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Two people died and 10 were injured Monday morning in Omaha, Nebraska, when the second floor of an animal feed plant collapsed. In Madill, Oklahoma, two workers died when a large industrial furnace exploded at a steel plant Monday afternoon.
The seas, lakes and oceans are now pluming deadly hydrogen sulfide and suffocating methane. Hydrogen sulfide is a highly toxic water-soluble heavier-than-air gas and will accumulate in low-lying areas. Methane is slightly more buoyant than normal air and so will be all around, but will tend to contaminate our atmosphere from the top down. These gases are sickening and killing oxygen-using life all around the world, including human life, as our atmosphere is increasingly poisoned. Because both gases are highly flammable and because our entire civilization is built around fire and flammable fuels, this is leading to more fires and explosions. This is an extinction level event and will likely decimate both the biosphere and human population and it is debatable whether humankind can survive this event.
The waters of the Earth are now pluming suffocating methane and deadly hydrogen sulfide, both highly flammable gases.
Ancient anaerobic bacteria and archaea that pre-date oxygen-using life are reassuming dominance on the Earth. As part of their life cycle these bacteria and archaea emit hydrogen sulfide. As a consequence, the oceans, lakes and seas have begun to plume increasing amounts of hydrogen sulfide into the atmosphere. This is an ancient extinction event. Hydrogen sulfide is the likely culprit in many if not all previous planetary extinction events.
Hydrogen sulfide is a deadly broad-spectrum poison. It is lethal to humans with one or two breaths in concentrations of 1 part per thousand. In other words, if the air you breathe is 99.9% clean and 0.1% hydrogen sulfide then you're going to be dead after one or two breaths. It is also a water-soluble gas and will contaminate water. It is a heavier-than-air gas so it will tend to seek out low-lying areas such as rivers, lakes, seas, oceans, valleys, ravines, ditches, quays, bays, gorges, canyons, basements, underground facilities, etc. It is also highly flammable and is reactive with numerous substances, including (but not limited to) copper, rusty iron/steel, nitric acid, and sodium hydroxide.
At very low concentrations hydrogen sulfide is said to smell like 'rotten eggs'. However, you should not count on being able to smell it at any concentration beyond the trivial as it paralyzes the olfactory sense and if you can smell it at all then the smell will fade rapidly. That does not mean the danger is gone! At medium-high concentrations some people say that it can smell 'flowery' or 'sickeningly sweet'. I have smelled that odor myself, when a septic worker had a sewer lid open and was pumping excrement into the sewer from porta-potties. (I got as far away from there as I could before I took another breath.)
The simple answer is: heat. The ancient anaerobic bacteria and archaea that produce hydrogen sulfide as part of their life cycle like warm environments that are rich in biomatter and devoid of oxygen. The warmer the waters of the Earth become, the less oxygen they can hold. For years we have been told about 'dead zones' spreading throughout the oceans. That's what 'dead zones' are: hypoxic (low-oxygen) or anoxic (no-oxygen) areas.
In recent years we have seen many large-scale oceanic die-offs with millions of fish bubbling up dead. Often these events are blamed on 'low TDO levels'. TDO stands for 'total dissolved oxygen'. In other words, we've been told that life in the oceans is dying because of low oxygen levels. Well, that's precisely the environment that the ancient anaerobic bacteria and archaea that emit hydrogen sulfide love. The corpses of the fish are themselves biomatter and those bacteria and archaea will eat those corpses, essentially turning dead fish into poison gas, which then kills more fish, and so on - a chain reaction.
Where is the heat coming from? There are two obvious possibilities: from above or from below. It's actually both. First, the ice started melting around the planet. Whether that was because of human pollution or cycles of the Sun or galactic alignment or whatever else is irrelevant, at least to me. I would be hesitant to blame humans too much though, since this has all happened before when no human beings existed at all.
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I understand that fracking also releases methane? Is that correct or have I been misinformed?
I'm probably going to embarrass myself again by asking another dumb question, but I'll do it anyway.
Could this in any way be connected with the massive sinkholes that are appearing around the country?
The argument goes like this: when the climate changed naturally in the past, and the planet emerged from an ice age, large ice sheets covering much of the planet retreated. They were so heavy that the resulting release of pressure on the earth's crust caused it to 'bounce back', triggering earthquakes, tremors, and even volcanic activity along pre-existing fault lines.
“There was an explosion in a bio-filter building at Duffin Creek (plant) at approximately 9:15 a.m., causing a small fire, which was quickly contained by local fire officials,” Cliff Curtis, works commissioner for Durham Region, said in a press release. “We do not yet know the cause of the explosion. We are grateful that there were no injuries, and all staff and contractors have been accounted for.”
“It was extinguished fairly quickly, once we hit it with water,” he noted.
An investigator with the Office of the Fire Marshal arrived on the scene “and he’s working with our investigator,” Chief Douglas said.
The cause and damage estimate won’t be known until Wednesday, he noted.
“There were no injuries anywhere, so that’s a good story,” Chief Douglas said.
Earlier in the day, the chief said firefighters were called in response to a “probable methane explosion in the building used for odour control.”