Category: Mysterious Phenomena


Water: Sacred And Mysterious Life Substance 

MessageToEagle.com – Water covers about 70% of the earth’s surface. From oceans, lakes and rivers, to snow packed mountains and valleys, it moves around the earth in a cycle. During which time, it has not only remained the same amount of water for over two billion years, it is still the same water.

This means that the water you are drinking now could contain the same molecules that dinosaurs drank.

During a 100 year period, a molecule spends around 98 years in the ocean, 20 months as ice, about two weeks in rivers and lakes, and less than a week in the atmosphere.

Water is the only natural substance on earth found in three forms: liquid, solid and gas.

Unlike other liquids, water expands when frozen. Yet, while frozen, weighs around 9% less than water which is why ice floats.

Of all the water on our planet, around 97% is salt water and only around 3% is fresh. Two-thirds of that is ice. Approximately 1.6% of water is locked up in polar ice caps and glaciers, 0.36% in underground aquifers and wells while 0.036% is in lakes and rivers.

The rest is either floating in air as clouds or water vapour, or locked up in plants and animals. Our bodies are 65%-70% water. Besides that, there is several billion gallons of water sitting on a shelf at any one time.

 

Without water, life could not exist.So it is no wonder that through out history it has been revered in every culture in one way or another.

Not just because without it life couldn’t exist. But because somehow we all know it has many more mysteries to reveal.

There were ancient cultures that understood water as the blood running through the veins of Mother Earth.

Holy texts speak with great meaning of blessings and baptisms by water.

Artists have been so struck by it’s magnificence and beauty, they have reproduced it’s many facets onto canvas.

 

They have photographed it, wrote poems and stories about it. From the elixir of life, to the power of thrashing waves against rocks during a storm; Water has proved just as beautifully versatile in art as it is in Nature.

This magical natural substance known in science as H20.

In small amounts, water appears colourless, but has in fact, the faintest tint of blue that only becomes apparent in greater quantities.

The chemical and mineral compositions of our blood, and saline fluids have an amazing similarity to seawater, and despite needing fresh water, we do still need salt. Where fresh water is sparse. Nature has evolved to solve, and penguins are one of the few marine birds which can convert salt water into freshwater by means of a gland which removes sodium chloride from their bloodstream.

In small amounts we ingest water to live. In vast amounts, it is home to some of Nature’s amazing creations, some still waiting to be discovered.

Whether we are reading about water in a science paper, taking in it’s chemical properties and it’s place in the scheme of things, or gazing in awe at the sea reaching out across the miles to meet the horizon, none of us could fail to see the wonder and magic of this amazing life giving substance.

Don’t forget that none has revealed as many of it’s secrets as Masaru Emoto who has shown the world that water is not only alive, it has a memory and many more mysteries to reveal.

It is a living, breathing entity that is just as aware of us, as we are of it, and it has a message for us…

Written by Jedda Challenger – MessageToEagle.com Contributor

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Lieberman puts deadline on cybersecurity bill, ‘take it up in July’

By Brendan Sasso 06/13/12 05:17 PM ET

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) urged the Senate to pass his cybersecurity bill in a floor speech on Wednesday, warning that July could be the final opportunity to address the issue.

He predicted that the lame-duck session following the election will be consumed by budget and tax issues.

“The truth is, if we don’t take it up in July and see if we’ve got the votes … we’re not going to be able to pass this legislation in a way that’s timely and allows us to go to conference, reach an agreement and send the bill to the president,” Lieberman said.

Read more on The Hill’s Hillicon Valley blog.

Investigation Continues Into Source of Strange Michigan Area ‘Explosions’ and Radiation Spikes

Strange radiation spikes recorded
following Michigan/Indiana area explosions
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Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

It appears that questions regarding the strange “explosions” which occurred all over the state of Michigan days ago are only continuing to grow.

With a puzzling lack of interest even from the local media, complete silence by law enforcement/military outlets, and activist investigators being arrested for attempting to obtain a statement at a U.S. military base, one would clearly be justified in wondering if there is not a cover up in the works.

For those unfamiliar with the story, throughout June 6-7 Michigan residents from all corners of the state began to report hearing loud “explosions” that actually rocked the ground hard enough to shake their houses.

Although some reports have focused on the “explosions” occurring in the Northern Indiana/Southern Michigan area, other reports have revealed that these “explosions” have also been heard and felt near Saginaw (Central Eastern Michigan) and on up to Northern Michigan.

“Explosions” are the only way to explain these types of sounds, because no one is claiming that ground movement was the result of an earthquake or anything else commonly seen. Indeed, after speaking with Bob Powell of The Truth Is Viral, it has been described as similar to the firing of artillery both in terms of sound and impact.

Whatever the cause, the fact is that the explosions must have been massive in scale – enough to trigger reports of them for at least 100 square miles – yet, at the same time, so small as to not cause serious enough damage as to be readily apparent.

There are, however, numerous reports of an area where 60-foot trees are now inexplicably missing their tops, and many that were simply snapped in half. This apparently occurred around the same time as the mysterious “explosions.” There is no evidence as to what might have caused this damage as of yet. Indeed, Bob Powell described this area as being “out in the middle of nowhere.”

And then there is the matter of radiation spikes in the Southern Michigan/Northern Indiana region. This was reported by two privately owned radiation measurement facilities, BlackCatSystems and Radiation Network, as well as some individual radiation monitors, which communicated an alarming increase in the level of radiation in the area around the same time the mysterious “explosions” were felt and heard.

Although normal radiation levels in this region usually stay at or around 5-6 CPM (Counts Per Minute), on the evening of June 6, radiation levels skyrocketed to 7,139 CPM. This figure was reported by both of the private radiation measurement facilities. It should be noted that both of these facilities are separately operated.

According to Anthony Gucciardi of Natural Society, these figures were confirmed by the EPA’s own radiation level readings. However, the actual EPA levels were quickly hidden from the viewing of the general public, and the EPA online measuring tool was disabled. Subsequently, Radiation Network and BlackCat announced that they had experienced “technical difficulties” and “errors in the system” resulting in a change in the readings posted online.

Of course, the possibilities for false readings always exist, but the fact that both of these systems “malfunctioned” at the same time and produced the same reading seems a bit more far-fetched. If Gucciardi’s claims are true, then it would be just as likely that the spikes in radiation were real but were edited once attention was drawn to them.

In addition, Gucciardi also writes that startling increases in radiation levels have been recorded by private individuals as far away as Colorado.

With all of these very strange “coincidences,” one obviously wonders what could have caused such loud “explosions” with such a level of impact.

Furthermore, one must wonder what could have caused the tree damage which was reported, as well as the increased levels of radiation.

For instance, Bob Powell states that there are no fracking projects being conducted for at least 150 miles. If this is true, then the likelihood of fracking as the source of the “explosions” is minimal. Likewise, Powell says that he contacted NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency) and was told there was no seismographic evidence of any earthquake or even any explosion in the region.

Powell also stated that he was reassured by the relevant authorities that sinkholes, another hypothesis put forward by puzzled onlookers, could not have produced the “boom” that was heard by so many.

All of these questions seem like a local journalist’s dream. However, at least at this point, the local media has refused to investigate the cause of the “explosions” even in the face of so many Michigan witnesses.

One could argue that there is a similarity between the Michigan “explosions” and the Wisconsin groaning noises which were heard by small town residents on what was, at one time, a regular basis. Although the citizens largely knew that the “official” explanations for the noises was rubbish, the local media quickly accepted whatever claims were put out to the general public and ceased coverage.

But at least they did cover it at the beginning. That’s much more than can be said about the Michigan media. Thus, it has once again fallen on local activists and the alternative media to uncover the events surrounding these bizarre occurrences.

Of course, this is exactly what local activists and independent media have tried to do. Indeed, they might be more successful at doing so if they were not being handcuffed and interrogated for simply trying to obtain an official PR statement from the Alpena Regional Combat Training Center, which is exactly what happened to Bob Powell.

Powell claims that when he attempted to enter the military base, as he has done on numerous occasions before when attached to CBS, he was instructed to park in the designated area. When he returned to the guard shack, he was met by security where he was arrested. Bob Powell states:

I went up to the guard shack and I was handcuffed and put down on my knees, legs crossed, you know, the whole nine yards. . . . . . And all of a sudden here comes a bunch of Air Force security guys with M-4s and I said ‘So are you gonna put a bullet in the back of my head now?’ But surprisingly, the answer was ‘No.’ But it turns out that I’m on a list. And I can only assume it’s because of the work that I’ve been doing so far. And I’m no longer allowed on military reservations. And, apparently, I can’t even film outside of a military installation. . . . . I was, I wouldn’t say interrogated, but I was talked to about what I was doing there and what my purpose was and all that. I was held in custody for about two hours. And the Air Force didn’t do anything. They released me to the Sheriff’s Department.

Powell states that he was then charged with Driving Under Suspension, as his license was suspended in South Carolina, his home state, for not having insurance. You can see Powell’s video regarding his arrest below.

Reporter Detained/Arrested Investigating Mysterious Explosion That Rocked N.E. Mi On 6-6-12 (1 of 2)

Reporter Detained/Arrested Investigating Mysterious Explosion That (2 of2)

In an interview with Powell, he also claims that the entire law enforcement community has remained silent regarding the “explosions” in the area.

Thus, while the initial question was centered around the nature of the booming noise, it appears that a much bigger question has arisen. That is, why are the authorities and the media apparently ignoring these “explosions?” Even more so, why are they covering it up? Why such systemic silence?

Though some may be tempted to legitimize the “no comment” position maintained by the media and the government, it is almost impossible to believe that these agencies and outlets have no interest in what is obviously a big deal to many of the people who have personally heard the “explosions.”

In fact, the longer this whole thing continues, the more it seems that a cover up is very much in the works.

Particularly interesting are the photos posted by Anthony Gucciardi regarding what many of his readers are claiming to be military vehicles heading for the center of the “explosions.” Gucciardi writes:

Eyewitnesses on the ground near the media-blacked-out elevated radiation zone near the border of Indiana and Michigan, . . . . . are now sending in a large number of photos and videos documenting massive explosions accompanied by unmarked helicopters, A-10 Thunderbolts, and military personnel. These reports come after a Department of Homeland Security hazmat fleet was sent out to the location after ‘years’ of inactivity.

Of course, it should be noted that there are military bases located nearby to at least some of the areas that have experienced these “explosions.” This should be taken into consideration when one mentions troop or military vehicle movements. In addition, it should be mentioned that the claims regarding the DHS hazmat fleet are somewhat suspect and have yet, to my knowledge at least, been proven or corroborated.

Nevertheless, in the midst of this mystery, one thing is for certain – something is happening in Michigan. The only question is what it is and why it is being covered up. At the very least, why the silence?

As Bob Powell concluded:

If you’re looking for information in the local media, good luck. Because they’re not saying a word.

Read other articles by Brandon Turbeville here.

Environmental

Genetic engineering: The world’s greatest scam?

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Genetic engineering is a threat to food security, especially in a changing climate. The introduction of genetically manipulated organisms by choice or by accident grossly undermines sustainable agriculture and in so doing, severely limits the choice of food we can eat.

Once GE plants are released into the environment, they are out of control. If anything goes wrong – they are impossible to recall.

GE contamination threatens biodiversity respected as the global heritage of humankind, and one of our world’s fundamental keys to survival.

Time, place and how wood is used are factors in carbon emissions from deforestation

by Staff Writers
Davis CA (SPX)


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A new study from the University of California, Davis, provides a deeper understanding of the complex global impacts of deforestation on greenhouse gas emissions. The study, published in the advance online edition of the journal Nature Climate Change, reports that the volume of greenhouse gas released when a forest is cleared depends on how the trees will be used and in which part of the world the trees are grown.

When trees are felled to create solid wood products, such as lumber for housing, that wood retains much of its carbon for decades, the researchers found. In contrast, when wood is used for bioenergy or turned into pulp for paper, nearly all of its carbon is released into the atmosphere. Carbon is a major contributor to greenhouse gases.

“We found that 30 years after a forest clearing, between 0 percent and 62 percent of carbon from that forest might remain in storage,” said lead author J. Mason Earles, a doctoral student with the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies. “Previous models generally assumed that it was all released immediately.”

The researchers analyzed how 169 countries use harvested forests. They learned that the temperate forests found in the United States, Canada and parts of Europe are cleared primarily for use in solid wood products, while the tropical forests of the Southern hemisphere are more often cleared for use in energy and paper production.

“Carbon stored in forests outside Europe, the USA and Canada, for example, in tropical climates such as Brazil and Indonesia, will be almost entirely lost shortly after clearance,” the study states.

The study’s findings have potential implications for biofuel incentives based on greenhouse gas emissions. For instance, if the United States decides to incentivize corn-based ethanol, less profitable crops, such as soybeans, may shift to other countries. And those countries might clear more forests to make way for the new crops. Where those countries are located and how the wood from those forests is used would affect how much carbon would be released into the atmosphere.

Earles said the study provides new information that could help inform climate models of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the leading international body for the assessment of climate change.

“This is just one of the pieces that fit into this land-use issue,” said Earles. Land use is a driving factor of climate change. “We hope it will give climate models some concrete data on emissions factors they can use.”

In addition to Earles, the study, “Timing of carbon emissions from global forest clearance,” was co-authored by Sonia Yeh, a research scientist with the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies, and Kenneth E. Skog of the USDA Forest Service.

The study was funded by the California Air Resources Board and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

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Nearly one-tenth of hemisphere’s mammals unlikely to outrun climate change

by Staff Writers
Seattle WA (SPX)


The percentage of mammal species unable to keep pace with climate change in the Americas range from zero and low (blue) to a high of nearly 40 percent (light orange). Credit: U of Washington.

A safe haven could be out of reach for 9 percent of the Western Hemisphere’s mammals, and as much as 40 percent in certain regions, because the animals just won’t move swiftly enough to outpace climate change. For the past decade scientists have outlined new areas suitable for mammals likely to be displaced as climate change first makes their current habitat inhospitable, then unlivable.

For the first time a new study considers whether mammals will actually be able to move to those new areas before they are overrun by climate change.

Carrie Schloss, University of Washington research analyst in environmental and forest sciences, is lead author of the paper out online the week of May 14 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

“We underestimate the vulnerability of mammals to climate change when we look at projections of areas with suitable climate but we don’t also include the ability of mammals to move, or disperse, to the new areas,” Schloss said.

Indeed, more than half of the species scientists have in the past projected could expand their ranges in the face of climate change will, instead, see their ranges contract because the animals won’t be able to expand into new areas fast enough, said co-author Josh Lawler, UW associate professor of environmental and forest sciences.

In particular, many of the hemisphere’s species of primates – including tamarins, spider monkeys, marmosets and howler monkeys, some of which are already considered threatened or endangered – will be hard-pressed to outpace climate change, as are the group of species that includes shrews and moles. Winners of the climate change race are likely to come from carnivores like coyotes and wolves, the group that includes deer and caribou, and one that includes armadillos and anteaters.

The analysis looked at 493 mammals in the Western Hemisphere ranging from a moose that weighs 1,800 pounds to a shrew that weighs less than a dime. Only climate change was considered and not other factors that cause animals to disperse, such as competition from other species.

To determine how quickly species must move to new ranges to outpace climate change, UW researchers used previous work by Lawler that reveals areas with climates needed by each species, along with how fast climate change might occur based on 10 global climate models and a mid-high greenhouse gas emission scenario developed by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

The UW researchers coupled how swiftly a species is able to disperse across the landscape with how often its members make such a move. In this case, the scientists assumed animals dispersed once a generation.

It’s understandable, for example, that a mouse might not get too far because of its size. But if there are many generations born each a year, then that mouse is on the move regularly compared to a mammal that stays several years with its parents in one place before being old enough to reproduce and strike out for new territory.

Western Hemisphere primates, for example, take several years before they are sexually mature. That contributes to their low-dispersal rate and is one reason they look especially vulnerable to climate change, Schloss said. Another reason is that the territory with suitable climate is expected to shrink and so to reach the new areas animals in the tropics must generally go farther than in mountainous regions, where animals can more quickly move to a different elevation and a climate that suits them.

Those factors mean that nearly all the hemisphere’s primates will experience severe reductions in their ranges, Schloss said, on average about 75 percent. At the same time species with high dispersal rates that face slower-paced climate change are expected to expand their ranges.

“Our figures are a fairly conservative – even optimistic – view of what could happen because our approach assumes that animals always go in the direction needed to avoid climate change and at the maximum rate possible for them,” Lawler said.

The researchers were also conservative, he said, in taking into account human-made obstacles such as cities and crop lands that animals encounter. For the overall analysis they used a previously developed formula of “average human influence” that highlights regions where animals are likely to encounter intense human development. It doesn’t take into account transit time if animals must go completely around human-dominated landscapes.

“I think it’s important to point out that in the past when climates have changed – between glacial and interglacial periods when species ranges contracted and expanded – the landscape wasn’t covered with agricultural fields, four-lane highways and parking lots, so species could move much more freely across the landscape,” Lawler said.

“Conservation planners could help some species keep pace with climate change by focusing on connectivity – on linking together areas that could serve as pathways to new territories, particularly where animals will encounter human-land development,” Schloss said.

“For species unable to keep pace, reducing non-climate-related stressors could help make populations more resilient, but ultimately reducing emissions, and therefore reducing the pace of climate change, may be the only certain method to make sure species are able to keep pace with climate change.”

The third co-author of the paper is Tristan Nunez, now at University of California, Berkeley. Both Schloss and Nunez worked with Lawler while earning their master’s degrees. Lawler did this work with support from the UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences using, in part, models he previously developed with funding from the Nature Conservancy and the Cedar Tree Foundation.

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One Quarter Of Grouper Species Being Fished To Extinction

by Staff Writers
San Francisco CA (SPX)


Groupers are among the highest priced market reef species (estimated to be a multi-billion dollar per year industry), are highly regarded for the quality of their flesh, and are often among the first reef fishes to be overexploited.

Groupers, a family of fishes often found in coral reefs and prized for their quality of flesh, are facing critical threats to their survival. As part of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission, a team of scientists has spent the past ten years assessing the status of 163 grouper species worldwide.

They report that 20 species (12%) are at risk of extinction if current overfishing trends continue, and an additional 22 species (13%) are Near Threatened. These findings were published online on April 28 in the journal Fish and Fisheries.

“Fish are one of the last animal resources commercially harvested from the wild by humans, and groupers are among the most desirable fishes,” said Dr. Luiz Rocha, Curator of Ichthyology at the California Academy of Sciences, and one of the paper’s authors.

“Unfortunately, the false perception that marine resources are infinite is still common in our society, and in order to preserve groupers and other marine resources we need to reverse this old mentality.”

The team estimates that at least 90,000,000 groupers were captured in 2009. This represents more than 275,000 metric tonnes of fish, an increase of 25% from 1999, and 1600% greater than 1950 figures. The Caribbean Sea, coastal Brazil, and Southeast Asia are home to a disproportionately high number of the 20 Threatened grouper species. (A species is considered “Threatened” if it is Critically Endangered, Endangered, or Vulnerable under IUCN criteria.)

Groupers are among the highest priced market reef species (estimated to be a multi-billion dollar per year industry), are highly regarded for the quality of their flesh, and are often among the first reef fishes to be overexploited. Their disappearance from coral reefs could upset the ecological balance of these threatened ecosystems, since they are ubiquitous predators and may play a large role in controlling the abundance of animals farther down the food chain.

Unfortunately, groupers take many years (typically 5-10) to become sexually mature, making them vulnerable for a relatively long time before they can reproduce and replenish their populations.

In addition, fisheries have exploited their natural behavior of gathering in great numbers during the breeding season. The scientists also conclude that grouper farming (mariculture) has not mitigated overfishing in the wild.

Although the prognosis is poor for the restoration and successful conservation of Threatened grouper species, the authors do recommend some courses of action, including optimizing the size and location of Marine Protected Areas, minimum size limits for individual fish, quotas on the amount of catch, limits on the number of fishers, and seasonal protection during the breeding season.

However, the scientists stress that “community awareness and acceptance, and effective enforcement are paramount” for successful implementation, as well as “action at the consumer end of the supply chain by empowering customers to make better seafood choices.”

These findings are posted online here.

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Cyber Space

Debut of Cut-Rate Mobile Plan Marred by Alleged Malicious Attack

The launch of a cut-rate unlimited $39-a-month mobile plan offered by upstart Voyager Mobile was marred Tuesday by what the company claims is “a malicious network attack to its primary website.”

By Daniel Ionescu, PCWorld

The launch of a cut-rate unlimited $39-a-month mobile plan offered by upstart Voyager Mobile was marred Tuesday by what the company claims is “a malicious network attack to its primary website.” The company now says it’s postponing the launch of its budget plan until an unspecified date.

The company had generated buzz for its low prices. Voyager Mobile had planned to offer a contract-free $19 per month that included unlimited calls and texts. A second plan included a $39 plan that included unlimited calls, text and 3G/4G data. Voyager Mobile had planned to piggyback its service on Sprint’s network and operate as a mobile virtual network operator (MNVO).

Voyager Mobile would also resell some of the most popular Android smartphones on Sprint such as the Motorola Photon 4G, Samsung Galaxy Epic 4G Touch, and some yet-unnamed Windows Phone 7 devices, USB dongles and mobile hotspots. The company was meant to unveil its website on Tuesday at 6AM ET.

Voyager Posted a note to its website: “Due to the network outage, Voyager Mobile is postponing its launch to a time and date in the very near future. Our goal of low cost wireless service for all will not be undermined and we strive to continue the voyage for a better wireless world.”

Voyager declined to comment when asked about the alleged attack. It’s also unclear why any group or individual would target this company.

US Postal Service Won’t Fly iPads, iPhones, MacBooks out of Country

By Karen Haslam, macworld.co.uk

From 16 May it will not be possible to ship iPads, iPhones or laptops overseas from the US using the United States Postal Service (USPS).

USPS believes that lithium batteries – which feature in devices including the iPad, iPhone, MacBooks, and other smartphones, laptops, and tablets – pose too great of a risk to be shipped overseas. An amendment to the company’s documentation states: “lithium batteries are not permitted in international mail.”

The USPS will still allow these products to be shipped within the US. UPS and FedEx will continue to ship such items overseas, however.

The revised Mailings of Lithium Batteries document states: “Primary lithium metal or lithium alloy (nonrechargeable) cells and batteries or secondary lithium-ion cells and batteries (rechargeable) are prohibited when mailed internationally or to and from an APO, FPO, or DPO location”.

USPS will lift the restriction in January 2013, however. The document explains: “On 1 January 2013, customers will be able to mail specific quantities of lithium batteries internationally (including to and from an APO, FPO, or DPO location) when the batteries are properly installed in the personal electronic devices they are intended to operate.”

The January 2013 modification is due to changes in international standards that USPS is aware of following discussion with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the Universal Postal Union (UPU). “International standards have recently been the subject of discussion by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the Universal Postal Union (UPU),” states USPS in its documentation.

Apple is reported to have opposed stricter regulations restricting lithium-battery shipments by air.

The reason for regulations regarding the transportation of lithium-batteries by air is that they can spontaneously combust. The UN rules, which will become effective on 1 January 2013, state that pilots must be notified when lithium batteries are on a flight, shipments should be labelled as hazardous materials, and employees should have training in handling such cargo.

There have been several plane crashes directly attributed to exploding lithium batteries in the last few years, according to reports.

Facebook Users Don’t Trust Site on Privacy Issues

By Ian Paul, PCWorld

Facebook Users Don't Trust Site on Privacy IssuesFacebook lays claim to more than 900 million members across the globe and may have a massive initial public offering in the coming days, but a new poll says users have trust issues with the social networking site. More than half of those surveyed, 59 percent, said they had little to no trust that Facebook would keep their information private, according to an AP-CNBC poll. The study also found that 54 percent of the survey’s 1,004 respondents would not “feel safe at all” purchasing goods and services through the world’s largest social network.

The news that Facebook users do not trust the company to keep their information private is hardly surprising given the social network’s shady past with privacy-related issues. Concerns over privacy changes involving new products such as Beacon, frictionless sharing, Instant Personalization, and Places always make headlines. And seemingly never-ending changes to Facebook’s terms of service and privacy policy allow users to think twice about trusting Facebook.

Despite Facebook’s privacy challenges, however, the social network keeps on growing, and users continue to share their most personal information with a company they reportedly don’t trust. Facebook in July 2010 claimed 500 million users and in the less than two years since the social network has nearly doubled its user base. And despite Facebook’s privacy woes, it is still one of the most popular sites for sharing photos with an average of more than 300 million images uploaded daily for the three months ending March 31, according to the company.

Facebook Users Don't Trust Site on Privacy IssuesDespite Facebook’s privacy trust problems, the finding that Facebook is not trusted when it comes to online purchases is a little surprising. To purchase items on Facebook you need to buy Facebook credits, which are only available through Facebook itself. Users can then use these credits to buy virtual items in popular games such as Zynga’s Farmville, rent movies, and, perhaps coming soon, self-promote your own posts.

Facebook does have to contend with malicious software stealing user credentials and clickjacking scams, but the company is also pretty active when it comes to security (sometimes too much so). Facebook has also offered secure SSL encryption since 2011. Some users may be wary about Facebook now, but I wonder if that will change as more services start using Facebook credits.

Connect with Ian Paul (@ianpaul) on Twitter and Google+, and with Today@PCWorld on Twitter for the latest tech news andanalysis.

Apple E-Book Lawsuit: Steve Jobs Swayed Publisher, Complaint Alleges

By John P. Mello Jr., PCWorld

Apple E-Book Lawsuit: Steve Jobs Swayed Publisher, Complaint AllegesApple cofounder Steve Jobs got directly involved in an alleged conspiracy to fix e-book prices after a publisher balked at participating in the scheme, according to a court document filed by 31 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

The document, an amended complaint to an antitrust lawsuit by the states and others against Penguin, Macmillan and Apple, was filed in a New York federal district court. A similar lawsuit against the publishers and Apple has been filed by the Department of Justice.

According to the complaint, when one of the conspiring publishers dragged its feet on entering the e-book pricing deal with Apple, Jobs was enlisted to sell high-ranking officials in the publisher’s parent company on the wisdom of the proposed pricing scheme.

“As I see it,” Jobs wrote, the publisher had the following choices:

1. Throw in with Apple and see if we can all make a go of this to create a real mainstream ebooks market at $12.99 and $14.99.

2. Keep going with Amazon at $9.99. You will make a bit more money in the short term, but in the medium term Amazon will tell you they will be paying you 70% of $9.99. They have shareholders too.

3. Hold back your books from Amazon. Without a way for customers to buy your ebooks, they will steal them. This will be the start of piracy and once started, there will be no stopping it. Trust me, I’ve seen this happen with my own eyes.

“Maybe I’m missing something, but I don’t see any other alternatives. Do You?” he wrote.

Within three days of the letter, the amended complaint noted, the foot-dragging conspiring publisher and its co-conspirators agreed on an “agency” e-book pricing scheme and signed an agency deal with Apple.

In their complaint, the states and others allege that Apple joined publishers Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin and Simon & Schuster in a price-fixing conspiracy and facilitated their scheme to increase e-book prices.

Apple facilitated the alleged conspiracy, the states argue, by bringing the publishers into agreement with one another on how to go about increasing e-book prices.

The publishers’ plan was carried out in two steps, the complaint explained. First, the existing wholesale model for selling books — where retailers decided the price consumers paid for e-books — would be replaced with an agency model in which the publishers controlled the price consumers paid for an e-book. Second, retail e-book prices would be increased.

As a result of the alleged conspiracy, Apple and the publishers “agreed to eliminate e-book retail price competition between Apple and Amazon and other outlets.

Rather than hinder competition, Apple claims its deal with the publishers fostered competition. “The launch of the iBookstore in 2010 fostered innovation and competition, breaking Amazon’s monopolistic grip on the publishing industry,” it said in a statement issued after the Justice Department filed its lawsuit against the company.

“Just as we have allowed developers to set prices on the App Store, publishers set prices on the iBookstore,” it added.

However, there’s evidence that the deal Apple cut with the publishers to sell e-books wasn’t as common as the high-tech firm would like the public to believe.

Apple E-Book Lawsuit: Steve Jobs Swayed Publisher, Complaint AllegesThat agreement contains something called a “most-favored nation” clause. Typically, those clauses are included in contracts to protect a buyer from wholesale price fluctuations.

Apple’s most-favored nation clause was different, according to the Justice Department. “[I]nstead of [a clause] designed to protect Apple’s ability to compete, this [clause] was designed to protect Apple from having to compete on price at all, while still maintaining Apple’s 30 percent margin,” the Justice Department said in its complaint against Apple and the publishers.

Follow freelance technology writer John P. Mello Jr. and Today@PCWorld on Twitter.

LightSquared Declares Bankruptcy After GPS Worries Sank Its Mobile Dream

By Stephen Lawson, IDG News

LightSquared, the startup that planned a nationwide wholesale mobile network only to be shot down by regulators because of GPS interference concerns, is declaring bankruptcy.

The move came after lengthy negotiations with lenders and does not shut down the company’s only commercial operation, a satellite-based mobile service. The bankruptcy is expected to give Philip Falcone, the hedge-fund chief who built LightSquared out of two satellite acquisitions, several months of control over how the company addresses its troubles.

LightSquared wanted to run an LTE mobile broadband network using frequencies next to those used by GPS, which historically had been reserved for satellite service. Part of the promise of LightSquared was the prospect of a wholesale-only provider of LTE capacity to both large and small mobile operators, potentially making the high-speed mobile business in the U.S. more competitive.

However, in February, the FCC said it would kill LightSquared’s planned network because it would interfere with GPS receivers. As a result, LightSquared’s main asset, its spectrum, has little value unless the company can reach another deal with the agency that would give it other spectrum to work with.

Documents detailing the bankruptcy are expected to be released later Monday.

Stephen Lawson covers mobile, storage and networking technologies for The IDG News Service. Follow Stephen on Twitter at @sdlawsonmedia. Stephen’s e-mail address is stephen_lawson@idg.com

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Survival / Sustainability

Three Things Every Newbie Survivalist Should Have

by M.D. Creekmore  

It’s a question I hear a lot from new preppers: “what should I buy first and where do I start?”

And while there are a lot of different answers depending on individual situations and needs, usually my recommendation to those starting out, is to start a food storage program, buy a good water filter and a dual purpose firearm for foraging and protection.

Food Storage Program

Let’s face it most people aren’t familiar with basic foods such as hard red wheat, whole corn, soybeans etc, nor are they conversant with their preparation. So I suggest, beginning survivors start out with foods they are familiar with.

Most canned foods off the grocers shelf have a shelf life of three to five years, make a list of everything your family eats for a week, then buy 10 cases of every non-perishable item on the list.

Even though canned foods have a limited shelf life you’re going to rotate so you’ll always have a fresh supply.

Say you start out with ten cases of chili. Mark each case from 1 to 10. You start with case number 1, when you finish eating it, buy another case and mark it as case number 11. Start on case number 2, when done buy another case and mark it as case number 12 and so on.

Read Full Article Here

Solar Cookers  How to make  your  own and how to use it

CooKit

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Panel solar cookers are the first solar cookers that are truly affordable to the world’s neediest. In 1994, a volunteer group of engineers and solar cooks associated with Solar Cookers International developed and produced the CooKit, based on a design by French scientist Roger Bernard. Elegant and deceptively simple looking, it is an affordable, effective and convenient solar cooker. With a few hours of sunshine, the CooKitmakes tasty meals for 5-6 people at gentle temperatures, cooking food and preserving nutrients without burning or drying out. Larger families use two or more cookers.

The CooKit is made of cardboard and foil shaped to reflect maximum sunlight onto a black cooking pot that converts sunlight into thermal (heat) energy. A heat-resistant bag (or similar tranparent cover) surrounds the pot, acting like a greenhouse by allowing sunlight to hit the pot and preventing heat from escaping. It weighs half a kilogram and folds to the size of a big book for easy transport.

The CooKit folds to be about the size of a large notebook when not in use.

CooKits are now produced independently in 25 countries from a wide variety of materials at a cost of $3 – $7 US. Note that you can either build your own CooKit using the plans below or you can order a pre-built Cookit from Solar Cookers International. Your purchase helps support SCI’s work around the world.

CooKits complement other cooking methods needed at night and on cloudy days. Coming about twenty years after the first efforts to replace open fires with improved cooking stoves, the CooKit uses no fuel at all. The CooKit is both user-friendly and environmentally friendly. Families can save scarce, expensive fuel for when they cannot solar cook and when economically capable, add other, higher cost cooking improvements such as modern biomass, smoke hoods, biogas, or liquefied petroleum gas. A single CooKit of normal dimensions (see below) is not able to cook a pot of food large enough to feed a large family. To cook larger amounts of food a box-style cooker may be a better choice.

Solar Cooker Diagram (English)

Solar Oven detailed instruction PDF (English)

For other languages  please  see the  site,  they  have  many  languages  available

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Activism

Occupy organic vegetable gardens – Rebirth of the Victory garden

By JB Bardot, 
(NaturalNews) During World Wars I and II, private citizens were encouraged to plant Victory gardens in an effort to support the war effort and take the strain off the food industry, providing more food for citizens living at home. Little gardens popped up all over the country and they were called Victory gardens because people envisioned a victorious end to strife, sadness and hardship. Victory gardens in the U.S. produced a staggering 40% of the food supply. The Victory garden campaign resulted…

FILE – In this Friday, June 17, 2011 file image made from video released by Change.org, a Saudi Arabian woman drives a car as part of a campaign to defy Saudi Arabia’s ban on women driving, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Change.org, File)

OSLO — In May 2011, Manal al-Sharif did something revolutionary: She drove a car.

In most societies this would be far from noteworthy, but in Saudi Arabia, where women are prohibited from getting behind the wheel, it was an act of extraordinary courage. The protest, which she put on YouTube, landed al-Sharif in jail for nine days. It also made her an international figure. In the last year, she has been named one of the “Top 100 Global Thinkers” by Foreign Policy magazine and one of Time magazine’s “100 most influential people of 2012.”

And last week, the 32-year old Saudi was one of three people awarded the first annual Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent at the Oslo Freedom Forum.

To attend the conference in Norway, al-Sharif says she was pressured out of her job at the Saudi oil company Aramco. Considering she is a working-class single mother, it couldn’t have been an easy decision to continue her human rights fight in the face of such economic pressures. But, as al-Sharif told The Daily Caller, “if you stand up for your beliefs, there is a price to pay.”

“They pressured me a lot and it was like too much to take,” she said, explaining that while she was not explicitly fired, she was increasingly marginalized at the company for her activism, leading to her exit after coming into conflict again with her bosses over attending the conference.

After first stating that she didn’t “want to talk about” the pressure she has suffered under since her Rosa Parks-like act of defiance, she conceded that the Saudi government does “pressure you a lot, whether directly or indirectly.”

“So they can cause a lot of trouble,” she went on. “They scandalize you, they smear you … they spread all these rumors about you … But it’s up to you how to deal with that pressure. The more pressure it is, the more attacks I get, the more impact I know that I’m making.”

Environmentalist group laud Supreme Court move to look into country’s GMO approval system

A recent move by the Supreme Court stop commercial production of genetically-modified Bt eggplant in the Philippines was welcomed by a group of environmentalists and concerned individuals

    • By Gilbert P. Felongco, Correspondent

Manila: A recent move by the Supreme Court stop commercial production of genetically-modified Bt eggplant in the Philippines was welcomed by a group of environmentalists and concerned individuals.Greanpeace said the Supreme Court decision to grant a Writ of Kalikasan in favour of stopping Bt eggplant field trials in the country while further studies are being conducted is a step forward in the fight against so-called “Frankenstein” food that harm not only the human body but the environment as well.

Many independent scientific studies provide clear evidence that GMOs such as Bt eggplant, as well as Bt corn, can negatively impact the liver, kidneys or blood when ingested”

               Greenpeace

“Greenpeace believes the granting of the Writ of Kalikasan to be a recognition of the threats that GMOs pose to human health and the environment. We welcome this as a positive development: GMOs and GMO field trials clearly violate every Filipino’s constitutional right to a balanced and healthful ecology, and their invasion into our fields and our diets must be stopped,” said Daniel Ocampo, Sustainable Agriculture Campaigner, Greenpeace Southeast Asia.

The Writ of Kalikasan (Nature) is a legal remedy designed for the protection of one’s constitutional right to a healthy environment.

In the same breath, Greenpeace called for greater scrutiny of the country’s GMO approval system as it welcomed the Supreme Court decision to stop field trials of the genetically-modified organism (GMO) Bt eggplant in the Philippines.“The Supreme Court has given hope to Filipinos as its decision now puts into the spotlight the country’s flawed GMO approval system which has never rejected any GMO application, allowing dangerous GMO crops to be eaten and planted by Filipinos. This is an outrage and such a regulatory system which clearly disregards public good must be scrapped,” he added.

According to Greenpeace, there are serious uncertainties regarding the safety and long-term impacts of GMOs.

“Many independent scientific studies provide clear evidence that GMOs such as Bt eggplant, as well as Bt corn, can negatively impact the liver, kidneys or blood when ingested,” the group said.

Last April 26, petitioners led by Leo Avila of Davao City Agriculturist Office, Atty. Maria Paz Luna, former Senator Orlando Mercado and Greenpeace Southeast Asia Executive Director Von Hernandez filed a petition asking the Supreme Court to issue a Writ of Kalikasan against GMO field trials.

The petition seeks to immediately stop the field trials of Bt eggplant. It also puts into question the flawed government regulatory process for approving GMOs and ensuring the safety of GMOs first on health and environmental grounds before they are released into the open.

Despite the scientific doubt that surrounds GMO food crops, the Philippines has never rejected any GMO application, approving, since 2002, a total of 67 GMOs for importation, consumption and propagation.

Most of these GMOs are approved as food for Filipinos.
While other countries are taking the precautionary approach to GMOs, Greenpeace said the Philippine Department of Agriculture has done exactly the opposite.

Walker’s World: Europe’s voters revolt

by Martin Walker
Munich, Germany (UPI)

The anti-austerity revolt of European voters continued Sunday when electors in a key German province gave Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats just 28 percent of the vote, the party’s lowest perentage since 1948.

This is a grim time to be in office in Europe. Voters have turned out governments in Britain, Ireland, Portugal, Italy, Spain, France and Greece. And while Merkel remains in office at the national level and remains personally popular, her own coalition with Bavaria’s Christian Social party is fraying badly.

How much of Sunday’s vote was against the austerity that Merkel is forcing upon Europe and how much a reaction against the way Germany continues reluctantly to bail out the bankrupt European partners is an open question. Either way, it means voters are losing trust in Merkel’s economic stewardship, even though Germany has recovered more strongly from the crisis than any other European economy.

Sunday’s vote also reflected the ongoing crisis of the traditional two-party system, with smaller German parties continuing to take votes from the big two — Merkel’s Christian Democrats and the moderate-left Social Democrats. The Greens got 12 percent, the centrist Free Democrats recovered to 8 percent and the bizarre new Pirate Party, committed to Internet freedom and votes for teenagers, repeated its earlier success in Berlin.

All this took place as Greece slid further down the slope toward what the markets are calling “Grexit,” a Greek exit from the euro, which many fear would trigger Europe’s biggest crisis since World War II. After their chaotic elections and inability to form a coalition government, it isn’t easy to see how Greece musters the political will to make the budget cuts and suffer the economic pain required to remain inside the euro.

But if Greece goes, it is also not easy to see how to prevent the contagion spreading to Portugal, Spain and even Italy as depositors take their euros from their own national banks and deposit them in safer German banks, rather than see savings eroded by devaluation.

The dirty secret here is that on close examination Germany’s economic situation, despite its strong manufacturing sector and massive export trade, isn’t nearly as strong as it looks.

Germany’s Market Economy Foundation reports that in addition to the official national debt of roughly $2.6 trillion, there are $5.9 trillion in future benefit promises to retirees, the sick and people requiring nursing care. These are commitments that aren’t documented in official budgets nor has any provision been made to finance them. When these commitments are included, Germany’s real debt isn’t the “official” 80 percent of gross domestic product but 276 percent.

Moreover, the disguised way in which Germany has continued to bail out the weaker Europeans is becoming a serious public issue. This is done through the “Target2” system of the European Central Bank, where the debits and credits of the various eurozone members are held.

There has been a sharp jump in the Bundesbank’s Target2 claims within the European Central Bank’s internal payment network from $706 billion in February to $795 billion in March. Bundesbank claims have risen six-fold since 2008. Bundesbank chief Jens Weidmann is demanding collateral from weaker states for Target2 transfers.

These German credits, equivalent to $800 billion, are balanced by debts of Greek, Irish, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian central banks of almost $850 billion. So long as the German central bank doesn’t demand its money, it is in effect bankrolling the other European partners. And since this is done between central banks, there has been no parliamentary authorization for this hidden bailout.

“The euro-system is near explosion,” said Professor Hans-Werner Sinn, head of Germany’s IFO Institute, addressing Austria’s Economics Academy on April 19. “This enormous international credit should have been subjected to the parliaments of Europe.”

He may well be right. But the voters seem intent on throwing the parliaments of Europe into disarray or into coalitions that are either unworkable or impotent to take the decisive action required.

This might not be so alarming, were it not that even bigger political challenges lie in wait for Europe. Its social contract and generous welfare state is becoming steadily less sustainable as the society ages. More and more people are qualifying for pensions and expensive elderly healthcare while fewer and fewer young people are coming into the labor market and when they do there are few jobs for them.

If things look grim for Europe’s incumbent politician now, they will soon look even worse as they are forced to push through new laws raising the retirement age, curbing pension and welfare payments and raising taxes.

Related Links
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Earthquakes

GEOFON     Central Peru
Apr 22 23:45 PM
4.6     124.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Peru
Apr 22 23:45 PM
4.6     113.0     MAP

USGS     Central Peru
Apr 22 23:45 PM
4.6     112.8     MAP

EMSC     Syria-iraq Border Region
Apr 22 23:38 PM
3.1     21.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 23:27 PM
2.6     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 23:15 PM
2.5     5.0     MAP

USGS     Nicobar Islands, India Region
Apr 22 23:05 PM
4.8     39.5     MAP

EMSC     Nicobar Islands, India Region
Apr 22 23:05 PM
4.9     40.0     MAP

GEOFON     Nicobar Islands, India Region
Apr 22 23:05 PM
4.9     32.0     MAP

EMSC     Poland
Apr 22 23:05 PM
3.0     10.0     MAP

USGS     Northern California
Apr 22 22:25 PM
2.6     2.1     MAP

EMSC     Pyrenees
Apr 22 22:04 PM
2.9     1.0     MAP

USGS     Southern Alaska
Apr 22 21:55 PM
3.1     51.3     MAP

USGS     Celebes Sea
Apr 22 21:41 PM
4.6     591.3     MAP

GEOFON     Celebes Sea
Apr 22 21:41 PM
4.6     590.0     MAP

EMSC     Celebes Sea
Apr 22 21:41 PM
4.6     595.0     MAP

EMSC     Pyrenees
Apr 22 21:37 PM
2.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Strait Of Gibraltar
Apr 22 21:37 PM
3.0     9.0     MAP

EMSC     Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 22 21:09 PM
2.4     4.0     MAP

USGS     Central Alaska
Apr 22 20:48 PM
3.3     85.0     MAP

EMSC     Albania
Apr 22 19:54 PM
2.7     36.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 22 19:28 PM
3.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 19:08 PM
2.4     6.0     MAP

GEOFON     Fiji Islands Region
Apr 22 18:31 PM
4.7     368.0     MAP

USGS     Jalisco, Mexico
Apr 22 18:12 PM
4.6     85.7     MAP

GEOFON     Near Coast Of Jalisco, Mexico
Apr 22 18:11 PM
4.7     10.0     MAP

USGS     La Paz, Bolivia
Apr 22 18:04 PM
4.4     155.6     MAP

EMSC     La Paz, Bolivia
Apr 22 18:04 PM
4.4     140.0     MAP

GEOFON     Peru-bolivia Border Region
Apr 22 18:04 PM
4.6     134.0     MAP

USGS     Southern Alaska
Apr 22 18:01 PM
3.0     10.7     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 17:30 PM
2.5     5.0     MAP

USGS     Baja California, Mexico
Apr 22 17:16 PM
2.8     18.1     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 22 17:14 PM
2.7     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 16:51 PM
2.4     6.0     MAP

USGS     Southern California
Apr 22 16:18 PM
3.5     4.8     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 22 16:06 PM
4.1     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Kep. Tanimbar Region, Indonesia
Apr 22 15:37 PM
5.0     40.0     MAP

GEOFON     Tanimbar Islands Reg., Indonesia
Apr 22 15:37 PM
5.0     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 15:21 PM
2.4     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 22 14:28 PM
3.1     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Albania
Apr 22 14:27 PM
2.5     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 14:14 PM
2.6     5.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 22 13:58 PM
4.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 22 13:58 PM
4.6     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 13:56 PM
2.4     5.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 22 13:50 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 22 13:50 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Southwestern Ryukyu Islands, Japan
Apr 22 13:37 PM
4.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 13:15 PM
2.8     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Hokkaido, Japan Region
Apr 22 13:13 PM
5.0     180.0     MAP

GEOFON     Hokkaido, Japan Region
Apr 22 13:13 PM
4.7     156.0     MAP

GEOFON     West Of Macquarie Island
Apr 22 13:11 PM
5.2     10.0     MAP

EMSC     West Of Macquarie Island
Apr 22 13:11 PM
5.0     10.0     MAP

USGS     West Of Macquarie Island
Apr 22 13:11 PM
5.0     9.8     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 13:09 PM
2.5     21.0     MAP

EMSC     Sunda Strait, Indonesia
Apr 22 13:04 PM
4.6     2.0     MAP

GEOFON     Sunda Strait, Indonesia
Apr 22 13:04 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 12:27 PM
2.6     5.0     MAP

EMSC     West Of Macquarie Island
Apr 22 12:20 PM
5.2     40.0     MAP

GEOFON     West Of Macquarie Island
Apr 22 12:20 PM
5.1     10.0     MAP

USGS     West Of Macquarie Island
Apr 22 12:20 PM
5.2     10.2     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 12:07 PM
3.2     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 22 12:02 PM
3.1     8.0     MAP

USGS     Solomon Islands
Apr 22 11:44 AM
5.3     39.2     MAP

EMSC     Solomon Islands
Apr 22 11:44 AM
5.3     34.0     MAP

GEOFON     Solomon Islands
Apr 22 11:44 AM
5.1     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 10:33 AM
2.7     5.0     MAP

EMSC     South Island Of New Zealand
Apr 22 10:08 AM
4.2     11.0     MAP

USGS     South Island Of New Zealand
Apr 22 10:08 AM
4.2     11.3     MAP

GEONET     Canterbury
Apr 22 10:08 AM
4.2     11.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 22 10:01 AM
2.6     21.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 09:47 AM
2.8     5.0     MAP

USGS     Near The East Coast Of Honshu,
Japan     Apr 22 09:45 AM
4.5     24.5     MAP

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 22 09:45 AM
4.5     24.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Turkey
Apr 22 09:32 AM
2.6     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Mid-atlantic Ridge
Apr 22 09:19 AM
4.8     10.0     MAP

USGS     Southern Mid-atlantic Ridge
Apr 22 09:19 AM
4.8     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 09:07 AM
2.8     21.0     MAP

USGS     Virgin Islands Region
Apr 22 08:59 AM
2.5     51.9     MAP

USGS     Virgin Islands Region
Apr 22 08:57 AM
2.6     27.2     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 08:46 AM
3.2     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 22 08:37 AM
2.4     17.0     MAP

GEOFON     Vancouver Island, Canada Region
Apr 22 08:36 AM
4.3     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Vancouver Island, Canada Region
Apr 22 08:36 AM
4.4     20.0     MAP

USGS     Vancouver Island, Canada Region
Apr 22 08:36 AM
4.4     11.6     MAP

EMSC     Iran-iraq Border Region
Apr 22 08:14 AM
4.1     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Iran-iraq Border Region
Apr 22 08:14 AM
4.5     88.0     MAP

USGS     Iran-iraq Border Region
Apr 22 08:13 AM
4.6     40.0     MAP

EMSC     Guatemala
Apr 22 08:07 AM
4.1     67.0     MAP

USGS     Guatemala
Apr 22 08:07 AM
4.1     67.0     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 22 08:00 AM
3.0     40.5     MAP
USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 22 07:54 AM
3.1     6.5     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 07:50 AM
2.8     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 22 07:26 AM
2.9     20.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 07:19 AM
2.8     6.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 07:09 AM
2.6     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Italy
Apr 22 07:09 AM
2.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 22 07:06 AM
2.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 22 07:05 AM
2.4     8.0     MAP

USGS     Kodiak Island Region, Alaska
Apr 22 07:04 AM
2.5     3.0     MAP

EMSC     Crete, Greece
Apr 22 07:03 AM
3.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 07:01 AM
3.5     3.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Turkey
Apr 22 06:58 AM
2.5     9.0     MAP

USGS     Northern Alaska
Apr 22 06:56 AM
3.4     6.6     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 06:50 AM
3.0     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 06:40 AM
2.6     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Northern Iran
Apr 22 06:38 AM
4.1     6.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 06:35 AM
2.5     6.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 06:26 AM
2.7     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 06:15 AM
2.5     6.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 05:59 AM
2.6     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 05:56 AM
2.6     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 22 05:11 AM
2.6     11.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 22 04:34 AM
4.2     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Chile-bolivia Border Region
Apr 22 04:08 AM
4.1     137.0     MAP

EMSC     Potosi, Bolivia
Apr 22 04:08 AM
4.4     133.0     MAP

USGS     Potosi, Bolivia
Apr 22 04:08 AM
4.4     122.8     MAP

EMSC     Iran-iraq Border Region
Apr 22 04:00 AM
3.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 03:23 AM
2.5     6.0     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 22 03:17 AM
5.0     10.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 22 03:17 AM
4.9     2.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 22 03:17 AM
4.9     11.6     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 01:54 AM
3.1     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Southwestern Siberia, Russia
Apr 22 01:11 AM
3.7     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Volcano Islands, Japan Region
Apr 22 00:35 AM
4.5     344.0     MAP

USGS     Volcano Islands, Japan Region
Apr 22 00:35 AM
4.8     48.9     MAP

EMSC     Volcano Islands, Japan Region
Apr 22 00:35 AM
4.8     60.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Iran
Apr 22 00:22 AM
4.2     20.0     MAP

USGS     Western Iran
Apr 22 00:22 AM
4.2     10.4     MAP

GEOFON     Western Iran
Apr 22 00:21 AM
4.2     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 22 00:08 AM
2.7     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Near The Coast Of Syria
Apr 22 00:06 AM
3.0     15.0     MAP

Sources :  USGSEMSCGFZGEONET

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Volcanic Activity

  Current Emergencies
Upd. Date (UTC) Event Country Location Level Details
1 19.04.2012 Biological Hazard China Ningxia Autonomous region, [Touying township] Damage level Details
2 23.04.2012 Epidemic Hazard Vietnam Province of Quang Ngai, [Son Ky Commune] Damage level Details
11 22.04.2012 Volcano Activity Mexico State of Puebla, [Popocatepetl Volcano] Damage level Photo available! Details

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

Short Time Event(s)
Upd. Date (UTC) Event Country Location Level Details
  Today Flash Flood Kenya State of Rift Valley, [Hells Gate National Park] Damage level Details
  Today Epidemic Hazard Taiwan Central Region, [ The area was not defined.] Damage level Details
  Today Epidemic Hazard USA State of Minnesota, Duluth [Edgewater Resort and Water Park] Damage level Details
  Today Epidemic Hazard USA State of Florida, Hillsborough Damage level Details
  Today Biological Hazard Australia State of Western Australia, Broome [Cable Beach] Damage level Details
  Today Vehicle Accident Japan Prefecture of Kagoshima, [About 2 kilometers west of Sata Cape] Damage level Details
  Today Flash Flood Kenya Rift Valley Province, [Hell’s Gate National Park] Damage level Details
2 23.04.2012 Event into space USA States of Nevada and California, [Reno-Sparks area, Carson City, Minden, South Lake Tahoe, Placerville and Truckee] Damage level Details
  22.04.2012 Explosion Japan Prefecture of Yamaguchi, [Mitsui Chemicals] Damage level Details
  22.04.2012 Vehicle Accident China Municipality of Shanghai, Shanghai Damage level Details
  22.04.2012 Vehicle Accident Zimbabwe Mashonaland West Province, Kadoma Damage level Details
  22.04.2012 Vehicle Incident Pakistan State of Sindh, Karachi [Jinnah International Airport] Damage level

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Storms, Flooding

Destructive Snowstorm Targets Interior Northeast

by Jonathan Erdman, weather.com Sr. Meteorologist
Updated: April 23, 2012 6:15 am ET
The snow season “that largely wasn’t” in the Northeast will be “book-ended” by two destructive winter storms.

A heavy, wet snowstorm in 2011 downed trees and power lines, knocking out power to over 3 million customers in the Northeast just before Halloween 2011, in a storm dubbed “Snowtober”.

Snowtober 2011: Photos | A record-setter | #1 winter storm of 2011-2012

Unfortunately, another “Snowtober”-type destructive snowstorm will wreak havoc in parts of the Northeast kicking off this week. Let’s get to the critical details.
Click here to track current power outages

Read Full Article  and  Watch Video Here

Lakeshore Flood Warning

 BUFFALO NY

Flood Warning

SPOKANE, WA
LAKE CHARLES LA
JACKSON, MS

Gale Warning

CARIBOU ME
TAUNTON MA
CHICAGO IL
NORTHERN INDIANA
DETROIT/PONTIAC MI
BUFFALO NY
SOUTH OF NEW ENGLAND
GULF OF MAINE TO THE HAGUE LINE
GEORGES BANK...FROM THE NORTHEAST CHANNEL TO THE GREAT SOUTH
CHANNEL INCLUDING WATERS EAST OF CAPE COD...TO THE HAGUE LINE
GAYLORD MI
GRAY ME
CLEVELAND OH
ANCHORAGE AK

Freeze Warning

OMAHA/VALLEY NE
BLACKSBURG VA
GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC
QUAD CITIES IA IL
MORRISTOWN TN
INDIANAPOLIS IN
NORTHERN INDIANA
GRAND RAPIDS MI
LINCOLN IL

Red Flag Warning

FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE

MOBILE AL
MIAMI FL
CHICAGO IL
TALLAHASSEE FL
 MELBOURNE FL

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Radiation

Is Fukushima’s Doomsday Machine About to Blow?

By (about the author)

opednews.com

Mounting troubles at Japan’s hobbled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant now pose a real threat to human survival. If the area in which Unit 4 is struck by another 7.0 magnitude earthquake, there’s a 70 percent chance that “the entire fuel pool structure will collapse” and massive doses of lethal nuclear radiation will be released into the atmosphere. The disaster would release approximately “134 million curies is Cesium-137 — roughly 85 times the amount of Cs-137 released at Chernobyl as estimated by the U.S. National Council on Radiation Protection (NCRP).” Experts believe that the amounts are sufficient to “destroy the world environment and our civilization,” which makes containment “an issue of human survival.” (“The Greatest Single Threat to Humanity: Fuel Pool Number 4,” Washington’s blog)

The structural integrity of Unit 4’s cooling pool was greatly compromised by the earthquake and following tsunami which struck the facility over a year ago. At present, the pools are not adequately protected or reinforced, which means that a sizable tremor could “cause a disaster worse than the three reactor meltdowns.” If such a disaster were to occur, “people should get out of Japan, and residents of the West Coast of America and Canada should shut all of their windows and stay inside,” says nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen.

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Solar Activity

2MIN News Apr22


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Mysterious Booms / Rumblings

NorCal Sonic Boom Possible Meteor Impact

Overnight meteor shower continued Sunday morning.

By Lori Preuitt
|  Sunday, Apr 22, 2012  |  Updated 1:58 PM PDT
Possible Sonic Boom a Meteor in NorCal

This is from a very active Leonid meteor shower, but you get the idea.

People in Northern California and Nevada reported hearing a loud boom in the sky above the Sierra Sunday morning.

The Tuolumne County sheriff’s department said they are investigating the possibility that it might have been the physical impact of an overnight meteor shower. Some people in the Tahoe area said they saw what they believed to be a meteor just prior to the sound. Others said they saw a fireball streak across the sky at the same time.

People who live in in Lake Tahoe, El Dorado County, Placer County, Tuolumne County, Amador County and Nevada County contacted our sister station in Sacramento. KCRA is reporting that they heard the sound just after 8:30 a.m.

The Associated Press reported the explosion rattled windows and shook houses from Reno to Winnemucca in Nevada, and from the Sacramento to Bakersfield.

Meteorologists in California and Nevada including our own Rob Mayeda said there were meteor showers Saturday night that could have still been going on Sunday morning.

Read Full Article Here

Inexplicable Earthquake Swarm in Canada; “Sounds like dynamite exploding.”

http://sheilaaliens.net/?p=539 “A New Brunswick town has been experiencing small earthquakes over the past month and residents are getting worried.”
source: http://www.globalnews.ca/video/natural+phenomenon+rocks+nb+town/video.html?v=…
Canada’s EQ Center:
http://www.earthquakescanada.nrcan.gc.ca/index-eng.php

And an interesting article by CanadianBusiness from today entitled
“Manmade earthquakes trigger government drill-down into possible fracking link”:

“VANCOUVER – A booming gas extraction process that has environmentalists all shaken up is being probed by two different studies to determine if it’s also causing the depths of Canada to rattle and roll.

The research into whether hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, can trigger earthquakes is being conducted just as a pair of independent papers were released internationally this week suggesting they do.

The studies out of mid-continent U.S. and Britain found that shallow, man-made tremors may be linked to the blasting of water, sand and chemicals deep underground to break open rock to obtain crude oil and natural gas.

Experts and critics alike are waiting for conclusive results from home soil before suggesting industry practices should be altered.

“These are tiny earthquakes and they’re the variety that occur thousands of times a day around the world,” said John Cassidy, a federal government seismologist in Victoria, B.C., of the international findings.
He said mounting interest and unusual vibrations in British Columbia have prompted closer study at home.

“The idea is to be able to provide well-grounded science advice that can be used by regulators across the country for their decision-making.”

A four-year study was launched by the federal Natural Resources Department on April 1. With the aid of industry regulators and universities, it will seek to unearth whether fracking has inducing quakes in British Columbia, New Brunswick and Quebec, Cassidy said.

A provincial study is also underway in a region of northeastern B.C. called the Horn River Basin, where at least 11 energy companies are developing significant shale gas extraction projects. The study, being conducted by the BC Oil and Gas Commission with commercial co-operation, should be completed later this year.”
Read more: http://www.canadianbusiness.com/article/80131–manmade-earthquakes-trigger-go…

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Wildlife

Mass Dolphin Death Mystery In Peru, Authorities Blame It On Viral Infection

By Sreeja VN | Apr 22, 2012 08:14 AM EDT

Investigations are on into the deaths of hundreds of dolphins that washed up on the northern coast of Peru. Around 877 carcasses of dolphins and porpoises were found on Peruvian beaches in two and half months. Peruvian officials and environmentalists are trying to unravel the mystery behind the phenomenon.

No concrete reasons have been figured out yet but the authorities believe that it could possibly be a viral infection that may have killed the dolphins in huge numbers. While environmental groups in the country blame the seismic oil exploration work carried out by BPZ Energy Company for the dolphin deaths.

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Articles of Interest

World — 22 April 2012
100% Certainty of Total Catastrophic Failure of the Entire Power Infrastructure Within 3 Years (Video)

Mac Slavo
SHTFplan

As smart grid metering systems expand across the developed world, many are starting to ask whether the threats posed by the new devices, which officials promise will save energy and reduce end user utility costs, outweigh their benefits. In addition to documented health concerns resulting from radiation emissions and no cost savings being apparent, opponents of the technology argue that smart meters are violative of basic privacy rights and give the government yet another digital node of unfettered access to monitor and control personal electricity consumption.

Now, an alarming new documentary suggests that security problems with the inter-connected and seemingly convenient smart grid may be so serious that they could lead to a catastrophic failure of our nation’s entire power infrastructure.

In an interview for the upcoming documentary titled Take Back Your Power, Cyber defense expert David Chalk warns that our nation is in crisis. Not only are our smart power grids susceptible to hacking, but they may very well already be infected with Trojan viruses and back doors that will ultimately lead to disastrous consequences:

Read Full Article Here

4/21/2012 — Solar poles to flip next month (1yr early) — TWO north poles = Quadri-polar(???)

Published on Apr 21, 2012 by

update 115am CDT 4/23/2012: Per the Japanese.. last time this sort of thing occurred was about 300 years ago:

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/features/science/T120420005829.htm

quote the article:

“Magnetic field polarity at the solar poles will reverse and become quadrupolar in May, meaning positive fields will emerge in the North and South poles and negative fields will emerge on the equator, according to the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan and other institutes.

When a similar phenomenon occurred about 300 years ago, the Earth’s average temperature fell slightly. ”

Per the Japanese Hinode team (pronounced hee-no-day) — in about one months time — (may 2012) the suns north pole will reach a magnetic point of “zero” and then form into MULTIPLE positive poles — creating TWO solar north poles, and TWO corresponding south poles .. also.. this is happening a year ahead of the expected “nominal” time.

full website post here: http://sincedutch.wordpress.com/2012/04/22/4212012-solar-poles-to-flip-next-m…

some are asking IS there a difference between .. quadri , quadru, quadra … quick answer.. no difference.. all are variants of Quadri … which means four in Latin ..

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/quadri-
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/quadra-
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/quadru-

thanks to jeorgekite:

http://www.youtube.com/jeorgekite

download the japanese pdf below his video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTdlI9bc4Mw

Here is the press release from HINODE Japan:

http://hinode.nao.ac.jp/news/120419PressRelease/index_e.shtml

Polar Field Reversal as observed with Hinode
19 April 2012
Naional Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ/NINS)
RIKEN
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency(JAXA)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Science and Technology Facilities Council(STFC)
European Space Agency(ESA)

The polarity of the extended uni-polar magnetic field in the solar polar region is known to reverse every 11 years, and the reversal occurs at around the maximum of solar activity, which is expected to take place at around 2013 May (NOAA ).

High latitude magnetic fields have been observed with solar telescopes on the ground. However, actual process of the polar field reversal is poorly understood because of the difficulty of the observations on the extreme limb combined with atmospheric seeing effect. The solar optical telescope aboard the Hinode satellite allows us for the first time to perform extremely high-quality observations of the deep polar region of the Sun (Figure A). The initial discoveries include that there are many magnetic patches with intense magnetic field in the polar regions. Their field strength is close to that of sunspots, and their size is as large as small sunspots called pore.

The international research team led by Saku Tsuneta, a professor at NAOJ, has been performing the monthly polar observations with Hinode from September 2008. We here report the discovery that the average magnetic flux of the north polar region is rapidly and steadily decreasing during the period of 2008 and 2012 (Figure B). The reversal (from minus to plus polarity) is taking place in sequence from lower latitude to higher latitude. The average magnetic flux of the polar region soon becomes zero. The estimated completion of the reversal of the north polar region will take place in 1 months or so, about one year earlier than the nominal expected reversal time.

In striking contrast to the north polar situation, the magnetic flux of the south polar region has been very stable, and maintains the plus polarity (Figure C). These latest Hinode observations suggest that the global magnetic field of the Sun will become different from the normal bipolar configuration.

Observations of the polar magnetic fields are the key for understanding the cyclic solar dynamo. Their results will shed light on the origin of the solar magnetism, and will contribute to our understating on the Sun’s effect to the solar-terrestrial environment.

HERE COME THE GREEN POLICE: DHS LAUNCHES ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE UNITS

04-20-2012 1:44 pm – The Rat – ConstitutionClub.org
Sleep well tonight, America. The ever-vigilant Obama Regime stands at red alert in its unflinching effort to protect you, your loved ones and life as you know it. From “climate change” and “melting Arctic ice.” Uh huh. The epic battle is on – and O’s Army is all over it – just like Dennis Quaid in The Day After Tomorrow. Where would our nation be were it not for Barack Hussein Obama’s extraordinary aptitude for keeping his priorities straight? Other countries should be so fortunate.

Not a minute too soon, the Department of Homeland Security has announced that it is creating “environmental justice” units that will be empowered to oversee regulations in conjunction with local governments throughout the country. The framework for the Environmental Justice Working Group includes eleven federal government agencies, including the TSA, the Secret Service and FEMA. Go big or go home, right?

In its just-released Environmental Justice Strategy document, the DHS says the idea is to “include environmental justice practices in our larger mission efforts involving federal law enforcement and emergency response activities” and to incorporate environmental justice in “securing the homeland.” Roll that around in your head for awhile:

“Federal law enforcement” agents conducting “emergency response activities” in the name of “environmental justice” for the purpose of “securing the homeland.” The Green Police. Oh. My. God.

Lest you think these people are crazy as a loon, (which they are), here’s the official explanation from the Regime:

Our nation’s vision of homeland security is a homeland that is safe and secure, resilient against terrorism and other hazards – where American interests and aspirations, and the American way of life can thrive. In seeking to fulfill this vision, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) aspires to avoid burdening minority and low-income populations with a disproportionate share of any adverse human health or environmental risks associated with our efforts to secure the nation.

What a complete crock of crap. Since when is terrorism a mere “hazard,” – comparable to environmentalist wacko-ism? The “American way of life”? As defined by whom – Barack Obama, Al Gore and the rest of the greenies? And – why must the Divider-in-Chief single out – as he always does – “minority and low-income populations”? And their “disproportionate share”? That “efforts to secure the nation” part is hysterical as well. How low of a common denominator are these people playing to?

The DHS document also lists concerns such as “climate change” and “melting Arctic ice,” despite recent reports confirming that the amount of floating ice in the Arctic’s Bering Sea “reached all-time record high levels last month,” according to the US National Snow and Ice Data Center. Then again, liberals never let facts or data get in the way of “securing the nation” according to their agendas, do they?

Memo to O: If you’re so interested in securing the nation, why do you continue your incessant efforts to divide its people? Why do continue your relentless drive to mortgage the future of “the nation’s” grandchildren – all for the self-serving reason of pandering for votes?

In the event that you missed Audi’s Green Police ad during the Super Bowl, it gave a glimpse of things to come – courtesy of the courageous Barack Hussein Obama – without whom, America may very well have been denied the Chevy Volt.

Hell, the O-man reduced NASA to little more than a Muslim-outreach program – why shouldn’t he straighten out the Secret Service, too? Besides, they’ve been somewhat distracted lately anyway.

I can see the television series now – a Maxwell Smart or Barney Fife character – riding a Segway – as he battles diabolical conservatives hellbent on destroying the planet’s environment. Must-see TV.

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Food Safety

4 Things Grosser Than Pink Slime

—By Tom Philpott

| Wed Apr. 18, 2012 3:00 AM PDT
One way that nasty bacterial strains from factory farms make it to “the community”–i.e., you. Jez Page/Flickr

The specter of “pink slime”—pureed, defatted, and ammonia-laced slaughterhouse scraps—has caused quite the uproar over the past six weeks. (The latest: Propublica has a great explainer on pink slime and other filler products.) The current fixation on pink slime may well lead to the demise of the product; already, supermarket and fast-food chains and school cafeterias are opting to stop adding the stuff into their burger mixes. The company’s maker, Beef Products International, has had to temporarily shut down three of its four plants in response to collapsing demand, which doesn’t augur well for the company’s long-term health.

But I’m wondering if focusing on the ew-gross aspects of “lean, finely textured beef” (as the industry calls it) doesn’t miss the bigger picture, which is that the meat industry’s very business model is deeply gross. Even if pink slime is purged from the face of the earth, the system that produces our meat and related products (eggs, milk) won’t be fundamentally changed. A while back, I identified something about meat production that’s “even grosser than pink slime”—proposed new rules that would privatize inspection at poultry slaughterhouses while dramatically speeding up kill lines. Here are four more.

Read Full Article Here

What’s the Deal With Tuna Scrape?

A closer look at the likely source of the sushi-linked Salmonella outbreak

by Gretchen Goetz | Apr 18, 2012
Last Friday, a week after announcing they were investigating an ongoing multistate Salmonella outbreak linked to sushi, federal public health officials were able to pinpoint the likely source of the bacteria that has now sickened at least 141 people. The suspect?  Something called Nakaochi Scrape distributed by Moon Marine Corporation USA.
Nakaochi Scrape, as described by the Food and Drug Administration, is “tuna backmeat, which is specifically scraped off the bones, and looks like a ground product.”

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This description has prompted several media outlets to compare scraped tuna with the controversial lean finely textured beef (LFTB) – also known as “pink slime” – that has captured headlines recently.
So what is Nakaochi Scrape? Is it indeed the fish version of LFTB (a.k.a., “Pink Slime”), which is produced by taking leftover scraps from a beef carcass, separating the meat from the fat, sinews and gristle in a heated centrifuge, grinding the meat and then treating it with ammonia? While both products are separated from bones, the similarities seem to end there.

Read Full Article Here

Sushi-Linked Salmonella Outbreak Reaches 141 Cases

by Mary Rothschild | Apr 18, 2012
A multistate outbreak of Salmonella Bareilly infection has sickened at least 141 people, up from the 116 confirmed cases reported last week, while the related recall has expanded to include all frozen raw yellowfin tuna product – called Nakaochi Scrape – distributed by Moon Marine USA Corp.

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Nakaochi Scrape is the backmeat of tuna that, when scraped off the bones, looks like ground tuna, and is used to make sushi and similar dishes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says Moon Marine’s frozen raw Nakaochi Scrape tuna, imported from a single processing plant in India, is the likely cause of the outbreak.
In an update Tuesday, the CDC said the illnesses extend across 20 states and the District of Columbia.

13 E. Coli Cases in Missouri, Raw Milk Dairy a Possible Source

by James Andrews | Apr 18, 2012

At least 13 people are sick from an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 in central Missouri, with a farm suspected as a possible source. Investigators at the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) have not yet identified a definite source of the outbreak, though 6 of the 13 ill consumed raw milk products from the same farm in Howard County.

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According to DHSS spokeswoman Gena Terlizzi, the remaining seven individuals said they were not associated with that farm. Still, the farm is under investigation and has halted sales of its raw dairy products.
The Missouri State Public Health Laboratory has analyzed eight food samples from the farm, all of which tested negative for E. coli O157:H7.

How the NY Times Got It Wrong on the FDA’s New Antibiotics Rules

—By Tom Philpott

Will the FDA’s new rules change this scenario? Not likely. Farm Sanctuary/Flickr

A casual reader taking in my account and the New York Times’ account of yesterday’s big FDA antibiotics announcement might have thought we were reacting to different events. Here’s the Times lead:

Farmers and ranchers will for the first time need a prescription from a veterinarian before using antibiotics in farm animals, in hopes that more judicious use of the drugs will reduce the tens of thousands of human deaths that result each year from the drugs’ overuse.

In the Times’ reading, the FDA placed significant restrictions on antibiotics use. My take was more critical: “The plan contains a bull-size loophole—and is purely voluntary, to boot.”

What gives? In short, the Times delivered a skim-level, FDA-friendly account of the new plan. Let’s start with the loophole. Here’s the Times:

Michael Taylor, the F.D.A.’s deputy commissioner for food, predicted that the new restrictions would save lives because farmers would have to convince a veterinarian that their animals were either sick or at risk of getting a specific illness. [Emphasis added.]

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Recalls

Bird Feed Recalled Due to Vitamin D Level

by Julia Thomas | Apr 18, 2012
Kaytee, a Central Garden & Pet brand, is recalling two products, Kaytee exact® Hand Feeding Formula Baby Birds and Kaytee exact® Hand Feeding Formula Baby Macaw, due to high levels of vitamin D.

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The recalled products are used primarily by bird breeders for feeding baby birds. Baby birds being fed the formula may run the risk of kidney failure when ingesting the product.
According to the recall news release, an elevated amount of vitamin D was unintentionally added in an isolated mixing batch during manufacturing. Products manufactured before and after the recalled batch have been tested and are safe for feeding to baby birds.

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Allergen Alert

Allergen Alert: Peppers in Lasagna Packages

by News Desk | Apr 18, 2012
Nestlé Prepared Foods Company is recalling approximately 16,890 pounds of Stouffer’s lasagna frozen entrées that may instead contain stuffed peppers, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Tuesday.

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The stuffed peppers contain Worcestershire sauce made with anchovies, an allergen not listed on the package labels.
The error was brought to the company’s attention by two consumer complaints, but FSIS and the company say they have received no reports of adverse reactions.
According to the recall news release, the problem may have occurred when the lasagna packaging materials remained in the packaging machinery as the company began packaging stuffed pepper entrées.

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Articles of Interest

California Fights Citrus-Killing Bacteria

by Dan Flynn | Apr 18, 2012
There’s no threat to human health in a growing quarantine in Southern California, but an annual $2 billion worth of citrus fruits are at risk in a war with a tiny insect and the bacteria its spreads.
Earlier this month, the state of California added 93-square miles in the Hacienda Heights area of Los Angeles County to the quarantine after the citrus greening disease known as huanglongbing was discovered in the state for the first time.

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Until then, California had been combatting the insect that precedes the disease, which does not harm humans or animals, but causes citrus trees to decline and eventually die.
Now covering most of Southern California, the quarantine means no nursery stock can be moved out of the area and only commercially cleaned and cleared citrus fruit may be shipped from there. Residential citrus can’t be removed from the property on which it’s grown, although it can be processed and consumed on the premises.
“The success of any quarantine depends on cooperation from those affected,” says Karen Ross, secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), in a news release.  “The stakes could not be higher for California citrus.”

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Earthquakes

USGS     Central Alaska
Apr 16 23:57 PM
3.2     80.6     MAP

GEOFON     Mid Indian Ridge
Apr 16 23:53 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

USGS     Mid-indian Ridge
Apr 16 23:53 PM
4.9     9.6     MAP

EMSC     Mid-indian Ridge
Apr 16 23:53 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 16 23:53 PM
3.1     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Northern Algeria
Apr 16 23:51 PM
2.8     30.0     MAP

USGS     Island Of Hawaii, Hawaii
Apr 16 23:42 PM
2.8     28.6     MAP

USGS     Northern California
Apr 16 23:25 PM
2.5     28.4     MAP

USGS     Nevada
Apr 16 23:15 PM
2.8     10.9     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 22:52 PM
2.9     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 22:10 PM
2.7     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 22:00 PM
2.7     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 16 21:40 PM
2.5     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 21:35 PM
2.8     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Aegean Sea
Apr 16 21:31 PM
2.6     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Aegean Sea
Apr 16 21:18 PM
2.6     8.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 20:49 PM
2.4     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Greece
Apr 16 20:46 PM
2.6     21.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 20:45 PM
2.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 20:41 PM
2.4     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 20:30 PM
2.5     5.0     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 16 20:26 PM
3.3     51.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 16 20:24 PM
2.6     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Vanuatu
Apr 16 20:16 PM
4.8     87.0     MAP

GEOFON     Vanuatu Islands
Apr 16 20:16 PM
5.0     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Turkey-iran Border Region
Apr 16 19:58 PM
3.0     2.0     MAP

USGS     Fox Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska
Apr 16 19:46 PM
2.8     169.5     MAP

USGS     Virgin Islands Region
Apr 16 19:39 PM
2.7     55.5     MAP

GEONET     Canterbury
Apr 16 19:28 PM
3.2     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Greece
Apr 16 19:09 PM
3.2     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 19:05 PM
2.8     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 18:59 PM
2.6     6.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 18:46 PM
3.1     8.0     MAP

GEONET     Taupo
Apr 16 18:36 PM
5.0     150.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 18:03 PM
3.0     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Sulawesi, Indonesia
Apr 16 18:01 PM
5.2     40.0     MAP

GEOFON     Sulawesi, Indonesia
Apr 16 18:01 PM
5.3     31.0     MAP

EMSC     Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 16 17:53 PM
2.6     14.0     MAP

EMSC     Southwestern Siberia, Russia
Apr 16 17:04 PM
4.2     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Komandorskiye Ostrova Region
Apr 16 17:03 PM
4.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Komandorskiye Ostrova Region
Apr 16 17:02 PM
4.6     10.0     MAP

USGS     Molucca Sea
Apr 16 16:55 PM
4.4     38.6     MAP

EMSC     Molucca Sea
Apr 16 16:55 PM
4.4     39.0     MAP

EMSC     Molucca Sea
Apr 16 16:39 PM
4.5     70.0     MAP

GEOFON     Southern Molucca Sea
Apr 16 16:39 PM
4.5     70.0     MAP

EMSC     Romania
Apr 16 16:39 PM
3.7     149.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 16:13 PM
3.3     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 16 16:05 PM
5.1     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 16 16:05 PM
5.2     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 16 16:05 PM
5.0     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Greece
Apr 16 15:41 PM
2.9     5.0     MAP

GEONET     Canterbury
Apr 16 15:11 PM
2.9     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Greece
Apr 16 15:06 PM
4.7     30.0     MAP

GEOFON     Southern Greece
Apr 16 15:06 PM
4.5     50.0     MAP

USGS     Southern Greece
Apr 16 15:06 PM
4.8     40.7     MAP

EMSC     Central Turkey
Apr 16 14:39 PM
2.4     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 14:24 PM
2.6     12.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 16 14:23 PM
2.5     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Aegean Sea
Apr 16 14:14 PM
2.8     5.0     MAP

EMSC     East Of Severnaya Zemlya
Apr 16 13:56 PM
4.2     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 13:44 PM
2.8     3.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 13:43 PM
2.8     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 16 13:23 PM
2.8     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Greece
Apr 16 13:21 PM
2.9     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 13:00 PM
2.5     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 16 12:57 PM
4.5     20.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 16 12:57 PM
4.2     14.4     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 16 12:57 PM
4.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 16 12:56 PM
2.6     9.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 16 12:47 PM
3.3     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 12:39 PM
2.7     5.0     MAP

USGS     Southern Alaska
Apr 16 12:33 PM
2.9     107.1     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 12:28 PM
2.4     6.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 12:24 PM
2.5     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 16 12:23 PM
2.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 16 12:21 PM
3.3     7.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 12:19 PM
4.0     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Greece
Apr 16 12:12 PM
3.3     19.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 12:03 PM
3.1     7.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Greece
Apr 16 12:02 PM
4.6     60.0     MAP

GEOFON     Southern Greece
Apr 16 12:02 PM
4.5     51.0     MAP

USGS     Southern Greece
Apr 16 12:02 PM
4.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 16 12:01 PM
3.0     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 11:56 AM
2.5     15.0     MAP

EMSC     Sicily, Italy
Apr 16 11:51 AM
2.6     132.0     MAP

EMSC     Canary Islands, Spain Region
Apr 16 11:45 AM
3.1     14.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 11:44 AM
2.5     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 11:42 AM
3.1     6.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 11:36 AM
2.8     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 11:34 AM
2.8     11.0     MAP

USGS     Southern Alaska
Apr 16 11:32 AM
2.5     122.5     MAP

EMSC     Southern Greece
Apr 16 11:23 AM
5.5     40.0     MAP

USGS     Southern Greece
Apr 16 11:23 AM
5.5     36.0     MAP

GEOFON     Southern Greece
Apr 16 11:23 AM
5.6     31.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 11:19 AM
2.6     7.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 16 11:15 AM
2.7     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 10:50 AM
2.8     5.0     MAP

EMSC     France
Apr 16 10:46 AM
2.4     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 10:43 AM
2.9     3.0     MAP

EMSC     Strait Of Gibraltar
Apr 16 10:41 AM
2.9     21.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 10:40 AM
3.1     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 10:39 AM
3.4     7.0     MAP

GEONET     Hawke’s Bay
Apr 16 10:39 AM
3.2     30.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 16 10:38 AM
3.1     14.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 10:36 AM
3.1     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 10:25 AM
3.3     5.0     MAP

GEOFON     Gulf Of California
Apr 16 10:23 AM
4.4     10.0     MAP

USGS     Gulf Of California
Apr 16 10:23 AM
4.1     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Gulf Of California
Apr 16 10:23 AM
4.1     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 16 10:22 AM
2.7     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 10:22 AM
3.5     11.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 16 10:19 AM
2.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 10:15 AM
3.0     6.0     MAP

GEOFON     Turkey
Apr 16 10:10 AM
4.5     10.0     MAP

USGS     Western Turkey
Apr 16 10:10 AM
4.5     9.4     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 10:10 AM
4.7     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Tajikistan
Apr 16 10:10 AM
4.2     1.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 16 09:46 AM
5.3     14.7     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 16 09:46 AM
5.2     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 16 09:46 AM
5.3     10.0     MAP

USGS     Malay Peninsula, Thailand
Apr 16 09:44 AM
3.9     10.1     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 16 09:41 AM
2.9     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 16 09:31 AM
3.2     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 09:21 AM
3.2     21.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 16 08:54 AM
3.0     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 16 08:40 AM
3.7     5.0     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 16 08:33 AM
3.5     56.0     MAP

GEONET     Whanganui
Apr 16 08:23 AM
2.4     12.0     MAP

USGS     Oklahoma
Apr 16 08:12 AM
3.9     5.0     MAP

GEOFON     Java, Indonesia
Apr 16 07:37 AM
4.6     60.0     MAP

EMSC     Sunda Strait, Indonesia
Apr 16 07:37 AM
4.6     60.0     MAP

USGS     Sunda Strait, Indonesia
Apr 16 07:37 AM
4.8     36.7     MAP

EMSC     Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 16 07:27 AM
2.5     5.0     MAP

USGS     Kodiak Island Region, Alaska
Apr 16 06:56 AM
3.2     42.2     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Mediterranean Sea
Apr 16 06:52 AM
3.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 06:27 AM
2.6     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 16 06:25 AM
2.7     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 16 06:12 AM
2.7     14.0     MAP

USGS     Southern Alaska
Apr 16 06:08 AM
3.4     15.1     MAP

GEOFON     South Of Alaska
Apr 16 05:23 AM
4.4     10.0     MAP

USGS     South Of Alaska
Apr 16 05:23 AM
4.5     10.1     MAP

EMSC     South Of Alaska
Apr 16 05:23 AM
4.4     2.0     MAP

USGS     Southern Alaska
Apr 16 04:37 AM
2.5     47.1     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 16 04:24 AM
2.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Northeastern Iran
Apr 16 04:22 AM
4.0     8.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 16 04:16 AM
2.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 16 03:37 AM
2.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Gulf Of California
Apr 16 03:27 AM
5.0     40.0     MAP

USGS     Gulf Of California
Apr 16 03:27 AM
5.0     10.3     MAP

GEOFON     Gulf Of California
Apr 16 03:27 AM
5.0     10.0     MAP

“There is no doubt that something is seriously wrong. There have been too many strong earthquakes,” said Marmureanu.

croatiantimes.com

A leading earthquake scientist has warned that the planet could be cracking up after a series of massive quakes in just 48 hours.

Expert Gheorghe Marmureanu – from Romania’s National Institute of Earth Physics – says 39 quakes had hit the globe within two days.

The series started with two massive quakes in Indonesia measuring 8.6 and 8.2 on the Richter scale rapidly followed by three more only slightly smaller in Mexico within hours.

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Mexico quake causes ‘tsunami’ at Devil’s Hole

By Henry Brean
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Posted: Apr. 10, 2012 | 6:00 p.m.

A powerful earthquake in southern Mexico last month churned the waters of a normally tranquil spring pool west of Pahrump, and a team of researchers was there to capture the bizarre phenomenon on video.

About 10 minutes after the magnitude-7.4 quake struck in the mountains east of Acapulco, some 1,700 miles from Southern Nevada, the water in Devil’s Hole began to slosh back and forth. The inch-high waves gradually grew, eventually surging to more than 2 feet and splashing across the metal catwalks researchers use to study the warm spring pool and its tiny population of endangered Devil’s Hole pup-fish.

The National Park Service is calling the event a “tsunami in the desert.”

“To see it change that dramatically in such a short period of time was amazing,” said Jeffrey Goldstein, a Park Service bio-technician who filmed the waves.

The video has since been posted on YouTube, where it has been viewed more than 32,000 times.

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Magnitude-5.5 Quake Jolts Southern Greece, No Injuries Reported

    2012-04-16 20:44:21     Xinhua       Web Editor: Li

A moderate earthquake measuring 5.5 magnitude on the Richter scale jolted southern Peloponnese in Greece on Monday noon, local media cited the Euro-mediterranean Seismic Institute as saying.

No injuries or major material damages have been reported by local authorities.

The epicenter of the quake was traced at a distance of some 19 kilometers off the coast of the city of Methoni at a depth of about 40 kilometers, according to seismologists. The tremor was felt in a major part of Peloponnese.

Earthquake-prone Greece is regularly hit by moderate tremors and catastrophic ones many times in recent years. The earthquake in 1999 measuring 6 degrees on the Richter scale in Athens caused many deaths and extensive damages.

M 3.9      2012/04/16 08:12     Depth 5.0 km      OKLAHOMA, USA
03:12:00 AM at epicenter – Epicenter location see below in list
One of the many aftershocks in the greater Shawnee area still irritating the local people, especially when they happen in the middle of the night. Only a few seconds but long enough shaking to wake up.
Approx. 85,000 people will have felt a light shaking and nearly 2.5 million a weak shaking !
Light shaking would have been (theoretically) experienced in the vicinity of Prague, Chandler, Stroud, Boley, Shawnee and McLoud

Strong earthquake strikes Chile; no serious damage reported

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 1:24 AM EDT, Tue April 17, 2012
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • An earthquake in 2010 killed hundreds in Chile
  • Chile is on the so-called “Ring of Fire”
  • No tsunami warning has been issued
  • The quake has a depth of 16.1 miles

(CNN) — A strong earthquake struck coastal Chile about 26 miles (42 kilometers) from the port city of Valparaiso late Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The 6.7-magnitude quake knocked out some power and phone lines in the region, but there were no immediate reports of major damage, authorities said.

The temblor was felt in the capital city, Santiago, located 69 miles from the epicenter. A CNN en Español anchor held onto his desk as the quake rattled the studio during a newscast in Huechurba, a suburb of the capital.

No tsunami warning has been issued, according to Chile’s Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service, although the government did issue a “mandated preventive evacuation off the coast of Tangoy and Constitution.”

The same region of the country was hit with an 8.8-magnitude earthquake in February 2010, killing hundreds of people.

Chile is on the so-called “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines circling the Pacific Basic that is prone to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

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Volcanic Activity

Russian Volcano Spews Ash to 9,500 Meters

The 3,283-meter (10,771-foot) Shiveluch volcano increased activity in May 2009

The 3,283-meter (10,771-foot) Shiveluch volcano increased activity in May 2009

© Photo NASA/JSC

07:16 17/04/2012
PETROPAVLOVSK KAMCHATSKY, April 17 (RIA Novosti)

Russia’s northernmost active volcano is churning out ash to a height of 9,500 meters (over 31,000 feet) in the country’s Far East, local scientists reported on Tuesday.

The 3,283-meter (10,771-foot) Shiveluch volcano increased activity in May 2009 and has been periodically spewing ash from three to ten kilometers.

“A powerful eruption of ashes took place 05.59 a.m. local time [17:59 GMT on Monday], a source at the Far Eastern Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said.

The official said the column of ashes could be clearly seen from a distance of 40 kilometers spreading to the east.

“It is the most powerful eruption this year,” the expert said.

According to scientists, the volcanic activity over the past two-three years has significantly altered the contour of the volcano with the crater increasing in size by 50% and the slopes becoming far steeper than before.

Although the current eruption poses no immediate threat to nearby settlements, the ensuing ash fallouts could be hazardous to health and the environment.

The clouds of volcanic ash could also pose threat to air traffic because the tiny particles cause problems with aircraft engine turbines.

So far, local authorities issued no warnings to air traffic in the area.

There are more than 150 volcanoes on Kamchatka, 29 of them active.

Sangay volcano (Ecuador), activity update: growing lava dome, lava flows and ash explosions

Tuesday Apr 17, 2012 02:30 AM
BY: T
View of the upper SE flank of Sangay volcano and thermal image showing the various vents at the dome emitting lava flows that form several branches and reach the base of the summit cone (Photo: P. Ramón OVT/IG)

View of the upper SE flank of Sangay volcano and thermal image showing the various vents at the dome emitting lava flows that form several branches and reach the base of the summit cone (Photo: P. Ramón OVT/IG)

During an overflight on 13 April, an explosion from Sangay volcano was observed at 08:25 local time. It generated an ash and steam column of 2 km above the summit crater.
A new vent was detected, both on visible and thermal images, located next to the active dome on the SE flank (Ñuñurqu). The activity in this area has intensified since October, when the last aerial survey had taken place.
Extensive lava flows are descending on the SE flank of the dome and reaching the base of the cone.
Strong fumarolic activity was seen on the SE flank of the dome and on the S flank of the central crater.

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

  Short Time Event(s)
Upd. Date (UTC) Event Country Location Level Details
  Today Volcano Activity Ecuador Northern Volcanic Zone , [Sangay Volcano] Damage level Details
  Today Epidemic Hazard USA State of Connecticut, Rocky Hill [Connecticut State Veterans Home] Damage level Details
  16.04.2012 Vehicle Accident Zimbabwe Masvingo Province, [Masvingo-Beitbridge road] Damage level Details
2 17.04.2012 Vehicle Incident United Kingdom England (The English Channel), [About 20 miles south of the Isle of Wight] Damage level Details
  16.04.2012 Enviroment Pollution Nigeria State of River, [Obite Gas production facilities – Total] Damage level Details
  16.04.2012 Vehicle Accident India State of Assam, [Golaghat District] Damage level Details
1 17.04.2012 Volcano Activity Mexico State of Puebla, [Popocatepetl Volcano] Damage level

Gale Warning

CAPE FLATTERY TO CAPE LOOKOUT, WA
MARQUETTE MI
CHICAGO IL
GAYLORD MI
DETROIT/PONTIAC MI

Freeze Warning

 GREEN BAY WI
LA CROSSE WI
 GRAND RAPIDS MI

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Flooding

Flash Flood Watch

 NEW ORLEANS LA
 LAKE CHARLES LA

Flood Warning

EASTERN NORTH DAKOTA/GRAND FORKS ND
ST LOUIS MO
LAKE CHARLES LA
KANSAS CITY/PLEASANT HILL MO
NEW ORLEANS BATON ROUGE LA
 LITTLE ROCK AR
SHREVEPORT LA
DES MOINES IA

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Solar Activity

LYRID METEOR SHOWER:

Earth is approaching the debris field of ancient Comet Thatcher, source of the annual Lyrid meteor shower. Forecasters expect the shower to peak on April 21-22; a nearly-new moon on those dates will provide perfect dark-sky conditions for meteor watching. Usually the shower is mild (10-20 meteors per hour) but unmapped filaments of dust in the comet’s tail sometimes trigger outbursts 10 times stronger. [video] [Lyrid chat]

SPECTACULAR EXPLOSION (UPDATED): Magnetic fields on the sun’s northeastern limb erupted around 17:45 UT on April 16th, producing one of the most visually-spectacular explosions in years. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the blast at extreme ultraviolet wavelengths:

The explosion, which registered M1.7 on the Richter Scale of solar flares, was not Earth-directed, but it did hurl a CME into space. Analysts at the Goddard Space Weather have analyzed the trajectory of the cloud and found that it will hit NASA’s STEREO-B spacecraft, the Spitzer space telescope, and the rover Curiosity en route to Mars. Planets Venus and Mars could also receive a glancing blow.

This event confirms suspicions that an active region of significance is rotating onto the Earth-facing side of the sun. Stay tuned for updates

Solar wind
speed: 310.3 km/sec
density: 0.4 protons/cm3
explanation | more data
Updated: Today at 0206 UT

X-ray Solar Flares
6-hr max: C8 1800 UT Apr16
24-hr: M1 1745 UT Apr16
explanation | more data
Updated: Today at: 2359 UT

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Space

Flat Pancake-Shaped Galaxy Harbors Three Black Holes

MessageToEagle.com – Universe is still a big mystery. The bright galaxy NGC 3621 is the so-called “flat galaxy” which appears to be just a classical spiral. But it is rather unusual astronomical object

Bulgeless and therefore described as a pure-disc galaxy, NGC 3621 lies far beyond the local group of galaxies, some 22 million light-years away in the constellation of Hydra (The Sea Snake). The winding spiral arms of this gorgeous island universe are loaded with luminous young star clusters and dark dust lanes.

It is comparatively bright and can be seen well in moderate-sized telescopes.

NGC 3621 is flat and pancake-shaped.Apparently, it hasn’t yet experienced a galactic collision with another galaxy.Merging with other galaxy would have disturbed the thin disc of stars.Over time, this should create a bulge in the galaxy’s center.

This galaxy is of further interest to astronomers because its relative proximity allows them to study a wide range of astronomical objects within it, and use some of its brighter stars as standard candles to establish important estimates of extragalactic distances and the scale of the Universe.

Previously, astronomers thought, that bulgeless galaxies should not be able to host an Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN). And yet, several observations of AGN in bulgeless galaxies currently indicate that a classical bulge is not a requirement for a nuclear black hole.

Today, they know much more about NGC 3621 and other flat galaxies.

NGC 3621 – is a galaxy full of surprises. It is bulgeless but has three central black holes. Credits: ESO

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Articles of Interest

Underground water in eastern Shasta County mysteriously disappears

Some believe quakes causing lowered levels

Pete Amos said his pump had been submerged 40 feet the entire 24 years he has lived in Cassel. But a couple months ago he ran out of water. When the pump company measured his water level, it had fallen to 54 feet, he said.<br /><br />

Photo by Andreas Fuhrmann

Pete Amos said his pump had been submerged 40 feet the entire 24 years he has lived in Cassel. But a couple months ago he ran out of water. When the pump company measured his water level, it had fallen to 54 feet, he said.

Stephen Wolf of Cassel is a former United States Geological Survey worker who has a theory about why wells are running dry in eastern Shasta County.<br /><br /> Photo by Andreas FuhrmannStephen Wolf of Cassel is a former United States Geological Survey worker who has a theory about why wells are running dry in eastern Shasta County.

Stephen Wolf thinks something strange is happening underground in eastern Shasta County and it is draining water wells and maybe even causing sinkholes and subsiding pavement.

A retired marine geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, Wolf said he has seen what is happening in eastern Shasta County before. After the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, water well levels in the area of the quake fell significantly, he said.

Following the 6.9 magnitude quake in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Wolf wrote a paper for the USGS about the effects the quake had on surface and groundwater.

“The correlation is there. The behavior is identical,” said Wolf, who has lived in the tiny eastern Shasta County community of Cassel since 2001.

Back in October, 131 earthquakes hit the Lassen Peak area. Most were less than 2.0 in magnitude. But since then the water table has fallen significantly, Wolf said.

Pete Amos said his pump had been submerged 40 feet the entire 24 years he has lived in Cassel. But a couple months ago he ran out of water. When the pump company measured his water level, it had fallen to 54 feet, he said.

“We’ve never had a water problem before. We never thought about the water table going down,” Amos said.

Terry Briggs, who owns Gallagher Pump in Fall River Mills, said what is going on in Cassel is unusual. He said the drop in the water table in eastern Shasta County is the most dramatic he has seen in the past 10 to 15 years.

“It always moves up and down a little bit, but this was way more,” Briggs said.

Since January, he has had to help homeowners whose water tables have dropped below their pumps.

Briggs said he isn’t sure why the water level is dropping. Seismic activity may be affecting wells. Rainfall levels also affect the water level, he said. And Cassel, like the rest of the north state, went through a dry winter.

Wolf said the seismic activity further fractures the rocky, volcanic soil, allowing the water to flow deeper into the Earth.

Every time a small quake rattles the area around Lassen Peak, his toilet fills with dirty, silted water, he said. That is the silt that is broken loose from the volcanic soil underground, he said.

Officials at the USGS said they are hesitant to draw a correlation between the quakes and the drop in the water level in Cassel.

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Incredible Images Show Giant Sinkhole In Sweden Keeps Expanding!

MessageToEagle.com – It looks like something taken straight from a horror movie. An enormous hole leading to hell, some would say. But this is not a movie.

This is a real and dangerous phenomenon. New shocking images clearly show the enormous pit in Sweden is expanding.

The 200 foot wide open pit is called the “Fabiangropen” (Fabian pit) and is in the Malmberget area is located at Gällivare, 75km from Kiruna, Sweden.

As you can see on the map, it is in the northern regions of Sweden.

Due to presence of many orebodies, mining at Malmberget is conducted at different levels at 600m, 815m and 1,000m.

According to the locals sometimes the tremor around here can last up to 45 minutes!

The enormous sinkhole at Malmberget is expanding. This is an image showing the giant pit from above.

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Total shuts down Nigerian gas plant after leak

Reuters 

ABUJA (Reuters) – French oil major Total has shut down a gas plant in Nigeria’s onshore Niger Delta, following a leak caused by a technical incident, the company said in a statement.

The leak occurred on a block that also contains crude oil in Rivers state, one of the three states that make up the Niger Delta, a vast wetlands region veined with hundreds of kilometres of labyrinthine creeks and waterways.

“On April 3rd, Total E&P Nigeria Limited (TEPNG) was alerted about some water and gas resurgence points, observed in an uninhabited area close to its onshore Obite gas production facilities, on the OML 58 license,” a statement on the company’s website said.

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Earthquakes

EMSC Kepulauan Kai, Indonesia
Apr 03 23:42 PM
5.7 33.0 MAP

GEOFON Aru Islands Region, Indonesia
Apr 03 23:42 PM
5.4 10.0 MAP

USGS Kepulauan Kai, Indonesia
Apr 03 23:42 PM
5.7 10.1 MAP

USGS Southern Alaska
Apr 03 23:41 PM
3.4 185.2 MAP

USGS Alaska Peninsula
Apr 03 23:19 PM
2.9 79.7 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 03 22:18 PM
2.8 5.0 MAP

USGS Virgin Islands Region
Apr 03 22:12 PM
2.9 53.2 MAP

USGS Philippine Islands Region
Apr 03 20:41 PM
4.7 109.3 MAP

EMSC Philippine Islands Region
Apr 03 20:41 PM
4.7 100.0 MAP

EMSC Albania
Apr 03 20:23 PM
2.5 1.0 MAP

EMSC Central Turkey
Apr 03 20:08 PM
2.8 2.0 MAP

EMSC Near The Coast Of Western Turkey
Apr 03 19:59 PM
3.0 2.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 03 19:28 PM
2.5 7.0 MAP

USGS Mona Passage, Dominican Republic
Apr 03 19:24 PM
3.1 79.9 MAP

USGS Virginia
Apr 03 19:00 PM
2.5 6.3 MAP

USGS Virginia
Apr 03 19:00 PM
2.5 9.6 MAP

EMSC Turkey-iran Border Region
Apr 03 18:41 PM
2.9 5.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 03 18:24 PM
2.7 5.0 MAP

EMSC Southern Italy
Apr 03 18:09 PM
2.7 11.0 MAP

EMSC Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 03 18:07 PM
4.5 14.0 MAP

USGS Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 03 18:07 PM
4.5 14.3 MAP

GEONET Canterbury
Apr 03 17:05 PM
3.8 15.0 MAP

USGS South Of Alaska
Apr 03 16:56 PM
2.5 21.1 MAP

USGS Baja California, Mexico
Apr 03 16:49 PM
2.7 10.0 MAP

USGS Virgin Islands Region
Apr 03 16:24 PM
3.7 8.0 MAP

USGS Virgin Islands Region
Apr 03 16:24 PM
4.0 5.0 MAP

USGS Southern Alaska
Apr 03 15:29 PM
2.6 139.8 MAP

GEOFON South Of Fiji Islands
Apr 03 15:21 PM
4.7 389.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 03 15:20 PM
3.6 2.0 MAP

USGS Southern California
Apr 03 15:15 PM
3.5 1.9 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 03 13:39 PM
3.2 8.0 MAP

EMSC Near Coast Of Nicaragua
Apr 03 13:08 PM
4.5 47.0 MAP

USGS Near The Coast Of Nicaragua
Apr 03 13:08 PM
4.5 47.2 MAP

GEOFON Near Coast Of Nicaragua
Apr 03 13:08 PM
4.2 56.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 03 12:35 PM
2.5 13.0 MAP

USGS Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 03 11:52 AM
5.0 28.1 MAP

EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 03 11:52 AM
5.0 28.0 MAP

GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 03 11:52 AM
5.0 26.0 MAP

EMSC Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia
Apr 03 11:27 AM
5.0 508.0 MAP

GEOFON Banda Sea
Apr 03 11:27 AM
5.0 480.0 MAP

USGS Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia
Apr 03 11:26 AM
5.0 477.4 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 03 11:02 AM
2.6 19.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 03 10:52 AM
2.8 6.0 MAP

EMSC France
Apr 03 10:47 AM
2.7 2.0 MAP

USGS Southern California
Apr 03 10:45 AM
2.7 11.7 MAP

EMSC New Ireland Region, P.n.g.
Apr 03 10:42 AM
5.2 117.0 MAP

USGS New Ireland Region, Papua New Guinea
Apr 03 10:42 AM
5.1 109.5 MAP

GEOFON New Ireland Region, P.n.g.
Apr 03 10:42 AM
5.2 96.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 03 09:41 AM
2.7 6.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 03 09:29 AM
2.5 5.0 MAP

GEOFON Northern Peru
Apr 03 09:17 AM
4.6 10.0 MAP

USGS Northern Peru
Apr 03 09:17 AM
4.7 29.3 MAP

EMSC Northern Peru
Apr 03 09:17 AM
4.7 24.0 MAP

USGS Kodiak Island Region, Alaska
Apr 03 09:05 AM
2.5 42.9 MAP

USGS Alaska Peninsula
Apr 03 08:52 AM
2.8 101.1 MAP

EMSC Poland
Apr 03 08:13 AM
2.4 10.0 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 03 07:50 AM
2.4 15.0 MAP

USGS Southern California
Apr 03 07:46 AM
2.7 3.3 MAP

EMSC Albania
Apr 03 07:46 AM
2.5 15.0 MAP

EMSC Oklahoma
Apr 03 07:33 AM
4.0 5.0 MAP

USGS Oklahoma
Apr 03 07:33 AM
4.0 4.9 MAP

EMSC Tarapaca, Chile
Apr 03 07:25 AM
5.3 117.0 MAP

USGS Tarapaca, Chile
Apr 03 07:25 AM
5.2 117.0 MAP

GEOFON Northern Chile
Apr 03 07:25 AM
5.2 105.0 MAP

USGS New Ireland Region, Papua New Guinea
Apr 03 07:07 AM
4.8 112.9 MAP

EMSC New Ireland Region, P.n.g.
Apr 03 07:07 AM
4.8 113.0 MAP

EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region
Apr 03 06:55 AM
2.5 12.0 MAP

EMSC Turkey-iran Border Region
Apr 03 06:07 AM
2.5 27.0 MAP

EMSC Central Turkey
Apr 03 05:48 AM
2.4 20.0 MAP

USGS Guerrero, Mexico
Apr 03 05:35 AM
4.7 42.8 MAP

EMSC Guerrero, Mexico
Apr 03 05:35 AM
4.8 40.0 MAP

GEOFON Near Coast Of Guerrero, Mexico
Apr 03 05:35 AM
4.6 10.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 03 04:39 AM
2.9 8.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 03 04:34 AM
3.0 5.0 MAP

EMSC Mindanao, Philippines
Apr 03 04:25 AM
5.1 80.0 MAP

USGS Mindanao, Philippines
Apr 03 04:25 AM
5.0 79.2 MAP

GEOFON Mindanao, Philippines
Apr 03 04:25 AM
5.1 10.0 MAP

EMSC Southern Iran
Apr 03 04:19 AM
3.5 26.0 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 03 03:59 AM
2.7 8.0 MAP

EMSC France
Apr 03 03:39 AM
2.7 5.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 03 03:20 AM
2.6 2.0 MAP

GEOFON Near S. Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 03 03:12 AM
4.7 96.0 MAP

EMSC Near S. Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 03 03:12 AM
4.9 91.0 MAP

USGS Near The South Coast Of Honshu,
Japan Apr 03 03:12 AM
4.9 88.9 MAP

USGS Near The Coast Of Northern Peru
Apr 03 03:08 AM
5.4 74.5 MAP

EMSC Near Coast Of Northern Peru
Apr 03 03:08 AM
5.3 60.0 MAP

GEOFON Near Coast Of Northern Peru
Apr 03 03:08 AM
5.1 34.0 MAP

EMSC Switzerland
Apr 03 02:45 AM
2.5 5.0 MAP

GEOFON Eastern New Guinea Reg., P.n.g.
Apr 03 02:39 AM
5.0 10.0 MAP

USGS Northern California
Apr 03 02:38 AM
2.8 21.1 MAP I

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 03 02:18 AM
3.0 2.0 MAP

GEOFON Off Coast Of Central Chile
Apr 03 02:11 AM
5.1 52.0 MAP

EMSC Offshore Valparaiso, Chile
Apr 03 02:11 AM
5.1 20.0 MAP

USGS Offshore Valparaiso, Chile
Apr 03 02:11 AM
5.1 8.3 MAP

USGS Puerto Rico
Apr 03 02:03 AM
2.7 7.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 03 01:35 AM
3.0 17.0 MAP

USGS Central Alaska
Apr 03 01:14 AM
2.9 132.1 MAP

USGS Southern Alaska
Apr 03 01:13 AM
3.1 86.0 MAP

USGS Puerto Rico Region
Apr 03 00:35 AM
2.7 5.7 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 03 00:06 AM
2.6 5.0 MAP

 

Earthquake rattles southeast Oklahoma

 

PITTSBURG, Okla. – A magnitude 4.0 earthquake shook southeastern Oklahoma at 2:33 a.m. Tuesday.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake was centered near the town of Pittsburg, about 16 miles south-southwest of McAlester and 109 miles east-southeast of Oklahoma City.

McAlester police say no damage or injuries have been reported.

2NEWS viewers in Tulsa reported feeling the temblor.

The USGS says residents in Muskogee, Norman, Broken Arrow, Atoka and Shawnee also reported feeling tremors.

On Nov. 5, 2011, a record 5.6 magnitude tremor shook the Sooner state, the strongest quake on record in Oklahoma.

The USGS reported that tremors from the quake, centered in Lincoln County, were felt in most of Oklahoma as well as eastern and central Kansas, most of Missouri and Arkansas, north Texas and southeast Nebraska.

 

 

http://www.kjrh.com/video/videoplayer.swf?dppversion=18327

 

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Volcanic Activity

 

Mantle Plume: El Hierro island struck by two small tremors

 

April 3, 2012 – CANARY ISLANDS – IRIN volcano 24 hour monitoring network of the National Geographic Institute (IGN) recorded two earthquakes of 1.7 and 2.7 magnitudes on the Richter scale this Sunday on the island of El Hierro. The largest of the earthquakes, recorded at 22.03 hours, occurred southwest of the town of El Pinar. This event was located at sea 15 kilometers deep. The second quake also occurred southwest of El Pinar at 20.36 hours, to 13 km depth and epicenter in the sea. Since last March 24, the island of El Hierro has been nine earthquakes, including this Sunday, between 1.5 and 2.7 °. Of these, were substantial enough to be felt by the population. Sunday’s tremors were located west of Frontier and southwest of El Pinar, and were 10 and 29 kilometers deep. –La Opinion.es (translated)

 

The Extinction Protocol

 

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Radiation

 

L.A. Rain Radiation Over Five Times Normal

 

A whopping 506% above normal,

 

Uploaded by EnviroReporter on Mar 31, 2012

An imperfect storm swept into Southern California on, perhaps appropriately enough, April Fools weekend creating the conditions that tested EnviroReporter.com’s scientific hypothesis that radioactive “buckyballs” and other fission radionuclides from the triple Fukushima Japan meltdowns are already impacting the region. Sure enough, a rain composed primarily of sea mist formed over a choppy ocean with high winds tested higher than any other Los Angeles Basin rain since Radiation Station Santa Monica began fallout radiation tests March 15, 2011, four days after the unabated meltdowns began. The rain, not impacted by so-called “natural” radon progeny, came in at a whopping 506% above normal, more than high enough to qualify as a hazardous material situation for the California Highway Patrol. This is the hottest L.A. rain detected with our Inspector Alert nuclear radiation monitor in the over 1,500 radiation tests we’ve taken since last year’s Ides of March.

 

 

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Storms, Flooding, Windstorms

 

Catastrophic damage in flood-stricken Fiji

 

By Campbell Cooney and staff

 

A massive clean-up operation is underway in Fiji after historic floods caused catastrophic damage in many towns.

While floodwater levels are dropping and some Fijians are returning home to investigate the damage, many remain in evacuation centres across the main island of Viti Levu.

Tropical Cyclone Daphne is moving away from Fiji, with the interim government announcing schools will reopen today.

There are concerns the floods, which killed five people over the weekend, will lead to outbreaks of disease.

The Australian Government says it is committed to supporting the country in its long-term recovery and reconstruction.

Foreign Minister Bob Carr says Australia is about to start sending practical relief, including 350,000 water purification tablets, water containers and thousands of tarpaulins, to help the people of Fiji.

Senator Carr says such supplies are badly needed.

“The most basic assistance is to see that people can drink the water – notwithstanding the terrible pollution from the floods – and that they can deliver the water,” he said.

“That means the water containers are going to be essential. And that they can haul those tarpaulins over damaged roofs – that’s the most basic assistance, drinking water and shelter.”

 

Read Full Article Here

 

 

 

Tropical Cyclone Daphne update

 

Ben Domensino,

 

Tropical Cyclone Daphne is moving rapidly southwards away from Fiji, although the risk of heavy rainfall and further flooding remains a threat.

At 10pm EST on Monday night, Daphne was located approximately 580 km south-southwest of Nadi. The category 1 tropical cyclone is travelling towards the southeast, away from Fiji at around 50 km/h.

The cyclone warning that was in place for Fiji has now been cancelled, however there is still at risk of flooding.

Heavy rainfall is likely to continue today due to a region of converging winds remaining near stationary over the main island of Vitu Levu, where Nadi is situated.

 

Read Full Article Here

 

 

 

Tornadoes rip through Dallas area, northeast Texas

 

Several tornadoes roared through the Dallas-Fort Worth region and across parts of northeastern Texas today, causing major damage and several injuries.

At least two “large and extremely dangerous” tornadoes ripped across the Dallas-Forth Worth area this afternoon, collapsing roofs, tearing down power lines and tossing trailers around like toys, the National Weather Service says.

Several other twisters were reported as violent storms moved northeast. Five people were reportedly hurt when a twister tore through a subdivision in Forney, northeast of Dallas.

The weather service says “considerable damage” has been reported near Cleburne, south of Fort Worth, and Lancaster, south of Dallas. Local television footage shows overturned and smashed semi-trailers on the ground in the southern portion of Dallas County. Dallas Police spokeswoman Sherri Jeffrey says twisters also have caused damage in the city limits.

A tornado watch — meaning that conditions are ripe for tornadoes to continue to form — was in place for 33 counties in north-central and northeastern Texas until 8 p.m. CT, the National Weather Service reported.

Photo of Twister

Photo of Damage

Tornado – Arlington, TX

 

 

 

Mother Nature’s Latest Attack on Japan: Strong Winds

 

By Eleanor Warnock

 

After a winter of record snow and avalanches — not to mention last year’s record strong quake, mega-tsunami, and series of powerful typhoons — Japan is once again being battered by the elements. This time, it’s wind.

A low-pressure system that landed on Japan’s main island of Honshu Tuesday has brought typhoon-force winds and rain, even snow. In anticipation of the worst of the storm, the Japan Meteorological Agency called an unusual emergency press conference Monday and issued a strong wind warning for Tokyo and neighboring Kanagawa and Chiba prefectures.

As of mid-day Tuesday, 203 flights were already grounded nationwide and the final game in the nationwide high school spring baseball tournament in Osaka had also been postponed. An 82-year-old woman supposedly died in Ishikawa prefecture after the wind toppled her on the street, according to local media reports.

 

Read Full Article Here

 

 

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Solar Activity

 

2MIN News Apr3: World Updates, Solar Data back online!

 

 

 

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Solar System

 

Tarek Niazi on Surrounded by Idiots

 

Uploaded by sunskymysteries on Feb 7, 2012

http://www.sunskymysteries.com

Tarek is the author of More Than 60 Minutes: When Earth Stands Still and like many other science based researchers around the world, has reached the conclusion that in fact we are seeing the approach of an extra-solar body towards the Earth.

 

 

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Mysterious Booms / Rumblings

Exploding Kitchen Tiles, Ground SWELLING in Watertown, WI

 

Uploaded by Sheilaaliens on Mar 31, 2012

MAP: http://zeemaps.com/338668 Just south of, you guessed it, Clintonville. I almost completely missed this story o.o Glad i came across it. I’m working on a little map of WI Geological phenomena over the past two weeks, includes 4 towns so far. **UPDATE: hope you checked out mah mapz0r 😀

“WATERTOWN, Wis. — A Watertown school will reopen Wednesday after some exploding tiles forced classes to be canceled Tuesday.

Tiles in the cafeteria started to buckle and explode Monday at St. Henry’s Catholic School.

“And I looked at the tiles on the floor. (They) were raising up and flying across the kitchen floor. So, we got out of the cafeteria and told the kids to go up to their classrooms. Eventually, they were evacuated,” St. Henry’s Cooking Manager Diane Dannenberg said. “It looked like the movie ‘Tremors’ where something was tunneling underneath the floor.”

Some described exploding, but the floor definitely buckled.

The city’s building inspector said the part of the building affected was built in 1952. Investigators are looking at all sorts of possibilities to explain why these tiles lifted off the ground.

After 20 years as the city’s building inspector, Joe Heimsch said he was baffled after first looking at this basement.

“My hope is it’s some kind of sanitary line that was improperly abandoned, and it could have came up, and that would have caused the same type of effect,” Heimsch said. “The worst-case scenario is actual foundation movement. I’m hoping that’s not the case.”

Heimsch told 12 News Tuesday afternoon that there was nothing life-threatening or dangerous at the school, but lunches will definitely be affected, regardless of the buckling’s cause.

“If they return back, they’re going to be bringing bagged lunches. I’m afraid this kitchen will probably be down the rest of the year,” Heimsch said.

Hot lunches for St. Bernard Catholic School in Watertown are also affected.

Students will not have to make up the missed time because they didn’t have any snow days this year.”

 

source: http://www.wisn.com/r/30770975/detail.html

 

 

 

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Articles of Interest

FEMA chief says agency bracing for ‘maximum’ disaster

 

By Eric Berger

 

Recent hurricanes Ike and Katrina may rank among the three costliest storms in U.S. history, but in preparing for disasters the federal government must think bigger still, says America’s top emergency planner.

“As devastating as those two hurricanes were, they’re not as bad as it gets,” said Craig Fugate, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Fugate told reporters Tuesday at the National Hurricane Conference in Orlando, Fla., that his agency has been preparing for realistic worst-case scenarios – not just natural disasters, such as hurricanes and earthquakes, but terrorist attacks, as well.

 

Read Full Article Here

 

 

 

Update: New Tornado Warning System Now Being Tested – KS, MO, IL – April 2012

 

Uploaded by Sheilaaliens on Apr 3, 2012

 

So are they going to adjust the warning system so not so many false alarms are called? Otherwise this is no way to fix it, it will only futher exaserbate the problem of residents not recognizing the tornado sirens as a warning to seek shelter. I hope this problem can be solved cause it’s a tough one. I mean, they are only human so they are numb to the sirens if 4 times out of 5 nothing comes of it. The brain learns to ignore it even without you realizing it.