Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Volcano Activity Increasing In Central America, ISIS Brags About Exploiting Refugee Program

An unprecedented day for volcano activity yesterday with Santa Maria, Fuego, Momotombo, Telica, Turrialba, and Colima volcanoes all reported as erupting or active.
From Mexico to Costa Rica, 6 major volcanoes were active....
Yesterday, Santa Maria Volcano Guatamala seen above reported a phase of elevated activity had started at the volcano since 29 November.
The largest event so far occurred this morning at 07:07 local time, when a strong explosion produced an ash plume that rose approx. 2-3 km and (probably) a small pyroclastic flow.
Ash fall occurred in nearby villages and towns including San Marcos Palajunoj, and Finca La Florida. During the preceding days, several smaller, but significantly larger than average explosions occurred from the Caliente lava dome, which on average had only been producing 2-3 small explosions per day before.
In a special report yesterday, INSIVUMEH reported a moderate explosion early yesterday morning at 01:34 that ejected incandescent bombs to 150 m above the dome.
In addition, a larger incandescent avalanche occurred on the eastern flank of the Caliente dome.

And just down the road....
Guatemala's Fuego volcano is at it again, the colossus was erupting early on 30 November and spewing lava into the night sky.
The volcano - about 29 miles south west of Guatemala City - has had at least three large lava flows reported in recent days.
Below Fuego volcano

And in nearby Nicaragua a series of at least 4 small explosions occurred at the Momotombo volcano this morning, the first eruptions here in 110 years, at 07:49, 08:17, 08:42, and 08:55 local time.
The eruptions, in particular the last and largest one, produced steam and ash plumes that rose up to approx. 1 km from the summit.
Light ash fall was observed in the community of El Papalonal and near the Momotombo geothermal plant to the SW of the volcano.
Below Momotombo volcano

This marks the first eruptive activity of the volcano in 110 years, the last confirmed eruption of Momotombo having been back in 1905.
Since 1524, the volcano has known 16 recorded eruptions, most of them small, probably phreatic explosions.
Larger eruptions occurred in 1605 and 1609, when explosions ejected larger bombs and blocks to considerable distances,- reportedly they fell in the area of the now abandoned town of Leon Viejo approx. 6 km west from the volcano.
The volcano has been showing seismic unrest during the past few years already with frequent shallow earthquakes occurring in the area.
A team of volcanologists from INETER has arrived to take samples of the ash, gasses and monitor the volcano more closely.
Armando Saballos from INETER ruled out that the explosion from this morning is likely to have any relationship with the currently increased activity phase of nearby Telica volcano.

The Telica volcano in northwestern Nicaragua has been active since September this year creating blasts that raised fears of a full-on eruption, authorities said.
Below the Telica volcano

Meanwhile the Turrialba Volcano in Costa Rica have officials prepairing to evacuate residents
given the increased activity of the past month.
On the radio program, Nuestra Voz, volcanologist for the Observatorio Vulcanologico y Sismologico de Costa Rica (Ovsicori), Marino Protti, confirmed the readiness, explaining that the magma is with water that causes the strong steam eruptions.
According to the specialist and with the work of the Comision Nacional de Emergencias (CNE) - national emergency commission, they have been giving lectures and training to the locals on how to act if necessary.

Meanwhile...the Colima Volcano, also known as the Fire Volcano continued to erupt on this week, releasing a plume of ash and smoke.
The volcano had two explosions at 1:50 AM local time and a second one at 12:04 PM.
The second explosion reached an altitude of over 1.2 miles.
Colima is located approximately 428 miles from Mexico City.
Authorities have warned people to stay away from the crater, but have not ordered evacuations.

The U.S. State Department says it is “troubled” by Russia’s decision to ban two of liberal billionaire George Soros' pro-democracy charities and label the organizations a threat to national security.
“Today’s designation of the Open Society Foundations and the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation as so-called ‘undesirable’ organizations will only further restrict the work of civil society in Russia for the benefit of the Russian people,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Monday. “This action is yet another example of the Russian Government’s growing crackdown on independent voices and a deliberate step to further isolate the Russian people from the world.”
A spokesperson from Russia’s Prosecutor General’s Office said the activities of the fund are threats to state security and the Russian constitution, Radio Free Europe reports.
The Open Society Foundations said in a statement on its website that it was “dismayed” by the decision.
“Contrary to the Russian prosecutor’s allegations, the Open Society Foundations have, for more than a quarter-century, helped to strengthen the rule of law in Russia and protect the rights of all,” the statement read.
Prosecutors started investigating the charity fund in July after Russian senators flagged a list of 12 groups that required a closer look over their supposed anti-Russian activities, RT reports.
Other groups on the list include the National Endowment for Democracy, the International Republican Institute, the MacArthur Foundation and Freedom House.
Once a group in Russia is recognized as “undesirable,” its assets in the country must be frozen, its offices closed and the distribution of any of its materials is outlawed, RT reports.
Violators of the ban could face heavy fines and jail time.

France’s top weatherman has found a new gig after being fired in November for questioning global warming in his new book: he’s working for Russian state-owned media.
French news outlet Le Figaro reports Philippe Verdier is covering the United Nations climate summit in Paris for Russia Today France. Verdier has a daily news segment dedicated to covering what goes on during the U.N. climate talks.
“Hello I am very happy to talk to you about the daily COP21 … in freedom,” Verdier said in his first segment on Russia Today, according to a translation by The Daily Caller News Foundation, clearly taking a swipe at the French media for firing him.
“The climate is a perfect occasion to end the year on a high note and get away from topics that will make people angry,” Verdier said, taking a shot at French President Francois Hollande, “like the rising unemployment where the latest results are very bad.”
Verdier, the former head of France 2’s weather service, was fired early last month after publishing a book questioning the global warming narrative being pushed by environmentalists and politicians.
“In 2007, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Al Gore and the IPCC climate change experts,” Verdier said. “They told us ‘if we don’t deal with climate change, there will be more risks to have wars.’ But for 20 years, we are experiencing the warmest years and we have a parallel decline in wars and declining numbers of victims from conflicts.”

A newly uncovered 99-page manifesto produced by the Islamic State brags about how the terror organization has exploited the refugee program to send jihadist sleeper cells to Europe since 2012, with the goal of creating Muslim “no go zones” in western cities that can be used as a base from which to launch further Paris-style attacks.
The manifesto, entitled Black Flags from Rome, serves as a shocking reminder of the danger posed by allowing potentially millions of Muslim migrants to enter Europe and America via the “refugee” red carpet.
At least three individuals who posed as “refugees” have now been connected to the Paris attacks, including the mastermind behind the plot, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who brazenly revealed how he exploited the migrant red carpet to plot bloodshed.
“My name and picture were all over the news yet I was able to stay in their homeland, plan operations against them and leave safely when doing so became necessary,” Abaaoud told Dabiq magazine.

The manifesto explains how the Paris jihadists were incredibly well trained and how ISIS has inserted cells all over Europe to carry out similar attacks in future.

“Their locations were unknown, and police raids wouldn’t even have the same impact as unarmed lone wolf terrorists’ (sic), because these young men were armed and able to shoot back in groups,” states the manifesto. “There were small armies of the Islamic State within every country of Europe by late 2014, and the intelligence agencies didn’t even know about it!”

“It could mean that the attacks in Paris weren’t just a sign of a wounded Islamic State lashing out at Europe in retaliation for lost territory in Iraq as some suggest. The Black Flag manifestos, and a third called “How to Survive in the West: A Mujahid’s Guide,” all show a greater strategy to import the group’s jihad to Europe.”

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