Saturday, June 1, 2019

2019 - MAY - Spotlight Stories

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2019-05-01 - Unknown odor sickens teacher and 13 students at school in Glendale (Arizona):

Quote: "More than a dozen students and a teacher at a Glendale elementary school became ill Wednesday after smelling an unidentified odor. Fire spokeswoman Ashley Losch told KTAR News 92.3 FM that 13 students and a teacher were treated at Sierra Verde Elementary School, located near 75th Avenue and Deer Valley Road."

Quote: "They began to feel dizzy and sick, and the school notified authorities, she said."

2019-05-01 - Van bursts into flame and almost burns man to death on US 23 in Ashland (Kentucky), 1 injured:

Quote: "A man's drive through Ashland turned into a fiery nightmare. Police say witnesses near the Ashland Mall reported seeing a van smoking as it was travelling north on U.S. 23. 'The vehicle became engulfed in flames,' Ashland Police Chief Todd Kelley said. 'The individual was unable to get out.' Witnesses also reported hearing an explosion near the River Hill Drive entrance where the van ended up. 'The callers reporting to 911 were indicating the individual was on fire,' Kelley said. The chief says a Good Samaritan driving by stopped and pulled the victim out of the burning van before emergency responders arrived. Kelley says if the brave passerby hadn't stepped in, the victim almost certainly wouldn't have had a chance."

2019-05-01 - Metal recycling center hit by fire at 1:15 AM, big pile of metal and plastic burns, in Abilene (Texas):

Quote: "According to Pine Street Salvage's website, it is one of the Big Country's largest scrap metal recycling companies."

2019-05-01 - Recycling center erupts in flame, fire gets huge, in Knoxville (Tennessee):

Quote: "'It looked like the end of the world,' said a child who described what she saw as she watched the fire."

2019-05-01 - Transformer bursts into flame at 1:30 AM and causes blackouts in coastal Auckland (New Zealand):

2019-05-01 - Landfill fire breaks out, again, in Bandhwari (India):

2019-05-01 - Global warming was already fueling droughts in the early 1900s, study shows:

2019-05-01 - Permafrost's carbon time bomb going off faster than expected:

2019-05-01 - Two people collapse at graveyard in Broadwater area in coastal Worthing (Britain), 1.3 miles from the ocean:

Quote: "A South East Coast Ambulance service spokesman said: 'We were called at approximately 2.50pm today to reports that two people had collapsed and were in need of medical attention at Broadwater Parish Church graveyard.'"

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2019-05-02 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in Syracuse (New York):

Quote: "Police and emergency crews responded to the Syracuse Hancock International Airport shortly after noon today after pilots of an airplane reported they had smoke in the cockpit."

Note: This is the 59th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-05-02 - Refinery erupts in flame in Carson (California), near the coast:

Quote: "The refinery was also the scene of a massive fire on March 15."

Quote: "Experts are predicting that gas prices in California could stay above $4 a gallon after a refinery caught fire for the second time in as many weeks. The fire broke out Thursday around 5 p.m. at the Phillips 66 refinery in Carson."

2019-05-02 - Mysterious explosion and smoke reported in Flint and Buckley (Britain), less than 5 miles from the coast:

2019-05-02 - Tropical Cyclone Fani strengthens in the Bay of Bengal and heads toward Odisha (India):

Quote: "On Thursday, Tropical Cyclone Fani had strengthened significantly in the Bay of Bengal, with maximum sustained winds of 250 kilometers per hour (155 mph) and gusts of up to 305 kilometers per hour (190 mph), according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center."

Quote: "Fani, which is about 60 kilometers (38 miles) off the coast of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha states, is equivalent in intensity to a Category 4 hurricane in the Atlantic, or a supertyphoon in the Pacific. (It's 2 mph away from a Category 5 hurricane, the highest on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.)"

Quote: "With winds expected to be 240 kilometers per hour (150 mph) at landfall, Tropical Cyclone Fani would be the strongest storm to hit the region since a similar system struck Odisha in 1999, resulting in at least 10,000 deaths."

2019-05-02 - Atmospheric CO2 level continues rising at an accelerating rate:

Note: That's a bell curve there, and we're near the bottom of it, before it goes more severely vertical. There won't be a human being left alive on the surface of this planet by the time that curve reaches its peak...

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2019-05-03 - Unknown odor hits passenger plane after takeoff from coastal Los Angeles (California), 1 person sent to the hospital:

Quote: "One person was sent to the hospital after a Spirit Airlines flight headed to Denver was forced to land Friday amid complaints of 'fumes in the cockpit and cabin,' officials said. An Airbus 321, which took off from Los Angeles International Airport just after 8:30 a.m., was forced to land about 9:50 a.m. after crew members reported a strange smell 'in the cockpit and cabin,' a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) official told Fox News in an email."

Quote: "Just last month another Spirit flight headed for Florida was grounded in Maryland after an 'unknown odor' in the cabin was detected. All seven crew members were taken to the hospital for evaluation."

2019-05-03 - Passenger's computer bursts into flame on passenger plane at airport in coastal Sarasota (Florida):

Quote: "Around 8 p.m. Friday night, an American Airlines flight on the SRQ tarmac had to be evacuated because a passenger’s computer caught fire."

2019-05-03 - Auto recycling plant hit by fire, many cars burn, in Otay Mesa (California), near the coast:

2019-05-03 - Auto salvage business destroyed by fire in Marshalltown (Iowa), 1 injured:

Quote: "Officials said there were large piles of tires and multiple vehicles involved with the fire at the rear of the property. Officials said the roof near the rear of the building had collapsed when they started fighting the blaze. Firefighters were on scene for approximately five hours. The building and the contents are a total loss."

2019-05-03 - Chemical plant explodes and burns in Waukegan (Illinois), 2 killed, 2 missing, 4 injured:

Quote: "An explosion at an Illinois silicone plant Friday killed two people and left four others injured, authorities said. Two others are missing and officials said it is unlikely they survived, CBS Chicago reported."

2019-05-03 - Tesla Model S bursts into flame shortly after midnight while parked in garage at home in coastal San Francisco (California):

Quote: "Firefighters on Friday morning extinguished a blaze that damaged a Tesla Model S parked in an Outer Sunset District garage, fire officials said. The fire was reported shortly after midnight in the 1300 block of 26th Avenue. Fire officials did not say what caused the car to catch fire, but said it didn't appear to be suspicious."

2019-05-03 - Arctic ice sea extent reaches record low for this time of year:

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2019-05-04 - RV trailer goes up in flames and kills woman while parked in Smith County (Texas):

2019-05-04 - Ship hit by fire, 7,000 tons of scrap metal burn, in coastal Southampton (Britain):

Quote: "Firefighters from across Hampshire were called to a large ship fire at Southampton Docks last night. The incident involved a ship carrying around 7,000 tonnes of scrap metal."

Note: This is the 375th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-05-04 - Landfill fire breaks out at 4 AM in Pickens County (South Carolina):

2019-05-04 - Wastewater treatment building damaged by fire at 1:20 AM at industrial business in Charleston (Tennessee):

2019-05-04 - Six cars and home destroyed by fire at 3:41 AM on Sunnybank Drive in Chelan (Washington):

Quote: "Chief Tim Lemon said crews arrived on scene at 4045 Sunnybank Drive and found the residence fully involved along with six vehicles in a carport."

Note: Around 400 feet from Lake Chelan. Here's a Google Maps link of the area...

2019-05-04 - SUV veers off road at 1:20 AM, crashes into tree, on Sea World Drive in coastal San Diego (California), 1 killed:

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

2019-05-04 - Up to a million species facing extinction as the Sixth Extinction accelerates:

Quote: "The future of humanity is under threat from the widespread destruction of the Earth’s plants and animals by people, leading scientists will warn in a dramatic report. Loss of biodiversity threatens the human race just as much as climate change, the experts believe, with up to a million species facing extinction in the world’s sixth mass die-off."

Note: Too late to do anything about it now. These kinds of planetary-scale events accumulate massive amounts of momentum over time and this extinction event has been underway for at least five decades and probably more. Hundreds of feedbacks are in play now, each amplifying itself and the others as everything accelerates toward a Crescendo of Doom. We aren't remotely powerful enough as a species to alter the course of things at this point, even if we had the will to do so, which we don't. The End.

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2019-05-05 - Biosphere collapsing, dead zones spreading through the oceans, life disappearing, even insects in remote tropical forests dying off:

Quote: "In parts of the ocean, little life remains but green slime. Some remote tropical forests are nearly silent as insects have vanished, and grasslands are increasingly becoming deserts. Human activity has resulted in the severe alteration of more than 75 percent of Earth’s land areas, the Global Assessment found. And 66 percent of the oceans, which cover most of our blue planet, have suffered significant human impacts. This includes more than 400 dead zones—where scant life can survive—that collectively would cover the state of Oregon or Wyoming."

Note: Humanity will be disappearing before too long too...

2019-05-05 - Permafrost melt escalating quickly in the Arctic:

Quote: "Permafrost in the Arctic is thawing at such a rate that it could within just a few years double the amount of greenhouse gases released from organic matter long frozen in the ground, according to a new study."

2019-05-05 - Charred smoking corpse found at 3:30 AM in garage at home in Ocala (Florida):

Quote: "There wasn’t a blaze when firefighters arrived at an Ocala home Sunday morning but the charred remains of a person was discovered inside, according to the department. Ocala Fire Rescue saw light smoke but no flames around 3:30 a.m. in the garage where the body was found in the 2400 block of southeast 7th Street. There was no heat or fire to extinguish so the scene was turned over to the Ocala Police Department for a death investigation."

Note: Smoke was still present so this person must have burned to death not that long before the firefighters arrived. An SUV just burst into flame at 12:55 AM while parked in a garage at a home in Ocala the day prior too, mentioned in the 2019-05-04 update. As a wise man called The Merovingian once said, "Where some see coincidence, I see consequence."

2019-05-05 - Man, 76, dies after being burned by grass fire near Pauley Lake northeast of Sauk Centre (Minnesota):

Quote: "A man is dead following a grass fire in central Minnesota on Sunday. According to the Todd County Sheriff's Office, the fire was reported around 3 p.m. at 11107 Alexander Loop near Pauley Lake, which is about eight miles northeast of Sauk Centre. On arrival deputies and the Sauk Centre Fire Department found a man, age 76, severely burned from the fire. The man was transported by ambulance to a hospital in Sauk Centre where he later died from his injuries. "

2019-05-05 - Man burns to death in pickup truck in Oliver (Canada):

Quote: "RCMP have ruled out arson in a pickup fire in rural Oliver last week. Human remains were found in the burned out vehicle. Oliver RCMP were called to a remote location east of Oliver on April 30 where a burned out truck was discovered. In an RCMP media release today, May 6, police say the investigation has further determined the origin of the fire is not deemed suspicious and criminality has been ruled out."

2019-05-05 - Passenger plane erupts in flame during emergency landing in Moscow (Russia), 40+ people killed, 5 injured:

Note: And the day before, a small plane and four helicopters crashed in separate incidents, killing a total of 12 people and injuring 1 person, and a passenger had a 'medical emergency' on a passenger plane, with the plane diverting to coastal Shannon (Ireland), all six events mentioned in the 2019-05-04 update. And the day before that, a passenger plane made an emergency landing after people were sickened by an unknown odor, in coastal Los Angeles (California), and another passenger plane ran off the runway and plunged into the St. John River in coastal Jacksonville (Florida), both events mentioned in the 2019-05-03 update. Flying certainly seems to be becoming something of an iffy proposition. This is the 60th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-05-05 - Landfill fire breaks out at 4:30 AM in West Plains (Washington):

Quote: "The fire started at about 4:30 a.m. on Sunday and damaged a $18.5 million 'tipper' unit used at the landfill."

2019-05-05 - Van bursts into flame and kills 8 people, injures 8 more, near toll plaza in Jhelum (Pakistan):

Quote: "Eight people were killed after a van caught fire near a toll plaza in Jhelum on Sunday night. Eight people have been injured. They have been shifted to Tehsil Headquarter Hospital. The van was travelling from Gujranwala to Rawalpindi. According to Rescue 1122, eight people died on the spot."

2019-05-05 - Atmospheric CO2 levels hit 415 PPM:

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2019-05-06 - Fish dying from 'unknown pollutant' at research center in coastal George Town (Malaysia):

Quote: "Live marine specimens in a laboratory in Teluk Bahang are dying from a pollutant that 'invaded' the lab via sea water. Although scientists have yet to identify the pollutant killing their specimens, the result was the stench of hydrogen sulfide – a toxic gas released by decaying organic matter – fuming out of the sea water used in the Centre for Marine and Coastal Studies (Cemacs)."

Quote: "'When we came back from the Labour Day break, it smelled as if something had died in Cemacs. This is the first time such a high concentration of hydrogen sulfide has come from the sea,' she said."

2019-05-06 - Passenger plane hit by unknown odor, people sickened, plane makes emergency landing in Dallas (Texas):

Quote: "A Spirit Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Dallas on Sunday morning due to an unusual odor on board. The news marks the second time in just days that a Spirit flight was forced to land early due to a strange smell. On May 5, flight 1128 from Las Vegas to Tampa diverted to land at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) after passengers complained about an odor in the aircraft, CBSDFW reports."

Quote: "Passengers on board told CBSDFW that many people were getting sick from the smell, and at least one person was checked out by a DFW medical team at the gate."

2019-05-06 - At least 50 scrap ambulances destroyed by fire while parked at facility in Medchal (India):

Quote: "Over 50 scrap government ambulances were gutted in a fire that broke out on Monday at the outskirts of Hyderabad under the jurisdiction of Jeedimetla police station limits. The vehicles were parked at the GVK Emergency Management and Research Institute in Medchal."

2019-05-06 - Transformer bursts into flame and ignites eight vehicles in Manimajra (India):

2019-05-06 - Wildfires causing early snow melt in forests across the US West Coast:

2019-05-06 - Recycling center fire breaks out at 2:55 AM in coastal Perth (Scotland), 1 injured:

2019-05-06 - As the oceans warm, microbes could pump more CO2 back into air, study warns:

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2019-05-07 - Huge pile of hay goes up in flames, may burn for days, in Chino (California):

Quote: "Chief Williams said that the piles of hay at the farm roughly amount to be a football field wide and three stories tall. "

2019-05-07 - Brush fire burns through 2,500 acres at Kern National Wildlife Refuge (California):

2019-05-07 - Industrial warehouse destroyed by mammoth fire near Northampton (Britain):

2019-05-07 - SUV and two cars destroyed by fire at 4:30 AM while parked in parking lot in Somerset (New Jersey):

2019-05-07 - The era of fire seasons ends, wildfires now a perpetual threat in California:

Quote: "With the backdrop of last year’s destructive wave of record-breaking fires that swept through California, fire officials on Tuesday talked about preparing for the future. Bottom line: Now, they say, the threat of a big wildfire is a year-round concern instead of a seasonal one like in the past."

2019-05-07 - Average monthly atmospheric CO2 level hit record 413.52 PPM in April:

Quote: "April’s average was 413.52 parts per million, a new record, according to a spokesperson at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The last time there was this much CO2 in our atmosphere, there were trees growing at the South Pole. Humans weren’t yet a thing. In other words, we’re living in uncharted territory."

2019-05-07 - Mount Sinabung erupts on Sumatra Island (Indonesia):

2019-05-07 - Magnitude 7.2 earthquake shakes Papua New Guinea:

2019-05-07 - Terrible drought afflicts Namibia, 60,000 domestic animals killed:

2019-05-07 - Apocalyptic sandstorm changes day into night in Mildura (Australia):

Quote: "According to locals, this is the strongest dust storm in the last 40 years."

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2019-05-08 - Toxic blue-green algae hits the Intracoastal Waterway near coastal Sarasota (Florida)

Quote: "Lyngbya wollei is a large-celled, thread-like blue-green algae that occurs naturally in fresh or brackish waters in Florida. It is carried to the waterfront by currents and winds and decaying mats of the algae that are exposed to air release hydrogen sulfide that creates a rotten egg smell. To grow it needs water above 75 degrees and elevated levels of phosphorus, nitrogen, iron and dissolved organic matter."

Note: I've mention this problem before, when people were smelling 'rotten egg' odors during the devastating red tide event last year in Florida. Algae blooms of any kind suck up the oxygen in the water and then the ancient anaerobic bacteria and archaea that produce hydrogen sulfide eat the algae as it dies. So one problem, algae blooms, leads to another problem, poisonous hydrogen sulfide emissions. The same thing is happening with the gigantic and growing Sargassum seaweed infestations spreading across the Caribbean - as that stuff rots, the oxygen levels decline and those same anaerobic bacteria and archaea that produce hydrogen sulfide get free food to grow their colonies, releasing hydrogen sulfide as they eat the rotting seaweed. These problems are accelerating...

2019-05-08 - Passenger plane hit by 'fumes' at airport, eight people hospitalized, in Las Vegas (Nevada), responder has 'medical episode' too:

Quote: "Several people were sent to the hospital Wednesday morning after they were overcome by fumes on a Spirit Airlines plane preparing to depart Las Vegas, McCarran International Airport officials said. Flight 170 had pushed back from the gate and was taxiing to take off when the incident was reported about 8:30 a.m., said airport spokeswoman Christine Crews, who noted eight people were taken to the hospital, including crew members and one medical responder, who had a medical episode unrelated to the fumes."

Quote: "Hardin also claims a woman on the flight started 'throwing up everywhere' upon detecting the scent."

2019-05-08 - Unknown cause results in people having difficulty breathing at building in Moorestown (New Jersey):

Quote: "At least a dozen people are being evaluated by medics responding to a hazmat call in Moorestown, Burlington County. The victims complained of irritation and difficulty breathing. The issue was reported from inside the Destination Maternity office on Strawbridge Drive. First responders are still on the scene looking for a cause."

Quote: "'Whatever it could have been, may have cleared out on its own,' said Chris Chesner, Moorestown Fire District No. 1 administrator."

2019-05-08 - Car bursts into flame at rest stop and burns 44-year-old woman to death on I-5 in Smokey Point (Washington), 9 miles from the coast:

Quote: "It was around 8:50 p.m. Tuesday when a 75-year-old woman was sitting in her car at the Smokey Point rest stop when witnesses reported hearing a loud pop, then flame began to rage inside the car, according to Travis Shearer with the Washington State Patrol."

Quote: "A woman died after her car caught fire Tuesday evening at a rest stop along I-5. Two men reportedly heard a pop at 8:51 p.m. and saw smoke and flames coming from a car parked at the southbound rest area, Washington State Patrol spokesman Travis Shearer said. They ran over and got her out of the Chevrolet Spark, a small sedan. She had serious injuries from burns, Shearer said, and was flown by helicopter to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. She died there early Wednesday morning."

Note: Also see the car that burst into flame on I-5 on this day in Centralia (Washington)…

2019-05-08 - Cargo ship and 120 cars go up in flames at 6:44 AM in coastal Sharjah (UAE):

Quote: "Thirteen Indians onboard a burning cargo ship were rescued Wednesday by a team of quick-acting firefighters at Khalid Port in Sharjah. The vessel was loaded with 6,000 gallons of diesel, 120 exported vehicles, and 300 vehicle tires - all of which were gutted in the massive blaze."

Note: This is the 387th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-05-08 - Insurance claims from deadly California wildfires in November top $12 billion, most costly fires in state history:

2019-05-08 - Heart failure deaths rising in the US, especially among younger adults:

2019-05-10 - Foul-smelling Sargassum seaweed/algae piling up on beaches on the Caribbean coast in Mexico:

Quote: "Tourists looking for sun and sand in Mexican resorts like Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum have been disgusted by foul-smelling mounds of sargassum — a seaweed-like algae — piling up on beaches and turning turquoise waters brown, and experts are warning that it may be the new normal. Mexico’s Riviera Maya Caribbean coast provides half the country’s tourism revenues and very little sargassum reached it prior to 2014."

Note: Timely story, seeing as it was just yesterday that I mentioned the Sargassum problem hitting the Caribbean, releasing hydrogen sulfide as it rots. That's what the foul odor is - hydrogen sulfide. So now the Sargassum problem has spread across the Caribbean and reached the shores of Mexico. Like I said yesterday, these problems are getting worse...

2019-05-10 - Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet bursts into flame mid-air, plane makes emergency landing at Mountain Home AFB (Idaho):

Quote: "On May 3 a Marine F/A-18 Hornet was forced to make an emergency landing due to an engine bay fire, according to military officials. The 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing aircraft landed at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, where ground crews observed smoke and fire coming from the Hornet, according to 1st Lt. Sam Stephenson, a spokesman with 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing. The crew and aircraft are both based in Beaufort, South Carolina."

Quote: "The incident was listed as a Class A mishap, which is defined by the Navy as $2 million or more in damages, or a fatality or permanent disability from an accident."

Note: This is the 61st aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-05-09 - 20+ cars and used car dealership destroyed by massive fire at 12:58 AM in Ellenville (New York):

Quote: "Officials are investigating the cause of a fire in Ellenville that destroyed an automobile dealership being used as a filming location for an HBO series starring Mark Ruffalo."

Quote: "Film equipment and 20 vintage cars used in the production were destroyed, according to the press release."

2019-05-09 - Wildfires rage through 145,000 acres in eastern Russia:

Quote: "Wildfires are blazing on about 58,000 hectares (145,000 acres) throughout the eastern reaches of Russia, threatening small villages and forcing the evacuation of children and senior citizens from at least one village. Avialesookhrana, the Russian government agency for aerial protection of forests, said Thursday that the hardest-hit area was the Irkutsk region, where about 16,900 hectares (41,700 acres) of forests were burning. Some of the fires were coming close to the village of Bolshoe Goloustnoe along Lake Baikal, from which 28 people were evacuated."

2019-05-09 - The last 12 months were the wettest 12 months in US history:

Quote: "The 12 months ending in April 2019 were the wettest year-long period in U.S. records going back to 1895, according to the monthly U.S. climate summary issued Wednesday by the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information."

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2019-05-10 - Symbiotic tube worms that rely on hydrogen-sulfide-eating bacteria to survive found for the first time off the US East Coast:

Quote: "These types of worms are found in the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, and near Barbados, among other places, usually associated with hydrothermal vents. But they have never been spotted along the mid-Atlantic Ridge, or near the U.S. East Coast."

Quote: "Vestimentiferan tube worms live inside protective tubes and spend their entire existence attached to the ocean floor. What makes them unusual is the way they obtain food. As vestimentiferan worms undergo metamorphosis, their digestive tract disappears and chemosynthesis becomes the only way they obtain nutrients. The process is similar to photosynthesis, but instead of sunlight, the worms use a symbiotic relationship with bacteria to create sustenance from hydrogen sulfide."

Note: If they didn't exist here before then it's because there wasn't enough hydrogen sulfide to sustain their bacteria. But now there IS enough hydrogen sulfide. Ergo, hydrogen sulfide levels are increasing on the ocean floor along the East Coast. The planet is reverting back to a more primordial state, one in which humans will not be able to continue to exist...

2019-05-10 - Unknown odor evacuates Tiverton High School in coastal Tiverton (Rhode Island):

2019-05-10 - Unprecedented wildfire season has begun in Washington State:

Quote: "'So far to date we’ve had 170 fires in Washington state,' Franz told KIRO 7. 'Fifty-three percent of them west of the Cascades and I have to stress that is a new phenomenon. We’re not used to having that many fires west of the Cascades and we’re not used to having that many fires early in the season.'"

Note: So an unheard-of number of the fires are on the western side of the state, the side closest to the ocean. That's not a coincidence...

2019-05-10 - Gas station obliterated by explosion and fire on South River Road in Rockbridge County (Virginia), 3+ killed, 4 injured:

2019-05-10 - Landfill fire breaks out in Chester (Canada):

2019-05-10 - Brush fire breaks out, destroys home, near Cottage Grove (Oregon):

2019-05-10 - North Atlantic Ocean phytoplankton decline coincides with warming temperatures over the last 150 years:

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2019-05-11 - Landfill fire breaks out near Eugene (Oregon):

2019-05-11 - Landfill fire breaks out in Yerevan (Armenia):

2019-05-11 - Transformer bursts into flame and causes blackouts in Phoenix (Arizona):

2019-05-11 - Wildfires rage across numerous areas in Mexico:

Quote: "Authorities declared emergencies in 11 municipalities in the southern Mexico state of Oaxaca due to raging forest fires, as high temperatures and dry conditions plague much of the country. Forest fires were also reported Saturday in popular weekend retreats near the capital, such as Valle de Bravo and Tepoztlan, where the archaeological zone was closed. And in the Pacific state of Jalisco, more than 300 firefighters attempted to stamp out five blazes outside Mexico's second-biggest city, Guadalajara. The fires have impinged on life in the capital as well, with Mexico City officials suggesting Friday that residents close windows and place wet rags below doors to prevent smoke inhalation. The National Forest Commission says more than 100,000 acres of forest were destroyed by fire this year through March alone."

2019-05-11 - Wildfire breaks out east of Fraser Lake (Canada):

2019-05-11 - Man, 40, has heart attack in the water during swim portion of triathlon, dies shortly later, at Hopkinton State Park (Massachusetts):

Quote: "A man died during a triathlon after suffering a heart attack during the swim portion of the race. A 40-year-old man died while competing in a triathlon Saturday morning at Hopkinton State Park."

Quote: "The cause of death is unavailable, but it was not a drowning, according to police."

2019-05-11 - Deep sea carbon reservoirs once superheated the Earth – could it happen again?

2019-05-11 - Scientists to explore 'radical' plans to repair the climate and save the planet:

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2019-05-12 - Wildfires rage around Mexico City (Mexico), people told to stay indoors:

Quote: "Mexico City's government warned people Sunday to remain indoors as forest and brush fires carpeted the metropolis in a smoky haze that has alarmed even many of those accustomed to living with nagging air pollution."

Quote: "Curtains of smoke have blanketed the capital in recent days, blurring visibility at street level— especially at night— and invading nostrils with the smell of smoke. Parents of young children have reported that their little ones are awakening with nosebleeds."

2019-05-12 - RV goes up in flames at 1:12 AM and kills man while parked at auto shop in coastal Anchorage (Alaska):

Note: This is the 6th deadly RV fire in 2019, and this is the 168th RV to burn in 2019...

2019-05-12 - Tesla Model S bursts into flame while parked at shopping mall in coastal Hong Kong (China):

Quote: "A Tesla Inc electric car caught fire in a parking lot in a Hong Kong shopping mall, the Apple Daily newspaper said on Tuesday, but no one was injured in the blaze, whose cause was not immediately known. The electric car burst into flames 30 minutes after being parked in the city's San Po Kong district on Sunday, the newspaper said, with three explosions seen on CCTV footage. Firemen took 45 minutes to douse the fire. The vehicle was a Tesla Model S 85 KWH dual power version, added the paper, which gave no explanation of what might have caused the blaze."

Quote: "The incident comes three weeks after Tesla said it had sent a team to investigate a video on Chinese social media that showed a parked Tesla Model S car exploding in the commercial hub of [coastal] Shanghai."

Note: And the day before a double-decker bus burst into flame on a street in Hong Kong and a yacht burst into flame near Hong Kong Island, both events mentioned in the 2019-05-11 update...

2019-05-12 - Deadly flooding is rocking Texas, scientists say this is our future under climate change:

2019-05-12 - Bill Nye says it's time to grow up and realize the planet is on fire:

Quote: "What I’m saying is the planet’s on f***ing fire! There are a lot of things we could do to put it out. Are any of them free? No, of course not. Nothing’s free, you idiots. Grow the f**k up. You’re not children anymore. I didn’t mind explaining photosynthesis to you when you were 12. But you’re adults now, and this is an actual crisis, got it? Safety glasses off, motherf***ers."

Note: He's sounding like it's the end of the world! Oh, right, it is...

2019-05-12 - SOTT Earth changes summary for April 2019, extreme weather, planetary upheaval, meteors:

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2019-05-13 - Atmospheric CO2 levels hit 415 ppm for the first time in human history:

2019-05-13 - Unknown odor sickening people in coastal Greenpoint, Brooklyn (New York):

Quote: "The DEC says it is conducting an investigation and has so far found that, 'The majority of air testing results revealed low-level background readings typically found in a sewer system.'"

2019-05-13 - Unknown rotten egg odor evacuates several businesses in Cedar Rapids (Iowa):

Quote: "The Cedar Rapids Fire Department received several calls from businesses and offices near downtown, including in the NewBo district, the United States Post Office, and APAC. All reported a strong odor like rotten eggs, prompting concern about a natural gas leak. Some of these buildings were evacuated temporarily as a precaution. Fire department officials did not find dangerous levels of natural gas in buildings they tested, and they do not believe there is any danger to those areas."

2019-05-13 - Unknown rotten egg odor evacuates part of Westview High School in Martin (Tennessee):

Quote: "The south wing of Westview High School in Martin was cleared Monday morning after a gas-like odor was detected."

2019-05-13 - USPS mail delivery trucks regularly bursting into flame:

Quote: "Currently, USPS doesn't list any reports of fatalities stemming from the fires, and only one report of injury where a mail carrier burned one hand. Still, 120 fires in five years is a lot of damaged property -- both the government's and private citizens' personal mail -- and those numbers have mail carriers rightfully concerned."

Quote: "More than 120 fires have occurred in the past five years, including 12 in the first four months of this year. News and social media photos show the trucks burning intensely, often inches away from trees, cars and, in one case, a gasoline pump in Connecticut. The incidents of mail trucks fires are on pace this year to double the number that occurred last year."

Note: So the number of mail trucks bursting into flame is escalating. And they aren't even counting any of the tractor trailers hauling mail that have burst into flame...

2019-05-13 - Underground electrical fire breaks out near where hotel went up in flames the day before, in coastal New Orleans (Louisiana):

Quote: "Firefighters were still outside the Le Meridien Hotel in the 300 block of Poydras Street Monday morning. Hours after the fire had been controlled, smoke started coming from a manhole cover on the street around 7 a.m. Monday. Entergy New Orleans was called to the scene to investigate."

2019-05-13 - Vehicle bursts into flame, fire ignites huge brush fire, fire rages out of control, near Osoyoos (Canada):

Quote: "'The cause for that fire is a vehicle fire that spread to the grass adjacent,' said Hannah Swift, fire information officer for BC Wildfire."

2019-05-13 - Los Angeles fire season is beginning again, and it will never end:

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2019-05-14 - Toxic blue-green algae infesting beaches and spewing hydrogen sulfide in coastal Manatee and Sarasota Counties (Florida):

Quote: "The stench it produces is part of a natural process, state agency spokeswoman Mara Gambineri said. 'Blooms of filamentous cyanobacteria can form brownish floating blobs or mats that begin to decay and emit a foul, rotten egg odor caused by the production of hydrogen sulfide gas and other organic breakdown byproducts,' she said."

Note: Who doesn't love the smell of poison gas blowing in off the ocean?! So it's not just algae decomposing and spewing hydrogen sulfide across the Caribbean and along the Atlantic coast in Mexico, it's in Florida too. The oceans are becoming more landfill-like, filled with garbage, crawling with bacteria, low in oxygen. Once the oceans become landfill-like ENOUGH that will be the end of the human race on this planet. Well, except for people who are fireproof, immune to poison, highly resistant to UV and non-reliant on oxygen, water or food - those people should be just fine!

2019-05-14 - Underground fire and explosion blows out windows in coastal Baltimore (Maryland):

Quote: "When he got outside, Sklar saw several windows on the back side of his building were gone and his surveillance camera caught part of what happened on video, flames and debris shooting out of a manhole."

2019-05-14 - Two oil tanks explode and burn at oil storage facility in Lee Township (Michigan):

Quote: "It's not known why the two tanks owned by Traverse City-based West Bay Exploration Company blew. 'It might be a situation where they never really know what spurred this spark that caused the initial blast,' Blight said."

2019-05-14 - Pallet business heavily damaged by massive fire before 5 AM in Stockton (California):

Quote: "This is the third large fire to break out in Stockton in the past few weeks. A paper recycling facility went up in flames at the Port of Stockton on April 22, while another pallet yard – this one on West Scotts Avenue – caught fire on April 23."

2019-05-14 - Marsh fire erupts in the Waterville area in coastal Gulf Shores (Alabama):

2019-05-14 - Three municipal vehicles destroyed by fire while parked at facility in Springfield (Illinois):

Quote: "A fire in a Sangamon County Highway Department garage Tuesday in an industrial area on the city’s north end destroyed three county-owned vehicles."

Quote: "The call initially came in as a fire in one of the vehicles, but quickly spread."

2019-05-14 - Black Warrior River locals seeing 'lava-like water' in their old wells in Jefferson County (Alabama):

Quote: "A lot of kids come down and swim during summer and some of them get sick. The next day they're sick. They're fine that day and sick the next day for two or three days, and it's not just once, it's an occurring case, so there is something going on..."

2019-05-14 - Plastic pollution harms the bacteria that help produce the oxygen we breathe:

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2019-05-15 - Twin-engine plane bursts into flame mid-air then crashes into dry pond near Loveland (Colorado), 1 killed:

Quote: "Carie Dann with the Loveland Fire Rescue Authority says smoke was reported in the plane’s cabin Wednesday afternoon, and emergency responders found the crashed aircraft about five minutes later near the Northern Colorado Regional Airport. The Loveland Reporter-Herald reports the person who died was the only one onboard."

Quote: "The engine caught fire and forced the pilot(s) to attempt an emergency landing along County Road 30 just north of the airport."

Quote: "Airport officials said the engine caught fire prior to the crash."

Quote: "Several witnesses told investigators they saw the plane on fire while still in the air, and Scott said the next objective for investigators is to figure out what caused the fire. Witnesses told the Coloradoan they saw the plane catch fire in the air, and then spin or flip before crashing, causing a ground fire and a plume of black smoke."

Quote: Crash witness Michael Stahl says he saw what looked like 'a fireball dropping straight down' as he was driving north on nearby Interstate 25."

Note: Planes becoming fireballs and crashing out of the sky - perfectly normal, right?! This is the 62nd aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-05-15 - SUV goes up in flames at 3:43 AM and kills man near 13th Street and Askew Avenue in Kansas City (Missouri):

2019-05-15 - Metal recycling center erupts in flame, fire gets big, in Joso (Japan):

Quote: "A scrap metal plant in eastern Japan went up in flames Wednesday, causing black smoke to billow into the air, firefighters said. An emergency call was made around 6 a.m. from the plant in Joso, Ibaraki Prefecture. No injuries have been reported. The plant specializes in dismantling discarded home appliances and other metal waste, police said. The fire started from a pile of microwaves and refrigerators on the plant's premises."

2019-05-15 - Auto services business hit by fire, two vehicles burn, in the Sun Valley area in coastal Los Angeles (California):

Quote: "At least two vehicles on the property located in the 7400 block of North Coldwater Canyon caught on fire, according to Los Angeles Fire Department."

2019-05-15 - Mysterious explosion alarms people in Sidney (Nebraska):

2019-05-15 - Monumental amounts of plastic and garbage found on the tiny and barely-populated Keeling Islands:

Quote: "When a marine biologist from Australia traveled to a remote string of islands in the Indian Ocean to see how much plastic waste had washed up on the beaches, here's just part of what she found: '373,000 toothbrushes and around 975,000 shoes, largely flip-flops,' says Jennifer Lavers of the University of Tasmania in Australia. And that's only what was on the surface."

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2019-05-16 - Sewage odor evacuates air traffic control facility at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport (Texas):

Quote: "More than 100 flights at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport were delayed Thursday after non-essential employees were evacuated from a government air traffic control facility because of a sewage odor Thursday."

Quote: "Thursday afternoon officials said the odor was related to sewage and that plumbers were making repairs."

2019-05-16 - Unknown rotten egg odor evacuates school in Douglas (Arizona):

Quote: "Southwest Gas arrived on scene and they, along with the DFD, did a complete search of the school, including its basement and found no signs of a gas leak."

2019-05-16 - Massive quantities of Sargassum inundate the coast of the Cayman Islands:

Quote: "83-year-old South Sound resident Carey Hurlstone said he has seen a lot of seaweed before, but never like this. This is the worst he has ever seen it."

2019-05-16 - Wildfires continue burning out of control around Mexico City (Mexico), environmental emergency declared:

Quote: "The imminent impact on the health of Mexicans continues to increase as a result of the wildfires roaring out of control in and around the country's capital over the past four days. The Environmental Commission of the Megalopolis reported that the level of Extraordinary Atmospheric Environmental Contingency is being maintained due to dangerously high levels of ash particles and ozone in the Metropolitan Zone of the Valley of Mexico."

2019-05-16 - Crane bursts into flame at port in coastal Hunterston (Scotland):

2019-05-16 - Volcanic lava-like flammable liquid erupting from the ground in Tripura (India), fourth time in a year:

Quote: "Sensation prevails after the volcanic lava-like inflammable liquid has been reported erupting again in Tripura since Wednesday morning. The incident has been reported from Madhuban under Kathaltali village, on the outskirts of Agartala. This is the fourth such incident in the state in a period of one year. Last year, three such incidents were reported from Sabroom in the southern part of the state, close to Chittagong in Bangladesh. Sources said, "The locals of Madhuban under Kathaltali village noticed underground lava-type eruption and fire that melted the electric poles and it triggered sensation."

2019-05-16 - Large dead zone predicted in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana after widespread flooding:

Quote: "The year's widespread flooding has made it likely that a big, oxygen-starved 'dead zone' off Louisiana's coast will form this summer, the head of the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science said Thursday. Preliminary computer model runs 'indicate a large to very large year,' for the area where there's too little oxygen to support marine life, Steven Thur told the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Task Force during a meeting livestreamed from Baton Rouge."

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2019-05-17 - Methane levels continue rising, scientists baffled:

Quote: "'If the increased methane burden is driven by increased emissions from natural sources,' they wrote, 'and if this is a climate feedback—the warming feeding the warming—then there is urgency to reduce anthropogenic emissions, which we can control.'"

Note: Too late. Even if every human being shot themselves in the brain today, and every car went idle today, and every power plant went idle today, the Earth's own feedback mechanisms would now continue to pump more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. We're essentially irrelevant at this point. Things have to play out now as they have before; the cycle will be completed, regardless of what we do or don't do. First, greenhouse gases will spike, as they are. The oceans will heat up and go anoxic, which is already happening. Then methane will flood the atmosphere - already begun, obviously - and deadly hydrogen sulfide will contaminate the environment. Then most oxygen-using life will die off, resulting in a massive transfer of biomass from oxygen-using life to anaerobic bacteria and archaea. Over a period of millions of years, the anaerobic bacteria and archaea will eat pretty much everything they can - all that dead oxygen-using life. Then, eventually, they will abruptly run out food, die off hard themselves. Finally, oxygen-producing life - phytoplankton and so forth - will make a comeback and once again kick-start a new oxygen-rich era much like the one that is now ending. This entire cycle WILL play out. What has begun cannot be stopped. The completion of this cycle is now unavoidable. And for humans beings it is also unsurvivable. By the time the next intelligent species appears on this planet, what's left of the human race will be coal that THEY burn for energy. If they're as stupid as we are...

2019-05-17 - Unknown strong rotten egg odor hits Highlands Elementary School in Tarentum (Pennsylvania), 2000 feet from the Allegheny River:

Quote: "School officials sent students to the playground across the street after a strong smell of natural gas was detected around 10:15 a.m. Firefighters and gas company crews responded but found no problems at the school, officials said."

2019-05-17 - Water turns red around coastal Hormuz Island (Iran):

2019-05-17 - Underwater volcano forming near the island of Mayotte (France):

2019-05-17 - Extraordinary thinning of ice sheets revealed deep inside Antarctica:

2019-05-17 - Viral necrosis spreading across Florida and killing grass in lawns:

2019-05-17 - Signs of extreme climate change from around the world:

2019-05-17 - Underground electrical explosions cause blackouts before 3 AM in Brockton (Massachusetts):

2019-05-17 - Chlorine plant erupts in flame in coastal Kearny (New Jersey):

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2019-05-18 - Mysterious unknown gas hits Trikuta Nagar (India), near the Tawi River:

Quote: "A strong stench of mysterious gas that was witnessed by the locals in Trikuta Nagar Extension area on Saturday spread panic forcing locals to come out of their houses. A resident of the area said that late in the evening he started feeling suffocated by the presence of some mysterious gas in the surroundings and was forced to come out of the house. Several other residents also complained about the mysterious stench present in the air."

2019-05-18 - Person found burned to death and on fire in Franklin Park in coastal Dorchester (Massachusetts):

Quote: "Police in Boston are investigating after a person's body was found on fire in the woods of Franklin Park. According to Boston Police, the body was discovered around 5 p.m. Officers were called to the scene. Police are calling the incident a death investigation."

2019-05-18 - RV trailer goes up in flames and kills person while parked on Tate Road in Washington Parish (Louisiana):

2019-05-18 - Digital billboard bursts into flame in Times Square in coastal Manhattan (New York):

Quote: "Flames stated shooting out of the LED billboard just after 3 p.m. Saturday."

2019-05-18 - Medical warehouse heavily damaged by explosions and fire at military base in coastal Tel Aviv (Israel):

Quote: "According to media reports, the fire caused massive damage to the site but nobody was injured. The fire broke out at a medical warehouse at the Tel HaShomer military base in central Israel, an IDF spokesperson said, as quoted by The Jerusalem Post."

2019-05-18 - Fatal crashes up 30% year-over-year in Austin (Texas):

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2019-05-19 - Toxic blue-green algae reaches lethal levels in Anderson Lake in Chimacum (Washington):

Quote: "A deadly nerve toxin created by blue-green algae in Anderson Lake has exploded in one week from more than nine times the recreational threshold to nearly 5,000 times the allowable amount of 1 microgram per liter."

Quote: "As soon as test results on May 9 showed that the sample contained 9.35 micrograms per liter of anatoxin-a, which can cause illness and death in humans and animals within four minutes of being ingested, State Parks - upon the advice of the county health department, which does the testing of the lake - closed the lake to all recreation, including fishing, boating and swimming."

2019-05-19 - Heatwave broils parts of India:

2019-05-19 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in coastal Bangkok (Thailand):

2019-05-19 - Small plane bursts into flame after takeoff then crashes and burns in Gauteng (South Africa), 2 injured:

Quote: "It is reported that a cockpit fire that took place shortly after take off was the cause of the crash."

Note: These are the 63rd and 64th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-05-19 - Car dealership heavily damaged by huge fire in coastal Queenstown (New Zealand):

2019-05-19 - Recycling center hit by fire at 11:25 PM, 400 tons of clothing burn, in coastal Vale of Glamorgan (Britain):

2019-05-19 - Recycling business heavily damaged by fire in the wee hours in Phoenix (Arizona):

2019-05-19 - Chemical factory heavily damaged by massive blaze in Silvassa (India):

2019-05-19 - Car bursts into flame at 6:02 AM while parked in garage at home, fire spreads, home destroyed, in Ohio Township (Indiana):

Quote: "Ohio Township Fire Department responded to a car on fire around 6:02 a.m. Sunday morning in the 10000 block of Midway Drive. When they arrived, they noticed the car was inside the garage, and the fire had spread to the attic. Authorities say the garage and attic were fully involved, and quickly spread throughout the roof."

Quote: "Luckily no one was injured, but the home is a total loss."

Note: Lot of that going around these days!

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2019-05-20 - Car bursts into flame and burns driver to death on the Eastex Freeway in Houston (Texas):

Quote: "Houston police said a gray Toyota Camry was traveling southbound on I-69 when the inside of his car caught fire. The driver tried getting off the freeway but struck collision barrels. Responding officers and first responders were unable to get the driver out of the vehicle due to the fire. The driver died on scene."

2019-05-20 - Person found dead in burning SUV on Boulevard des Mille-Îles in Laval (Canada):

Quote: "Laval police are investigating after a body was found in a burnt vehicle Monday night. Several passersby reported seeing the SUV on fire on des Mille-Îles Boulevard near Highway 25. Some witnesses said the vehicle was still moving when they noticed it."

2019-05-20 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, cars burn, in coastal St. George on Staten Island (New York):

Quote: "Initial reports indicated a number of cars were burning."

2019-05-20 - Huge out-of-control megafire burns toward High Level (Canada), town evacuated:

2019-05-20 - Huge pallet fire breaks out at packaging business, vehicle burns too, in Greeneville (Tennessee):

Quote: "Numerous pallets and at least one vehicle caught on fire."

2019-05-20 - NOAA reports the US now drought-free, doesn't mention catastrophic flooding, April the second hottest ever recorded:

2019-05-20 - Worst drought in 116 years forces Australia to import wheat for the first time in over a decade:

Note: What happens when nobody's exporting any wheat?

2019-05-20 - Post mortem fails to explain why man in his 20s and woman in her 40s died at home in Hednesford (Britain):

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2019-05-21 - Climate change causing widespread crop failure across the planet:

2019-05-21 - Person found dead in burning car off Garver Road in Chatham Township (Ohio):

2019-05-21 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in coastal Larnaca on the island of Cyprus (Greece):

Quote: "An El Al plane that was making its way from Israel to the Austrian capital of Vienna on Tuesday afternoon landed in the Larnaca airport in Cyprus, due to the smell of smoke on board the plane."

Note: This is the 65th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-05-21 - Chemical factory devastated by massive fire in coastal Gujarat (India):

2019-05-21 - Megafire grows to 200,000 acres near High Level (Canada), 5000 people evacuated:

Quote: "Nearly 5,000 people have been evacuated from their homes in northern Alberta, Canada to escape a monstrous blaze that has reached 200,000 acres, the province’s government said Tuesday. The Chuckegg Creek Wildfire, burning in Mackenzie County just three miles south of the town of High Level, has been torching ground for more than two days. It is just one of a “number of out-of-control wildfires” burning in the province, the government of Alberta said."

2019-05-21 - Unusually warm temps hit Australia with winter just days away:

2019-05-21 - Sudden algae outbreak due to warm weather kills at least 8,000,000 salmon in one week along the northern coast of Norway:

Quote: "A sudden surge in algae has killed at least eight million salmon in one week across Norwegian fish farms, the state-owned Norwegian Seafood Council has said. The enormous algal blooms, due to recent warm weather, have spread rapidly around Norway's northern coast, sticking to fishes' gills and suffocating them. Wild fish can swim away from the lethal clouds of aquatic organisms, but farmed fish are trapped. The algae are continuing to spread, the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries said. The organization said on Tuesday that more than 10,000 tonnes of farmed salmon, with a sales price of some 620 million Norwegian crowns (L56m), had been killed, but the Seafood Council said the loss would be much greater."

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2019-05-22 - Blue-green algae carpeting beaches along coastal Sarasota Bay (Florida):

Quote: "Austin Dunn has worked at Bay Shore Gardens for more than six years and is tasked with cleaning up the beach, Big Fish, there. 'I haven’t seen this, what they are calling blue-algae before,' said Dunn. The beaches have been caked up for a couple of weeks. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection says blue-green algae is a natural part of the freshwater, brackish, and marine environments here in Florida. But it's new to this beach."

Quote: "A family who came to fish thought they were in for a gorgeous afternoon on the water, but after a couple of minutes of exploration, they changed their minds. 'We’re going to go somewhere else, it’s pretty bad here. It stinks,' one said. 'It’s getting worse. I don’t know what the hell is going on.'"

Quote: "The Florida Department of Environmental Protection confirmed a presence of the Blue-green algae last week and say despite the unpleasant smell, this algae doesn’t carry toxins and it’s not harmful to sea life, but people on the Suncoast are still reeling from the red tide scare that plagued most of Florida."

Quote: "Experts say to avoid blue-green algae areas and to avoid eating fish from those waters to be safe."

Note: So it's safe...but don't swim in it or eat fish that have been in it. The bad smell is hydrogen sulfide produced by ancient anaerobic bacteria and archaea eating the decaying algae. Hydrogen sulfide is a deadly poison. Apparently they don't want to talk about that though. Might be bad for tourism and property values and such. Shhhh, don't tell anyone!

2019-05-22  - Toxic blue-green algae hits the reservoir at Wyangala Dam and the Lacklan River (Australia):

Quote: "A high-level warning for blue-green algae has been issued for Wyangala Dam. Blue-green algae concentrations have increased significantly in the Lachlan River arm of the storage with the potential to move through the storage. A red alert level indicates people should not undertake recreational activities where they may come into direct contact with the water such as swimming, as well as domestic use including showering and washing. Contact with the water may also pose a threat to livestock and pets. People are advised not to enter the water, not to drink untreated water or bathe in water drawn from the dam while this red alert level warning is in place."

2019-05-22 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame and causes evacuations in coastal Melbourne (Australia):

Quote: "A worker at a nearby business said the fire had started at a car wreckers."

2019-05-22 - Landfill fire breaks out near Didcot (Britain):

2019-05-22 - Wildfire breaks out near I-95 in coastal Jacksonville (Florida):

2019-05-22 - Four men and a woman found dead in five days in coastal Merseyside (Britain):

Quote: "Mystery still surrounds the bodies of four men and one woman, found on Merseyside in the last five days. Merseyside Police told the ECHO that in each instance there were not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding the deaths. However the cause of the five deaths, one in St Helens, Walton, Kensington, Birkenhead and Wallasey have not yet been revealed."

Note: 'Mommy, what happened to all the people who used to live in Britain?' 'Oh, honey, they all died unsuspiciously and none of the deaths were related!'

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2019-05-23 - Unknown rotten egg odor hits large area in Louisville (Kentucky):

Quote: "Several Louisville residents have reported smelling natural gas in their neighborhoods Thursday, but crews are having trouble pinpointing the source. Metrosafe said it has been getting calls from a large area near Frankfort Avenue, Zorn Avenue and Brownsboro Road in Crescent Hill. They started rolling in around 9:30 a.m. Louisville Gas & Electric said it also has gotten several calls about the gas odor in those areas, as well as some from the Highlands neighborhood. An LG&E spokesperson confirmed they found no natural gas leaks in the area. Natural gas typically smells like rotten eggs or sulfur."

Quote: "Louisville Gas & Electric says it has investigated about 100 separate calls concerned about an odor in several Louisville neighborhoods today, but crews have not found any gas leaks or the source of the stench."

2019-05-23 - Unknown stench hits Hedge End (Britain), near the coast:

2019-05-23 - Mysterious explosion reported in Harwinton (Connecticut):

Quote: "A Cobble Street resident reported hearing a 'loud explosion' Thursday night, but firefighters and a state trooper were unable to determine the cause. Firefighters said the call came in around 7 p.m. from the resident who reported the explosion in the Cobble Road/Woodchuck Lane area. 'An investigation of the area by Fire Department units and a State Trooper failed to determine a cause.'"

2019-05-23 - Wildfire breaks out in the wee hours on coastal Brown's Island on the Outer Banks (North Carolina), nobody on the island:

Quote: "A fire on privately owned Brown's Islands near the Outer Banks sent up a huge smoke plume near Harkers Island, east of Beaufort, North Carolina on May 23, 2019. The smoke could be seen, and smelled for miles around Carteret County."

Quote: "Nobody was on the island, the department said, and it did not threaten the mainland."

2019-05-23 - Numerous wildfires rage across Israel as heatwave broils the county, Netanyahu asks for help:

Quote: "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu directed the Foreign Ministry to reach out to nearby countries for 'immediate' assistance in putting out the hundreds of fires that were ravaging the country Thursday evening, destroying dozens of houses and forcing the evacuation of some 3,500 from their homes."

2019-05-23 - SUV bursts into flame just before 11 PM while parked at home, fire spreads, home destroyed, in coastal Sea Isle City (New Jersey), 1300 feet from the ocean:

Quote: "Around 10:30 p.m., homeowner Janice Patano pulled into her driveway and went inside. Moments later, she came outside and that’s when she saw smoke coming out of the hood of her 2014 Hyundai Sante Fe. Patano said she was driving from Blue Bell to her home on Central Avenue, where she was planning on staying most of the summer. Now, her car and her home are charred and burned."

Note: She's gonna be spending Memorial Day remembering when she had a home!

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2019-05-24 - Atmospheric methane levels rising rapidly, nobody knows why:

Quote: "Levels of a powerful greenhouse gas jumped again last year, continuing a surge in the past few years that researchers still cannot fully explain. Atmospheric concentrations of methane climbed by 10.77 parts per billion in 2018, the second highest annual increase in the past two decades, according to provisional data released recently by US agency NOAA."

Quote: "Euan Nisbet of Royal Holloway University of London says researchers are very worried about the latest rise. Perhaps even more concerning is the fact no one is entirely sure what is driving the trend."

Quote: "One possibility is that a warmer world is causing more methane to be released from wetlands in the tropics, fuelling even more warming. That would suggest a feedback loop is underway. 'I’m not sure but it looks as if the warming is feeding the warming,' says Nisbet. More evidence is needed to prove the idea though."

Note: Time will produce all the evidence necessary to show that it's a feedback loop. Also, I doubt the increase in methane is entirely attributable to increases in tropical wetlands emissions, though I wouldn't doubt that SOME of the increase can be attributed to that. But there are areas other than the tropics emitting more methane now too...

2019-05-24 - Methane clathrates on the East Siberian Shelf in the Arctic are beginning to destabilize and emit increasing amounts of methane:

Quote: "Experts from Skoltech, the Tomsk Polytechnic University and the Academy of Sciences’ Pacific Oceanology Institute saw that one of the reasons for big methane emissions from bottom sediments on the East-Siberian shelf is destabilizing of gas hydrates, which are located on submarine permafrost, when they react with salt solutions (sea water), which migrate into the thawing underwater permafrost..."

Note: Siberia is also where the permafrost is melting and methane is literally exploding out of the ground and creating mammoth craters in the landscape...

2019-05-24 - Minivan bursts into flame on ferry ship at coastal Orient Point (New York):

Quote: "A minivan burst into flames on the Cross Sound Ferry Friday afternoon, according to Orient Fire Department Chief Mike Prindle."

2019-05-24 - In 3 separate incidents, at same hospital, parked car, basement and garbage ignite, in coastal Bronx (New York):

Quote: "Three separate fires affected the Norwood campus -- one in the basement, one in a car at the hospital's open-air parking garage, and another was a garbage fire outside of the hospital. No one was injured, and the hospital did not have to be evacuated. Fire marshals are looking into if there is any sort of connection between the fires, but it is currently not considered suspicious."

2019-05-24 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, cars burn, in Saxon (South Carolina):

2019-05-24 - Auto recycling center hit by fire, debris pile burns, on San Felipe Road in Hollister (California):

Quote: "Fire officials reported a large pile of debris on fire at the auto recycler located at 1765 San Felipe Road in Hollister across the road from the airport. The fire was reported at 1:44 p.m."

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2019-05-25 - Toxic blue-green algae disrupting businesses around Lake Tuggeranong (Australia):

Quote: "Businesses reliant on Lake Tuggeranong's attraction have been left by the wayside because of blue-green algae infestations, prompting calls for researchers' findings to be implemented urgently. Lake Tuggeranong Rowing Club's membership is at a low ebb, while strollers past Mimi's Pit Stop have been more likely to sprint for their coffee to avoid the lake's stink."

2019-05-25 - Glaciers melting away and fracturing in Chile and Argentina as the world continues warming:

Quote: "Chile's 12,000-square kilometer Southern Patagonia Ice Field has split in two and is likely to continue to fracture amid climate change, according to a team of Chilean scientists who were in the region in March. Gino Casassa, chief of the Snow and Glacier Division of Chile's DGA water authority, told Reuters increasing temperatures along the Andes Mountains in southern Chile and Argentina have meant less snow and ice to replenish the region's abundant glaciers. What occurred is a fracture as the ice has retreated, Casassa said. The chunk of ice that split off from the main glacier was estimated at 208 square kilometers, a relatively small part of the ice field. But Casassa said it may be a sign of things to come. The ice field, he said, is now 'split in two, and we'll likely discover further divisions to the south,' he said. Two icebergs broke off the Grey Glacier in southern Chile's Torres del Paine National Park earlier this year, adding to fears that such ruptures are becoming more frequent."

2019-05-25 - Transformer explodes and burns at substation in Lewis Center (Ohio):

2019-05-25 - Transformer bursts into flame on Route 3 and causes blackouts in Clifton (New York):

2019-05-25 - Landfill fire breaks out at 4 AM in coastal Nantucket (Massachusetts):

2019-05-25 - Landfill fire breaks out near Rockford (Illinois):

2019-05-25 - Tire recycling plant rocked by explosion and fire near the waterfront in coastal Widnes (Britain):

Quote: "Huge plumes of thick black smoke can be seen over Widnes after reports of an 'explosion' in the town. Pictures showed the smoke billowing over the town as witnesses reported hearing a loud bang shortly beforehand. It is believed the fire has broken out in an industrial area near the waterfront."

2019-05-24 - Powerful EF3 tornado causes devastation in El Reno (Oklahoma), 2 killed, 29 injured:

Quote: "At least two people were killed and 29 injured, some critically, when a tornado ripped through an Oklahoma City suburb in the middle of the night, wiping out a hotel, a mobile-home park and several other buildings in just four minutes. The National Weather Service confirmed Sunday that a tornado hit El Reno, a town with a population of nearly 20,000, on Saturday and left a swath of damage that will take weeks to clean up and pain loved ones of the dead will likely never get over."

Quote: "The weather service reported that the twister cut a 2.2-mile long path of destruction, and was about 75 yards at its widest point. The tornado carried debris more than 4 miles northeast of El Reno, officials said."

Category: Woo Extravaganza Edition

2019-05-26 - US Air Force pilots, among others, report encounters with unidentified flying objects off the US East Coast:

Quote: "But he said the objects persisted, showing up at 30,000 feet, 20,000 feet, even sea level. They could accelerate, slow down and then hit hypersonic speeds. Accoin said he interacted twice with the objects. The first time, after picking up the object on his radar, he set his plane to merge with it, flying 1,000 feet below it. He said he should have been able to see it with his helmet camera but could not, even though his radar told him it was there."

Quote: "What was strange, the pilots said, was that the video showed objects accelerating to hypersonic speed, making sudden stops and instantaneous turns — something beyond the physical limits of a human crew. 'Speed doesn’t kill you,' Graves said. 'Stopping does. Or acceleration.'"

Note: So these craft are sometimes invisible in the visual spectrum that humans can see, but visible on radar. And they can stop instantly and accelerate at incredible rates, rates that would be lethal to a human being. The latter I can explain. Radical deceleration and acceleration only kills you IF YOU HAVE MASS. It's something every particle collider on the planet is working on: the Higgs field and the Higgs Boson, the 'God Particle'. The Higgs field is what gives objects mass. Reduce an object's mass to zero and it can stop instantly and accelerate at preposterous rates. Even using simple electromagnetism interacting with Earth's magnetic field could serve as a propulsion mechanism if the mass is zero or near-zero, and that would leave no heat signature, since there's no exhaust or burning of any kind of fuel. And those aren't instantaneous TURNS that they're making - turning is what something with mass does, because mass burdens it with momentum and it HAS to turn. These craft go from moving in one direction to moving in an entirely new direction INSTANTLY. That's impossible for any object with mass. 'Somebody' has the technology to manipulate the Higgs field and reduce the mass of these craft to zero. The invisibility indicates that they can also route at least parts of the light spectrum around the craft, rendering the craft invisible in that part of the spectrum. The US military has been working on similar invisibility technology, quite possibly because they know it can be done from observing these craft exhibiting that capability.

Just consider what this kind of mass-altering technology makes possible, particularly if scaled up. Reduce the mass of a gigantic asteroid to nothing and zip it into orbit overnight for mining. Reduce the mass of a dangerous incoming asteroid and effortlessly push it in another direction. Reduce the mass of an enclosed city or factory to zero and relocate that city or factory to another planet. Reduce the mass of mammoth steel beams and plates to zero so even a small group of robots can easily assemble gigantic spaceships. Reduce the mass of a PLANET to zero and relocate it farther from the Sun if global warming gets dire. (Actually, that probably wouldn't work on a planet - the planet would likely break apart cataclysmically without mass/gravity holding it together. In which case it's a planet-destroying weapon instead of a planet-relocating tool.) Tractor beams for animals and people? Reduce the mass of a cow or person to zero or near-zero and then pull it gently upward into a craft with a magnetic field acting on the iron located throughout its body. And so on. Anything that involves large-scale construction or transportation/movement of people or objects would be changed forever by this technology. It is civilization-altering technology, arguably more so even than the discoveries of fire and electricity. Once a civilization discovers the ability to affect the Higgs field and alter mass it would never again be chained by gravity wells and simplistic rocket technology to just one planet.

Also, if one can reduce the mass of objects then one can probably also INCREASE the mass of objects. That seems less useful, but I can think of some uses. Like, take a 20-ton chunk of steel, make its mass zero, zip it into orbit, then make its mass 20 million tons and drop it on a city as a kinetic energy weapon. As powerful as a nuke but without any radiation. Basically a simulated asteroid impact. Or you could use the capability in mundane devices like pumps, or for making diamonds from coal more efficiently, or for use in various manufacturing processes. You could also drastically increase the mass of several objects and then use gravitational lensing to create ultra-powerful telescopes, or increase the mass of an object to create a gravity field where there would normally be none, or amplify an existing gravity field, for example to simulate Earth gravity on the Moon or on Mars. I'm sure there are plenty of other uses for being able to increase the mass of objects too, but being able to reduce mass is probably more useful overall.

Many of these craft that have been seen are saucer-shaped. There's a reason for that. The capabilities of a craft in large part determine its shape and design. Our fighter jets use fuel-burning thrust engines with exhaust at one end to propel the aircraft in only one direction, forward, using the atmosphere to provide lift via the wings - that dictates, to a very large degree, why they look the way they do and why all fighter jets look so much alike. Submarines are shaped the way they are because of their capabilities and limitations too. These Higgs-field-altering craft can stop instantly and then instantly accelerate at mind-blowing speed in any direction. The circular saucer shape gives them an aerodynamic profile no matter what direction they go in, which could be any direction at any time. So, given their capabilities, a circular saucer shape is in fact quite logical. A case could be argued that a sphere would also be a logical design (a saucer is actually just a sort of flattened sphere), and indeed, mysterious glowing 'orbs' have also been seen by many people in recent years.

One piece of good news: any civilization with this technology could very easily wipe out the human race. One industrial-scale mining ship could lob a dozen 10-mile asteroids at the Earth. Then wait a few years after the impacts for the dust to settle and to provide a little time for the survivors of the impacts to finish eating each other out of existence, and tada, humanity gone. But they haven't done that. Ergo, while they're obviously here for a reason, that reason isn't to destroy the human race. The human race is in the process of being destroyed, that's certainly true, but it's being destroyed by the changing environment as the Earth reverts to a more primordial state, not because of anything that these craft are doing.

The main point here is that a civilization that has Higgs-field-altering technology is here, now, operating on Earth. Their craft have been seen by professional military pilots and civilian pilots as well as many normal people. The descriptions of these craft and their capabilities are highly consistent. Who is in these craft? Is it us, human beings? If so then it's a breakaway civilization, Humanity 2.0, probably not based here on Earth at all, at least not anymore, since life on Earth is coming to an end and shortly this planet will be unsurvivably hostile. Or maybe it's NOT us, in which case just seeing what they can do provided the clue that the 'God Particle' and the Higgs field are the keys to at least much of their technology, which would explain why all of our particle colliders are working industriously on figuring that out. Or it could be us AND 'someone else' at this point. Regardless of which of these three possibilities is the case, it's mind-boggling and thought-provoking. Who said the end of the world had to be boring and uninteresting? It's not!

2019-05-26 - Unknown cause sickens 22 people in Caldwell (Idaho):

Quote: "Twelve farm workers and ten others were treated at the West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell and decontaminated by a hazmat team on Sunday night. According to the Caldwell Fire Department, the workers were exposed to an unknown substance at a field near Wilder and all began to experience flu-like symptoms. They then all went to the medical center for treatment. Caldwell Fire treated the first patient and then requested help by the State Office of Emergency Management, which sent the Region 3 Hazmat Team to help decontaminate the other patients. Officials did not release what the substance was that the workers were exposed to or why another ten people had to be treated and decontaminated at the hospital."

2019-05-26 - Massive pallet fire erupts in Church Gresley, Derbyshire (Britain):

Quote: "A stack of pallets has been engulfed by a blaze so large witnesses reported seeing it from several miles away."

2019-05-26 - At least a dozen cars destroyed by fire at 2 AM while parked at apartments in Highland Park area in coastal Los Angeles (California):

Quote: "A massive fire at a residential area in Highland Park destroyed more than a dozen parked vehicles, but no injuries were reported, officials said."

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2019-05-27 - Person found dead in burned car in Bullhead City (Arizona):

2019-05-27 - Car burns and explodes in carpark in Great Bookham (Britain), 1 injured:

Quote: "A man suffered serious injuries after a car caught fire in a series of 'colossal explosions'. The victim, in his 50s, was airlifted to hospital after the blasts in Bookham, Surrey, today."

2019-05-27 - Industry tracks dramatic rise in container ship fires:,-hazardous-cargo,-large-ships-to-blame

Quote: "In the first three months of 2019, the maritime industry set what may be a record for the largest number of container ship fires in the shortest amount of time. Between January 1 and the middle of March, fires on board six ships had delayed, damaged, or destroyed hundreds of cargo containers..."

2019-05-27 - Auto parts factory heavily damaged by massive fire at 5:15 AM in Delhi (India):

2019-05-27 - Chemical factory heavily damaged by fire in coastal Gujarat (India):

2019-05-27 - Huge landfill fire breaks out in coastal Panaji (India):

2019-05-27 - Underground fire and explosions blow manhole cover off in Brookline (Massachusetts), near the coast:

Quote: "An apparent manhole fire and explosions shut down Hammond Street in Brookline Sunday. Police, firefighters, and utility crews rushed to the scene around 3 p.m. but the street has since reopened. 'Well, we had probably 12 explosions from a manhole. We were concerned about manhole covers exploding and flying up in the air and hurting people or property, so we set up an evacuation area of about 150 feet in each direction,' said Deputy Fire Chief Colin O’Connell."

2019-05-27 - Summertime kicks off in the Northern Hemisphere with Southeast US, Japan, India and Pakistan all breaking heat records:

2019-05-27 - Record-breaking heat brings fires to Georgia:

2019-05-27 - Exponential growth in impacts from abrupt climate change:

Note: Bell curves rule the universe. That's the left side of a Bell curve there. By the time it reaches its peak, human population will have reached the bottom of the RIGHT side of ITS Bell curve and there will be no human beings left alive on the surface of the Earth...

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2019-05-28 - Car bursts into flame on street and seriously burns man in Fellsmere (Florida):

Quote: "Ramos said that he was driving west on CR 512 behind a BMW, according to police. He saw the driver of the BMW, later identified as Scott Markowitz of Port t. Lucie, stop in the middle of the road, then turn on the hazard flashers. He then saw smoke and fire inside of the car, according to police. The flames were coming from the dashboard and center console area."

2019-05-28 - Metal recycling center hit by fire at 1:26 AM, big pile of scrap metal burns, in Guelph (Canada):

Quote: "Fire crews from four department detachments attended the scene at Benmet Steel and Metal at 415 Elizabeth St. at 1:26 a.m. on Tuesday morning to find heavy smoke and flames emitting from a large pile of scrap metal on the property."

2019-05-28 - Metal recycling center hit by fire at 6 AM, scrap metal and vehicles burn, in Mount Isa (Australia):

Quote: "It is believed that the fire started at the back of the property at 6am, potentially caused by scrap metal and vehicles."

2019-05-28 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, 3 cars burn, in coastal Harmon (Guam):

2019-05-28 - Electrical plant explodes and burns in coastal Bimini (Bahamas), island goes dark:

Quote: "The Bimini Power Station blew up Monday evening, causing an islandwide blackout, according to the Bahamas Press."

2019-05-28 - Open burn ban set to go in effect in the coastal areas of British Columbia (Canada):

2019-05-28 - Three major wildfires burning in Alberta (Canada):

2019-05-28 - Temps of almost 50C (122F) set to hit India and Pakistan this weekend as Japan and Turkey suffer record warmth:

2019-05-28 - Latest USDA report outlines nightmare food production scenario as crop catastrophe hits the US Midwest:

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2019-05-29 - Unknown odor sickens five students, 1 hospitalized, at school in Temecula (California):

Quote: "Five students became ill Wednesday, May 29, because of an odor in a classroom at a Temecula school, according to Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department. One of the students was hospitalized for treatment of minor symptoms."

2019-05-29 - Landfill fire breaks out at 7 AM off Lynn Hollow Road in North Tazewell (Virginia):

2019-05-29 - Oil refinery erupts in flame at 2 AM in Bikaner (India):

2019-05-29 - Recycling center hit by fire, large stack of paper burns, in Trafford (Britain):

2019-05-29 - Wildfire sends people fleeing near Lake Bryant in Ocala National Forest (Florida):

2019-05-29 - Environmental degradation and species decline is deadly serious, Nature’s decline unprecedented, species extinction rates accelerating:

2019-05-39 - US like a war zone after 500 tornadoes in 30 days:

2019-05-29 - Man, 47, and dog drop dead in home, woman, 73, found unconscious, in Lake Orion (Michigan):

Quote: "That's when the officer looked inside the house and saw a 47-year-old man dead by the back door. He called police and they came and got inside the home, where the man's 73-year-old mother was also found unconscious on the floor but still breathing. The family's dog was also found dead. Hazmat crews were called out but found no sign of carbon monoxide or other toxic gasses. The victims also showed no signs of trauma, and the front and rear doors were locked from the inside. 'We have no evidence to indicate anything foul play or anything other then what may have occurred inside that home,' said Narsh."

Quote: "The woman is in the hospital still in critical but stable condition and is unable to speak with investigators."

Note: If hydrogen sulfide got into the home via open windows or an AC unit and killed the man and dog and knocked the woman unconscious, then A) it wouldn't still be detectable in the air when responders found them; B) they won't find it in their bodies because it's reacted away within hours and they'd been in this state for days; and C) she may not have any memory of what happened. If she ever regains consciousness, I bet she doesn't know that her son and dog are dead. Here's a Google Maps link of the area...

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2019-05-30 - Unknown stench regularly hitting homes near the Trent and Mersey Canal in Burton (Britain):

Quote: "An unexplained 'disgusting' smell is so bad that residents of a Burton street say they have to keep their windows closed to keep it out. The problems affect homes in Saw Mill Way, which is near Shobnall Leisure Complex and backs on to the Trent and Mersey Canal. Residents there say most of the time they have to put up with the pong, which is like a foul sewer or 'something rotting'"

2019-05-30 - Megafire grows to 568,000 acres (!) in Alberta (Canada):

Quote: "The Chuckegg Creek Fire in Northern Alberta near the town of High Level was very active over the last 48 hours while being pushed by strong winds. Exhibiting extreme fire behavior, it grew to the south about 11 miles, and while moving 12 miles to the east it crossed Highway 35 and jumped the Peace River both north and south of the ferry crossing on Highway 697. Alberta Wildfire estimated it has burned 230,000 hectares, or 568,000 acres."

Quote: "I believe that the fire started during the week of May 12. It reached the 100,000-acre threshold to become a 'megafire' on May 20. Now that it has easily grown to 568,000 acres, I wonder if it will reach a million acres to become a 'gigafire'."

Note: I don't recall ever hearing of a gigafire before. You think you're gonna outburn the US, Canada?! We'll see what the West Coast has to say aboot that!

2019-05-30 - Wildfire causes state of emergency in Pikangikum First Nation (Canada):

2019-05-30 - Couple found dead in home near Eugene (Oregon):

Quote: "The caller reported a gas leak and a deceased person, but Sheriff's Sgt. Carrie Carver said authorities found no evidence of a gas leak when they arrived. At this point, Carver said, there is no indication of foul play."

Note: If someone thought there was a gas leak then they must have smelled rotten egg odor. No gas leak, rotten egg odor, two dead people...

2019-05-30 - Couple, 49 and 63, drop dead in their room at beachside resort hotel in coastal La Romana (Dominican Republic):

Quote: "The bodies of Cynthia Day, 49, of Upper Marlboro, and her fiancé Nathaniel Holmes, 63, were found Thursday in their room at the Bahia Principe hotel at the resort Playa Nueva Romana, in the southeast coast of the island, The Dominican Today, a local newspaper, reported."

Quote: "The bodies, according to a source linked to the investigation, show no signs of violence."

Quote: "Hotel complex director Francisco Romero, told authorities that the victims had been staying at the hotel since the 25th and were to leave precisely on May 30."

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2019-05-31 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, large pile of metal and debris burns, in coastal West Palm Beach (Florida):

Quote: "Officials say that shortly before 11 p.m. they found a 'large pile of metal and debris' were on fire at the business in the 7000 block of Belvedere Road."

2019-05-31 - Recycling center erupts in flame, fire gets big, in Memphis (Tennessee):

2019-05-31 - Mattress recycling center damaged by fire in Malaga (California):

2019-05-31 - Electrical plant heavily damaged by fire in Indore (India), entire city affected:

2019-05-31 - Dozens of wildfires rage across Alberta, Ontario and British Columbia (Canada), smoke blows into the US:

2019-05-31 - Wildfire takes out phone and internet services in Pikangikum First Nation (Canada), evacuations ramping up:

Quote: "Evacuation efforts in Pikangikum First Nation are ramping up as a wildfire threatening the northern Ontario community gains strength and cripples local telecom services. Alvin Fiddler, Grand Chief of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, which represents 49 First Nation communities across northern Ontario, says he's hoping at least 1,200 people will be airlifted from the community by end of day Friday. He says a forest fire burning near the eastern edge of the fly-in community has grown in the past 24 hours and has damaged the broadband communications line running through the area, knocking out all phone and internet service."

2019-05-31 - Mass die-off of gray whales along the US West Coast declared an unusual mortality event:

2019-05-31 - Washington State's snowpack at less than a third of its normal levels:

2019-05-31 - NOAA annual greenhouse gas index, 1700-2018:

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