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Fuego volcano spews ash onto nearby towns in Guatemala

Guatemala’s Fuego volcano erupts with fiery lava.
A restive volcano near Guatemala's capital spewed ash on nearby towns Wednesday, including on a colonial-era city popular with tourists, officials said.

The overnight eruption of Fuego Volcano - whose name means "fire" in Spanish -sent ash billowing up to five kilometers (three miles) into the sky and rivers of lava up to two kilometers long, according to Guatemala's Volcanology Institute.

Light tremors were also felt up to 25 kilometers away.

Strong gusts of wind could carry the clouds of "fine ash particles" to Guatemala City, 45 kilometers distant, said David de Leon, a spokesman for the government's disaster coordination service.


Mysterious bubbling sand filmed in Gaza

Sand bubbling in Gaza.
The sand is bubbling in Gaza.

Check out this video and look at what these people are gawking at... A mysterious bubbling desert.

How would you react, if you were looking at sand on the ground and it would suddenly start to move and make bubbles?

This mysterious phenomenon is just out of this world and still unexplained.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike sparks a huge explosion at steelworks in Port Talbot, Wales

Fire crews from Mid and West Wales Fire Service were called to the Tata Steel plant in Port Talbot, Wales, around 8am, after a blaze ripped through the site
Steelworkers escaped with their lives after a huge explosion ripped through Britain's biggest steelworks plant this morning.

The massive blast - believed to have been caused by a lightning strike - rocked the Tata steelworks in Port Talbot, South Wales, shortly after a shift change at 8am.

Flames could be seen for miles around - and parts of the plant were evacuated as emergency services rushed to the scene.

Onlooker Mike O'Neill said: 'My car shook with the explosion as I drove past. I can see massive 100ft flames.

'There was also a huge plume of black smoke.'


Number of turtles with body tumors dramatically increasing in Florida

© Peter Bennett & Ursula Keuper-Bennett/Wikimedia
The tumors are thought to be caused by a herpes virus, and can blind the reptiles.
Off the coast of Florida, the population of green sea turtles has dramatically rebounded. From fewer than 500 nests recorded on the beaches nearly 30 years ago, last year saw a record 28,000 clutches of eggs laid. But despite this impressive recovery, they now seem to be facing another problem. More and more of the reptiles are being found infected with a potentially deadly disease, which causes tumors to grow all over their bodies.

The disease, known as fibropapillomatosis, is thought to be caused by a herpes virus and is specific to sea turtles. Despite looking harmful, the tumors that develop on the surface are mainly benign, but problems arise when they grow over the turtles' eyes, which prevents them from seeing and therefore feeding. Around 20 years ago, vets at the Turtle Hospital in the Florida Keys were seeing around eight turtles a month with the tumors, but recently they have seen a massive increase, now seeing around eight a week.


Records broken as winter heatwave hits Southern California

Several Bay Area cities broke temperature records for the day during a mid-winter heat wave that continued Tuesday, but San Francisco came just one degree short of tying its record, forecasters said.

"Close, but no cigar," said Diana Henderson, a forecaster with the National Weather Service.

San Francisco high Tuesday was 72 degrees, compared with the record of 73 set in 2006, Henderson said.

The unseasonably warm weather started on the weekend. On Monday, San Francisco's 75-degree high beat the 2006 record for that day by a degree.

Bizarro Earth

Earthquake 'swarm' rattles village in New Brunswick, Canada

A window was cracked at Lindsey Wilson's McAdam home during a recent earthquake.

McAdam again hit by dozens of small quakes as seismologists search for answers

A swarm of small earthquakes is again rattling residents in the southwestern New Brunswick village of McAdam.

Officially, nine earthquakes hit the area on Monday night alone, coming on the heels of more than 23 temblors recorded since Feb. 1.

Mayor Frank Carroll estimates there were 20 to 30 small quakes on Monday night, with many of them not picked up by monitoring equipment located about 95 kilometres away in St. George. One of them registered 3.3 in magnitude.

No injuries have been reported and damage has been minor.

"Some people kind of describe it as a bomb going off," said Carroll.

"The community was really on edge on Monday," he said. "It was a horrific day in the world of earthquakes for us."

The village is giving all residents an "earthquake safety action plan," advising them on what to do if the quakes worsen.

Lindsey Wilson says a quake rattled her windows hard enough to break one of them.

"We've had some damage to our house. We've actually had a window get cracked on Sunday night," Wilson said.

A seismologist with Natural Resources Canada says it isn't known whether the small quakes are a precursor to a larger one.

"Magnitude 3.3 was quite a bit bigger than they had before," said John Adams. "But the pattern of activity is unpredictable."

Cloud Precipitation

Ship faced with terrifying 100-foot waves during North Sea storm caught on film

Rocking: Worryingly the ship can even be heard creaking under the sheer weight of the devastating storm
This dramatic footage captures exactly what it was like to be on board a ship being battered by strong waves as Storm Gertrude caused chaos across Britain last month.

The intense video was filmed by a man standing on the bridge of the ship stranded in the North Sea around 100 miles from land on January 29.

The clip shows powerful waves - some estimated to be around 100-foot high - crashing against the vessel, brutally rocking it from side to side and soaking the entire deck.

Worryingly the ship can even be heard creaking under the sheer weight of the devastating storm.

Video from inside the large vessel creates more sea-sickening viewing as the waves throw it around and encapsulate it in water.

Comment: See also: Giant Royal Caribbean ship damaged in 'extreme' storm will return to port

Arrow Up

USDA study proves it was wrong about GE alfalfa

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Monsanto's genetically engineered (GE) Roundup-Ready alfalfa has already cost farmers millions of dollars, and now, a new study by the USDA, the same agency that re-approved it, has found that GE alfalfa has really gone wild, literally.

In a study published in December 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) verified that genetically engineered alfalfa had gone wild in our western states, in a very big way.

The study lends confirmation to and explains the number of transgenic contamination episodes over the past few years that have cost American alfalfa farmers and exporters millions of dollars. More telling is that the study exposes the failure of the USDA's "coexistence" policy, says EcoWatch.

Comment: More GMO contamination
I'd like to say it was surprising that these events happened, but it's not, really. It's become the norm, rather than the exception," said the Center for Food Safety's Bill Freese, a frequent critic of biotech crops.
"They're not able to prevent contamination from these experimental (genetically engineered) crops to commercial crops, and that's just caused headaches, huge headaches, very serious financial losses for American agriculture. What's it going to take to have proper oversight?"
Bayer Admits GMO Contamination is Out of Control
Bayer has admitted it has been unable to control the spread of its genetically-engineered organisms despite 'the best practices [to stop contamination]'(1). It shows that all outdoors field trials or commercial growing of GE crops must be stopped before our crops are irreversibly contaminated.

Cloud Precipitation

Winter storm brings flooding to Ocean City, New Jersey

Down the shore it wasn't snow that people had to worry about - it was flooding.

Roads in Ocean City were flooded Tuesday. Many streets were impassable, but that's not a surprise to locals.

We found Bud Arcaini on 13th Street right on the bay checking on some houses to make sure they didn't get water inside.

Arcaini tells us, "New moon, high tide and the way the wind was blowing keeping everything in the bay. Water can't leave the bay with that wind coming out of the north, so this is what you get."

Lauren Perkins says, "This is higher than we get normally because there's a push from the northeast, but it's not uncommon to see this."

Not uncommon, but residents and business people say it's getting old.


Dead sei whale found in Malaysia

Dead sei whale
The dead whale that was found beached at the Sungai Sarang Buaya river mouth is the same one found and rescued in Pontian two days ago.

Johor Fisheries Department director Munir Mohd Nawi said the mammal is from the highly endangered Balaenoptera borealis species.

Widely known as sei whale, it is the third largest of its kind in the whale family.

He said a forensics team from the Turtles and Marine Ecosystem Centre was examining the carcass.