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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

© blisstree.com
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


Floodwater
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.



Attention

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.

Attention

Body of minke whale washes up at Sheringham, UK

© Sue Webber
The dead creature, at first thought to be a giant squid, rolling in the surf at Weybourne.
The 20ft-long minke whale, first spotted at Salthouse last month, came to rest over a wooden groyne at Sheringham.

North Norfolk District Council chiefs went to investigate this afternoon. A council spokesman said: "We are currently assessing the situation to see whether it is necessary to remove the minke whale carcass before the next high tide or allow tonight's high tide to move the carcass and for nature to take its course."

Chiefs were advising people not to touch the whale or allow dogs to come into contact with it.

The badly-decomposed body, which has been gradually rolling down the coast, came to rest at Weybourne on Tuesday evening.

Fish

Deep water oarfish caught alive off Japan


Oarfish
Japanese fishermen made a rare catch on Monday when they found a huge oarfish in their nets.

The fish will now be housed at an aquarium.


Attention

Number of unprovoked shark attacks reached record high in 2015

© Andrea Comas/ Reuters
The number of unprovoked shark attacks reached a record high of 98 in 2015 - a massive jump of 26 from 2014, beating the previous record of 88 from back in 2000.

The US led the way with 59 unprovoked attacks, surpassing its previous high of 53 in 2012 and 2000, according to the International Shark Attack File, which began compiling data 57 years ago.

While the number of attacks increased, the number of fatalities remained on par with previous years, with six fatalities recorded across the globe - two on Reunion Island and single incidents in Australia, New Caledonia, Egypt, and Hawaii.

Question

Scientists claim mysterious Menominee crack in Michigan is unusual 'geological pop-up' feature - but don't know what caused it

© Wayne Pennington/ Michigan Technological University
A photo taken in 2010 of the Menominee Crack, a 'pop-up' geological feature.
Seismologists studying a massive crack in the ground that appeared north of Menominee, Michigan in 2010 now think they know what the unusual feature might be. But as they explain in their study published this week in the journal Seismological Research Letters, there are still some mysteries to clear up about the strange geological occurrence in the rural Michigan woods.

A team of scientists led by Wayne Pennington of Michigan Technological University says that the crack, which lies along the crest of a two-meter-high ridge that appeared at the same time, is probably a "pop-up" feature. Pop-ups occur in places where shallowly-buried rock layers spring upward after having been weighed down by rock or ice. Pop-ups—sometimes called "A-tents" for their shape—may develop in places where the earth rebounds upward after an overlying glacier shrinks away, or when rock overburden is removed in a quarry.

However, the last glaciers retreated from Menominee 11,000 years ago—and there isn't any quarrying in the area.

"One of our reasons for publishing this was that in our search of the literature we could find no other mention of modern pop-ups that didn't occur at something like the base of a quarry, where people had removed massive amounts of rock earlier," Pennington explained. "As far as we can tell, this is a one-of-a-kind event."

Residents near Menominee heard a loud noise and shaking in the early morning of October 4, 2010, and soon discovered the crack when they went into the nearby woods to clean up the debris left from removing a big double-trunked white pine tree a few days earlier. The crack split the ground for 110 meters, and was as deep as 1.7 meters in some places. Tree trunks tilted at precarious angles on either side of the fracture.


Comment: Some other signs of earth 'opening up' in recent times include:


Bizarro Earth

Strong 6.3 magnitude earthquake strikes Chile


Citizens on the streets of La Serena. In some localities power outages were reported , but no major damage has been reported so far
A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.3 has struck off the coast of central Chile, centered off Tongoy and La Serena, seismologists say. No tsunami warnings have been issued.

© USGS
The earthquake, which struck at 9:33 p.m. local time on Tuesday, was centered in the ocean about 48 kilometers southwest of the coastal town of Tongoy, or 89 kilometers southwest of La Serena. It struck about 19 kilometers deep, making it a shallow earthquake, according to Chile's national seismological agency.

Moderate shaking was felt in the Coquimbo Region, according to Chile's National Office of Emergency of the Interior Ministry (ONEMI). "The characteristics of the earthquake do not meet the conditions necessary to generate a tsunami off the coast of Chile," ONEMI said in an alert. No tsunami warnings have been issued.

Other details were not yet available, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

Chile and the wider region are on the so-called 'Pacific Ring of Fire' which is regularly struck by large earthquakes, including the Great Chilean earthquake that struck the coast of central Chile on May 22, 1960. The 9.5-magnitude earthquake, the largest earthquake ever instrumentally recorded, left between 490 and 5,700 people killed.

Windsock

Raging storm Imogen covers French town with foam

© brytho9y / YouTube
Like scenes from an old-school horror flick, a freaky blanket of foam has emerged menacingly from the Atlantic Ocean, eating up stretches of road in a coastal town in Brittany.

Strong winds have sent heaps of thick foam over the flood walls of Saint Guenole Port and onto the streets of Penmarch.