Thursday, July 2, 2020

2020 - JUN - Spotlight Stories

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2020-06-01 - Boatyard erupts in flame, fire gets huge, in coastal Wadebridge (Britain):

Quote: "Emergency crews in Cornwall are tackling a large fire at a boat yard in Wadebridge. Cornwall Fire and Rescue said the fire broke out at the site near the A39 at about 3pm on Monday. Crews from Wadebridge and Bodmin have been dealing with the fire, which caused smoke seen from miles around."

2020-06-01 - Recycling center damaged by massive fire in Shawhead (Scotland):

2020-06-01 - Vehicle fire ignites brush fire and causes evacuation near Hensley Lake in Madera County (California):

Quote: "The wind-driven grass fire started from a burning vehicle."

2020-06-01 - Hybrid ticks spreading and biting thousands of people across Siberia (Russia):

Quote: "A 'large number inter-species hybrids' which produce 'fertile offspring' have invaded Novosibirsk and Tomsk regions, said Dr Nina Tikhunova, of the Institute of Chemical Biology and Fundamental Medicine, Novosibirsk. This mutant 'is capable of carrying infectious agents associated with both parent species'."

Note: This sounds like a consequence of global warming. Russia just had its warmest winter ever. It was 86F in Siberia just a week or two ago. Normally the intensely cold winters in Siberia would keep insect populations in check, but with the rising warmth it looks like at least ticks are flourishing. There've been other tick-related stories in the past year or so too. Some cows were found in the US drained of blood and swarming with ticks, sparking fears that humans might be next on the menu. Ticks have been spreading up into Canada along the US Northeast and killing moose. And mutant super ticks that reproduce via parthenogenesis and only need one tick to hatch a brood are spreading across the US. The world is getting much more hostile for human beings, but it looks like ticks are enjoying the way things are going!

2020-06-01 - Man, 37, found eating his grandmother on Club Court in coastal Richmond (California), 3300 feet from the ocean:

Quote: "Richmond man was arrested this week on suspicion of murder and was reportedly found attempting to eat the victim's body when law enforcement officers arrived, a police spokesman said Tuesday. Police received a report around 2:10 p.m. Monday of a woman on the ground bleeding and a man standing near her at a residence on the 1200 block of Club Court, according to Richmond police spokesman Sgt. Aaron Pomeroy. Officers arrived at the residence to find 37-year-old Dwayne Wallick standing over 90-year-old Ruby Wallick, his grandmother, and digging in her flesh."

Quote: "Stunned officers found 37-year-old Dwayne Wallick standing over 90-year-old Ruby Wallick, his grandmother, digging into her flesh and attempting to eat the remains. Wallick was ordered to stop, but he ignored the officers and continued what he was doing, police said."

Note: Very similar to the original face-eater incident on the coast in Florida. A man's car broke down on the MacArthur Causeway. He got out, started walking down the causeway, stripping naked as he went. Then he came upon a homeless guy and attacked him, biting his face and gouging out both of his eyes. Cops arrived and found him munching on the poor homeless guy's face and they told him to stop. He growled at them then continued eating the homeless guy's face, so they shot him. That didn't stop him, so they shot him five more times and that finally killed him. No drugs were found in his system. He went from being a normal guy who had his car break down to a ravening naked face-eating lunatic with superhuman durability in about 15 minutes...

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2020-06-02 - Unknown odor emanates from drain in Sacramento (California):

Quote: "Hazmat crews responded to the scene to run tests and try and identify a suspicious odor coming from a drain. The fire department said the odor eventually dissipated and crews flushed the storm drain with 1,000 gallons of water."

2020-06-02 - Animals and plants are going extinct at fastest rate since the dinosaurs died off, study says:

2020-06-02 - Metal recycling plant erupts in flame on Station Road in coastal East Tilbury (Britain):

2020-06-02 - Volcano Rincón De La Vieja erupts in Costa Rica:

2020-06-02 - Huge locust swarms rampaging across India, fire trucks and drones deployed to fight them:

Quote: "As India continues its battle with the coronavirus pandemic a new kind of invasion is threatening to destroy vital crops and vegetation — the worst locust swarm the country has seen in almost 30 years. Waves of desert locusts — millions strong and stretching up to 7 kilometers (4 miles) long — crossed into India’s western state of Rajasthan from neighboring Pakistan in early May and swarms have since pushed into five different states in search of food."

2020-06-02 - The world lost a football pitch-sized area of tropical forest every six seconds in 2019:

2020-06-02 - New study shows global warming intensifying extreme rainstorms over North America:

2020-06-02 - Mother and two children found dead in swimming pool at home in Juvignac (France):,8915133.php

Quote: "A mother in her 30s and her two children, aged two and four, were found dead in the pool of their home on Tuesday 2 Junelate in the evening. The drama took place in a housing estate in Juvignac, a commune bordering Montpellier (Hérault), in the family home that was under construction, reports Noon Free."

2020-06-02 - Naked man attacks people on street, protesters beat him up, in coastal Bronx (New York):

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2020-06-03 - Unknown rotten egg odor hits coastal Beachwood and coastal Toms River (New Jersey):

Quote: "Toms River & Beachwood: We are hearing several reports of a strong odor of natural gas in the downtown area. Beachwood is also detecting the odor up and down US 9. Residents are also reporting a strong odor, but it seems to be drifting off. NJNG has been notified and fire department is investigating."

2020-06-03 - Scientists studying gaping crater in permafrost conclude that it was caused by methane emissions, in the Yamal Peninsula (Russia):

Quote: "Russian scientists have built a model of the formation of craters appearing in permafrost as a result of methane emissions."

2020-06-03 - UK records sunniest spring ever amid worrying climate change trends:

2020-06-03 - Small plane bursts into flame at airport in Fargo (North Dakota):

Quote: "The Fargo Fire Department responded to a single-engine plane catching fire at a private hangar north of Hector International Airport, on Wednesday afternoon, June 3 at roughly 2:20 p.m."

Note: This is the 26th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2020...

2020-06-03 - Chemical factory explodes and burns in coastal Gujarat (India), 5 killed, 57 injured:

2020-06-03 - Recycling center erupts in flame in coastal Oxnard (California):

2020-06-03 - Wildfire breaks out near boat ramp on Suisun Slough and destroys homes in Suisun City (California):

Quote: "A fire was burning Wednesday afternoon near the Suisun City boat launch, fire officials said."

Quote: "According to Suisun City Fire Chief Justin Vincent, the fire started just behind the Suisun Wildlife Center. Vincent said they are having difficulties evacuating the wildlife center because they did not want to leave the animals behind. Firefighters ultimately had to cut loose some animals to fend for themselves, Vincent said. The fire later jumped into a neighborhood and destroyed eight homes, threatening 100 others."

2020-06-03 - Two previously unknown super-eruptions occurred in Yellowstone, one of them now the biggest known:

Quote: "In a new study from the Geological Society of America, experts are describing two previously unknown super-eruptions associated with the Yellowstone volcanic hotspot. The researchers found evidence that one of these eruptions was the most catastrophic event in the supervolcano’s history. "

2020-06-03 - Northern India is battling a massive locust invasion, a heatwave of 50C (122F), a severe cyclone and COVID-19:

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2020-06-04 - Melting permafrost causes ground collapse, 20,000 tons of fuel leaks out of power plant into the Ambarnaya River near Norilsk (Russia):

Quote: "The leak is believed to have been caused by melting permafrost causing major subsidence, damaging the giant power station tank containing the poisonous diesel, which then caught fire and spewed into local rivers."

Quote: "The damage to the Ambarnaya River near Norilsk in the Russian Arctic, pictured, could be so severe it could take over a decade and over a billion pounds to clean up..."

Note: Oh yeah, there's going to be a whole lot of this kind of thing going on as the ground collapses from the melting permafrost. Melting permafrost is already destroying roads and bridges and homes in Alaska too. The permafrost had never melted before in human history so people built stuff on the permafrost thinking that it wasn't going to melt anytime soon, if ever, but the planet has warmed so much and so fast that millions of acres of permafrost are ALREADY melting and what isn't melting yet will be soon.

For a while Putin was excited about all the ice melting in the Arctic, because that has opened up shipping routes that never existed before in all of human history, allowing easy shipment of Russian oil to consumers. He's not so excited about it now that he sees that the heat's also going to wipe out all of his pipelines, and if he can't pipe the oil to the ports for the ships to load up with then the faster Arctic shipping routes won't matter. He didn't think that through very well. Derp.

Russia will basically need to rebuild just about everything in areas containing permafrost - every road, every bridge, every rail line, every power plant, every building, every pipeline. The cost to do that would be beyond vast, so they won't, and things will just fall apart and collapse like this power plant. The smell of all the biomatter rotting as the permafrost thaws will also make life pretty intolerable for anyone in or near those areas, unless anthrax from thawing animal corpses kills them first. And now they've got hybrid tick swarms sending thousands of people to hospitals thanks to the warmth too. Good times up north!

2020-06-04 - High temperatures in the Arctic causing rapid ice melt in Greenland, again:

2020-06-04 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, scrap metal burns, on Old Stage Road in Greeneville (Tennessee):

2020-06-04 - Recycling center erupts in flame in Diez (Germany):

2020-06-04 - Locusts devastate crops from south to central Asia:

Note: Not to mention the Middle East and much of Africa...

2020-06-04 - Another 1.9 million people file for unemployment in the US, 42.6 million in just 11 weeks:

Quote: "The coronavirus pandemic has forced roughly 42.6 million workers onto jobless rolls in just 11 weeks."

2020-06-04 - COVID-19 deaths have nearly doubled since Phase One reopening began in Florida:

Quote: "The number of Floridians dead from COVID-19 nearly doubled since the state entered Phase One of its reopening. Phase Two starts Friday."

Quote: "Florida enters Phase Two on Friday, which will allow the opening of bars, movie theaters and casinos. Gyms will be allowed to open at full capacity."

2020-06-04 - Millions of Americans skip payments as tidal wave of defaults and evictions looms:

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2020-06-05 - Small plane explodes into flame midair then crashes near Lake Oconee (Georgia), all 5 aboard killed:,163465

Quote: "Tracy Carter, a Milledgeville resident, told The Union-Recorder he saw a plane circling the area and catch fire. Parts of the plane flew off and landed in the nearby field and he said he heard a loud boom."

Quote: "Deputies said there was some type of explosion in the plane, and it spiraled to the ground. Five members of the same family, including two children, died in the crash, according to the sheriff’s office. Multiple people posted a video on Facebook that showed the small plane in flames as it spiraled out of control."

Quote: "A small plane crashed Friday in rural Georgia, killing all five on board, including four members of a Florida family who were travelling to a funeral in Indiana."

Note: This is the 27th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2020...

2020-06-05 - Scrap metal fire rages at metal recycling center off Chartwells Road in coastal Lancing (Britain):

Quote: "A spokesman for West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said firefighters were called to a fire involving 'scrap metal' off Chartwells Road in Lancing at 1.35pm."

2020-06-05 - Semi trailers and huge 600,000-square-foot Amazon distribution warehouse destroyed by mammoth inferno at 5:30 AM in Redlands (California):

Quote: "Amazon trucks near the building were also set ablaze."

2020-06-05 - Underground electrical fire causes blackouts on Riverside Avenue in Spokane (Washington):

2020-06-05 - Car-hauler ship continues to burn near coastal Jacksonville (Florida), may burn for days:

2020-06-05 - People warned that their brains may get eaten by brain-eating amoebas in Texas:

Quote: "The Brazos River Authority is warning Texans about 'a rare but usually fatal illness' it says is caused by a water-born amoeba called Naegleria fowleri that resides in all lakes, streams, rivers and ponds in the state."

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2020-06-06 - Unknown rotten egg odor hits large area in coastal Mumbai (India):

Quote: "The Mumbai Fire Brigade has said no leakage of any gas was found in areas where residents complained about the foul smell to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) late on Saturday, news agency ANI reported on Sunday."

Quote: "Officials said they are also looking at other possible sources of the foul smell. 'We are also looking into the possibility if it could be a methane build-up in drains. The investigation is on-going,' a senior officer said."

Note: Apparently they are unaware that methane is odorless. This was probably hydrogen sulfide blowing in off the ocean. The fact that people THOUGHT it smelled like the odorant added to natural gas - e.g. rotten eggs - but no natural gas was detected anywhere is an indicator that it was hydrogen sulfide. This has happened many times in many places: people think there's a gas leak and it turns out to be hydrogen sulfide or they never say what it was at all.

Eventually a cloud of hydrogen sulfide with 1 part per thousand concentration or greater is going to blow onto a coastal city and kill a lot of people. Not necessarily in India, of course. It could happen in California or Florida or Texas or Australia or the Bahamas or Britain or France, etc. In fact, hydrogen sulfide has been killing people and animals on the Brittany Coast in France since last year and right across the English Channel from France, beaches in Britain have already been hit by unknown poison gas blowing ashore, sending beachgoers fleeing and puking...

2020-06-06 - Car goes up in flames at 2:20 AM and kills man in parking lot on Water Street on the waterfront in coastal Plymouth (Massachusetts):

Quote: "A body was found in a vehicle early Saturday morning that was fully engulfed in flames. A call came in at approximately 2:20 a.m. for a motor vehicle fire in a parking lot on the waterfront not far from the Plymouth Harbor boat ramp on Water Street. The vehicle, reportedly a Ford Crown Victoria sedan, was found to be on fire. After Plymouth firefighters extinguished the flames, a body was discovered inside the vehicle in the driver seat."

Quote: "Plymouth Police say the body was that of a 70-year-old man from central Massachusetts. 'We are continuing to gather information but do no suspect any foul play at all,' Chief Michael Botieri said."

2020-06-06 - Five cars destroyed by fire at 3:30 AM while parked at apartments, fire spreads to building, in Panorama City area in coastal Los Angeles (California):

Quote: "Five cars were destroyed and an apartment was damaged when a fire broke out in an attached carport, early Saturday morning. Authorities responded to reports of a vehicle fire at an apartment complex located in the 14600 block of Roscoe Boulevard in the Panorama City area around 3:30 AM. Crews arriving on scene located multiple vehicles engulfed in flames that were quickly spreading to a carport attached to an apartment."

2020-06-06 - Underground electrical fire causes blackouts in Peoria (Illinois):

2020-06-06 - Underground electrical fire causes blackouts in Walsall (Britain):

2020-06-06 - The price of half the world's staple food, rice, is up 70% in 2020:

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2020-06-07 - Two men and another person die in the water in Lewisville Lake (Texas):

Quote: "Three people died this weekend in drownings at Lewisville Lake, officials said. The first incident happened Saturday involving two men who appeared to be wade fishing, according to the Texas Game Warden. The Game Warden said the bodies of those two men were recovered by the Lewisville Fire Department. On Sunday, officials said a person had gone swimming in an area near Sneaky Pete’s and didn’t surface after going under."

2020-06-07 - Swamp fire rages along the Little Calumet River in Highland (Indiana):

Quote: "The fire took place in swampland south of the Little Calumet River in Highland near the border of Hammond, Griffith and Gary."

Quote: "'The swamp was on fire and it was pretty spectacular,' Highland Fire Department Chief Bill Timmer said. 'The cattails and weeds were burning. We got reports that it could be seen in Munster, Schererville and Hammond.' Authorities were flooded with multiple calls about the blaze, which Timmer said was the first time the swamp south of the Little Calumet River has caught fire in 15 to 20 years."

2020-06-07 - Wildfire breaks out, grows to 1,400 acres and threatens 80 homes, near Winters (California):

2020-06-07 - Wildfire breaks out and burns 250 acres near King City (California):

2020-06-07 - Seasonal home destroyed by fire on Moose Island in Lake Placid (New York), nobody there:

Quote: "This was the second fire on the shore of Lake Placid this year. A camp on the west shore of Lake Placid, Camp Happy Hours, burned to the ground in April."

2020-06-07 - Car-hauler ship burns for fourth day near coastal Jacksonville (Florida):

Quote: "An auto hauler vessel continued burning Sunday at Blount Island but the ship’s owner said firefighters are making progress. The M/V Hoegh Xiamen caught fire about 4 p.m. last Thursday shortly after the ship finished loading, Hoegh Autoliners said in a news release."

2020-06-07 - Man, 63, found unconscious and face-down in pond in Whitman (Massachusetts):

Quote: "Police and firefighters responding to reports of a possible drowning at Hobart Pond off Pond Street at 3:45 p.m. found a man face down in the water, officials said. Police rolled the man on his side and firefighters took him out of the water to an ambulance."

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2020-06-08 - Noctilucent clouds spread to mid-latitudes:

Quote: "Noctilucent clouds (NLCs) are spilling across the Arctic Circle and descending to mid-latitudes. 'During morning twilight, the north was unusually bright with beautiful blue-green clouds,' reports Debra Ceravolo of Osoyoos, BC, Canada. 'It is rare to see them here at 49 degrees latitude.'"

Quote: "Last summer, noctilucent clouds spread as far south as Los Angeles and Las Vegas, setting records for low-latitude sightings."

Quote: "A rarely-seen type of cloud at very high altitudes appears to be getting more common as a result of human-produced climate change, but it’s not high temperatures that are forcing the shift. Instead, a modeling study released this month finds that the increasing reports of noctilucent (night-shining) clouds can be explained by ever-larger amounts of water vapor produced from methane."

Quote: "Water vapor in the middle atmosphere comes from two sources: water vapor from Earth's surface that is transported upward, and methane, a potent greenhouse gas that produces water vapor through chemical reactions in the middle atmosphere. The study found the increase in atmospheric methane since the late 1800s has significantly increased the amount of water vapor in the middle atmosphere. This more than doubled the amount of mesospheric ice present in the mid latitudes from 1871 to 2008, according to the study."

Quote: "Recent studies suggest that increased atmospheric methane emissions produce additional water vapor once the methane molecules reach the mesosphere – creating, or reinforcing existing noctilucent clouds."

Note: The rising methane levels in the atmosphere are causing more noctilucent clouds and causing them to spread farther south too. What none of those stories really go into detail about is HOW the methane is turned into water vapor. It happens when methane reacts with either ozone or hydroxyl radicals (HO). The reaction destroys the methane molecule and also destroys the ozone or HO molecule and creates water vapor and carbon dioxide. Both ozone and hydroxyl radicals are important. Ozone shields us from UV radiation from the Sun. Hydroxyl radicals are the atmosphere's detergents, reacting away many pollutants. A gigantic ozone hole 3 times the size of Greenland opened over the Arctic earlier this year. And now noctilucent clouds are spreading southward from the Arctic. Both of these events surely have a great deal to do with the rising amount of methane in the atmosphere...

2020-06-08 - Car bursts into flame at Van Saun County Park in Paramus (New Jersey), other cars burn at shopping center and Wendy's too:

Quote: "It was one of several vehicle fires that broke out in North Jersey on Monday, including one at Northvale Square on Livingston Street and another outside the Wendy's off Bergen Boulevard and Route 46 near the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee."

2020-06-08 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads, four cars and garage destroyed, home damaged, in Soddy-Daisy (Tennessee):

Quote: "Around 3:30 p.m., a neighbor called 911 to report a car fire at 11653 Holly Circle, according to the Hamilton County Office of Emergency Management & Homeland Security (HCOEM)."

2020-06-08 - Mammoth plague of locusts puts millions of people on the brink of famine:

Quote: "Some of these swarms are the size of major cities, they can travel up to 150 kilometers a day, and when they descend upon a farm they can literally eat everything there in as little as 30 seconds."

2020-06-08 - SOTT Earth changes summary for May 2020, extreme weather, planetary upheaval, meteors:

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2020-06-09 - After already having hit 9 of 15 known global climate tipping points, the collapse of human civilization may now be inevitable:

Quote: "Australia’s top climate scientist says 'we are already deep into the trajectory towards collapse' of civilisation, which may now be inevitable because 9 of the 15 known global climate tipping points that regulate the state of the planet have been activated."

2020-06-09 - May 2020 was the hottest May on record:

2020-06-09 - Climate change brings fires, floods and moths to Siberia:

Note: Also hybrid tick swarms attacking people, melting permafrost collapsing infrastructure and releasing anthrax from thawing animal corpses, and exploding methane craters!

2020-06-09 - Drop in sulfate emissions during the coronavirus lockdown could intensify Arctic heatwaves:

Quote: "One study found that sulphate aerosol-seeded clouds could be masking about a third of all warming from greenhouse gases."

2020-06-09 - Marine ecosystem along broad stretch of coast suffers mass mortality event, near Sydney (Australia):

2020-06-09 - Metal recycling center erupts in flame, fire gets big, in Oklahoma City (Oklahoma):

2020-06-09 - Oil depot heavily damaged by deadly fire in Faisalabad (Pakistan), 4 killed, 4 injured:

2020-06-09 - Transformer bursts into flame on Highway N in Paris (Wisconsin):

2020-06-09 - Wildfire burns 7,500+ acres along the Yukon River (Alaska):

2020-06-09 - Wildfires break out in Stinnett, Stratford, Channing, Skellytown and Clarendon (Texas):

2020-06-09 - Brain-eating amoeba kills 12-year-old boy after he swims in pool in Kozhikode (India):

2020-06-09 - Coronavirus infections hit highest 7-day average in 14 US states and Puerto Rico:

Quote: "Data tracked by The Washington Post shows that since the beginning of June, 14 states and Puerto Rico have recorded their highest seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began. Those states include Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Kentucky, New Mexico, North Carolina, Mississippi, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah, according to The Post."

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2020-06-10 - Unknown odor sickens workers at high-rise in Groningen (Netherlands), near the coast:

Quote: "A giant white skyscraper on the southern side of the city of Groningen, home to both DUO (the organisation responsible for education/study financing), and the tax authorities, was closed on Wednesday morning after a ‘strange smell’ caused workers to feel unwell."

2020-06-10 - Scrap metal fire breaks out on Charleston Highway in Cayce (South Carolina):

2020-06-10 - Wildfire breaks out just after midnight east of the 405 Freeway in the Sepulveda Pass (California):

2020-06-10 - Wildfire breaks out and causes evacuations near Lake Piru in Ventura County (California):

2020-06-10 - Coal mine rocked by explosion in Samangan Province (Afghanistan), 8+ killed:

2020-06-10 - World on the brink of the worst food crisis in 50 years, UN warns:

2020-06-10 - Navy diver, man in his 20s, has 'medical episode' and loses consciousness in the water off coastal Clareville (Australia):

Quote: "A Navy diver was pulled from the water unconscious while training off the Northern Beaches. The man in his 20s was diving in shallow water at Clareville around 10am when he's believed to have had a medical episode. After being treated at the scene, he was flown to Prince of Wales Hospital in a stable condition."

Quote: "A navy scuba diver has been flown to Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney after becoming unconscious while four metres underwater at Clareville in the city's north."

2020-06-10 - Woman, 35, dies after being pulled from swimming pool at condos in Dallas (Texas):

Quote: "A 35-year-old woman drowned Wednesday in a pool at a Northeast Dallas condominium complex, police say. It happened in the community pool at the Sable Ridge Condos on the 6100 block of Abrams Road, police said. According to police, Dominique Jackson, 35, may have been in the community pool for more than 25 minutes before she was found. She was rushed to a nearby hospital but was pronounced dead, police said."

2020-06-10 - Man, 59, slumps over dead on boat on Lake Vermilion (Minnesota):,16460

Quote: "A 59-year-old man who was discovered slumped over the side of a boat Thursday morning in the area of Norwegian Bay on Lake Vermilion was declared dead at the scene by emergency responders."

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2020-06-11 - Unknown rotten egg odor hits apartment building in Hialeah (Florida), 8 miles from the coast:

Quote: "The smell of gas at an apartment complex in Hialeah prompted crews to evacuate a building while they investigated. Hialeah Fire Rescue crews responded to the building along West 29th Street, near Ninth Avenue, right across from Walker Park, Thursday afternoon. Roughly a dozen families were evacuated and the electricity was shut off while crews searched for the source, but they were unable to find it."

Note: With a 30 MPH wind it'd take about 15 minutes for a cloud of poison gas to blow from the ocean to this building...

2020-06-11 - Lake Lonar, 50,000 years old, suddenly turns pink overnight in Maharashtra (India):

2020-06-11 - Landfill fire erupts at 1:41 AM near Speedway Boulevard and Kolb Road in Tucson (Arizona):

2020-06-11 - Wildfire burns 4,700+ acres and threatens homes around Oro Valley and the Catalina Foothills near Tucson (Arizona):

Quote: "The Bighorn Fire continued to grow Thursday, threatening approximately 850 homes around Oro Valley and the Catalina Foothills — a level of destruction that would constitute a major disaster, the federal government said.  The blaze, which has burned more than 4,700 acres, forced local authorities to issue mandatory evacuations for about 200 residences, sending Pima County Sheriff's deputies door to door in a Catalina Foothills neighborhood."

2020-06-11 - Vehicle bursts into flame, ignites brush fire, in Placer County (California):

Quote: "Firefighters said they initially responded to a vehicle fire that spread to the vegetation nearby."

2020-06-11 - Within 6 minutes, person found unconscious in car, and car bursts into flame while parked at home, on the island of Bermuda:

Quote: "A spokesperson said, 'Fire Dispatch received two calls for service on the evening of Thursday, June 11th 2020; the first at 11:25pm and the seconded at 11:31pm. The first call was a road traffic collision on North Shore Road, Devonshire. The appliance from Hamilton Station responded with four personnel. Upon arrival, fire crews found the driver unresponsive in a locked car. Firefighters forced entry into the vehicle to render medical care. The second call was a report of a vehicle fire located in Pembroke. At 11:33pm, a second appliance from Port Royal Station was dispatched to the vehicle fire. At 11:49pm the appliance from Port Royal arrived at the incident.'"

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2020-06-12 - Person found dead in burning SUV in driveway at home in Mississauga (Canada):

Quote: "A deceased person has been found inside a vehicle that was on fire, police say. Peel police say officers were called to a vehicle fire in the Galloway Cr. and Bluegrass Ct. area in Mississauga."

2020-06-12 - Car bursts into flame while parked inside garage at home, fire spreads to home, in coastal Cape Coral (Florida):

Quote: "No one was injured and the residents inside the home got out of the house, according to witnesses. A car caught on fire inside the garage. There was also heavy smoke and fire damage throughout the home, witnesses said."

2020-06-12 - Metal recycling center hit by fire just before 1:30 AM, big pile of scrap metal burns, in Holland (Michigan):

Quote: "They say it happened just before 1:30 a.m. in the back lot when a large pile of scrap metal caught fire near Pine and 7th Avenue."

2020-06-12 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in coastal Great Yarmouth (Britain):

2020-06-12 - Landfill fire breaks out in coastal Thiruvananthapuram (India):

2020-06-12 - Wildfire breaks out and burns 5,000+ acres in Sacramento County (California):

2020-06-12 - Man has heart attack in community swimming pool and dies, child hospitalized too, in Fort Worth (Texas):

Quote: "A man has died after family members said he suffered a heart attack while swimming at a community pool in Fort Worth on Friday. The incident happened at a pool on Starburst Lane in north Fort Worth late Friday morning. Officials said a man and a child had been transported to the hospital in critical condition after they were pulled from the water."

Quote: "The man, who has not yet been identified, was soon pronounced dead. Family members said the child is the man’s granddaughter, and she remains at Cook Children’s in critical condition."

Quote: "According to family members, the man had suffered a heart attack in the water while his two granddaughters were with him. One child got out safely while the other went under the water for an unknown reason."

2020-06-12 - Man, 18, has 'medical complication' in the water in pond, dies shortly later, in South Dundas Township (Canada):

Quote: "Police say bystanders had rescued the victim from the water after he suffered a suspected medical complication. He was pronounced dead in hospital."

2020-06-12 - Atmospheric CO2 level hit a record 417.1 ppm in May:

2020-06-12 - Plastic rain is now falling across the US:

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2020-06-13 - Massive Arctic wildfires are the new symptom of a warming planet:

2020-06-13 - Climate worst-case scenarios may not go far enough, cloud data shows:

2020-06-13 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, 20-ton pile of scrap metal burns, on Slough Lane in Ardleigh (Britain):

Quote: "The first crew to arrive reported approximately 20 tonnes of scrap metal alight and requested support."

2020-06-13 - Landfill fire breaks out, again, on the island of St. Croix:

2020-06-13 - Wildfire burns 1,800 acres and causes evacuations near Helena (Montana):

2020-06-13 - Smoke from wildfires in Arizona affecting Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming and other states:

2020-06-13 - Man collapses on Hedon Road in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Hedon Road, Mount Pleasant, Hull. Sat 13 Jun 2020 11:04 (No: 010799) Adult male had collapsed in the street. Crews assisted administering oxygen prior to arrival of ambulance. Casualty left care of paramedics."

2020-06-13 - Teen boy has 'medical episode' off Moorhill Road in Burley (Britain), 6 miles from the coast:

Quote: "We were called at 10.03am by the ambulance service to an area off Moorhill Road, Burley, after a teenage boy suffered a medical episode."

2020-06-13 - Fourth Asian giant hornet found in Washington State:

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2020-06-14 - Man, 54, dies after being pulled from swimming pool, 12-year-old son hospitalized, in coastal Glen Cove (New York):

Quote: "A father died and his son was hospitalized after both were found unresponsive in a pool at a Glen Cove home. Police were called to the home around 5:15 p.m. Sunday and found a 54-year-old man and his 12-year-old son in the water. Both were pulled from the pool and received CPR. The man was taken to a hospital and declared dead by a doctor. The boy was taken to a hospital for medical attention."

2020-06-14 - Man has 'medical emergency' in swimming pool, in critical condition, in Scottsdale (Arizona), toddler boy pulled from another pool:

Quote: "A man is in critical condition after being pulled from a Phoenix pool Sunday afternoon. Rescue crews arrived to the area of 16000 North 51st Street for reports of a man who had a medical emergency while swimming laps. Family saw the incident happen and called 911. The unidentified man was taken to the hospital in critical condition."

2020-06-14 - Boy, 16, has 'medical emergency' in the water at Lake Milton (Ohio):

Quote: "North Jackson dispatch confirmed that there was a medical emergency in the water with a 16-year-old boy."

2020-06-14 - Person jumps into the water and disappears into Lake Norman (North Carolina):

Quote: "A search is underway after a person jumped into the lake from a boat on Lake Norman and did not resurface, according to the North Carolina Wildlife Commission."

2020-06-14 - Recycling center erupts in flame in El Paso (Texas):

2020-06-14 - In separate incidents, van and car burst into flame on the NJ Turnpike near Robbinsville (New Jersey):

2020-06-14 - Car bursts into flame on State Route 87, ignites 37,900-acre wildfire, evacuations ensue, in Maricopa County near Saguaro Lake (Arizona):

Quote: "The blaze started due to a vehicle fire on the side of SR 87, officials confirm."

Note: A car fire that caused a wildfire that's more than a third of the way to becoming a megafire...

2020-06-14 - Wildfire breaks out and causes evacuations near Buellton (California):

2020-06-14 - Two wildfires break out in San Bernardino National Forest (California):

2020-06-14 - May was tied with 2016 for the hottest May in 141 years of records:

Quote: "Earth’s temperature spiked to tie a record high for May, U.S. meteorologists reported Friday. Last month the global average temperature was 60.3 degrees (15.7 degrees Celsius), tying 2016 for the hottest May in 141 years of record keeping, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration."

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2020-06-15 - Man found dead in burning car on street in Pomona (California):

Quote: "A man was found dead after a vehicle fire in Pomona on Monday afternoon, police said. At around 4:30 p.m., officers responded to a call about a vehicle fire near Holt and San Antonio avenues and found the vehicle fully engulfed in flames, Pomona police said in a Tuesday statement. As firefighters worked to contain the fire, a man was found dead in the vehicle, according to police."

2020-06-15 - Van goes up in flames and burns 6 people to death, 10 more injured, near Aminpur (Pakistan):

Quote: "The incident happened when the van's engine heated up due to technical fault, Dunya News reported, adding that the fire engulfed the whole van within minutes."

2020-06-15 - Brother and sister, 42 and 39, mysteriously burn to death in Sankabettu (India):

Quote: "A 42-year-old man and his 39-year-old sister died of burns in Sankabettu village of Bantwal on Monday night. The Bantwal Rural police said Nelliyya Shettigar (42) and Kesari (39) were staying along with their elder brother and his wife. The elder brother and his wife rushed out of their room on Monday night hearing the cries and find two in flames. They put off the fire and took the two to the Bantwal Government Hospital where the two succumbed."

2020-06-15 - Wildfire breaks out and threatens homes near coastal Pismo Beach (California):

2020-06-15 - Satellite images show the Arctic's fiery unraveling:

Quote: "Through the first five months of the year, Siberia has been a bright red smudge on global temperature maps. Temperatures there have averaged 12.4 degrees Fahrenheit (8 degrees Celsius) above normal since January. It hit 86 degrees (30 degrees Celsius) above the Arctic Circle in May (May!). The blistering heat also led to the winter that wasn’t and caused an oil spill threatening an Arctic lake that was likely caused by thawing permafrost soil. If the list of maladies stopped there, it’d be bad enough. But because this is 2020, they do not."

2020-06-15 - Recovered coronavirus patients report health issues months later:

2020-06-15 - Infectious disease expert says coronavirus won't slow down until about 60% or 70% of US population is infected, currently at about 5%:

Note: Some scary math there. If we're at 5% infected now with 113,000 dead here in the US, then at 60% infected the death toll will be around 1.35 million. And they still don't know if getting it confers immunity, or if it does for how long, they don't know if you can get it multiple times, and they don't know when there will be a vaccine or even if there will EVER be one. There's not always a vaccine for a disease. They've been trying to develop a vaccine for HIV for well over 30 years and gotten nowhere...

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2020-06-16 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, scrap cars burn, in Charlotte Hall (Maryland):

Quote: "On Tuesday, June 16, 2020, at approximately 1:45 p.m., firefighters from Mechanicsville and Charles County responded to the Charlotte Hall Metal and Scrap in Charlotte Hall, for the reported vehicles on fire. Crews arrived on the scene to find multiple vehicles on fire and requested an additional tanker and engine for water."

2020-06-16 - Huge tire fire breaks out near Norfolk (Nebraska):

2020-06-16 - Two buildings destroyed by explosion and fire on Shoreline Highway in coastal Stinson Beach (California):

2020-06-16 - Wildfire started by car fire explodes in size to more than 100 square miles with 0% containment northeast of Phoenix (Arizona):

Quote: "The wildfire started burning Saturday about 20 miles northeast of Mesa and is believed to have been caused by a vehicle fire, according to a statement from Mark Bernal, incident commander for the Southwest Area Incident Management Team."

Quote: "The Bush Fire burning in Arizona's Tonto National Forest northeast of Phoenix exploded in size Tuesday to more than 100 square miles. It's the largest active fire in the country, according to the National Interagency Fire Center."

Quote: "The Bush Fire, burning northeast of Phoenix, is on the verge of becoming one of the top 10 largest wildfires in Arizona history, according to reports."

2020-06-16 - New coronavirus outbreak causes new lockdown measures in Beijing (China):

Quote: "Meanwhile, deputy director of the pathogen biology department at Wuhan University - Yang Zhanqiu - told state media that he believed the latest outbreak in Beijing involved a more infectious strain of the virus than the one which hit Wuhan at the start of the pandemic. Virologist Yang believes that the new strain could be more infectious based on the high number of new cases in a short period of time, according to China's state-run global times."

2020-06-16 - Naked man, 39, throws rock at man then climbs on railroad crossing sign and stays on sign for 13 hours in Eugene (Oregon):

Quote: "Eugene Police urged motorists to avoid the area while they worked to take a naked man into custody after he allegedly exposed himself and hit a man in the head with a rock Monday night - and then climbed up a railroad crossing sign, where he spent the night in the rain without clothes."

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2020-06-17 - Metal recycling center erupts in flame near port in coastal Oakland (California):

Quote: "A fire burned at a metal recycling plant in Oakland Wednesday in the Jack London Square area, sending large billowing clouds of smoke in the air that could be seen across a wide area."

2020-06-17 - Around 48 vehicles go up in flames in tow yard in coastal Baltimore (Maryland):

Quote: "Some 48 vehicles caught fire at the lot. Investigators say the fire was so hot it damage the beams that braced the roadway above."

2020-06-17 - Garbage trucks, plow trucks, salt trucks and municipal building destroyed by fire in the wee hours in New Castle (Indiana):

Quote: "An official cause for the fire has not been released, but the mayor says investigators suspect the blaze was caused by an electrical issue with one of its garbage trucks."

Quote: "This setback is a major loss for the City of New Castle. 'We lost all of our dump trucks, salt trucks, snow plows, in loaders, brand new max patcher that patches the potholes,' said Mayor York. They lost a total of 15 vehicles, not including their two-story office, all of their files and data."

2020-06-17 - Two garbage trucks and two police cars destroyed by fire at 4:30 AM while parked at public works facility in Huntsville (Alabama):

Quote: "Huntsville Fire and Rescue is investigating an early morning fire at Huntsville Public Works at Johnson Road SW and East Schrimsher Lane SW. The spokesperson for the fire department said two garbage trucks and two police cruisers were burned."

2020-06-17 - Landfill fire breaks out in Walterboro (South Carolina):,32367

2020-06-17 - Recycling center fire breaks out in coastal Peabody (Massachusetts):

2020-06-17 - Wildfire started by car fire grows to 89,125 acres in Tonto National Forest (Arizona):

Quote: "The so-called Bush Fire in Tonto National Forest has grown to nearly 90,000 acres — up from 64,000 on Tuesday — and was only 5 percent contained, according to InciWeb, the U.S. Forest Service's wildfire information site."

Quote: "The blaze began Saturday with a car fire."

2020-06-17 - Extreme heat is killing Americans while government neglect increases the danger:

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2020-06-18 - Zombie fires and fire thunderstorms hit the Arctic as record heatwave heads into sixth month:

Note: Beyond a certain point it's not a heatwave anymore, it's just the new normal. Six months of record heat - maybe this is just the new normal, for now anyway. Obviously things will get even warmer and more fiery as the current extinction event continues. I have no idea how much of the coming destruction we'll be around to see though, because humanity's hourglass is running out of sand pretty rapidly at this point...

2020-06-18 - Wildfire ignited by car fire grows to 104,000+ acres, becomes megafire and 7th biggest wildfire in Arizona history, northeast of Phoenix (Arizona):

Quote: "Arizona emergency crews are working to put out a massive wildfire. The blaze, dubbed the Bush Fire, ignited last Saturday and has more than doubled in size since Wednesday morning. It has burned more than 104,000 acres, so far. The blaze is now the seventh largest fire in state history and is only five percent contained. The Bush Fire is ravaging parts of the Tonto National Forrest, which is located just northeast of Phoenix."

2020-06-18 - Wildfire grows to 55,000+ acres near the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona):

2020-06-18 - Electrical substation destroyed by fire at 2:32 AM on Andover Road in Orpington (Britain):

2020-06-18 - Landfill fire breaks out off Highway 158 in Midland (Texas):

2020-06-18 - Landfill fire breaks out in Cumberland on coastal Vancouver Island (Canada):

2020-06-18 - Woman has 'medical emergency' in knee-deep water and dies in coastal Laguna Beach (California):

Quote: "A woman died after suffering a medical emergency Thursday while preparing to scuba dive in Laguna Beach, authorities said Friday. Laguna Beach paramedics and lifeguards were dispatched for a diver rescue at 7:58 a.m. on  Thursday at Shaw’s Cove, said Capt. Kai Bond of the Laguna Beach Marine Safety Department. 'The patient was about knee-deep when she experienced a medical emergency,' Bond said."

2020-06-18 - Significant transmission of COVID-19 takes place in households before people develop symptoms, study finds:

2020-06-18 - Rats to be eaten at markets and restaurants found to carry multiple coronaviruses:

Quote: "Rats destined for Southeast Asia’s markets and restaurants have been found to carry multiple coronaviruses, a new study shows, adding to concerns over the trade in wild animals. While the strains detected in the rodents are different from the Covid-19 disease that caused the ongoing pandemic, researchers say their findings highlight the dangers of transporting large numbers of animals together in confined spaces."

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2020-06-19 - Oil factory rocked by explosion and fire in coastal Erith (Britain), 3 injured:

2020-06-19 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane returns to airport in Ahwaz (Iran):

Quote: "A Fokker 100 aircraft operated by Karun Airlines was forced to return to Ahwaz International Airport (AWZ). This move happened after pilots reported smoke in the cabin. The incident occurred on June 19 during flight NV-2633 from Ahwaz to Sardar e Jangal International Airport (RAS) in Rasht (Iran)."

Note: This is the 28th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2020...

2020-06-19 - Megafire started by car fire grows to nearly 235 square miles near Phoenix (Arizona), now 5th largest fire in state history:

Quote: "A wildfire burning near Mesa, Arizona, exploded in size again overnight and is now the fifth largest in the state's history. The Bush Fire now covers nearly 235 square miles according to an update Friday morning, up from 180 square miles on Thursday. The blaze is the fifth largest wildfire in Arizona history, according to numbers from the National Weather Service in Phoenix."

Quote: "It's the largest active wildfire in the country, according to the National Interagency Fire Center, and began with a vehicle fire."

2020-06-19 - There may be no immunity, or very short-lasting immunity, against COVID-19, new Wuhan study suggests:

Note: This indicates that there may also be no effective vaccine either, or if there is one then it's effectiveness may disappear after just 2-3 months...

2020-06-19 - US soldiers would be among the first to get a working COVID-19 vaccine, officials say:

Quote: "The goal is to have an effective vaccine by January, 2021. But urgency and speed will not eclipse safety in the effort, the officials said."

2020-06-19 - COVID-19 was already in Italy by December, sewers show:

2020-06-19 - Global experts are alarmed at signs that the US has given up fight to stop COVID-19:

Quote: "As coronavirus cases surge in states across the South and West of the United States, health experts in countries with falling case numbers are watching with a growing sense of alarm and disbelief, with many wondering why virus-stricken U.S. states continue to reopen and why the advice of scientists is often ignored."

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2020-06-20 - Salton Sea spews hydrogen sulfide into the Coachella Valley (California):

Quote: "Some Coachella Valley residents may smell the stench of rotting eggs in the air Saturday due to elevated levels of hydrogen sulfide wafting from the Salton Sea."

2020-06-20 - Temperature surpasses 100F above the Arctic Circle for the first time in recorded history, in Verkhoyansk (Russia):

Quote: "The small town of Verkhoyansk, home to 1,000 people in Russia's Yakutia region, broke the record on Saturday for the highest temperature ever recorded within the Arctic Circle, hitting a maximum of 38 degrees Celsius [100.4F]."

Note: Clearly we are heading toward THE END at an ever-accelerating rate now. I was thinking, if I were somehow given the choice to live my life at any time from the beginning of humanity to now, here, at the end, this is actually the time I would have chosen. Good thing, I suppose, since I didn't have any say!

2020-06-20 - Arctic Ocean acidification worse than previously expected:

2020-06-20 - Rare deep-sea crested bandfish washes ashore dead on beach on Jervis Bay (Australia):

Quote: "The species, identified as a crested bandfish, has only 30 occurrence records listed on the Atlas of Living Australia and is rarely photographed."

2020-06-20 - Deep-sea giant squid found off White Island (New Zealand):

2020-06-20 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, big pile of debris burns, near Runyon Lake in Pueblo (Colorado):

2020-06-20 - Recycling center erupts in flame at 3 AM in Milwaukee (Wisconsin):

2020-06-20 - Trash fire breaks out at transfer station in Ringgold (Georgia):

2020-06-20 - Pallet fire breajs out at pallet business on Edison Road in Stewartsville (New Jersey):

2020-06-20 - Wildfire burns out of control, grows to more than 144,000 acres, becomes megafire, near Lake Saint-Jean (Canada):

Quote: "The latest update on Friday evening from Quebec's forest fire prevention agency (SOPFEU), said that the fire swelled to more than 144,000 acres (58,200 hectares) putting a hydro plant near Lake Saint-Jean at risk."

Quote: "The fierce Lac-St-Jean fire is one of at least 12 current blazes in Quebec — but the only one considered out of control."

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2020-06-21 - Salton Sea continues spewing hydrogen sulfide into the Coachella Valley (California):

Quote: "South Coast Air Quality Management District has put out an Odor Advisory for the Salton Sea. This will last through today, June 21st. The area includes the Eastern Coachella Valley due to elevated levels of hydrogen sulfide gas, which smells like rotten eggs."

2020-06-21 - Wildfire started by car fire grows to 180,000+ acres in Tonto National Forest (Arizona):

Quote: "The Bush Fire has now burned over 180,000 acres with 42% containment in the Tonto National Forest as of Sunday morning, according to fire officials. It is now the fifth largest wildfire in Arizona history."

2020-06-21 - Wildfire grows to 51,628 acres near Tucson (Arizona):

2020-06-21 - Man in his 60s has 'medical emergency' in the water at beach in coastal San Diego (California):

Quote: "The man in his 60s experienced a possible heart-related ailment or seizure, but rescuers were not sure of the exact nature of his medical emergency, Lerum said."

2020-06-21 - Woman goes into cardiac arrest on Lake Huron beach at Bay City State Park in Bangor Township (Michigan):

Quote: "'They initiated CPR,' said Glenn, as the woman had experienced a cardiac event."

2020-06-21 - Naked man, 44, runs around in traffic in Victoria (Texas):

Quote: "Victoria Police say a 44-year-old man from Austin, was spotted running naked in traffic on Sunday evening around 8:30 p.m. Victoria Police detained the man, and transported him to a local hospital for a mental health and medical evaluation."

2020-06-21 - Mount Merapi erupts in Indonesia:

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2020-06-22 - Man, woman and girl, 62, 32 and 8, found dead in swimming pool at home on Clearview Road in East Brunswick (New Jersey), 5 miles from the coast:

Quote: "Friends, family and neighbors are devastated after three people, including a child, were found dead in a pool in Middlesex County on Monday afternoon. The incident was reported just after 4 p.m. on Clearview Road. Police say the three victims drowned in the pool. They are an 8-year-old girl, her 32-year-old mother and her 62-year-old grandfather."

Quote: "Investigators have not determined how all three family members drowned, but were seeking to determine if they were not strong swimmers and panicked when reaching deeper water."

Note: It was an above ground pool so it couldn't have been terribly deep...

2020-06-22 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, scrap cars burn, on Route 223 in coastal Oyster Bed (Canada):

2020-06-22 - Wildfire grows to nearly 70,000 acres near the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona):

2020-06-22 - Brush fire breaks out in Salinas Riverbed, 2 homes destroyed, 4 more damaged, in Paso Robles (California):

2020-06-22 - Iceland shaking and quaking, volcano Grimsvotn at risk of eruption:

Quote: "Around 3,000 tremors have hit Iceland in the past three days, the country’s meteorological service (IMO) has said as officials warn that the Grimsvotn volcano is at risk of erupting. The tremors have been caused by three earthquakes – each one with a magnitude of more than five – that struck the northern coast over the weekend, according to the IMO. One of the quakes was felt in the capital Reykjavik, located about 265km (165 miles) away from the epicentre, off the coast of Siglufjordur – a small village of around 1,200 people."

2020-06-22 - Scientists identify Alaskan volcano that may have helped the rise of the Roman Empire:

2020-06-22 - COVID-19 will rage like a forest fire in unprepared America, top doc warns:

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2020-06-23 - Scrapyard fire breaks out at 6 AM in coastal Mumbai (India):

2020-06-23 - Landfill fire breaks out on the island of Corfu (Greece):

2020-06-23 - Freight train container bursts into flame at docks in coastal Felixstowe (Britain):

2020-06-23 - Girl, 12, has 'medical emergency' in swimming pool, and lumber yard fire breaks out at the same time, in Acton (Massachusetts):

Quote: "Chief Robert Hart reports that the Acton Fire Department responded to two simultaneous incidents today, including a medical emergency at a home swimming pool resulting in a medical helicopter transport and a building fire at a lumber yard. "

2020-06-23 - Man loses consciousness in the Willamette River at Clackamette Park in Oregon City (Oregon):

Quote: "A person was rushed to a hospital in serious condition on Tuesday evening after being found face down in the river at Clackamas Cove in Oregon City, authorities said."

Quote: "He was in serious condition at that time. It’s unclear why he lost consciousness in the water."

2020-06-23 - Magnitude 7.4 earthquake strikes near the coast near Huatulco (Mexico), refinery ignites, 6+ killed:

Quote: "A 7.4 magnitude earthquake that hit southern Mexico on Tuesday killed at least six people, left others trapped under rubble and caused a fire at the nation’s biggest oil refinery. The epicenter was near the beach resort of Huatulco in Oaxaca state on the Pacific coast, according to the U.S. Geological Survey."

2020-06-23 - California breaks record for new daily coronavirus cases, hospitalizations surge:

2020-06-23 - Scars of Covid-19 could last for life as doctors warn of long-term damage to health:

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2020-06-24 - Heatwave in Siberia alarms scientists:

2020-06-24 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane lands in coastal Wellington (New Zealand):

Quote: "A central fire communications spokeswoman told The New Zealand Herald there were reports that the cockpit of the aircraft - as well as the cabin area - had filled with smoke."

Note: This is the 29th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2020...

2020-06-24 - Recycling center erupts in flame in Huntersville (North Carolina):

2020-06-24 - Recycling center fire breaks out on Route 236 in Eliot (Maine):

2020-06-24 - Mulch fires break out in the Coachella Valley in Thermal (California):

Note: So hydrogen sulfide from the Salton Sea blanketed the Coachella Valley for days and now mulch fires are burning...

2020-06-24 - Man has heart attack on boat on Halfmoon Lake (Michigan):

Quote: "A man suffered a heart attack in his boat while on Halfmoon Lake Wednesday night, officials said."

2020-06-24 - Man, 38, has 'medical incident' and topples into the ocean in coastal Ganges on Salt Spring Island (Canada):

Quote: "A 38-year-old male was rescued by a bystander after falling into the water at the Ganges Marina dock on Wednesday at about 12:30 p.m. Salt Spring RCMP Corp. Matthew Crist said a medical incident likely contributed to the man ending up in the water, where a 72-year-old witness rushed to his aid and performed a rescue."

2020-06-24 - COVID-19 escalating in Arizona, California, Mississippi, Nevada, Texas, Oklahoma, North Carolina and South Carolina:

Quote: "The U.S. recorded a one-day total of 34,700 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, the highest level since late April, when the number peaked at 36,400, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University."

Quote: "While newly confirmed infections have been declining steadily in early hot spots such as New York and New Jersey, several other states set single-day records this week, including Arizona, California, Mississippi, Nevada, Texas and Oklahoma. Some of them also broke hospitalization records, as did North Carolina and South Carolina."

Quote: "In Texas, if the current case trajectory continues, Houston could be the hardest-hit city in the US with numbers rivaling those in Brazil. Infection numbers are also rising in Dallas, Austin and San Antonio, said Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine."

Quote: "In Texas, which began lifting its shutdowns on May 1, hospitalizations have doubled and new cases have tripled in two weeks. Gov. Greg Abbott told KFDA-TV the state is facing a 'massive outbreak' and might need new local restrictions to preserve hospital space."

Note: The president says this is because of more testing. Well, nobody ever accused him of being the brightest bulb in the lighting store. The doubling of hospitalizations is obviously because many more people are getting seriously ill, not because they're being tested. Derp!

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2020-06-25 - Helicopter bursts into flame after making emergency landing in Long Marston (Britain):

Quote: "The aircraft made an emergency landing outside the Masons Arms in Long Marston, near to Stratford-upon-Avon, at around 12.20pm. The helicopter is reported to have caught fire after making the emergency landing. Two people travelling in the helicopter managed to get out safely."

Note: This is the 30th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2020...

2020-06-25 - Metal recycling center erupts in flame in Anderson (South Carolina):

2020-06-25 - Massive pallet fire breaks out at 2:30 AM at business in Reedley (California):

Quote: "A massive fire at a pallet plant in California’s San Joaquin Valley drew a mutual aid response Thursday morning. Initial reports of smoke and fire came in at 2:30 a.m., the Reedley Firefighter’s Association reports. Crews arrived to find nearly 2,000 square feet of boxes and wooden pallets fully involved."

2020-06-25 - What a 100-degree day in Siberia really means:

2020-06-25 - Vietnam rice farmers resort to planting at night in order to beat the heat:

Quote: "The farmers of the Tam Thanh commune say they have been forced to work at night in the fields to avoid searing temperatures that they say have got worse over the years."

2020-06-25 - Man in his 50s topples into canal and dies on coastal Padre Island (Texas):

Quote: "Police tell 3News, the body appears to be a man in his 50s. At this time, police say they do not suspect foul play and believe the man may have suffered a medical emergency before falling into the canal."

2020-06-25 - Man, 51 , has 'medical issue' and dies in the water at Two Rivers Park in Finley (Washington):

Quote: "A Kennewick man appears to have suffered a cardiac-related medical issue before drowning at Two Rivers Park in Finley on Thursday afternoon, according to the Benton County Coroner’s Office."

Note: This area is located at the confluence of the Columbia River and the Snake River...

2020-06-25 - Tugboat captain has 'medical emergency' on boat and dies at 5 AM, boat runs aground, on the Mississippi River near Geismar (Louisiana):

Quote: "A tugboat and 24 barges ran aground after the tugboat’s captain had a medical emergency, officials said. Officials became aware of the collision at mile marker 183 near Geismar around 5 a.m. Thursday, June 25. The captain has since died."

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2020-06-26 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame on Sherbrooke Road in Willawong (Australia):

2020-06-26 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) spreading in lakes in Cumbria (Britain):

2020-06-26 - Shweli River mysteriously turns red in northeastern Myanmar:

2020-06-26 -  Coronavirus cases grow in more than 30 states as the US sets a record for average daily cases:

2020-06-26 - Inside the body, the coronavirus is even more sinister than scientists had realized:

Quote: "Researchers exploring the interaction between the coronavirus and its hosts have discovered that when the SARS-CoV-2 virus infects a human cell, it sets off a ghoulish transformation. Obeying instructions from the virus, the newly infected cell sprouts multi-pronged tentacles studded with viral particles. These disfigured zombie cells appear to be using those streaming filaments, or filopodia, to reach still-healthy neighboring cells. The protuberances appear to bore into the cells’ bodies and inject their viral venom directly into those cells’ genetic command centers — thus creating another zombie."

2020-06-26 - Huge 3500-mile-long Saharan dust cloud arrives in the southern US:

2020-06-26 - Freak hailstorm creates rivers of hail in Castle Rock, Colorado Springs, and Falcon (Colorado):

2020-06-26 - Air Force captain, man, 30, dies after being pulled unconscious from swimming pool at Scott Air Force Base (Illinois):

Quote: "An active duty Air Force officer was found unconscious at the Scott AFB swimming pool Friday and was later pronounced dead at Memorial East Hospital in O’Fallon, according to a release from the 375 Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs office. St. Clair County Coroner Calvin Dye Sr. identified officer as Capt. Nicholas J. Egich, 30, of Scott Air Force Base. Egich was pronounced dead in the hospital emergency room at 4:24 p.m., Dye said."

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2020-06-27 - Wildfires escalate dramatically in Siberia (Russia), millions of acres burning:

Quote: "Russia’s forest fire aerial protection service says forest fires in Siberia have grown nearly fivefold over the past week. The fires come amid a notable heat wave in parts of the sprawling region. A high temperature of 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 F) was reported a week ago in the town of Verkhoyansk. If the reading is confirmed, it would be the hottest day ever recorded in the Arctic."

Quote: "According to figures reported Saturday by Avialesookhrana, Russia’s agency for aerial forest fire management, 1.15 million hectares (2.85 million acres) were burning in Siberia in areas that cannot be reached by firefighters."

2020-06-27 - Waste facility erupts in flame in coastal New Haven (Connecticut):

2020-06-27 - Chemical factory heavily damaged by fire in coastal Gujarat (India):

Quote: "Located near the sea shore and at a distance from Kalamsar village, the unit caught fire on Saturday night and the local fire department was informed at about 9 pm. It took about 15-16 firefighting vehicles from five towns - Anand, Khambhat, Vallabh Vidya Nagar, Karamsad, Vadodara - and two companies - Gujarat Petrochemical and ONGC, to bring the blaze under control."

2020-06-27 - Arctic Ocean acidification could reach levels far greater than predicted if emissions stay high:

2020-06-27 - Hordes of blood-sucking, disease-carrying horse flies invade the UK:

2020-06-27 - Locust swarms invade Gurugram (India):

2020-06-27 - Some COVID-19 patients aren't getting better, major medical centers are seeking solutions:

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2020-06-28 - Chemical factory heavily damaged by fire in coastal Gujarat (India):

2020-06-28 - Oil factory devastated by massive fire in Rampur (India):

2020-06-28 - Recycling center erupts in flame in Bidston (Britain), 2 miles from the ocean:

2020-06-28 - Wildfire breaks out and causes evacuations in Saratoga Springs (Utah):

2020-06-28 - Wildfire breaks out after 11 PM and causes evacuations in Lehi and Draper (Utah):

2020-06-28 - Two wildfires merge into one 16,588-acre wildfire in Millard County and Beaver County (Utah):

2020-06-28 - Wildfire breaks out and grows to 3,000 acres+ at Mount Charleston (Nevada):

2020-06-28 - Mysterious radiation spike detected over Scandinavia:

Quote: "Radioactivity levels have spiked in the atmosphere over northern Europe, and that could indicate damage at a nuclear power plant in western Russia, according to a Dutch health agency that has analyzed the data. The radioactive spike suggests damage to a nuclear fuel element, the Associated Press reported."

2020-06-28 - Global coronavirus death toll tops 500,000:

2020-06-28 - Woman in her 20s goes into cardiac arrest on Pool Lane in Cambridge (Britain):

Quote: "An air ambulance landed in central Cambridge after a woman in her 20s suffered a cardiac arrest. Crews from the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) responded to the incident, which happened at around 8pm last night (Sunday June 28) in Pool Lane near Coldham's Common."

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2020-06-29 - Unknown foul odor hits coastal St. John's (Canada):

Quote: "Some residents of the capital city were left scratching their heads – and plugging their noses – over a foul odour that spread over a large area of the west end and south side on Saturday."

2020-06-29 - Passenger plane bursts into flame at airport in coastal Guernsey (Britain):

Quote: "Passengers had to be evacuated from a plane after it caught fire in Guernsey. Three engines from Guernsey Airport Fire and Rescue Service responded at 1:35pm after smoke was visible on an Aurigny flight, scheduled to take off for Southampton at 1:00pm."

Note: This is the 31st aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2020...

2020-06-29 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, metal, tires and building burn, on Tile Works Lane in Rettendon (Britain):

Quote: "As well as the building, a large amount of metal and tyres were alight. Crews used a digger on the site to break up the scrap, move it and extinguish it."

2020-06-29 - Landfill fire breaks out near Norilsk, Siberia (Russia):

Quote: "In what has been described as the worst environmental disaster to impact the Arctic, on May 29 more than 21,000 tons of diesel fuel spilled into the soil, two rivers, and a downstream lake after a storage tank at a Norilsk Nickel-operated power plant collapsed or sank due to the thawing permafrost soil."

2020-06-29 - Around 3,000 new cars and warehouse destroyed by massive fire at port in coastal Al Ahmadi (Kuwait):,to%20put%20out%20the%20fire.

Quote: "A huge fire broke out on Monday evening in Abdullah Port, Al Ahmadi Governorate in Kuwait, which resulted in the destruction of more than 3,000 new cars, miscellaneous goods, dyes and wood, according to KUNA news agency."

2020-06-29 - Wildfire breaks out and destroys dozens of homes near the Salton Sea in Niland (California), 1 killed:

Quote: "Dozens of homes have been destroyed in a brush fire which broke out Sunday night in the small town of Niland in the Southern California border region of Imperial County. According to the Imperial County Public Health Department (ICPHD), an estimated 40 homes had been destroyed as of 12:30 a.m. Monday. Evacuations were underway."

Quote: "Imperial County Firefighters were battling a major fire in Niland on the east side of the Salton Sea early Monday morning. By sunrise, the firefighters dispatched from numerous nearby agencies had mostly contained the blaze. One body was found Monday in the fire damage and authorities were investigating, according to the Calipatria Fire Chief."

Note: So this is the area that's recently been getting hit by (highly flammable) hydrogen sulfide emissions from the Salton Sea...

2020-06-29 - Maps show explosive growth of coronavirus in the US:

2020-06-29 - Chinese scientists discover a new swine flu capable of triggering a pandemic:

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2020-06-30 - Five ways the extreme Arctic heat wave follows a disturbing pattern:

Quote: "What is happening in the Arctic is very real and should serve as a warning to everyone who cares about the future of the planet as we know it."

2020-06-30 - South Pole in Antarctica experiencing record warming over the last 3 decades:

2020-06-30 - Global warming will cause ecosystems to produce more methane than first predicted:

Quote: "New research suggests that as the Earth warms natural ecosystems such as freshwaters will release more methane than expected from predictions based on temperature increases alone."

2020-06-30 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Conesus Lake (New York):

2020-06-30 - Car goes up in flames and burns man to death while parked near temple in coastal Bangkok (Thailand):

Quote: "A man was found dead inside a car which caught fire near a temple in Bangkok’s Nong Khaem district on Tuesday afternoon. Firemen were deployed to the scene after being alerted at around 1.10pm on Tuesday to douse flames ravaging the parked car. The vehicle, with Bangkok licence plates, was in a yard opposite Wat Thong Niam on Liab Khlong Pasi Chaoren Road, Nong Khaem district. A man, aged around 30-40, sitting in the driver’s seat was found dead inside the gutted car. The fire was later brought under control."

2020-06-30 - Underground electrical fire causes blackouts in Center City area in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

2020-06-30 - Recycling center erupts in flame in West Seneca (New York):

2020-06-30 - Apocalyptic sandstorm engulfs Hotan (China):

2020-06-30 - US residents remain unable to travel to Europe due to widespread coronavirus infections in the US:

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