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Is Llanelli, Still Wales' Most Haunted Town? - Part III

We've been talking to spirit rescuer Irene Allen-Block about her paranormal experiences and what she thinks 'goes bump in the Llanelli night'.

This part focuses on Llanelli, click here to read part 1 and here for part 2.

I read in the newspaper that you called Llanelli an evil place. Why?

I'm not entirely sure why the newspaper wrote that, except that it made a better headline than what I actually said.

If I'd been accurately quoted, you would have read that Spirit Rescue International has had a spate of cases from there, back to back. There are quite natural and innocent reasons for this, including that I am local to the area, my organisation is well advertised, and that word of mouth often leads from one case to the next.

You say you've had a lot local cases, can you tell us about them?

Most of the cases in Llanelli I'm afraid are client confidential or are still part of ongoing investigations. However I can tell you about the following case.

In late October 2010, I was contacted by a friend of mine who had concern for a family in Llanelli. In fact it turned out that there were two families who were related.

These families were living in the same beautiful old Edwardian house on the outskirts of the town. This house had been converted into two flats with the staircase in the middle of the house being sealed off from the upstairs.

As my friend explained the problems that they had been having, I became concerned for the families welfare.

What happened when you visited the house?

The house was awe inspiring and like others on the same street had obviously in its time been owned by a wealthy family.

Before knocking on the door we decided to take photographs from the outside of the house which proved to be a good move as one in particular showed what seemed to be two unearthly forms looking out of the window at us.

Once inside we were led into a very imposing sitting room to meet the two families involved. The two more senior women were sisters, one of which lived in the upstairs part of this house with her daughters, the other living downstairs with her daughter and son and their dog.

I liked all of these people they seemed very down to earth and welcoming. As we did the initial interview we recorded the session on a digital recorder. This would enable me to remember the interview later when typing up the case notes.

With this part complete we decided to do a walk about concentrating on the rooms that seemed most active. Leaving the sitting room we entered the hallway with its elegant sweeping staircase that led nowhere as it had been boarded off at the top.

I felt a sadness for this lovely house having been adapted this way to make two flats to live in; a staircase like this should lead somewhere not just stop bluntly at the top like this one did. All the way round this house upstairs and downstairs alike, I felt we were not alone.

Something full of curiosity was following us!

This became more intense in fact more aggressive in feeling as we went into the downstairs bathroom. I asked everyone to wait out side while I got a feel of this room which was one of the rooms that made all in the house feel uncomfortable.

The atmosphere was thick and there was a chill in the air although the central heating was on it did not seem to touch this room. I used the recorder and called out while I was in there.

Apart from the picture, was there anything else there?

Later that night when I was back home downloading to send the recordings to my co ordinator (Lon Strickler) in the U.S.

I heard not only a deathly sigh on the recording of the interview in the sitting room but a threatening moan on the bathroom one!

We went all through this house doing recordings that day putting more time into the other room that was very active which was the downstairs daughter's bedroom but nothing else was picked up and the photos taken were only showing the odd orb here and there, mainly dust.

What happened then?

We went back to do an all-night vigil and when the time came I took some of my British team members. With them we were able to rig up more technical cameras and they got us linked up live to our U.S. team.

Beside the many photos and recordings being taken we experienced:

-cold breezes blowing past us,
-touched by invisible hands,
-heard footsteps up and down the stairs that led nowhere
-groans here and there.

This house that had a history of everyone who lived in it dying was not living up to its reputation or so we thought. We persisted into the early hours of the morning and as the activity picked up this case was taking its toll on each of us.

The main entity had some sort of intelligence and this showed as it gave us the run around.

If we were downstairs things would start happening upstairs as soon as we would go upstairs the activity would then pick up downstairs, it seemed to be playing with us. This resulted in shifting cameras and recorders back and forth and although many EVPs (Electronic voice phenomena) were picked up on the recorders the best audible evidence we heard was with our own ears.

Did you find anything else?

We examined the evidence and found several interesting EVPS on the recordings among which the voice of a young girl saying "Help me"!

Another which sounded like a room full of bees buzzing and from amid this buzzing a bad tempered male voice shouting.

The photos as usual showed the normal light anomalies except for one taken in the bathroom which showed a man running past us. Only one of my team and I were taking pictures!

This person whoever it was was not in the bathroom and no one in the house even resembled him!

What did you do then?

We decided to do a Remote View on this case. One of my team would be viewing and I would be monitoring. The research team in the U.S. had done all they could and had turned up some helpful information on the history of location.

The co-ordinates were set and the target was to find anything possible pertaining to the activity of the house. The results of the Remote View gave us the following:

-evidence of a young female,
-a male who had something to do with an old Steelworks that was once in the town,
-a tavern and a vicar who had Jones in the name and was connected to a church called St. Elli.
-The research team came up with proof of a vicar attached to the nearby church called the Reverent William Jones who fitted the time-line.

We knew we had a dominating male entity which seemed to control a number of female entities;. After another on site investigation the first move was to attempt to calm the unsettled energy of the house in preparation for the clearing, so I got busy on accomplishing that.

With the house calm and having remained so for a couple of days it was time to attempt the clearing.

I was accompanied around the house by two of my team, one filmed while one held the digital recorder.

The clearing I had decided to do in this particular case was a Christian one. All started well, I had done the downstairs first and after exiting every room sprayed Holy Water into it.

Upstairs, here the atmosphere felt thick!

Something had fled to this area to be away from me downstairs and with the barriers I had placed downstairs with the water it could not escape.

Going from one room to the other I recited aloud the prayers and incantations needed to attack this thing.

At one point several spirits moved over but one was still holding back, this was the dominate male. I felt sick and I had a pain shooting through my back and felt hot as if I had a raging temperature. I called on the help of my old friend Archangel Michael and felt something strong and powerful come close to me.

I could do no more except now leave it to divine intervention, spray the Holy Water and close the session. When we examined the recordings for the clearing an EVP was found being said during the final battle with this thing, a male's voice could be heard saying "you silly woman"!

There does appear to be a lot of paranormal activity in Llanelli. Why do you think this might be happening?

Well, Llanelli has an awful lot of history. It goes way, way back, and to me, the area just seems to trap the energy. It's got an underground river there, which they built houses and building over top of.

Hundreds of years of activity, both bad and good have left their traces of energy in the very bedrock. Water is well known to be a conductor of energy, and because of this, the energy there is constantly flowing and the paranormal events are heightened.

You can read more about Irene's experiences when her new book 'Among the Spirits' is released.

To be continued in the final part.

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Rapidly Inflating Volcano Creates Growing Mystery

Should anyone ever decide to make a show called "CSI: Geology," a group of scientists studying a mysterious and rapidly inflating South American volcano have got the perfect storyline.

Researchers from several universities are essentially working as geological detectives, using a suite of tools to piece together the restive peak's past in order to understand what it is doing now, and better diagnose what may lie ahead.

It's a mystery they've yet to solve.

Uturuncu is a nearly 20,000-foot-high (6,000 meters) volcano in southwest Bolivia. Scientists recently discovered the volcano is inflating with astonishing speed.

"I call this 'volcano forensics,' because we're using so many different techniques to understand this phenomenon," said Oregon State University professor Shan de Silva, a volcanologist on the research team. [See images of the inflating volcano here.]

Researchers realized about five years ago that the area below and around Uturuncu is steadily rising — blowing up like a giant balloon under a wide disc of land some 43 miles (70 kilometers) across. Satellite data revealed the region was inflating by 1 to 2 centimeters (less than an inch) per year and had been doing so for at least 20 years, when satellite observations began.

"It's one of the fastest uplifting volcanic areas on Earth," de Silva told OurAmazingPlanet."What we're trying to do is understand why there is this rapid inflation, and from there we'll try to understand what it's going to lead to."

The peak is perched like a party hat at the center of the inflating area. "It's very circular. It's like a big bull's-eye," said Jonathan Perkins, a graduate student at the University of California, Santa Cruz, who recently presented work on the mountain at this year's Geological Society of America meeting in Minneapolis.

Scientists figured out from the inflation rate that the pocket of magma beneath the volcano was growing by about 27 cubic feet (1 cubic meter) per second.

"That's about 10 times faster than the standard rate of magma chamber growth you see for large volcanic systems," Perkins told OurAmazingPlanet.

However, no need to flee just yet, the scientists said.

"It's not a volcano that we think is going to erupt at any moment, but it certainly is interesting, because the area was thought to be essentially dead," de Silva said.


Uturuncu is surrounded by one of the most dense concentrations of supervolcanoes on the planet, all of which fell silent some 1 million years ago.

Supervolcanoes get their name because they erupt with such power that they typically spew out 1,000 times more material, in sheer volume, than a volcano like Mount St. Helens. Modern human civilization has never witnessed such an event. The planet's most recent supervolcanic eruption happened about 74,000 years ago in Indonesia.

"These eruptions are thought to have not only a local and regional impact, but potentially a global impact," de Silva said.

Uturuncu itself is in the same class as Mount St. Helens in Washington state, but its aggressive rise could indicate that a new supervolcano is on the way. Or not.

De Silva said it appears that local volcanoes hoard magma for about 300,000 years before they blow — and Uturuncu last erupted about 300,000 years ago.

"So that's why it's important to know how long this has been going on," he said.

To find an answer, scientists needed data that stretch back thousands of years — but they had only 20 years of satellite data.

"So that's where we come in as geomorphologists — to look for clues in the landscape to learn about the long-term topographic evolution of the volcano," Perkins said.

Perkins and colleagues used ancient lakes, now largely dry, along the volcano's flanks to hunt for signs of rising action.

"Lakes are great, because waves from lakes will carve shorelines into bedrock, which make lines," Perkins said.

If the angle of those lines shifted over thousands of years — if the summit of the mountain rose, it would gradually lift one side of the lake — it would indicate the peak had been rising for quite some time, or at least provide a better idea of when the movement began.

The local conditions, largely untouched by erosion or the reach of lush plant and animal life, lend themselves to geological detective work, Perkins noted.

"It's a really sparse, otherworldly landscape," Perkins said. "Everything is so well preserved. There's no biology to get in the way of your observations."

Perkins said that surveys conducted on the lakes last autumn didn't indicate long-term inflation. However, tilting lakes are only one indicator of volcano growth, he said.

De Silva said the geological detective team is working to combine data from a number of sources — seismic data, GPS data, even minute variations in gravity — to pin down when and why the mountain awoke from its 300,000-year-long slumber, and better predict its next big move. - yahoo


Encyclopedia of Earthquakes and Volcanoes (Science Encyclopedia)


Feet Washed Ashore in Northwest Identified from Bridge Suicide Jumpers

Two of the mysterious 12 feet that have washed ashore near Vancouver recently have been identified as belonging to a missing Canadian woman.

The woman, whose name was withheld at the request of her family, jumped to her death from the Pattullo Bridge in New Westminster, B.C., in April 2004, according to the Coroners Service.

The woman’s right foot was found in May 2008, and the left was in November 2008, at two different points in the Fraser River near Richmond, B.C. The feet, which police said detached naturally from the body over time, were in New Balance running shoes.

The Coroners Service identified the woman through a postmortem investigation and DNA analysis, according to a statement.

Eleven feet in all have washed ashore on the Northwestern coast since 2007, when the phenomenon began. Canadian authorities have said that the eight feet in their province are most likely the result of suicide bridge-jumpers in the area’s many water-ways. After being submerged in water and strong currents, bodies begin to deteriorate, leading to the separation of foot from leg.

Police say the buoyant, lightweight sneakers found on most of the feet account for the recent trend: as the feet separate from the body, the sneakers carry them up to the surface, where they then wash ashore. Heavier sneakers and shoes sink to the bottom.

The BC Coroners Service has now positively identified six of the feet as belonging to four individuals. - abcnews


NASA launches sting operation to retrieve tiny moon fragment from 73-year-old grandmother

But at the end of the sting operation, agents were left holding a speck of lunar dust smaller than a grain of rice and a 73-year-old suspect who was terrified by armed officials.

Five months after NASA investigators and local agents swooped into the restaurant and hailed their operation as a cautionary tale for anyone trying to sell national treasure, no charges have been filed, NASA isn't talking and the case appears stalled.

The target, Joann Davis, a grandmother who says she was trying to raise money for her sick son, asserts the lunar material was rightfully hers, having been given to her space-engineer husband by Neil Armstrong in the 1970s.

"It's a very upsetting thing," Davis, now 74, said. "It's very detrimental, very humiliating, all of it a lie."

The strange case centers on a speck of authenticated moon rock encased in an acrylic-looking dome that appears to be a paperweight. For years, NASA has gone after anyone selling lunar material gathered on the Apollo missions because it is considered government property, so cannot be sold for profit.

Still, NASA has given hundreds of lunar samples to nations, states and high-profile individuals but only on the understanding they remain government property. NASA's inspector general works to arrest anyone trying to sell them.

The case was triggered by Davis herself, according to a search warrant affidavit written by Norman Conley, an agent for the inspector general.

She emailed a NASA contractor May 10 trying to find a buyer for the rock, as well as a nickel-sized piece of the heat shield that protected the Apollo 11 space capsule as it returned to earth from the first successful manned mission to the moon in 1969.

"I've been searching the internet for months attempting to find a buyer," Davis wrote. "If you have any thoughts as to how I can proceed with the sale of these two items, please call."

Davis said the items were among many of the space-related heirlooms her husband left her when he died in 1986. She said she had worked as a lexicographer and he had worked as an engineer for North American Rockwell, which contracted for NASA during the Apollo era.

Davis claims Armstrong gave the items to her husband, though the affidavit says the first man on the moon has previously told investigators he never gave or sold lunar material to anyone.

In follow-up phone conversations with a NASA agent, Davis acknowledged the rock was not sellable on the open market and fretted about an agent knocking on her door and taking the material, which she was willing to sell for "big money underground."

"She must know that this is a questionable transaction because she used the term 'black market,'" Agent Conley states in the search warrant.

Curiously, though, Davis agreed to sell the sample to NASA for a stellar $1.7 million. She said she wanted to leave her three children an inheritance and take care of her sick son.

NASA investigators then arranged the sting, where Conley met with Davis and her current husband at the Denny's restaurant at Lake Elsinore in Riverside County.

Soon after settling into a booth, Davis said, she pulled out the moon sample and about half a dozen sheriff's deputies and NASA investigators rushed into the eatery.

When officers in flak vests took a hold of her, the 4-foot-11 woman said she was so scared she lost control of her bladder and was taken outside to a parking lot, where she was questioned and detained for about two hours.

"They grabbed me and pulled me out of the booth," Davis claimed. "I had very, very deep bruises on my left side."

Conley declined to comment and NASA Office of the Inspector General spokeswoman Renee Juhans said she could not talk about an ongoing investigation.

Davis was eventually allowed home, without the moon rock, and was never booked into a police station or charged.

The affidavit states authorities believed Davis was in possession of stolen government property but so far they have not publicly revealed any proof.

"This (is) abhorrent behavior by the federal government to steal something from a retiree that was given to her," said Davis's attorney, Peter Schlueter, who is planning legal action.

Joseph Gutheinz, a University of Phoenix instructor and former NASA investigator who has spent years tracking down missing moon rocks, said prosecuting Davis could prove tricky.

Gutheinz said he recently learned that NASA did not always take good care of lunar materials. In some instances, space suits were simply hosed off and any moon dust on them lost forever.

While bigger rocks such as those given to various countries and museums were carefully inventoried and tracked, it now appears there are unknown numbers of much smaller pieces circulating in the public. Some of these may have been turned into paperweights and informally given away by NASA engineers.

"I have a real moral problem with what's happened here in California," Gutheinz said. "I've always taken the position that no one should own an Apollo-era moon rock. They belong to the people. But if we did such a poor job of safeguarding (lunar samples,) I cannot fault that person."

About 2,200 samples of lunar rocks, core samples, pebbles, sand and dust - weighing about 840 pounds (380 kilograms) - were brought to Earth by NASA's Apollo lunar landing missions from 1969 to 1972. A recent count showed 10 states and more than 90 countries could not account for their shares of the gray rocks - telegraph

Where No Man Has Gone Before: A History of NASA's Apollo Lunar Expeditions

Apollo Expeditions to the Moon: The NASA History

Taking Science to the Moon: Lunar Experiments and the Apollo Program (New Series in NASA History)


TWENTY MILLION tons of Japan tsunami debris is closing in on Hawaii

Televisions, fridges and furniture pieces are heading for Hawaii, as a huge amount of debris from Japan’s earthquake sails across the Pacific.

Up to 20 million tons of debris from the earthquake in March is traveling faster than expected and could reach the U.S. West Coast in three years.

A Russian ship’s crew spotted the debris - which included a 20ft long fishing boat - last month after passing the Midway Islands.

Researchers at the University of Hawaii have been tracking the debris for almost half a year.

Nikolai Maximenko and Jan Hafner were working on untested computer models of ocean currents to forecast the trajectory of the debris.

But last month's sightings suggest their model works as the debris was spotted in predicted areas.

‘We have a rough estimate of 5 to 20 million tons of debris coming from Japan,’ University of Hawaii researcher Jan Hafner told KITV.

Experts have revised predictions to say the debris will now reach the Midway Islands by winter and Hawaii in less than two years.

Crew members on the Russian training ship STS Pallada spotted the debris 2,000 miles from Japan, including a fishing boat from Fukushima, reported AFP.

‘They saw some pieces of furniture, some appliances, anything that can float - and they picked up a fishing boat,’ Mr Hafner told KITV.

A crew member told AFP: 'We keep sighting things like wooden boards, plastic bottles, buoys from fishing nets [small and big ones], an object resembling a wash basin, drums, boots, other wastes.'

'We also sighted a TV set, fridge and a couple of other home appliances.'

A spokesman for the International Pacific Research Center at the University of Hawaii said: 'The Russian ship... found an array of unmistakable tsunami debris on its homeward voyage from Honolulu to Vladivostok.'

Some of the lighter debris is moving quicker than expected. ‘We don't want to create a panic, but it’s good to know it’s coming,’ Mr Hafner added.

Japan was badly hit by the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami on March 11, which left 20,000 people dead or missing.

The quake damaged cooling systems at the Fukushima plant, which resulted in the worst atomic disaster in the world since Chernobyl in 1986.

Japan is struggling in part because tourists are worried about visiting, so the country's tourist board is giving away 10,000 free flights.

Scientists are eager to track where the debris is heading because it can threaten small ships as well as coastlines, reported LiveScience. - dailymail

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The 2011 Japan Disasters (Essential Events)

2:46: Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake
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