Natural disasters

Mass squid mortality in Chile leaves lingering stench

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Mystery mongering sites are saying that mass deaths of animals are a sign of the apocalypse. But animal mass deaths happen naturally (or sort of naturally, sometimes our carelessness helps it along). In this case, last week in Chile, there is a reasonable explanations, but end of the earth ISN’T it. The beaching of the…

It’s a rockier road than usual in the Santa Clarita valley

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Vasquez Canyon Road in Santa Clarita, California has undergone a dramatic change in just a few hours. The 3-km stretch between Lost Creek Road and Vasquez Way, Santa Clarita Valley’s few east-west connectors, is closed until further notice. But it is providing a learning experience for geology students. There was no earthquake, rain or other…

L’Acquital: Legal battle over for six Italian earthquake scientists

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In October of 2012, six Italian scientists and a government official were convicted of manslaughter for failing to give warning for the L’Aquila earthquake of 2009 that killed over 300 people. The verdict was terribly misguided and was overturned in November of last year. The judge justified his decision by saying they failed in characterizing the…

Land disturbance in Wyoming stirring up unwarranted fears

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Hunters on a private ranch in Wyoming’s Bighorn mountains were astonished to find a land disturbance of impressive proportions. The news first appeared on the Facebook page of the SNS Outfitters and Guides. Since then, it was picked up by several mystery mongering sites that declared it was “apocalyptic” (as is everything unusual) or related…

Hoaxing happening regarding South Carolina flooding

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Historic, torrential rain and flooding has hit several U.S. coastal states this week. As we saw with Hurricane Sandy, hoax photos and tales run rampant across social media during a disaster. Don’t buy it! Please double check before passing on. There is no excuse for adding to panic. Dr. David Steen warns readers not to…

Rumors are that it will be a disastrous week

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A Blood Moon prophetic disaster? The restart of the LHC makes big bang of doom? Mercury in retrograde? Heaven forfend! There are all these weird noises too! What does it all mean? The Apocalypse? Well if you buy into tabloids, and religious and conspiracy sites hype (specifically from the WND site), it sounds like the…

Oh great, the end of the world. Again.

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There have been countless claims that the world is ending on this or that date. Hasn’t happened yet. Wanna make a bet this is the one? Source: Blood moon has some expecting end of the world – CNN.com The night of September 27-28 will bring a “blood moon.” To skywatchers, it simply refers to the…

Ordovician extinctions may have been caused by metals poisoning in oceans

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Science news driblet: Toxic metals such as iron, lead and arsenic may have helped cause mass extinctions in the world’s oceans millions of years ago, according to recent research from the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Center for Scientific Research, France; and Ghent University, Belgium. These findings largely came from studying “teratological” or malformed fossil…

September asteroid impact lie results in NASA statement

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Many media sites as well as mystery mongering rubbish sites are hyping the prediction that an asteroid will hit earth in September prompting NASA to issue a statement. What good will that do? None. Crap news reigns on the internet. NASA has denied viral internet claims that an asteroid will strike Earth next month wreaking…

Media pushing up mutant daisies

Malformed daisies in Japan.

Weird-looking mutated daisies are the latest environmental scare associated with the Fukushima disaster. What’s clear is that such genetic oopsies are NOT rare and NOT just found with regards to radiation areas. They happen quite frequently. Radiation from damaged power plant may be responsible for odd flowers, but there could be other forces at work.…

China studying animals as earthquake predictors – Plausible but problematic

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It’s an idea rejected by many in the modern seismology world but there may be something to it. Nanjing city in East China’s Jiangsu province has built seven new observation sites from which to make general earthquake predictions, using animals like chickens, pigs and fish to help forecast possible risks. Source: Nanjing mobilizes animals in predicting…

Malaysian minister believes disrespectful tourists caused earthquake

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This was the silly lead paragraph of story by Digital Journal: A group of western tourists who stripped naked at the peak of Mount Kinabalu last month will be prohibited from leaving Malaysia, as their act of “disrespecting the mountain” could have caused the devastating earthquake that killed at least 13 people. Could have? No…

Worms in Texas – Deliberating in clumps

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In the middle of the road you see the darndest things… Texas officials are still confused why the beds of worms lined up in the middle of the road following floods. Source: Texas Floods: Piles of Worms Mysteriously Show Up Along Roads – ABC News Park rangers in Texas had thought someone left spaghetti in…

Some guy named Frank says “Earthquake”. People panic. Don’t.

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When even the “Esoteric Metaphysical Spiritual Database” says an earthquake prediction is nonsense, then you KNOW you should not panic. Planetary Alignment To Cause 9.8 Earthquake Prediction for California On May 28th, 2015? : In5D Esoteric, Metaphysical, and Spiritual Database By now, many of you have heard about the 9.8 Magnitude earthquake prediction for May…

Mass animal deaths reported; fringe sites panic over headlines

Masses of dead vellella on the beach. It happens.

Mass animal deaths can be caused by a myriad of things – disease, natural toxins, algal blooms and other oxygen-depleting situations, human hunting and dumping, accidents, warmer waters, lack of food, etc. The mystery mongering sites will lump all the mass mortality events under one scary banner – DEAD ANIMALS! PANIC! They do a serious…

Global warming linked to earthquakes, but they would happen anyway

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More Fatal Earthquakes to Come, Geologists Warn. Well, obviously! The earth is dynamic. But the idea that global warming – by the mechanism of unloading water from this place and putting it in another place – is triggering earthquakes is a bit of a flawed headline. “Climate change may play a critical role in triggering…

Fear of earthquake in Japan sparked by “signs”

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Whale stranding in Japan has locals speculating that another disaster is on the way and also has them anomaly hunting for hints of a coming earthquake. People in Japan are growing concerned that another major earthquake might hit soon | RocketNews24. This piece mainly focuses on the dolphin mass mortality event but notes that people have…

Beach loses all its sand, regains it the next day

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Very dramatic. Cornish beach is washed away overnight… then reappears. A British beach which was stripped of all its sand overnight by a freak high tide for the first time in living memory, has miraculously been restored. Overnight on Wednesday a severe high tide removed all the sand – leaving it a rocky not sandy…

L’Aquila decision against geoscientists overturned

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In an update to a story that shook geoscientists around the world, almost all of the people formerly found guilty in the L’Aquila earthquake prediction manslaughter case have been acquitted. Verdict Overturned for Italian Geoscientists Convicted of Manslaughter | WIRED. Today, after a surprisingly swift-by-Italian-standards appeals process, the three-judge panel acquitted six of the men.…

Blackout freakout: Solar flares erupting

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The discovery of a huge sunspot is causing people to panic. Huge Solar Flare Erupts from Biggest Sunspot in 24 Years (Photos). The biggest sunspot on the face of the sun in more than two decades unleashed a major flare on Friday (Oct. 24), the fourth intense solar storm from the active star in less…

What are Americans afraid of?

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A new study about fears of Americans reveals some predictable results about crime, natural disasters and what people are really afraid of. The Chapman University Survey on American Fears | Chapman University. Chapman University has initiated a nationwide poll on what strikes fear in Americans. The Chapman University Survey on American Fears included 1,500 participants…

Ebola roundup – facts, fear, fiction

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There are so many news stories out today about Ebola, we’ve grouped them! They all involve questionable claims and hyped fear. FDA cracks down on Ebola scams. At least three companies have been issued warnings by the Food and Drug Administration in the past month for selling treatments, solutions or therapies for Ebola, the deadly virus…

Ebola outbreak is ghastly, now with “zombies”

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The historic Ebola epidemic is bad, getting worse. This story is particularly awful. allAfrica.com: Liberia: Dead Ebola Patients Resurrect?. Two Ebola patients, who died of the virus in separate communities in Nimba County have reportedly resurrected in the county. The victims, both females, believed to be in their 60s and 40s respectively, died of the…

Earthquake hits Norway and Sweden

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An earthquake measured to 4.7 magnitude (according to Google Alerts) hit Norway and Sweden at little over 3 PM local time. Some places has it recorded as low as 4.2, while others apparently have it recorded as high as 4.9. The epicenter of the earthquake according Google Alerts was near Älvdalen in Sweden but caused tremors…