Sunday, September 13, 2020

Event Update For 2020-09-12

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

2020-09-12 - Massive numbers of birds dying from unknown cause in New Mexico:

Quote: "Over the past few weeks, various species of migratory birds are dying in 'unprecedented' numbers of unknown causes, reported Martha Desmond, a professor at NMSU's Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology. 'It is terribly frightening,' Desmond said. 'We've never seen anything like this... We're losing probably hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of migratory birds.'"

Quote: "In August, large numbers of birds were found dead at White Sands Missile Range and at the White Sands National Monument in what was thought to be an isolated incident, Desmond said. After that, however, came reports of birds behaving strangely and dying in numerous locations in Doña Ana County, Jemez Pueblo, Roswell, Socorro and other locations statewide. The affected birds have included warblers, sparrows, swallows, blackbirds, flycatchers, and the western wood pewee."

2020-09-12 - Permafrost melting on the island of Svalbard (Norway):

2020-09-12 - Smoke chokes the US West Coast as wildfire death toll climbs to 31:

Quote: "The death toll from the fires in California, Oregon and Washington stood at 31 and was expected to rise sharply. Most of the fatalities were in California and Oregon."

Quote: "Some communities resembled the bombed-out cities of Europe after World War II, with buildings reduced to charred rubble piled atop blackened earth. Residents either managed to flee as the flames closed in, or perished."

2020-09-12 - US West Coast has the worst air quality in the world:

2020-09-12 - Satellite view of Earth puts wildfire smoke in perspective, and it’s huge:

2020-09-12 - La Niña has formed and it could worsen hurricanes and wildfires:

2020-09-12 - Rainforest destruction continues at a rapid pace in Brazil:

Quote: "A total of 1,359 square kilometers (525 square miles) in the Brazilian Amazon—23 times the size of Manhattan—were lost last month, according to satellite data from Brazil's National Space Research Institute (INPE)."

Quote: So about 2/3 of a Manhattan-sized area of rainforest is being wiped out EVERY DAY...

2020-09-12 - Home destroyed by explosion on LaBelle Street in Detroit (Michigan), nobody there:

Note: This is the 81st residential explosion in 2020...

2020-09-12 - Boat bursts into flame in Portland Harbor in coastal Portland (Maine):

2020-09-19 - Boat bursts into flame while docked in coastal Homer (Alaska), nobody aboard:

Note: These are the 813th and 814th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-09-12 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame shortly after 1 AM on I-15 in Victorville (California):

2020-09-12 - Tractor bursts into flame at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville (Florida):

Note: These are the 1318th and 1319th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-09-12 - Van bursts into flame at 6:30 AM on Broomieknowe Road in Rutherglen (Scotland):

2020-09-12 - Van bursts into flame at 4:24 AM at shop on Cornwall Place in Waltham Abbey (Britain):

2020-09-12 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home on Deely Place in San Antonio (Texas):

Quote: "A car caught fire in a carport Saturday afternoon, leading to the attached building catching some of the heat."

2020-09-12 - Car bursts into flame inside auto shop, fire spreads to 3 more cars, in Attleboro (Massachusetts):

Quote: "Attleboro Fire Deputy Chief Dennis Perkins said one car was burning on the inside and the fire extended to three other cars."

2020-09-12 - Car bursts into flame on trailer on Edgefield Highway near Aiken (South Carolina):

2020-09-12 - Car bursts into flame on Tuggeranong Parkway in Weston Creek (Australia):

2020-09-12 - Car bursts into flame at 6:04 AM on McNeill Avenue in Crewe (Britain):

2020-09-12 - Car bursts into flame on Manchester Road in Wilmslow (Britain):

2020-09-12 - Auto shop hit by fire at 5 AM, garage destroyed, on New Bloomfield Road in Duncannon (Pennsylvania):

2020-09-12 - Barn, hay and machinery destroyed by fire at 4:23 AM in Stoney Stratton (Britain):

2020-09-12 - Senior center destroyed by fire on Bay State Road in Rehoboth (Massachusetts):

2020-09-12 - Mobile home destroyed by fire on Dos Drive in Unity Township (Pennsylvania), 2 cats killed:

2020-09-12 - Home damaged by fire on Council Crest in Madison (Wisconsin):

2020-09-12 - Home destroyed by carport fire on Osborne Drive in the East Brainerd area in Chattanooga (Tennessee):

2020-09-12 - Home destroyed by fire just before 4 AM on Campbell Street in Danville (Virginia):

2020-09-12 - Duplex heavily damaged by fire just after 2 AM on Fifth Street in coastal Bridgeport (Connecticut):

2020-09-12 - Multi-family home heavily damaged by basement fire on Roselin Avenue in coastal Quincy (Massachusetts):

2020-09-12 - Fourplex apartment building heavily damaged by fire on East 600 South in Provo (Utah):

2020-09-12 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire at 5:40 AM in South Bend (Indiana):

2020-09-12 - Deadly fire burns mobile home at 6:10 AM on Lado Drive in Wesley Chapel (Florida), 1 killed:

2020-09-12 - Vacant home burns just after 1 AM on Lorimer Street in Jefferson Township (Ohio):

2020-09-12 - Vacant home burns on East 34th Street in Sioux Falls (South Dakota):

2020-09-12 - Vacant home burns on Pear Street in South Scranton (Pennsylvania):

2020-09-12 - Two people die unsuspiciously at home on Chapin Terrace in Springfield (Massachusetts):

2020-09-12 - Two men found dead on streets in coastal Baltimore (Maryland):

2020-09-12 - Boy, 14, found dead in swimming pool in coastal Suva (Fiji Islands):

2020-09-12 - Soldier, man, 29, found dead in barracks at Fort Jackson in Columbia (South Carolina):

Quote: "This is the fourth death of a soldier at Fort Jackson in the past year. An 18-year-old soldier suffered a medical emergency before a drill on Sept. 21, 2019, and later died at the hospital. A 19-year-old Minnesota National Guard soldier in basic training was found unresponsive on Jan. 8 and later died, according to the Army Times. And a 29-year-old Connecticut native died after suffering a medical emergency during a 'non-strenuous activity' in March."

2020-09-12 - Fire captain, man, 57, has 'medical emergency', dies shortly later, in Carrollton (Texas):

Quote: "A Carrollton fire captain has died after he suffered a medical emergency while on duty, the city announced Sunday."

2020-09-12 - Woman found dead in Old Tampa Bay near the Bayside Bridge in coastal Clearwater (Florida):

2020-09-12 - Middle-aged woman found dead on beach in coastal Montauk (New York):

2020-09-12 - Person drops dead near pickup truck on Highway 412 near Sand Springs (Oklahoma):

2020-09-12 - Man, 59, dies on passenger train just after 1 AM in coastal Manhattan (New York):

2020-09-12 - Woman found dead in car on Brown Road in Boaz (Alabama):

2020-09-12 - Person found dead in Burgoyne Woods Park in St. Catharines (Canada):

2020-09-12 - Man slumps over dead on bench at park in Ormonde (South Africa):

2020-09-12 - Ship's master, man, 48, has heart attack and dies on ship in the Arabian Sea near coastal Karwar (India):

Quote: "Master of asphalt tanker GLOBAL LADY died of heart attack in his cabin on Sep 12 in Arabian sea."

2020-09-12 - Woman has 'medical emergency' and drops dead at home on Canterbury Street in coastal Gillingham (Britain):

2020-09-12 - Man has seizure, car veers across median, hits four cars, on I-275 in Symmes Township (Ohio), 5 injured:

Quote: "The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office said a man traveling eastbound on I-275 suffered an apparent seizure. The driver abruptly swerved to the left through an emergency vehicle cross-over, driving into oncoming traffic in the westbound lanes. Officials said the driver struck four cars traveling on westbound I-275."

2020-09-12 - Twin-engine plane crashes near airport in Billings (Montana), engine failure, 1 injured:

2020-09-12 - Small plane crashes into woods off Old Baker Gap Road in Aurora (Alabama), 1 killed:

2020-09-12 - Passenger bus veers off road and overturns at 5:45 AM on the A24 near Ludwigslust (Germany), 28 injured:

2020-09-12 - Passenger bus overturns in Rashian (Pakistan), 3 killed, 16 injured:

2020-09-12 - Two tractor trailers crash on I-90/94 WB near Lake Delton (Wisconsin):

2020-09-12 - Heavy truck's brakes fail, truck slams into truck and 5 cars, in Ipoh (Malaysia), 12 injured:

2020-09-12 - SUV veers off road and overturns, bursts into flame, on Arsenal Street in Watertown (New York), 1 injured:

2020-09-12 - Car and truck collide head-on just before 6:40 AM in Layton (Utah), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2020-09-12 - Car veers off road, crashes down embankment, in High Point (North Carolina), 1 killed:

Quote: "Investigators believe Hinson may have suffered from a medical emergency right before the crash that caused him to lose control of the car."

2020-09-12 - Car veers off road at 3 AM, crashes into business, bursts into flame, in Penngrove (California), 3 injured:

2020-09-12 - Diver goes missing off coastal Anclote Key (Florida):

2020-09-12 - Magnitude 6.1 earthquake shakes Miyagi Prefecture (Japan):

2020-09-12 - Heavy rain and flooding devastate Sudan, 102+ killed:

2020-09-12 - Heavy rain and flooding displace 300,000 people in Ethiopia:

2020-09-12 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Mangaluru (India):

2020-09-12 - Scientists confounded by new findings on universe's mysterious dark matter:


  1. Breaking: Another gigantic chunk of Greenland's ice cap has broken off:

  2. Yep, it's all fadin' away, Jonny. Good Monday mornin' to y'all.

    Birds, insects, marine life all disappearing - and we're on that list somewhere.

    Le Show for Sunday, Sept. 13 [~ 1 hr]

    BBN: Oregon Can't Fight Fires Because Helicopters Are In Afghanistan [20.5 min.]

    Evacuations Ordered as Bobcat Fire Burns in Los Angeles County [looped short videos]

    Evacuations were ordered in Los Angeles County, California, as the Bobcat Fire burned downhill and threatened communities in the area on Sunday, September 13, according to local media reports.“Dangerous wildfire conditions” prompted evacuations for some residents in the city of Arcadia on Sunday, according to reports. Evacuation warnings have also been issued for a number of communities in the area.The blaze had burned approximately 31,991 acres and was six percent contained as of Sunday morning, according to fire officials. The Bobcat Fire reportedly sparked on September 6 in the Angeles National Forest.This timelapse footage, posted on Sunday by the Angeles National Forest, shows smoke and flames rising from a forested area. The fire was most active near Big Santa Anita Canyon in Los Angeles County, the Angeles National Forest said. [more]

    What to know about how wildfire smoke impacts your health [~ 2.25 min. video & text]

    As Northern California sits under a thick blanket of wildfire smoke for days, many people are left wondering what the air quality means for their health. “It is really bad,” said Dr. Vanessa Walker. As a pulmonary physician with Sutter Health and Pulmonary Medicine Associates, Walker has treated COVID-19 patients throughout the pandemic. Recently, she has seen an uptick in smoke-related hospital visits. [more]

    [2nd piece awaits]

  3. If They Will Loot Homes During These Wildfires, What Will They Do To You And Your Family When They Have No More Food?

    When disaster strikes, the first instinct that some people have is to go out and loot homes that have been evacuated. I wish that this wasn’t the case, but it seems to happen every time that we see a huge natural disaster. You have to be quite sick to want to take advantage of people that have left their homes during a great tragedy, but we have seen it happen over and over the last several years. Twisted individuals that have had their consciences completely seared think that undefended homes are an easy target, and a lot of times they get away with it. Fortunately, authorities were able to catch two degenerates that were just looting evacuated homes in Oregon, but only after they led the police on a high speed chase…[more]

    California’s wildfire smoke plumes are unlike anything previously seen – California fire carbon emissions in 2020 exceed previous record by nearly 2 times

    More than 3.1 million acres have burned in California this year, part of a record fire season that still has four months to go. A suffocating cloud of smoke has veiled the West Coast for days, extending more than a thousand miles above the Pacific. And the extreme fire behavior that’s been witnessed this year hasn’t just been wild — it’s virtually unprecedented in scope and scale. [more]

    All of the bad news in 2020 Is causing a shockingly high number of Americans to "seriously consider" suicide [Michael Snyder, End of the American Dream]

    Almost 11 percent of all respondents to that survey said they had "seriously considered" suicide in the past 30 days. For those ages 18 to 24, the number was 1 in 4 — more than twice as high. [more]

    Africa’s record flooding stretches resources already struggling with COVID-19 and conflict – “Sudan is experiencing the worst flooding in 100 years”

    Record rainfall across parts of Africa is stretching the resources of government officials and aid workers already struggling with COVID-19 outbreaks, regional conflicts, and other health-related emergencies.

    In Sudan, a three-month state of emergency has been declared after weeks of heavy rain caused the White and Blue Nile rivers to burst their banks. Tens of thousands of homes have been destroyed and vast tracts of agricultural land now lie under water.

    According to authorities, more than 100 people have lost their lives. [more]

    [3rd section next]

  4. How Big Oil Misled The Public Into Believing Plastic Would Be Recycled

    Laura Leebrick, a manager at Rogue Disposal & Recycling in southern Oregon, is standing on the end of its landfill watching an avalanche of plastic trash pour out of a semitrailer: containers, bags, packaging, strawberry containers, yogurt cups.

    None of this plastic will be turned into new plastic things. All of it is buried.

    "To me that felt like it was a betrayal of the public trust," she said. "I had been lying to people ... unwittingly."

    Rogue, like most recycling companies, had been sending plastic trash to China, but when China shut its doors two years ago, Leebrick scoured the U.S. for buyers. She could find only someone who wanted white milk jugs. She sends the soda bottles to the state.

    But when Leebrick tried to tell people the truth about burying all the other plastic, she says people didn't want to hear it.
    [more; yep, most would rather believe their delusions]

    Tropical Storm "Sally" strengthening, hurricane and storm surge warnings issued for portions of the U.S. Gulf Coast

    Tropical Storm "Sally" formed at 18:00 UTC on September 12, 2020, as the earliest 18th named Atlantic storm, beating the previous record set by Stan on September 22, 2005. At the time it formed, Sally's center was located about 60 km (35 miles) SSE of Naples, Florida.

    Before it was officially named, Sally was known as Tropical Depression 19 -- TD19 made landfall at 06:00 UTC on September 12 just south of Miami, Florida with winds of 55 km/h (35 mph) and a pressure of 1 007 hPa. [more]

    Hurricane "Paulette" intensifying on its way toward Bermuda

    Tropical Storm "Paulette" formed at 15:00 UTC on September 7 as the earliest 16th named Atlantic storm, breaking the previous record set by Philippe on September 17, 2005. The storm intensified into a hurricane at 03:00 UTC on September 13 -- the 6th of the 2020 Atlantic season to date. The average full Atlantic hurricane season has 6 hurricanes. A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Bermuda. [more]

    With newly formed Tropical Storm Teddy, NHC tracking five named systems at once

    Tropical Storm Teddy was about 1,110 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands and about 1,405 miles east of the Lesser Antilles early Monday. Its moving west-northwest near 14 mph with maximum sustained winds near 40 mph with higher gusts. The forecast shows Teddy making a turn toward the mid-west by mid-week. [more]

    [4th part follows]

  5. [off topic]
    Dark matter might be even stranger than we thought, according to Hubble

    A new study using the Hubble Space Telescope suggests that we understand dark matter even less than we thought previously. The hypothesized matter is thought to exist based on the mass of galaxies, but has never been directly observed. Now, new research suggests that our predictions about how dark matter affects space-time might be way off.

    Hubble researchers used a technique called gravitational lensing, in which distant objects are observed by looking at the way light is bent by the gravity of closer objects, with the closer objects acting like a magnifying glass. This allowed them to spot areas that likely contain dark matter, which can be seen affecting the distortion of space-time even if it can't be seen directly.

    The finding that surprised the researchers was that even small amounts of dark matter in clusters created a gravitational lensing effect that was 10 times stronger than they had expected.

    This suggests there is something missing from our understanding of dark matter. "There's a feature of the real universe that we are simply not capturing in our current theoretical models," team members Priyamvada Natarajan of Yale University said in a statement. "This could signal a gap in our current understanding of the nature of dark matter and its properties, as these exquisite data have permitted us to probe the detailed distribution of dark matter on the smallest scales." [more; Dark Matter Matters . ..]

    Floods leave 6 dead after days of heavy rain in Tunisia

    At least 6 people have died in floods after days of heavy rainfall in Tunisia. [more; video]

    Over 30 dead or missing after floods and landslides in Bahrabise, Nepal

    According to the latest reports, 11 people have lost their lives and 20 are still missing. Five people have been injured. NDRRMA said that 17 families have been affected and 11 houses buried or swept away. [more; video]
    Lightning bolt kills 3 children and 7 goats in Uttar Pradesh, India

    The incident took place in Chilimal village when the children had gone to the jungle to graze their goats, they said.

    A man, identified as Dharmendra alias Suraj, got injured while seven goats also died in the incident, the SP said. [more]

    [5th installment below]

  6. Lightning bolt kills 3 in Uttar Pradesh, India

    A 20-year-old man and two boys were killed after being struck by lightning in a village in Uttar Pradesh's Banda district on Saturday afternoon, police said.

    [SOTT]Comment: On the same day strikes caused the death of 2 individuals in West Bengal while another was also fatally hit in Pakistan. [more]

    Death toll from rains, floods in Pakistan reaches 310

    The NDMA said the countrywide death toll stood at 310 - 135 men, 107 children and 70 women.

    The NDMA said that 239 people - 6 women and 142 men and 41 children - were injured in the rain-related incidents, while 78,521 houses were destroyed and another 139,102 were damaged. Rains also damaged 13 roads, 10 bridges, 3 hotels, 3 shops, 5 mosques and 7 powerhouses. [more; 4 videos]

    Mysterious lights in South Carolina sky spark UFO debate

    Sharing the video, the user wrote that the result is not doing justice to what they saw. It read, "We could very clearly see 20+ sources of light at a constant glow far beyond the clouds."

    The post added that the light would flash and then get back to glowing constantly. This glow cannot be seen in the video. "At times, they even appeared to move at lightning speeds, then back to being still within an instant," it said. [more]

    [6th section to come]

  7. Burned jaguars, fire tornadoes: Blazes in Brazil wetland deliver climate warning

    "We've seen a lot of dead animals, mainly reptiles, serpents, caimans," he said. "We've seen a lot of dead deer, dead tapirs, dead monkeys, dead coati," a cousin of North American raccoons. [more]

    Climate change denier hired for top position at NOAA

    David Legates, a professor of climatology at the University of Delaware who has spent years rejecting the scientific consensus that human activity is causing climate change, confirmed with NPR this weekend that he was hired as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's deputy assistant secretary of commerce for observation and prediction. [more]

    Western US pattern change to bring wildfire and smoke relief for some, high fire danger for others

    As the death toll from the wildfires that have charred millions of acres and created apocalyptic scenes across the West continues to climb, forecasters say that a pattern change is imminent -- but it might not be good news for all.

    Over 4.6 million acres of land are actively burning across the West, with most of these blazes ongoing in California, Washington and Oregon, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. Many of these blazes exploded in size during a high wind event around the Labor Day holiday.

    At least 35 people have been killed along the West coast as a result of the blazes, and tens of thousands have been forced to evacuate [more]

    Plant Thieves Scour Forests to Satisfy Foliage-Starved Filipinos

    The pandemic has set off a wave of theft in the Philippines. The target? Plants.

    The government has stepped up monitoring of social media and patrolling of protected natural areas amid reports of traders scouring mountains and forests for plants, including endangered species, to meet a sudden spike in demand from locked-down Filipinos who are craving some greenery in their homes.

    “Illegal gatherers and collectors are having a fiesta because the market is bigger and prices are more attractive,” said Rogelio Demallete, an ecosystem specialist at the nation’s Biodiversity Management Bureau. “People are buying and raising plants because of boredom from the quarantine.” [more]

    A top disease expert is warning of 'another 12 to 14 months of a really hard road ahead of us,' and says the US has no national plan to stop it

    "What is our national plan?" Osterholm asked. "We don't have one." [more]

  8. [some Monday headlines from RF]
    News Links, September 14, 2020
    Rice Farmer

    US budget deficit soars to $3tn record

    Russia defies US Sanctions, presses Syria on Long Term Trade, Investment deal for Energy

    Russia Warns of Hostile Actions as US Flies Nuclear Bombers Near NE Coast

    The US Is Doing Far Worse Than What It Accuses China Of Doing To The Uighurs

    Chinese military calls US biggest threat to world peace

    French 'yellow vests' tussle with police as Paris protests resume [they're b a a a c k]

    The High Cost Of Decommissioning Oil Platforms In The North Sea

    Oil producers evacuate U.S. Gulf of Mexico platforms as storm brews

    Famines as a Military Weapon: Is Europe in Danger?

    Heatwaves are becoming more deadly as nights warm faster than days

    The Net Zero Emissions Lie

    Earth barreling toward 'Hothouse' state not seen in 50 million years, epic new climate record shows

    ASSANGE EXTRADITION: Lawyer's Covid-19 Test is Negative; Trial Resumes on Monday Morning

    How a Senate Inquiry Revealed the Israeli Surveillance Industry's Role in Orchestrating Russiagate

    Why is the US Government Using Stolen Cash To Pay Doctors in Venezuela?

    The Idea Behind WikiLeaks: Julian Assange as a Physics Student

    Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman Infects Readers With 9/11 Dementia

    'A scary number' of retail companies are facing bankruptcy amid the coronavirus pandemic

    The U.S. is Borrowing Its Way to Fascism

    Century 21 Files for Bankruptcy, to Close All 13 Stores
    The coming wave of defaults

    Western leaders blame climate change as wildfires burn 4.6M acres

    The United States & Its Constitution Have Two Months Left (Paul Craig Roberts)


  10. The above was a test post, Time Tough by Toots and The Maytals

    Eye of Hurricane "Paulette" moves directly over Bermuda

    The northern eyewall of Category 1 Hurricane "Paulette" started moving over Bermuda at around 06:00 UTC on Monday, September 14, 2020. At the time, the storm had maximum sustained winds of 140 km/h (85 mph) and was moving NW at 20 km/h (13 mph). Its minimum central pressure was 973 hPa.

    "Indian Summer" Arrives in Western Europe and will bring temperatures of mid-30s C, 95F in many areas this week; Italy, France, Spain and Eastern Europe can expect much higher temperatures.

    Summer is continuing well into September with temperatures to reach the mid-30s C, 95F and will be even warmer tomorrow and Wednesday, the heatwave is expected to last well into next week although the heat will cool off a little after Wednesday for most places, here in sleepy Holland, Belgium and Germany are expected to see temperatures above 32 deg C, 90F + but Italy, France, Spain and Eastern Europe can expect much higher temperatures.

    [Jonny's 1st comment, above]
    Nioghalvfjerdsfjorden: A big chunk of Greenland's ice cap, estimated to be some 110 square kilometres (42.3 square miles), has broken off in the far northeast Arctic which scientists say is evidence of rapid climate change.

    A big chunk of Greenland's ice cap, estimated to be some 110 square kilometres (42.3 square miles), has broken off in the far northeast Arctic which scientists say is evidence of rapid climate change. The glacier section broke off the fjord called Nioghalvfjerdsfjorden, which is roughly 80 kilometres (50 miles) long and 20 kilometres (12 miles) wide, the National Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland said Monday. [more]