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Is Mount Saint Helens about to wake up and throw a tantrum?

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) marks the 10th anniversary of the last eruption at Mount Saint Helens. USGS suggests it can take decades before the volcano erupts again.techtimes.comScientists are marking the 10th anniversary since Mount Saint Hel...

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Mystery looms in plane crash off Jamaica

NY plane mysteriously crashes off Jamaica
Jane and Larry Glazer were killed in a small private plane (similar to the one pictured, right). Photo: Wikipedia Creative Commons ; AP (2)


(Correction: It was reported yesterday that 3 persons were aboard the unresponsive plane. Only 2 persons were aboard.)

A prominent upstate developer and his wife died Friday when their plane mysteriously plunged into the Atlantic off Jamaica after flying aimlessly over the ocean with no radio contact and US fighter jets in pursuit, authorities said.
Rochester millionaire Larry Glazer and entrepreneur wife Jane, both 68, were killed in the crash roughly 14 miles northeast of Port Antonio at about 2:15 p.m., their family confirmed.
Their single-engine Socata TBM 900 took off from Rochester Airport at 8:45 a.m. headed for Naples, Fla. — where the couple had a vacation home — with Glazer at the controls and his wife the only passenger.
But Glazer later contacted air-traffic controllers in Atlanta and requested permission to fly at a lower altitude because of an unspecified problem on board, the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reported.
The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that controllers lost all radio contact with the plane — which cost nearly $4 million and is one of the world’s fastest of its type — shortly after 10 a.m.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command scrambled a pair of F-15 fighter jets about 11:30 a.m. to track “an unresponsive aircraft currently flying over the Atlantic Ocean.”
NORAD broke off their pursuit about 1:15 p.m. after Glazer’s plane entered Cuban airspace, but one of the F-15 pilots reported seeing a man slumped over the controls and the cockpit’s windows frosting up.

The plane entered Cuban airspace before 2 p.m. EST.Photo: Flightradar24.com

That led to speculation that the plane’s cabin may have lost air pressure, leaving the Glazers unconscious due to a lack of oxygen, with the plane continuing to fly on autopilot.
“What we’re talking about is incapacitation of the pilot — and for that to happen, he has to be at a high altitude and the pressurization system would have to fail in such a way that he would not recognize it,” Hadrian Dailey, a veteran aircraft technician, told the Rochester newspaper.
“There are an awful lot of things that would have to go wrong for an airplane to just continue on and the pilot not being able to change that.”
That theory could explain why controllers on the ground got no response from the plane, which ultimately crashed when it ran out of fuel after flying about 1,700 miles. The FAA is investigating.
Maj. Basil Jarrett of the Jamaican Defense Force said an oil slick was spotted where the plane went down and that the search for the wreckage would continue Saturday.
Glazer was CEO of Buckingham Properties and owned or had an interest in 13 million square feet of real estate in Rochester, including the landmark Xerox Tower, the Bausch+Lomb building and Midtown Tower.
“He is precious in 100 ways. He is one of a kind. This is a nightmare,” Heidi Zimmer-Meyer, president of the Rochester Downtown Development Corp., told the paper.
Gov. Cuomo praised Glazer and his wife, who owned QCI Direct, a catalog company.
“The Glazers were innovative and generous people who were committed to revitalizing downtown Rochester and making the city they loved a better place for all. I offer my deepest condolences to the Glazers’ family and friends,” Cuomo said in a statement.

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Human Origins from Sumerians ~ With Zecharia Sitchen ~ Video

The story of the great flood as told in the Bible originated from the ancient Sumerians, who settled in early Mesopotamia and whose legends and mythologies greatly influenced the subsequent civilizations of that area. The later versions of the stori...

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Yellowstone supervolcano eruption would be disastrous for entire US, claims study

The Grand Prismatic Spring, the largest in the United States and third largest in the world, is seen in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. (Reuters / Jim Urquhart)
The Grand Prismatic Spring, the largest in the United States and third largest in the world, is seen in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. (Reuters / Jim Urquhart)

If the massive supervolcano at Yellowstone National Park erupted again, scientists believe it would blanket much of the United States in ash and potentially sever communication as well as travel between the country’s coasts.
According to a new study published by the US Geological Survey, cities about 300 miles away from the volcano’s location in Wyoming would be covered in up to three feet of ash as a result of a supereruption, the largest kind of volcanic eruption possible. More than 240 cubic miles of material would be expelled into the atmosphere, reaching cities like New York and Los Angeles on both sides of the United States.
In fact, the resulting ash cloud, or “umbrella,” as scientists called it, would be so strong that it would overpower normal wind patterns in North America, potentially grounding all air travel throughout the entire continent and radically altering the region’s climate. Electronic communication between the US’ East and West Coasts could also become complicated, if not hopeless.
“In essence, the eruption makes its own winds that can overcome the prevailing westerlies, which normally dominate weather patterns in the United States,” geologist and lead author of the study Larry Mastin said in a press release. “This helps explain the distribution from large Yellowstone eruptions of the past, where considerable amounts of ash reached the West Coast.”
In addition to taking out air travel, even just a couple of centimeters of ash accumulation would make driving accidents far more likely, due to reduced traction on roads. People would likely suffer from ash-related respiratory problems, while several inches of ash could damage buildings and jam water and sewage systems.

View of the 'Sunset Lake' hot spring with it's unique colors caused by brown, orange and yellow algae-like bacteria called Thermophiles, that thrive in the cooling water turning the vivid aqua-blues to a murkier greenish brown, in the Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. (AFP Photo / Mark Ralston)
View of the 'Sunset Lake' hot spring with it's unique colors caused by brown, orange and yellow algae-like bacteria called Thermophiles, that thrive in the cooling water turning the vivid aqua-blues to a murkier greenish brown, in the Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. (AFP Photo / Mark Ralston)

Although the consequences of such a powerful eruption are obviously serious, geologists still believe another explosion is unlikely at this point. The Yellowstone supervolcano has generated this kind of eruption at least three times in its history: once 2.1 million years ago, another 1.3 million years ago, and a third time about 640,000 years ago
With millions of tons of lava located underneath the supervolcano – last year the reservoir was found to be 2.5 times larger than previously thought – a supereruption would likely affect the entire world, not just the US or North America.
"It would be a global event," Jamie Farrell of the University of Utah told the Associated Press last year. "There would be a lot of destruction and a lot of impacts around the globe."
Fears over a possible eruption have spiked occasionally over the last few months, with a 4.8-magnitude earthquake striking the Yellowstone park earlier this year causing some to speculate that volcanic activity was to blame. As RT reported in July, one of the park’s major roads melted this summer as a result of extreme heat from the supervolcano.
Still, geologists say the chances of an eruption are unlikely.
There is no evidence that a catastrophic eruption at Yellowstone National Park (YNP) is imminent,” the University of Utah Seismograph Station said in April. “Current geologic activity at Yellowstone has remained relatively constant since earth scientists first started monitoring some 30 years ago. Though another caldera-forming eruption is theoretically possible, it is very unlikely to occur in the next thousand or even 10,000 years.”

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6.0 Earthquake Hits Northern California ~ Strongest in 26 years ~ Video

(CNN) -- A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck Northern California early Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Eighty-seven patients have been treated or are being treated at Queen of the Valley Hospital following the early morning earthquake, accordi...

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Ancient Aliens Giorgio Tsoukalos Lecture at Durham, New Hampshire ~ Parts 5 & 6 of 6

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Ancient Aliens Giorgio Tsoukalos Lecture at Durham, New Hampshire ~ Parts 3 & 4

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Diamond-shaped Object Flies Low over Salina, Utah

Salina, Utah - 07-29-14 Shape: Oval - Duration: 6 minutes - Bright diamond-oval, low in night sky with multi-color, rotating red, green & white lights and erratic movements. My roommate was walking outside at about 10:35 PM, when ...

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The strange case of the SS Valencia’s Life Boat

The SS Valencia


In 1906, nine officers, 56 crew members and 108 passengers set sail on the 1,598-ton Valencia from San Francisco, en route to Seattle. The weather became atrocious, visibility was nearly impossible, and the winds kicked in. After colliding with a reef near Vancouver Island, hysteria led to the flipping of lifeboats (two eventually capsized and one disappeared). All the women and children on board died, and the final death toll was recorded at 136. Twenty-seven years after the accident, one of the Valencia’s lifeboats was found floating near the site of the wreck in surprisingly good condition.

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Red & White UFO Flies Close to Jetliner

An Air Canada Jazz flight heading out of Halifax this week narrowly missed hitting a flying object at a high altitude, a type of encounter that could be very dangerous.

The pilot reported it as a possible drone, a risk that is becoming more common in Canadian airspace. However, as is also fairly typical with this new technology, it’s still unclear what the object was.

Experimentation with unmanned flying vehicles has surged in the past year or two, but it can be hard to regulate them. Just four months ago, air traffic controllers in Nova Scotia were faced with a last-minute announcement that an American military drone was flying over the province.

The object spotted on Sunday was a “red and white vertical tube with rotor” less than 300 metres above the Jazz turbofan plane, which was on its way to St. John’s, N.L., according to the pilot’s report to Transport Canada.

The plane was climbing at the time but had reached nearly 6,000 metres, an altitude much higher than most drones fly, said Inna Sharf, a mechanical engineer at McGill University in Montreal developing technology for unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs.
“There’s no such thing as ‘most UAVs’ because it’s still such a young market,” Sharf said.

However, the pilot’s description made her guess that the object could possibly be part of a science experiment taking atmospheric measurements, rather than a drone.

Drones are built in a wide range of sizes and designs for different purposes, Sharf said.

Two common uses of the technology, military reconnaissance and weather forecasting, both tend to require machines that fly at a high altitude. But in those cases, they also generally look a certain way.
“At this kind of altitude, a UAV is going to look like a small plane,” measuring several metres in both length and wingspan, she said.

“A tube with a rotor? Red and white? Doesn’t sound like the conventional sort of drone-UAV.”

Police are likely the most common users of drones in Canada right now, for surveillance and search-and-rescue purposes, she said.
The drones that Sharf uses don’t fly higher than roughly 15 metres, she said.

Air Canada Jazz is also stumped by the encounter, said spokeswoman Manon Stuart.

“At this point, we don’t know what the object was,” she said. “It’s certainly not something that happens often.”

Pilots have reported a handful of near-misses with possible drones in Canadian airspace, most in the past two years.

In cases where the initial investigation suggests criminal intent, the matter can be referred to police, said Chris Krepski, a spokesman for the Transportation Safety Board. If it was an accident and “there’s an opportunity to advance safety,” the board itself would follow up, Krepski said.

A case from June 2 near the Victoria airport was somewhat similar to the mystery of the Halifax-St. John’s flight.

A turboprop aircraft was flying at 3,800 metres when it passed a “black, wingless,” three-metre object that, to the pilot, looked like a UAV.

In both cases, not enough information has been gleaned to refer the incidents to police or to take action within the safety board, said Krepski.

“We didn’t even open a file for them.”

Incidents can also be handled by Transport Canada if it looks like someone was flying a drone in breach of the agency’s regulations, which are among the strictest in the world.

Those relatively comprehensive rules raise even more questions about what a drone would have been doing flying at 6,000 metres near Halifax, said Sharf.

Anyone who wants to fly a drone must first get a federal flight operation certificate, she said.

“To get that certificate, you really have to be within the line-of-sight operation, which means you never lose sight of your vehicle.”

Anyone remotely piloting a drone near a plane’s cruising altitude was either doing so against regulation, or had a different kind of permission, she said.

Transport Canada had not responded to a request for information by Wednesday evening.

One incident in early April was flagged for followup. The New York air operations centre called Atlantic Canadian air controllers to report that a Global Hawk UAV had just entered Canadian airspace. The report was classified as a Nova Scotia occurrence.
According to the report, controllers in Moncton had prior knowledge of the Global Hawk’s visit, by they didn’t know its route through Canadian airspace.

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Portal 2012 2014-08-10 06:31:00

Potentially fatal PB security breach, red alert at 504, mission abort terminator 140906.1021Z

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