Category: mudslides


 Earth Watch Report  -  Mudslides

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The remains of a home destroyed by a mudslide near Oso, Wash., on Saturday.

( Marcus Yam / Seattle Times / March 25, 2014 )

The remains of a home destroyed by a mudslide near Oso, Wash., on Saturday.

 

 

A body is carried out of a home destroyed by the mudslide.

Washington mudslide

( Joshua Trujillo / Associated Press / March 24, 2014 )

A body is carried out of a home destroyed by the mudslide.

 

 

An aerial view of the mudslide shows where the hillside gave way.

Washington mudslide

( Washington State Department of Transportation / March 23, 2014 )

An aerial view of the mudslide shows where the hillside gave way.

 

 

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Washington mudslide’s confirmed death toll rises to 16

The confirmed death toll for the Washington state mudslide rose to 16 on Tuesday night, and officials said rescuers might have located eight more bodies. If so, that would bring the toll to 24.

The day was rainy and difficult for the more than 200 rescue personnel scouring the mud and slurry just east of Oso, using cadaver dogs and sometimes their hands to pick through the wreckage.

“We didn’t find any signs of life; we didn’t locate anybody alive,” Travis Hots, chief of Snohomish County Fire District 21, told reporters. “Our condolences go out to the families that have lost people here.”

About 49 homes were smashed in northwestern Washington, about an hour north of Seattle, when a massive segment of land cut away from a hill along the Stillaguamish River on Saturday.

Rescuers have found no survivors since the first day, and have been holding out diminishing hope for a miracle rescue. Instead, the death toll has continued to rise, with two more bodies recovered Tuesday, Hots said.

 

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CNN U.S.

Hope for survivors of landslide dims as death toll rises as high as 24

By Ed Payne, Ana Cabrera and Mariano Castillo, CNN
updated 10:18 PM EDT, Tue March 25, 2014
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After landslide, search for missing ahead

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: Two more bodies have been recovered and up to eight more have been located
  • NEW: Lists of missing and unaccounted for are being revised, an official says
  • The body of a Navy commander and his dog have been recovered, the family says
  • Landslide has affected or destroyed nearly 50 structures, officials say

Darrington, Washington (CNN) — Brenda Neal was still at the firehouse at midnight, watching as rescuers caked with mud returned from the search for survivors of a massive landslide in rural Washington state.

But they had no answers for her about her missing husband, Steven.

There was despair on their faces, she said.

Rescuer: Houses exploded from the mud

Rescuers on Tuesday continued to battle debris and mud — with the consistency of quicksand in some places — in the search for survivors, but hopes dimmed as news broke that more bodies were found.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t find any signs of life,” Snohomish County Fire District 21 Chief Travis Hots told reporters during a briefing.

The number of dead climbed to as high as 24 with the recovery Tuesday of two more bodies and another eight believed to have been located in the debris.

Authorities did not immediately release the identities of the dead nor did they provide details about where the bodies were found.

At least 176 people are unaccounted for. Officials have stressed those unaccounted for are not necessarily all victims of the disaster. They say they believe many names have been duplicated.

Three sheriff’s deputies who specialize in missing persons cases have begun reviewing the lists to get a more accurate count,Snohomish County Emergency Management Director John Pennington said.

Steven Neal’s family holds out hope, despite discouraging signs.

Neal is a plumber who was on a service call in the area where the landslide hit.

“None of us feel like he’s gone,” Brenda Neal said.

Her daughter, Sara, agreed: “I think if anyone had a chance to getting through, it would be him.”

The waiting came to end Tuesday for the family of U.S. Navy Cmdr. John Regelbrugge, 49, whose body and that of his dog were found by his brothers, his sister-in-law, Jackie Leighton, told CNN. Still missing is Regelbrugge’s wife, she said.

On Monday, search efforts yielded a grim result — six bodies.

But searchers still are going through the area with the hopes of making rescues, Pennington said earlier Tuesday morning.

“I believe in miracles, and I believe people can survive these events. They’ve done it before,” and they can do it again, he told reporters.

The landslide covered about a square mile and was caused by groundwater saturation tied to heavy rain in the area over the past month. It affected Oso, with a population of about 180, and Darrington, a town of about 1,350.

Authorities have been warning the search area remains unstable

A volunteer rescue worker was injured Tuesday while working in an area where the landslide struck, according to a statement released by the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. The rescue worker was hit in the head by debris kicked up “in helicopter wash,” it said.

President Barack Obama, in the Netherlands on Tuesday, asked that “all Americans to send their thoughts and prayers to Washington state and the community of Oso.”

Obama said he had spoken with Gov. Jay Inslee and signed an emergency declaration.

Early hopeful signs, such as the rescue of a 4-year-old boy on the day of the landslide, have faded for some.

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Up to 24 dead, 176 missing in Wash. landslide

Navy commander among dead

UPDATED 4:05 AM CDT Mar 25, 2014
By Ed Payne, Ana Cabrera and Mariano Castillo CNN
Washington mudslide 1

Washington State Transportation Department

 

 

 

 

DARRINGTON, Washington (CNN) —Brenda Neal was still at the firehouse at midnight, watching as rescuers caked with mud returned from the search for survivors of a massive landslide in rural Washington state.

But they had no answers for her about her missing husband, Steven.

There was despair on their faces, she said.

Rescuers on Tuesday continued to battle debris and mud — with the consistency of quicksand in some places — in the search for survivors, but hopes dimmed as news broke that more bodies were found.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t find any signs of life,” Snohomish County Fire District 21 Chief Travis Hots told reporters during a briefing.

The number of dead climbed to as high as 24 with the recovery Tuesday of two more bodies and another eight believed to have been located in the debris.

Authorities did not immediately release the identities of the dead nor did they provide details about where the bodies were found.

At least 176 people are unaccounted for. Officials have stressed those unaccounted for are not necessarily all victims of the disaster. They say they believe many names have been duplicated.

Three sheriff’s deputies who specialize in missing persons cases have begun reviewing the lists to get a more accurate count, Snohomish County Emergency Management Director John Pennington said.

Steven Neal’s family holds out hope, despite discouraging signs.

Neal is a plumber who was on a service call in the area where the landslide hit.

“None of us feel like he’s gone,” Brenda Neal said.

Her daughter, Sara, agreed: “I think if anyone had a chance to getting through, it would be him.”

The waiting came to end Tuesday for the family of U.S. Navy Cmdr. John Regelbrugge, 49, whose body and that of his dog were found by his brothers, his sister-in-law, Jackie Leighton, told CNN. Still missing is Regelbrugge’s wife, she said.

On Monday, search efforts yielded a grim result — six bodies.

But searchers still are going through the area with the hopes of making rescues, Pennington said earlier Tuesday morning.

 

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Massive Mudslide Kills 3 And Destroys Homes In Washington State


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Earth Watch Report  -  Flash Floods

Flash Flood USA State of Colorado, Manitou Springs Damage level Details

Flash Flood in USA on Saturday, 10 August, 2013 at 04:41 (04:41 AM) UTC.

Description
A mudslide closed a highway and flash flooding stranded vehicles in high, fast-moving water Friday night as rain fell west of Colorado Springs in an area burned by the Waldo Canyon wildfire last year. Manitou Springs police reported three people injured Friday night, and they were trying to confirm whether one person was missing. El Paso County sheriff’s officials said one of the injured had a leg injury, and another had a back injury. Residents said at least one home was swept away. Firefighters also rescued one man from a creek. The mudslide closed U.S. 24 between Cascade and Manitou Springs. Mario Leon told The Gazette he and his wife heard the man shouting for help from their auto repair shop on the bank of the creek. He said he saw the man clinging to the bridge and lowered an extension cord for him to grab while his wife called 911. Several homes and businesses have been damaged, police said. About 15 people were at an evacuation shelter set up by the Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross, Manitou Springs police said. About 1.3 inches of rain fell in the area burned by the Waldo Canyon Fire last year, the National Weather Service said. Areas burned by wildfires are vulnerable to flash floods because the burned soils don’t absorb as much water. To the southwest, flooding temporarily closed part of U.S. 50 west of Royal Gorge Park. Flash flood warnings have been frequent this summer in Manitou Springs.

Body found in flood debris near Manitou Springs, 3 people still missing

By Ally Marotti, Kirk Mitchell and Ryan Parker
The Denver Post

Posted:   08/10/2013 09:18:24 AM MDT | Updated:   about 3 hours ago

 

Flash flooding

Flash flooding

View more photos of Manitou Springs as flash floods in the Waldo Canyon fire burn area swept through the town, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013.

MANITOU SPRINGS —One person is confirmed dead and three people are missing after Friday evening’s flash flooding in Manitou Springs.

Residents and crews worked Saturday to clean up the damage. Yet another flash flood watch is in effect until 9 p.m. Saturday because of possible thunderstorms and saturated soil.

The body of a man was found late Friday night buried under mud and rock debris piled several feet thick in the west-bound lane of U.S. 24 following the severe flash flood, authorities say.

Early Saturday afternoon, the El Paso County Sheriff’s office identified the man as 53-year-old John Collins of Teller County. The sheriff’s office said Collins’ vehicle was in the same general area on U.S. 24 but it was not known whether he left his vehicle by choice or was swept out of it during the flooding.

Manitou Springs Police Chief Joe Ribeiro said at a Saturday morning news conference that three people were missing: 24 year old Juston Travis, a man neighbors knew only as Steve and a woman last seen clinging to a tree.

The woman was described a petite, blond female who was seen in a tree near the floodwaters.

“She was seen near the creek at one moment hanging in a tree and then not seen the next,” Ribeiro said.

Ribeiro said that homes had been destroyed and other homes had been severely damaged. He said more accurate accessment of the damage would be available Saturday afternoon.

Collins’ body was found about two to three miles west of Colorado Springs following the flash flood on the south edge of the Waldo Canyon burn scar, Lt. Jeff Kramer, sheriff’s office spokesman, he said.

About 1 ½ inches of rain fell between 5:30 and 6 p.m., washing boulders and mud down the burn scar area, Kramer said.

“We had a tremendous amount of rain,” he said. “Vehicles were washed into the debris flow.”

Several homes and businesses along Cañon Avenue in Manitou Springs were damaged. There

The Fountain Water Rescue team assists a woman down Canon Avenues after she broke her leg climbing to safety to avoid the flash flood that ripped through downtown, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 in Manitou, Colo. A mudslide has closed U.S. 24 between Cascade and Manitou Springs, and flash flooding in Manitou Springs is stranding vehicles in high, fast-moving water. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Michael Ciaglo) MAGS OUT (The Gazette | Michael Ciaglo)

were reports of three people injured, one man with severe leg injuries, Kramer said.

 

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Body Recovered From Mudslide in Colo.

PHOTO: Volunteer rescuer Jesse Rochette searches the Fountain Creek flood waters for anyone trapped or stranded as another flash flood washes off the Waldo Canyon burn scar, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 in Manitou, Colo.
Emergency Flood Rescues Continue Overnight
Volunteer rescuer Jesse Rochette searches the Fountain Creek flood waters for anyone trapped or stranded as another flash flood washes off the Waldo Canyon burn scar, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 in Manitou, Colo. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Michael Ciaglo)

Associated Press

Authorities have recovered a man’s body from debris left by a fast-moving mudslide that swept through a historic town near Colorado Springs, Colo., and crews continued their search Saturday for three people reported missing after the flood.

Lt. Jeff Kramer with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said 53-year-old John Collins of Teller County was found Friday “buried beneath significant amounts of debris” on U.S. Highway 24 in Manitou Springs. It was unclear if Collins left his nearby vehicle on his own or if the floodwaters forced him from it.

The mudslide closed the highway and flash flooding stranded vehicles in high water Friday night as about 1.3 inches of rain fell in an area burned by the Waldo Canyon Fire last year. Areas burned by wildfires are vulnerable to flash floods because the scorched soil absorbs less water.

Manitou Springs Police Chief Joe Ribeiro said Saturday that crews were looking for three people who were reported missing: 24-year-old Juston Travis, a man identified by neighbors only as Steve and a petite, blond female who was seen in a tree near the floodwaters.

“She was seen near the creek at one moment hanging in a tree and then not seen the next,” Ribeiro said.

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Earthquakes

USGS

MAG UTC DATE-TIME
y/m/d h:m:s
LAT
deg
LON
deg
DEPTH
km
 Region
MAP  2.6 2012/10/31 22:48:46   36.048  -117.515 1.9  CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
MAP  4.6   2012/10/31 22:46:31   52.273  -171.545 62.3  FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA
MAP  4.8   2012/10/31 21:27:05   -4.620   153.369 43.0  NEW IRELAND REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
MAP  3.2 2012/10/31 19:10:06   19.592   -65.278 17.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  3.1 2012/10/31 16:40:13   18.288   -65.470 13.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  4.7   2012/10/31 16:26:38  -30.157  -177.791 61.0  KERMADEC ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND
MAP  3.2 2012/10/31 15:29:53   40.974  -123.700 12.6  NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  2.7 2012/10/31 15:19:42   19.387  -155.249 3.5  ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
MAP  4.6   2012/10/31 15:15:07   -5.333   34.833 10.0  TANZANIA
MAP  2.8 2012/10/31 14:21:04   53.569  -164.854 29.8  UNIMAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA
MAP  4.2 2012/10/31 13:00:15   41.792  -127.083 10.0  OFF THE COAST OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  4.5   2012/10/31 12:35:13  -18.645  -177.530 315.9  FIJI REGION
MAP  2.5 2012/10/31 12:05:59   36.087   -89.772 6.3  SOUTHEASTERN MISSOURI
MAP  3.2 2012/10/31 09:52:58   37.088  -121.503 8.1  NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  4.9   2012/10/31 06:53:56   -2.048   99.713 21.3  KEPULAUAN MENTAWAI REGION, INDONESIA
MAP  4.5   2012/10/31 06:50:02   36.014   139.837 46.9  EASTERN HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP  4.0 2012/10/31 02:57:43   62.045  -146.545 40.7  CENTRAL ALASKA

MAG UTC DATE-TIME
y/m/d h:m:s
LAT
deg
LON
deg
DEPTH
km
 Region
MAP  3.2 2012/10/30 23:26:16   58.955  -154.355 122.7  ALASKA PENINSULA
MAP  2.5 2012/10/30 23:19:10   19.403  -155.296 3.3  ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
MAP  2.9 2012/10/30 23:02:19   61.432  -150.725 63.3  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  4.5   2012/10/30 22:49:52   2.127   127.035 88.5  MOLUCCA SEA
MAP  2.8 2012/10/30 22:23:36   61.439  -150.695 66.5  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  4.2 2012/10/30 22:02:46   61.496  -150.723 67.4  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  2.7 2012/10/30 21:16:17   34.238  -116.811 8.2  SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  3.2 2012/10/30 18:04:35   61.618  -140.669 16.5  SOUTHERN YUKON TERRITORY, CANADA
MAP  2.5 2012/10/30 17:43:02   34.774  -118.282 0.0  SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  2.5 2012/10/30 17:35:54   33.377  -116.848 7.0  SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  4.0 2012/10/30 17:33:30   52.568  -132.312 1.1  QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.7 2012/10/30 17:25:59   37.499  -118.534 14.5  CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
MAP  4.5   2012/10/30 16:56:49   14.458   146.827 40.7  ROTA REGION, NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS
MAP  4.6   2012/10/30 15:22:53  -17.979  -178.566 623.1  FIJI REGION
MAP  4.6   2012/10/30 14:10:59   52.285  -131.948 10.0  QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.6 2012/10/30 13:45:10   59.787  -152.482 65.7  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  5.2   2012/10/30 13:12:29  -37.949   177.681 67.8  OFF EAST COAST OF THE NORTH ISLAND, N.Z.
MAP  2.8 2012/10/30 13:12:29   59.863  -154.185 199.2  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  4.6   2012/10/30 12:53:40   12.554   -87.961 87.8  NEAR THE COAST OF NICARAGUA
MAP  4.7   2012/10/30 12:53:05  -24.742  -179.616 541.2  SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS
MAP  4.4 2012/10/30 12:18:20   6.836   -73.056 148.2  NORTHERN COLOMBIA
MAP  4.7   2012/10/30 11:43:55   -5.341   102.728 41.9  SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA
MAP  5.1   2012/10/30 10:59:33  -18.219  -174.809 9.8  TONGA
MAP  4.5   2012/10/30 10:11:41   53.391   108.066 17.9  LAKE BAYKAL REGION, RUSSIA
MAP  2.9 2012/10/30 10:02:51   63.087  -151.604 15.0  CENTRAL ALASKA
MAP  2.6 2012/10/30 09:40:47   18.791   -64.495 41.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.6 2012/10/30 09:01:59   52.901  -163.745 23.3  SOUTH OF ALASKA
MAP  4.4 2012/10/30 08:44:21   2.739   128.664 224.5  HALMAHERA, INDONESIA
MAP  4.2 2012/10/30 08:09:27   36.662   26.508 157.0  DODECANESE ISLANDS, GREECE
MAP  2.9 2012/10/30 08:01:00   36.604  -121.212 8.7  CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
MAP  3.1 2012/10/30 07:57:39   19.558   -65.271 7.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  3.3 2012/10/30 07:45:31   19.406   -65.276 57.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  3.2 2012/10/30 07:35:00   19.248   -64.115 93.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.6 2012/10/30 07:29:00   34.657  -121.306 11.3  OFFSHORE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
MAP  4.9   2012/10/30 07:12:35  -17.917  -178.592 560.7  FIJI REGION
MAP  5.2   2012/10/30 07:12:30   -4.615   151.864 156.7  NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
MAP  2.7 2012/10/30 06:30:19   60.637  -151.155 18.8  KENAI PENINSULA, ALASKA
MAP  2.7 2012/10/30 06:09:19   36.459  -121.038 6.5  CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
MAP  2.9 2012/10/30 05:50:13   62.832  -149.513 0.0  CENTRAL ALASKA
MAP  4.4 2012/10/30 05:22:17  -23.001   -69.708 75.7  ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE
MAP  4.7   2012/10/30 04:40:15   52.170  -131.604 10.2  QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.9 2012/10/30 03:07:44   19.084   -65.145 33.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.6 2012/10/30 02:58:31   19.401  -155.258 2.1  ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
MAP  5.0   2012/10/30 02:55:15   52.484  -131.486 5.1  QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  6.2   2012/10/30 02:49:03   52.324  -131.908 9.7  QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.3 2012/10/30 02:17:33   36.362   70.802 185.3  HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN
MAP  4.6   2012/10/30 00:41:34  -36.203  -100.250 10.0  SOUTHEAST OF EASTER ISLAND
MAP  4.1 2012/10/30 00:35:10   52.412  -131.645 10.0  QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.5 2012/10/30 00:34:17   33.880  -115.996 0.8  SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  4.0 2012/10/30 00:32:18   52.467  -132.126 10.4  QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION

MAG UTC DATE-TIME
y/m/d h:m:s
LAT
deg
LON
deg
DEPTH
km
 Region
MAP  4.7   2012/10/29 23:51:42   -8.176   123.412 19.6  FLORES REGION, INDONESIA
MAP  4.7   2012/10/29 23:40:17   -8.163   123.453 9.1  FLORES REGION, INDONESIA
MAP  4.7   2012/10/29 22:41:13  -15.263  -172.934 34.2  SAMOA ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.9 2012/10/29 22:23:42   62.159  -148.814 20.5  CENTRAL ALASKA
MAP  4.3 2012/10/29 22:00:33   52.616  -132.260 10.3  QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.0 2012/10/29 22:00:17   61.565  -140.683 15.6  SOUTHERN YUKON TERRITORY, CANADA
MAP  2.5 2012/10/29 21:52:17   61.317  -141.645 17.4  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  4.3 2012/10/29 21:46:58   3.253   121.881 604.5  CELEBES SEA
MAP  3.9 2012/10/29 21:41:33   61.455  -141.129 10.0  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  4.9   2012/10/29 21:20:36   -4.752   153.162 81.7  NEW IRELAND REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
MAP  2.5 2012/10/29 21:06:07   61.422  -141.146 10.0  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  4.6   2012/10/29 20:49:49   52.366  -131.459 26.6  QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.0 2012/10/29 20:10:40   32.182  -115.187 0.1  BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
MAP  5.1   2012/10/29 19:49:06   -0.452   132.742 28.9  NEAR THE NORTH COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA
MAP  2.8 2012/10/29 19:28:58   19.400  -155.258 2.4  ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
MAP  4.1 2012/10/29 16:33:09   52.231  -131.964 10.0  QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.8 2012/10/29 15:55:46   19.360  -154.965 38.6  HAWAII REGION, HAWAII
MAP  4.0 2012/10/29 15:38:30   52.074  -132.137 10.0  QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  5.7   2012/10/29 15:29:53   -0.155   125.245 62.3  MOLUCCA SEA
MAP  4.0 2012/10/29 15:15:02   51.989  -132.225 10.0  QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.0 2012/10/29 15:01:07   52.013  -131.757 10.0  QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.9   2012/10/29 14:54:53   80.651   -3.355 10.0  NORTH OF SVALBARD
MAP  4.8   2012/10/29 14:35:14   12.104   -88.260 35.0  NEAR THE COAST OF NICARAGUA
MAP  4.4 2012/10/29 14:22:50  -37.675   -73.894 13.7  OFFSHORE BIO-BIO, CHILE
MAP  2.5 2012/10/29 12:47:36   19.427  -155.276 1.7  ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
MAP  3.9 2012/10/29 12:39:24   35.205   -90.636 23.1  ARKANSAS
MAP  4.4 2012/10/29 12:05:15   52.574  -132.552 10.2  QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.9 2012/10/29 11:49:05   35.611   -81.999 6.1  NORTH CAROLINA
MAP  4.8   2012/10/29 10:30:44  -24.600   179.264 526.6  SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS
MAP  3.4 2012/10/29 07:50:54   33.389  -109.237 4.8  ARIZONA
MAP  5.2   2012/10/29 06:28:33   -8.169   123.431 9.7  FLORES REGION, INDONESIA
MAP  4.1 2012/10/29 06:03:54   52.921  -132.341 14.3  QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.7 2012/10/29 05:48:42   38.816  -122.780 2.2  NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  4.5   2012/10/29 04:59:36   13.303   -89.516 68.2  OFFSHORE EL SALVADOR
MAP  3.9 2012/10/29 04:25:16   36.592  -121.201 9.0  CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
MAP  4.1 2012/10/29 03:47:55   52.387  -132.351 10.0  QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.0 2012/10/29 02:40:53   52.411  -132.465 10.0  QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  5.3   2012/10/29 02:22:44   0.922   98.432 54.5  NIAS REGION, INDONESIA
MAP  4.6   2012/10/29 01:49:02   52.491  -131.953 10.3  QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.7 2012/10/29 01:40:37   67.623  -162.719 17.1  NORTHERN ALASKA
MAP  3.2 2012/10/29 00:30:23   58.864  -137.615 14.1  SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA
MAP  4.3 2012/10/29 00:26:50   52.306  -132.130 10.1  QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.1 2012/10/29 00:18:51   52.637  -130.987 10.0  HECATE STRAIT REGION, CANADA

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Second largest earthquake to hit Canada since 1949

Canadian Press

6.4 magnitude aftershock hits south of Haida Gwaii after 7.7 earthquake; no tsunami alert issued

Map locates a violent earthquake measuring 7.7 which jolted British Columbia’s north-central coast Saturday night, frightening residents and forcing many to temporarily leave their homes for higher ground ahead of a possible tsunami.

Photograph by: Sean Vokey , Canadian Press

VANCOUVER — The Haida Gwaii region continues to feel the aftershocks of a violent earthquake measuring 7.7 that jolted British Columbia’s north-central coast Saturday night, frightening residents and forcing many to temporarily leave their homes for higher ground ahead of a possible tsunami.

The largest, a 6.4 magnitude tremor, struck Sunday afternoon, 136 kilometers south of Masset. There have been over 40 aftershocks in the area.

Tsunami warnings were issued for the North Coast Saturday, the Haida Gwaii islands, parts of the central B.C. coast, the coast of Alaska and as far away as Hawaii.

Early Sunday morning the warnings were downgraded to advisory status, meaning evacuations were no longer necessary, and they were cancelled altogether a few hours later.

Residents near the centre of the quake said the violent jolting lasted for up to a minute, but no injuries or major damage had been reported.

Carsten Ginsburg, who lives in the small community of Bella Coola southeast of Prince Rupert, said the quake lasted about 40 seconds.

“It shook everything. The electricity went out, the power lines were swinging all over the place and stuff was falling off the shelves.”

Brent Ward, an earth scientist at Simon Fraser University, said the earthquake was the second largest to hit the country since 1949, when another earthquake was recorded in the same area with a magnitude of 8.1.

“It’s an earthquake in an area that gets a lot of earthquakes,” he said. “It’s a tectonically active area.”

Ward said the area is known as the Queen Charlotte fault, where the earth’s plates slide horizontally across each other in a strike-slip action, similar to what happens along California’s San Andreas fault.

“Stresses build up because of that movement, and every so often we get the release of that stress in the form of an earthquake.”

Ward said he wasn’t surprised the tsunami warning was shortlived because the strike-slip movement along the fault doesn’t generally trigger tsunamis.

“To trigger a tsunami you need to have a vertical movement of the sea floor, and it’s that vertical movement that displaces water and triggers the tsunami,” he said. “Because it’s sliding across each other, you’re not generally moving the water.”

In fact, hours after the earthquake, Dennis Sinnott, who works at the Institute of Ocean Sciences, said the largest wave hit Langara Island, a northern Haida Gwaii island, and measured just 69 centimetres.

The quake also set off emergency sirens across the Pacific on the islands of Hawaii, but even as people were moving to higher ground, the warning was called off.

In Alaska, the wave surge was just 10 centimetres, much smaller than officials had been forecasting.

Kelli Kryzanowski, manager of strategic initiatives Emergency Management B.C., said the initial earthquake occurred at 8:04 p.m. inland on Haida Gwaii and was initially recorded at a magnitude of 7.1 but was quickly upgraded to a magnitude of 7.7.

Kryzanowski said small waves generated by the quake, measured at 28 centimetres and 44 centimetres, also hit the northern tip of Vancouver Island.

“What we’re seeing at this time are relatively small sea-level fluctuations,” she said.

B.C. Justice Minister Shirley Bond said there appeared to be little damage from the quake.

“We’re certainly grateful at this point,” said Bond, who spoke to reporters during a late night conference call. “We’re very grateful for that, but we’ll wait until we can actually see the impact.”

After the quake, Ginsburg said he ran home as quickly as he could to see if there was a tsunami warning.

“Which of course there was,” he added.

Ginsburg owns the Float House Inn on the public wharf in Bella Coola and had about six customers celebrating a birthday party.

They all evacuated to about 35 metres above sea level.

“I’m assuming that it’s OK,” he said laughing. “I’m keeping my fingers crossed.”

Bella Coola resident Barb Cornish, 60, said she considers herself a very calm person.

“But I found it quite unnerving,” she told The Canadian Press.

Cornish lives in a log house and had been told that it’s one of the safest places to be in the event of an earthquake.

But she said it sure didn’t feel safe Saturday night.

“The log house swayed and creaked and my light over my kitchen table was swaying, some chimes went off. I stood up and I could feel the undulations under my feet, to the point where I almost got nauseated.”

Geoff Ray said he has felt a lot of earthquakes, but this was the most powerful quake he’s ever experienced in the 37 years he’s lived on Haida Gwaii.

Ray operates the Breezeway Accommodations bed and breakfast in Queen Charlotte City and said the beams of his building were “visibly shaking quite a lot, there were things falling off shelves.”

“(It was) an exciting experience, there’s no doubt about that.”

Lenore Lawrence, a resident of Queen Charlotte City, said the quake was “definitely scary,” adding she wondered if “this could be the big one.”

She thought the shaking lasted more than a minute.

While several things fell off her mantle and broke, she said damage in her home was minimal.

Residents rushed out of their homes in Tofino when the tsunami sirens sounded, but they were allowed to return about two hours after the quake.

Yvette Drews, a resident of Tofino, said she ran out of her home with her two children and mother in-law and drove to a local school when she heard the community’s tsunami sirens go off.

They were told by police that they could return home.

But while on the way home, Drews said she heard the tsunami sirens go off again.

“Well that just freaked me out, hearing the siren and the voice,” she said.

The quake shook Vancouver Island, the Haida Gwaii area, Prince Rupert, Quesnel and Houston, and was even felt in Metro Vancouver and Alaska.

“It’s a good wake-up call for everyone to make sure they have an earthquake kit and a plan if an earthquake like this hits an area that they live,” said Ward.

 

Tsunami threat in Hawaii downgraded to advisory

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — A magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck off the west coast of Canada, but there were no reports of major damage. Residents in parts of British Columbia were evacuated, but the province appeared to escape the biggest quake in Canada since 1949 largely unscathed.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the powerful temblor hit the Queen Charlotte Islands just after 8 p.m. local time Saturday at a depth of about 3 miles (5 kilometers) and was centered 96 miles (155 kilometers) south of Masset, British Columbia. It was felt across a wide area in British Columbia, both on its Pacific islands and on the mainland.

“It looks like the damage and the risk are at a very low level,” said Shirley Bond, British Columbia’s minister responsible for emergency management said. “We’re certainly grateful.”

The National Weather Service issued a tsunami warning for coastal areas of British Columbia, southern Alaska and Hawaii, but later canceled it for the first two and downgraded it to an advisory for Hawaii.

Gerard Fryer, a senior geologist with the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, said the first waves hitting shore in Hawaii were smaller than expected.

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie said early Sunday that the Aloha State was lucky to avoid more severe surges after the powerful earthquake struck off the coast of Canada. Abercrombie said beaches and harbors are still closed statewide.

“We’re very, very grateful that we can go home tonight counting our blessings,” Abercrombie said.

The weather service also canceled a tsunami advisory for Oregon, leaving northern California as the only spot in North America still under a tsunami advisory.

Dennis Sinnott of the Canadian Institute of Ocean Science said a 69-centimeter (27 inch) wave was recorded off Langara Island on the northeast tip of Haida Gwaii, formerly called the Queen Charlotte Islands. The islands are home to about 5,000 people, many of them members of the Haida aboriginal group. Another 55 centimeter (21 inch) wave hit Winter Harbour on the northeast coast of Vancouver Island.

“It appears to be settling down,” he said. “It does not mean we won’t get another small wave coming through.”

Canada’s largest earthquake since 1700 was an 8.1 magnitude quake on August 22, 1949 off the coast of British Columbia, according to the Canadian government’s Natural Resources website. It occurred on the Queen Charlotte Fault in what the department called Canada’s equivalent of the San Andreas Fault — the boundary between the Pacific and North American plates that runs underwater along the west coast of the Haida Gwaii.

In 1970 a 7.4 magnitude quake struck south of the Haida Gwaii.

The USGS said the temblor shook the waters around British Columbia and was followed by a 5.8 magnitude aftershock after several minutes. Several other aftershocks were reported.

The quake struck 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of Sandspit, British Columbia, on the Haida Gwaii archipelago. People in coastal areas were advised to move to higher ground.

Urs Thomas, operator of the Golden Spruce hotel in Port Clements said there was no warning before everything began moving inside and outside the hotel. He said it lasted about three minutes.

“It was a pretty good shock,” Thomas, 59, said. “I looked at my boat outside. It was rocking. Everything was moving. My truck was moving.”

After the initial jolt, Thomas began to check the hotel.

“The fixtures and everything were still swinging,” he said. “I had some picture frames coming down.”

Lenore Lawrence, a resident of Queen Charlotte City on the Haida Gwaii, said the quake was “definitely scary,” adding she wondered if “this could be the big one.” She said the shaking lasted more than a minute. While several things fell off her mantle and broke, she said damage in her home was minimal.

Many on the B.C. mainland said the same.

“I was sitting at my desk on my computer and everything just started to move. It was maybe 20 seconds,” said Joan Girbav, manager of Pacific Inn in Prince Rupert, British Columbia. “It’s very scary. I’ve lived here all my life and I’ve never felt that.”

Residents rushed out of their homes in Tofino, British Columbia on Vancouver Island when the tsunami sirens sounded, but they were allowed to return about two hours after the quake.

In Hawaii, the tsunami warning spurred residents to stock up on essentials at gas stations and grocery stores and sent tourists in beachside hotels to higher floors in their buildings. Bus service into Waikiki was cut off an hour before the first waves, and police in downtown Honolulu shut down a Halloween block party. In Kauai, three schools used as evacuation centers quickly filled to capacity.

Fryer said the largest wave in the first 45 minutes of the tsunami was measured in Maui at more than 5 feet (1.5 meters), about 2 feet (60 centimeters) higher than normal sea levels. No major damage was reported.

In Alaska, the wave or surge was recorded at 4 inches (10 centimeters), much smaller than forecast, said Jeremy Zidek, a spokesman for the Alaska Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. The quake was felt in Craig and other southeast Alaska communities, but Zidek said there were no immediate reports of damage.

Canada quake triggers Hawaii tsunami scare

By Alan Duke and Holly Yan, CNN
Cars are seen on Ala Wai Blvd. in Honolulu's Waikiki in Hawaii on Saturday before the arrival of the first tsunami waves.
Cars are seen on Ala Wai Blvd. in Honolulu’s Waikiki in Hawaii on Saturday before the arrival of the first tsunami waves.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: the largest wave was about 2.5 feet above ambient sea level
  • NEW: Tsunami advisory lifted
  • Hawaii evacuations are lifted
  • The tsunami was caused by a magnitude 7.7 earthquake in western Canada

(CNN) — A tsunami warning for Hawaii, triggered by a powerful earthquake in Canada, proved nothing more than a pre-Halloween scare for thousands of people this weekend.

“The tourists are doing their best Chicken Little impressions,” one CNN iReporter in West Maui, Hawaii, wrote early Sunday.

Sirens announced the tsunami warning across Hawaii on Saturday night, as thousands of revelers packed streets in Honolulu for the annual Hallowbaloo festival and many others in costumes headed to Halloween parties.

Restaurants, clubs and the festival immediately shut down and the parties turned into bumper-to-bumper traffic jams as residents headed to higher ground.

Visions of the devastating quake and tsunami that killed thousands in Japan in March 2011 fueled the fright, but the waves proved to be smaller and less powerful than feared.

While the warning said waves could surge between 3 and 6 feet, the largest wave, measured in Kahului on the island of Maui, was about 2.5 feet above ambient sea level, according to Gerard Fryer, senior geophysicist at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

The evacuation orders for coastal residents and the tsunami warning were canceled by 1 a.m. in Hawaii (7 a.m. ET) and a tsunami advisory was put in its place. That advisory was lifted three hours later.

Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle said early Sunday that people who had evacuated could return to their homes. CNN affiliate Hawaii News Now reported that was also the case for coastal residents in various parts of the state.

Earlier, local television showed images of bumper-to-bumper traffic on roads leading from the coast to higher ground. About 80,000 people live in evacuation zones on the island of Oahu, where Honolulu is located.

Read the latest developments in our live blog

Even Hawaiians accustomed to tsunami warnings spared no effort in bracing for the worst.

Honolulu resident Victoria Shioi filled her bathtub with water, set her refrigerator to the coldest setting and gathered candles in case of water or power outages.

“Also backed up my computer and put the external (hard drive) in the waterproof safe,” Shioi said.

The tsunami was spawned by a sizable earthquake in western British Columbia, prompting a local tsunami warning.

“A (magnitude) 7.7 is a big, hefty earthquake — not something you can ignore,” Fryer said. “It definitely would have done some damage if it had been under a city.”

Instead, the quake struck about 139 kilometers (86 miles) south of Masset on British Columbia’s Queen Charlotte Islands. No major damage was reported.

The Alaska Tsunami Warning Center issued a warning for western British Columbia from Vancouver to the southern panhandle of Alaska.

Canadians as far away as Prince Rupert, on mainland British Columbia, felt the quake.

Tanya Simonds said she felt as if her house was “sliding back and forth on mud,” but didn’t see any damage from the tremor.

Shawn Martin was at a movie theater when the quake struck.

“It just felt like the seats were moving. It felt like someone was kicking your seat,” he said.

Martin said more than hundred cars headed toward a popular intersection in the city known for its higher ground.

Thousands of miles across the Pacific, residents in Hawaii did the same.

CNN’s Joe Sutton, Jake Carpenter, Chandler Friedman and Maggie Schneider contributed to this report.

8 minor quakes jolt Surigao del Norte town in a day

MANILA, Philippines – Eight earthquakes, many of which occurred within an hour of each other, were recorded east of Burgos town in Surigao del Norte on Sunday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said.

A 4.1-magnitude tremor which has a depth of 21 kilometers was felt in the eastern part of Burgos at 6:20 a.m.

At 9:43 a.m., a 4.8-magnitue quake was recorded 137 km east of Burgos at a 62-km depth.

The third earthquake, felt at 9:53 a.m., measured 5.3 and rattled the eastern part of Burgos.

At 10:35 a.m., a 4.5-magnitude quake hit Burgos for the fourth time. It was plotted 118 km east of Burgos with a depth of 71 km.

The fifth tremor, measured 5.5 and located 113 km east of Burgos with a depth of 85 km, occurred at 10:43 a.m.

At 11:04 a.m., a 4.9-magnitude shake was recorded 117 km east of Burgos with a depth of 125 km.

A small earthquake measuring 3.5 magnitude struck at 11:37 a.m. It was located 116 km east of the town with a depth of 62 km.

The eighth earthquake happened at 2:15 p.m. and it measured 4.2-magnitude. It was located 57 km of Burgos and has a depth of 7 km.

B.C. shaken by aftershock following powerful earthquake

Eugene Tanner/AP Visitors and Oahu residents watch the ocean water surge in and out of the Ala Wai Harbor carrying various debris during a tsunami Saturday in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Petti Fong and Graham Slaughter
Staff Reporters

VANCOUVER—The second largest earthquake in Canadian history was still rattling nerves Sunday, with aftershocks off the northern coast of British Columbia.

On Saturday night, a massive 7.7 magnitude earthquake hit about 30 kilometres north of Sandspit, B.C., in the Haida Gwaii islands shortly after 8 p.m. local time, sending tremors north through the island chain and south as far as Metro Vancouver.

It was the largest earthquake to be felt in Canada since an 8.1-magnitude quake in the same region back in 1949.

A surprisingly strong 6.4-magnitude aftershock in the same area shook residents again Sunday afternoon around 2 p.m.

Earthquake expert Brent Ward from Simon Fraser University said he expects aftershocks for days ahead, but generally in the 4- to 5-magnitude range.

“We don’t really understand how to predict earthquakes enough to know if something like this could be an indicator of a larger earthquake in the same vicinity occurring in the future,” Ward said Sunday. “If we get another earthquake that’s greater than 7.7, it wouldn’t be an aftershock, it would be a new earthquake.”

Saturday’s massive quake also caused a sleepless night for a whole section of western North America, watching and waiting for a tsunami warning to pass.

Based on historical records, earthquakes in the area of Saturday evening’s rumblings don’t generally trigger tsunamis, Ward said. But he added that evacuations are a worth the effort because tsunami waves can sweep through coastal communities with devastating consequences.

Neil Goodwin, a fishing lodge manager from Sandspit, was in his living room Saturday night when the rumbling started.

“It was the kind of shaking that if you weren’t holding onto something, you’d be on the floor,” he said. “It wasn’t very violent for probably the first 10 seconds, and then it really amped up.”

As the power cut out, Goodwin, 35, used the flashlight on his cellphone to find his two dogs and escape his house. He didn’t have time to assess the damage or find his cat.

Goodwin drove to one of two hills designated as safety point in tsunami drills, where he stood with his neighbours and watched the waves grow in size and strength.

“Within 10 minutes, pretty much 90 per cent of everyone in town was in one of the two points,” he said.

In Queen Charlotte, Canadian Coast Guard Malcolm Dunderdale spent a sleepless night in the dark after the power cut out within seconds of the shaking, which he said lasted about 30 to 45 seconds.

After gathering his cellphone, mobile radios and general tsunami kits, plus blankets and pillows, Dunderdale said, there was nothing to do but wait.

The first tsunami reached the West Coast at Langara Island, part of Haida Gwaii, at 9:16 p.m., about an hour and a half after the earthquake struck. But the waves caused no damage.

The earthquake also triggered tsunami warnings in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California and Hawaii. The last of the tsunami advisories were lifted Sunday morning.

The biggest waves — about 1.5 metres high — appeared to hit Maui, the Associated Press reported. There were no immediate reports of damage, though one person died in a fatal crash near a road that was closed because of the threat near Oahu’s north shore.

Earthquakes hit California

Robert Kirchgassner
The Celebrity Cafe

While the East Coast is bracing for the onslaught of Hurricane Sandy, southern California is contending with a pair of small earthquakes which struck Sunday.

NBC reported that the tremors measured 3.9 on the Richter scale.

Buildings shook in downtown Los Angeles, but no damages or injuries were reported.
UPI reported that the first quake hit at 12:47 a.m., beginning from a depth of 11 miles. Its epicenter was 66 miles north of San Diego.

The next one occurred at 8:24 a.m., with the epicenter five miles east of Santa Clarita, 24 miles north of Los Angeles.

California was struck by a 3.5 magnitude earthquake a week earlier. It occurred at 1:40 p.m. near the city of Blue Lake, which is over 200 miles east of Sacramento.

Sunday’s quake occurred three hours after a 7.7 magnitude tremor hit the west coast of Canada, which led to a brief tsunami warning in Hawaii.

The Los Angeles Times reported that no warnings were issued for California at that time.

Ark. earthquake felt in Memphis area

An earthquake that registered 3.9 on the Richter Scale hit eastern Arkansas Monday morning, and was felt by several Memphis-area residents as well.

According to the US Geological Survey website, the tremor hit around 7:39 a.m.

The epicenter was about 6 miles from Parkin, Ark., and about 30 miles from Memphis.

Several Memphis residents were chattering almost immediately on social media about the several seconds of tremors that shook Midtown.

“About 8 minutes ago, felt about 8-10 seconds of tremors in midtown,” tweeted @JeffGinMEM around 7:50 a.m. Monday.

Former Jackson resident Jada Love posted on her Facebook, “Did anyone else in Midtown Memphis feel earthquake tremors…?”

Tiffany Renee Daniel responded, “I’m in Southaven and I swear I just felt something too I was just sitting here trying to explain it away.”

Love lives in a fourth-story apartment and said she could hear a low rumbling and felt her couch shake. She said her parents, who are in the Bartlett/Arlington area, did not feel anything.

But Kevin Thompson did at his home in the Rivercrest neighborhood in north Bartlett.

“My wife and I had been awake and talking for a while. We felt an initial boom-rumble, and then the bed was shaking a little. We concluded that it was the kids pounding on the floor upstairs, but we thought it was weird because we had never felt the bed shake like that before,” he said. “A few minutes later, we saw that some of our friends on Facebook talking about the earthquake. That’s when the shaking started to make more sense.”

That experience was similar to what was reported by many residents of the Memphis area.

“A little after 7:30 this morning I felt my house shake and heard a rumbling noise! I thought it was my imagination! Felt better when I heard it really was an earthquake,” said Stacey Alpert of Cordova.

Kevin O’Brien lives just south of Olive Branch. When he felt the tremors Monday morning, at first he thought his cat was somehow shaking the couch.

“It seemed a bit too strong a shake for our smallish cat and my suspicion quickly shifted to earthquake when I saw the Halloween decoration hanging from the dinette light fixture swinging,” he said. “Still, I looked outdoors to confirm that the cat had not snuck into the house.”

Tremors shake up 5 districts

TNN

VIJAYAWADA: Panic spread across several villages in five districts in the state due to mild tremors on Monday. People ran out of their houses when the earth shook for a few seconds. Though no casualties were reported from any of the districts, there was panic in many places in Krishna, Guntur, Prakasam, Nalgonda, and Khammam.

There were reports of tremors even at Hayathnagar in Rangareddy district around the same time. The earth quake monitoring centre at Vijayawada termed the incident as ‘very minor’ and said there was nothing to worry about. “It’s common to experience such tremors when the rocky layers of earth make adjustments within themselves,” said RDO S Venkata Rao.

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CU/ANWB, Willy Bob, Antigua and Barbuda

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CU/BBGH, Gun Hill, Barbados

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CU/BCIP, Isla Barro Colorado, Panama

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CU/GRGR, Grenville, Grenada

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CU/GRTK, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands

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CU/GTBY, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

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CU/MTDJ, Mount Denham, Jamaica

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CU/SDDR, Presa de Sabaneta, Dominican Republic

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CU/TGUH, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

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IC/BJT, Baijiatuan, Beijing, China

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IC/ENH, Enshi, China

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IC/HIA, Hailar, Neimenggu Province, China

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IC/LSA, Lhasa, China

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IC/MDJ, Mudanjiang, China

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IC/QIZ, Qiongzhong, Guangduong Province, China

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IU/ADK, Aleutian Islands, Alaska, USA

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IU/AFI, Afiamalu, Samoa

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IU/ANMO, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

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IU/ANTO, Ankara, Turkey

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IU/BBSR, Bermuda

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IU/BILL, Bilibino, Russia

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IU/CASY, Casey, Antarctica

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IU/CCM, Cathedral Cave, Missouri, USA

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IU/CHTO, Chiang Mai, Thailand

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IU/COLA, College Outpost, Alaska, USA

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IU/COR, Corvallis, Oregon, USA

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IU/CTAO, Charters Towers, Australia

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IU/DAV,Davao, Philippines

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IU/DWPF,Disney Wilderness Preserve, Florida, USA

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IU/FUNA,Funafuti, Tuvalu

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IU/FURI, Mt. Furi, Ethiopia

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IU/GNI, Garni, Armenia

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IU/GRFO, Grafenberg, Germany

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IU/GUMO, Guam, Mariana Islands

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IU/HKT, Hockley, Texas, USA

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IU/HNR, Honiara, Solomon Islands

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IU/HRV, Adam Dziewonski Observatory (Oak Ridge), Massachusetts, USA

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IU/INCN, Inchon, Republic of Korea

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IU/JOHN, Johnston Island, Pacific Ocean

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IU/KBS, Ny-Alesund, Spitzbergen, Norway

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IU/KEV, Kevo, Finland

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IU/KIEV, Kiev, Ukraine

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IU/KIP, Kipapa, Hawaii, USA

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IU/KMBO, Kilima Mbogo, Kenya

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IU/KNTN, Kanton Island, Kiribati

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IU/KONO, Kongsberg, Norway

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IU/KOWA, Kowa, Mali

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IU/LCO, Las Campanas Astronomical Observatory, Chile

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IU/LSZ, Lusaka, Zambia

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IU/LVC, Limon Verde, Chile

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IU/MA2, Magadan, Russia

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IU/MAJO, Matsushiro, Japan

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IU/MAKZ,Makanchi, Kazakhstan

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IU/MBWA, Marble Bar, Western Australia

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IU/MIDW, Midway Island, Pacific Ocean, USA

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IU/MSKU, Masuku, Gabon

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IU/NWAO, Narrogin, Australia

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IU/OTAV, Otavalo, Equador

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IU/PAB, San Pablo, Spain

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IU/PAYG Puerto Ayora, Galapagos Islands

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IU/PET, Petropavlovsk, Russia

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IU/PMG, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

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IU/PMSA, Palmer Station, Antarctica

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IU/POHA, Pohakaloa, Hawaii

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IU/PTCN, Pitcairn Island, South Pacific

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IU/PTGA, Pitinga, Brazil

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IU/QSPA, South Pole, Antarctica

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IU/RAO, Raoul, Kermandec Islands

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IU/RAR, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

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IU/RCBR, Riachuelo, Brazil

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IU/RSSD, Black Hills, South Dakota, USA

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IU/SAML, Samuel, Brazil

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IU/SBA, Scott Base, Antarctica

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IU/SDV, Santo Domingo, Venezuela

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IU/SFJD, Sondre Stromfjord, Greenland

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IU/SJG, San Juan, Puerto Rico

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IU/SLBS, Sierra la Laguna Baja California Sur, Mexico

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IU/SNZO, South Karori, New Zealand

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IU/SSPA, Standing Stone, Pennsylvania USA

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IU/TARA, Tarawa Island, Republic of Kiribati

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IU/TATO, Taipei, Taiwan

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IU/TEIG, Tepich, Yucatan, Mexico

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IU/TIXI, Tiksi, Russia

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IU/TRIS, Tristan da Cunha, Atlantic Ocean

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IU/TRQA, Tornquist, Argentina

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IU/TSUM, Tsumeb, Namibia

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IU/TUC, Tucson, Arizona

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IU/ULN, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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IU/WAKE, Wake Island, Pacific Ocean

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IU/WCI, Wyandotte Cave, Indiana, USA

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IU/WVT, Waverly, Tennessee, USA

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IU/XMAS, Kiritimati Island, Republic of Kiribati

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IU/YAK, Yakutsk, Russia

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IU/YSS, Yuzhno Sakhalinsk, Russia

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Volcanic Activity

Tjörnes Fracture Zone volcano (North of Iceland): seismic swarm continues with no end in sight

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Location of quakes (Icelandic Met Office)

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Time and depth of quakes at the TFZ

The earthquake swarm in the Tjörnes Fracture Zone north off Iceland continues into its 10th day. After a decline in intensity during 25-28 Oct, the frequency of quakes has again picked up. There are often more than 100 quakes a day including some above magnitude 3. The Icelandic Met Office maintains a warning for a possible larger quake in the area.

 - By L. Arias
Access to one of Costa Rica’s most popular national parks remains open to tourists.
Poás Volcano

Experts from the National Seismological Network are keeping the volcano under surveillance. Courtesy of RSN

The Poas Volcano early Sunday awoke residents of the province of Alajuela with a strong rumble.

At about 1 a.m., the volcano’s crater ejected mud and ash more than 500 meters into the air. Ashes traveled hundreds of meters around the national park, rangers reported.

Although the volcano is frequently active, this kind of strong explosion has not been recorded since 2006. Experts said the activity was normal, but they will continue monitoring the volcano.

Poás Volcano National Park will remain open to tourists while experts determine if there is any risk to visitors.

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

Cold snap hits France with first signs of winter

Published on Oct 28, 2012 by

http://www.euronews.com/ “C’est l’hiver avant l’heure;” or ‘it is winter before it should be’, was one local person’s reaction to heavy snow falls which have hit eastern parts of France.

The cold snap brought power cuts with up to 50,000 households in the Isere region in the Alps deprived of electricity.

Authorities have issued an “Orange” warning, the second highest alert, and rescue services have been fully mobilised.

Up to 50 centimetres of snow fell in some parts making driving hazardous. An icy wind and fresh falls of snow on top of the ice only added to the dangerous conditions.

Many drivers were forced to abandon their cars while emergency services were called to clear trees from roads felled in the high winds, with gusts blowing up to 130 kilometres per hour recorded in one area.

Parts of the south of France were the worst hit by the high winds where on the riviera two people have been reported missing.

A search has been mounted for a 12-year-old boy on the island of Porquerolles. Emergency services say his bike has been found. A 26-year-old windsurfer is also missing.

In the port of Marseille the ferry Napoleon Bonaparte was damaged when strong winds broke the ship’s moorings.

The hull smashed against the dock flooding two of its watertight compartments.

Cold snap to sweep through China

English People Daily Online

Cold Snap in China

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Citizens wearing thick clothes walk on a street in Changchun, capital of northeast China’s Jilin Province, Oct. 28, 2012. A cold front swept the province on Sunday, lowering the temperature nine to 11 degrees centigrade in most parts of the province and bringing the lowest temperature down to less than zero.

Beijing — China’s central and eastern regions will experience temperature drops in coming days, while the southern parts will receive moderate to heavy rain, the national meteorological watchdog forecast Sunday.

Strong wind will make temperatures in northeastern regions fall by six to ten degrees Celsius on Sunday. A blast of cold air is forecast to sweep across the central and eastern parts from Monday, the National Meteorological Center said on its website.

The center also forecast that fog will shroud parts of Hubei, Jiangsu and Anhui provinces on Sunday morning, reducing visibility to less than 1,000 meters.

Over the next three days, parts of South China will see moderate to heavy rain, and some regions may experience torrential rain, the center said.

Son-Tinh, the 23rd tropical storm of the year, strengthened to a super-typhoon on Saturday night and was located 260 km southeast of Vietnam’s Thanh Hoa at 5 a.m. Sunday.

Son-Tinh is expected to move northwestward at a speed of 10 to 15 km per hour and make landfall in Vietnam’s northern coastal regions on Sunday night, the center said.

Sweden braces for week of heavy snow

Ice Age Now

Meteorologists predict heavy snowfall throughout the country and have issued a nationwide class 1 warning.

“There may be large quantities of snow,” explained Lisa Frost of the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, SMHI.

“As it’s the first snow and it’s quite early in the season, we’re issuing the warning – especially as some people haven’t changed to their winter tyres yet.”

Throughout Monday, the Dalarna and Värmland counties have been slammed by a lengthy snow storm, which has left 10 cm (4 inches) of snow. SMHI forecast a further 10 cm before Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) is already fighting the blizzards.

The season’s lowest temperature was recorded on Sunday night with Nattavaara in far northern Sweden hitting -22.1C (-6F).

Surprise October snow hits central Germany – Suspected record

TheLocal.de

Winter appeared overnight in many parts of Germany on Saturday with unseasonal heavy snow fall and subzero temperatures hitting central and southern areas.

Meteorologists say this is the first time for decades that snow has fallen on low lying areas in October. More flurries are expected over the weekend.

As much as 17cm of snow fell overnight in Thuringen forest in central Germany – a suspected record for this time of year.

Heavy snow also fell on Bavaria, Saxony, Rhineland-Palatinate, Hesse and Saarland, with further flurries expected on Saturday in Leipzig, Dresden and Munich, according to the DWD.

“This happens maybe once every 30 or 40 years,” meteorologist Christoph Hartmann of the German weather service (DWD) told Die Welt newspaper on Saturday, referring to the unusual snowfall in October.

The severe drop in temperature – by 20 degrees within a week – also occurs “very, very seldom,” he added.

With winter’s first onslaught, fallen trees blocked train lines between Leipzig and Munich, causing delays and diversions to the ICE high speed rail network.

A further 10-15 cm of snow is expected overnight in the Alps and in the Ore Mountains in Saxony, where DWD said temperatures could fall as low as minus ten.

Austria – Rare October snow catches drivers by surprise

Ice Age Now

Only twice before since records began has there been snow in October in all the nine provinces of Austria, on the 31 October 1941 as well as in the night of 23 and 24 October 2003.

Austrian weather expert Alexander Orlik from the central weather institute ZAMG said: “It is true the snow is very early this year and that is an indication that it will be a long hard winter, but not proof.”

The early snow caught many drivers unaware who had not yet changed over to winter tyres – causing problems on the roads. The legal deadline to have winter tyres is 1 November in Austria.

In Carinthia parts of the region were left without electricity as the snow fell as a result of heavy snow meaning trees toppled onto the lines .

Early Snow Pummels West Virginia

By KRIS MAHER

Parts of West Virginia were digging out from up to three feet of snow dumped in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, a deluge that cut power to hundreds of thousands of residents and shut down main highways.

The thick blanket of snow at higher elevations across the ridges of the Appalachian Mountains, including in parts of Maryland and Pennsylvania, also brought concerns that rivers and creeks in low-lying areas could flood later in the week as the snow melts, with temperatures expected to reach 60 degrees. Falling trees and storm-related traffic accidents claimed the lives of three people in Maryland, three in Pennsylvania and one in West Virginia, state officials said Tuesday.

Close to 300,000 West Virginia residents were without power Tuesday afternoon, as high winds and heavy snow snapped branches and downed power lines, and officials expected the number to rise. Outages at several utilities had left some areas without access to water, and officials were sending out trucks to deliver bottled water.

“West Virginia continues to be hard hit,” said Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, a Democrat. “Right now, my main focus is on life safety, power restoration and critical infrastructure.…We are doing everything we can to help the folks in need.”

More than 30 of West Virginia’s 55 counties had snow, with the heaviest snowfall at higher elevations, said Liz Sommerville, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Charleston, W.Va. Bowden, above 3,000 feet, recorded 24 inches by early Tuesday, compared with 16 inches in Beckley, elevation 2,300 feet, and 9 inches in the capital of Charleston, elevation 980 feet.

“Trees are coming down. I got a feeling that a lot of weaker structures are going to come down,” said Gary Berti, of Davis, W.Va., where 30 inches of snow had fallen by Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Berti, 54 years old, said all the stores along the main street of Davis were closed Tuesday and only pickup trucks with four-wheel drive were braving secondary roads. Restaurants without power were making food for rescue workers using gas stoves, he said: “They’re cooking everything they’ve got because they know they’re going to lose it.”

Snow was expected to keep falling on mountainous areas through Wednesday, and blizzard warnings remained in effect in more than a dozen counties Tuesday. At lower elevations, snow was expected to turn to rain by Tuesday night.

The West Virginia Department of Transportation reported accidents on three major highways in the state and said fallen trees and power lines were complicating efforts to clear roads. The agency urged residents to stay home. Marshall University canceled classes at various campuses around the state, and West Virginia State University closed for the day.

Western Maryland recorded two feet of snow, and blizzard warnings remained in effect Tuesday. While eastern areas of the state endured some flooding, officials were bracing for worse, said Ed McDonough, a spokesman for the Maryland Emergency Management Agency. More than 300,000 people in the state were without power Tuesday, with many outages in the Baltimore area. About 50 people were evacuated late Monday from the town of Crisfield, which sits on the Chesapeake Bay, after floodwaters spilled into homes.

In Pennsylvania, 1.25 million residents remained without power Tuesday. Gov. Tom Corbett warned that the central part of the state could see minor flooding, but far less than what storms last year brought to the region. The highest point in the state, Mount Davis, received 9 inches of snow, with several more inches expected. There is “nothing of major significance at this point in time that we have great concern about,” Gov. Corbett said at a midday news briefing.

Pennsylvania officials planned to have a shelter open in West Chester, Pa., to house 1,300 people from New Jersey, and another in East Stroudsburg, Pa., to aid 500 people displaced in New York. In addition, Pennsylvania officials were providing 35 ambulances and a large vehicle to transport people, as well as providing a rescue team requested by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to New Jersey.

—Jennifer Corbett Dooren contributed to this article.

31.10.2012 Extreme Weather USA State of Alaska, [Novarupta volcan] Damage level Details

Extreme Weather in USA on Wednesday, 31 October, 2012 at 19:24 (07:24 PM) UTC.

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Strong winds swept ash from the largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century into the atmosphere Tuesday, creating a haze over Alaska’s Kodiak Island and prompting the National Weather Service to issue flight warnings for the area. Powerful northwest winds funneled through the mountains at the Katmai Bay, sending ash around 4,000 feet into the sky southeast toward Kodiak. Brian Hagenbuch, general meteorologist at the National Weather Service Anchorage office, was the first to spot the ash. “When the sun came up yesterday, I noticed it looked foggy on the Larson Bay camera,” one of many cameras set up by the FAA to monitor weather conditions. But as the sun continued to rise, he noted the fog looked smoggy and brown. Around 10 a.m., Hagenbuch checked the visible satellite and found a “milky, dome-shaped plume.” He then double-checked on infra-red equipment that is used specifically to spot ash even through cloud cover, which verified his findings. Having confirmed his suspicions, Hagenbuch put together a “Significant Meterological Event” warning, called a SIGMET, to alert pilots of the hazardous conditions in the area. Hagenbuch says that very strong winds “from time to time” will stir up the ash from Novarupta. The Novarupta volcanic eruption of June 6, 1912, occurred in what is now the Katmai National Park and Preserve. For three days, the volcano spewed 100 times more material than the Mount St. Helens eruption, shooting plumes 20 miles into the air and burying the valley downwind in over 500 feet of ash and volcanic rock. Four years later, when botanist Robert Griggs visited the valley, steam still poured from vents across the valley, prompting the crew to name it The Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. Hagenbuch will update, and possibly cancel, the SIGMET on the National Weather Service’s website Wednesday. Hagenbuch notes that there is “much less” ash in the air than Tuesday.

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Storms /  Flooding / Landslides

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Name of storm system Location Formed Last update Last category Course Wind Speed Gust Wave Source Details
Rosa (EP17) Pacific Ocean – East 30.10.2012 31.10.2012 Hurricane V 275 ° 743 km/h 93 km/h 2.44 m NOAA NHC Details

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Storm name: Rosa (EP17)
Area: Pacific Ocean – East
Start up location: N 14° 24.000, W 116° 6.000
Start up: 30th October 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 60.60 km
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31st Oct 2012 05:22:06 N 14° 30.000, W 117° 0.000 7 74 93 Tropical Storm 275 8 1003 MB NOAA NHC
31st Oct 2012 10:48:56 N 14° 30.000, W 117° 18.000 7 743 93 Hurricane V. 275 8 1003 MB NOAA NHC
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31st Oct 2012 10:48:56 N 14° 30.000, W 117° 18.000 7 743 93 Tropical Depression 275 ° 8 1003 MB NOAA NHC
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02nd Nov 2012 06:00:00 N 14° 42.000, W 118° 48.000 Tropical Depression 65 83 NOAA NHC
03rd Nov 2012 06:00:00 N 14° 30.000, W 119° 30.000 Tropical Depression 56 74 NOAA NHC
04th Nov 2012 06:00:00 N 14° 30.000, W 120° 0.000 Tropical Depression 46 65 NOAA NHC
05th Nov 2012 06:00:00 N 15° 0.000, W 120° 30.000 Tropical Depression 37 56 NOAA NHC

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Crew member dead, captain missing after Canadian-built replica of HMS Bounty sinks

Paul Koring and Jane Taber
The Globe and Mail

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Washington – One crew member has died and the captain is missing in high seas and raging winds after the Canadian-built replica of HMS Bounty was abandoned and sank Monday morning.

U.S. Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopters rescued 14 others from life rafts in a dramatic dawn rescue about 150 kilometres off Cape Hatteras, N.C.

As the crew abandoned the sinking ship, struggling to get into life rafts before dawn, three were tossed into the sea by waves sweeping over the stricken vessel. “One of those managed to get to a raft, but not the other two,” U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Lieutenant-Commander Jamie Frederick told The Globe and Mail at 13:30 pm.

The dead crew member, 42-year-old Claudene Christian, was found unresponsive in the water on Monday evening. The Coast Guard said she was taken to a hospital in Elizabeth City, where she was later pronounced dead.

Rescuers continued to search for the missing captain of HMS Bounty, 63-year-old Robin Walbridge.

The Coast Guard says Captain Walbridge and Ms. Christian were able to put on survival suits designed to keep them afloat and protect them from chilly waters for 15 hours.

Helicopters were used in the search and two Coast Guard cutters have also gone out to sea to help search.

“We’re throwing all the assets we have out there so that we can keep searching for these folks,” Cdmr Frederick said.

Earlier he confirmed that “14 are safe on shore.”

Storm damages crops in Haiti, fueling food price woes

Susana Ferreira
Reuters
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    Many homes remain underwater in southern Haiti.

    Huge crop losses in southern Haiti raise famine worries

  • Flooding raises specter of cholera
  • Crop losses in Cuba, Jamaica as well

Port-au-Prince – As Hurricane Sandy barreled toward the U.S. East Coast on Monday, the full extent of the storm’s havoc on Haiti was just beginning to emerge.

Extensive damage to crops throughout the southern third of the country, as well as the high potential for a spike in cases of cholera and other water-borne diseases, could mean Haiti will see the deadliest effects of Sandy in the coming days and weeks.

Haiti reported the highest death toll in the Caribbean, as swollen rivers and landslides claimed at least 52 lives, according to the country’s Civil Protection office. More than three days of constant rain left roads and bridges heavily damaged, cutting off access to several towns and a key border crossing with the Dominican Republic.

“The economy took a huge hit,” Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe told Reuters. He also said Sandy’s impact was devastating, “even by international standards,” adding that Haiti was planning an appeal for emergency aid.

“Most of the agricultural crops that were left from Hurricane Isaac were destroyed during Sandy,” he said, “so food security will be an issue.”

Sandy also destroyed banana crops in eastern Jamaica as well as decimating the coffee crop in eastern Cuba.

But the widespread loss of crops and supplies in the south, both for commercial growers and subsistence farmers, is what has Haitian authorities and aid organizations had worried about most.

The past several months have seen a series of nationwide protests and general strikes over the rising cost of living. Even before Hurricane Sandy hit, residents complained that food prices were too high.

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Carmene Chales, left, walks with Anes Michaelange and one-year-old Alexandra Alexandre through an area where Hurricane Sandy triggered flooding in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012.

Peasant Crop Losses

A rise in food prices in Haiti triggered violent demonstrations and political instability in April 2008. Jean Debalio Jean-Jacques, the Ministry of Agriculture’s director for the southern department, said he worried that the massive crop loss “could aggravate the situation.”

“The storm took everything away,” said Jean-Jacques. “Everything the peasants had in reserve – corn, tubers – all of it was devastated. Some people had already prepared their fields for winter crops and those were devastated.”

In Abricots on Haiti’s southwestern tip, the community was still recovering from the effects of 2010′s Hurricane Tomas and a recent dry spell when Sandy hit.

“We’ll have famine in the coming days,” said Abricots Mayor Kechner Toussaint. “It’s an agricultural disaster.”

The main staples of the local diet, bananas and breadfruit, were ripped out by winds and ruined by heavy rains.

In the southwestern Grand Anse department, a boat that regularly comes from Port-au-Prince to deliver supplies and pick up produce to sell in the capital had not come in more than a week because of the storm. The cost of basic things, like fuel, had already jumped.

In Camp-Perrin, a mountainous region in the southwest peninsula where Sandy’s first fatality was recorded after a woman tried to cross a swollen river, coffee planters lamented the loss of a harvest they were weeks away from collecting.

“Coffee is the bank account of the peasants,” said Maurice Jean-Louis, a planter and head of a coffee growers’ cooperative in Camp-Perrin. Rain flooded many storage areas as well, soaking coffee beans that were set aside for export. He called the damage “incalculable.”

Cholera in the Capital

In the capital, Port-au-Prince, Sandy destroyed concrete homes and tent camps alike, where 370,000 victims of the 2010 earthquake are still living. Haitian authorities said 18,000 families were left homeless in the disaster.

Aid organizations began reporting a sharp rise in suspected cholera cases in several departments, with at least 86 new cases alone coming from Port-au-Prince’s earthquake survivor camps, according to Dr. Juan Carlos Gustavo Alonso of the Pan American Health Organization. Many communities are still cut off and only accessible by helicopter, he said, so the broader rise in cholera was “still too early to tell.”

Since October 2010, a cholera outbreak has sickened almost 600,000 people and killed more than 7,400 in Haiti.

Both the Haitian state and international aid organizations distributed food, water and other items to affected camps and communities throughout the weekend, including personal distributions by President Michel Martelly.

“These stocks are running dangerously low,” said George Ngwa, spokesman for OCHA, a humanitarian coordinating body in Haiti. “After Tropical Storm Isaac in August, these stocks have not been replenished. What we’re doing is scraping the bottom.”

Powerful storm kills at least 30 in Philippines, Vietnam

By Jethro Mullen, CNN
Boats sit in the Beilun River, which separates China and Vietnam, on Tuesday, October 30. Tropical Storm Son-Tinh was moving northeast along the northern Vietnamese coast on Monday after tearing the roofs off hundreds of houses and breaching flood defenses overnight, the state-run Vietnam News Agency reported. Boats sit in the Beilun River, which separates China and Vietnam, on Tuesday, October 30. Tropical Storm Son-Tinh was moving northeast along the northern Vietnamese coast on Monday after tearing the roofs off hundreds of houses and breaching flood defenses overnight, the state-run Vietnam News Agency reported.

A Chinese soldier hands over a Vietnamese baby he rescued from the flood to his mother at a waterlogged market near the China-Vietnam on Monday.

A Chinese soldier hands over a Vietnamese baby he rescued from the flood to his mother at a waterlogged market near the China-Vietnam on Monday.
A man stands on a flooded road in Sanya, China, on Sunday, October 28.
A man stands on a flooded road in Sanya, China, on Sunday, October 28.

An uprooted tree crushes a car in China on Sunday. An uprooted tree crushes a car in China on Sunday.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • More than a thousand rescue workers have been deployed in Vietnam
  • Helicopters are on standby to search for an oil rig adrift from its towboats
  • Tropical Storm Son-Tinh had already killed at least 27 people in the Philippines

Have you been affected by Tropical Storm Son-Tinh? If so, share your images and footage with CNN iReport, but please stay safe.

Hong Kong (CNN) — As Hurricane Sandy lashes the East Coast of the United States with wind and rain, Southeast Asia is dealing with the trail of death and damage from a powerful storm that has killed at least 30 people in the region over the past few days.

Superstorm Sandy threatens ‘catastrophe’ of a lifetime

Tropical Storm Son-Tinh was moving northeast along the northern Vietnamese coast on Monday after tearing the roofs off hundreds of houses and breaching flood defenses overnight, the state-run Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.

Son-Tinh was at typhoon level when it thumped into northern Vietnam late Sunday with winds as strong as 133 kilometers per hour (83 mph). It left three people dead and two injured, according to an initial estimate from the Office of the National Search and Rescue Committee reported by (VNA).

More than a 1,300 rescue workers and soldiers have been deployed to work with local authorities on search and rescue efforts in the aftermath of the storm, VNA said.

Helicopters were on standby for a search and rescue mission for an oil rig with 35 people on board that became disconnected from its towboats miles out at sea amid strong waves generated by the storm, according to VNA.

And five people were missing Sunday after winds from Son-Tinh sank an engineering vessel near a cargo terminal in Sanya, a city on the southern Chinese island of Hainan, China’s state-run news agency Xinhua reported.

Son-Tinh is expected to gradually weaken over the course of Monday, regional weather agencies said. At least 260,000 people in Vietnam had been relocated to safer areas as it approached Sunday.

The storm had already killed 27 people when it swept across the central Philippines during the second half of last week, causing flash floods and landslides, according to the Philippine National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. Nine people remain missing, the council said Monday.

East Asia is buffeted for several months a year by heavy storms that roll in from the western Pacific Ocean. In August, a big typhoon, named Bolaven, killed more than 60 people on the Korean peninsula.

Storm Barrels Through Region, Leaving Destructive Path

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The mammoth and merciless storm made landfall near Atlantic City around 8 p.m., with maximum sustained winds of about 80 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center said. That was shortly after the center had reclassified the storm as a post-tropical cyclone, a scientific renaming that had no bearing on the powerful winds, driving rains and life-threatening storm surge expected to accompany its push onto land.

The storm had unexpectedly picked up speed as it roared over the Atlantic Ocean on a slate-gray day and went on to paralyze life for millions of people in more than a half-dozen states, with extensive evacuations that turned shorefront neighborhoods into ghost towns. Even the superintendent of the Statue of Liberty left to ride out the storm at his mother’s house in New Jersey; he said the statue itself was “high and dry,” but his house in the shadow of the torch was not.

The wind-driven rain lashed sea walls and protective barriers in places like Atlantic City, where the Boardwalk was damaged as water forced its way inland. Foam was spitting, and the sand gave in to the waves along the beach at Sandy Hook, N.J., at the entrance to New York Harbor. Water was thigh-high on the streets in Sea Bright, N.J., a three-mile sand-sliver of a town where the ocean joined the Shrewsbury River.

“It’s the worst I’ve seen,” said David Arnold, watching the storm from his longtime home in Long Branch, N.J. “The ocean is in the road, there are trees down everywhere. I’ve never seen it this bad.”

In New York, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s office said late Monday night that at least five deaths in the state were attributable to the storm. At least three of those involved falling trees. About 7 p.m., a tree fell on a house in Queens, killing a 30-year-old man, the city police said. About the same time, two boys, ages 11 and 13, were killed in North Salem in Westchester County, when a tree fell on the house they were in, according to the State Police.

In Morris County, N.J., a man and a woman were killed when a tree fell on their car Monday evening, The Associated Press reported.

In Manhattan, NYU Langone Medical Center’s backup power system failed Monday evening, forcing the evacuation of patients to other facilities.

In a Queens beach community, nearly 200 firefighters were battling a huge blaze early on Tuesday morning that tore through more than 50 tightly-packed homes in an area where heavy flooding slowed responders.

Earlier, a construction crane atop one of the tallest buildings in the city came loose and dangled 80 stories over West 57th Street, across the street from Carnegie Hall.

Soon power was going out and water was rushing in. Waves topped the sea wall in the financial district in Manhattan, sending cars floating downstream. West Street, along the western edge of Lower Manhattan, looked like a river. The Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel, known officially as the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel in memory of a former governor, flooded “from end to end,” the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said, hours after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York ordered it closed to traffic.Officials said water also seeped into seven subway tunnels under the East River.

Joseph J. Lhota, the transit authority chairman, called the storm the most devastating disaster in the 108-year history of the subway system.

“We could be fishing out our windows tomorrow,” said Garnett Wilcher, a barber who lives in the Hammells Houses, a block from the ocean in the Rockaways in Queens. Still, he said he felt safe at home. Pointing to neighboring apartment houses in the city-run housing project, he said, “We got these buildings for jetties.”

Hurricane-force winds extended up to 175 miles from the center of the storm; tropical-storm-force winds spread out 485 miles from the center. Forecasters said tropical-storm-force winds could stretch all the way north to Canada and all the way west to the Great Lakes. Snow was expected in some states.

Businesses and schools were closed; roads, bridges and tunnels were closed; and more than 13,000 airline flights were canceled. Even the Erie Canal was shut down.

Subways were shut down from Boston to Washington, as were Amtrak and the commuter rail lines. About 1,000 flights were canceled at each of the three major airports in the New York City area. Philadelphia International Airport had 1,200 canceled flights, according to FlightAware, a data provider in Houston. And late Monday night, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said cabs had been instructed to get off New York City roads.

A replica of the H.M.S. Bounty, a tall ship built for the 1962 movie “Mutiny on the Bounty” starring Marlon Brando and used in the recent “Pirates of the Caribbean” series, sank off the North Carolina coast. The Coast Guard said the 180-foot three-masted ship went down near the Outer Banks after being battered by 18-foot-high seas and thrashed by 40-m.p.h. winds. The body of one crew member, Claudene Christian, 42, was recovered. Another crew member remained missing.

Delaware banned cars and trucks from state roadways for other than “essential personnel.”

“The most important thing right now is for people to use common sense,” Gov. Jack Markell said. “We didn’t want people out on the road going to work and not being able to get home again.”

By early evening, the storm knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of homes, stores and office buildings. Consolidated Edison said that as of 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, 634,000 customers in New York City and Westchester County were without power. Con Edison, fearing damage to its electrical equipment, shut down power pre-emptively in sections of Lower Manhattan on Monday evening, and then, at 8:30 p.m., an unplanned failure, probably caused by flooding in substations, knocked out power to most of Manhattan below Midtown, about 250,000 customers. Later, an explosion at a Con Ed substation on East 14th Street knocked out power to another 250,000 customers.

In New Jersey, more than two million customers were without power as of 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, and in Connecticut nearly 500,000.

President Obama, who returned to the White House and met with top advisers, said Monday that the storm would disrupt the rhythms of daily life in the states it hit. “Transportation is going to be tied up for a long time,” he said, adding that besides flooding, there would probably be widespread power failures. He said utility companies had lined up crews to begin making repairs. But he cautioned that it could be slow going.

“The fact is, a lot of these emergency crews are not going to get into position to start restoring power until some of these winds die down,” the president said. He added, “That may take several days.”

Forecasters attributed the power of the storm to a convergence of weather systems. As the hurricane swirled north in the Atlantic and then pivoted toward land, a wintry storm was heading toward it from the west, and cold air was blowing south from the Arctic. The hurricane left more than 60 people dead in the Caribbean before it began crawling toward the Northeast.

“The days ahead are going to be very difficult, Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland said. “There will be people who die and are killed in this storm,” he said.

Alex Sosnowski, a senior meteorologist with AccuWeather, said potentially damaging winds would continue on Tuesday from Illinois to the Carolinas — and as far north as Maine — as the storm barreled toward the eastern Great Lakes.

Mr. Cuomo, who ordered many of the most heavily used bridges and tunnels in New York City closed, warned that the surge from Hurricane Sandy could go two feet higher than that associated with Tropical Storm Irene last year. The PATH system, buses and the Staten Island Ferry system were also suspended.

Mr. Lhota, the chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, has said he expected to restore at least some service about 12 hours after the storm ended. But possible flooding within the subway system could prevent a full-scale reopening.

The storm headed toward land with weather that was episodic: a strong gust of wind one minute, then mist. More wind. Thin sheets of rain dancing down the street. Then, for a moment, nothing. The sky lightened. Then another blast of rain. Then more wind.

The day brought a giddiness to schoolchildren who had the day off and to grown-ups who were fascinated by the rough, rising water. Some went surfing, discounting the danger. Felquin Piedra, 38, rode his Jet Ski from Queens to Lower Manhattan.

“I love the waves,” Mr. Piedra yelled from New York Harbor. “The water is warm. I’ve jumped in several times.”

But even when landfall was still hours away, there was no holding back the advance guard of the storm — fast-moving bands of rain and punishing winds.

It added up to devastation. Driving through places like Pompton Plains, N.J., late Monday afternoon was like an X-Games contest for drivers. They had to do tree-limb slaloms on side streets and gunned their engines anxiously as they passed wind funnels of leaves swirling on highways.

On City Island, off the Bronx mainland, Cheryl Brinker sprayed “Sandy Stay Away” on her boarded-up art studio, expanding a collage she started during Tropical Storm Irene last year. But by midafternoon, nearby Ditmars Street was under as much as five feet of water and Steve Van Wickler said the water had cracked the cement in his cellar. “It’s like a little river running in my basement,” he said. “There are cracks and leaks everywhere.”

In some places, caravans of power-company trucks traveled largely empty roads; Public Service Electric and Gas said that 600 line workers and 526 tree workers had arrived from across the country, but could not start the repairs and cleanup until the wind had subsided, perhaps not until Wednesday.

They will see a landscape that, in many places, was remade by the storm. In Montauk, at the end of Long Island, a 50-seat restaurant broke in half. Half of the building floated away and broke into pieces on the beach.

The 110-foot-tall lighthouse at Montauk Point — the oldest in the state, opened in 1796 — shuddered in the storm despite walls that are six feet thick at the base. The lighthouse keeper, Marge Winski, said she had never felt anything like that in 26 years on the job.

“I went up in tower and it was vibrating, it was shaking,” she said. “I got out of it real quick. I’ve been here through hurricanes, and nor’easters, but nothing this bad.”

Sandy kills dozens in U.S., millions left without power

CTVNews.ca Staff

With at least 50 people dead, transit crippled in New York City and millions of people along the U.S. East Coast struggling without electricity, communities face a daunting challenge of repairing the damage wrought by superstorm Sandy.

In New York, where 18 people were killed, Mayor Michael Bloomberg surveyed the destruction in the hardest-hit neighbourhoods Tuesday. He said he saw homes so utterly destroyed only “chimneys and foundations” were left.

But despite the daunting challenge of recovery efforts, Bloomberg said “New Yorkers are resilient.”

About a third of New York’s fleet of taxis were operating Tuesday, bus service was partially restored, and the New York Stock Exchange was expected to reopen Wednesday.

U.S. President Barack Obama declared New York and Long Island a “major” disaster area.

The declaration means federal funding is now available to residents of the hardest-hit areas, who awoke to a tragic aftermath of the deadly storm that slammed ashore in New Jersey on Monday evening.

New York had seen a four-metre surge of seawater crash ashore overnight, inundating the city’s tunnels and electrical systems and causing massive damage to the city’s famed subway. The storm left New York with no running trains, a vacated business district and entire neighbourhoods under water.

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority said the subway system, which remains closed, had suffered the worst damage in its 108-year history.

As of midday Tuesday, Sandy’s sustained winds were already diminishing from the 130 km/h it was packing at landfall near Atlantic City, N.J. on Monday evening.

But forecasters warn the storm system will continue to affect a region stretching from the U.S. eastern seaboard north to Canada, and as far west as Wisconsin and Illinois, as it churns across Pennsylvania before veering into western New York state sometime Wednesday.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gave a bleak update at a morning news conference Tuesday, saying seaside rail lines were washed away, and there was no safe place on the state’s barrier islands for him as large parts of the coast are still under water.

“We are in the midst of urban search and rescue. Our teams are moving as fast as they can,” Christie said. “The devastation on the Jersey Shore is some of the worst we’ve ever seen. The cost of the storm is incalculable at this point.”

The effects aren’t contained to America’s largest city. More than 7.4 million homes and businesses in an area that stretches from the Carolinas in the south to Ohio in the northeast are without power Tuesday. Tens of thousands were also without electricity in southern parts of Ontario and Quebec too, as Sandy carries its combination of rain and wind northwards.

In Canada, a Toronto woman was killed Monday evening after she was struck by a falling sign blown down in the powerful storm’s high winds.

Most of the Sandy-related wind warnings issued by Environment Canada have been called off however, except for the Sarnia region, areas along the St. Lawrence River in Quebec and Inverness County in Nova Scotia.

The storm was officially downgraded from hurricane status, but it came ashore packing a lot of energy due to its unusually low barometric pressure. Combined with a cold-weather system from the north, and the high tide of the full moon, the storm is forecast to continue wreaking havoc across a 1,300-kilometre region that’s home to 50 million people through Wednesday.

Forecasters are even warning as much as one metre of snow could fall in some states, some of which has already fallen in West Virginia and other higher ground inland.

Notable effects of post-tropical storm Sandy:

  • U.S. death toll so far is 50, including 18 people in New York, and numerous others killed in a total of seven states.
  • In Canada, one woman is dead after she was struck by debris from a wind-blown sign in the west-end of Toronto Monday evening.
  • Sandy had already been blamed for 69 deaths when it tore through the Caribbean.
  • Concerns during the peak of the storm prompted shutdowns at two nuclear plants in New York and New Jersey, as well as an alert at America’s oldest nuclear plant at Barneget Bay, N.J.
  • 200 patients, including those on respirators and babies in intensive care, evacuated after New York University’s Tisch Hospital lost power.
  • Winds toppled a construction crane atop a 74-storey luxury high-rise in midtown Manhattan, forcing the evacuation of nearby buildings.
  • Fire destroyed at least 50 homes in the Breezy Point section of Queens.
  • Four unoccupied row houses in Baltimore collapsed in the storm.
  • Wind gusts of more than 100 km/h prompted the closure of the port in Portland, Maine.
  • Flooding in areas from Virginia to Atlantic City, where the storm washed away a 15-metre section of the famous boardwalk. New York City’s now-flooded subway remains shut.
  • The Holland Tunnel connecting New York to New Jersey is closed, as is a tunnel between Brooklyn and Manhattan. The Brooklyn Bridge, the George Washington Bridge, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is also barricaded due to high winds.
  • More than 12,000 commercial flights are cancelled, with more expected. New York’s LaGuardia, Newark Liberty and Kennedy airports are all closed.
  • One crew member of the Canadian-built HMS Bounty sunk in storm-battered seas off North Carolina was found and later pronounced dead. 14 others rescued alive, but the captain is still missing.

An estimated 360,000 residents of 30 Connecticut communities were under mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders.

While it could take days to determine the extent of the storm damage, early estimates peg the potential price tag anywhere between $10 billion and $20 billion, which could make it one of the costliest storms in U.S. history.

Ahead of Sandy making landfall Monday, U.S. President Barack Obama declared states of emergency in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

“Please listen to what your state and local officials are saying,” Obama said from the White House. “When they tell you to evacuate, you need to evacuate. Don’t delay, don’t pause, don’t question the instructions that are being given, because this is a powerful storm.”

On the U.S. presidential election front, both Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney suspended campaigning Monday, with just a week left before voting day.

Cyclone Nilam spares Chennai

T. Ramakrishnan

  • Onlookers gather to get a glimpse of ‘Pratibha Cauvery’ that ran aground near Elliots Beach on Wednesday. Photo: V. Ganesan
    The Hindu Onlookers gather to get a glimpse of ‘Pratibha Cauvery’ that ran aground near Elliots Beach on Wednesday. Photo: V. Ganesan
  • Cyclone ‘Nilam’ hits the Mamallapuram beach, in Chennai on Wednesday. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam
    The Hindu Cyclone ‘Nilam’ hits the Mamallapuram beach, in Chennai on Wednesday. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam
  • A bird’s eye view of Marina beach in Chennai on Wednesday. Nilam evoked fears of large-scale destruction among the people in coastal districts in north Tamil Nadu. Photo: PTI
    A bird’s eye view of Marina beach in Chennai on Wednesday. Nilam evoked fears of large-scale destruction among the people in coastal districts in north Tamil Nadu. Photo: PTI
  • An aerial view of the cyclone Nilam ravaged Marina on Wednesday evening. Schools, colleges and other educational establishments have announced holiday for the third day on Thursday. Photo: S.R. Raghunathan
    The Hindu An aerial view of the cyclone Nilam ravaged Marina on Wednesday evening. Schools, colleges and other educational establishments have announced holiday for the third day on Thursday. Photo: S.R. Raghunathan
  • A man takes cover from gusty winds at Anna Salai in Chennai on Wednesday. Photo: M. Vedhan
    The Hindu A man takes cover from gusty winds at Anna Salai in Chennai on Wednesday. Photo: M. Vedhan
  • Image shows Cyclone Nilam as captured by Kalpana-1 satellite on Wednesday.
    India Meteorological Department Image shows Cyclone Nilam as captured by Kalpana-1 satellite on Wednesday.

Storm makes landfall near Mamallapuram; rain claims four lives in Tamil Nadu

Cyclonic storm Nilam, which threatened to hit the Chennai coast, spared the city, but made landfall near Mamallapuram, about 60 km south of Chennai, on Wednesday evening.

Four persons were reported to have died during the day in different parts of the State, but a Revenue department official clarified that Kancheepuram district, where the storm crossed the coast between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., did not report even a single death.

Nilam evoked fears of large-scale destruction among the people in coastal districts in north Tamil Nadu.

The exact details about the landfall would be known on Thursday after an assessment by the Meteorological Department, according to Y.E.A. Raj, Deputy Director General of Meteorology.

Though many areas in the northern belt received heavy rainfall on Tuesday night, the intensity was not much during the day when Nilam made the last leg of its journey. According to a bulletin issued on the basis of observations at 8-30 a.m., the storm lay centred about 260 km south southeast of Chennai, and by 6 p.m, it made landfall.

At the time of crossing the coast, Chennai recorded the maximum wind speed of 75 km per hour and Kalpakkam 65 km per hour. Hereafter, it was expected to weaken rapidly after making northwestward movement.

A holiday has been declared for schools and colleges in all coastal districts, including Chennai, on Thursday.

Today Tropical Storm India MultiStates, [States of Tamin Nadu and Andhra Pradesh] Damage level Details

Tropical Storm in India on Thursday, 01 November, 2012 at 04:22 (04:22 AM) UTC.

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A tropical storm slammed into southern India, bringing heavy rain and a storm surge flooding low-lying areas and displacing more than 100,000 people. Just before the storm made landfall Wednesday, an oil tanker with 37 crew ran aground off Chennai. One of its lifeboats capsized in the choppy waters, and one crewmember drowned, the Press Trust of India news agency reported. Coast guard officers were searching for the lifeboat’s six other occupants. Andhra Pradesh state said two people died there when their homes collapsed due to heavy rain Wednesday night in Nellore and Chittoor districts, and PTI reported another death in Tamil Nadu state, a 46-year old man who slipped into the rough sea from a pier and drowned. Sri Lanka reported two deaths earlier from the cyclone. The storm from the Bay of Bengal had maximum winds of 75 kilometers (45 miles) per hour after landfall but was weakening. A storm surge of up to 1.5 meters (5 feet) was expected to flood low-lying coastal areas, the India Meteorological Department said. Heavy to very heavy rain was forecast for Thursday, and fishermen were asked to stay at shore. State authorities turned 282 schools into relief centers in Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu. The city’s port halted cargo operations, officials said. Twenty-three ships were moved to safer areas. About 150,000 people were moved to shelters in Nellore, district official B. Sridhar said.
Today Tropical Storm Sri Lanka [Statewide] Damage level Details

Tropical Storm in Sri Lanka on Thursday, 01 November, 2012 at 04:20 (04:20 AM) UTC.

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In Sri Lanka, thousands have been displaced due to heavy rain and strong winds. The nation’s Disaster Management Center said 4,627 people were displaced by flooding and 56 fled because of a landslide threat in the island’s central region. One woman died Tuesday after a tree branch fell on her, while another person was killed in flooding, the agency said. Floods also damaged about 1,000 houses, it said.
01.11.2012 Tropical Storm USA State of New York, New York City Damage level Details

Tropical Storm in USA on Tuesday, 30 October, 2012 at 03:43 (03:43 AM) UTC.

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Winds from hurricane Sandy have seriously damaged a building in Manhattan as the centre of the storm heads towards land. Part of the facade of a four story building in the West Village collapsed at about 6.30pm, leaving rooms open to the elements but no one injured. Elsewhere parts of midtown Manhattan were evacuated when a crane on top of a skyscraper partially collapsed. The Fire Department of New York initially reported a “multi-dwelling building collapse” on Twitter, although pictures quickly emerged showing that the front wall of the top two floors of the building was missing, rather than the entire structure collapsing. Images showed a fire truck at the scene, with a writer from the Huffington Post reporting that firefighters had to enter the building to help people out. The fire department later said that no one had been hurt. “There are no injuries or people trapped at 92 8th Ave building collapse, which involved the facade of the structure,” it said in a tweet. “Firefighters went in and rescued the residents. Some residents said same thing happened to same building 20 years ago,” said Meg Robertson, a reporter at HuffPost Live. She posted several pictures of the scene on her Twitter account. The building, 92 8th Avenue, is located between 14th and 15th streets in Manhattan. The main threat to buildings in New York City had been expected to come from flooding, with a mandatory evacuation order in place in many places along Manhattan’s coastline. Earlier a crane on top of the One 57 building, which is under construction on west 57th street further north in Manhattan, appeared to come loose from its bearings in high winds. Pictures showed the crane hanging upside down from the top of the building, which is set to be luxury flats. Police and the fire department evacuated all buildings north and south of 57th street, between Sixth and Seventh avenues, CNN reported. The Le Parker Meridien hotel on West 56th Street was also evacuated, according to reports, with guests being transferred to a different hotel. In New York bridges across the East River have been closed, including the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges, with people warned to stay inside.
Today Landslide Canada Province of British Columbia, Langley [7700 block of 264th Street] Damage level Details

Landslide in Canada on Thursday, 01 November, 2012 at 04:36 (04:36 AM) UTC.

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City workers in Langley, B.C., are cleaning up after two mudslides stuck on Wednesday morning, forcing the evacuation of one home and the closure of 264th Street between 72nd and 84th avenues. Just after 5 a.m. PT, mud rushed down the side of a steep slope and crossed a rural stretch of the 7700 block of 264th Street, moving a cement barrier. The slide also covered the side of a home below the road. No one was injured and there was only minor damage to the house. About 100 metres of 264th Street has been closed for much of the morning. It’s not clear when the road might reopen. While officials were cleaning up the first slide, officials confirmed they were responding to reports of a second landslide in the municipality, this time at 252A Street and 72nd Avenue. The second slide was much smaller and did not affect any roads or homes, city officials said. City officials say small mudslides on the hills into Glen Valley are common this time of year. A rainfall warning is in effect in the area with between 10 and 20 millimetres expected to fall throughout the day.

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Radiation / Nuclear

Associated Press

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — Oregon State University researchers have found traces of radioactive cesium from last year’s Japanese nuclear reactor disaster in West Coast albacore tuna.

The amount is far too small to harm people who eat the fish, the scientists said.

Scientists from the university and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration collected and tested fish caught off the West Coast before and after the March 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami that caused a nuclear reactor to release radioactive material, the Longview Daily News (http://bit.ly/QIcdV8) reported.

The team’s findings are in line with work by researchers in California, who announced in May that they had found traces of radioactive cesium in bluefin tuna caught off the southern coast.

“We’re still processing new fish, but so far the radiation we’re detecting is far below the level of concern for human safety,” said Delvan Neville, a graduate researcher with OSU’s Radiation Health Physics program and a co-investigator on the project.

Albacore tuna is a $41 million business in the Pacific Northwest, and fishermen from the region caught about 10,000 tons last year, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Washington fishermen accounted for about 53 percent of the haul, and the remainder came through Oregon docks.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Food and Drug Administration and NOAA have jointly stated they have “high confidence” in the safety of U.S. seafood products because the radiation levels are so low.

The OSU team said its findings could reveal information about where Pacific albacore tuna travel and how the ocean’s ecosystem can be linked to events thousands of miles away.

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Information from: The Daily News, http://www.tdn.com

FACTBOX-U.S. nuclear units in the path of Hurricane Sandy 

by Thomson Reuters

Oct 26 (Reuters) - U.S. electric companies from Maine to
Florida are preparing for heavy wind, rain and flooding that
could take down power lines and could close some East Coast
nuclear plants early next week when Hurricane Sandy comes
ashore.
    There are more than a dozen nuclear plants near Hurricane
Sandy's path in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey,
Pennsylvania, New York and Connecticut, providing power to
millions of customers in the region. 
    The following lists the nuclear reactors and utilities in
Sandy's potential path.

 Plant                 State              Size    Company
                                          (MW)    

 Brunswick             North Carolina     1,858   Duke 

 Surry                 Virginia           1,638   Dominion

 North Anna            Virginia           1,863   Dominion

 Calvert Cliffs        Maryland           1,705   Constellation

 Salem                 New Jersey         2,332   PSEG

 Hope Creek            New Jersey         1,161   PSEG

 Peach Bottom          Pennsylvania       2,244   Exelon

 Limerick              Pennsylvania       2,264   Exelon

 Three Mile Island     Pennsylvania        805    Exelon

 Susquehanna           Pennsylavnia       2,450   PPL

 Oyster Creek          New Jersey          615    Exelon

 Indian Point          New York           2,063   Entergy

 Millstone             Connecticut        2,102   Dominion

 Pilgrim               Massachusetts       685    Entergy

 Seabrook              New Hampshire      1,247   NextEra

 Vermont Yankee        Vermont             620    Entergy

 (Reporting By Scott DiSavino; Editing by Bob Burgdorfer)
 By Christine Harvey

Nuclear reactors in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast are being monitored for potential impacts by Hurricane Sandy, a Category 1 storm that may strike anywhere from Delaware to southern New England.

“Because of the size of it, we could see an impact to coastal and inland plants,” Neil Sheehan, a spokesman based in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said by phone. “We will station inspectors at the sites if we know they could be directly impacted.”

Men walk amid the destruction caused by hurricane Sandy east of Havana in Mayari, Cuba. Source: AFP/Getty Images

The NRC met earlier today to discuss the necessary precautions to take for the storm, Sheehan said. Plants must begin to shut if wind speeds exceed certain limits, he said.

As of 2 p.m. New York time, Sandy had winds of 75 miles (121 kilometers) per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. It was about 430 miles south-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina, moving north at 7 mph.

The current Hurricane Center track calls for the system to come ashore just south of Delaware Bay on Oct. 30.

Contingency Plans

Nuclear plants in the projected path of the hurricane include North Anna and Surry in Virginia, Calvert Cliffs in Maryland, Hope Creek and Salem in New Jersey, Indian Point in New York and Millstone in Connecticut. The NRC is considering enhancing inspector coverage of these reactors, Sheehan said in an e-mail today.

Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (PEG) must shut all units at the Salem and Hope Creek plants two hours before the onset of hurricane-force winds greater than 74 mph, according to Sheehan. An “unusual event” would be declared if the winds are sustained for greater than 15 minutes or if the water level reaches 99.5 feet or higher, he said. Such an event is the lowest of four level of emergency used by the commission.

Salem Unit 2 is currently shut for refueling, while Unit 1 was operating at 83 percent of capacity today during maintenance on the circulating water system. Hope Creek ran at full power. The three units have a combined capacity of 3,365 megawatts.

“We are in phase one of our severe-weather plan,” Joe Delmar, a company spokesman, said in an e-mail responding to questions. “This includes inspecting, removing and securing outside areas for potential missiles, objects that could go airborne, and staging of emergency equipment and supplies.”

Millstone Reactor

Nuclear generation in the Northeastern region dropped 1.1 percent to 18,016 megawatts, with seven plants shut, an NRC report today showed.

Dominion Resources Inc.’s Millstone plant is monitoring Sandy’s progress and preparing to adjust staff as it comes closer, according to Ken Holt, a plant spokesman based in Richmond, Virginia. The plant must shut if winds reach 90 mph.

“We would shut down in advance of the storm if they were expected to be 90 miles per hour at the site,” Holt said by phone today. “Floods and high winds are a threat because they can knock off off-site power and we’d then need to activate emergency generators for power to put the plant to safe conditions.”

Today Nuclear Event USA State of Minnesota, Red Wing [Prairie Island Nuclear Power Plant] Damage level Details

Nuclear Event in USA on Thursday, 01 November, 2012 at 04:05 (04:05 AM) UTC.

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Xcel Energy Inc. says its Prairie Island nuclear plant near Red Wing declared an “unusual event” after some security equipment failed. The Minneapolis-based utility says the event happened around 2:15 p.m. Wednesday and was declared over just before 6 p.m. Xcel says there was no release of radioactive material and that there is no danger to the public or plant employees. Plant officials made the declaration after some security equipment temporarily failed. The equipment has been restored, and plant officials are investigating the cause. The plant maintained security during the event. Xcel says it notified federal, state and local officials. The declaration is the lowest of four emergency classifications. Prairie Island’s Unit 2 continues to operate at full power. Unit 1 remains offline has part of a scheduled refueling outage.

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Epidemic Hazards / Diseases

01.11.2012 Epidemic Hazard Uganda Western Uganda, [Kabale District] Damage level Details

Epidemic Hazard in Uganda on Friday, 19 October, 2012 at 10:56 (10:56 AM) UTC.

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Updated: Wednesday, 31 October, 2012 at 17:33 UTC
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The death toll of the deadly Marburg hemorrhagic fever in Uganda has risen to eight and nine other people have tested positive of the highly infectious diseases, a top ministry of health official said. Christine Ondoa, Minister of Health told reporters on Monday that the latest patient died on October 27 at an isolation ward at Rushoroza Health Centre, in the western Ugandan district of Kabale, the epicenter of the outbreak. The disease broke out on October 4 in Kabale. Five people have tested positive of the highly infectious viral hemorrhagic fever in Kabale, two others in the capital Kampala and another two in the western district of Ibanda. “To date, the death toll of both the probable and confirmed cases stands at eight. Since the onset of the outbreak, we have collected a total of 45 samples of which nine were confirmed positive,” said Ondoa. She said the ministry has established temporary isolation facilities in Kabale, Mbarara, Ibanda and Kampala to accommodate the suspected and confirmed cases. “We have assembled a team of experts to work in the newly established isolation facilities and they are expected in these districts today. We also plan to undertake infection control procedures in these facilities as safety measures for the workers and the admitted patients,” said Ondoa. A total of seven student nurses who attended to a Marburg patient at Ibanda Hospital and died on October 24 at Mbarara Regional Hospital have been quarantined. The ministry is also monitoring a total 436 people who had contact with the patients. “Those being monitored got into contact with either the dead or confirmed cases. The team continues to monitor them on a daily basis for possible signs and symptoms of this highly infectious disease until they have completed 21 days without showing any signs and symptoms,”Ondoa said.

Epidemic Hazard in Uganda on Friday, 19 October, 2012 at 10:56 (10:56 AM) UTC.

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Updated: Thursday, 01 November, 2012 at 04:38 UTC
Description
As of the end of October, 18 cases and nine deaths have been reported as a result of Marburg hemorrhagic fever outbreak, according to WHO. The outbreak began in mid-October, and cases have been reported from five districts in southwestern Uganda, Kampala, Ibanda, Mbarara and Kabarole, with a case fatality rate of 50%. Blood samples from nine patients have been confirmed for Marburg virus at the Uganda Virus Research Institute. Currently, 13 patients have been admitted to the hospital, and their contacts are listed for daily follow-up. The latest confirmed case was admitted to an Ibanda district isolation ward on Oct. 26. The WHO and international partners, including the CDC, the Uganda Red Cross, African Field Epidemiology Network and Médecins-Sans-Frontières, are supporting the national authorities in outbreak investigation and response. The national task force has identified additional health care workers and epidemiologists to strengthen the teams in the field. Training of health workers on infection prevention and control, surveillance and clinical case management is ongoing, and the first shipment of personal protective equipment arrived recently. WHO and its partners have deployed additional staff to support the response teams. As the investigation into the outbreak continues, WHO and partners continue to support the national authorities as needed in the areas of coordination, infection prevention and control, surveillance, epidemiology, public information and social mobilization, anthropological analysis and logistics for outbreak response. Neighboring countries have been contacted to strengthen cross-border surveillance and preparedness to prevent cross border spread of the outbreak.
Today Epidemic Hazard USA State of California, [San Quentin State Prison, Marin County] Damage level Details

Epidemic Hazard in USA on Thursday, 01 November, 2012 at 04:40 (04:40 AM) UTC.

Description
Officials at San Quentin State Prison say the prison is on a medical lockdown after at least two inmates became sick with chickenpox. Prison spokesman Lt. Sam Robinson says the prison has been locked down since last Friday, with only employees being allowed to enter and leave the facility. He could not say when the lockdown would be lifted. Robinson says the last time there was a medical lockdown at the prison was in March of last year when at least four inmates became sick with chickenpox. The Centers for Disease Control describes chickenpox as a “very contagious disease” that spreads easily from infected people to others who have never had chickenpox or have never received the chickenpox vaccine. San Quentin, located north of San Francisco, is the oldest prison in California. It houses about 3,800 inmates.
Biohazard name: Chicken Pox
Biohazard level: 2/4 Medium
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that cause only mild disease to humans, or are difficult to contract via aerosol in a lab setting, such as hepatitis A, B, and C, influenza A, Lyme disease, salmonella, mumps, measles, scrapie, dengue fever, and HIV. “Routine diagnostic work with clinical specimens can be done safely at Biosafety Level 2, using Biosafety Level 2 practices and procedures. Research work (including co-cultivation, virus replication studies, or manipulations involving concentrated virus) can be done in a BSL-2 (P2) facility, using BSL-3 practices and procedures. Virus production activities, including virus concentrations, require a BSL-3 (P3) facility and use of BSL-3 practices and procedures”, see Recommended Biosafety Levels for Infectious Agents.
Symptoms:
Status: confirmed
31.10.2012 Epidemic Sudan State of South Darfur, [Region-wide] Damage level Details

Epidemic in Sudan on Wednesday, 31 October, 2012 at 04:13 (04:13 AM) UTC.

Description
A previously unknown disease which has claimed more than 30 lives in Sudan’s troubled Darfur region this month has been identified as yellow fever, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. Preparations for a mass vaccination campaign are now underway. The outbreak was first detected early this month when a number of people in the central and southern regions of Darfur became ill and eventually died. Sudanese media said the victims suffered from a number of symptoms, including diarrhea, vomiting, and bleeding from both the mouth and nose. Tarik Jasarevic, a spokesman for the World Health Organization (WHO), on Tuesday said it had been informed by Sudan’s Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) that the outbreak is being caused by yellow fever. Since the first week of October, a total of 84 suspected cases, including 32 deaths, have been reported in the districts of Azoom, Kass, Mershing, Nertiti, Nyala, Wadi Salih and Zalingei. “FMoH said that the immediate priority is to control the vector, reinforcing the disease surveillance system and raising public awareness on the prevention and control of this disease,” Jasarevic said. “Preparations for a mass vaccination campaign are underway to vaccinate the at risk population in Darfur.”According to Darfur radio station Dabanga, however, at least 37 people are believed to have died as a result of the disease while 125 others have been infected. The radio station quoted a resident as saying that local authorities were slow to react and did not immediately take necessary action to contain the outbreak. “FMoH, WHO, as well as health partners are working on ground to ensure timely containment of the outbreak,” Jasarevic added. There is no cure for yellow fever, which is an acute viral haemorrhagic disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes. Treatment is aimed at reducing the symptoms for the comfort of patients, and measures often taken include supportive care to treat dehydration and fever and blood transfusion if needed. “It is a preventable disease with symptoms and severity varying from case to case,” Jasarevic explained. “Protective measures like the use of bed nets, insect repellent and long clothing are considered the best methods to contain an outbreak. Vaccination is the single most important measure for preventing yellow fever.”
Biohazard name: Yellow Fever
Biohazard level: 2/4 Medium
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that cause only mild disease to humans, or are difficult to contract via aerosol in a lab setting, such as hepatitis A, B, and C, influenza A, Lyme disease, salmonella, mumps, measles, scrapie, dengue fever, and HIV. “Routine diagnostic work with clinical specimens can be done safely at Biosafety Level 2, using Biosafety Level 2 practices and procedures. Research work (including co-cultivation, virus replication studies, or manipulations involving concentrated virus) can be done in a BSL-2 (P2) facility, using BSL-3 practices and procedures. Virus production activities, including virus concentrations, require a BSL-3 (P3) facility and use of BSL-3 practices and procedures”, see Recommended Biosafety Levels for Infectious Agents.
Symptoms:
Status: confirmed

 

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Space

01.11.2012 Event into space USA State of California, Novato Damage level Details

Event into space in USA on Monday, 22 October, 2012 at 09:50 (09:50 AM) UTC.

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Updated: Thursday, 01 November, 2012 at 04:36 UTC
Description
A magnetic piece of rock stirred up controversy last week, but scientists confirmed, and reconfirmed, that the mysterious object in Novato residents Lisa and Kurt Webber’s backyard was a meteorite. And to prove it, a second was discovered just miles from the Webbers’ home. Webber gave the meteorite to her neighbor Glenn Rivera as a birthday gift. He helped her analyze the chunk before calling scientists. The meteorite broke off from the meteor shower that blazed over the night sky at approximately 7:44 p.m. on Oct. 17. It also happened to be Rivera’s birthday. “As a result, Glenn was asked by the scientific team to ride in the airship Eureka from Moffett Field on Friday,” said Leigh Blair, Rivera’s mother. “They flew over Novato and all the way up to Lake Berryessa, following the calculated trajectory of the meteor, looking for signs of larger meteorites on the ground.” Peter Jenniskens, the meteor scientist at the Seti Institute, a nonprofit scientific and education organization that has projects sponsored by NASA and other foundations and research groups, at first dismissed the first rock because the surface appeared strange and weathered, unlike most meteorites. But everything changed when a second rock showed small specks of what seemed to be metal, when observed under a microscope. Brien Cook, a meteorite hunter and Sacramento resident, found the second rock in the Novato area, but too dismissed it as a meteorite until the two chunks were compared. After cutting it open and looking inside, he knew he had found an extraterrestrial treasure. Cook is offering one chip of his meteorite on eBay. It weighs 6.6 grams, and objects like it regularly sell for approximately $100 a gram, he said. Lisa Webber, a University of California San Francisco nurse, found the meteorite in her backyard on Oct. 20. She returned the piece to Jenniskens, and he will send samples of both rocks to a noted meteorite expert Professor Alan E. Rubin of the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at UCLA.

 Earth approaching objects (objects that are known in the next 30 days)

Object Name Apporach Date Left AU Distance LD Distance Estimated Diameter* Relative Velocity
214869 (2007 PA8) 05th November 2012 4 day(s) 0.0433 16.8 1.5 km – 3.3 km 10.79 km/s 38844 km/h
(2011 UG21) 06th November 2012 5 day(s) 0.1784 69.4 340 m – 760 m 19.73 km/s 71028 km/h
(2010 WT) 07th November 2012 6 day(s) 0.1251 48.7 53 m – 120 m 6.53 km/s 23508 km/h
333358 (2001 WN1) 09th November 2012 8 day(s) 0.1285 50.0 370 m – 830 m 8.73 km/s 31428 km/h
330233 (2006 KV86) 11th November 2012 10 day(s) 0.1876 73.0 450 m – 1.0 km 23.35 km/s 84060 km/h
(2008 LH2) 12th November 2012 11 day(s) 0.1487 57.9 35 m – 78 m 5.10 km/s 18360 km/h
(2001 YM2) 12th November 2012 11 day(s) 0.0860 33.5 440 m – 980 m 9.26 km/s 33336 km/h
(2012 KF25) 15th November 2012 14 day(s) 0.1528 59.5 23 m – 51 m 9.75 km/s 35100 km/h
(1999 SF10) 19th November 2012 18 day(s) 0.0346 13.5 41 m – 92 m 4.08 km/s 14688 km/h
(2009 WB105) 24th November 2012 23 day(s) 0.0400 15.6 59 m – 130 m 18.86 km/s 67896 km/h
(2007 VB188) 25th November 2012 24 day(s) 0.1446 56.3 14 m – 32 m 10.32 km/s 37152 km/h
(1994 XD) 27th November 2012 26 day(s) 0.0518 20.2 400 m – 890 m 20.03 km/s 72108 km/h
(2009 LS) 28th November 2012 27 day(s) 0.1418 55.2 670 m – 1.5 km 25.88 km/s 93168 km/h
(2010 VW98) 29th November 2012 28 day(s) 0.1321 51.4 81 m – 180 m 7.03 km/s 25308 km/h
(2009 XH8) 30th November 2012 29 day(s) 0.1288 50.1 61 m – 140 m 6.70 km/s 24120 km/h
1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO

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Biological Hazards / Wildlife / Environmental pollution / Hazmat

Today Biological Hazard USA State of Arizona, Phoenix [40000 block of W. Magnolia Road] Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in USA on Thursday, 01 November, 2012 at 04:18 (04:18 AM) UTC.

Description
Two men were transported to the hospital Wednesday afternoon after a bees’ nest was disturbed when one of the men, an unidentified DirectTV employee, was working on a home in the 40000 block of W. Magnolia Road. “It was terrible,” Phoebe Lechuga, one of the home’s five residents, said. “They were flying everywhere.” Lechuga’s 33-year-old son, Resugio Furwilder, was also transported to the hospital. Furwilder went outside to help the DirectTV worker and was stung himself, Lechuga said. Her daughter, Vanessa Lechuga, 27, was also stung but was not taken to the hospital. Lechuga said at first the worker thought there were only a few bees and didn’t come inside after the first stings.
Biohazard name: Bees Attack (Non-Fatal)
Biohazard level: 0/4 —
Biohazard desc.: This does not included biological hazard category.
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Status:
Today Environment Pollution USA State of New Jersey, Woodbridge Damage level Details

Environment Pollution in USA on Thursday, 01 November, 2012 at 04:03 (04:03 AM) UTC.

Description
New Jersey environmental officials say 336,000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled after a storage tank was lifted and ruptured from the surge from superstorm Sandy. The Coast Guard says all the spilled oil is believed to be contained by booms put in the water. Officials said today the spill happened Monday night at the Motiva oil tank facility in Woodbridge. Coast Guard spokesman Les Tippets says a secondary tank caught most of the oil and that the liquid that escaped moved into the Arthur Kill, the waterway separating New Jersey from New York’s Staten Island. New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Larry Ragonese says the company reported the spill and hired contractors to clean it up.
Today HAZMAT USA State of Maryland, Baltimore Damage level Details

HAZMAT in USA on Thursday, 01 November, 2012 at 03:53 (03:53 AM) UTC.

Description
Three people from North Laurel, Maryland have been taken to the hospital Tuesday morning with carbon monoxide poisoning, caused by a generator running inside their house. Authorities reported that Howard County Fire crews and paramedics found a man and two women inside the home in Brevard Street after responding to a 911 call which was made by one of the women. The victims suffered elevated levels of carbon monoxide. According to a spokesman from the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services, the three were transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. The two females have been released on Tuesday morning but the male, who was in critical condition, remained in the hospital for further treatment. The spokesman confirmed that all three patients underwent therapy in the hyperbaric chamber at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The male patient is scheduled to receive another hyperbaric therapy. Police said the firefighters discovered a generator operating at the bottom of the stairs on the ground level of the residence. It was placed in a doorway leading to the garage, but the garage door was closed, restricting ventilation. Firefighters later confirmed that the amount of carbon monoxide inside the house was 30 times more than the normal level.
01.11.2012 HAZMAT USA State of Kentucky, Louisville [Near the Dixie Highway] Damage level Details

HAZMAT in USA on Monday, 29 October, 2012 at 21:24 (09:24 PM) UTC.

Description
Emergency officials have evacuated a few dozen homes near a derailed train in southern Jefferson County over concerns of hazardous material leaks. The Paducah & Louisville Railway train derailed just after 6 a.m. EDT Monday near Dixie Highway. Emergency officials are asking residents within a 2 ½-mile radius of the scene to stay inside their homes until they are told they can leave. Beuchel Fire assistant chief Rick Harrison says the train has a “small leak” of butadiene, which is a chemical used in the manufacturing of rubber. No other leaks have been found. Tom Garrett, president of P&L Railway, says the train was on its way to Louisville from Paducah with a total of 57 cars. He says company officials have not yet been able to get to the scene because of safety concerns. Garrett says the two crew members on the train were not hurt. Officials say eight of the 40 cars on the train were off the track.

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Landslide closes Pleasantville Road in Harrison Township

Heavy equipment from PennDOT works to clear a rock slide that closed Pleasantville Road in Harrison on Thursday morning. PennDOT says the threat of more falling rock will keep the road closed indefinitely. Eric Felack | Valley News Dispatch
Chuck Biedka 724-226-4711
Staff Reporter
Valley News Dispatch

Read more about slides

Pennsylvania’s Department of Natural Resources’ web site has a guide to geologic hazards such as landslides. Click on the

http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/topogeo/field/map13/index.htm, then click on the “geologic hazards” line at the left of the page.

Also, a landslide report can be found at http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/ucmprd2/groups/public/documents/document/dcnr_006703.pdf

PennDOT suggests detour

From north:

• Make right onto Burtner Road (Route 1032)

• Follow Burtner Road east to Freeport Road (Route 1001)

• Turn right onto Freeport Road and follow south to Oregon Avenue

• Turn right onto Oregon Avenue to Carlisle Street

• Turn left to onto Carlisle Street and follow to Pleasantville Road

• End detour

From south:

• Same detour in opposite direction

Source: PennDOT District 12

 

By Chuck Biedka

Published: Thursday, November 1, 2012, 8:34 a.m.
Updated 5 minutes ago

A landslide has shut down a road in Harrison Township, a PennDOT spokesman said Thursday morning.

Route 1027, Pleasantville Road, is closed between Route 1032, Burtner Road and Juniata Street, Jim Struzzi said.

Crews are on the scene, but PennDOT suggests motorists use alternate routes.

Mudslides close Route 837

Mud and debris from landslides along Route 837 in West Mifflin late Tuesday and early Wednesday has been dumped just south of the McKeesport-Duquesne Bridge. Cindy Shegan Keeley | Daily News
Eric Slagle 412-664-9161
Staff Reporter
McKeesport Daily News

By Eric Slagle

Wet weather from the remnants of Hurricane Sandy is being blamed for landslides that temporarily closed Route 837 in West Mifflin.

The roadway between the McKeesport-Duquesne Bridge and Washington Avenue in Dravosburg was shut down from about 9-11:30 p.m. on Tuesday by mud and trees sliding from the hillside onto the road, PennDOT spokesman Jim Struzzi said.

“Heavy rains cause the soils to loosen up and give,” he said.

More of the hillside reportedly slid early Wednesday morning, blocking part of the road.

Debris from the slides was dumped at a clearing just south of the bridge.

No injuries were reported, but a driver said he blew a tire when he hit some of the debris.

Struzzi said PennDOT will continue to monitor.

Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or eslagle@tribweb.com.

Today Landslide Canada Province of British Columbia, Langley [7700 block of 264th Street] Damage level Details

Landslide in Canada on Thursday, 01 November, 2012 at 04:36 (04:36 AM) UTC.

Description
City workers in Langley, B.C., are cleaning up after two mudslides stuck on Wednesday morning, forcing the evacuation of one home and the closure of 264th Street between 72nd and 84th avenues. Just after 5 a.m. PT, mud rushed down the side of a steep slope and crossed a rural stretch of the 7700 block of 264th Street, moving a cement barrier. The slide also covered the side of a home below the road. No one was injured and there was only minor damage to the house. About 100 metres of 264th Street has been closed for much of the morning. It’s not clear when the road might reopen. While officials were cleaning up the first slide, officials confirmed they were responding to reports of a second landslide in the municipality, this time at 252A Street and 72nd Avenue. The second slide was much smaller and did not affect any roads or homes, city officials said. City officials say small mudslides on the hills into Glen Valley are common this time of year. A rainfall warning is in effect in the area with between 10 and 20 millimetres expected to fall throughout the day.

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Earthquakes

Date/Time (UTC) Magnitude Area Country State/Prov./Gov. Location Risk Source Details
22.08.2012 09:05:52 2.7 North America United States Alaska Clam Gulch There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
22.08.2012 08:55:25 2.6 South-America Chile Antofagasta Calama There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
22.08.2012 08:55:45 4.6 Asia Japan Hutami VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
22.08.2012 08:21:02 4.4 Asia Japan Hutami VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
22.08.2012 07:50:29 4.3 Asia Armenia Syunik? Meghri VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
22.08.2012 08:00:28 4.1 Middle East Iran East Azarbaijan `Ajab Shir There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
22.08.2012 07:50:53 2.3 Europe Italy Calabria Salerni VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
22.08.2012 06:50:50 3.5 South-America Bolivia Potosí Villa Alota There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
22.08.2012 05:56:07 4.5 Indonesian archipelago Papua New Guinea Morobe Finschhafen There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
22.08.2012 06:51:08 4.5 Indonesian Archipelago Papua New Guinea Morobe Finschhafen There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
22.08.2012 05:20:37 2.0 North America United States California Cabazon VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
22.08.2012 04:30:28 2.2 North America United States California Laguna Hills VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. USGS-RSOE Details
22.08.2012 04:50:26 3.1 Europe Albania Vlorë Selenice VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
22.08.2012 03:51:35 5.0 Asia Japan Hokkaid? Shizunai VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
22.08.2012 03:50:20 5.2 Asia Japan Hokkaid? Shizunai There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
22.08.2012 03:50:42 2.4 Asia Turkey Mu?la OEluedeniz VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
22.08.2012 03:15:28 2.6 North America United States Alaska Kokhanok There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
22.08.2012 03:51:10 2.1 Asia Turkey Bal?kesir Marmara VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
22.08.2012 02:30:30 2.0 North America United States Alaska Hope VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
22.08.2012 00:40:24 2.0 Europe France Corsica Aleria VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
22.08.2012 02:45:48 2.0 North America United States California Chester There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
22.08.2012 00:40:57 4.6 Europe Russia Kuril’sk There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
21.08.2012 23:55:26 4.6 Asia Russia Kuril’sk There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
21.08.2012 23:45:58 3.3 North America United States Colorado El Jebel There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
21.08.2012 23:35:24 2.1 Asia Turkey Ankara Gudul VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
22.08.2012 01:45:59 3.3 North America United States Alaska Petersville VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
22.08.2012 00:41:17 3.7 North-America United States Alaska Petersville VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
22.08.2012 00:00:34 3.7 North America United States Alaska Petersville VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
21.08.2012 22:35:24 4.4 Pacific Ocean – West Philippines Davao Pondaguitan VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
21.08.2012 22:35:43 2.4 Asia Turkey Kütahya Simav VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
21.08.2012 22:36:03 2.6 Europe Greece Peloponnese Gerakas VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
21.08.2012 22:36:22 2.6 Europe Italy Emilia-Romagna San Prospero VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
21.08.2012 21:35:21 2.1 Asia Turkey Hatay Uchagyz VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
22.08.2012 00:10:26 2.0 North America United States Washington Methow There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
22.08.2012 00:41:36 2.4 Europe Romania Nehoiu VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
22.08.2012 00:41:56 3.9 Asia Japan Hokkaid? Nemuro VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
21.08.2012 21:35:46 2.3 Asia Turkey Mu?la Ula VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
21.08.2012 21:36:14 3.7 South-America Chile Antofagasta Calama There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
22.08.2012 01:46:50 2.3 North America United States Alaska Petersville VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
21.08.2012 21:36:38 2.2 Europe Bulgaria Pernik Batanovtsi VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
21.08.2012 20:25:31 2.0 North America United States California Johannesburg VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
22.08.2012 01:47:13 2.2 North America United States Alaska Petersville VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
21.08.2012 20:35:19 5.0 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Aceh Sinabang VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
21.08.2012 20:40:59 5.0 Indonesian archipelago Indonesia Aceh Sinabang VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
21.08.2012 20:00:31 5.3 Indonesian archipelago Indonesia Aceh Sinabang VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
21.08.2012 20:35:47 5.3 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Aceh Sinabang VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
21.08.2012 19:25:32 2.0 North America United States California Penngrove There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
21.08.2012 19:21:33 3.3 Pacific Ocean New Zealand West Coast Reefton VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 GEONET Details
21.08.2012 20:15:35 4.7 South America Venezuela Vargas Caraballeda VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
21.08.2012 20:36:10 4.7 South-America Venezuela Vargas Caraballeda VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details

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Indonesian quake death toll rises to six

by Staff Writers
Jakarta (AFP)

The death toll from a strong earthquake that struck central Indonesia at the weekend has risen to six, an official said Tuesday, after rescuers reached villages that had been cut off by a landslide.

“Six people have died, including a nine-year-old boy, and 43 are injured. More than 400 homes are now damaged,” National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told AFP.

“There is still an area that we haven’t accessed, so we’ll send two helicopters there to distribute aid and assess the damage there. It’s possible the death toll could rise, but we’re hoping for the best.”

The 6.3-magnitude struck the island of Sulawesi Saturday evening at a depth of around 20 kilometres (12 miles), the US Geological Survey said, close to villages in the districts of Parigi Moutong and Sigi.

Landslides had blocked access to 14 villages in surrounding districts, and 300 soldiers and heavy equipment, including bulldozers, had been deployed to remove the debris, Sutopo said.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” where continental plates collide, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity.

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Earthquake Swarm in Southwest Iceland

A series of minor earthquakes was picked up by sensor by the geothermal area Krýsuvík on Reykjanes peninsula in Southwest Iceland on Saturday. The strongest of the earthquakes had a magnitude of 2.1 but most of them were below one.

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Krýsuvík. Photo by ESA.

The series started shortly before 4 pm and lasted for three hours. The epicenter of the earthquakes was below the southern end of Kleifarvatn Lake, ruv.is reports.

Geophysicist Kristín Waagfjörð at the Icelandic Meteorological Office said earthquake swarms like these are very common in the Krýsuvík area.

In 2010 and 2011 there was constant uplift at Krýsuvík of a total of eight centimeters. At the end of last year, the land started sinking again.

Earth scientists are monitoring the uplift closely. It might either be related to pressure from geothermal heat or magma which could lead to volcanic activity.

Vulcanologist Haraldur Sigurðsson writes about the conditions at Krýsuvík in the latest issue of the print edition of Iceland Review, and the risk of lava flows reaching the capital.

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Volcanic Activity

Mountain of God: Ol Doinyo Lengai

If volcanoes could speak…
tanzania volcano

Planet Earth is riddled with unmonitored volcanoes. Many could erupt with scant notice to the world, causing anything from minor inconveniences to famines or catastrophic death and destruction. Yet when they blow up, these little-known volcanoes don’t usually make headlines for two reasons: 1) The people affected by the eruptions are poor, few in number and tend to be ignored by the world at large, and 2) the remote locations of the volcanoes and lack of monitoring equipoment make details of eruptions scarce.

One very unusual example of such a volcano is Ol Doinyo Lengai of Tanzania. The name means “Mountain of God.” After spending the previous four decades in relative rest, the mountain erupted violently in late 2007 and continued erupting through early 2008 with the coldest lava on Earth. Still, it’s lava and it made life pretty difficult when the ash and rocks rained down on nearby Masai villages like Naiyobi, seen in this image. The villages were evacuated for a while. When people returned they found their water fouled and many grazing lands unusable — a hard blow for people who depend on their cattle for their living.

In Jan. 2009, U.S. Geological Survey scientists David Sherrod, Thomas Casadevall and Gari Mayberry answered a call from the government of Tanzania for technical assistance in assessing the danger of Ol Doinyo Lengai. The following are some of their images and reflections from the expedition.

Credit: Gari Mayberry/USGS

Cleveland Sees 20th Explosion Since Christmas

Cleveland Volcano experienced yet another explosion on Friday morning – its twentieth since Christmas.

Cleveland is one of the Aleutian Islands’ most active volcanoes. It’s been on watch for the better part of the past two years, and in June it blew ash 35,000 feet high.

Today’s explosion was small by comparison and didn’t produce a visible ash cloud, according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory. Since there isn’t any real-time monitoring equipment on Cleveland, the explosion was detected using infrasound and seismic equipment on nearby volcanoes.

Cleveland lies on uninhabited Chuginadak Island, about 115 miles away from Unalaska and 900 miles from Anchorage. While there isn’t a population center near the volcano, it does lie below a major international flight path and could cause major air traffic problems in the event of a serious eruption.

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

Today Heat Wave Bosnia and Herzegovina [Statewide] Damage level Details

Heat Wave in Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday, 22 August, 2012 at 02:57 (02:57 AM) UTC.

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Authorities on Tuesday declared a state of emergency around a town in Bosnia’s northeast and a tourist area was evacuated in the country’s south as a heat wave fuelled wildfires across the Balkans and left people suffering heat exhaustion. Bratunac Mayor Nedeljko Mladjenovic declared the emergency as he said wildfires from several directions were threatening his town. Around 50 residents are helping firefighters and forest rangers fight a blaze creeping towards the suburb of Slapasnica, and the town’s civil protection agency has asked for help from the army and residents. In the country’s south, firefighters are battling four blazes around the town of Konjic and townsfolk and tourists have begun evacuating houses near Boracko Lake as the extreme heat and strong winds have hindered the extinguishing of approaching blazes. Many tourists staying at the lake are Bosnians who live in Germany, returning home for the holidays. Zorica Muskovic arrived last week from Munich. “This is really not pleasant at all, I am scared. I want to leave as soon as possible,” she said.Aida Gakic from the Bosnian capital Sarajevo, who earlier evacuated two of her children from the resort, said she and her husband were unsure of the local fire brigade’s capabilities, so decided to stay put and protect their property. “We are terrified of the fire and rocks falling down from the mountain. I evacuated my children, and I only stayed behind to defend my weekend house, ‘ she said. Many of the fires swept through fields still dotted with mines from the Bosnian War, which took place in the region between 1992 and 1995. The resort is situated on a former frontline. Tourists said that they could hear loud explosions from the forest as the mines were set off by the blaze Such fires have been burning in several areas of Bosnia for weeks and the fight to extinguish them has been complicated by the country’s hilly terrain, strong winds, little rainfall and a 40-Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) heat wave which is forcing people to seek medical assistance. In the Bosnian capital, Dr. Tigran Elezovic of Sarajevo’s emergency service said Tuesday that since the start of the summer, around 600 people have sought daily help for heat-related health problems. “We are constantly instructing people to limit their outdoor activity in the period between 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and to finish whatever they need to do outdoors before 10 in the morning,” he said.

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Mercury hits record high in Czech Republic

by Staff Writers
Prague (AFP)

The mercury hit an all-time high of 40.4 degrees Celsius (104.7 degrees Fahrenheit) in the Czech village of Dobrichovice, south-west of the capital Prague, the CHMI state meteorological service said Monday.

Temperatures soared to a searing 40 degrees Celsius in several other towns across the country, according to the Czech CTK news agency.

Monday’s national high tops the previous record of 40.2 degrees Celsius set on July 27, 1983, in the Prague-Uhrineves suburb.

Hot air masses from Morocco and Spain are responsible for the ongoing heatwave searing the Czech Republic, meteorologists said, also predicting it would last several days.

Local authorities have issued heat stroke warnings for the elderly and the ill.

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Summer Wildfires Sweep Europe Again

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Rome (AFP)


56,000 hectares of land ravaged in Croatia fires
Zagreb (AFP) Aug 20, 2012 – Some 56,000 hectares (138,379 acres) of land were ravaged in fires in Croatia since January, 55 percent more than during the same period last year, the national rescue services (DUZS) said Monday.The number of blazes has risen to more than 7,800, an increase of 25 percent compared with January-August 2011, the Hina news agency reported, citing the DUZS statement.Most of the fires were registered along the coast where almost 24,000 hectares were burnt, while more than 32,000 hectares of land were ravaged in continental Croatia, it added.Croatia has been hit by dozens of fires that have burned several thousand hectares along the scenic coastline since July.On Monday, about 140 firefighters battled a blaze in the coastal area around Sibenik, where some 500 hectares were in flames.

An Italian firefighter died and another was injured on Monday when they were overcome by fumes from one of dozens of wildfires raging in the country as a heatwave reaches its peak, officials said.

The man was killed in the Campania region near Naples, which has been the worst hit by forest fires this season with regional officials saying around 1,500 hectares (3,700 acres) of land have been scorched there this month.

The fire service reported there were a total of 155 forest fires across Italy on Sunday including in the central Tuscany and Lazio regions.

The civil protection agency said planes and helicopters had to be called out to 30 separate incidents times on Monday to help battle the blazes.

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Storms/ Flooding/Mudflow

Active tropical storm system(s)
Name of storm system Location Formed Last update Last category Course Wind Speed Gust Wave Source Details
Tembin (15W) Pacific Ocean 19.08.2012 21.08.2012 Typhoon IV 345 ° 185 km/h 232 km/h 4.88 m JTWC Details

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Storm name: Tembin (15W)
Area: Pacific Ocean
Start up location: N 17° 42.000, E 124° 36.000
Start up: 19th August 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 332.60 km
Top category.:
Report by: JTWC
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19th Aug 2012 05:28:29 N 17° 42.000, E 124° 36.000 9 56 74 Tropical Depression 190 11 JTWC
19th Aug 2012 10:11:34 N 17° 30.000, E 124° 48.000 6 83 102 Tropical Storm 135 9 JTWC
20th Aug 2012 05:16:05 N 18° 0.000, E 124° 48.000 6 139 167 Typhoon I. 360 9 JTWC
20th Aug 2012 10:35:24 N 18° 24.000, E 124° 54.000 7 176 213 Typhoon II. 15 9 JTWC
21st Aug 2012 04:48:23 N 20° 12.000, E 125° 18.000 13 213 259 Typhoon IV. 360 15 JTWC
21st Aug 2012 10:41:18 N 21° 0.000, E 125° 24.000 15 204 250 Typhoon III. 5 16 JTWC
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22nd Aug 2012 10:16:00 N 22° 30.000, E 124° 12.000 9 167 204 Typhoon III 310 ° 15 JTWC
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23rd Aug 2012 18:00:00 N 23° 36.000, E 120° 54.000 Typhoon II 130 157 JTWC
23rd Aug 2012 06:00:00 N 23° 18.000, E 122° 6.000 Typhoon III 157 194 JTWC
24th Aug 2012 06:00:00 N 23° 36.000, E 119° 36.000 Typhoon I 120 148 JTWC
25th Aug 2012 06:00:00 N 23° 12.000, E 117° 12.000 Typhoon I 111 139 JTWC
26th Aug 2012 06:00:00 N 22° 24.000, E 115° 18.000 Typhoon I 93 120 JTWC
27th Aug 2012 06:00:00 N 21° 36.000, E 113° 36.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 JTWC
Bolaven (16W) Pacific Ocean 20.08.2012 21.08.2012 Typhoon I 295 ° 120 km/h 148 km/h 4.57 m JTWC Details

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Storm name: Bolaven (16W)
Area: Pacific Ocean
Start up location: N 17° 18.000, E 141° 30.000
Start up: 20th August 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 242.03 km
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Report by: JTWC
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20th Aug 2012 05:13:46 N 17° 18.000, E 141° 30.000 13 56 74 Tropical Depression 330 12 JTWC
20th Aug 2012 10:34:54 N 17° 48.000, E 141° 24.000 11 65 83 Tropical Storm 330 16 JTWC
21st Aug 2012 04:47:46 N 18° 12.000, E 140° 30.000 9 93 120 Tropical Storm 295 10 JTWC
21st Aug 2012 10:38:01 N 18° 24.000, E 140° 24.000 7 102 130 Tropical Storm 285 11 JTWC
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22nd Aug 2012 10:13:54 N 19° 12.000, E 138° 24.000 15 148 185 Typhoon III 285 ° 19 JTWC
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23rd Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 20° 30.000, E 135° 6.000 Typhoon III 167 204 JTWC
23rd Aug 2012 12:00:00 N 21° 12.000, E 133° 24.000 Typhoon IV 176 213 JTWC
24th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 21° 54.000, E 131° 48.000 Typhoon IV 185 232 JTWC
25th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 23° 12.000, E 128° 54.000 Typhoon IV 185 232 JTWC
26th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 24° 12.000, E 126° 54.000 Typhoon IV 194 241 JTWC
27th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 25° 42.000, E 125° 36.000 Typhoon IV 194 241 JTWC
Isaac (AL09) Atlantic Ocean 21.08.2012 22.08.2012 Tropical Depression 275 ° 65 km/h 83 km/h 4.88 m NOAA NHC Details

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Storm name: Isaac (AL09)
Area: Atlantic Ocean
Start up location: N 15° 12.000, W 51° 12.000
Start up: 21st August 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 294.34 km
Top category.:
Report by: NOAA NHC
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21st Aug 2012 10:45:53 N 15° 12.000, W 51° 12.000 31 56 74 Tropical Depression 270 12 1007 MB NOAA NHC
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22nd Aug 2012 11:01:55 N 15° 30.000, W 57° 18.000 30 74 93 Tropical Depression 270 ° 19 1003 MB NOAA NHC
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Date Time Position Category Wind
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23rd Aug 2012 18:00:00 N 16° 48.000, W 65° 42.000 Hurricane I 120 148 NOAA NHC
23rd Aug 2012 06:00:00 N 16° 18.000, W 62° 48.000 Hurricane I 102 120 NOAA NHC
24th Aug 2012 06:00:00 N 17° 18.000, W 68° 24.000 Hurricane II 139 167 NOAA NHC
25th Aug 2012 06:00:00 N 18° 48.000, W 73° 12.000 Hurricane I 120 148 NOAA NHC
26th Aug 2012 06:00:00 N 21° 48.000, W 77° 6.000 Hurricane I 120 148 NOAA NHC
27th Aug 2012 06:00:00 N 24° 48.000, W 80° 0.000 Hurricane III 148 185 NOAA NHC

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Typhoon Tembin might make landfall Thursday

Typhoon Tembin might make landfall Thursday
Tropical Storm Tembin (天枰) has been upgraded to a typhoon and is likely to turn northwest toward Taiwan today, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday.

TAIPEI — Tropical Storm Tembin (天枰) has been upgraded to a typhoon and is likely to turn northwest toward Taiwan today, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday.

If the typhoon turns as forecast, its eye may make landfall on Taiwan’s east coast Thursday, according to the weather bureau.

As of 8 a.m., the eye of Tembin was located 620 kilometers southeast of Eluanbi, off the southernmost tip of Taiwan, moving at a speed of 8 km per hour in a northerly direction.

Tembin, the 14th storm of the Pacific typhoon season, is packing winds of 119 kph, with gusts of up to 155 kph, and has a radius of 150 km, the bureau said.

The typhoon is likely to move toward Taiwan on a northwesterly track Tuesday and take a more westerly turn Wednesday, the bureau said.

A sea warning for Tembin is likely to be issued Tuesday morning and areas around Taiwan should be prepared for strong winds and heavy rain Wednesday to Friday, the bureau warned.

Meanwhile, a tropical depression that formed near Guam on Sunday was still located 2,300 km from Taiwan as of 8 a.m. Monday and it may strengthen into a tropical storm over the next two days, the bureau said.

Tropical Storm Bolaven Forms, May Move Toward Taiwan

A tropical depression near Guam has been upgraded into Tropical Storm Bolaven (布拉萬) and may move toward Taiwan on a west-northwesterly track over the next few days, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday.

Bolaven formed a day after Typhoon Tembin developed at sea east of Luzon near the northern Philippines.

As of 2 p.m. Monday, Bolaven, the 15th storm of the Pacific typhoon season, was centered 2,200 kilometers southeast of Taiwan near Guam, according to the bureau’s latest statistics.

It is moving at a speed of 9 km per hour, packing winds of 65 kph, with gusts of up to 90 kph and a radius of 100 km.

The bureau said it remains to be seen what kind of influence the storm will have on Taiwan.

Meanwhile, Typhoon Tembin continues its northerly path toward the sea east of Taiwan. It is forecast to turn northwest toward Taiwan on Tuesday.

As of 2 p.m. Monday, the eye of Tembin was located 590 km southeast of Eluanbi on Taiwan’s southern tip, moving in a northerly direction at a speed of 11 kph.

It was packing winds of 144 kph, with gusts reaching 180 kph, said the bureau.

As the storm and typhoon are located 1,700 km apart from each other, there are currently no signs that they will interact with each other, it said.

Also on Monday, the Taipei City Department of Health called on the public to prepare for the typhoon by stocking up on food and water supplies to last for three days.

Bolaven is the Laotian word for plateau or mesa, while Tembin is Japanese for the constellation Libra

Typhoon kills 17 in Vietnam

by Staff Writers
Hanoi (AFP)


Hurricane Gordon weakens on approach to Azores
Miami (AFP) Aug 19, 2012 – Hurricane Gordon weakened to a category one storm on Sunday but was expected to retain hurricane-strength winds as it passed over or near the Azores islands, US forecasters said.The Miami-based National Hurricane Center said Gordon, the Atlantic season’s third hurricane, was some 220 miles (360 kilometers) southwest of the archipelago at 1800 GMT and was expected to strike sometime Monday.Gordon was packing maximum winds of 90 miles (150 kilometers) per hour, making it a category one storm on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale.A hurricane warning was in effect for the eastern Azores.”Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion,” the NHC said.The weather center predicted hurricane-like conditions Sunday night and into Monday, with heavy rains and dangerous waves along the coast.

Strong wind and rain in northern Vietnam unleashed by Typhoon Kai-Tak have killed at least 17 people, damaged thousands of houses and submerged valuable crops, authorities said Monday.

The typhoon, which made landfall late Friday, brought winds of about 100 kilometres (62 miles) per hour, according to the national committee on flood and storm control.

Many of the dead are believed to have been killed in landslides or while attempting to cross rivers swollen by heavy rain.

In the capital Hanoi, about 200 trees were uprooted and a huge sinkhole appeared in the middle of a major road.

According to an official update, more than 12,000 houses were damaged and 30,500 hectares (75,000 acres) of cropland were flooded nationwide.

The storm was downgraded to a tropical depression on Saturday.

Before slamming into Vietnam, the typhoon killed four people in the Philippines and two in China, where the authorities relocated 530,000 people, according to state media there.

Typhoon brings flashfloods, landslides to Philippines
Manila (AFP) Aug 20, 2012 – Typhoon Tembin brought heavy rains to the northern Phillipines on Monday, triggering landslides and flashfloods just weeks after a series of deadly storms and monsoon rains, the government said.

The storm, which was upgraded from a tropical storm, was moving slowly northwards off the northern tip of the main Philippine island of Luzon while battering the mountainous region with powerful downpours.

The heavy rain caused landslides that damaged eight major highways, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said in a statement. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

Tembin, packing maximum winds of 130 kilometres (681 miles) per hour with gusts of up to 160 kph, was expected to remain off the northern tip of Luzon for more than a day, the council added.

Local communities were warned to monitor the levels of rivers and streams in their area and prepare for evacuations in case they begin to rise.

Storms and flooding from torrential rains have left at least 170 people dead this month.

An average of 20 tropical storms or typhoons hit the Philippines each year.

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Today Flash Flood Malaysia State of Selangor, [Kampung Sungai Pinang Bandar in ] Damage level Details

Flash Flood in Malaysia on Tuesday, 21 August, 2012 at 16:38 (04:38 PM) UTC.

Description
Some of the families had to spend much time cleaning up the mess caused by the flood which also damaged household appliances. Several of the families which chose to celebrate Aidilfitri in villages elsewhere could not be reached to be informed of the natural disaster. A villager, Kartini alias Hawa Kamarudin, 59, said the flood damaged electrical equipment such as the refrigerator and washing machine as well as cupboards and carpets. Abd Rahman Mustapa, 55, said he was informed of the flood by a neighbour at 4.30 pm while he was on the way to Kuala Lumpur. “I returned home 30 minutes later, but could not do anything as the floodwaters had entered the house and damaged much of the furniture,” he said. Adnan Rahmat, 42, said he was able to save his electrical appliances as he was at home when the flood struck. Meanwhile, Klang municipal councillor Lee Sack Chuan, when contacted, said he had gathered information on the flood and would raise the matter with the district office for aid to be given to the victims.
21.08.2012 Flash Flood Malaysia State of Selangor, [Kampung Sungai Pinang Bandar in ] Damage level Details

Flash Flood in Malaysia on Tuesday, 21 August, 2012 at 16:38 (04:38 PM) UTC.

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Some of the families had to spend much time cleaning up the mess caused by the flood which also damaged household appliances. Several of the families which chose to celebrate Aidilfitri in villages elsewhere could not be reached to be informed of the natural disaster. A villager, Kartini alias Hawa Kamarudin, 59, said the flood damaged electrical equipment such as the refrigerator and washing machine as well as cupboards and carpets. Abd Rahman Mustapa, 55, said he was informed of the flood by a neighbour at 4.30 pm while he was on the way to Kuala Lumpur. “I returned home 30 minutes later, but could not do anything as the floodwaters had entered the house and damaged much of the furniture,” he said. Adnan Rahmat, 42, said he was able to save his electrical appliances as he was at home when the flood struck. Meanwhile, Klang municipal councillor Lee Sack Chuan, when contacted, said he had gathered information on the flood and would raise the matter with the district office for aid to be given to the victims.
21.08.2012 Flash Flood China MultiProvinces, [Provinces of Guizhou, Chongqing Municipality and Hunan ] Damage level Details

Flash Flood in China on Tuesday, 21 August, 2012 at 11:35 (11:35 AM) UTC.

Description
Heavy rains and storms are forecast to hit southern regions of China on Tuesday, the National Meteorological Center (NMC) said. The national weather observatory said heavy rains will hit areas in Chongqing Municipality and Guizhou province in the southwest of the country. Hunan province, in particular, will suffer storms that are likely to bring up to 160 millimeters of rain, according to the NMC. The center said the cold front moving south is expected to alleviate the baking temperatures that have hit the southern regions in previous days. However, it warned that measures should be taken to guard against flooding and landslides, which are likely to be caused by the weather. The NMC also forecasts that storms will hit most parts of Taiwan on Thursday.
21.08.2012 Flash Flood USA State of Texas, [Amarillo and Channing] Damage level Details

Flash Flood in USA on Tuesday, 21 August, 2012 at 11:31 (11:31 AM) UTC.

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Two flash flood warnings have been issued for Potter and Randall counties. In Amarillo emergency personnel are responding to many stranded motorists and are redirecting traffic along I-40 and I-27. In residential streets, we’re receiving many reports of fallen trees that have hit houses and cars, and some major flooding. Police and city officials are encouraging people to stay home and not travel. Wes Reeves with Xcel Energy says that an estimated 8,500 people are without power in Amarillo and Channing.

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Epidemic Hazards / Diseases

Two more people are dead, amid of a total of 40 infections, in an outbreak of legionnaires’ disease in Quebec City, public health officials said Monday.

A microscopic image from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control shows a large grouping of Legionella pneumophila bacteria, the pathogen behind legionnaires' disease. A microscopic image from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control shows a large grouping of Legionella pneumophila bacteria, the pathogen behind legionnaires’ disease. (Janice Haney Carr/Associated Press)That’s more than twice the number of cases that had previously been disclosed, and surpasses the last outbreak in the city, in 1995, when 12 people fell ill and one died.

Officials didn’t name or provide details about the two new fatalities, which bring the death toll to three. The first to die was an 88-year-old Quebec City woman.

Dr. François Desbiens, the director of public health for the Quebec City region, said authorities have begun inspecting downtown buildings that use a cooling tower as part of their ventilation.

Public-health officials had already sent 2,700 letters to building owners in the downtown core asking them to clean their cooling systems, but the emergence of new cases — a dozen since Friday afternoon — is prompting the inspections.

“We’re still seeing cases despite the fact that we’ve asked building owners to take steps,” Desbiens said. “So we’ve decided to go further and investigate every tower again, and for those that haven’t had maintenance, to identify them, to inspect them to take a water sample. And to order a disinfection.”

Bacteria spread in mist

Legionnaires, also known as legion fever, is a flu-like pneumonia that affects people with lung problems or weak immune systems. It is caused by bacteria that thrive in warm temperatures and can breed in the stagnant water of cooling towers, before spreading in the mist released by those systems.

It’s not contagious and presents no risk to people in good health. The disease got its name in the 1970s after an outbreak of pneumonia among people attending a convention of the American Legion.

Earlier this month, Desbiens guessed there were about 200 cooling towers in the area where people became sick that could be the source of the infection, but officials said Monday they’ve narrowed their area of concern down to 22 cooling towers in a core area that will be inspected by the end of the week, and 19 more in a different area that will be inspected after.

Tests on the water in those towers will take two to three days to get results confirming an infection with legionella bacteria.

There are normally two to three isolated cases of legionnaires’ disease a year in the Quebec City region.

19.08.2012 Epidemic Hazard Democratic Republic of the Congo Province of Orientale, [Haut Uele District] Damage level Details

Epidemic Hazard in Democratic Republic of the Congo on Friday, 17 August, 2012 at 03:03 (03:03 AM) UTC.

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Updated: Tuesday, 21 August, 2012 at 14:41 UTC
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Uganda’s Ministry of Health has sent medical experts to the neighboring country of Congo to help contain an outbreak of the ebola virus. Last month Uganda was hit with its own outbreak, and the country’s officials are eager to stem the spread of another one. Officials note that the Congo virus strain is unrelated to the strain recently detected in Uganada. “We are just coming out of battling Ebola. We have to take all measures, including the possibility of sending a team there to help them stop it and ensuring that it does not spill over here,” Dr. Asuman Lukwago, the Ministry’s permanent secretary, told Uganda’s New Vision yesterday. “We usually co-operate with our neighbours as well as the international organisations when such outbreaks happen,” he added. Nine people have already died in Congo from health complications related to ebola, spurning several international organizations into action including the WHO, Doctors without Borders and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Efforts typically center on identifying the cause and sequestering those individuals associated therewith. Currently, doctors are focused on an area roughly 30 miles from the Ugandan border. Ebola is transmitted by close contact and body fluids such as saliva, vomit, faeces, sweat, semen and blood. The onset of illness is abrupt and is characterized by fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, sore throat, and weakness, followed by diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain. There is no cure for the disease.

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Solar Activity

2MIN News August 20. 2012

Published on Aug 20, 2012 by

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Spaceweather: http://spaceweather.com/ [Look on the left at the X-ray Flux and Solar Wind Speed/Density]

HAARP: http://www.haarp.alaska.edu/haarp/data.html [Click online data, and have a little fun]

SDO: http://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/data/ [Place to find Solar Images and Videos - as seen from earth]

SOHO: http://sohodata.nascom.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/soho_movie_theater [SOHO; Lasco and EIT - as seen from earth]

Stereo: http://stereo.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/images [Stereo; Cor, EUVI, HI - as seen from the side]

SunAEON:http://www.sunaeon.com/#/solarsystem/ [Just click it... trust me]

SOLARIMG: http://solarimg.org/artis/ [All purpose data viewing site]

iSWA: http://iswa.gsfc.nasa.gov/iswa/iSWA.html [Free Application; for advanced sun watchers]

NASA ENLIL SPIRAL: http://iswa.gsfc.nasa.gov:8080/IswaSystemWebApp/iSWACygnetStreamer?timestamp=…
NOAA ENLIL SPIRAL: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/wsa-enlil/

NOAA Bouys: http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/

RSOE: http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php [That cool alert map I use]

JAPAN Radiation Map: http://jciv.iidj.net/map/

LISS: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/monitoring/operations/heliplots_gsn.php

Gamma Ray Bursts: http://grb.sonoma.edu/ [Really? You can't figure out what this one is for?]

BARTOL Cosmic Rays: http://neutronm.bartol.udel.edu//spaceweather/welcome.html [Top left box, look for BIG blue circles]

TORCON: http://www.weather.com/news/tornado-torcon-index [Tornado Forecast for the day]

GOES Weather: http://rsd.gsfc.nasa.gov/goes/ [Clouds over America]

EL DORADO WORLD WEATHER MAP: http://www.eldoradocountyweather.com/satellite/ssec/world/world-composite-ir-…

PRESSURE MAP: http://www.woweather.com/cgi-bin/expertcharts?LANG=us&MENU=0000000000&…

HURRICANE TRACKER: http://www.weather.com/weather/hurricanecentral/tracker

INTELLICAST: http://www.intellicast.com/ [Weather site used by many youtubers]

NASA News: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/

PHYSORG: http://phys.org/ [GREAT News Site!]

2MIN News August 21. 2012: Nibooboo mentioned Twice :) Watches Ramp Up Again 22nd-25th

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Symbols of an Alien Sky: http://youtu.be/OH7lrjixaNA

TODAY’S LINKS
Jupiter Magnetic Field: http://www.planetaryexploration.net/jupiter/io/jupiter’s_magnetosphere.html

Asia Satellite: http://www.weather.com/maps/maptype/satelliteworld/asiasatellite_large.html
Ecuador Volcano: http://photoblog.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/08/19/13366108-tungurahua-volcano-eru…
Chile Waves: http://www.weather.com/weather/videos/news-41/top-stories-169/powerful-waves-… also this: http://www.reuters.com/video/2012/08/16/chilean-coast-pounded-by-giant-waves?…
Jet Stream: http://www.weatherbank.com/free/grafx/jsnh.gif
Water Temp: http://www.ssec.wisc.edu/data/sst/latest_sst.gif
Moon Atmosphere: http://www.universetoday.com/96913/seeking-the-moons-rare-atmosphere/

REPEAT LINKS
Spaceweather: http://spaceweather.com/ [Look on the left at the X-ray Flux and Solar Wind Speed/Density]

HAARP: http://www.haarp.alaska.edu/haarp/data.html [Click online data, and have a little fun]

SDO: http://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/data/ [Place to find Solar Images and Videos - as seen from earth]

SOHO: http://sohodata.nascom.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/soho_movie_theater [SOHO; Lasco and EIT - as seen from earth]

Stereo: http://stereo.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/images [Stereo; Cor, EUVI, HI - as seen from the side]

SunAEON:http://www.sunaeon.com/#/solarsystem/ [Just click it... trust me]

SOLARIMG: http://solarimg.org/artis/ [All purpose data viewing site]

iSWA: http://iswa.gsfc.nasa.gov/iswa/iSWA.html [Free Application; for advanced sun watchers]

NASA ENLIL SPIRAL: http://iswa.gsfc.nasa.gov:8080/IswaSystemWebApp/iSWACygnetStreamer?timestamp=…
NOAA ENLIL SPIRAL: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/wsa-enlil/

NOAA Bouys: http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/

RSOE: http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php [That cool alert map I use]

JAPAN Radiation Map: http://jciv.iidj.net/map/

LISS: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/monitoring/operations/heliplots_gsn.php

Gamma Ray Bursts: http://grb.sonoma.edu/ [Really? You can't figure out what this one is for?]

BARTOL Cosmic Rays: http://neutronm.bartol.udel.edu//spaceweather/welcome.html [Top left box, look for BIG blue circles]

TORCON: http://www.weather.com/news/tornado-torcon-index [Tornado Forecast for the day]

GOES Weather: http://rsd.gsfc.nasa.gov/goes/ [Clouds over America]

EL DORADO WORLD WEATHER MAP: http://www.eldoradocountyweather.com/satellite/ssec/world/world-composite-ir-…

PRESSURE MAP: http://www.woweather.com/cgi-bin/expertcharts?LANG=us&MENU=0000000000&…

HURRICANE TRACKER: http://www.weather.com/weather/hurricanecentral/tracker

INTELLICAST: http://www.intellicast.com/ [Weather site used by many youtubers]

NASA News: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/

PHYSORG: http://phys.org/ [GREAT News Site!]

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Space

Today Event into space Honduras Department of El Paraiso, [Trojes area] Damage level Details

Event into space in Honduras on Wednesday, 22 August, 2012 at 03:02 (03:02 AM) UTC.

Description
Specialists with the Permanent Contingency Commission (COPECO) are now in Trojes area, in the eastern Honduran department of El Paraíso, to investigate the alleged crash of a meteorite. According to the inhabitants of that region near the border with Nicaragua, a fireball crossed the sky on Saturday night and then they heard a loud explosion. A COPECO statement clarified that no specialized agency reported a meteorite passing by the Central American region, nor has reported the loss of an aircraft. Copeco and the astronomical observatory of the National Autonomous University of Honduras said their experts in the field are investigating what happened in that region and will report as soon as possible, while they called on people not to generate speculation to avoid uncertainty.

  Earth approaching objects (objects that are known in the next 30 days)

Object Name Apporach Date Left AU Distance LD Distance Estimated Diameter* Relative Velocity
(2012 BB14) 24th August 2012 2 day(s) 0.1234 48.0 27 m – 60 m 2.58 km/s 9288 km/h
(2012 FM52) 25th August 2012 3 day(s) 0.0599 23.3 510 m – 1.1 km 17.17 km/s 61812 km/h
66146 (1998 TU3) 25th August 2012 3 day(s) 0.1265 49.2 3.0 km – 6.8 km 16.03 km/s 57708 km/h
(2009 AV) 26th August 2012 4 day(s) 0.1615 62.8 670 m – 1.5 km 22.51 km/s 81036 km/h
331769 (2003 BQ35) 28th August 2012 6 day(s) 0.1585 61.7 240 m – 530 m 4.64 km/s 16704 km/h
(2010 SC) 28th August 2012 6 day(s) 0.1679 65.3 16 m – 36 m 9.56 km/s 34416 km/h
4769 Castalia 28th August 2012 6 day(s) 0.1135 44.2 1.4 km 12.06 km/s 43416 km/h
(2012 LU7) 02nd September 2012 11 day(s) 0.1200 46.7 440 m – 990 m 8.16 km/s 29376 km/h
(2012 FS35) 02nd September 2012 11 day(s) 0.1545 60.1 2.3 m – 5.2 m 2.87 km/s 10332 km/h
(2012 HG31) 03rd September 2012 12 day(s) 0.0716 27.9 440 m – 990 m 10.33 km/s 37188 km/h
(2012 PX) 04th September 2012 13 day(s) 0.0452 17.6 61 m – 140 m 9.94 km/s 35784 km/h
(2012 EH5) 05th September 2012 14 day(s) 0.1613 62.8 38 m – 84 m 9.75 km/s 35100 km/h
(2011 EO11) 05th September 2012 14 day(s) 0.1034 40.2 9.0 m – 20 m 8.81 km/s 31716 km/h
(2007 PS25) 06th September 2012 15 day(s) 0.0497 19.3 23 m – 52 m 8.50 km/s 30600 km/h
329520 (2002 SV) 08th September 2012 17 day(s) 0.1076 41.9 300 m – 670 m 9.17 km/s 33012 km/h
(2011 ES4) 10th September 2012 19 day(s) 0.1792 69.8 20 m – 44 m 12.96 km/s 46656 km/h
(2008 CO) 11th September 2012 20 day(s) 0.1847 71.9 74 m – 160 m 4.10 km/s 14760 km/h
(2007 PB8) 14th September 2012 23 day(s) 0.1682 65.5 150 m – 340 m 14.51 km/s 52236 km/h
226514 (2003 UX34) 14th September 2012 23 day(s) 0.1882 73.2 260 m – 590 m 25.74 km/s 92664 km/h
(1998 QC1) 14th September 2012 23 day(s) 0.1642 63.9 310 m – 700 m 17.11 km/s 61596 km/h
(2002 EM6) 15th September 2012 24 day(s) 0.1833 71.3 270 m – 590 m 18.56 km/s 66816 km/h
(2002 RP137) 16th September 2012 25 day(s) 0.1624 63.2 67 m – 150 m 7.31 km/s 26316 km/h
(2009 RX4) 16th September 2012 25 day(s) 0.1701 66.2 15 m – 35 m 8.35 km/s 30060 km/h
(2005 UC) 17th September 2012 26 day(s) 0.1992 77.5 280 m – 640 m 7.55 km/s 27180 km/h
(2012 FC71) 18th September 2012 27 day(s) 0.1074 41.8 24 m – 53 m 3.51 km/s 12636 km/h
(1998 FF14) 19th September 2012 28 day(s) 0.0928 36.1 210 m – 480 m 21.40 km/s 77040 km/h
331990 (2005 FD) 19th September 2012 28 day(s) 0.1914 74.5 320 m – 710 m 15.92 km/s 57312 km/h
1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO

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Biological Hazards / Wildlife / Hazmat

21.08.2012 Biological Hazard USA State of Ohio, [Buckeye Lake State Park, Fairfield Beach] Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in USA on Tuesday, 21 August, 2012 at 08:31 (08:31 AM) UTC.

Description
State park officials have posted signs at a central Ohio beach to warn visitors about toxic blue-green algae in the water. The Columbus Dispatch reports officials at Buckeye Lake State Park posted the health warnings at Brooks Beach after recent water samples showed a type of toxin in the algae was at a concentration exceeding a state health standard. The posts specifically target the elderly and the very young, as well as people with weakened immune systems. Health signs warning about toxic blue-green algae also were posted at four beaches in Grand Lake St. Marys in western Ohio in May.
Biohazard name: Blue-Green Algae bloom (cyanobacteria)
Biohazard level: 0/4 —
Biohazard desc.: This does not included biological hazard category.
Symptoms:
Status:

21.08.2012 Biological Hazard United Kingdom England, [River Weaver, Cheshire] Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in United Kingdom on Tuesday, 21 August, 2012 at 16:01 (04:01 PM) UTC.

Description
Thousands of dead fish have been found in the River Weaver in Cheshire. The Environment Agency was notified of “fish in distress” near Winsford by anglers on Saturday. Tests showed low oxygen levels in the water, so environmental officers have been pumping oxygen into the river. Tom Thornett from the Environment Agency, which is investigating the matter, said: “Potential causes could be naturally occurring algae that is known to starve water of oxygen.” Mr Thornett added: “Oxygen levels have been restored significantly and we are in the process of carrying out ongoing tests to identify what caused the oxygen levels in the water to drop. “Hydrogen peroxide is used to increase oxygen levels in the water and, in this case, may have created a build-up of foam because of reaction with small traces of detergent found in the water. “Although this might look unpleasant, it does not pose a risk to health or the environment.” Six species of fish including bream, roach, silverfish, carp, tench and perch have been affected. Steve Beech, of Winsford And District Angling Association, said: “The impact long term will be many years, tens of thousands of fish we cannot replace overnight. “We’ve lost generations of breeding stock.”
Biohazard name: Mass. Die-off (fishes)
Biohazard level: 0/4 —
Biohazard desc.: This does not included biological hazard category.
Symptoms:
Status: confirmed
21.08.2012 Biological Hazard Spain Multiple areas, [Galicia and Asturias beaches] Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in Spain on Tuesday, 21 August, 2012 at 16:44 (04:44 PM) UTC.

Description
Beaches across Galicia and Asturias on Spain’s northern Atlantic coast were affected as hundreds of thousands of the gelatinous creatures were washed towards shore. At least a hundred Portuguese man o’war have been spotted floating close to the shore across the region as well as enormous blooms of Pelagia Noctiluca – mauve stinger jellyfish – that more usually plague the beaches of the Mediterranean. The man o’war – not strictly a jellyfish but a floating colony of microscopic hydrozoans – has tentacles that can reach 30 yards long and are barbed with a sting that typically cause painful welts lasting up to three days. In some cases the sting can cause an allergic reaction and in rare cases, heart failure. Even when washed up on the sand the stings still contain venom. Authorities are also worried about the unprecedented number of mauve stingers, bright purple invertebrates that emit a yellowish glow at night which are swarming along the northwestern coast this summer.
Biohazard name: Portuguese man O War Jellyfish invasion
Biohazard level: 0/4 —
Biohazard desc.: This does not included biological hazard category.
Symptoms:
Status: confirmed
Today Biological Hazard USA State of Arizona, Glendale Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in USA on Wednesday, 22 August, 2012 at 03:04 (03:04 AM) UTC.

Description
A woman and her 4-year-old granddaughter went to the hospital after being stung by bees on Tuesday morning, according to a spokesman for the Glendale Fire Department. It happened at about 9 a.m. at the grandmother’s home in a neighborhood near 59th and Northern avenues. According to firefighters, the little girl used her grandmother’s emergency notification necklace to notify authorities after her grandmother was attacked outside her home by a swarm of bees. “Her four year old granddaughter was with her inside the home and recognized that her grandma was in trouble and activated grandma’s Life Alert, and was able to talk to dispatchers and tell them that she was in need of help,” said Michael Young with the Glendale Fire Department. The little girl also ended up getting stung as did the family dog, Chico, a Chihuahua. All are expected to be okay. Firefighters wearing protective gear used foam to kill the swarming bees. The adult bee attack victim was transported to the hospital by paramedics. The little girl’s mother took the child to the hospital. As firefighters searched for a bee hive they discovered that a beekeeper lives in the home behind the home where the victims were attacked. They reported seeing four hives in that backyard. The resident of that home first refused to let the firefighters in the backyard to access the hives, but later allowed them in. “He did let us know that it is his family business and that he was a bee keeper,” said Young. A search of records show there is not a business registered to the homeowner at that address. Glendale Police are now looking into the legality of the home owner’s bee operation in that yard. A spokesman says it’s possible the man could be cited under city code as a public nuisance or illegal use of residential land.
Biohazard name: Bees attack
Biohazard level: 0/4 —
Biohazard desc.: This does not included biological hazard category.
Symptoms:
Status:
Today HAZMAT Egypt Governorate of Menoufiya, Sansafat Damage level Details

HAZMAT in Egypt on Tuesday, 21 August, 2012 at 16:41 (04:41 PM) UTC.

Description
Fifty-three people in the town of Sansafat in Egypt’s Menoufiya governorate were hospitalised on Tuesday after drinking poisoned drinking water. Angry citizens confronted Health Minister Mohamed Mustafa at the Manouf hospital, where the victims are undergoing treatment. The health minister and Ashraf Hilal, the governor of Menoufiya, were then held hostage by the victims’ families in the hospital for 45 minutes before being released by the police. The minister was also given a bottle of polluted water by one angry resident to show him what had caused the sickness. In response, Mustafa called for the closure all unlicensed water stations in the affected governorate. A primary analysis of the water found it had not been purified with chlorine, according to Amr Qandil, head of the preventive medicine at the health ministry.
Today HAZMAT Nepal Farwestern Region, [Doti district] Damage level Details

HAZMAT in Nepal on Wednesday, 22 August, 2012 at 03:11 (03:11 AM) UTC.

Description
Four infants between nine and 14 months have died within 24 hours after they were administered measles and DPT vaccines at a village in Doti district. The parents of the deceased said their children showed signs of pallor and vomited profusely a few hours after receiving the vaccinations, but district health officials said it was too early to conclude that the deaths were linked to the vaccines. Senior Public Health Officer at District Health Office Mahendra Dhowj Adhikari informed that the four infants were administered vaccines at the Deuledanda vaccination centre by health personnel from Kadamandau Sub-health post on Sunday. The deceased have been identified as Hira Damai’s 14-month-old son Milan, Suntali Nepali’s one-year-old daughter Sujata, Indari Chiral’s nine-month-old daughter Gauri and Pashupati BK’s 10-month-old daughter Manju. While Manju, Milan and Sujata were administered measles vaccine, Gauri was vaccinated against DPT (diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus). Suntali, mother of one of the deceased, complained that her daughter’s body and face had started swelling a few hours after receiving the injection. “She vomited continuously and turned pale.” “It has not been established whether the vaccines had anything to do with the deaths,” said Ramswartha Yadav, supervisor of the health camp in Sanagaun, where the children were vaccinated. “If there were indeed a connection between the deaths and the vaccines, then other children would have also shown similar symptoms, why only four?” Dr Sandip Shrestha of District Health Office said the there might have been some negligence on the part of the health workers while preparing the vaccine. “We have started an investigation into the incident,” he added. Health workers said the vaccines were to be administered within six hours after they were taken out of storage. The health office stated that the campaign was being conducted in the whole district, but complaints were not reported from other places. Maternal health worker Amrita Bogati, who had administered the vaccines, could not be reached.

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Earthquakes

 

RSOE EDIS

 

Date/Time (UTC) Magnitude Area Country State/Prov./Gov. Location Risk Source Details
23.07.2012 09:15:35 5.0 North America United States Alaska Attu Station VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
23.07.2012 09:05:23 5.1 North America United States Alaska Attu Station VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
23.07.2012 08:50:32 2.0 North America United States Alaska Hope VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
23.07.2012 08:40:21 2.5 South-America Peru Tacna Sobraya There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
23.07.2012 08:40:45 3.0 Europe Cyprus Famagusta Trikomo VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
23.07.2012 07:41:13 2.4 North America United States Nevada Mina There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
23.07.2012 08:41:11 2.2 Asia Turkey Mu?la Yatagan VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
23.07.2012 07:20:29 4.7 North Pole Svalbard and Jan Mayen Svalbard Barentsburg VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
23.07.2012 07:40:21 4.6 North Pole Svalbard and Jan Mayen Svalbard Barentsburg VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
23.07.2012 07:40:49 2.1 Asia Turkey Mu?la Bodrum There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
23.07.2012 06:40:54 2.8 Caribbean Puerto Rico Rincon Rincon VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
23.07.2012 06:35:24 2.6 South-America Chile Valparaíso La Ligua VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
23.07.2012 05:40:29 3.3 Caribbean Dominican Republic Samaná Santa Barbara de Samana VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
23.07.2012 05:35:19 2.2 Asia Turkey Kütahya Saphane There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
23.07.2012 05:35:57 2.5 South-America Peru Tacna Sobraya VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
23.07.2012 04:55:51 2.3 North America United States California Pearsonville There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
23.07.2012 06:35:43 2.5 Europe Italy Calabria Bovalino Superiore VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
23.07.2012 05:36:25 2.0 Asia Turkey Mu?la Datca There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
23.07.2012 04:30:22 2.7 South-America Chile Antofagasta Tocopilla VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
23.07.2012 05:36:51 3.6 Middle-East Iran Hormozg?n Minab VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
23.07.2012 03:45:30 2.3 North America United States Hawaii Volcano There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
23.07.2012 03:25:24 2.7 South-America Bolivia Potosí Villa Alota There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
23.07.2012 03:10:38 4.1 North America United States Alaska Nikolski There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
23.07.2012 03:25:44 4.1 North-America United States Alaska Nikolski There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
23.07.2012 04:30:46 2.4 Asia Turkey Yozgat Cekerek VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
23.07.2012 04:31:06 2.2 Asia Turkey Manisa Akhisar There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
23.07.2012 03:26:02 5.2 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Papua Nabire VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
23.07.2012 02:45:26 5.2 Indonesian archipelago Indonesia Papua Nabire VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
23.07.2012 03:26:21 2.5 Europe Italy Emilia-Romagna Calerno VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
23.07.2012 02:20:27 2.3 Asia Turkey Kütahya Pazarlar There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
23.07.2012 02:20:47 2.3 Europe Poland Silesian Voivodeship Gorki Slaskie VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
23.07.2012 02:21:07 3.0 Asia Turkey ?zmir Urla VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
23.07.2012 01:10:32 2.0 North America United States California Mentone VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
23.07.2012 08:41:33 3.0 Asia Turkey Antalya Kalkan VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
23.07.2012 00:40:35 2.0 North America United States California Pearsonville There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
23.07.2012 01:15:25 3.0 Europe Albania Elbasan Gramsh VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
23.07.2012 01:15:45 2.4 Europe France Pays de la Loire Apremont VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
23.07.2012 01:16:04 4.2 Asia Taiwan Taipei Taipei There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. EMSC Details
23.07.2012 01:16:25 3.0 Europe Greece Central Macedonia Kavallaris VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
23.07.2012 01:16:45 2.6 Asia Turkey Antalya Beykonak VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
23.07.2012 01:17:07 3.1 South-America Peru Tacna Sobraya There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
23.07.2012 01:17:26 2.1 Asia Turkey Van Toyga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
23.07.2012 00:15:24 2.8 Europe Italy Emilia-Romagna Calerno VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
22.07.2012 23:10:26 2.3 Asia Turkey Denizli Kale VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
23.07.2012 00:15:46 4.7 Asia China Xinjiang Uygur Zizhiqu Hotan VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
22.07.2012 22:10:25 2.7 Europe Greece West Greece Sardinia VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
22.07.2012 21:50:33 2.1 North America United States Alaska Skwentna There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
22.07.2012 22:30:33 4.6 Middle America Nicaragua Managua Masachapa VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
22.07.2012 23:10:49 4.6 Middle-America Nicaragua Managua Masachapa VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
22.07.2012 22:10:47 2.6 Asia Turkey Antalya Beykonak VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details

 

 

 

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Eureka Earthquake: Twin Quakes Shake Up Northern California

 

Eureka Earthquake

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — No damage or injuries have been reported after two earthquakes rattled the Northern California coast Friday night.

The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 5.1 quake hit about 78 miles southwest of Eureka at 6:52 p.m. Friday.

Then just after 11 p.m. a magnitude 5.2 earthquake was recorded about 62 miles southwest of Eureka.

A dispatcher at the Eureka Police Department says the quakes were felt in the community, but police had no reports of damage or injuries.

USGS seismologist John Bellini says the quakes took place in an area where there’s a lot of seismic activity.

 

 

 

 

 

Earthquake Watch; Planetary Positions & Spaceweather – Current Watch Peaks July 28 2012

Published on Jul 22, 2012 by

Data Set Compiled Courtesy of: USGS, SDO, SOHO, JPL, Stellarium [Google them if you don't know.]

PLANETARY GEOMETRY & EARTHQUAKES:
Bigbytes – http://dcsymbols.com/future/quepaso.htm
dcsymbols – http://www.youtube.com/user/dcsymbols
ALSO: See books shown in the opening of the video. [try using abebooks or sacred science institute to find them]

SOLAR/SEISMIC CONNECTION:
1) Solar Activity as a Trigger Mechanism For Earthquakes. Simpson, John F. University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, Revised December 16, 1967
[In my opinion, only valuable for the theorized trigger mechanism]
2) Long-Period Trends in Global Seismic and Geomagnetic Activity and their Relation to Solar Activity. S. Odintsov, K. Boyarchuk, K. Georgieva, B. Kirov, D. Atanasov. Russian Academy of Sciences, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia University, Bulgaria. Accepted March 18, 2005.
3) Does the Solar Cycle Modulate Seismic and Volcanic Activty? A. Mazzarella, A. Palumbo. University of Naples, Italy. Accepted April 10, 1989.

SOLAR/ATMOSPHERIC CONNECTION:
Physical Mechanism of the Action of Solar Activty and other Geophysical Factors on the State of the Lower Atmosphere, meteorological parameters, and Climate. M. I. Pudovkin, O. M. Raspoov. Phys.-Usp. 36 644 (http://iopscience.iop.org/1063-7869/36/7/A09). 1993.

Interesting:::: CHINA QUAKE – 5/12/2008:
Formation Mechanism of Great Positive TEC Disturbances Prior to Wenchuan Earthquake on May 12, 2008. M. V. Klimenko, V. V. Klimenko, I. E. Zakharenkova, S.A. Pulinets, B. Zhao, M. N. Tsidilina. West Dept. of N.V. Pushkov, Kaliningrad State Technical University, Fedorov Institute of Applied geophysics, IKI (Moscow), Beijing National Observatory of Space Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Accepted March 31, 2011

Two Examples of Quake Forecasters Using Coronal Holes: Astrotometry, thebarcaroller

 

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

 

Excessive Heat Warning

 

DES MOINES IA
TULSA OK
PADUCAH KY
OMAHA/VALLEY NE
TOPEKA KS
KANSAS CITY/PLEASANT HILL MO
ST LOUIS MO




Heat Advisory

 

MILWAUKEE/SULLIVAN WI
LINCOLN IL
MEMPHIS TN
INDIANAPOLIS IN
GOODLAND KS
HASTINGS NE
SPRINGFIELD MO
NORMAN OK
TULSA OK
NORTH PLATTE NE
SIOUX FALLS SD
WICHITA KS
OMAHA/VALLEY NE
ST LOUIS MO



Red Flag Warning

FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE

 

NORTH PLATTE NE
RENO NV

 

Fire Weather Watch

 

BILLINGS MT
GREAT FALLS MT
MISSOULA MT
NORMAN OK

 

 

Today Forest / Wild Fire Spain Catalonia , [Northeast Region] Damage level
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Forest / Wild Fire in Spain on Monday, 23 July, 2012 at 03:05 (03:05 AM) UTC.

Description
A series of raging wildfires in Spain’s northeastern region of Catalonia have killed at least three people and injured nineteen others, officials said on Sunday. The fires have burned thousands of acres (hectares) in recent days. The fires, which have been fanned by dry conditions and winds up to 55 miles (90 kilometers) per hour, have burned about 13,000 hectares (32,100 acres) as of late Sunday evening. The most serious fire broke out on Sunday afternoon and continued to burn out of control during the late evening hours. According to the Spanish Interior Minister, at least three people have been killed by the fires. A 60-year-old man and his 15-year-old daughter were killed after they attempted to evade flames by jumping off of a cliff and drowned in the sea below. A 75-year-old man was killed when he went into cardiac arrest. Spanish authorities said a further nineteen people have been injured, including an 8-year-old girl and a 65-year-old French citizen who suffered burns to 80 percent of his body. Thousands of people have also been forced to evacuate their homes, and more evacuations are expected if the fires continue to spread. Spain is regularly hit by wildfires. Eleven firefighters were killed in 2005 when a forest fire caused by a barbecue devastated a large area in Spain’s central province of Guadalajara. A wildfire also burned more than 2,000 hectares (4,900 acres) on the Spanish island of Ibiza in May 2011, making it the worst wildfire in the island’s history.

 

 

 

 

 

Idaho wildfires report

 

HORSESHOE BEND, Idaho — Authorities say U.S. Highway 95 has been reduced to one lane near Midvale as crews battle a 600-acre wildfire in western Idaho. Roadside Fire started early Friday and the cause has not yet been determined. Denise Cobb with the Payette National Forest says the fire is burning on a mix of private, state, and federal land within the forest’s protection zone. Officials reported just before 2 p.m. that the blaze had crossed Sage Creek and was heading northwest. To the south, firefighters said a brush fire that burned 100 acres near Highway 55 outside of Horseshoe Bend had been contained. The Summit Ridge Fire ignited Thursday afternoon and forced the evacuation of more than 10 homes. The blaze destroyed a barn but no houses were harmed.

 

 

Wildfires reignite in Soda, Grace areas

By Journal staff

Fires that reignited in Soda Springs and the Grace area were deemed under control  Friday evening, according to officials.

Firefighters in Caribou County put out a blaze east of Soda Springs Thursday that had started the day before. Crews then reported to another fire that afternoon on the 1900 block of Turner Road in Grace. According to a previous Journal article, the resident’s trash incinerator ignited nearby grass which spread around the home and along the road. Fire crews arrived and worked to extinguish the blaze.

As of Thursday the fires had been under control, but were reignited Friday.

The fire that threatened homes near Soda Springs had burned more than 200 acres. It appeared to have caused smoke damage to some residences. Although it was reported the Soda fire had reignited, it was not known as of press time if the more acreage had burned.

The Caribou County Sheriff’s Office said a press release would likely be issued Monday.

 

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Storms / Tornadoes / Flooding / Landslides / Mudslides

 

 

 Active tropical storm system(s)
Name of storm system Location Formed Last update Last category Course Wind Speed Gust Wave Source Details
Vicente (09W) Pacific Ocean 21.07.2012 23.07.2012 Tropical Storm 345 ° 102 km/h 130 km/h 3.66 m JTWC Details

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tropical Storm data

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Storm name: Vicente (09W)
Area: Pacific Ocean
Start up location: N 19° 30.000, E 116° 36.000
Start up: 21st July 2012
Status: 01st January 1970
Track long: 107.66 km
Top category.:
Report by: JTWC
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Past track
Date Time Position Speed
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Wind
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Gust
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Category Course Wave Pressure Source
22nd Jul 2012 05:07:48 N 19° 24.000, E 115° 30.000 19 83 102 Tropical Storm 290 10 JTWC
Current position
Date Time Position Speed
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Category Course Wave
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23rd Jul 2012 05:07:51 N 19° 54.000, E 115° 0.000 11 102 130 Tropical Storm 345 ° 12 JTWC
Forecast track
Date Time Position Category Wind
km/h
Gust
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Source
24th Jul 2012 12:00:00 N 22° 18.000, E 110° 12.000 Tropical Storm 74 93 JTWC
24th Jul 2012 00:00:00 N 21° 36.000, E 112° 30.000 Typhoon I. 120 148 JTWC
25th Jul 2012 00:00:00 N 22° 30.000, E 107° 48.000 Tropical Depression 56 74 JTWC
26th Jul 2012 00:00:00 N 22° 30.000, E 104° 0.000 Tropical Depression 37 56 JTWC

 

 

Today Tornado Canada Province of Saskatchewan, Smeaton Damage level
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Tornado in Canada on Monday, 23 July, 2012 at 03:01 (03:01 AM) UTC.

Description
Constable Lance Bouvier with the Smeaton Detachment of the RCMP said they were kept busy Saturday night after reports of a tornado touching down. “About five miles south of Smeaton a tornado had touched down and it headed north. It went through four farms and farm fields and left a path of destruction. The first farm it went through toppled a bunch of trees and leveled a chicken coop and threw trees around the yard. It continued further north and got to another farm and it leveled everything and leveled a house,” Bouvier said. Bouvier said the house had been moved 30 feet from its foundation and only had two walls left after the tornado went through the property. The man was not injured but shaken up. Lyle White the fire chief of Smeaton and District Fire and Rescue received the call to attend the scene shortly after 8 p.m. “We had a call of a tornado hitting a farm and a man missing,” White said. “When we arrived, I did meet the gentleman; the owner, when we got to the yard and we realized there wasn’t anybody missing … when we arrived on the scene the house was pretty much destroyed.” He described trees were torn down, machinery had been tossed around, and there was no roof on the garage. Lyn Brown was on her way into town when she witnessed the twister from Hwy 55. “After we saw the touchdown we were bombarded by quarter size hail as we turned into Smeaton.”

“The noise in the truck was deafening, it sounded like we were being pelted with rocks, ” Brown said. The tornado than moved further north and hit another farm yard where it leveled more structures, uprooted trees and even snapped power poles like toothpicks. “The family there was inside the house, but they were in the basement when it went through. No one was injured or hurt at that residence. Then it went across the street to another farm yard, and there it leveled a bunch of trees, it didn’t hit the house or other outbuildings. Soon after that it dissipated, the tornado lost its energy. There is a lot of damage,” Bouvier said. Bouvier said the tornado spanned about three miles and the Smeaton area had sever rain, hail and wind. There is a lot of water in the area but Bouvier said there is nothing in the way of flooding. Power lines had been destroyed in the area, but SaskPower crews were on scene quickly and restored power within four hours. That wasn’t the only report of a twister on Saturday night. The paNOW newsroom was flooded with photos of a sighting near Anglin Lake and Emma Lake. One witness said she narrowly got off the water before a bad storm hit Anglin Lake, located about 60 kilometres north of Prince Albert. She said hail and high winds knocked down trees. The same storm cell spawned a tornado in the area, however that has not been confirmed by Environment Canada. Devon and Shannon Billo watched the ominous clouds roll in from their camper at Sunnyside Beach at Emma Lake, located south of Anglin Lake. They said they saw a funnel cloud appear to touch down twice around 6:30 p.m. For the remainder of the evening thunderstorm watches were in effect for central and eastern areas of the province.

 

 

Today Flash Flood India State of Maharastra, Yavatmal Damage level
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Flash Flood in India on Monday, 23 July, 2012 at 03:03 (03:03 AM) UTC.

Description
Torrential rain since Saturday midnight have either marooned or cut off over 30 villages from the rest of the district. District administration has started evacuating people from these villages to safer locations and also distributing food packets and drinking water. According to district collector, Ashwin Mudgal, at least 30 villages in Arni, Darwha, Yavatmal and Ralegaon tehsils are flooded. People from eight villages have been shifted to safer places since Sunday morning, he said. “The bridge between Yavatmal and Arni at Yeola village is submerged. Same is the case with the bridge between Arni and Mahur. As a result, Arni town and surrounding villages are cut off from the rest of the district,” Mudgal said. The administration has also alerted villages along banks of major rivers and nullahs so that people can be evacuated in time. Several trees have been uprooted while many houses in low lying areas are under water. “No casualty has been reported so far and damages are yet to be ascertained,” the collector added. The flood situation in Arni and Yavatmal Tehsil remains unchanged while water is reportedly receding in Darwha, Ralegaon and other parts of the district. Heavy rains are still lashing most of the affected villages. “Till 8am on Sunday, the district recorded 70-75mm average rainfall but it picked up afterwards causing flooding of many areas,” Mudgal said adding that a final report is awaited.

 

 

Flood Warning

 

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Heavy Rains Blamed for at Least 37 Deaths in Beijing

Reuters

Residents sat amid debris and damaged vehicles after a flood caused by heavy rainfall swept through Wa Jing Village near Beijing.

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 BEIJING — The heaviest rainfall in six decades caused widespread havoc in this capital over the weekend, killing at least 37 people and forcing the evacuation of 50,000 others from waterlogged neighborhoods and villages, according to the state news media.
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More than six inches of rain fell overnight Saturday into Sunday, collapsing roofs, downing power lines and turning highway underpasses into ponds that engulfed scores of cars and buses. About 80,000 passengers at Beijing Capital International Airport were stranded overnight after fierce thunderstorms forced the cancellation of 500 flights, the state-run Xinhua news agency said.

The sewer system of Beijing, a city poised on the edge of the Gobi Desert, is ill-equipped to handle heavy precipitation; residents in low-lying areas are accustomed to dealing with minor flooding after rainstorms. Officials said the rain, which began at noon and stretched into the early morning, was the heaviest since 1951.

The city’s flood control bureau said the downpour in the city’s southwestern Fangshan district brought 18 inches of water and forced the evacuation of hundreds, including 350 students who were trapped at a military training site. Among the dead were a police officer electrocuted by a falling power line and another person struck by lightning.

Elsewhere in the country, at least 10 people drowned or perished in landslides, including four people killed in northern Shanxi Province when their truck was swept away by a swollen river, the state news media reported.

Although the rain yielded to sunny skies on Sunday, meteorologists warned of more stormy weather in the coming days.

 

 

18 die as bus plunges into gorge in India

A government official in India says 18 people are dead after a bus fell into a deep gorge after being hit by hurtling boulders during a landslide in the mountainous northeast. Another 17 people are injured.

The Associated Press

GAUHATI, India —A government official in India says 18 people are dead after a bus fell into a deep gorge after being hit by hurtling boulders during a landslide in the mountainous northeast. Another 17 people are injured.

Arunachal Pradesh state Transport Minister Zoram Sangliana says the bus plunged about 45 meters (150 feet) into the gorge early Saturday near Keifang, a village 100 kilometers (60 miles) east of Aizawl, the state capital. Monsoon rains triggered the landslide in the region.

The injured have been taken to a nearby hospital, Sangliana told The Associated Press.

India has the world’s deadliest roads, with more than 110,000 people killed every year. Most crashes are blamed on reckless driving, poorly maintained roads and aging vehicles.

 

 

 

Deadly mudslides sweep through Austria

Deadly mudslides sweep through Austria

A person has been killed in Austria after torrential rains triggered mudslides and flooding across several provinces.

360 people living in an alpine region were forced to evacuate their homes after a torrent of mud swept through.

The rain has destroyed houses, cut off villages and damaged roads.

More rain is forecast over the coming days.

 

 

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Solar Activity

2MIN News July 22, 2012: Minor Spaceweather – Noticeable Effects

Published on Jul 22, 2012 by

TODAYS LINKS
China Rain: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/photo/2012-07/22/c_131730395.htm
Electric Atmosphere: http://www.astrobio.net/pressrelease/4900/the-electric-atmosphere

REPEAT LINKS
Spaceweather: http://spaceweather.com/ [Look on the left at the X-ray Flux and Solar Wind Speed/Density]

HAARP: http://www.haarp.alaska.edu/haarp/data.html [Click online data, and have a little fun]

SDO: http://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/data/ [Place to find Solar Images and Videos - as seen from earth]

SOHO: http://sohodata.nascom.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/soho_movie_theater [SOHO; Lasco and EIT - as seen from earth]

Stereo: http://stereo.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/images [Stereo; Cor, EUVI, HI - as seen from the side]

SunAEON:http://www.sunaeon.com/#/solarsystem/ [Just click it... trust me]

SOLARIMG: http://solarimg.org/artis/ [All purpose data viewing site]

iSWA: http://iswa.gsfc.nasa.gov/iswa/iSWA.html [Free Application; for advanced sun watchers]

NOAA ENLIL SPIRAL: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/wsa-enlil/cme-based/ [CME Evolution]

NOAA Bouys: http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/

RSOE: http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php [That cool alert map I use]

JAPAN Radiation Map: http://jciv.iidj.net/map/

LISS: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/monitoring/operations/heliplots_gsn.php

Gamma Ray Bursts: http://grb.sonoma.edu/ [Really? You can't figure out what this one is for?]

BARTOL Cosmic Rays: http://neutronm.bartol.udel.edu//spaceweather/welcome.html [Top left box, look for BIG blue circles]

TORCON: http://www.weather.com/news/tornado-torcon-index [Tornado Forecast for the day]

GOES Weather: http://rsd.gsfc.nasa.gov/goes/ [Clouds over America]

INTELLICAST: http://www.intellicast.com/ [Weather site used by many youtubers]

NASA News: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/

PHYSORG: http://phys.org/ [GREAT News Site!]

 BREAKING: Sun – Unidentified Anomaly Creates Plasma Vortex

Published on Jul 22, 2012 by

Sun – Unidentified Anomaly Creates Plasma Vortex

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Space

 

  Earth approaching objects (objects that are known in the next 30 days)

Object Name Apporach Date Left AU Distance LD Distance Estimated Diameter* Relative Velocity
(2011 CA7) 23rd July 2012 0 day(s) 0.1492 58.1 2.3 m – 5.1 m 5.43 km/s 19548 km/h
(2012 BB124) 24th July 2012 1 day(s) 0.1610 62.7 170 m – 380 m 8.78 km/s 31608 km/h
(2009 PC) 28th July 2012 5 day(s) 0.1772 68.9 61 m – 140 m 7.34 km/s 26424 km/h
217013 (2001 AA50) 31st July 2012 8 day(s) 0.1355 52.7 580 m – 1.3 km 22.15 km/s 79740 km/h
(2012 DS30) 02nd August 2012 10 day(s) 0.1224 47.6 18 m – 39 m 5.39 km/s 19404 km/h
(2000 RN77) 03rd August 2012 11 day(s) 0.1955 76.1 410 m – 920 m 9.87 km/s 35532 km/h
(2004 SB56) 04th August 2012 12 day(s) 0.1393 54.2 380 m – 840 m 13.72 km/s 49392 km/h
(2000 SD8) 04th August 2012 12 day(s) 0.1675 65.2 180 m – 400 m 5.82 km/s 20952 km/h
(2006 EC) 06th August 2012 14 day(s) 0.0932 36.3 13 m – 28 m 6.13 km/s 22068 km/h
(2006 MV1) 07th August 2012 15 day(s) 0.0612 23.8 12 m – 28 m 4.79 km/s 17244 km/h
(2005 RK3) 08th August 2012 16 day(s) 0.1843 71.7 52 m – 120 m 8.27 km/s 29772 km/h
(2009 BW2) 09th August 2012 17 day(s) 0.0337 13.1 25 m – 56 m 5.27 km/s 18972 km/h
277475 (2005 WK4) 09th August 2012 17 day(s) 0.1283 49.9 260 m – 580 m 6.18 km/s 22248 km/h
(2004 SC56) 09th August 2012 17 day(s) 0.0811 31.6 74 m – 170 m 10.57 km/s 38052 km/h
(2008 AF4) 10th August 2012 18 day(s) 0.1936 75.3 310 m – 690 m 16.05 km/s 57780 km/h
37655 Illapa 12th August 2012 20 day(s) 0.0951 37.0 770 m – 1.7 km 28.73 km/s 103428 km/h
(2012 HS15) 14th August 2012 22 day(s) 0.1803 70.2 220 m – 490 m 11.54 km/s 41544 km/h
4581 Asclepius 16th August 2012 24 day(s) 0.1079 42.0 220 m – 490 m 13.48 km/s 48528 km/h
(2008 TC4) 18th August 2012 26 day(s) 0.1937 75.4 140 m – 300 m 17.34 km/s 62424 km/h
(2006 CV) 20th August 2012 28 day(s) 0.1744 67.9 290 m – 640 m 13.24 km/s 47664 km/h
(2012 EC) 20th August 2012 28 day(s) 0.0815 31.7 56 m – 130 m 5.57 km/s 20052 km/h
162421 (2000 ET70) 21st August 2012 29 day(s) 0.1503 58.5 640 m – 1.4 km 12.92 km/s 46512 km/h
(2007 WU3) 21st August 2012 29 day(s) 0.1954 76.0 56 m – 120 m 5.25 km/s 18900 km/h
1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO

 

 

 

 

 

NASA Scopes Out Another Exoplanet That’s Two-Thirds the Size of Earth

By Elizabeth Fish, PCWorld

[Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech]NASA’s range of telescopes continually manage to surprise and delight with their frequent discoveries of planets far, far away–some of which are particularly quirky. While Kepler may be the best known of these telescopes, this time the Spitzer Space Telescope made a pretty interesting discovery this week: an exoplanet two-thirds the size of Earth.

This may not seem like such a big deal, but it’s not very common for us to find exoplanets (planets outside of our own solar system) to be smaller than Earth in size, or us to fine one so relatively close. The planet, named UCF-1.01, is “just” 33 light years away. Additionally, Spitzer is normally used to study exoplanets already discovered and not to discover new exoplanets, so this is not only a first for the telescope, but a potential new role in for it.

Size-wise, UCF-1.01 is around 5,200 miles in diameter, and was discovered when scientists were using Spitzer to study Neptune-sized exoplanet GJ 436b, which orbits the red-dwarf star GJ 436. Scientists noticed “dips” in the infrared coming from the star that were not caused from GJ 436b passing by it. This in turn led to the discovery of UCT-1.01. Its year lasts only about 1.4 Earth days due to how close the planet orbits its star.

The planet’s temperatures are around 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, meaning there’s very little in terms of atmosphere. This isn’t surprising, considering how closely it orbits its sun. Scientists believe the planet itself has melted slightly, causing a molten surface.

It’s a precious discovery, considering that of the 1,800 planetary candidates discovered by NASA, only three were smaller than Earth. Three. You can find out more about the Spitzer Space Telescope and its missions on NASA’s website.

[NASA]

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Mysterious  Occurrences

Mysterious abyssal hole opens up in Magdalena, New Mexico (July 21, 2012)

Published on Jul 21, 2012 by

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Biological Hazards / Wildlife / Environmental Pollution

 

 

Today Biological Hazard Canada Province of Alberta, [Ma-Me-O Beach, Pigeon Lake] Damage level
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Biological Hazard in Canada on Monday, 23 July, 2012 at 06:02 (06:02 AM) UTC.

Description
Beach-front property owners on Pigeon Lake were shocked Sunday morning to see “thousands” of dead fish wash up on the sand along Ma-Me-O Beach. Seagulls were feasting on the piles of dead walleye along the beach as community members led a self-started clean-up operation on the lake 109 kilometres southwest of Edmonton. From the window of her cabin, Deborah Cresswell said she could see at least a dozen people walking the shoreline, organizing the fish into piles and shovelling them into the bucket of a backhoe for disposal. “It’s surprising because we’ve been going to the beach and swimming every day and suddenly … we go to the beach and it’s littered with thousands of dead fish,” Cresswell said. “The fish started coming in last (Saturday) night after it was really windy,” Cresswell said, speculating that “the weather gets a little too hot and when the water gets above a certain temperature, the fish all die.” The fish aren’t small either, Cresswell said. Each fish is at least a foot-and-a-half long and would’ve made any sport-fisherman happy with his catch. Even now, the dead fish are still washing ashore, she said. Cresswell has lived in a cabin on Ma-Me-O Beach with her husband for several years. She said they’ve seen this happen twice before and believe it may be affecting the property values of cabins on the lake. “I think it is affecting the sale of cabins out here,” Cresswell said. “In the last few years, with the green algae and fish dying, people don’t want to come here and swim as much.” Cresswell said swimming and camping at Pigeon Lake has seen an increase in popularity this year, but fears people will stop coming if there are no fish to cast a line for. Alberta Fish and Wildlife could not be reached for comment Sunday. Pigeon Lake is a popular recreation lake. The summer village of Ma-Me-O beach has a population of up to 200 people during the summer. Ma-Me-O Beach gets its name from the Cree words for a “place of many shore birds.”
Biohazard name: Mass Die-off (Fishes)
Biohazard level: 0/4 —
Biohazard desc.: This does not included biological hazard category.
Symptoms:
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Today Environment Pollution Colombia Province of Boyaca , [Cano Limon Covenas oil well, near to Cubara] Damage level
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Environment Pollution in Colombia on Monday, 23 July, 2012 at 06:05 (06:05 AM) UTC.

Description
Blast-triggered oil leakage in eastern Columbia had contaminated rivers, leaving more than 120,000 residents vulnerable to water shortage, authorities said Sunday. An unidentified group sabotaged late Saturday a 780-km long pipeline at the Cano Limon Covenas oil well near Boyaca province’s Cubara, leaving the small city Saravena most affected, said Mining and Energy Minister Mauricio Cardenas. Saravena is a thriving urban centre thanks to foreign investment in the regional mining and oil industries in recent years. The spill seeped into both Royota and Arauca rivers, affecting the water supply to Saravena and its surroundings. At least 120,000 inhabitants were to face water shortage, estimated local authorities. Cardenas condemned the attack and said authorities did not yet know how much il had spilled into the waterways. “First, we must categorically reject and condemn this new act of terrorism … against the population, the natural resources and a resource as fundamental and essential as water,” Cardenas told local RCN radio. He added that water supply would be restored soon, as workers were trying to stem the spill and clean up the polluted rivers. The river of Arauca lies along the border with neighbouring Venezuela. Asked whether the spill could have affected communities in Venezuela, Cardenas said “it may have happened, but we have no official information.”

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Earthquakes

 

RSOE EDIS

Date/Time (UTC) Magnitude Area Country State/Prov./Gov. Location Risk Source Details
01.06.2012 11:15:33 5.2 Asia Japan Uruido There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 11:11:16 5.2 Asia Japan Saitama-ken Nishi-hojubana VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.06.2012 11:15:58 3.3 Europe Italy Casate Raffa VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 11:16:23 2.7 Europe Italy La Balantina VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 11:16:45 2.9 Europe Albania Balajt e Poshtem VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 11:17:06 3.0 Asia Turkey Kavakli VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 10:15:34 2.8 Europe Italy Concordia sulla Secchia VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 09:25:42 2.0 North America United States Alaska Iniskin There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.06.2012 10:15:53 2.3 Europe Italy Drauto There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 09:15:56 5.8 Indonesian archipelago Indonesia Prori VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.06.2012 09:10:30 6.1 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Prori VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 09:00:44 2.8 North America United States Nevada Amargosa Valley VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.06.2012 08:40:40 2.2 North America United States California Toomey There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.06.2012 09:10:54 3.5 Europe Greece Kolimbia VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 09:11:13 4.9 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Buha VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 08:45:36 4.9 Indonesian archipelago Indonesia Buha VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.06.2012 09:11:34 2.3 Europe Italy Pezzi di Gala There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 08:05:36 2.0 North America United States Alaska Valdez VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.06.2012 09:11:54 2.7 Europe Greece Kontaiika VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 08:10:32 5.5 Australia & New-Zealand New Zealand Half-moon Bay VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 07:25:39 5.5 Pacific Ocean New Zealand Woodville County Half-moon Bay VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.06.2012 07:10:32 2.6 Europe Poland Chojnow VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 11:17:27 2.0 Europe Greece Bokhali VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 07:10:59 3.0 Europe Greece Lipsoi There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 07:11:24 2.4 Europe Italy Cavezzo VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 07:11:44 2.3 Europe Italy Alberica VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 06:25:35 2.1 North America United States Hawaii Volcano There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.06.2012 06:26:02 2.0 North America United States Nevada Amargosa Valley VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.06.2012 06:40:59 4.1 North America Canada British Columbia Port Alice VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.06.2012 07:12:10 4.1 North-America Canada Port Alice VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 07:12:32 2.1 Europe Italy La Balantina VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 07:12:52 2.1 Europe Italy Dogaro VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 07:13:14 2.8 Europe Italy Melara VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 07:13:35 2.2 Europe Italy Concordia sulla Secchia VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 06:05:34 2.4 Europe Italy Tramuschio VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 06:05:55 2.1 Europe Italy San Giacomo Roncole VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 06:06:19 2.9 Europe Greece Agioi Theodori VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 06:06:40 2.3 Europe Italy Concordia sulla Secchia VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 06:07:01 2.3 Europe Italy San Giacomo Roncole VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 06:07:22 3.1 Asia Turkey Sultaniye VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 05:15:31 4.1 Pacific Ocean Fiji Thikombia VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.06.2012 06:07:42 4.1 Pacific Ocean – East Fiji Thikombia VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 05:03:58 2.5 Asia Turkey Cukurgol Yaylasi There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 05:04:47 2.9 Europe Greece Kaloi Limenes VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 05:06:06 2.3 Asia Turkey Dualar VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 09:21:02 3.2 Pacific Ocean New Zealand Woodville County Mayfield VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 GEONET Details
01.06.2012 05:07:53 2.3 Europe Italy Ravarino VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 05:11:12 2.0 Europe Italy Possessionazza VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 04:10:24 2.4 North America United States California Toomey There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.06.2012 05:13:34 2.3 Europe Italy Crevalcore VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 05:40:48 4.1 North America Canada British Columbia Port Alice VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.06.2012 06:08:02 4.1 North-America Canada Port Alice VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 05:14:57 2.4 Asia Turkey Ciftlikkoy There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 04:00:32 2.2 Europe Italy La Massara VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 04:00:53 2.6 Europe Italy Finale Emilia VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 04:01:14 2.1 Europe Italy La Balantina VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 04:01:35 2.3 Europe Italy Alberica VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 04:01:56 2.5 Europe Italy I Colombaroni VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 04:02:17 2.0 Europe Italy La Barchessa VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 04:02:36 2.0 Europe Italy Crevalcore VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 04:02:57 2.2 Europe Italy Ponte di San Pellegrino VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 03:00:27 2.1 Europe Italy Bosellina VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 02:20:29 2.8 North America United States Alaska Lagoon VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.06.2012 08:10:54 3.2 Europe Albania Lalar VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 03:00:52 2.2 Europe Italy San Biagio VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 02:05:27 2.2 North America United States California Caldwell Pines There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.06.2012 03:01:11 2.3 Europe Italy San Felice sul Panaro VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 01:55:34 2.2 Europe Italy La Collevata VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 01:55:55 2.8 Europe Italy Palidano VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 01:56:18 2.8 Asia Turkey Ilbeyi VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 01:56:39 2.2 Europe Italy Melara VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 01:57:00 2.1 Europe Italy Alberica VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 03:01:30 2.7 Asia Turkey Hamidiye VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 01:57:19 5.5 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Mubrani VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 00:55:27 2.9 Europe Italy San Giovanni del Dosso VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 03:01:50 2.8 Asia Turkey Cukurgol Yaylasi There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 00:55:46 2.2 Europe Italy Sant’Agostino VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 00:56:08 2.0 Europe Italy La Balantina VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 00:56:29 3.1 Europe Greece Kalopirgos VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 06:08:26 2.9 Europe Slovakia Pila VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 23:20:37 3.5 North America United States Hawaii ‘Ainapö There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
31.05.2012 23:50:38 3.2 Europe Greece Livadaki VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 23:50:58 2.2 Europe Italy La Balantina VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 23:51:19 2.2 Europe Italy La Balantina VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 23:51:41 2.1 Europe Italy Novi di Modena VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 23:52:02 2.5 Europe Italy La Pettenella VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 22:50:36 2.2 Europe Italy Tibertella VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 22:50:57 2.4 Europe Italy Crevalcore VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 22:51:19 3.0 Europe Italy Termine Grosso VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 22:51:40 2.3 Europe Italy Vigarano Mainarda VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 22:52:01 2.3 Europe Italy Medolla VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 22:52:23 2.5 Europe Italy Poggio Renatico VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 22:52:44 3.1 Europe Italy Sette Polesini VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 22:53:02 2.4 Europe Italy Alberica VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 21:33:12 2.3 North America United States California Brown There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.06.2012 03:02:12 2.4 Asia Turkey Cukurgol Yaylasi There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 21:45:43 2.7 Europe Italy Dogaro VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 21:46:02 2.8 Europe Italy Bosellina VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 21:46:26 4.6 Middle-America Mexico Los Amates VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 03:02:33 2.9 Asia Turkey Colpan There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 21:46:46 4.2 Europe Italy Alberica VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 21:47:07 2.9 Europe Italy Il Cantone VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 21:47:28 3.3 Europe Italy Alberica VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 20:40:41 2.1 North America United States California Coso Junction There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
31.05.2012 20:45:29 2.2 Europe Italy La Massara VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 20:45:55 2.2 Europe Italy Nonantola VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 20:46:20 2.3 Europe Italy La Balantina VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 19:40:34 2.7 Europe Italy Quarantoli VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 19:35:42 2.0 North America United States Hawaii Volcano There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
31.05.2012 19:40:55 3.2 Europe Greece Sarti VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 19:41:16 2.8 Europe Italy Piscita There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 19:41:34 3.6 Europe France Lys VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 19:41:55 2.5 Europe Italy Cavezzo VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 19:42:18 2.5 Europe Italy Melara VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 19:42:36 2.4 Europe Italy Bosellina VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 19:42:58 2.7 Europe Italy La Pettenella VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 18:45:49 3.0 North America United States Nevada Upper Town (historical) VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
31.05.2012 18:40:36 2.2 Europe Italy Sant’Agostino VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 18:40:56 2.3 Europe Italy Concordia sulla Secchia VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 18:15:59 3.3 North America United States Hawaii Pähala There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
31.05.2012 18:25:36 4.6 Pacific Ocean Fiji Ono Levu VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
31.05.2012 18:41:18 4.6 Pacific Ocean – East Fiji Ono Levu VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 18:41:39 2.5 Europe Italy Ghisellina VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.06.2012 00:56:51 4.0 Asia Pakistan Goth Rehri Mian VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. EMSC Details
31.05.2012 17:26:13 2.0 North America United States California Mesa Camp There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
31.05.2012 17:35:53 3.1 Europe Italy Resega VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 17:20:52 2.3 North America United States Hawaii Volcano There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
31.05.2012 17:11:17 2.0 North America United States Hawaii Pähala There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
31.05.2012 17:36:20 4.0 Europe Italy Resega VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 17:00:44 2.9 North America United States California Hammil There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
31.05.2012 17:36:41 2.7 Europe Poland Jaskowice VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 17:37:01 2.3 Europe Italy Morano Calabro VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 17:37:22 2.5 Europe Italy Stellata VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 17:37:42 2.5 Europe Italy Renazzo VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 17:38:03 2.6 Europe Italy Casa Madonnina VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 15:15:52 4.6 Indonesian archipelago Indonesia Dampulis VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
31.05.2012 15:25:53 4.6 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Dampulis VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 14:45:46 2.4 North America United States California Aspen Springs There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
31.05.2012 15:26:16 2.4 Asia Turkey Karacaali VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 15:26:37 2.9 Asia Turkey Cavus VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 14:31:09 3.0 North America United States Alaska Chignik There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
31.05.2012 15:26:58 2.3 Europe Italy San Biagio VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 15:27:19 2.6 Europe Italy Ponte Trevisani VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 14:25:45 2.7 Europe Italy Casa Madonnina VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 15:27:39 2.5 Europe Italy Alberica VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 14:26:12 2.1 Europe Italy Il Motto VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 13:36:20 2.1 Middle America Mexico Estado de Baja California Heriberto Jafa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
31.05.2012 14:26:31 3.2 Europe Italy Vigarano Pieve VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 13:22:31 3.1 North America United States Hawaii Lae ‘Apuki (historical) There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. Vulkán 0 Vulkán 0 USGS-RSOE Details
31.05.2012 13:20:46 2.6 Europe Italy Casa Castellana VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 13:21:07 3.4 Europe Italy Cavezzo VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 13:21:27 3.1 Europe Greece Sarti VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 12:10:50 2.0 North America United States California Pope Valley There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
31.05.2012 12:15:49 2.3 Europe Italy Le Cremosine VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 13:21:46 2.3 Europe Italy Alberica VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 12:16:16 2.6 Europe France Saint-Jean VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. EMSC Details
31.05.2012 12:16:37 2.6 Europe Italy Quarantoli VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 12:18:12 2.0 Caribbean Puerto Rico Joyuda VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
31.05.2012 14:26:50 4.1 Asia Tajikistan Devsiar VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 12:16:58 2.5 Europe Italy Tramuschio VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 12:17:19 2.5 Europe Italy Resega VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 12:17:39 2.5 Asia Turkey Asagi Yarikkaya There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
31.05.2012 22:45:36 2.6 North America United States California Centerville (historical) VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
31.05.2012 19:16:20 2.3 Middle America Mexico Estado de Baja California Durango There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.06.2012 01:20:40 5.5 Indonesian archipelago Indonesia Tindawi VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.06.2012 00:50:29 2.4 North America United States Hawaii Volcano There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.06.2012 00:50:48 2.0 North America United States California Irwindale VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.06.2012 00:51:08 2.7 North America United States California Irwindale VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.06.2012 01:25:31 2.9 Caribbean Puerto Rico La Torre VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.06.2012 00:15:39 2.0 North America United States Hawaii Pähala There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.06.2012 01:21:02 2.1 Middle America Mexico Estado de Baja California Perez There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.06.2012 01:50:43 2.3 North America Canada British Columbia Princeton VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.06.2012 00:00:48 4.0 Asia Pakistan Sind Goth Rehri Mian VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. USGS-RSOE Details

 

 

 

 

 

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3.5 Hawai’i Island Earthquake, No Tsunami

  Maui News

Hawai’i Island earthquake, May 31, 2012. Map courtesy USGS.

By Wendy Osher

There was no tsunami threat following a 3.5 magnitude earthquake reported at 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, May 31, 2012 on Hawai’i Island.

The earthquake was located: 11 miles N of Pahala, HI; 16 miles WSW of Volcano, HI; 22 miles NNE of Naalehu, HI; 34 miles SW of Hilo, HI; and 203 miles SE of Honolulu, HI.

The US Geological Survey, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Hawaii National Park, recorded the data, reporting the earthquake to be at a depth of 0.3 miles.

No tsunami was generated.

Earthquakes Off Alaska Pose US Tsunami Risk

OurAmazingPlanet

The risk of a deadly tsunami ravaging the United States is now leading scientists to investigate hazards posed by giant earthquakes off the Alaskan coast.

Scientists are concentrating on the Alaskan-Aleutian subduction zone, where the tectonic plate underlying the Pacific Ocean is diving underneath the continental plate underlying North America. Tsunamis can be caused by earthquakes, especially large ones, and the second-largest recorded earthquake in history was a magnitude 9.2 at this zone in 1964.

“It concerns us a lot that we might have deadly waves aimed at U.S. shores,” said geophysicist David Scholl, an emeritus scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey at Menlo Park, Calif., who discussed the work in Eos, a publication from the American Geophysical Union.

Traveling tsunamis

The fear is that a tsunami caused by a major earthquake along this zone could race across the Pacific Ocean and devastate highly populated areas of the U.S. West Coast, as well as Hawaii.

“We’ve been focusing on tsunami risks since 2004, when the Banda-Aceh earthquake and tsunami led to a loss of about 250,000 lives, and then the 2011 Tohoku-Oki earthquake and tsunami claimed another 20,000 or so people and caused a nuclear disaster,” Scholl told OurAmazingPlanet.

“Tsunamis show us that you may have an earthquake in one part of the world that visits damage on areas thousands of miles away.”

For instance, a tsunami in 1946 generated by a magnitude 8.6 temblor on the Alaskan-Aleutian subduction zone near Unimak Pass, Alaska, caused significant damage along the West Coast, claimed 150 lives in Hawaii, and inundated shorelines as far away as the South Pacific islands and Antarctica.

“These waves can travel at 500 mph [700 kph],” Scholl said. “From the Aleutians, a tsunami could get to Hawaii in four or five hours, two or three hours to get to Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and the California coast. And they don’t lose much energy as they go.

The waves aren’t horribly high as they travel over the deep ocean, only a meter [3 feet] or so, but when they get to the coast, in shallow waters they grow in height to dozens of meters, and in places like Long Beach harbor in California, they’d cause rapid currents that can tear up the harbor area.”

Next big one

It remains uncertain where the next tsunami generated along this zone might occur. It appears unlikely that a quake as large as the magnitude 9.2 event in 1964 will happen again soon — the interval for such major quakes is about 900 years.

However, the areas between the Shumagin and Fox Islands on the zone may cause trouble, Scholl said. In addition, the last time the Semidi Islands section of the zone experienced a great earthquake was in 1938, a magnitude 8.2 event, and enough time has passed for strain to build up for another major temblor. Indeed, satellite analysis of the area suggests the shallower portion of this section is accumulating strain at a high rate.

Research is under way to examine the ancient history of tsunamis on several of the Aleutian Islands by looking at layers of sediment there.

The hope is to yield insights on how often tsunamis recur there and to link these deadly waves to specific earthquakes to better model the potential deadliness of tsunamis based on the magnitudes and locations of the earthquakes that cause them. Such research is key to building effective defenses against tsunamis. [History's Biggest Tsunamis]

“When it came to the Fukushima disaster in Japan, they designed a sea wall to handle a tsunami, but they ended up lowballing how high the wave would be,” Scholl said. “You have to know how bad tsunamis have been to know what to prepare for.”

Seattle Fault Zone — 900-930 AD earthquake larger than previously thought

 

A fresh look at sedimentary evidence suggests the 900-930 AD rupture of the Seattle fault possibly produced a larger earthquake than previously recognized. The Seattle fault zone, a series of active-east-west trending thrust faults, poses seismic threat to the Puget Sound region.

The 900-930 AD rupture is the only known large earthquake along the Seattle Fault, making geological records of prehistoric events the only clues to the earthquake potential of the fault.

While a graduate student at the University of Washington, Maria Arcos looked at tsunami and debris flow deposits – both evidence of a paleo-quake – in the coastal marsh at Gorst, Washington. She also identified evidence of at least three meters of uplift that preceded a , which was followed by a sandy debris flow from Gorst Creek, and suggests that the 900-930 AD quake covered a greater geographic area than previous fault interpretations.

The revised height and width of deformation caused by the quake may influence current interpretations of the Seattle fault’s structure. This study found a minimum of three meters of uplift at Gorst, which is double the amount of previous fault models for the same location. A broader zone of deformation, says Arcos, may indicate either a wider zone of slip along the dip of the , a shallower dip or splay faults farther to the south.

More information: “The A.D. 900 – 930 Seattle Fault Zone Earthquake with a Wider Coseismic Rupture Patch and Postseismic Submergence: Inferences from New Sedimentary Evidence,” published in BSSA, Vol 102:3; DOI:10.1785/0120110123

Provided by Seismological Society of America

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Volcanic Activity

 

31.05.2012 03:06 AM Province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica Rincón de la Vieja Volcano Volcano Activity 1405-02= Complex volcano No. 0 Details

 

 

 

Volcano Activity in Costa Rica on Thursday, 31 May, 2012 at 03:06 (03:06 AM) UTC.

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The National Emergency Commission (CNE) on Wednesday declared a preventive “green alert” due to recent seismic activity at three volcanoes. “The CNE’s alert is supported by reports from technical and scientific agencies that note the volcanoes are in constant activity,” the commission stated. Emissions of gas at Rincón de la Vieja Volcano has seen significant volcanic activity. Despite the warning, access to the volcanoes will remain open to the public, but visitors must follow guidelines issued at each national park’s entrance.

 

 

 

31.05.2012 03:10 AM Province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica Poás Volcano Volcano Activity 1405-04= Stratovolcano 2008 No. 0 Details

 

 

 

Volcano Activity in Costa Rica on Thursday, 31 May, 2012 at 03:10 (03:10 AM) UTC.

Description
The National Emergency Commission (CNE) on Wednesday declared a preventive “green alert” due to recent seismic activity at three volcanoes. “The CNE’s alert is supported by reports from technical and scientific agencies that note the volcanoes are in constant activity,” the commission stated. Emissions of gas at Poás Volcano are expected to increase. Despite the warning, access to the volcanoes will remain open to the public, but visitors must follow guidelines issued at each national park’s entrance.

 

 

31.05.2012 03:12 AM Province of Alajuela, Costa Rica Turrialba Volcano Volcano Activity 1405-07= Stratovolcano 2010 No. 0 Details

 

 

 

 

Volcano Activity in Costa Rica on Thursday, 31 May, 2012 at 03:12 (03:12 AM) UTC.

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The National Emergency Commission (CNE) on Wednesday declared a preventive “green alert” due to recent seismic activity at three volcanoes. “The CNE’s alert is supported by reports from technical and scientific agencies that note the volcanoes are in constant activity,” the commission stated. Turrialba Volcano, 70 kilometers east of the capital, has seen significant volcanic and seismic activity in recent months, prompting the National Seismological Network to upgraded its own color threat level to yellow. Despite the warning, access to the volcanoes will remain open to the public, but visitors must follow guidelines issued at each national park’s entrance.

 

 

 

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

 

 

Excessive Heat Warning

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LAS VEGAS NV

 

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Storms, Flooding,Sinkholes, Mudslides, Landslides

Dozens of homes hit by twister from Beryl

Tropical depression also dumping rain across coastal North Carolina

Image: Home damaged by twister

Tom Copeland  /  AP

The homes hit Wednesday by a tornado near Peletier, N.C., are along the White Oak River.
msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 5/30/2012 4:45:43 PM ET

Winds from Tropical Depression Beryl spawned a tornado Wednesday that destroyed four homes and damaged 64 more near Peletier, N.C., the local emergency management chief told msnbc.com.

No injuries were reported, added JoAnn Smith, emergency services director for Carteret County.

National Weather Service teams confirmed that a tornado caused the damage. The area is about 100 miles southeast of Raleigh.

Overnight, Beryl spawned a twister with 105 mph winds that blew off roofs and ripped up trees in Holly Hill, S.C., WCSC-TV reported. No one was injured.

Beryl was expected to return to storm status as it heads out to sea — and after dumping up to 6 inches of rain Wednesday from eastern North Carolina to southeast Virginia.

In North Carolina, many schools along the coast decided to shorten Wednesday’s school day by several hours because of the flood threat, NBC affiliate WNCN-TV reported.

Beryl sloshed ashore near Jacksonville, Fla., on Memorial Day as a tropical storm but was a tropical depression Wednesday morning with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph.

While expected to strengthen later Wednesday, any tropical storm-force winds will be offshore, the National Hurricane Center stated.

Beryl is the second named tropical system of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane season that doesn’t officially begin until Friday.

Beryl dumped 10 inches of rain in Sewanee County, Fla., while nearby areas wound up with 3 to 6 inches.

See more weather news on msnbc.com

Forecasters had predicted that up to 4 inches could fall on parts of South Carolina on Tuesday, although dry air began to wrap into the system in Georgia and by late in the day, the forecast called for only about 2 inches of new rain.

Rain would be welcome along the South Carolina coast after what has been a warm winter and dry spring. Rainfall in the Charleston area is about 4 inches below normal for the year.

Prior to Wednesday’s tornado damage, reports from the National Weather Service indicated that damage from Beryl seemed confined to downed trees and branches.

One person, an 18-year-old who went swimming off Daytona Beach on Monday evening, died in the rough surf.

Msnbc.com’s Miguel Llanos and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

 

Flood Warning

 

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DULUTH MN
TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
EASTERN NORTH DAKOTA/GRAND FORKS ND
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Flood Watch

 

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Anoka County, Minneapolis sinkhole is growing

Fox News

A homeowner living near a massive sinkhole that closed an Anoka County road says the huge hole is getting even bigger.

The hole appeared on Saturday morning, taking out 15 feet of Kettle River Boulevard and 165th Avenue in Columbus, Minn. — but it’s still growing around the edges.

The roadway has been blocked to traffic, and the Anoka County engineer says crews will be out on Thursday morning to begin repairs.

Officials say heavy rains and an aging infrastructure caused the pipe beneath the road to give out.

Chile mudslide leaves 3,000 stranded

EFE

Some 3,000 people living in the towns of Palena and Futaleufu, in the southern Chilean region of Los Lagos, on Wendesday remained isolated because of a mudslide that buried the road leading to the area, authorities said.

The mudslide, about 120 meters (390 feet) long and 20 meters (65 feet) deep, occurred late Tuesday during a storm that affected the area, in the vicinity of Villa Santa Lucia, some 1,300 kilometers (800 miles) south of Santiago.

That is what Andres Ibaceta, the regional head of the National Emergency Management Office, or Onemi, told local media, adding that although the road link for the affected communities with the rest of Chile had been interrupted, the border pass to Argentina is open.

“You can’t get to Palena from the Chilean side, although it is possible from the Argentine side,” said Ibaceta, while the Highway Department said that the effort to clear the road could take between two and three days.

Ibaceta emphasized that the weather conditions had improved in recent hours, something that he said will enable work crews to accelerate the clearing of mud, rocks and other debris from the road.

The storm also resulted in power outages and the loss of telephone communications, a situation that authorities said they had resolved over the past few hours.

The front of bad weather that affected several regions of Chile over the past few days left two people dead and 3,542 with some sort of property damage, according to figures compiled by Onemi. EFE

 

 

 

  31.05.2012 Landslide India State of Sikkim, [Between Gangtok and Tsomgo Lake] Damage level
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Landslide in India on Thursday, 31 May, 2012 at 11:26 (11:26 AM) UTC.

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Landslides triggered by rains have snapped the road link between Gangtok and Tsomgo Lake, leaving about 4000 tourists stranded near 15 Mile, en route to Tsomgo Lake and Nathu la in Sikkim. Officials said that visitors from all over the country on way to the lake and Nathu La have been put up in shelters provided by the Army at their bases beyond 15 Mile. The tourists were stuck after boulders fell on the main Jawaharlal Nehru Road, the link between Gangtok and Tsomgo Lake, yesterday. Lukendra Rasaily, president, Travel Agents Association of Sikkim (TAAS) said the boulders started falling on the road after 2 PM yesterday and at around 4 PM it got totally blocked after another landslide struck above 15 Mile. Many of the tourists who had reached the spot before the landslide were, however, lucky to make it to Gangtok.Some of the tourists braved it across the slide through other alternative routes to reach Gangtok, but the route was fraught with danger in view of fading light and continuous rains, Rasaily said. Border Road Organisation officials were working round-the -clock on re-opening the route depending on the weather, the sources said, adding last September’s tremor, 6.9 on Richter scale, could have loosened the ground underneath and continuing rains then resulted in the landslide. The alternative route via Rongli and Rhenock will be used to evacuate the tourists if the main route takes longer to be restored. Yesterday, was the first day of the week when Nathu la was open to tourists as any traffic upto the Indo-China border remains closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

 

 

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Epidemic Hazard/Diseases

Chagas: Is tropical disease really the new AIDS?

Chagas, a tropical disease spread by insects, is causing some fresh concern following an editorial—published earlier this week in a medical journal—that called it “the new AIDS of the Americas.”

More than 8 million people have been infected by Chagas, most of them in Latin and Central America. But more than 300,000 live in the United States.

The editorial, published by the Public Library of Science’s Neglected Tropical Diseases, said the spread of the disease is reminiscent of the early years of HIV.

“There are a number of striking similarities between people living with Chagas disease and people living with HIV/AIDS,” the authors wrote, “particularly for those with HIV/AIDS who contracted the disease in the first two decades of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.”

[Related: U.S. relief program prevented 741,000 HIV/AIDS deaths in Africa]

Both diseases disproportionately affect people living in poverty, both are chronic conditions requiring prolonged, expensive treatment, and as with patients in the first two decades of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, “most patients with Chagas disease do not have access to health care facilities.”

Unlike HIV, Chagas is not a sexually-transmitted disease: it’s “caused by parasites transmitted to humans by blood-sucking insects,” as the New York Times put it.

“It likes to bite you on the face,” CNN reported. “It’s called the kissing bug. When it ingests your blood, it excretes the parasite at the same time. When you wake up and scratch the itch, the parasite moves into the wound and you’re infected.”

“Gaaah,” Cassie Murdoch wrote on Jezebel.com, summing up the sentiment of everyone who read the journal’s report.

[Related: Coming soon--an over-the-counter HIV test]

Chagas, also known as American trypanosomiasis, kills about 20,000 people per year, the journal said.

And while just 20 percent of those infected with Chagas develop a life-threatening form of the disease, Chagas is “hard or impossible to cure,” the Times reports:

The disease can be transmitted from mother to child or by blood transfusion. About a quarter of its victims eventually will develop enlarged hearts or intestines, which can fail or burst, causing sudden death. Treatment involves harsh drugs taken for up to three months and works only if the disease is caught early.

“The problem is once the heart symptoms start, which is the most dreaded complication—the Chagas cardiomyopathy—the medicines no longer work very well,” Dr. Peter Hotez, a researcher at Baylor College of Medicine and one of the editorial’s authors, told CNN. “Problem No. 2: the medicines are extremely toxic.”

And 11 percent of pregnant women in Latin America are infected with Chagas, the journal said.

Norma Andrews Part 1: Trypanosoma cruzi and Chagas’ Disease English Subtitle

Uploaded by on Sep 10, 2011

http://www.ibioseminars.org/lectures/global-health-a-energy/norma-andrews.html
Trypanosoma cruzi and Leishmania are closely related intracellular protozoan parasites that cause serious diseases throughout the world. In the first part of this lecture, I will present background material on the biology of Trypanosoma cruzi and the history of its discovery as an important agent of human disease in Latin America. I will also discuss the main characteristics of the disease, and the current efforts to stop human transmission.

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Solar Activity

2MIN News May31: Volcanos, CME Impact, Coronal Hole

Published on May 31, 2012 by

India Meteors: http://www.dnaindia.com/scitech/report_scientists-to-probe-nagpur-meteorite-s…

Seattle Fault: http://phys.org/news/2012-05-seattle-fault-zone-.html
Supervolcanos: http://phys.org/news/2012-05-volcanic-super-eruptions-surprisingly-short-fuse…
Fracking: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/31/us-chevron-exxon-idUSBRE84T1JP20120531
NuStar: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/jpl/news/nustar20120530.html
Dinosaurs: http://www.astrobio.net/pressrelease/4787/time-to-shift-from-dinosaurs-to-birds
Rogue Planet: http://www.universetoday.com/95532/worlds-without-suns-nomad-planets-could-nu…
SpaceX: http://www.weather.com/news/spacex-rocket-new-customer-20120530
NM Wildfire: http://www.weather.com/news/wildfire-michigan-20120526

Spaceweather: http://spaceweather.com/ [Look on the left at the X-ray Flux and Solar Wind Speed/Density]

HAARP: http://www.haarp.alaska.edu/haarp/data.html [Click online data, and have a little fun]

SDO: http://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/data/ [Place to find Solar Images and Videos - as seen from earth]

SOHO: http://sohodata.nascom.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/soho_movie_theater [SOHO; Lasco and EIT - as seen from earth]

Stereo: http://stereo.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/images [Stereo; Cor, EUVI, HI - as seen from the side]

SunAEON:http://www.sunaeon.com/#/solarsystem/ [Just click it... trust me]

SOLARIMG: http://solarimg.org/artis/ [All purpose data viewing site]

iSWA: http://iswa.gsfc.nasa.gov/iswa/iSWA.html [Free Application; for advanced sun watchers]

NOAA ENLIL SPIRAL: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/wsa-enlil/cme-based/ [CME Evolution]

RSOE: http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php [That cool alert map I use]

LISS: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/monitoring/operations/heliplots_gsn.php

Gamma Ray Bursts: http://grb.sonoma.edu/ [Really? You can't figure out what this one is for?]

BARTOL Cosmic Rays: http://neutronm.bartol.udel.edu//spaceweather/welcome.html [Top left box, look for BIG blue circles]

TORCON: http://www.weather.com/news/tornado-torcon-index [Tornado Forecast for the day]

GOES Weather: http://rsd.gsfc.nasa.gov/goes/ [Clouds over America]

INTELLICAST: http://www.intellicast.com/ [Weather site used by many youtubers]

NASA News: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/

PHYSORG: http://phys.org/ [GREAT News Site!]

So Much 4 Sun-lluminati… a bit of Evening Fun

Published on May 31, 2012 by

http://youtu.be/nuS8IpW2ZSI

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Space

Gamma-ray Beams Blast from Milky Way’s Center

Keith Cowing
SpaceRef.com

As galaxies go, our Milky Way is pretty quiet. Active galaxies have cores that glow brightly, powered by supermassive black holes swallowing material, and often spit twin jets in opposite directions.

In contrast, the Milky Way’s center shows little activity. But it wasn’t always so peaceful. New evidence of ghostly gamma-ray beams suggests that the Milky Way’s central black hole was much more active in the past.

“These faint jets are a ghost or after-image of what existed a million years ago,” said Meng Su, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), and lead author of a new paper in the Astrophysical Journal.

© HSCFA/David Aguilar
Our Galaxy’s Black Hole When It Was More Active

“They strengthen the case for an active galactic nucleus in the Milky Way’s relatively recent past,” he added.The two beams, or jets, were revealed by NASA’s Fermi space telescope. They extend from the galactic center to a distance of 27,000 light-years above and below the galactic plane. They are the first such gamma-ray jets ever found, and the only ones close enough to resolve with Fermi.

The newfound jets may be related to mysterious gamma-ray bubbles that Fermi detected in 2010. Those bubbles also stretch 27,000 light-years from the center of the Milky Way. However, where the bubbles are perpendicular to the galactic plane, the gamma-ray jets are tilted at an angle of 15 degrees. This may reflect a tilt of the accretion disk surrounding the supermassive black hole.

“The central accretion disk can warp as it spirals in toward the black hole, under the influence of the black hole’s spin,” explained co-author Douglas Finkbeiner of the CfA. “The magnetic field embedded in the disk therefore accelerates the jet material along the spin axis of the black hole, which may not be aligned with the Milky Way.”

The two structures also formed differently. The jets were produced when plasma squirted out from the galactic center, following a corkscrew-like magnetic field that kept it tightly focused. The gamma-ray bubbles likely were created by a “wind” of hot matter blowing outward from the black hole’s accretion disk. As a result, they are much broader than the narrow jets.

Both the jets and bubbles are powered by inverse Compton scattering. In that process, electrons moving near the speed of light collide with low-energy light, such as radio or infrared photons. The collision increases the energy of the photons into the gamma-ray part of the electromagnetic spectrum.

The discovery leaves open the question of when the Milky Way was last active. A minimum age can be calculated by dividing the jet’s 27,000-light-year length by its approximate speed. However, it may have persisted for much longer.

“These jets probably flickered on and off as the supermassive black hole alternately gulped and sipped material,” said Finkbeiner.

It would take a tremendous influx of matter for the galactic core to fire up again. Finkbeiner estimates that a molecular cloud weighing about 10,000 times as much as the Sun would be required.

“Shoving 10,000 suns into the black hole at once would do the trick. Black holes are messy eaters, so some of that material would spew out and power the jets,” he said.

Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) is a joint collaboration between the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and the Harvard College Observatory. CfA scientists, organized into six research divisions, study the origin, evolution and ultimate fate of the universe.

For more information, contact:

David A. Aguilar
Director of Public Affairs
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
617-495-7462
daguilar@cfa.harvard.edu

Christine Pulliam
Public Affairs Specialist
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
617-495-7463
cpulliam@cfa.harvard.edu

May 17 Solar Flare Creates Puzzling High-Energy Particle Pulse on Earth

SPACE.com

A moderate solar flare on May 17 lit up ground stations all over the world with an unexpected and puzzling pulse of high-energy particles. It should not have happened, and scientists are now trying to figure out why it did.

Major solar flares, flashes of light at various wavelengths often associated with coronal mass ejections (CMEs) are known to disrupt communications and can even trip power grids on Earth. But the May 17 flare was an M-class event, moderate and relatively common and not expected to create disturbances on the surface of Earth. Yet either the flare or the CME generated a ground-level enhancement (GLE), a blast of high-energy particles that lit up ground stations called neutron monitors on Earth for the first time in nearly six years.

Scientists don’t expect an M-class flare to create a GLE.

“This solar flare was most unimpressive and the associated CME was only slightly more energetic,” said James Ryan, an astrophysicist at the University of New Hampshire Space Science Center (SSC). “And looking at it optically, it was remarkably dim, it was, all things considered, a 98-pound weakling of solar events.”

Data on the event was captured by the European satellite called PAMELA, or Payload for Antimatter Matter Exploration and Light-nuclei Astrophysics. Ryan is a co-investigator on the PAMELA mission, and hopes the spacecraft data will reveal how the high-energy particles morphed on their way to Earth and resulted in the mysterious GLE.

Scientists don’t know if the extremely energetic particles registered on the ground are the results of a shockwave in front of a CME or if the particles come from the solar flare itself.

“The PAMELA satellite provides us with a bridge that has never existed before,” says Ryan, “a bridge between solar energetic particles measured by other spacecraft and those made on the ground by neutron monitors.”

Until the data is studied, however, the May 17 event remains a mystery.

Hubble shows Milky Way is destined for head-on collision with Andromeda galaxy

 

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This illustration shows the collision paths of our Milky Way galaxy and the Andromeda galaxy. The galaxies are moving toward each other under the inexorable pull of gravity between them. Also shown is a smaller galaxy, Triangulum, which may be part of the smashup. (Credit: NASA; ESA; A. Feild and R. van der Marel, STScI)

(Phys.org) — NASA astronomers announced Thursday they can now predict with certainty the next major cosmic event to affect our galaxy, sun, and solar system: the titanic collision of our Milky Way galaxy with the neighboring Andromeda galaxy

The Milky Way is destined to get a major makeover during the encounter, which is predicted to happen four billion years from now. It is likely the sun will be flung into a new region of our galaxy, but our Earth and solar system are in no danger of being destroyed.

“Our findings are statistically consistent with a head-on collision between the and our ,” said Roeland van der Marel of the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore.

The solution came through painstaking measurements of the motion of Andromeda, which also is known as M31. The galaxy is now 2.5 million light-years away, but it is inexorably falling toward the Milky Way under the mutual pull of gravity between the two and the invisible dark matter that surrounds them both.

“After nearly a century of speculation about the future destiny of Andromeda and our Milky Way, we at last have a clear picture of how events will unfold over the coming billions of years,” said Sangmo Tony Sohn of STScI.

The scenario is like a baseball batter watching an oncoming fastball. Although Andromeda is approaching us more than 2,000 times faster, it will take 4 billion years before the strike.

Computer simulations derived from Hubble’s data show that it will take an additional two billion years after the encounter for the interacting galaxies to completely merge under the tug of gravity and reshape into a single elliptical galaxy similar to the kind commonly seen in the local universe.

Although the galaxies will plow into each other, stars inside each galaxy are so far apart that they will not collide with other stars during the encounter. However, the stars will be thrown into different orbits around the new galactic center. Simulations show that our will probably be tossed much farther from the galactic core than it is today.

Hubble shows Milky Way is destined for head-on collision
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This illustration shows a stage in the predicted merger between our Milky Way galaxy and the neighboring Andromeda galaxy, as it will unfold over the next several billion years. In this image, representing Earth’s night sky in 3.75 billion years, Andromeda (left) fills the field of view and begins to distort the Milky Way with tidal pull. (Credit: NASA; ESA; Z. Levay and R. van der Marel, STScI; T. Hallas; and A. Mellinger)

To make matters more complicated, M31′s small companion, the Triangulum galaxy, M33, will join in the collision and perhaps later merge with the M31/Milky Way pair. There is a small chance that M33 will hit the Milky Way first.The universe is expanding and accelerating, and collisions between galaxies in close proximity to each other still happen because they are bound by the gravity of the dark matter surrounding them. The Hubble Space Telescope’s deep views of the universe show such encounters between galaxies were more common in the past when the universe was smaller.

A century ago astronomers did not realize that M31 was a separate galaxy far beyond the stars of the Milky Way. Edwin Hubble measured its vast distance by uncovering a variable star that served as a “milepost marker.”

Hubble went on to discover the expanding universe where galaxies are rushing away from us, but it has long been known that M31 is moving toward the Milky Way at about 250,000 miles per hour. That is fast enough to travel from here to the moon in one hour. The measurement was made using the Doppler effect, which is a change in frequency and wavelength of waves produced by a moving source relative to an observer, to measure how starlight in the galaxy has been compressed by Andromeda’s motion toward us.

Previously, it was unknown whether the far-future encounter will be a miss, glancing blow, or head-on smashup. This depends on M31’s tangential motion. Until now, astronomers had not been able to measure M31′s sideways motion in the sky, despite attempts dating back more than a century. The Hubble Space Telescope team, led by van der Marel, conducted extraordinarily precise observations of the sideways motion of M31 that remove any doubt that it is destined to collide and merge with the Milky Way.

“This was accomplished by repeatedly observing select regions of the galaxy over a five- to seven-year period,” said Jay Anderson of STScI.

“In the worst-case-scenario simulation, M31 slams into the Milky Way head-on and the stars are all scattered into different orbits,” said Gurtina Besla of Columbia University in New York, N.Y. “The stellar populations of both galaxies are jostled, and the Milky Way loses its flattened pancake shape with most of the stars on nearly circular orbits. The galaxies’ cores merge, and the stars settle into randomized orbits to create an elliptical-shaped galaxy.”

The space shuttle servicing missions to Hubble upgraded it with ever more-powerful cameras, which have given astronomers a long-enough time baseline to make the critical measurements needed to nail down M31′s motion. The Hubble observations and the consequences of the merger are reported in three papers that will appear in an upcoming issue of the Astrophysical Journal.

Journal reference: Astrophysical Journal search and more info website

Provided by JPL/NASA

 

 

 

Earth approaching objects (objects that are known in the next 30 days)

Object Name Apporach Date Left AU Distance LD Distance Estimated Diameter* Relative Velocity
(2007 LE) 02nd June 2012 1 day(s) 0.0478 18.6 390 m – 870 m 19.77 km/s 71172 km/h
(2012 KX41) 02nd June 2012 1 day(s) 0.0371 14.4 27 m – 61 m 13.40 km/s 48240 km/h
(2012 KO18) 02nd June 2012 1 day(s) 0.0825 32.1 100 m – 230 m 15.27 km/s 54972 km/h
(2012 JW11) 02nd June 2012 1 day(s) 0.1310 51.0 110 m – 250 m 5.15 km/s 18540 km/h
(2012 HK31) 04th June 2012 3 day(s) 0.0336 13.1 22 m – 50 m 3.03 km/s 10908 km/h
(2012 KN18) 05th June 2012 4 day(s) 0.0425 16.6 31 m – 70 m 10.17 km/s 36612 km/h
(2008 MG1) 05th June 2012 4 day(s) 0.1268 49.3 290 m – 640 m 22.32 km/s 80352 km/h
(2009 LE) 06th June 2012 5 day(s) 0.1150 44.8 50 m – 110 m 13.61 km/s 48996 km/h
(2006 SG7) 06th June 2012 5 day(s) 0.0857 33.4 71 m – 160 m 16.47 km/s 59292 km/h
(2001 LB) 07th June 2012 6 day(s) 0.0729 28.4 200 m – 450 m 11.56 km/s 41616 km/h
(2012 JU11) 09th June 2012 8 day(s) 0.0736 28.6 27 m – 60 m 3.80 km/s 13680 km/h
(2012 GX11) 10th June 2012 9 day(s) 0.1556 60.5 170 m – 380 m 6.38 km/s 22968 km/h
(2012 KM11) 14th June 2012 13 day(s) 0.0942 36.7 30 m – 67 m 5.92 km/s 21312 km/h
(2012 HN40) 15th June 2012 14 day(s) 0.1182 46.0 230 m – 510 m 13.79 km/s 49644 km/h
(2002 AC) 16th June 2012 15 day(s) 0.1598 62.2 740 m – 1.7 km 26.71 km/s 96156 km/h
137120 (1999 BJ8) 16th June 2012 15 day(s) 0.1769 68.8 670 m – 1.5 km 14.88 km/s 53568 km/h
(2011 KR12) 19th June 2012 18 day(s) 0.1318 51.3 140 m – 310 m 10.10 km/s 36360 km/h
(2004 HB39) 20th June 2012 19 day(s) 0.1605 62.5 77 m – 170 m 8.88 km/s 31968 km/h
(2008 CE119) 21st June 2012 20 day(s) 0.1811 70.5 21 m – 46 m 3.22 km/s 11592 km/h
308242 (2005 GO21) 21st June 2012 20 day(s) 0.0440 17.1 1.4 km – 3.1 km 13.27 km/s 47772 km/h
(2011 AH5) 25th June 2012 24 day(s) 0.1670 65.0 17 m – 39 m 5.84 km/s 21024 km/h
(2012 FA14) 25th June 2012 24 day(s) 0.0322 12.5 75 m – 170 m 5.28 km/s 19008 km/h
(2004 YG1) 25th June 2012 24 day(s) 0.0890 34.7 140 m – 310 m 11.34 km/s 40824 km/h
(2010 AF3) 25th June 2012 24 day(s) 0.1190 46.3 16 m – 36 m 6.54 km/s 23544 km/h
(2008 YT30) 26th June 2012 25 day(s) 0.0715 27.8 370 m – 820 m 10.70 km/s 38520 km/h
(2010 NY65) 27th June 2012 26 day(s) 0.1023 39.8 120 m – 270 m 15.09 km/s 54324 km/h
(2008 WM64) 28th June 2012 27 day(s) 0.1449 56.4 200 m – 440 m 17.31 km/s 62316 km/h
(2010 CD55) 28th June 2012 27 day(s) 0.1975 76.8 64 m – 140 m 6.33 km/s 22788 km/h
(2004 CL) 30th June 2012 29 day(s) 0.1113 43.3 220 m – 480 m 20.75 km/s 74700 km/h
1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO

 

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Biological Hazards/Wildlife

Anthrax reported on northern Colombia farms

  Rosemary Westwood

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One person has skin lesions and 16 animals have died in an anthrax outbreak in northern Colombia, near the Venezuelan border.

A notification on the website for the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said the outbreak has affected two farms in the department of La Guajira. Colombia’s Agriculture Ministry sent the information to the OIE on May 28.

The source of the deadly bacteria has not yet been determined, the report said. One of the affected populations “belongs to an indigenous community in the department of La Guajira,” the notice states.

“The community has been informed of the protocol to be applied to dispose of the carcasses, mainly the fact that, under no circumstances, the dead animals must be neither manipulated nor consumed,” the report said.

Humans commonly contract anthrax through close contact with infected animals or eating ones that have died from the disease.

“Susceptible species are being vaccinated. An intense epidemiological surveillance is being conducted in the area together with the public health authorities,” the notification continued.

The animals will be also be quarantined in response to the outbreak.

Three goats, three sheep and two pigs have died from the outbreak on one farm. Another five goats and two pigs have died on a separate farm.

Anthrax, also used as a biological weapon, is caused by the spore-forming bacteria Bacillus anthracia, the OIE website states. The disease causes dark ulcers on the skin of infected people when contracted from exposure to infected animals, and it occurs on all the continents.

“Anthrax spores in the soil are very resistant and can cause disease when ingested even years after an outbreak,” the OIE stated. “The bacteria produce extremely potent toxins which are responsible for the ill effects, causing a high mortality rate.”

The last anthrax outbreak in Colombia was in April 2011. An outbreak in 2010 caused the government to declare a state of emergency in La Guajira after 77 people developed lesions, a common symptom of the disease.

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Articles of Interest

Japan earthquake and tsunami disturbed upper atmosphere: NASA

TheStar

The massive earthquake and tsunami that hit Fukushima, Japan, last year wreaked havoc in the skies above as well, disturbing electrons in the upper atmosphere, NASA reported.

The waves of energy from the quake and tsunami that were so destructive on the ground reached into the ionosphere, a part of the upper atmosphere that stretches from about 80 to 805 kilometres above Earth’s surface.

The ionosphere is the last, thinnest part of the atmosphere, where solar ultraviolet radiation breaks up molecules and leaves a haze of electrons and ions.

In images released on Friday, NASA showed how the earthly disturbances from the March 11, 2011, quake and tsunami were echoed in the movement of electrons far aloft. This movement was monitored by tracking the GPS signals between satellites and ground receivers.

Scientists have seen this phenomenon before, for tsunamis in Samoa in 2009 and Chile in 2010. The Japanese event, however, occurred in a region more closely monitored by a dense network of GPS receivers, NASA said in a statement.

Last Call at the Oasis

Featuring Peter Gleick, Erin Brockovich

Directed by: Jessica Yu

Parental advisory: Brief scene of dead animals

Running time: 99 minutes

Rating: Three out of five stars.

The world is running out of drinkable water, and if you don’t believe me, just go to the movies. Documentaries with names such as Tapped and Thirst are at the leading edge of the new genre – the eco-disaster film – that have become our main source of information about our collapsing environment.

Last Call at the Oasis is a slick addition, a kind of report card on the state of what it calls the single most important element, although I don’t know what consideration they gave to air. Water is becoming a scarce commodity, and what’s left is becoming more and more polluted: by industrial waste, chemicals and the poo of a million farm animals. Droughts plague the world. Half of the hospital beds are taken up with people suffering form water-borne illnesses.

As one of the film’s experts, Jay Famiglietti, puts it, “We’re screwed.”

Eventually, Last Call at the Oasis does find reason for hope: We can use recycled water, for instance, if we can get people over their initial reluctance to drink something that started in the toilet (the film proposes an ad campaign for a product it calls Porcelain Springs water, “from the most peaceful place on earth”) and even in the Middle East, traditional enemies are co-operating to clean the sad polluted trickle that is the Jordan River.

Until then, though, director Jessica Yu (Breathing Lessons) takes us on a smoothly produced tour of the terrible things we’ve done to ourselves. Based on the Alex Prud’homme book, The Ripple Effect, the movie assigns much of the blame for the water crisis to America, and the contrast between the dancing fountains of Las Vegas and the surrounding desert is an instructive metaphor. Vegas is close to Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the country, which is dropping by 10 feet a year; by 2025, it could be dry. Meanwhile, Las Vegas (population two million) is pondering a $3-billion pipeline to Baker, Nev. (population 150), a lush town that now stands to lose its water supply.

But that’s only the start. “We’re all Vegas,” someone says, and Last Call at the Oasis tours other impending disasters: the Central Valley of California, where a quarter of American food is grown; Australia, where a decade of drought is destroying agriculture.

After a brief course in water usage (most domestic use is taken up by the toilet; there’s a hidden cost of water, so that four pounds of steak requires 18,000 gallons of the stuff, enough to fill the average swimming pool), Last Call brings in Erin Brockovich, the environmental activist whose fight against industrial pollution in Hinkley, Calif., became a hit movie. Brockovich, an engagingly straightforward expert, becomes the spokeswoman for another aspect of the crisis: the cocktail of birth control pills, steroids, antibiotics and other industrial contaminants in our water.

There’s no end to the troubles, including the herbicide Atrazine, which is blamed for causing male frogs to become females. The “safe level” of Atrazine in drinking water is 30 times the level that causes the sex change.

We also visit Michigan, where huge farms called Concentrated Animal Feed Operations pour tons of animal waste into lagoons that leach into the surrounding countryside. One cow can produce 150 pounds of manure a day, 23 times the average human output, although they never met my Uncle Myron.

The solution isn’t bottled water – an industry that has spawned documentaries of its own – but recycling and conservation. Last Call at the Oasis is just the latest call for such action, and in its accumulation of evidence, it really does feel like we’re nearing the end.

jstone(at)postmedia.com

canada.com/stonereport

CAPSULE -Last Call at the Oasis: A documentary about the impending water crisis that looks at the droughts, shrinking reservoirs and increasing pollution and scratches around for hope. “We’re screwed,” says one expert, but the film – which is slickly produced – proposes reasonable solutions. three stars out of five – Jay Stone

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