Saturday, February 1, 2020

2020 - JAN - Spotlight Stories

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2020-01-01 - Rotten egg odor blows through Austin (Texas):

Quote: "'If you're familiar with what the natural gas smell is, a lot of people describe that as a rotten egg smell that you typically smell around your pilot light or your hot water heater,' Smiths said. 'This is more of a sulfur smell that comes from the oil fields.'"

2020-01-01 - RV goes up in flames and kills man while parked near the Odivelas Dam (Portugal):

Quote: "The corpse of a man, completely charred, was found near the Odivelas Dam, about four kilometers from the town of the same name in Ferreira do Alentejo. The body was found around 6 pm on Wednesday by a patrol of the Ferreira do Alentejo GNR station that was making a rounds around the county and detected a fully consumed motorhome, by a fire."

Quote: "The Odivelas Dam, which is next to the National Road 257, in the connection between Odivelas (Ferreira do Alentejo) and Alvito, is very popular with foreign caravans, as well as a campsite, it also has a picnic area. The banks of the reservoir are widely used by motorhomes, as they can be without limitations on dirt roads, in areas surrounded by thick trees."

Note: Sounds like a great place to burn to death in an RV! This is the 1st RV to burn in 2020, and this is the 1st deadly RV fire in 2020...

2020-01-01 - Car goes up in flames and kills 47-year-old man on Greely Road in Maxton (North Carolina):

Quote: "The preliminary autopsy did not find that any type of gunshot, stabbing or assault caused Oxendine's death."

2020-01-01 - RV trailer goes up in flames and kills man off Savannah Highway in coastal Burton (South Carolina):

2020-01-01 - At least 40 scrap cars go up in flames at 11:48 PM at auto body shop in Morganton (North Carolina):

Quote: "Lowdermilk estimated somewhere between 40-50 cars were burned in the fire, but the business owner told MDPS that all of the cars involved were set to go to a scrap yard."

2020-01-01 - Trash facility erupts in flame in Fontana (California):

2020-01-01 - Australia deploys military to aid with mass evacuations along the southeast coast due to raging wildfires as death toll rises:

Quote: "Australia deployed military ships and aircraft Wednesday to help communities ravaged by apocalyptic wildfires that have left at least 17 people dead nationwide and sent thousands of residents and holidaymakers fleeing to the shoreline."

Quote: "Authorities confirmed three bodies were found Wednesday at Lake Conjola on the south coast of New South Wales, bringing the death toll in the state to 15."

2020-01-01 - Two people have 'medical incidents' and collapse separately in coastal Papamoa (New Zealand):

Quote: "A second medical incident has unfolded this afternoon with a second person collapsing in Papamoa. A message to the SunLive Facebook page says there are three ambulances on scene along Papamoa Beach Road."

Quote: "It is believed the first incident occurred near a Bay Dreams park-and-ride bus stop."

Quote: "Both medical incidents are unrelated and it is unclear what the cause is."

2020-01-01 - Harness racer, man, goes into cardiac arrest during race, collapses and falls onto track, in Omakau (New Zealand):

Quote: "Champion harness racing driver Ricky May has been flown to Dunedin Hospital after suffering a medical event during a race at Omakau. May collapsed before being dislodged from the sulky while driving A G’s White Socks during the running of the Central Otago Trotting Cup at 4.11pm on Thursday."

Quote: "The racing stewards who run the race meeting confirmed May had suffered a cardiac arrest and the remainder of the meeting was called off."

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2020-01-02 - Metal recycling center erupts in flame, fire gets huge, in Bury (Britain):

2020-01-02 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, big pile of scrap metal burns, in Sunshine West (Australia):

Quote: "The fire had started in a pile of metal approximately 20m x 20m in size. More than 25 firefighters were able to contain the blaze and protect surrounding properties."

2020-01-02 - Metal finishing plant heavily damaged by fire at 3 AM in Brea (California):

2020-01-02 - Auto parts warehouse devastated by fire at 1:29 AM in coastal Sibu (Malaysia):

2020-01-02 - Underground electrical fire and explosions close street in Johnstown (Pennsylvania):

2020-01-02 - Electrical substation explodes and burns in East Grand Forks (North Dakota):

2020-01-02 - Wildfires cause disaster declaration in Victoria, tourists ordered out of New South Wales (Australia), 28 people missing:

Quote: "In neighboring Victoria, Premier Daniel Andrews has declared a state of disaster for six local government areas and Alpine resorts. 'If you can leave then you must leave,' Andrews said Thursday night. 'We cannot guarantee your safety and we don't want to see you in harm's way.' It's the first time the emergency powers have been used in Victoria, reported."

Quote: "Tourists in New South Wales on Thursday were ordered to leave a 5,400-square-mile zone running from Nowra to the border with Victoria. Residents of the area have been told to be ready to leave. It is the 'largest mass relocation of people out of the region that we've ever seen,' NSW Minister for Transport Andrew Constance said."

2020-01-02 - Hundreds of millions of animals have been killed by wildfires in Australia:

Quote: "Sydney University ecologist Chris Dickman told the Sydney Morning Herald nearly 500 million birds, reptiles and mammals are likely to have perished in New South Wales alone. Frogs, bats and insects are excluded from his estimate, making the toll on animals much greater."

2020-01-02 - New Zealand glaciers turn brown from smoke, ash and dust from wildfires in Australia:

2020-01-02 - Magpie in Australia mimics sirens it heard from fire trucks fighting wildfires:

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2020-01-03 - Car goes up in flames and kills person near Frederick Creek outside Boerne (Texas):

Quote: "A person was found inside a burning car near Frederick Creek outside Boerne early Friday afternoon, police said. That person has died as a result of the fire, Boerne Police Chief Jim Kohler confirmed to KENS 5."

2020-01-03 - Wildfire kills 2 people on coastal Kangaroo Island (Australia), firenado spotted, death toll rises to 23, army reserves called up:

Quote: "Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced the death toll from Australia's bushfire crisis has risen to 23, and he has enlisted the help of the army reserve. Thousands of Australian Defence Force Army reservists have been called on and will be deployed across the country."

Quote: "Two people have been killed in a bushfire on Kangaroo Island. South Australian police say they believe the pair was travelling in a car on the Playford Highway when their vehicle was overrun by fire."

Quote: "Mr Marshall said the fire had destroyed the majority of the Flinders Chase National Park in the southwest of the island — Australia’s third-largest. 'The fires that occurred (on Friday) were significantly worse than in 2007 in Flinders Chase because it took out all of the building infrastructure within this national park,' he said."

2020-01-03 - Australia's largest ever peacetime evacuation continues with hundreds of people rescued from beach:

Quote: "Australia’s navy rescued hundreds of people stranded on a Victoria beach Friday as more than 200 wildfires continue to rip through the nation’s eastern states, prompting the largest peacetime evacuation in the country's history."

2020-01-03 - Recycling center destroyed by fire on Route 434 in Apalachin (New York), 450 feet from the Susquehanna River:

2020-01-03 - Recycling center fire breaks out at 7 AM at 32nd Street and Roosevelt Street in Phoenix (Arizona):

2020-01-03 - Recycling center erupts in flame at NE 4th Street and Bath Avenue in Oklahoma City (Oklahoma):

2020-01-03 - Landfill fire breaks out in Castlemain (Australia):

2020-01-03 - Three people die unsuspiciously in separate apartments in the same apartment building in coastal Newark (New Jersey):

Quote: "Upon arrival, police discovered the bodies of three people inside separate apartments, according to authorities. Police have not confirmed if the deaths are related and there are no immediate reports of suspicious activities. The Essex County Prosecutor's Office have not confirmed a homicide investigation at this time."

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2020-01-04 - World Gone Wrong, an environmental diary of 2019:

2020-01-04 - Wildfires creating their own weather systems in Australia:

Quote: "The bushfires ravaging Australia are generating so much heat that they are creating their own weather systems including dry lighting storms and fire tornadoes."

2020-01-04 - Three wildfires merge into single wildfire bigger than Manhattan in Omo, Victoria (Australia):

Quote: "Three fires have combined to form a single blaze bigger than the New York borough of Manhattan, as Australian firefighters battle what has been predicted to be the most catastrophic day yet in an already devastating bushfire season. The fires joined overnight in the Omeo region in Victoria state, creating a 6,000-hectare (23 square mile) blaze, according to Gippsland's Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning."

2020-01-04 - Temperature hits record 120F [48.9C] in Penrith suburb of Sydney (Australia):

Quote: "The nearly 200,000 residents of Penrith experienced the hottest day ever recorded in greater Sydney after temperatures soared to 120 degrees, prompting officials to warn that it's now too dangerous to even evacuate."

Quote: "It breaks the previous record of 47.3, set in January, 2018. Then, that was the hottest the suburb had reached since 1939."

2020-01-04 - Norway records warmest January day ever, and the warmest winter day ever in all of Scandinavia, at 19C [66F]:

Quote: "It also breaks the record for any winter month (December to February) in Scandinavia, he adds."

2020-01-04 - Transformer bursts into flame and causes blackouts near 97th Street and Rogers Street in West Allis (Wisconsin):

2020-01-04 - Trucks and tree trimming business warehouse destroyed by fire at 3:20 AM in Grafton (Wisconsin):

Quote: "Hoppe Tree Service in Grafton lost a warehouse for storing trucks and equipment on Saturday when an early morning fire burned the building to the ground. The Ozaukee County Sheriff's Office responded to a call for a fire in the 1000 block of Arrowhead Road around 3:20 a.m. and found the business completely engulfed in flames."

2020-01-04 - World Food Programme forecasts global hunger hotspots as a new decade dawns:

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2020-01-05 - Woman, 35, bursts into flame and burns to death while walking down street in coastal Chennai (India):

Quote: "'At around 8 pm, we were sitting by the road when Leema came to the grocery store in the street. She was speaking on the phone as she walked past the electric box. Suddenly, she froze as though she had suffered an electric shock and within moments we heard a loud noise, saw sparks and she was engulfed in flames. People from the grocery store rushed and covered her with a blanket to put out the fire,' said P Aruna, who saw the tragedy unfold as she was feeding her child."

Quote: "When asked about the incident, a Tangedco official said, 'We have asked the police for CCTV footage for clarity. Theoretically, there is no possibility of a leak from the underground wire that would lead to a blast of fire. The wire was not protruding from the ground and it was sufficiently buried to avoid a leak. There is no possibility for electrocution as the woman was wearing slippers.'"

Note: Not buying the electrocution angle. The electric company there says that couldn't happen and they've never seen this before - I believe them. She didn't touch anything. Could the ground have been electrified? Sure, maybe, but A) she was wearing shoes and was insulated from the ground, and B) if that was the problem then the people who rushed to her aid would have gotten electrocuted and burned too, but they didn't. Sooooo...what does that leave? The one thing she did come into contact with was the atmosphere. So I suspect that something electrical in the area ignited the AIR ITSELF, a small pocket of it anyway, which then ignited her clothes and burned her to death. But the air isn't flammable, you say? It is if there's enough methane in it, and nobody would smell that because it's odorless. When the gas storage site in Aliso Canyon was belching methane into the atmosphere in California, the government halted all flights in that area because they were scared something electrical in planes or helicopters would ignite that gas. The only other possibility I can see in this case is that this woman's clothes had become unknowingly saturated with methane (again, it's odorless, so she'd never know) and static electricity from her clothes ignited the methane in her clothes, which ignited her clothes and burned her to death. She's not the first person to burst into flame and burn to death while walking down a street either, though she might be the first I've seen this happen to in India. Usually people burn to death in India when their cars burst into flame while they're driving.

Also, none of these events are 'spontaneous combustion' of PEOPLE. People are mostly water so it's hard to ignite our bodies. What's happening is spontaneous combustion of clothing and occasionally hair. But when your clothes are saturated with methane then the fire will burn very hot, hot enough to kill you. One guy who burst into flame on his morning walk in coastal London was burned so badly that his internal organs were burned. It was winter when he burst into flame and burned to death though, so he was undoubtedly wearing lots of thick winter clothing. Anyway, it's clothing that's the problem in these incidents...

2020-01-05 - Pile of clothes bursts into flame outside restaurant in San Antonio (Texas):

Quote: "According to fire crews on the scene, a pile of clothes somehow caught fire behind the El Chilaquil restaurant in the 1800 block of W. Commerce St."

2020-01-05 - Man's clothes ignite at 3:28 AM on Whitby Street in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Whitby Street, Hull. Sun 5 Jan 2020 03:28 (No: 000248) Male with clothing on fire, fire extinguished by neighbour using bucket of water prior to arrival of Fire Service. Fire Service provided first aid to male until arrival of paramedics. Electricity and gas to premises isolated by Fire Service personnel. Smoke detector fitted and activated. Incident left with Police and ambulance."

2020-01-05 - Wildfires continue raging across Australia, skies turn blood red over parts of southeast Australia:

Quote: "Skies turned blood red above parts of southeast Australia on Sunday as residents sought refuge from deadly bushfires, and a senior firefighter described the previous 24 hours as 'one of our worst days ever.' Photographs of Pambula, in the state of New South Wales, showed an eerie, smoke-filled landscape, with deserted streets illuminated by an otherworldly, blazing red sky."

2020-01-05 - Wildfire may have destroyed entire species on coastal Kangaroo Island (Australia):

Quote: "Heidi Groffen, an ecologist and coordinator for the nonprofit Kangaroo Island Land for Wildlife, said the mouse-like marsupials [dunnarts] are too small to outrun wildfires and the population of around 300 may have been wiped out."

2020-01-05 - Metal recycling center erupts in flame in Florence (South Carolina):

Quote: "Crews were on scene of a structure fire in the Florence area on Sunday. Firefighters were dispatched around 5:16 p.m. to the American Steel and Recycling Center off West Lucas Street near Florence, according to West Florence Fire Marshal Dwight Mobley."

2020-01-05 - Steel business hit by fire, building destroyed, in Portland (Pennsylvania), near the Delaware River:

Quote: "The fire broke out at the Portland Steel property in the 300 block of North Delaware Avenue around 7:30 p.m."

2020-01-05 - Waste facility damaged by fire in the Holmesburg area in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

2020-01-05 - Landfill fire breaks out at 2:30 AM near the island of Saint Croix (US Virgin Islands):

2020-01-05 - Tractor dealership destroyed by massive fire before 6:50 AM in Clinton (Missouri):

Quote: "Firefighters battled a fire Sunday morning destroying a business in Clinton, Mo. The fire ignited at Golden Valley Tractor on North Second Street. Crews closed Second Street from Rives Road to Hillcrest Drive to battle the large fire."

2020-01-05 - Man has seizure in car, revs engine, car bursts into flame, in Lexington Park (Maryland), less than a mile from the ocean:

Quote: "On Sunday, January 5, 2020, at approximately 1:20 p.m., firefighters and emergency medical services responded to the area of Hillside Drive and Poplar Ridge Road in Lexington Park, for the vehicle fire reported out, with one male having active seizures. Firefighters arrived on the scene to find a single vehicle in the roadway with smoke showing from the trunk, and an elderly male laying in the roadway having active seizures."

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2020-01-06 - Unknown rotten egg odor hits police station in Alamo (Texas):

Quote: "The Fire Department, Hazmat and CPS Energy crews investigated the smell, which was compared to raw sewage, rotten eggs, and burning hair. Employees evacuated the building while crews tested the smell and tried to identify it. The fire crew said there was no sign of a gas leak, carbon monoxide, or any other dangerous gas. They helped ventilate the building, but never found the source of the smell."

2020-01-06 - SUV goes up in flames and kills person on I-75 in Weston (Florida):

Quote: "A car fire left one person dead along Interstate 75 in Weston. The burning vehicle was found 'completely engulfed' in flames on the right shoulder of the interstate’s southbound lanes near Royal Palm Boulevard just before Monday morning’s rush hour was set to begin, according to the Florida Highway Patrol."

2020-01-06 - Scrap metal fire breaks out at auto salvage yard in Otay Mesa (California):

2020-01-06 - Recycling center fire breaks out in Stanton (California):

2020-01-06 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on street in San Luis Obispo (California):

Note: A 29-year-old woman just dropped dead before 6 AM on a sidewalk in San Luis Obispo too, mentioned in the 2020-01-04 update...

2020-01-06 - Maps comparing size of Australian wildfires to the US and Europe go viral:

2020-01-06 - Wildfire smoke from Australia blows across the ocean and hits South America 7,500 miles away:

2020-01-06 - Earth's hottest decade on record marked by extreme storms and deadly wildfires:

2020-01-06 - The signal of human-caused climate change has emerged in everyday weather, study finds:

2020-01-06 - SOTT Earth changes summary for December 2019, extreme weather, planetary upheaval, meteors:

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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!

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2020-01-08 - Wildfires devastating wildlife across Australia:

Quote: "Scientists fear many billions of animals may have been killed by the bushfires that have swept across Australia’s south-east. At least one species is feared extinct as scientists continue to raise their estimates for the animal death toll. Hundreds of billions of insects are also feared dead."

2020-01-08 - Wildfires have destroyed a third of Kangaroo Island (Australia):

2020-01-08 - Wildfire damage estimates soar in Australia:

Quote: "AccuWeather estimates the total damage and economic loss caused by the Australia wildfires from September 2019 and into 2020 will be $110 billion, according to Myers, based on an analysis incorporating independent methods to evaluate all direct and indirect impacts of the fires based on a variety of sources."

2020-01-08 - In Australia's burning forests, signs that we've passed a global warming tipping point:

Quote: "The surge of large, destructive forest fires from the Arctic to the tropics just in the last few years has shocked even researchers who focus on forests and fires and who have warned of such tipping points for years. The projections were seen as remote, 'something that would happen much farther in the future,' said University of Arizona climate scientist David Breashers."

2020-01-08 - 2019 Was the second-hottest year ever recorded, second only to the El-Nino-enhanced year of 2016:

Quote: "Data released by the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) showed that worldwide temperatures last year were second only to 2016, in which temperatures were boosted by an exceptionally strong El Nino weather event. Average temperature in 2019 was only a few hundredths of a degree below the 2016 level."

2020-01-08 - India suffers warmest decade on record:

2020-01-08 - Antarctic waters warming, losing oxygen and becoming more acidic:

Quote: "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."

2020-01-08 - Jellyfish population exploding all around Australia:

Quote: "Jellyfish numbers have exploded all around Australia's coastline and climate change is to blame, according to experts."

Note: Jellyfish reproduce better/faster in warmer waters, so as the oceans heat up, jellyfish will do just fine even as most other life dies off. Jellyfish are an ancient lifeform. They survived the Great Dying 252 million years ago and the current extinction event is a repeat of the Great Dying, so they'll survive this extinction event too. They'll be here long after we're gone...

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2020-01-09 - Iran admits it unintentionally shot down passenger plane outside Tehran (Iran):

Note: Fair enough. Well, not so fair to the passengers and flight crew! I won't count that event as a plane fire then. And though the result was obviously horrible, I'm glad this didn't remain a he-said she-said blame game thing, where it ends up being ambiguous what happened...

2020-01-09 - Passenger plane fills with smoke, plane makes emergency landing in coastal Halifax (Canada):

Quote: "A New York flight bound for Tel Aviv made an emergency landing after the cabin filled with smoke on Thursday night. After prayers from concerned Nova Scotians, the airplane is making a safe landing at Halifax Stanfield International Airport. The crew discovered the smoke after being in the air for an hour and a half, diverting the plane at 9:41 p.m. EST."

Note: This is the 1st aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2020-01-09 - Incubator bursts into flame and kills infant girl at hospital in coastal Karachi (Pakistan):

Quote: "Another senior police officer said the baby died due to suffocation/smoke inhalation after the incubator caught fire due to an electrical fault or short circuit."

2020-01-09 - Australia was warned about escalating fire danger from climate change:

Quote: "In 2008, a major independent study into the impacts of climate change warned that Australian fire seasons would 'start earlier, end slightly later, and generally be more intense' in a way that should be 'directly observable by 2020' — prescient words now being widely recirculated."

Note: Yep, it's certainly directly observable!

2020-01-09 - Unknown explosion and cloud of smoke brings out emergency personnel in Niagara Falls (New York), 1200 feet from the Niagara River:

Quote: "Members of the Niagara Falls Police and Fire departments investigated a report of a loud explosion in the LaSalle area on Thursday night. Responding officers reported seeing a cloud of smoke as emergency personnel were sent to the area of the 8200 block of Buffalo Avenue. Investigating officers and firefighters were unable to locate the source of an explosion and the area was eventually cleared."

2020-01-09 - Wildfire roars back to life on coastal Kangaroo Island (Australia):

2020-01-09 - Auto salvage yard fire erupts just after 5 AM in the Back of the Yards area in Chicago (Illinois):

2020-01-09 - Car recycling business damaged by fire in Bottrop (Germany):

Quote: "A fire broke out on the site of a car recycling company on Oberhausener Strasse. There is a fire in a larger hall. This creates heavy smoke. The Bottrop fire department is already on site."

2020-01-09 - Large pile of metal and plastic goes up in flames at 11 PM in Redditch (Britain):

Quote: "Large fire involving quantities of metal and plastics. Large amounts of toxic smoke so please close windows in the Batchley area."

2020-01-09 - Refinery damaged by fire in the Komi Republic (Russia):

2020-01-09 - Volcano Popocat├ępetl erupts and spews lava near Mexico City (Mexico):

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2020-01-10 - Van bursts into flame then crashes into rickshaw and ignites that too, in coastal Karachi (Pakistan), 9 killed:

Quote: "Meanwhile, a bomb disposal squad ruled out the possibility of the fire erupting due to explosives. No trace of explosives were found from the van, the team declared. They suspected that a short-circuit could have ignited a spark which led to a fire breaking out, that was further intensified by CNG leakage and petrol cans kept inside the van. In his statement given to police on Friday night, the affected rickshaw driver, Murad Baig, said that he was passing by the site of the incident when he saw a burning vehicle heading his way through his rickshaw’s rearview mirror. He said that he had not even overcome the shock of such a sight when the van crashed into his rickshaw. However, he quickly jumped out of the rickshaw, which was instantly engulfed by the flames and gutted."

2020-01-10 - Man found dead at the site of burning dumpster at 5:30 AM on Middle Street in Lowell (Massachusetts):

Quote: "A body was found in Lowell on Friday after fire crews were called to extinguish a dumpster fire. The fire was reported at 5:30 a.m. in a dumpster on Middle Street, police said. A man was found dead after the flames were extinguished. Officials said no foul play is suspected."

2020-01-10 - Chemical plant explodes and burns at 6:44 AM in Walkerburn (Scotland), near the River Tweed, 2 injured:

2020-01-10 - Two wildfires merge to create one monstrous 2300-square-mile (1,472,000-acre) megafire, in New South Wales (Australia):

Quote: "A pair of massive bushfires in southeastern Australia has merged into a "megafire" engulfing some 2,300 square miles — a single blaze more than three times as large as any known fire in California."

Note: This one fire is bigger than Delaware and almost half the size of Connecticut!

2020-01-10 - Tens of thousands of climate change protesters rally in Sydney and Melbourne (Australia)

Quote: "More than 30,000 protesters brushed off hot and humid conditions to voice their displeasure at the federal government's handling of the bushfire crisis and its attitude towards climate change. The event in Sydney's CBD was set up a few weeks ago by Uni Students for Climate Justice, in conjunction with Extinction Rebellion."

2020-01-10 - Western Antarctica being melted from below by geothermal heat:

Note: The above articles are stating that it is ONLY geothermal heat that is causing West Antarctica's melt and nothing we're doing has any effect at all, that heat from the heat engine known as human civilization somehow cannot possibly affect West Antarctica because heat from below is there. Nothing says that it can't be melting from global warming AND from geothermal heat from below. They are not in any way mutually exclusive factors. In fact...

2020-01-10 - Changing wind patterns bringing warmer water to Antarctica and contributing to the melting of West Antarctica:

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2020-01-11 - As Australia burns, the question becomes, how long will Australia remain liveable?

Quote: "Australia’s major cities – including Sydney and Melbourne – are filled with smoke. More than half a billion animals are dead and the human toll is still climbing – 25 people have so far lost their lives. In total, the area burned by bushfires is almost the size of England. Australia’s six hottest days on record have all come this fire season. Holiday-makers are being evacuated from coastal towns in dramatic rescues requiring navy vessels."

Quote: "These are unprecedented conditions. So it makes sense that somebody asked the question: 'How long will Australia be liveable?'"

Quote: "Facing a future of fire, drought, and rising oceans, Australians will have to weigh the choice between getting out early or staying to fight."

Note: Getting out early to where?

2020-01-11 - Smoke from Australian wildfires blows into New Zealand:

Quote: "'Like the surface of Mars' - Hazy smoke over New Zealand like nothing seen before, witnesses say..."

2020-01-11 - Australian wildfires may will impact global food supply:

2020-01-11 - Man found burned to death next to burning pickup truck along the Niagara River in Niagara Falls (New York):

Quote: "Falls police are investigating an incident at 53rd Street and Buffalo Avenue late Saturday night. Initial reports stated a pickup truck was on fire at the Hooker Docks with a man laying by the vehicle."

2020-01-11 - Chemical plant under construction heavily damaged by explosion and fire in Palghar (India), near the coast, several killed:

2020-01 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, four scrap buses burn, in Kalamazoo (Michigan):

Quote: "Authorities say Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Officers were called out to a multi-vehicle fire at Kalamazoo Metal Recycling Incorporated on Kings Higway. Once on scene, responders confirmed that four buses that were housed at the junkyard were on fire."

2020-01-11 - Waste-hauling business heavily damaged by fire in Middletown (Connecticut):

Quote: "The location is known as Dainty Rubbish, a family owned and operated, full service waste hauling and refuse management company."

2020-01-11 - Recycling building heavily damaged by fire in McKenzie (Tennessee):

2020-01-11 - Landfill fire breaks out in Taupo (New Zealand):

2020-01-11 - Chinese scientists invent modified clay mixture that effectively mitigates red tide algae blooms:

Quote: "A 'magic soil' made out of modified clays has been proved effective in fighting red tide along China's coastal waters and introduced to other countries like Chile, the United States and Peru. The 'magic soil' won second prize of China's State Technological Invention Award that was presented Friday in Beijing for its breakthrough in eliminating the threat of red tide, a harmful algal bloom (HAB) causing damage to marine aquaculture."

Note: To paraphrase Mary Poppins, a spoonful of good news helps the apocalyptic planetary destruction go down!

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2020-01-12 - Mysterious flash in the sky spotted over Bethel (Ohio):

Quote: "'In the video you’ll see it slowly, slowly, and then it gets really bright like dusk or a firework or lightning in the background,' Tim explained. The father-daughter duo admit it scared them at first. They also say, despite the bright colors and length of the incident, they never heard a sound."

Quote: "We also asked an astronomer if this could be a meteor. He says no, because a meteor would flash above the clouds rather than below. As for lightning, the nearest strike was hundreds of miles away. We know what it wasn’t. But as of now, what this flash was remains a mystery."

Note: That could have been flammable gases in the atmosphere igniting and burning off in a big 'flash fire'. A man saw something like that off the coast of Washington a year or so ago too, a big expanding ball of fire in the sky, with no noise...

2020-01-12 - RV trailer goes up in flames and kills person on Candy Street in Kyle Canyon (Nevada):

2020-01-12 - Wildfires have now burned nearly half of coastal Kangaroo Island (Australia):

2020-01-12 - Australian wildfires are probably one of the greatest animal disasters since the ice age:

Quote: "To give it some context, the Australian fires [are] probably one of the worst or largest animal disasters in history since the ice age..."

2020-01-12 - Two apartment buildings under construction destroyed by massive fire in Bound Brook (New Jersey):

Quote: "Firefighters from throughout the area were battling a six-alarm fire downtown Sunday night. The blaze, reported around 8 p.m., tore through two apartment buildings under construction near Church and Main streets."

2020-01-12 - Apartment building under construction destroyed by inferno at 4:25 AM in coastal Jacksonville (Florida):

Quote: "A massive, pre-dawn fire destroyed a four-story apartment building under construction on the Southside of Jacksonville."

Quote: "'It just totally burned into the ground. ... It’s totally disintegrated,' Jacksonville Fire Chief Keith Powers told Timers-Union news partner First Coast News at the scene. The fire also burned the Fusion parking garage, firefighters said."

2020-01-12 - Volcano Taal erupts powerfully in the Philippine Islands, ash blows into Manila:

2020-01-12 - Volcano La Cumbre erupts on unpopulated Fernandina Island:

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2020-01-13 - Oceans continue heating up with 2019 the hottest year on record:

Quote: "The heat in the world’s oceans reached a new record level in 2019, showing 'irrefutable and accelerating' heating of the planet. The world’s oceans are the clearest measure of the climate emergency because they absorb more than 90% of the heat trapped by the greenhouse gases emitted by fossil fuel burning, forest destruction and other human activities. The new analysis shows the past five years are the top five warmest years recorded in the ocean and the past 10 years are also the top 10 years on record. The amount of heat being added to the oceans is equivalent to every person on the planet running 100 microwave ovens all day and all night."

Quote: "The rate of warming from 1987 to 2019 is four and a half times faster than it was between 1955 and 1986."

Note: I noticed a while back that while there's some slight variability with the OVERALL temps of the planet as they continue rising - 2019 was the second-hottest compared to 2016 by a few hundredths of a degree, for example - the temps in the OCEANS have been one record-setting year after another in a steady upward progression. The warmer the oceans become, the less oxygen they hold, which expands the viable habitat for the ancient anaerobic bacteria and archaea that emit hydrogen sulfide, which will in time wipe out most life on this planet just as it has before. The warming of the oceans is our own extinction staring us right in the face as it approaches, an unstoppable freight train heading right at us carrying death and destruction...

2020-01-13 - Wildfires continue burning across Australia, Melbourne experiences the worst air pollution in the world:

Quote: "Air quality forecasts for Geelong, Latrobe Valley, Melbourne, central region, all of Gippsland and the north central region were all listed as hazardous for Tuesday by the EPA. 'Overnight for Melbourne it did reach the worst in the world,' the state’s chief health officer, Brett Sutton, told reporters."

2020-01-13 - Firenados, ember attacks and megafires, Australia is seeing sci-fi weather:

2020-01-13 - Australia wildfires are a harbinger of the planet’s future, say scientists:

2020-01-13 - Wildfire crisis hurting businesses in Australia:

2020-01-13 - Charred corpses of animals found all across Kangaroo Island (Australia):

Quote: "Charred corpses of animals lie strewn through Australian forest 'as far as the eye can see' on Kangaroo Island as fires continue to rage across the country..."

2020-01-13 - Auto salvage yard fire breaks out in coastal St. Petersburg (Florida):

2020-01-13 - Mill complex heavily damaged by fire at midnight in coastal Fall River (Massachusetts):

2020-01-13 - Volcano Taal continues erupting and spewing ash and lava near coastal Manila (Philippine Islands), 30,000 people flee:

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2020-01-14 - Chemical plant explodes and burns at port in coastal Zhuhai (China):

Quote: "A petrochemical terminal at Zhuhai Port in southern China suffered a major explosion and caused a massive fire today. The accident occurred at Changlian Petrochemical’s base in the Gaolan port area of Zhuhai Port, just across the border from Macau at the mouth of the Pearl River."

Quote: "The huge explosion could be heard from the western parts of Hong Kong this afternoon more than 40 km away."

2020-01-14 - Chemical plant explodes and burns in coastal Tarragona (Spain), 3 killed, several injured:

Quote: "An explosion at a chemical factory in the independent Spanish region of Catalonia was so powerful that it flung a one-ton steel plate two miles, where it crashed into an apartment building, killing one resident."

Quote: "The death toll climbed to three Wednesday from a massive explosion and fire at a petrochemical plant in Spain as one person died in hospital and another body was found in the wreckage, authorities said."

2020-01-14 - Auto auction site hit by fire at 3:30 AM, up to 25 cars burn, near coastal Bellport (New York):

Quote: "The fire broke out around 3:30 a.m. and damaged or destroyed as many as 25 cars."

2020-01-14 - Recycling center erupts in flame, fire gets big, on East Jamie Court in coastal South San Francisco (California), 300 feet from the ocean:

2020-01-14 - Small plane hits by smoke, plane makes emergency landing at airport in St. Cloud (Minnesota):

Quote: "Some scary moments for a pilot onboard a small aircraft Tuesday night. The St. Cloud Fire Department says they were called about 7:20 p.m. on a report of a small aircraft approaching St. Cloud."

Note: This is the 2nd aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2020-01-14 - Analysis confirms that climate change is making wildfires worse:

2020-01-14 - Wildfire smoke causing health problems at the Australian Open in coastal Melbourne (Australia):

Quote: "Organizers of the Australian Open, which runs in Melbourne from Jan. 20 until Feb. 2, have been slammed publicly after several tennis players — including Canadian Genie Bouchard — struggled to complete their qualifying matches due to the severe heat and stifling air quality, with one player collapsing mid-game from breathing difficulties."

2020-01-14 - Australian wildfire smoke has circled the planet:

Quote: "The powerful wildfires that have burned millions of acres of land are spreading so much smoke into the sky, NASA said that the smoke has circumnavigated the Earth."

2020-01-14 - Multiple new fissures open around volcano Taal (Philippine Islands):

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202-01-15 - Car goes up in flames in parking lot and kills person on Lake Forest Drive in Blue Ash (Ohio):

Quote: "Police responded to a car fire in Blue Ash parking lot Wednesday night. The car fire reportedly happened around 9:30 p.m. in a parking lot along Lake Forest Drive near Glendale Milford Road. Police found the body of a deceased person in the car when the arrived."

2020-01-15 - RV trailer goes up in flames at 6:35 AM and burns man to death on Cuevas Town Road in Hancock County (Mississippi):

2020-01-15 - Passenger plane engine shoots flames, plane makes emergency landing in coastal Newark (New Jersey):

Note: This is the 3rd aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2020-01-15 - Airport erupts in flame in coastal Alicante (Spain):

2020-01-15 - The former prime minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull, rants about the self-destructive idiocy of climate denialism:

2020-01-15 - Flooding and fires made 2019 the worst agricultural disaster in US history:

Quote: "During the 2010s, the nation saw a trend of an increasing number of billion-dollar inland flooding events. Even after adjusting for inflation, the U.S. experienced more than twice the number of billion-dollar weather and climate disasters during the 2010s (119) as compared with the 2000s (59)."

2020-01-15 - Marine heatwave called 'The Blob' killed nearly a million sea birds along the Pacific Coast in North America:

Quote: "John Piatt, lead author of the study and a research biologist at the US Geological Survey’s Alaska Science Centre, said the 'magnitude and scale' of the die-off is without precedent."

Note: The heat killed off what the birds eat, so they starved to death. Rising heat, escalating fires, droughts and flooding will eventually do the same thing to human food production and human population will experience similar mass die-offs. These birds got hit early, but what happened to them is a harbinger of humanity's future...

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2020-01-16 - Mysterious explosion shakes homes from coastal Del Mar to coastal Chila Vista (California):

Quote: "People from Del Mar to Chula Vista took to social media Wednesday afternoon to report a 'boom' that shook doors and startled pets, leading many to speculate that the region had experienced a short, mild earthquake."

2020-01-16 - Minibus explodes into flame and burns 9+ people to death on highway in Ogun State (Nigeria):

Quote: "Cityvoice gathered that the incident occurred when a Toyota Hiace Commercial Bus exploded while carrying 17 passengers along the expressway."

2020-01-16 - At least 14 cars destroyed by fire while parked in lot near police station in Delhi (India):

Quote: "At least 14 cars were gutted in fire after a massive blaze was reported near Vivek Vihar police station in Delhi. The incident was reported late on Wednesday in an open ground opposite Vivek Vihar police station behind Ginger hotel. According to a Delhi fire officer, 14 cars parked in the ground were gutted."

2020-01-16 - Refinery fire breaks out at docks in coastal Grangemouth (Scotland):

2020-01-16 - Aerial before and after photos show the wildfire devastation in Australia:

Quote: "More than 10.7m hectares of land have burnt so far in Australia’s bushfires – larger than the total area of South Korea, or Portugal, and 1.3 times the size of Scotland."

2020-01-16 - Blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) found to produce methane:

2020-01-16 - Woman walks through airport singing and stripping naked in coastal Miami (Florida):

Quote: "A woman could be seen on video slowly stripping naked while strolling through the baggage claim area at Miami International Airport. The fully nude woman is then seen jumping on top of a cop car."

Quote: "Police say when they spoke to her, she was incoherent and delusional. They Baker acted her, meaning she would be sent for a mental evaluation."

2020-01-16 - UN draft plan sets 2030 target to avert Earth's sixth mass extinction:

Note: Too late to avert it - it's already in progress!

2020-01-16 - Naturalist and broadcaster David Attenborough warns that the moment of crisis on climate change has come:

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2020-01-17 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane diverts to Manchester (Britain):

Quote: "A British Airways jet was forced to divert to Manchester after the pilot alerted Air Traffic Control about reports of smoke in the cabin."

Note: This is the 4th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2020-01-17 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire at 5:15 AM, hundreds of scrap cars burn, in Larksville (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Crews were dispatched to James Tabit and Sons Scrap Metal and Auto Parts at 1151 Washington Ave. around 5:15 a.m. Friday to a report of a fire burning several hundred yards inside the facility, Larksville Fire Chief Mike Petriga said at the scene. At least 200 scrapped vehicles were burning, drawing a massive response from firefighters across the county, he said."

2020-01-17 - Underground electrical fire breaks out on Cheap Street in Sherborne (Britain):

2020-01-17 - Transformer explodes into flame in Noida (India), 5 injured:

2020-01-17 - Worst outbreak of locusts in 25 years spreading across East Africa and devouring crops:

Quote: "The most serious outbreak of desert locusts in 25 years is spreading across East Africa and posing an unprecedented threat to food security in some of the world's most vulnerable countries, authorities say. Unusual climate conditions are partly to blame. The locust swarms hang like shimmering dark clouds on the horizon in some places. Roughly the length of a finger, the insects fly together by the millions and are devouring crops and forcing people in some areas to bodily wade through them."

Quote: "One swarm measured 37 miles long by 25 miles wide in the north-east of the country, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) said in a statement. 'A typical desert locust swarm can contain up to 150 million locusts per square kilometre,' it said."

Note: So that one megacity-sized swarm could contain more than 350 billion locusts!

2020-01-17 - Alarm over climate change rising among Americans, survey shows:

Quote: "A majority of Americans now say they are 'concerned' or 'alarmed' about climate change, with those 'alarmed' increasing almost threefold in the last five years, according to research by Yale University."

Note: It's just a matter of time until the only people who AREN'T alarmed are corpses...

2020-01-17 - Man, 48, Wiggles member, collapses and goes into cardiac arrest at relief concert in coastal Sydney (Australia):

Quote: "Original Wiggles member Greg Page collapsed and went into cardiac arrest at a bushfire relief concert in Sydney on Friday night."

2020-01-17 - Person goes into cardiac arrest on St Peters Road in coastal Sheringham (Britain), 1300 feet from the ocean:

Quote: "A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said: 'We were called at 11.02am on Friday, January 17 with reports of a person in cardiac arrest in St Peters Road, Sheringham.'"

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2020-01-18 - Passenger plane engine bursts into flame at airport in Novosibirsk, Siberia (Russia):

Quote: "Passengers watched in horror as the engine on their packed flight burst into flames moments before take-off in Russia. Video footage shows flames engulfing the Airbus A321 engine as it sits on the runway at Tolmachevo airport, in the city of Novosibirsk."

2020-01-18 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in coastal Olbia (Italy):

Quote: "Panic on an Air Italy flight Olbia-Rome. According to what was reported to the AGI by a passenger on board, the plane filled with smoke shortly after take-off and made an emergency landing in Olbia."

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

2020-01-18 - RV trailer and vehicles go up in flames at 2:49 AM and kill person on Lincoln Road in Las Vegas (Nevada):

Quote: "Firefighters found multiple vehicles and a travel trailer on fire, the release said. After extinguishing the blaze, firefighters found a dead body inside the trailer, according to the fire department."

2020-01-18 - Wildfire rages out of control on coastal French Island (Australia):

Quote: "A fire has been burning out-of-control on French Island at Western Port in southern Victoria."

Quote: "On the bushfire front, fire trucks had to be carried across to French Island on barges, which could only hold two vehicles at a time. Firefighters had to painstakingly wait at the mainland dock, watching on as the island burned."

2020-01-18 - Brush fire breaks out near Saratoga Boulvard in coastal Corpus Christi (Texas):

2020-01-18 - Transformer destroyed by fire at electrical substation on Plane Road in Spartan (South Africa):

2020-01-18 - Pickup truck bursts into flame while parked at home in the Village of Belle Aire (Florida), golf course maintenance building burns separately too:

Note: Golf course maintenance building probably means golf carts, riding mowers and/or tractors...

2020-01-18 - Hoverboard bursts into flame inside home, fire spreads to home, in coastal Charleston (South Carolina):

2020-01-18 - Volcano Shishaldin continues erupting in the Aleutian Islands (Alaska):

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2020-01-19 - Unknown stench regularly hitting coastal Christchurch (New Zealand):

Quote: "A stench of rotting fish and dead animals that's pervaded several Christchurch suburbs for almost two years is forcing people to sell their homes. The putrid smell has residents in Bromley, Woolston and Linwood barricading themselves behind closed doors to avoid it. Opening a window risks the smell seeping into clothes, curtains and furniture."

Quote: "I want them to stop the smell. We have had it for two years but never before, so what has changed?"

Note: What's changed is that the oceans are heating up and dying, and it's getting worse...

2020-01-19 - Small plane hit by smoke, plane crashes into the ocean off the coast of the island of Gran Canaria (Spain):

Quote: "According to the emergency services, the pilot issued an alert warning ahead of the crash landing. They noticed there was smoke in the cabin and called the control tower of the airport."

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

2020-01-19 - Underground electrical fires break out at 12:30 AM in coastal Boston (Massachusetts):

Quote: "Multiple manhole fires erupted in downtown Boston early Sunday morning, prompting utilities to cut power off in the area, according to a Boston fire official. Boston fire officials responded to reports of fires at 16 North St. and 27 Clinton St. at about 12:30 a.m. and found smoke in the basements, Boston fire department spokesman Brian Alkins said."

2020-01-19 - Huge dust storm blows across New South Wales (Australia):

2020-01-19 - Boy, 16, bites father on the face, gets arrested, bites cop, has 'medical emergency' and drops dead, in Metairie (Louisiana):

Quote: "A 16-year-old boy died after he was arrested by Jefferson Parish sheriff deputies Sunday afternoon in Metairie, the sheriff's office spokesperson said. The teenager was arrested after police found his father with multiple bite wounds, including some on his face."

Quote: "While JPSO deputies arrested the teenager, he was violent and bit one of the officers arresting him. The spokesperson said the 16-year-old had what seemed to be a medical emergency while police were arresting him and 'became unresponsive.' Paramedics took the teenager to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead."

Quote: "JPSO plans to monitor the father and deputy who were bitten and shoot them in the head if they begin to turn."

Note: Okay, I added the last quote!

2020-01-19 - Two men in their 40s go into cardiac arrest during half-marathon in Austin (Texas):

Quote: "Austin-Travis County EMS responded to two close calls at Sunday's 3M Half Marathon. During the event paramedics revived two runners who went into cardiac arrest. 'I've been the commander of the unit for four years, and we've never had two cardiac arrests at the same time at this event,' said EMS Cmdr. Kevin Parker."

Quote: "Two males in their 40s collapsed during marathon route. Both calls, Parker says, were just minutes apart from each other. 'As a matter of fact, we were still on scene with that first patient at 32nd and Duval, when we got a report that a second runner had collapsed, very, very close to the finish line,' he said."

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2020-01-20 - Wildfires may permanently alter Australian landscape, scientists warn:

2020-01-20 - UN warns of extreme weather ahead after declaring hottest decade in recorded history:

2020-01-20 - Three heavy snow plow trucks go up in flames while parked at coastal JFK Airport (New York):

Quote: "Three snowplows caught fire outside a storage facility at John F. Kennedy Airport, police said Tuesday. The fire started just before 10 p.m. Monday behind a storage facility on Bergen Road, according to the Port Authority Police Department."

2020-01-20 - SUV and car destroyed by fire outside home on Isabella Street in coastal Oxnard (California), 1 injured:

Quote: "Police are investigating after two vehicles were charred in an Oxnard driveway Monday, sending a woman to the hospital with burn injuries, officials said. Authorities were called shortly after 2 p.m. about someone trapped inside a burning vehicle outside a home on the 2100 block of Isabella Street, Oxnard police said in a news release."

2020-01-20 - Around 20 birds drop dead on the Matlacha Isles (Florida):

Quote: "Neighbors said dead birds have been showing all over Matlacha Isles for the last few days. Beatrice Storino counted up to 20 grackle birds since Friday."

Quote: "Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said they’re looking into this issue. Until they get to the bottom of it, Martorella’s taking matters into her own hands. She scooped up a few she found in the street on Boat Shell Drive, so they wouldn’t get run over."

2020-01-20 - Violent hailstorm pounds Canberra (Australia), buildings and cars damaged:

2020-01-20 - Storm Gloria brings heavy rain, snow and strong winds to Spain, 3+ killed:

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2020-01-21 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane returns to airport in Bucharest (Romania):

Quote: "A Ryanair Boeing 737-800 had to return to its departure airport earlier today as the cabin was filled with smoke. The aircraft, already a replacement for the scheduled service, landed safely back at Bucharest Otopeni Airport in Romania."

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

2020-01-21 - Underground electrical explosion and fire blows open vault on North Main Street in coastal Norwalk (Connecticut):

2020-01-21 - Landfill fire breaks out at 2:15 AM on the island of Velidhoo (Maldive Islands):

2020-01-21 - Landfill fire breaks out in coastal Kedah (Malaysia):

2020-01-21 - Recycling center hit by fire, 50-ton pile of waste paper burns, in Coalville (Britain):

2020-01-21 - Smoke ring mysteriously appears in the sky over Lahore (Pakistan):

2020-01-21 - Chinese coronavirus continues spreading, first case hits the US, death toll rises to 9:

Quote: "The death toll from the Wuhan coronavirus has risen to nine, as dozens more cases were reported across China and as far afield as the western United States sparking fears of a possible pandemic."

Quote: "Officials in Washington state confirmed the first case on US soil Tuesday. Cases have also been reported in South Korea, Thailand and Japan, and suspected cases detected in Australia."

Note: The Yahoo story is a little misleading. The current death rate is 2%. The Spanish flu death rate was 4-10%, so this current flu isn't as deadly as the Spanish flu. But a 2% death rate is still pretty high, and the sample size is still low, so that 2% could change, for better or worse. In 1918 there were far fewer people flying - and far fewer people period - yet 500 million people were still infected by the Spanish flu. So who knows how far this new virus could spread in the modern era if it spreads unchecked. It's certainly not under control now. And nothing says it won't mutate into a more virulent form either...

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2020-01-22 - Unknown rotten egg odor blows through coastal Santa Rosa County (Florida):

Quote: "Santa Rosa County Public Safety says it has received reports of an odor from areas from Munson to Midway. Several county residents have told Channel 3 News that it smells like natural gas."

2020-01-22 - Unknown rotten egg odor blows through Jackson (Mississippi):

Quote: "From Bellingrath Road to Bellewood Drive, from Dinsmor to northwest Jackson, residents have reported the same strange odor. 'It was in the front yard,' Wilson Day said. 'Come out the front door. Definitely smelled the odor. It was noticeable, it was a strong, natural, gas smell.' Atmos Energy says they received hundreds of calls reporting gas smells in Ridgeland and Jackson. They went to check the source of the odor and found they did not have any leaks."

2020-01-22 - All-electric plane bursts into flame at airport in Prescott (Arizona):

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

2020-01-22 - Underground electrical fire causes blackouts in Pensnett (Britain):

2020-01-22 - Wildfire breaks out, merges with another fire and threatens suburbs of Canberra (Australia):

Quote: "An emergency-level fire near the Canberra suburb of Beard has forced the Canberra Airport to cancel all incoming and outgoing flights. The fire, which began yesterday in Redwood Forest in Pialligo, jumped the Molonglo River and is approaching Beard, Harman, Oaks Estate and Crestwood. It has also merged with a second fire on Kallaroo Road, which began in the same suburb of Pialligo this morning. The combined fire is now called the Beard fire and is at an emergency level."

2020-01-22 - On coastal Kangaroo Island in Australia, wildfires left death and destruction:

2020-01-22 - Wildfire threat returns to Sydney (Australia), temp expected to hit 41C:

2020-01-22 - China closes off the city of Wuhan with a population of more than 11 million in an attempt to stop the spread of deadly virus:

Quote: "China closed off a city of more than 11 million people Thursday, halting transportation and warning against public gatherings, to try to stop the spread of a deadly new virus that has sickened hundreds and spread to other cities and countries in the Lunar New Year travel rush."

Note: The horse has already left the barn...

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2020-01-23 - Unknown odor hits large area near Lake Ontario in and around Webster (New York):

Quote: "Many Webster residents are wondering what is causing the smell in Webster. The Webster Highway Department says it seems to cover a large area, from Route 250 to Whiting Road, as far north as Lake Ontario. Officials in Webster want to reassure residents that they are investigating to try and find out what the smell is and if it’s harmful."

2020-01-23 - Unknown rotten egg odor blows through Woodland (California):

Quote: "A natural gas odor that spread through part of Woodland Thursday morning is currently unexplained."

2020-01-23 - Atmospheric CO2 level expected to experience one of the largest annual increases on record:

Quote: "Catastrophic wildfires in Australia are pushing global carbon dioxide levels to new highs, scientists have warned. The UK’s Met Office predicted 2020 would see one of the largest annual jumps of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere since records began, with the raging bushfires blamed for up to a fifth of the increase."

Quote: "The historic wildfires in Australia likely unleashed about 900 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, equivalent to nearly double the country's total yearly fossil fuel emissions, according to scientists."

Quote: "Similar concentrations of CO2 were last seen in the Earth's atmosphere between 3 million and 5 million years ago, scientists say. Back then, sea levels were 10 meters to 20 meters (33 feet to 65 feet) higher than today, with temperatures some 2 to 3 degrees Celsius (3.6 to 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer."

Note: The 'catastrophe curve' continues to steepen. This is a chain reaction in action. The wildfires spew huge amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere, which causes more and bigger fires, which spew even more CO2 into the atmosphere, which causes even more and even bigger fires, etc, etc, until everything on the surface of the Earth that CAN burn has burned. We've still got a ways to go though. There are still plenty of unburned homes, businesses, vehicles, fields and forests to provide fuel as the planetary burnathon continues to escalate...

2020-01-23 - Chinese coronavirus death toll rises to 25, infections spreading, public health emergency declared:

Quote: The number of cases of patients infected with the new coronavirus as of January 23 has gone up to 830, while the death toll from the virus has risen to 25, the National Health Commission announced on Friday."

Quote: "The first-level public health emergency envisages mobilization of personnel, government departments and enterprises in fighting against the outbreak, as well as using all necessary materials and resources. In order to prevent the spread of the outbreak, local governments may cancel public events, temporarily suspend the operation of companies and educational institutions, restrict access to potentially dangerous areas, make temporary requisitions for houses, cars, equipment and other resources.Local authorities may also restrict the freedom of movement and migration, institute epidemiological screening for people and transport, put residents into quarantine if they are suspected to have contracted the virus."

Note: Looks like they're heading toward martial law, soldiers on the streets and complete lockdown. The death rate is now a little over 3 percent according to those stats. Getting closer to the low-end estimate (4 percent) of the 1918 Spanish flu death rate...

2020-01-23 - Virologist who helped identify SARS on deadly new coronavirus outbreak says 'This time I'm scared':

2020-01-23 - Truck bursts into flame and burns person to death on Highway 31 in Islampur (India):

Quote: "According to locals, the lorry was travelling towards Siliguri when it suddenly caught fire on Highway 31 in Islampur. The driver of the lorry immediately escaped, but the associate driver, who was sleeping at the time, could not get out of the vehicle in time."

2020-01-23 - Car bursts into flame in garage at home and almost burns man to death in Manoa area in coastal Honolulu (Hawaii):

Quote: "KHON headed to the scene and spoke with the homeowner, Howard Sato, whose car caught fire. He said he was sitting in his car when it happened. He had been running his car as he waited for his son when it suddenly burst into flames."

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2020-01-24 - Deadly Chinese coronavirus spreads to Europe with three confirmed cases in France:

Quote: "The first two confirmed cases were announced on Friday by Agnes Buzyn, the French health minister, who said both people had travelled to China. The government later updated the number to three."

2020-01-24 - Distressing videos emerging of bodies piling up in hospitals and people collapsing on streets in Wuhan (China):

Quote: "Nurses and others are seen stepping around the bodies, which are covered by white sheets, in a corridor packed with people apparently infected with the SARS-like virus. Staff are wearing full-body protective suits while people waiting to be seen or given a bed are wearing masks."

2020-01-24 - Magnitude 6.8+ earthquake strikes near Sivrice in Elazig Province (Turkey), 22+ killed, hundreds injured:

2020-01-24 - Factory destroyed by mammoth explosion and fire before 4:30 AM in Houston (Texas), 2 killed, 20 injured:

Quote: "The blast sent huge fireballs rocketing into the sky and caused debris to rain down on the US city’s Gessner Road area. It was so vast, reports suggest, it was heard more than 20 miles away."

Quote: "Aerial pictures from the scene show the sheer extent of the damage: a crater stands where the sprawling complex once was, while nearby buildings have also suffered damage. Some homes were said to have been knocked off their foundations."

Quote: "Pena said Friday evening that 214 homes were damaged in some way and, according to an initial rough estimate, about 50 were completely destroyed."

2020-01-24 - Vehicles go up in flames at vehicle recycling plant next to landfill in coastal George Town in the Cayman Islands:

Quote: "Department of Environmental Health (DEH) and Cayman Islands Fire Service (CIFS) crews are working to resolve an incident at the vehicle recycling plant adjacent to the George Town Landfill. CIFS crews arrived at the site at 8.32 a.m. where a deep-seated fire had emerged among the vehicles."

2020-01-24 - ATV bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads, home and garage destroyed, in Munday (West Virginia):

Quote: "The fire started when an ATV burst into flames while the homeowner was working on the other side of the house, Settle said. The ATV was parked between the house and the garage. Both caught on fire. Flames also reached a nearby tractor, Settle said."

2020-01-24 - Electrical substation erupts in flame in coastal Bridgehampton (New York):

2020-01-24 - Computer bursts into flame at 4 AM at home on Bells Brook Road in the Town of Genesee (New York), 1 killed:

Quote: "Officials say one person heard a smoke alarm and found a computer burning. The person tried to extinguish the fire but was unsuccessful. The person then tried to move Charles Hollowell from his wheelchair but couldn't. Emergency crews found Hollowell deceased."

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2020-01-25 - Coronavirus death toll rises to 56 in China, people transmitting disease before showing symptoms:

Quote: "China's president Xi Jinping warns of 'grave situation' as killer coronavirus accelerates, doctor dies and US evacuates its citizens from hotspot Wuhan after death toll jumps to 56 with 1,372 cases and 56 million on lockdown..."

Quote: "But Marty, who spent 31 days in Nigeria leading an international team helping to combat the Ebola outbreak, said what's more alarming to her is the fact that new studies have revealed people are spreading the virus before they manifest symptoms. 'Somebody who doesn't know that they're exposed and is not symptomatic, looks and feels great, may already be shedding virus to their neighbours,' she said."

2020-01-25 - Scientist who simulated global impact of coronavirus outbreak says the cat’s already out of the bag', says China’s efforts to contain disease unlikely to be effective:

2020-01-25 - RV trailer goes up in flames before 1:30 AM and kills person while parked at home in Omaha (Nebraska):

2020-01-25 - Car dealership heavily damaged by fire in coastal Nelson (New Zealand):

2020-01-25 - Landfill fire breaks out near coastal Whangarei (New Zealand):

2020-01-25 - Vehicles and trucking business go up in flames at 4 AM on May Road in Peru (Illinois):

Quote: "According to WLPO radio in LaSalle, the building was filled with vehicles and tires."

2020-01-25 - Car bursts into flame just before midnight while parked at home, fire spreads to home, on State Avenue in coastal Fall River (Massachusetts):

Quote: "Our NBC 10 News crew who was at the scene said it appeared the car caught fire in the driveway, and the flames spread to the single-family home."

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2020-01-26 - SUV bursts into flame at 11 PM and burns man to death on road near Nawanshahr (India):

Quote: "Naresh Kumar, 35, of Rampur Kalan village, a driver, was charred to death inside the Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV), a Mahindra Scorpio, after it burst into flames at Roduana village near Nurpur Bedi on Saturday about 11pm. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. Sources said he was returning to his village after attending a wedding at Nalhoti village, when the mishap occurred. Later, it was found that the vehicle had got locked after the fire broke out, and Kumar could not get out."

Quote: "In a horrific incident that took place last night, a man lost his life when his car caught fire on the road. As per the sources, around 11 pm a Scorpio accidentally caught fire on the road near Nawanshahr in which the man sitting inside died on the spot."

2020-01-26 - Passenger plane engine bursts into flame after takeoff, plane returns to airport in Gorgan (Iran):

Quote: "A Tehran-bound passenger plane was forced to return to Gorgan airport in northern Iran, as one of its engines caught fire shortly after takeoff. Footage has emerged allegedly showing the frightening scene."

Quote: "It’s the second aircraft-related incident in Iran just in two days. On Saturday, an Iran Airtour plane made an emergency landing in the country’s capital of Tehran. The aircraft suffered an unspecified technical issue, local media reported, yet was able to land safely and no one on board was hurt."

Note: This is the 10th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2020-01-26 - Confirmed coronavirus cases in the US rise to 5 with new cases in California and Arizona:

2020-01-26 - Woman, 25, has 'medical event' in water at Terwilliger Hot Springs and dies near Eugene (Oregon):

Quote: "A woman died Sunday at Terwilliger Hot Springs, an Oregon destination known for its scenic soaking pools set in the Cascade Mountain forest. The woman, 25, of Florence, died of a 'medical event' while soaking, according to the Lane County Sheriff’s Office, which responded to the scene."

Quote: "The death marks the second incident at a Western Oregon hot springs in the past week. Last Tuesday, a man was rescued from Bagby Hot Springs after a medical issue kept him trapped in the water for 30 hours."

2020-01-26 - Helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant crashes and burns in hills above Calabasas (California), all 9 aboard killed:

2020-01-26 - Global CO2 emissions for 2019 predicted to set another all-time record:

Quote: "Global emissions for 2019 are predicted to hit 36.8 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2), setting yet another all-time record. This disturbing result means emissions have grown by 62% since international climate negotiations began in 1990 to address the problem."

Note: So since we started 'addressing the problem', we've made it 62% worse! Well, like I've said before, maybe this is actually the solution. We race to bring cataclysm upon ourselves as quickly as possible, then we all die and our emissions drop to zero. It's a foolproof emissions-reduction strategy. The upside is complete reduction of emissions, the downside is everybody dies. Pros and cons!

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2020-01-27 - 35 houseboats destroyed by massive inferno at 12:30 AM on the Tennessee River in Scottsboro (Alabama), 8+ killed, 7 injured:

Quote: "The fire chief in Scottsboro, Alabama, said at least eight people were killed in an explosive fire fueled by gasoline and propane tanks that consumed some 35 vessels along the Tennessee River. Scottsboro Fire Chief Gene Necklaus said all eight people known to be missing have been confirmed dead, and 'that number could go up, because we don't know how many were on boats' that sank."

2020-01-27 - Boat bursts into flame on boat lift along Marlin Drive in coastal New Port Richey (Florida), 1 injured:

2020-01-27 - Boat, vehicle and home destroyed by fire in West Richland (Washington):

Quote: "A large fire destroyed a West Richland home, boat and vehicle Monday morning, according to Benton County Fire District 4."

2020-01-27 - Fishing boat bursts into flame off coastal Isla Abel (Chile):

Note: These are the 201st-238th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-01-27 - Semi trailer goes up in flames at 5:15 AM and kills man while parked on Pine Road in Jackson (Georgia):

2020-01-27 - In separate incidents, two vehicles burst into flame in the Third Street Tunnel in coastal Washington DC:

Quote: "The northbound lanes of the District’s Third Street Tunnel were closed Monday after a vehicle caught fire. It was the second time Monday that a vehicle fire forced lane closures in the tunnel."

2020-01-27 - Coronavirus death toll hits 106, first death reported in Beijing (China):

Quote: "A new strain of virus spreading across China has claimed its first victim in Beijing, officials said on Tuesday, as the death toll climbed to 106, the United States warned citizens against trips to the country and financial markets again recoiled."

Quote: "But experts are skeptical that official numbers capture the full extent of the outbreak. Researchers in Hong Kong have warned that the actual number of people infected in Wuhan could already be more than 30 times higher than the official tally."

2020-01-27 - Graph of the rising coronavirus death toll:

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2020-01-28 - Unknown odor evacuates Quaker Valley Middle School in Sewickley (Pennsylvania), 1300 feet from the Ohio River:

2020-01-28 - Shallow magnitude 7.7 earthquake strikes in the Caribbean between Cuba and Jamaica:

Quote: "The US Geological Survey said the 7.7-magnitude quake hit off the northwest coast of Jamaica, prompting the US Tsunami Warning Centre to issue an alert for Jamaica, Cuba and the Cayman Islands. It was so big that schools in Jamaica and buildings in Miami – 580 miles away – were evacuated."

2020-01-28 - Underground fire spews flames from manhole in coastal Brooklyn (New York), 2 workers injured:

Quote: "'I see big fire coming from the hole like ten feet high and then I see two guys completely on fire,' Graca said."

2020-01-28 - Junk-hauling business heavily damaged by deadly fire before 4:30 AM near the Mississippi River in Imperial (Missouri), 1 killed:

2020-01-28 - Coronavirus screenings begin at airports in Philadelphia, Boston, Seattle, Dallas, Detroit, Honolulu and more:

Quote: "Airports in cities that include San Diego, Seattle, Detroit, Miami and Honolulu are also slated to begin screenings. Screenings were already taking place at Los Angeles International Airport, San Francisco International Airport, Chicago O’Hare International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, and Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International."

2020-01-28 - Wuhan coronavirus infections could be 30 times higher than official total, Hong Kong researchers warn:

2020-01-28 - Scientists drill into ‘doomsday glacier’ the size of Britain to see if it’s going to collapse:

Quote: "The so-called Thwaites 'doomsday glacier' in Western Antarctica is the size of Britain and is known to be melting at an alarming rate. If it was to collapse, it would lead to a significant increase in sea levels of around two feet (65cm). The impact on coastal communities around the world would be catastrophic."

2020-01-28 - Unusually warm January in the southern and eastern US has plants budding 2 months early:

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2020-01-29 - Unknown odor hits middle school in Tullahoma (Tennessee):

Quote: "A mysterious odor prompted a lockdown at West Middle School Wednesday. At around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday West Middle School was placed on a "soft" lockdown due to a strong odor in the building. The Tullahoma Police Department and Tullahoma City Schools Maintenance Department were contacted to investigate. The TPD brought in a canine unit to investigate the odor and nothing was found."

2020-01-29 - Oil well site explodes into flame near Deanville (Texas), 1 killed, 3 injured:

2020-01-29 - Market heavily damaged by huge fire, buildings collapse, in coastal Lagos (Nigeria), 17 injured:

2020-01-29 - Coronavirus death toll rises to 170, concern rises over virus spreading between people outside China:

Quote: "The death toll rose to 170 in the new virus outbreak in China on Thursday as foreign evacuees from the worst-hit region begin returning home under close observation and world health officials expressed 'great concern' that the disease is starting to spread between people outside of China."

2020-01-29 - China shuts down stock market to prevent coronavirus selloff:

2020-01-29 - Pacific Ocean’s rising acidity causing Dungeness crabs’ shells to dissolve:

2020-01-29 - Cold snaps becoming shorter and less frequent as the planet continues warming:

Quote: "Rising temperatures sometimes seem most noticeable during periods of extreme heat such as summer heat waves. However, for much of the U.S., winter is the fastest warming season. Cold weather still occurs in a warming climate but, on average, winters are not as cold as they used to be and cold snaps that do happen are becoming shorter and less frequent."

2020-01-29 - Red Sea emitting large quantities of polluting gases:

2020-01-29 - Global temperatures are poised to break another heat record:

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2020-01-30 - Van bursts into flame then crashes into bridge pillar, in Bhera (Pakistan), 13 killed, 6 injured:

Quote: "The death toll reached 13 in an accident on Thursday in the Bhera police limits. A police spokesman said a passenger van was on its way on the Motorway from Lahore to Islamabad when it caught fire due to short circuit and collided with a pillar of flyover near Khan Muhammad Wala in Bhera jurisdiction. The vehicle was completely burnt and as a result 13 people were burnt alive while six others injured."

2020-01-30 - Transformer bursts into flame at substation and causes blackouts in Pickens County (South Carolina):

2020-01-30 - Wildfire burns out of control and threatens homes and the Pearce Royal Australian Air Force base in Bullsbrook (Australia):

2020-01-30 - As forests burn around the world, drinking water is at risk:

2020-01-30 - Scientists find record warm water in Antarctica, pointing to cause behind troubling glacier melt:

2020-01-30 - Heatwave set to bake parts of Australia again:

2020-01-30 - World Health Organization declares global health emergency over Chinese coronavirus:

Quote: "The World Health Organization declared the outbreak sparked by a new virus in China that has been exported to more than a dozen countries as a global emergency Thursday after the number of cases spiked tenfold in a week."

Note: At that rate of spread, everyone on the planet will have been infected by the middle of March...

2020-01-30 - Coronavirus has now spread to every region in China:

Quote: "The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak has risen to 170, and a confirmed case in Tibet means it has reached every region in mainland China."

2020-01-30 - CDC confirms first person-to-person coronavirus transmission in the US:

Quote: "A close contact of one of the U.S. patients with the novel coronavirus also has become infected, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday. The case marks the first person-to-person transmission of the virus in the United States."

2020-01-30 - Russia to close border with China amid coronavirus outbreak:

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2020-01-31 - Rotten egg odor hits subway station in Ottawa (Canada):

Quote: "Rotten egg smells often involve a gas called hydrogen sulphide, which can come from rotting organic matter, and some riders identified a sulphur smell Friday, though at a different station."

2020-01-31 - RV goes up in flames at 4:51 AM and kills man while parked on Sunny Place in Las Vegas (Nevada):

Note: This is the 29th RV to burn in 2020, and this is the 2nd deadly RV fire in 2020...

2020-01-31 - Wildfire rages out of control near Canberra (Australia), state of emergency declared:

Quote: "Officials said an uncontrolled fire in the ACT's south, on the doorstep of Canberra, had grown to 185 sq km, almost 8% of the territory's land mass."

Quote: "Unprecedented fires across southern Australia have claimed at least 33 lives since September, destroyed more than 3000 homes and razed more than 26.2 million acres."

2020-01-31 - Wildfires threaten homes in Michelago, Bredbo and near Tantawangalo (Australia):

2020-01-31 - Landfill fire breaks out in Northwood (Ohio):

2020-01-31 - Coronavirus death toll rises to 259 as number of cases reaches 11,791:

2020-01-31 - Day-by-day highlights of all the doomy stuff that happened in January 2020:

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