Monday, April 1, 2019

2019 - MAR - Spotlight Stories

Category: Variety Pack

2019-03-01 - Passenger plane hit by engine fire and/or explosion at airport in Stansted (Britain):

Quote: "Passengers on board the Airbus A320 reported hearing a loud bang before the aircraft came screeching to a halt. One terrified passenger said the plane, which was bound for Vienna, had 'caught on fire' while taking off. Another said there had been an 'explosion on one of the wings'."

Quote: "Passengers on a Laudamotion flight to Vienna described hearing an 'explosion' followed by 'screaming cabin crew' as the plane carrying 169 travellers attempted to take-off just after 8pm. Others also reported seeing 'flames and sparks' as the plane came to a 'screeching halt' before people were evacuated via emergency slides following a suspected engine problem."

Note: They sure use 'a ton of quote marks' while describing 'what happened' while this plane was 'preparing to depart', if you 'see what I mean'!

2019-03-01 - Passenger plane hit by smoke at airport in Romulus (Michigan):

Quote: "A Delta Connections/Skywest flight that was set to depart Friday night from an airport near Detroit for Grand Rapids instead was evacuated after a report of smoke inside the plane."

Note: These are the 29th and 30th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-03-01 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, dozens of vehicles burn, in Bithlo (Florida):

Quote: "Dozens of vehicles caught fire Friday evening at a used auto parts business in the Bithlo neighborhood,  Orange County Fire Rescue said."

Quote: "The fuel, the motor oil and the batteries had been removed from the vehicles, which were piled in preparation for crushing, firefighters said."

2019-03-01 - Scrap metal fire breaks out at business on Lime Street in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Lime Street, Hull. Fri 1 Mar 2019 17:14 (No:04374) Fire involving scrap metal. Crews extinguished using one hose reel and one main jet. Site staff used plant machinery to spread scrap. Accidental ignition."

2019-03-01 - AC unit busts into flame on roof of skyscraper in Canary Wharf area in coastal London (Britain):

2019-03-01 - Massive wildfire sends people fleeing in Esperance (Australia):

Quote: "An emergency warning has been issued for residents in the shire of Esperance in Western Australia threatened by bushfire. Residents bounded by Fisheries Road to the north, Cape Arid National Park to the east, the coast to the south, and Exchange Road to the west and surrounding areas in parts of Howick, Boyatup and Capre Arid in the Shire of Esperance have been told they must act immediately to survive."

Quote: "A complex fire system with a collective area of almost 400,000 hectares has been burning within the Shire of Esperance this week, with fears it could last weeks if not months."

2019-03-01 - Rise in atmospheric methane starting to reach the mainstream:

2019-03-01 - Arctic methane at the end of February:

Quote: "There is a lot of methane coming out of the Yamal Peninsula, where the craters caused by methane are..."

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2019-03-02 - Mammoth pile of trash regularly bursting into flame beside the Nakdong River in Uiseong County (South Korea):

Quote: "Among the rice paddies and beside the Nakdong River in the country's east, a horseshoe-shaped, 170,000-ton heap of trash is spontaneously combusting, spewing out plumes of smoke and the nose-scorching, chemical stench of burning plastic."

Quote: "As the trash mountain decomposed, gas built up under the surface. In December last year, fires began to appear."

Quote: "On a cold February morning, six workers wearing grimy overalls and gas masks clamber over the 50 feet-tall (15 meters) man-made hill, dousing the smoke with fire hoses. But as soon as one smoldering spot is extinguished, another flares up. They have been doing this for three months -- and no end is in sight."

2019-03-02 - Underground electrical explosion and fire at 4:30 AM ignites parked car in coastal Queens (New York):

Quote: "Fire officials determined that the car was parked near a manhole, where it is police believe an explosion occurred."

2019-03-02 - Underground electrical fire hits coastal Brooklyn (New York):

Quote: "About 10 homes in East Flatbush were evacuated Saturday when a manhole fire melted a gas pipe that began to leak carbon monoxide."

2019-03-02 - Tree's roots ignite on Tatton Road in Wilmslow (Britain):

Quote: "Firefighters were called to Tatton Road following reports of a tree on fire. Crews attended and discovered a deep-seated fire in the roots of a tree. They used hand-held apparatus and additional water from nearby residents to try to bring the fire under control. The fire had taken hold in the roots of the tree and a tree surgeon was required to fell the tree to enable the fire to be put out."

Note: Hopefully there aren't too many trees around the world that have roots!

2019-03-02 - Large pile of metal and plastic goes up in flames at industrial estate on Ferry Lane in Rainham (Britain), near the River Thames:

Quote: "'A large pile of metal and plastic was alight but the fire was outside rather than in any of the industrial units and we are ensuring it doesn’t spread,' said Station Manger Keith Carmichael."

2019-03-02 - Scrap metal fire erupts at port in coastal Varna (Bulgaria):

Quote: "Eyewitness video filmed on Friday (March 1) shows a large plume of smoke rising up from the scrap metal, close by to moored boats."

2019-03-02 - Wildfires rage out of control as heatwave broils Victoria (Australia), homes and other structures destroyed:

Quote: "Two homes and multiple other structures have been destroyed and more losses are expected as fires continue to rage across Victoria on Sunday. The largest fire was burning in Bunyip state park about 65km east of Melbourne and fire crews reported an unspecified number of properties damaged but assessment was being hindered by the difficult terrain and active fire."

Quote: "An emergency warning has been issued, with residents told it’s too late to leave."

Quote: "Firefighters battled 25 blazes across the Australian state of Victoria on Sunday as a record-breaking heatwave delivered the hottest start to March on record for the southern third of the country."

Quote: "Temperatures in Tasmania, Australia's southernmost state, reached 39.1 degrees Celsius (102°F) on Saturday, the hottest in 131 years of records, Narramore said. Australia's hottest summer on record is causing several industries to wilt, including the $4.4 billion wine industry with grape yields set to drop to the lowest in years."

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2019-03-03 - Auto salvage business erupts in flame in Archbold (Ohio):

2019-03-03 - Recycling center fire breaks out on Wharf Road in Kilnhurst (Britain), near the River Don:

2019-03-03 - Landfill fire breaks out in coastal Bà Ria-Vung Tàu (Vietnam):

2019-03-03 - Car showroom heavily damaged by fire in Ajmer (India):

2019-03-03 - Golf cart bursts into flame in the wee hours while parked at mobile home, fire spreads to camper and home, on coastal Perdido Key (Florida), 3 dogs killed, 2 people injured:

Quote: "Pickett said when he arrived at the Sandy Acres Mobile Home Park, on Perdido Key Drive, he saw a golf cart engulfed in flames next to a camper and mobile home. He said he didn’t know if anyone was inside, but immediately began honking his horn to try and alert anyone inside, while calling 911 at the same time."

Note: Brave people, parking a vehicle next to their home, on an island!

2019-03-03 - Beachfront Ocean Crest Motel destroyed by massive inferno in coastal Oak Island (North Carolina):

Quote: "The Lorgans, who have owned the motel since 2000, have no plans to rebuild the 10,000-square-foot building that housed 20 oceanfront rooms and employed 14 people."

2019-03-03 - Mall destroyed by massive blaze on Hamilton River Road in coastal Happy Valley-Goose Bay (Canada):

2019-03-03 - Record-breaking heat from Australia heading to New Zealand:

2019-03-03 - At least a dozen tornadoes tear across Georgia and Alabama, 23+ killed:

Quote: "It appeared Sunday evening that two tornadoes hit Lee County back-to-back within the span of one hour, CNN Meteorologist Gene Norman said. At least a dozen tornadoes touched down in Alabama and Georgia on Sunday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service."

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2019-03-04 - Oceanic heatwaves becoming stronger and more frequent:

Quote: "You see the kelp and seagrasses dying in front of you. Within weeks or months they are just gone, along hundreds of kilometres of coastline."

Quote: "The research, published in Nature Climate Change, shows the heatwaves are 54 percent more common internationally than they were 75 years ago."

2019-03-04 - Man found dead in burned car on Row Avenue in Renfrew area in coastal Glasgow (Scotland):

2019-03-04 - Small plane bursts into flame inside hangar, fire spreads, several planes and hangar destroyed, in Caledon (Canada):

Quote: "The municipality says in a statement that the blaze at the Brampton Flying Club, located near the boundary between Caledon and Brampton, Ont., began after 10 a.m. when an aircraft inside a hanger caught fire. The town says crews found the plane engulfed in flames when they arrived and were soon battling a larger fire as the blaze spread to the rest of the building."

Quote: "Caledon officials say that by early afternoon the hangar and a number of aircraft were destroyed."

Note: These are the 31st, 32nd and 33rd aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-03-04 - Underground fire breaks out in coastal Poole (Britain):

2019-03-04 - Recycling center erupts in flame near the Mississippi River in St. Louis (Missouri):

Quote: "Smoke from a fire at a north St. Louis recycling plant can be seen for miles. Bommarito Automotive SkyFOX helicopters flew over the scene at Breman near Hall Street near the Mississippi River. Firefighters could be seen dousing a structure with water."

2019-03-04 - Wildfire destroys most of the town of Tonimbuk (Australia):

2019-03-04 - Wildfires in California are no longer stifled by wet winters, scientific report finds:

Quote: "For centuries, a wet winter in California would significantly have tamped down the chances that a large wildfire would break out the following summer and fall.However, heavy rain and snowfall no longer protects the state from massive conflagrations in the same way, according to research published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences."

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2019-03-05 - Hydrogen sulfide sickens teacher and several children at school in Montreal (Canada), no source found, investigation ceased:

Quote: "More than a month after a hydrogen sulfide emission left one teacher and several children ill at an elementary school in Montreal’s east-end, government agencies have ceased their investigations despite not having definitively identified the source of the toxic gas."

2019-03-05 - US Navy E-6 Mercury command plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing at airport in Tulsa (Oklahoma):

Quote: "The landing was prompted after a report of smoke in the cabin and loss of cabin pressure."

Note: This is the 34th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-03-05 - Underground explosion and fire hits coastal Brooklyn (New York):

Quote: "Emergency crews responded to a fire and 'underground explosion with a possible gas leak' in Brooklyn Tuesday morning, according to FDNY."

2019-03-05 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in coastal Corpus Christi (Texas):

2019-03-05 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame, fire gets huge, in coastal Manurewa (New Zealand):

Quote: "Firefighters are attempting to get into a building and car wrecking yard that was engulfed in flames in south Auckland. A massive fire broke out at the single-level building at 11.47am on Jellicoe Rd in the south Auckland suburb of Manurewa."

2019-03-05 - Wildfires, flooding and droughts could make climate change an issue in 2020:

Quote: "Ultimately, though, as the effects of climate change grow more severe, the warming planet will push its own messaging."

Note: Sounds good, but then we're back to the question of what are we going to do about it? If we stop polluting then global dimming fades and we die quicker without that dimming. If we don't stop polluting then we die, but a little slower as long as we pollute enough to keep global dimming going. The end game - Earth cycling into its anoxic state and becoming uninhabitable - is the same no matter what we do or don't do. The underlying assumption of the Green New Deal is that this problem has an attainable solution. Not all problems have attainable solutions. Like it or not, this is one of those problems. That's just the reality of our situation. In short, buckle up, because this ride's going to get a whole lot rougher!

2019-03-05 - Bizarre linear cloud stretches all the way across the planet:

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2019-03-06 - RV goes up in flames and kills woman on Tuxford Street in Sun Valley (California):

Quote: "Police and fire officials launched an investigation after a woman’s body was found inside a burning recreational vehicle parked on a street along the 5 Freeway in Sun Valley on Wednesday afternoon, authorities said."

Note: This is the 66th RV to burn/explode in 2019, and this is the 4th deadly RV fire in 2019...

2019-03-06 - Passenger plane hit by fire and/or smoke at Malta International Airport on the island of Malta:

Quote: "According to sources, an Emirates airplane was billowing smoke at the Malta International Airport. Aviation news portal Horizon confirmed the incident saying that the smoke was coming out of the plane’s APU exhaust door."

Quote: "The same sources also said that it was probably the auxiliary power unit which caught fire. "

Note: This is the 35th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-03-06 - Passengers and crew sicken on passenger plane after departing from coastal Bridgetown (Barbados):

Quote: "A South East Coast Ambulance Service spokesman said: 'South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Trust was called to attend an inbound flight at Gatwick shortly before 5am today following reports of a number of passengers and crew feeling unwell and nauseous.'"

Quote: "It was a charter flight carrying 448 holidaymakers who were returning home after travelling on the cruise ship MSC Preziosa in the Caribbean."

Quote: "Wilson said symptoms were 'mainly a bad chesty cough, possibly chest infection.'"

Quote: "What we do know is that, on MSC Preziosa, no cases of acute gastroenteritis have been reported in the past 14 days."

2019-03-06 - Seven fire trucks, two ambulances and fire station destroyed by explosion and fire before 3:30 AM on Madeline Island in Lake Michigan (Wisconsin), nobody there:

Quote: "An explosion and fire early Wednesday morning leveled the building that housed Madeline Island’s only fire department and ambulance service. No one was injured in the blast at 320 Big Bay Road, though a police officer had left the building less than two hours before, said Red Cliff Fire Chief Jeff Hood, whose department provided aid at the scene. The building has sleeping quarters for the Town of La Pointe’s police officers."

Quote: "In the summer, especially, the town’s police often stay overnight at the fire hall because ferry service ends by about 1 a.m."

Quote: "There were about seven fire vehicles and two ambulances in the fire department building, Potswald said, including a new ambulance that the department received in November."

2019-03-06 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, multiple cars burn, in Fillmore (California), near the Santa Clara River:

Quote: "Crews knocked down a fire Wednesday at a Fillmore business where multiple vehicles were ablaze, officials said. The Fillmore Fire Department responded to the report of a fire about 11:15 a.m. to Fillmore Auto Dismantling, 121 Santa Clara St."

2019-03-06 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire shortly after 1:30 AM, 40 cars destroyed, in coastal Sydney (Australia):

Quote: "About 40 cars have been destroyed in a huge fire at a western Sydney auto wreckers."

2019-03-06 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, scrap metal and cars burn, in coastal Erith (Britain):

Quote: "Around 80 firefighters are dealing with a fire on a metal recycling unit, Landau Way, Erith. A large pile of scrap metal is alight. Station manager, Daniel Slay who is at the scene said: 'A mixture of scrapped cars and metal is alight.'"

2019-03-06 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, train cars and tires burn, in Poplar area in coastal London (Britain):

Quote: "Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters were called to a fire outside a scrapyard on Lochnagar Street in Poplar. Around 20 lorry tyres and railway sleepers were destroyed in the fire."

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2019-03-07 - Mysterious explosion shakes homes across large area along the coast in North Carolina:

Quote: "At 4:49 p.m. Wednesday, a single boom shook houses, popped open shut doors and rattled pictures off walls from the northern Outer Banks to Columbia to Craven and Carteret counties. But what caused that boom is a mystery. The on-duty seismologist at the U.S. Geographical Survey’s Earthquake Center scanned data for the area this afternoon and early evening and said there was no seismic activity."

Quote: "Meteorologists looked at radar and atmospheric conditions and found nothing to explain the boom. Though the region is home to several military bases, the boom seems to have been felt across too broad an area to be a sonic boom or demolitions training, the weather service said."

2019-03-07 - Mysterious explosion shakes homes at 4:21 AM on coastal Block Island (Rhode Island):

Quote: "Block Islanders — some Block Islanders — experienced just such an unexplained boom in the early morning hours of Friday, March 1. Several people reported the noise and talked about how it shook their houses, causing some to get up to see if something had exploded right inside. Police dispatch told The Block Island Times later that same day that they had received some phone calls, but a cruise around the island showed no damages and no injuries had been reported. The boom was reported at 4:21 a.m. Friday."

2019-03-07 - Person found dead after car goes up in flames at 1:10 AM in Ardington, near Wantage (Britain):

Quote: "A police investigation is under way after a body was found inside a burnt-out car. Thames Valley Police received reports of a vehicle on fire at Ardington Wick, Wantage, in Oxfordshire, at about 01:10 GMT. Police are treating the death as unexplained."

2019-03-07 - Passenger plane hit by unknown odor, plane diverts to Charlotte (North Carolina):

Quote: "A Frontier plane that was heading from Orlando to Syracuse Hancock International Airport Thursday made an unplanned stop in Charlotte due to 'an odor on board.'"

2019-03-07 - Atmospheric CO2 levels hit record 411 PPM:

2019-03-07 - Refinery damaged by explosion and fire in Great Falls (Montana):

Quote: "Ryan Johannesen was working at Mountain View Co-Op directly across the road from the refinery when he felt the explosion. 'It felt like there was an earthquake in the building,' he said. 'The windows were rattling and stuff and I looked up and there were flames probably eighty feet in the air.'"

2019-03-07 - Bosque fire rages along the Rio Grande near Belen (New Mexico), 5+ structures destroyed:

Quote: "At least five structures have been destroyed by a fire that is burning along the Bosque in Valencia County. Officials said the wind-fueled fire jumped the river and continued to spread eastward."

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2019-03-08 - Unknown odor hits Fort Smith (Arkansas):

Quote: "The City of Fort Smith says the current smell lingering over parts of town is a mystery. 'If you're in the neighborhood experiencing this today, we feel for you. We're sorry. We don't know what it is or where it's coming from. But it's not us,' a social media post says."

2019-03-08 - The melting Arctic is covering itself in a warm layer of clouds:

Quote: "The Arctic is melting. The first ice-free summer is coming. The whole melting process is speeding up the warming of the entire Earth. And every autumn, a layer of extra clouds are forming over the ice-thinning Arctic that — researchers now believe — are speeding that melting up."

2019-03-08 - Heart attacks rising steadily in the US for people under age 40:

2019-03-08 - Man, 38, ignites in his basement, runs outside on fire and dies, in Detroit (Michigan):

Quote: "Firefighters were called to the 16300 block of Asbury Park at about 4:15 p.m. after the 38-year-old had fled his basement engulfed in flames and then collapsed in the street, Detroit Deputy Fire Commissioner David Fornell said."

2019-03-08 - Underground electrical explosion and fire causes blackouts in coastal Cambridge (Massachusetts):

2019-03-08 - Van bursts into flame and explodes while parked at home, fire spreads to car and home, in Pine Hills (Florida):

Quote: "Six escape fire caused by exploding van in Pine Hills..."

2019-03-08 - Record-breaking heatwave hits the southern third of Australia as wildfires destroy 30+ homes:

Quote: "A record-breaking heatwave delivered the hottest start to March on record for the southern third of Australia, a country prone to deadly bushfires as a result of remote terrain, high summer temperatures and flammable eucalyptus bush. The Insurance Council of Australia declared late on Friday the Bunyip State Park fire, Victoria's highest-risk blaze burning east of Melbourne, a catastrophe, which gives policy-holders priority by insurers."

2019-03-08 - Bering Sea sea ice hits lowest level since records began:

Quote: "For the second straight year, the Bering Sea — a turbulent and bountiful stretch of the northern Pacific Ocean — is virtually ice free at a time of year when it should be gaining ice."

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2019-03-09 - Vast amounts of methane found in the permafrost on the Yamal Peninsula and around the coast of the Kara Sea:

Note: The Yamal Peninsula is where methane explosions have been blowing gigantic craters in the ground in the last few years...

2019-03-09 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in coastal Newark (New Jersey):

Quote: "A flight to Fort Lauderdale from Montreal with 189 people aboard was forced to make an emergency landing in Newark, N.J., Saturday morning after reports of smoke inside the aircraft, according to the Federal Aviation Administration."

Note: This is the 36th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-03-09 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, large pile of scrap metal burns, in Dagenham (Britain):

Quote: "Eight fire engines and around 60 firefighters have been called to a fire at a metal scrapyard in an industrial estate on Perry Road, Dagenham. Station Manager Mark Jordan, who is at the scene, says: 'A large pile of scrap waste is currently alight and crews are working hard to ensure the fire doesn't spread to any other part of the industrial estate.'"

2019-03-09 - Landfill fire breaks out in Hall County (Georgia):

2019-03-09 - RV bursts into flame at East Lake Park in Chattanooga (Tennessee), 2 injured:

Note: This is the 70th RV to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-03-09 - Car bursts into flame at 2:30 AM at home on Suck Creek Road in Chattanooga (Tennessee), man seriously burned:

Quote: "A man was transported to Erlanger hospital early Saturday morning after receiving third-degree burns over 50 percent of his body in a vehicle fire. Emergency responders received a 911 call at 2:30 a.m. Saturday reporting a vehicle fire and endangerment of a neighboring structure in the 2800 block of Suck Creek Road, according to a news release from the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office."

Note: So an RV and a car went up in flames in Chattanooga on this day. This car fire was about 200 feet from Suck Creek and around 800 feet from the Tennessee River...

2019-03-09 - Around 30 mini-trucks and warehouse go up in flames in Guwahati (India):

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2019-03-10 - Widespread marine oxygen declines are stressing sensitive species:

Quote: "It’s potentially very dire..."

Note: Very bad for many (most) species but there are a few species which don't like oxygen, so this is a huge boon for them, in particular the ancient anaerobic bacteria and archaea that produce hydrogen sulfide. I'm sure they're doing just fine...

2019-03-10 - The climate change paper so depressing it’s sending people to therapy:

2019-03-10 - Car bursts into flame on overpass and kills woman and 2 daughters in East Delhi (India):

Quote: "A 35-year-old woman and two of her daughters were burnt to death after the car they were travelling in burst into flames at east Delhi's Akshardham flyover on Sunday."

Quote: "The two girls who died in the incident were two and five years old, the DCP said."

2019-03-10 - Passenger plane hit by fire and/or smoke in flight then crashes near Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), all 157 aboard killed:

Quote: "Witness account of the Ethiopian airlines that crashed Sunday killing 157 people on board says the plane came down in flames before it exploded after hitting the ground. It has also been reported that the pilot made a distress call and had been cleared to return at Bole International airport."

Quote: "The Ethiopian plane was new, delivered to the airline in November. The Boeing 737 Max 8 was one of 30 meant for the airline, Boeing said in July. The jet’s last maintenance was on Feb. 4, and it had flown just 1,200 hours. The plane crashed six minutes after departure, plowing into the ground at Hejere near Bishoftu, or Debre Zeit, some 31 miles outside Addis Ababa, at 8:44 a.m. There was no immediate indication why the plane went down in clear weather while on a flight to Nairobi, the capital of neighboring Kenya."

2019-03-10 - Passenger plane engine bursts into flame in flight, plane lands safely at airport in Houston (Texas):

Quote: "An airplane landed at Bush airport Sunday night after an engine fire, but no one was hurt, according to the Houston Fire Department. It happened shortly before 10:30 p.m. Airport officials tell us a United Airlines flight was coming from Newark, New Jersey when the Boeing 737-900 engine caught fire."

Note: A passenger plane was just hit by smoke and made an emergency landing in coastal Newark the day prior too, mentioned in the 2019-03-09 update, so that's two passenger planes in two days being hit by smoke/fire either coming into Newark or after departing Newark. These are the 37th and 38th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-03-10 - Underground electrical fire spews flames from manhole in coastal Brooklyn (New York):

2019-03-10 - Underground electrical fire forces evacuation of four apartment buildings in coastal Queens (New York):

2018-03-10 - Underground fire suddenly shoots flames from sewer and burns two children in Delhi (India):

Quote: "Locals told cops that flames suddenly came out of the sewer ducts and the children suffered burn injuries."

2019-03-10 - Transformer bursts into flame and causes blackouts in Castle Shannon (Pennsylvania):

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2019-03-11 - Update on car that burst into flame at 2:30 AM on Suck Creek Road in Chattanooga (Tennessee) - 72-year-old man dead:

Quote: "The victim from a weekend auto fire in Hamilton County has died. It happened on Suck Creek Road right as Highway 27 goes up Suck Creek Mountain around 2:30 AM on Saturday. Police and fire units responded to the vehicle and a porch on fire. 72 year old Robert Davis, who was in the car, suffered burns to 50% of his body."

Note: This car fire, one block from where Suck Creek meets the Tennessee River, was mentioned in the 2019-03-09 update...

2019-03-11 - Woman, 73, ignites while cooking and burns to death at home in Brandon Township (Michigan):

2019-03-11 - Large pile of scrap metal and cars go up in flames at metal recycling center in Blacktown (Australia):

Quote: "FRNSW on scene at scrap metal #fire in Tattersall Rd. Large amount of metal and cars well alight."

2019-03-11 - Climate change making it harder for forests to recover after wildfires:

Quote: "Climate change appears to have changed soil moisture and surface temperatures so much that the forests have passed a threshold where conditions no longer favour new growth after a fire. Unlike mature trees, seedlings’ roots are too shallow to reach water deeper underground. Climate scientists have warned for years of the possibility of such abrupt responses to higher temperatures, such as the rapidly-accelerating loss of ice sheets. 'These dramatic disturbance events, the changes we will see over the landscape won’t be gradual over decades, they will happen very quickly,' says Dobrowski."

Quote: "Meanwhile, more forests look set to burn – a study just last week found that in the future California faces wildfires potentially every year, regardless of rainfall levels."

2019-03-11 - Climate study warns of vanishing safety window:

Note: That ship has sailed, burst into flame and sunk. Also see the ships that sailed, burst into flame and sank on this day...

2019-03-11 - Huge wildfire rages south of Burrum Coast National Park near coastal Woodgate (Australia):

Quote: "As of Monday night the massive fire is burning south through Burrum Coast National Park, north of Noosa in southeast Queensland. Residents from the idyllic seaside town Woodgate have been told to be ready to evacuate as conditions for the blaze worsen."

2019-03-11 - Heatwave bakes Queensland (Australia):

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2019-03-12 - Atmospheric methane and CO2 levels continue to accelerate:

2019-03-12 - RV plant destroyed by massive blaze and explosions in Elkhart (Indiana):

2019-03-12 - Yacht 'The Last Hurrah' bursts into flame at 3:30 AM while docked on coastal Shelter Island in San Diego (California), nobody aboard:

Quote: "Firefighters quickly knocked down a blaze aboard a boat near the Kona Kai Resort on Shelter Island Tuesday.  The fire sparked on the empty 50- to 60-foot vessel called 'The Last Hurrah' docked in the Kona Marina for unknown reasons at about 3:30 a.m., fire officials said."

Note: If this sounds familiar it's because another boat just went up in flames with nobody aboard near Shelter Island, mentioned in the 2019-03-10 update. This is the 239th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-03-12 - Five cars go up in flames at auto shop in coastal Atlantic Beach (Florida):

Quote: "At least five cars were damaged in a fire that took place at an auto repair shop in Atlantic Beach on Tuesday."

2019-03-12 - Car bursts into flame on I-75 in coastal Fort Myers (Florida):

Quote: "There have been three car fires this week, all on I-75 South between Alico Rd. and Corkscrew Road exits."

2019-03-12 - Underground electrical fire breaks out on Salisbury Road in Blandford Forum (Britain):

2019-03-12 - Brush fire breaks out in coastal St. Johns County (Florida):

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2019-03-13 - Passenger bus bursts into flame at 2:30 AM and burns man to death while parked in Odisha (India):

Quote: "A person was charred to death in a bus after fire broke out inside the vehicle at Samantarapur village under Ghatagaon police limits in Odisha’s Keonjhar district late last night. The mishap took place around 2.30 AM when the bus, after carrying kin and friends of a groom from the bride’s house, was parked at the groom’s village. While all occupants of the bus had alighted, the deceased, whose identity was yet to be established, slept inside the vehicle. Unfortunately, fire broke out and engulfed the entire bus damaging it severely. The person was burnt alive inside the bus."

Note: This is the 138th bus to burn in 2019...

2019-03-13 - SUVs and garage destroyed by fire just after 2 AM, fire spreads to two homes, in coastal Seattle (Washington):

2019-03-13 - Vehicle and garage destroyed by fire at home near Lake Wissota State Park (Wisconsin):

Quote: "Officials say no one was hurt, but the garage was a total loss. Fire officials tell News 18 the structure collapsed onto itself as they attempted to put the flames out. Officials say there was one vehicle inside the garage when the fire started."

2019-03-13 - Two vehicles and garage destroyed by fire at 3:53 AM at home in Butler (Ohio):

Quote: "The blaze destroyed the structure, which contained two vehicles, various tools and pieces of shop equipment, Fire Chief Jeff Shultz said."

2019-03-13 - Car bursts into flame on street in East Delhi (India):

Quote: "The incident comes days after three people, including two minor girls, were charred to death in a similar case on the Akshardham flyover."

Note: The car that burst into flame and burned a mother and her two young daughters to death in East Delhi was mentioned in the 2019-03-10 update. So this is at least the second car to go up in flames this week in Delhi. Kinda similar to the three cars that burst into flame separately in the past week on I-75 in coastal Fort Myers (Florida), mentioned in the 2019-03-12 update...

2019-03-13 - Resource extraction responsible for half of the world’s carbon emissions:

2019-03-13 - Destruction from sea level rise in California could exceed worst wildfires and earthquakes, new research shows:

2019-03-13 - Large pile of appliances goes up in flames at waste facility in Edmonton (Canada):

Quote: "A large pile of appliances is on fire."

2019-03-13 - Electrical substation explodes and burns in Klaarwater, near coastal Durban (South Africa):

2019-03-13 - Electrical substation explodes and burns in Vanderbijlpark (South Africa):

2019-03-13 - Sharp rise in Arctic temperatures now inevitable:

Note: Not just inevitable but ALREADY HAPPENING. That's why the permafrost is melting and not even refreezing in the winter, that's why Greenland is losing a billion tons of ice PER DAY, and that's why methane explosions are leaving gigantic craters in the ground in Siberia. Forget all of that 'by some distant date in the future' BS. We're watching things happen in realtime right in front of our eyes that supposedly won't be a problem for decades. I've begun to suspect that all of that 'by the end of the century' and 'by the middle of the century' stuff is a kind of placating brainwashing, and not all that subtle either. The situation is dire, already, right now, and it is rapidly becoming ever more dire. Of course, anyone who wants to wait until they're falling over dead or burning to death to realize how dire things already are is completely free to do so!

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2019-03-14 - Unknown odor hits industrial facility and sends 3 people to the hospital near coastal New Castle (Delaware):

Quote: "A worker told WDEL that they started to smell a strange odor in the late morning hours of March 14, 2019 and shortly after the building was evacuated. A total of three workers were taken to the hospital to get checked out and two others were checked on site."

Quote: "DNREC is working on theory that sewer gas may have been the culprit but their investigation was continuing."

Note: Sewer gas, e.g. hydrogen sulfide...

2019-03-14 - Unknown rotten egg odor hits Perryville (Missouri):

Quote: "Dozens of Perryville residents got to breathe a big sigh of relief Thursday when city workers determined there were no gas leaks at their homes. According to Perryville Public Works director Mark Brown, his department received approximately 30 calls from residents who reported that they smelled gas in or around their homes."

Quote: "Brown said city crews were at a loss to determine the source of the concerning odor despite hours of investigation."

Note: Lotsa lakes in that area, and Perryville is also 11 miles from the Mississippi River...

2019-03-14 - Planetary collapse threatens our survival, new study says that more than 1,200 species will almost certainly face extinction:

2019-03-14 - As high-tide flooding worsens, more pollution is washing into the sea:

2019-03-14 - SOTT Earth changes summary for February 2019, extreme weather, planetary upheaval, meteors:

2019-03-14 - Landfill fire breaks out in coastal George Town (Cayman Islands):

2019-03-14 - Gas pipeline explodes and burns near the Persian Gulf between Ahvaz and Mahshahr (Iran), 5 killed, 6 injured:

Quote: "The blast stuck a pipeline between the city of Ahvaz city and the city of Mahshahr, near the Persian Gulf. There was no immediate information as to what had caused it. The Tasnim news agency cited the fire chief in Ahvaz, Ali Torabpour, as saying that a bus, truck and a private car had also caught fire."

Category: Fires And Explosions

2019-03-15 - Small plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing at airport in Dublin (Georgia):

Quote: "Dublin police said there wasn't a crash but passengers noticed smoke and landed out of caution."

Note: This is the 39th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-03-15 - Underground electrical explosion causes blackouts in Los Feliz area in coastal Los Angeles (California):

2019-03-15 - Refinery erupts in flame, fire burns out of control, in Carson (California):

2019-03-15 - Massive Venezuela power outage may have been caused by fire(s):

2019-03-15 - Auto dealership devastated by fire shortly after 4 AM in Boardman (Ohio), nobody there:

Quote: "Fire gutted Donnell Ford auto dealership in Boardman early this morning, leaving a large part of the business destroyed. Flames broke out at the Market Street dealership shortly after 4 a.m., according to Tribune Chronicle news partner WKBN Channel 27. No one was inside the dealership at the time, and no injuries were reported. A cat was rescued from an office inside the building."

Quote: "Several cars in the showroom were damaged, including a vintage 1931 Ford Roadster."

2019-03-15 - Wind turbine bursts into flame in coastal West Pubnico (Canada):

Quote: "A towering wind turbine went up in flames Friday at a wind farm located at the edge of a southern Nova Scotia community. The West Pubnico fire department responded just after 5 p.m. to monitor the rotating blades and make sure flaming debris did not start additional fires on the ground."

Quote: "The tower, which he estimated at over 90 metres tall, was 'all aflame.' 'It was something we'd never seen, for sure. And we couldn't get near it,' he said. Firefighters were unable to get close enough to put the fire out directly because of the turbine's height and movement of the blades -- and it couldn't be turned off with the gearbox on fire."

2019-03-15 - Recycling center erupts in flame, fire gets huge, on Purbrook Road in Wolverhampton (Britain):

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2019-03-16 - Climate strike by kids a source of hope, but new research shows it may be too late:

Quote: "The end of the world is no longer a fanciful hypothesis. It is the most plausible scenario. In the last week, the UN Environment assembly announced its finding that, even if the Paris Agreement targets were met, global temperatures would rise by three to five degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels."

Note: It IS too late. It was too late in 2002 when sea life began fleeing the depths off the Pacific Northwest. It was probably too late when 'dead zones' began spreading across the oceans and the phytoplankton started dying off, in the 1970s. It is most definitely WAY too late now. And again, people edge closer to what I've been saying all along, despite the fact that they don't even really understand the scope of the various problems we face. In particular, they're not paying any attention to the mysterious 'rotten egg' odor events that have been spreading across the planet or the rising number and intensity of fires that have begun destroying the surface of the planet. The kids who went on strike may believe consciously that there's yet time to 'fix the problem' if we'd just 'do something', but subconsciously they may already know - or at least suspect - that we're at the end of the world now and there's no stopping it...

2019-03-16 - The rapid decline of the natural world is a crisis even bigger than climate change:

Note: The rapid decline of the natural world is also related to climate change. The dying off of insects around the world should strike fear into the hearts of any thinking persons, seeing as insects dying off hard on a planetary scale is something only seen in the most severe of extinction events. The current extinction event is a repeat of the Permian-Triassic extinction event, the most severe of all extinction events, and insects did take some serious hits then, just as they are now...

2019-03-16 - Trump regulation rollbacks will result in more than 200 million tons of additional greenhouse emissions each year:

Note: As if the situation wasn't bad enough, Trump is working overtime to help corporations kill us all off as quickly as possible. I can see it now: corpses everywhere, everybody dead, but somewhere in a disintegrating home a TV will be running on solar power, and a guy on the TV on a prerecorded loop will be telling a MAGA-hat-wearing corpse being eaten by maggots in a recliner that hey, the stock market just hit a record high!

2019-03-16 - Metal distribution business destroyed by mammoth inferno at 11:20 PM in Pomeroy (Ohio), 200 feet from the Ohio River:

2019-03-16 - ExxonMobil refinery erupts in flame in coastal Baytown (Texas):

2019-03-16 - At least 30 waterfront homes destroyed by fire at 5 AM in coastal Sandakan (Malaysia), 1 injured:

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2019-03-17 - Oceans absorbing 4 times as much CO2 since 1994 compared to 1800-1994:

Quote: "The global ocean absorbed 34 billion metric tons of carbon from the burning of fossil fuels from 1994 to 2007 — a four-fold increase to 2.6 billion metric tons per year when compared to the period starting from the Industrial Revolution in 1800 to 1994."

Note: It's either worse than that now, since 2007, or the oceans have begun to get saturated. If the oceans haven't become saturated yet then it's just a matter of time until they do. Once that happens, all of the CO2 will go straight into the atmosphere and planetary temps will start spiking quickly, monumentally accelerating any number of other feedbacks already in play. And as the oceans become saturated, they are becoming more acidic too, which is causing havoc for ocean life, which is all by itself a dire problem...

2019-03-17 - Petrochemical storage facility erupts in flame, fire gets huge, may burn for days, in coastal Deer Park (Texas):

Quote: "The fire is the second in as many days at a Houston-area petrochemical facility. A fire at an ExxonMobil plant in nearby [coastal] Baytown that broke out Saturday afternoon has been contained. Company officials say no injuries were reported."

2019-03-17 - Waste center fire breaks out on Benedict Road in Mitcham (Britain):

2019-03-17 - Airport damaged by fire in Toronto (Canada):

2019-03-17 - Wetlands fire breaks out near bosque in Bernalillo County north of Los Lunas (New Mexico):

2019-03-17 - Car bursts into flame while parked in garage at home, fire spreads, home destroyed, in the Overbrook Shores area in coastal Lewes (Delaware):

Quote: "The blaze started around 9:30 a.m. on March 17, 2019, in a car parked in a garage the 29000 block of West Mill Run in Overbrook Shores, Delaware State Fire Marshal's investigators said. The fire then spread to the attached house, destroying it."

2019-03-17 - The $5 trillion global insurance industry's natural disaster problem:

Quote: "The $5 trillion global insurance industry plays a huge role in the U.S. economy. Insurance spending in 2017 made up about 11 percent of America's GDP. So, how will insurance companies remain profitable in an era of climate change?"

Note: Good question!

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2019-03-18 - Unknown odor sickens three people at post office in coastal San Jose (California):

2019-03-18 - Woman plagued by unexplained seizures and memory loss after vacationing in coastal Sayulita (Mexico):

Quote: "A Portland woman’s vacation to Mexico was cut short by a mystery illness that caused seizures and memory loss, and doctors still aren’t sure what caused it."

Quote: "Everything was 'incredible,' Glass said, until the fifth day of the vacation. Glass suddenly became disoriented, then had a seizure, something she had never experienced before, the news station reported. 'Her mouth was foaming. Her face was really contorted, and her eyes were red and rolling back,' said Stacia Secreriat, who accompanied Glass on the vacation."

Quote: "She had no preexisting condition. After the vacation, Glass said she suffered memory problems and was often confused and disoriented."

Note: I'd bet that at some point during that vacation she got into the water at the beach there in that beach resort town...

2019-03-18 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane lands safely in McAllen (Texas):

Quote: "Emergency crews were called in to the McAllen Miller International Airport after an incoming plane reported smoke in the cabin. Flight 4158 from Dallas arrived at about 8 a.m. Monday."

Note: This is the 40th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-03-18 - Person found dead in burning pickup truck in Rowan County (Kentucky):

Quote: "They say they do no know where the fire started, but Kentucky State Police say they believe the fire started near where the truck was located. KSP says that this case is still under investigation, but foul play is not suspected."

2019-03-18 - Car goes up in flames and burns 72-year-old man to death on Gilbert Court in Iowa City (Iowa):

Quote: "Iowa City authorities are investigating after a body was found in a car that went up in flames. It happened just before 10:50 p.m. Monday at 1213 Gilbert Court. Firefighters found the body inside once they put the flames out."

2019-03-18 - Horse truck bursts into flame and kills man at 6:30 AM while parked in Vejer de la Frontera (Spain):

Quote: "At around 6.30am local time, a rider’s lorry caught fire. At the time, freelance groom Vicente Quinta Sanchez was inside the living area of the lorry where the fire broke out and has passed away."

2019-03-18 - Man, 79, burns to death at scene of brush fire on Peace Valley Lane in Baxter County (Arkansas):

Quote: "The Baxter County Sheriff's Office says Heenan was found about 120 feet from where his vehicle was parked. Evidence indicates that Heenan died as a result of the fire. A portion of his vehicle was also damaged by the fire."

2019-03-18 - Auto dumping yard hit by fire, bus, 25 cars and 72 motorcycles burn, in coastal Calicut (India):

Quote: "A massive fire broke out at a vehicle dumping yard in Calicut on Monday evening. Hundreds of vehicles including 72 two-wheelers, 25 cars, and a bus was completely charred."

2018-03-18 - Chemical factory heavily damaged by fire in Delhi (India):

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2019-03-19 - Unknown rotten egg odor evacuates school near coastal Myrtle Beach (South Carolina):

Quote: "Horry County Fire and Rescue were called to Carolina Forest Elementary Tuesday morning after reports of a gas odor. Students were briefly evacuated as the hazardous materials team and other first responders cleared the building. The hazmat team used their equipment but were unable to detect any gases in the building."

2019-03-19 - Unknown smell hits hospital in Santa Clarita (California):

Quote: "Several members of an L.A. County hazardous materials crew were dispatched to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital on Tuesday at noon for 'an unknown smell.'"

2019-03-19 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in coastal Norfolk (Virginia):

Quote: "A plane returned to Norfolk International Airport (ORF) shortly after taking off on Tuesday because of smoke in the cockpit, officials say. The pilot of the United Express ERJ145 declared an emergency at 6:06 p.m., according to a spokesperson with Norfolk Airport Authority, and landed safely back at ORF nine minutes later."

Note: This is the 41st aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-03-19 - Metal recycling center hit by fire just before 11 PM, big pile of scrap metal burns, in coastal Deerfield Beach (Florida):

Quote: "Firefighters battled a scrap metal fire Tuesday night in Deerfield Beach. The fire broke out just before 11 p.m. at a recycling facility on Powerline Road. Firefighters arrived and were met with flames encompassing a large mass of metal debris -- some 25-30 feet high, Broward Sheriff's Office Department of Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Michael Kane said."

2019-03-19 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, three vehicles burn, in Southington (Connecticut):

2019-03-19 - Landfill hit by fire at 11:15 PM, maintenance building destroyed, in Fort Wayne (Indiana):

2019-03-19 - Brush fire breaks out, jumps the Santiam River, threatens homes, east of Salem (Oregon):

2019-03-19 - Heatwave and sunburns afflicting people in Kerala (India):

Quote: "Rising temperatures and heat wave conditions in Kerala have resulted in an increasing number of severe sunburn cases being reported in the state. Since February, over 70 cases of sunburns and 1 case of sunstroke has been reported in the state, according to the Integrated Disease Surveillance Program (IDSP), Kerala."

Note: Heatwaves don't cause sunburns. UV in the sunlight causes sunburns...

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2019-03-20 - Tanker ship 'Taehwa 1HO' damaged by deadly fire at 5:40 AM off the coast of South Korea, 2 killed, 1 injured:

Quote: "Two sailors were killed and another injured after a fire broke out on an oil tanker off the southern coast of South Korea on Wednesday, rescue officials said. The 494-ton ship caught fire at about 5:40 a.m. in the waters about 5 kilometers off Odong islet in South Jeolla Province, some 322 kilometers south of Seoul, according to the Coast Guard."

Note: This is the 257th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-03-20 - Electrical substation damaged by fire in Allandale (South Africa):

2019-03-20 - Three buildings under construction destroyed by huge fire at coastal Silver Sands State Park (Connecticut):

Quote: "A fire at a seaside Connecticut park destroyed three buildings that were under construction, but there were no reports of injuries."

Quote: "The buildings, which housed a concession stand/dining area, public restrooms and an office, were scheduled to open Memorial Day weekend, officials said."

Quote: "It's awful. It was just getting ready to open. Beach season was going to start."

2019-03-20 - Apartment building under construction destroyed by massive fire in Stockton (California):

Quote: "Stubstad said as he was driving to the scene about 11 p.m., he could see flames from well over a mile away reaching 30 to 40 feet high as the wood-framed building skeleton burned uncontrollably."

2019-03-20 - Tropical Cyclone Veronica forms and rapidly intensifies near Western Australia:

Quote: "In less than 24 hours, Veronica went from an unnamed tropical low to a Category 4 intense tropical cyclone as it spun off the northwestern coastline of Western Australia. Further strengthening is expected as Veronica turns southward toward the Australia coastline in the coming days."

2019-03-20 - Tropical Cyclone Trevor takes aim at the Northern Territory (Australia), emergency declared, evacuations ensue:

Quote: "The largest evacuation before a cyclone in Australia's Northern Territory history is underway as Cyclone Trevor takes aim, to make landfall on Saturday."

Note: The Earth's going on cyclopathic rampage!

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2019-03-21 - Glaciers on Mount Everest melting away and exposing long-lost bodies:

Quote: "'Because of global warming, the ice sheet and glaciers are fast melting and the dead bodies that remained buried all these years are now becoming exposed,' said Ang Tshering Sherpa, former president of Nepal Mountaineering Association."

2019-03-21 - Chemical plant devastated by massive explosion and fire in coastal Yancheng (China), dozens killed, hundreds injured:

Quote: "The death toll in a chemical plant explosion in China rose to 64 Saturday but rescuers found a survivor among more than 2 dozen still missing in the debris of one of the country's worst industrial accidents in recent years."

Quote: "Footage shows a huge fireball erupting from the pesticide factory - sending a mushroom cloud into the air - and scenes of carnage in the aftermath with bloodied bodies and debris on a pavement. The enormous blast shook homes at least 25 miles away, and a 3.0 magnitude earthquake in Jiangsu Province is suspected to have been caused by the explosion."

Quote: "Workers at the Henglida Chemical Factory, 3km from the blast, said its windows and doors were blown out. Its roof collapsed as they tried to escape, and causing head injuries."

2019-03-21 - Fertilizer factory rocked by explosion and fire in coastal Ain Sokhna (Egypt), 10 killed, 5 injured:

2019-03-21 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, 20 cars burn, in coastal Fort Pierce (Florida):

2019-03-21 - Recycling center heavily damaged by fire at 12:10 AM in St. Paul (Minnesota):

2019-03-21 - Paper recycling warehouse damaged by fire in coastal Everett (Washington):

2019-03-21 - Landfill fire breaks out at 3:30 AM in Fairbanks (Alaska):

2019-03-21 - Underground electrical fire breaks out before 1:30 AM in Raleigh (North Carolina):

2019-03-21 - Washington State has already seen 50 brush fires just this week:

Quote: "We are not even into April but we’ve had 50 brush fires across Washington just this week. Firefighters usually start getting busy fighting brush fires and wildfires starting in June, so the fact that we've seen so many fires so far is significant. 'It’s very unusual for our region to see that many wildfires,' Q13 News Meteorologist Tim Joyce said."

Quote: "'I am predicting right now that this year will be worse than last year,' Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz said. Franz says last year was the worst with more than 1,800 brush fires in this state; 40 percent of those were in western Washington. 'This is no longer an Eastern Washington issue this is all Washington state issue,' Franz said."

Note: Think bigger, Franz! This is an all of the planet issue...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2019-03-22 - Tour bus bursts into flame in Changde (China), 26 killed, 28 injured:

Note: This is the 165th bus to burn in 2019...

2019-03-22 - Van goes up in flames just before 4:30 AM on West Third Street and kills man, in Trotwood (Ohio):

Quote: "A man is dead after a car fire in Trotwood early Friday morning. Crews were called to the 5800 block West Third Street near Norfolk Avenue just before 4:30 Friday morning. 53-year-old Edward Scott was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office."

2019-03-22 - Electrical substation damaged by explosion and fire in coastal Heraklion on the island of Crete (Greece), most of the island goes dark:

Quote: "The greater part of the island of Crete was left without power on Friday due to a blackout caused by an explosion in a power transformer at the Public Power Corporation (PPC) Linoperamata sub-station in Heraklion at about noon."

2019-03-22 - Petrochemical facility erupts in flame again in coastal Deer Park (Texas):

Quote: "New fire erupts at Deer Park plant as leaking toxins close Ship Channel. A fireball again erupted into the sky. An unknown volume of chemicals leaked into waterways, destined for Galveston Bay. Deer Park residents peered out their windows at another plume of black smoke. Friday brought a bout of deja vu to the Houston Ship Channel, where for the sixth consecutive day firefighters battled a massive chemical fire that has so far burned 11 storage tanks at Intercontinental Terminals Company."

2019-03-22 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, cars burn, near Dogtown area in St. Louis (Missouri):

Quote: "If you were within a couple miles of Dogtown this afternoon, you probably spotted that column of black smoke in an otherwise flawless blue sky. Multiple cars burned in a salvage yard behind Affton Auto Solutions, which is near the intersection of Manchester and Sublette avenues. The blaze began about 3 p.m., and firefighters on scene said they were not sure how it started."

Note: Closest salvage yard fire to me so far at 1.6 miles...

2019-03-22 - California governor declares statewide emergency to prepare for wildfires, waives some environmental regulations:

Quote: "California’s efforts to prevent another year of catastrophic wildfire took a step forward Friday when Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a rare statewide emergency, clearing the path for dozens of forest-thinning projects aimed at reducing fire danger."

Quote: "Newsom said 'extreme peril' to the life and property necessitates the emergency declaration. 'The increasing wildfire risks we face as a state mean we simply can’t wait until a fire starts in order to start deploying emergency resources. California needs sustained focus and immediate action in order to better protect our communities,' he added in a statement."

Quote: "The only other statewide emergencies since the year 2000 were declared by former Governor Jerry Brown in 2014 and 2015, both related to the drought."

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2019-03-23 - Information pertaining to climate tipping points:

2019-03-23 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, giant pile of scrap metal burns, in coastal Tampa (Florida):

Quote: "Fire crews were called to Fedca Scrap Metals after someone called 911 reporting smoke and flames coming from the property. Heavy smoke could be seen billowing out of the business while firefighters worked to get it under control. 'There was about a 100 foot by 30 foot section of it that was just on fire,' Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Public Information Officer Eric Seidel said."

2019-03-23 - Transformer box explodes into flame, ignites car and manhole, in coastal Bensonhurst, Brooklyn (New York):

Quote: "Fire officials say a transformer box explosion caused a car to catch on fire in Bensonhurst Saturday. Firefighters responded to a call about a manhole fire at 1552 W. Fifth St. Saturday evening. Several witnesses say they heard an explosion before seeing black smoke. Fire officials say the transformer box explosion also caused the manhole fire."

2019-03-23 - Utility pole bursts into flame in Lawrenceville (Georgia):

2019-03-23 - Transformer bursts into flame, fire spreads to cell tower, near Ormanjhi (India):

2019-03-23 - Warehouse explodes in Mongmao (Myanmar), 16 killed, 48 injured:

2019-03-23 - Old presidential palace heavily damaged by fire along the Blue Nile River in Khartoum (Sudan):

Quote: "Thick plumes of smoke billowed into the sky Saturday (March 23) as a fire ripped through Sudan's old presidential palace in the capital Khartoum, the presidency and an AFP journalist reported. Police cordoned off the streets heading to the palace, built in 1832 on the bank of the Blue Nile, as smoke billowed from the building."

2019-03-23 - Massive debris fire erupts in the West Valley in El Mirage (Arizona):

Quote: "Firefighters said the fire consisted of tires, boat parts, old hot tubs and other trash."

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2019-03-24 - Hydrogen sulfide detected in home(s) after huge chemical facility fire in coastal Deer Park (Texas):

Quote: "Attorney Bill Ogden is already working with about 200 Deer Park area residents to file lawsuits again ITC. 'After the initial fire and then kind of the days following, they started feeling a lot of symptoms—a lot of nose bleeds, a lot of nausea, a lot of vomiting,' says Ogden. Ogden says his clients weren’t just impacted by the elevated benzene levels. One of them recorded hydrogen sulfide in his home Thursday morning at a level of 10 parts per million. 'It’s highly poisonous at certain levels,' says Ogden. 'The recommended exposure limit of hydrogen sulfide is 10 minutes at 10 parts per million.' The man lives less a mile and a half from the ITC facility. The reading occurred indoors during the Deer Park shelter in place."

2019-03-24 - Wildfire season gets a rip-roaring start in Washington State:

Quote: "Summer is still months away, but many folks in Washington enjoyed a glimpse of it with record-high temperatures last week as we headed into the official start of spring. Sadly, Thursday also marked the beginning of another season for the state: wildfire season. Areas in Washington state are already dealing with an unusually high number of wildfires: 50 total, with 49 on the west side of the state, according to the Department of Natural Resources."

Quote: "Generally, this pattern occurs during our peak fire season in late August through early October..."

Note: So 98% of the fires so far have been on the western side of the state, which is the side closest to the Pacific Ocean...

2019-03-24 - Ship operators raise alarms over spate of ship fires:

Quote: "The international shipping industry is wrestling with a spate of fires aboard vessels at sea in recent months that have crippled several big cargo ships, killed a number of seafarers and cost companies and their customers hundreds of millions of dollars in damages."

2019-03-24 - Flatbed truck bursts into flame while parked in garage at auto business, fire spreads, 3 more vehicles and garage destroyed too, near AuSable Forks (New York):

Quote: "The fire started in a flatbed truck in a garage at AuSable Motors at 13713 Route 9N, between the hamlets of AuSable Forks and Jay. Four vehicles and most of the building burned, owner John Roy said. 'I lost everything in there,' he said Monday. 'We had another building we were going to sell, but now we have to move into that one.' Roy said the garage was not insured."

2019-03-24 - Brush fire breaks out near homes in coastal Mims (Florida):

2019-03-24 - Resources for learning about effects of exposure to wildland fire smoke:

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2019-03-25 - Unknown odor hits naval clinic two days in a row in coastal Manama (Bahrain):

Quote: "Officials are investigating a strange smell that forced an evacuation of personnel and patients from the Naval Branch Health Clinic following two separate reports on Sunday and Monday."

2019-03-25 - Two people found dead in burning car at port in coastal Mihama (Japan):

Quote: "The remains of two people were found inside a car that was destroyed by fire at a port in Mihama, Aichi Prefecture, police said Tuesday. According to police, a passerby spotted the car ablaze in a parking lot at around 8:35 p.m. Monday, Sankei Shimbun reported. It took firefighters about 40 minutes to extinguish the fire."

2019-03-25 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in coastal Noumea on the island of New Caledonia:

Quote: "A United Airlines flight from Melbourne to Los Angeles has been forced to make an emergency landing after reports of smoke coming from the cockpit. UA99 left Tullamarine Airport shortly after 1pm towards the west coast of the United States when something went wrong. It landed at La Tontouta International Airport at Noumea, the capital of New Caledonia, shortly after 4pm."

Note: This is the 42nd aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-03-25 - Metal recycling center erupts in flame before 4:30 AM in Cincinnati (Ohio):

Quote: "The same business caught fire a month ago."

2019-03-25 - Metal-plating business damaged by fire at 4 AM in coastal Providence (Rhode Island):

2019-03-25 - Man ignites while burning leaves in Caseville Township (Michigan):

2019-03-25 - In blow to climate, coal plants emitted more pollution than ever in 2018:

Quote: "'We are in deep trouble,' Rob Jackson, a professor of Earth system science at Stanford University, said of Monday’s findings. 'The climate consequences are catastrophic. I don’t use any word like that very often. But we are headed for disaster, and nobody seems to be able to slow things down.'"

2019-03-25 - Alaska hit temp of 70F on the earliest day ever recorded:

Quote: "On Tuesday, Klawock, Alaska topped out at 70 degrees Fahrenheit. That marks the earliest 70-degree Fahrenheit day ever recorded in Alaska."

Category: Fires And Explosions

2019-03-26 - Shopping mall heavily damaged by huge fire in coastal Baku (Azerbaijan):

2019-03-26 - Luggage conveyor bursts into flame while connected to plane at airport in Belo Horizonte (Brazil):

2019-03-26 - Multiple underground fires break out in Chelsea area in coastal Manhattan (New York):

2019-03-26 - Chemical warehouse explodes and burns in Narayanganj (Bangladesh):

2019-03-26 - Landfill fire breaks out near Varthur Lake in southeastern Bengaluru (India):

2019-03-26 - Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum destroyed by fire near the Mississippi River in St. Louis (Missouri), most artifacts saved:

Quote: "The library houses priceless historical documents, such as the proclamation of France's approval of the Louisiana Purchase, the Great Soulard Discovery Map used by explorers Lewis and Clark, and the city of St. Louis' application for a baseball team with the National League. At present, the museum housed a collection on the history of Cuba. The St. Louis Media History Foundation is also housed at the museum."

Quote: "The building is expected to be a total loss."

2019-03-26 - Transformer bursts into flame at Memorial Park in Houston (Texas):

2019-03-26 - Wildfire breaks out, destroys 2 homes, sends people fleeing, near coastal Genoa (Italy):

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2019-03-27 - Unknown odor sickens 3 people at hospital in Southbridge (Massachusetts), 1200 feet from the Quinebaug River:

Quote: "Harrington Hospital secured two areas on its campus Wednesday afternoon after three employees experienced 'sudden respiratory complaints' following an odor."

2019-03-27 - Outwardly healthy but diseased trees are a large and mostly unrecognized source of methane emissions:

2019-03-27 - Worsening algae blooms could significantly increase global methane emissions:

2019-03-27 - Philippine Air Force C-130 plane bursts into flame at airport in coastal Pampanga (Philippine Islands):

Quote: "A Philippine Air Force C-130 plane caught fire before its take off at Clark Air Base in Pampanga on Wednesday morning."

Note: This is the 43rd aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-03-27 - Dozens of RV trailers destroyed by fire at 5:30 AM at Ainmoor Grange Caravan Park in Stretton (Britain):

2019-03-27 - Classic trucks and cars and storage building destroyed by two fires in Paxton (Illinois):

Quote: "A storage facility which kept 18 classic cars went up in flames. The cars which have been in Paxton for years are now gone."

Quote: "He said he had an old bucket truck, his old furniture store truck, a dump truck and even one of Paxton's old fire trucks."

2019-03-27 - Electric motorcycles and warehouse destroyed by fire in Gandhinagar (India):

2019-03-27 - Clothing recycling center damaged by fire on Cricket Lane in Beckenham (Britain):

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2019-03-28 - High-rise office building heavily damaged by deadly fire in Dhaka (Bangladesh), 25+ killed, 70+ injured:

Quote: "At least 25 people were killed and 74 injured after a fire engulfed a 22-story building in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka. Firefighters battled to save people trapped by Thursday's blaze as it ripped through the FR Tower in the Banani commercial district. Of the 25 people who perished, seven died while jumping or trying to escape from the upper floors, Additional Deputy Commissioner Abu Bakar Siddique of the Dhaka Police told CNN."

Quote: "At least 70 people were killed and 55 others injured in February after a fire broke out in a densely populated residential area at Chawk Bazar in the old part of Dhaka."

2019-03-28 - Storage facility devastated by huge fire in the Northern Beaches area in coastal Sydney (Australia):

2019-03-28 - Lulu Island erupts in flame off coastal Abu Dhabi (UAE):

2019-03-28 - Car burst into flame at 2:15 AM while parked at home, fire spreads to another car and home, in coastal Windsor (Canada):

Quote: "Windsor Fire Department Chief Jamie Juteau said firefighters were called to a report of a car fire at a home on King Street near Gerrish Street. By the time Juteau arrived minutes later, he said a 2018 Hyundai Elantra and another vehicle were on fire and the flames had spread to the house."

Quote: "The fire started in a 2018 Hyundai Elantra parked in front of the house."

2019-03-28 - In separate incidents, on same street, within a minute, two parked cars destroyed by fire and garage goes up in flames at home, in Winnipeg (Canada):

2019-03-28 - Volcano Popocatépetl erupts again near Mexico City (Mexico), alert level raised:

Quote: "The National Disaster Prevention Center (Cenapred) today raised its alert for the Popocatépetl volcano from yellow Phase 2 to yellow Phase 3 due to increased volcanic activity. El Popo, as the volcano located in Puebla and Morelos is commonly known, recorded one of its strongest explosions in recent years last week and another eruption occurred at 6.50 am today, sending a 2.5-kilometer ash plume into the air."

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2019-03-29 - Mysterious odor blows over high school in Sanford (North Carolina):

Quote: "A mysterious odor that caused burning, watery eyes drifted over the Southern Lee High School stadium Thursday, forcing the cancellation of a girls soccer match that was underway."

Quote: "Thursday night's girls soccer game in Sanford between Panther Creek and Southern Lee was suspended in the first half after some people in attendance noticed a chemical in the air. Southern Lee girls soccer coach Chris Gill said everyone on the field from coaches, to players, to officials was impacted by the chemical. 'You could see the girls start to rub their eyes. We started to smell something like it was burning, but we couldn't see any smoke. All of a sudden my eyes started to water and burn ... people started to cough,' Gill said. According to others at the game, a chemical smell was noticed that caused irritation of eyes and coughing. Emergency crews responded but were unable to find the source of the chemical."

2019-03-29 - Unknown odor evacuates school in Memphis (Tennessee):

Quote: "A Memphis elementary school was evacuated after a strange odor' was reported by students and staff on Friday."

2019-03-29 - Unknown rotten egg odor evacuates school in Hanover (Massachusetts):

Quote: "Hanover Middle School was evacuated Friday morning due to a faint smell of gas in the building, officials said. Firefighters responding to a report of a natural gas odor at the Whiting Street school evacuated the building for about 30 minutes. The school was swept for a possible leak but nothing of concern was found."

2019-03-29 - Passenger plane hit by odor, plane makes emergency landing at Dulles Airport (Virginia), 7 people hospitalized:

Quote: "Seven people were taken to the hospital early Friday morning after a United Airlines flight made an emergency landing at Dulles International Airport in Loudoun County, Virginia. The Boeing 737 headed for San Francisco left BWI Marshall Airport early Friday. After reports of an odor in the cabin, the plane landed at Dulles at 7:45 a.m."

Quote: "In February, four Alaska Airlines crew members and four passengers were treated for respiratory problems after a 'sweet burning smell' permeated the cabin of a plane traveling between Chicago and Seattle. That incident came a day after another Alaska Airlines flight made an unscheduled landing due to a mysterious odor in the cabin."

2019-03-29 - Three buses go up in flames in the wee hours and burn man to death while parked in Murshidabad (India):

Quote: "3 buses, parked at Raghunathganj bus stand in West Bengal’s Murshidabad, caught fire in which staff was killed. After hours of dousing operation, fire brigade officials got success to extinguish the fire."

Note: These are the 173rd, 174th and 175th buses to burn in 2019...

2019-03-29 - In separate incidents, at the same time, pickup truck bursts into flame and man has 'medical emergency' in vehicle on Chickamauga Dam over the Tennessee River (Tennessee):

Quote: "Two strange incidents blocked traffic over Chickamauga Dam this morning. It started when rescuers were called to a wreck with injuries on the northbound lanes over the dam. But when they got there, they learned that the man driving the car pulled over when he had a medical emergency. There was no wreck. Then as they were loading him into an ambulance, a burning truck approached them. It was an old Ford F-150 pulling a load of firewood."

Quote: "There was another vehicle fire on the dam just Tuesday."

Note: The car that burst into flame on Chickamauga Dam on Tuesday was mentioned in the 2019-03-26 update...

2019-03-29 - Fueled by climate change, extreme weather disasters hit 62 million people in 2018, UN says:

2019-03-29 - Even Antarctica’s coldest region is starting to melt:

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2019-03-30 - Man accidentally burns to death at 2:30 AM near mall next to the Kanawha River in Charleston (West Virginia):

Quote: "A man’s body was found burned beyond recognition early Saturday. Charleston Police say the body was found behind the Kanawha Mall around 2:30 a.m. At first, investigators thought the man had been electrocuted, but say after reviewing the scene, it seems he accidentally set himself on fire. At this time, no foul play is expected."

2019-03-30 - Car bursts into flame while parked at shopping center, 3 children seriously burned, in Garland (Texas):

Quote: "Three children are in critical condition after they were burned in a car fire Saturday evening in a parking lot in Garland, police say. Police say they responded to the car fire at around 6 p.m. in the 2900 block of S. First Street in the parking lot of a shopping center. Three children ages four, three and one were taken to the hospital in critical condition. According to police, a man drove to the location with the children inside the car and left them unattended as he went into a store. While he was in the store, the vehicle caught fire."

2019-03-30 - Auto recycling yard hit by fire, scrap cars burn, in coastal Wilmington (California):

Quote: "Some 36 Los Angeles firefighters extinguished flames that damaged nearly three dozen remnant vehicles at an automotive recycling yard on Saturday afternoon, authorities said."

2019-03-30 - Car rental business heavily damaged by fire in coastal Richmond (Canada):

2019-03-30 - Landfill fire breaks out in Waikato (New Zealand):

2019-03-30 - Wildfire rages out of control in Penn State Forest near coastal Barnegat (New Jersey):

2019-03-30 - Parts of Alaska have recorded their warmest February and March on record with temperatures 40F above normal:

2019-03-30 - Record-breaking early heatwave sends temps to 43.2C (110F) in parts of India:

Note: Winter was just 10 days ago!

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2019-03-31 - Hydrogen sulfide continues regularly blowing through coastal Kearny (New Jersey):

Quote: "Residents in Kearny have complained for months about a strong, unpleasant smell occasionally wafting through the town, with the aroma more powerful on some days than others. Saturday and Sunday seemed to be especially bad. Over the weekend Kearny residents described a smell like rotten eggs that was so potent, it forced people to close their windows. One man said he noticed it in the morning when he left town Saturday, and still detected it when he returned that night. A woman said her dogs were sickened by the stench. In a word, the smell is 'toxic,' yet another woman said. Residents and the town's longtime mayor, Al Santos, blame the persistent aroma on a gas, hydrogen sulfide, emanating from a 100-acre landfill maintained by the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority."

Quote: "The NJSEA has said that it is trying to determine the source of the smell, but has not concluded that the Keegan site is to blame."

Note: Whatever the source, they're breathing poison gas, which is obviously not good for one's health...

2019-03-31 - Man and 2-year-old daughter found burned to death at 7 AM in burning car in driveway at home near Ridgely (Missouri):

Quote: "Major Erik Holland said during a press conference that skeletal remains were found believed to be an adult male and a small child, possibly a toddler. When asked if the child was in a car seat, Holland couldn’t comment due to the ongoing investigation. The charred remains car was parked in a driveway next to a house."

2019-03-31 - RV goes up in flames at 2 AM and kills woman and dog while parked in Maple Falls (Washington):

Quote: "A Maple Falls woman and her dog died when the RV she is believed to have lived in burned early Sunday."

Note: This is the 102nd RV to burn in 2019, and this is the 5th deadly RV fire in 2019...

2019-03-31 - Double-decker bus bursts into flame and kills 20+ people in coastal Lima (Peru):

Quote: "The Civil Defense agency reported that firefighters and police extinguished the blaze, but the bus was destroyed. It was one of the worst-ever public transport fires in Lima."

Note: This is the 178th bus to burn in 2019...

2019-03-31 - Container of scrap metal bursts into flame and explodes, fire spreads to factory, in Kunshan (China), 7 killed, 5 injured:

Quote: "The blast happened when a container for storing scrap metal burst into flames outside a factory in an export processing zone in Kunshan, Jiangsu province, the local government said on its official WeChat social media account."

2019-03-31 - In separate incidents, three cars burst into flame within 2 hours in Wantagh (New York):

Quote: "According to the department, the three fires occurred on March 27. The first call came in around 2:45 p.m. for a fire near Merrick Road and the Wantagh Parkway. The fire was put out in about 30 minutes, when a second call came in for a car fire on Manchester Road. The second fire was put out in about 30 minutes as well. Later, at 4:30 p.m., a third call came in, this time on the Southern State Parkway near the Wantagh Parkway."

2019-03-31 - Wildfire grows to 10,000 acres in Penn State Forest near coastal Barnegat (New Jersey):

Quote: "Department spokesman Larry Hajna (HAY-nah) said Sunday afternoon the blaze had grown to 10,000 acres (40 sq. kilometers) with about 75 percent containment. Officials said plumes of smoke were visible from as far as Freehold, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) away."

2019-03-31 - Brush fire breaks out along the Colorado River and closes State Route 95 in Lake Havasu City (Arizona):

2019-03-31 - Ocean heat hit record high in 2018:

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