Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Event Update For 2020-08-18

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

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

Category: Variety Pack

2020-08-18 - Methane hydrates tipping point threatens to get crossed:

2020-08-18 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, pile of scrap metal debris burns, in St. Paul (Minnesota):

Quote: "Because there were vehicles and appliances in the pile, there was the potential for firefighters to encounter various hazardous materials and they fought the fire from the perimeter."

Quote: "'It’s everything from scrap metals in regards to vehicles and appliances,' St. Paul Fire Department Deputy Chief Roy Mokosso said."

2020-08-18 - Oil tank goes up in flames at 5:45 AM at refinery near the Houston Ship Channel in Pasadena (Texas):

Quote: "Chevron said that around 5:45 a.m., it discovered the fire on an oil tank in the northeast corner of the property near the Houston Ship Channel."

2020-08-18 - Electrical substation heavily damaged by fire in Greater Noida (India):

2020-08-18 - Numerous wildfires rage across California during heatwave, governor declares state of emergency:

2020-08-18 - Huge wildfire grows to 87,778 acres acres near Grand Junction (Colorado), now 3rd largest wildfire in Colorado history:

Quote: "The Pine Gulch Fire is now the third largest fire in Colorado history. It has burned 87,778 acres, 494 more acres than the High Park Fire in 2012."

2020-08-18 - Wildfire ignited by vehicle fire doubles in size to 3,000 acres overnight near Lake Piru (California):

Quote: "The Holser Fire broke out just after 2 p.m. Monday in the area of Holser Canyon and Piru Canyon roads. It is believed to have been caused by a vehicle fire which spread to a nearby patch of brush."

2020-08-18 - Wildfire breaks out and causes evacuations near Skaha Lake (Canada):

Quote: "The B.C. Wildfire Service said crews are working on the fire on Christie Mountain about six kilometres north of the community of Okanagan Falls, on the east side of Skaha Lake. The fire is estimated at 2.5 square kilometres and firefighters on the ground are being supported by air tankers."

2020-08-18 - Home explodes and burns on Biddles Lane in Cotes Heath, Stafford (Britain), 2 killed:

Quote: "One neighbour said: 'It would appear that there was a large explosion and fire at a house/garage opposite Cranberry Commercials and inside the motor car in the garage, there were a couple who died in the fire.'"

Note: This is the 72nd residential explosion in 2020...

2020-08-18 - Asphalt plant heavily damaged by fire and explosions in Tucumcari (New Mexico):

2020-08-18 - Container ship 'X Press Monte Bianco' disabled by fire off coastal Tarragona (Spain):

Quote: "Fire erupted on board of container ship X PRESS MONTE BIANCO early in the morning Aug 18 off Tarragona, Spain, Mediterranean, reportedly in engine room. Helicopter and SAR ship responded, delivering fire team and equipment. Fire is said to be taken under control, a lot of smoke and high temperature reported. No AIS during last 10 hours as of 1330 UTC, understood the ship is disabled, with SAR ship and tug nearby, towage probable."

2020-08-18 - Two boats destroyed by fire at 12:52 AM while docked at marina in coastal White Stone (Virginia):

2020-08-18 - Boat bursts into flame at the Alamitos Bay Marina in coastal Long Beach (California):

2020-08-18 - Boat bursts into flame in coastal Bellingham (Washington):

2020-08-18 - Boat bursts into flame off the island of Zakynthos (Greece):

Note: These are the 749th, 750th, 751st, 752nd, 753rd and 754th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-08-18 - Passenger bus bursts into flame while parked at gas station in St. Helena (California):

2020-08-18 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on street in coastal Miraflores (Peru):

2020-08-18 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on Conway Drive in Billinge (Britain):

Note: These are the 198th, 199th and 200th buses to burn in 2020...

2020-08-18 - Tractor trailer hauling scrap metal bursts into flame on I-5 near Del Mar (California):

Quote: "Authorities shut down several lanes of north Interstate 5 near Del Mar on Tuesday afternoon after a tractor trailer hauling scrap metal caught fire on the freeway."

2020-08-18 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at 5:15 AM on I-69 in Fort Wayne (Indiana):

2020-08-18 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-22 near Mooreville (Mississippi):

2020-08-18 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-81 in Wythe County (Virginia):

2020-08-18 - Tractor and baler destroyed by fire in Rottne (Sweden):

Note: These are the 1198th, 1199th, 1200th, 1201st and 1202nd tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-08-18 - Garbage truck bursts into flame on Court Lane in Iver (Britain):

2020-08-18 - FedEx truck bursts into flame in parking lot in Austin (Texas):

2020-08-18 - Delivery van bursts into flame in parking lot along the A17 near coastal Klundert (Netherlands):

2020-08-18 - SUV bursts into flame, ignites brush fire, in Chelan County (Washington):

2020-08-18 - SUV bursts into flame, ignites brush fire, on Highway 3 east of Castlegar (Canada):

2020-08-18 - Pickup truck bursts into flame at 1:05 AM while parked at apartments, fire spreads to two cars, in Wenatchee (Washington):

2020-08-18 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on Summit Road near Rew (Pennsylvania):

2020-08-18 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to home, on Donald Street in Nashville (Tennessee):

Quote: "The fire took place in the 100 block of Donald Street. NFD confirms a vehicle caught fire in the car port and spread to the exterior of the single family home."

2020-08-18 - Car bursts into flame, ignites brush fire, in Deer Creek Canyon (Colorado):

2020-08-18 - Car bursts into flame on street in Champaign (Illinois):

2020-08-18 - Car bursts into flame on Highway 97 near West Kelowna (Canada):

2020-08-18 - Car bursts into flame at 11:50 PM on Barton Highway in Belconnen (Australia):

2020-08-18 - Taxi bursts into flame on street in coastal Singapore:

2020-08-18 - Car bursts into flame on Valiant Drive in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Valiant Drive, Hull. Tue 18 Aug 2020 22:32 (No:015250) Car fire. Two hose reels and one BA in use."

2020-08-18 - Vehicle bursts into flame on I-95 near Willis Road in Chesterfield County (Virginia):

2020-08-18 - Vehicle and home destroyed by fire on Lakewynds Drive near Arkansas City (Kansas):

Quote: "A vehicle was inside the garage and was completely burned."

2020-08-18 - Auto driving school destroyed by fire on Main Street in Worcester (Massachusetts):

2020-08-18 - Home heavily damaged by fire on St. Michel Avenue in Houma (Louisiana), dog killed, nobody there:

2020-08-18 - Apartment building damaged by fire at The Village at Lake Lily Apartments in Maitland (Florida):

2020-08-18 - Hotel damaged by fire near the beach in coastal Lauderdale-by-the-Sea (Florida):

Quote: "The building is home to the Dee Jay Beach Resort, which is steps away from the beach."

2020-08-18 - Deadly fire burns home at 4 AM in Houston (Texas), 2 killed:

2020-08-18 - Many fish wash ashore dead at beach in coastal Visakhapatnam (India):

2020-08-18 - Man, 47, drops dead on tugboat on the Tombigbee Waterway (Mississippi):

2020-08-18 - Person found dead in the North Oconee River in Athens (Georgia):

2020-08-18 - Man slumps over dead in car at shopping center in coastal Chesapeake (Virginia):

2020-08-18 - Woman slumps over dead in car in bank drive-thru in coastal Pompano Beach (Florida):

2020-08-18 - Person found dead and face-down in the water off coastal Miami Shores (Florida):

2020-08-18 - Person found dead in lake in Orange County (Florida):

2020-08-18 - Person found dead in pond in Tallahassee (Florida):

2020-08-18 - Man in his 20s jumps in the water and dies in the Clackamas River in Estacada (Oregon):

2020-08-18 - Person found dead in canal in El Paso (Texas):

2020-08-18 - Woman found dead in the Pudding River near Canby (Oregon):

2020-08-18 - Woman, 30, found dead in Blue Lake (Colorado):

2020-08-18 - Soldier, man, 23, found dead in lake at Mount Rainier National Park (Washington):

2020-08-18 - Man, 52, found dead in the Resurrection River near Seward (Alaska):

2020-08-18 - Person found dead in lake at Schuman Park in Rolla (Missouri):

2020-08-18 - Man, 74, falls into the water and dies in Arcadia Lake (Michigan):

2020-08-18 - Man, 80, found dead in Lake Buel (Massachusetts):,611717

2020-08-18 - Woman, 29, drops dead on hike near Peebles (Scotland):

Quote: "Emma McDonald, from Peebles, on the Scottish Borders, was out on Monday with pals when she suddenly collapsed. Tributes to the popular florist and keen mountain biker said she died after suffering a cardiac arrest."

2020-08-18 - Man, 44, found dead in the River Clyde in Uddingston (Scotland):

2020-08-18 - Man, 45, has 'medical event', SUV crashes into stream, in coastal Whangarei (New Zealand):

Quote: "The driver of a Nissan Safari that crashed through a wooden barrier and went nose first into a stream in Whangarei suffered a medical event."

2020-08-18 - Helicopter crashes near the Eskay Creek Mine (Canada), 1 killed:

2020-08-18 - Tractor trailer veers off road, plunges down embankment, in Bedford Hills (New York), 1 injured:

2020-08-18 - Tractor trailer veers off road shortly after 6 AM and crashes into ditch along I-84 in Danbury (Connecticut):

2020-08-18 - Tractor trailer veers off road and overturns on I-75 near Caryville (Tennessee):

2020-08-18 - Car veers off road, crashes into ditch, in Carroll County (Indiana), 1 injured:

Quote: "Investigators at the scene believe that, based on information they gathered, Aragon may have had a medical event before the crash."

2020-08-18 - Car crashes into yard, bursts into flame, in Renton (Washington), 1 killed:

2020-08-18 - Magnitude 6.8 and 6.9 earthquakes strike in the ocean off Indonesia:

2020-08-18 - Magnitude 6.6 earthquake stikes in the Philippine Islands, 1 killed, dozens injured:

2020-08-18 - Massive and growing weak spot in Earth's magnetic field about to split in two:

2020-08-18 - Study suggests antibodies do protect against second coronavirus infection:

2020-08-18 - There might once have been a second sun in our solar system, astronomers claim:

2020-08-18 - Mathematicians solve part of the weirdest open problem ever:


  1. Good afternooooooon Jonny, everyone.

    Thursday, 20 August 2020
    Tropical Atlantic moves into high gear and looking ominous: Tropical Storm Laura and Marco – the next two reserved names in Atlantic hurricane season 2020 are queuing up in the Atlantic: Hurricane Genevieve is aiming at Mexico and extratropical Storm Ellen batters the UK and Ireland

    According to Severe Weather Europe, it looks like tropical Atlantic is taking a higher gear this week. An impressive train of tropical waves is seen from western Africa westwards towards the Caribbean. Tropical Storm Laura and Marco – the next two reserved names in Atlantic hurricane season 2020 – are likely to form in the coming days. Train of tropical waves All three waves are expected to track west-northwest into western tropical Atlantic, the Caribbean, and potentially towards the Gulf of Mexico, the Bahamas, and possibly the United States next week. The highest concern is the Invest #98L which is forecast to potentially track towards Florida and Bahamas. [more]

    'Very intense' Antarctic air to bring historic cold and snow across wide swaths of South America

    A "very intense" Antarctic air mass is forecast to spread across wide swaths of South America this week, with the potential to bring historical cold and snow, MetSul warned.

    Interstellar visitor ‘Oumuamua could still be alien technology

    ‘Oumuamua’ is a mysterious, interstellar object that crashed through our solar system two years ago. And a new study argues that it might in fact be alien technology, because an alternative, non-alien explanation might be fatally flawed.

    South Korea claims Covid-19 pandemic 'in full swing', yet practically no one is dying

    South Korea has warned of an impending health crisis, after continuing to report three-digit increases in new coronavirus cases. But the uptick has had little effect on the number of coronavirus-related deaths in the country.

    In total, South Korea has documented 16,346 cases of Covid-19, with 307 deaths resulting from the pandemic. Despite the increase in new cases, the nation has reported only one new coronavirus-related death in the past 24 hours. Seven people have died from Covid-19 since the start of August. [more]

    [2nd part follows]

  2. Chongqing braces for worst flood in decades as China's Yangtze river sees record water flow - 8,660 sq km of arable land flooded

    China's Chongqing province braces for the worst flood in decades as the Cuntan Station on the Yangtze River saw its highest water level since 1939 on Thursday morning (Aug 20).

    More than 8,660 sq km of arable land in the province were flooded. The direct economic loss caused by the floods was about 2 billion yuan (S$394 million). [more]

    EF-2 tornado causes 'significant damage' in DeLand, Florida

    Severe storms, including an EF-2 tornado, ripped through Central Florida on Tuesday afternoon, causing "significant damage" in DeLand and prompting deputies to go door to door looking for possible victims, according to sheriff's officials. [more; videos]

    Waterspout whipped onshore as tornado, downing trees and spooking South Florida residents

    There and gone in about three minutes, the tornado reached peak winds of 80-85 mph, according to the weather service.
    [more; lots of videos]

    6 bottleneck whales dead in largest live stranding in the history of Ireland

    Seven northern bottlenose whales were spotted stranded on a beach in Rossnowlagh, County Donegal, on the northwest coast of Ireland. This occurrence is considered to be the largest stranding of live animals in the history of Ireland. [more]

    Storm Ellen causes widespread damage across Ireland

    In the Republic of Ireland, power cuts affected at least 194,000 customers. [more; video]

    Pilot killed as California wildfires rage after 11,000 lightning strikes in 72 hours

    Nearly 11,000 lightning strikes have been recorded in California over 72 hours, in the heaviest spate of thunderstorms to hit the state in more than a decade.

    A total of 367 individual fires were ignited, with more two dozen growing into major blazes, authorities said.

    CalFire spokesman Will Powers said thousands of residents were under mandatory evacuation orders. [more]

    Nurse Speaks Out, Empty Beds, and no Coronovirus Cases in Devon Hospitals UK [~ 27.5 min. video]

    My talk this week with a Nurse in Devon UK who tells me there are no #Coronavirus #Covid19 cases in any of the big hospitals in Devon UK, yet there are still empty beds and people dying without treatment. She also speaks of nurses having heart and breathing problems from compulsory face masks. [more]

    [3rd piece below]

  3. Paul Beckwith on Arctic ice

    Arctic Sea Ice Status Update, and a Tragedy in Greenland. [15 min. video]

    We are 4-5 weeks away from our yearly Arctic Sea Ice mid-September minimum. I chat on present Arctic sea ice status and loss trends. Gone are days of thick, solid, contiguous ice. We now have a regime where sea ice is fractured, broken, thin, and easily jostled around by wind, ocean currents, and waves. Sensors measuring ice extent, area, and thickness struggle to provide accurate info in this new fractured regime.

    I also discuss the extremely sad, tragic loss of Swiss glaciologist Konrad Steffen in a Greenland crevasse.

    Fractured, Thin, Broken Arctic Sea Ice Subject to Mercy of Wind, Waves, Ocean [15 min.]

    Northern California wildfires threatening thousands of homes

    Wildfires raged through Northern California again on Thursday, threatening thousands of homes and blackening the skies near San Francisco as crews struggled with steep terrain and blistering heat.

    The fires, many caused by lightning and sometimes pushed by strong winds, had burned hundreds of thousands of acres as they chewed through brushland, rural areas, canyon country and dense forest surrounding San Francisco. Fires also burned in the Sierra Nevada and Southern California wild lands. [more]

    ["Stryker, you're coming in too hot!"]
    Pilot's Leg Injured After FedEx Plane Makes Spark-Filled Touchdown Without Landing Gear at LAX

    The pilot of a FedEx airplane was injured after a mechanical issue forced the plane to make an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport early Wednesday.

    The aircraft, a Boeing 767, experienced a landing gear malfunction while touching down at the airport around 4:50 a.m. local time, Ian Gregor, a spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration, told PEOPLE in a statement.

    "The crew was unable to extend the left main landing gear before landing on Runway 25R," the statement said.

    Two people were on board, none of whom were passengers, and an adult male was taken to the hospital with a non-life threatening leg injury, the Los Angeles Fire Department said in a news alert.

    The man was a pilot who sustained the injury as he evacuated the aircraft, the airport said on Twitter. [more]

    [4th section awaits]

  4. Old Farmer's Almanac Winter 2020-2021 Forecast and Predictions Are In

    The Old Farmer's Almanac just released its annual extended forecast for winter 2020-2021.

    The Almanac predicts “a light winter for most of us here in the United States, with warmer-than-normal temperatures in the forecast for a large part of the country.”

    The Old Farmer's Almanac, which was founded in 1792, has been releasing weather predictions since George Washington was president. Each year, the authors of the Almanac go back to see just how accurate their predictions were for the previous year. When it comes to the 2019-2020 winter season, they found that they were 80.5% accurate, which is just above their typical 80%. [more]

    Russian Experts to Analyze 'UFO' Footage Captured by ISS Astronaut Ivan Vagner

    Russian astronaut Ivan Vagner was hoping to capture something spectacular on camera from his current home aboard the International Space Station — the Aurora Borealis passing over the Antarctic.However, his timelapse footage, tweeted on August 19, captured something even more unusual; a group of five unidentified flying objects (UFOs). “At 9-12 seconds, 5 objects appear flying alongside with the same distance,” Vagner wrote. “What do you think those are? Meteors, satellites or…?”Vagner sent his footage to experts at Roscosmos, the Central Research Institute of Machine Building (TsNIIMash), and the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences for further analysis.In an interview with Rossiya-24, Roscosmos spokesman Vladimir Ustimenko said it was “too early to make conclusions” about the video. “It was decided to hand over those materials to experts, who will tell us what that was in their opinion,” he said.

    [5th part next]

  5. [these will deliver the 'vaccine' FOR us, mwaah-ha-haaah!]
    ‘Jurassic Park experiment’: 750 million genetically engineered mosquitoes to be released in Florida
    US authorities have approved a plan to release more than 750 million genetically modified mosquitoes across the Florida Keys, despite objections from local residents.

    British-based firm Oxitec are behind the project, that will test whether the altered mosquitoes can work as an alternative to pesticides to control the spread of diseases, such as Zika, dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever, according to CNN.

    The male mosquito, which is named OX5034, has been created to produce female offspring that die at larval stage, before they grow big enough to spread disease and bite.

    Female mosquitoes bite for blood while they mature their eggs, but males do not carry the diseases as they feed on nectar, according to Sky News.

    The mosquitoes will only be released in the Florida Keys in 2020, but will be expanded into Harris County, Texas in 2021, after the Environmental Protection Agency granted Oxitec’s request for an experimental use permit. [more]

    Trump is opening Alaska’s wilderness to the oil business, but no one is buying

    Trump’s Ransacking of Alaska

    More than half of California's incarcerated firefighters are under lockdown as coronavirus sweeps through state prisons, resulting in a shortage of crews in fire season

    California has relied on incarcerated firefighters as its primary "hand crews" since the 1940s, and in the past few years, the number of inmate firefighters has grown to 3,500, nearly a fourth of the state's 15,500 wildfire fighters, according to Cal Fire, the department overseeing the state's forestry and fire protection.

    The severe reduction of inmate fire camps leaves Cal Fire vulnerable to deal with the extreme conditions with a limited number of inmate fire crews to draw from. [more]

  6. [some Thursday headlines from RF]
    News Links, August 20, 2020
    Rice Farmer

    World's largest shipping firm says demand will 'significantly decline' this year

    China stocks lead losses in Asia Pacific; Japan's exports in July slide on-year

    Virus pandemic reshaping air travel as carriers struggle
    Globally, air travel is down more than 85% from a year ago, according to industry figures.

    US and China to double weekly flights, handing lifeline to grounded carriers facing industry's worst travel slump

    Kushner: US Won't Allow Israeli Annexation 'for Some Time'

    Israel Opposes US Sales of F-35 to UAE Despite Peace Deal

    Oxfam: Saudis Carry Out Equivalent of One Attack Every Ten Days on Yemen's Medical and Water Facilities

    In Further War Crime, Israelis cut Electricity to Gaza, Idling 50,000 Factory Workers

    Dozens dead after migrant boat explodes off Libyan coast

    Brazil indigenous protesters defy court, resume roadblock

    Oil Piracy Has Spiked During COVID Pandemic

    UAE's nuclear power plant connects to the national grid in a major regional milestone
    This is presented as a major accomplishment, but the addition of a nuclear power plant anywhere just adds to the inevitable planetary catastrophe. -- RF

    Green Energy Failed Leaving Millions in California Blackout

    EU coal sector facing steep production decline this year

    Salmonella outbreak linked to onions grows with 47 states reporting cases, more foods recalled

    Can you grow enough fruit and vegetables to be self-sufficient?
    Yes, but you will need more land and fertilizer and back-breaking labor than you anticipate. Also — as I have said repeatedly — you aren't going to become an instant farmer. Growing food is an art and a science, and there is so much to learn if you are going to roll with the punches that Mother Nature continually throws at you, and still come out of it with something to eat. -- RF

    California confirms first human case of the plague in 5 years: What to know

    California wildfires expand overnight to burn thousands of acres

    Greenland Succumbs

    Secret Service Bought Phone Location Data from Apps, Contract Confirms
    The sale highlights the issue of law enforcement agencies buying information, and in particular location data, that they would ordinarily need a warrant or court order to obtain.

    Reuters (Unsurprisingly) Looks Away as Ecuador Tries to Outlaw Opposition Parties

    Facebook removes hundreds of QAnon groups, cites risk to public safety

    What Post COVID-19 America Will Look Like

    CEOs Now Make 320 Times More Than Typical Worker

    The Rich Got Richer During the Pandemic, Bailed Out by the Fed. How That Happened and Why That's Bad for the Economy

    Waiting for that extra $300 weekly unemployment benefit? For thousands, it may never come

    Several Fed policymakers see more easing ahead to help brace economy

    BLS Will Revise Away 229,000 Private Jobs

    As protections expire, Vegas faces potential eviction crisis