Sunday, February 1, 2015

INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSE: Two Planes Collide In Mid-Air In Alaska - 2 Pilots Injured; NTSB Investigating?!

February 1, 2015 - ALASKA, UNITED STATES
- At least two people are injured in a collision involving two planes, about seven miles off of Knik Goose Bay Road in Mat-Su Valley, officials say.

One person is on the way to the hospital and another is still in the process of being removed from the wreckage according to Deputy Micheal Keenan of Central Emergency Services.

Ian Gregor, spokesperson for Federal Aviation Administration told Channel 2 News that a "single-engine Piper PA18" was one of the planes involved in the collision. The circumstances behind the collision are unknown.

Todd Clark, a resident in the area, told Channel 2 News that he saw the planes collide and went out to help.

Alaska State Troopers received reports of the plane collision at around 1:05 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, AST spokesperson Megan Peters wrote in an email.

WATCH: Alaska Wildlife Trooper plane involved in mid-air collision in Mat-Su Valley.

The National Transportation Safety Board has assigned three investigators to the case, said chief investigator Clint Johnson. Johnson told Channel 2 News that the crash site is "about seven miles off of Knik Goose Bay Road."

A 2011 mid-air collision in Talkeetna left a family of four dead when the two pilots were on different radio frequencies and were not communicating with each other. - KTUU.

FIRE IN THE SKY: Did You See It - Meteor-Fireball May Have Passed Over Humboldt Before Crashing Into Sonoma County In California?!

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- Multiple North Coast residents from Valley Ford to Santa Rosa and Fort Bragg reported seeing what they described as a meteor streaking northwest across the sky toward the ocean on Saturday afternoon.

Emergency dispatchers began receiving calls just before 1 p.m., said Sgt. Cecile Focha, spokeswoman for the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office. The initial report was of an airplane crash, which turned out to be unfounded. Units from Valley Ford Fire, Bodega Bay Fire and Gold Ridge Fire and the Sonoma County sheriff’s helicopter, Henry 1, were dispatched to an area 4 miles west of Valley Ford, but found no evidence of a meteor or other debris.

“Everyone responded as if it was a plane crash,” Focha said. “There was no evidence of where the object landed. Something got lobbed at the earth.”

Witnesses described seeing a glowing fireball streaking across the sky for about 10 seconds. Some said it burned bright white. Others said it changed color from red to blue to green.

“It was amazing,” said Mark Morelli of Santa Rosa, who saw it while driving down Guerneville Road. “The tip was bright green and it had a really long tail.”

Barbara and Nick Makris were walking on their ranch just north of Bodega Bay when they saw the light streak northwest out over the Pacific.

“It looked like a tadpole,” Barbra Makris said. “We watched it for about 10 seconds, then it extinguished. It was pretty exciting.”

Firefighters combed grassy fields and farms in the rolling hills near Valley Ford searching for any debris that may have sparked a blaze, Valley Ford Fire Chief Matt Epstein said.

“We never did find anything that came in contact with the earth,” he said. “Once we realized it was not a crash, our biggest concern was if anything hit a structure or started a fire.”

Many who reported seeing the object were on or near the coast, although it was observed at least as far inland as Rohnert Park. Jason Selvage was watching a youth baseball game in Rohnert Park when he saw the light in the sky.

“It looked like a firework exploding,” he said. “It was really cool to see.”

While most witnesses said they saw the object in the afternoon, others reported seeing a bright light in the sky just before dawn. The timing corresponded with a NASA satellite launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County at 6:22 a.m.

Alan Buis, a spokesman with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, said the morning launch would have been visible on the North Coast, but added that the afternoon event likely is unrelated.

“The launch was visible over a wide swath of coastal California,” he said.

Buis said meteor sightings are not uncommon.

No new events had been posted by Saturday evening on the website of the American Meteor Society, an organization of amateur and professional meteor scientists. The group says it receives daily reports about fireballs in the sky. The organization received 10 reports of a fireball over California last week. - The Press Democrat.

The Lost Coast Outpost received a report of a “meteor that…streaked east to west over bear river ridge” about quarter to 1 p.m. For fun we searched to see if there were any other reports. To our surprise, we discovered a report in the the Sonoma County Press Democrat. It said,
… emergency dispatchers have received multiple reports of an object falling from the sky and crashing in a field west of Valley Ford.

The first reporting party, who called dispatchers around 1 p.m. Saturday, said they had seen what looked like an airplane crash west of Valley Ford Road. At least two other callers reported seeing a bright flash of light and said what fell may have been a meteor, dispatchers said.

Units from Valley Ford Fire, Bodega Bay Fire, Gold Ridge Fire and the Sonoma County Sheriff’s helicopter, Henry 1, were dispatched by have not yet located the object.
Our local emergency dispatch center did not receive any reports. But, the US National Weather Service out of Eureka said they had gotten a report around 11:30 a.m. of something bright in the sky over Humboldt Hill but nothing around 1 p.m.

We’re curious. Did any of you see something odd?

2:16 p.m.:
A woman who witnessed the possible meteor described coming into Ferndale and seeing a bright light going fast and low along the hill line. She said it was headed east to west and appeared to disappear over the ocean. She said she saw it for four or five seconds —a bright light with a tail on it that dissolved in a “poof of smoke.”

If you’ve witnessed this event, you can report it here. - Kym Kemp.

GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: Huge Sinkhole Opens Up In Riverbed, India - Measures 15 Feet Deep By 31 Feet Wide!

February 1, 2015 - INDIA
- A 15 feet deep and 31 feet wide sinkhole has formed in the Chitravathi riverbed near Lakshumpalli in Yellanur mandal of Anantapur district, confirming fears that groundwater in the area has been exploited to alarming levels.

The groundwater department, after a thorough study, noticed that cavities of limestone deposits beneath the riverbed had become brittle due to pumping of groundwater by drilling borewells even at depths of 800 feet.

The sinkhole formed near Lakshumpalli on Thursday with a loud sound and residents of surrounding villagers feared that it was an earthquake. The Yellanur mandal, near Pulivendula of Kadapa district, depends on the Chitravathi river's water.

With poor rainfall for the last 12 years in it's upstream, the river hasn't even been flowing at its minimum level in Yellanur mandal. Farmers thus have been dependant on borewells that they have been digging near the riverbed, leading to over exploitation of groundwater.

The groundwater department had also listed Lakshumpalli and surrounding villages in the danger zone. Anantapur deputy director of groundwater K. Purushotham Reddy said, "A borewell closer to the gorge found that the water table had fallen to a depth of 185ft. But the layer beneath has deposits of limestone along with water cavities. They became brittle due to pumping water thorough the borewells that resulted in the gorge."

The official stressed on the need for alternative sources of water through diversion of Tungabhadra High Level Main Canal water into the Pulivendula Branch Canal which could improve the situation.

Sreenivasulu Naidu, a farmer from the village recalled a similar incident that had been reported at Kothapalli village. "The government should take minimum measures by allocating additional quota for the area through HLMC that would recharge groundwater sources," he said. In-charge collector B. Lakshmi Kantham has sought a detailed report from the concerned departments. - Deccan Chronicle.

FUK-U-SHIMA: West Coast Orcas Experiencing 100% Infant Mortality Rate - As Radiation From Fukushima Drifts Across The Pacific Ocean!

February 1, 2015 - PACIFIC OCEAN
- Marine biologists and other researchers are voicing serious concerns regarding the high mortality rate among orcas (killer whales) observed over the past couple of years.

No one has yet proven that there is a direct link between the 100 percent mortality rate seen among orca infants and the effects of the radiation contamination of the Pacific Ocean from the Fukushima reactor leak in Japan, but it certainly can't be ruled out as a possibility.

It is rather interesting that the incidence of orca deaths -- not just of infants, but full-grown specimens as well -- has risen sharply since the accident occurred in 2011 and as the radiation has made its way across the Pacific Ocean to the West Coast of North America.

Scientists have also noticed odd behavior among orcas recently. Dr. Lance Barrett-Lennard, senior marine mammal scientist at the Vancouver Aquarium, has been "sounding the alarm" over the unprecedented mortality rate and the changes in behavior seen in orca pods off the coast of Canada and Alaska.

Dr. Barrett-Lennard says that he and other scientists have noticed that the mammals have become strangely quiet over the past two summers. When teams went out to study the pods and record their vocalizations as part of their normal research routine, they were surprised at how little the cetaceans were communicating with each other:

They weren't vocalizing, and that was quite a striking change after years and years of being very familiar with how noisy they are and how easy to find acoustically.

He believes that "something is likely wrong with the ocean environment," as paraphrased by, and that more research is needed to understand the reasons behind the high death rates and the behavioral changes recently observed by the scientists.

Aside from the 100 percent mortality rate among orca infants, many of the matriarchs are dying as well, leading some to speculate that the species may become extinct -- possibly within the next 20 years.

The recent discovery of a carcass off the coast of British Columbia -- that of a 19-year-old orca female, which was believed to be in the late stages of pregnancy, is just one example of the recent orca deaths that have scientists and conservationists worried.

Ken Balcomb, executive director of the Center For Whale Research in Friday Harbor, Washington, said:

Her death doesn't bode well for the southern resident population and certainly not for that matriline. Her mother died young. Her aunt had two sons and she's probably post-reproductive. She hasn't had any babies in the last 12 years. So there's no future.

Balcomb also remarked:

We haven't had any survivals in babies for a couple of years. We have had stillborns and newborns die and a number of whales that appear to be pregnant but didn't ultimately produce any calves. It's like zero survival in birth rate here.

Howard Garrett of Orca Network is another who is expressing deep concerns about the orca population living in the waters near Vancouver and Washington state:

Our hopes are just so fragile already. There was a calf born in early September that lived less than a month and that was the first calf in two years. The last calf that survived was August 2012. There should be two or three births at least per year just to hold steady. We like to see four or five per year. Instead, there have been seven mortalities and no births.

As mentioned above, there is no proven link between the Fukushima radiation leak and the high mortality rate among West Coast orcas, and many other sea animals, as of yet, and more research is needed to determine exactly what is killing the killer whales. And at this point, radiation poisoning can certainly not be ruled out. - Natural News.