Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Event Update For 2020-01-07

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

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

Category: Variety Pack

2020-01-07 - Magnitude 6.4 and 6.0 earthquakes strike the southern coast of Puerto Rico, most powerful quake to strike Puerto Rico in 102 years, emergency declared:

Quote: "Puerto Rico Governor Wanda Vazquez declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard today after a series of earthquakes including one of magnitude 6.4 that was the most powerful to strike the Caribbean island in 102 years."

Quote: "At least 346 people were left homeless, officials said, as homes were flattened, mostly in the south of the island. Many damaged buildings sat next to piles of rubble."

2020-01-07 - Iran unintentionally shoots down passenger plane carrying 170+ people near Tehran (Iran), no survivors:

Quote: "Iran has announced that its military 'unintentionally' shot down a Ukrainian jetliner, killing all 176 aboard. The statement Saturday morning blames 'human error' for the shootdown."
2020-01-07 - Hundreds of cars destroyed by fire while parked in parking garage at airport in coastal Stavanger (Norway):

Quote: "Heggen confirmed Tuesday evening that more than 300 cars were already destroyed. By Wednesday the number was over 600."

2020-01-07 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, scrap metal burns, on Elder Creek Road near Sacramento (California):

2020-01-07 - Underground explosion shoots flames from manhole at gas station in Columbus (North Carolina):

Quote: "Arledge said a man was about to start pumping gas when he heard a loud explosion. He said the explosion blew the cover off of a manhole and flames were shooting out for a few seconds."

2020-01-07 - Volcano Shishaldin erupts, spews ash 19,000 feet into the atmosphere, in the Aleutian Islands (Alaska):

Note: Whew, just one week into 2020 and we've got mammoth fires ripping across Australia, big ol' earthquake and hundreds of other earthquakes shaking Puerto Rico, a passenger plane fire causing a crash that killed everyone on board, a huge carpark fire destroying hundreds of cars and a volcano spewing ash miles into the atmosphere. That's not counting the little stuff like people burning to death in their vehicles or bursting into flame and burning to death while walking down a street or dying in swimming pools, people in their 20s dropping dead, piles of metal bursting into flame, parked cars bursting into flame and destroying people's homes, unknown rotten egg odors blowing around, yada yada. 2020 looks to be quite an 'interesting' year - buckle up!

2020-01-07 - Oil rig bursts into flame in the Gulf of Mexico in the Sound of Campeche (Mexico), 3 injured:

Quote: "Three people were injured in a fire on a platform run by Mexican state oil firm Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) on Tuesday, the company said, briefly leading to the evacuation of the rig. The fire broke out on the Akal-C6 platform in the Sound of Campeche in the southern Gulf of Mexico, Pemex said. 'The incident was confined to the first level on the western side of the platform,' Pemex said on Twitter."

2020-01-07 - Container ship 'Cosco Pacific' hit by container fire off the coast of India:

Quote: "Container ship COSCO PACIFIC while en route from Port Klang Malaysia to Ngava Sheva western India reported fire in container or containers, in cargo hold on Jan 4, being under way in Arabian sea off southwest Indian coast. The ship interrupted scheduled voyage and headed for Colombo, arriving there in the morning Jan 6. She was berthed, containers on fire are to be offloaded, ship’s to be under constant monitoring until completing inspection."

2020-01-06 - Two boats go up in flames near coastal Scarborough (Australia):

Quote: "A Queensland Police spokeswoman said they were called out to a report of two small boats on fire about 3km north of Scarborough, Redcliffe around 9.50am today."

Note: These are the 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-01-07 - School bus bursts into flame on street near school in Jena (Louisiana):

Note: This is the 1st school bus to burn in 2020, and this is the 10th bus to burn in 2019...

2020-01-07 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-77 near Kimbolton (Ohio):

2020-01-07 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-94 in Detroit (Michigan):

2020-01-07 - Tractor (excavator) bursts into flame on barge near coastal Westerly (Rhode Island):

Quote: "It was first reported at around 11:40 a.m. that an 'excavator machine' on a barge was on fire near the Rhode Island side of the river close to the Westerly Yacht Club."

2020-01-07 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on The Crescent in Clee Hill (Britain):

Note: These are the 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-01-07 - Box truck bursts into flame on the A406 near Barking (Britain):

2020-01-07 - RV bursts into flame while parked at property on Brown Road in Ferndale (Washington):

2020-01-07 - RV bursts into flame at 2:37 AM while parked at mobile home, fire spreads to home, in Lecanto (Florida):

Note: These are the 9th and 10th RVs to burn in 2020...

2020-01-07 - Van bursts into flame at Greenbridge Retail Park in Swindon (Britain):

2020-01-07 - Van bursts into flame on Dorchester Road in coastal Weymouth (Britain):

2020-01-07 - SUV bursts into flame on Bigelow Street in Binghamton (New York):

2020-01-07 - Car bursts into flame on I-10 in coastal Pensacola (Florida):

2020-01-07 - Car bursts into flame on Dean Street in Shelbina (Missouri):

2020-01-07 - Car bursts into flame on Dixwell Avenue in Hamden (Connecticut):

2020-01-07 - Car bursts into flame on Windburg Drive near Grassy Pond (South Carolina):

2020-01-07 - Car bursts into flame on road in Fredonia (New York):

2020-01-07 - Car bursts into flame outside Kirkcaldy High School on Dunnikier Way in coastal Kirkcaldy (Scotland):

2020-01-07 - Vehicle and garage destroyed by fire at home in Goshen (Indiana):

Quote: "The fire was confined to the detached one-car garage, but a vehicle inside the attached carport appeared to have been destroyed."

2020-01-07 - Auto shop destroyed by fire in North Whitehall Township (Pennsylvania):

2020-01-07 - Barn destroyed by fire near Sexsmith (Canada), 20 cattle killed:

2020-01-07 - Ski shop destroyed by fire at Mehuron's Plaza in Waitsfield (Vermont):

2020-01-07 - HVAC unit bursts into flame on roof of restaurant on Portsmouth Boulevard in coastal Chesapeake (Virginia):

2020-01-07 - Garage goes up in flames at 4:30 AM at home on Red Letter Street in Helena (Montana):

2020-01-07 - Home damaged by garage fire shortly before 6:30 AM on Pomegranate Lane in Fallbrook (California):

2020-01-07 - Home heavily damaged by fire on SE Hoover Avenue in Roseburg (Oregon):

2020-01-07 - Home destroyed by basement fire at 3:30 AM on Dogwood Street near downtown Duluth (Georgia):

2020-01-07 - Home destroyed by fire on Poinsette Street in coastal Murrells Inlet (South Carolina):

2020-01-07 - Apartment building damaged by fire on Court U in Ensley (Alabama), 2 injured:

2020-01-07 - Apartment building damaged by fire on South Alameda Street in coastal Corpus Christi (Texas):

2020-01-07 - Motel damaged by fire at 5:47 AM in Gainesville (Florida), 1 injured:

2020-01-07 - Deadly fire burns home in the Riverside area in Columbia (Tennessee), 800 feet from the Duck River, 1 killed:

2020-01-07 - Deadly fire burns home at 5:48 AM on Hurst Hollow Road just outside Middlesboro (Kentucky), 4 killed:

2020-01-07 - Deadly fire burns home in the Moncrief area in coastal Jacksonville (Florida), 1 killed:

2020-01-07 - Deadly fire rips through construction trailer at greenhouse farm outside Moscow (Russia), 8 killed, 1 injured:

2020-01-07 - Vacant home burns at 5 AM on Lytle Street in the Portland area in Louisville (Kentucky):

2020-01-07 - Vacant warehouse burns in coastal Wilmington (North Carolina):

2020-01-07 - Two men, cousins, 36 and 25, drop dead in home on Davis Drive in Saco (Maine), near the coast and the Saco River:

Quote: "Officers entered the home and found the men dead. The state Medical Examiner’s Office is expected to do autopsies. There were no obvious signs of foul play or trauma."

2020-01-07 - Man and woman found dead in submerged car in ditch near Mille Lacs Lake in Lakeside Township (Minnesota):

2020-01-07 - Man, 61, sickens in swimming pool at hotel, gets out, goes into cardiac arrest and dies, in coastal Dubai (UAE):

Quote: "Chand complained of uneasiness on Sunday afternoon while swimming in a pool of a hotel here where the group stayed. 'He came out of the pool saying he felt tired and uneasy. His wife urged him to go along with her to the room and have some tea. But he couldn’t go up. Before reaching the stairs, he collapsed,' Sunil Jain, the organiser of the trip, was quoted as saying in the report."

2020-01-07 - Man, 64, drops dead at same time as closet bursts into flame at hotel, in Oak Creek (Wisconsin):

Quote: "Oak Creek police said the man most likely died from medical reasons unrelated to the fire."

2020-01-07 - Man found dead in lake at school in coastal Fort Lauderdale (Florida):

2020-01-07 - Person found dead in the water at beach in coastal Miami Beach (Florida):

2020-01-07 - Man drops dead along Waterfront Drive in coastal Eureka (California):

2020-01-07 - Man found dead near sand dunes at beach along Ocean Boulevard in coastal Coronado (California):

2020-01-07 - Woman, 28, slumps over dead in car at grocery store in Murfreesboro (Tennessee):

2020-01-07 - Man, 54, has 'medical event' and dies while driving, SUV crashes, near Wauconda (Illinois):

Quote: "An autopsy conducted Tuesday determined Gaul suffered a fatal medical event prior to the crash, Lake County Coroner Howard Cooper said."

2020-01-07 - Man, 29, found dead in Rapid Creek in Rapid City (South Dakota):

2020-01-07 - Woman, 62, drops dead at storage facility on East Naylor Mill Road in Salisbury (Maryland):

2020-01-07 - Man, 59, found dead at hotel on North Bridge Street in Yorkville (Illinois):

2020-01-07 - Woman, 38, found dead at home in Barre (Vermont):

2020-01-07 - Man has 'medical incident' and dies on vacation in Mexico:

Quote: "Pendleton City Councilman Scott Fairley died suddenly while vacationing in Mexico, the City of Pendleton announced Wednesday. Officials said Fairley died from a medical incident but did not go into further detail."

2020-01-07 - Man found dead in the water at Caves Beach on Lake Macquarie (Australia):

2020-01-07 - Boy, 16, dies in canal in Tiruchirappalli (India):

2020-01-07 - Man, 24, found dead in pond in Bhapur (India):

2020-01-07 - Passenger has 'medical emergency' on cruise ship near coastal Galveston (Texas):

Quote: "The Carnival cruise ship has needed to urgently return to her homeport of the Port of Galveston in Texas today due to a medical emergency on the current 5-day western Caribbean voyage which departed on January 6."

2020-01-07 - Man, 21, has 'medical emergency', car goes airborne and slams into two homes, in Dubuque (Iowa), 2 injured:

Quote: "Police say that 21-year-old Matthew Bahl was driving on Hales Mill Road around 8pm Sunday. As he approached the intersection with Asbury Road, Bahl had a medical emergency – causing him to lose control of the vehicle. Police say his vehicle went airborne, drove thru a yard and hit two homes on Grand Meadow Drive."

2020-01-07 - Driver has 'medical issue', car veers off road and crashes near the Puntledge River on Highway 19 near Courtenay (Canada), 1 injured:

Quote: "The Kia Soul veered off the highway just past the Puntledge River bridge."

Quote: "'I believe it was some sort of medical issue,' said Bardonnex."

2020-01-07 - Passenger plane lands at airport, skids off runway, in coastal Istanbul (Turkey):

2020-01-07 - Three tractor trailers crash on I-20 in Aiken County (South Carolina):

2020-01-07 - Two tractor trailers crash just before 1 AM, fire erupts, on I-91 in Windsor (Connecticut), 1 killed:

2020-01-07 - Tractor trailer veers into median and overturns, hits SUV, on I-10 in coastal Jacksonville (Florida), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2020-01-07 - Tractor trailer hits car just before 4 AM, truck overturns, bursts into flame, on I-75 near Brooksville (Florida):

2020-01-07 - Tractor trailer crashes into barrier, bursts into flame, on I-40 in Clemmons (North Carolina):

2020-01-07 - Tractor trailer overturns on I-81 near Orleans (New York):

2020-01-07 - SUV veers off road, crashes into building, in Anoka (Minnesota):

2020-01-07 - Pickup truck veers off road at 3 AM, crashes into tree, in Marion County (Florida), 1 killed:

2020-01-07 - Car crashes off bridge over West Branch Papakating Creek, bursts into flame, in Wantage (New Jersey), 1 killed:

2020-01-07 - Car veers off road, crashes into pole, in Lewiston (Maine), 1 injured:

Quote: "Police said the driver might have experienced a 'medical event' that led to the accident."

2020-01-07 - Naked man, 30, acts crazy, stabs man to death, in Eden Roc (Hawaii), near the coast:

Quote: "Police said they received several calls around 7 p.m. that a naked man was blocking traffic around Palainui Avenue in the Eden Roc subdivision. Video captured by drivers shows a man walking naked in a dark roadway in the subdivision, yelling at passing cars and even trying to get into one. When officers arrived a few minutes later, they found the man standing over the victim’s body at a home in the area. 'The very first time we passed him, he kind of like saluted us. And then he started saying some weird stuff,' said one witness, Mason Kron. 'And then after I dropped off my friend, we passed him again, and then he grabbed onto my window and was like trying to get into my car.' The victim was transported to the Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead."

2020-01-07 - Man goes nuts on passenger plane, plane makes emergency landing in coastal Shannon (Ireland):

Quote: "A US-bound flight declared an emergency over the Atlantic today and diverted to Shannon Airport after the crew reported they had a ‘psychotic passenger’ on board."

Quote: "It’s understood the man had been ‘moving around the aircraft’ and ‘acting strangely’, possibly as a result of a medical episode. A number of passengers became concerned and are understood to have overpowered and subdued the man. It’s believed they jumped into action because others on board were worried about the man’s behaviour."

2020-01-07 - Sinkhole opens at pond in The Villages (Florida):

2020-01-07 - Sinkhole opens under fire truck in Kansas City (Missouri):

2020-01-07 - Magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes on the coast of Sumatra (Indonesia):

2020-01-07 - Magnitude 6.0 earthquake strikes in the ocean northeast of Papua New Guinea:

2020-01-07 - Lightning strike kills woman and 20 cattle in Gokwe South (Zimbabwe):

2020-01-07 - Heavy rain, flooding and snowfall hit Turkey, 2+ killed:

2020-01-07 - Cyclone Blake brings heavy rain to Broome in Western Australia:

2020-01-07 - Weird 'electrical surge' detected running through ground in northern Norway, auroras follow:[more;%20another%20example%20of%20my%201st%20comment]

2020-01-07 - Jupiter not a shield but is flinging comets toward Earth says new research:

2020-01-07 - Pesticide in pet shampoo, lice treatment and mosquito repellent 'raises the risk of an early death by 56%':


  1. Good morning Jonny, everyone.

    Man, 600 cars burn at one time, Holy Crap!

    Person dies in the same room as a fire erupts in a closet - but it's "unrelated" ('r i g h t . .' ala Nipsy Russell).

    Crazy accidents - a guy goes airborne and hits 2 homes, two big rigs crash and a driver dies, while 3 more crash up the East coast, and 3 overturn down the East coast. i'm sure it's just coincidence ('r i g h t '. .).

    i agree with your statement about this year, Jonny.

    It got down to 12 degrees here last night, but it's a balmy 19 now (so i got THAT goin' for me . .). By Friday it's supposed to be in the 50s.

    BLACK BEAR NEWS: Amazon Warns Employees Who Spoke Out On Climate Change [~ 20.25 min.]

    "Every previous worst case scenario prediction for the climate has turned out to have understated the gravity of the situation."

    Australia requests U.S. Incident Management Teams to assist with bushfires

    They will depart around January 16 [more]

    Another area of Kangaroo Island evacuated prior to high bushfire danger

    Fire has had major impacts on Kangaroo Island’s wildlife, killing thousands of koalas [more; see before/after pics]

    How Rupert Murdoch Is Influencing Australia's Bush Fire Debate

    on Wednesday, Murdoch’s News Corp., the largest media company in Australia, was found to be part of another wave of misinformation. An independent study found online bots and trolls exaggerating the role of arson in the fires, at the same time that an article in The Australian making similar assertions became the most popular offering on the newspaper’s website.

    It’s all part of what critics see as a relentless effort led by the powerful media outlet to do what it has also done in the United States and Britain — shift blame to the left, protect conservative leaders and divert attention from climate change.

    “It’s really reckless and extremely harmful,” said JoĆ«lle Gergis, an award-winning climate scientist at the Australian National University. “It’s insidious because it grows. Once you plant those seeds of doubt, it stops an important conversation from taking place.” [more]

    Thursday, 9 January 2020
    The amazing start to 2020 continues with the 4th major quake of the year, a magnitude 6.3 strikes Chukotskiy Avtonomnyy Okrug, Russia

    [more below]

  2. [the blog's author presents info stating that climate change isn't man-made; i don't disagree now, but we clearly aren't HELPING the way we're pumping pollution into the biosphere.]

    God Clock? Sea and surface Temperatures, Major earthquakes, Volcano eruptions, Droughts, Extreme temperatures, Famine, Flooding, Wildfires and Cyclones suddenly intensified in the late 50s!

    Published papers, clearly show it is always temperature which rises first by at least several hundred years and then the carbon dioxide responds. For instance, the warming of Greenland has been going on since 1850, long before human-driven CO2 could have been an influence. There is a consistent warming pattern since 1850.

    The records of temperature and CO2 over the past 650,000 years indicate that Earth's temperature always rises first, followed by a rise in Carbon Dioxide.

    The real reason for Climate Change or Global Warming is shown in the graph above, the red lines are the Gliessberg sunspot solar cycles, going all the way back to 1867. Look what happens on Christmas Eve 1957 the solar cycle lines shoot easily to its highest peak since 1867. Then, check the blue line, the blue line is sea surface temperatures, it begins to rise, as does the green line, which is the Mean surface temperature. Ladies and gentlemen, if I was to tell you, major earthquakes, volcano eruptions, floods, cyclones and natural disasters all mirror the graph above and all from relatively the same time as the graph above you would come to the conclusion of a Devine intervention, A God Clock, if you like! And it started counting down on Christmas Eve, 1957. [more]

    [well, we're in OVERDRIVE now!]

    Mystery Of Weird Seismic Hum Heard Around The World Solved

    A weird and mysterious seismic hum was detected around the world last year.

    According to a new scientific study, the origin of that strange rumbling noise was an unconventional geologic birth announcement. [the new underwater volcano off Mayotte]

    The Mystery of the Singing Sand Dunes (Videos)

    In deserts through out the world many people have heard a bizarre low-pitch sound coming from the sand dunes.

    It occurs when grains cascade down the sides of the dunes either by the wind or people walking and sliding down.

    Certain sand dunes are known to emit these noises for up to 15 minutes and can be heard around 10 kilometers away on a daily basis. [more]

    Strange Clap Sounds of Auroras

    the auroral choir can only be recorded at 230 feet (70 meters) from the ground during the light shows, as shown by simultaneous measurements the Finnish Meteorological Institute. [more]

    Second Repeating Fast Radio Burst Traced To Its Origin Deepens Mystery Of Their Sources

    The source of Fast Radio Bursts has remained unknown since their discovery in 2007.

    And this new discovery has made this unsolved mystery in astronomy even more puzzling.

    An unsolved mystery in astronomy has become even more puzzling. End of June 2019, astronomers announced the discovery of the origin of one of those repeating fast radio bursts, some powerful extragalactic millisecond emissions of radio waves. Now, another group of scientists have found the source of another such repeating transient event and it seems to be closest to Earth yet. Now that location is exactly what’s puzzling experts right now.

    Now the source of the newest discovery is radically different from that of not only the previously located repeating FRB, but also all previously studied FRBs and thus blurs the differences between repeating and non-repeating fast radio bursts. [more]

    [continued below]

  3. [who ya-gone belie'e?]
    Thursday, 9 January 2020
    Evidence of high casualties in Iranian attack

    BOMBSHELL [HAH! Get it? bombshell?]: 242 INJURED US SOLDIERS

    "The US is capable of using only the sky of Iraq, avoiding any land transport. But it is swimming in a severely hostile society in Iraq where every single soldier, officer or diplomat is a potential target. Following the hostile announcement of several groups in Iraq, it is clear there is no longer any safe place for US forces in the country. The assassination of Sardar Soleimani closed all roads of this US administration to all possible negotiation with Iran. Russia and China are waiting just behind the door to move in and fill the vacuum." [more; article says the 240 injured were flown to Israel]

    Trump pulls back from the brink [after killing one general and about 80 of his own troops as a result]

    Speaking from the White House, Trump backed away from threatening further strikes against Iran, describing Tehran’s stand-down as “a good thing for all parties concerned.”

    Press TV – Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says Iran’s early Wednesday missile attack on US bases in Iraq following assassination of a top general was just “a slap”.

    “The talk of revenge and such debates is another issue. For now, a slap was delivered on their face last night,” Ayatollah Khamenei said in remarks broad live on national television Wednesday.

    “What is important about confrontation is that military action as such is not sufficient. What is important is that the seditious American presence in the region must end,” he said to chants of “Death to America” by an audience in Tehran.[more]

    U.S Army Begins Evacuation Of Syrian Base On Iraqi Border

    U.S. occupation forces have evacuated their illegitimate base in al-Malikiya area near the Syrian-Iraqi-Turkish borders after about six months of their presence at the base, northeast of Hasaka.

    Local sources in the area told SANA reporter in Hasaka that U.S. occupation troops positioned in the base of Khrab al-Jir have started to completely evacuate the base as about 40 trucks carrying military equipment and vehicles have exited from the base heading for al-Sweidyia village near the illegitimate crossing of al-Walid paving the way for their withdrawal towards the Iraqi territories.

    In the same context, local sources in the southern countryside of Hasaka city said that 50 trucks carrying military and logistic equipment belonging to the U.S. occupation troops have leaved their illegitimate base in al-Shadadi city, and they headed north through the eastern road which leads to al-Houl area in Hasaka eastern countryside, paving the way for their withdrawal towards the Iraqi territories through the illegitimate crossing of al-Walid in the countryside of al-Yarubiya town .

    The sources noted that a number of trucks which exited from al-Shadadi city were coming from the positions of the U.S. occupation in Deir Ezzor eastern countryside.

    [another part next]

  4. TruNews on the Iran crisis [~ 78 min. episode]

    Puerto Rico under state of emergency after worst quake in 102 years

    A state of emergency has been declared in Puerto Rico after a series of tremors and a powerful M6.4 earthquake on Tuesday, January 7, 2020-- the worst ever in the US territory in 102 years. More than half of Puerto Rico's three million population remained without power on Wednesday, January 8, about 300 homes were damaged, thousands slept outdoors in fear of aftershocks, thousands left homeless and without water, and at least one person died. [more]

    Dams in Cyprus overflow in all-time record

    Water reservoirs in Cyprus have been filled in all-time record, according to a report released by the country's Water Development Department​ (WDD) on Wednesday, January 8, 2020. The report was released after two more of the largest reservoirs reached full capacity and water flooded over the dam walls. This is the first time that water reserves have been so high in January, forcing dam after dam to overflow. [more]

    1 dead as violent cloudburst triggers flood in Nahariya, Israel
    A violent cloudburst hit Nahariya, Israel on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, leading to widespread flooding in which one person lost its life. This was the second severe storm within a week, following the first one on January 4 that claimed four lives in Tel Aviv, Haifa, and Givat Nili. [more]

    Widespread floods and landslides hit Turkey, huge amounts of snow at higher elevations

    Torrential rains have been battering Turkey for days beginning Monday, January 6, 2020, disrupting daily life in parts of the country as the downpour sparked widespread flash floods and landslides, claiming at least two lives. Extreme weather conditions led to heavy traffic, travel delays, power outages, and road closures. Huge amounts of snow were also reported at higher elevations. [more]

    [last part follows]

  5. Antarctic Waters: Warmer with More Acidity and Less Oxygen

    The observed oxygen loss and warming around the Antarctic coast is much larger than predicted by a climate model, which could have implications for predictions of ice melt. [more]

    Extreme weather leaves Congo capital residents underwater

    Democratic Republic of Congo is one of several central African countries to be hit by severe flooding in recent months, which researchers have attributed to increasingly intense and unpredictable weather linked to global warming.

    Flooding in November in the capital Kinshasa led to landslides that killed 39 people.

    The rains can be deadly in other ways, too.

    Henry Bofason said two of his children died of typhoid on Dec. 29 and Jan. 2 because of unsanitary conditions in the church where they and more than 700 others had taken shelter.

    "The children are always sick here because the environment is not healthy," Bofason told Reuters while seated next to his son's coffin alongside his wife and his remaining five children. [more]

    NOAA: Extreme weather and disasters cost the U.S. billions in 2019 [~ 4.25 min. news report & text]

    Severe Weather Is Expected to Hit the South This Weekend and It Involves Possible Tornadoes

    This is the first full week of 2020, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to end well weather-wise for parts of the South. Severe thunderstorms, flooding rain, and possible tornadoes are all potential threats to the region this weekend. [more]

    'Danger to life' warnings as heavy wind and rain set to lash parts of Britain at the weekend

    Parts of Britain face severe weather this weekend, with forecasters putting ‘danger to life’ warnings in place.

    Heavy wind and rain are set to arrive in northern parts of the UK, bringing potential travel chaos and a risk of floods, according to the Met Office. [more]

    Trump administration to remove climate reviews for major projects

    The Trump administration is trying to remove climate change as an environmental barrier in major infrastructure projects. New York Times reporter Lisa Friedman joins CBSN to discuss the impact new infrastructure planning has on climate change.
    [more, incl. ~ 4.5 min. video]

  6. US Officials: ‘Highly Likely’ Iran Downed Ukrainian Jetliner

    Two U.S. officials said Thursday it was “highly likely” that an Iranian anti-aircraft missile downed a Ukrainian jetliner late Tuesday, killing all 176 people on board. The crash came just a few hours after Iran launched a ballistic missile attack against Iraqi military bases housing U.S. troops amid a confrontation with Washington over the U.S. drone strike that killed an Iranian Revolutionary Guard general last week. [more]

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    Strange Radio Signals from Space Just Vanished, So Now We Have a Tasty Astronomy Mystery on Our Hands

    A mysterious, pulsating radio wave that astronomers have been tracking for two years has suddenly and inexplicably fallen silent.

    Fast Radio Bursts are blinking radio waves that shoot out repeatedly from a single point through space.

    Researchers at the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy and Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope have been searching for clues about the origins of these curious radio waves.

    An intergalactic mystery has recently perplexed astronomers. Fast Radio Bursts are repeating radio wave signals that shoot out across the universe, flickering for milliseconds at a time from a single origin in space. Scientists aren't exactly sure why they occur.

    An intergalactic mystery has recently perplexed astronomers. Fast Radio Bursts are repeating radio wave signals that shoot out across the universe, flickering for milliseconds at a time from a single origin in space. Scientists aren't exactly sure why they occur. [more]

    Fears of Sanders win growing among Democratic establishment

    Increasingly alarmed that Bernie Sanders could become their party's presidential nominee, establishment-minded Democrats are warning primary voters that the self-described democratic socialist would struggle to defeat President Donald Trump and hurt the party's chances in premier House, Senate and governors' races. [more; i'm sure Kevin would have something to say about that, especially since we all know Hillary made sure his votes we're "massaged" in last election's primary]

    [2nd half below]

  7. [in what could be the set up for a good joke]
    One in five Brits believe aliens are already living on Earth

    While there are those that believe aliens exist, some people believe that they are already here – and living among us.

    According to a YouGov survey of 1,619 adults, nearly one in five Brits (19%) believe it is either somewhat or very likely that extraterrestrial beings are living on Earth.

    This figure compares to two-thirds (66%) who believe it is not very likely or not likely at all. [meaningless puff piece with that small of a sample size - click bait (i bit)]

    The results of the survey [taken 2 days ago] come after British astronaut Dr Helen Sharman said that aliens do exist and that they are already living on the planet.

    [Columbo: so lemme get dis straight, you know ar-ready what da peh-centage is BEFORE dis "autoritty figya" spoke? An'-ya basin' it-ahn people who just happen to see your "daily question" at yeh web-site dat day? AYFKM?]

    [Birds will have a FIELD DAY!]
    Minnesota railroad tracks filled with perfectly placed corn spill for more than third of a mile [75 sec. news video]

    [in further corroboration of our thoughts about this year]
    Stunning Sunrise Photos Show ‘Devil Horns’ During Solar Eclipse

    The right time, the right spot and the right phenomenon landed one photographer a photo set of a lifetime

    The sun, partially blocked by the moon, rises above the sea in Al Wakrah, Qatar, Dec. 26, 2019. [more; see pic below video]

  8. Woman Partially Sucked Out of Jet When Window Breaks Mid-Flight; Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Philadelphia

    As a Southwest Airlines jet hurtled 32,000 feet over suburban Philadelphia, a rare engine explosion caused a passenger’s window to burst, partially pulling the woman sitting next to the opening out of the plane.

    Fellow passengers frantically worked to yank her back inside the airliner as it depressurized and quickly descended thousands of feet per minute, according to several passengers.

    The frightening ordeal played out Tuesday morning onboard Southwest flight 1380 as it headed for Dallas. The Boeing 737-700 was about 20 minutes into its journey from New York’s LaGuardia Airport when the engine failure occurred. The plane, carrying 144 passengers and five crew, diverted to Philadelphia International Airport where it made an emergency landing at 11:20 a.m. [more, incl. ~ 5 min. news video]

    U.S. climate activist group endorses Sanders in presidential race

    The Sunrise Movement, a youth-led climate activist group, announced on Thursday that it will endorse Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ run for the Democratic presidential nomination. [more]

    Australia calls for another mass evacuation as monster bushfires return

    MERIMBULA, Australia/SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian authorities urged another mass evacuation across the heavily populated southeast on Thursday as a return of hot weather fanned huge bushfires threatening several towns and communities.

    Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews urged communities to be on alert ahead of the extreme conditions.

    "If you receive instructions to leave, then you must leave," Andrews said in a televised briefing. "That is the only way to guarantee your safety."

    Parts of Kangaroo Island, a wildlife-rich tourist spot off the southeast coast where Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday made a plea for foreign tourists not to be deterred by the fires, were again evacuated on Thursday.

    "I urge everyone to heed warnings, follow advice, and to head to the east part of the island, which is deemed safe at this point," South Australia Fire Chief Mark Jones said in a separate briefing in Adelaide.

    A third of the island has been destroyed. [more]

    [more below]

  9. Holes in Iran plane crash wreckage raise new questions

    Iranian authorities say the crew of a Ukrainian airliner that crashed in Tehran never called for help. They say according to an early crash report, the plane was trying to turn back when it went down, leaving a trail of wreckage in a field on the outskirts of the city. But Kris Van Cleave reports that holes found in that wreckage are leading some to question the idea that the plane had mechanical issues. [more]

    Pope slams leaders on 'weak' response to climate change

    [Pope Slappy didn't have much to say about it before it was trendy - he's been a little distracted trying to cover the damages of his pedophile priests without losing too much of the vast wealth of the Vatican, to pay attention]

    U.S. vaping-related deaths rise to 57, cases of illness to 2,602

    [while alcohol related deaths is officially about a hundred thousand each year, vaccine related deaths around a hundred thousand, and cigarette/tobacco deaths number a half a million per year, not to mention opiods and other LEGAL POISONS]

    [from our Obviously NOT desk]
    Australia's Fires Are Terrifying. Will They Get World Leaders to Act on Climate Change?
    January 9, 2020, 5:58 AM EST

    [and from Leave It There! today]
    Global Oil And Gas Discoveries Hit Four-Year High

    The world’s oil and gas explorers powered ahead and discovered 12.2 billion barrels of oil equivalent (boe) in 2019, the highest volume since 2015, according to estimates from Rystad Energy. Last year recorded 26 discoveries of more than 100 million boe, with offshore regions dominating the list of new oil and gas deposits. [more]

  10. 1 Dead, 1 Hurt in Crash Involving Car and School Bus in New Castle
    1 Dead, 1 Hurt in Crash Involving Car and School Bus in New Castle

    Officials have not yet revealed the cause of the crash. [more]

    Girl Falls Out of 2nd-Story Window of Pottstown Home
    Girl Falls Out of 2nd-Story Window of Pottstown Home
    Police are currently investigating.

    This story is developing. Check back for updates. [more; possible toppler]

    First full moon of 2020, the 'wolf moon,' to coincide with lunar eclipse
    [ABC news article]

    Star-gazers will be treated to a double lunar event to start the new decade as the "wolf moon" coincides with a penumbral lunar eclipse.

    The first full moon of January, which is nicknamed the "wolf moon," will appear opposite the sun on Friday at 2:21 p.m. and will appear full until Sunday morning, according to NASA.

    The first moon in January was nicknamed the wolf moon because the howling of wolves were often heard during that time of year, according to The Old Farmer's Almanac.[more]

  11. That airline story I posted above was from 2018 - sorry I missed that.

    Strong explosion at Popocatepetl volcano, ash to 11.3 km (37 000 feet) a.s.l., Mexico

    A strong explosion took place at Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano at 12:31 UTC (06:31 LT) on January 9, 2020. At least two volcanic ash clouds were produced today, with initial rising up to 11.3 km (37 000 feet) above sea level, and second to 9.1 km (30 000 feet) a.s.l. The Alert Level remained at Yellow, Phase Two (the middle level on a three-color scale).