into flame and causes blackouts in Camden (New Jersey):

2019-01-21 - Transformer explodes and burns, ignites garment business and shops, in Gariahat (India):

2019-01-21 - Natural gas pipeline explodes and burns, two homes destroyed, in Noble County (Ohio):

Quote: "An explosion of an Enbridge Inc natural gas pipeline in Ohio on Monday created a fireball of flame and damaged homes, prompting the evacuation of nearby residents. The explosion occurred on Enbridge’s Texas Eastern pipeline system and appeared to have destroyed two homes, said Chasity Schmelzenbach, emergency management director for Noble County, Ohio."

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2019-01-22 - Landfill spewing rotten egg sulfury odor in coastal Virginia Beach (Virginia):

Quote: "Quite a few people who live near a private landfill in Virginia Beach are complaining about the sudden smell coming from the property."

Quote: "It's been in operation at the site for 10 years, however residents 10 On Your Side spoke to say the odor has only become unbearable in the past couple months. 'Sulfur, odor egg smell, it's just nasty.' That's how neighbor Santo Chessari described it."

Quote: "A number of emails to 10 On Your Side said the strong sulfur smell is causing them to have bad headaches."

2019-01-22 - Electrical substation damaged by explosion in Birkirkara on the island of Malta:

2019-01-22 - Underground electrical explosion blows manhole covers off in Feltonville area in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

2019-01-02 - Water treatment facility damaged by explosion and fire near Pulaski (Pennsylvania):

2019-01-22 - SUV bursts into flame at home, fire spreads to home, in coastal Mashpee (Massachusetts):

2019-01-22 - Pickup truck bursts into flame at home, fire spreads, home heavily damaged, in Chester (Virginia):

2019-01-22 - Vehicle bursts into flame while parked in garage at home, home damaged, in the Town of Montpelier (Wisconsin):

Quote: "A house in Kewaunee County was damaged by fire Tuesday. Luxemburg firefighters say they were called to a house on Church Road, near Jahnke Road in the town of Montpelier, just before noon. A vehicle in the garage was on fire."

2019-01-22 - Cars, motorcycles and home go up in flames in coastal Antioch (California):

Quote: "The fire appears burned in the garage, as well as out into the driveway, and at least a dozen motorcycles were damaged. Other cars also were burned."

2019-01-22 - Volcano Popocat├ępetl erupts and spews ash near Mexico City (Mexico):

2019-01-22 - Mount Michael erupts on Saunders Island in Antarctica:

2019-01-22 - Antarctic krill, key food source, moves southward toward Antarctica due to warming oceans:

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2019-01-23 - Unknown rotten egg odor evacuates school in Randolph (Massachusetts):

Quote: "Students at Donovan Elementary School spent most of Wednesday at the high school after a strong odor of gas prompted an evacuation in the morning. Randolph Public School Superintendent Thea Stovell said no students reported feeling sick because of the smell, which led officials to move the students to Randolph High School as a precaution."

2019-01-23 - Unknown odor in basement evacuates school in Greenville County (South Carolina):

Quote: "Greenville County Schools said Eastside High School was evacuated as a precaution Wednesday afternoon. Officials said a strange odor was detected in the basement."

2019-01-23 - Atmospheric CO2 levels hit 414 ppm:

2019-01-23 - Man drills hole in ice and methane spews out, man ignites it, on the Irtysh River in Siberia (Russia):

Note: Siberia, where the permafrost is melting and where gigantic methane explosions have begun blowing mammoth craters in the ground...

2019-01-23 - Vehicle explodes and burns and kills person at storage facility near the Juniata River in McVeytown (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Pennsylvania State Police Lewistown are investigating a fatal vehicle fire that occurred Wednesday afternoon at Route 22 Self Storage in Mifflin County, according to police scanner reports. The incident occurred at approximately 2:36 p.m., Wednesday, according to the Mifflin County Communications Center. Jayme Spickler, owner of the storage facility, confirmed that an out-of-state vehicle entered the property and 'exploded,' causing damage to some of the storage units."

2019-01-23 - Landfill fire breaks out at 2:36 AM in coastal Dunbar (Scotland):

2019-01-23 - Mysterious explosion shakes homes across four counties in Kentucky:

2019-01-23 - Record-shattering heatwave continues baking much of Australia, horses and bats dropping dead:

Quote: "Adelaide is not the only place where records have been broken. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, there have been new top temperatures at towns through South Australia. Those include: Minlaton (45.7C), Snowtown (47.3C), Parafield (46.6C), Stenhouse Bay (45.6C), Roseworthy (46.9C), Minnipa (47.3C) and Hindmarsh Island (45.2C). The town of Port Lincoln also made history, reaching 47.3C. Other locations to break records included Adelaide Airport (44.3C) and Noarlunga (44.9C)."

Quote: "Some areas have recorded temperatures above 48C, and bat deaths have been reported on a 'biblical scale'."

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2019-01-24 - Rotten egg odor once again blows through Austin and Pflugerville (Texas):

Quote: "No, you're not imagining it. There is a natural gas-like smell in the air in Austin Thursday, but you don't need to call the fire department."

2019-01-24 - On January 23 the sea surface off the coast of North America was 12.6°C or 22.6°F warmer than the 1981-2011 average:

2019-01-24 - Cargo plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in Huntington (West Virginia):

Quote: "Several area fire departments responded to a FedEx plane that landed at the Huntington Tri-State Airport with smoke in the cabin Thursday evening."

2019-01-24 - Small plane bursts into flame at airport in Jackson Hole (Wyoming):

Quote: "A fire involving a private aircraft at Jackson Hole Airport caused a fair amount of excitement Tuesday at the airport’s general aviation ramp. At approximately 12:19 pm, the airport tower was notified by a pilot that another private aircraft nearby had an engine fire."

Note: These are the 10th and 11th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-01-24 - Landfill fire breaks out in Mangaluru (India):

2019-01-24 - Dozens of wildfires rage across Tasmania (Australia):

Quote: "The Tasmania Fire Service is closely monitoring 63 active fires, with three — Tahune in the south-east, Western Hills on the west coast and the Central Plateau — the main areas of concern."

2019-01-24 - Army of crazy white rats infest town of Gattolino (Italy):

Quote: "It is like a scene from a horror film. As a car drives along a quiet road at night, hundreds of rats scuttle across the tarmac. For a few days now the small village of Gattolino (which translates roughly as 'little cat') has been battling an infestation of rodents. Locals have nicknamed the newcomers 'crazy white rats' because of their strange behaviour. They have reportedly been jumping in front of cars and killing each other. One firefighter told a local paper: “I’ve never seen anything like it before.”"

Quote: "According to the residents, the hundreds of rats are 'disturbed' and jump for cars or eat each other."

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2019-01-25 - Unknown sulfur odor sickening people in Moncks Corner (South Carolina):

Quote: "Berkeley County has now responded to concerns people have of a mysterious odor in Moncks Corner. Berkeley County Water and Sanitation says they’re working closely with South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) to find the solution to an odor coming from an area close to the Berkeley County landfill located on Highway 52. The county first believed the odor issues were caused by increased rainfall at the landfill, which produced moisture and resulted in the release of Hydrogen Sulfide gas. Now the county is broadening their scopes to try and identify where the smell is coming from."

Quote: "Residents are describing it as a 'burning sulfur' type of smell that is making them sick. Gary Weston lives right behind the landfill on Oakley Road and says the smell has been around for two years but has progressively gotten worse over the past few months. 'People are getting sick, and someone needs to do something about it. I don’t think there’s nearly enough being done,' Weston said."

Quote: "On Friday, Berkeley County sent out a news release about the odor and said they have been monitoring the landfill for Hydrogen Sulfide, but the meters have come up at zero."

Note: Maybe they're not measuring hydrogen sulfide at the landfill because it's not coming from the landfill. This area is not far from the coast...

2019-01-25 - Water pollution plant spewing rotten egg odor in Marion (Iowa):

Quote: "A citywide odor is being reported in Marion. City officials tell us the ‘rotten egg’ smell could be confused for a gas leak. The source of the citywide odor is believed to be the water pollution plant at 7525 Bertram Road. The Marion Fire Department say they want the public to be aware of this issue and emphasize the outdoor odor is not a concern."

Note: Probably just some deadly hydrogen sulfide, so why would anyone be concerned?!

2019-01-25 - Unknown rotten egg odor causes evacuations in Garland (Texas):

Quote: "Eighteen homes were evacuated this morning after a smell of gas was detected Friday morning in the 700 block of Eastern Star Drive in Garland. The Garland Fire Department reported on their Twitter account that 30 residents were displaced as they investigate the odor, which was reported at about 9:50 a.m. As of 10:30 a.m., the source of the smell hadn't been determined."

2019-01-25 - Atmospheric CO2 levels rising at a rate that is itself rising:

2019-01-25 - Vegetation may not be able to continue abating the effects of emissions from human activities:

2019-01-25 - Are we headed toward the worst-case climate change scenario?

Note: Yes, we are, a repeat of the Permian-Triassic extinction event, which will wipe the human race off the face of this planet, along with most other species...

2019-01-25 - Man runs out of home on fire and burns to death, in West Memphis (Arkansas):

Quote: "A man in West Memphis accidentally set himself on fire and died from his injuries, and now a neighborhood is left in mourning. Just before 6 p.m. Friday, police said James Brown somehow caught himself on fire, and they don't think he did it on purpose. Neighbors said he came outside covered in flames, and first responders had to extinguish the flames. But by then, Brown was burned so bad that he could not respond to them."

2019-01-25 - Fire truck bursts into flame on I-95 on way to fire in coastal Baltimore (Maryland):

Quote: "Rich Langford, an executive board member of the City Fire Union, said the apparatus that caught fire is a reserve apparatus and is the only heavy rescue vehicle they have to serve the entire city."

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2019-01-26 - Numerous birds dropping dead like flies across coastal Papakura and Takanini (New Zealand):

Quote: "Dozens of dead birds found dotted across a rural south Auckland property have left an animal-loving family distraught. Dead or dying birds were said to be dropping like flies across the Papakura and Takanini region on Friday and Saturday, concerning residents. Marie Cooper, 49, said she first saw 'a whole lot of dead sparrows' down her driveway at 1.30pm on Friday. 'My grandson came running, shouting "Nana, Nana, there are dead twenties everywhere" - and I must say I kind of freaked out.' 'There were dead birds everywhere,' said Cooper. Cooper and her husband and their two grandchildren, Nataya, 7, and Daeton, 6, live at a 5-acre property on Airfield Rd, Takanini. Cooper initially thought the birds might have died due to heat stroke, but said the large number of them made her 'suspect some sort of poison'. She saw one sparrow still alive next to a pond during the afternoon; it wobbled on its feet, then fell into the water. More bird corpses appeared throughout the afternoon and evening. 'I've never seen anything like it,' Cooper said."

Quote: "After posting about the slew of perished avians on Facebook, Cooper received messages from others who had noticed similar mass bird deaths in other parts of south Auckland, she said. On Saturday, a number of people posted to Takanini and Papakura community Facebook pages to say they also had dead birds on their properties."

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

2019-01-26 - Recycling center destroyed by huge fire in Cheverly (Maryland):

2019-01-26 - Hotel under construction destroyed by massive blaze just after 5 AM in coastal Anchorage (Alaska):

Quote: "Firefighters responded just after 5 a.m. to the partly built hotel at 4960 A St., between Tudor Road and International Airport Road. The site was going to be a 141-room Courtyard by Marriott, according to property records."

2019-01-26 - At least 15 cars go up in flames while parked in coastal Vasai (India):

Quote: "Initially a parked car caught fire in Maharashtra's Vasai. After that 15 other vehicles were caught in fire as it was a parking lot and a host of cars were parked."

2019-01-26 - Industrial agriculture, an extraction industry like fossil fuels, is a growing driver of climate change:

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2019-01-27 - Passenger plane hit by 'strange toxic smell', twice, in and near coastal Boston (Massachusetts), 10 crew members sickened:

Quote: "A British Airways pilot declared a ‘May Day’ emergency at 30,000ft due to fumes on a packed airliner resulting in 10 crew members being taken to hospital. The drama unfolded just hours after the same plane suffered another reported odour scare. Crew members on a Boeing 747 from Heathrow to Boston told of a 'strange toxic smell' after touchdown in the US. An official Air Safety Report was completed into the incident on Flight BA213 - which was carrying passengers including Jason Mahoney, the Head of Engineering for BA. After a check by BA engineers in Boston the same plane was declared safe for take-off on its return leg to London. Flight BA212 was 1hr 41 minutes into the journey when the Captain declared an emergency due to another fume event. The aircraft returned to Boston where 10 crew members were taken to hospital for checks. BA sources said two cabin crew were seriously ill, with one violently unwell - but the airline said there was no evidence of this."

2019-01-27 - Drilling and analysis underway in Antarctica to discover whether there's a decline in hydroxyl radicals in the atmosphere:

Quote: "Etheridge, who helped provide the Sun-Herald and Sunday Age with a tour of CSIRO's world-renowned air archive at Aspendale in Melbourne's sandbelt last week, says his "gut-feeling" is that hydroxyl abundance will be shown to be on the skids. 'From my reading of the evidence and the chemistry, I would expect to see a decline over the industrial period of hydroxyl. I would expect it to have decreased,' he says, stressing that the results from the current project have not been tested."

Quote: "The implications, though, of proof of a reduced ability to destroy methane - which now has a life in the atmosphere of about a decade - would be profound, depending on the scale of any decline."

Note: Hydroxyl radicals react away methane and hydrogen sulfide and many other pollutants, so a decline in hydroxyl radicals in the atmosphere would mean such pollutants would last longer in the atmosphere. I'm pretty confident that atmospheric hydroxyl radicals ARE in decline, just as the scientist above also expects. It's a very hard thing to test though, thus all this effort in drilling in the Antarctic. If atmospheric hydroxyl radicals are in decline then that alone could explain why the 'official' estimates are always way off in overestimating how much time we have left until Horrible_Thing_X begins and thus why things always happen 'faster than expected'. As a general rule, if things happen faster than you expect, over and over and over again, CHANGE YOUR EFFING EXPECTATIONS. Derp!

2019-01-27 - Barents Sea warming rapidly, mixing of fresh and saline water as the oceans warm forming yet another self-reinforcing feedback:

2019-01-27 - Underground electrical explosions and fire hit coastal Ramsgate (Britain):

Quote: "Part of Ramsgate High Street was cordoned off this morning (January 27), due to an electrical fire under the pavement. Fire crews were called to the area close to Shoe Zone due to flames and smoke coming up from the pavement. Witnesses reported ‘explosions’ coming from under the ground."

2019-01-27 - Dozens of wildfires continue to rage across Tasmania (Australia), people urged to evacuate:

Quote: "Emergency services in Tasmania are battling 72 separate bushfires and have urged residents living near five particularly dangerous sites to evacuate their homes. 'Over 1,000 kilometres of uncontained fire edge remains burning across the state,' said Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) Chief Officer, Chris Arnol."

2019-01-27 - Wildfire burns into the Sea Point area in coastal Cape Town (South Africa):

Quote: "The fire that broke out up Lion's Head lower slope near Quarry Hill in Cape Town has spread to Signal Hill and Sea Point."

2019-01-27 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, two metal containers burn, on Manor Road in Erith (Britain):

Quote: "Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters were called to a fire at a scrapyard on Manor Road, Erith. Two metal containers were destroyed by fire."

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2019-01-28 - Heatwave bakes New Zealand:

2019-01-28 - Glaciers melting and revealing plants not seen in 40,000 years in the Canadian Arctic:

Quote: "For the first time in more than 40,000 years, previously ice-covered land in the Canadian Arctic is getting exposed due to glacial retreat."

Quote: "Glacial retreat in the Canadian Arctic has uncovered landscapes that haven't been ice-free in more than 40,000 years and the region may be experiencing its warmest century in 115,000 years."

Note: And we're just getting started! But humans won't see most of what's coming, seeing as we'll all be dead...

2019-01-28 - Indian Air Force fighter jet explodes into flame then crashes and burns in Kushinagar (India), pilot ejects:

Quote: "An eyewitness said they saw the aircraft explode in flames in the sky before hitting the ground with a bang while the pilot landed in a sandy area close to the river bed."

Note: This is the 12th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-01-28 - Metal recycling center erupts in flame at 6:30 PM in Moncks Corner (South Carolina):

2019-01-28 - Car crushing center damaged by fire at 7:45 PM in Ladson:

Note: Above two fires were less than 16 miles apart as the gas blows...

2019-01-28 - Septic tank explodes at school in Manipur (India), 1 killed, 1 injured:

Quote: "School authorities informed that Latif went to inspect the toilet after student complaint of a foul odour coming from the toilet of the school. During the inspection, the septic tank exploded in such a high intensity that it brought down a section of the toilet walls."

2019-01-28 - Resort heavily damaged by fire at 11 PM on the private island of Princess Cays in the Bahamas:

Quote: "A fire that broke out on Princess Cruises' private island in the Bahamas -- Princess Cays -- has resulted in damage to several buildings, prompting at least one cruise ship to be rerouted. No passengers were on the scene at the time, and no injuries have been reported."

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2019-01-29 - RV goes up in flames and kills man while parked at home in Fresno (California):

Quote: "It appears to us at this time that the fire did in fact start in the RV and extended to an adjacent vehicle in the back yard."

Note: This is the 32nd RV to burn/explode in 2019, and this is the 1st deadly RV fire in 2019...

2019-01-29 - Mysterious explosion just before 2 AM alarms people in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "What went boom in the night? A mysterious loud noise shook some people in Philadelphia from their sleep early Tuesday. The boom rattled some South Philadelphia homes just before 2 a.m. People turned to social media to ask their neighbors if they heard it too. Other people called police to report the sound. Some people described it as sounding like an explosion."

2019-01-29 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, pile of scrap metal burns, in Decatur (Alabama):

Quote: "Decatur Fire and Rescue responded this morning to a fire involving a pile of scrap metal at SA Recycling, said Chief Tony Grande."

2019-01-29 - Garbage truck, six sewage trucks, dump truck and two front-end loaders destroyed by fire at 3:45 AM at municipal facility in Baker Lake (Canada):

Quote: "The garage housed the hamlet’s fleet of sewage trucks—six of its seven trucks were parked there on Tuesday morning—as well as two front-end loaders, a dumptruck and a garbage truck. 'All of them are a loss,' said Sheldon Dorey, the hamlet’s senior administrative officer."

2019-01-29 - Scientists mystified as Yellowstone experiences record-breaking geyser activity:

2019-01-29 - Heat enters the Arctic and pushes frigid temps into the Midwest, no mail delivery in the Dakotas, Minnesota, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, parts of Nebraska:

Quote: "It might seem counterintuitive, but the dreaded polar vortex is bringing its icy grip to the Midwest thanks to a sudden blast of warm air in the Arctic. Get used to it. The polar vortex has been wandering more often in recent years."

Quote: "The National Weather Service is warning of brutal, life-threatening conditions. Frostbite will strike fast on any exposed skin. At the same time, the North Pole is facing a heat wave with temperatures approaching the freezing point – about 25 degrees Fahrenheit (14 degrees C) above normal."

Note: We'd best hope this doesn't happen during the spring, summer or fall, or we could see massive crop losses...

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2019-01-30 - Passenger plane hit by unknown 'dangerous fumes', plane returns to Orlando (Florida):

Quote: "Passengers on board a JetBlue flight from Orlando to New York Wednesday morning tweeted that they heard the pilot warn that there were 'dangerous fumes' on the plane and that they would have to return to Orlando International Airport."

2019-01-30 - Passenger plane hit by sparks and smoke, plane lands safely in coastal Tallinn (Estonia):

Quote: "The passengers of Finnair flight AY1031, operated by regional carrier Norra, were evacuated on Wednesday evening after their aircraft's cabin filled with smoke, daily Postimees reported on Thursday."

Quote: "The passenger also noted that there were 'sparks' in the cabin along with the smoke."

Note: This is the 13th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-01-30 - RV trailer goes up in flames at 5:20 AM and kills father and son in Canon City (Colorado):

2019-01-30 - Natural gas facility damaged by fire in Armada Township (Michigan), gas shortage ensues:

Quote: "On Wednesday night, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer asked everyone in the state’s lower peninsula to turn their thermostats down to 65 degrees. A fire at Consumers Energy’s Ray Natural Gas Compressor Station in suburban Detroit Wednesday shut down all gas flow from the facility. The station is responsible for about one-fifth of the state’s natural gas storage supply."

2019-01-30 - Highway Department building destroyed by massive blaze in Rockford (Illinois), near the Rock River, nobody there:

Quote: "Several area fire departments are battling a blaze at the Rockford Township Highway Department at 404 N. Springfield Ave. The fire was reported about 6:35 p.m. Firefighters arrived to find one of the buildings on the grounds engulfed by flames.'

2019-01-30 - US intelligence officials warn climate change is a worldwide threat:

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2019-01-31 - Antarctic glacier melting from below and losing billions of tons of ice more than previously thought:

Quote: "Antarctica is not in a good place. In the space of only decades, the continent has lost trillions of tonnes of ice at alarming rates we can't keep up with, even in places we once thought were safe. Now, a stunning new void has been revealed amidst this massive vanishing act, and it's a big one: a gigantic cavity growing under West Antarctica that scientists say covers two-thirds the footprint of Manhattan and stands almost 300 metres (984 ft) tall."

Quote: "Researchers say the cavity would once have been large enough to hold some 14 billion tonnes of ice. Even more disturbing, the researchers say it lost most of this ice volume over the last three years alone."

2019-01-31 - Car goes up in flames and kills people on Mascarene Road in coastal St. George (Canada):

Quote: "One person is dead after a vehicle fire in St. George. RCMP Sgt. Nick Arbour said officers dispatched to the fire on Mascarene Road on Wednesday night found a dead person inside. Police have identified the person but would not release a name, age or gender because no foul play is suspected."

2019-01-31 - Truck bursts into flame and burns driver to death on highway near coastal Mumbai (India):

Quote: "The truck was carrying gas cylinders and was on its way from Gujarat to Mumbai. It caught fire near Manor overbridge in Nandgaon village Thursday night around 8pm. Driver Santosh Yadav was charred to death..."

2019-01-31 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing at coastal JFK Airport (New York):

Quote: "A Delta flight to Los Angeles International Airport landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport Thursday night after the 'pilot declared an emergency,' a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said. Delta Air Lines Flight 1975 landed at JFK around 9:20 p.m., officials said. Possible smoke was reported in the cockpit, an FAA spokesman said."

Note: This is the 14th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-01-31 - Fifteen cars destroyed by fire while parked at airport in coastal Newark (New Jersey):

Quote: "A law enforcement source tells News 4 a total of 17 cars were burned, all but two of them totaled. A cause of the fire is under investigation, but it appears to have started in one of the vehicles that was toasted."

2019-01-31 - Eight cars destroyed by fire at 4:15 AM, ten more damaged, while parked at apartments in Anaheim (California):

Quote: "A fire tore through a carport at an Anaheim apartment complex early Thursday, Jan. 31, charring eight vehicles and damaging 10 others."

2019-01-31 - Seven U-Haul trucks destroyed by fire at 2 AM while parked at U-Haul facility in Portland (Oregon):

Quote: "Several U-Haul trucks are destroyed after a fire ripped through them in the early hours of Thursday. The fire happened at 7300 NE Sandy Blvd, which is a 24-hour drop-off site for U-Haul vehicles. It's unclear what caused the blaze, but since the trucks were parked so close together, it spread and damaged multiple trucks."

1 comment:

  1. Jeez, why didn't i think to count FIRE TRUCKS burning?!