A 5.6 magnitude earthquake recorded in the coastal area west of the Greek island Rhodes jolted people in Cyprus right out of their afternoon siesta today.
The director of Cyprus’ Geological Survey Department told the CyBC that initial readings put the quake which hit at 5 minutes to five this afternoon, at a depth of approximately 50 km.
The quake, which lasted for just a few seconds, was felt in Nicosia and in the towns of Larnaca and Paphos.
The quake was also felt on the south coast of Turkey, namely in the Mugla and Antalya regions.
Turkey’s Kandilli Observatory gave a stronger preliminary magnitude of 6 on the Richter scale.
There were no initial reports of any damage.
Extreme Temperatures/ Weather
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The BBC’s Rajesh Mirchandani says people have been enduring triple-digit temperatures
At least 42 people have died in a heatwave that has brought soaring temperatures to a dozen US states from the Midwest to the East Coast.
Crops shrivelled and roads and railway lines buckled in the heat.
Hundreds of records fell across the affected area on Friday and Saturday, but the heat was expected to ease slightly on Sunday.
Severe storms are expected to follow. Many homes in the region are still without power after storms a week ago.
Media reports say many of the deaths were of elderly people stuck in homes without air conditioning because of the outages.
Ten deaths in Chicago were blamed on the heat, and at least 10 each in the eastern states of Virginia and Maryland.
Three each died in Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania, and two in Tennessee.
A four-month-old girl died after being left in a car for “an extended period” outside her home in Greenfield, Indiana.
On Saturday temperatures reached 105F (41C) in Washington DC – just short of the hottest ever recorded in the city – and 107F (42C) in St Louis, Missouri, which also extended its record for consecutive days over 100F to 10.
“It’s hotter than hell,” tourist John Ghio, visiting the White House, told Reuters news agency.
“Too hot,” said Chinese tourist Xiao Duan, 30, who was also visiting Washington.
“My father says it’s like we’re being burned by flames.”
High temperatures have also hit parts of Canada, with temperatures on Friday breaking 11 daily records in Ontario.
Storms to follow
Hundreds of thousands of people in West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio, New Jersey, Maryland and Indiana are still enduring power outages caused by storms that swept through the area one week ago.
A number of cities have opened cooling centres and extended opening hours for public swimming pools.
Some communities are offering meals to residents whose food has spoiled after their refrigerators stopped working.
Officials in Chicago cancelled summer schools classes in 21 buildings without air conditioning because of the heat.
The heat there buckled a major road, cracking and bulging part of Columbus Drive by 5in (12cm).
Cooler weather is said to be on the way for northern parts of the Midwest, although strong storms could accompany the lower temperatures.
|09.07.2012||Heat Wave||USA||MultiStates, [States of Pennsylvania, Washington DC, Missouri, Indiana, New York, Illinois, Michigan, Maryland, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Tennessee, Ohio, Virginia, South Dakota and Kentucky]|
|Updated:||Monday, 09 July, 2012 at 05:01 UTC|
|The Cook County medical examiner’s today determined eight more people died from heat-related causes following the heat wave that ended Saturday. That brings the total number of confirmed heat-related deaths to 18 in Cook County. Lucille Griffith, 100, of the 7300 block of South Peoria, Street, died from heart disease, with heat stress as a secondary cause. Griffith was declared dead a little before 10 a.m. at St. Bernard Hospital, after being found and home with a body temperature of more than 107 degrees, according to the medical examiner’s office. Irene Moriarty, 89, of West 60th Place in Summit died from heart disease, with heat stress as a secondardy cause. Moriary was found Saturday in her apartment, where investigators measured the temperature at 100 degrees. Mary Williams, 56, of East 122nd Place, was declared dead at 1:07 p.m. Saturday at Roseland Community Hospital. Williams died from heart disease, with secondary causes of obesity and heat stress. Sherry Garrett, 53, of the 1400 block of South Hamlin Avenue, was declared dead at 4:28 p.m. Saturday at her home. She also died from heart disease, with secondary causes of diabets, obesity and heat stress. Investigators measured the temperature in her apartment at 110 degrees when she was found. Ann Narcisse, 78, of the 9200 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue, was found dead Saturday. She died of heart disease, with heat stress a secondary cause.John Stacey, 81, of the 1800 block of South Cuyler, was declared dead on the scene at 5:45 p.m. Saturday. He died from heart disease, with heat stress and obesity secondary causes. Levon Calhoun, 54, of the 8100 block of South Saginaw Avenue, was found dead at home Saturday. He died from heart disease, with obesity and heat stress as secondary causes. Anthony Thomas, 48, also died from heart disease, with heat stress as a secondary cause. Details about where and when he was declared dead were not immediately available. Those confirmed to have died from heat-related causes were among at least seven people whose deaths the medical examiner’s office was investigating as possibly heat-related. In one case, that of a 43-year-old man found dead Saturday at his home in the 2800 block of North Maplewood Avenue, the medical examiner’s office did not determine a cause of death, pending further studies. In another case, that of a 67-year-old woman who lvied in the 6200 block of South St. Louis Avenue, the medical examiner’s office determined the woman died solely from heart disease and not from any heat-related causes.|
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by Staff Writers
Four water companies in Britain which imposed hosepipe bans earlier this year have lifted the restrictions after months of unseasonable heavy rain.
The move comes after a week of torrential downpours triggered floods across large swathes of the country in the wettest June on record in Britain.
In a joint statement, water suppliers said “abnormally heavy rainfall” meant groundwater supplies had recovered sufficiently to allow them to lift the ban.
South East Water, Sutton and East Surrey Water, Veolia Water Central and Veolia Water Southeast imposed restrictions in early April after two unusually dry winters led to a drought in parts of Britain.
Three other companies which also had bans in place lifted them last month.
Mike Hegarty, operations director for Sutton and East Surrey Water, said the recovery of underground water sources at this time of year was unexpected but “most welcome”.
“The recharge (of aquifers) is unprecedented and is the highest increase in water levels ever recorded in our area at this time of year,” he said.
Figures from Britain’s Met Office national weather service show that double the average rain fell in June — the wettest since records began in 1910 — while April was also the wettest on record.
Forecasters have warned that the wet weather could continue further into the British summer, and warned that sunny weather in London is “very unlikely” during the London Olympics.
Forecasters said below average sunshine and temperatures were expected during the Games which run from July 27 to August 12, with very wet conditions more probable than dry ones.
Last month heavy rains drenched revellers celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond jubilee, while on Saturday spectators were turned away from the British Grand Prix at Silverstone due to flooded car parks.
The Environment Agency has 14 flood warnings, meaning flooding is expected, and 84 flood alerts signalling possible flooding, in place across the country.
Water News – Science, Technology and Politics
|09.07.2012||Tornado||USA||State of Virginia, Fredericksburg|
|A tornado hit a building in Fredericksburg this evening as severe thunderstorms rolled through the area. The roof of one building reportedly flew off and hit a home about 40 yards away on Fleming Street. “It started hailing golfball-sized hail and then the lights went out,” said Mandy Spina, the director of Cheer Fusion gym at 86 Fleming St. “It was torrential downpour, and I told the kids to get into the dance room because it is steel re-inforced. Bricks started flying and the walls caved in.”|
|09.07.2012||Tornado||USA||State of Virginia, Spotsylvania|
|The Free-Lance Star reported that Spotsylvania fire and rescue authorities said “what appeared to be a tornado touched down off Lafayette Boulevard in Spotsylvania County this afternoon, collapsing two buildings …” Asst. Chief Mark Kuechler with the Spotsylvania Fire Department told the Free-Lance Star that the most significant damage was on Lafayette Boulevard and Route 1. Cheer Fusion, which Kuechler said was made of mostly concrete blocks, collapsed and suffered some of the most significant damage in the area. Kuechler said that there was a cheerleading practice hosted inside when the building collapsed and that “miraculously they all made it out.” There were seven minor injuries. Four were transported to the Mary Washington hospital with non-life threatening injuries and there were three refusals for medical help. A private residence collapsed from the blown debris of Cheer Fusion. There was a gentlemen in the home who was uninjured said Kuechler. Kuechler said that most of the buildings nearby were affected by straight-line wind damage.Mandy Spina, the director of Cheer Fusion said that golf-ball sized hail fell, and that there was no visibility due to heavy rain. Spina said that the kids were practicing on the main dance floor room when the storm hit. She told the Free-Lance Star that there were 14 cheerleaders, ages 11 to 18, in the facility for a practice when the storm hit. She said that a coach and about 10 parents also were there. She said that one of the father’s suggested they move to a separate steel-reinforced room just off of the main dance room. She said that after the storm passed they opened the door of the dance studio to find nothing left. Jared Klein, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Sterling office, told the Free-Lance Star that based on a description of the damage, he said it sounded more like a microburst than a tornado. He said that official won’t confirm if it was a tornado until they can inspect the damaged area or scrutinize photographs of the event. The storms drastically reduced weather temperatures, by about 32 degrees. The weather station at the University of Mary Washington reported a high of 100 degrees at 3:16 p.m. After the storm, the thermometer dropped 32 degrees to 68 just before 6 p.m.|
|09.07.2012||Flash Flood||Pakistan||Province of Gilgit-Baltistan, [Ghizer region]|
|More than 20 houses were completely damaged while fields and orchards spread over hundreds of kanals of land in Ghizer were destroyed by flood after a thunderstorm struck Sosot Nullah of Tehsil Gopis. The bridge connecting Gilgit district to Chitral was also washed away in the flood in the nullah. The Gilgit-Chitral Road was also partially damaged. As the flood of Sosot Nullah entered the Ghizer River, it overflowed to the surrounding areas giving it lake-like look. The residents of the area saved their lives by taking shelter at the mountains, but several houses and standing crops were damaged. People of the area near the nullah and river shifted to the safer places. The poor and hapless villagers were still awaiting the rescue teams and the whole area was presenting a gloomy picture. Hundreds of people on their way to attend the Shandoor Festival had to go back in despair due to closure of the road. On the other hand, the upper areas of Tehsil Yasin were also affected due to flood and people started moving towards the safer places.|
|09.07.2012||Flash Flood||Russia [Asia]||Krasnodar Territory, [Southern region]|
|Updated:||Monday, 09 July, 2012 at 10:14 UTC|
|Investigators have launched a probe into possible negligence after devastating flash floods in southern Russia killed at least 171 people and President Vladimir Putin demanded officials explain the disaster. As emergency workers pulled more bodies from the flood waters around Krymsk, the worst-hit district in the southern Krasnodar region, angry survivors insisted they had not received any warning from the authorities. Putin demanded that officials explain the massive death toll and personally inspected the worst-hit areas on Saturday evening. The Russian strongman compared the force of the water – which trapped people in their homes at night, ripped up pavements and traffic lights and flooded rail tracks – to a ‘tsunami’ and said the top investigator would probe ‘who acted how’. He also quickly moved to address concerns that the deluge might have been caused by an emergency opening of sluice gates at a local reservoir, with the Kremlin issuing a statement that Putin had been told it was not the cause of the flooding. Flash floods frequently batter towns along the picturesque Black Sea coast during seasonal rains in the Caucasus mountains, but authorities say the current disaster is unprecedented.Officials have been unable to explain the massive death toll, saying only the floods were caused by torrential rains over the past few days. The force of the water was so ferocious that many residents said they suspected the floods were caused by a release of water at a local reservoir on the Neberdzhai River. Investigators have acknowledged that repeated releases of water did happen but it remained unclear whether it might have contributed to the disaster. ‘Over the course of 13 hours portioned releases of water were repeatedly conducted in an automated mode,’ spokesman for regional investigators Sengerov said in televised remarks. ‘But there were not some large-scale water releases. We have yet to establish how much they could have affected the development of events.’ Investigators also opened a criminal investigation into possible negligence but did not provide further details. Some residents bluntly accused authorities of a cover-up. ‘It always rains here but we’ve never had this before. A seven-metre tall wave crushed everything,’ Irina Morgunova told AFP in Krymsk. ‘That is not rain. But no one will ever say it out loud.’|
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MOSCOW (AP) — The death toll rose to at least 150 on Sunday from severe flooding in the Black Sea region of southern Russia that turned streets into rivers, swept away bridges and inundated thousands of homes as many residents were sleeping.
President Vladimir Putin flew to the region and ordered investigators to determine whether more could have been done to prevent the deaths.
Torrential rains dropped up to a foot of water in less than 24 hours, which the state meteorological service said was five times the monthly average.
The water rushed into the hard-hit town of Krymsk with such speed and volume early Saturday that residents said they suspected that water had been released from a reservoir in the mountains above. Local officials denied this, saying it was not technically possible to open the sluices.
Federal investigators, however, acknowledged Sunday that water had been released from the reservoir, but they insisted it did not cause the flooding and the dam had not been breached.
Heavy rain also fell in Gelendzhik, a popular seaside vacation spot about 200 kilometers (120 miles) up the coast from Sochi, where preparations are under way for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Novorossiisk, a major Black Sea port, also was affected.
The Interior Ministry said Sunday that 150 bodies had been recovered, 139 of them in Krymsk and nine in Gelendzhik. The majority of the dead were elderly who were unable to escape the sudden deluge.
Krymsk residents described a wave of water that washed over the hoods of cars and inundated one-story homes. Some sought refuge on roofs and in trees.
Putin arrived Saturday evening and viewed the damage from the air. Television footage of Krymsk shot from Putin’s helicopter showed the city of 57,000 people partially submerged in muddy water. The city stadium looked more like a lake.
Across the region, more than 5,000 homes were flooded.
Putin ordered the head of Russia’s investigative agency to determine whether enough had been done to warn people about the floods. Federal prosecutors also said they were investigating whether the population had been properly protected from “natural and technological catastrophes.”
As an indication of the lingering concern over the condition of the water reservoir, Putin sent Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov to inspect the dam. Puchkov reported Sunday that he had flown over the dam in a helicopter and saw no evidence of any damage.
People in a flood-ravaged southern Russian town on Saturday charged that authorities offered no help as masses of water tore through their homes overnight.
“Nobody came to our street to help. We need help,” pensioner Lidiya Polinina told AFP by phone from Krymsk, the worst-hit town, recounting how she managed to survive the flood that has claimed over 100 lives.
TV footage showed brown water rushing down the town’s streets, where bodies lay on the curbs, covered with dirty blankets. Trees were torn out, homes destroyed and giant slabs of asphalt thrown on top of cars.
“Our house was flooded to the ceiling,” said Polinina.
“We could not open the door because of the water, so we broke the window to climb out,” she said, seething with anger at what she said was the lack of help from the authorities.
“I put my five-year-old grandson on the roof of our submerged car, and then we somehow climbed up into the attic. I don’t know how we managed to survive.”
The floods left her house full of silt and debris, but did not knock it down, so she was turned away from the local emergency shelter with only two loaves of bread and a bottle of water, she said.
There had been no emergency warning about the flood, she said.
Flash floods frequently batter towns along the Black Sea coast during seasonal rains in the Caucasus mountains, but officials say the current disaster is unprecedented.
The floods and a landslide in Russia’s southern Krasnodar region over the past two days have killed at least 103 people and affected nearly 13,000.
Krymsk has been worst hit, with officials recovering at least 92 bodies there. Authorities have been unable to explain the massive toll, saying the floods were caused by torrential rains.
The town of 57,000 lies about 200 kilometres northwest of the Black Sea resort town of Sochi where Russia will host the 2014 Summer Olympic Games.
Police have beefed up patrols to guard against looting. Electricity and cell phone networks have not been restored, officials said.
“Patrols are everywhere,” Krymsk resident Alexander Natarov said by phone.
Natarov said he had to seek shelter on the second floor of his apartment building and spent the night in a stairwell.
“The market has been completely wiped out,” he added.
A rumour has swept through town that the overnight flood might have been caused by an opening of floodgates at a local dam.
“The water rose very quickly, it flooded people’s ground floors in five to 10 minutes,” said Krymsk resident Tatyana, who declined to give her surname. “That cannot be just rain.”
Krasnodar governor Alexander Tkachev called the reports “nonsense” and said on Twitter: “Enough! Stop spreading stupid rumors. The region has received five months’ worth of rain.”
Cape Town, Africa : flooded roads and houses and the Liesbeek River burst its banks,warnings of bitter cold over much of the country
Heavy rains in Cape Town on Sunday flooded roads and houses and caused the Liesbeek River to burst its banks, and there were “extreme weather” warnings of bitter cold over much of the country. The M3 was flooded where the road dips near UCT, and traffic was backed up as motorists slowed down to plough through the muddy waters. Many shacks on the Cape Flats were flooded and the city council and charity organizations provided hot meals, blankets and plastic sheeting to about 350 families. The SA Weather Service said on Sunday’s cold front had been particularly strong, adding that the cold, wet weather was here to stay for the next few days. The weather office said westerly winds at Cape Point reached near gale force of 55km/h on Sunday morning, while there were rough seas with heavy swells between 4m and 5m from Lamberts Bay to the southern Cape coast. The city council’s disaster risk management centre ordered about 60 people to evacuate the River Club premises for their safety on Sunday after rising flood waters from the Liesbeek had inundated the club’s parking lot and courtyard. Wilfred Solomons-Johannes, head of the city’s disaster management, said there had been 43 incidents of flooded roads in the metropole on Sunday, but none had caused road closures. Fifteen vehicles had been removed from the flooded River Club grounds. Bernie Maxwell, who works in the River Club’s golf shop, said on Sunday: “We’re trapped and the bus is taking us out from this area. The golf shop and the restaurant are closing up, but there are SA’s Got Talent auditions here too, and they’re carrying on. “The water is up to the car doors in the car park. Right now we’re preparing to store all the stuff in the shop above ground level just in case the water comes higher.” -Iol
by Staff Writers
Guwahati, India (AFP)
The death toll from heavy monsoon rains which have caused massive flooding in India’s northeast has risen to more than 120, with six million forced to flee their homes, officials said Saturday.
The weather office forecast that more rains during the next 24 hours would lash the region, which is suffering from its worst flooding in recent years.
Assam state has been hardest hit by the annual rains with the mighty Brahmaputra river overflowing its banks, while flooding has also struck the nearby states of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Meghalaya.
“So far a total of 121 people have died in separate incidents in which 105 were drowned while trying to escape the gushing waters and 16 more were killed in landslides caused by heavy rains,” an Assam government statement said.
An estimated six million people have been forced to leave their homes to escape the floodwaters and find higher ground, a separate Central Water Commission bulletin said.
The monsoon, which sweeps across the subcontinent from June to September, is crucial for India’s farmers but also claims many casualties from flooding every year.
Assam state officials were struggling to cope with the huge number of people displaced by the flooding, with makeshift relief camps sheltering some of those forced to leave their homes.
Twenty-six of the 27 districts in the tea-and-oil-rich state have been hit by flash floods since June 24 as a result of the torrential rains while the Brahmaputra river has breached its banks in at least nine places.
The flooding has also devastated the Kaziranga National Park, famous for its tigers, one-horned rhinos and elephants.
The Press Trust of India quoted officials as saying more than 540 of the park’s animals, including 13 rhinos, had died.
In the adjoining states of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Meghalaya, monsoon rains have caused widespread flooding but there have been no reported deaths.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh toured the Assam region by helicopter earlier in the week to view the effects of the rains.
“The people of Assam are facing one of the worst floods in recent times that has inflicted considerable damage,” Singh said afterwards.
While India’s northeast has received too much rain, the monsoon has been late arriving in other parts of the country.
The monsoon is dubbed the “economic lifeline” of India, which has a population of 1.2 billion and is one of the world’s leading producers of rice, sugar, wheat and cotton.
Millions of Indian farmers still rely on monsoon rains to water around 60 percent of the country’s farmland.
This year, the monsoon rainfall is running at 31 percent below the normal annual average. But the weather office has forecast heavy rains in the key planting months of July and August to make up for the shortfall.
Epidemic Hazards / Diseases
The BBC has learned that a patient has been diagnosed with cholera in the Cuban capital, Havana, days after three people died in a rare outbreak in the south-eastern town of Manzanillo.
More than 50 people were infected and about 1,000 have received medical attention.
The authorities say the outbreak is under control but four hospitals are prepared to isolate patients.
They say people became ill after drinking water from contaminated wells.
But it is not clear what the source of the cholera is.
Most of the cases were in Cuba’s south-eastern Granma province, more than 750km (470 miles) from Havana.
Hundreds of medical professionals from that area, including nurses, have worked and continue to work with patients in Haiti, where tens of thousands of people were infected after a devastating earthquake in 2010.
But the BBC’s Sarah Rainsford says that for over a week doctors in Havana have been doing the rounds of their patients, checking for symptoms of cholera.
The infirm, elderly and pregnant have been prioritised.
Now tests on a 60-year-old woman, admitted to hospital on Wednesday, have confirmed that she has the disease.
As she was diagnosed early, doctors say she is in a stable condition.
Health officials said they had “all the necessary resources to provide adequate attention to patients.”
They said they had taken a series of measures, including taking samples of water and adding chlorine to purify it, to combat the outbreak.
Cholera is a bacterial infection that can cause severe diarrhoea and dehydration.
The Health Ministry said the last reported cholera outbreak on the island was soon after the 1959 Revolution.
Postal worker at the mail sorting machines at the Brentwood postal facility. He is wearing a face mask and gloves as a precaution against anthrax exposure.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish authorities say an intravenous drug user who injected heroin and died has tested positive for anthrax.
The Health Ministry suspects the drug was contaminated with the bacillus anthracis strain of anthrax. The 55-year-old addict died Sunday.
Terrorism is not suspected, and the health ministry says there is no risk of contagion because the bacteria cannot be passed from person to person.
Anthrax is a deadly disease that can be treated with antibiotics if caught early.
Officials said Monday they will compare the case to two similar deaths in Germany in June.
Last week, German officials said there may be a link between contaminated heroin found in Germany and an anthrax outbreak in Scotland in 2009 and 2010, which left 10 people dead.
By Angela Haupt
Researchers are closer to identifying a mysterious disease that’s killed nearly 60 children in Cambodia over the past three months. Though experts have been unsure whether the condition is a mixture of known diseases or something new, lab tests this weekend detected the presence of a deadly strain of hand, foot and mouth disease that can cause paralysis, brain swelling, and death. Still, experts stressed that they’re continuing to investigate the causes behind the deaths—and other illnesses, such as mosquito-borne dengue fever, are also associated with some of the cases. Infected kids suffer from a high fever, severe respiratory problems, and neurological symptoms. There’s no vaccine or specific treatment for hand, foot and mouth disease, which is spread by sneezing, coughing, and contact with fluid from blisters or infected feces. “Further investigation is ongoing and this includes the matching of the laboratory and epidemiological information,” Cambodian Health Minister Mam Bunheng said in a press statement, according to the Wall Street Journal. “We hope to be able to conclude our investigation in the coming days.”
Angela Haupt is a health reporter for U.S. News & World Report. You can follow her on Twitter or reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2MIN News July 9, 2012: Quakes & Spaceweather
Published on Jul 9, 2012 by Suspicious0bservers
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/
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]
PHYSORG: http://phys.org/ [GREAT News Site!]
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|(2010 MJ1)||10th July 2012||0 day(s)||0.1533||59.7||52 m – 120 m||10.35 km/s||37260 km/h|
|(2008 NP3)||12th July 2012||2 day(s)||0.1572||61.2||57 m – 130 m||6.08 km/s||21888 km/h|
|(2006 BV39)||12th July 2012||2 day(s)||0.1132||44.1||4.2 m – 9.5 m||11.11 km/s||39996 km/h|
|(2005 NE21)||15th July 2012||5 day(s)||0.1555||60.5||140 m – 320 m||10.77 km/s||38772 km/h|
|(2003 KU2)||15th July 2012||5 day(s)||0.1034||40.2||770 m – 1.7 km||17.12 km/s||61632 km/h|
|(2007 TN74)||16th July 2012||6 day(s)||0.1718||66.9||20 m – 45 m||7.36 km/s||26496 km/h|
|(2007 DD)||16th July 2012||6 day(s)||0.1101||42.8||19 m – 42 m||6.47 km/s||23292 km/h|
|(2006 BC8)||16th July 2012||6 day(s)||0.1584||61.6||25 m – 56 m||17.71 km/s||63756 km/h|
|144411 (2004 EW9)||16th July 2012||6 day(s)||0.1202||46.8||1.3 km – 2.9 km||10.90 km/s||39240 km/h|
|(2012 BV26)||18th July 2012||8 day(s)||0.1759||68.4||94 m – 210 m||10.88 km/s||39168 km/h|
|(2010 OB101)||19th July 2012||9 day(s)||0.1196||46.6||200 m – 450 m||13.34 km/s||48024 km/h|
|(2008 OX1)||20th July 2012||10 day(s)||0.1873||72.9||130 m – 300 m||15.35 km/s||55260 km/h|
|(2010 GK65)||21st July 2012||11 day(s)||0.1696||66.0||34 m – 75 m||17.80 km/s||64080 km/h|
|(2011 OJ45)||21st July 2012||11 day(s)||0.1367||53.2||18 m – 39 m||3.79 km/s||13644 km/h|
|153958 (2002 AM31)||22nd July 2012||12 day(s)||0.0351||13.7||630 m – 1.4 km||9.55 km/s||34380 km/h|
|(2011 CA7)||23rd July 2012||13 day(s)||0.1492||58.1||2.3 m – 5.1 m||5.43 km/s||19548 km/h|
|(2012 BB124)||24th July 2012||14 day(s)||0.1610||62.7||170 m – 380 m||8.78 km/s||31608 km/h|
|(2009 PC)||28th July 2012||18 day(s)||0.1772||68.9||61 m – 140 m||7.34 km/s||26424 km/h|
|217013 (2001 AA50)||31st July 2012||21 day(s)||0.1355||52.7||580 m – 1.3 km||22.15 km/s||79740 km/h|
|(2012 DS30)||02nd August 2012||23 day(s)||0.1224||47.6||18 m – 39 m||5.39 km/s||19404 km/h|
|(2000 RN77)||03rd August 2012||24 day(s)||0.1955||76.1||410 m – 920 m||9.87 km/s||35532 km/h|
|(2004 SB56)||04th August 2012||25 day(s)||0.1393||54.2||380 m – 840 m||13.72 km/s||49392 km/h|
|(2000 SD8)||04th August 2012||25 day(s)||0.1675||65.2||180 m – 400 m||5.82 km/s||20952 km/h|
|(2006 EC)||06th August 2012||27 day(s)||0.0932||36.3||13 m – 28 m||6.13 km/s||22068 km/h|
|(2006 MV1)||07th August 2012||28 day(s)||0.0612||23.8||12 m – 28 m||4.79 km/s||17244 km/h|
|(2005 RK3)||08th August 2012||29 day(s)||0.1843||71.7||52 m – 120 m||8.27 km/s||29772 km/h|
Mysterious Booms / Rumblings
Biological Hazards / Wildlife/ Hazmat
|09.07.2012||Biological Hazard||United Kingdom||Scotland, [Lewis and Kilbrannan Sound]|
|Shellfish harvesting on a Lewis loch has been halted after Food Standards Agency inspectors found potentially harmful levels of toxic algae. The ban on Loch Leurbost comes after tests showed eating shellfish such as cockles,mussels or razor fish may pose a risk to human health. Notices to warn the public and casual gatherers have been posted at various locations on the shore. Commercial shellfish harvesters have been contacted by the comhairle and steps taken to postpone harvesting until algae levels subside. A council spokesperson said:‘It is a sensible precaution to avoid eating shellfish from these areas until further notice. ‘The council is monitoring the situation and will remove warning notices when it improves.’ A warning has also been issued for locations in the Kilbrannan Sound after Argyll and Bute Council carried out monitoring work which revealed raised levels of naturally occurring algal toxins in Campbeltown Loch,Kildalloig Bay,Carradale Bay,Saddell Bay and Machrie Bay,Pirnmill. These areas were closed on July 3 and signs posted to warn gatherers and members of the public of the danger. Commercial shellfish harvesters in these areas have also been contacted by the council and steps taken to postpone harvesting until algae levels subside. Eating shellfish such as cockles,mussels or razor fish from these areas may cause food poisoning. The algal toxins do not affect the taste of the shellfish and are not destroyed by freezing or cooking.|
|Biohazard name:||Toxic Algae Bloom|
|Biohazard level:||0/4 —|
|Biohazard desc.:||This does not included biological hazard category.|
Wildlife in India
by Staff Writers
Guwahati, India (AFP)
Devastating floods in northeast India have killed around 600 animals in the region’s largest wildlife park, including more than a dozen threatened one-horned rhinos, officials said Monday.
“Most of the animals either drowned or were mown down by speeding vehicles when they tried to flee the heavy flooding,” said S.K. Bora, director of 430-square-kilometre (165-square-mile) Kaziranga National Park in Assam state.
“The water level is now receding, but the vast majority of animals that fled the park are yet to return,” he told AFP by telephone.
According to Bora, various species of deer accounted for more than 500 of the animal victims, which also included 14 rhinos and two elephant calves.
Assam has been the focus of severe regional flooding in recent weeks, triggered by heavy monsoon rains that caused the Brahmaputra river to burst its banks, inundating large areas of the state.
Nearly 130 people have been killed and six million displaced by the floodwaters, according to official figures.
Kaziranga is home to the world’s single largest population of one-horned rhinos. A 2012 census in the park counted 2,290 of the rhinos, out of a global population of 3,300.
The species declined to near extinction in the early 1900s, and is currently listed as “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Kaziranga has fought a sustained battle against rhino poachers, who kill the animals for their horns, which fetch huge prices in some Asian countries where they are deemed to have aphrodisiac qualities.
Assam Forests Minister Rockybul Hussain voiced concerns that poachers would prey on those rhinos that had been forced out of the protective ring of the park by the flooding.
|09.07.2012||HAZMAT||USA||State of Alaska, Dutch Harbor|
|Two workers were hospitalized and at least 120 people were evacuated from a factory fish- processing ship that leaked up to 5,000 pounds of anhydrous ammonia in port at Dutch Harbor Saturday afternoon. The two were flown to Anchorage for medical treatment. The ship, the 367-foot-long M/V Excellence, was relocated to a moorage in Wide Bay, about 7.5 miles from the Kloosterboer North Dock in Dutch Harbor, where it leaked. Workers cannot enter the engineering space where the ammonia is leaking because of the danger, said Steven Russel of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. Anhydrous ammonia is used as a coolant in the vessel’s refrigeration system. When compressed, the ammonia is a liquid, but upon release it turns into a gas. The gas displaces the oxygen in the body, causing nausea, shortness of breath, irritation to the eyes and headaches. Ammonia is leaking at a fairly low pressure of less than 4 pounds per square inch. Russell said up to 4,000 pounds of the 22,000 pounds of ammonia aboard the vessel has been released. But Russel did not anticipate much more leakage due to the leak’s location in the refrigeration system. Once the leak was detected, nearby areas were cleared and the workers were evacuated. One of the workers flown to Anchorage has been released from the hospital. The Unalaska fire department has been combating ammonia vapors from the vessel using a high-pressure water fog. DEC plans to monitor the vessel until it’s safe for Hazmat teams to board and gather air data. Select members of the crew with Hazmat training are working alongside the Unalaska Fire Department and the U.S. Coast Guard. The M/V Excellence was built as a factory trawler in 1973 and refitted in 1990 for use as a factory processor.|
Hazmat in China
by Staff Writers
Beijing, China (AFP)
Twelve factories in eastern China were closed down after children living nearby were found to have high levels of lead in their blood, state press reported Monday.
While local authorities sought to downplay the significance of the shutdown, it is the latest in a string of incidents to highlight the increasing environmental and health costs of rampant economic development across China.
“All 12 factories, related to metals, chemicals and recycled paper, have been halted for investigation,” the government of Jian city said in a statement carried in the state-run press on Monday.
The controversy surfaced when a boy living near the industrial park containing the factories was found last month to have higher-than-normal levels of lead in his blood, the China Youth Daily reported.
After a further 15 children were discovered to have excess lead levels, worried parents lobbied local authorities to close the factories, according to the report.
Prolonged exposure to lead can cause nausea and pain within the body, and may damage the heart and kidneys and harm fertility, according to the US Center for Disease Control.
While the government bowed to community pressure in closing the factories, the Jian city government said there was no evidence to show lead had leached out of the industrial park.
It added that the factories had only been closed temporarily.
Grassroots environmental activism is growing in China, with protests against polluting industries occurring frequently across the country.
Violent protests last week by thousands of people in the southwestern city of Shifang forced authorities there to cancel plans for a $1.6 billion heavy metals plant.
Our Polluted World and Cleaning It Up
Articles of Interest
by Staff Writers
Nairobi, Kenya (SPX) Jul 06, 2012
Remarkably, some 60 percent of all human diseases and 75 percent of all emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic. Among the high-priority zoonoses studied here are “endemic zoonoses,” such as brucellosis, which cause the vast majority of illness and death in poor countries; “epidemic zoonoses,” which typically occur as outbreaks, such as anthrax and Rift Valley fever; and the relatively rare “emerging zoonoses,” such as bird flu, a few of which, like HIV/AIDS, spread to cause global cataclysms. While zoonoses can be transmitted to people by either wild or domesticated animals, most human infections are acquired from the world’s 24 billion livestock, including pigs, poultry, cattle, goats, sheep and camels.
A new global study mapping human-animal diseases like tuberculosis (TB) and Rift Valley fever finds that an “unlucky” 13 zoonoses are responsible for 2.4 billion cases of human illness and 2.2 million deaths per year. The vast majority occur in low- and middle-income countries. The report, which was conducted by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the Institute of Zoology (UK) and the Hanoi School of Public Health in Vietnam, maps poverty, livestock-keeping and the diseases humans get from animals, and presents a “top 20″ list of geographical hotspots.
“From cyst-causing tapeworms to avian flu, zoonoses present a major threat to human and animal health,” said Delia Grace, a veterinary epidemiologist and food safety expert with ILRI in Kenya and lead author of the study. “Targeting the diseases in the hardest hit countries is crucial to protecting global health as well as to reducing severe levels of poverty and illness among the world’s one billion poor livestock keepers.”
“Exploding global demand for livestock products is likely to fuel the spread of a wide range of human-animal infectious diseases,” Grace added.
According to the study, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Tanzania in Africa, as well as India in Asia, have the highest zoonotic disease burdens, with widespread illness and death. Meanwhile, the northeastern United States, Western Europe (especially the United Kingdom), Brazil and parts of Southeast Asia may be hotspots of “emerging zoonoses”-those that are newly infecting humans, are newly virulent, or have newly become drug resistant.
The study examined the likely impacts of livestock intensification and climate change on the 13 zoonotic diseases currently causing the greatest harm to the world’s poor.
The report, Mapping of Poverty and Likely Zoonoses Hotspots, was developed with support from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID). The goal of the research was to identify areas where better control of zoonotic diseases would most benefit poor people. It also updates a map of emerging disease events published in the science journal Nature in 2008 by Jones et al.i
Remarkably, some 60 percent of all human diseases and 75 percent of all emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic. Among the high-priority zoonoses studied here are “endemic zoonoses,” such as brucellosis, which cause the vast majority of illness and death in poor countries; “epidemic zoonoses,” which typically occur as outbreaks, such as anthrax and Rift Valley fever; and the relatively rare “emerging zoonoses,” such as bird flu, a few of which, like HIV/AIDS, spread to cause global cataclysms.
While zoonoses can be transmitted to people by either wild or domesticated animals, most human infections are acquired from the world’s 24 billion livestock, including pigs, poultry, cattle, goats, sheep and camels.
Poverty, zoonoses and markets
Today, 2.5 billion people live on less than US$2.00 per day. Nearly three-quarters of the rural poor and some one-third of the urban poor depend on livestock for their food, income, traction, manure or other services. Livestock provide poor households with up to half their income and between 6 and 35 percent of their protein consumption. The loss of a single milking animal can be devastating to such households. Worse, of course, is the loss of a family member to zoonotic disease.
Despite the danger of zoonoses, the growing global demand for meat and milk products is a big opportunity for poor livestock keepers.
“Increased demand will continue over the coming decades, driven by rising populations and incomes, urbanization and changing diets in emerging economies,” noted Steve Staal, deputy director general-research at ILRI. “Greater access to global and regional meat markets could move millions of poor livestock keepers out of poverty if they can effectively participate in meeting that rising demand.”
But zoonoses present a major obstacle to their efforts. The study estimates, for example, that about one in eight livestock in poor countries are affected by brucellosis; this reduces milk and meat production in cattle by around 8 percent.
Thus, while the developing world’s booming livestock markets represent a pathway out of poverty for many, the presence of zoonotic diseases can perpetuate rather than reduce poverty and hunger in livestock-keeping communities. The study found a 99 percent correlation between country levels of protein-energy malnutrition and the burden of zoonoses.
“Many poor livestock keepers are not even meeting their own protein and energy needs,” said Staal. “Too often, animal diseases, including zoonotic diseases, confound their greatest efforts to escape poverty and hunger.”
Assessing the burden of zoonoses
The researchers initially reviewed 56 zoonoses that together are responsible for around 2.5 billion cases of human illness and 2.7 million human deaths per year. A more detailed study was made of the 13 zoonoses identified as most important, based on analysis of 1,000 surveys covering more than 10 million people, 6 million animals and 6,000 food or environment samples.
The analysis found high levels of infection with these zoonoses among livestock in poor countries. For example, 27 percent of livestock in developing countries showed signs of current or past infection with bacterial food-borne disease-a source of food contamination and widespread illness. The researchers attribute at least one-third of global diarrheal disease to zoonotic causes, and find this disease to be the biggest zoonotic threat to public health.
In the booming livestock sector of developing countries, by far the fastest growing sectors are poultry and pigs. “As production, processing and retail food chains intensify, there are greater risks of food-borne illnesses, especially in poorly managed systems,” said John McDermott, director of the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health, led by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
“Historically, high-density pig and poultry populations have been important in maintaining and mixing influenza populations. A major concern is that as new livestock systems intensify, particularly small- and medium-sized pig production, that more intensive systems will allow the maintenance and transmission of pathogens. A number of new zoonoses, such as Nipah virus infections, have emerged in that way.”
Intensification and disease spread
The most rapid changes in pig and poultry farming are expected in Burkina Faso and Ghana in Africa and India, Myanmar and Pakistan in Asia. Pig and poultry farming is also intensifying more rapidly than other farm commodity sectors, with more animals being raised in more concentrated spaces, which raises the risk of disease spread.
Assessing the likely impacts of livestock intensification on the high-priority zoonoses, the study found that livestock density is associated more with disease “event emergence” than with overall disease burdens.
Both the northeastern United States and Western Europe have high densities of livestock and high levels of disease emergence (e.g., BSE, or “mad cow” disease, and Lyme disease), but low numbers of people falling sick and dying from zoonotic diseases. The latter is almost certainly due to the relatively good disease reporting and health care available in these rich countries.
Bovine tuberculosis is a good example of a zoonotic disease that is now rare in both livestock and human populations in rich countries but continues to plague poor countries, where it infects about 7 percent of cattle, reducing their production by 6 percent. Most infected cattle have the bovine form of TB, but both the human and bovine forms of TB can infect cows and people.
Results of this study suggest that the burden of zoonotic forms of TB may be underestimated, with bovine TB causing up to 10 percent of human TB cases. Human TB remains one of the most important and common human diseases in poor countries; in 2010, 12 million people suffered from active disease, with 80 percent of all new cases occurring in 22 developing countries.
“We found massive underreporting of zoonoses and animal diseases in general in poor countries,” said Grace. “In sub-Saharan Africa, for example, 99.9 percent of livestock losses do not appear in official disease reports. Surveillance is not fulfilling its purpose.”
The surveillance lacking today will be even more needed in the future, as the climate changes, she added. Previous research by ILRI and others indicates that areas with increased rainfall and flooding will have increased risk of zoonoses, particularly those diseases transmitted by insects or associated with stagnant water or flooding.
The main finding of the study is that most of the burden of zoonoses and most of the opportunities for alleviating zoonoses lie in just a few countries, notably Ethiopia, Nigeria, and India. These three countries have the highest number of poor livestock keepers, the highest number of malnourished people, and are in the top five countries for both absolute numbers affected with zoonoses and relative intensity of zoonoses infection.
“These findings allow us to focus on the hotspots of zoonoses and poverty, within which we should be able to make a difference,” said Grace.
|A satellite passed over growing Daniel on July 4, and saw heavy rainfall near its center. Some of the rain clouds were more than 9 miles tall.
Editor’s note: This story was updated at 11:06 a.m. ET to note that Emilia has rapid strengthened into a Category 2 hurricane.
Hurricane Emilia has roared to life in the eastern Pacific Ocean, joining Hurricane Daniel in swirling over the waters off North America’s western coast. The storms are the fourth and third hurricanes of the East Pacific season, respectively.
A rotating gale was declared a tropical storm and christened Daniel in the early hours of July 5, when its winds crossed the required threshold of 39 mph (63 kph). The storm continued to strengthen, and was officially dubbed a hurricane — a storm packing sustained winds of at least 74 mph (119 kph) — late on Friday (July 6).
According to the latest report from the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Fla., Hurricane Daniel is packing maximum sustained winds of 90 mph (150 kph) and is weakening as it moves westward across the ocean and over cooler waters. It is currently about 1,300 miles (2,000 kilometers) west-southwest of the southern tip of Baja California.
Emilia first formed as a tropical storm on Saturday night, and strengthened into a hurricane early this morning (July 9). It has maximum sustained winds of 100 mph (160 kph) and is 700 miles (1,100 kilometers) south of the tip of Baja California.
While Daniel, a Category 1 hurricane, is expected to weaken, Emilia has already rapidly intensified into a Category 2 storm and is expected to become a major hurricane (those of Category 3 or higher) by Tuesday.
Both storms lie far out to sea, several hundred miles west of Mexico’s mainland, and moving farther seaward, posing no threat to land.
Early in Daniel’s lifecycle, satellites spotted giant “hot towers” inside the storm. The massive, heated rain clouds can soar more than 9 miles (14 kilometers) into the atmosphere, and are a telltale sign that a storm will strengthen as Daniel did.
Hurricane Daniel was the fourth named storm and Emilia the fifth of the Eastern Pacific hurricane season. Storms are named only once they achieve tropical storm status. The first three storms of the season were Tropical Storm Aletta, Hurricane Bud and Hurricane Carlotta.
Although the Atlantic basin is now quiet, that ocean basin has so far seen four named storms this season — a record number of storms to appear so early in the year.
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