Space Daily – MY 21, 2018
Authorities in Hawaii have warned of dangerous “laze” fumes as molten lava from the erupting Kilauea volcano reached the Pacific Ocean.
Two lava flows “reached the ocean along the southeast Puna coast overnight,” on Hawaii’s Big Island, the US Geological Survey, which monitors volcanoes and earthquakes worldwide, said in a statement Sunday.
A crack however opened in the ground under one of the lava channels, “diverting the lava… into underground voids,” the statement said.
When the hot lava flow hits the water it produces acid fumes known as “laze” – lava and haze.
“The plume is an irritating mixture of hydrochloric acid gas (HCl), steam, and tiny volcanic glass particles,” the USGS said.
Hal Turner News – May 17, 2018
This web site was among the very first to begin warning folks in Hawaii and on the west coast of North America, that a portion of Hawaii’s southern coastline, was in danger of collapsing into the ocean from the ongoing eruption of the Kilauea volcano. If such a collapse took place, it would cause a Pacific-wide TSUNAMI, with waves of 99 feet tall possibly plowing into San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Vancouver, British Columbia CANADA, four to five hours after such a collapse takes place.
I was sharply ridiculed as a “fear-monger” and accused of “publishing nonsense.” I was told my reports were “fake news” and they were designed to be “click bait.” Well . . . guess what the Hawaii Volcano Observatory said about a Sea Cliff near Kilauea the last time large lava was spewing out as it is now. Feast your eyes on this:
Kilauea Volcano’s: “Lava flow is still active and entering the ocean at Kamokuna on the volcano’s south coast. Recent observations of the ocean entry indicate growing instability of the adjacent sea cliff. A potential collapse of the cliff poses an extreme danger to anyone in the closed area on land, as well as to boats near the ocean entry. . .
The name of the unstable land mass on Kilauea’s seaward side is the “Hilina Slump.”
In a companion feature in the Feb. 28 issue of Nature, research geophysicist Steven N. Ward of the University of California-Santa Cruz estimated Kilauea’s southern flank to be nearly equal in size to a half-mile-thick slice of Rhode Island. If that massive chunk of land suddenly collapsed into the ocean . . . it could generate an enormous wall of seawater — or tsunami — powerful enough to threaten coastal cities as far away as California, Chile and Australia, according to Ward.
Sputnik News – May 17, 2018
“Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that an Explosive Eruption at Kilauea’s Summit has occurred. The resulting ash plume will cover the surrounding area,” the alert said. “You should shelter in place if you are in the path of the ash plume.”
The explosion occurred at about 6 a.m. local time, following two weeks of volcanic activity and the opening of more than a dozen fissures.
Kilauea is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. An eruption of 1924 killed one person while sending rocks, ash and dust into the air for 17 days; the volcano has been erupting continuously since 1983.
Mac Slavo – May 15, 2018
The eruption of the Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island is worsening. It has now created 19 fissures in the eastern rift zone among housing subdivisions near the island’s southeastern corner, one of which is spewing “lava bombs” into the air; and scientists say an explosion is imminent.
One of the newest fissures has been seen tossing “spatter bombs” of lava at distances of up to 500 feet, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. At least three dozen structures have already been damaged or destroyed by lava from the fissures, which began opening up over ten days ago in the Leilani Estates neighborhood of Puna, according to Forbes.
The unpredictable 2,000-degree lava is taking its toll on volcano evacuees on Hawaii’s Big Island. But there is one predictable outcome: the volcanic situation in Hawaii is going to get worse. Evacuees are now awaiting an “imminent” eruption that could rain car-size boulders and ash onto this tropical paradise.
TW – May 14, 2018
Wind speeds of up to 110 km/h (68 mph) and lightning devastated numerous villages, uprooting trees, bringing down homes and leaving at least 61 people dead and dozens injured since Sunday evening, May 13, according to BBC.
Similar unseasonal powerful dust storms and thundershowers in the past two weeks have left at least 202 people dead.
IMD meteorologists said more thunderstorms in north, north-east and parts of south India are expected over the next two days.
Vidhi Dosh – May 10, 2018
NEW DELHI – A team of scientists in India is investigating why packs of stray dogs in villages near the north Indian town of Sitapur have mysteriously started killing children.
In just a week, six children between 5 and 12-years-old were killed by snarling strays, while more than two dozen others have been injured in attacks.
The attacks have terrorized the town and, according to local reports, school attendance has dropped and villagers in the town say they believe the killer beasts are hyenas, not dogs. Vigilante dog-catching squads have started shooting and strangling animals, while local authorities have recruited policemen, municipal workers and a team of expert monkey catchers to apprehend the strays.
The World Wildlife Fund and the Indian Veterinary Research Institute have sent teams to figure out what has turned the dogs into child killers.
Mac Slavo – May 11, 2018
A federal EMP commission report warns that even the smallest EMP attack on our grid system would down it for about a year, if not longer. A year-long blackout would certainly be coupled with a massive death toll that would devastate entire populations.
The so-called EMP Commission report said that this threat is very real, jeopardizes “modern civilization,” and would set back living conditions to those last seen in the 1800s. As a result of the chaos, millions would likely die, according to the report titled “Assessing the Threat from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP),” from the recently re-established Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack.
Three reports on the issue of an EMP attack have been declassified by the Pentagon and seven more are awaiting clearance. Among those declassified documents, was a report from Peter Vincent Pry, who served on a prior EMP Commission and is executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, spelling out the human toll of an EMP attack on the electric grid. He also advises the current commission.
Matti K – May 11, 2018
Tasmania’s capital Hobart experienced a record-breaking rainfall, which caused road closures, schools to shut down, legal proceedings to halt and businesses to be evacuated.
In the 24 hours leading up to 23:00 UTC, May 10 (09:00 local time, May 11), Hobart got its wettest day since 1960 with the city center and surrounding areas receiving more than 120 mm (4.72 inches) of rain.
Meteorologist Sarah Sitton from the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) said that by the morning of May 11, Mount Wellington had recorded 236 mm (9.29 inches) of rain.
“That was the second-highest-ever May rainfall in a single day for Tasmania. It was the highest rainfall that’s ever been recorded at Mount Wellington,” Sitton said.
AP – May 10, 2018
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Villagers said it started with a loud rumble, then houses collapsed one by one under an approaching wall of water.
“We took our children and rushed to higher ground,” farmer Joseph Maina told The Associated Press. Their home was submerged and their crops were washed away but unlike dozens of others, they survived.
At least 44 were dead and another 40 were missing Thursday after a dam swollen by weeks of seasonal rains burst in Kenya’s Rift Valley, sweeping away hundreds of homes and sending people fleeing, officials said.
At least 20 of the dead were children.
“Many people are missing. It is a disaster,” said Rongai town police chief Joseph Kioko.
DW – May 6, 2018
Nuclear plant operator EDF Energy is hoping to restart a reactor it had to close because of new cracks. Experts have warned against extending the lives of old reactors, saying operators are “gambling with public safety.”
The presence of new cracks in a reactor at the Hunterston B nuclear reactor on Scotland’s west coast raises important safety questions about several other aging reactors in the UK, an independent nuclear expert told DW on Sunday.
The plant’s Reactor 3 was taken offline in March after Britain’s Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) was informed about keyway root cracks in the core’s graphite bricks.
Last week, operator EDF Energy said it would extend the shutdown to November to allow for additional safety checks after it discovered more new cracks. But the operator insists it will ultimately be able to restart the reactor — something it can only do with the ONR’s permission.