Category: Natural disasters

Mother Nature Network twists the science to be scary

Here is another site you might wish to mark off your list of clicks: Mother Nature Network (MNN). This is a site that takes science stories and rewrites them, [possibly] getting them wrong in the process. Yesterday, they posted this story: Massive river of molten iron found flowing between Russia and Canada A river as…

15 Credibility Street #5: UFOs over Turkey and I ain’t too surprised

We’re back with another news chat episode. The news is weird, as usual. Strange days indeed… Mothman reappears close to the 50th anniversary. Howard suspects pecuniary interests might be involved in the promotion of these local legends. The same can be suggested for the many YouTubers and websites that promote “weird news” like anomalies, natural…

Earthquake lights reported associated with New Zealand event

Flashing lights have been recorded on video supposedly occurring in conjunction with the shaking from this weekend’s strong quake in New Zealand. The strong event occurred just after midnight on Monday and caused massive damage, a small tsunami and several deaths. We’ve covered EQ lights before and I have done some research on natural anomalies…

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

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…

Rumors are that it will be a disastrous week

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…

China studying animals as earthquake predictors – Plausible but problematic

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…

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

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

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…

Fear of earthquake in Japan sparked by “signs”

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…

L’Aquila decision against geoscientists overturned

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.…

Mystery crater appears in Utah pond, geologist called in to examine

Here is a really well done report by a local news team who investigated a farmer’s discovery of an unexpected and unusual feature in his irrigation pond. Geologists unravel mystery of new crater found in Circleville | KSL.com. Farmers in southern Utah are scratching their heads and trying to figure out what caused an unusual…

Earthquake lights reported along with Sunday’s Napa event (Update video)

One of my favorite mysterious natural phenomena has been reported in conjunction with the recent California earthquake. Some Bay Area Residents Report Mysterious Flashes In The Sky During Napa Quake « CBS San Francisco. Several people called the KPIX 5 newsroom after Sunday morning’s magnitude 6.0 earthquake in Napa, reporting mysterious flashes of light in…

Scientists busy squashing silly rumors instead of sciencing at Yellowstone

Volcanologists at the Yellowstone volcano observatory have been spending a lot of time putting out fires, internet rumor fires, that is, as people are afraid of a supervolcanic eruptions. Earlier this year, we told you about the unsubstantiated rumor that animals were “fleeing” the area and the speculation that something was going to happen. It…

Cranktastic: Media gives attention to nonsense earthquake prediction

Color me very irritated that mainstream media are giving this story ANY attention whatsoever. It’s not new, it’s not news, and it has zero basis in reality but may create a panic. Good going media for passing on unethical nonsense as sciencey-looking news, once again. ANY crank can say “earthquakes are predictable”. Words are cheap and…

Dyatlov Pass and Mass Murdering Yeti? A DN Exclusive

Doubtful News is pleased to present this EXCLUSIVE piece by author and researcher, Benjamin Radford, on the Discovery Channel’s presentation airing TONIGHT! [Warning: Spoilers] Dyatlov Pass and Mass Murdering Yeti? A Closer Look at Russian Yeti: The Killer Lives A new two-hour Discovery Channel “documentary,” Russian Yeti: The Killer Lives, revisits the curious case of…

Is there a magnet buried under trailer parks to attract tornadoes?

Why are tornadoes attracted to trailer parks? Is it a myth? Well, sort of but not really… We can see why this idea comes about because of statistics and physics. Study Might Explain Why Trailer Parks Seem To Be Tornado Magnets. Researchers at Purdue University think they have pinpointed areas where tornadoes are more likely…

Hoax earthquake warning across Southern California

A fake letter that used a logo and signature of a real person circulated on the web warning of a coming earthquake. The USGS puts and end to that. USGS Warns Residents Of Bogus Earthquake Alert Letter A bogus letter circulating online is warning Southland residents about an impending earthquake. The hoax letter, which uses…

More news on earthquake lights – now the flashing variety

Back in January, we showcased an article about the potential explanation for earthquake lights – the glow or flashes that are rarely, but certainly, observed in relation to earthquakes in particular fault areas. Now, more comes to light. Scientists find voltage spikes associated with crack-like defects in fine grained materials. Mysterious Flashing ‘Earthquake Lights’ Maybe Explained.…

Huge wave crashes into cruise ship, killing passenger

A man died and several others were injured when a freak wave struck a cruise ship in the English Channel. If it’s not norovirus, it’s freak waves. I do not like ships. Cruise ship passenger killed by freak wave – Telegraph. Water crashed through a window injuring a number of the 735 passengers, who were…

Frostquake hit Missouri Super Bowl parties

What a year for frostquakes (icequakes) also known as cryoseisms. Mysterious noises traced to rare ‘frost quakes’. Chuck Herron heard the loud thud, then another and another. It sounded like someone was dropping big snowballs on the roof of his home. As his neighbors in tiny Paris, Mo., huddled around televisions Sunday for the Super…

New paper on earthquake lights show they are a reality

I am so excited about this story. As a geologist who has studied anomalous phenomena connected to earthquakes, this is an excellent step forward to understanding earthquake lights. This will be of interest to Forteans, anomalists, geophysicists and even UFO chasers! Scientists find records of rare “earthquake lights”. They’ve been mistaken for UFOs or dismissed…

It’s just the normal noises here: Booming Kentucky, then a quake

A sharp-eyed reader sent me this story about an earthquake last week in Kentucky that was preceeded by a mystery boom days before. Related? It’s a possibility. Small early-morning quake recorded in Bath County | State | Kentucky.com. A relatively small earthquake early Monday morning shook parts of Bath County, the Kentucky Geological Survey said.…

Expert debunks Fukushima radiation as link to starfish catastrophe

In November, we brought you links to the disturbing story of the starfish wasting syndrome. The cause is unknown. The cause is STILL unknown. However, blame has fallen on Fukushima radiation for a huge array of real and imaginary problems noted in the Pacific. Here’s why this problem is NOT related to the Fukushima disaster.…