Security forces open fire on demonstrators in Tehran: Anti-government protests enter third day: Lying means conscious and deliberate falsification of the truth (we did not lie)
Anti-government protests in Iran have entered the third day today after Tehran finally abandoned its pretence and admitted shooting down a passenger jet. Dozens of protesters gathered and chanted slogans at a Tehran university today amid a wave of public anger after the plane came down with dozens of Iranians on board.
A string of celebrities have also turned on the regime and two-state TV hosts have quit over Tehran's three days of false reporting over the crash. Film director Masoud Kimiai has pulled out of Tehran's annual Fajr Film Festival, saying he was 'on the side of the public'.
There She Blows! (Again) Shishaldin Volcano, Alaska, kicked out a plume of ash as high as 28,000 feet (8,535 m) above sea level (For the second time this month!)
An Alaska volcano that has been rumbling since midsummer shot ash about 5 miles (8 km) into the sky on Sunday, triggering a warning to aviators and dusting one small fishing village, officials reported. The volcano is on Unimak Island, the largest island on the Aleutian chain, 120 miles northeast of Unalaska Island. It’s about 700 miles west of Anchorage.
Shishaldin Volcano, one of the most active in Alaska, kicked out a plume of ash that satellite imagery detected as high as 28,000 feet (8,535 m) above sea level, according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory, the joint federal-state-university office that tracks the state’s many volcanoes.
A powerful 6.9 quake rocks Turkey ( Reduced by USGS to mag 6.7) rocks Turkey this afternoon: Today's quake is the 10th of January and 2020 and the 3,094th of this century!
A powerful shallow quake rocks Turkey: This afternoon a magnitude 6.7 - 4km ENE of Doganyol, Turkey according to USGS.
This quake could be significant, no fewer than four major tectonic plates (Arabia, Eurasia, India, and Africa) and one smaller tectonic block (Anatolia) are responsible for seismicity and tectonics in the Middle East and the surrounding region. Geologic development of the region is a consequence of a number of first-order plate tectonic processes that include subduction, large-scale transform faulting, compressional mountain building and crustal extension.
Nine people have died and four are missing after Storm Gloria continued to batter eastern Spain with high winds, heavy rain, snowfall and huge waves. The storm, which had left 220,000 people in the Tarragona region without electricity on Tuesday, began to shift away on Wednesday and is now battering southern France, however, some north-eastern and Balearic areas remained on orange alert. A man died of hypothermia in Carcaixent, Valencia on Wednesday, while a woman was killed in Alicante province when her home collapsed.
Hurricanes and cyclones
Here come the storms! Tropical Cyclone Blake the 1st cyclone of the Australian season: Expected to reach category 2 strength by Tuesday: System 92S also forming in the Arafura Sea
Tropical Cyclone Blake is the 1st cyclone of the Australian season and is expected to reach category 2 strength by Tuesday. Blake is located 121 nautical miles north of Broom on the northwestern coast of Australia and is moving slowly southeastwards. Flood watches are in place with 250 mm rain expected in some parts. Destructive gale-force winds are expected later today. According to the latest update from BOM Tropical Cyclone Blake continues to develop to the north of Broome and is likely to track close to the Dampier Peninsula. Gales and heavy rain likely over the northwest Kimberley coast.
Connecting the dots: Christmas 1957 our sun goes ballistic worries experts: Two prominent scientists suddenly die: NASA launched: The Space Race Begins: Climate Change arrives
Every time a space shuttle was launched, the solid rocket boosters released 240 tons of HCl gas, 26 tons of chlorine gas, 7 tons of nitrogen dioxide gas, and 304 tons of aluminium oxide into the atmosphere. The resulting hydrochloric acid dissolved eight inches of concrete on the launch pad during a Space Shuttle launch, raising the concentration of hydrochloric acid in nearby lakes to 3 M, producing massive fish kills in the ocean, and destroying the paint on cars. Leading chemists to believe that HCl is a major contributor to the holes in the ozone layer.
The Space Shuttle made 135 space flights during its 30-year career, which is more than 41,000 tons of aluminian oxide 3, 510 tons of chlorine gas, 945 tons of nitrogen dioxide gas and 32,400 tons of HCI gas thrown into our atmosphere and that is just the Space Shuttle,
What A Jolly Good Idea! TEPCO, the owners of the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant to release 1 million tons of radioactive water gradually into the air instead of dumping it into the Pacific
In a new twist, the Japanese government have come up with a new proposal which will enable TEPCO, the owners of the stricken nuclear plant to release 1 million tons of radioactive water gradually into the air. The original plan was to dump it into the Pacific, Tepco has always maintained the "treated" water is perfectly safe, even though the water is still radioactive.
Next summer's 2020 Olympic Games is allowing the Japanese government to focus on the games while their unsuccessful attempt to clean-up the ongoing spread of leaking radioactivity from Fukushima approaches its first 10 years since the disaster.
According to Arnie Gundersen of the Fairwinds website, the government of Japan claims that the Fukushima site will be entirely cleaned and decommissioned in less than forty years...
Alaska the largest mass die-off of seabirds in recorded history: Millions have died since 2015: 2019 fish crisis: Pacific Cod, Salmon, crab, herring, sardines, all gone! Will New Zealand be next?
2019 was a record-breaking year for Alaska in many ways but mostly bad. Monday, December the 9th was the warmest December day ever recorded in Alaska. Alaska's low on December the 9th was warmer than the average high for the time of the year, Anchorage recorded a high of 51 deg F, (10.5 deg C), on Monday the 9th which is more than double the December average.
In 2019, Alaska broke heat records in the Spring, the Summer, Autumn and Winter, Parts of Alaska recorded their warmest February and March on record with temperatures +40 deg F above normal.
Norovirus Update: Simulation it could kill 65 million people: Arrives in Europe: Virus escaped lab in Wuhan? More than 150,000 unaware they are sick as the incubation period is 5-to-10 days.
China built a lab to study SARS and Ebola in Wuhan - and US biosafety experts warned in 2017 that a virus could 'escape' the facility that's become key in fighting the outbreak. The Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory is the only lab in China designated for studying dangerous pathogens like SARS and Ebola Ahead of its January 2018 opening, biosafety experts and scientists from the US expressed concerns that a virus could escape the lab In 2004, a SARS virus 'leaked' from a lab in Beijing
Hundreds of thousands of dead fish (as far as the eye can see) wash up on Spanish beaches after the breakage of facilities in a fish farm during this week's incredible Storm Gloria
Dead fish on the beach of Xeraco after the storm of the sea / Ajuntament de Xeraco
The beach of Xeraco and part of the l'Auir in Gandia have woken up to the gruesome site of hundreds of thousands of dead fish. Everything seems to indicate that the fish have reached the coast of the Safor after the breakage of the facilities of a fish farm in Sagunto. The first effects of this break were noted a few days ago in Perellonet Beach, and now we have the same image in Xeraco.
The fish that have appeared dead in Xeraco belong to several commercial species such as sea bass, sea bass or sea bream, and even a dolphin calf.
Floods and hail have worsened the damage in the Region of Valencia with Storm Gloria translating into a series of extremely severe climatic accidents that are having a huge impact on the farming industry, seasonal vegetables and agricultural infrastructure, as reported by the Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers.
"Unprecedented!" Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are suffering biggest locust swarm in 70 years: India, Iran, Pakistan, Egypt, Eritrea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Yemen are also seeing substantial breeding activity
Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are dealing with desert locust swarms of “unprecedented size and destructive potential” that could spill over into more countries in East Africa, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned on Monday. Destroying hundreds of thousands of acres of crops, the outbreak is impacting the region’s food insecurity. The UN agency urged for a collective campaign to deal with the crisis, concerned over the risk that the swarms spill over into more countries in East Africa, “if efforts to deal with the voracious pest are not scaled up across the region”.
Aussie Bushfire Update No 24: "This will be all of our Christmas, birthday, engagement, anniversary, wedding and graduation presents rolled into one." Significant rain has arrived
Rain fell across parts of bushfire-ravaged eastern Australia on Thursday and more wet weather was forecast, giving some relief following months of catastrophic blazes fuelled by climate change. The fires, unprecedented for Australia in terms of duration and intensity, have claimed 28 lives and killed an estimated billion animals. Sustained hot weather and only very rare periods of light rain in the affected areas have deepened the crisis. So authorities had been looking forward to this week's rain hoping it would help contain or even extinguish some fires.
In the state of New South Wales, where many of the worst fires have burnt, there were "good falls" on some blazes early Thursday, the local meteorology bureau reported. "Relief is here for a number of firefighters working across NSW," the state's Rural Fire Service said in a social media post accompanying video footage of rain falling in a burning forest.
Photo of the day
Photo of the day: Saudi Arabia and Oman to India and Singapore were treated to a rare "ring of fire" solar eclipse on December the 26th: Remarkable photos
Credit, Elias Chasiotis
Skywatchers from Saudi Arabia and Oman to India and Singapore were treated to a rare "ring of fire" solar eclipse on December the 26th. Annular eclipses occur when the Moon is not close enough to the Earth to completely obscure the Sun, leaving a thin ring of the solar disc visible.
Elias Chasiotis who took these remarkable photos has allowed The Big Wobble to post his work.