Wednesday, April 15, 2015

MONUMENTAL DISASTER PREPAREDNESS: Major Military Maneuvers Ahead Of The Coming Black Celestial Event - Major U.S. And U.K. Airborne Operation In North Carolina; REALISTIC Military Training In California, Arizona; Marine Unit Drills At Sports Park; MASSIVE MILITARY CONVOY Headed Towards Texas, "I'VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT"; More JADE HELM Preparations; Pentagon Drafting THOUSANDS Of "Cyber Forces" In Prep For Cyber Emergency; DHS To Purchase 62 MILLION MORE ROUNDS OF AR-15 AMMO?!

April 15, 2015 - UNITED STATES - The following constitutes the latest reports of  major disaster preparedness by the United States government as the black celestial event nears.

Major airborne operation in North Carolina involving U.S. 82nd Airborne Division and the United Kingdom's 16 Assault Brigade

U.S. Army and British paratroopers perform a static-line jump at Holland Drop Zone in preparation for Combined Joint Operational Access Exercise 15-01 at Fort
Bragg, N.C., April 11. About 50 paratroopers were injured in the jump on Monday night.
(Photo: Staff Sgt. Sean Martin/Army)

About 50 paratroopers were injured Monday after a large-scale airborne operation conducted by the 82nd Airborne Division and the United Kingdom's 16 Air Assault Brigade.

About 2,100 paratroopers participated in Monday night's airborne operation. Most of the injured troops were Americans; about 10 were British paratroopers, said Lt. Col. Cathy Wilkinson, a spokeswoman for the 82nd Airborne Division.

The paratroopers were taken to Womack Army Medical Center on Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to be evaluated by medical personnel, the 82nd Airborne said in a statement.

About 40 of them were released and returned to duty early Tuesday afternoon.

Five were admitted to the hospital and the rest were waiting to be evaluated.

Most of the paratroopers suffered injuries to their legs or ankles or had back pain, which "are not out of the ordinary for injuries associated with airborne operations," Wilkinson said.

None of the injuries was life-threatening, and officials expected the majority of the soldiers to be able to return to their normal duties by the end of the day Tuesday.

"The 82nd Airborne Division conducts thousands of airborne operations each year," Wilkinson said. "Exiting an aircraft in flight with a full combat equipment load comes with inherent risks, but we take prudent precautions to minimize potential injuries."

Monday night's jump, which took place shortly before 9 p.m., resulted in "relatively minor injuries for a small number of the participants," she said. "We're thankful that the majority of the troopers were treated and released and wish everyone a fast recovery."

The jump, featuring soldiers from the 82nd Airborne's 2nd Brigade Combat Team and the U.K.'s 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, 16 Air Assault Brigade, kicked off a major exercise between the two units.

The Combined Joint Operational Access Exercise is the largest U.S.-U.K. bilateral airborne training operation to take place on Fort Bragg in the last 20 years.

The soldiers were to jump from American C-17s and C-130s and Royal Air Force aircraft onto Fort Bragg before moving to seize an airfield, evacuate non-combatants and execute offensive and defensive operations.

Some U.S. paratroopers jumped with British parachutes and vice versa, but there is no indication that was a factor, Wilkinson said.

The exercise is continuing as scheduled, Wilkinson said. - Army Times.

Realistic Military Training in California, Arizona...

If you see some unusual helicopters overhead in the next couple of days, there's nothing to worry about.

The I Marine Expeditionary Force G-7 will be conducting a Realistic Military Training this week, using the Prescott Municipal Airfield as a helicopter refueling point in order to facilitate a Long Range Raid at Camp Navajo, Arizona.

This Certification Exercise (CERTEX) is directed to be conducted from April 8-21, 2015 at various training locations throughout California and Arizona. The training at Prescott will take place on April 15, 16.

The purpose of the exercise is to "...provide the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) the opportunity to conduct training in unfamiliar environments during the final phase of their pre-deployment program. During CERTEX, the 15th MEU will be required to conduct a series of challenging and realistic training events to test their ability to conduct conventional and specialized missions.

Yavapai Downs Fiargrounds will also be utilized to conduct a Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel. A Marine actor will play the role of a downed pilot. MEU personnel will insert by helicopter, set security, search for and locate a downed pilot and extract by helicopter.

Before arriving, military personnel will conduct a thorough site survey and operational risk and safety assessment of all civilian training sites to identify safety issues and concerns, as well as establish mitigating factors required to ensure that all safety measures are taken. Coordination has been conduceted with all property owners and local law enforcement.

According to the information received, "The USMC has conducted similar training exercises throughout the United States and it's territories safely and without incident since 1985.

Senators John McCain and Flake have been notified, as has Representative Paul Gosar, Governor Doug Ducey, Mayor Marlin Kuykendall, Sheriff Scott Mascher and Chief Jerald Monahan.

"Your support of this exercise will erve a vital role in preparing the United States Marines for service during the current War on Terrorism," concludes the notification. - Prescotte News.

Marine unit conducts exercise at sports park - Part of larger training operation involving sites in California and Arizona

U.S. Marines from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit from Camp Pendleton conducted a non-combatant evacuation operation training exercise at Robert A. Sessions Memorial Sports Park reportedly at round 3:45 p.m. on Monday.

Staff Sgt. Bobbie Curtis, media communications chief at Camp Pendleton, said the purpose of the exercise was to provide the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit the opportunity to conduct training in unfamiliar environments during the final phase of their pre-deployment program. During the certified exercise, the unit was required to conduct a series of challenging and realistic training events to test their ability to conduct conventional and specialized missions.

The Expeditionary Operations Training Group was in charge of the exercise, according to a notice of the exercise that was sent to city and law enforcement officials. The exercise was to be conducted off federal property to provide realistic military training.

According to the notice, the unit would insert personnel by helicopter, set security, screen and process evacuees and extract all personnel by helicopter. Curtis said the evacuees were U.S. Marine actors.

According to a media advisory provided by Curtis, The Expeditionary Operations Training Group will evaluate the unit’s ability to provide a flexible sea-based Marine air ground task force capable of conducting amphibious operations, crisis response and limited contingency operations.

Training was scheduled to occur in San Pedro April last weekend, Yavapai County, Ariz., Blythe, Prescott, Ariz., Tuesday through Thursday and offshore of California, April 9 through Friday. The advisory said military aircraft and an increase in noise may be noticed around these areas, but no live-fire training will take place near any of these populated areas.

The exercise, according to the advisory, provides the unit the opportunity to conduct training in unfamiliar environments during the final phase of their pre-deployment program. During the evaluation, the unit will be required to conduct a series of challenging and realistic training events to test their ability to conduct conventional and specialized missions.

The unit is comprised of approximately 2,500 Marines and sailors from the southern California region. The advisory said the unit is built around an infantry battalion with air and combat service support, and it provides a force that can quickly respond to a variety of contingencies and military operations all while continuing to strengthen international relationships though joint security and stability training. - Desert Dispatch.

Massive Military Convoy Spotted Headed Towards Texas! 'I've Never Seen Anything Like It' More Jade Helm 15 Preparations

With the official beginning of Jade Helm 15 still more than 3 months away, a massive military convoy was spotted on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike heading south of Oklahoma City towards Texas and captured in the several photographs published above and below. We were told that these pictures are only a small fraction of the entire convoy and that the person who took them had 'never seen anything like it'. They also took two videos during the long passing of this convoy, one 5 minutes long and one 3 minutes long, but the videos 'oddly disappeared' from their phone.

While some may unwisely dismiss this convoy as 'normal military movement', ANP strongly disagrees and cite as evidence recent warnings voiced by a survivor of the 'round-up' of dissidents by the Fidel Castrol regime in Cuba who told us he was 'immensely worried about Jade Helm' as shared in the 3rd video below as well as the conspiracy by mainstream media outlets such as the Washington Post to hide the 'true purpose' of Jade Helm. Google has also pinned the Washington Post Jade Helm 15 propaganda story to the top of their news search for many consecutive days in an attempt to sway their users perceptions to believe that there is 'nothing to worry about' in regards to the US military's 'invasion of America'. In the 5th video below, Bug Out Preps shares with us the difference between 'normal' military training and Jade Helm 15 and what we learn is that what we are now witnessing here is 'anything but normal'.

We were also told that the person who took these photographs passed a gas station along the route and there were 30-60 men on the ground surrounding humvees and other huge trucks with tarps covering up whatever might have been inside them with possibly 20+ vehicles at that location. The photographer also mentioned that she was sure that these some of these men KNEW that they were being videotaped and photographed but she shrugged it off as 'oh well, I'm likely on the red list anyways.'

Each and every day we are witnessing more preparation for a massive military-style event taking place in the USA of a magnitude that we have never seen before and as warned by Steve Quayle in the 2nd video below, an event that likely will change America forever. In the 4th video below from Roy Cooper we're given an update on the emerging proof that Jade Helm 15 will have 'death squad' activity as many upcoming events are now pointing to September 2015 while in the 1st video, an exclusive from The Alex Jones Channel, we SEE proof that the National Guard is now training to put US citizens into FEMA camps.

With Jade Helm 15 coming and 'martial law exercises' across America nearly every week now, we have to ask, where is the urgency with Americans? Does anybody care that America is about to change drastically for the worst or is everybody too caught up in their latest 'diversions' to even see what we can clearly see unfolding? What about the videos that were taken? Do you think they were somehow 'wiped clean' by a new government technology to prevent them, too, from being released showing exactly how long this military convoy stretched or maybe for containing footage of something that the govt didn't want us to see? Why would the National Guard now be training to intern Americans into FEMA camps as shown in the 1st video below? More preparation for the 'red list' roundups?  - ANP.

Pentagon drafting thousands of ‘cyber forces’ in prep for cyber emergency

The Pentagon.(AFP Photo)

A week after US officials said a Russian group hacked the White House, Pentagon officials told the Senate that they are creating cyber “surge forces” trained to defend America’s energy, telecommunication and critical infrastructure.

The Pentagon intends to draft personnel for its cyber reserve force from civilians as well as the National Guard in the event of a network emergency, a top military official told the Senate Armed Forces committee on Tuesday.

“Cyber attacks pose a serious threat to networks and systems of critical infrastructure. The Department of Defense relies on US critical infrastructure to perform its current and future missions. Intrusions into that infrastructure could disrupt or destroy critical systems in a time of crisis,” Eric Rosenbach, the defense principal cyber adviser to the Secretary of Defense, told the Senate Armed Forces subcommittee.

The testimony given to the subcommittee was regarding the military’s cyber programs, which were mentioned in the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal year 2016 and Future Years Defense Program.

Rosenbach said the cyber threats also target companies that work with the Department of Defense (DoD) in its Defense Industrial Base, and have already led to the loss of intellectual property and sensitive information. Those attacks, he added, threaten US economic growth and enable adversaries to more easily achieve technological parity with the US.

The Pentagon is building the Cyber Mission Force under its offensive and defensive Cyber Command, which, when fully equipped in 2018, will have 133 teams and nearly 6,200 military and civilian personnel. Part of the force will be the “surge force,” with “up to 2,000 Reserve and National Guard personnel.” So far, the department is half staffed.

“External actors probe and scan DoD networks for vulnerabilities millions of times each day, and over one hundred foreign intelligence agencies continually attempt to infiltrate Department of Defense networks. Some incursions – state and non-state – have succeeded,” said Rosenbach.

Due to these constant cyberattacks, the Pentagon wants to bring in security reinforcements, though it’s currently facing a cyber workface shortage. Military and civilian agencies are competing with the private sector for scarce cyber talent. Lawmakers and advisory councils have long recommended the federal government institute a civilian cyber militia to aid agencies during crises.

The department is talking to industry members about incentives and career pathways to bring more cyber expertise into the military, Rosenbach testified.

He singled out North Korea’s alleged attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment as an example of “the most destructive cyberattack against the United States to date.” - RT.

DHS to Purchase 62 Million More Rounds of AR-15 Ammo

Feds attempting to control the market, dry up supply? Purchase in addition to billions of bullets previously bought by feds

The Department of Homeland Security is set to purchase over 62 million rounds of ammo typically used in AR-15 semi-automatic rifles, just weeks after the ATF was forced to back down on a ban on M855 bullets.

A posting on this week reveals that the DHS is looking to contract with a company to provide 12.6 million rounds of .223 Remington ammunition per year for a period of five years – totaling 62.5 million bullets.

The solicitation explains that the purchase is intended, “to achieve price savings over the current .223 Rem duty ammunition.” The bullets will be used by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents nationwide for “training” purposes.

The .223 Remington is one of the most common rifle cartridges in use in the United States and is used both in bolt action rifles and semi-automatic rifles such as the AR-15 and the Ruger Mini-14.

In 2013, following concerns about the DHS buying large quantities of several different types of ammunition, weapons manufacturers noted that the feds may have been attempting to control the ammunition market by forcing manufacturers to hold back stock from general sale.

“If they periodically do this in increments, they’re going to control how much ammo is available on the commercial market,” a weapons manufacturer told Michael Savage, adding that the contracts with bullet manufacturers stipulate that everything made goes to the government as the number one priority before it is allowed to enter the commercial market.

In March 2013, Californian Congressman Doug LaMalfa and 14 of his House peers wrote a letter to the Department of Homeland Security demanding to know why the federal agency was buying so many rounds of ammunition and whether the purchases were part of a deliberate attempt to restrict supply to the American people.

“The extraordinary level of ammunition purchases made by Homeland Security seems to have, in states such as my own, created an extreme shortage of ammunition to the point where many gun owners are unable to purchase any,” LaMalfa wrote in the letter.

The bulk purchase follows attempts by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to ban M855 ammo, another popular round for AR-15’s used by hunters. The ATF justified the ban by claiming that the bullets were “armor piercing” and a threat to law enforcement officers.

After being on the receiving end of a huge backlash, the feds were forced to back down and ATF director B. Todd Jones subsequently tendered his resignation. Democratic Congressman Steve Israel called the ATF backdown “cowardly” and vowed to revive the ban.

The ATF’s threat to ban the ammo temporarily caused prices of the bullet to surge more than double in price.

Although federal agencies are increasingly hiding their purchases by limiting public information on, it can still be conservatively estimated from available data that the feds have purchased at least 2.11 billion rounds of ammunition since April 2012:

That’s enough ammo to kill around 30% of the world’s population.

Furthermore, U.S. soldiers were shooting around 5.5 million rounds of ammunition per month during the war in Iraq, or 66 million rounds annually. Using that figure, the feds have stockpiled enough ammo over the past two years to fight a 32-year war. - Info Wars.

PLANETARY TREMORS: Magnitude 5.6 Earthquake Strikes Cyprus! [MAPS + TECTONIC SUMMARY]

The earthquake was mainly felt in Cyprus' west

April 15, 2015 - CYPRUS
- Cyprus has been hit by a 5.6-magnitude earthquake, according to the US Geological Survey.

The earthquake struck just off the Mediterranean island's west coast, about four miles from the village of Peyia.

It was mainly felt in the western Paphos region, but also in the capital Nicosia at 11.25am local time.

Paphos district officer Yiannakis Mallourides reported no major damage to structures or injuries, but said authorities are monitoring the situation.

@michelleuk87 wrote on Twitter: "So weird feeling the #earthquake in #Cyprus this morning whilst on my sunbed. #nicosia"

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage across the rest of the island.

USGS shakemap intensity.

Cyprus state radio reported that the tremor was a magnitude 5.3, at a shallow depth of 3km west of Kissonerga, a village popular with European and British retirees.

Sarah Ktisti, a journalist living in the region, told the Reuters news agency: "The chair I was sitting on started moving and my sister came running down the stairs to tell me the wardrobes and doors were rattling."

The island's highest-recorded earthquake in recent years was a 6.3-magnitude quake in 1996 which caused some damage, but no casualties. - Sky News.

Tectonic Summary - Seismotectonics of the Mediterranean Region and Vicinity

The Mediterranean region is seismically active due to the northward convergence (4-10 mm/yr) of the African plate with respect to the Eurasian plate along a complex plate boundary. This convergence began approximately 50 Ma and was associated with the closure of the Tethys Sea. The modern day remnant of the Tethys Sea is the Mediterranean Sea. The highest rates of seismicity in the Mediterranean region are found along the Hellenic subduction zone of southern Greece, along the North Anatolian Fault Zone of western Turkey and the Calabrian subduction zone of southern Italy. Local high rates of convergence at the Hellenic subduction zone (35mm/yr) are associated with back-arc spreading throughout Greece and western Turkey above the subducting Mediterranean oceanic crust. Crustal normal faulting throughout this region is a manifestation of extensional tectonics associated with the back-arc spreading. The region of the Marmara Sea is a transition zone between this extensional regime, to the west, and the strike-slip regime of the North Anatolian Fault Zone, to the east. The North Anatolian Fault accommodates much of the right-lateral horizontal motion (23-24 mm/yr) between the Anatolian micro-plate and Eurasian plate as the Anatolian micro-plate is being pushed westward to further accommodate closure of the Mediterranean basin caused by the collision of the African and Arabian plates in southeastern Turkey. Subduction of the Mediterranean Sea floor beneath the Tyrrhenian Sea at the Calabrian subduction zone causes a significant zone of seismicity around Sicily and southern Italy. Active volcanoes are located above intermediate depth earthquakes in the Cyclades of the Aegean Sea and in southern Italy.

USGS plate tectonics for the region.

In the Mediterranean region there is a written record, several centuries long, documenting pre-instrumental seismicity (pre-20th century). Earthquakes have historically caused widespread damage across central and southern Greece, Cyprus, Sicily, Crete, the Nile Delta, Northern Libya, the Atlas Mountains of North Africa and the Iberian Peninsula. The 1903 M8.2 Kythera earthquake and the 1926 M7.8 Rhodes earthquakes are the largest instrumentally recorded Mediterranean earthquakes, both of which are associated with subduction zone tectonics. Between 1939 and 1999 a series of devastating M7+ strike-slip earthquakes propagated westward along the North Anatolian Fault Zone, beginning with the 1939 M7.8 Erzincan earthquake on the eastern end of the North Anatolian Fault system. The 1999 M7.6 Izmit earthquake, located on the westward end of the fault, struck one of Turkey's most densely populated and industrialized urban areas killing, more than 17,000 people. Although seismicity rates are comparatively low along the northern margin of the African continent, large destructive earthquakes have been recorded and reported from Morocco in the western Mediterranean, to the Dead Sea in the eastern Mediterranean. The 1980 M7.3 El Asnam earthquake was one of Africa's largest and most destructive earthquakes within the 20th century.

Large earthquakes throughout the Mediterranean region have also been known to produce significant and damaging tsunamis. One of the more prominent historical earthquakes within the region is the Lisbon earthquake of November 1, 1755, whose magnitude has been estimated from non-instrumental data to be about 8.0. The 1755 Lisbon earthquake is thought to have occurred within or near the Azores-Gibraltar transform fault, which defines the boundary between the African and Eurasian plates off the west coast of Morocco and Portugal. The earthquake is notable for both a large death toll of approximately 60,000 people and for generating a tsunami that swept up the Portuguese coast inundating coastal villages and Lisbon. An earthquake of approximately M8.0 near Sicily in 1693 generated a large tsunami wave that destroyed numerous towns along Sicily's east coast. The M7.2 December 28, 1908 Messina earthquake is the deadliest documented European earthquake. The combination of severe ground shaking and a local tsunami caused an estimated 60,000 to 120,000 fatalities. - USGS.

FIRE IN THE SKY: Asteroid 2012 TC4 To Whizz By Earth In 2017 - Measures 20-40 Meter-Wide; Could Be Even More Devastating Than The One That Hit Chelyabinsk, Russia In 2013!

Collision: The giant asteroid could reach earth in 2017

April 15, 2015 - SPACE
- On Oct. 12, 2017, the asteroid 2012 TC4 is slated to whizz by Earth dangerously close. The exact distance of its closest approach is uncertain, as well as its size. Based on observations in October 2012 when the space rock missed our planet, astronomers estimate that its size could vary from 12 to 40 meters.

The meteor that exploded over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in February 2013, injuring 1,500 people and damaging over 7,000 buildings, was about 20 meters wide. Thus, the impact of 2012 TC4 could be even more devastating. “It is something to keep an eye on,” Judit Györgyey-Ries, astronomer at the University of Texas’ McDonald Observatory, told “We could see an airburst maybe broken windows, depending on where it hits.”

Shock waves from the Russia airburst smashed windows, rattled buildings, and knocked people off their feet, more than 1,200 of whom attended hospital. 
Researchers visiting villages in the area found a region of shock-wave damage extending some 50 miles on either side of the meteor's trajectory path.

The house-sized asteroid was discovered on Oct. 4, 2012 by the Pan-STARRS observatory in Hawaii. Week later, it gave Earth a close shave when it passed the planet at the distance of 0.247 LD (lunar distance), or 94,800 km. 2012 TC4 is an elongated and rapidly rotating object and has been known to make many close approaches to Earth in the past. Now, the scientists try to determine the exact path of 2017 fly-by and the probability of a possible impact.

“It has a 0.00055% cumulative chance that it will hit,” Györgyey-Ries said. “The fact that the MOID [minimum orbit intersection distance] is only 0.079 LD flags it as a possible impactor. However it is just the smallest possible distance between the orbits.”

“There is one in a million chance that it could hit us,” Detlef Koschny, head of the Near-Earth Object (NEO) Segment in the Space Situational Awareness (SSA) programme office at ESA, told He also tried to estimate the exact size of the celestial body. “The size was estimated from the brightness, but we don't know the reflectivity. So it could be smaller or larger, assume from 10 m to 40 m. A 40 m iron object would go through the atmosphere and make a crater; a 10 m rocky object would be hardly noticed.”

Makoto Yoshikawa of the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), member of NEOs Division at the International Astronomical Union (IAU) is convinced that the asteroid poses no danger to Earth. “The distance is very small. But this distance does not mean the collision,” he said.

Asteroid 2012 TC4 on October 10, 2012

Asteroid 2012 TC4 as seen by the Remanzacco Observatory team of Ernesto Guido, Giovanni Sostero, Nick Howes on Oct. 9, 2012.

NASA’s Asteroid Watch has assured there is no chance this asteroid will hit our planet, but Györgyey-Ries admits more observations are needed to mitigate the uncertainties.

“Although it has a large uncertainty along the orbit, it is much less than the radial uncertainty, so it just changes the time of the closest flyby. I would say based on this, that there is no chance of impact in 2017, but more observations could help to reduce the uncertainties,” she said.

Koschny is also aware of the incertitude. Speaking of the asteroid’s size and orbital characteristics, he indicated that “certain items have large uncertainties, in particular the size.” He noted that if it’s a rocky asteroid and if it hit, the effects would be similar to the Chelyabinsk impact.

As of Apr. 12, 2015, there are 1572 potentially hazardous asteroids (PHA) detected. None of the known PHAs is on a collision course with our planet, although astronomers are finding new ones all the time. - Astro Watch.

EXTREME WEATHER: Massive Wildfires In Siberia - 23 People Dead, 900 Injured; Over 5,000 Left Homeless; Over 1,400 Houses Destroyed In Khakassia Region!

A forest fire in the village of Smolenka and summer house settlement Dobrotny in the Chitinsky district. The fire got close to residential
buildings because of strong winds.(RIA Novosti / Evgeny Yepanchintsev)

April 15, 2015 - SIBERIA, RUSSIA
- Wind-whipped grassland fires set by Russian farmers preparing for spring planting have killed at least 23 people, injured more than 900 and left 5,000 homeless, authorities said Tuesday.

The fires swept through nearly 60 villages and destroyed or damaged more than 1,400 homes in the southeastern Siberian region of Khakassia, according to officials cited by Tass, the state-run news agency.

Emergency Situations Minister Vladimir Puchkov said 6,000 firefighters, aided by aircraft, had extinguished blazes in 38 villages. Russian President Vladimir Putin personally coordinated the operations, his spokesperson said.

Regional Governor Viktor Zimin estimated it would cost $94 million to rebuild.

Local residents observe the fire on the outskirts of Abakan.(RIA Novosti / Denis Mukimov)

A police officer in the burning village of Smolenka near Chita, Siberia, on Monday, April 13, 2015. (Photo: Evgeny Yepanchintsev, AP)

"This fire would not have happened if people were not playing with matches," Puchkov's deputy, Alexander Chupriyan, said in a statement. "And it wasn't children, but adults."

Every spring, dozens of homes burn down because of farmers burning grass, he added.

Five criminal cases have been opened, authorities said.

Officials cited unseasonably dry, hot weather, "uncharacteristically strong and rough winds" and uncontrolled burning for the severity of this year's destruction. Temperatures in Khakassia hit 77 degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday, when the fires erupted. The region's average April temperature is just above freezing.

WATCH: 23 dead, more than 900 injured in Siberian grassland fire.

"As soon as snow melts, while rivers are still covered by ice, dry grass burns like gunpowder," said Puchkov.

"People begin to burn grass on their plots and fire spreads to agricultural land and pastures are burnt."

Greenpeace blamed him and Zimin for the disaster.

"The establishment of fire safety measures for the burning of dry grass was commissioned by the president two years ago," Alexei Yaroshenko, a Greenpeace forest expert, said on radio station Govorit Moskva, The Moscow Times reported. "The blame lies above all with the Emergency Situations Ministry and, of course, with the head of the region."

The Federal Forestry Agency also accused regional authorities of failing to adopt its recommendations for preventing wildfires. - USA Today.

FUK-U-SHIMA: "Major Blow" At The Crippled Nuclear Power Plant In Japan - Robot Loses Control Inside Reactor At Fukushima, Moved 10 Meters Before Failing; Maximum Radiation Readings MORE THAN DOUBLED SINCE 2012; "Eerie Footage" Shows Orange Glow In Area With Highest Levels!

April 15, 2015 - JAPAN
- [A] robot sent to probe a highly radioactive containment vessel of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant got stuck hours after it was deployed, dealing a major blow to decommissioning work TEPCO has yet to determine why the device became immovable… the operators tugged on the robot’s cable and sent instructions for it to change shape, but it still would not move… The robot is essential to carrying out preliminary studies… - Apr 11, 2015 (emphasis added) - Asahi Shimbun.

Eerie footage from inside destroyed Fukushima reactor… [the robot has] lost control and become unconnected… Monday (April 13), Tepco decided to cut the wire to the robot and leave it in inside… Tepco has one more of the same type of robot… - Apr 14, 2015 -  Reuters.

...showed steam wafting from inside the dark container [and] debris that looked like small rocks and metal parts. The images contained numerous white dots believed to be caused by gamma rays. [TEPCO said] the levels were significantly lower than anticipated… Without more data, it will be difficult to figure out exactly how to safely locate and remove the radioactive debris. Nuclear officials are expected to revise the plant’s decades-long decommissioning roadmap in the coming weeks, with more leeway and options in case earlier plans prove unfeasible. - Apr 13, 2015: A 2 ½ minute edited compilation… -  AP.

“At one point the reading shoots above 20 sieverts [actually 24.9 sieverts/hr].” - Apr 13, 2015 - NHK transcript.

In October 2012, radiation levels inside the containment vessel… measured up to 11 sieverts per hour. - Apr 7, 2015 - Kyodo News.

TEPCO abandons robot in reactor… it stalled after moving about 10 meters the robot has remained immobile and is not showing any sign of improvement. That’s forced the company to give up recovering the device. - Apr 12, 2015 - NHK.

The 2-minute 40-second-long clip shows mainly steam. It is thought that water at the bottom of the containment vessel is being evaporated by the heat of the melted nuclear fuel… [TEPCO] cut the remote control cable for the robot after giving up on its recovery on Sunday, and postponed a second survey with another robot. - Apr 13, 2015 - NHK.

Watch the footage inside Unit 1′s containment vessel here

Compiled by: ENE News.

WATCH: Fukushima 2nd robot begins survey inside the damage reactor.

INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSE: Plane Crashes At Hilo International Airport, Hawaii - 3 People Injured, 2 In Critical Condition!

Photo: Tim Wright

April 15, 2015 - HAWAII
- Three people were injured in a small plane crash Hilo International Airport Tuesday afternoon, according to the Hawaii Department of Transportation.

Two men and one woman in the private Cessna 172 were taken to the hospital. 

Hilo Medical Center spokeswoman Elena Cabatu says two people are in critical condition and one is in stable condition.

Photo: Tim Wright

Photo: Tim Wright

Photo: Tim Wright

Photo: Tim Wright

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the single-engine Cessna crashed shortly after taking off around 1:50 p.m.

Airport operations and flights are continuing as normal. - KITV.

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Will A Volcanic Eruption Destroy Humanity - Scientists Warn That World MUST BEGIN Preparing For EXPLOSIVE GLOBAL CATASTROPHE, Call On World Leaders To Spend £2 BILLION PER YEAR To Monitor Volcanic Activity?!

April 15, 2015 - EUROPE
- The world is woefully unprepared for a massive volcanic eruption that could kill millions of people and destroy much of modern society, a leading group of scientists have warned.

In a new report on the risks posed by natural disasters, experts at the European Science Foundation concluded that large volcanic eruptions posed the greatest risk human survival.

They calculated that there is between a five to 10 per cent probability of an explosive eruption large enough to cause huge numbers of deaths, alter the climate and poison the atmosphere occurring by the end of the century.

The devastation wrought by Mount Vesuvius on Pompeii (above) could pale into insignificance, scientists warn

Such an eruption would be of a similar size to the explosion of Tambora on Sumbawa, Indonesia in 1815, which killed around 100,000 people at the time.

The ash cloud thrown out from this eruption reached more than 26 miles (43km) into the atmosphere and triggered temperature changes that led to widespread famine and epidemics.

The summer following the Tambora eruption is known as 'the year without summer'.

The scientists warn, however, that rising population levels and increasing reliance on global travel could mean the impacts of a similar eruption could be far more severe.

Writing in their report Extreme Geohazards: Reducing the Disaster Risk and Increasing Resilience, the experts warn that there needs to be an international response to prepare for such a disaster and to monitor for similar events.

They estimate that it could cost between £340 million ($500 million) and £2.3 billion ($3.5 billion) a year to increase the level of monitoring for catastrophic volcanic eruptions, but the benefits that an early warning could give would ten to hundreds of times greater.

The report states: 'Although in the last few decades earthquakes have been the main cause of fatalities and damage, the main global risk is large volcanic eruptions that are less frequent but far more impactful than the largest earthquakes.

'Due to their far-reaching effects on climate, food security, transportation, and supply chains, these events have the potential to trigger global disaster and catastrophe.

'The cost of response and the ability to respond to these events is beyond the financial and political capabilities of any individual country.

'An international geopolitical response will be required, where science has a unique and key role in preparation, response and mitigation.'

The report, which was presented at the general assembly of the European Geosciences Union in Vienna on Tuesday, examines the main geohazards facing the world including earthquakes, drought, asteroid strikes, floods, tsunamis, hurricanes, avalanches and wildfires.

It said that large to extreme earthquakes and tsunamis had been more common in the past 2000 years and this had focused the world's disaster response resources onto this threat.

But it concluded that the risk posed by volcanic eruptions is potentially far more serious.

Pointing to recent eruptions like the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull, which caused widespread disruption when it threw clouds of ash into the atmosphere.
A volcanic eruption of a similar size to Laki eruption that hit Iceland in 1783 could have global impacts according to the new report.

Although the volcano was only rated at VEI 5 on the Volcanic Explosivity Index, it had a profound reach.

The eruption itself caused 9,350 deaths in Iceland and only caused moderate damage.

However, during the eight months that it erupted, it emitted huge amounts of sulfuric aerosols, ash and other gases.

This caused 'one of the most important climatic and socially repercussive events of the last millennium', according to the scientists at the European Science Foundation.

In Iceland an estimated 20–25% of the population died in the famine and from fluorine poisoning after the fissure eruptions ceased.

Around 80% of sheep, 50% of cattle, and 50% of horses died because of dental and skeletal fluorosis from the 8 million tons of hydrogen fluoride that were released.

There is evidence that the Laki eruption also weakened African and Indian monsoon circulations, reducing precipitation over areas in Africa.

The resulting famine that afflicted Egypt in 1784 caused nearly one sixth of the country's population to die out.

In Britain the summer of 1783 was known as the 'sand summer' because of the ash fallout and an estimated 25,000 people died due to breathing problems.

Extreme weather hit much of Europe, North America and the Gulf of Mexico for several years in the aftermath of the eruption, says the report.
It created the highest level of air travel disruption in Europe since the second world war and cost the European economy around $5 billion.

However, the researchers said that this eruption was relatively minor - rating between three and four on the Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI).

The 1783 explosion of the Laki volcano (above) poisoned much of the surrounding land in Iceland but its impact stretched far further,
creating ash that caused the death of 25,000 people in the UK and a famine in Egypt

By comparison, the volcanic eruption in 79AD of Mount Vesuvius that destroyed Pompeii in Italy was around VEI5. Mount St Helen's explosion in 1980 was also VEI5.

The report states that there has been around 20 eruptions greater than VEI5 since 1500 with only the Tambora eruption reaching VEI7.

The map above shows major volcanic eruptions from the past 2,000 years and some from the last 2m years

However around 75,000 years ago the explosion of a supervolcano at the site of Lake Toba on Sumatra in Indonesia was one of the world's largest known eruptions - rated VEI8.

It caused a global volcanic winter that lasted around 10 years and has been linked to 1,000 years of cooling.

There is also some evidence that suggests around this time human populations fell to some of their lowest levels ever, clinging on in just a few isolated groups.

The remains of the Tambora volcano in Sumbawa, Indonesia (above) triggered global changes in climate

The report says that eruptions on this scale occur between once every 45,000 years to once every 714,000 years, but such an eruption could kill up to a tenth of the world's population.

'Events on the scale of the Toba eruption 74,000 years ago could return humanity to a pre-civilisation state,' warned the scientists.

The graphic above shows the magnitude of volcanic eruptions on the Volcanic Explosivity Index. On the left it shows the volume of tephra (volcanic material) thrown out while on the right it shows the size of the ash plume

This graph shows the analsysis of the relative threat posed by different natural disasters to mankind

'Volcanic eruptions can have more severe impacts through atmospheric and climate effects and can lead to drastic problems in food and water security, as emphasised by the widespread famine and diseases that were rampant after the Laki 1783 and Tambora 1815 eruptions.

'Hence extreme volcanic eruptions pose a higher associated risk than all other natural hazards with similar recurrence periods, including asteroid impacts.'

The experts also warned that even smaller eruptions, similar to the Laki eruption in Iceland in 1783, could have global impacts.

While the eruption caused 9,350 deaths in Iceland, the eight month emission of sulfuric aerosols, ash and other gases caused 'one of the most important climatic and socially repercussive events of the last millennium'.

In Iceland an estimated 20–25% of the population died in the famine and from fluorine poisoning after the fissure eruptions ceased.

The resulting famine that afflicted Egypt in 1784 caused nearly one sixth of the country's population to die out.

The eruption of Eyjafjallajokull (above) in 2010 caused widespread air traffic disruption but was relatively minor

The table above shows the estimated impacts caused by different volcanic eruptions in recent times

In Britain the summer of 1783 was known as the 'sand summer' because of the ash fallout and an estimated 25,000 people died due to breathing problems.

The scientists wrote: 'Why are we not prepared for extreme events? Reasons for this include the low perceived likelihood of such an event, low political sensitivity, and a disconnect between scientific communities and decision-makers.

'Reasons for the lack of socially acceptable strategies include the cost of preparing

for an extreme hazard, and, in some cases, the belief that consequences are so extreme that preparedness is futile.'

They added that world leaders now need to spend up to £2 billion a year on a global network to monitor volcanic activity as even a few weeks of early warning could be crucial.

'Threats from low-frequency, high impact events are grossly underestimated in disaster risk reduction. This is particularly true for volcanic eruptions.

'During the Holocene, at least seven VEI 7 eruptions took place. All but one occurred at a time when the global population was far below 1 billion.

'With a population above 7 billion and heading for 12 billion, a recurrence of a VEI 7 eruption could have extreme consequences.'  - Daily Mail.

SOLAR WATCH: Moderate G2 Geomagnetic Storm Underway As Earth Enters High-Speed Stream Of Solar Wind - Will Affect The Power Grid, Satellites And Radio Systems!

April 15, 2015 - SPACE
- A moderate geomagnetic storm is underway as Earth enters a high-speed stream of solar wind. Forecasters expect these storm continues to continue through April 16th. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras.  Sky watchers should be alert if it is still dark outside.

WARNING: Geomagnetic K-Index of 6 expected
Valid From: 2015 Apr 15 1405 UTC
Valid To: 2015 Apr 15 1900 UTC
Warning Condition: Onset
NOAA Scale: G2 - Moderate

NOAA Space Weather Scale descriptions can be found at

Potential Impacts: Area of impact primarily poleward of 55 degrees Geomagnetic Latitude.
Induced Currents - Power grid fluctuations can occur. High-latitude power systems may experience voltage alarms.
Spacecraft - Satellite orientation irregularities may occur; increased drag on low Earth-orbit satellites is possible.
Radio - HF (high frequency) radio propagation can fade at higher latitudes.
Aurora - Aurora may be seen as low as New York to Wisconsin to Washington state.

Twilight Auroras

Around the Arctic Circle, night is vanishing as the summer sun rises over the polar realm. This is creating a short-lived mixture of colors in the sky: aurora green and twilight blue.

Truls Tiller sends the picture above of the phenomenon from Tromsø City, Norway:

- Space Weather | Solar Ham.

PARADIGM SHIFT: The Rise Of The BRICS - $50 BILLION Asian Infrastructure Bank Approves 57 Founding Members!

China's President Xi Jinping (C) poses for photos with the guests at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank launch ceremony
at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing October 24, 2014. (Reuters/Takaki Yajima)

April 15, 2015 - CHINA
- The China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has approved 57 countries as founding members after including an extra seven, according to China’s Finance Ministry.

Sweden, Israel, South Africa, Azerbaijan, Iceland, Portugal and Poland were all included as founding members, according to a statement released by the ministry on Wednesday. The ministry added that although the March 31 deadline for founding membership application has passed, the bank will continue to accept new members. China has rejected requests from North Korea and Taiwan to join the investment bank.

The AIIB is an “open and inclusive multilateral development bank,” China's Vice Finance Minister Shi Yaobin was cited as saying by Xinhua news agency. The 57 founding members cover five continents, including Asia, Oceania, Europe, Latin America and Africa, according to Shi. The founding members will have priority over other countries which might sign up later, as they possess the right to establish the rules for the bank.

Chinese Vice-Minister of Finance Yaobin Shi (Reuters/Joshua Roberts)

Russia became a founder of the AIIB after applying for membership two weeks ago. Joining the bank means Russian companies will be able to take part in infrastructure projects in the Asia-Pacific region as well get access to foreign investment in Russia.

The US and Japan are the two major countries that have abstained from joining the AIIB. While the US has been pressing its allies not to join the institution which is expected to challenge the Washington-based World Bank, Japan hesitated over its relations with Washington and the AIIB's potential rivalry with the Asian Development Bank. Earlier this month, Washington reportedly questioned Japan following the rumors of its possible participation but Tokyo has denied everything.

The Asian Bank for infrastructure investment (AIIB) was established in 2014 by China. The bank will finance infrastructure projects in the Asia-Pacific Region; its headquarters will be in Beijing. The initial subscribed capital of AIIB will be $50 billion and is planned to be increased to $100 billion. The AIIB will provide financing for roads, railways, airports and other infrastructure projects in Asia. It is expected to be established by the end of this year. - RT.

MAJOR DISASTER PREPAREDNESS: Major Military Maneuvers Ahead Of The Coming Black Celestial Event - Statewide WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION Drill Underway In Des Moines, Iowa?!

File photo.

April 15, 2015 - IOWA, UNITED STATES
- This week you may notice extra emergency vehicles and public safety officers running around in tactical gear, Hazmat suits, and bomb suits. It’s a part of a statewide drill Des Moines is hosting Tuesday and Wednesday to prepare emergency personnel for dealing with weapons of mass destruction.

Brian O’Keefe with the Des Moines Fire Department said emergency officials in Iowa need to be prepared for anything.

“You know we’re number one seed producer with corn and soy, chicken embryo development, middle of the country heartland. So I’m sure all states access it. But we’re a target like any other large community,” said O’Keefe.

More than 100 emergency response personnel from around the state will participate including bomb technicians, law enforcement and Iowa Homeland Security.

WATCH: Statewide Weapons Of Mass Destruction Drill Underway in Des Moines.

Tuesday morning officials will met at the Wells Fargo Arena and review proper procedures for dealing with potential WMDs. After the review they’ll get into teams and go through various stations assessing different hypothetical situations and practicing with different detection equipment.

Because most teams already know how to handle WMDs on their own, officials say working together with local, regional, and state agencies is what will be most important in these exercises.

“It’s the leadership that’s critical. We will always learn what we can over these next couple of days, but most of that’s already shared. We’ve already standardized the tactics the techniques and the procedures so this is just more of doing the handshake, of making sure we’re both working on the same plan and making sure that what we’ve trained for actually flows smoothly,” said O’Keefe.

On Wednesday personnel will hold a large scale drill at the Wells Fargo Arena and on the east side of Des Moines. - WHOTV.

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: North Korea's Mount Baekdu Set To Explode Again - Volcano Was Responsible For One Of The Worst Eruptions In The Last 2,000 Years!

Mount Baekdu on the Korean peninsula 'close to eruption'.

April 15, 2015 - NORTH KOREA/CHINA
- Mount Baekdu is set to explode according to experts and if that isn't shocking enough, keep in mind that Baekdu is responsible for one of the worst eruptions in the last 2,000 years.

Professor Yoon Seong-hyo from Pusan National University urged officials to keep a close eye on the highest peak of the Korean peninsula. Baekdu is an active volcano located on the border between North Korea and China.

Mount Baegdu in the Changbai Mountains along the border of China and North Korea in Northeast Asia - April 2003. Image credit: NASA.

The caldera or cauldron of the Baekdu volcano, which is sometimes called Paektu or Changbai, has risen a centimetre since July, according to new research.

"The mountains's height has risen about 10 centimetres between 2002 and 2005," Yoon added, speaking to the Korea Times. "It then began to sink in 2009. The shift changed only recently, which is significant."

Lake Tianchi (Sky Lake) occupies the 5-km-wide, 850-m-deep summit caldera of Mount Baekdu. Image credit: Xiang Liu, 1983 (Changchun University).

Additionally the temperature near the caldera geyser has also risen significantly jumping from 70C to 83C.

Yoon also took a look at other parameters like helium concentration which went from 6.5 times normal atmosphere levels to 7 times.

"All these signs indicate the magma inside the mountain is moving upward," he said. "We need to monitor the mountain closely.

A historic eruption
According to a different paper published five years ago, Baekdu had a magnitude 7 explosive eruption about 1000 years ago. Despite having a low magma temperature, the powerful volcano ejected a volume of more than 100 km3.

Professor Hiromitsu Taniguchi from Tohuku University expects the Mt. Baekdu to erupt some time before 2032, saying there's a 99 per cent chance of that happening.

But Volcanologist Erik Klemetti warns that the data Taniguchi used to calculate this probability is incomplete and reminded the world that "correlation does not mean causation."  - The Weather Network.

MAJOR DISASTER PREPAREDNESS: Wary Of Natural Disaster - The New York Branch Of The U.S. Federal Reserve Bulks Up Its Satellite Office In Chicago?!

- The New York branch of the U.S. Federal Reserve, wary that a natural disaster or other eventuality could shut down its market operations as it approaches an interest rate hike, has added staff and bulked up its satellite office in Chicago.

Some market technicians have transferred from New York and others were hired at the office housed in the Chicago Fed, according to several people familiar with the build-out that began about two years ago, after Hurricane Sandy struck Manhattan.

Officials believe the Chicago staffers can now handle all of the market operations that are done daily out of the New York Fed, which is the U.S. central bank's main conduit to Wall Street.

The satellite office in the Midwest readies the New York Fed for perhaps the most delicate U.S. interest-rate hike ever. With rates having been near zero for more than six years, and markets flooded with reserves, the Fed will rely on an array of new tools to help it tighten policy, likely later this year.

Two of the sources, which included market participants and Fed officials and who spoke under condition of anonymity, said the Chicago office was partly protection against a possible cyber attack against the New York Fed. In February, Fed Chair Janet Yellen told a congressional panel the central bank is addressing "ever-escalating (cyber) threats to our operations."

But the main reason for the build-out 700 miles (1,127 kilometers) to the west appeared to be the need to have staff ready at all times in case of disaster.

Lower Manhattan lost power and flood waters came within blocks of the New York Fed when Sandy hit in 2012. Early-stage backup plans were also put in place after the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York.

A spokeswoman for the New York Fed declined to comment. The Chicago Fed bank deferred to its New York counterpart.

The New York Fed's Chicago-based staffers already handle some daily market operations including purchases and sales of Treasury and mortgage bonds, and controlling the central bank's key federal funds rate.

They would also be expected to take the reins as necessary on new and lightly tested tools meant to help the Fed raise borrowing costs such as an overnight reverse repurchase facility, known as ON RRP, and term repos.

One source estimated there were between 20-30 New York employees at the Chicago Fed, saying more were being recruited. - Reuters.

INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSE: Deadly Vehicle Collision In Haiti - 8 People Killed, 26 Others Injured!

Eight people were killed and 26 others injured after two vehicles collided at Morne Tapion, near Petit-Goâve.

April 15, 2015 - PORT AU PRINCE, HAITI
- Prime Minister Evans Paul has called on drivers to exercise caution after eight people were killed and 26 others injured after two vehicles collided at Morne Tapion, near Petit-Goâve, southwest of here, on Monday.

Paul said he had learnt about the accident “with great sadness and dismay” and urged drivers to “demonstrate responsibility on the roads and streets of the country”.

Police said that the accident involved a “tap-tap” vehicle coming from Port au Prince and a truck carrying construction material. They said eight people, including six women were killed, with five of them dying at the scene of the accident. The other three died in hospital.

“The government wishes to express its condolences to the families of the deceased and its solidarity to the injured,” Paul said in his statement. - Caribbean 360.