Slow-Motion Disaster: Wyoming landslide rips apart house

April 21, 2014 WYOMING - A creeping landslide threatening homes and businesses since early April in Jackson, Wyo., suddenly lurched Friday, tearing apart a house. While landslides are common along the steep slopes fronting the nearby Teton Range, the crumbling hillside is a rare occurrence in the mountain resort town, according to news reports. Officials first noticed the slumping hillside at East Gros Ventre Butte on April 4, and evacuated 42 homes and apartments on April 9, the Jackson Hole News & Guide reported. The landslide was initially moving a few inches each day, but between Thursday, April 17, and Friday, April 18, the earth rapidly advanced by up to 10 feet (3 meters) in some spots, according to a city press release. The hillside has slid a total of 15 feet (4.5 m) in some spots, despite concrete buttresses meant to slow its movement. The sudden lurch Friday ripped apart a house at the head of the slide when the earth beneath it dropped. The speed-up also destroyed the road leading to a neighborhood built on the butte, cutting off the only public access, and ruptured a sewer line, the News & Guide reported. The mass earth movement also threatens a main road through town, West Broadway, and a water main — both at the toe of the landslide. The city has set up a live webcam to monitor the slow-motion disaster. –Yahoo News
Posted in Avalanche, Black Swan Event, Dormant fault activation, Earth Changes, Earth Watch, Earthquake Omens?, High-risk potential hazard zone, Land fissures, cracks, sinkholes, Landslide & geological deformation, Potential Earthchange hotspot, Seismic tremors, Time - Event Acceleration | Leave a comment

Indonesia’s Mount Merapi smoking and trembling again

April 21, 2014INDONESIA – Volcanic activity at Mount Merapi, on the border of Central Java and Yogyakarta, dispersed ash within a 15-kilometer radius of the southeast, south and southwest of the volcano, on Sunday. “Tremors were recorded for around 20 minutes at 4:21 a.m. local time on Sunday, and our observers began to hear rumbling at 4:26 a.m.,” said Sri Sumarti, head of the Mt. Merapi division at the Geological Disaster Technology Research and Development Center (BPPTKG) in Yogyakarta on Sunday, as quoted by Antara news agency. It was reported that embers were also seen. Sri asserted that, however, there was no lava flow. “The same thing happened after Mt. Merapi erupted in 2010. The smoke this morning was an isolated occurrence and was not followed by more seismic activity,” she said. Sri further said a 5.6 Richter scale earthquake with an epicenter some 151 km southwest of Gunung Kidul occurred on Friday. On Saturday, the BPPTKG also recorded seismic activity at Mt. Merapi in the form of four tectonic quakes between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. “We are not able to yet conclude whether the smoke blowing this morning is directly related to the quakes,” said Sri. She said the volcano’s status remained “active-normal.” –Jakarta Post
Posted in Dormant fault activation, Earth Changes, Earth Watch, Earthquake Omens?, High-risk potential hazard zone, Potential Earthchange hotspot, Seismic tremors, Signs of Magnetic Field weakening, Tectonic plate movement, Time - Event Acceleration, Volcanic Ash, Volcano Watch | Leave a comment

NASA: the only thing stopping a city-destroying asteroid is blind luck

April 2014 SPACE - So you know how we all kind of thought that our odds of getting destroyed by an asteroid were remarkably low? Yeah, that was wrong. According to new research, the odds of a large-scale asteroid impact are actually three to ten times higher than we thought. And the only thing stopping total and utter destruction? Sheer, dumb luck. The unsettling revelation, which will be presented in full by three former NASA astronauts this coming Tuesday, is the result of a new visualization of data from a nuclear weapons warning network. The B612 Foundation found that 26 atomic-bomb-size explosions have happened around the world in (thankfully) remote locations since 2001. Ed Lu, the Foundation’s CEO, explains: It shows that asteroid impacts are NOT rare—but actually 3-10 times more common than we previously thought. The fact that none of these asteroid impacts shown in the video was detected in advance is proof that the only thing preventing a catastrophe from a ‘city-killer’ sized asteroid is blind luck.
We’re not totally helpless, though. Funded by the B612 Foundation and Ball Aerospace, the Sentinel Infrared Space Telescope will head into a Venus-esque orbit around the sun when it launches in 2017. From orbit, the Sentinel should have a better vantage point for spotting rogue, humanity-destroying asteroids than we’ve ever had before. We’ll get a better picture of what this all means come Tuesday, when the astronauts present their findings at the Museum of Flight in Seattle at 9pm EDT. So just to be safe, maybe hold off on rewatching Armageddon for now. – Gizmodo
Posted in Black Swan Event, Civilizations unraveling, Comets, Dark Ages, Earth Changes, Earth Watch, Earthquake Omens?, Environmental Threat, Fireballs, Meteor or Asteroid, High-risk potential hazard zone, Infrastructure collapse, Potential Earthchange hotspot, Prophecies referenced, Space Watch, Time - Event Acceleration, Unknown phenomena in the sky | 6 Comments

Saudi Arabia announces spike in MERS cases – 20 new infections

April 2014SAUDI ARABIASaudi Arabia confirmed 20 new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) on Saturday and Sunday, adding up to 49 infections in six days, a sudden increase of a disease that kills about a third of the people infected and has no cure. MERS, a SARS-like novel coronavirus that emerged in Saudi Arabia two years ago, has infected 244 people in the kingdom, of whom 76 have died, the Health Ministry said on its website. However, Health Minister Abdullah al-Rabia on Sunday told reporters there was no scientific evidence yet to justify ordering additional preventative measures such as travel restrictions. He said he did not know why there had been a surge of cases in Jeddah but said it might be part of a seasonal pattern since there was also a big rise in infections last April and May. Another cluster of cases has been detected in the United Arab Emirates and a Malaysian who was recently in the Gulf has been confirmed as infected, his country said. MERS has no vaccine or anti-viral treatment, but international and Saudi health authorities say the disease, which originated in camels, does not transmit easily between people and may simply die out. Health experts have warned, however, that MERS has the potential to mutate eventually. The number of officially confirmed Saudi cases has jumped suddenly over the past two weeks. Saudi authorities last week issued several statements aimed at reassuring the public that there was no immediate cause for concern at the latest outbreak and that it had not met international definitions of an epidemic.
Rabia said the ministry had invited five European and North American companies to work with it in developing a vaccine and that some of the companies would soon visit the kingdom. audi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, is expected to receive a surge of pilgrims in July during the faith’s annual fasting month of Ramadan, followed by millions more in early October for the Haj. Last week Malaysian health authorities said a Malaysian citizen had been confirmed as having the disease after he returned from pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. Rumors of unreported cases have circulated on Saudi social media feeds in recent weeks. Last week, the kingdom’s cabinet asked Saudi news organizations to report only those cases that are officially confirmed by the Health Ministry. Most of the new infections are in Saudi Arabia’s port city of Jeddah, where 37 people have been infected since Monday, seven of them fatally. Another 10 new cases, one of them fatal so far, were discovered in the capital Riyadh. There were also new cases confirmed in Najran Province and the city of Medina. Last week, another cluster of cases was discovered in the neighboring United Arab Emirates, and Yemen reported its first case. -Reuters
Posted in Black Swan Event, Civilizations unraveling, Disease outbreak, Earth Changes, Ecology overturn, Environmental Threat, High-risk potential hazard zone, Human behavioral change after disaster, New virus reported, Pest Explosions, Pestilence Watch, Prophecies referenced, Time - Event Acceleration | 1 Comment

Experts downplay volcanic threat, warn of more quakes

April 2014 NICARAGUANicaraguan authorities say “there’s no scientific evidence” of a pending eruption of Momotombo and Apoyeque volcanos despite recent earthquake activity along nearby fault lines. In a report released this afternoon by Nicaragua’s Disaster Response Agency (SINAPRED), a team of national and foreign experts say the current seismic activity “could lead to future scenarios of volcanic activity” north of Managua, but there’s no evidence of an immediate eruption. Scientists say there’s no variation to the water quality in the volcanic craters and nearby wells, no emission of sulfur dioxide, and no change to the structure of volcanoes — all good signs. However, the report says, the dramatic increase in seismic activity over the past week is similar to the “hundreds of earthquakes” that proceeded the 1999 eruption of Cerro Negro Volcano in León. The SINAPRED report says the seismic activity between Momotombo and Apoyeque appears to be diminishing, but authorities are not ruling out the possibility of additional aftershocks with magnitudes between 5 and 6 on the Richter Scale. Scientists said the current earthquake activity has centered along a 20-KM fault line north of Managua, between Nagarote and Mateare, which suffered the brunt of the damage from the 6.2-magnitude quake on April 10.
The active fault lines are separate from the fault lines crisscrossing beneath Managua, but continued seismic activity in Lake Managua “could activate some of the faults (in Managua) and produce damage in the city,” the report warns. Scientists also notes the recent “deformation” to the coastline of Lake Managua, which caused the water to recede in the lake. They say they’re investigating the matter, but think it’s “secondary to the high amount of seismic activity in the region.” The report says the overall water temperatures in the lake are considered normal, and said earlier claims of rising temperatures could be due to natural hot springs found in different parts of the lake. The report recommends that Nicaragua remain on high alert and is calling on the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (INETER) to “significantly increase their investigations to generate better knowledge of our seismic risks.” –Nicaragua Dispatch
Posted in Civilizations unraveling, Dormant fault activation, Earth Changes, Earth Watch, Earthquake Omens?, High-risk potential hazard zone, Potential Earthchange hotspot, Seismic tremors, Signs of Magnetic Field weakening, Submarine Volcano, Tectonic plate movement, Time - Event Acceleration, Volcanic Ash, Volcanic Eruption, Volcanic gas emissions, Volcano Watch | 3 Comments

7.5 magnitude earthquake strikes off coast of Papua New Guinea

PNG 7.5 April 19
April 2014PAPUA, NG - An earthquake with a magnitude 7.5 struck off Papua New Guinea on Saturday and a tsunami warning was briefly issued for the Pacific Island nation and neighboring Solomon Islands, but there were no immediate reports of damage. The quake, at a depth of 10 km (6 miles), struck 68 km southwest of Panguna on the island of Bougainville, the U.S. Geological Survey said, revising down the magnitude from an initial 7.8. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center later cancelled a tsunami warning for Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands and there was no threat to neighboring Australia or across the Pacific Ocean. At least six strong tremors have hit near Bougainville in the past week or so, including a magnitude 7.3 on April 11, but there have been no reports of major damage. “Certainly it has been very active, more active than usual,” said Jonathan Bathgate, a seismologist at Geoscience Australia.
“(The spate of earthquakes) is relieving some pressure on this faultline, but we can’t rule out another large earthquake.” The quake would have been felt strongly on Bougainville and nearby islands, but given its position on the so-called “Pacific Ring of Fire” where earthquakes are frequent, extensive damage was unlikely, Bathgate said. However, a local tsunami may have been generated, he added. Readings showed a small wave had been generated, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said. In 1998, a magnitude 7 earthquake triggered a tsunami that smashed into villages near Aitape on Papua New Guinea’s north coast and killed more than 2,000 people. Resource-rich Bougainville, which neighbors the Solomon Islands, fought a war for independence from Papua New Guinea in the 1990s, leading to the closure of the Panguna copper mine, majority-owned by Rio Tinto Ltd. Bougainville is now an autonomous region of Papua New Guinea. –Reuters
Posted in Civilizations unraveling, Dormant fault activation, Earth Changes, Earth Watch, Earthquake Omens?, High-risk potential hazard zone, Infrastructure collapse, Landslide & geological deformation, Lithosphere collapse & fisssure, Potential Earthchange hotspot, Prophecies referenced, Seismic tremors, Signs of Magnetic Field weakening, Tectonic plate movement, Time - Event Acceleration, Volcano Watch | Leave a comment

6.6 magnitude earthquake strikes Papua New Guinea’s Bougainville Island

PNG 6.9 April 18
April 2014PAPUA NG - A strong 6.6-magnitude earthquake has struck off Papua New Guinea’s Bougainville Island but there is no risk of a widespread tsunami, seismologists say. The quake hit at 0104 GMT (1104 AEST) on Saturday and was centered 62km southwest of the town of Panguna on Bougainville at a depth of 45km, the US Geological Survey said. In its initial estimate, the USGS said there was a low likelihood of casualties and damage. According to the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre there was no threat of a destructive widespread tsunami based on historical data. Geoscience Australia measured the quake at magnitude 7.0 and said it was probably felt within a wide radius, with the potential for localized shaking damage. “Because it’s such a large event there’s a possibility of damage in that area,” seismologist Emma Mathews told AFP. “But it’s nothing out of the ordinary for such an earthquake-prone country.” Mathews said it was the latest in a recent cluster of earthquakes in the Panguna region, with five events recorded in the past week including powerful magnitude 7.6 and 7.5 tremors that triggered a local tsunami alert. Those jolts were felt locally but there were no reports of significant damage from remote and isolated Bougainville, which sits between the island of New Guinea and the Solomons.
The rumblings sparked panic in the Solomon’s capital Honiara, reeling from floods earlier this month that claimed at least 21 lives. “This is quite an active area, an active tectonic area that receives a high frequency of earthquake activity,” Mathews said. Quakes of such magnitude are common in PNG, which sits on the so-called Pacific “Ring of Fire,” a hotspot for seismic activity due to friction between tectonic plates. In October, a 7.1-magnitude quake struck in the same area – around 65 kilometers west of Panguna. Last year in February the remote town of Lata in the Solomons was hit by a devastating tsunami after an 8.0-magnitude earthquake. The tsunami left at least 10 people dead, destroyed hundreds of homes and left thousands of people homeless. -SBS
Posted in Civilizations unraveling, Dormant fault activation, Earth Changes, Earth Watch, Earthquake Omens?, High-risk potential hazard zone, Lithosphere collapse & fisssure, Potential Earthchange hotspot, Seismic tremors, Signs of Magnetic Field weakening, Tectonic plate movement, Time - Event Acceleration, Volcano Watch | 5 Comments