At 1:51 PM, about 2 hours after theoretical for this plague, a major 5.9 Mag. earthquake struck about 90 miles south of Washington DC. The solid bedrock of the region meant that it could be felt across a wide region, including New York City.
There were 9 nuclear reactors that were impacted, though one only 5 miles from the epicenter was the cause of most concern.
Both the National Cathedral and the Washington Monument suffered damage to masonry high atop their respective structures. Several large cracks formed in the stones at the top of the Washington Monument.
The term "Boil" in the associated Biblical text is most likely fulfilling as the cracks found in various monuments and other buildings across the region.
The text specifically mentions how the Egyptians could not stand in this plague, which is presumably the result of the shaking from this quake.
Not seen in any immediate headline was "soot in the air" though this could simply be the dust shaken up by the quake, it could eventually be more sinister, if, say problems with any of the 9 nuclear plants are eventually discovered.
At this date, Obama called Buffet on the phone, supposedly asking for tips on a speech Obama is to give in September. Chances are Obama was finding a buyer for the faltering Bank of America. It took 2 more days for the news to hit the street that Buffet had purchased $5 Billion in preferred shares.
The CDS market for Bank of America debt was going crazy at this point. Many financial analysts were stating that if BofA was not a bank, and not under imaginary accounting rules, that it would be bankrupt at this date.
Confirmation of this made it to the headlines 2 days later with the announcement that Warren Buffet had invested $5 Billion into BofA. This infusion of cash stopped the slide in share price and at least for a while kept the US government from needing to bail out depositors.
BofA is the likely fulfillment for the "cattle" side of this plague. When this prophetic story passed in November of 2008, the fulfillment was the bankruptcy of General Motors, the largest American car manufacturer. This time it was the "virtual" bankruptcy of America's largest bank.
About 11 miles from the center of the earthquake sits the North Anna nuclear generating plant. The facility holds 2 nuclear reactors each capable of generating around 900 megawatts of power. The plant supplies power to Richmond and parts of Northern Virginia. Around 2,000,000 people live within a 50 mile radius, including downtown Richmond 40 miles away.
The units were reported to have shut down safely at the time of the quake. The units started receiving special attention from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission because the apparent earthquake design limit was only for a M 4.0 quake, not the M 5.8 felt that day.
By the end of August, there was a report from a witness who was in a boat on the cooling lake for the plant at the time of the quake that they had seen a large plume of black smoke rising from the plant at the time of the quake.
Hopefully this was only the smoke from the backup diesel generators as they kicked in following the loss of grid power. If this smoke was from a more serious source, then there may have been more extensive damage.
Note the text for this date specifically calls out smoke from a furnace, like a nuclear generating station, that eventually causes harm to people at large across the country. Should that plant be suffering an un-reported leak, or, should the plant be restarted without all needed repairs, then this aspect of the story is still to come, having been triggered here, but held for a future date.
On the ground shaking at the plant would later be reported as twice the original design limits. As stress fractures are incredibly difficult to spot, the plant will remain a danger to millions living in Virginia if it is ever restarted.
Two cousins who are thought responsible for the largest wildfire in Arizona history were charged with several counts related to the fire. This links that previous fire into the soot otherwise expected this date.
There had been many fires across Texas for most of the year, and another major set would follow Tropical Storm Lee in early September, 2011. There were no notable headlines related to Texas fires on or near this date.
6And Yahvah did that thing the next day, and all the cattle of the Egyptians died; but of the cattle of the sons of Israel not 1 died.
7And pharaoh sent, and look, not 1 of the cattle of Israel was dead. And the heart of pharaoh was hardened and he did not let the people go.
8And Yahvah said to Moses and to Aaron, Take 2 handfuls of the ashes of the furnace and let Moses scatter it toward the skies in the sight of pharaoh.
9And it will become fine dust in all the land of Egypt, and there will be boils breaking forth with sores on men, and on cattle, throughout all the land of Egypt.
10So they took ashes of the furnace and stood before pharaoh; and Moses scattered it toward the skies in the sight of pharaoh; and it became blistering boils, breaking out with sores on men, and on cattle.
11And the magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils; for the boils had spread among the magicians and throughout all the land of Egypt.
12And Yahvah hardened the heart of pharaoh and he did not listen to them, as Yahvah had said to Moses.