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26 electricity poles in a row collapse on a street in Seattle for no apparent reason

seattle power poles
© Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times
Two people were trapped in their car, center, for more than an hour after 26 power poles came crashing down on East Marginal Way on Friday afternoon. The two were discharged from the hospital late Friday.
The more than two dozen power poles that collapsed near the Museum of Flight on Friday underwent a "full inspection" three years ago, and showed no risks of a mass failure, said Debra Smith, the recently-hired CEO of Seattle City Light.

Some were replaced in 2016 as a result, some were due to be replaced within five years, and others had many years remaining, "but there were none that were outside of the identified life span," Smith said in an interview Saturday.

Engineers this weekend are examining the 26 snapped wooden poles for clues, and walking East Marginal Way South to determine how and where to rebuild lines west of the huge roadway, she said.

City Light doesn't have an explanation yet about why any of the poles suddenly toppled at 4 p.m. Friday, causing a domino effect where not just one but an entire row snapped.


Comment: To be clear, it's not known whether they fell sequentially, as 'domino effect' suggests. They may have come down simultaneously!


Comment: Ok, now that is weird.

Some kind of power surge? Perhaps not via the power grid per se (which utilities and companies would have noticed), but from the atmosphere? From below ground? But then why would such an externally-sourced surge snap strong wooden poles in the same manner along a discrete, specific area?

An eyewitness in this King 5 Seattle News report describes seeing "a flash of light" and hearing "an explosion" just before "they all came tumbling down..."


This ABC News report includes footage from people's camera-phones, recorded shortly aft it happened. The weather doesn't look particularly windy, though there could still have been a super-brief meteorological micro-burst moments before...


Here's CCTV footage of the moment it happened. It is overcast, raining, and somewhat windy, but the trees in the background don't move as much as one might expect during the intensity of a micro-burst:

Also notice how, in the second angle CCTV view, beginning at 00:35, there's a flash, followed by the pole in view beginning to keel over. Note also that it broke right at its base, at ground level...

More info from another Seattle Times report:
Meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Seattle said there were no Boeoi strikes in Western Washington on Friday.

There was a decent burst of wind accompanied by moderate rain earlier in the day, but nothing particularly alarming, said Carly Kovacik, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Seattle.

Around 16,500 customers in South Seattle, Tukwila, Burien and White Center lost power as a result of the incident, but power was restored to all but 300 of them by 6 p.m., according to Seattle City Light. Some Boeing offices in the area lost power, White said.

David Drum, a structural engineer who works at Boeing, said he left his office around 4:15 p.m. and saw at least 10 poles on the ground on the west side of the street.

"It was really dramatic. Really dystopian. The poles were snapped. They hit the ground with enough force and splintered," he said. "It must have taken a lot of force to do what I saw."
Indeed, it's as if some powerful EM force bent everything - power poles, street signs, a couple of trees, street lights - over, in one direction and on one side of the street.

Also, Seattle City Light power company has announced that an unnamed "third party" will be conducting an "independent" investigation into what happened. Hmmm...

It's very interesting that Boeing HQ is located nearby... in fact, it's located RIGHT THERE!

boeing seattle power poles

Rough location of downed power poles in red. Known Boeing, Inc. facilities marked in yellow...
The mile-long stretch where these poles broke corresponds more or less exactly with the stretch of East Marginal Way in Seattle where Boeing offices, hangars and testing centers are located. Boeing Field airport, named after the founder of the major airplane and weapons company, runs parallel to this stretch of road...

Boeing's run of bad luck continues...


Brain

Russia's paranormal soldiers and military dolphin telepathy revealed by defense ministry magazine

psychic telepathy paranormal
An article in the official magazine of Russia's Defense Ministry has claimed that the country's military works in tandem with psychics, employs paranormal tactics to aid soldiers and has used dolphins in telepathy experiments.

A piece in the magazine Army Collection headlined "Super Soldier for the Wars of The Future" described how the military has conducted strange experiments, such as one in which psychics managed to read documents that were locked in a safe.

The article was first published in February, but came to prominence this week after reports in the Russian magazine RBC, opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta and the website Meduza. Commentators were surprised that such claims would be made in a publication sanctioned by authorities.

Comment: See also:


Arrow Down

Michigan couple says they caught a ghost on camera after finding scratches on baby's face

Baby Lily
© Kennedy News and Media
Highland TWP - It's a video of the unknown that is posing many questions - What is it? Is it real? And what is it doing there?

A family in Highland Michigan believes their house is haunted and what's even more disturbing is that whatever is haunting the home is doing harm to their little girl.

Heather Brough and Joshua Higgins say they couldn't believe what they saw on their nanny cam.

"It's almost like she sees something that we don't," Heather Brough said.

It's an image Heather and Josh say is haunting their home.

"It was chilling," Joshua said. "It was literally a chill down your spin, like that 'what if' factor - Is this what I just saw?"

Caught on the couples nanny cam video a few weeks ago is what appears to be something moving in front of the baby crib. The couple says it appears to be a ghost.

Camcorder

Drone films site of mysterious death of Russian hikers 60 years ago as probe reopened

The demise of nine hikers who died while crossing the Ural Mountains in 1959 remains a big mystery. It even inspired a recent Hollywood thriller, 'The Devil's Pass'. See the site in new drone footage.

The group led by Igor Dyatlov went into the mountains and did not survive the night, freezing to death. The circumstances of the tragedy, like the fact that the group apparently chose to separate amid a fierce blizzard, sparked much speculation over what actually happened. Was it Soviet military assassins covering up their secrets? Could it have been an attack by a group of convicts that escaped from prison, the local population, or even something extraterrestrial? Did the authorities cover it up?

Comment: See also: Russia's Prosecutor-General's Office reopens mysterious 1959 Dyatlov Pass case - UPDATE




UFO

Helicopter pilot sees UFO through his night vision goggles over Las Vegas

UFO Over Vegas
© Pixabay
Flying some 15 miles west over central Las Vegas over the weekend, the pilot of an air ambulance helicopter caught sight of a strange object that he was only able to detect after strapping on his night vision goggles.

The curious event was described to an air traffic controller by the pilot of an Agusta A109 chopper owned by Colorado-based company Air Methods, The Drive reported. The eyebrow-raising conversation unfolded on Sunday at roughly 9 p.m. local time.

"Just to advise. It looks like I have some sort of object over the southern hills area. It looks to be about 7,000 feet. It could be a balloon or something along those lines," the pilot informs the controller. "It's unlit, so... just advise."


Seconds later, the pilot is told that nothing is showing up on the controller's radar, but that the lack of confirmation doesn't necessarily mean that something isn't out and about trying to spook the concerned flyer.

"Yeah... I got night vision goggles," the pilot told the air traffic controller. "I can only see it through the goggles."

And with that, the air traffic official was amazed. "Oh, that's awesome," was his response.

Archaeology

Oldest pyramid on Earth is hidden in Antarctica, claims researcher

Pyramid in Antarctica
© Google Maps
New Pyramid in Antarctica? Not Quite, Say Geologists
This Antarctic mountain bears a striking resemblance to a pyramid.
Ancient alien theorists who are certain secret pyramids are concealed all around the globe, think some may be hidden on Antarctica. Conspiracy theorists, in particular, point to a vaguely pyramid-like structure near the Shackleton mountain range on the icy continent. The "pyramid" in question, when viewed on satellite imagery, does appear to have four steep sides much like the Great Pyramid of Giza. This incredibly bizarre theory was presented on the History Channel's TV series Ancient Aliens, which investigates various extraterrestrial theories.

Episode one of season 11 of Ancient Aliens, explored the remote possibility such pyramids were left behind by ancient alien visitors or human civilisations.

Conspiracy theory author David Childress told Ancient Aliens there is a distinct possibility the Shackleton pyramid is the oldest of its kind on Earth.

He said: "If this gigantic pyramid in Antarctica is an artificial structure, it would probably be the oldest pyramid on the planet and in fact it might be the master pyramid that all the other pyramids on planet Earth were designed to look like."

Comment: Whether or not there are pyramids in Antarctica, the speculation isn't entirely without scientific support, see:


Question

DNA testing needed to help identify mystery animal that attacked and killed North Carolina teacher

brenda hamilton
© Pungo Christian Academy
Brenda Hamilton
A 77-year-old North Carolina teacher has died of injuries suffered in a mysterious animal attack Friday in the small Beaufort County town of Pantego, according to a Monday Facebook post from the school where she worked.

Investigators with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office are still trying to determine what kind of animal was involved in the attack.

Beaufort County is home to bears, alligators and coyotes, but "preliminary DNA testing facilitated by NC Wildlife Biologist has eliminated any wild animals indigenous to the area," said a statement issued by the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

The victim was identified by the sheriff's office as Brenda Hamilton, a high school teacher at Pungo Christian Academy in Bellhaven.

School officials announced in a Facebook post at 11 a.m. Monday that Hamilton died of her injuries at Vidant Pitt Hospital.

A 911 call at 5:47 a.m. Friday reported someone had been attacked by an animal on Indian Run Road in Pantego, said the sheriff's office. The town of about 200 people is not far from the Pamlico Sound in coastal North Carolina.

"Beaufort County EMS and Paramedics arrived to find 77-year-old Brenda Hamilton of Pantego suffering from severe injuries as a result of the attack," said a sheriff's office release.

Biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission have joined the investigation, officials said.

"Beaufort County Sheriff's Investigators are continuing to investigate to determine which, if any domestic canines in the area may have attacked Hamilton," said a release.

Hamilton was an East Carolina University grad who had been a teacher at Pungo Christian Academy since 1968, according to the school's website. She taught high school English and literature classes, said the school.

"We continue to discover how devastating Mrs. Hamilton's injuries are. Please keep praying for Mrs. Hamilton and her family as they make difficult decisions in the coming days," said a Sunday Facebook post by the school.


Camcorder

Australian police post video of strange light emerging from thunderstorm

Strange light over AUS
© Broome Police Dept
Broome Police in Western Australian shared the spooky CCTV footage on Twitter yesterday - which quickly gained global attention.

The 15-second video begins with flashes of lightning bursting through the skies during a thunderstorm.

Suddenly, a spark of lightning reveals an unidentified object appearing out of the clouds.

The circular-UFO swiftly floats in mid-air before gliding off screen, leaving an almost transparent trail


UFO

Possible Big Foot sighting: Young boy lost in the woods says he made friends with a "bear"

big foot
When 3 year-old toddler Casey Hathaway was found by police three days after he disappeared from his grandmother's backyard in North Carolina, he told his family that he had "made friends with a bear."

While the kid has no reason to make up such a story, what's interesting is that temperatures dipped into the 20's - well below freezing - suggesting that something most definitely helped him to survive in the vast wilderness. According to the family, the boy is medically fine, showing no serious signs of exposure.

Most news agencies and reports ultimately ran with the "bear" story and some concluded that the story was a figment of the boy's imagination, but could there be another explanation?

Comment: See also:


Sherlock

Russia's Prosecutor-General's Office reopens mysterious 1959 Dyatlov Pass case - UPDATE

Dyatlov Pass
© Public domain
A Dyatlov group tent, as it was discovered on February 26, 1959
The Russian Prosecutor-General's Office has reopened the investigation into the mysterious deaths of nine young hikers in the Ural Mountains some 60 years ago.

Prosecutor-General's Office spokesman Aleksandr Kurennoi said on February 1 that investigators were looking into the notorious Dyatlov Pass deaths and hope to establish the truth of how the hikers died.

He said that although some 75 theories have been put forward, prosecutors believe the most likely cause of the deaths was either an avalanche or a heavy storm.

Comment: According to the article Researcher claims Dyatlov pass mystery victims could have been on KGB mission:
In the researcher's opinion, the version of the group's having ties with the KGB is also supported by the fact that only four of the ten rolls of film from all the cameras have remained and it is unknown what happened to the rest.

"One film captures the trace of a technology-induced phenomenon - a glowing ball. Besides, each member of the Dyatlov group kept a diary but only three or four of them have survived. All these factors confirm ties with the KGB: they were not simply hikers: they had been sent to the mountain pass on a special mission. This can be confirmed by authorized ID held by the group's head," Kuntsevich said.
and going further in New film retells story of Soviet hikers meeting mysterious death it says:
The real-life case was investigated by the military who came to the mysterious conclusion that the group had died from "a natural force they were unable to overcome." They closed the file and classified it as secret.
See also: UPDATE 4th February 2018 at 12:18

RT provides a bit more detail of the investigation:
Army test, UFO or deadly blizzard? Russia reopens 60yo probe of mysterious Soviet hiker deaths
Dyatlov Pass
© perevaldyatlova.ru
Dyatlov Pass
Russian investigators are set to re-examine the chilling mystery of a deadly hiking trip made by group of Soviet students in 1959. The story spurred more than 70 theories and even inspired Hollywood thriller, 'The Devil's Pass'.

Known as the Dyatlov Pass incident the deaths of a Soviet student hiking group in a remote area in the Urals six decades ago remains one of Russia's most chilling unsolved mysteries. It shocked and bewildered investigators right from the start. After the original probe failed to produce any results, the case was shelved and, by some accounts, even classified.

The eerie story inspired Hollywood director Renny Harlin to make the thriller Devil's Pass in 2013. Now the authorities are determined to finally uncover what happened.

Investigators are officially reopening the probe, spokesperson for the Prosecutor General's Office, Aleksandr Kurennoy, announced on Friday. The victims' "relatives, media and the public want to know the truth," he said.

Dyatlov Pass
© perevaldyatlova.ru
A group, led by Igor Dyatlov, embarked on their last hiking trip in February 1959. They were mostly in their 20s, graduate students at a local technical university. All were well-equipped, experienced hikers. The plan was to trek 350km (217 miles) through extremely harsh terrain in the northern Urals.

One student had to drop the hike due to leg pains, returning home early. That decision saved his life. Others went on. They took pictures along the way and kept journals, describing the trip's joyful atmosphere and other fairly mundane things hikers do. All seemed like a typical trip to the mountains.

The hikers failed to send a signal from the scheduled endpoint however and a rescue team was dispatched to find them. The scene the rescuers stumbled onto was gruesome and puzzling at the same time.

The tent was found on a slope, which translates to 'The Mountain of the Dead' in the local dialect. It was empty, cut open from the inside by a sharp object. All belongings, including shoes, had been left there, intact. This led many to believe the students were forced to flee in terror, desperately trying to get out as quickly as they could.

The first two shoeless hikers, dressed only in their underwear, were found lying under a pine tree about 1.3km away from the tent. Three more bodies were then located on the way out from the tent. The last four victims were found several months later - buried under meters of snow in a creek nearby.

Dyatlov Pass
© Wikipedia
Four hikers sustained massive internal injuries, skull fractures and chest damage. One woman had her eyes, tongue and part of her lips missing.

The Soviet criminal probe could never establish why the hikers suddenly left the tent half-naked or explain their conditions. The notes and photos, made by the victims, offered no clues. The final report only stated that everyone was killed by "an unknown overwhelming force."

The case sparked more than 70 theories on what caused the hikers' deaths, ranging from secret military tests and radiation, to UFOs and paranormal activity. The prosecutors are aiming to sort through them to find a plausible explanation.


The crime-related scenarios have already been discarded due to lack of evidence, prosecutors say. They plan to start by examining if the hikers could have killed by an avalanche or a snow storm. Kurennoy said a group of investigators and forensics experts will visit Dyatlov Pass in March to determine the details of the tragedy.