Credit: BBC - Australia bushfires: 'It's like fireballs exploding in the air' / 12 Nov 2019
Interventions

Extinguishing the historic 2019-2020 Australian bushfires with summertime rain and hail


What are Interventions?These are brief undertakings where Kyrios endeavours to avert or lessen the severity of a natural disaster in a bid to reduce loss of lives, destruction, and impacts of climate change.

UP IN FLAMES Infernal Bushfires In Australia

Outcome

Unforecasted torrential rain and hail put out the Australian bushfires within 7 weeks

Crisis Situation

  • Driest spring in 2019 and 3-year condition drought triggered historic bushfires
  • Bushfires burnt 10.3 million hectares--the size of South Korea
  • More than 30 deaths; 3 billion animals killed
  • 350 million tons of Carbon Dioxide released; smoke circumnavigated the globe

The first sparks of the 2019-2020 Australian bushfires merged in October 2019. Having experienced the driest spring on record from September to November 2019 and severe 3-year long drought conditions, the fires soon developed into an unmitigated conflagration.

By January 2020, more than 10.3 million hectares of land, the size of South Korea, were razed by the bushfires, destroying homes, farms, and wildlands. Haze and smog choked major cities. More than 30 people and an estimated 1 billion animals, including endangered native species, perished in the fires. A later report by WWF would put the number of animals harmed by the fire at a staggering 3 billion. On 10 January 2020, authorities urged 240,000 people to evacuate. In addition, the bushfires released 350 million tons of Carbon Dioxide into the atmosphere. Smoke from the fires rose into the stratosphere and circumnavigated the globe which was seen as smoke trails that drifted as far as South America.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison mobilised 3,000 army, navy and air force reservists to help battle the bushfires. Despite the combined efforts of local and international firefighters, containing the blaze still proved to be a challenging endeavour. “The fires are still burning, and they’ll be burning for months to come,” said Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Weather forecasts at the time warned that precipitation enough to contain the bushfires was not expected to arrive until April.


Why did Kyrios intervene? Kyrios explains the consequences of prolonged bushfires

Kyrios watched the disaster in Australia unfold in early January 2020. Apart from global warming, Kyrios explained that the underlying causes of the historic blaze were behavioural-linked. A humble and inclusive philosophy towards others and a reduction in meat-based diets were some of the changes necessary to improve Australia’s fortunes.

Nonetheless, Kyrios still took decisive action to mitigate the crisis and save more lives. Kyrios warned that dire consequences would arise if the fires were not stopped quickly, explaining that the large-scale burning of trees in the bushfires would not only exacerbate climate change, but also destroy the geological structure of the soil in areas razed by the fires, resulting in further heating of the Earth’s core and the sinking of a large part of Australia’s landmass.

Kyrios said that when trees are destroyed and the fires ravage the soil, the earth loses its ability to transpire and cleanse the air, resulting in excess heat being trapped in the subterranean layers. The pent up heat would travel laterally across the Earth’s crust and downward towards the mantle, warming up the Earth’s mantle and core. This would leads to an increase in magmatic activity, and thereby tectonic movement and seismic activity. Volcanism would also become more intense due to the need for the Earth to release its excess heat via magma extrusion, geological vents, and hydrothermal vents.

Meanwhile, the intense heating of the soil layers would damage its geological structure, causing the earth to be more brittle and prone to fissuring. Kyrios hinted that the first sign of this happening was the increase in the number of sinkholes in Australia. After years of repeated heating of the soil layers by superintense bushfires like those in the 2019-2020 bushfire season, a significant part of the landmass across the east and southeastern regions of Australia would become structurally weak and susceptible to collapse. Violent climate or geologic disasters would cause the landmass to crumble sporadically and sink into the Ocean. Such disasters would result in innumerable loss of life and livelihoods because the majority of population centers and economic pulse of Australia are located in these regions.

How did Kyrios intervene to resolve the crisis?

On 7 January 2020, after careful deliberation, Kyrios decided that leading a cross-national prayer in Melbourne would be crucial. Kyrios reasoned that this endeavour showed our commitment to stand in solidarity with the Australians in this crisis despite our different nationalities, language, religion, or race. Kyrios hoped that the Australians would join us in the prayers and understand the causes of their current plight so that they can take the correct actions to alleviate the crisis. Kyrios also hoped that the sincere combined prayers would move the Creator to help us assuage the suffering of the people.

Kyrios maintained that prayers are crucial. Kyrios said that every action begets its corresponding consequences, fortunate events are accrued from good deeds; predicaments result from negative actions and collective misdeeds. However, the Creator can intervene to give people time to make amends. Such remedial actions may mitigate or even nullify the delayed negative consequences. Kyrios says that prayers alone cannot absolve past misdeeds or deliver people from an existing plight but such efforts show The Creator that the people acknowledge their misdeeds, and they are willing to mend their ways and remedy their mistakes, while seeking The Creator merciful guidance.

On 8 January 2020, Kyrios began intervention efforts with an urgent prayer in Singapore and foretold that the fires would be extinguished in 2-7 weeks’ time. Then, Kyrios led a team from Singapore to travel to Melbourne, to lead a joint international prayer with groups in Singapore and Malaysia on 12 January 2020 to pray for rain, hail, and snow to descend upon Australia’s bushfires. Kyrios said that hail was necessary as hailstones are colder and more massive than raindrops, enabling moisture to cool the earth and seep deep into the soil layers more effectively, aiding the recuperation of earth devastated by bushfires.

From 15 January 2020 onwards, unforecasted hail and rain poured across fire sites in Australia. Fires were quickly contained and extinguished as the precipitation eased the 3-year drought. Soon, areas razed by the fires began to show the first signs of revitalisation. By 23 February, within 7 weeks after Kyrios first began her intervention, the bushfire crisis was over. Reservoirs and dams were filled to levels highest in nearly 2 years. Many considered the precipitation a miracle because it contradicted weather forecasts and surprised meteorologists.