Is Brazil bracing for the next huge storm? Water disappears from beaches in Guaratuba, Brazil


Scientists say, the ocean receding phenomenon is due to a huge storm sucking up the waters, building up the storm surge.

This is however the fourth time that such an anomalous tidal effect is recorded along the Atlantic coast of Brazil and prior of Uruguay. And I doubt that each time a giant hurricane the power of Irma was the cause. I haven’t heard of any. So what’s going on along the Atlantic’s South American coast?

Water disappears from beaches in Guaratuba, Brazil on September 21 2017

The Atlantic water receding phenomenon started in August 2017 in Uruguay, than in Brazil.

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The anomalous tidal phenomenon is not understood in Brazil yet.

Beginning of Sept. 2017, the sea water disappeared in the Bahamas. The building up of Irma’s storm surge was most probably responsible for the water receding in the Bahamas:

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water-disappears-brazil-september-2017-5Nobody knows why the water disappears along the Atlantic coast of South America.

Now, the pictures and the video in this article clearly show that the water has started receding again along the beaches of Guaratuba, Brazil.

water-disappears-brazil-september-2017-2In the Bahamas, the water disappearance was linked to Hurricane Irma.

But there are no giant storms off the coast. There is nothing sucking up the water. There is no reason or a tsunami. So why is the water disappearing mysteriously? Where is it all going?

water-disappears-brazil-september-2017-4But giant ofshore storms cannot explain the water receding in Brazil since there were no such storms.

It seems that something else, another mysterious ocean phenomenon, is playing a major role in Southern America.

I am not enough qualified to determine the exact process that is going one there. But fact is: the water is disappearing along the Atlantic coast of South America and nobody can explain why!

 

 

http://strangesounds.org/2017/09/water-disappears-from-beaches-in-guaratuba-brazil-video-pictures-is-brazil-bracing-for-a-huge-storm.html

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URMIA LAKE IN IRAN TURNS RED BLOOD AUGUST 1, 2016


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http://www.facebook.com/GabeHashOffic… Between April and July, Iran’s salty Lake Urmia changed from a bright green color to a blood red.
NASA’s Aqua satellite captured the image above and reported on the science behind the strange transformation. According to NASA, the periodic color change is caused by micro algae producing carotenoids.
Carotenoids, also called tetraterpenoids, are organic pigments that are found in the chloroplasts and chromoplasts of plants and some other photosynthetic organisms, including some bacteria and some fungi.
Carotenoids, help with photosynthesis and act as antioxidants and Halobacteriaceae, a bacteria in very salty water that releases “a red pigment called bacteriorhodopsin that absorbs light and converts it into energy for the bacteria.
The color changes have become common in the spring and early summer due to seasonal precipitation and climate patterns.
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Extreme storm surge ‘Mar de fondo’ sends giant waves along the Pacific coast from Mexico to Chile killing 3 and evacuating hundreds


(Strange Sounds) Heavy surge with giant waves hits the Pacific coast Saturday from Mexico to Chile.

Results: Three dead, one missing and hundreds of evacuated…

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In Panama, a person was swept away by the killer waves.

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This first video was captured at the Hotel Decameron in Farallón, Río Hato, Panama:

In Mexico, a man drowned on the beach in Acapulco, where four-meter high waves smashed houses of the coast and flooded the streetsas shown in the video below:

In the city of Valparaiso, Chile, a European tourist was washed away and another injured.

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A 14 year old boy is reported missing in Salvador, near the town of Playa Metalio.

Many people have been rescued and some 400 people were evacuated as violent waves devastated more than 50 homes along the countries’ coasts.

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This strong swell – also known as Marejada o Mar de Fondo in spanish – is a phenomenon coming back each year.

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Mexican authorities believe they are triggered by violent storms and winds offshore.

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The deadly phenomenon is expected to continue in the next four days. So, sportsmen and fishermen be cautious!

http://www.theeventchronicle.com/news/north-america/extreme-storm-surge-mar-de-fondo-sends-giant-waves-along-the-pacific-coast-from-mexico-to-chile-killing-3-and-evacuating-hundreds/?utm_content=buffer21885&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Gulf of Mexico turning BLOOD RED along Florida Coast


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The coastal plains of Florida are facing serious threat from a large Red Tide bloom which has not been seen for almost a decade.

The Red Tide is posing devastating infestation on the marine life of Florida. The incoming tide has already claimed lives of thousands of fish in the Gulf of Mexico and it is now reported to be closing in on the coast. The Red tide bloom is expected to wash ashore striking the mainland in around two weeks.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, the bloom is spread about 80 miles in length and approx 50 miles in width in Gulf of Mexico but presently the tide is from 40 to 90 miles offshore.

Picture of the Gulf of Mexico

The Florida FWCC has counted more than 700 dead fish as a result of the red tide since July 24, all occurring on the west coast of Florida.

Surface water temperatures have been warmer in the area over the past week, according to AccuWeather.com Expert Meteorologist Dan Kottlowski, which is a contributing factor to the outbreak.

“It could have large impacts if it were to move inshore. It has been killing a lot of marine species, especially fish, as it waits offshore,” Brandon Basino, spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), said.

http://www.thepcmdgazette.com/news/gulf-of-mexico-turning-blood-red-along-florida-coast/

Did a meteor hit? Scientists in Odessa at a loss to explain 2 meter tidal wave that rushed ashore preceded by an obtuse sound of an explosion


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Scientists in the city of Odessa have failed to explain for the causes of an unusually tall tidal wave that rushed ashore Friday in the city’s beach areas and in the neighboring port town of Ilyichevsk.

“Measuring equipment didn’t register any tremors of the crust or any other geophysical events that might have triggered a tsunami of this kind,” Dr. Konstantin Yegupov, the chief of a seismic survey station at the Odessa State Academy of Construction told reporters.

He said the researchers had not confirmed the versions of either an underwater blast or the so-called rump wave.

All the evidence available to us points to a local surge of the sea, presumably in the area of Chernomorka and the wave moved from the northeast to the southwest but we can only theorize about the nature of that surge,” Dr. Yegupov said.

A special commission has been set up by the regional branch of the state service for emergency situations response to establish the causes of the phenomenon.

A total of six people, including four children, received traumas and were taken to the region’s central hospital,” Dr. Yegupov said.

Along with it, rescue services did not confirm the reports on a child who had allegedly died that went viral in social networks.

The press office of the emergencies service claimed the number of injured was so small and no one had died owing to the fact that there were too few visiting holidaymakers in Odessa this year because of the tense situation in all the parts of Ukraine.

A tidal wave more than 2 meters tall battered the beaches of Odessa and Ilyichevsk Friday. Eyewitnesses claimed its emergence had been preceded by an obtuse sound of an explosion.

Comment: We have placed this article temporarily in the category Fire in the Sky as, at the moment, a cosmic origin appears to be the most likely reason.

Huge ‘whirlpools’ in the ocean are driving the weather


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The 90-mile-wide whirlpool, spotted off the coast of South Africa by Nasa’s Terra satellite in February 2012.

Giant “whirlpools” in the ocean, up to 500 kilometers across, are driving the world’s climate on a scale previously unimagined. We just don’t know exactly how yet.

The bodies of swirling water, called mesoscale eddies, are 100 km to 500 km in diameter. They form when patches of water are destabilised by obstacles like islands. The eddies carry huge volumes of water and heat across the oceans, until they slowly stop spinning over days or months and reintegrate with the surrounding water.

The assumption was that they gradually diffused the heat they carried in all directions as they travelled, which would hardly do anything to the climate. Now, for the first time, the amount of water and heat they carry has been measured and it turns out the eddies have a big effect after all.

Bo Qiu at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu and colleagues used satellite data from 1992 to 2010 to spot eddies, and floating sensors to map their shapes, volumes and temperatures.

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The team found the eddies move as much water as the biggest ocean currents. They mostly move west, driven by the spinning of the Earth. As a result, over 30 million tonnes of water arrive on the east coasts of continents every second.

Westward water

“The amount of water they can carry westward was a huge surprise,” says Qiu.

It’s not clear what this means for the weather, but it is likely to be significant. Some of the world’s biggest sources of climate variability, such as the El Niño Southern Oscillation, are powered by heat moving around the oceans, driven by wind and ocean currents. The eddies could have similar effects, says Qiu, and once we understand them it should help us create more accurate predictions of the regional effects of climate change.

For instance, eddy-driven currents are probably exacerbating extreme weather around Japan, says Wenju Cai from CSIRO in Melbourne, Australia. Warm water carried by the giant Kuroshio current drives extreme weather, and the eddies carry even more warm water, making the weather worse.

It’s also unclear how the eddies will affect weather in the future. It will depend on how climate change affects them, which Qiu says they haven’t looked at yet.

It may be that the eddies get bigger and more common in a warmer world. They are the ocean equivalent of storms, and since storms and hurricanes are predicted to become more powerful due to the extra heat energy, the eddies might too.

http://www.sott.net/article/281104-Huge-whirlpools-in-the-ocean-are-driving-the-weather

Red Tide – Bioluminescent San Diego, 2011


On September 28th, 2011, the “Red Tide” hit San Diego shores. The neon-blue waves are not digitally created or altered from their original form.
This video was shot at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, Calif & North Ponto Beach in Carlsbad, Calif.

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Largest algae bloom ever seen, washes up on beaches in China


 
July 9, 2013 CHINAMore than 20,000 tons of bright green algae has washed ashore on China’s beaches in recent weeks, but there’s disagreement as to what caused the massive bloom. The algae began washing ashore about a month ago in the city of Qingdao in China’s eastern Shandong province, as it does every year. But this year’s bloom is estimated to be twice the size of 2008′s, when the Beijing Olympic sailing event was threatened by a similar bloom. The Los Angeles Times reports that so far this year the algae has covered an area of about 11,500 square miles, which is larger than the state of Massachusetts. Some researchers believe the algae is from seaweed farms south of Qingdao, which grow north on coastal rafts that attract algae. Others say it may be naturally occurring, or from fertilizer washed into the ocean from gardens, farms and golf courses. Generally, the plant poses no danger to humans, but it can produce a toxic gas if left to rot, the LA Times notes. – Huffington Post

 

Jakarta sinking by up to 10cm a year, as water supplies dry up


George Roberts
ABC
Sat, 29 Dec 2012 17:05 CST
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Jakarta flood

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Increasing sea levels caused some parts of north Jakarta to flood during a high tide in 2009

Experts in Indonesia are preparing to build a huge wall to stop the ocean from swamping parts of Jakarta.

Some suburbs in the capital already go underwater when there is a big tide but the problem is expected to get even worse.

Jakarta is sinking by up to 10 centimetres a year and Indonesia’s national disaster centre says with oceans rising, large parts of the city, including the airport, will be inundated by 2030.

Flooding and high tides are already causing problems for some residents in the city of 10 million people.

Kartoyo’s roadside food stall is swimming in about 30 centimetres of water.

“It has been easier,” he said.

“This kind of flood is manageable but hopefully it won’t get higher.”

“The people here before, they couldn’t even go to the market because of the flood and the children couldn’t go to school.”

In 2009 the council built a small sea wall, but the ocean still pushes its way up through the drains and into homes.

But while some suburbs still go under and the roads are rivers, residents across town have the opposite problem.

Juriah lives next to a new development, one of the many pushing skywards as Indonesia’s economy booms, but the water supply to her suburb has disappeared.

“Because the development project next door sucks up all the water, the water stopped since the project started – about three months ago. That’s what caused it I think,” she said.

“I use a small water pump, and no water flows.

“In the beginning there was a little water but in the end it just stopped.”

‘Extensive flooding’

As developers suck up the watertable it dries out and the city slumps into the empty cavity.

“From our observations, since the 1960s the ground water has declined around 30 metres,” the head of water resources at Indonesia’s energy and mineral resources ministry, Dodid Murdohardono, said.

“The decline of ground water causes pressure in the groundwater lining and that’s why Jakarta is sinking.”

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, an expert hydrologist with the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, says if the problem is not remedied, it could have massive consequences.

“If this continues, the area will have permanent flooding will increase especially with the additional increase of sea level in Jakarta Bay or the Java Sea, which is around seven millimetres per year,” he said.

“If our efforts aren’t fast enough compared to the causes, more than five million people could be affected.”

The city’s given itself less than 20 years to sort it out.

To curb the twin problems of the city sinking and the ground water drying up, the government’s attempting to restrict the amount industries can take.

“And in the next 30 years the government of Jakarta plans to build a giant dam around Jakarta Bay to anticipate the increased sea levels, tidal waves and land subsidence,” Mr Nugroho said.

“If the land sinking isn’t resolved, then there will be widespread tidal waves that would cause more extensive flooding in Jakarta.”

Note: I covered this story over a year ago, what’s happening to Indonesia and other islands is they’re sinking from Post Glacial Rebound Effect, which is caused by the weight of the water from melting glaciers. Basically the floor of the ocean is sinking under the excess weight, causing the islands to sink below sea level. If you go to Google Sky and zoom in around Indonesia’s coast line you can see coastal villages that have already completely submerged and that the water is approaching Jakarta’s airport. ABC is reporting the “official” storyline on sea levels rising from global warming, when that’s not the case in this situation. Also, blaming it on problems with low levels in the watertable sounds a bit far fetched when you examine the submerged coastal villages.

Landslide-Driven Megatsunamis Threaten Hawaii


Becky Oskin, OurAmazingPlanet
Dec 06, 2012
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Sunglint surrouncs half of the Hawaiian Islands.
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SAN FRANCISCO — It’s almost unimaginable: a tsunami more than 1,000 feet (300 meters) high bearing down on the island of Hawaii.

But scientists have new evidence of these monster waves, called megatsunamis, doing just that. The findings were presented here yesterday (Dec. 5) at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union.

Unlike tsunamis from earthquakes, the Hawaiian tsunamis strike when the island chain’s massive volcanoes collapse in humongous landslides. This happens about every 100,000 years, and is linked to climate change, said Gary McMurtry, a professor at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu.

Sitting about 30 feet (10 m) away from today’s Ka Le (South Point) seashore are boulders the size of cars. Some 250,000 years ago, a tsunami tossed the enormous rocks 820 feet (250 m) up the island’s slopes, said Fernando Marques, a professor at the University of Lisbon in Portugal. (The boulders are closer to the shore now because the main island of Hawaii is one of the world’s largest volcanoes, and its massive weight sends it sinking into the Earth at a rate of about 1 millimeter a year.)

McMurtry’s team found two younger and slightly smaller tsunami deposits at South Point on the main island of Hawaii, one 50,000 years old and one 13,000 years old. He suggests the tsunami source is the two Ka Le submarine landslides, from the flanks of the nearby Mauna Loa volcano. The waves carried corals and 3-foot (1 m) boulders 500 feet (150 m) inland.

Deadly, landslide-triggered tsunamis happen at volcanic islands around the world, and are a potential hazard for the Eastern United States. “We find them everywhere, but we don’t know of any historical cases, so we have to go back in time,” said Anthony Hildenbrand, a volcanologist at the University of Paris-Sud in France, who helped identify the ancient tsunami deposit.

The falling rock acts like a paddle, giving the water a sudden push. While landslide tsunamis may have a devastating local effect, they lose their power in the open ocean and don’t destroy distant coastlines like earthquake tsunamis.

The giant landslides seem to happen during periods of rising sea levels, when the climate is also warmer and wetter, Hildenbrand told OurAmazingPlanet. Researchers speculate that the change from lower sea level to higher may destabilize a volcanic island’s flanks, and heavier rains could soak its steep slopes, helping trigger landslides.

There are at least 15 giant landslides that have slid off the Hawaiian Islands in the past 4 million years, with the most recent happening only 100,000 years ago, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. One block of rock that slid off Oahu is the size of Manhattan.

Reach Becky Oskin at boskin@techmedianetwork.com. Follow her on Twitter @beckyoskin. Follow OurAmazingPlanet on Twitter @OAPlanet. We’re also on Facebook and Google+.

http://www.ouramazingplanet.com/3854-hawaii-giant-tsunami-landslides.html

Sea of Azov turned bloody red


July 29, 2012

Scientists and citizens are baffled as the waters of the Azov Sea turned bloody red close to Berdyansk village in mid-July, according to article published online by EnglishRussia. Villagers immediately suspected the great pollution from nearby factories. And older locals warned that it might be a sign of the coming events. Scientist however point that the most probable reason for bloody red color of the sea is algal blooms that are not dangerous to humans. The researchers explained that the bright red color of the sea is result of high temperatures, which led to the blossoming of brown algae. The south-west wind...

 

Scientists and citizens are baffled as the waters of the Azov Sea turned bloody red close to Berdyansk village in mid-July, according to article published online by EnglishRussia. Villagers immediately suspected the great pollution from nearby factories. And older locals warned that it might be a sign of the coming events. Scientist however point that the most probable reason for bloody red color of the sea is algal blooms that are not dangerous to humans.

The researchers explained that the bright red color of the sea is result of high temperatures, which led to the blossoming of brown algae. The south-west wind “drove” algal blooms closer to shore. Further flowering could lead to fish deaths of mass proportions.

Picture taken by one of locals (Credit: English Russia)

If the Sea of ​​Azov continues with algal bloom, it will be a disaster with unpredictable consequences. If this heat is about to repeat several more years, the sea has the potential to be renamed from Azov in the Dead,” said George Ryazantsev from the Research Institute of the Azov sea.

Although the director of the Institute Leonid Izergin claims that the sea is safe for swimming, villagers of Berdyansk don’t believe him. They claim that the sea has a special metallic smell that worries them.

Berdyansk is known in Ukraine due to its sea port and industries. It is also home to a health resort with mud baths and climatic treatments. The brown algae are forming the composition of medicinal mud.

 

The Sea of Azov is the shallowest sea in the world with the depth varying between 0.9 metres (2 feet) and 14 metres (46 ft). The sea is 360 kilometres (220 miles) long and 180 kilometres (110 miles) wide and has an area of 39,000 square kilometres (15,000 sq miles) which makes it is the smallest sea within the countries of the former Soviet Union.

Artificial reduction of river flow (construction of dams), over-fishing and water-intense large-scale cultivation of cotton, caused increasing levels of pollution. Fish hauls have rapidly decreased and in particular anchovy fisheries have collapsed.

The sea is characterised by high concentrations of organic matter and long blooming periods. About 600 species of planktonic algae are known in the Sea of Azov. The number of species is dominated by diatoms and green algae; blue-green algae and pyrophites are significant, and euglena and yellow-green algae form only 5% of the species. Green algae are mostly responsible for the greenish colour of the sea in the satellite images.

Increasing navigation rates have resulted in more pollution and even in ecological disasters. On 11 November 2007, a strong storm resulted in the sinking of four ships in the Strait of Kerch, in the Russian Port of Kavkaz. As a result, about 1300 tons of fuel oil and about 6800 tons of sulfur entered the sea.

Sea of Azov features

The Sea of Azov is a sea on the south of Eastern Europe. It is linked by the narrow (about 4 km) Strait of Kerch to the Black Sea to the south and is bounded in the north by mainland Ukraine, in the east by Russia, and in the west by the Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula.

The sea is largely affected by the inflow of numerous rivers, which bring sand, silt, and shells, forming numerous bays, limans, and narrow sandbanks called spits. Because of these deposits, the sea bottom is relatively smooth and flat with the depth gradually increasing toward the sea centre. The Don and Kuban are the major rivers that flow into it.

Due to the river inflow, water in the sea has low salinity and high content of biological matter, such as green algae that affects the water colour. Abundant plankton results in unusually high fish productivity. The sea shores and spits are low; they are rich in vegetation and bird colonies.

Mud volcanoes

The Taman Peninsula has about 25 mud volcanoes, most of which are active. Their eruptions are usually quiet, spilling out mud, and such gases as methane, carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide, but are sometimes violent and resemble regular volcanic eruptions. Some of those volcanoes are under water, near the shores of the peninsula. A major eruption on 6 September 1799, near Golubitskaya, lasted about 2 hours and formed a mud island 100 metres in diameter and 2 metres in height but the island was then washed away by the sea. Similar eruptions occurred in 1862, 1906, 1924, 1950 and 1952.

A typical mud volcano near the village of Taman

Deluge theory and Atlantis

In 1997, William Ryan and Walter Pitman from Columbia University published a theory that a massive flood through the Bosporus occurred in ancient times. They claim that the Black and Caspian Seas were vast freshwater lakes, but then about 5600 BC, the Mediterranean spilled over a rocky sill at the Bosporus, creating the current link between the Black and Mediterranean Seas. Subsequent work has been done both to support and to discredit this theory, and archaeologists still debate it. This has led some to associate this catastrophe with prehistoric flood myths.

According to some researchers, the Island of Atlantis was located in southern Russia and Ukraine, and sank beneath the Sea of Azov.

http://thewatchers.adorraeli.com/2012/07/29/sea-azov-turned-bloody-red/

 

Bondi Beach Closed By Red Algae Bloom


A tide of rare red ‘sea sparkle’ algae transforms Sydney’s iconic beach into something resembling a Hollywood movie set.

A rare phenomenon called red algae bloom has briefly closed Sydney’s Bondi Beach to swimmers as the crimson tide came close to shore.

Also closed was the nearby Clovelly Beach while authorities conducted tests on the area in and around the Tasman Sea.

Swimmers were immediately advised to steer clear of the moving algae due to potentially harmful reactions.

Also known as noctiluca scintillans or sea sparkle, the algae has not been proven to have toxic effects for humans – but people have been advised to avoid contact as it is high in ammonia which can cause skin irritation.

“It has got quite a fishy smell to it,” local lifeguard Bruce Hopkins told the Australian Associated Press. “It can irritate some people’s skin but generally not much more than that.”

The closure of the beach will be a disappointment for the locals, British tourists and expats who are basking in Australia’s summer temperatures of up to 40C.

View photo slide show of the crimson waters here:

http://news.sky.com/story/1017198/bondi-beach-closed-by-red-algae-bloom

 

Tropical Storm Beryl ~ 100 People Already Pulled from the Rip Currents!


Have a safe Memorial Day weekend! Please be careful if your going to the beach tomorrow on the east coast,  the rip tides are dangerous from tropical storm Beryl.

Much love…Annette

Published on May 27, 2012 by

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(Canary Islands) Alert : El Hierro Magma Rising to Top/Center of Island : Four 2. Quakes 10/21/2011


Seems like everyone has been talking about the possibility of a landslide that would create a massive tsunami, what happens if there’s a massive eruption with the volcano on the ocean floor?  Wouldn’t that send water going in every direction, not just west bound? Appears to be a very volatile situation and one can’t help but wonder if 40,000 troops coming home isn’t part of a highly coordinated effort towards a false flag disaster event. One that might even postpone the presidential election or guarantee Obama’s re-election next year? Do they know something we don’t?

That’s a stupid question.

In the second video Mary put together a little chart showing the movement of the earthquakes from one side to the other.

Uploaded by on Oct 21, 2011

Spewing volcano forces Spain to close island port


The Sacramento Bee

Sat, 15 Oct 2011 16:51 CDT

Madrid — Spanish authorities say activity by an underwater volcano has led them to close access to a port on El Hierro island.

Ships have been ordered away from waters around La Restinga and aircraft have been banned from flying over the island’s southern tip.

The port’s 600 residents were evacuated Tuesday after volcanic activity began.

The regional government of the Canary Islands says scientists have detected airborne volcanic fragments called pyroclasts rising from the sea off La Restinga.

The government said it awaited scientific reports on the danger posed by pyroclasts, but a research vessel that was collecting samples there has been ordered to desist.

TV channel La Sexta reported Saturday that journalists also have been told to clear the area.

Canary Islands Government Monitors El Hierro Earthquake Swarm


Editors note:  Please correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t this the island geologists predict could potentially wipe out the U.S. East Coast by tsunami when the west side of the island fractures off into the ocean? Apparently there’s a fault line, or fissure of some sort that’s expected to break if seismic or volcanic activity in the area is strong enough.
About 10 years ago or so, I remember watching a National Geographic or Discovery Channel program that covered this topic, so this is a very real threat. They said that if this landslide happens that the tsunami created from so much mass, could potentially be one mile high or more.
If you look at the map below you can see a clearly defined line running down one side of the island…now remember a couple months ago the caller on Coast-2-Coast who claimed his neighbor in the military told him to move away from the East Coast? Wonder if he new something the rest of us don’t…
Irish Weather Online
Sat, 23 Jul 2011 21:35 CDT
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The Canary Islands Government has said it is monitoring an earthquake swarm on the small island of El Hierro where in excess of 400 tremors of low magnitude have been recorded in the past four days.

On Friday, the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Government Security Canary convened the first ever meeting of the Steering Committee and Volcanic Monitoring, reflected in the Specific Plan Protection Civil and Emergency for Volcanic Risk, given what it described “the significant increase in seismic activity”.

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Location of tremors on El Hierro

A statement (translated from Spanish) issued following the meeting outlined: “This committee met this morning (Friday) at the headquarters of the Directorate General Security and Emergency Tenerife, established after the assessment of information gathered from seismic and volcanological last July 17 by the National Geographic Institute (IGN) and Volcanological Institute of the Canary Islands, the situation is total normal for the green light for the information population, activating mechanisms for monitoring and oversight needed to coordinate the actions of self civil population and information contained in the Plan.”

“According to data provided by the seismic monitoring station IGN’s located in Valverde, one can conclude that from the noon on July 17 there has been a significant increase of low magnitude seismic activity in the municipality of Border of the island of El Hierro. To improve the location of this activity, has deployed a seismic network densification operational since July 21 has helped increase the number of earthquakes located, and can be viewed here“, the statement added.

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Latest tremor activity

El Hierro, a 278.5 km2 island, is situated in the most southwestern extreme of the Canaries. The origins of the island date back some 100 million years. After three successive eruptions, and consequent accumulations, the island emerged from the ocean as an imposing triangular pyramid crowned by a volcano more than 2,000 metres high.

The volcanic activity, principally at the convergence of the three ridges, resulted in the continual expansion of the island. A mere 50,000 years ago, as a result of seismic tremors which produced massive landslides, a giant piece of the island cracked off, crashed down into the ocean and scattered along the seabed.

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The location of the most recent tremors on El Hierro

This landslide of more than 300km3 gave rise to the impressive amphitheatre of the El Golfo valley and at the same time caused a tsunami that most likely rose over 100 metres high and probably reached as far as the American coast.

According to ElHierro.com: “Although over 200 years have elapsed since the last eruption, El Hierro has the largest number of volcanoes in the Canaries with over 500 open sky cones, another 300 covered by the most recent outflows, and some 70 caves and volcanic galleries, notably the Don Justo cave whose collection of channels surpasses 6km in length.”

Quake Shifted Japan; Towns Now Flood at High Tide


Mon, 09 May 2011 16:05 CDT
Associated Press
japan Ishinomaki tidal flooding

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Residents stroll in a flooded street in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. The area in this part of the city sunk nearly 2 feet 7 inches (0.8 meter) following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
When water begins to trickle down the streets of her coastal neighborhood, Yoshiko Takahashi knows it is time to hurry home.Twice a day, the flow steadily increases until it is knee-deep, carrying fish and debris by her front door and trapping people in their homes. Those still on the streets slosh through the sea water in rubber boots or on bicycle.

“I look out the window, and it’s like our houses are in the middle of the ocean,” says Takahashi, who moved in three years ago.

The March 11 earthquake that hit eastern Japan was so powerful it pulled the entire country out and down into the sea. The mostly devastated coastal communities now face regular flooding, because of their lower elevation and damage to sea walls from the massive tsunamis triggered by the quake.

In port cities such as Onagawa and Kesennuma, the tide flows in and out among crumpled homes and warehouses along now uninhabited streets.

A cluster of neighborhoods in Ishinomaki city is rare in that it escaped tsunami damage through fortuitous geography. So, many residents still live in their homes, and they now face a daily trial: The area floods at high tide, and the normally sleepy streets turn frantic as residents rush home before the water rises too high.

“I just try to get all my shopping and chores done by 3 p.m.,” says Takuya Kondo, 32, who lives with his family in his childhood home.

Most houses sit above the water’s reach, but travel by car becomes impossible and the sewage system swamps, rendering toilets unusable.

Scientists say the new conditions are permanent.

Japan’s northern half sits on the North American tectonic plate. The Pacific plate, which is mostly undersea, normally slides under this plate, slowly nudging the country west. But in the earthquake, the fault line between the two plates ruptured, and the North American plate slid up and out along the Pacific.

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Could ‘supermoon’ next week disrupt Earth’s weather?


It doesn’t take much to get the Internet’s lunar-tics out in force. The web was  awash with apocalyptic warnings that the movement of the moon will trigger tidal waves, volcanic eruptions and even earthquakes next week. The conspiracy theorists claim that on March 19, the moon will be closer to Earth than at any time since 1992 – just 221,567 miles away – and that its gravitational pull will bring chaos to Earth.

Previous supermoons took place in 1955, 1974, 1992 and 2005 – all years that had extreme weather events

However, astronomers have dismissed the claims as pure nonsense. The bizarre rumours centre on a phenomenon called the ‘lunar perigee’. The moon’s orbit around Earth is not a circle, but an eclipse. At its closest approach – the perigee – the moon appears brighter and larger in the sky. When it is furthest away – the apogee – it is smaller and dimmer. A lunar perigee occurs once a month. However, next week’s perigee coincides with a full moon – a combination of events that happen just once every two or three years. Although it makes a good photo opportunity for astronomers, scientists say it has no impact on Earth.

Dr David Harland, space historian and author, said: ‘It’s possible that the moon may be a kilometre or two closer to Earth than normal at a perigee, but it’s an utterly insignificant event. ‘But the Internet is awash with conspiracy-minded amateur scientists warning that such a ‘supermoon’ could disrupt Earth’s climate patterns and may even cause earthquakes and volcanic activity. Previous supermoons took place in 1955, 1974, 1992 and 2005 – all years that had extreme weather events, the conspiracy theorists say. The tsunami that killed hundreds of thousands of people in Indonesia happened two weeks before the January 2005 supermoon. And on Christmas Day 1974, Cyclone Tracy laid waste to Darwin, Australia.

But Pete Wheeler of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy greeted warnings of an impending apocalypse with scepticism. ‘There will be no earthquakes or volcanoes erupting, unless they are to happen anyway,’ he told. ‘Earth will experience just a lower than usual low tide and a higher than usual high tide around the time of the event, but nothing to get excited about.’ Australian astronomer David Reneke agreed, pointing out that conspiracy theorists will always be able to find a natural disaster to link to a certain time and blame it on a supermoon. ‘If you try hard enough you can chronologically associate almost any natural disaster or event to anything in the night sky – comet, planet, sun,’ he said. ‘Remember in the past, planetary alignments were going to pull the sun apart. It didn’t happen. Astrologers draw a very long bow most times. ‘Normal king tides are about all I would expect out of this supermoon prediction.’

Earth will be at its closest point – some 221,567 miles away – to the moon in 19 years on March 19. Some fear the ‘lunar perigee’ will affect our climate pattern

During a full moon, the sun and the moon are pulling on Earth from opposite sides – making the chances of any dramatic tidal events unlikely. On average the moon is 235,000 miles away. At its furthest it is 248,000 miles away. During a lunar perigee and full moon, the lunar surface can appear up to 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than other full moons. (DailyMail)

 

More on Moon tides: How The Moon Affects Ocean Tides…

http://thewatchers.adorraeli.com/2011/03/09/supermoon-moons-closest-approach-for-19-years/

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