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Iceland lowers alert for erupting volcano and reopens airspace

Iceland Bardarbunga volcano
The Icelandic Met Office has lowered its aviation warning from red to orange near the Bardarbunga volcano, which saw an eruption begin overnight.

The new alert, the second-highest, means that aviation authorities can now decide if planes may travel over the volcano's airspace.

Scientists said a fissure eruption 1km (0.6 miles) long started in a lava field north of the Vatnajokull glacier.

The volcano has been hit by several recent tremors.

The Icelandic Met Office confirmed to the BBC that since no ash was detected in emissions from the volcano's eruption, it was now possible to downgrade the earlier alert level.

Civil protection officials said Icelandic Air Traffic Control had closed the airspace above the eruption up to a height of 5,000ft (1,500m), but now some aircraft will be able to pass over the volcano if aviation authorities give airliners the go-ahead.

The fissure eruption took place between Dyngjujokull Glacier and the Askja caldera, according to a statement from the Department of Civil Protection.
Fish

Dead fish continue to wash up on shores of south-west England


Stranded whitebait have been turning up off the south coast of Cornwall, Devon and Dorset. Hundreds of dead fish were found in Mullion harbour.
Hundreds of tiny dead fish have been found washed up in Mullion harbour.

The beach was left littered with the small whitebait at low tide after they became stranded.

The same phenomenon has been reported all along the south coast as far as Dorset over the past two weeks.

The fish get driven into shore after they are chased by predators - in this case mackerel.

Bob Felce, who has written a book on the history of the cove, said it was an extremely rare sight.

"It is a rare occurrence. One fisherman who has lived here for over 60 years says he can only remember this happening on two or three previous occasions," he said.

"Mullion is an enclosed, small harbour so the trap was laid when they chased them in. The coast around the Lizard has been full of mackerel for a couple of weeks; I had a few hours in a boat off Coverack last week and you could almost walk on them.

Comment: See also: Casualties of seafloor methane gas release? Hundreds of thousands more fish found dead in Plymouth tidal pool, UK

Millions of dead herring wash up on Isle of Man coast, UK

Hundreds of methane plumes erupting along U.S. Atlantic coast

Eye 2

More unusual animal behaviour: Crocodile attack earns Florida swimmers dubious distinction

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Southern Florida is the only place in the world where crocodiles, pictured, co-exist with American alligators
Miami pair Alejandro Jimenez and Lisset Rendon become first people to be bitten by American crocodile, wildlife officials say

Two swimmers taking an early morning dip in a Florida canal have earned the dubious distinction of becoming the first humans in the United States to be bitten by an American crocodile, wildlife officials say.

Alejandro Jimenez, 26, and Lisset Rendon, 23, came face to face with the 9ft reptile at 2.30am on Sunday, after taking to the water during a house party in Gables by the Sea, an upscale neighbourhood of South Miami where saltwater crocodiles are prevalent.

As Jimenez recovered in hospital Tuesday from bite wounds to his torso and hands, and his girlfriend, who was bitten on her shoulder, rested at home, trappers continued to scour the canal for the giant critter.

Residents say there are at least three large crocodiles living in the water behind their homes and have given them the nicknames Pancho, Snaggletooth and Streetwalker, the last apparently noted for taking late-night strolls across roads in the neighbourhood.
Bizarro Earth

Permian Mass Extinction: Methane gas oceanic explosion wiped out 95% of life and it can happen again!

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How Lake Nyos looked after the methane explosion
"A major theory is that oceans can and have produced methane gas, and was responsible for the Permian Mass Extinction. This explosion killed up to 95% of life on earth during that period. A seafloor basin of methane saturated water may have a breaking point. An earthquake, underwater landslide, or even a meteor impact could have triggered this, and suddenly, like shaking a giant soda bottle, the deepest part of the ocean would have exploded in a deadly storm of methane bubbles."

Something similar happened in 1986 in Lake Nyos in the nation of Cameroon in Africa. This created a ground level carbon dioxide cloud that killed many nearby villagers. This is also mentioned in this video. Watch it below:

Comment: The segment of the video was posted in 2010 and it is all happening today! With that knowledge in mind the following events from the last few months make even more sense and is a dire warning of our near future:

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5.6 quake shakes southern Greece

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An earthquake with magnitude 5.6 occurred between the Peloponesse and the Cyclades in Greece at 6:44 am on Aug 28, 2014.

The epicenter was located beneath the seabed about 140 kilometers (86 miles) south of Athens and near the island of Milos.

There have been no reports of injuries or damages, however, the shock was widely felt in Athens and Crete.

The U.S. Geological Survey gave a preliminary magnitude of 5.6, while the Greek Institute of Geodynamicsr gave it as 5.7.

Comment: With the increase in volcanic and seismic activity around the world, this one is too close for comfort to the volcano of Thera (modern day Santorini).

Bug

Biblical plague of locusts swarm Madagascar as billions of the insects make their annual migration

These incredible photos capture the biblical-like scenes in Madagascar where a plague of locusts - numbering in their billions - have descended on the country's farmland for the third year running.

An enormous dark cloud of the flying insects is pictured obscuring the sky in the east African island country's capital of Antananarivo, sparking panic for Madagascar's nine million agricultural workers.

After first occurring in 2012 - the gigantic plague is no longer a phenomenon but an annual migration of the bugs - which can each eat their own body weight in food every day.
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An enormous dark cloud of the flying insects is pictured obscuring the sky in the east African country's capital of Antananarivo - sparking panic among farmers
Left to themselves, the locusts would devastate the country's agriculture, each consuming around two grams of food each day that they are among crops.

Desperate farmers have been attempting to protect their land by starting fires and increasing their use of insecticides, the Independent reports.
Cloud Precipitation

NASA using data from May supercell hailstorm over Carolinas to predict future Appalachian storm activity

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ER-2 aircraft pilot Stu Broce snapped this photo of a supercell that formed over North Carolina in May.
Swirling supercell thunderstorms brewed over the border between North and South Carolina in May, showering the area with chunks of hail as big as baseballs.

The huge storm column stretched 50,000 feet (15,000 meters) tall. NASA's Earth Observatory recently released a photo that a pilot took as he flew an ER-2 aircraft over the storms on May 23. Normal commercial airplanes fly at around 30,000 feet (9,000 m), but the ER-2 soared around 65,000 feet (20,000 m).

An anvil-shaped cloud typically forms in a thunderstorm when cooler winds push warm air up into the atmosphere, and a particularly powerful updraft can produce a huge dome-shaped cap called an "overshooting top." Severe storms, like the supercell in the photo, tend to have large and long-lasting overshooting tops.

Comment: The world has been plagued recently with hailstorms. For more information on what is really behind the bizarre weather lately listen to the SOTT Talk Radio show: Earth changes in an electric universe: Is climate change really man-made?

Phoenix

Methane gas seeping out of the ground in China


Dangerous: Methane gas is coming up from the ground in a village in China causing the air to burst into fire
* Nanjiawan village in China has been dubbed the 'Invisible Fire Village'

* Lighting a cigarette or starting electrical equipment can be hazardous

* Locals called in priests at first believing they had been cursed by evil spirits

Methane gas is coming up from the ground in a village in China causing the air to burst into balls of fire.

The phenomenon is now so common that Nanjiawan village in south-west China has been dubbed the 'Invisible Fire Village'.

Lighting a cigarette or starting electrical equipment can have disastrous consequences.
Cloud Precipitation

Flash flooding across Belgium after 36 hours of rain

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Around 36 hours of constant rainfall that began Tuesday 26 August 2014 caused flash flooding across Belgium including the provinces of Hainaut, Liege, Walloon Brabant and around the city of Brussels.

Hundreds of calls were made to local emergency services after homes and streets were flooded. The flooding caused chaos for motorists and at one point several motorways were also flooded, including the A8 and A12. In Brussels the tunnel road network was badly affected. The NATO, Montgomery and Arts-Loi tunnels were all flooded and closed to traffic at some point.

A family had to be evacuated from their flooded home in the Ath municipality in the province of Hainaut. No injuries were reported.

Rainfall Levels

Figures from WMO for a 24 hour period between 26 and 27 August 2014:

* Chievres - 53 mm

* Semmerzake - 56 mm

* Koksijde - 59 mm

Belgium saw some severe flooding in late July when heavy rain inundated wide areas of northern Europe. Two people died in the floods in Germany.

Cloud Precipitation

'Unprecedented' 40,000 seabirds dead following Atlantic winter storms this year off the coast of Europe

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Guillemot colony.
Britain's sea birds are under threat, experts have warned, after an "unprecedented" 40,000 were found to have died in this year's storms.

Three times the average number of guillemots were killed on Skomer Island, Wales, one of the country's most important havens for seabirds, as they struggled to find enough to eat in turbulent seas.

Professor Tim Birkhead, of the University of Sheffield's Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, said that a "run of storms" and "high mortality" would mean seabird populations will start to decrease.

The warning comes after a spell of extreme weather from mid-December to early January that caused a succession of major winter storms, bringing widespread chaos to the UK.

The unpredictable weather continued earlier this month as Hurricane Bertha brought further rain and storms, with nearly the entire average rainfall for August falling in just the first half of the month.
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