Natural disasters

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.…

The Corvette sinkhole – sinks happen, car lovers lament

This story broke yesterday as geologists and car lovers took notice of this very unusual incident. Corvettes fall into sinkhole at National Corvette Museum – CNN.com. Eight valuable ‘vettes at Bowling Green, Kentucky’s National Corvette Museum fell victim to a 40-foot-wide, 20-foot-deep sinkhole that opened up in the facility’s yellow Sky Dome wing. The museum…

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…

The New Madrid fault – and yet it moves

Seismologists take a look at the aftershock activity on this intra-plate seismic zone and then make a Monty Python joke. Unfortunately, it’s not funny… Study: New Madrid fault zone alive and active. The New Madrid fault zone in the nation’s midsection is active and could spawn future large earthquakes, scientists reported Thursday. It’s “not dead…

“Sinkhole” swallows houses in Brazil (UPDATE: Houses collapsed due to poor foundation)

This occurred in Brazil, in a town called Abaetetuba, in the northern state of Para. I’m currently looking into it. Updates to follow. Note this video is speeded up. It does not happen quite so quickly as depicted. NOTE: This is commonly referred to on mystery mongering sites as “earth changes” signaling some massive pattern of destruction.…

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.…

Yellowstone magma reservoir is full and bigger than expected

But don’t panic. Eruption will only change global climate and catastrophically affect half the United States. There is nothing you can do about it so stop worrying. Huge Magma Pocket Lurks Beneath Yellowstone Supervolcano The magma reservoir lurking beneath a dormant supervolcano in Yellowstone National Park far exceeds past estimates of its size, a new…

BP oil spill linked to dolphin disease

Bottlenose dolphins in Louisiana’s Barataria Bay are suffering from lung damage and adrenal hormone abnormalities from the BP oil spill, according to a new peer-reviewed study published Dec. 18, 2013 in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. Study links BP oil spill to dolphin deaths | theguardian.com. US government scientists have for the first time…

Pyrocumulus clouds over Australia

The unique weather phenomenon, pyrocumulus clouds, are predicted to occurs in Australia as a large fire influences an unstable atmosphere. The clouds are formed because of the heat and combustion products of the fire. Inferno expected to generate abnormal, high-altitude cloud. A bizarre weather phenomenon known as a fire cloud is likely to form over…

Madagascar faces plague epidemic

Recall that not long ago, we had a report of the plague in Kyrgyzstan. Now, we have an issue in Madagascar. BBC News – Madagascar bubonic plague warning. Madagascar faces a bubonic plague epidemic unless it slows the spread of the disease, experts have warned. The Red Cross and Pasteur Institute say inmates in the…

Florida will kill you

There may be something to this “Strange Florida” thing. Bizarre causes of death are common in Florida – Sun Sentinel. Welcome to Florida, where something’s always trying to kill you. The Sunshine State is the lightning-strike capital and the shark-bite capital. We have hurricanes, tornadoes, stealthy sinkholes, rabid raccoons, abandoned pythons, venomous spiders and, yes,…